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Michael Kurzer
Michael Kurzer
Partner — Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property
Partner — Technology Transactions & Intellectual Property

Michael Kurzer

Michael Kurzer
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10036

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Michael Kurzer

Experience Highlights

  • Developer of in-venue interactive music and entertainment platform in its sale to a private equity firm

  • A manufacturer of packaging products and machinery in its $2.6 billion sale to a private equity fund

  • Private equity firm in its $525 million acquisition of a cybersecurity software platform

  • Private equity firm in its lead investment in a $250 million Series D preferred stock financing round for an analytics-driven cybersecurity platform provider

  • A global technology company in its acquisition of a leading U.S. cloud services consultancy

  • Private equity firm and its climate solutions investing venture in its investment in a leading enterprise AI software platform provider for transforming planning and decision-making speed and quality

  • Private equity firm in its $150 million investment in a provider of satellite imagery in connection with the company’s acquisition by a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company

  • Special purpose acquisition company in its $5.5 billion acquisition of an AI-enabled technology platform for the supply chain


  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.M.E. with highest honors, 1997
  • Product Engineer at the Hewlett Packard Company, 1997–2001
  • Legal 500 U.S., Sport, 2024
  • Selected to the 500 Leading Cybersecurity Lawyers in the World, Lawdragon, 2024
  • Selected to the New York Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013–2014
  • NYC Bar Emerging Companies Committee
  • New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Co-author, “Legal Pitfalls of ‘Influencer’ Marketing During the Pandemic,” Bloomberg Law (July 27, 2020)
  • Quoted, “Mitigating the Risks of Open-Source Software,” The Cybersecurity Law Report (March 13, 2019)
  • Quoted, “How Fund Managers Can Mitigate the Risks of Open-Source Software (Part Three of Three),” The Hedge Fund Law Report (March 7, 2019)
  • Quoted, “Benefits and Risks of Open-Source Software and How the Financial Sector Is Using It,” The Cybersecurity Law Report (March 6, 2019)
  • Quoted, “What Are the Benefits and Risks of Using Open-Source Software? (Part Two of Three),” The Hedge Fund Law Report (February 28, 2019)
  • Quoted, “What is Open-Source Software and How are Fund Managers Using It?,” The Hedge Fund Law Report (February 21, 2019)
  • Co-author, “IP Concerns for Venture-Backed Start-Ups Planning an Exit,” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (July 27, 2017)
  • Co-author, “Open Platform: What to Expect When You’re Indexing,” Inside Market Data (July 18, 2016)
  • Co-author, “What Should Startups Know About Open Source Software?,” American Lawyer’s LegalTech News (July 23, 2015)
  • “Short-sale disclosures would force investment managers to publicize secret sauce,” InvestmentNews (September 22, 2013)
  • “Regulation in the Cloud: Where is it Headed?” Money Management Executive (July 2012)
  • Co-author, “Does FINRA Regulate Cloud Computing?” Securities Technology Monitor (October 2011)
  • “Keeping Broker Records in The Cloud,” Securities Technology Monitor (January 2011).
  • Co-author “Cloud Computing Tips for Broker-Dealers, ATSs and ECNs,” Traders Magazine Online News (April 2010)
  • Co-author, “Covering Your ATS: The ABCs of Patents and Trade Secrets,” Traders Magazine Online News (April 2009)
  • Co-author, “Warn Potential Patent Infringers: But Do Your Homework First,” Patent Strategy and Management (Vol. 9, Number 11) (April 2009)
  • Co-author, “Admissibility of Settlement Communications In Patent Infringement Rule 11 Proceedings,” Patent Strategy & Management (Volume 7, Number 1) (June 2006)
  • Co-author, “Rule 11 and the Pre-Filing Requirements For Patent Infringement Suits: S.D.N.Y. Sanctions, Attorneys,” Andrew Litigation Reporter (Volume 2, Issue 2) (July 2005)
  • “Who Has the Right to Edit a Movie?: An Analysis of Hollywood’s Efforts to Stop Companies from Cleaning up Their Works of Art,” 11 UCLA Entertainment Law Review 41 (2004)
  • “The Dawn of Digital Cinema: Issues in Law and Technology,” UCLA Journal of Law and Technology Notes 9 (2002)


  • Speaker, “Representing Venture-Backed Companies,” New York City Bar (March 11, 2019)
  • Speaker, “Legal Challenges Surrounding Use of Open Source Software,” IP Service World Conference, Munich, Germany (November 27, 2018)
  • Presenter & Faculty Member, “Representing Venture-Backed Companies,” New York City Bar Association (May 18, 2017)
  • Panelist, “Monetizing IP Assets,” Cardozo School of Law, New York, New York (March 2014)
  • Presenter, “Eze Castle Integration, Doing Your Cloud Homework: Legal, Tech & Security Questions Answered for Investment Firms,” Webinar (February 2012).
  • Speaker, FinCLOUD 2011, Second Annual Conference (November 2011)
  • Speaker, “Cloud Computing on Wall Street Breakfast Briefing,” Financial Technologies Forum (April 2011)