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Bernitsas Law¬†'stands out due to its excellent cross-border skills, which it blends skillfully¬†with its excellent knowledge of local law, regulations and the local market'. Clients say their 'experience with the firm is akin to working with a top London firm' and it is 'capable of handling large-scale and complex due diligence¬†and major transactions'. Notable highlights include advising Sealed Air Corporation on the Greek law aspects of the sale of its Diversey Care division to Bain Capital. The firm also advised Hellenic Healthcare on its ‚ā¨19.4m purchase of a 97% stake in the Athens-listed company, IASO General.¬†Lambros Belessis¬†and¬†Nikos Papachristopoulos¬†jointly lead the team of 'can-do' lawyers, which also includes the 'professional and experienced'¬†Evi Kitsou.

Dryllerakis & Associates¬†is a popular choice for advice on 'complex deals under difficult conditions', thanks to its 'business-oriented advice' in finding 'the best possible solutions'. Senior partner¬†Emmanuel Dryllerakis¬†brings 'great knowledge of all legal matters' and always provides 'solid and firm legal solutions', while managing partner¬†John Dryllerakis¬†and¬†John Damilakis¬†both 'stand out'.¬†Cleomenis Yannikas¬†has a 'very good knowledge of the law' and is 'very well structured and accurate in his legal advice'. A major highlight has been advising South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki, a joint venture between Deutsche Investment Equity Partners, Terminal Link and Balterra, whose ‚ā¨231m bid in the Greek government's sale of a 67% stake in the port of Thessaloniki was successful. The firm also advised the Laskaridis Group on its ‚ā¨13.5m acquisition of a 30% stake in Athens Resort Casino.

Karatzas & Partners provides 'continuous excellent advice' thanks to the team's 'long experience in complex M&A transactions of all sizes'. The 'highly motivated and proactive team' is commended for its 'smart thinking and resourcefulness' and 'out-of-the-box solutions in terms of deal structuring'. Led by Catherine Karatzas, the team includes several top-notch lawyers, including 'the always very resourceful and well prepared' Alexandros Metallinos, the 'brilliant' Anna Manda (who brings 'outstanding knowledge and positive attitude') and Christina Faitakis, who has 'skills and expertise of the highest level'. Recently, the firm advised Puig Group on its purchase of Apivita, a Greek cosmetics business. Other clients include LAMDA Development, BC Partners, and WIND Hellas.

Koutalidis Law Firm can usually be found on the country's largest deals. Examples include its advice to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale of DESFA, which manages Greece's gas distribution network. The firm also advised Vodafone on its acquisition of CYTA's Greek operations. The team, which is led by managing partner Nikos Koritsas, also includes Katia Protopapa and Nikos Salakas.

The 'responsive and always available' team at¬†Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm¬†is recommended for its 'very friendly, helpful and pragmatic approach', as well as its 'clear advice', 'dedication' and 'attention to detail'. Recently, it advised a consortium of investors, including Snam, Fluxys, Gasunie and Enag√°s, on its ‚ā¨535m investment into DESFA. The firm also advised Frigoglass on the sale of its UAE subsidiary to ATG Investments.¬†Leonidas Georgopoulos¬†and¬†Claire Pavlou¬†jointly lead the team.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis is popular with investment funds and international law firms for M&A, including private equity deals. The firm advised Fortress Investment Group on its purchase of a gigawatt of wind farms from the Libra Group. Another highlight was advising Castlelake on its investment in Invel Real Estate Partners, indirectly giving it a majority stake in NBG Pangaea, Greece's largest listed real estate investment company. Managing partner Nicholas Papapolitis shares leadership of the team with Evi Tsilou.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has a first-class corporate practice with an excellent track record for advising on the country's largest transactions. Recent highlights include advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the two-decade extension of the concession for the Athens International Airport. The firm also advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of Olympic, which owns the licences for car hire brands Avis and Budget in Greece. Other key clients include AstraZeneca, WIND Hellas, Paulson & Co and Procter & Gamble. George Bersis and Stathis Potamitis lead the team, which includes Alexandros Kortesis, Vicky Psaltis and Euripides Ioannou.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is an increasingly regular presence on major, complex corporate finance transactions. The team offers a strong intersection of skills including high-end finance and corporate real estate. Notable highlights include advising HRADF on the sale of the Thessaloniki port. Other clients include Lamda Development, Marguerite Fund and Wizz Air. Alexandros Kosmopoulos heads the three-partner team, which includes Constantine Alexiou and George Zohios.

KLC Law Firm¬†'displays a great deal of creativity in solving problems' and 'understands perfectly the industry in which the clients operate'.¬†Kostas Loukopoulos¬†leads the team alongside¬†Peggi Zacharopoulou, who 'treats clients with the highest levels of professionalism and courtesy' and has 'great communication skills'. Recent highlights include advising North Haven Private Equity on its ‚ā¨50m acquisition of the Greek listed company, Korres. The firm also advised HRADF on its joint disposal, with the Latsis Group, of its controlling stake in Hellenic Petroleum.

