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Bernitsas Law is ‘one of the most reliable law firms in Athens’ and its lawyers ‘know-how to serve the client’. The group acted for joint venture company ICGB on the IGB gas interconnector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria. The firm is also advising Hellenic Petroleum as bidder on the tender programme for exploration and production rights in onshore and offshore blocks of Western Greece. Yannis Kourniotis is now with KKLegal.

Karatzas & Partners has an excellent track record advising on major energy projects and corporate transactions. A highlight on the corporate side was advising the Belgian company, Cenergy, in a three-way merger with Corinth Pipeworks and Hellenic Cables to form a Brussels and Athens-listed energy transport company. Christina Faitakis jointly leads the team with Alexandros Metallinos.

Clients appreciate the ‘prompt responses and analysis’ provided by Kelemenis & Co’s well-regarded energy practice, which stands out for its strong regulatory expertise. The firm is advising the Athens Exchange on the development of a clearing house for the Greek electricity market under EU regulations. Yannis Kelemenis is very well regarded.

Led by Gus Papamichalopoulos, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s high-quality four-partner practice, recently advised China’s State Grid International Development on its acquisition of a 24% stake in the Greek electricity transmission system operator, ADMIE. Key partners include Elisabeth Eleftheriades, Ioanna Antonopoulou, and the recently promoted Evi Dimitropoulou.

At Norton Rose Fulbright team head Dimitris Assimakis is a major figure in the Greek energy market. A key highlight was advising the Hellenic Republic on the unbundling and privatisation of ADMIE, which included the €327m sale of a 24% stake to SGID. Corporate finance partner Vassilis Koroxenidis is also recommended.

Zepos & Yannopoulos recently advised PPC on the sale of its customer portfolio to a third-party supplier. Another highlight was advising ENEL on the project financing of the Kafireas wind farm, which includes a subsea power line connecting it to the mainland. Marina Kolia heads the practice.

At Dryllerakis & Associates, the ‘charismatic, experienced, energetic and extremely practicalJohn Dryllerakis is ‘able to break down a complicated matter to its ingredients and address them’. Clients also rate Emmanuel Dryllerakis (‘a pleasure to work with’), the ‘knowledgeable and focusedCleomenis Yannikas, and the ‘experiencedJohn Damilakis. Highlights included representing the mining company, Larco, in an electricity price dispute with the state-owned Public Power Corporation.

KLC Law Firm is commended for its ‘expertise in a number of fields and disciplines’. The firm recently advised Edison International on a joint venture, with Total and Hellenic Petroleum, which is bidding for hydrocarbons exploration rights in the Ionian Sea. Alexandros Tsirigos is highly recommended.

Koutalidis Law Firm represents clients on major infrastructure projects, corporate transactions and disputes. The firm’s track record includes several significant privatisations in the sector. Gregory Logothetis and Evangelos Courakis are key contacts.

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is ‘hard to beat in the area of energy’. Managing partner Antonis Metaxas is considered ‘a guru of the energy field’ with ‘great communication skills and a calm manner’. Recently the firm represented industrial clients in legal actions linked to legislative changes to Greece’s Electricity Supply Code.

Euripides Ioannou heads PotamitisVekris Law Firm’s well-regarded energy practice. Recent highlights include representing the National Bank of Greece (NBG) as lenders on a 72MW wind farm sponsored by the Mytilineos Group.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch’s ‘excellent’ energy practice recently advised the EBRD on a €60bn bond issue by Terna Energy, and on the €10m financing for the development of a photovoltaic park in Cyprus. The ‘technically good’ Virginia Murray heads the team.

Your Legal Partners is representing Mytilineos in a dispute with the Greek state over a delayed operation licence for a cogeneration plant. Katerina Politopoulou leads the team.

Alexander Vassardanis & Partners regularly advises clients on oil and gas projects and disputes in Greece, the Middle East and CIS. Managing partner Aphrodite Vassardani is ‘an excellent lawyer’ and is praised for her ‘high standard of work’ in this area.

Drakopoulos Law Firm recently assisted Intrakat with all aspects its 110MW photovoltaic power plants in Greece. Panagiotis Drakopoulos is the main contact.

Theodore Fortsakis leads the team at Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm. The firm’s clients include EPA Attica, a joint venture company owned by DEPA and Royal Dutch Shell, and Solar Cells Group.

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners has a great track record assisting energy clients, including contractors and developers, on major projects-related disputes. Ioannis Vassardanis is highly recommended.

At Lambadarios Law Firm, George Panopoulos specialises in energy regulation and related contracts. Nondas Lambadarios and Constantinos Lambadarios are also recommended.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law recently represented Mytilineos Holdings and Korinthos Power in ICC arbitrations against DEPA, Greece’s main gas supplier, concerning certain clauses in their natural gas supply contracts. Nicholas Moussas is the key contact.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis’s ‘outstanding’ team is praised for its ‘commitment and positive approach’. The firm recently advised Cetracore Energy, a subsidiary of the Rosneft Group, on its acquisition of assets from Mamidoil-Jetoil, a major Greek oil trader. Nicholas Papapolitis has a good reputation.

Politis & Partners has solid experience advising energy companies and lenders on their renewables projects. Evangelos Politis has a good track record.

Rokas Law Firm is praised for its ‘excellent response times, industry and legal knowledge’. Highlights included advising the Public Power Corporation of Geece on the unbundling of ADMIE, and the sale of a 24% stake to China’s SGID. Mira Todorovic Symeonides and Alkistis Christofilou are recommended.

Sarantitis recently advised Terna Rete Elettrica Internazionale on its bid to acquire a 24% stake in ADMIE. Theodora Monochartzis leads the team.

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