Seward & Kissel has been ranked by Chambers & Partners in Transportation: Shipping: Finance and Investment Funds: Hedge Funds in Chambers USA 2009

June 18, 2009
Chambers USA

NEW YORK, June 18, 2009 – Seward & Kissel LLP ( is pleased to announce that it has been ranked as one of the top firms in Transportation: Shipping: Finance by British legal directory publisher, Chambers & Partners (, in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA.

According to Chambers, “Seward & Kissel is renowned for its tremendously deep knowledge of the ship financing arena. Clients appreciate the Firm’s value for money, high-caliber individuals and breadth of expertise,” according to Chambers. “The partner attention is so great, it’s like they’re in-house counsel,” noted one interviewee. Lawrence Rutkowski was mentioned as an “undisputed leader in traditional loan and financing transactions.” “He knows the industry like the back of his hand – and he’s straightforward and a pleasure to work with,” confirmed sources. In addition, Gary Wolfe is “renowned for his prowess in securities matters; clients also praise his impeccable service,” Chambers reported. Michael Timpone received honorable recognition in the associates category.

Chambers USA also ranked Seward & Kissel LLP as one of the leading firms in Investment Funds: Hedge Funds, nationally. Chambers USA states, “In addition to being one of the oldest and best-known names on the New York hedge fund scene, this firm operates a…successful registered fund practice out of the Washington, DC office.” Seward & Kissel is described as being well known for its advice to startup hedge fund managers and for the size and large volume of its practice.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year by Chambers for our work in the ship finance and hedge fund areas,” said Seward & Kissel LLP Managing Partner, John Tavss. “These prestigious rankings are a genuine testament of the Firm’s dedication and commitment to providing a high level of legal services to our clients, and of our leadership in these areas of law.”