The Legal 500 USA, 2014, Recommends Seward & Kissel for Middle-Market M&A

June 25, 2014

We are pleased to announce that in its 2014 edition, The Legal 500 USA has recommended the Firm’s Business Transactions Group for middle-market M&A. Summarizing its independent research, The Legal 500 had this to say:

‘Superlative at winning the trust and confidence of the client’, Seward & Kissel LLP is ‘excellent in every way and represents great value for money. Its team is prompt, attentive and knowledgeable’. The group consistently advises on market-leading transactions within the investment management and shipping industries, in which the firm is particularly well known, and is also active in complex middle-market deals in the media industry, and in international sell-side M&A. Highlights included acting for longstanding client Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management, a registered investment adviser with more than $2.6bn in capital commitments across 22 partnerships, on its sale to global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group; and acted for Ultrapetrol (Bahamas), an industrial transportation company serving the Latin American markets for diverse products as well as the offshore oil platform supply market, on its sale to Southern Cross Latin America Private Equity Funds of approximately $220m of newly issued common stock. It also assisted UBM, a global events-led marketing services and communications company, on the sale of its UBM Channel division to an investment group led by executive management, which renamed the business The Channel Company. New York-based James Abbott and Craig Sklar co-head the firm’s business transactions group. Abbott is ‘a great M&A attorney; he is very knowledgeable, great with clients. and deal oriented’. Sklar is ‘very good at laying out the timelines and expectations, and in dealing with attorneys from the other side as required; he also understands business objectives, focuses on those and does not create unnecessary problems. At the same time, he is careful to make clients aware of issues to which they should be attentive’. Counsel Nick Katsanos ‘guides clients through deals with a calm persona and reassuring level of confidence’.

We thank our clients and other business connections for their ongoing support and for entrusting Seward & Kissel with important and challenging transactional projects that allow us to merit such praise.