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Bernitsas Law fields an ‘excellent’ practice whose lawyers provide ‘valuable and fast advice’ and have ‘deep knowledge of corporate and commercial topics’. The group advised Cyprus Popular Bank on the divestment of interests in banks throughout South East Europe, including Marfin Bank. The ‘very professionalLambros Belessis, who jointly leads the team with Linda Vasaka, is ‘open minded and provides valuable advice’. Also recommended are Nikos Papachristopoulos, who has ‘an eye for the commercial issues at hand’, and ‘very knowledgeable’ associate Evi Kitsou, who is ‘willing to help in any event’.

Dryllerakis & Associates provides a ‘very good level of service’. Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team and is supported by John Dryllerakis, Cleomenis Yannikas, the ‘highly experiencedJohn Damilakis, and the ‘very professionalAliki Damilakis. The firm advised a consortium of DIEP, Terminal Link and Belterra, as preferred bidder on the €230m privatisation of Thessaloniki Port Authority.

Karatzas & Partners is ‘one of the top firms in Greece’ for corporate advice. The firm recently advised Home Holding on its joint venture with TEMES to buy Ionian IHE, the Greek company that owns and runs the Athens Hilton. Managing partner Catherine Karatzas leads the team, which includes Christina Faitakis and Nikos Fragos, who are praised for their ‘market-oriented thinking and ability to deliver solutions in highly complex situations’. Alexandros Metallinos, Anna Manda, and Vassiliki Salaka also enjoy strong reputations.

Koutalidis Law Firm enjoys ‘an excellent reputation’. Recently it advised Irere Property Investments on the sale of a 50% stake in Lamda Olympia Village, owner of Athens’s largest shopping centre, to Lamda Development. Managing partner Nikos Koritsas is one of the leading practitioners in the market, and he is supported by a strong selection of partners including Katia Protopapa.

The five-partner team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firmprovides strong support for corporate and general business matters’, with ‘very proactive’ team head Claire Pavlou coming highly recommended. The firm provided Greek law advice on Deloitte Greece’s shareholding and management restructuring, and assisted Wilhelmsen Ships Service with the reorganisation and subsequent sale of its local subsidiary to Survitec Group.

An ‘all-round first-rate business law firm’, Papapolitis & Papapolitisprovides a top-notch service similar to that of Magic Circle law firms in the UK’. The firm has a particularly strong following among private equity funds, and recently advised Värde Partners on its €330m acquisition from Lamda Development of the ownership interests of two of Greece’s largest shopping malls. Clients consider Nicholas Papapolitisa true rainmaker’ and also rate the ‘very diligent, technical and hardworkingEvi Tsilou.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm comes highly recommended for its ‘excellent knowledge of the industry and very fast response times’. The four-partner team, which provides ‘high-quality advice’ on ‘large and complicated transactions’, includes Stathis Potamitis, George Bersis, the up-and-coming Vassilis Stergiou, and Alexandros Kortesis, who is praised for his ‘very sound advice’ and ‘experience in the pharmaceuticals sector’. Highlights included advising Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Piraeus Bank and the National Bank of Greece on Sklavenitis Group’s takeover of Greek supermarket chain Marinopoulos following its €525m debt restructuring.

KLC Law Firm’s solid corporate practice was recently appointed as legal adviser to the state-owned Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP), which manages the country’s domestic assets. Other major clients include Linea Piu, Borealis, Acer and Allergan. Peggi Zacharopoulou, Kostas Loukopoulos, and Alexandros Tsirigos are key contacts.

Kelemenis & Co is ‘highly rated for cross-border and transactional work’ and is commended for its ‘hands-on service’. Clients single out Yannis Kelemenis (‘a true business lawyer who can think outside the box’) and the ‘savvy and hardworking’ Ioanna Lazaridou. The firm recently assisted the Italian food company, Granarolo, with its acquisition of a majority stake in the Greek dairy company, Quality Food Brands.

A popular choice for high-end corporate work, Lambadarios Law Firm’s ‘excellent team is available when required and responds in a clear way’. ‘Extremely professional’ managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios and banking head Prokopios Dimitriadis are praised for being ‘to-the-point and able to explain complex laws in a simple way’.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate team, headed by Elena Tsohou, recently advised the Hellenic Republic on the unbundling and privatisation of independent power transmission operator ADMIE, which involved the €327m sale of a 24% stake to the State Grid Corporation of China. Dimitris Assimakis is also recommended.

The ‘excellent’ team at Sarantitis is praised for its ‘tailored approach to meeting the client’s needs’. Team head Dorotheos Samoladas and Dionyssia Gamvrakis are praised for their ‘excellent business acumen and appropriate advice’. The firm recently advised the international grid operator Terna on its ultimately unsuccessful bid for a 24% stake in ADMIE. The Greek multinational MJ Maillis is a major client.

The ‘excellent’ team at Zepos & Yannopoulos is praised for its ‘extremely responsive service and high level of specialist local knowledge’. Managing partner Dimitris Zepos and Athina Skolarikou jointly lead the ‘user-friendly’ team, which includes Julia Pournara, and ‘the highly skilledTakis Kakouris. Recently the firm advised Iron Mountain on the acquisition of shares in the records storage company, Maddog.

