Ronald A. Hewitt is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s Global Banking and Corporate Trust Group.

Ron has extensive experience representing clients in connection with corporate restructuring, finance, and capital markets transactions. He also represents participants in an array of derivatives transactions and related regulatory compliance.

Ron regularly represents clients in connection with complex distressed and non-distressed financial transactions. These clients include:

  • Administrative and collateral agents in connection with secured and unsecured credit facilities, including out-of-court restructurings and bankruptcy cases.
  • Indenture trustees and escrow agents in connection with secured and unsecured high yield debt issuances, escrow offerings, acquisitions and exchange transactions, and in bankruptcy court proceedings.
  • End-users and corporate debt issuers in connection with convertible note hedges and other equity-linked transactions, including negotiation of ISDA master agreements and structured products as well as Dodd-Frank and EMIR compliance.

Ron also devotes substantial time to pro bono matters. He advises low-income debtors in connection with filing bankruptcy petitions, as well as non-profit companies with respect to their formation and obtainment of tax-exempt status.

Ron is recognized by Best Lawyers in their ranking of Best Lawyers in America for the Bankruptcy and Reorganization practice area.

Ron received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Associate Editor at Seton Hall Law Review.

Relevant Matters/Representative Transactions:

  • Non-Distressed Transactions: Represented administrative agents and indenture trustees in some of the largest and most complex transactions for public and portfolio companies, including capital raises, refinancings, leveraged buyouts, registered offerings, and private placements.
  • Bankruptcy and Distressed Transactions: Represented trustees and agents in many of the most high profile distressed transactions and bankruptcy cases, including formulating and negotiating financing arrangements, DIP and exit financing facilities, exchange offers, escrows, rights offerings, credit bids, plans of reorganization, and litigating intercreditor disputes.
  • Bespoke Agency Transactions: Represented financial institutions in myriad agency capacities in bespoke transactions and limited scope engagements, including as escrow agent, disbursing agent, paying agent, and collateral agent.
  • Derivatives Transactions: Represented corporate end-users, government retirement plans and private pension funds in structuring, negotiation and execution of derivatives and hedging transactions.