27 August 2015
In response to increasing client demand, Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has launched an English-law litigation practice in Athens, Greece. Partner Charles Buss has moved to the Athens office from London to head the practice, which will focus on maritime disputes, ship mortgage and broader commercial contracts advice. Working alongside the firm’s market-leading finance practice, the move will allow WFW to provide clients in the Greek maritime sector with a comprehensive legal service.
While WFW has been advising Greek clients on maritime disputes matters for many years, the demand for shipping disputes advice in Greece has dictated that it warrants a physical presence in the market. Having an English law litigation practice in Athens not only allows WFW to better service its existing client base, but offers further prospects for growth of the overall maritime practice in Greece. WFW also recently strengthened its Greek and English law capabilities in Athens with the addition of partner Alexandros Damianidis.
As well as advising his Greece-based clients, Charles will continue to service his global clients and support WFW partners in other offices from Athens.
WFW Managing Partner Chris Lowe, said: “This move is both a logical and exciting development for our maritime and English law practices in Greece. Building upon our market-leading finance and corporate capabilities in Athens, it further cements WFW’s position as the leading international law firm in the Greek market.”
WFW Head of Greece, partner George Paleokrassas, added: “Having an experienced and respected maritime disputes partner like Charles in Athens gives WFW a market-leading, comprehensive maritime practice in Greece and allows us to provide banks and ship owners with a compelling client offering.”
WFW Athens Litigation partner Charles Buss, said: “It is clear that there is a significant volume of shipping disputes and other work in the Greek market which is currently underserved that we can better serve from Athens than London. I look forward to working more closely with our outstanding team in Athens to further grow the firm’s maritime and English law capabilities in Greece.”