Global law firm Reed Smith has appointed Robert Lustrin to its transportation industry group based in New York.

Robert Lustrin

Previously a partner at Seward & Kissel for two decades, and more recently an independent practitioner, Lustrin has more than 25 years of experience advising shipping and offshore industry clients on all aspects on corporate and US securities law, Reed Smith said.

“Robert will be a tremendous addition to our team in New York. His impressive experience in capital markets securities matters will be of great value to our US and international clients,” said Cindy Schmitt Minniti, Reed Smith’s New York office managing partner.

Greg Chase, Reed Smith partner who leads the shipping team in the US, added: “Robert’s arrival underpins a strategic priority for the firm…The trend of clients moving away from traditional bank lending in shipping and toward more sophisticated private equity and alternative capital providers means that investing in shipping now demands a global full-service law firm such as Reed Smith.”