New York law firm Seward & Kissel (S&K) has promoted shipping lawyer Sophia Agathis to partner.

The move was one of seven promotions that saw new partners created in a range of different industry sectors.

“While these lawyers each bring unique gifts to our firm, they are all alike in delivering tremendous value to the clients they counsel,” said Seward & Kissel managing partner Jim Cofer.

“This year’s partner class reflects both the strengths of our firm and the breadth of areas that we cover,” he added.

Agathis was previously an associate at the firm.

She is described as a key member of the firm’s maritime and transportation group and corporate finance group, representing both lenders and borrowers in connection with debt financing and other credit transactions.

The lawyer has been recognised as a rising star by both Legal 500 and Super Lawyers.

Agathis has spent more than seven years at S&K and was seconded for five months to Norwegian bank DNB as a visiting attorney in 2021.

The company says it is the “go-to” US law firm in the maritime arena.

It has a team of more than 50 attorneys in the maritime practice.

They work with public and private shipowners, banks and other players.

In 2021, rival Reed Smith took on shipping expert Robert Lustrin, who had been a partner at S&K for 20 years before practising independently.

The law firm wanted to boost its US capital markets and securities expertise.

Lustrin joined Reed Smith’s transportation industry group, also based in New York.