L. Burke Files – Due Diligence for the Financial Professional

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Due Diligence for the Financial Professional 2nd Edition

An entertaining and hands on guide to the Due Diligence Process! This book covers the traditional concepts such as Background Checks, Financial Investigations, and Money Laundering, and includes 7 comprehensive lists and questionnaires, as well as new areas including Transparency, Heuristics and Biases, Intellectual Property and Critical Information, Asset Recovery and the Future of Fraud.

Due Diligence is a well written guide to the investigative thought process and not another book of mindless check lists. Due Diligence is the process of doing one’s homework on an opportunity or a person to ensure the decision maker has the information needed to make a reasonably informed choice. Due Diligence is about knowing how to ask the right questions, get truthful and complete answers and be cognizant of the knowledge filters and manipulators that can be barriers to making informed decisions.

The book’s audience includes Investors, Investment Bankers, CFO’s, Treasury Professionals and the Lawyers and Accountants that work with them, Law Enforcement, Gate Keepers and Compliance Professionals.

Tell us something about yourself.

Gad – I do not know what to say… I have done a lot. I am a savant in bizarre and obscure things financial and economic. I have worked or been in over 35 countries.

I’m about to take a 500 mile bike ride on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Spain, and blog about our trip as we go. I’m going to Run with the Bulls in Spain as well.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

It is a project that requires a private and personal dedication. I can think of no lonelier project in life.

So – understanding the commitment and the environment – write – even if just for your self – write – if you are not sure what to say – write.

Even if you only sell 100 books – that’s more than 99.99% of the population and a worthy hobby, avocation or profession.

I also found I like paper and pencil / pen – not computers to think. There is something about the feel of writing on paper that causes one to slow down and feel the words not just crank them out. I am sure this is me. Computers are for the 2nd and N extra drafts.

Bookstores don’t like you – and they don’t care. Nor should you care – focus on the product. Each and every word matters – if it does not matter – cut the word, the paragraph – the chapter…. Also look at the typeface, the cartography of the pages, the cover etc…. I went through many designers who did not listen – who were color blind etc… When I found the designer who listened – it was magic – Thanks Zoe.

Also it is really cool as the thoughts and characters come to life in the mind and the joy is getting them on paper. And as soon as you see and read the finished product you won’t like it…

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

Same book – fix the mistakes in the first edition.

New book – buy a cabin with no phone and miss labeled address.

I know what I want to do and write – but… the cache in my head require time and money and I may not have the current cash in the bank to empty the cache on paper.

I am not sure any of this is unique to any writer.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

It is a bully pulpit and worthwhile if you have something to say. If you have nothing to say – stop now.

It takes longer than you thought, it’s harder than you ever imagined and most of the services that offer to help – don’t.

Diligence, fortitude and alone time are required – if you lack one – explore yourself and your environment until you can find all three.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

The book’s audience includes Investors, Investment Bankers, CFO’s, Treasury Professionals and the Lawyers and Accountants that work with them, Law Enforcement, Gate Keepers and Compliance Professionals.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Due Diligence is available at Amazon.com and at www.aegisjournal.com. ISBN 978-0-9823723-3-3