Owen D. Kurtin
T: +1.212.554.3373
E: okurtin@kurtinlaw.com


Photo of Owen Kurtin, AttorneyOwen 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 is also experienced in the Energy and Financial Services sectors.
Owen 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 and creditors on their rights. He has also implemented “Swiss Principal” and related corporate governance structures for multinational enterprises.
Owen also advises on complex and regulated commercial arrangements such as the development, financing, manufacture, procurement, outsourcing, distribution, and deployment of: terrestrial, satellite and submarine broadband telecommunications and digital media networks; telecommunications, aerospace, energy, IT, health IT, data privacy and cyber security services, software and equipment; biotechnology and life sciences products; and digital media content and other intellectual property licensing and monetization. He has advised on cross-border transactions throughout Western and Eastern Europe; The Middle East and Persian Gulf; and Central, South, and East Asia. He is fluent in French.


Owen 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, 2002-2017; An International Who’s Who of Telecoms Lawyers, 2000-2017; and Global Communications, 2002-2005. He is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was, from 2004 to 2013, the monthly finance columnist for Via Satellite, a leading satellite industry trade magazine.


McGill University Faculty of Law, Montréal, Québec, Canada: LL.B., 1984
McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada: B.A., 1981
The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, New York, USA: Regents Diploma, 1977


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


Sustaining Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
American Bar Association (Sections on Business Law and International Law)
International Bar Association (Past Vice Chair, Committee Cm (Communications Law) (2004 – 2006)
New York City Bar Association (Past Chair, Committee on Telecommunications Law (2000 – 2003); Past member, Task Force on International Legal Services (1996 – 2000))
Member, The Bronx High School of Science Alumni Association; Trustee, “The Bernard Kurtin Award for Excellence in English Language Studies
Past Co-Chair, New York Chapter, the Federal Communications Bar Association


French (fluent)

Owen D. Kurtin