Gary J. Wolfe is senior counsel in Seward & Kissel’s Corporate Securities Group. He has practiced law since 1977. Gary joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in 1992.
Mr. Wolfe specializes in corporate securities and capital markets transactions. He represents foreign and domestic issuers and investment banks and money managers in private placements, initial and secondary United States and offshore public offerings and consent solicitations, private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions, and investors and issuers in restructurings to limit environmental liability risk. Mr. Wolfe has acted as counsel to issuers and underwriters in groundbreaking offerings by companies in the international transportation industry involving structured transactions, equity offerings, debt placements, cross-border mergers, global listings, master limited partnerships and establishment and termination of American Depositary Receipt programs. Mr. Wolfe’s transactions include the first initial public offering by way of a warrants offering and the first initial public offering by a passive foreign investment company. Mr. Wolfe has spoken at industry conferences, and has published papers on United States domestic and offshore securities offerings by international transportation and emerging market companies, high-yield offerings by issuers, mergers, going private transactions and the United States oil pollution laws. Mr. Wolfe has recently been named one of the top 10 lawyers in the shipping industry worldwide (Lloyd’s List One Hundred, Top 10 Lawyers).
Mr. Wolfe received an AB Degree from Cornell University in 1971, Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD Degree in 1975 from Yale Law School. He was a Post-Doctoral Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana and University of Belgrade and was a recipient of an IREX Fellowship. His languages are English, Croatian, Slovenian and Russian.
Mr. Wolfe has been Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association, a member of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and President of the U.S. Business Council for Southeastern Europe, an organization of American businesses with trade and investment interests in Slovenia, Croatia and the rest of the Balkan region.