1 November 2013
Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has moved on November 1st into new premises, consolidating the firm’s two Greek offices in Piraeus and Athens.
WFW was the first international firm to open in Greece with an office in Piraeus in March 1984 before opening additional premises in Athens in 2007. WFW Greece’s commitment to and reputation in the maritime, finance, energy, natural resources and real estate sectors regularly attracts industry recognition, with both the shipping and energy practices consistently being ranked in the top tier in the leading legal directories, including a nomination for Best Overseas Office in The Lawyer European Awards in 2010.
WFW has consistently worked on many of the most high-profile transactions and restructurings in the shipping industry and on some of the biggest transactions in the renewable energy sector. We are deeply involved in the highest profile matters in Greece. In October 2013 we advised the State-owned Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the €261m sale and leaseback of 28 public buildings, which is expected to contribute to the stimulation of the Greek real estate market.
All 35 staff, including 5 partners and 19 fee earners, moved into the 1,000m2 premises at Building B, 348 Syngrou Avenue, Athens.
Partner George Paleokrassas, head of the Greek office, said: “We have taken the decision to bring our English and Greek law teams capacity under one roof, particularly in view of the increasing number of transactions in which the two teams have worked together and the increased demand from clients for both teams to work on their transactions. We are pleased with this strategic decision which reflects the strength and breadth of our offering in Greece.”
Michael Greville, Managing Partner of WFW, added: “We are very proud of longstanding roots and reputation in Greece and the amalgamation of our two offices ensures we harness the benefits of both Greek offices to ensure clients continue to receive outstanding service.”