The Legal 500 – Year 2020

  • Shipping Litigation

    Hall of Fame: Gregory Timagenis
    Next Generation Partners: Yiannis Timagenis

    The “excellent” lawyers at Timagenis Law Firm “are very well connected within the Greek maritime industry and court system”. The team’s key strengths lie in shipping debt and jurisdictional issues as it frequently handles matters such as debt-recovery claims for banks and other creditors, proceedings related to the enforcement of judgements and arbitral awards, the arrest of vessels and enforcement of the security package for ship loan agreements. Gregory Timagenis “continues to be a pioneer of shipping litigation” and heads the practice alongside the “methodical, knowledgeable and consistent”  Yiannis Timagenis.

    Testimonials

    “Timagenis are all very good lawyers. They are also very well connected within the Greek maritime industry and court system. They have an excellent can-do attitude and are also very commercial.”

    Yiannis Timagenis is excellent and is always my first point of contact for Greek court related matters and arrests, injunction applications etc. He is extremely responsive, creative and an excellent lawyer. Also very easy to deal with.”

    “There are several aspects which make the firm unique, to just say a few: they have the expertise and strategic thinking to guide us through delicate issues, they are reliable and they are highly responsive.”

    “All the lawyers with whom we have worked over the years have the ability to distill and manage crucial technical aspects of the cases in collaboration with the technical and legal department of the organisation and present such issues before the courts or the administrative authorities in a simple and convincing way. All the cases the team handled so far had a successful result. Incidentally, the majority of the cases were complex and required strategic planning and coordination and the firm guided us effectively throughout.”

    “Particularly during the past 7 years we have been working closely with Yiannis Timagenis and Mariangela Vlachou who are both methodical, knowledgeable and consistent. They are simply brilliant. They are without any doubt worthy successors of Gregory Timagenis who continues to be a pioneer in shipping litigation.”

    “Timagenis Law Firm is the best firm in Greece dealing with the Shipping Litigation. We have co-operated in many different and all difficult cases and in each one the result was fantastic and always exceeded the expectations for our company.’

    “Obviously, Gregory Timagenis and Yiannis Timagenis are certainly stand-out partners.”

    “We have noticed that there is excellent team-work and true collaboration between partners / associates and trainees. Opinions are evaluated thoroughly and the client is listened to. There is not only knowledge but also great experience in shipping and commercial matters and the firm enjoys good reputation and respect within the market and the legal sector in general.”

    “Highly educated. Good on tactics. Gr. Timagenis is an expert of Law and of the market, with great sense of both legal and business aspects. A sharp-minded professional who likes to work on different scenarios and be prepared for any situation. V. Skouteris is a very meticulous lawyer, who analyses the legal aspects of a case thoroughly.”

  • Shipping Finance

    Hall of Fame: Gregory Timagenis
    Next Generation Partners: Yiannis Timagenis

    Timagenis Law Firm is “made excellent”  via its extensive “knowledge of shipping law in combination with its inexhaustible experience in the real world of the shipping industry”. The practice directs equal attention to representing borrowers and banks, acting on matters such as ship transactions, long-term timechaters, new loans, restructuring, supplemental agreements and the delivery of new vessels. The vastly-experienced Lily Timagenis oversees the department which Yiannis Timagenis, an expert in sales and leasebacks, shipbuilding and management agreements.

    Testimonials

    “What makes unique Timagenis Law Firm is the excellent knowledge of the shipping law in combination with their inexhaustible experience in the real world of the shipping industry. The accuracy of providing the legal information required in the speed set by the in-house lawyer makes us choose them again and again because they are people we can count on.”

    “I would answer with one word: reliability. The experience that Mr Yiannis Timagenis and Mr Christos Timagenis among the rest exceptional Partners of Timagenis Law Firm (including of course without a doubt Gregory and Lily Timagenis) makes an in-house lawyer to rest assured that their opinion is provided without question marks; this is very helpful, especially when the legal department of a company urgently needs a legal opinion.”

    “Very well-knowledgeable team, spot on, commercial approach and result-driven. The reputation of the practice as a whole and of also of all separate individuals (I’ve worked with the majority of the team members) is utmost, providing extra comfort to all their clients.”

    “Exceptional Knowledge and experience both in shipping and finance Value for money Team work Ethics in their work Experienced and competent team of lawyers.”

    “Immediate and efficient reply. Commercial minded.”

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2020


The Legal 500 – Year 2019

  • Shipping Litigation 2nd Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm is well regarded by peers for its shipping litigation expertise. The practice, which is led by the highly-respected Gregory Timagenis, represents a mix of clients including Deutsche Bank, Queensway Navigation, and Lloyd’s Register.

