Kurt Fowler

Associate

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  • 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

Qualifications

  • Illinois, 2016

Kurt Fowler

Associate

Kurt Fowler is a litigation associate based in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago office. Kurt has experience representing clients in connection with government enforcement actions, internal investigations, compliance matters, and complex commercial litigation. Kurt regularly assists private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies to identify, assess, and mitigate corruption, sanctions, and money-laundering risks related to various transactions and investments. Further, Kurt regularly works with private equity portfolio companies to develop and enhance compliance programs.

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. Kurt’s current pro bono practice includes the representation of individuals seeking asylum in the United States and assisting entrepreneurs in contract disputes.

Experience

  • Developed anti-corruption and third-party compliance programs for clients with operations in high-risk countries.
  • Conducted anti-corruption and international risk due diligence pre and post deal.
  • Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with an internal investigation into multiple instances of possible bribery.   
  • Represented multiple companies in connection with global anti-corruption and sanctions focused risk assessments.
  • Advised portfolio company on key export issues in connection with sale transaction.
  • Represented private equity firm and health care companies in class action litigation in state and federal court.
  • Represented pro bono client in appeal of lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud.
  • Represented multiple applicants pro bono in affirmative asylum proceedings.
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