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Firm Profile

Seward & Kissel LLP

Firm Profile

New York

  • Profile
  • One Battery Plaza
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10004

Firm profile submitted by Seward & Kissel LLP

Management Committee: Mark J Hyland, Craig A Sklar, James C Cofer
Number of partners: 53
Number of other lawyers: 128

Seward & Kissel LLP, founded in 1890, is a leading US law firm with an international reputation for excellence. The firm, located in New York City and Washington, DC, 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).

Investment Management:
■ Since forming the first hedge fund in 1949, the firm’s investment management practice 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
■ Represents private investment fund and registered fund clients in fund formation, operation and other complex matters, including advice on tax, regulatory and compliance matters, complex transactions, enforcement matters, litigation and management company and fund structuring, reorganizations and acquisitions
Contacts: Steven B Nadel, Patricia A Poglinco, Robert B Van Grover

Business Transactions:
■ Represents clients in connection with middle-market mergers and acquisitions, private equity deals, venture capital transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and seed capital arrangements, with a particular emphasis on investment management, broker-dealer and other financial services, shipping and media industry deals
Contacts: James E Abbott, Craig A Sklar

Capital Markets & Securities:
■ Represents issuers and underwriters in US and global offerings of securities, (i.e. registered initial and secondary public offerings (including ‘shelf’ offerings), private placements and Rule 144A and Reg S offerings)
■ Represents and advises public companies in connection with SEC reporting requirements, regulatory compliance, and other pertinent issues
■ Represent investors and public company insiders in connection with the resale of restricted securities, and the preparation and filing of beneficial ownership reports and insider trading reports with the SEC
Contacts: Gary J Wolfe, Robert E Lustrin, Edward S Horton, Keith Billotti

Structured Finance & Asset Securitization:
■ Represents participants in the structured finance and securitization industry in connection with secured and unsecured, asset-based, market value and cash flow transactions; multi-seller commercial paper conduit transactions; receivables transactions, including for mobile device installment billing contracts; commercial lending; subscription finance; CLO transactions; risk retention structures and finance transactions; public and private offerings of securities; project finance; and synthetic and structured derivatives products
Contacts: Greg Cioffi, Kalyan (‘Kal’) Das

■ Advises both dealers and counterparties in structuring, negotiating and documenting over-the-counter and cleared derivative instruments, including hybrid products
■ Advises industry participants concerning regulatory compliance programs, exchange-traded futures and options, and repurchase and securities lending programs
Contact: Craig Hickernell

Distressed Debt:
■ Recognized industry leader in the purchase and sale of distressed domestic and foreign loans, sovereign loans and other distressed debt. Represents clients in all aspects of the distressed debt practice area including: drafting, reviewing and negotiating trade confirms, assignment and participation agreements and purchase and sale agreements; due diligence reviews; assessing recovery risk; monitoring of bankruptcy proceedings and creditor recoveries; and participating in creditor committees and Chapter 11 reorganizations
Contacts: Greg B Cioffi, Kalyan (‘Kal’) Das, John R Ashmead, Y Daphne Coelho-Adam

Maritime Practice:
■ A global reputation as the ‘go to’ US law firm in the maritime arena
■ More than 50 attorneys who serve as trusted advisors to many of the world’s most notable public and private maritime companies, financial institutions and other industry participants
■ Full service practice covering banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, private equity, restructuring and insolvency, tax, litigation, and regulatory
■ Represented Scorpio Tankers in its merger with Navig8 Product Tankers Inc., creating the largest US-listed owner of petroleum product tankers
Contacts: Lawrence Rutkowski, Mike Timpone

■ Represents 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
Contacts: Mark J Hyland, Michael J McNamara

Bankruptcy & Corporate Reorganization:
■ Handles bankruptcy, workout and reorganization matters, including court-supervised proceedings and out-of-court restructurings and workouts
Contact: John R Ashmead

Real Estate:
■ Advises institutional investors, developers and others in buying, selling, developing and financing all types of real estate assets. Handles joint ventures and the formation of, and investments in, private equity funds
Contact: Mark A Brody

Tax & Employee Benefits:
■ Counsels clients on tax and ERISA issues relating to financial products, including pooled investment funds, structuring of complex securities and real estate funds and transactions; and on tax, ERISA and employee benefit considerations relevant to financing transactions
Contacts: Ronald P Cima, James C Cofer, S John Ryan

Trusts & Estates:
■ Assists individuals with tax, estate and charitable planning with the goal of preserving and building wealth for future generations and achieving philanthropic objectives
Contact: Hume R Steyer

Global Bank & Institutional Finance & Restructuring:
■ Represents many of the largest domestic and international banks and financial institutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia in structured finance, corporate trust, restructuring, workouts and insolvency, lending, aircraft and project finance
■ Represent major banks in structuring innovative loan portfolio platform, leveraged loan transactions and total return swap transactions and distressed debt and claims trading
Contact: Kalyan (‘Kal’) Das


  • 901 K Street, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  •  DC 20001
  • Tel +1 202 737 8833
  • Fax +1 202 737 5184
  • Email : [email protected]