  • Shipping Finance

    Timagenis Law Firm, which acts for banks and ship owners in various transactions including finance and restructurings, has a strong presence in the market. Lily Timagenis has a good reputation.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm is another firm with a strong reputation for marine insurance work, with clients including P&I and Defence Clubs, insurance companies, and Lloyd’s brokers. Gregory Timagenis is recommended.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2019


The Legal 500 – Year 2018

  • Shipping Litigation 2nd Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm has a strong track record representing clients on shipping disputes in the Greek courts. Gregory Timagenis is recommended.

  • Shipping Finance

    Timagenis Law Firm’s strong maritime practice also handles ship finance work. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis is a key contact.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm is known for its shipping litigation expertise.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018


The Legal 500 – Year 2017

  • Shipping Litigation 1st Tier

    Gregory Timagenis is the key contact for shipping disputes at Timagenis Law Firm.

  • Shipping Finance 2nd Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm’s maritime practice, which is led by Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis, is active on shipping finance matters. Gregory Timagenis and Yiannis Timagenis are also noted.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Gregory Timagenis is recommended at Timagenis Law Firm for arbitration and litigation.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm is noted for its shipping law experience and is active in the insurance sector.

  • Projects & Privatization

    Past clients for Timagenis Law Firm include Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017


The Legal 500 – Year 2016

  • Shipping Litigation 1st Tier

    The “very experienced” team at Timagenis Law Firm includes the “highly regarded” Gregory Timagenis. The department acted as Greek counsel for the government of Iraq, and the country’s Ministry of Oil, in a case against a major Greek shipping company regarding the export of crude oil.

  • Shipping Finance 2nd Tier

    With “an excellent reputation”, Timagenis Law Firm acts for both borrowers and banks. Recent highlights include advising Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank on a number of restructuring and refinancing transactions; and acting for a borrower on the restructuring and refinancing of a $148m loan from RBS. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis leads the department, and Gregory Timagenis and Yiannis Timagenis are also recommended.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Gregory Timagenis is recommended at Timagenis Law Firm, which is instructed in several high-profile litigation and arbitration cases.

  • Insurance

    Particularly noted for its insurance expertise in the shipping arena, Timagenis Law Firm acts for clients such as P&I clubs, underwriters and insurance brokers.

  • Projects & Privatization

    Timagenis Law Firm was instructed by Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings on its acquisition of a controlling stake in OPAP.

  • Employment

    Timagenis Law Firm advises Greek and international clients on matters including employment structures, flexible schemes, and restructuring.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016


The Legal 500 – Year 2015

  • Shipping Litigation 2nd Tier

    Gregory Timagenis of Timagenis Law Firm has established a good reputation. The firm has a versatile practice, with experience including maritime arrests, personal injury and shipbuilding disputes.

  • Shipping Finance

    Timagenis Law Firm has a strong record of advising borrowers and banks, such as Eurobank, Calyon and Piraeus Bank. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis heads the team.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm has a strong shipping insurance practice that represents P&I clubs, shipowners, shipyards, insurers and Lloyd’s brokers.

  • Employment

    Timagenis Law Firm has good experience representing shipping clients in employment law matters, including collective redundancy agreements and employment negotiations.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015


The Legal 500 – US Special Edition – Year 2014

  • Shipping Litigation 2nd Tier

    Shipping disputes are a core area for Timagenis Law Firm, where Gregory Timagenis has a very good reputation. The firm covers wet and dry shipping law, and regularly advises on maritime arrests, shipbuilding disputes and personal injury cases.

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

    Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis heads the team at Timagenis Law Firm, which, outside of its normal ship finance sphere, also has considerable experience in debt and equity capital markets. Clients include Barclays, Emporiki Bank and Calyon.

  • Employment

    Timagenis Law Firm expertly advises shipping clients on employment law, including collective redundancy agreements and employment negotiations.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm is highly recommended for shipping-related insurance claims. Clients include P&I Clubs, such as the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association, as well as insurers, Lloyd’s brokers, shipowners and shipyards.

  • Shipping Finance

    Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis heads a strong team at Timagenis Law Firm, which acts for borrowers and lenders, including Calyon, Emporiki Bank, Piraeus Bank and EFG Eurobank Ergasias.

    The Legal 500 – US Special Edition 2014


The Legal 500 – Year 2013

  • Shipping Litigation 1st Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm is recommended for wet and dry shipping cases, and Gregory Timagenis has an excellent reputation for both litigation and arbitration. The firm is regularly involved in shipbuilding disputes, personal injury claims and maritime arrests.

