With more than 15 years of experience in financial services regulation and enforcement, David specializes in the intersection of technology and US financial regulatory frameworks. He leverages his government and private practice experience to partner with innovative clients and help them capitalize on emerging US legal and regulatory trends.

Mr. Adams advises clients in areas including:

  • The establishment and maintenance of US and cross-border brokerage, investment advisory, and digital asset operations, including the creation of optimal regulatory structures and the drafting of Rule 15a-6 agreements and related policies and procedures.
  • Regulatory questions arising for broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other financial institutions under SEC, FINRA, and state law, including with respect to individual registration and licensing, marketing and advertising, supervision, trading (best execution, short sales, and trade reporting), and sales practices (suitability, conflicts of interest, and Regulation BI).
  • Internal audits and investigations, mock examinations, and SEC and FINRA inquiries, investigations, and enforcement actions.
  • Broker-dealer and investment adviser formations, acquisitions, restructurings, and expansions, including advice on the preparation and completion of broker-dealer Materiality Consultations, Continuing Membership Applications, and New Member Applications.
  • The development of SEC-compliant ESG programs and policies and procedures for broker-dealers and investment advisers.





Professional Activities

Mr. Adams is a member of the NY Bar Association and the DC Bar Association.  He is also active with the Digital Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Experience

Before joining Goodwin, Mr. Adams worked in the DC office of a leading Magic Circle law firm, where he advised clients on US and cross-border broker-dealer and investment adviser regulatory and enforcement issues involving traditional and digital assets, as well as ESG considerations. Earlier, Mr. Adams worked at both the US Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Investment Management and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in Market Regulation.


David was recognized for exceptional client service in the Legal 500 USA 2021 with a client stating: “David Adams is an exceptional talent with a multi-continental experience. David has been critical in helping us navigate global regulatory issues. His off-hand knowledge of even the most complex jurisdictional nuances and the way he helps us to understand their impact on our business is truly fabulous.”







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