Kurt B Colburn

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Practice Areas:

  • Business transactions, corporate development and legal team management
  • Strategy development and Execution


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean's Scholar 1988-1992, President Pro Tempore,
    • Honors: University of Colorado Student Union
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: English
    • Major: Psychology

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1996

Published Works

  • The Implementation of Amendment 1: A Chronology of the State Government's Efforts to Implement Article 10 Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting, 1993

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Student Association, President, 00/1989 to 00/1991

Past Positions

  • Debevoise & Plimpton, Associate, 00/1995 to 00/1997
  • Colorado Commission on Higher Education, Member, Advisory Committee, 00/1989 to 00/1991


Leads OMH's Business Group from the firm's Denver office


Business transactions, corporate development and legal team management: merger & acquisition and joint venture projects, series of related transactions extending market geography or product scope/ scale, major regulatory and compliance initiatives, complex agreements.

Strategy development and execution: transformative strategies, project structure, business case and diligence, complex negotiations and documentation, implementation and integration.


New York University School of Law, New York, New York (J.D., May 1995)

University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

B.A. with Distinction, English and Psychology, May 1992

Phi Beta Kappa ● Dean's Scholarship (Top 5% of Class), 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992


  • Teach International Mergers & Acquisitions at the University of Denver College of Law
  • C-Suite considerations in developing a successful in-house M&A function.
  • Why do 70-80% of M&A deals fail to meet Buyer's expectations? With case studies and academic readings, explore team & timeline management, negotiation & drafting, due diligence, and deal structure (2012- Present).
  • Managed legal teams overseeing closing mechanics for
  • Fortive's (NYSE: FTV) $3.7 billion spin-off and IPO of Vontier Corporation (NYSE: VTR), October 2020
  • Davita's (NYSE: DVA) $4.3 billion spin-off and sale of its medical group division to United Health (NYSE: UNH), June 2019
  • Fortive's (NYSE: FTV) $3 billion spin-off and merger of its Power Transmission and Motion Control business into Altra (Nasdaq: AIMC), October 2018.
  • For Hewlett Packard's (NYSE: HPQ) $1 billion acquisition of Samsung's printer division, managed and negotiated 53 local stock and asset acquisitions in 47 countries, supervising over 20 outside law firms, November 2017.
  • Represented The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) in (amounts not disclosed):
  • platform compliance with U.S. (Dodd-Frank, EFTA, Reg. E), state, and ex-U.S. law; lead counsel for digital (online and mobile) division (2011-2015)
  • acquisition of the foreign exchange division of the Fitta Group, Brazil (2014)
  • sale of Custom House (Retail) Ltd., Canada (2013)
  • purchase of shares of the Société Financière de Paiements from La Banque Postale, France (2013)
  • Represented First Data Corporation in:
  • creation of joint venture with AIB (formerly Allied Irish Banks), "AIB Merchant Services", JV is Ireland's largest provider of card merchant services, Ireland, for €240 million (2008)
  • acquisition of Polcard, S.A., Poland, for $332 million (2007)
  • acquisition of Check Forte Processamento de Dados Ltda., Brazil, for R$25 million (2007)
  • creation of joint venture with Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro S.p.A., "BNL POSitivity", Italy, valued at €23 million (2006)
  • acquisition of Korea Mobile Payment Service Co. Ltd., South Korea, for KRW68 billion (2006)
  • buyout of management shareholders of OmniPay, Ltd., Ireland, undisclosed amount (2006)
  • acquisition of Europrocessing International ASA, Norway for €100 million (2005)
  • acquisition of Delta Singular Outsourcing Services S.A., Greece, for €206 million, and related processing services agreement with Alpha Bank S.A., Greece's second largest commercial bank (2004)
  • structured bankruptcy and related acquisition of the remaining assets of (2002)
  • acquisition of Paymap, Inc. for $126 million (2002)
  • Represented New Deal Market, Inc., a grocery chain owned by Kohlberg Companies, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to Fleming Companies, Inc. for approximately $20 million (2000)
  • Represented Cablevision Industries Limited Partnership in its sale of assets valued at $57 million to MediaOne of Eastern Michigan, Inc. (1999)
  • Represented Time Warner Company, Inc., in the sale of the assets comprising cable systems in Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana to Renaissance Media Holdings, LLC for $300 million (1998)
  • Represented Pacific Life, with $130 billion in assets, in its reorganization from a mutual insurance company to a mutual holding company structure (1997)
  • Represented US Life Insurance Company in the sale of its assets to General American Insurance Company for $1.8 billion (1997)
  • Represented ITT Hartford Group Inc. in its shelf registration of $1.25 billion in quarterly income preferred securities (1996)
  • Represented Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated, Everen Securities, Inc. and Smith Barney Inc. (underwriters) in the initial public offering of FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG) for $70 million (1996)

Member, New York and Colorado Bar Associations