Anthony Rapa is recommended counsel on international regulation and compliance. He is praised for his expertise in export controls and economic sanctions where he has ‘excellent analytical skills.’ - Who’s Who Legal

Anthony Rapa is a partner in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis, where he is a member of the Firm’s International Trade and National Security group. He counsels companies, private equity sponsors, and financial institutions worldwide regarding regulatory compliance in the context of cross-border operations and investments.

Anthony has been recognized by Global Investigations Review and Who’s Who Legal as a leading practitioner in U.S., UK, and EU economic sanctions and export controls compliance. He advises clients regarding matters arising under economic sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS); the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and companion UK and EU regimes.

Anthony has advised clients around the world, including companies based in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa, across a broad range of industries. His experience includes representations of clients in the following industries: energy, technology, software, semiconductor, manufacturing, mining, financial, automotive, telecommunications, defense, aerospace, legal, and shipping.

Anthony has assisted clients in practically all aspects of sanctions and export control compliance. Such assistance has included conducting large-scale international internal investigations and submitting voluntary disclosures to authorities, leading sanctions and export control due diligence efforts in the M&A context, submitting license and advisory opinion requests, spearheading complex product classifications under the EAR and ITAR, developing compliance policies, and providing counseling with respect to transactions that involve high-risk jurisdictions and/or export-controlled items.

Anthony previously practiced in the United Kingdom, and is admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales. He advises clients on international regulatory compliance matters arising under UK and EU law, often in conjunction with U.S. law issues, and provides clients with comprehensive U.S., UK, and EU advice on a given transaction in the international regulatory context.


Thought Leadership


“Iran Sanctions: High Noon Approaches,” Federal Publications Seminars (September 26, 2018)

“Russia Sanctions—Where Things Stand,” Federal Publications Seminars (May 31, 2018)

“U.S. Encryption Export Controls,” Federal Publications Seminars (April 26, 2018)

“Dual-Use Export Controls: Application of U.S. Export Controls Outside the U.S.,” Federal Publications Seminars (March 29, 2018)

“Introduction to Dual-Use Export Controls: U.S. EAR and EU Dual-Use Regulation,” Federal Publications Seminars (February 27, 2018)

“Recent Developments in Economic Sanctions: Russia, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba,” Federal Publications Seminars (November 15, 2017)

“Building an Export Compliance Program,” Federal Publications Seminars (2014–18)


“Future Leader,” Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2019

“Future Leader,” Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2018

“GIR’s 40 Under 40,” Global Investigations Review (2017)

“Subject Matter Expert,” Federal Publications

Memberships & Affiliations

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • United States Court of Federal Claims


  • Seton Hall University School of LawJ.D.summa cum laude2007

    Comments Editor, Seton Hall Law Review

  • Drew UniversityB.A., Economicssumma cum laude2003