  • Shipping Finance

    Timagenis Law Firm acts for a mix of borrowers and lenders, including Emporiki Bank, UniCredit and New Proton Bank. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis heads the team.

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

    Timagenis Law Firm advises a number of major banks, including Emporiki Bank, Calyon, Eurobank EFG and Barclays. The firm is strong in ship finance and has considerable capital markets experience, particularly equity listings of shipping companies. Lily Politsopoulou-Timagenis is the main contact.

  • Corporate and M&A

    Timagenis Law Firm’s shipping clients regularly instruct it on high-level corporate matters and M&A transactions that are not exclusive to the shipping sector. It also advises shipowners on their wider commercial investments.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Athough best known for shipping cases, Timagenis Law Firm is also regularly involved in non-maritime disputes. Gregory Timagenis is a highly experienced arbitrator.

  • Employment

    Timagenis Law Firm is often instructed by shipping clients on contentious and non-contentious employment issues, and is experienced in collective redundancy and employment negotiations.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm mainly acts in insurance-related disputes for a range of client, including P&I clubs such as the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association, as well as insurers, Lloyd’s brokers, shipyards and shipowners.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa  2013


The Legal 500 – Year 2012

  • Shipping Litigation 1st Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm covers the full range of matters including shipbuilding disputes, personal injury claims, maritime arrests and international arbitration. It represented a Greek shipping company in a London-based arbitration seeking recovery following the sale of a defective vessel. Gregory Timagenis has an excellent reputation and regularly acts as an arbitrator.

  • Shipping Finance 2nd Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm advises borrowers and lenders and was involved in 80 different financings in 2011. Clients include UniCredit Group, Emporiki Bank, and Proton Bank, as well as new client Credit Suisse, which it advised on a multimillion-dollar newbuild financing.

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

    Timagenis Law Firm advised the controlling shareholder of Globus Maritime on transferring its shares from the LSE’s AIM market to the NASDAG Global Market, which was followed by a $22m public offering.

  • Corporate and M&A

    Timagenis Law Firm recently advised two major shareholders in Torm, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, on consolidating their interests in the company to 52% without triggering a mandatory takeover. The firm also advised the buyer in the recent takeover of Olympiacos Football Club.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Timagenis Law Firm is best known as a shipping law firm, but about half of its contentious instructions relate to general commercial disputes. The firm is currently acting for a syndicate of banks to enforce certain guarantees. Gregory Timagenis is well regarded for international arbitration and is an ICC arbitrator.

  • Employment

    Timagenis Law Firm regularly advises its shipping clients on the full range of employment issues, including collective redundancy agreements and related disputes.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm frequently advises mutual insurance associations, insurance companies, underwriters and brokers on a variety of contentious and non-contentious issues. Recently it defended the insurers of a major Greek shipyard against a claim relating to the death of a diver during underwater construction work on floating dock.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2012


The Legal 500 – Year 2011

  • Shipping Litigation 1st Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm’s ability to handle cross-border disputes and major arbitration makes it a formidable force among Greek and international shipping firms. In 2010, the firm represented a Greek Shipping company in a claim for damages arising from the sale of a defective vessel. Senior partner Gregory Timagenis’s reputation as an arbitrator saw him act in the first arbitration to be conducted under the rules of the Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration.

  • Shipping Finance 1st Tier

    Timagenis Law Firm’s leading ship finance practice draws instructions from local and international financial institutions, as well as from local shipowners who call on the board commercial expertise of founding partners Gregory Timagenis & Lily Timagenis. It has been busy acting for banks such as UniCredit Group and EFG Eurobank on ship finance transactions, whether rescheduling of existing facilitiesor new syndicated loans.

  • Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets

    Timagenis Law Firm’s strength in ship finance has engendered a flow of capital markets transactions for shipowners. Highlight deals included advising NYSE-listed Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd and Diana Shipping on their respective listings.

  • Corporate and M&A

    Timagenis Law Firm has found itself advising on transactional opportunities for its cash-rich, acquisitive shipowner clients. Highlight instructions included advising Revoil on forming a subsidiary to acquire ocean-going vessels.

  • Dispute Resolution

    Dispute resolution is a core practice area for Timagenis Law Firm, with the arbitration and shipping litigation expertise of Gregory Timagenis carrying over into a considerable amount of general commercial litigation. Highlights included advising Molton Brown on a dispute arising from a terminated distribution agreement.

