Seward & Kissel Appoints Kevin Neubauer as Co-Head of the Firm’s Investment Management Group

March 4, 2024

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that Kevin Neubauer has been named co-head of the firm’s Investment Management Group, effective March 1. Neubauer will serve alongside existing co-head, partner, and member of the firm’s Management Committee, Patricia Poglinco. He succeeds Robert Van Grover, who served in the role for more than 10 years and will remain an active partner in the Investment Management Group.

“Kevin has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to be an effective leader, both with respect to client matters and strategic firm initiatives,” said Seward & Kissel managing partner Jim Cofer. “This role is the natural next step for him and our firm, and we are looking forward to his continued success in contributing to the growth and future of the investment management practice.”

Neubauer represents sponsors of private investment funds, particularly private equity funds, private credit funds, and venture capital funds on all aspects of their businesses, including fund formation, investor negotiation, management company structuring and strategic transactions, and regulatory and compliance issues. He has been an instrumental member of the firm’s private equity and private credit practices, with both groups experiencing rapid growth over the past decade, as reflected in the firm’s recent recognition in Private Equity International’s Fund Formation League Table.

Neubauer, who was elevated to partner at Seward & Kissel in 2020, originally joined the firm in 2009. In 2012, he served a stint as in-house counsel in the legal department of Providence Equity Partners L.L.C. / Benefit Street Partners L.L.C. before returning to Seward & Kissel in 2015. He has been recognized by Private Debt International as a Rising Star and is regularly recognized by leading organizations such as Legal 500, IFLR, and Chambers for his work with private funds.

“Kevin has continually been at the forefront of the legal and regulatory matters affecting our clients, particularly our private equity and private credit clients. His addition as co-head of the practice is an exciting development for both our clients and the firm,” added Poglinco, co-head of the practice.

The elevation of Neubauer to co-chair of the Investment Management Group follows a series of strategic hires the firm has recently made, including tax partner Sonita Bennitt from Goodwin Procter and Kristen Curatolo, co-head of the firm’s Private Clients/Trusts and Estate Group, from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Other recent notable additions include Jaimie Nawaday, the current co-head of its Government Enforcement and Internal Investigations Group, from Kelley Drye & Warren; Michael Watling, co-head of the Government Enforcement and Internal Investigations Group, and Russell Johnston, co-head of the Litigation & Investigations Group, from King & Spalding; David Baron, a partner in the Employment Group, from Hogan Lovells; and Daniel Viola, a partner in the Investment Management Group, from Sadis & Goldberg.