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James E. Abbott



September 3, 2014
July 23, 2014
June 25, 2014
June 19, 2014
June 16, 2014
News sources covering the deal included The Wall Street Journal, Tradewinds, Reuters, RTT News, Maritime Executive, Marine Link, Seatrade Global, The Deal Pipeline, Law 360, AmLaw Daily, Dow Jones Private Equity & Venture Capital Journal, Seeking Alpha and Street Insider.
May 27, 2014
May 23, 2014
Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
Transportation: Shipping: Finance
Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded
May 23, 2014
Clients are full of praise for James Abbott, saying that he "always puts client satisfaction as a primary objective, brings a lot of experience to deals," and "can explain legal items in everyday business terms." He handles M&A, private equity investments and strategic alliances.
May 23, 2014
Jim Abbott
John Cleary
Nick Katsanos
Robert Lustrin
Steve Nadel
Bruce Paulsen
Lawrence Rutkowski
Craig Sklar
John Tavss
Michael Timpone
Gary Wolfe
March 24, 2014
Mr. Abbott comments on the increasing number of insurers involved in asset management deals during the years following the financial crisis era and its immediate aftermath. 
February 3, 2014
January 2014
Jim Abbott
John Cleary
Nick Katsanos
Rob Lustrin
Steve Nadel
Bruce Paulsen
Larry Rutkowski
John Tavss
Mike Timpone
Craig Sklar
Gary Wolfe
January 27, 2014
December 19, 2013
December 17, 2013
November 26, 2013
November 13, 2013
The article discusses the firm's representation of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Hess Corporation and mentions the Seward & Kissel working group led by partners  Gary Wolfe, Jim Abbott, Jim Cofer and counsel Arthur Kozyra and Nick Katsanos.
November 6, 2013
November 4, 2013
October 18, 2013
October 14, 2013
September 24, 2013
September 13, 2013
Partners Jim Abbott, John Ashmead, Mark Brody, Dale Christensen, Ron Cima, John Cleary, Mike Considine, Kal Das, Jim Hancock, Mark Hyland, Mike McNamara, Steve Nadel, Bruce Paulsen, Peter Pront, Larry Rutkowski, John Ryan, Eugene Souther, John Tavss, Mike Timpone, Rob Van Grover, Gary Wolfe, Jack Yoskowitz, and associate Jeff Dine are included as Super Lawyers. Partners Jeff Berman, Jim Cofer, and Meir Grossman, counsel Nick Katsanos, and associate Keri Riemer are listed as Rising Stars. 
July 2013
August 6, 2013
Mr. Abbott comments on M&A market trends for alternative investment managers, including private equity investments in hedge fund managers.
June 27, 2013
June 5, 2013
June 3, 2013
June 3, 2013
May 31, 2013
May 24, 2013
Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded
Investment Funds: Hedge Funds
Transportation: Shipping: Finance
Transportation: Shipping: Litigation
May 24, 2013
Jim Abbott
John Cleary
Robert Lustrin
Steve Nadel
Bruce Paulsen
Lawrence Rutkowski
John Tavss
Michael Timpone
Gary Wolfe
May 24, 2013
Jim Abbott is described by sources as someone who "brings a wealth of experience to the table" and "has a great grasp of commercial issues spanning a variety of industry segments."
May 21, 2013
April 2, 2013
March 1, 2013
January 23, 2013
December 12, 2012
December 11, 2012
December 6, 2012
December 3, 2012
Mr. Abbot comments on market conditions affecting investment management mergers and acquisitions.
November 12, 2012
November 1, 2012
October 10, 2012
September 14, 2012
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September 5, 2012
August 15, 2012
July 19, 2012
Mr. Abbott comments on State Street Corp.'s pending acquisition of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s hedge fund administrator.
June 12, 2012
June 1, 2012
April 2012
April 1, 2012
March 23, 2012
March 20, 2012
Mr. Abbott discusses private equity investing trends in the broker-dealer, investment management, reinsurance and other financial industries.
December 13, 2011
November 7, 2011
October 12, 2011
Mr. Abbott comments on potential acquirers for BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd.
October 4, 2011
