Ethan Kate

Ethan Kate

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

Email ethan.kate@​

Phone +1 202 637 6479

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Clients call Ethan Kate to advise them on their most complex international matters. Ethan has represented clients across six continents, helping them to act quickly and efficiently while navigating the complexities of a multi-jurisdictional regulatory landscape and minimizing the impact to their business and reputation.

Ethan has extensive experience advising clients on many of the regulations a multinational company will likely encounter, including anti-bribery and corruption, export controls and sanctions, anti-money laundering, and antitrust laws. Ethan leverages his experience leading internal investigations and responding to enforcement actions to proactively advise clients when building and enhancing their internal compliance programs, including benchmarking their programs against leading standards.

Ethan takes a skilled, nuanced, and culturally mindful approach when advising clients on matters that cross borders, having particular experience assisting clients throughout Asia. Ethan spent two years in the firm's Tokyo office, where he worked closely with companies throughout Asia (particularly Japanese and Chinese) as they navigated an increasingly complicated regulatory framework, protecting their interests while satisfying their regulatory obligations. Ethan advises on cross-jurisdictional issues such as data privacy, state secret, export controls, and other regulations restricting the export of data, regularly liaising with counterparts in relevant jurisdictions as the demands of U.S. regulators conflict with overseas regulations. He also works with clients to preserve privileges across jurisdictions.

Education and admissions


J.D., cum laude, Senior Research Honors, Northwestern University School of Law, 2011

B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

B.S.B.A. Finance, magna cum laude, University of Pittsburgh, 2007


Member, Illinois Bar Association, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia


Representative experience

Advising a Chinese company on building best-in-class export control and sanctions compliance program, conducting internal investigations, and making subsequent disclosures authorities.

Advising and conducting trainings for a client's global workforce related to implementing an effective compliance program and conducting internal investigations.

Advising a foreign financial institution designated as a "primary money laundering concern" in its negotiations with Treasury Department and in enhancing its AML compliance policies and procedures.

Counsel to privately held corporation conducting global investigation of export controls and sanctions violations and internal governance concerns.

Counsel to a client being raided by government agents under suspicion of violations of health care laws and subsequent internal and government investigation.

Counsel to a concert and exhibition promotion company in an FCPA investigation in Egypt.

Counsel to an energy company investigating the possible payment of bribes out of Japan.

Counsel to a money transfer company in an investigation related to money laundering and other allegations arising under the Bank Secrecy Act.

Counsel to Korean subsidiary of European company seeking U.S. advice regarding possible FCPA violations.

Counsel to a Japanese company in investigation related to allegations of violations of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Advising multiple companies conducting due diligence related to bribery/corruption, anti-money laundering, and export control and sanctions risks.

Counseling clients on strengthening corporate compliance standards and hotline reporting channels by evaluating the effectiveness of existing programs, identifying gaps, and evaluating enhancements.

Conducting internal investigations for numerous Japanese entities related to internal employment concerns, including power and gender harassment and conflicts of interest.

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