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The team at Bernitsas Law is ‘always excellent’ and provides ‘practical, balanced, business-oriented advice’. On the capital markets side the firm advised Hellenic Petroleum and Hellenic Petroleum Finance on two separate €74.5m and €375m note issues. Practice heads Nikos Papachristopoulos and the ‘hugely experiencedAthanasia Tsene, ‘get to the bottom line and have a good sense of what is viable to both parties in a transaction’. Clients also appreciate the ‘excellent support’ from the rest of the team, including the ‘very impressiveDionysis Flambouras.

Karatzas & Partners attracts praise for its ‘value-for-money service’ and for fielding ‘excellent partners that you wish to have when making such business deals’. Managing partner Catherine Karatzas leads the team, which includes Alexandros Metallinos, who is praised for his ‘deep knowledge of the sector and of the laws around loan agreements’. The ‘hardworkingAnna Manda is ‘very effective under tight deadlines and committed to the client’s needs’. The firm recently advised JP Morgan and other lenders on a €321m syndicated loan to Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings, the majority shareholder of the Greek gaming monopoly, OPAP. It also advised WIND Hellas on a €250m bond offering.

Koutalidis Law Firm has a ‘top-notch’ team that ‘provides high-quality services’. The firm acts for creditors and borrowers and is regularly involved in the country’s most cutting-edge transactions. Recently it advised JP Morgan, Citi and Eurobank on WIND Hellas’s €250m bond issue. Lead partner Nikos Salakas is ‘a delight to deal with’.

Moratis Passas Law Firm has expertise that covers securitisations, secured and syndicated loans, high yield bonds and regulatory work. Key figures in the highly rated team include co-founders Dimitris Passas and George Moratis, as well as the up-and-coming Vassilis Saliaris. Recently the firm advised Barclays Bank on the issue of €1bn-worth of covered bonds under Piraeus Bank’s €10bn residential mortgage loans covered bond programme.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm’s ‘strong team’ is praised for its ‘good knowledge of the industry’. Department head George Bersis enjoys an excellent reputation, as does founding partner Stathis Potamitis, who is ‘a strong advocate and effective negotiator’. Recently the firm represented Motor Oil Corinth Refineries on a €350m bond issue listed on the Irish Stock Exchange. Euripides Ioannou is also recommended.

The ‘knowledgeable, diligent and responsive team’ at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is a popular choice among Greece’s largest banks, and is praised for its ability ‘to meet strict deadlines without compromising quality’. Clients particularly rate the ‘concise, solutions oriented, deal makerAlexandros Kosmopoulos. The firm recently acted for National Bank of Greece and Eurobank as joint lead managers and bookrunners on Mytilineos’s €300m bond offering.

Dryllerakis & Associates’ ‘very good’ team is praised for its ‘can-do’ spirit, in addition to its ‘good value and flexible pricing’. ‘Pragmatic and responsive’ senior partner Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team, which includes John Dryllerakis and the ‘fantastic and very knowledgeableSophia Grigoriadou. Recently the firm advised Sunlight Systems on a €50m bond issue on the Athens Stock Exchange. Other clients include Eurobank, Alpha Bank and NBG.

Lambadarios Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ banking practice ‘never misses a deadline’ and is ‘always able to solve any issues that arise during the process’. The firm has a good track record for debt and equity capital markets work. Managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios is a ‘knowledgeable partner in the financial industries area’, and capital markets head Konstantinos Botopoulos is praised for his ‘legal knowledge, detailed work, response times and willingness to resolve any issues’.

The highly regarded Dimitri Sofianopoulos leads a strong team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which recently advised Alpha Bank, Eurobank, NBG and the EBRD on a €40m secured bond loan facility to Greek flour milling company, Loulis Mills. Yianni Cheilas and Vassilis Koroxenidis are also recommended.

The ‘very impressive team’ at Papapolitis & Papapolitis provides an ‘exceptional overall service’, and is among ‘the most business-oriented law firms in the Greek market’. The firm advised the underwriters, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, on the Greek law issues of Energean Oil & Gas’s £1bn listing on the London Stock Exchange. Practice head Nikolaos Katsaros has ‘excellent knowledge of the law and is very capable in complex transactions’. Nicholas Papapolitisdelivers a first-class service’.

