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Apostolos Georgiades & Associates has a superb reputation for major commercial litigation and arbitration, and disputes involving high-net-worth individuals. Recently the firm represented Nikos Daskalantonakis, the founder of Grecotel Group, in a legal battle between family members for control over the company. Apostolos Georgiades, Stavros Georgiades, and George Georgiades are major figures in the market.

Praised for its ‘industry knowledge and legal proficiency’, Bernitsas Law’s clients consider it ‘the first choice when it comes to administrative litigation’. The team is jointly led by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Christos Paraskevopoulos, who is ‘fully devoted to the client’, and Dimitris Roussis, who has a ‘very good knowledge of administrative law’. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is also praised for his ‘deep legal knowledge’. The firm recently represented CANA Pharmaceuticals in an appeal before the Council of State regarding claw back payments to Greek hospitals.

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Dryllerakis & Associates is ‘one of the best firms in Greece for litigation’. Team head John Damilakis covers civil and criminal litigation and has ‘excellent knowledge and gives accurate solutions to serious problems and issues’, while John Dryllerakis heads the arbitration and administrative litigation side, where he ‘is in a class of his own’. Clients also rate Gerassimos Apergis for his ‘excellent work and understanding of the issues’. Recently the firm represented Siemens and Russian company Power Machines in contentious issues surrounding its extrication from a contract with Public Power Corporation.

KLC Law Firm is ‘clearly one of the best in Greece when it comes to dispute resolution’. The ‘integrated and dedicated’ team is rated for its ability to provide ‘innovative solutions on complex legal issues’. Key figures include the ‘excellent’ Stavros Andriopoulos, Vassilis Voutsakis, who is ‘a remarkably good administrative law litigator’, and Aristides Chiotellis, who ‘proposes feasible solutions to the most complicated problems’. The firm represented the Hellenic Gaming Commission in a €1.5bn LCIA arbitration against OPAP concerning an exclusive licence agreement for the operation of video lottery terminals.

Among the best’ for dispute resolution, Koutalidis Law Firm has a good track record advising clients in the finance, energy and construction sectors, and is also recommended for insolvency-related disputes. Gregory Logothetis and Evangelos Courakis are highly recommended.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is ‘an outstanding law firm with highly competent staff at all levels’ and ‘a first choice for this area’ thanks to its ‘excellent strategic advice and knowledge of national law’. John Kyriakides jointly leads the team with Anthony Hadjioannou, who has ‘longstanding experience in dealing with major cases for international clients’. The firm successfully represented Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in its successful bid to halt a campaign to boycott the company organised by labour unions.

The ‘highly professional’ Konstantinos Papadiamantis leads the ‘excellent’ team at PotamitisVekris Law Firm, which provides ‘a one-stop-shop service’ for all areas of dispute resolution. The firm successfully represented the Bank of Cyprus before the Supreme Court, reversing a €30m judgment against the bank, and acted for Procter & Gamble in a €17.5m dispute with a former distributor. Key partners include Xenophon Paparrigopoulos, who is noted for competition and trade mark issues, and Alexandros Kortesis.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC has expertise in major distribution, IP, product liability, administrative and commercial disputes. The firm successfully represented Leidos in its long-running ICC arbitration against the Greek state concerning a security system for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Name partners George Ballas and Gregory Pelecanos are recommended.

At Calavros and Partners Law Firm managing partner Constantin Calavros comes highly recommended for litigation and arbitration. The firm’s disputes experience covers telecoms, real estate, insolvency, and antitrust issues.

The ‘smart and hardworking team’ at Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners has a ‘very good sense of strategy’ and is ‘well versed in international law issues’. Name partner Ioannis Vassardanis ‘always impresses’, and has ‘built up a first class team of excellent associates’. The firm represented J&P Avax in a major dispute with Tecnimont concerning the construction of a polypropylene plant in Thessaloniki. The ‘energetic’ Eleni Tsakri is praised for her ‘good strategic vision’.

John Filiotis heads the team at Lambadarios Law Firm, which is praised for its ‘excellent level of service’ and ‘business-oriented advice’. The firm handles commercial litigation and international arbitration, where Nondas Lambadarios is highly experienced. The firm is also recommended for its IT and IP disputes practice, where Chara Daouti is ‘very quick, responsive and provides clear guideline and instructions’.

Nikolinakos – Lardas & Partners LLP’s expanding litigation group saw the arrival of two new partners, Dionysis Asimakopoulos, former director of the legal department at Wind Hellas, and Marilena Athanasiadi, formerly head of legal at Shelman Group. Vodafone is a major client which the firm has been representing on disputes before the civil and administrative courts. Nikos Nikolinakos and Dina Kouvelou are also recommended.

Marie Kelly heads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which advised Crédit Agricole (CASA) and Alpha Bank (formerly Emporiki Bank) on several lawsuits by former Emporiki shareholders concerning CASA’s voluntary tender offer for the Greek bank. John Liberopoulos is also known for his work in this area.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis is praised for its ‘extremely positive results’ and ‘very effective strategy’. The firm is representing the Intralot Group in a €150m dispute before the Court of Appeal against a local gaming provider, Glory Technology. George Gravias heads the team, which includes the highly regarded John Papapolitis.

Politis & Partners has a versatile disputes practice led by managing partner and ‘powerful litigator’ Evangelos Politis. The firm recently represented South Korea’s Woori Bank at the Court of Appeal in litigation against a Greek shipping group.

Theodora Monochartzis leads the team at Sarantitis. The firm has been representing HSBC and HSBC Private Bank Suisse in several claims relating to investments in Madoff bonds. Other key partners include Alexandros Metaxas, Gregory Vlachos, Maria Papamichalopoulou, and Terina Raptis.

