Vera Alexandropoulou

Vera Alexandropoulou is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg and Harvard University.

She was admitted to the Greek (Piraeus) Bar Association in 1998 and qualified as a UK Solicitor in 2004. Vera has worked for the Harvard Business School, a major shipping law firm in New York, Norton Rose, and is general counsel at the Piraeus Port Authority. She established Alexandropoulou Law Firm in 2005. Vera has acquired a significant experience in sectors including commercial and corporate law, energy, banking and finance and real estate. Vera is involved as Chief Legal Officer with various institutions and associations mainly in the field of energy, business and fund structures. Vera is the author of codification of Greek renewable energy and natural gas legislation, and has published articles on Greek ship finance, Greek listed funds and environmental issues. She is fluent in Greek, English, French, German and Spanish and understands Chinese.

Shipping Law Practice:

Shipping remains a specialized and demanding area of law involving complex legal as well as commercial issues. The firm offers prompt and accurate advice to clients engaged in buying, selling, brokering, shipping and financing energy-related commodities.

We have often been engaged in the structuring of finance agreements, encompassing the acquisition or refinancing of new buildings and second-hand ships. Our aim is to provide a full range of high quality legal advice and representation in all shipping related cases.

Our expertise covers the legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to the shipping industry. We advise owners, banks and investors οn all aspects of asset financing and leasing transactions for the shipping and offshore industries, including export credit financings, syndicated financings, second hand ship sale and purchase, ship recycling, ship and mortgage registration, charter parties, management and joint venture agreements.


We are a dynamic and energetic firm always seeking to achieve results for our clients. We pride ourselves on offering practical and prompt legal advice and services of unparalleled quality. We consider all our clients unique, each with their particular business concerns and needs and we exhibit the same standard of professional commitment to all.

With their combined skills and knowledge, the firm’s lawyers are well versed in providing a range of comprehensive legal services. These range from helping to navigate the Greek business environment and regulatory landscape to explaining the complexities of cross-border transactions including tax rules, foreign exchange and regulatory requirements.

Drawing upon our unique blend of local, national and international experience, we strive to meet the needs of both established local companies and foreign investors and institutions. We aim to provide a value for money service throughout, offering our clients high quality legal services as a team that continuously broadens its expertise, in order to maintain its esteemed standard of client satisfaction.

Lourdes Pitti Sagrera

Practicing law since 1979, Lourdes Pitti Sagrera has built up extensive experience with maritime law trials and negotiations also with migration law assisting international clients with the many programs Panama offer to obtain Panama residency. As a founder of M&P she is also an expert with our core area of practice which is focused in the panama offshore services such as incorporation and management of Panama offshore companies, offshore bank account referrals and procedures with private interest foundations.

– Born in David, Panama, 1954.
– Graduated in Law and Political Sciences in 1979.
– Law Studies at the University of Panama and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.
– Member of the National Bar Association of Panama.
– Member of the International Bar Association.
– Member of the Panamanian Association of Maritime Law
– Authorized Public Translator (Spanish-English) since 1980.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1984, Mata & Pitti is a Panama law firm offering more than 30 years of experience to an international clientele interested in the offshore legal opportunities that Panama provides to the world.

Our areas of expertise are mainly associated with incorporations of Panama offshore companies and private interest foundations. However, our legal firm also specializes in vessel and yacht registrations as well as Panama trademark registrations and migration law.

Located in the prestigious banking district of Panama City, our law firm is placed in one of the highest rated financial centres in Latin America. Each attorney that makes up our global-oriented law firm is highly qualified and knowledgeable in all of our practice areas to ensure our clients are fully satisfied and receive the best legal advice and services in Panama.

Whether you are interested in starting a Panama offshore company or want to learn more about trademark registrations, maritime law or retiring in Panama, our lawyers are waiting to assist you with efficiency, quality and integrity.

