Lawrence Rutkowski is Senior Counsel in Seward & Kissel's corporate finance department. Mr Rutkowski has practised law since 1979. He joined Seward & Kissel as a partner in 1992.
Mr Rutkowski is the senior member of the firm's maritime and transportation finance group, a cross section of attorneys within the firm from the corporate finance, corporate securities, litigation and tax departments with expertise on matters of interest to clients in the transportation industry and is a member of the firm's business transactions group. In such capacity, Mr Rutkowski has worked on matters ranging from the formation of joint ventures, asset finance transactions, secured and unsecured lending, registered and unregistered securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions and cross border leases to restructurings and bankruptcy. In addition to representing clients in the transportation and financial services industries, Mr Rutkowski's practice has included considerable experience in equipment finance and in the energy sector.
Mr Rutkowski is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association (Business Law Section – Maritime Finance, Aviation and Opinions Committees),) and the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Maritime Finance and Maritime Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committees).
Mr Rutkowski received a BA degree, magna cum laude, from College of the Holy Cross, in 1975, and a JD degree, from Columbia Law School in 1978.
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