September 17, New York – Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Jane Freeberg Sarma as a New York-based counsel in its Shipping Group. Jane was formerly a senior associate with Watson Farley & Williams.

“We are committed to growing our shipping capabilities in New York and Jane is a great addition to the New York team,” said Nick Shaw, partner and global practice group leader of Reed Smith’s Shipping Group. “Her knowledge of the industry and her experience in shipping transactions, maritime-related litigation and regulatory compliance are great assets to the practice and our clients.”

Sarma focuses her practice on ship finance, U.S. regulatory compliance and sanctions, bankruptcy and distressed workouts, maritime litigation, and arbitration matters, including charter party disputes, vessel arrest and asset foreclosure. She advises clients on a wide range of matters relating to U.S. sanctions, anti-boycott and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance, as well as finance transactions within the shipping industry.

Reed Smith’s Shipping Group comprises more than 100 lawyers, including specialist admiralty professionals, advising global clients on U.S. and international legal and regulatory issues relating to the shipping industry, such as sanctions, competition, offshore, admiralty law and corporate issues, as well as financing a wide variety of shipping assets.

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