Prior to joining Weil, Adé served for five years in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, where he provided interpretive advice and guidance relating to domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, going-private transactions, and reviewed numerous proxy contests, shareholder proposals and a variety of registration statements and other filings. Prior to the SEC, Adé worked in the investment banking division at Merrill Lynch, focusing on M&A, debt and equity transactions in the Telecom, Media and Technology sectors.
Adé is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards and is recommended for Corporate Governance by Legal 500 US. He is also recognized by Who’s Who Legal for M&A and Corporate Governance. Adé is a former Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities: Proxy Statements and Business Combinations Subcommittee of the American Bar Association and a former Co-Chair of the DC Bar Association Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. Adé has also served as an Adjunct Professor of “Takeovers, Mergers & Acquisitions” at Georgetown University Law Center, which, to date, has been attended by more than 100 members of the SEC Staff via the SEC University Program. He is a frequent speaker and author on SEC disclosure requirements, securities regulation and corporate governance matters and developments.
Adé holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. in Finance, cum laude, from University of Maryland.