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Bernitsas Law fields a number of specialists in competition law. Counsel Augustine Almyroudi leads the team, which benefits greatly from the experience of managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas. The firm recently advised HRADF on competition issues linked to the privatisation of the National Train Operating Company and the Rolling Stock Maintenance Company.

D.N. Tzouganatos & Partners is a three-partner boutique that is ‘among the best in the market’. Name partner Dimitris Tzouganatos is supported by a strong team that includes partners Nikos Kosmidis and Katerina Paneri. The firm regularly advises on domestic and EU merger control issues, as well as investigations by the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC).

Dryllerakis & Associates has long held its position as ‘a leading firm in EU and Greek competition law’, thanks in part to its ‘longstanding experience representing clients before the HCC’. John Dryllerakis is singled out for his pre-eminent experience. Cleomenis Yannikas and Emmanuel Dryllerakis are also recommended. In a recent highlight the firm assisted cosmetics retailer Hondos Center with negotiating a settlement with the HCC following an investigation.

Koutalidis Law Firm is singled out for its ‘state aid capabilities’. The firm is also recommended for its expertise in merger clearance and general antitrust work. Stamatis Drakakakis (‘a true specialist’) and Katia Protopapa are both very well regarded.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm strengthened its expertise with the recruitment of practice head Dimitris Loukas (‘very responsive and a pleasure to work with’), who was formerly vice president of the HCC and an official at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission. The group now has ‘a very strong practice across all areas’ and recently advised HRADF on state aid issues linked to the development of Alimos Marina. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos is also highly recommended.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC recently represented Mega Disposable in the appellate court in an intervention hearing that upheld a €4.5m abuse of dominance fine against Procter & Gamble. Gregory Pelecanos has an excellent reputation.

The ‘very hardworking’ team at KLC Law Firm attracts praise for its ‘in-depth knowledge of Greek competition law and EU regulations’, with department head Vassilis Karagiannis singled out for his ‘proactive and practical approach’. Recent highlights include advising state power operator, ADMIE, on competition and state aid issues concerning the €615m sale of a minority stake in the business.

At Karatzas & Partners, recently promoted partner Alexandra Kondyli has a strong focus on this area, and the firm also recruited senior associate Andriani Ferti from the Brussels office of Clifford Chance. Anna Manda heads the team, which recently advised Chipita on merger clearance issues linked to its takeover of meat processing company P. G. Nikas.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s practice is headed by Anastasia Dritsa, a ‘true competition specialist’ who ‘possesses superb judgement and diplomatic skills’ while being a ‘formidable and commanding presence in a court or hearing room’. The firm has been representing Estée Lauder throughout the HCC’s ten-year investigation into alleged collusion between cosmetics wholesalers.

Lambadarios Law Firm provides an ‘exceptional service’, with clients singling out ‘always available and very competent’ managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios, for his ‘very good understanding of the business’, and Prokopios Dimitraidis, for being ‘very conversant with EU and competition law in general, prompt in response and very pleasant to deal with’.

Nikolinakos – Lardas & Partners LLP represents an impressive range of clients in the telecoms and IT sectors, including Vodafone, Intrasoft International, and Facebook. The firm recently advised WIND Hellas in a successful appeal against allegations of abuse of dominance. Dina Kouvelou, Nikos Nikolinakos, and recently promoted partner Alexis Spyropoulos are recommended.

Zepos & Yannopoulos has ‘excellent knowledge of competition law’ and provides ‘valuable and necessary support for reviewing corporate policies and practices’. Practice head Emmanuel Mastromanoliscombines his in-depth knowledge of the law with the needs of different industry sectors’. The firm represented Alstom Transport before the HCC in a cartel claim concerning railway construction tenders.

Hadjiprodromou - Triantaphillou & Partners handles contentious and non-contentious competition matters. John Hadjiprodromou is well regarded in this area.

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is ‘highly specialised in EU and competition law’. Clients praise Antonis Metaxas’s combination of ‘academic excellence and a professional background’, and also rate the ‘attentive and responsive’ Stathis Kakounis.

Vassilis Kanellopoulos heads P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s team, which has been involved in several unfair competition disputes in the beer and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Politis & Partners is praised for its ‘deep knowledge of competition law’ and ‘very good value for money’. The firm has represented the European Commission in several disputes with Greek companies and public sector bodies. Clients rate Evangelos Politis for his ‘great experience’.

Stavropoulos & Partners recently represented Athenian Brewery before the Administrative Court of Appeal in challenging an abuse of dominance decision by the HCC. Ioannis Stavropoulos is recommended.

Your Legal Partners is praised for its ‘excellent quality of work’. Practice head Maria Golfinopoulou is commended for her ‘availability, professionalism and punctuality’. Clients include HRADF and World Bridge Western Union.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm has good expertise in abuse of dominance claims, particularly when linked to distribution and IP disputes. Kriton Metaxopoulos is well regarded.

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates has solid experience in contentious and non-contentious competition issues. Nikolaos Georgiades is the main contact.

Calavros and Partners Law Firm has a good reputation, and Constantin Calavros is recommended.

Cocalis & Psarras is experienced in state aid, merger control and abuse of dominance. Alkiviades Psarras is a key contact.

Drakopoulos Law Firm regularly acts on competition issues for international clients such as Reckitt Benckiser. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Georgia Konstantinidou are recommended.

Kelemenis & Co recently assisted the Italian company, Granarolo, with the clearance of its takeover of the Greek food company, Quality Brand Foods. Yannis Kelemenis is recommended.

At Rokas Law Firm, Antonios Roussos and Harris Synodinos are both highly experienced.

The ‘committed, efficient and creative’ Terina Raptis leads the team at Sarantitis, which recently advised Powerbrook on state aid issues linked to the restructuring of its casino business.

Vainanidis Economou & Associates Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ practice provides a ‘very high level of service’. Practice head Aida Economou is ‘a real support in negotiations’.

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