David M. Adlerstein
David M. Adlerstein is counsel in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, securities law and regulatory matters, with a focus on financial institutions and technology transactions. Mr. Adlerstein has worked on a broad array of public and private company acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, securities offerings and corporate governance matters. He frequently writes and speaks about blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. He also provides counsel to several nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis.
Born in Cambridge, England, Mr. Adlerstein received a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy and History from Brandeis University in 1994 and a M.A. in European Politics from Lund University in Lund, Sweden in 1999. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2002, where he was a notes editor of the Columbia Law Review and a three-time Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
Prior to joining Wachtell Lipton as a corporate associate in 2005, Mr. Adlerstein was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Adlerstein served as a sergeant in the Paratroopers Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces.
Mr. Adlerstein is a member of The Economic Club of New York and The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and chairs the Financial Services working group of The Accord Project, a smart contracts consortium.
- Why ICOs Could Eat Delaware's Lunch,
in CoinDesk.com, April 21, 2018.
- A 21st Century “Kodak Moment”: the Kodak and WENN Digital Security Token Sale,
in Crowdfund Insider, January 9, 2018.
- The ICO Governance Deficit,
in CoinDesk.com, September 10, 2017.
- Are Smart Contracts Smart? A Critical Look at Basic Blockchain Questions,
in CoinDesk.com, June 26, 2017.
- Regulatory Litigation, in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel,
Robert L. Haig editor-in-chief, published by Thomson Reuters 2015.
- FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DEVELOPMENTS - The M&A Landscape: Financial Institutions Rediscovering Themselves Amid Continued Regulatory Change, Intensifying Investor Activism and Technological Disruption,
in The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, January 29, 2015.
- FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS DEVELOPMENTS - Key Trends in Financial Institutions M&A and Governance,
in Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter Volume 52 Number 1, March 2014.