Jim Abbott, joined Seward & Kissel’s Business Transactions Group

January 1, 2007

Seward & Kissel LLP is pleased to announce that James E. Abbott has joined the firm as a partner. He will be joining Seward & Kissel’s Corporate Finance Department to help lead its Business Transactions Group, which handles mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt transactions, PIPEs, venture capital transactions, joint ventures, seed capital arrangements and various other business transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Abbott was Co-Chair of the Corporate Department at Wall Street law firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, and earlier in his career he worked in London at Ashurst.

“We are delighted to have Jim join our firm,” said John Tavss, Managing Partner of Seward & Kissel. “Jim’s extensive transactional experience adds to the depth of services we can provide to investment funds, financial institutions and businesses that retain the firm, all of which have become increasingly active in the market for a wide variety of business transactions.”

“Seward & Kissel’s hedge fund and shipping industry clientele are a great foundation for growing the transactional practice of the firm’s Corporate Finance Department,” said Mr. Abbott. “I’m excited by the opportunity to serve clients with a recurring need for transactional representation, and to help strengthen and grow a group dedicated to handling mid-market deals.”

Mr. Abbott has over 22 years of experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and other complex transactions within a wide variety of business sectors, including investment management, brokerage, consumer goods, trade publishing and technology. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1981 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1984. Mr. Abbott, age 47, resides in Summit, New Jersey with his wife and three children.