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September 14, 2011
Please click on the above to view this interview.
August 23, 2011
Mr. Abbott, Mr. Cofer, Mr. Katsanos and Ms. Mazzeo represented Hybris GmbH in the buyout transaction with Huntsman Gay Global Capital LLC. This deal was also featured on The Deal Pipeline. Please click on the above title to read more.
August 19, 2011
Mr. Abbott comments on the difference between trading and investment banking.
August 17, 2011
Mr. Abbott comments on Google’s potential acquisition of Motorola.
June 2, 2011
January 7, 2010
November 11, 2010
September 9, 2010
The article is entitled "Private Eyes Looking Again at Money Managers, Broker/Dealers" and discusses recent deals including the KGS Alpha/Arsenal transaction handled by Seward & Kissel.
August 6, 2010
The article is entitled "How Will the SEC's New Pay to Play Rule Impact Mergers and Acquisitions of Hedge Fund Management Companies?"
May 4, 2010
The article discusses the recent resurgence in the deal markets.
March 8, 2010
The article addresses Atalanta Sosnoff announcement on March 5, 2010 of an agreement for investment bank Evercore Partners to acquire a 49% economic interest in Atalanta Sosnoff. A Seward & Kissel LLP team represented Atalanta Sosnoff in connection with this transaction.
January 7, 2010
November 24, 2009
August 31, 2009
The article discussed actions hedge fund managers can take to become more attractive to potential buyers.
June 18, 2009
Jim Abbott comments on the difficulty of small companies like potential buyer Octapharma to obtain external financing.
March 2009
The article discusses the rejuvenation of the distressed debt markets and was published in a Special Report by Alpha Magazine.
February 18, 2009
The article discusses the potential rise in mergers and acquisitions as hedge funds deal with the fallout caused by troubled markets.
December 15, 2008
November 20, 2008
Abbott comments on the increase in cases similar to the Hexion situation in today's economic backdrop.
October 24, 2008
October 3, 2008
May 19, 2008
May 1, 2008
The article discussed the firm's representation of Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Pyramid Breweries Inc. and mentions the Seward & Kissel working group led by partners Jim Abbott, John Ashmead, and Robert Lustrin.
April 29, 2008
The article discussed the firm's representation of Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Pyramid Breweries, Inc. and mentioning the Seward & Kissel working group led by partners John Ashmead, Jim Abbott and Robert Lustrin.
April 21, 2008
April 14, 2008
March 26, 2008
March 18, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 4, 2008
December 31, 2007
December 10, 2007
July 30, 2007
July 20, 2007
A roundtable discussion with a panel of M&A experts on "the latest trends in M&A, including how deals are getting financed and how companies are conducting due diligence in a lightning fast market" was published in an Investment Dealer’s Digest issue entitled "Dealing with Diligence".
July 20, 2007
July 6, 2007
June 18, 2007
June 7, 2007
May 9, 2007
April 2007
March 26, 2007
March 23, 2007
February 21, 2007
February 21, 2007
February 12, 2007
January 1, 2007
James E. Abbott joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in the firm’s Corporate Finance Department to help lead its Business Transactions Group.
Winter 2007
Jim Abbott's move to Seward & Kissel's Business Transactions Group was highlighted in numerous publications, including the "Noted" section of The Wall Street Journal February 9, 2007, "The Chum" section of the New York Times February 16, 2007, and the "In the City" section of the London Times March 6, 2007, as well as in The Deal, M&A Alert, Crain's New York Business, Buyouts, PIPEWire, Hedgeworld, Private Equity Week, New York Law Journal, Lloyd's List, Marine Link, The Star Ledger,, New York, and Yahoo


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1984
  • B.A., Colgate University, magna cum laude, 1981

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