Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Athens, Greece

Norton Rose Fulbright
BUILDING K1, 1 PALEA LEOFOROS POSIDONOS & 3 MORAITINI STREET
175 01 DELTA PALAIO FALIRO
ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a ‘dedicated energy team’, which is ‘very experienced in M&A for energy projects’. Its other areas of specialism include competition and regulatory matters, disputes, energy trading and public procurement. The group also excels in other aspects of energy projects, such as project finance, construction and engineering matters, as well as environmental, safety and planning affairs. It regularly acts for international financial institutions that are lending or investing into the Greek energy market and focuses particularly on the renewable energy sector. Dimitris Assimakis and Minas Kitsilis joined Reed Smith LLP.

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced in M&A for energy projects.’

‘The individuals are very experienced in the Greek energy market.’

‘A dedicated energy team with in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Excellent cooperation with the firm’s offices in other European countries, especially London.’

‘Individuals are always reachable and willing to make the extra effort to accommodate the lender’s requests and queries.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Aquila Capital

Axpo Solutions

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Elpedison

Eurobank

Flexam Invest

Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN)

juwi

Independent Power Transmission System Operator (ADMIE)

Invenergy

National Bank of Greece

NKT Cables

Public Power Corporation

Public Power Corporation Renewables

Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE)

Shell

Valorem

Voltalia

Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright is home to extensive insolvency law expertise, covering reorganisations, bankruptcy, centre of main interests (COMI), debt collection, security enforcement, special liquidations and creditor plans. On the restructuring front, the team is active in various sectors, including shipping, energy and real estate; it is well placed to advise on new loans, the restructuring of existing loans, debt and equity swaps, delisting and public tender offers. Department head Yianni Cheilas provides notable expertise in work-out arrangements, problematic loan monitoring and distressed debt enforcement cases. Beyond the firm’s extensive international footprint, a key differentiator for the Athens office is its capacity to provide both English and Greek law advice on-site.

Practice head(s):

Yianni Cheilas

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Koroxenidis

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Citibank NA

Eurobank Ergasias SA

Piraeus Bank SA

Credit Suisse

Commerzbank AG

National Bank of Greece

Citibank International plc

DNB NOR Bank ASA

Royal Bank of Scotland

Greece > Shipping finance Tier 1

At Norton Rose Fulbright, department head Dimitri Sofianopoulos is a finance expert, with vast experience in fleet acquisitions, newbuilding contracts, joint ventures and demise charterparties. He is supported closely by Yianni Cheilas, who is a specialist in syndicated, secured and unsecured facilities and cross-border transactions. The team offers on-site Greek and English law expertise and is equipped to advise on all shipping finance matters, including ship loan portfolio transfers, in addition to international trade and commodity, insurance, M&A, port and infrastructure, technology and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Dimitri Sofianopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Koroxenidis; Yianni Cheilas

Key clients

Alpha Bank A.E.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Piraeus Bank A.E.

ING Bank N.V.

HSBC Bank plc

DVB Bank SE

Nordea Bank Finland plc

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Credit Suisse AG

Citigroup

Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank (AB)

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.

National Australia Bank

Korean Development Bank

Fortress Credit Advisors LLC

LMZ Shipping S.A.

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Fomentos Armadora S.A.

Equinox Maritime Ltd.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Latsco LNG LLC

Costamare Inc.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has a superb reputation for the structuring of complex financings. Prevalent among its workload are acquisition, asset and project finance matters, in addition to international securities, syndicated loans, derivatives and bond shareholder issues. Practice head Dimitri Sofianopoulos is renowned for his strength in asset finance and international capital markets mandates including IPOs, bond issuances and private placements. Yianni Cheilas is also integral to the department, routinely acting on syndicated, ECA-backed and unsecured facilities, cross-border transactions, the sale of loan portfolios, and lender restructurings and workout arrangements. The shipping and real estate sectors are a particular focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

Dimitri Sofianopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Koroxenidis; Yianni Cheilas

Key clients

Alpha Bank A.E.

Elpedison S.A.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

European Investment Bank

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

PPC Renewables S.A.

Citigroup

DNB NOR Bank

Nordea Bank Finland plc

Deutsche Bank

KfW

ING Bank N.V.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright enjoys a particularly formidable reputation for infrastructure and energy projects, supporting on the project finance and development aspects of power and renewable power schemes, among many others. The team is also busy on the privatisation front, handling a broad array of high-profile programmes such as recent divestments of lignite assets and natural gas entities. Elena Tsohou and Vassilis Koroxenidis are names to note at the firm, which acts for clients such as private and state-owned Greek companies, multinationals, financial institutions, shipping companies, governmental organisations and the Hellenic Republic. Dimitris Assimakis joined Reed Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elena Tsohou; Vassilis Koroxenidis

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Aquila Capital

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Elpedison

El Sewedy Electric

Eurobank

Flexam Invest

General Electric Capital

Independent Power Transmission System Operator (ADMIE)

Israel Discount Bank

juwi

Lamda Development

National Bank of Greece

NKT Cables

Public Power Corporation

Shell

Terna Energy

Valorem

Voltalia

Greece > Shipping litigation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright has expertise in shipping transaction, bill of lading, marine casualty, charterparty, cargo recovery and defence litigation. It is also highly adept in contractual disputes concerning shipbuilding contracts and dry docking agreements, with further expertise in admiralty, restructuring, insolvency and enforcement proceedings. The team advises on both English and Greek law and works closely with the firm’s African, Australian, Asian, Middle Eastern and American offices. Department head John Liberopoulos stands out for his track record in a wealth of multi-jurisdictional disputes, including ICC and LCIA arbitrations as well as English High Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

John Liberopoulos

Key clients

Costamare Inc

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

Atlas Maritime Inc.

Alassia NewShips Management Inc.

Cromar Insurance Brokers Ltd

International Trade SA

Safety Management Overseas AS

DELTA Dynamics Marine LTD.

Carl’s Berg SA

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the team advises on M&A, private equity, capital markets and takeover offers. The practice is led by Elena Tsohou, who has specialist expertise in the energy, financial services, real estate and infrastructure industries. The firm provides on-site Greek and English law expertise and its expansive global footprint is a key strength in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Elena Tsohou

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full array of real estate matters, including financing, disputes, corporate occupier work, investments and developments. The department advises on both English and Greek law matters and is headed by Elena Tsohou.

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. It provides the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. It has more than 4,000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Areas of practice: Recognised for its industry focus, the firm is strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through its global risk advisory group, it leverages its industry experience with its knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide its clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever the firm is, it operates in accordance with its global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. It aims to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of its offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps co-ordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com/legal-notices.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Dimitris Assimakis  photo Mr Dimitris Assimakis Partner
Mr Yianni Cheilas  photo Mr Yianni Cheilas Partner
Mr Vassilis Koroxenidis  photo Mr Vassilis Koroxenidis Partner
Mr John Liberopoulos  photo Mr John Liberopoulos Partner
Ms Elena Tsohou  photo Ms Elena Tsohou Partner
Number of partners (worldwide) : 1,200+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide) : 3,000+
Total staff : 7,500+
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
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Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
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Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
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Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.