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


"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


Named a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016–2023

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

Memberships & Affiliations

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

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