This latest hire is the eleventh partner to join the firm’s Global Corporate Group across Europe and the Middle East in the last 12 months.
Assimakis joins from Norton Rose Fulbright where he was partner and head of the Greek energy practice. He previously also worked for the European Parliament and the European Commission. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association, the Institute of Energy for South East Europe (IENE) and the Greek Energy Lawyers Association.
His practice focuses on power and gas; energy infrastructure; clean technologies; and renewable energy. He advises clients on regulatory matters, M&A, project financing, and capital markets and privatisation transactions.
Assimakis advises Greek and international companies, both private and state-owned, as well as financial institutions that invest in or lend to companies operating in Greece.
Delphine Currie, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Dimitris to the team. His technical expertise and knowledge of the energy market is hugely impressive. We’ve made significant investments in the Global Corporate Group in the past 18 months and this most recent hire will greatly benefit our clients across the energy sector.”
Anthony Poulopoulos, Athens office co-managing partner, said: “We are thrilled to be joined by Dimitris who is highly regarded as one of the country’s leading energy lawyers. His appointment underlines our commitment to the region and strengthens our ability to continuing advising foreign investors and Greek financial institutions and corporates alike. Dimitris will make a fantastic addition to the team.”
Assimakis said: “I am very excited to join Reed Smith. It is a firm that has a very strong presence in the energy sector, a fantastic global platform and a renowned corporate team. I look forward to joining and supporting the firm’s clients with an interest in the Greek and SEE energy markets.”
Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group covers all aspects of corporate and commercial law and spans the firm’s 30 offices.
The EME corporate practice has undergone significant growth over the past few years. In 2020, the firm has opened a new European office with five competition, regulatory and trade partners consisting of Christian Filippitsch from Norton Rose Fulbright, Isabelle Rahman from Sheppard Mullin, Geert Goeteyn from Shearman & Sterling, Yves Melin from Steptoe & Johnson and Wim Vandenberghe from Deloitte Legal. They were also joined by one counsel and two associates. In addition, the group welcomed corporate partners Sam Webster, Ross Mackenzie and Shervin Shameli in London, Adela Mues in Dubai and Caroline Ledoux in Paris.