Kurt represents clients in connection with complex regulatory and transactional matters. Kurt assists clients to identify and mitigate corruption, money laundering, and sanctions risks, and he has served as the lead associate on dozens of international risk assessments. Kurt regularly assists in developing effective, risk-based compliance programs for asset managers and companies with global operations.
Kurt attended the University of Chicago Law School where he was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review. Kurt also spent time providing legal defense services to at-risk Chicago youth through the University of Chicago’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project.
- Completed a full-time secondment at a major private equity firm, assisting with anti-corruption and sanctions compliance.
- Conducted anti-corruption and economic sanctions due diligence in connection with hundreds of cross-border transactions.
- Routinely assist U.S. asset managers to negotiate anti-money laundering and sanctions issues in subscription and distribution agreements.
- Assist asset managers to develop or enhance their U.S. anti-money laundering and economic sanctions compliance programs.
- Negotiated a global anti-money laundering compliance framework with a leading financial technology platform on behalf of an investment management client.
- Represented U.S. dental and vision insurance company in securing CFIUS pre-clearance for acquisition by Canadian firm.
- Represent corporate and private equity clients in connection with CFIUS analyses.
- Develop anti-corruption and sanctions compliance programs for clients with operations in high-risk countries.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with potential violations of Russia/Ukraine and Crimea sanctions.
- Represented multiple companies in connection with global anti-corruption and sanctions focused risk assessments.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with multiple internal investigations concerning allegations of bribery and bid-rigging in China.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with internal investigation concerning instances of possible bribery in Southeast Asia.
- Obtained asylum for Tajik woman persecuted on account of her non-conformity with prevailing social, political, and religious norms and who feared future persecution on account of her sexual orientation.
- Contributor, “CFIUS Enforcement Guidelines Signal Need for Tailored Compliance,” Bloomberg Law (November 2, 2022)
- Co-author, “Is CFIUS Sharpening Its Knife? Publication of First-Ever CFIUS Enforcement and Penalty Guidelines,” Ropes & Gray Alert (October 24, 2022)
- Co-author, “Louisiana’s Higher Education Foreign Security Act of 2022 Signals Continued Scrutiny of Foreign Influence in American Academia,” Ropes & Gray Alert (October 18, 2022)
- Co-author, “Finance, Professional Perspective – FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements,” Bloomberg Law (October 17, 2022)
- Co-author, “FinCEN Issues Final Rule Implementing Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements,” Ropes & Gray Alert (October 4, 2022)
- Co-author, “New Executive Order Formalizes Expanded CFIUS Purview,” Ropes & Gray Alert (September 20, 2022)
- Co-author, “CFIUS' Real Estate Reference Tool Comes With Limitations,” Law360 (April 2020)
- Speaker, “FinCEN’s Beneficial Ownership Reporting Requirements: Key Takeaways and Open Questions,” Ropes & Gray Podcast (November 16, 2022)
- JD, with Honors, The University of Chicago Law School, 2016; Order of the Coif, The University of Chicago Law Review, Kirkland & Ellis Scholar
- BA (Political Science, Geography), summa cum laude, Northwestern University, 2013; Phi Beta Kappa
Admissions / Qualifications
- Illinois, 2016