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

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright  fields a ‘supportive team with very good legal knowledge’. It recently advised Citibank, The Export-Import Bank of China and other lenders in the financial restructuring of Toisa, a large offshore and ocean going ship operator. Dimitri Sofianopoulos, a market leader for asset finance and international capital markets, heads the practice which also includes Yianni Cheilas, an expert in debt finance transactions. Advising clients under both English and Greek law, the team is also well-regarded for bond shareholder issuers, derivatives, project finance, risk management, syndicated loans, restructuring and transactional work. Sector expertise encompasses shipping, energy, mining and commodities, technology, life sciences and healthcare.

Testimonials

‘The team working with us was very supportive, with very good legal knowledge, responding in a strict time-schedule.’

‘We worked with George Palogos, who supported us in a very satisfactory manner.’

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.

Energy Tier 1

Clients praise Norton Rose Fulbright for its ‘great track record in the Greek energy sector combined with its ability to bring in experience from abroad’. The department advises state-controlled and private energy companies on local and cross-border projects, public law issues, construction and engineering work, M&A, dispute resolution and environmental matters. Practice head Dimitris Assimakis is regarded as ‘one of the very best energy law practitioners in the market’; the team also handles antitrust, competition and regulatory matters, working closely with the firm’s EU energy competition and regulatory team in Brussels. Financial institutions who are investing or lending in the sector also instruct the team, which recently advised Eurobank Ergasias, Alpha Bank and National Bank of Greece on the refinancing of the Agios Georgios wind farm. Senior Associate  Minas Kitsilis delivers 'great due diligence work'.

Testimonials

‘ I have worked together with Dimitris Assimakis for many years. Excellent Energy law practitioner, one of the very best on the market.’

‘The knowledge and performance of NRF in the energy sector is at an exceptional level and the cooperation with them is a guarantee for the successful handling of the most complex projects. I have been fully satisfied with the performance of NRF during our cooperation.’

‘I have worked with Dimitris Assimakis and his team (Minas Kitsilis and Christina Korinthios) and I may qualify the team as excellent, client oriented, available and efficient. I very much enjoy the collaboration with D. Assimakis team.’

‘They have great experience and track record in the Energy sector in Greece but they can bring experience from abroad in case needed as they are an international firm. Providing know-how from other markets which are tested is of great importance in local transactions.’

‘Due Diligence work is very thorough and communication is efficient. They are available to address matters quickly. Dimitris Assimakis and Minas Kitsilis perform great in Due Diligence work.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Elpedison

Eurobank Ergasias

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Hellenic Republic (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Energy)

Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN)

Juwi

Modus Energy

National Bank of Greece

NKT Cables

Piraeus Bank

Public Power Corporation

Public Power Corporation Renewables

Shell

Tokio Marine Kiln

Voltalia

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

With ‘highly experienced team’, Norton Rose Fulbright is a market leader for infrastructure projects and privatisations, and advises commercial banks, multinational banks, government bodies and ECAs on PPP concessions, constrictions, financings and operation contracts. Group co-head Dimitris Assimakis is knowledgeable of the energy sector, particularly regarding project finance work and the development of power projects. He recently advised Alpha Bank on the limited recourse financing for the development, construction and operation of a greenfield wind power project under development in Karystros. Elena Tsohou also leads the department.

Testimonials

Highly experienced team.

Key clients

Adriatic Marinas d.o.o.

Alpha Bank

Copelouzos Group

Damco Energy SA and International Constructional SA

Elpedison

Eurobank Ergasias

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Hellenic Republic (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Energy)

Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN)

juwi

Modus Energy

National Bank of Greece

NKT Cables

Piraeus Bank

Public Power Corporation

Public Power Corporation Renewables

Shell

Shikun & Binui

Tokio Marine Kiln

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright represents major financial institutions and corporates in relation to reorganisations, special liquidations and creditor plans, COMI and bankruptcy matters. Yianni Cheilas heads the department which is also renowned for its offering on the contentious front, handling litigation pertaining to the enforcement of security, debt collection and court-sanctioned reorganisation plans. In a recent highlight from the caseload, the team acted for Citibank and other lenders in the context of the financial restructuring of Toisa, one of the largest offshore and ocean-going ship operators. In addition to the transport sector, the team also handles restructurings in the real estate, energy and corporate industries, advising on both Greek and English law.

