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Vicky Katsouli, LL.M.

Vicky Katsouli, LL.M.  

Partner, Athens Office
Telephone: +30 210 720 6900
Mobile: +30 6955 660 322
Fax: +30 210 723 1462
E-mail: vk@pptlegal.gr
Vicky Katsouli has been with the firm since 2006 and is based in the Athens office. Vicky has extensive experience on a wide spectrum of finance and shipping law matters including banking and financial services, asset and ship finance, ship sale and purchase, ship sale and leaseback, newbuildings, loan workouts (including restructurings, arrest and auction of vessels in various jurisdictions, enforcement of security via private sale of ship), public offerings, project finance and corporate matters. She regularly represents banks, financial institutions, equity funds as well as shipping companies and operators.

Vicky has been a member of the Piraeus Bar Association since 2007 and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales since 2018. She obtained her law degree (LLB Law) from Queen Mary, University of London and a master’s degree in Shipping Law (LL.M.) from London Metropolitan University. Prior to joining the firm, Vicky gained valuable experience during her internships in the London and Piraeus offices of Holman Fenwick & Willan International. Vicky is fluent in Greek and English and also speaks some Spanish.

Vicky Katsouli, LL.M.  

Partner, Athens Office

Experience, key assignments and notable projects

  • Acting on behalf of Navios Europe (II) Inc. on the acquisition of fourteen vessels from debtors of HSH Nordbank AG through an innovative financing structure. This project involved the acquisition of seven bulkers and seven container vessels with a purchase price of US$327.7 million in cash funded by a US$135 million senior bank debt and a US$14 million investment from Navios Maritime Holding Inc., Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. and the assumption of US$192 million subordinated HSH participating loan facility. This transaction was concluded in June 2015 (V&P Law Firm was one of the finalists for the Lloyd’s List Global Awards - Deal of the Year Award 2015 in respect of this transaction).
  • Assisted MARFIN EGNATIA BANK (“Marfin Bank”) in relation to a loan facility to Diolkos group of companies (“Diolkos”) in respect of the sale and leaseback transaction with Allied Maritime Inc. group of companies (“Allied”). To fund the transaction Marfin Bank provided a US$55 million loan to Diolkos through a Shari’ah Law compliant structure.
  • Assisted Marfin Bank on a US$ 7,500,000 loan facility to Marcelo Tres Inc. and five (5) other ship-owning companies (Allied group of companies) and on the amendment and restatement of the aforesaid facility.
  • Assisted Marfin Bank in relation to the arrest and auction of four (4) vessels of the Allied group of companies in Gibraltar.
  • Assisted the bondholders in relation to a US$300,000,000 offering of first priority ship mortgage notes by ELETSON HOLDINGS INC. (Marine Money Public Debt Deal of the Year Award 2013).
  • Acting on behalf of NAVIOS EUROPE INC. on the acquisition of ten vessels from debtors of HSH Nordbank AG through an innovative financing structure. This project involved the acquisition of five tankers and five container vessels with a purchase price of US$127.8 million in cash funded by a US$120.4 million senior bank debt and a US$10 million investment from Navios Maritime Holding Inc., Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. and the assumption of US$173.4 million subordinated HSH participating loan facility. This transaction was concluded in December 2013.
  • Assisted NAVIOS MARITIME HOLDINGS INC. and NAVIOS MARITIME FINANCE II (US) INC. in connection with the issuance of US$ 650,000,000 first priority ship mortgage notes due 2022.
  • Assisted NAVIOS MARITIME ACQUISITION CORPORATION in relation to US$610,000,000 offering of first priority ship mortgage notes due 2021.
  • Assisted Aegean Baltic Bank S.A. (“AB Bank”) and HSH Nordbank AG ("HSH”) as lender, AB Bank as agent and HSH as swap bank in relation to a US$ 110,000,000 loan facility to Sanibel Maritime Inc. and nine (9) other ship-owning companies.
  • Assisted AB Bank on a US$25,000,000 loan facility to Sanibel Maritime Inc. and five (5) other ship-owning companies and on the restructuring of the aforesaid facility.
  • Assisted AB Bank in relation to a US$ 18,500,000 loan facility to Karavas Maritime Company Limited (Oceanstar Management Inc. group).
  • Assisted AB Bank in relation to a €1,500,000 loan facility to Corsica LPG AS of Norway regarding the acquisition by Corsica of all the shares of Lyonesse Marine S.A. pursuant to a sales and purchase agreement.
  • Assisted AB Bank and HSH as lenders, HSH as letters of credit issuing bank and AB Bank as arranger, agent and security trustee in the amendment and restatement of a €13,300,000 loan facility to Aegean Shipholdings Inc. group of companies.
  • Assisted AB Bank and HSH as senior lenders, AB Bank as junior lender and AB Bank as arranger, agent and security trustee in relation to certain long-term loan facilities of US$22,750,000 to Aries Energy Corporation.
  • Assisted AB Bank in relation to a US$15,000,000 loan facility to Aegean Shipping Management S.A. group of companies.
  • Assisted Marfin Bank in relation to a US$110,000,000 loan facility to Surf Maritime Inc. et al (Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. group of companies).
  • Assisted Marfin Bank in relation to a US$110,000,000 loan facility to Navios Shipmanagement Inc.
  • Assisted Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd (“MPB”) on a US$40,000,000 loan facility to Nauticler S.A. of Uruguay (Navios South American Logistics Inc. group of companies).
  • Assisted MPB as lender and Marfin Bank as agent, arranger and security trustee in relation to a US$80,000,000 loan facility to Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation group of companies.
  • Acted for banks on the conditional settlement of the obligations of security parties’ indebtedness towards the said banks and standstill and waivers of banks’ rights to take actions in respect of security parties’ failures to perform their obligations.
 
 
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