Speaker Profile

Michael Kuh
Counsel / Latham & Watkins LLP

Michael Kuh is counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Kuh specializes in sports law related matters as well as both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, including representation of special committees, principals, private equity and leveraged buyout funds and financial advisors.

Mr. Kuh also has experience involving international sporting events. He represented the United States bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. Previously, Mr. Kuh had served as counsel to NYC2012, New York City's bid committee for the 2012 Olympic Games. As the sole in-house attorney for NYC2012, Mr. Kuh handled government relations, was involved in constructing significant aspects of the bid, negotiated marketing rights agreements and managed a wide range of legal issues.

Mr. Kuh routinely advises the United States Soccer Federation and is currently representing the USSF in establishing the National Women’s Soccer League. Mr. Kuh has also counseled on other sports matters, including Doha’s recent Olympic bid and on financing matters regarding an NHL team.

In addition, Mr. Kuh has represented corporate clients in government-related transactions. For example, he represented private equity firm, One Equity Partners, in its equity investment in Open Range Communications, the wireless broadband provider, which investment activated an access loan from the Federal government. He also regularly represents a range of other private equity firms, including Odyssey Investment Partners, Leonard Green & Partners, The Carlyle Group, Global Infrastructure Partners and Irving Place Capital Partners.

In 2008, Mr. Kuh represented Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. in the separation of its U.S. government and commercial businesses, the establishment of Booz & Company as an independent global management consulting business and the sale of a majority stake in the U.S. government consulting business to The Carlyle Group for $2.54 billion. He has also represented Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. in its $27.8 billion sale to affiliates of Apollo Management and Texas Pacific Group.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Kuh worked in New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's administration, focusing primarily on economic development work, including coordinating the activities of the New York City Sports Commission, but also on emergency management, privatization, labor union issues and city planning. Mr. Kuh also directed national field operations and outreach on behalf of the Children's Scholarship Fund, a $200 million charity founded by Theodore J. Forstmann and John Walton.