Vivienne M. Gouthro

Mrs. Vivienne M. Gouthro is a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience in chambers in England, Spain, Gibraltar and The Bahamas. She is chair of the firm’s Maritime and Aviation Practice Group and specializes in ship and international finance, acting primarily for financial institutions and providing legal advice on complex international finance matters and commercial acquisitions and sales. She also assists ship owners with the registration of pleasure yachts and large commercial vessels on the Bahamian Register of Ships.

Vivienne is also a part of the firm’s Commercial Law Practice, Real Estate and Development Practice, Private Client and Wealth Management Practice and Intellectual Property Practice Groups and counsels clients in the sale and purchase of real estate and related financing as well as on matters relating to Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates, Intellectual Property and Immigration Law. She acts for some of the major local banks and local hotels and has assisted in the purchase and financing of large developments.

After four years at Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau chambers, Vivienne moved to Freeport to reopen the firm’s offices in Freeport, Grand Bahama. She became a Partner of the firm in 2002 and currently serves as the managing partner of the Freeport office. Her practice extends to provide a full range of corporate services to clients through the firm’s affiliate, H&J Corporate Services Ltd., including the incorporation and licensing of local companies.

Vivienne earned an LL.M. from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London and a B.A. (Hons) in English and Spanish Law from the University of Kent in England and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1993 and completed her pupillage in Gibraltar. In December 1995 she joined Higgs & Johnson’s Nassau office as a Registered Associate. Vivienne was called to the Bahamas Bar in September 2007

Shipping Law Practice:

The Bahamas is the world’s third largest shipping registry and clear leader in tonnage of passenger ships. The firm has acted in the registration and financing of much of the tonnage presently on the Bahamian Registry. The Cayman office is also experienced in registering pleasure yachts and commercial vessels and has strong links with the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry Member of the Red Ensign Group of British Registries and holds a Category 1 status, which facilitates the registration of vessels of any size or type provided that quality standards are met.

The firm works with the leading shipping Firms in London and elsewhere to provide efficient and cost effective service to shipping clients. With an awareness of time pressures which usually accompany these transactions, the Shipping department is organised to accommodate these time constraints

Higgs & Johnson:

Higgs & Johnson, a leading law firm in The Bahamas, is also one of the country’s oldest and largest, with an international reputation for sound legal advice that spans more than half a century. Distinctive among top Caribbean law firms, Higgs & Johnson is a full-service commercial practice that gives personal and reliable service to our clients built on exceptional experience, insight and excellence.

On 1 January 2009, Higgs & Johnson became the first Bahamian law firm to expand outside of The Bahamas through its merger with the Cayman law firm Truman Bodden & Company. This merger showcases the first law practice to straddle both The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. The Cayman office is a general legal practice and has particular expertise in mutual funds, offshore investment vehicles, captive insurance and capital markets transactions, insolvency, civil litigation and real estate.

Since its independence from Great Britain in 1973, The Bahamas has been governed by a written constitution that proclaims it a Sovereign Democratic State, establishes requirements for citizenship and guarantees fundamental human rights. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The system of Government is based on the British Westminster model. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary, including a Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, with final appeals to Her Majesty’s Privy Council in England.

The firm’s affiliates, H&J Corporate Services, Ltd., H&J Corporate Services (Cayman) Ltd., H&J Management Services Ltd., and H&J Fiduciary Services Ltd. provide a full range of company formation and estate management services, respectively.

Languages: English, Spanish, French, Bahasa Malaysia, Afrikaans, Mandarin

Jin-Young Jung

Jin young JUNG joined Lee & Ko in 1995 and has been practicing in maritime, aviation, insurance, international commercial disputes and energy commodity for 15 years. He deserves competitive reputation in his practice areas from the clients as well as in the market.

Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in a number of major cases, including the ‘MV Hebei Spirit vs Samsung Barge No 1’ case, the ‘Air China Aircraft Crash at Gimhae’ case, the ‘KAL Aircraft Crash at Guam’ case and the ‘Seizure by Somali pirate of MV Bright Ruby’ case etc. He also represented many foreign/domestic clients (Hanjin Shipping, Korea Line Corporation, Britania P&I Club, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, North China Shipping, Korea Air Line, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korea Exchange Bank, Natixis Bank, Calyon Bank etc) in the area of maritime, aviation and commercial disputes.