Tsibanoulis & Partners is a popular choice for complex financial advice and related disputes. Recently the firm represented Akinita Pallados in a €13.5m lawsuit concerning a bond loan default. Other clients include BNP Paribas Securities Services, Attica Bank, and Procredit Bank Bulgaria. Managing partner Dimitris Tsibanoulis is very well regarded.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch has a strong reputation for project and shipping finance as well as Greek financial regulation. The team, which is jointly led by George Paleokrassas for English law and Virginia Murray for Greek law, is praised for being ‘very good in terms of response time, knowledge, transaction management and value’. Nikolaos Kostikas provides ‘extensive regulatory advice on a range of areas where there is little or no legal precedent’. A recent highlight was advising the EBRD on the €10m financing of a photovoltaic park in Cyprus.

Clients of Zepos & Yannopoulos’s banking team praise its versatility: ‘if there is a way to achieve a solution, it will find it’. Department head Christina Papanikolopoulouhas deep knowledge, not only of the non-performing loan and banking legal framework, but also of the financial services industry generally’. The firm recently advised Citigroup Global Markets on a €640m securitised note issuance by Alpha Bank.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm fields an ‘extremely professional’ team that includes managing partner Evangelos Lakatzis, who ‘thinks on his feet’, and practice head Thenia Panagopoulou. The firm recently acted for major client Eurobank on the sale of a €150m bond by Marfin Investment Group Holdings.

Athanassios Avgeros is the main banking partner at Avramopoulos & Partners, which regularly acts for borrowers. Recently the firm assisted Resort Condominiums International on corporate lending matters.

Dracopoulos & Vassalakis LP is noted for its expertise in banking and capital markets work where it regularly advises banks and issuers. George Vassalakis and Yiannis Palassakis are key contacts.

Drakopoulos Law Firm recently advised Secure Property Development & Investment on a €5m convertible loan for the acquisition of Romanian logistics assets. Senior partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Georgia Konstantinidou are key contacts.

The ‘responsive’ lawyers at KLC Law Firm are ‘very good at analysing and advising on cross-border legal issues’. The firm advised Eurobank on the debt restructuring of two major local business groups. Clients rate the ‘hardworking and reliable’ Panagiotis Tzioumas.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is ‘excellent in all areas’ according to clients, who especially appreciate the ‘excellent service’ from practice head Konstantinos Vouterakos. Recently the firm advised Dexia Credit Local on a €150m and €20m facility to the Municipalities of Athens and Acharnes, respectively.

Machas & Partners Law Firm is singled out for its ‘depth of knowledge’ in debt and equity capital markets matters. Recent work includes advising NBG Securities on Intercontinental International REIC’s listing on the Athens Stock Exchange, the first main market listing on the exchange since 2014. Diana Vougessis is recommended.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law has a good reputation in the financial services industry, reflected in the fact that managing partner Nicholas Moussas is adviser to the Hellenic Deposit and Investment Guarantee Fund. Clients include the Insurers’ and Insurance Companies’ Personnel’s Pension Fund, and the Public Servants’ Supplementary Insurance Fund.

PPT Legal, previously known as V&P Legal, has strong experience in aviation, shipping, energy and real estate finance. John Papapetros is the key contact.

Paraskevas Law Firm is praised for its ‘appropriate and commercial advice’ and ability to ‘respond well to time pressure’. The firm is a popular choice among international funds, such as The Capital Group Companies and Stage Capital Management, and regularly handles capital markets investments. Dimitris Paraskevas and John Mazarakos are recommended.

Politis & Partners has a ‘very efficient, fast and knowledgeable’ banking team led by the ‘reliable, totally trustworthy and always accessibleEvangelos Politis, who is praised for his ‘in-depth regulatory’ knowledge. The firm has a strong relationship with Eurobank, which it advised on a €35m financing of an LBO in the hospitality sector.

The ‘very hands-on’ team at Sarantitis has a ‘strong knowledge of the financial services sector’. The firm is recommended for restructuring, regulatory and disputes work. HSBC is a major client, which it advised on a €13m loan to Upstream Marketing Programs. Alexandros Metaxas leads the team.

At Sardelas Liarikos Petsa Law Firm, Panagiotis Sardelas is especially active on the capital markets front. The firm acts for a mix of financial institutions, corporates and public sector clients.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm provides ‘an excellent service and practical advice’ and is praised for its ‘responsiveness and understanding of the commercial drivers of the transaction’. Eleni Tsoukala is the driving force behind the well regarded practice whose clients include Bank of America Securities and NBG Panagea Real Estate Investment Company.

Your Legal Partners is particularly strong in project finance. The firm also advised BNY Mellon as security trustee in a €231m facility made to a Greek betting company by JP Morgan Securities. Katerina Christodoulou is well regarded.

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