The LEGAL 500 – US Special Edition – Year 2014

  • Banking, finance and capital markets 3rd Tier

    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 3rd Tier

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

  • Insurance 2nd Tier

    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 3rd Tier

    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.

  • 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.

    The Legal 500 – US Special Edition 2014


The LEGAL 500 – Year 2013

  • Banking, finance and capital markets 3rd Tier

    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 3rd Tier

    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 3rd Tier

    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 2nd Tier

    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.

  • Shipping finance 3rd Tier

    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.

  • 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.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa  2013


The LEGAL 500 – Year 2012

  • Banking, finance and capital markets 3rd Tier

    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 2nd Tier

    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 3rd Tier

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

  • Insurance 2nd Tier

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2012


The LEGAL 500 – Year 2011

  • Banking, finance, and capital markets 3rd Tier

    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 2nd Tier

    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 2nd Tier

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2011


THE EUROPEAN LEGAL 500 – Year 2010

“What we say about the firm’s legal practice in Greece”

  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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

“What we say about the firm’s legal practice in Greece”

  • Shipping Finance
    Within Shipping finance, Timagenis Law Firm is a first tier firm,
    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
    Within Dispute resolution, Timagenis Law Firm is a first tier firm,
    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.
  • Shipping litigation
    Within Shipping litigation, Timagenis Law Firm is a first tier firm,
    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.
  • Insurance
    Within 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
    Within 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
    Within 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.

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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: 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 law suit.
  • Ship finance: 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: 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.
  • Banking, finance and capital markets: Gr. J. Timagenis has a market-leading ship finance practice, and also handles banking and finance work outside the shipping sector and in the capital markets, where it acted as Greek counsel on the IPO of Globus Maritime on AIM.

Gr. J. Timagenis Law Office full rankings can be found at the Legal 500 EMEA 2008 website.

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 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….”

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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