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Adam Smith
Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher


Adam M. Smith is a partner at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in Washington, D.C. where he focuses on international trade, sanctions, and export controls.  From 2010-2015 Adam served as the senior advisor in the Obama Administration in the Treasury Department’s sanctions unit (OFAC) and as Director of Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council.  Since joining Gibson Dunn Adam has worked with major financial institutions, manufacturers, and service providers in navigating the growing complexities in international trade regulation and enforcement.
Adam is the author of three legal textbooks – including the recently-published, first-ever desktop treatise on economic sanctions (U.S., E.U., and U.N. Sanctions – Navigating the Divide for International Business [Bloomberg BNA, 2019]) – has testified before the U.S. Congress, and is a frequent commentator in the media and presenter at industry and academic conferences globally.  
Earlier in his career, Adam was a political economist at the United Nations and also held posts at the World Bank and the OECD.  Adam earned his law degree from Harvard, his master’s degree from Oxford, and his bachelor’s degree from Brown.

Agenda Sessions

  • US Sanctions & Trade Controls Policy – An Update on Practical Implications