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Abigail Cotterill

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Abby Cotterill is Of Counsel in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s International Trade and National Security Practice Group in the Washington, D.C., office. Abby regularly provides legal advice to companies, financial institutions, and private equity sponsors on the regulatory and other risks of operating or investing across international borders.

Abby focuses her practice on international trade and anticorruption compliance and investigations. She has broad experience on matters involving the economic sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the export controls administered under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations(ITAR) of the U.S. Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and anticorruption compliance counseling in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act(FCPA).

Abby routinely advises clients on economic sanctions, export controls, and anticorruption risk assessments, designs and tests international trade and anticorruption compliance programs, conducts third party due diligence, performs internal compliance audits and investigations, and represents clients in front of OFAC, BIS, DDTC, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Her experience extends across industry sectors (e.g., energy, technology, industrials, airline, and finance) and geographies (e.g., Asia, Latin America, and Africa).

She is an active member of the Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.


Duke University School of Law, J.D., 2011; Yale University, B.A., Anthropology, cum laude, 2007.

United States: Dispute resolution

International trade

Within: International trade

Anchored from Washington DC, but with the ability to draw upon key practitioners in Europe and Asia, Kirkland & Ellis LLP's international trade and national security practice provides a 'holistic and integrated service' across a range of non-contentious trade issues. Spearheaded by the 'excellent' Mario Mancuso, the team picks up a significant amount of CFIUS work both in a freestanding capacity and by virtue of its huge volume of transactional work for its roster of private equity sponsors. Mancuso recently advised Brookfield Infrastructure on the $1.1bn acquisition of a US data center portfolio from AT&T Corporation. The team also provides strategic compliance advice across anti-corruption, sanctions and export control matters. Sanjay Mullick is also a key member of the team, which was strengthened by the recent recruitment of Anthony Rapa and of counsel Abigail Cotterill, from Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Miller & Chevalier Chartered respectively.

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