  • Insurance

    Timagenis Law Firm adeptly handles maritime insurance claims as part of its extensive shipping practice.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2011


The European Legal 500 – Year 2010

  • Shipping Litigation – 1st Tier
    Timagenis Law Firm brings to matters ‘professionalism and an excellent reputation for litigation and arbitration’. Gregory Timagenis has an ‘ability to present complex matters in a simple way’, and recently acted as arbitrator in three industrial arbitrations before the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. The team is also providing environmental litigation advice to two Greek companies specialising in marine environmental clean-up operations.
  • Shipping Finance  1st Tier
    Timagenis Law Firm’s reputation as a ‘highly experienced and coherent legal group’ has placed it among the leading local shipping firms. Its client base includes major banks such as Calyon and EFG Eurobank as well shipowners, with the group recently advising on several new shipbuild transactions. Founding partners Gregory Timagenis and Lily Timagenis are recommended for their ‘diligence and deep knowledge’.
  • Dispute Resolution
    Timagenis Law Firm acts on commercial disputes and arbitrations, and is representing a growing number of clients from outside its core client base in the shipping sector. The firm acted for Molton Brown, the cosmetics company, on a distribution dispute, while name partner and arbitration expert Gregory Timagenis acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration regarding gold mines in Armenia.
  • Insurance
    Timagenis Law Firm’s prominent shipping practice means it regularly acts on maritime insurance claims.
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
    Timagenis Law Firm’s is particularly well known for its shipping finance practice, and has worked on capital markets transactions for its predominantly maritime client base.
  • Corporate and M&A
    Timagenis Law Firm has a market-leading shipping practice and provides transactional advice to major Greek shipowners. The firm recently acted for Excel Maritime Carriers on its acquisition of Quintana Maritime, and has recently been expanding its ambit to cover telecoms and privatisation matters.

The Legal 500 Europe 2010


The European Legal 500 – Year 2009

  • Shipping Litigation – 1st Tier
    Timagenis Law Firm has one of the strongest reputations in the marketplace for shipping litigation, with founding partner Gregory Timagenis regularly appointed by the Greek admiralty and maritime courts to act as mediator in finance-related shipping disputes. The team has a strong track record of acting for classification societies and P&I clubs.
  • Shipping Finance – 1st Tier
    Timagenis Law Firm has an excellent reputation in the market for shipping finance matters, with name partner Gregory Timagenis considered to be among the top shipping experts in Greece. The firm has been advising German banks on a number of syndicated loans for the financing of newbuildings for Capital Maritime & Trading Corp, as well as on the acquisition of tugboats as part of an M&A transaction.
  • Dispute resolution – 1st Tier
    Timagenis Law Firm’s name partner Gregory Timagenis is regarded as an excellent litigator. The firm has a highly respected shipping practice, and also handles commercial arbitration and banking litigation.
  • Insurance
    Timagenis Law Firm is a reputable shipping firm and handles a number of complex insurance litigation matters for its maritime clients, as well as advising predominantly London-based insurance companies on cargo and shipping insurance issues.
  • Banking, finance and capital markets
    Timagenis Law Firm’s shipping finance practice is regarded as one of the finest in the marketplace. Capital markets experience includes advising Globus Maritime on its AIM listing.
  • Corporate and M&A
    Timagenis Law Firm is a reputable shipping firm, which has also been involved in acquisitions in the media sector, as well as acting as legal counsel to EasyCruise since their entry to the Greek market in 2007.

The Legal 500


The European Legal 500 – Year 2008

In the Legal 500 EMEA 2008 edition, Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office is ranked in six practice areas with a top tier ranking and leading position in Shipping litigation, Ship finance, Dispute resolution, and Insurance.

  • Shipping Litigation – 1st Tier

    Gr J Timagenis name partner is arguably Greece’s most reputable shipping litigator. He recently acted as the arbitrator in two arbitrations  in Greece’s Chamber of Shipping, and is also handling an arbitration in the context of a newly established Piraeus maritime arbitration body. His team’s recent litigation work includes acting on behalf of two classification societies in a high-value lawsuit.

  • Shipping Finance– 1st Tier

    Gr. J. Timagenis is well known for asset finance, and for being very active in acting for foreign banks in shipping matters….. It remains a market leader, with name partner Gregory Timagenis known as a ‘fatherly figure among shipping lawyers’ who is ‘well respected and with huge experience’. Recent work includes acting in two transactions for Deutsche Schiffsbank, and syndicate of five international banks, in relation to the $170m financing of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. 

  • Dispute Resolution – 1st Tier

    Gr. J. Timagenis name partner Gregory Timagenis has a very strong, respected and longstanding position in the market as a litigator. In addition to his renowned shipping practice, he also handles general commercial litigation and arbitration.

  • Insurance

    Gr. J. Timagenis is one of Greece’s leading shipping firms, with a high profile in litigation that includes insurance litigation related to the maritime industry.

