Owen D. Kurtin’s practice focuses on corporate, commercial and regulatory representation of both mature and early stage companies, investors and lenders in the Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Communications & Media, Information Technologies and Satellites & Space sectors. He also has experience in the Energy and Financial Services sectors.
Mr. Kurtin advises on a wide range of M&A and private equity transactions, including buyouts, divestitures and roll-ups; cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances; securities offerings and private placements; and financial and strategic investments. He also counsels company boards and officers on their fiduciary obligations and other governance issues and shareholders on their rights. He has also implemented Swiss Principal and related corporate governance structures for multinational enterprises and investment trusts and other investment vehicles.
Mr. Kurtin also advises on complex commercial arrangements such as the development, financing, manufacture, outsourcing, distribution and deployment of: terrestrial, satellite and submarine broadband telecommunications and media networks; telecommunications, aerospace, energy, IT, health IT and cybersecurity services, software and equipment; biotechnology and life sciences products; and digital media content and other intellectual property rights. Mr. Kurtin also has experience in civil rights and Constitutional Law issues arising in the Communications, Media, Technology and Arts sectors and in the financing, production and distribution of live, filmed, written and recorded artistic works. He has advised on transactions throughout Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Persian Gulf; and Central, South and East Asia.
New York State
U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
LL.B., 1984, McGill University Faculty of Law, Montréal, Québec, Canada
B.A., 1981, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Regents Diploma, The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, New York, USA
Professional Associations & Memberships
Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Vice Chair, Information Technology Committee and Member, Cross-Border M&A and Joint Venture Committee, International Section, American Bar Association
Member, Society of Satellite Professionals International
Member, French-American Chamber of Commerce
Member, Alumni Association, The Bronx High School of Science
Past Co-Chair, New York Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association
Past Vice Chair, Committee Cm (Communications Law), International Bar Association (2004-2006)
Past Chair, Committee on Telecommunications Law, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2000-2003)
Past member, Task Force on International Legal Services, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1996-2000)
Honors and Awards
Mr. Kurtin is a frequent speaker in North America and Europe, commentator for financial television and radio and published author on telecommunications, satellite and IT sector mergers and acquisitions, industry trends and regulatory matters. He is cited in the Practical Law Company Communications & IT Handbook 2006/2007 (the only U.S. lawyer with “highly recommended” ratings for both telecommunications and IT/e-commerce); The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2002-2014; An International Who’s Who of Telecoms Lawyers, 2000-2014; and Global Communications, 2002-2005.