About Us

Seward & Kissel, founded in 1890, is a leading U.S. law firm with an international reputation for excellence. We have offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Our practice primarily focuses on corporate and litigation work for clients seeking legal expertise 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, hedge and private equity funds), broker-dealers, institutional investors and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area).

The Firm’s attorneys are very experienced and highly regarded in their respective practice areas. Many have been with the Firm for most, if not all, of their legal careers. Our focus and expertise, combined with the Firm’s stability, have enabled us to create a work culture that is dedicated to professional excellence and sound judgment, and that is committed to providing our clients with effective, high quality, hands-on legal service.


Chambers Associate Ranks Seward & Kissel LLP as a Top Law Firm in the U.S. for Associate Satisfaction

Seward & Kissel LLP offers our New York associates the broad experience and training of a large practice in the context of a moderately sized firm. We offer our Washington, D.C. associates a more focused experience concentrating on our Investment Management, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets and Regulatory practices in the context of a collegial, small-office environment.

Our associates have the opportunity to work on a wide range of challenging and stimulating matters within the practice areas of our particular offices. Seward & Kissel provides opportunities to those wishing to develop a specific area of expertise, and to those wishing to leverage their experience across a broad range of industries.

A basic tenet of working at Seward & Kissel is having a balanced lifestyle. We recognize the importance of, and encourage having balance in, your personal and professional life. Our attorneys foster a congenial and supportive firm environment, doors are always open, and colloquy is actively encouraged.

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The Seward & Kissel Maritime Blog covers timely legal issues, regulatory developments, and current news affecting the global maritime industry.

The Back in (the) Black blog focuses on delivering timely insights and analysis of trending corporate restructuring and bankruptcy news.

The SKrypto Blog features breaking cryptocurrency and blockchain news alongside heart-of-the-matter legal-focused analysis, interviews with industry insiders, and notable deals the firm has handled.

The Broker Dealings: a Broker-Dealer Law Blog focuses on legal, regulatory and compliance issues related to broker-dealers and capital markets.

The ’40 Act Blog is a comprehensive source for legal developments related to investment advisers, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

The Business Transactions Group IM Deals blog covers investment management industry transactions.

The Marshall Islands Law Blog covers topics of relevance to shipowners, financial institutions and other industry participants having interests in the Marshall Islands.

Compliance Services

Registered Investment Adviser Compliance Services An online resource for SEC registered advisers, providing access to the Firm’s Model Compliance Manual, Code of Ethics and guides to Form ADV Part 1 and 2.

Seward & Kissel’s Client Management System is a resource for our investment fund clients to record subscription information, view regulatory alerts, track filing deadlines, and report changes to identifying information for their private investment funds.