Lambadarios Law Firm¬†is singled out for its 'modern and improvised way of thinking'¬†and 'good mix of people'. Managing partner¬†Constantinos Lambadarios¬†is a 'stand-out lawyer with an outstanding in-depth knowledge of law matters'. The team also includes¬†George Panopoulos, who is praised for his 'remarkable legal thinking based on deep knowledge' and the highly rated¬†Prokopios Dimitriadis.¬†Recently the team advised Olympic Foods on its ‚ā¨30m merger with Indian conglomerate Switz Group.

Norton Rose Fulbright is rare among Athens-based international firms, in that it extends beyond the maritime sector and is a significant player on the corporate scene, advising on English and Greek law. Elena Tsohou heads the highly-respected team, which includes energy expert Dimitris Assimakis, Vassilis Koroxenidis, and managing partner Dimitri Sofianopoulos. Energy is one particularly strong sector.

The 'knowledgeable and extremely competent' team at¬†Sarantitis¬†is singled out for being 'very experienced in dealing with government officials, working with government contracts and successfully engaging with government counterparties'. One major highlight was advising Virtus International Partners on its ‚ā¨82m acquisition of Avis Greece. It also advised MJ Maillis on a redomiciliation of its holding company to Luxembourg. Managing partner¬†Dorotheos Samoladas¬†is a 'standout attorney with a tremendous bedside manner'. Below partner level, senior associate¬†Antonis Katsigiannis¬†is singled out for his 'ability to engage and collaborate with the toughest of opponents'.

Zepos & Yannopoulos¬†has a multi-disciplinary practice active in major cross-border deals. The firm's tax practice gives it a particular edge when it comes to structuring complex transactions, both for Greek and international clients. The firm was recently involved in a major multi-million Euro takeover in the financial services sector.¬†Athina Skolarikou¬†and¬†Dr Stefanos Charaktiniotis¬†jointly lead the team, which acts for among others L'Or√©al, Daimler, Mondelńďz, Uber, Thomas Cook, and Fraport.

AP Legal has developed a strong reputation advising corporate clients across a range of industries, including TMT. Lead partners Alexandra Argyropoulou and Aris Papaspyridis bring 'the perfect mix of skills to support the needs of their customers at any time and at very short notice'. Recently the team advised FMC Corporation on the Greek aspects of its acquisition of a subsidiary of DuPont. Other clients include Marsh, Banca IMI and Kerzner International Resorts.

Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners offers a high-quality commercial practice with strong experience in corporate transactions, as well as advice to clients in the aviation and transport sector. Managing partners Dimitris Emvalomenos and Spyros Alexandris jointly lead the team.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC has 'great expertise on all corporate legal issues and acts as a real professional collaborator'. The firm represents a strong stable of international clients in the luxury goods, defence, automotive, IT and pharmaceuticals sectors. Clients include Ford, Microsoft, Volvo and DEPA. Senior partner Gregory Pelecanos is highly recommended.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm receives high praise for its 'strong, efficient and effective' corporate practice. 'Highly-respected' senior partner Dimitris Diakopoulos is 'a recognised expert, and possesses a strong legal mind combined with excellent skills in drafting and negotiating complex contracts'. Managing partner George Mylonogiannis is praised for his 'efficiency and the high quality of his legal work'. Major clients include Bain Capital, Nestlé, Airbus, Olympic Broadcasting Services and COSCO.

Kelemenis & Co has earned itself a strong reputation for acting on major M&A deals, joint ventures and private equity buyouts. The firm acts for a range of international clients across several industries and is known for its solid regulatory expertise. Key partners include Yannis Kelemenis and Ioanna Lazaridou. Past clients include Chevron, Metaxa, Granarolo and Baring Private Equity.

Machas & Partners Law Firm is building a strong presence in the market representing domestic and international companies. The firm has strong links to the Chinese market thanks to its strategic alliance with Yingke Law Firm, and regularly advises Chinese companies investing in South Eastern Europe. Petros Machas is the main point of contact. Clients include Euroxx Securities, NBG Securities, and Goody's Burger House.

Moratis Passas Law Firm has a good reputation for complex corporate finance and securities work. Recently it advised HSBC Bank on the transfer of its Greek business to a subsidiary of HSBC France in order to comply with British ring-fencing rules. Dimitris Passas leads the well-regarded team.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law¬†handles a broad range of corporate work, including M&A, joint ventures, distribution agreements and restructurings. Recently, it advised ESA Security Solutions and its shareholders on the entrance of a new shareholding partner, Lyktos Group. The team has also been advising ҆koda Auto on the restructuring of its Greek distribution network.¬†Nicholas Moussas¬†and¬†Vassilios Moussas¬†jointly lead the team.

