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Ince opens up in Cyprus taking over local firm

International law firm Ince has opened a new maritime-focused office in Limassol, Cyprus, taking over a local firm LG Zambartas which becomes its sixth office in Europe.

LG Zambartas shipping and corporate law head George Zambartas will head the office and will be supported by staff from Ince.

The office, opened 28 September, will be staffed with six dual qualified English and Cypriot lawyers, who have joined from Limassol firm LG Zambartas, which has operated in Cyprus for 14 years.

The Ince office will have a core expertise in handling shipping funds and yachting transactions as well as being able to advise on private wealth, immigration, financial litigation and energy-related matters, according to the parent firm.

The Cyprus office will operate a separate consultancy business that will provide corporate support services including project management, trust and management services, Ince said.

Zambartas has previously advised shipping companies, particularly those from in Russia and Ukraine, in seeking ship finance from Western European banks. He has also provided legal opinions on matters of Cypriot law to international banks on high-value transactions, for which he has drafted compliant security documents.

He is also the special agent in Cyprus for the Liberian Maritime Authority

Alex Janes, Ince's head of the EMEA region noted: "The Cyprus office is now our sixth in the region and follows the successful launch of our Gibraltar office last year. Our new colleagues will work with teams across the UK, Germany and the wider Ince network to assist our clients with the issues that matter most to them."

In June Ince expanded it network by taking over alliance partner Incisive Law in Singapore.

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