LCI Law are joined by Eleni Skoufari

We at LCI Law are delighted to announce the newest addition to our team, Eleni Skoufari, a partner in our Dispute Resolution and Private Client practices.

Eleni has over 15 years of experience in dispute resolution – representing companies and individuals in complex court litigation, arbitration proceedings and alternative dispute resolution/mediation, guided by her in-depth knowledge of the law. She has a stellar reputation as a specialist in commercial, construction and corporate disputes, having been consistently recognized over the years for her ability to navigate challenging and often multi-jurisdictional disputes with an impressive track record of resolving successfully complex commercial, corporate, franchise, agency and distribution, construction, IP and product liability disputes. Eleni’s expertise spans a diverse range of industries, including the retail, healthcare, finance, construction, and energy sectors.

Eleni’s private client practice extends to all aspects of wealth management and wealth preservation. She advises in relation to international asset structuring/protection and succession planning/family business matters, particularly with multi-jurisdictional elements, and offers immigration assistance to clients relocating/repatriating to Greece.

Eleni will work closely with our team of skilled experts to develop innovative solutions for our clients to the legal challenges they face.

LCI Law are joined by George Pezodromos

LCI Law are delighted to announce that George Pezodromos has joined the firm as a senior associate in the Greek-law dispute resolution department.

George has over 24 years of experience as a litigator before the Greek courts in commercial/contract disputes, shipping disputes/arrests, tort claims, trademark infringement disputes, unfair competition claims, transport/logistics disputes, enforcing foreign court judgments/arbitral awards, debt collection and asset-freezing. He also has a substantial real estate law practice, assisting companies and high-net-worth individuals in a range of property transactions and contract-drafting.

LCI Law achieves Band 2 Ranking for Shipping in Greece in Chambers Global’s 2023 Guide

LCI Law is delighted to announce that it has been ranked in Band 2 for Shipping in Greece in Chambers Global’s 2023 Guide, and that its three senior partners have similarly been ranked.

This ranking has been achieved in recognition of the considerable experience of LCI Law’s team of lawyers, who provide innovative legal solutions in their everyday commercial, shipping and trade work.

LCI Law’s three partners who have been ranked individually are:

LCI Law is proud to have lawyers committed to excellence and to delivering superior results. To be recognised by a global publication such as Chambers Global is a reflection of this and is an honour LCI Law is excited to share with its clients and business partners, who have been integral to its success.

LCI Law are delighted to welcome Marina Stavropoulou as a consultant to the firm

Marina specialises in EU and international competition law, advising clients on a full range of competition law issues, including mergers and state aid.  With a wealth of experience in this area, she provides extensive and in-depth expertise in dealing with cartel investigations conducted by the European Commission, across a range of industry sectors, including banking, shipping, pharmaceuticals, and the food, automobile, energy and telecommunications sectors. Marina assists companies with their compliance strategies by drafting competition guidelines and organizing training programs for investigations (dawn raids) tailored to the clients’ individual needs and advises on possible competition law issues arising in the context of commercial agreements.

LCI Law joined by consultants Pinelopi Karamadouki and George Chalkias

We are delighted to announce our cooperation with Pinelopi Karamadouki and George Chalkias, both partners of Seatrade Law Firm. Pinelopi and George have now joined the LCI Law team as Consultants and we are thrilled that their experience and long standing reputation in the Greek and International Shipping Market will further strengthen our transactional, finance and corporate practice.

Anti-Suit Injunctions against Local Court Orders for Discharge of Cargo in Sale Contract Disputes

Our team acted for the defendant in The Aquavita Eternity, which chartered the vessel to carry a cargo of ammonium sulphate from China to two Brazilian ports. The charterparty was governed by English law and provided for disputes under it to be arbitrated in London.

The vessel owner was told by the shipper of part of the cargo that bills of lading had not been released for that cargo because the charterer (which bought that cargo from it) had not paid for it and, at the shipper’s request, the owner refused to discharge the cargo without presentation of original bills. The charterer obtained a Brazilian court order requiring the owner to discharge the cargo, in response to which the owner applied to the English High Court for an anti-suit injunction against the charterer on the basis that this application breached the charterparty’s London arbitration clause.

The High Court judge considered whether the Brazilian court application was merely to obtain reasonable security for the claim (not a breach of the London arbitration clause) but decided it went beyond this (in breach the clause) because it effectively left nothing to be determined for the charterer in London arbitration – it bypassed the need for arbitration. The Court decision is the first of its kind to address this type of scenario.