Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Seward & Kissel as Highly Regarded for M&A

May 19, 2015

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA 2015 has ranked the Firm’s Business Transactions Group as Highly Regarded for Corporate/M&A in New York for the third year in a row, with both of the Group’s co-heads, Jim Abbott and Craig Sklar, recognized as Leading Individuals for Corporate/M&A. Additionally, counsel Nick Katsanos was again recognized as ‘Up and Coming’ in 2015. Summarizing its independent research, Chambers USA had this to say:

What the team is known for: A top-level firm for shipping and investment management, acting for both private equity and corporates. A resounding client favorite, praised for its industry knowledge and the high quality of its service.

Sources Say:

“I like their responsiveness, their competency and their ability to be pro-business. They don’t just tell you what the rules are and what you can’t do, they tell you what you can do.” “They have an excellent grasp of the nuances of a transaction and are very commercial in their understanding of businesses.” “They are technically very, very good but also very practical. They understand the client’s needs and look at everything with a keen eye.”

Key Individuals:

James Abbott is described by sources as “an extremely impressive” attorney who “truly cares about the client.” He has over 30 years’ experience acting on a wide variety of corporate transactions.

Craig Sklar represents clients, including private equity funds, in transactions. His recently highlights include acting for Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management in its acquisition by The Carlyle Group. Sources call him a “very thoughtful and level-headed”lawyer who is praised for his communication skill

Nick Katsanos is an “extremely proactive and very responsive” practitioner who is “excellent at helping clients understand transactions.” Of late, he was lead lawyer on Knightsbridge Tankers’ deal to acquire a fleet of capesize bulk carriers from Frontline 2012.

We thank our clients and other business connections for their ongoing support and for entrusting Seward & Kissel with important and challenging transactional projects that allow us to merit such praise.