Seward & Kissel’s M&A Practice Ranked as “Highly Regarded” in Chambers USA 2021

May 25, 2021

Seward & Kissel is pleased to announce that Chambers USA 2021 has ranked the Firm’s Business Transactions Group as Highly Regarded for Corporate/M&A in New York for a ninth consecutive year, with both of the Group’s co-heads, Jim Abbott and Craig Sklar, recognized as Leading Individuals. Recently promoted Counsel Danielle Lemberg was also named an “Associate to Watch.”

Summarizing its independent research, Chambers USA had this to say:

What the team is known for
Particularly adept at sell-side and midmarket transactions. Recognized for its cross-border capabilities. Regularly handles deals involving European interests. Often advises clients working in investment management and the shipping industry.

Clients report: “The team is responsive, very insightful and helpful on unique issues, and positive in terms of negotiation and drafting.”
Another says: “The team is solutions-oriented and very informed about transactions in the asset management space.”

Work highlights
Advised the City of London Investment Group on its merger with Karpus Management.

Notable practitioners

  • Craig Sklar is well versed in M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals, with particular strength in investment management industry transactions. One client reports “Craig is very responsive and willing to give practical business advice and discuss all relevant options. He’s terrific.” “He’s excellent; he is very pragmatic, practical and smart. He gets deals done in a good way.”
  • James Abbott is routinely engaged in domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals. His client base includes entities active in the media and shipping industries. One client notes “his experience is evidenced by his calm and solutions-driven approach to transactions. He has a great approach to explaining complex legal issues in a way that both the lawyers and business folks can understand.” “He has a very strategic mindset and was a consistently strong advocate for our position.”
  • Danielle Lemberg is an impressive associate who earns praise from market sources for her excellent handling of M&A. Clients report “she is incredibly responsive and hard-working, and has excellent technical and market knowledge.”