Shearman And Sterling

Adam Hakki is the Firm's Global Managing Partner. He is also Global Head of Disputes and Litigation Practice Group Leader, maintaining a full-time litigation and investigations practice. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent lawyers, Adam has decades of experience representing corporations, boards of directors, financial institutions and fund advisors in their highest stakes litigations, government and internal investigations related to securities, corporate governance, antitrust, commodities, derivatives, civil RICO, qui tam and commercial matters. In 2021, The American Lawyer named Adam a “Litigator of the Year” and Law360 named Adam a Banking “MVP” for the third consecutive year. Benchmark Litigation has named Adam the sole “Securities Lawyer of the Year” in four of the last five years. 

Adam is recognized in Chambers USA (Band 1), The Legal 500 (Hall of Fame) and Benchmark Litigation (National Practice Area Star). These publications have described Adam as “the complete package,” “the real deal,” “simply brilliant,” “a master at thinking through issues that others don’t,” “the most impressive securities litigator I have ever used anywhere,” “phenomenal on securities litigation,” “a top-notch securities litigator,” having “a unique ability to be practical while not missing a single detail of the law,” “among the most polished and professional litigators in America,” “a force to be reckoned with,” “amazingly bright, with excellent strategic judgment,” “works well with codefendants and is well respected by other outside counsel,” having “the rare balance of being incredibly smart and effectively confident,” “a great lawyer with a practical bent that is somewhat rare,” “on top of all of the cutting edge issues,” “incredibly responsive,” “just dynamite,” “tremendous breadth, and does really well in court,” “exceptionally hard-working and shows up everywhere, “takes on everything that comes at him,”  “incredibly knowledgeable,”  “an extremely smart lawyer who is very well versed in the financial industry,” “very strong with senior management,” “super smart and provides a great client experience,” “quick, well prepared and responsive,” a “superb writer,” “gets to the core really quickly, and can act really quickly,” “always the most calm and composed person in the room,” “extremely responsive and practical,” “great at making oral presentations,” able to “persuade on his feet,” “having a vast and loyal cadre of investment banks, hedge funds and mutual funds” as clients, “an absolute pleasure to work with,” and a litigator to whom “big banks turn frequently for important matters.”