Katherine Kirkpatrick

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Chicago, IL
Direct Dial: +1 213 300 7394

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I’m General Counsel of Maple Finance, a capital-efficient corporate debt marketplace which facilitates undercollateralized loans for crypto institutions.

Prior to my move to Maple, I was a partner in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice at King & Spalding. I focused primarily on white collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance, and regulatory matters. I counseled numerous clients in different industries—including financial services, technology, education, housing, healthcare, and transportation—on global compliance. I also consulted on risk relating to mergers, acquisitions, and financings and performed targeted acquisition-related due diligence. With respect to digital assets, I advised entities in and outside of crypto on anti-money laundering compliance, Securities Exchange Act compliance, securities issues, entity formation, and governance.

I have extensive experience with digital assets and I'm a frequent writer and speaker on AML, cryptocurrency and blockchain-related compliance. In 2021 alone, my comments on these topics were featured in the Financial Times, the American Banker, Coindesk, Yahoo Finance, Kharon, the E-Commerce Times, Artnet News, and TechRepublic.

My past experience at K&S included work related to a wide variety of issues, including AML, the FCPA and anti-corruption, criminal sanctions, antitrust, market manipulation, insider trading, consumer protection, the FDCPA, the CDA, the FCA and FIRREA, securities, and taxation. I’ve represented corporations and individuals under investigation by a large number of government and regulatory entities, including DOJ, SEC, CFTC, NFA, OFAC, FINRA, state AGs, the NY DFS, the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, the OCC, and the Fed.

While at K&S, I was Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Services Industry of Focus and also served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Fintech, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Working Group. I was proud to help form and lead the K&S Chicago Women's Alliance and also served as a longtime member of the firmwide Hiring Committee. After my promotion to partner, I was named to Global Investigations Review's 40 Under 40, which profiles the world's leading young investigations specialists; Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 and 2021 40 & Under Hot List, which recognizes the top young litigation talent throughout the United States and Canada; Who's Whos Legal - Investigations 2021 and 2022 as an Investigations Future Leader; and Crain's Chicago Business as a 2021 Notable Rising Star in Law.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Asset Forfeiture/Restitutio
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Crisis Management
  • Cybercrime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Insider Trading
  • Internal Investigations
  • Privacy, Data Security and Information Law
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities & Futures Regulation
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime