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Seward & Kissel LLP

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New York, Washington DC

United States: Dispute resolution

Securities litigation: defense
Securities litigation: defense - ranked: tier 5

Seward & Kissel LLP

At Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, ‘the team is knowledgeable and obtains a sound understanding of clients’ business in order to effectively defend a case’. Bruce Paulsen and Jack Yoskowitz are ‘particularly impressive for their strong analysis and strategy’. Paulsen and Mark Hyland represented DryShips in a securities class action arising from stock issuances that allegedly improperly diluted stock holdings. Michael McNamara and Michael Considine are also recommended. Yoskowitz and counsel Ross Hooper are highly regarded for regulatory enforcement matters.

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United States: Investment fund formation and management

Alternative/hedge funds
Alternative/hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP handles a range of hedge fund work, including cryptocurrency issues and advice to various fund sponsors. In New York, Steven Nadel, Christopher Riccardi, Craig Sklar and tax specialist Jon Brose are key contacts; Debra Franzese was elected to the partnership in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

Steven Nadel - Seward & Kissel LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 2

Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP’s ‘team is extremely knowledgeable, available and responsive, and its lawyers represent great value for money’. Others praise the practice for being ‘very well aware of what is important and making sure the key points are captured in the process’. The practice is highly rated for its advice to investment management and shipping industry clients - and expanding its coverage within the financial services sector, the team has also handled multiple deals involving broker-dealers. Other areas of strength include complex middle-market transactions in the media and technology space. New York-based James Abbott and Nick Katsanos are ‘excellent, well-versed M&A attorneys, who are both extremely personable, which makes working with them very easy’. Abbott led advice to Borr Drilling in its acquisition from Transocean of its entire fleet of jack-up oil rigs; and Katsanos advised Scorpio Tankers, a provider of marine transportation of petroleum products, on its merger with Navig8 Product Tankers. The ‘amazingly responsive and attentive’ Craig Sklar, who is ‘practical and focused on finding pragmatic solutions’, led advice to NewStar Financial in its acquisition of Fifth Street CLO Management, an affiliate of Fifth Street Asset Management, a publicly traded credit-focused asset management firm; Gerhard Anderson, who is ‘an excellent lawyer and tireless worker who excels in getting things done, and who always places his clients’ interests first’, assisted HNA Capital (US) Holding with its agreement to purchase, together with RON Transatlantic, a majority stake in global alternative investment firm Skybridge Capital; and Meir Grossman, who is ‘responsive and aware of clients’ overall issues’, handles a variety of M&A, private equity, venture capital, joint venture, and lift-out and seed capital deals.

Leading lawyers

James Abbott - Seward & Kissel LLP

Next generation lawyers

Nick Katsanos - Seward & Kissel LLP

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