Mr Asheesh Goel > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > Chicago, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
United States


Asheesh is co-head of Kirkland & Ellis’ government enforcement defense and internal investigations group. He focuses on securities enforcement matters, including internal and government investigations and enforcement actions involving allegations that may implicate myriad anti-corruption laws, financial statement and disclosure issues, insider trading and other securities enforcement issues. Asheesh is also a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.


Former co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s global anti-corruption and risks practice; Former managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office; Former Branch Chief, SEC Division of Enforcement.


University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1995; University of Illinois, B.S., Finance, 1992.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The ‘diverse and very intelligent and experienced’ team at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile investigations by enforcement authorities for both individuals and corporate clients. On the individual’s side, the firm has considerable experience in representing senior executives in House and Senate inquiries. Practice heads Mark Filip and Asheesh Goel work across the Washington DC and Chicago offices, and oversee a team which includes former DOJ, SEC and FTC attorneys. Filip is recommend for enforcement defense and internal investigations, while Goel is recommended for securities enforcement, FCPA matters, economic sanctions and money laundering matters. Brigham Cannon handles white-collar and regulatory defense, and also compliance matters. In September 2021, the team was strengthened with the arrival of Nader Salehi from Sidley Austin LLP and Kyle DeYoung from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; and in Dallas with the joining of Erin Nealy Cox. Erica Williams left for an in-house role at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in early 2022. Named attorneys are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

India > Foreign firms

Kirkland & Ellis LLP offers a significant range of India-related expertise on cross-border acquisitions, off-shore financing, international risk/regulatory compliance and tax. It has a strong client roster of private equity firms in addition to international corporates investing in India. Based in New York, Srinivas Kaushik acts for such clients on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and strategic investments. Also in New York, Atif Khawaja‘s work is focused on disputes including IP litigation. Asheesh Goel in Chicago and Cori Lable in Hong Kong co-lead the international risk practice, advising international investors and companies on areas including securities enforcement, government investigations and enforcement actions. Goel also advises on the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In Hong Kong, Manas Chandrashekar advises sponsors/borrowers and lenders on a range of financings and investments.