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The ‘impressive’ team at Bernitsas Law is ‘top notch’ for banking, finance and capital markets work. It advised Eurobank Ergasias on its €2.04bn capital raising, and assisted Alpha Bank with the establishment of a joint venture with Aktua Soluciones Financieras to create an integrated servicing platform for NPLs and property assets. Banking and finance head Athanasia Tsene is ‘outstanding’, and capital markets head Nikos Papachristopoulos is ‘excellent’.

Displaying ‘excellent problem-solving skills’, the team at Karatzas & Partners is led by Catherine Karatzas, who is noted for her ‘excellent knowledge and experience of the Greek market’. It advised National Bank of Greece on its recapitalisation, and assisted European Investment Bank, UniCredit, RBS, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Alpha Bank and Eurobank with amendments to the financing of several high-profile motorway projects. The team also advised Eurobank, and its subsidiary EBB, on the acquisition of the Bulgarian branch of Alpha Bank. Alexandros Metallinos is ‘a star’; Christina Faitakis is ‘solid and reliable’; Anna Manda is ‘outstanding’; and Nikos Fragos is a specialist in capital markets work.

Koutalidis Law Firm has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on capital control restrictions imposed on the Greek banking system. It also advised National Bank of Greece, as arranger, on a €200m bond loan to Hellenic Petroleum, and acted for Alpha Bank in its €2.55bn recapitalisation. The team also advised Alpha Bank and Eurobank on an agreement with KKR to assign the management of NPL exposures to a select number of Greek companies. Nikos Salakas heads the team and Nikos Pimblis is also noted.

Moratis Passas Law Firm has ‘an in-depth knowledge of the law’ and delivers a ‘very high level of service’. It advised Citigroup Global Markets as initial purchaser on the $420m purchase and sale of Fage USA Dairy Industry and Fage International senior notes. It also advised Barclays Bank as arranger on a €10bn residential mortgage loans covered bond programme. The department is jointly led by Dimitris Passas, who is ‘held in very high regard’, and the ‘first-class’ George Moratis. Recently promoted partner Vassilis Saliaris is ‘a prominent young lawyer’.

The ‘very responsive’ team at PotamitisVekris Law Firm, which is led by the ‘brilliantGeorge Bersis, advised Fairfax Financial Holdings and other international investors on the recapitalisation of Eurobank. It also advised Piraeus Bank on its €4.93bn recapitalisation. Stathis Potamitis is ‘outstanding’ and Euripides Ioannou is ‘brilliant’. Associate Anthea Terlegas is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm advised Eurobank on its €125m acquisition financing to Bigstar, and an associated €157m refinancing facility to Sani. Pireaus Bank, Alpha Bank and National Bank of Greece are also clients. Alexandros Kosmopoulos is recommended.

Dryllerakis & Associates delivers ‘comprehensive responses’ in a ‘timely manner’ and is advising Carlsberg Group and Mythos Brewery on a bond loan agreement relating to the merger between Mythos Brewery and Olympic Brewery. The firm also advises Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on a range of matters. Sophia Grigoriadou is ‘fantastic’, and John Dryllerakis and Emmanuel Dryllerakis are also recommended.

Lambadarios Law Firm advised Hoist Finance, PwC and Qualco on the formation of a joint venture relating to the Single Liquidator project tendered by the Bank of Greece. Prokopis Dimitriadis heads the banking and finance team; former chairman of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission Konstantinos Botopoulos, who recently joined the firm, heads the capital markets team; George Panopoulos leads on project finance; and Constantinos Lambadarios heads the real estate finance practice.

Highlights for the ‘very professional’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright included advising Citigroup, Nordea Bank and other lenders on a $1.3bn Korean ECA-backed loan facility to GasLog. Dimitri Sofianopoulos heads the team, which also includes the ‘excellentYianni Cheilas, the ‘experiencedVassilis Koroxenidis, and of counsel Theodoros Zafiropoulos.

The ‘exceptional’ team at Papapolitis & Papapolitis is led by the ‘business-orientedNikolaos Katsaros. It advised Goldman Sachs International and others on a €1.16bn liability management exercise and equity offering by National Bank of Greece. Nicholas Papapolitis delivers ‘first-class execution on major transactions and impresses with his business mentality’, and Evi Tsilou is ‘diligent and thorough’. Associate Elmina Chadio is ‘hardworking’.

