Contact Information

  • One Battery Park Plaza
    New York, NY 10004 US
Tel: 212-574-1366
Fax: 212-480-8421

John R. Ashmead

Partner

Main Biography

John R. Ashmead is a partner in Seward & Kissel's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group and Business Transactions (M&A/Private Equity) Group.  John has practiced law since 1990, and has been a partner of Seward & Kissel since 2003.

John’s expertise spans workouts, Chapter 11 cases (and foreign insolvency proceedings), bankruptcy/distressed acquisitions, bankruptcy-related litigation, structured finance transactions and private equity investments, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures.  He represents lenders, other creditors, borrowers/issuers, equity holders, acquirers, hedge funds, and members of and formal and informal stakeholder committees.

John was a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York from 1990-1992.

John has appeared before Bankruptcy Courts nationwide. He has authored many articles in the bankruptcy and restructuring area, and lectured on such topics as well.

John is a Fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy by New York Super Lawyers (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010) and as a Rising Star by Institutional Investor (2008).

Education

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1990, Law Review
  • B.S., St. John's University, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, 1990-1992