Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Yianni Cheilas, co-head of asset finance for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA), to head up its Greek offices, with effect from August 1, 2022.
Yianni will replace Dimitri Sofianopoulos, who has been with the firm for nearly 30 years. Dimitri will take on a role at Costamare group, but will continue with Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior consultant of the firm.
A banking, finance and restructuring partner, based in Athens and London, Yianni has significant experience of advising across a broad range of finance and commercial transactions. He represents a variety of lenders, funds and companies in financings, acquisitions, combinations, restructurings, work-out arrangements and monitoring ‘problem’ loans.
Yianni has strong, specialist knowledge of the global shipping market and also advises clients across sectors including asset-based lending; property finance; energy finance; hospitality; corporate lending; infrastructure; restructuring and insolvency; and financial institutions.
Norton Rose Fulbright has been established in Greece since 1990 and is one of the leading legal practices in banking and finance, including shipping finance, project finance and structured finance, as well as financial restructuring and insolvency, corporate, M&A and securities, financial regulation, energy, and litigation and disputes. The award-winning team comprises Greek and English-qualified lawyers based in Athens and Piraeus, who advise on Greek, English, European and international law.
The office’s clients include Greek and multinational corporations, particularly in the financial institutions, insurance, shipping, renewable energy and real estate sectors, as well as governmental organisations and the Hellenic Republic. The firm’s lawyers have worked on some of Greece’s most prominent transactions and have a strong record of advising Greek companies raising funds externally, and multinational corporations investing into Greece.