Nick Niles is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Nick represents and counsels clients on government enforcement actions, internal investigations, and cross-border transactional and compliance matters, with a focus on anti-corruption, sanctions, anti-money laundering, and related international risks.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Private Funds and Investment Advisers and the Corporate Transparency Act,” New York State Bar Association CLE Program, March 6, 2024


Co-author, “FinCEN Proposes to Increase AML Requirements for Investment Advisers,” Kirkland AIM, February 20, 2024

Co-author, “DOJ Announces New Safe Harbor Policy to Encourage Acquiring Companies to Timely Disclose Misconduct Uncovered During M&A Transactions,” Kirkland Alert, October 9, 2023

Co-author, “Kirkland & Ellis and Other Leading Law Firms Issue Detailed Guidance on the Corporate Transparency Act to the Private Funds Industry,” Kirkland AIM, September 28, 2023

Co-author, “FinCEN Beneficial Ownership Reporting — Implications for Family Offices,” Private Investment & Family Office Insights, June 7, 2023

Co-author, “FinCEN Issues Final Rule Relating to New Beneficial Ownership Reporting Obligations for Private Fund Managers, Private Funds and Portfolio Investments,” Kirkland AIM, October 4, 2022

“Effective International Risk Strategies for Nontraditional Investments,” Bloomberg Law Securities Regulation & Law Report, February 5, 2018

Press Mentions

Quoted in, “Local Lawyers Help Malian Woman Gain Asylum After Years of Abuse,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 31, 2012


Recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for International Trade, 2020–2022, 2024

Named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016–2024

Memberships & Affiliations

Enforcement Risk in Cross-Border Transactions, University of Chicago School of Law (co-teacher, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024) 

Board Member, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2011New York
  • 2011Illinois


  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of LawJ.D.magna cum laude2010

    Washington University Law Review, Executive Editor

  • Washington University in St. LouisB.A., Political Science2007