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

Shipping finance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright recently advised Amsterdam Trade Bank in respect of a loan of three ships to Poseidon Containers and also recently acted for Costamare on its purchase of a 60% share in five 14,000TEU vessels from York Capital. The practice actively handles cross-border matters with the capacity to advise on both Greek and English law. It is headed by one of the market’s most renowned names, Dimitri Sofianopoulos, whose areas of expertise include asset finance, fleet acquisitions, management agreements, demise charterparties and international capital markets. Yianni Cheilas is another name to note, delivering specialist knowledge of debt finance transactions, secured and unsecured facilities and export credit-based transactions.

Key clients

Alpha Bank A.E.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Piraeus Bank A.E.

ING Bank N.V.

HSBC Bank plc

LMZ Shipping S.A.

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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)

Fortress Credit Advisors LLC

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V.

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Costamare Inc.

National Australia Bank

Korean Development Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright represents local and international companies from both the private and public sectors on a range of work which includes M&A, capital markets, financial services, private equity and takeover offers. Practice head Elena Tsohou possesses intimate knowledge of the energy and utilities, real estate and infrastructure sectors with her team also representing a number of financial institutions, insurance, shipping companies and the Hellenic Republic. The department is closely integrated with the firm’s international offices in Europe, the US, Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere.

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team.’

 

Key clients

Hyperion Insurance Group

Kavouri S.A.

Elpedison S.A.

Hellenic Republic (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment and Energy)

juwi Group

Modus Energy

NKT Cables

Public Power Corporation

Shell

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Key elements of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice include development, investment, tenant and occupier mandates, financing work and litigation. The team is adept at Greek and English law and acts for local and international companies, financial institutions, insurers, shipping companies and the Hellenic Republic on domestic and cross-border matters. Elena Tsohou leads the department, which is also active in the construction sector, where it handles wind and infrastructure projects.

Testimonials

‘They do have in depth knowledge of the sector, are very good at due diligence and have the capacity to undertake complex transactions.’

‘Mr.Dimitris Assimakis, Partner, and Mr. Minas Kitsilis, Senior Associate, are experts in the sector and are able to resolve and address difficult and complex situations. Mr. Rampos, of counsel, is super efficient at drafting.’

Key clients

Shikun & Binui Ltd.

National Bank of Greece

Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank, IIG Bank (Malta) Ltd. and PWC

Eurobank Ergasias

Shipping litigation Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright’s broad expertise encompasses charterparty and bills of lading disputes, cargo recovery and defence, ship transaction litigation and collisions. Practice head John Liberopoulos is noted by clients for his 'clear and timely advice’; he recently represented the owners, managers and P&I club of the Lady M crude oil tanker in a London Court of Appeal claim by cargo interests of salvage contribution following a fire in the vessel’s engine room. The practice handles both Greek and English law disputes and has further key strengths in marine insurance matters, shipbuilding matters and dry docking agreements.

Testimonials

‘Dimitri Sofianopoulos, an excellent English lawyer with deep knowledge of shipping stands out. John Liberopoulos also stands out with clear and timely advice especially on litigation issues.’

Key clients

Costamare Inc

LMZ Shipping S.A.

Safe Bulkers Inc.

Latsco Shipping Limited

Empire Bulkers Limited

Hellenic Carriers Corporation S.A.

Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd

Atlas Maritime Inc.

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
Mr Yianni Cheilas  photo Mr Yianni Cheilas
Mr Vassilis Koroxenidis  photo Mr Vassilis Koroxenidis
Mr John Liberopoulos  photo Mr John Liberopoulos
Mr Dimitri Sofianopoulos  photo Mr Dimitri Sofianopoulos
Ms Elena Tsohou  photo Ms Elena Tsohou
Number of partners (worldwide) : 1,200+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide) : 3,000+
Total staff : 7,500+
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