Alantra, an independent global mid-market investment banking and asset management firm, has recruited a Maritime and Offshore investment banking team within its Investment Banking division.

The new Maritime and Offshore team comprises four members, including two managing partners: George Giannakis and Nicholas Petrakakos. The team plans to further grow by adding another two members in the short term.

The team offers a unique combination of financial, technical and commercial experience in the maritime sector, consolidating both deep investment banking and strong marine engineering backgrounds within its members.

George Giannakis and Nicholas Petrakakos will bring more than 20 years of Investment Banking and Capital Markets experience across M&A, equity and debt capital raising focused on the maritime sector. They joined from StormHarbour Securities, where George set up ‘its maritime & real estate activity and Nicholas co-headed the shipping practice. George’s expertise includes numerous debt capital markets, equity capital markets and M&A deals in the maritime & offshore sector with a cumulative transaction size of almost $2.0bn. Nicholas’ expertise focuses on the origination, structuring, and execution of complex debt and equity transactions, focusing on the maritime and offshore industry. At the same time, he holds deep marine engineering understanding, arming the team with strong industry insight.