Biography

Asheesh Goel is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Asheesh focuses his practice on securities enforcement matters, including internal investigations, government investigations and enforcement actions. Over his career, Asheesh has developed substantial depth advising clients on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, and other related anti-corruption laws, financial statement and disclosure issues, insider trading and other securities enforcement issues.

As noted recently in Chambers & Partners USA, Asheesh “is recognized for his ‘very insightful’ experience in advising clients” and “has a brilliant mind for identifying issues and has a great ability to present those matters in a way that cuts the complexity down.” Chambers USA has further noted that he is “very thorough and strategic in the way he thinks with a very sharp and well-developed legal mind.” According to them, he has been “described by clients as ‘very experienced and like a guru on FCPA.’”

Chambers & Partners Global noted “peers are impressed with the strategic approach of Asheesh Goel,” “deep regulatory experience sees him regularly handling cross-border securities enforcement matters and FCPA issues” and that “[c]lients admire his knowledge of US law and regard him as a ‘fantastic lawyer, very commercial and practical.’” Chambers Global also said that Asheesh has “extensive experience with the [Indian] subcontinent” and is “great for anti-corruption in China and Latin America as well as India.” 

Asheesh’s work has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Asheesh was the co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s global anti-corruption and international risks practice as well as the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Asheesh also held the position of branch chief with the Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, where he spearheaded numerous high-profile investigations and litigation involving financial statement and disclosure fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, insider trading, investment advisory fraud and other potential violations of the securities laws. During his tenure at the SEC, Asheesh received three Special Act Awards for exemplary work on investigations and litigation.