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  1. Shipping finance
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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

Next generation lawyers

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The department at Norton Rose Fulbright, led by Dimitri Sofianopoulos, is ‘one of the leading firms for shipping finance’. It advised Citigroup and Nordea Bank on a $1.3bn Korean ECA-backed loan facility to GasLog. It also advised Safe Bulkers on new loans, the restructuring of existing loans, and the sale and leaseback transaction between subsidiaries of Safe Bulkers and affiliates of ICBC Leasing. Yianni Cheilas is also noted.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch advised Citibank (London) on a $310m facility to Tsakos Energy Navigation. The team also advised RBS on the transfer of accounts under its shipping portfolio. George Paleokrassas leads the team, which also includes Alexia Hatzimichalis, Alexandros Damianidis and Vassiliki Georgopoulos.

The ‘first-rate’ department at Constant & Constant (the Maritime Division of TLT in Greece) is advising Shipping Capital on the unwinding of a joint venture agreement with a Greece-based shipping group and a US-based hedge fund. Team head Jeremy Watson ‘responds quickly’ and is ‘outstanding’.

Holman Fenwick Willan is ‘excellent on ship finance’ and is also active in corporate mandates in the sector. It advises on sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, hire purchase and leasing transactions, and corporate restructuring. The ‘brilliantJasel Chauhan heads the shipping finance team, which recently saw the arrival of associate Anthony Paizes from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Ince & Co’s ‘responsive’ team is advising a leading German bank on the financing of 14 vessels by a Greek shipping company. Robin Parryhas a very pragmatic approach in order to find constructive solutions’, and newly promoted partner Ronan Le Dû is ‘highly experienced in ship financing’.

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘impressive’ team is led by Nigel Bowen-Morris and advised DVB Bank on a loan facility for the refinancing of a part of the Yildirim Group fleet. Chris Vartzis was recently promoted to partner.

Timagenis Law Firm’s maritime practice, which is led by Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis, is active on shipping finance matters. Gregory Timagenis and Yiannis Timagenis are also noted.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm advised a shipping joint venture on the sale and acquisition of vessels. Anthony Papadimitriou is recommended.

G E Bairactaris & Partners’ Vangelis Bairactaris is recommended for ship finance transactions.

George Moratis heads the team at Moratis Passas Law Firm, which is ‘experienced in ship finance’. It advised the initial purchasers and trustee regarding $670m of ship mortgages issued by Navios Group.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm’s ‘prompt and professional’ team advised an individual on the purchase of a pleasure yacht, as well as the establishment of a maritime company. Vicky Psaltis heads the team and associate Paraskevi Maniou is also noted.

Led by senior associate Eleni Papakostas, the team at Sarantitis advised several shipowners on acquisitions, and also acted for numerous banks on the restructuring of existing financing structures.

Theo Sioufas is the key contact at Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices.

At V&P Law Firm, John Papapetros is noted.

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