Partner, Director of International Investigations
Patrick has more than twenty-five years of experience in conducting investigations around the world, and specializes in investigating complex transnational fraud and corruption cases.
Prior to Quinlan, Patrick was the head of the anti-corruption and internal investigations practices for a global investigative firm, where he spent more than twelve years. He has managed and conducted due diligence, litigation, asset tracing, fraud, corruption and misconduct investigations on behalf of counsel, international organizations, governments, investors and corporate clients. Patrick has led matters in more than a hundred countries and conducted investigative work on the ground in approximately two dozen countries, including in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Previously, Patrick conducted international investigations on behalf of the World Bank Group and the Independent Inquiry Committee (“Volcker Committee”) into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq. Patrick was a Senior Investigator for the Volcker Committee and played a key role in the high-profile investigation into allegations of corruption against the Executive Director of the U.N. program. For the World Bank, Patrick conducted numerous procurement and financial investigations of development projects in Africa and Asia, as well as investigations of various internal fraud and corruption allegations. Prior to this, Patrick worked for several years as an analyst with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Dispute Analysis & Investigations practice.
Patrick was recently ranked Band 1 for business intelligence and investigations professionals in the U.S. by Chambers and Partners in their 2021 Litigation Support Guide. Chambers wrote:
Kelkar is vastly experienced in misconduct, fraud and corruption investigations, as well as being highly competent in bespoke intelligence gathering for the purposes of litigation. "When I work with Patrick I know I can trust the process will be done in a credible way, with no stone unturned, and the results will be reliable," notes a market insider. "He's gone to Quinlan to do high-level work specifically in disputes and investigations," adds another interviewee. One client is particularly effusive in their praise, saying: "Patrick Kelkar is my go-to person. He has decades of experience, has seen every difficult situation play out and is a steady hand in times of crisis. His sophistication and accessibility make him a partner rather than a service provider."
Patrick was twice engaged by a global humanitarian NGO with operations in more than 40 countries and 10,000 employees, to help establish and manage their internal investigative unit. He oversaw more than 200 investigations of fraud, corruption and misconduct, supervising investigative teams operating around the world, including in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and the U.S. Patrick led investigative missions in the Middle East, conducting dozens of interviews of staff, third-party witnesses and subjects of investigation. In many cases, this work included reviews of documents and interviews at remote locations in insecure environments. The work also included numerous email and other computer forensic reviews. Patrick often reported to the President and CEO of the NGO, other senior management and the audit committee of the board on significant investigations.
On behalf of the Utah House of Representatives’ Special Investigative Committee examining allegations against the Utah Attorney General, Patrick ran much of the day-to-day investigation by the team on the ground in Utah over the course of three and a half months and conducted dozens of interviews of members of the Utah Attorney General’s office and third party-witnesses, working closely with the local FBI field office and outside counsel. He drafted key sections of a report that was released to the public and presented in testimony in front of the Utah House committee on live TV. The Attorney General resigned during the investigation.
For a Fortune 100 company, Patrick led an investigation of misconduct allegations against the executive director of a joint venture with the government of a West African country. This included dozens of interviews in country together with the Inspector General of the Ministry of Mines, as well as additional interviews in Europe. Patrick later presented the findings of the investigation to the board of the joint venture company.
In the context of the Operation Car Wash (“Lava Jato”) corruption scandal in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America, and on behalf of several large investment firms, banks, institutional investors and multinational companies, Patrick led multiple due diligence reviews ahead of potential asset purchases and acquisitions in Brazil, as well as providing investigative support to internal inquiries of alleged wrongdoing.
For a variety of multinational companies and international organizations, Patrick has led or assisted investigations of fraud, corruption and misconduct, including conducting interviews, as well as document and email reviews.
Patrick has also led hundreds of due diligence reviews in sensitive matters related to M&A transactions, joint ventures, agent relationships, and potential sanctions exposure around the globe.