Seward & Kissel’s M&A Practice Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2019

September 16, 2019

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that The Legal 500 US 2019 has highly ranked the Firm’s Business Transactions Group for its middle-market M&A expertise.

Summarizing its independent research, The Legal 500 had this to say:

What the Team is Known For: The firm is a widely respected legal adviser to investment management and shipping industry clients. Beyond these areas, it is also a go-to practice for middle-market M&A for businesses and frequently assists with international deals and transactions involving private equity firms; in addition, the team has handled deals in the media and technology industries.

Quotes: “[Seward & Kissel] understands clients’ business M&A strategy and understands the markets they operate in; the practice is a trusted partner that provides practical advice and solutions to complex M&A projects, where timing and execution are of the essence.”

Notable Clients: iM Global Partner, UBM, Borr Drilling, White Oak Equity Partners (WOEP) and Euronav.

Key Matters: The team advised New York-based private equity firm WOEP on its acquisition of a minority interest in FCO Advisors, a private municipal investment fund. Other recent work includes assisting Hunter Maritime Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company, with its business combination with NCF Wealth Holdings, a Chinese fintech company; and acting for Ocean Rig, an international offshore drilling contractor, in its merger agreement with Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor. The team also advised alternative asset manager TIG Advisors on its acquisition of a minority interest in Romspen Investment Corporation, a real estate-focused alternative credit manager.

The Team: The co-business transactions group heads are the ‘particularly helpful’ James Abbott and Craig Sklar, who is ‘singularly good at identifying the common sense core of a question and teasing out the solution’. Abbott led advice to Belgium-based Euronav, the largest NYSE-listed independent crude oil tanker company in the world, on its merger with Gener8 Maritime; and Sklar acted for Harvest Volatility Management, known for derivative asset management, in the sale of its business to Victory Capital, a global investment management firm. Also highly rated is Nick Katsanos, who ‘understands the nuances that differentiate one deal from the next and provides practical advice to overcome the inevitable hurdles that arise’. Gerhard Anderson and Meir Grossman are other key contacts, and Danielle Lemberg and Dora Pulido are notable senior associates.

Leading Lawyers: James Abbott

Next Generation Lawyers: Nick Katsanos

Rising Stars: Danielle Lemberg