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Bernitsas Law has a strong track record advising creditors and debtors on cross-border restructurings, refinancings, liquidations and debt reschedulings. Recently it represented Eurobank Ergasias on the €75.3m restructuring of two bond loans. The team also advised Deutsche Bank, and other creditors on the €82.5m refinancing of Schur Flexibles Group. Key partners include Lambros Belessis, Nikos Papachristopoulos, Yannis Seiradakis, Athanasia Tsene and Linda Vasaka.

Karatzas & Partners’ lawyers are praised for ‘their willingness to defend their client’s interests’ and their ‘committed and supportive assistance’. Catherine Karatzas and Christina Faitakis are highly recommended. The firm recently advised the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Bondholders on the €440m debt restructuring of the glass refrigeration company Frigoglass.

Koutalidis Law Firm is a top choice for restructuring, insolvency and refinancing work. The firm recently advised the banks on the €440m debt restructuring of Frigoglass. Nikos Salakas has a superb reputation.

Banking partner Yianni Cheilas leads the team at Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm recently advised Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Pireaus Bank and NBG on the €200m financial restructuring of Marinopoulos. It also acted for Piraeus Bank on the €720m restructuring of Marfin investment Group, which included a bridge financing and the issue of a €475m convertible bond.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has been advising Greece’s four largest banks; Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank, NBG and Eurobank, on the restructuring of several major domestic companies. The firm is also acting for the Bank of Cyprus on the carve-out of its Greek operations and the transfer of Greek assets out of the Cyprus Popular Bank, which is in liquidation. Stathis Potamitis and George Bersis enjoy strong reputations.

High-level knowledge and competitive fees’ make Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm a popular choice for restructuring and insolvency work. Much of the firm’s work has an international element, often on behalf of debtor companies. The ‘experienced and prompt’ Konstantinos Issaias heads the team.

The ‘very hands-on’ lawyers at Sarantitis are praised for their ‘proactive approach, very clear and precise advice, and excellent project management skills’. The firm assisted BDO Greece on the special administration of three Greek hotel companies. The team also advised the Maillis Group on its €172m restructuring. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas is highly recommended, as is disputes expert Gregory Vlachos.

Zepos & Yannopoulos is praised for its ‘strong business acumen, in-depth knowledge, and value for money’. Emmanuel Mastromanolis is rated for his ‘in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of insolvency and bankruptcy issues’. Recently it filed a bankruptcy application on behalf of the Greek subsidiary of TUI Group, and advised Piraeus Bank on its exposure to non-performing loans.

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