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Bernitsas Law has ‘vast experience in corporate and commercial issues’ and delivers ‘fast response times’. It advised Eurobank on the sale of 80% of Eurolife, and assisted Hewlett Packard with the worldwide separation of its businesses. Linda Vasaka, Nikos Papachristopoulos, and Lambros Belessis are ‘first rate’. Associate Evi Kitsou is ‘dedicated and always available’.

Dryllerakis & Associates stands out for its ‘in-depth experience’. It advised Aegean Airlines on the bidding process for the sale of assets of Cyprus Airlines, and advised Shiseido Hellas on its sale to Folli Follie. Team head Emmanuel Dryllerakis has ‘strong communication skills’, John Dryllerakis is ‘very well respected’, and Cleomenis Yannikas is also recommended.

Led by Catherine Karatzas, the team at Karatzas & Partners provides ‘sound and practical advice’. It advised Eurobank and its subsidiary EBB on the acquisition of the banking operations of the Bulgarian branch of Alpha Bank, and advised NBG Pangaea REIC on its reverse merger and indirect listing on the Athex. Alexandros Metallinos, Georgios Minoudis, Christina Faitakis, Vassiliki Salaka, Anna Manda and Nikos Fragos are among the ‘detail-oriented’ team.

Koutalidis Law Firm is a ‘real market leader’, and advised Alpha Bank on the sale and transfer of its branch in Bulgaria to Eurobank Bulgaria. It also advised R&R on its merger with the ice cream business of Nestlé in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Katia Protopapa and Nikos Koritsas co-lead the team.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (KG Law Firm) advised ECE Investment International on the sale and transfer of its shares in ECE-Lamda Hellas to Lamda Development, and acted for Compo Acquico in the sale and transfer of its shares in Compo Hellas to Goat Bidco. Team head Claire Pavlou has a ‘fantastic reputation’. Leonidas Georgopoulos, Nikos Panou and Theodore Rakintzis are also recommended.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis has a ‘breadth of talent’ and a ‘tremendous business mentality’. It advised Invel Real Estate Partners as a majority shareholder of NBG Pangaea REIC on the reverse merger between NBG Pangaea REIC and MIG Real-Estate REIC. Team head Nicholas Papapolitis has a ‘goal-oriented approach’ and ‘top negotiating skills’. Evi Tsilou, Nikolaos Katsaros and Pericles Kamarinos are also recommended. Associate Elmina Chadio is ‘very diligent and hardworking’.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at PotamitisVekris Law Firm has ‘a strong sense of client service’, ‘an ability to combine a good knowledge of the law with business acumen’, and is increasingly adopting a sector-focused approach. It advised DECA on the establishment of an alternative investment fund, and assisted Fairfax with its acquisition of Eurolife. Team head Stathis Potamitis is ‘extremely well regarded’, and George Bersis is ‘experienced’. Vassilis Stergiou, Euripides Ioannou and Alexandros Kortesis are also noted.

KLC Law Firmexcels’ on corporate advisory matters, as well as high-profile transactions. Borealis, J&P (Overseas), SpeedCast International and ADMIE feature on its client roster. Peggi Zacharopoulou leads the department, which also includes Theodore Loukopoulos and Alexandros Tsirigos.

The ‘very experienced’ team at Kelemenis & Co provides an ‘excellent service’. It is advising new client KKR on its Greek investment targets, and advised Granarolo on the acquisition of the majority stake in a leading Greek dairy company. Yannis Kelemenis is recommended.

The ‘esteemed’ practice at Lambadarios Law Firm is led by Constantinos Lambadarios, and is regularly instructed on M&A deals, joint venture formation and corporate reorganisations. The team recently advised Hoist Finance, PwC and Qualco on the formation of a joint venture for the Single Liquidator project tendered by the Bank of Greece. Nondas Lambadarios, Dimitris Lambadarios, Chara Daouti and Prokopis Dimitriadis deliver an ‘excellent service’.

Demonstrating ‘an eye for detail’ and a ‘commercial approach’, Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘consistently clear advice’ and is ‘strong on cross-border transactions’. It advised Piraeus Bank on the tender process for the sale of a 98.5% stake in Piraeus Bank Egypt, and advised one of the founders of Sani Development and Touristic on its sale to private equity investors led by Oaktree Capital Management. Elena Tsohou heads the team. Dimitris Assimakis and Vassilis Koroxenidis are also noted.