The service is ‘excellent’ at AP Legal, which is ‘great value for money, very responsive, and has very good knowledge of the telecoms, tech and energy sectors’. Aris Papaspyridis is ‘an excellent transactional lawyer’, while Alexandra Argyropoulou is ‘an excellent commercial and technical lawyer’. Clients include Xura, Bacardi, and FMC Chemicals.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm’s ‘highly responsive, highly knowledgeable’ team recently advised a subsidiary of GasLog on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Gastrade, an operator and owner of LNG Carriers. Evangelos Lakatzis brings ‘patience and great attention to detail’, while Thenia Panagopoulou has ‘great understanding of local knowhow’.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has a good reputation for real estate-related corporate transactions and privatisations. Recently the firm advised several start-ups involved in a major business incubation programme sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce. Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos are key contacts.

The ‘client-oriented’ practice at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners is praised for its ‘good service and good knowledge’. Dimitris Emvalomenos is an accomplished commercial lawyer and praised for his ‘deep knowledge of laws and regulations’.

Gregory Pelecanos heads the practice at Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC, which acts for several major household names and is regularly referred work by leading international firms. Recently the firm advised Mylan on the Greek aspects of its takeover of Abbotts Established Products Division.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm is ‘a modern and dynamic’ firm that has a ‘level of professionalism that is on a par with the best City of London firms’. ‘Outstandingly efficient’ practice head Dimitris Diakopoulos is praised for having ‘experience in structuring and negotiating complex transactions that is second to none’. In a major highlight, the firm advised Cosco Shipping on its €370m acquisition of a majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority.

The ‘fast, detailed and diligent’ team at Machas & Partners Law Firmefficiently deals with any issue or difficulty’. The firm’s clients include NBG Securities, Euroxx Securities, Goody’s, and Olympia Development. Managing partner Petros Machas ‘stands out for his experience and great perception of the market, always providing valuable legal advice’.

Moratis Passas Law Firm recently advised NBG Securities on the legal due diligence of the Greek ‘Power Transmission Operator’ ADMIE, prior to its listing on the Athens Stock Exchange. Dimitris Passas is very active in this area.

PPT Legal, previously known as V&P Law Firm, has a strong client following in the transportation sector. Joint managing partner Eliana Paschalides is active in this area.

Paraskevas Law Firm recently advised Stage Capital Management on the €73m sale of a marble mining company. Dimitris Paraskevas and John Mazarakos are well regarded.

Politis & Partners’ clients include Tropea Holding, Piraeus Port Authority, and Pharmaswiss Hellas. Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi are the main contacts.

Tsibanoulis & Partners recently advised Triple A Expert Investment Services on its €8m sale of shares in the Zulu Trade Group. Managing partner Dimitris Tsibanoulis leads the team.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm has a strong practice that regularly acts for international corporate investors and private equity funds. Eleni Tsoukala leads the team, whose clients include The Olayan Group and ADTRAN International.

Virginia Murray’s team at Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch is very active in the shipping, energy and hospitality sectors. The firm recently advised Grivalia Hospitality on its €27m acquisition of a 60% stake in Panama’s Pearl Island resort project from Dolphin Capital Investors. Nikolaos Kostikas has a good reputation.

At Avramopoulos & Partners, managing partner Vassilis Avramapoulos is noted for his ‘extensive experience in complex, high-profile projects’. Clients include Diamond Resorts International, Federal Express and AT&T.

Drakopoulos Law Firm has a strong presence throughout South Eastern Europe. The firm recently advised road safety systems company Fracasso Hellas on establishing a joint venture company in Croatia. Senior partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos is well regarded.

Vassilios Moussas leads the team at Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law, which recently advised Mytilineos Holdings on its €500m restructuring. Other clients include Škoda and Hugo Boss Hellas.

Law Offices Papaconstantinoudoes a good job of presenting the relevant issues from a Greek corporate perspective and providing a workable solution’. Practice head Eleni Papaconstantinou is ‘a particularly skilled and well-qualified attorney’. Clients include Philip Morris International subsidiary Papastratos, Amadeus Hellas and G4S Security Services.

Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates is ‘always supportive and delivers on time’ and is noted for its ‘international network and experience’. Clients rate the ‘responsive, consistent and diligentTheodore Pistiolis and Vanita Kiriakouli. The team recently advised Cofely, now Engie, on a facilities management agreement with Vodafone Greece.

Alkistis Christofilou is one of the lead corporate partners at Rokas Law Firm. Recent highlights include advising the Public Power Corporation of Greece on the unbundling of ADMIE and the sale of a 24% stake to China’s SGID.

The ‘very professional’ team at Your Legal Partners, which is co-led by Katerina Politopoulou and Maria Golfinopoulou, gives its clients ‘an excellent service’ and ‘impressive value for money’. The firm recently advised Vassilakis Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in two distressed wholesalers of KIA and Hyundai.

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