The 'engaged and knowledgeable' team at Politis & Partners is 'well-connected with reality and the legal framework', and its lawyers are considered 'authentic, quick thinkers with a business-partnering approach'. The practice handles transactional and day-to-day advice for several clients including SPI Energy, Sun Chemical, Bosch Rexroth, and Valeant Group. Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi are highly experienced corporate lawyers.

Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm is praised for its 'to-the-point approach and the fact that clients do not have to burden themselves with procedural issues'. The 'efficient, meticulous and knowledgeable' Evangelos Lakatzis jointly leads the 'always very knowledgeable, reliable and trustworthy' team with Thenia T Panagopoulou. A recent highlight was advising Amerra Capital Management on its successful multi-million Euro bid to acquire Nireus and Selonda Aquaculture from the four Greek systemic banks.

The experienced team at Tsibanoulis & Partners is 'always quick to respond, and searches for what is best for the client'. The firm recently advised Athens International Airport on the extension of its concession agreement with HRADF. Managing partner Dimitris Tsibanoulis is backed up by a high-quality team which includes Anna Apostolaki and the 'very dedicated' Aristidis Goulandris. Other clients include HRG Greece, the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations and Aegean Baltic Bank.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm has 'a broad team capable of handling large-scale and complex due diligence exercises and major transactions'. The practice is praised for its 'very strong drafting and negotiation skills, particularly when it comes to English documents', as well as its 'excellent cross-border skills and excellent knowledge of local law'.  Eleni Tsoukala leads the well-regarded team, whose clients include the Viohalco, ADTRAN, FMC Corporation and the Olayan Group.

Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm is 'a valuable partner' with a mix of 'international approach and local expertise'. The firm is especially active in the TMT, energy and construction sectors. Recently, it advised Engie on its acquisition of an electricity and biogas company. Managing partner Theodore Pistiolis is 'an attorney you can trust your business with'.

Avramopoulos & Partners's 'proactive' team is praised for its 'quick responses, pleasantness, loyalty and professionalism'. The firm is a popular choice with an impressive range of international clients, which span a range of sectors, including tourism, food, logistics, telecoms and the automotive industry.

Drakopoulos has a solid corporate team with a strong regional outlook, working alongside the firm's offices in Cyprus, Romania and Albania. Senior partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos jointly leads the team with Georgia Konstantinidou. Major clients include Voiceweb, Vodplay, Hygeia, Scientific Games and Clean Earth Capital.

Law Offices Papaconstantinou has a multi-faceted commercial practice that handles M&A deals, restructurings, joint ventures and general day-to-day advice for clients across a range of industries. Eleni Papaconstantinou leads the team, whose clients include Toyota, Philip Morris International and Dexia Bank.

Paraskevas Law Firm has a good track record in major corporate deals, including privatisations. Domestic and international clients, including General Motors, Takeda, and  MetLife, regularly use the firm. Dimitris Paraskevas is the managing partner.

The 'accurate and to the point' team at¬†Platis ‚Äď Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership¬†is 'professional but very accessible at the same time'. The group is led by name partner¬†Eirinikos Platis¬†and acts for a range of major international and regional clients, including Dixons Southeast Europe, LMEY Investments and Toyota. Recent work includes advising a major bank on the multimillion-euro divestment of its Greek assets.

PPT Legal regularly advises on mergers, spin-offs, restructurings and day-to-day matters for its multinational client base. The firm is particularly active in the maritime and transport sector. Managing partner Eliana Paschalides is active in this area.

Rokas Law Firm has a strong corporate practice, which goes beyond its traditional strengths in the insurance industry. The team, which is led by Alkistis Christofilou, Christos Theodorou and Antonios Tsavdaridis, has been involved in several significant transactions in the energy and tourism sectors. Key clients include LG Electronics and Roche.

Stavropoulos & Partners is praised for its 'excellent knowledge of the industry and its excellent communication'. The firm acts for several major clients, including DuPont, Coca-Cola and Louis Vuitton. Recently, it advised Dunapack Packaging on its takeover of a Greek packaging company. Evanthia Tsiri leads the team.

Watson Farley & Williams ‚Äď Greek Branch's team is led by¬†Virginia Murray. The practice represents clients across the maritime, energy and hospitality sectors.¬†Nikolaos Kostikas¬†is also active in this area.

Your Legal Partners has a 'detail-oriented' team, which 'doesn't miss the big picture' and delivers 'great legal work'. Recent highlights include advising Dimand on its joint venture with the EBRD regarding hospitality and leisure projects in Greece. Katerina Politopoulou and Maria Golfinopoulou lead the team.

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