Brendan C. Hanifin


  • JD, magna cum laude, Fordham University, 2011; Order of the Coif; Fordham Law Review
  • BA, Williams College, 2008


  • Illinois, 2015
  • New York, 2012
  • Massachusetts, 2011

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015

Brendan C. Hanifin


Brendan Hanifin is counsel in the government enforcement group of Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Brendan advises clients on anti-corruption and international risk compliance, as well as clinical research-related issues. Brendan has experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, energy, and transportation and logistics industries in internal and government-initiated investigations of potential violations of international corruption laws, economic sanctions, customs regulations, and export control laws. Brendan also regularly advises private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies on corruption, sanctions, and money laundering risks related to various transactions and investments.

Brendan has assisted clients across a broad range of industries to develop and implement policies on compliance-related topics, including anti-corruption, economic sanctions, anti-boycott, and import and export compliance, as well as clinical trial budgeting and research data retention. Brendan’s pro bono practice has included the successful representation of numerous clients with criminal records in post-conviction relief proceedings in federal and state court, as well as administrative licensing hearings.


  • Represented a multinational energy company in investigation of potential violations of the Export Administration Regulations.
  • Represented a U.S.-based company in investigation of possible violations of import and export control laws and anti-boycott restrictions involving conduct across multiple international jurisdictions.
  • Represented a publicly-traded energy company in diagnostic review of anti-corruption and economic sanctions controls.
  • Represented an oil and gas company in global trade compliance diagnostic review; assisted company to enhance controls related to compliance with import and export control laws, economic sanctions, and anti-boycott laws.
  • Represented a medical device company in a wide-ranging DOJ and SEC corruption investigation involving countries across Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Represented an international transport and customs brokerage company in investigations of potential violations of economic sanctions involving subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and the Middle East; prepared multiple submissions to OFAC.
  • Represented a customs brokerage company in CBP enforcement action related to purported violations of U.S. customs regulations.
  • Represented industrial equipment manufacturer in global risk assessment related to anti-corruption and international trade issues; assisted company to update and improve its trade compliance policy and procedures.
  • Represented multiple U.S.-based companies in corruption investigations involving conduct in Brazil and Mexico.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple investigations involving research misconduct issues and prepared communications to professional journals and external researchers regarding retractions.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in internal investigations related to investigator-initiated research studies, adverse event reporting practices, and other pharmacovigilance activities in Japan.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in separate proactive reviews of clinical trial budgeting and payment practices in China and Japan.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in government inquiry into compliance with clinical trial registration and results reporting requirements.



  • Presenter, “International Risk Developments for Oil & Gas Companies,” Bloomberg BNA (February 2017)