John R. Ashmead
Seward & Kissel

John R. Ashmead is a partner in Seward & Kissel's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group and Business Transactions (M&A/Private Equity) Group. John has practiced law since 1990.

John's expertise spans workouts, Chapter 11 cases (and foreign insolvency proceedings), bankruptcy/distressed acquisitions, bankruptcy related litigation, structured finance transactions and private equity investments, including acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. He represents lenders, other creditors, equity holders, acquirers, hedge funds, as well as directors and members of formal and informal stakeholder committees.

In the past few years, John has advised several principal players in the shipping industry, including lender groups, owners/charterers, and shipping companies. He is presently actively involved in several in court and out of court shipping matters.

John was a law clerk to the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York from 1990-1992.

John has appeared before Bankruptcy Courts nationwide. He has authored several articles in the bankruptcy and restructuring area, and lectured on such topics as well.

John is a Fellow of the American College of Investment Counsel and has been recognized as a leading lawyer in bankruptcy by New York Super Lawyers (2011, 2010) and as a Rising Star by Institutional Investor (2008).

John received a B.S. from St. John's University in 1987 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1990 where he served on the Law Review. He is a member of the New York Bar and admitted to practice in several courts in and outside New York.