Shipping
 
 
Shipping law is a fundamental core sector of our business activities. We have been recognized by high standing international publications as one of the leading top rated outfit shipping law firms in Greece.

Situated in the heart of shipping industry Piraeus, our highly experienced internationally focused shipping law team with its in-depth knowledge plays a significant role in the local and cross border all-kind shipping transactions.
      
We provide long standing and comprehensive legal corporate and litigation assistance to Greek and foreign shipowning corporations, local and foreign managers, hull and cargo underwriters, insurance companies, P&I Clubs, freight forwarders, brokers, classification societies, salvors, shipping funds, surveyors, international agencies, shipyards in all shipping related matters.

We also regularly advise the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine in selected regulatory shipping matters. Our marine and shipping practice is also focused on local and foreign private and commercial yachts and super yachts building contracts, sale and purchase transactions, financing and advising on commercial operations in the demanding international shipping market.


Our Expertise

• Advising on local and European shipping regulatory and legislative framework
• Registration of vessels and yachts in all jurisdictions
• Reflagging of vessels and yachts
• Restructuring of shipping corporations
• Shipping trusts and international fiduciary matters and portfolio transactions
• Advising, negotiating and drafting of shipbuilding, sale and purchase and financing contracts with banks,
   private equity funds, lending institutions and international investors for vessels and yachts
• Advising, negotiating and drafting of shiprepairs and conversion contracts
• Advising freight forwarding corporations for their potential liabilities during the carriage by sea
• Advising on shareholders’ disputes and litigation between shipowners and managers of vessels and yachts
• Representing clients in consultation and litigation of charterparties, bills of lading and all types of cargo
   disputes, general average contributions, labor, salvage, collision casualties and marine insurance
   (P&I, total and CTL, H&M) claims
• Representing clients before local and international Arbitration proceedings in co-operation with local experts in
   many jurisdictions all over the shipping world with particular emphasis to ICC and LMAA terms
• Advising and negotiating the terms and conditions of the concession agreements for the local ports and
   marinas privatization projects
• Advising on the development of national ports and terminals, shipping lines operation, infrastructure works
• Co-operating with international shipping solicitors and providing immediate and realistic commercial solutions


Our Experience

• We have concluded in Greece the setup of more than fifty ship management companies under the existing
   legislation during our thirty years experience
• We have established more than two hundred offshore companies for operators and Greek owners’ vessels acquisitions
• We have been involved in the closing of more than two hundred sales, re-sales and purchase of vessels
   and yachts contracts
• Regularly advising more than twelve ship management companies operating in Greece and representing more than
   one hundred ship owning companies
• Regularly advising five leading local insurance companies on subrogated forwarding
   and cargo marine transportation disputes
• Regularly advising the Greek Private Yacht Owners Association on the private yachts related legal regime in Greece
• Regularly advising the Union of Shiprepair Companies on the regulatory framework in Greece
• We have participated in more than two thousand shipping litigation (many high-profile) cases before all levels of local and
   international Courts and Tribunals in almost all shipping related matters, representing owners, managers, underwriters,
   P&I Clubs, brokers, freight forwarders, salvors, surveyors, agencies and shipyards during our thirty years experience
• Investigating a great number of landmarked marine casualties within the Greek territorial waters in close co-operation
   with the appointed surveyors, hull underwriters and international solicitors
• Advising the prospective concessionaire for its participation in the Thessaloniki port privatization scheme
• Drafting and concluding the S&P contracts for more than fifteen super yachts on behalf of Greek and foreign owners
• Advising two high net worth Greek individuals in negotiating their super yacht building contracts of approx € 40 mil
   with Italian builders

 
 
GERASSIMOU & PARTNERS LAW OFFICES
14 Mavrokordatou Street
185 38 Piraeus, Greece
t.: + 30 210 42 85 722
f.: + 30 210 42 85 659
e: info@gerassimou.gr