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Real Estate Lawyer Rhona Kisch Joins Seward & Kissel as Partner


Seward & Kissel LLP announced today that Rhona Kisch has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate Group.

In her wide-ranging practice, Kisch advises financial institutions, investors, developers, property owners, and tenants on commercial real estate acquisitions, sales, financings, construction, and leases. Her work spans office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and multifamily housing, among other property types.

“Rhona’s expertise in financing and corporate structuring aligns tremendously with Seward & Kissel’s core offerings,” said Seward & Kissel managing partner Jim Cofer. “Her experience will be a valuable asset not only to clients of our real estate practice, but to the firm’s broader client base as well. We are thrilled to bring her on board.”

Kisch’s real estate work includes counseling clients on REITs, corporate structuring, warehouse financings, syndications, private equity, work outs, and bankruptcy matters. She has developed significant experience negotiating leases and other agreements involving communications facilities and equipment, such as switch facilities, rooftop antennas, and collocation spaces. She has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the deep bench of talent in Seward & Kissel’s Real Estate Group,” said Kisch. “The firm’s historic strength in serving banks, financial institutions, investment funds, and family offices in a variety of industries, including the real estate industry, makes it an ideal complement to my own practice.”

Kisch received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and holds a B.S. from the University of Colorado. She also performed post-graduate work in environmental and natural resources law at the Northwestern University School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. She comes to Seward & Kissel from Hahn & Hessen LLP, where she was a partner and head of the firm’s real estate practice.

About Seward & Kissel LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP, founded in 1890, is a leading U.S. law firm with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C., with particular expertise in the financial services, investment management, banking, and shipping industries. The firm is well known for its representation of investment advisers and related investment funds, broker-dealers, major commercial banks, institutional investors, and transportation companies (particularly in the shipping area). Its practices primarily focus on corporate, M&A, securities, litigation (including white collar), restructuring/bankruptcy, real estate, regulatory, tax, employment, and ERISA for clients seeking legal expertise in these areas.

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