Sarantitis’ ‘client-oriented’ practice counts Maillis, PCCW Global, Netcom and UTC - Pratt & Whitney Division as clients. The ‘brilliant’ Dorotheos Samoladas heads the team; Alexandros Metaxas, Dionyssia Gamvrakis and Dolly Kostara are also singled out for praise.

The ‘top-quality’ team at Zepos & Yannopoulos combines ‘experience’ with ‘business and market knowledge’. It assisted General Electric with the acquisition of the renewable and grid business of Alstom, and advised K&G Med Marinas Management on the acquisition of 18.75% of Marina Zeas from Alpha Bank. Dimitris Zepos and Athina Skolarikou head the team.

AP Legal has ‘excellent business acumen’ and delivers ‘timely responses’. It advised the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on the establishment of its offices in Athens. Bacardi and Pillarstone UK are also clients. Aris Papaspyridis is ‘very user-friendly’ and heads the team jointly with Alexandra Argyropoulou.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm’s ‘first-class’ department advises on a range of domestic and cross-border private investment projects. It advised a Greek insurance company on its participation in the bid process for the acquisition of two insurance companies. Evangelos Lakatzis and Thenia Panagopoulou are recommended.

Avramopoulos & Partners delivers ‘good response times’ and is engaged by clients such as Bonatti and Diamond Resorts International. Vassilis Avramopoulos is praised for his ‘strategic thinking, tactical excellence and innovative approach’.

Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners is noted for its aviation sector expertise and has a strong track record in leasing transactions. It is also active across the energy, real estate, sport, tourism, mining and IT sectors. Dimitris Emvalomenos and Yanos Gramatidis are the key contacts.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC’s client base includes names such as Ford, Levi Strauss, Microsoft and Ideal Standard. Gregory Pelecanos is noted.

Drakopoulos Law Firm’s ‘knowledgeable’ team is ‘strong on cross-border mandates’ and is led by Panagiotis Drakopoulos. It assisted Intrakat on its establishment in Macedonia. Georgia Konstantinidou is singled out for praise.

The ‘client-friendly’ team at Machas & Partners Law Firm is experienced in cross-border deals, and counts Bio-Rad, Techniki Olympiaki, National Bank of Greece and NBG Pangaea REIC as clients. Diana Vougessis is ‘very thorough’, and Petros Machas has a ‘fantastic reputation’.

The practice at Moratis Passas Law Firm delivers an ‘outstanding level of service’ and is particularly strong in the banking and finance sector. Citibank Europe, Credicom Consumer Finance Bank and Cyprus Popular are clients. Dimitris Passas has ‘a very strong commercial mindset’, and George Moratis is also recommended. Vassilis Saliaris and Nikos Syrmas were recently promoted to the partnership.

Paraskevas Law Firm’s key clients include Capital Group. Dimitris Paraskevas is ‘very experienced’.

Politis & Partners has ‘good commercial sense’ and ‘understands the needs of the client’. The firm counts Piraeus Port Authority and Tropea Holding as clients. Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi are ‘top-notch lawyers’.

The ‘efficient’ and ‘professional’ department at Tsibanoulis & Partners acts for clients such as DESFA and Plastika Kritis. Argyro Leoutsea, Anna Apostolaki, Dimitris Tsibanoulis and Evy Kyttari are recommended.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is praised for its international outlook and acted for the Olayan Group in its acquisition of a 25% shareholding in Costa Navarino. Department head Eleni Tsoukala ‘shines in all types of transactions’.

V&P Law Firm is particularly noted for its corporate, commercial and M&A expertise in the transport sector. Eliana Paschalides is the key contact.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch is advising a Japanese advisory company and a subsidiary of a large Japanese bank on the wind-up of its business in Greece. Virginia Murray heads the department.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm continues to advise Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project. Constantine Alexiou is ‘experienced, resourceful, creative and very responsive’, and Helen Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos are also noted.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law is ‘highly regarded’ and counts The Nielsen Company, Hugo Boss, Mytilineos Holdings and Metka as clients. Vassilios Moussas leads the team.

The ‘fast and efficient’ team at Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates is noted for its experience on commercial agreements. It advised Engie on its acquisition of Spie Hellas. Theodore Pistiolis has a ‘fantastic reputation’.

Rokas Law Firm provides ‘fast responses’ and advised the Public Power Corporation of Greece on the unbundling of its subsidiary, the Electricity Transmission System Operator. Christos Theodorou and Antonios Roussos are key contacts.

Your Legal Partners acts for clients such as Medtronic Hellas and Autohellas. Katerina Politopoulou and Maria Golfinopoulou head the team.

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