Kirkland & Ellis is an international law firm that serves a broad range of clients around the world in litigation, white collar and government disputes, private equity, M&A and other corporate transactions, restructurings and intellectual property matters. We offer the highest quality legal advice coupled with extraordinary, tailored service to deliver exceptional results to our clients and help their businesses succeed.
Our Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations group includes over 215 lawyers globally who work on white-collar criminal defence and securities enforcement matters, including more than 60 who previously served as senior enforcement professionals from the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, U.K. Serious Organized Crime Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, the U.S. White House, and U.S. Congress. These individuals have extensive experience in both senior government positions and in leading the defence of some of the world’s largest multinational corporations.
Our global team, deep understanding of complex regulatory environments, and expansive industry experience positions us to successfully partner with clients in their most sensitive and complex multi-faceted investigations and compliance needs. Using a risk-based approach to handling global and in-country risk assessments, our lawyers have spearheaded hundreds of high-profile investigations and compliance reviews across regions, languages and industries, involving both civil and criminal components. We have vast experience handling actions in jurisdictions across the U.K., U.S., and those initiated by foreign regulatory agencies.
Our practice is recognised as one of the world’s premier white collar crime teams and is highly ranked by notable legal industry directories, with Chambers (2024) praising our “strong global network” and Legal 500 (2024) sharing “the Kirkland team are outstanding at methodically working through complex internal investigations and ensuring that all relevant facts are identified. This is largely a result of their forensic attention to detail and ability to join a disparate array of facts to present the relevant narrative to the client…”
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Our International Trade and Regulatory Law Group have deep expertise in compliance and risk management. A key aspect of our work includes assisting our clients to navigate the increasingly complex backdrop of regulatory requirements to which they, their investors, lenders, advisors or partners may be subject.
We advise on stand-alone regulatory advice, transactional support, audits, compliance programme development and reviews, litigation and investigations. Our capabilities in the core areas of sanctions and export controls, national security and economic crime (such as anti-bribery and anti-money laundering) enables us to provide 360 degree support to clients operating in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in the world, helping them to stay ahead of the curve on strategic-level business risks. Our ability to combine seamless global advice on emerging regulatory issues with excellent transactional support makes our offering unmatched by any of our peer firms.
We have a thriving sanctions practice advising corporations, financial institutions and individuals on the economic, financial and trade sanctions regimes of the UN, EU, USA, UK and many other jurisdictions. This year, our team have had a significant focus advising clients on the impact of sanctions brought against Russia.
“Consistently impressive in balancing leading edge legal advice with unswerving pragmatism.”
Legal 500 2022