Firm Profile > Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch > Athens, Greece
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Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch > The Legal 500 Rankings
Shipping finance Tier 1Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch acts for both financiers and borrowers in Greek and English law matters, leveraging its ‘deep specialisation in shipping finance'. Department head George Paleokrassas is an expert in the structuring and restructuring of loans, shipping loan portfolio transactions, shipbuilding projects, leasing transactions, long-term charter arrangements and transactions involving distressed assets. His team recently gained a new partner in Marsila Karpida, a transfer from the firm’s New York office who focuses on loan and security documentation, shareholders' and investors' agreements, and shipbuilding contracts. Senior associate Christina Giagka is also noted. Konstantinos Mexias departed to Ince in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Marsila Karpida; Alexandra Michalopoulos; Alexia Hatzimichalis; Alexandros Damianidis; Christina Giagka
‘George Paleokrassas, Alexandros Damianidis and Christina Giagka have great knowledge of the subject area, and are hardworking and commercially minded.’
‘Deep specialisation in shipping finance with long experience in the sector and an extensive team of top professionals.’
‘Competent, committed, friendly, available, efficient and hardworking.’
‘Professional and diligent legal advice and support.’
‘Knowledgeable and very capable.’
‘The team is characterised by its professionalism and excellent knowledge of market trends and new regulations. The team always performs excellently under strict deadlines.’
‘The management of the team and the associates (including George Paleokrassas, Alexia Hatzimichalis, Christina Giagka and many others) are very experienced in ship financing, and always seek to advise on all possibilities regarding a specific matter, covering all the aspects that may arise. Their work is always well-structured and accurate and they are willing to offer their advice and assistance whenever it is required.’
‘Deep understanding of the customer’s business and needs, disciplined approach and a focus on results.’
HSBC Bank plc
Korea Development Bank
SKANDINAVISKA ENSKILDA BANKEN AB (SEB)
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
DNB Bank ASA
Bank of Cyprus
Shipping litigation Tier 1
Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch fields a shipping practice with a strong track record in shipbuilding, sale, transaction contract, charterparty, cargo sale, international sanction, bill of lading and marine insurance claims. George Paleokrassas chairs the department together with Antonis Lagadianos, who spreads his expertise across casualty, MOA, contractual and admiralty disputes. A further key name is George Iatridis, who has a history of acting on contentious enforcement and foreclosure, marine pollution and accident at sea mandates on behalf of a client roster of P&I clubs, banks, insurers and ship owners.
Antonis Lagadianos; George Paleokrassas
Other key lawyers:
Evangelos Catsambas; George Iatridis
Technomar Shipping Inc
Cyprus Sea Lines Co Ltd
TMS Bulkers/Tankers Ltd
Navios Shipmanagement Inc.
Equinox Maritime Ltd.
Gard P. & I. (Bermuda) Ltd.
UK Defence Club / UK P&I Club
The London Club
With the capacity to advise on both English and Greek law, Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch has excellent experience in asset finance, namely maritime and aviation finance, and project finance, where it advises on energy and infrastructure-related schemes. The practice also has expertise in banking regulatory matters such as confidentiality, report obligation and terms of business issues. Virginia Murray, Marisetta Marcopoulou, George Paleokrassas and Nikolaos Kostikas jointly lead the department, which also advises banks and NPL funds on large performing and non-performing portfolio transactions, with the additional capacity to advise on capital markets, corporate finance, lease financing, secured lending and refinancing mandates.
Virginia Murray; Nikolaos Kostikas; Marisetta Marcopoulou; George Paleokrassas
National Bank of Greece S.A.
Total Eren Group
UniCredit Bank AG
DVB Bank SE – Athens Branch
HSBC France – Greece
Energy Tier 2
Clients note Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch’s ‘strong experience in the renewable energy sector’ and expertise in energy investments and projects as its key distinguishing features. Headed by Virginia Murray, a transactions and acquisitions expert, the team supports clients at every stage of major projects, handling licensing, supply, financing and operational issues. At the junior end, senior associate Maira Galani provides the group with specialist knowledge of energy-related M&A, regulations and environmental law.
Other key lawyers:
Maira Galani; Marisetta Marcopoulou
‘The team is excellent in providing high-quality services in the field of energy law. It has deep knowledge and vast experience in all the relevant fields and especially those relating to private contracts for energy investments and projects.’
‘Virginia Murray is the perfect combination of a overseas lawyer who has effectively entered the Greek environment. She can provide valuable advice and support, looking matters from diverse points of view. Apart form Virginia, I have deep respect for the effectiveness and commitment of Marisetta Marcopoulou.’
‘Watson Farley & Williams stands out for its strong experience in the renewable energy sector and the constant availability of the team.’
‘We particularly appreciate the flexibility, availability and practical advice of Virginia Murray.’
TOTAL EREN SA
EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
ALPHA BANK SA
JASPER WIND HELLAS SA
EMERGYA WIND TECHNOLOGIES (EWT)
547 ENERGY (QUANTUM ENERGY CAPITAL)
RF ENERGY SA
CUBICO SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS LIMITED (UK)
EUNICE ENERGY GROUP
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE SA
METKA EGN LIMITED
Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch’s practice is headed by Virginia Murray, an M&A specialist who is active in the insurance, natural resources, hotel, banking and pharmaceutical industries. Transactions in the energy sector have also been a driving force for the department over the past 12 months. A key differentiator for the team is its ability to provide English law advice directly from its Athens office. Further areas of expertise include joint ventures, corporate establishment and operations, public law and regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
Marisetta Marcopoulou; Nikolaos Kostikas
Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited
RF Energy SA
National Bank of Greece
EDF EN SA
Lampsa Hotels (Hellas) SA
547 Energy Investments
EWT Emergya Wind Technologies