Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed the next head of its Greek offices.
Yianni Cheilas, co-head of asset finance for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA), step up to the role. He is based in London and Athens and is experienced in advising across a broad range of finance transactions.
In 2021, Cheilas led an award-winning transaction by advising Citibank and National Westminster Bank on a $815 million secured facility for Danaos Corporation, one of the largest independent owners of containerships, according to the firm’s website.
After joining the firm in 1999, Cheilas became a partner in 2005. He was named co-head of asset finance for EMEA in 2020.
Cheilas will assume his new position on August 1, 2022, from Dimitri Sofianopoulos, a member of the firm for 30 years and a partner for 21. Sofianopoulos will join Costamare group, a worldwide owner and provider of containerships, while continuing to work with Norton Rose Fulbright as a senior consultant, according to a statement by the firm.
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm with more than 3,500 lawyers and legal staff across the world. The firm has been established in Greece since 1990, with Greek and English-qualified lawyers based in Athens and the port city of Piraeus advising on Greek, English, European and international law.
Managing partner for EMEA Peter Scott said of Cheilas’s appointment: “I am delighted that Yianni will be heading up our Greek offices. Yianni is co-head of our EMEA asset finance practice and, having worked in our Athens office for over two decades, has an incredible breadth and depth of experience. He is ideally suited to support our clients and colleagues alike, and to continue the development of our practice in the region.”