Further, as the lead partner of energy group at Lee & Ko, he has been also advising major energy-related companies such as KOGAS, KEPCO, Korea District Heating Corporation, POSCO, Hyundai Steel and E1 Corporation etc with in-depth knowledge and experience in the energy commodity area. Especially he represented KOGAS in Sakhalin II LNG Project and in Mexico Manzanilo LNG Terminal Project, represented POSCO in LNG Tank Storage Service Project and represented STX Energy in Renaissance Project in Alabama, USA.

He ever worked as a foreign associate at Richard Butler, London Office (2001) and at Richard Butler, H.K. Office (2002) to enhance his specialty in maritime area as well as to establish a good network with shipping-related firms in UK. He also took a secondment at Beaumont & Son to advance his competitiveness in aviation area.

He was a lecturer in maritime law at the Judicial Research and Training Institute in 2008

Shipping Law Practice:

The maritime industry has risen to prominence in recent years with the boom in international trade following the economic growth of emerging countries and the execution of free trade agreements by Korea. The maritime industry constitutes a critical component of the international shipping of goods, which remains the leading mode of shipping to this date. In Korea, which is surrounded by sea on three sides and relies heavily on international trade, the maritime industry also presents a particularly critical component of the national economy and is a business sector that demands the highest levels of expertise and efficiency from legal service providers because of the industry’s complex customary practices, contacts with multiple jurisdictions and fast-changing environment.

Since its establishment, the Maritime & Shipping Practice Group at Lee & Ko has handled cases in virtually every area of maritime law, ranging from bill of lading (B/L) disputes, cargo claims, charter party disputes, hull & machinery insurance, vessel arrests, vessel collisions, pollution, etc., for countless domestic and overseas clients. With its unsurpassed industry knowledge and strong relationships of trust with key players, the Group continues to set market-leading standards in maritime law. We are proud to note that, with the insights gained from specializing in this practice area for more than 20 years, Lee & Ko is regarded as the most professional and reliable law firm of choice for maritime industry participants in Korea and overseas

Lee & Ko:

Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognized for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognized in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size.

Hein Kernkamp

Hein Kernkamp has been a lawyer since 1989. For over 25 years he assists (foreign) companies with civil and administrative matters. Focuses on litigation and advice in international trade cases.

Has extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the entire logistics chain, including the shipping- and transport sector. Provides adequate advice to numerous corporations in this industry. Knows – when necessary – to quickly switch by seizing or by starting a preliminary relief proceeding. With his sharp analysis and solution-oriented way of thinking, Hein rapidly comes to the essence of the case, after which he carefully defines his strategy. He is appreciated by many businessmen because of his ‘can do’ attitude and determined approach.

Firm Overview:

We are a law firm in Rotterdam focused on legal services to businesses. Because of the knowledge of de various industries our lawyers have an advantage : they know what is happening in the business of the entrepreneur and are focused on practical solutions. We often act as “house lawyer”: a solid and trusted point of contact for a company for all legal questions.

Of course, our services are of a high professional quality. Equally important are our working methods: committed, transparent and prompt.

David Enríquez

David Enríquez joined the firm in 2000. He specializes in maritime law; energy law; transportation law; seaport regulation; public bids; international commercial contracts; arbitration & competition law. Head of the maritime and off-shore energy law practice group.

Firm Overview:

Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados (GRA) is one of the most prestigious, widely respected and innovative law firms in Mexico City.

With more than 75 years of experience, Goodrich has a long tradition of standing alongside its clients when helping them make their business objectives a reality. By means of a cross practice among service areas and industry teams, our carefully trained lawyers achieve an innovative approach towards the rendering of contemporary legal services tailored to the demanding business community worldwide.

From its inception (1934) to the present, the firm has specialized in representing companies doing business in Mexico in all legal aspects at every level. The vast majority of its clients are medium and large companies, some of which are in the “Fortune 500” category.