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London Partner David Kirk Featured as Thought Leader by Lawyer Monthly

August 31, 2016

McGuireWoods London partner David Kirk is the subject of a lengthy interview in the most recent edition of Lawyer Monthly about his work with the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Department as well as his distinguished tenure as a senior fraud prosecutor in the UK.

In the question-and-answer feature spread, Kirk discusses work that he feels has had the most substantial effect, his deep knowledge and perspectives about fraud, and what he hopes to achieve in an already heralded career in battling white collar crime.

Fraud, he said, is rightly a serious concern for business as well as governments “because it reduces profits, causes reputational damage and, in extreme cases, results in the loss of moral and corporate failure.”

In a short biography accompanying the article, the publication notes Kirk’s work at McGuireWoods with fellow Government Investigations and White Collar Crime partner Vivian Robinson, who was chiefly responsible for drafting the Guidance for the Section 7 corporate offense of failing to prevent bribery.

Asked how his role as chief criminal counsel at the UK’s Financial Service Authority and Financial Conduct Authority steeped him in financial crime law, he said it “provided me with insight into the world of financial regulation and the extent to which misconduct in this complex world can effectively be made subject to criminal investigation.”

He said fraud is international and cybercrime has enabled stolen money to cross national borders and land in a thief’s offshore account in the blink of an eye. “There is enormous international cooperation to combat such crime, but this cooperation faces” significant challenges and it is often too slow to be effective, he said. And while the United States “is often seen as the world’s policeman,” he said, “it, too, faces challenges when seeking to identify and bring to justice serious fraudsters.”