Michael E. Zolandz

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Mike Zolandz is the chair of Dentons' Federal Regulatory and Compliance practice, and is a leader in the Firm's Public Policy and Government groups. As an industry leader, he routinely advises nonprofits, global corporations and associations at the intersection of politics, policy, business and finance, with a particular emphasis on the financial institutions, life sciences, health care and manufacturing sectors.

In the business advisory arena, he specializes in cross-border transactions and regulations related to international commerce, particularly with respect to inbound foreign investment and US sanctions programs. Mike offers clients practical expertise and guidance in advising on US export controls, notification procedures under Exon-Florio (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS) reviews, and application of US sanctions programs to joint venture agreements and investments throughout the Middle East and Asia. He also advises on complex federal marketing and legislative initiatives, and transactions that have significant political and policy implications, using his knowledge of the legislative process to maximize client opportunities.

Integrating with the Financial Crisis Special Situations Group, Mike advises financial services industry clients on the implications of market-changing events and offers real-time insight and analysis on the impacts of recent economic stabilization legislation. He offers political and legislative analysis to investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms and other financial services industry participants on key developments and emerging trends in a number of industries, including energy, health care, automotive and banking.

Mike counsels on campaign finance and ethics law, lobbying disclosure requirements and pay-to-play restrictions, including the formation and management of federal and state political action committees, Securities and Exchange Commission and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board rules related to investment advisors, and compliance programs for both lobbying disclosure and political activity. From strategy and formation of political committees and nonprofit advocacy entities, to developing compliance programs and managing federal and state enforcement issues, he offers clients the full range of political law solutions and counsel.



  • US technology developers and software companies: Advised regarding US encryption export controls and sanctions programs.
  • Global 500 insurance company: Counseled on issues related to the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
  • Leading financial institutions: Advised on business and US legal considerations related to operations and joint ventures in the Middle East under US sanctions and anti-boycott laws.
  • International cellular conglomerate: Counseled on promotion of business abroad and US foreign assistance.
  • Indian and Chinese corporations: Advised on US legal requirements for investment in the US under the CFIUS process.
  • Multinational energy company: Advised on enforcement actions under federal and state campaign finance laws.



    Honors and Awards

    • Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Government: Political Law, National, 20



    Activities and Affiliations


    • Speaker, "Effective Implementation of Financial Sanctions and Asset Freezing," Economic Sanctions and Financial Crime Forum, London, England, November 15-16, 2017
    • Panelist, "United States Sanctions - Latest Developments," 10th Annual CLE Seminar for In-House Counsel, October 27, 2017
    • "Navigating Developments in Iran and Ukraine-related Sanctions: Implications for the Wider Caucasus Region," US-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, March 18, 2016
    • "Sanctions Compliance Challenges facing Financial Institutions," American Bar Association, May 19, 2015
    • "Is Iran Open for Business? Iran Sanctions Relief and the Risk Implications for Banks and Businesses," Thomson Reuters Accelus, May 1, 2014
    • "New Iran Sanctions: Global Risk and Regulatory Game Changer," Florida International Bankers Association, November 18, 2011