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Electra Panayotopoulos



6th Floor
83 Akti Miaouli & Flessa
185 38 Piraeus

Office Telephone: +30 210 429 3978
Office Fax: +30 210 429 3118

Direct Dial (Piraeus): +30 210 429 3978 Download VCard

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Electra has over 20 years' experience in shipping litigation and dispute resolution and specialises in disputes arising from international trade and shipping, including:-

  • Bills of lading (including letters of indemnity and fraudulent bills of lading);
  • Charterparties (time- and voyage charters for both wet and dry cargoes);
  • MoA disputes;
  • Shipbuilding disputes;
  • All associated insurance matters.

She has significant experience in casualty work, including:-

  • LOF salvage
  • Collisions
  • Groundings
  • Disputes associated with General Average
  • Limitation actions

In addition she often coordinates multi-jurisdictional disputes, advising in the best legal forum for non-contractual claims and cross-border liquidation.

She has extensive experience in dealing with large cargo claims involving:-

  • Liquefaction of bulk cargoes;
  • Fire and explosions;
  • Collapse of stow;
  • All types of container claims.

In recent years she has developed expertise in connection with cyber fraud and cyber attacks and claims arising from the malicious use of cyber technology. She recently applied her thorough understanding of the maritime industry in providing sector-specific advice related to compliance of shipowning and ship management companies with the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Her practice regularly involves the handling of cases in London arbitration, mediation and litigation in the English Courts. Reported cases include The MSC AMSTERDAM [2007] EWHC 944 (Comm) (on bill of lading limitation clauses and the recoverability of hedging losses against a shipowner) and Papamichael v. Nat West [2003] EWHC 164 (Comm) (a case involving FOREX trading and undisclosed broker commissions).

She is described in the legal directories as "brilliant" (Legal 500, 2017) and "She never sticks to dogma; she can reconsider and view an issue from a different perspective with an open mind." (Chambers 2016).

She practised for 12 years in London where she handled a variety of High Court litigation, including urgent interim applications for freezing injunctions, search orders etc. taking a number of matters to the Court of Appeal. She moved to Piraeus in 2009 and joined HFW Greece in 2014.

Electra is bilingual in English and Greek and speaks fluent French.

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The Piraeus office plays an important role in the Greek shipping market, as well as the growing energy market.

It has wet and dry shipping capability, as well as a strong ship finance and corporate team. The office is also active in Cyprus and Turkey, where we have acted for many years.

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