Firm Profile > Seward & Kissel LLP > New York, United States

Seward & Kissel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10004
United States

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

Seward & Kissel LLP 'understands clients' business M&A strategy and understands the markets they operate in; the practice is a trusted partner that provides practical advice and solutions to complex M&A projects, where timing and execution are of the essence'. The firm is a widely respected legal adviser to investment management and shipping industry clients. Beyond these areas, it is also a go-to practice for middle-market M&A for businesses and frequently assists with international deals and transactions involving private equity firms; in addition, the team has handled deals in the media and technology industries. Notable clients are iM Global Partner, UBM, Borr Drilling, White Oak Equity Partners (WOEP) and Euronav. The team advised New York-based private equity firm WOEP on its acquisition of a minority interest in FCO Advisors, a private municipal investment fund. Other recent work includes assisting Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, with its business combination with NCF Wealth Holdings, a Chinese fintech company; and acting for Ocean Rig, an international offshore drilling contractor, in its merger agreement with Transocean, the world's largest offshore drilling contractor. The team also advised alternative asset manager TIG Advisors on its acquisition of a minority interest in Romspen Investment Corporation, a real estate-focused alternative credit manager. The co-business transactions group heads are the 'particularly helpfulJames Abbott and Craig Sklar, who is 'singularly good at identifying the common sense core of a question and teasing out the solution'. Abbott led advice to Belgium-based Euronav, the largest NYSE-listed independent crude oil tanker company in the world, on its merger with Gener8 Maritime; and Sklar acted for Harvest Volatility Management, known for derivative asset management, in the sale of its business to Victory Capital, a global investment management firm. Also highly rated is Nick Katsanos, who 'understands the nuances that differentiate one deal from the next and provides practical advice to overcome the inevitable hurdles that arise'. Gerhard Anderson and Meir Grossman are other key contacts, and Danielle Lemberg and Dora Pulido are notable senior associates. All advisers named are in New York.

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 3

Seward & Kissel LLP's New York-based team is adept at handling a broad spectrum of hedge fund matters; clients have included Cedar Rock Capital, Centre Asset Management and Scopia Capital Management. Key names include Steven Nadel, Christopher Riccardi, Debra Franzese, Craig Sklar and tax specialist Jon Brose.

Seward & Kissel LLP, founded in 1890, is a leading US law firm with an international reputation for excellence. The firm focuses its practice primarily on corporate issues and litigation in the financial services, corporate finance and capital markets areas. The firm is particularly well known for its representation of major commercial banks, investment banking firms, investment advisers and related investment funds (including mutual funds and hedge funds), broker-dealers, institutional investors and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area).

Main areas of practice
Bankruptcy and corporate reorganization: the firm handles bankruptcy, workout and reorganization matters.

Business transactions (M&A and private equity): clients in connection with middle-market mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and seed capital arrangements, with emphasis on investment management, broker-dealer and other financial services, shipping and media industry deals.

Capital markets: issuers and underwriters in US and global offerings of securities, ie registered initial and secondary public offerings (including ‘shelf’ offerings), private placements and Rule 144A and Reg S offerings.

Derivatives and other counterparty arrangements: dealers and counterparties in structuring, negotiating and documenting over-the-counter and cleared derivative instruments, including hybrid products, and advises industry participants on regulatory compliance programs, exchange-traded futures and options, and repurchase and securities lending programs.

Distressed debt and secondary-market trading: clients in the purchase and sale of distressed domestic and foreign loans, sovereign loans and other distressed debt, as well as in all aspects of the distressed debt practice area.

Global bank and institutional finance: domestic and international banks and financial institutions in structured finance, corporate trust, restructuring, workouts and insolvency, lending, aircraft and project finance; major banks in structuring innovative loan portfolio platform, leveraged loan transactions and total return swap transactions and distressed debt and claims trading.

Investment management: since forming the first hedge fund in 1949, the firm continues to represent a large market share of worldwide hedge fund work, with a client roster that includes a number of the top 100 hedge fund managers based on assets under management. The firm represents private investment and registered fund clients in fund formation, operation and other complex matters, including: tax, regulatory and compliance, business transactions, enforcement, litigation, management company, and fund structuring and reorganizations.

Litigation: banks, broker-dealers, investment managers and other clients in courts, regulatory proceedings, administrative tribunals and arbitrations, focusing on securities-related litigation, business disputes, government enforcement and internal investigations, employment matters, insurance, maritime, trademark, and bankruptcy and workout matters.

