Hill Dickinson strengthens his squad in Greece
Maritime law specialist Hill Dickinson strengthened his position in Greece with significant development and new appointments in Piraeus.
Responding to market support and client needs, the firm unveiled a host of new hires throughout 2020 and 2021, including expert accident support and renewed legal service from the Marshall Islands and Liberia.
In May 2021, Kostas Karachalios joined the Piraeus office as a senior partner (of Stephenson Harwood, Piraeus), bringing with him 15 years of ship finance experience, advising both banks and borrowers on a wide variety of shipping and ship financing transactions.
In January 2020, the Piraeus and London offices welcomed accident specialist and partner Ian Teare. Ian joined Wikborg Rein’s Singapore office where he served as both Managing Partner and leading the accident response practice for Asia. After returning to Europe from South East Asia, Ian splits his time between Hill Dickinson’s maritime teams in London and Piraeus and provides valuable additional capacity for maritime investigations and emergency response to incidents. accident for our customers on the Greek and international market.
In August 2020, Vanessa Tzoannos joined the Piraeus office (Ince, Piraeus) as Of Counsel. Vanessa is the first Greek and European woman to qualify in the Marshall Islands (qualified in 2019) and her expertise on issues relating to Marshall Islands law is widely recognized in Greece. Vanessa also advises on litigation and transactional matters enforcing Liberian law and is a leading specialist in the regulation of economic substances in both jurisdictions.
Additional hires in recent months include Maria Nomicos (from Penningtons Sleeves Cooper, Piraeus) in January 2020; Maria-Loukia Markantonaki (from the law firm Geronymakis & Partners, Piraeus) in March 2020; Chris Primikiris, who moved from the company’s London office to Piraeus in August 2020; Eleni Baxivanou, (from Daniolos law firm, Piraeus) in August 2020; Anastasis Voskos who joined in September 2020; Iris Vamvaka who joined in November 2020; Kleopatra Diamanti (from SACH Solicitors, London) in November 2020; Myrto Zioma who joined in December 2020; and Eleni Kachpani who joined (from Argyriadis Law Firm, Thessaloniki) in February 2021.
Combined with the promotions of Anthony Paizes as General Counsel in May 2020 in the Shipping Finance Team and Alexandre Freeman as Legal Director in May 2021 in the Maritime Litigation Team, Depth and L The scope of Hill Dickinson’s Piraeus office has grown significantly to support its loyal client base in Greece, Cyprus and the Middle East.
Jasel Chauhan, who heads the Piraeus office and the company’s international finance team, said: “The past year has been an eventful time for the shipping industry – Covid-19 and Brexit alone having had a huge impact on business and personal life without exception. . The investment and development of our team in Piraeus is in large part thanks to the continued support of our clients and underlines our long term commitment to the Greek market through difficult times and beyond.
Tony Goldsmith, who heads the maritime business group internationally, added: “Although 2020 has brought the tragic loss of Patrick Hawkins and the Covid-19 pandemic, the team has demonstrated resilience and ‘exceptional courage and became stronger for it. The phenomenal growth is a testament to this, and I am proud to welcome each new member to the Hill Dickinson family and look forward to working closely with them in the years to come.
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