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Dryllerakis & Associates is 'one of the most experienced tax law firms' in the market, and is considered 'very well-organised, with a deep knowledge of the complex Greek tax regime'. Managing partner John Dryllerakis is 'one of the most respectable and revered tax lawyers in Greece'. The practice is well-versed in major tax disputes, as well as transactional structuring and VAT issues. Major clients include Eurobank, Diageo, Henkel and Danone. Sophia Grigoriadou is also highly recommended.

Zepos & Yannopoulos provides 'top-level industry expertise on all tax-related matters, from strategic views all the way to the detailed items'. The 'extremely professional, responsive and, most importantly, knowledgeable' lawyers 'take complex situations and simplify them to enable business decision making'. The highly-esteemed Yerassimos Yannopoulos leads the team, which includes real estate tax expert Marina Allamani, banking expert Daphne Cozonis, compliance and corporate specialist Maria Zoupa, and Alexios Karopoulos for indirect tax and VAT. The firm also advises private clients: Costas Kallideris is recommended in this space.

Clients rate the 'motivated, committed, responsive and value for money' team at Bernitsas Law. The group handles a good mix of advisory and contentious work, including customs claims and transaction-structuring advice. Panayotis Bernitsas leads the team, and the 'excellent' Fotodotis Malamas is 'always up-to-date with the latest developments of Greek tax law'.

C. Papacostopoulos & Associates, in association with KPMG Greece has a very good track record in tax matters. The firm represents a range of domestic and international clients on their contentious and non-contentious issues. Managing partner Constantine Papacostopoulos is recommended.

The 'extremely knowledgeable' team at Iason Skouzos & Partners is credited for its 'excellent accounting and tax knowledge' and for 'taking a personalized approach, regardless of the size of the client'. Recently, the firm has been advising Nokia, which has over 1,100 employees in Greece, on its R&D tax incentives. The firm is also strong on the litigation front, having represented businesses and private clients on major tax disputes. The 'very clever and pragmatic' Theodoros Skouzos is an 'expert in his field'.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm¬†'performs exceptionally in all cases given to them regarding tax issues' and is credited for its 'deep knowledge' and 'excellent time management'. Recently, the firm has been advising British Airways on an interpretation of Greece's double taxation treaty with the UK as part of its appeal against a ‚ā¨6m tax bill. Practice head¬†Aspasia Malliou¬†is an 'indispensable¬†part of the team'.

Stavropoulos & Partners has a very strong pedigree in tax advisory, litigation and customs-related advice. The firm has been involved in several significant transfer pricing and VAT disputes on behalf of its international clients. Ioannis Stavropoulos has a distinguished track record in this area, and is ably supported by recently promoted partner Vassiliki Michalopoulou. Clients include Coca-Cola Hellenic, DuPont, Pfizer and Michelin.

The 'extremely supportive and proactive' team at Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm has 'very good knowledge of the subject matter and an ability to identify proper structures for complex transactions'. Nikos Siakantaris is an 'all around player with excellent ability', while Martha Papasotiriou provides 'unique know-how in all areas of tax law'. The firm recently advised real estate fund Lenny Group on the structuring of its investments in Greece. The firm's clients benefit from the firm's collaboration agreement with Andersen Global.

Avramopoulos & Partners has strong experience advising international clients across multiple tax issues, including transfer pricing, VAT and permanent establishment. Practice head Vassilis D Avramopoulos is a 'very skilled professional with excellent technique'.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC has a solid tax practice with a good track record in contentious issues such as customs disputes. Gregory Pelecanos is the main contact.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm¬†is especially recommended for its tax and customs litigation expertise. The team successfully represented Vodafone in a landmark ‚ā¨13m stamp duty dispute. Team head¬†Petros Pantazopoulos¬†is very well-regarded.

Kelemenis & Co is a very popular choice for contentious and non-contentious advice on direct and indirect tax issues. Yannis Kelemenis is recommended.

KLC Law Firm¬†has a broad practice led by the extremely experienced¬†Xenofon Papayiannis. Recently, the firm advised PQH Single Special Liquidation, which manages and liquidates the assets of sixteen financial institutions, on the tax treatment of the transfer of a leasing portfolio with a ‚ā¨271m face value. Other clients include Athens International Airport, Adidas and the Papatheocharis Group.

Koutalidis Law Firm has a comprehensive practice that is well-versed in estate planning, tax disputes and the structuring of corporate finance transactions, both for banks and other businesses. Tax expert George Naskaris leads the team.

Popular with clients, the tax team at¬†Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm¬†has 'an international understanding that is difficult to find in Greece' as well as a 'strong local practice in tax litigation'. Practice head¬†Panagiotis Pothos¬†is praised for his 'very good understanding in both Greek and international tax law'. The firm recently advised Frigoglass on tax issues linked to its ‚ā¨380m restructuring.

Machas & Partners Law Firm offers a mix of advisory, compliance, audit and litigation services, and is also noted for its expertise in indirect tax. Of counsel Tom Kyriakopoulos is very well-regarded. Clients include Euroxx Securities, Intelen and the Oppenheim Group.

Nikolinakos & Partners LLP has a strong background in administrative law and regulatory issues, and its tax team compliments this expertise considerably. Michael Skordis and Andreas Tsourouflis jointly lead the well-regarded practice.

Platis ‚Äď Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership¬†is especially strong in tax litigation and indirect tax. The team acts for an impressive mix of high-end multinational clients, with recent work including handling several significant VAT disputes. Practice head and name partner Tassos Anastassiadis¬†has considerable experience advising on tax-related matters.

PPT Legal repesents a diverse blend of commercial and private clients on their contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Angelos Georgoussis is recommended.

Sarantitis is recommended for tax planning work as well as representing commercial and private clients in disputes. Gregory Vlachos leads the team, which acts for among others Alpiq and Netcom.

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