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The law firm Seward & Kissel LLP announced Sean Thorsen has joined its New York City office as a counsel in the real estate group.

Throughout his 15-year career, Thorsen has advised financial institutions, private lenders, and borrowers on commercial real estate financing matters. Before joining Seward & Kissel, Thorsen practiced with a real estate finance group at both DLA Piper LLP and McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He began his career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where he advised financial institutions on commercial real estate aspects of multibillion-dollar leveraged finance transactions.

“We are delighted that Sean has brought his wide-ranging experience in real estate finance to Seward & Kissel,” said Rhona Kisch, partner and head of Seward & Kissel’s real estate group. “His ability to assist private lenders and other financial institutions with financing issues provides a valuable complement to our group’s broader work on real estate acquisitions, workouts, investments in private equity real estate funds, and other matters.”