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Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is advising Lamda Development on the Hellinikon development project, and advised the National Bank of Greece (NBG) on the €400m sale of the Astir Palace Hotel. Key partners include Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou, Alexandros Kosmopoulos, and Sotiris Foteas.

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas heads the team at Bernitsas Law. In an illustration of its work for large real estate funds, the practice advised Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund on its €400m acquisition and development of the Astir Palace Hotel from HRADF and NBG. The firm also acted for Värde Partners on its €40m acquisition of a controlling stake in Greek listed real estate investment company, Trastor.

The ‘very strong’ team at Dryllerakis & Associates is considered ‘best in class’, thanks to its ‘experience and in-depth understanding of the Greek real estate regime’. The firm advised Minoan Group on the construction and operation of a hotel and golf resort in Greece. Team head Voula Anargyrou and Sophia Grigoriadou are recommended.

Karatzas & Partners provides a ‘first-class level of service’ and is ‘in the top tier of law firms in Athens’ for real estate and construction matters. Recently it advised Home Holding on its joint venture with TEMES for its €76m acquisition of Ionian IHE, the owner of the Athens Hilton. Group head Christina Faitakis has an excellent reputation.

According to clients, Papapolitis & Papapolitis has ‘the feel of a Magic Circle firm’, with firm chairman John Papapolitis highlighted as ‘an undisputed authority in Greek real estate, as well as an outstanding negotiator’. Also recommended is George Gravias, who ‘brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise’. The firm advised London & Regional Properties on its €35m acquisition of Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes and Amathus Elite Suites.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm recently advised Bank of Cyprus on matters related to its portfolio of more than 500 properties arising from the restructuring of Cyprus’s banking sector. The firm also advised HRADF on the €400m sale of its interest in the Astir Palace Hotel George Bersis leads the well-regarded team, which also includes Euripides Ioannou.

Zepos & Yannopoulos has ‘deep knowledge and expertise in the area of real estate and lease matters’. Key figures include team head Sonia Melegou, who handles transactional matters, Marina Allamani, who is recommended for real estate-related tax advice, and litigation partner Nikos Christoforidis, who is praised for his ability to ‘formulate tailor-made solutions in a very challenging environment’. The firm recently advised Club Med on the sale of its Club Med Kos Resort on the island of Kos.

Avramopoulos & Partners provides a ‘top-notch service’. The firm is singled out for its ‘vast knowledge of the tourist real estate sector’. Practice head Vassilis Avramopoulos is praised for his ‘strategic thinking and innovative approach’. The firm has good experience advising foreigners acquiring properties in Greece to qualify for a Golden Visa.

KLC Law Firm has been advising HRADF on the sale of over 350 portfolios, including small ports and marinas. The firm also assisted the steel company, Hayvourgiki, on the urban planning and development of its 1,200-square metre industrial park in Attica. Vassilis Voutsakis, Thomas Lamnidis, and Alexandros Tsirigos are all highly experienced.

Senior partner Leonidas Georgopoulos heads the team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, which includes Gus Papamichalopoulos - Elisabeth Eleftheriades, and Panagiotis Pothos. The firm advised Viopar on the construction of a 5MW biomass plant, and is assisting a group of investors in a construction project in Bucharest.

At Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates, real estate head Vanita Kiriakouli is praised for her ‘very effective problem solving’. The firm recently advised Intrakat on a construction framework agreement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees for the provision of pre-fabricated containers and toilets. Theodore Pistiolis is also recommended.

Drakopoulos Law Firm advised Cleanearth Capital on the construction of an additional residential area in its €165m real estate project in Serbia. Panagiotis Drakopoulos leads the active team.

Managing partner Ioannis Vassardanis enjoys a good reputation at Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners. The firm has recently advised construction companies on several disputes related to energy projects.

Koutalidis Law Firm recently acted for Irere Property Investments on the sale of a 50% stake in Lamda Olympia Village, owner of Athens’ largest shopping centre, to Lamda Development. The firm is also strong on the disputes side; the very experienced Gregory Logothetis is singled out in this regard.

Maria Fronista leads the ‘excellent’ team at Lambadarios Law Firm. Clients single out ‘very professional’ senior associate Sophia Alonistioti.

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘proactive and value-for-money service, and its knowledge of Greek laws’. The firm recently advised NBG on the €134m financing for Home Holding’s acquisition of Ionian Hotel Enterprises, the owner of the Athens Hilton. Elena Tsohou heads the team in which Of Counsel Dimitrios Rampos is commended for ‘his ability to explain Greek law in commercial terms’.

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates recently advised NBG on the acquisition of Probank’s real estate portfolio. Nikolaos Georgiades is a key contact.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law recently advised Metka on its €200m bid to operate and maintain a power plant in Ghana. Vassilios Moussas heads the team.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm regularly advises on high-value transactions and disputes. Panagiotis Kanellopoulos and Victoria Kanellopoulos are key contacts.

Paraskevas Law Firm recently advised Aegion Corporation on the acquisition of several properties in Greece. Dimitris Paraskevas is recommended.

The team at Sarantitis is comprised of ‘highly skilled professionals with a strong understanding of the law’. Team head Alexandros Athanassiou and Dionyssia Gamvrakis are praised for their ‘integrity, hands-on experience, and ability to meet demanding deadlines’.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm acts for a mix of investors, lenders, and high-net-worth individuals. Eleni Tsoukala leads the team.

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