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London new base for longstanding Ince & Co Piraeus office head

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incecoRenowned legal adviser Jonathan Elvey returns to London; Nick Shepherd appointed to head the firm’s Piraeus office

In the New Year Jonathan Elvey, head of the Piraeus office for international law firm Ince & Co, will be returning to the firm’s London office after 17 years advising clients at the heart of the Greek shipping market. Partner Nick Shepherd, who spent five years in Greece in the 1990s and returned to Piraeus in 2010, takes on the role of head of the office.

Earlier this year the Piraeus office celebrated its 20th anniversary. During this time it has grown to 35 people.  It includes a dry shipping and admiralty practice led by Jon, Nick and Antonis Lagadianos; a ship and asset finance practice led by Robin Parry; and a Greek law practice led by George Iatridis.

Jon Elvey commented: “I have been privileged to call Greece my home for so many years. It is a magical country full of wonderful people, among whom I am lucky to count many good friends.  For family reasons, I am moving back to England at this time, and I am relocating to join our London office. Though it is a huge wrench for me to leave Piraeus, I will be returning regularly. My practice will continue to focus on the Greek shipping market and I will be in communication daily with my clients.“

Jon continued: “I am very proud of the reputation this office has built. So much of it is due to the support and loyalty of our clients, and we appreciate it enormously. We have a dedicated partner team in Piraeus. In May, Evangelos Catsambas was promoted to partner, and last year partner Jamila Khan joined us from London. They work alongside my longstanding and respected colleagues Nick, Antonis and Robin.”

Nick Shepherd said: “I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead our Piraeus team, continuing and building on Jon’s work. Ince & Co has a long tradition of working with the Greek shipping community. We are all committed to continuing that tradition and to providing our clients with effective commercial advice.”

Senior partner James Wilson said: “I would like to thank Jon for all he has done in Piraeus.  We look forward to his return to London, from where he will continue to advise his many clients. Our team in Greece has deep knowledge and experience of this vital shipping market and our Piraeus office continues in excellent shape.”

About Ince & Co

Ince & Co is an international law firm with over 600 people including a hundred partners and over 180 other lawyers worldwide.

The Ince & Co network includes offices in Beijing, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore. We practise English, French, German, Greek, Hong Kong and PRC law. Ince & Co Singapore has entered into a Formal Law Alliance, the Ince Law Alliance, with local law practice Incisive Law LLC.

Lawyers in the firm advise in the core business areas of insurance & reinsurance, aviation, business & finance, commercial disputes, energy & offshore, international trade and shipping.

From 1 January Ince & Co’s Piraeus team includes the following partners:

Nick Shepherd – Nick’s practice spans the full range of shipping work as well as advising clients in the oil & gas sector on contracts and claims relating to drilling units and specialist vessels. Nick is recognised by Chambers Europe 2013 as “a genuine heavyweight in maritime law, with excellent dispute resolution abilities.”

Antonis Lagadianos  Antonis handles a wide range of wet, dry and commercial disputes, and on the non-contentious side advises on shipbuilding, ship finance and sale and purchase matters.

Robin Parry – Ship finance head Robin advises Greek and international lenders. He also acts for shipowners and managers on a range of topics.

George Iatridis – George heads the firm’s Greek law team, and is noted for his contentious and non-contentious shipping and insurance advice.

Jamila Khan – Jamila has a broad practice covering all aspects of shipping and international trade and commodities disputes and commercial transactions.

Evangelos Catsambas – Evangelos is a shipping specialist whose practice embraces both contentious and non-contentious matters, specialising in charterparty and contract of carriage work, as well as advising on newbuilding and marine insurance issues. Evangelos was named individual winner for shipping & transport in Greece at the 2013 Client Choice awards.

Jonathan Elvey – is highly respected for his experience, mediation skills and client-focused approach. He returns to London in the New Year.

The team is recognised by Chambers Europe and the Legal 500 for its leading reputation in shipping work and is highly regarded throughout the market for its ship finance capabilities. The team was named Firm Winners for Greece at the 2013 Client Choice awards. Recent work includes success in the London High Court on a major case of piracy and offhire, acting for several prominent operators on substantial charterparty defaults, advising owners on restructurings with banks, acting for shipbuilders on credit arrangements, and dealing with major casualties, pollution cases, cabotage, shipbuilding and aviation issues worldwide, as well as the biggest-ever energy project in Greece. The Piraeus office represents a wide spread of shipowners, P&I Clubs, banks and insurers, as well as major foreign investors in Greece and a number of Greek enterprises.

For further information please contact:

Jonathan Elvey, Partner, Ince & Co Piraeus, tel +30 210 429 2543, email jonathan.elvey@incelaw.com

Nick Shepherd, Partner, Ince & Co Piraeus, tel +30 210 429 2543, email nick.shepherd@incelaw.com

Jane Biddell, Director of Marketing,  Ince & Co London, tel +44 20 7481 0010, email: jane.biddell@incelaw.com

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