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Katherine Kirkpatrick is a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice in the Chicago office of King & Spalding. She focuses primarily on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance, and regulatory matters. Katherine has counseled numerous clients on compliance tailored to a variety of industries, including financial services, housing, and transportation.  Katherine has represented corporations and individuals under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the National Futures Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the New York Attorney General, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Federal Reserve Board, and others. 

Katherine is a co-chair of King & Spalding's Financial Services Industry of Focus.  She is also a member of the FinTech and Cryptocurrency and Financial Services Regulatory working groups.  Katherine currently serves as a member of the Hiring Committee, and is the former Chair of the New York Office Associates Committee.  Katherine is also a member of the board of directors of the Notre Dame Law Association.

Katherine earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Southern California.  She received her law degree, cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School, where she served as Student Bar Association President and Solicitations Editor of The Journal of Legislation.  While at Notre Dame, Katherine served as the student representative on the Law Dean Search Committee, and received the Judge Joseph E. Mahoney Award for leadership and the Captain William O. McLean Award for service.

Recent Publications

"Spoofing US Law and Enforcement," Thompson Reuters Practical Law (July 2019)

"Virtual Currency in Sanctioned Jurisdictions: Stepping Outside of SWIFT," Journal of Investment Compliance (July 2019)

"Why It's Taking So Long: the SEC and FINRA Issue Guidance on Crypto Broker-Dealer Complexities," King & Spalding Client Alert, JD Supra (July 2019)

"Artificial Intelligence and the Fair Housing Act: Algorithms Under Attack," King & Spalding Client Alert, Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (June 2019)

"Spoofing the Market: A Comparison of US and UK Law and Enforcement," Thomson Reuters Practical Law (June 2019)

"Tying It All Together: FinCEN Consolidates Several Years of Cryptocurrency Guidance," King & Spalding Client Alert, JD Supra (May 2019)

"How Far We Haven't Come: SEC Resistance to Blockchain Securities Continues?" King & Spalding Client Alert, JD Supra (April 2019)

"Japan Continues to Embrace Cryptocurrency with Launch of Self-Regulatory Organization: Will the US or Other Countries Follow Suit?" TabbFORUM (November 2018)

"King & Spalding: Transatlantic Business Crime and Investigations Column," Thompson Reuters Practical Law (Periodic)

“DOJ’s Increasing Involvement in Internal Investigations,” New York Law Journal (July 2017)

“The FX Global Code: The Rules are Made to be Followed,” TabbFORUM (June 2017)

“Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate E-Mail: Navigating the Morass of Personal Communications in Investigations,” King & Spalding Client Alert, JD Supra (June 2017)

“FinTech – The CFTC’s Silver Bullet?,” The Temple 10-Q, TabbFORUM, JD Supra (April 2017)

“Regulatory Changes in Retail Forex Market Will Continue,” Asset Management, Banking, Capital Markets Public Policy and Securities Law360 (September 2015)

“High Frequency Trading: The Regulatory Debate,” New York Law Journal (July 2014)

“The SCRA and Student Loans – Senate Hearings Highlight Agency Collaboration on Investigative and Enforcement Activities,” King & Spalding Client Alert (September 2013)

“FIRREA: A Renewed and Formidable Enforcement Weapon,” Banking Law 360 (August 2013)

“The SCRA and Motor Vehicles – Auto Loans Vroom in the Forefront of Enforcement,” King & Spalding Client Alert (May 2013)

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Credentials

J.D., University of Notre Dame, cum laude

B.A. Journalism, University of Southern California, cum laude

Illinois

New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Her Justice Junior Advisory Board

Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors

United Way Young Leaders Council

Matters

Defending a global Foreign exchange market broker in connection with an investigation of foreign exchange trading and litigation tied to allegations of undercapitalization and issues related to certain Company policies, representations, and systems and controls.

Representing a multinational financial institution in connection with an Office of Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board consent order-mandated foreclosure file review.

Representing individual executives in connection with domestic and international investigations involving LIBOR rates and ISDAfix.  

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Matters

Defending a global Foreign exchange market broker in connection with an investigation of foreign exchange trading and litigation tied to allegations of undercapitalization and issues related to certain Company policies, representations, and systems and controls.

Representing a multinational financial institution in connection with an Office of Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board consent order-mandated foreclosure file review.

Representing individual executives in connection with domestic and international investigations involving LIBOR rates and ISDAfix.  

Representing the Audit Committee of a global company in connection with a large-scale internal investigation into allegations of misconduct relating to complex accounting issues, including revenue recognition practices, disclosures, internal controls, corporate culture, and certain employment practices.

Defending the CEO of a nonprofit from multiple felony charges, including commercial bribery and insurance fraud.

Defending an international financial institution from enforcement actions based on conspiracy to commit tax fraud and securities violations brought by the Justice Department, the SEC, the Federal Reserve, and the New York State Department of Financial Services, and a related congressional inquiry by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; representing same company in connection with collateral consequences and post-resolution undertakings.

Representing a global bank in the successful avoidance of federal criminal charges and a civil FIRREA action linked to allegations of bank fraud and wire fraud.

Matters

Defending a global Foreign exchange market broker in connection with an investigation of foreign exchange trading and litigation tied to allegations of undercapitalization and issues related to certain Company policies, representations, and systems and controls.

Representing a multinational financial institution in connection with an Office of Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board consent order-mandated foreclosure file review.

Representing individual executives in connection with domestic and international investigations involving LIBOR rates and ISDAfix.  

See more
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Close

Matters

Defending a global Foreign exchange market broker in connection with an investigation of foreign exchange trading and litigation tied to allegations of undercapitalization and issues related to certain Company policies, representations, and systems and controls.

Representing a multinational financial institution in connection with an Office of Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Reserve Board consent order-mandated foreclosure file review.

Representing individual executives in connection with domestic and international investigations involving LIBOR rates and ISDAfix.  

Representing the Audit Committee of a global company in connection with a large-scale internal investigation into allegations of misconduct relating to complex accounting issues, including revenue recognition practices, disclosures, internal controls, corporate culture, and certain employment practices.

Defending the CEO of a nonprofit from multiple felony charges, including commercial bribery and insurance fraud.

Defending an international financial institution from enforcement actions based on conspiracy to commit tax fraud and securities violations brought by the Justice Department, the SEC, the Federal Reserve, and the New York State Department of Financial Services, and a related congressional inquiry by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; representing same company in connection with collateral consequences and post-resolution undertakings.

Representing a global bank in the successful avoidance of federal criminal charges and a civil FIRREA action linked to allegations of bank fraud and wire fraud.

Credentials

J.D., University of Notre Dame, cum laude

B.A. Journalism, University of Southern California, cum laude

Illinois

New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Her Justice Junior Advisory Board

Notre Dame Law Association Board of Directors

United Way Young Leaders Council