Michael CaseyPartner at Kirkland & Ellis International
Mike’s practice focuses on representing clients in investigations, transactions, and regulatory matters related to economic sanctions, export controls, money laundering, international corruption, customs, and the CFIUS review process.
Mike has represented companies in investigations initiated by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Directorate of Defense Trade Control, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Census Bureau. He has conducted numerous internal investigations involving potential violations of economic sanctions, export controls, anti-bribery laws, and anti-money laundering laws in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. He has also represented individuals in pending and threatened litigation related to potential violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Mike regularly advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, hedge funds, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, oil and gas companies, and international logistics providers on a wide range of compliance issues. He has drafted policies and procedures for numerous U.S. and foreign companies in a variety of industrial sectors. He regularly works with companies in developing and implementing state-of-the-art compliance programs.
Mike assists clients with carrying out due diligence and making regulatory filings for many types of corporate transactions. He has successfully guided several foreign companies through the CFIUS review process in connection with their acquisitions of U.S. companies.
He is the lead author of Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance: A Practitioner’s Guide to OFAC, a book published by Bloomberg BNA. In addition, national journals have published more than 20 of his articles related to sanctions, anti-money laundering, and export controls. Mike has also been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Law360.
Mike maintains an active pro bono practice. He has worked closely with an international NGO in investigating and documenting human rights abuses in Afghanistan, Syria, and Pakistan.