Head of Norton Rose Fulbright has appointed Partner Yianni Cheilas as the new Greek offices head from August 1, 2022. He takes over from Partner Dimitri Sofianopoulos, who will now continue with Norton Rose Fulbright as a Senior Consultant.
Specializing in banking, finance, and restructuring, Cheilas is based in London and Athens. He is also a Co-Head of the firm's Asset Finance for EMEA practice.
"Dimitri has played a huge role in the success and growth of our Greek offices, and our global shipping practice," Norton Rose Fulbright Managing Partner for EMEA Peter Scott commented. "Although we are sorry to see him leave the partnership, we are excited to see him take on this new challenge. We wish him all the best for the future and his new role, and we will continue to enjoy our collaboration with him. 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."
"It has been a great pleasure working very closely with Dimitri over the past 25 years when we joined forces to forge a prime finance and shipping practice in the region," Cheilas added. "Dimitri is a Norton Rose Fulbright lifer, an incredible practitioner, a loyal friend to his colleagues, and a devotee of the firm. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy and very big shoes to fill indeed. I want to wish Dimitri the very best in his new role and look forward to working with him in his new capacity."