Maritime and aviation finance: creates innovative financing structures for shipowners and lenders, and handles complex transactional and other issues arising from the expansion and contraction of the shipping markets; advises owners, operators, lessors and financiers of commercial and corporate aircraft in the acquisition, leasing and financing thereof and the implementation of ownership structures.

Real estate: institutional investors, developers and others in buying, selling, developing and financing all types of real estate assets; joint ventures and the formation of, and investments in, private equity funds.

Structured finance and asset securitization: participants in connection with secured and unsecured, asset based, market value and cash flow transactions; multi-seller commercial paper conduit transactions; receivables transactions, including mobile device installment billing contracts; commercial lending; subscription finance; CLOs; risk retention structures and financing; public and private offerings of securities; project finance; and derivatives products.

Department Name Email Telephone
Bankruptcy and corporate reorganization John R Ashmead
Business transactions (M&A and private equity) James E Abbott
Business transactions (M&A and private equity) Craig A Sklar
Capital markets Gary J Wolfe
Capital markets Robert E Lustrin
Capital markets Edward S Horton
Capital markets Keith Billotti
Derivatives and other counterparty arrangements Craig Hickernell
Distressed debt and secondary market trading Greg Cioffi
Distressed debt and secondary market trading Kalyan (Kal) Das
Distressed debt and secondary market trading John R Ashmead
ERISA and employee benefits S John Ryan
Global bank and institutional finance (global corporate trust and restructuring/municipal and global project finance) Kalyan (Kal) Das
Investment management Patricia A Poglinco
Investment management Robert B Van Grover
Litigation Mark J Hyland
Litigation Michael J McNamara
Maritime and aviation Lawrence Rutkowski
Maritime and aviation Michael Timpone
Maritime and aviation James H Hancock
Real estate Mark A Brody
Structured finance and asset securitization Greg Cioffi
Structured finance and asset securitization Kalyan (Kal) Das
Taxation Jonathan P Brose
Taxation Ronald P Cima
Taxation James C Cofer
Trusts and estates Hume R Steyer
Washington D.C. Paul T Clark
Washington D.C. Paul M Miller
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr James E Abbott  photo Mr James E Abbott
Mr Gerhard Anderson  photo Mr Gerhard Anderson
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Mr Jeffrey M Berman  photo Mr Jeffrey M Berman
Mr Keith Billotti  photo Mr Keith Billotti
Ms Sharan Calay  photo Ms Sharan Calay
Mr Ronald P Cima  photo Mr Ronald P Cima
Ms Y Daphne Coelho-Adam  photo Ms Y Daphne Coelho-Adam
Mr James C Cofer  photo Mr James C Cofer
Mr Michael G Considine  photo Mr Michael G Considine
Mr Kalyan Das  photo Mr Kalyan Das
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Mr Robert J Gayda  photo Mr Robert J Gayda
Ms Rita M Glavin  photo Ms Rita M Glavin
Mr James H Hancock  photo Mr James H Hancock
Mr Craig T Hickernell  photo Mr Craig T Hickernell
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Mr Edward S Horton  photo Mr Edward S Horton
Ms Maureen R Hurley  photo Ms Maureen R Hurley
Mr Mark J Hyland  photo Mr Mark J Hyland
Mr John F Imhof Jr.  photo Mr John F Imhof Jr.
Mr David Johnson  photo Mr David Johnson
Mr Nick Katsanos  photo Mr Nick Katsanos
Mr Mark D Kotwick  photo Mr Mark D Kotwick
Mr Michael J McNamara  photo Mr Michael J McNamara
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Mr Lawrence Rutkowski  photo Mr Lawrence Rutkowski
Mr S John Ryan  photo Mr S John Ryan
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Mr Ian H Silver  photo Mr Ian H Silver
Mr Andrew Silverstein  photo Mr Andrew Silverstein
Mr Craig A Sklar  photo Mr Craig A Sklar
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Mr Michael S Timpone  photo Mr Michael S Timpone
Mr Robert B Van Grover  photo Mr Robert B Van Grover
Mr Robert A Walder  photo Mr Robert A Walder
Mr Gary J Wolfe  photo Mr Gary J Wolfe
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Number of Partners : 53
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 117
Total Staff : 298