According to its clients Zepos & Yannopoulos fields professionals that are ‘among the highest calibre in Greece’ and who ‘excel on large and complex cases’. The firm recently represented Hewlett Packard in a major €126m dispute with a former distributor. Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis jointly lead the five-partner team.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is best known for its IP work, but the firm’s expertise also covers commercial and administrative litigation, as well as civil fraud cases. Kriton Metaxopoulos is well regarded.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm fields a ‘highly proficient’ team that attracts praise for its ‘deep knowledge’. Recently, the firm acted for Mari Daskalantonakis in an ownership dispute over one of Greece’s largest hotel groups, Grecotel. The ‘exceptional’ Elena Kossena jointly leads the team with Alexander Dovles.

Athanassios Avgeros leads the practice at Avramopoulos & Partners, which includes key disputes partner Barbara Angelopoulou. The firm recently represented The Nielsen Company in a case concerning debts owed by a bankrupt TV channel.

Drakopoulos Law Firm represented Reckitt Benckiser before the Council of State in a dispute with the Ministry of Health concerning the pricing of two Nurofen products. Of counsel George Sinanidis leads the practice, which includes litigator Sophia Ampoulidou.

Karatzas & Partners is praised for its ‘high level of service’ and the ‘depth and breadth of the firm’s knowledge’. The firm is especially strong in banking-related disputes and enforcement proceedings. Georgios Minoudis is the main contact.

Kelemenis & Co has a versatile disputes practice led by the ‘smart and experienced’ Yannis Kelemenis. The team successfully represented Baker Tilly in a moral-damages claim against the Greek Capital Markets Commission, which wrongly accused the accountancy firm of contributing to the stock manipulation of a listed supermarket chain.

Machas & Partners Law Firm’s key disputes partners include managing partner Petros Machas, Nikolaos Koulocheris and Maria Antoniadou. The firm is recommended for commercial, administrative and fraud disputes. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Olympia Development, and Deutsche Telekom.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law successfully represented Mytilineos Holdings in a BIT dispute against Serbia concerning its investment into state-owned mining company RTB BOR. Managing partner Nicholas Moussas heads the team.

The Law Firm/Moutzouridou - Sakellariou & Associates has a good reputation for commercial litigation and arbitration. Managing partners Victoria Moutzouridou and Nikos Sakellariou are both known for their expertise.

Formerly known as V&P Law Firm, PPT Legal has a strong track record representing clients in the transport sector. Eliana Paschalides is a key contact.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm handles major banking, commercial and administrative disputes. Recent work includes handling significant cases in the Greek paper and brewing industries. Panagiotis Kanellopoulos heads the team.

Alexander Poulopoulos is the main disputes partner at Reed Smith LLP; he has a strong track record representing clients in the energy and pharmaceuticals sector. The firm also has strong credentials in shipping disputes.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm has an active disputes practice led by Eleni Tsoukala. The practice is particularly recommended for banking disputes where it regularly advises borrowers and lenders.

Your Legal Partners’ team has ‘in-depth knowledge of a wide range of legal matters’. Mytilineos is a major client, which the firm represented in a dispute with the Greek state over a delayed operating licence for a cogeneration plant. Team head Konstantin Karagiannis is ‘a top litigator’.

Alexander Vassardanis & Partners is considered to have ‘the highest standards of professionalism’. Managing partner Aphrodite Vassardani is ‘a superb lawyer with extensive experience in international arbitration’, as well as energy and infrastructure-related disputes.

Constantine Alexiou and Sotiris Foteas are the main disputes partners at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm. The firm represented the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Horse Races SA.

Spyros Alexandris heads the team at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners. Clients include Nissan, Kimberley Clark and Hellenic Gold.

Bazinas Law Firm has a good track record representing foreign states in the Greek courts. George Bazinas is recommended.

George Mylonogiannis leads the ‘excellent’ practice at Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm, which includes the highly regarded Theodore Fortsakis. The firm is recommended for commercial and administrative disputes, including tax litigation.

Constantinos Klissouras heads the team at KP Law Firm, which has good experience in insurance and financial services disputes. Recent work includes representing an international client in a multibillion-euro damages claim against several insurance companies.

Moratis Passas Law Firm is ‘a great boutique law firm’ that ’provides an unparalleled level of service’. Managing partner Dimitris Passas is a ‘very skilled litigator’ who ‘can handle very complex and high-profile litigation’. Recently the firm advised the Greek Single Social Security Fund (EFKA) in a dispute with the Bank of Greece for the recovery of the loss of EFKA’s assets in Greek government bonds.

Eleni Papaconstantinou heads the team at Law Offices Papaconstantinou, which includes George Risvas (noted for his ‘exceptional expertise in distribution issues’) and Stathis Braouzis, who has ‘a remarkable success rate in defending product liability cases’. The firm successfully defended Papastratos, a subsidiary of Philip Morris International, in a dispute with former distributors.

Paraskevas Law Firm has been acting as local counsel in the administration of Lehman Brothers International Europe, which recently saw the settlement of a €10m claim arising from a swap transaction. Dimitris Paraskevas and George Floridis are active in this area.

Rokas Law Firm’s team is jointly led by Christos Theodorou and Antonios Tsavdaridis, who respectively focus on litigation and arbitration. The firm advised Hellenic Petroleum in a €80m-plus dispute with various Greek insurers regarding a complex insurance loss linked to technology installed in several refineries.

Stavropoulos & Partners has a strong commercial disputes practice led by Evanthia Tsiri. Clients include DuPont Hellas, Heineken and AGET Heracles.

Tsibanoulis & Partners has a good reputation for disputes in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, travel and retail sectors. Dimitris Tsibanoulis, Anna Apostolaki, and Marina Perraki are all recommended. Clients include Ryanair and Bayer Hellas.

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