Abdus Samad Pardesi - Partner

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Abdus Samad Pardesi

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Professional Profile

Abdus Samad Pardesi is a partner in the Government & Internal Investigations Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Samad concentrates his practice on complex litigation and anti-corruption and related compliance matters.

Samad has conducted numerous internal investigations on behalf of public and private companies, including interfacing with government and quasi-government authorities in multiple jurisdictions. These investigations related to a wide array of matters, including bribery/corruption, employee embezzlement, financial fraud, improper sales and trade practices, and more. Samad also advises global companies of all sizes on building out their compliance programs, including through hands-on implementation of policies, trainings, third party controls, and monitoring infrastructure. Samad has particular experience advising private equity, life sciences, pharmaceutical, medical device, and manufacturing clients.

Samad also has experience with a broad range of commercial litigation matters, with a particular focus on deal and transaction litigation, including post-closing disputes, fiduciary duty claims, and securities matters. Samad has also litigated matters in a number of other areas, including breach of contract, business torts, consumer fraud, False Claims Act, and trade secrets.

Samad maintains an active and diverse pro bono practice, with an emphasis on helping persecuted individuals obtain asylum in the United States. In 2016, he was identified as a Rising Star by the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. He has also represented clients in a variety of other pro bono matters, including human trafficking matters, consumer fraud, personal injury defense, and administrative hearings.

Representative Matters

Prior to joining Kirkland, Samad’s representative matters included:

Internal Investigations and Enforcement Matters

  • Lead multiple, global internal investigations for a medical products company for a variety of matters, including bribery of healthcare professionals and government officials, revenue manipulation and other financial fraud, embezzlement, improper sales practices, witness tampering, and other employee misconduct.

  • Currently representing a medical device company in World Bank sanctions proceedings.

  • Conducted internal investigation for global manufacturing company in response to allegations by the Korean government of improper trade practices and bribery of government officials.

  • Conducted internal investigations into bribery and improper trade practices for a publicly traded life sciences company.

  • Investigated allegations of embezzlement by employees of a global healthcare company.

  • Conducted internal investigation on behalf of automobile company into various improprieties in its global operations, including China, Mexico, India, and Egypt.

Compliance Counseling

  • Built a revamped compliance program for a medical device company, including creation of global policies, trainings, monitoring processes, and third party management tools.

  • Managed multiple in-country and anti-corruption risk assessments for a global medical device company.

  • Conducted global risk assessment for life sciences company.

  • Developed new compliance program―including policies, training, and third-party tools―for publicly traded life sciences company.

  • Advised a global manufacturing company regarding various aspects of its compliance program, including policies, procedures, and third party risks.

  • Conducted an enterprise anti-corruption review for a multinational medical products company, advising the company on enhancements to its compliance program consistent with guidance from U.S. and other government authorities.

  • Developed anti-corruption policy and compliance program for agricultural private equity firm and its portfolio companies.

  • Developed anti-corruption policy for payment solutions and marketing services provider.

  • Developed compliance policies and procedures for an industrial manufacturer.

Deal Litigation and Counseling

  • Secured a favorable settlement for a private equity fund in a fraud action in Delaware Chancery Court arising out of the acquisition of a portfolio company.

  • Advised the Board of Directors and management of a large medical device company in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

  • Represented a large publicly-traded company in an indemnification dispute arising out of a spin-off transaction with the company’s former parent.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a private equity fund in an Illinois State Court fraud claim relating to the purchase of a portfolio company.

  • Advised private equity funds in connection with various pre-closing post-closing matters, including appraisal matters, breaches of representations and warranties, management disputes, and disbursement of sale proceeds.

  • Represented Fortune 100 company in breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims arising out of a corporate acquisition.

Complex Commercial Disputes

  • Represented a large business jet manufacturer in multi-million dollar arbitration proceedings with a supplier.

  • Won dismissal with prejudice of a business tort claim on behalf of an aerospace company in a dispute with a downstream buyer.

  • Represented independent trustees of a mutual fund company in legal proceedings under Section 36(b) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

  • Successfully defended trade secret claim on behalf of an equipment manufacturer in a dispute with a supplier.

  • Won a favorable settlement for a medical services provider in a breach-of-contract action with a supplier.

  • Represented private equity fund in False Claims Act brought by several state governments.

Pro Bono

  • Obtained asylum for a torture victim from Eritrea.

  • Served as primary counsel for amicus curiae submitting briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals regarding the duress exception to the persecutor bar for asylum.

  • Secured a successful settlement in a class action matter brought by public housing residents in New Orleans against federal and state housing authorities.

  • Secured a near-full recovery for a defrauded customer in a consumer fraud claim against a used car dealership.

  • Defeated civil charges brought by the City of Chicago in an administrative hearing against an indigent individual.

  • Successfully represented a trafficking victim in litigation against her traffickers.

  • Defended a not-for-profit community basketball organization in a personal injury lawsuit, securing a settlement with no compensation.

  • Defeated a motion to compel testimony by an incarcerated individual, successfully asserting the individual’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

  • Successfully appealed the denial of medical benefits to an asylum seeker.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

Other Distinctions

Rising Star — National Immigrant Justice Center (2016)


John Sorkin, Michael Pilo and Samad Pardesi, “Court More Likely to Equate Deal Price with Fair Value Following Appropriate Sales Process,” International Law Office (May 10, 2017)

Asheesh Goel, Samad Pardesi and Charlie Zagnoli, “The Next Best Thing,” Latin Lawyer (April 20, 2016)

Zachary Brez and Samad Pardesi, “Interesting Times Ahead For CFIUS And Foreign Investors,” Law360 (March 17, 2016)

Doug Hallward-Driemeier, John Bueker, Samad Pardesi and Saqib Hussain, “Supreme Court’s FCA Ruling May Prove a Big Defense Win,” Corporate Counsel (August 20, 2015)

Laura Hoey, Samad Pardesi and Deanna Foster, “MedTech Europe Calls for the End of Direct Sponsorship,” Bloomberg BNA Medical Devices & Law Industry Report (January 21, 2015)

James Dowden and Samad Pardesi, “How Esquenazi Will Play Out In Emerging Economies,” Law360 (October 27, 2014)


“The FCPA’s Influence on the Enactment and Enforcement of Global Anti-bribery Laws,” [email protected] Conference (February 21, 2018)

“M&A Disputes — When Good Deals Go Bad,” Fraud and Forensic Symposium (October 21, 2015)

“Law Firm Economics,” Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms’ Law Firm Boot Camp (February 23, 2013 and February 22, 2014)

“Rule 4.2: Recent Developments on the No-Contact Rule," Chicago Bar Association’s Committee on Attorney Malpractice (May 1, 2012)

Prior Experience

Associate — Ropes & Gray LLP (September 2014–August 2017)

Associate — Jenner & Block LLP (November 2009–August 2014)

Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow — Office of the Cook County Public Guardian (May 2009–October 2009)


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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