Yannis (Ioannis) Litinas is a member of the Shipping Offshore team, and heads the English law team in Simonsen Vogt Wiig.

Yannis is qualified as a Solicitor in England (and as a Greek Advocate and a Norwegian Advokat) with extensive experience and competence within shipping, finance and international commercial law, having practised in London, Athens and Oslo. He is the trusted advisor of major shipping financing and investment houses, financing institutions, ship-owners, investors and funds, and offshore contractors on project finance structures, ship finance, shipbuilding, sale/purchase, chartering, offshore contracting (LNG, O&G and energy).

Yannis combines a thorough understanding of both the financing, as well as the operational and commercial elements of shipping transactions, which, together with his communications skills, makes him an excellent advisor in strategising and negotiating project finance, shipbuilding, construction and charter contracts, as well as in dispute resolution on shipping and offshore contracts. Yannis has a refined expertise in contracts for specialised vessels, and in contractual issues of insurances, indemnities, guarantees and other sureties, damages and remedies.

Yannis Litinas is sharp-minded, quick to see the point of an issue and able to deliver focused advice under time pressure.

- Chambers and Partners

Work experience

2019 - (today) Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2017 - 2018 Associate Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig
2014 - 2016 Senior Lawyer, Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma
2011 - 2014 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma
2009 - 2010 Associate, Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma
2009 - 2009 Associate, Deverakis Law Office (Dryships/Cardiff Marine) (Athens)
2008 - 2008 Legal consultant, Korres (Athens)
2003 - 2006 Legal advisory attorney, Thomson Reuters (London)


2003 Legal Practice Course, Bristol, University of the West of England
2002 Master of Laws (LL.M.), Bristol, University of the West of England
2001 Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) University of Plymouth


Yannis Litinas has published articles in the International Law Office, the Lloyd's list, and other publications, on a variety of topics, and legal developments.


  • English
  • Greek
  • Norwegian
  • German (medium)