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Norton Rose Fulbright is one of the leading ship finance firms operating in the Greek market. Office head Dimitri Sofianopoulos has ‘very broad experience and a highly commercial approach to all kinds of complicated matters’, and is supported by several quality banking lawyers, including Yianni Cheilas. The firm recently advised Citigroup Global Markets and Nordea Bank on a $1.05bn loan to GasLog to refinance eight new LNG carriers chartered to Shell and British Gas.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch fields a ‘commercial and client-focused’ practice that is praised for its ‘top professionalism’. The team recently advised a syndicate of lenders on a $224m debt restructuring for Star Bulk Carriers. The firm also advised National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank on a €44.6m facility to ANEK Lines. Department head George Paleokrassas is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge’. The ‘client-focused’ Alexia Hatzimichalis is also recommended.

Constant & Constant (the Maritime Division of TLT in Greece)’s ‘fast, efficient, and fair’ practice is recommended for its ‘good knowledge of the industry’ and its ability to ‘find consensual and amicable solutions to problems’. Jeremy Watson ‘responds very quickly and meets highly pressing deadlines’. Active clients include Nordea Bank, ABN Amro, Credit Suisse and Unicredit.

HFW’s ‘very professional, user-friendly and responsive’ practice is praised for its ‘good attention to detail and commercial acumen’. Practice head Jasel Chauhan is ‘very calm and collected, which helps with heated negotiations’. Clients also consider Anthony Paizes ‘a great addition to the team’.

Ince & Co is praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of the subject matter’, and for its ‘flexibility in considering the client’s comments without endangering the bank’s position’. Team head Robin Parryunderstands the client’s needs and can communicate with them calmly and efficiently’. The ‘meticulousRonan Le Dû is also ‘very efficient and knowledgeable’. The firm recently advised the lenders to a Croatian shipping company on the $108m refinancing of three new vessels and two new build acquisitions.

Stephenson Harwood’s well-regarded team, led by Nigel Bowen-Morris, enjoys a good reputation in the market. Chris Vartzis and associate Constantinos Karachalios are rated by clients.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm advised a subsidiary of GasLog on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Gastrade, an operator and owner of LNG carriers. Evangelos Lakatzis is recommended.

G E Bairactaris & Partners regularly represents shipowners on financings and related transactions. Vangelis Bairactaris is the lead partner.

Moratis Passas Law Firm acted for Morgan Stanley Senior Funding as lead arranger on a $405m loan to Navios Maritime Partners. George Moratis is the key contact.

PotamitisVekris Law Firmalways delivers’ and its lawyers are ‘business partners that we can absolutely trust’. Vicky Psaltis leads the ‘value-for-money’ team, which is praised for its ‘deep industry knowledge’. Clients include Kassian Maritime, Eurobulk and Omicron Ship Management.

The ‘experienced and hardworking’ associate Eleni Papakosta leads the team at Sarantitis where ‘the advice is always to the best of our interests’. Clients include Chronos Shipping, Zim Hellas, and Cuma Shipmanagement.

PPT Legal was previously known as V&P Law Firm. Joint managing partner John Papapetros has a good reputation.

Theo V. Sioufas & Co. Law Offices acts for a number of shipowners. Theo Sioufas is recommended.

Timagenis Law Firm’s strong maritime practice also handles ship finance work. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis is a key contact.

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