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 and sanctions risks related to various transactions and investments.
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.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with multiple internal investigations concerning allegations of bribery and bid-rigging in China.
- Develop anti-corruption and sanctions compliance programs for clients with operations in high-risk countries.
- Routinely conduct anti-corruption and economic sanctions due diligence pre- and post-acquisition.
- Represent corporate and private equity clients in connection with CFIUS analyses and filings.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with internal investigation concerning instances of possible bribery in Southeast Asia.
- Represented individual executive in the DOJ’s international investigation into diesel emissions.
- Represented major pharmaceutical company in an investigation by DOJ into alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
- Represented multinational life sciences company in connection with potential violations of sanctions and export control laws.
- Represented multiple companies in connection with global anti-corruption and sanctions focused risk assessments.
- Successfully represented pro bono client in appeal of lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud.
- 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.
- Co-author, “CFIUS' Real Estate Reference Tool Comes With Limitations,” Law360 (April 2020)
- 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