Patrick Kirby is a member of the Public Policy Financial Services & Tax Practice, where he advises domestic and international clients on a variety of tax and financial services issues. He assists clients in developing and executing government relations strategies to further their legislative and regulatory interests before Congress, relevant congressional committees and regulatory agencies.

    Patrick has legal experience in domestic and international business transactions, assisting institutional investors with investments in private equity funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds. He also has experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions.

    During his time at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Patrick worked in the enforcement division at the Department of Treasury's Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), focusing on banking law and financial technology (fintech). Patrick also worked in the enforcement division at the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), concentrating on the legal frameworks related to digital currency, money transmitters, and anti-money laundering (AML). He served as a staff member for the North Carolina Law Review, which published his article “Virtually Possible: How to Strengthen Bitcoin Regulation within the Current Regulatory Framework,” in 2014.

    Before law school, Patrick worked in the business advisory practice at one of the largest global accounting and professional services firms in its New York, NY and McLean, VA offices. As a consultant, he advised banks and government-sponsored entities on a range of issues, including AML transaction monitoring, Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance, cross-border payments and housing finance.

    As an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary, Patrick worked in the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, J.D., North Carolina Law Review, 2015
    • College of William & Mary, B.A., 2010


    • District of Columbia, 2017
    • New York, 2016

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    • Author, "Cutting the Virtual Red Tape: An Analysis of Bitcoin Regulation from 2013-2016 and How to Improve the Regulatory Approach," FinTech Law Report, 2016.
    • Co-author, "Round 2: SEC Announces New Cybersecurity Exams", Squire Patton Boggs Alert (September 2015)
    • Author, "Virtually Possible: How to Strengthen Bitcoin Regulation Within the Current Regulatory Framework," North Carolina Law Review, 2014.

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