Kurt Lebakken advises on business transactions, regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters. He has advised on numerous domestic and cross-border transactions with an aggregate value of more than $150 billion. He has particular expertise with cross-border matters in Europe and Latin America, and he has managed matters involving more than 70 countries.
Kurt is a trusted counselor to asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial intermediaries, as well as clients in the health care, life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, real estate and technology sectors.


Kurt has 10 years of experience working in London and Paris, where he advised European and U.S. clients on complex cross-border transactions and commercial matters, including IPOs, other securities offerings and M&A. In the U.S., he continues to advise on international matters.


Kurt represents purchasers, sellers and management in acquisitions, divestitures and joint venture transactions in numerous industries, both domestically and cross-border.

Investment Management and Financial Services

Kurt counsels investment managers, broker-dealers, insurers and other financial services companies on regulatory, transactional and compliance matters, including advising:

  • Investment fund managers on fund disclosure and organizational matters
  • Investment advisers and broker-dealers on their securities filings and other compliance matters

Life Sciences and Technology

Kurt has advised cutting-edge businesses on corporate and commercial contract matters, including M&A, reorganizations and financings.

Past Experience

Kurt began his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris. Among his other roles, he was a senior attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in London and was Regional Counsel-Financial Lines at AIG's European headquarters in Paris.


Bar Admissions

New York




University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A. with distinction

Columbia Law School
J.D. Columbia Law Review (senior editor)

University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas
LL.M. mention bien

Cornell University

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Managing MNPI & Trading Restrictions
    Hot Topics in Financial & Securities Litigation, October 2014
  • Conflicts of Interest From a Risk Management and Ethics Viewpoint
    Co-presenter, National Society of Compliance Professionals Regional Meeting, Denver, April 2014
  • Private Fund Managers’ Duties to Investors: Rule 206(4)-8 and Reducing the Risk of Regulatory Action
    Investment Adviser Regulation, Third Edition, Practising Law Institute, July 2013
  • Raising Capital and Marketing Your Fund
    Co-presenter, National Membership Meeting of the National Society of Compliance Professionals, Washington, D.C., October 2012
  • Protecting Your Company From Boardroom to Courtroom: A Transactional, Regulatory and Litigation Perspective on Contract Drafting
    Association of Corporate Counsel, Chicago Chapter, April 2012

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • CFA Institute (affiliate member)

Civic Activities

  • Stuart Investments, NFP — Member of the Board of Directors


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Corporate Financial Law; International Business & Trade Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2016-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
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