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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Nigel Bowen-Morris - Stephenson Harwood
    • George Paleokrassas - Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch
    • Robin Parry - Ince
    • Theo Sioufas - Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices
    • Gregory Timagenis - Timagenis Law Firm
    • Jeremy Watson - Constant & Constant (the Maritime Division of TLT in Greece)

Next Generation Partners

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Norton Rose Fulbright boasts some of the best-known lawyers in the field, including office head Dimitri Sofianopoulos and banking partner Yianni Cheilas. The firm acts for both borrowers and lenders.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch has an exceptional standing in the local market, and is particularly regarded for its advice to lenders. The team, which is led by the highly-esteemed George Paleokrassas, recently advised Alpha Bank on the completion of a $250m shipping securitisation with Citibank, one of the few deals of its kind. The firm also advised a syndicate of lenders, including Piraeus Bank, on the $219m restructuring of ANEK Lines, one of Greece's largest passenger shipping companies. Alexia Hatzimichalis is also very strong in this area.

Constant & Constant (the Maritime Division of TLT in Greece) 'should be on the shortlist of all major shipping banks' thanks to its 'dynamic and accessible' team that 'anticipates issues' and has a 'strong command of the industry and main players'. The 'tireless and deeply knowledgeable' practice head Jeremy Watson is an 'exceptional individual' - he advised on a  $300m facility to a Greek shipping group to finance the delivery of seven vessels. The firm acts for a strong mix of banks and export credit agencies.

Hill Dickinson LLP expanded its presence in the shipping market in Greece following the recruitment of Jasel Chauhan, former head of ship finance and senior associate Anthony Paizes from HFW. The team has advised owners on several significant matters, including a $300m restructuring.

Ince has a strong pedigree for ship finance work and is regularly called upon by lenders to advise on financings and refinancings. Robin Parry and Ronan Le Dû have established very good reputations.

Stephenson Harwood has a high-quality team, which is 'incredibly accessible and very efficient in turning around documents'. The 'especially diligent' Nigel Bowen-Morris and the 'reliable and self-confident' Chris Vartzis ('a great professional with leadership and management skills') are both key names. The group acts for a mix of lenders and borrowers, with clients including ABN Amro, ACT Maritime, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BNP Paribas.

HFW 's team, which continues to act for both lenders and borrowers on a range of ship finance deals, is now headed by Kalliopi Karaiskaki. Jasel Chahuan is now at Hill Dickinson LLP.

Moratis Passas Law Firm is a popular choice among lenders, and in particular is close to Morgan Stanley, which it recently advised as arranger on a $100m loan to Navios South American Logistics. George Moratis is the main contact.

PPT Legal has a strong pedigree in ship finance work, often advising borrowers on major transactions. Recent highlights include representing Navios South American Logistics on a $100m loan facility. John Papapetros is a notable name.

Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm has a good reputation for advising shipowners on financing transactions and vessel purchases. Evangelos Lakatzis is especially well regarded.

Ship finance is a key area for Sarantitis, which advisesan impressive field of shipping companies, including Chronos Shipping, Theomar Shipmanagement and Cuma Shipmanagement. The team, led by Eleni Papakosta, also advises Piraeus Bank on related matters.

Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices is recommended for its long history advising shipowners. Founding partner Theo Sioufas is the key contact.

Timagenis Law Firm, which acts for banks and ship owners in various transactions including finance and restructurings, has a strong presence in the market. Lily Timagenis has a good reputation.

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