Lawrence Rutkowski is a partner in Seward & Kissel’s corporate finance department. He has practised law since 1979.

Mr Rutkowski is head of the firm’s maritime and transportation finance group. In this capacity, he 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. Mr Rutkowski’s practice also includes considerable experience in equipment finance and in the energy and mining fields.

He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of the United States (chair, committee on maritime bankruptcy and insolvency). In addition, Mr Rutkowski is an adjunct law professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he teaches courses in ship finance and maritime arrests and attachment.

Mr Rutkowski has been cited in Euromoney’s ‘Best of the Best’, Chambers USA and Chambers Global, The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who Legal: Shipping. He has also been recognised by Best Lawyers in the practice of admiralty and maritime law from 2006 to 2018, inclusive. He was named one of the top 10 lawyers in Lloyd’s List One Hundred 2014 and 2015 – ‘The Most Influential People in the Shipping Industry’.

He has made appearances on national media regarding piracy off the coast of Somalia.