16 January 2020 – Delivery of the Charter of the Propeller Club Lugano

Great privilege to make the acquaintance and meeting with Philippe de Gauw  and Michel Derrouazi (respectively, the International Second Vice President and the Western European Region – Regional Vice President), visiting our Propeller Club Lugano and handing us the Propeller charter, banner and pins.

Thank you again Philippe and Michel and very sorry that – due to current crisis -you will not make it to join us in March for our first 2020 event.

(Pictured: Philippe, Michel’Angelo, Michel).


12 December 2012 – The Propeller Christmas Dinner Party

The 12 December we had our first Propeller Club Lugano Xmas Dinner Party. The dinner for the first time was seated (as opposed to standing) and catered by Artè Restaurant; good quality wine was provided by the Club cantine.
About 20 people (members and guests) attended from Lugano, Genova, Zug and St. Petersburg.
Drinks kicked off at 19.30 and the evening closed at about 1 a.m.

It was important for the Club to celebrate its first Xmas Dinner. This event is – together with the Summer Cocktail Party – one of the two purely social events organized this year and to be repeated in the years to come.

We want these two parties to become our traditional summer and end-of-the-year gatherings, designed to have fun and promote the Club in either the local and international community.

The Propeller was institutional partner of the 2019 Global Commodities Conference (GCC)

We must thank LCTA to give us the opportunity to play our part as institutional partner of the 2019 Global Commodities Conference (GCC) held at Lugano LAC on the 13-14 November.

As community focusing on shipping and trading, we had our President moderating the Shipping Panel Debate. IMO 2020 and China vs. U.S. Trade War were the main topics discussed. There was not much time available to discuss issues of such complexity but the good quality of the attending panelists helped to work out a very interesting session.

We look forward to keep developing our relationship with LCTA and wish to further contribute to the forthcoming editions of the GCC.

7 November 2019 – ELENI NASSOPOULOU: Resuming feedback

Where are we ? Yesterday we were at Villa Castagnola and we had really good time.

35 people attended the presentation given by Eleni Nassopoulou on Shipping Finance. The rather technical cut given to the presentation, together with the ability of the speaker to interact with the attending public, made of this event our biggest success so far.

Special thanks go to the speaker that travelled on purpose from Monaco to see us, but also to all non resident members and guest that managed to join us from London, Milan, and Zug. Very nice to have with us some friends of the Propeller Club Monaco, that helped us from the very beginning to form the Lugano Chapter and endorsed our initiative with the U.S. headquarter.

Social drinks were rather well arranged by the very efficient personnel of Villa Castagnola, a location that we are planning to use again in the future.

Next is Christmas Party … stay tuned.

7 November 2019 – ELENI NASSOPOULOU: Shipping Finance: where are we ?

The key trends and current challenges for the shipping industry and their impact to the shipping finance teams are part of the topic that Ms Eleni Nassopoulou, General Counsel of Scorpio Group, has accepted to illustrate and discuss at our Propeller Club Autumn Call.

The event will be hosted at Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola in Lugano and is exclusively reserved to The Propeller Club Lugano Members and their accompanying guests. The speech will be held in the hotel’s Sala Letizia; drinks and food will be served at the hotel’s Sala Colonne.

Start date: 7 November 2019 at 18.45; speech starts at 19.00.

Members Fee is 65,- chf; members’ guest/s fee is 75,- chf.


Speaker C.V.

Eleni joined the Scorpio group of companies in April 2018, as its General Counsel. She manages and leads Scorpio’s 17 member in-house Legal Team, comprising the Finance and Transactions sub-team, the Shipping Claims and Sanctions sub-team, and the Company Secretarial and US Securities sub-team.

Eleni is a corporate, finance, funds, and private equity lawyer. She has also worked as an investment banker and COO, and in investor relations.

Eleni first started her career in private practice in New York City, with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens (now Holland & Knight). She then joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon, working in its offices in London, Milan and Zug. During this time, Eleni worked on the US$19 billion debt restructuring of the Ferruzzi/Montedison group.

After her time at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Eleni began her investment banking career with ING Barings in Amsterdam and London, working in structured finance. She later expanded into private equity with Nomura International in London and with Cathay International Holdings in London and Hong Kong, working also in project financing with the latter. Eleni’s experience also includes securities services, funds, hedge funds and private equity funds with Fortis Prime Fund Solutions in Dublin, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. in London, and Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore, as well as private equity with an investment manager based in Hong Kong.

Eleni is a graduate of the University of Athens (L.L.B), the University of London (L.L.M), Columbia University School of Law (L.L.M), and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D). She has also completed many MBA courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University and an Executive Program in Financial Management at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eleni is admitted as an attorney in the New York State Bar, as a solicitor in England and Wales, and as a solicitor in Ireland and has also qualified as an attorney in Athens. She is also, since 2013, a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

18 July 2019 – The Propeller Summer Cocktail Party


On the 18 July 2019 we hosted our first Propeller Summer Cocktail Party. The event was hosted at the outside terrace garden of the Hotel Splendide Royal. Although the weather did not help much to emphasize the beauty and the colors of the lake during the summer period, we enjoyed social time with 25 between members and guests. Few members travelled from Italy and Belgium and I hope that they enjoyed the evening. Many attending guests showed interest in our new Club and we sincerely hope to welcome them in the near future as new members. Other guest joined us from Zurich, most of them members of the Zurich Shipping Network, an association we look forward to establish a productive cooperation in the near future.

Social time clicked well and the party went on till very late.  

Special thanks go to SSY Simpson Spence Young (Zug and Geneva branches) and Piccinini & Partners for sponsoring the event.

28 June 2019 – PCL @ the Genoa Shipping Week

Genoa and Lugano have a well established relationship since many years; this is why we have arranged a Propeller Lunch over the Genoa Shipping Week. This was held in Portofino on the 28 June 2019 at the local establishment of the eldest yacht club in Europe: the Yacht Club Italiano (founded 1878).

It was very warm … but worth the effort. This was our first happening outside the Swiss border; at the Portofino clubhouse of the YCI (Yacht Club Italiano) our members entertained – over a light lunch – few guests visiting Genoa for the Shipping week. 16 people in total attended; feedbacks received do encourage the repetition of the event.

8 May 2019 – Website Launch Reloaded

On the 8th May we presented our new website propellerclublugano.ch and delivered the Propeller certificates to founders and new members; this was also the opportunity to host our first event. We thank our member, Vittorio Cornaro, for entertaining members and guests illustrating the services made available by CORNER BANCA to the shipping and trading communities operating locally and internationally. Social drinking after the presentation went on till late at the Metamorphosis Anfitheatre; 35 people attended, some of them travelling on purpose from Genoa, Zug, Antwerp and London.

28 February 2019 – Special Thanks to Monaco Propeller

On the 28 February 2019, our Propeller president attended the Propeller Club Monaco speech and dinner event on Ship Finance. This was an opportunity for us to thank our Monaco friends for supporting the admission to the big network of the Propeller Clubs of the U.S.

21 February 2019 – First Board Meeting

This evening Coeclerici kindly hosted the first Board Meeting (BM). All Board members attended. Many thanks again to Giandomenico and Thomas who travelled on purpose respectively from Zug and Hamburg.

After ratification in charge of the current president, vice-president and secretary, the Board officially opened the membership campaign; applicants supported by two existing members can now submit their application to join the Propeller Club Lugano.

Membership fees will become due on the 1st January and shall be settled by the 31 March 19 of the relevant association year, upon receipt of a Non-Tax Invoice by the Club.

The Board has further resolved to organize 7 clubs events between March 19 and the end of the current year.