Despina Doxaki has joined Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets practice as counsel to help further strengthen the firm's market-leading capabilities in Greece and Cyprus, with a special focus on project and infrastructure finance and other complex cross-border financial transactions. Despina will be based in Shearman & Sterling’s London office.
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Despina was a partner at Chadbourne & Parke (recently merged with Norton Rose Fulbright) and KG Law Firm, Greece’s largest multidisciplinary law firm. She also served as in-house counsel at Alpha Bank, one of the leading banks in Greece.
Despina has extensive experience advising clients operating in all investment sectors in central and southeastern Europe and MENA. Some of her high-profile work includes closing the financing on the privatization of 14 regional airports in Greece and advising the lenders on a pioneering public-private partnership transaction regarding the financing of 24 schools in Greece.
“We are delighted that Despina is joining us,” said Apostolos Gkoutzinis, head of the EMEA Capital Markets practice. “As one of the leading international law firms operating in Greece, we have advised numerous international investors in their financial and investment activities in Greece as well as Greek corporates and banks on their strategic investments, refinancings, restructurings and capital raisings. With Despina on board, we can build even closer relationships with new and existing clients in Greece and central and southeastern Europe.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Shearman & Sterling to play a part in its efforts to build its business in central and southeastern Europe, especially in Greece and Cyprus,” commented Despina. “As a Greek lawyer, I have seen first-hand the positive impact Shearman & Sterling has had on the Greek market, and I am excited to be a part of the team and help further build the firm’s capabilities.”