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As good as any in the Greek market’, the ‘excellentBernitsas Law is noted for its ability to provide ‘deep market awareness and focused, constructive advice’. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas handles projects and infrastructure matters, alongside energy expert Yannis Kourniotis. Nicholas Papachristopoulos, Dimitris Roussis, and Yannis Seiradakis are recommended for privatisation mandates. The firm recently acted for Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund, which led a consortium on the acquisition of the €400m Astir Palace Hotel resort from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and the National Bank of Greece (NBG).

Dryllerakis & Associates recently advised the consortium of preferred bidders, including DIEP, Terminal Link and Belterra, on the €230m privatisation of the Thessaloniki Port Authority. Emmanuel Dryllerakis leads the well-regarded team, which includes John Dryllerakis and Cleomenis Yannikas.

Karatzas & Partners offers ‘great service quality, and a well-resourced and experienced team’. Department heads Alexander Metallinos and Christina Faitakis are praised for their ‘great depth of experience, and reassuringly calm and confident demeanour in often heated negotiations’. The firm recently advised the EBRD and European Investment Bank on the €930m financing of Fraport and Kopelouzos Group’s acquisition of 14 regional airports from HRADF.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm represented State Grid International Development (SGID) on its acquisition of a 24% stake in independent power transmission operator, ADMIE. The firm is also assisting SNAM on its ongoing bid to acquire a minority stake in independent gas transmission system operator, DESFA. Gus Papamichalopoulos leads the highly rated team.

Norton Rose Fulbright recently advised the Hellenic Republic on the unbundling and privatisation of ADMIE, which included the €327m sale of a 24% stake to SGID. It also advised Eurobank, Alpha Bank and NBG, on the €127m financing of a 73MW wind power project in Agios Georios. Dimitris Assimakis is highly recommended.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm represented Piraeus Bank and the National Bank of Greece as lenders on the €69m development of two wind farms by Hellenic Capital Partners. On the privatisation side, the firm advised HRADF on the €400m sale of the Astir Palace Hotel resort. Euripides Ioannou leads the team.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is continuing to advise Lamda Development on all aspects of the project to develop the former Hellenikon airport site. The firm also advised NBG on the sale of the Astir Palace Hotel. Alexandros Kosmopoulos, Helen Alexiou and Constantine Alexiou are leading figures.

KLC Law Firm advised ADMIE, the Greek transmission system operator, on its second public tender offer launched in 2016. On the projects side, the firm advised a consortium including GEK Terna and GMR, as preferred bidder for the €850m design, construction and operation of the new international airport in Crete. Xenofon Papayiannis, Alexandros Tsirigos and Thomas Lamnidis are all very active.

Nikos Koritsas at Koutalidis Law Firm is highly recommended for privatisations. Recent large-scale mandates include advising the winning consortium, comprising Fraport and Kopelouzos Group, on the privatisation of 14 regional Greek airports. Nikos Salakas is also recommended for his projects expertise.

At Papapolitis & Papapolitis the service is ‘excellent, always direct and to the point’. The firm advised Lamda Development on the €8bn takeover of the Hellinikon project from HRADF, and acted for Morgan Stanley as financial adviser to HRADF on the €237m sale of a 66% stake in the Piraeus Port Authority to Cosco. Nicholas Papapolitis is ‘an amazing negotiator’, and the ‘very knowledgeableGeorge Gravias is noted for his ‘great experience in privatisations’.

Your Legal Partners has a ‘superb’ practice comprising of ‘tough negotiators’ who are praised for their ability to ‘pre-empt problems before they occur’. Recent highlights include advising HRADF on the privatisation of 14 regional airports and acting for NBG and Piraeus Bank on the financing of a 20MW wind farm. The highly regarded Katerina Christodoulou leads the team.

Dracopoulos & Vassalakis LP acts for a mix of public and private sector clients, including HRADF, which it assisted with the privatisation of 14 regional airports. Yiannis Palassakis is recommended.

Lambadarios Law Firm is ‘strongly building a path towards broader recognition’. Managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios ‘always has a realistic approach’, while Prokopios Dimitriadis is praised for his ‘very good knowledge of the law’.

Michailopoulos & Associates is ‘a renowned firm in the field of project finance’, and its team is praised for its ‘excellent problem-solving skills and results-oriented approach’. Gregorios Michailopoulos’s ‘dynamic character and ability to speak the client’s language render him a very valuable partner’.

Paraskevas Law Firm has a good reputation for privatisation work, thanks in part to the expertise of Dimitris Paraskevas, who was Greek Secretary for Privatisation between 1993 and 1999.

Politis & Partners is particularly experienced in energy and transport projects. Evangelos Politis leads the team.

Rokas Law Firm advised the Public Power Corporation of Greece on the unbundling of its subsidiary ADMIE, which included the sale of a 24% stake to SGID. Alkistis Christofilou and Antonios Roussos are recommended.

SAGIAS AND PARTNERS LAW FIRM is a ‘leading and pioneering law firm in the field of privatisations and PPPs’. Managing partner Spiridon Sagias is ‘a top-notch, insightful legal adviser’.

Sarantitis recently advised Terna on its bid to acquire a 24% stake in ADMIE. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas is highly rated by clients.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch recently advised the EBRD on the €10m financing of a photovoltaic park in Cyprus. Virginia Murray heads the team.

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