  • Corporate and M&A

    Gr. J. Timagenis is a shipping firm whose corporate work outside the sector has recently involved acting for the buyers of 25% of a television station and three radio stations.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2008


The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa – Year 2007

Dispute Resolution: Our Firm is ranked at the top band
“Gregory Timagenis is known as a ‘very strong litigator’ and ‘a shrewd man who knows all the tricks’. Based in Piraeus, the firm is predominantly a shipping practice, but is also strong in general commercial litigation. It is advising a pollution cleaning company in relation to a dispute with the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund before Greece’s Supreme Court. It has also advised newspaper Kathimerini in a case before Greece’s Court of Appeal, and is known for its current involvement in bankruptcy matters”. (p.574)

Shipping and Maritime: Our Firm is ranked at the top band
“After the UK, Greece is the second most important world centre for shipping and maritime law advice, and this is the only industry sector in Greece in relation to which international firms have moved into the country and opened offices.
Gregory Timagenis has a market-leading reputation for shipping litigation, and recently advised yachting port Marina Zeas in cases related to damage from bad weather and fires. In relation to non-contentious work, he handled the listing and subsequent equity offering of Diana Shipping Inc on the New York Stock Exchange, and acted for both sellers and buyers in a variety of deals”. (p. 581)

Insurance: “Gregory Timagenis is one of Greece’s leading shipping firms, whose general insurance work includes handling litigation for Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Ltd.”. (p. 578)

“The Legal 500 series also recommends Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office for:
Banking, Finance & Capital Markets (p. 571)
Corporate and M & A (p. 572 & 573)

The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa – Year 2007


The Legal 500 Research – Year 2007

“Introduction – How to use this book”
“…. The research for the editorial is based on the combined opinions of the many lawyers interviewed in each jurisdiction, commentary from clients and analysis of deals or contentious issues reported. ….” (p.9)

excerpt from the “Introduction – How to use this book” of The Legal 500


The Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe, Middle East & Africa and The Legal 500 US Special Edition 2006

According to The Legal 500, year 2006, “Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office” is ranked first tier in top band for “Shipping and Maritime” and “Dispute Resolution”. It has also high rankings and is recommended for “Banking, Finance and Capital Markets”, “Corporate and M & A”, and “Insurance”.
Shipping and Maritime
“Gr. J. Timagenis is widely admired for its shipping expertise and serves a varied portfolio of clients including shipowners, P&I clubs and international banks across a broad range of shipping matters”. (p.558)
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
“Gr. J. Timagenis has been involved in an impressive number of IPOs for Greek shipping companies in the U.S. markets, including the listing and follow-on equity offering of Diana Shipping with NYSE”. (p.553).

“…..The research for the editorial is based on the combined opinions of the many lawyers interviewed in each jurisdiction, commentary from clients and analysis of deals or contentious issues reported. It is important to note that the editorial is therefore a subjective overview based on systematic research….”

excerpt from the “Introduction – How to use this book ” of The European Legal 500


THE EUROPEAN LEGAL 500 – Year 2004

“Gr. J. Timagenis boasts a strong team of insurance specialists” and

“Gr. J. Timagenis is widely noted for its shipping expertise, serves a mixed portfolio of ship owners and international clients across a broad range of shipping matters”.

Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office is ranked first tier in top band for “Insurance” and “Shipping and Maritime”.

The European Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe and the Middle East 2004 p.489 and 490.


THE EUROPEAN LEGAL 500 – Year 2003

“Gr. J. Timagenis has an excellent name in shipping. The team advises ship owners, P&I clubs, and a portfolio of international banks in many of the most innovative shipping cases in Greece. In connection with the Olympic Games, the firm advised Royal Olympic Cruises on the issue of ship hiring for use by the Organizing Committee as hotels.”

Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office is ranked first tier in top band for “Maritime and Admiralty” and “Insurance”.

The European Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe and the Middle East 2003 p.496


THE EUROPEAN LEGAL 500 – Year 2002

“Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office remains a firm favourite in the local shipping community for all areas of maritime and admiralty work, advising ship owners, P&I clubs and a portfolio of international banks.”

Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office is ranked first tier in top band for “Maritime and Admiralty” and “Insurance”.

The European Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe and the Middle East 2002 p.497


THE EUROPEAN LEGAL 500 – Year 2000

“Gregory Timagenis, name partner at GR. J. Timagenis, is considered to be a guru of shipping law. The firm has some 18 lawyers and offers a full service to shipping clients (litigation and finance) as well as to commercial clients. It acts for some of the biggest names in shipping including P&I clubs, individuals, and banks.”

The European Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe and the Middle East 2000 p. 554