Led by Dimitris Tsibanoulis, the team at Tsibanoulis & Partners was instructed by Pagkritia Cooperative Bank on the €40m issuance of bonds and subordinated bonds for recapitalisation. Among the ‘excellent’ team, Anna Apostolaki, Evy Kyttari, Marina Perraki and Emmanouil Komis are recommended.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch’s ‘professional’ and ‘knowledgeable’ department is led by George Paleokrassas and Virginia Murray. Highlights included advising an investment corporation on a €200m investment in English law bonds issued by a large Greek-listed entity. Nikolaos Kostikas is ‘first rate’, and Vassiliki Georgopoulos delivers ‘work of exceptional quality’. Marisetta Marcopoulou and Alexandros Damianidis are also recommended.

The ‘experienced’ team at Zepos & Yannopoulos is led by the ‘outstandingChristina Papanikolopoulou, who recently joined from Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm). The team acted for the underwriters on the €2.04bn recapitalisation of Eurobank Ergasias, and advised the dealer managers on the concurrent liability management exercise (LME). Former team head Nicholas Kontizas recently left the firm.

Highlights for the team at Avramopoulos & Partners included advising the Greek Consignment Deposit and Loans Fund on a range of matters. Athanassios Avgeros leads the department.

Headline work for Dracopoulos & Vassalakis LP included advising Forthnet on the issuance of a €99m convertible bond loan. Yiannis Palassakis is recommended.

The ‘responsive’ team at Drakopoulos Law Firm advised Intrakat on financing for the €30m construction of the Shtip hospital in Skopje, Macedonia. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and of counsel George Sinanidis are ‘excellent’.

KLC Law Firm continues to advise the European Investment Bank in its capacity as manager of the JESSICA Holding Fund. Vassiliki Lazarakou heads the team and Panagiotis Tzioumas is also noted.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm) is experienced in bank lending, and advised Dexia Credit Local on the amendment and restatement of a €151m loan agreement between UBS Luxembourg and the Municipality of Athens. Konstantinos Vouterakos heads the team, which also includes Elisabeth Eleftheriades and Ioanna Antonopoulou.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law advised The TEA EAPAE (Occupational Insurance Fund of Insurers and Personnel of Insurers Companies) on its participation in the recent recapitalisation of two banks. Team head Nicholas Moussas and associate Charalampos Kondis act as counsel to the Hellenic Deposit and Investment Guarantee Fund.

The ‘exceptional’ Dimitris Paraskevas heads the team at Paraskevas Law Firm, which advised Capital Group on the €2bn capital raise of Eurobank. European Investment Fund is also a client.

Politis & Partners advised Eurobank on the refinancing of two companies controlled by Mytilineos Group, and assisted Eurobank Ergasias with the €20m refinancing of two SPVs controlled by ENEL Group. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Evangelos Politis heads the department.

Sarantitis continues to advise HSBC (Greek Branch) and HSBC Private Bank Suisse on a range of contentious matters. The team also acts for China Investment Bank (Hong Kong Branch), UBS and Maillis Group. Alexandros Metaxas leads the team.

Sardelas Liarikos Petsa Law Firm is active across a range of banking, finance, securities, restructuring, insolvency, and capital markets matters. Panagiotis Sardelas heads the team.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is praised for its ‘excellent ability to operate on a high level and in cross-border landscape’. Banc of America Securities instructed the firm on the custody and clearance of cash, securities and commodities. Adtran and NBG Pangaea REIC are also clients. Eleni Tsoukala is ‘smart, flexible, thorough and diligent’.

V&P Law Firm is experienced in banking and finance matters in the aviation, shipping, energy and real estate sectors. John Papapetros is the key contact.

Your Legal Partners is ‘highly regarded’ and is noted for its strong restructuring practice. Black Sea Trade and Development Bank is a key client. Katerina Christodoulou heads the team.

Eurobank is a key client for Apostolos Georgiades & Associates, where Apostolos Georgiades heads the team.

Cocalis & Psarras is ‘highly regarded’ for its expertise across a range of banking and finance matters. Dimitri Cocalis heads the team.

KP Law Firm is experienced in transactional and disputes work, and highlights included advising the management board of a private company on a non-leveraged acquisition of control. Christina Papachristopoulou heads the team.

Diana Vougessis leads the team at Machas & Partners Law Firm, which advised NBG Securities on the admission of shares of a Greek REIC on the Athex. Petros Machas is also recommended.

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership operates in association with Ernst & Young LLP and provides ‘in-depth expertise’. Eirinikos Platis is recommended.

Rokas Law Firm advises on a range of regulatory, transactional and contentious matters. Alkistis Christofilou and Christina Tarnanidou are singled out for praise.

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