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Stephen C. Curley


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Steve has more than three decades of experience advising US and international companies on transactional matters. He has extensive experience advising clients on international investments, and a deep understanding of the dynamics of doing business with and investing in Chinese entities. Steve advises many clients in the health care industry in connection with transactional matters. Over the course of his career, he has functioned as an outside general counsel for his clients, especially around corporate tax and health care issues. He is ranked AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbard.

For more than 30 years, Steve has advised US and foreign companies on transactional matters, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, infrastructure projects, and related tax issues. A significant part of his practice has involved advising clients on matters related to international investment and transactional matters. This includes extensive experience working with Chinese clients and advising international clients regarding their investments and operations in China.

Steve has broad and varied corporate, tax, and health care experience. His private equity practice includes representation of sponsors in fund formation and the funds themselves in their investment activities. He has acted as principal tax counsel for many domestic and foreign investors in connection with their corporate direct investment and mergers and acquisitions activities in the US and their investments in US real estate. He has also represented both companies and individuals involved in tax controversies and disputes with the IRS.

For many years, he has advised clients in many segments of the health care industry in connection with transactional matters. Internationally, he has been involved with numerous joint ventures, acquisitions, and financings in many industries including energy, retail distribution, media, real estate, health care, shipping, finance, and apparel.

Steve was a presiding partner at another international law firm, and before that, was a managing partner of a prominent international boutique law firm, which he co-founded. He is active in many professional organizations, and has served on the boards of numerous charitable and civic groups. While in law school, Steve served as Articles Editor for The University of Chicago Law Review.


  • University of Chicago (JD)
  • Haverford College (BA)
  • New York University (LLM)

Recognition & Awards

  • New York Super Lawyers: Tax (2007, 2009 – 2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United States for Healthcare: Service Providers (2021)


Prior to the effective date of the tax bill recently signed by the President,  Section 164 of the Internal Revenue Code permitted individuals who itemized deductions to deduct state and local income and other designated taxes (SALT) in calculating their Federal taxable income.
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