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Legal market overview
The Greek economy may remain in turmoil, but for the country’s largest law firms business has been relatively buoyant. Foreign investors are seeking bargains in the market, which has spurred corporate activity. Meanwhile the government’s privatisation programme, as conducted by the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF), and the recapitalisation and consolidation of the banking sector, as overseen by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), have generated considerable activity. The shipping market has also responded to the improved global economic climate, and shipping lawyers report a revival in ship financings and newbuilds, adding to the refinancings and disputes which have dominated the practice area in recent years. This uptick in maritime work has been good news for several of the UK law firms in the market, such as Norton Rose Fulbright, Watson, Farley & Williams – Greek Branch, Ince & Co and Stephenson Harwood.
Whether this overall increase in activity represents a genuine turnaround in the economy, or is simply an artificial market pumped up by government intervention, remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the ‘flight to quality’ that such deal activity entails has meant that the largest firms, including Karatzas & Partners Law Firm, Koutalidis Law Firm, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm), M & P Bernitsas, and PotamitisVekris, have been relatively busy.
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Over the last six years, Greece has been under an austerity restructuring and adjustment programme, receiving extended support from European financial institutions and international creditors, in an attempt to tackle its structural weaknesses, overly high deficits and incessant market stagnation.
M&As in Greece: Stellar opportunities for profits of emerging markets in the most mature market in..Lately, domestic and international financial and corporate players are looking closely on the Athens Exchange seeking for safe yet high return investment opportunities in Greece and the wider South East Europe through takeover bids on securities of companies established in Greece and listed on the local exchange with significant presence in the wider region. It is common knowledge that M&As consist the most transparent and efficient way to gain control of the desired "target" company, following a public offer on all or a part of the target's capital. However, this does not seem to be their unique advantage in Greek legal order. The speed of their conclusion, with an average duration of two months, allows the investor to begin with his businesses without considerable waste of time and resources. As of this, he is in position to choose a board of his own preference almost the very following day of the expiry of the public offer's time and to focus on what he primarily intended and is good at - making business.
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