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

May 27, 2014

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA 2014 has again ranked the Firm’s Business Transactions Group as Highly Regarded for Corporate/M&A in New York, 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 recognized as ‘Up and Coming’ for 2014. Summarizing its independent research, Chambers USA had this to say:

What the team is known for: Well-regarded New York M&A team handling domestic and cross-border transactions. [The Firm and the Group] remain a popular choice for investment funds, asset managers and clients in the shipping industry.

SOURCES SAY: Seward & Kissel has a “a highly impressive and knowledgeable team.” “Fantastic. They were very thoughtful and very considerate of the issues. They led in identifying areas we should focus on, from both the M&A and tax sides.”


Clients are full of praise for Jim 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.

Clients say Craig Sklar is “fantastic to work with,” highlighting his commercial approach and ability to “help us focus on business issues while making sure we’re protected in every way on the legal side.” He recently acted for Agrifos Fertilizer on its acquisition by Rentech Nitrogen Partners for $158 million, with an additional potential earn-out of $50 million.

Nick Katsanos is counsel in the business transactions group, handling business formation, M&A, private equity transactions and strategic alliances. Clients say he is “extremely thorough and fully engaged,” and particularly appreciate his “in-depth understanding of all aspects of the deal.”

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.