Brendan C. Hanifin


  • JD, magna cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 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
  • Member, International Trade Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 (2018, 2019)

Brendan C. Hanifin


Brendan Hanifin is counsel in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Brendan advises clients on international risk compliance matters as well as clinical research-related issues. Brendan has experience representing clients in the energy, health care, and transportation and logistics industries in internal and government investigations of potential violations of anti-corruption laws, economic sanctions, export control laws, customs regulations, and anti-boycott laws. Brendan regularly advises private equity sponsors, investment advisers, and multinational companies on international risk issues related to various transactions and investments. Brendan also advises clients on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States review process.

Brendan has assisted clients across a broad range of industries to develop or enhance their compliance programs. A member of Law360’s International Trade Editorial Advisory Board, Brendan writes frequently on economic sanctions, anti-corruption, and other international risk topics. 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 hearings.


  • Represented an international transport and customs brokerage company in investigations of potential violations of economic sanctions involving subsidiaries in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East; prepared multiple submissions to OFAC.
  • Represented a multinational energy company in investigation of potential violations of the EAR.
  • 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 jurisdictions.
  • Represented a U.S.-based energy company in investigation of possible violations of U.S. anti-boycott laws.
  • Represented a customs brokerage company in major CBP enforcement action related to purported violations of U.S. customs regulations.
  • Represented a medical device company in a wide-ranging DOJ and SEC corruption investigation involving countries across Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Represented multiple U.S.-based companies in corruption investigations involving conduct in Brazil and Mexico.
  • 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 multiple investigations involving research misconduct issues and prepared communications to professional journals and external researchers regarding retractions.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in government inquiry into compliance with clinical trial registration and results reporting requirements.
  • Assisted companies to develop procedures for conducting business in Iran in compliance with OFAC’s General License H. 
  • 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 publicly-traded energy company in diagnostic review of anti-corruption and economic sanctions controls.
  • 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 a pharmaceutical manufacturer in separate proactive reviews of clinical trial budgeting and payment practices in China and Japan.



  • Presenter, “International Risks Posed By Digital Currencies,” Ropes & Gray Webinar (April 2018)
  • Presenter, “International Risk Developments for Oil & Gas Companies,” Bloomberg BNA (February 2017)
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