Seth Engel advises clients on cross-border transactions, securities offerings, and alternative dispute resolution. Having practiced in both France and New York, he works hand in hand with public and private companies in Asia, Europe, and the Americas to advise on strategic transactions and disputes, including advising boards of directors and special committees. He also has represented clients in international arbitrations under the ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SCC rules.
Seth's experience prior to joining Jones Day in 2019 includes representing: Orchestra S.A., a French data management company, in the sale of the French company and its U.S. and global subsidiaries to a European competitor; a Chinese investment bank in connection with its $1 billion acquisition in an industrial company based in a Scandinavian country with operating companies in 11 countries throughout the world; Havas Voyages (France) in the sale of its global travel management business to Voyages Marietton; and Zodiac (France) in the sale of its leisure nautical businesses to a Luxembourg private equity fund.
Seth previously taught business law at the Sorbonne in Paris and acted as assistant counsel in multiple pretrial cases at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Seth is proud of his commitment to pro bono, including having represented the corporate amici curiae in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the matter of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. He successfully represented a West African LGBT asylum seeker in proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He is an active board member of a New York nonprofit focused on jazz education.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Represented the trustee for the liquidation of the Estate of Bernard L. Madoff Securities, LLC in connection with the ongoing sale of a portfolio of interests in private and publicly listed companies previously held by the Madoff family and entities.
Represented the underwriters, led by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in connection with the $50 million offering of 6.25 percent 5-year bonds by Newtek Business Services Corp., a business development company that provides lending and financial services.
Represented ECN Capital Corp., a publicly traded Canadian bank and financing company, in connection with its $334 million investment in a U.S.-based consumer financial services company, Kessler Financial Services, LLC.
Represented the underwriters, led by JMP Securities LLC, in connection with the at-the-market offering of 2,900,000 shares of common stock of Newtek Business Services Corp.
Represented a consortium of Singapore-based investors in connection with its acquisition of 19.99 perceent of the common stock of a NASDAQ-listed company.
Represented the underwriters, led by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, in connection with the offering of 2,250,000 shares of common stock of Newtek Business Services Corp.
Represented the special committee of the board of directors of Asta Funding in its defense to a shareholder activist campaign by Mangrove Partners, including entering into a settlement agreement with Mangrove Partners and $5.3 million share buy-back.
Represented Exo Inc., a nutrition company using cricket protein, in its Series A round led by AccelFoods.
Represented Laboratoires Servier (France) in connection with its minority investment in the Swiss research and development company GeNeuro.
Publications Prior to Jones Day
January 10, 2017
The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction
Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day
October 15, 2018
Webinar for Lawline (rated a perfect 5 stars with 230+ reviews), GDPR Compliance & Due Diligence for M&A Transactions
October 16, 2018
Startup Funding 101, French-American Chamber of Commerce
New York, New York
- Georgetown University (J.D. 2012); University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne (Master's in Global Economic Law 2011); Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) (Master's in Global Economic Law 2011); New York University (B.A in Sustainable Economic Development summa cum laude 2008)
- Paris, New York, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit