Eurofin London

Janos F Koenig - Co-Founder and CFO of Eurofin Group
MA (Econ), University of Sussex. Extensive banking experience, involving industries like shipping, construction and oil trade financing, at Bank of America in Greece, Egypt and London and then at BAII plc, a London-based merchant bank where he was Director responsible for International Finance. Has had extensive experience in loan restructuring with Bank of America where he was involved with the restructuring of the Turkish Sovereign debt in the late 1970's as well as with the Shipping Portfolio in the early 1980's. As a partner in Eurofin, since 1986 he has helped build up the financial advisory business of the company and has been involved in a number of restructuring projects on behalf of financial institutions. Janos is a frequent speaker on international shipping related conferences.

Victoria Santos - Pires
Victoria, who joined Eurofin as a Director in January 2003, is a ship finance specialist, with particular expertise in loan portfolio management and loan transaction implementation. In addition to her extensive experience of the shipping sector, she has outstanding client, transaction and bank syndicate skills, along with financial and documentary administration abilities. Her areas of expertise also include loan restructuring, foreclosures and vessel sales which has included a fleet of cruise ships, a large central European dry cargo fleet and other specialized units. In a ship finance career spanning more than fifteen years to date, Victoria has held management positions with Chancery Bank PLC and with the Tufton Oceanic Group, where she was Loan Portfolio Manager.

Eurofin Athens

Ioannis Alexopoulos 
MSc Shipping, Trade and Finance, City University Business School, BSc Economics and Business Economics, Southampton University. Yiannis, gained experience in shipping through short-term employments with Golden Union Shipping Co. (which included time at sea) , Carriers Chartering S.A. in Piraeus and Angus Graham & Partners in London. He then joined Laiki Private Banking in Cyprus, an HSBC Group associate in 1999 where he held positions in both portfolio management and client advice, servicing expatriate as well as offshore High Net Worth Individuals. He joined the Athens office of Eurofin in 2002 and is now spearheading the company's shipping operations in Greece.

Gerasimos Zolotas 

BA in Communication from the American College of Greece. Worked for Dreamtech Software, a software developer that specializes in shipping, where he helped develop client relationships and assisted in the functionality design and testing of new modules for the software. He joined Eurofin in November 2009 as an analyst and is now involved in financial analysis and modeling for Eurofin's international clientele in the shipping industry.

Corporate Finance

Spiros Vellas

MSc in Finance & Economics, London School of Economics. Spiros started his career engaged in a project finance venture in Italy and further moved onto the corporate side, involved in the IPO process and IR management of Alpha Infotech in Athens. He then worked for Eurobank on various risk management projects and loan securitisations. Further, he switched to investment banking with Lead Finance, a corporate finance boutique actively involved in buyside and sellside in M&A, debt and corporate restructures. Prior to joining Eurofin in 2015 as head of Corporate Finance, he was employed by Clayton. His role was focused on the participation and management on projects for Greek and international financial institutions in corporate finance advisory, loan portfolio due diligence & valuations and AQR.

Associates

A. Michael Tziras 
Michael holds Law degrees from Athens and London Universities (UCL) and is a member of the Athens Bar Association, practicing law since 1968. For more than 30 years, he has held executive positions in various shipping companies and has sat on the boards of various companies active in oil exploration, trading, shipping and financial consultancy. As a result of all of these activities he has lived in London, New York, Lugano and Athens. Presently Michael is splitting his time between London and Athens, and is active as principal of two English companies specialising in Shipping and Trading and a law firm covering Commercial and Shipping Law matters.

Panos Solomonidis
MBA, INSEAD. MSc (Structural Eng), Southampton U. Worked as a construction site Manager, IT analyst (Military service), and Financial Consultant with one of the “Big 8” auditing firms prior to joining HSBC Piraeus in 1987. During a 25 year career in ship financing with HSBC Panos established close ties with numerous ship-owners, financiers, and other influential professionals in Greek Shipping. In addition to structuring and executing shipping loans, he advised owners on cross-border banking transactions, hedging strategies and structured investments. In cooperation with Eurofin since January 2013.

William Nisser

Civ. Ekon. (BA) Business & Administration University of Uppsala, Sweden. He started his career in Iran as Financial Manager with the Swedish welding machinery manufacturer, ESAB AB. He then moved to Europe to trade in frozen fish and by-products from the Swedish forestry industry. William held senior positions with SEB being responsible for counter trade and cross country financing. In 1992 he joined Gulf Agency Co Ltd as Group Treasurer. He arranged short and long-term financing, managed the international cash management and was responsible for forex and banking relationships. In 2010, he retired from GAC and since 2011 he is an associate with Eurofin. Having lived in Sweden, Iran, Belgium, Greece and UAE he has a good understanding of other cultures and the business practices prevailing in different parts of the world.

Ioannis Souflis
Diploma Degree and a PhD Degree in Electric Power Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He has been involved in a variety of projects in Greece and abroad as an adviser and project manager. He also holds an extended experience in designing and establishing management systems in accordance with international standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, SA 8000, GRI reports), while he is a certified quality management systems auditor and environmental quality management systems auditor. Mr. Souflis worked as a contract freelance adviser or as an external adviser with INFOROUP SA participating in large projects of the private and the public sector in Greece and abroad. He participated in large projects of the European Commission and he worked as an external adviser with the United Nations Environment Programme (1990 – 1993).  Moreover, he has served as a member of the International Board of Directors of the Network for Environmental Technology Transfer (European Commission, 1990 – 1992). He was also on of the founders and partners of ENERSYS Ltd (1990-1993). He has been working for KPMG Advisers SA, Greece, from 1997 until 2007 as Quality Manager He left KPMG in 2007 and he joined OMNILINK SA in the same year as Director, working in the areas of investment analysis, evaluation and realization, strategic management, business operations and corporate governance. Mr. Souflis left OMNILINK SA in November 30th of 2010 and he works as a contract adviser since 1st December 2010.

Seafin Singapore

Anthony B Zolotas - CEO of Eurofin Group 
MSc in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and MSC in Shipping and Shipbuilding Management from M.I.T. After finishing his studies he worked for a while as a superintendent engineer for Thenamaris Shipmanagement and Empros Lines two shipping companies based in Piraeus. In 1977 he moved to London and held executive positions with a number of International Banks specialising in Shipping and Corporate Finance, before establishing Eurofin in 1984. At Eurofin, he used his technical and financial background to build a strong and successful financial advisory business with emphasis on shipping. In 2001 he returned to Greece from where he is directing the diversification of the group's portfolio of activities. Anthony is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Dimitris Belbas
MBA, INSEAD. BSc & MSc in Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (ΕΜΠ). After working as a Logistics Manager for a multinational company in Greece, Dimitris joined Lamda Shipyards as Deputy Commercial and Technical Director, focusing on account management, drafting quotations and negotiating contracts. He was also a project manager in several ship and yacht repairs. After his MBA, Dimitris worked in the UK and Singapore before joining Seafin in 2008 where he has successfully expanded the group's corporate finance and shipping finance activities in the Asia Pacific region out of the Singapore office and participated as a speaker in shipping finance forums.

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