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Dryllerakis & Associates is praised for its ‘profound expertise, in-depth knowledge and holistic approach’. Senior managing partner John Dryllerakis is ‘one of a kind’ whose ‘tremendous reputation is still an understatement’. Team head Sophia Grigoriadou is also praised for her ‘strong business insights and deep knowledge of tax legislation’. Recently the team represented Danone in a tax dispute before the Athens Court of First Instance, and successfully acted for Eurobank in an appeal brought before the Supreme Administrative Court.

Zepos & Yannopoulos is praised for its ‘long-term focus and risk management on behalf of the client’. The highly specialised team, led by the eminent Yerassimos Yannopoulos, has several specialist partners, including Marina Allamani, who is noted for real estate issues, Daphne Cozonis, for banking and capital markets, Maria Zoupa, who provides compliance and corporate advice, Alex Karopoulos, who advised on VAT and indirect tax matters, and Costas Kallideris, who is noted for private clients. Major clients include Airbnb, which it advised on the indirect taxation of business in Greece, Jet2 Holidays, Piraeus Bank, and L’Oreal.

C. Papacostopoulos & Associates has a strong pedigree in tax, and its clients benefit from the firm’s membership of the KPMG network. The firm provides contentious and non-contentious advice to domestic and international clients. Managing partner Constantine Papacostopoulos is highly rated.

Iason Skouzos & Partners has ‘an in-depth understanding of Greek tax law’ and its team ‘delivers intelligent and insightful advice’. ‘Exceptionally good’ managing partner Theodoros Skouzos is praised for his ‘deep understanding of the law’ and for being ‘always aware of commercial and legal developments’. The firm advises commercial clients, including Nokia Solutions and Networks, and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs).

Stavropoulos & Partners is praised by clients for its ‘high-quality service’. Recently it won a multimillion-Euro dispute on behalf of Coca-Cola against a tax assessment imposed for state aid recovery. Ioannis Stavropoulos is ‘extremely experienced, very responsive, and absolutely business-oriented’.

Avramopoulos & Partners is commended for its ‘response times and availability’. The firm recently represented a multinational energy company on an investigation by the customs authorities. Vassilis Avramopoulos leads the team, which includes Barbara Angelopoulou.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC has a versatile practice. Recently the firm represented Volvo Greece in a customs duties dispute with the Greek state. Gregory Pelecanos heads the team.

Bernitsas Law represents companies and HNWIs on the full range of advisory and contentious issues. Panayotis Bernitsas heads the team, which includes experienced associate Fotodotis Malamas.

The quality of advice is excellent’ at KLC Law Firm. Xenofon Papayiannis is praised for his ‘strong technical background and excellent understanding of commercial and financial aspects’. The firm is representing RCI Europe in a €2.7m VAT refund claim before the Greek courts.

Tax specialist George Naskaris leads the practice at Koutalidis Law Firm. The firm is highly experienced in the tax structuring of corporate deals, and is also strong in tax disputes and estate planning. Alpha Bank is a major client.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is praised for its ‘prompt, to-the-point, and pragmatic’ advice, and clients single out ‘patient and trusted’ team head Panagiotis Pothos. Clients include Kidare Partners, Frigoglass, Alpha Bank, and Merck Sharp & Dohme.

Angelos Georgoussis is recommended at PPT Legal, which has strong expertise advising commercial and private clients on contentious and non-contentious tax issues.

The ‘service is always above expectations’ at Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates’ ‘outstanding’ tax practice, which is benefiting from its recent collaboration agreement with Anderson Global. Practice head Martha Papasotiriou is ‘a very experienced and results oriented tax lawyer’. Nikos Siakantaris is ‘an excellent consultant with a real understanding of the client’s needs’. Clients include Intracom Holdings, Attica Group and Dianko Holdings.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm’s department head Aspasia Malliouhas a very good knowledge of the Greek tax legislative framework’. Major clients include Citibank, British Airways, Hellenic Grains and Bank of Cyprus.

Sarantitis recently advised Alpiq Group in a €6.5m tax dispute with the authorities. Gregory Vlachos leads the team.

Petros Pantazopoulos at Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm is considered by some clients to be ‘one of the top tax lawyers in Greece’. His team is representing Nestlé Hellas on multimillion-Euro litigation with the Greek tax authorities concerning stamp duties.

Kelemenis & Co has an ‘excellent’ practice that is ‘expert in the area of indirect taxes’. The firm is acting for in a case before the Administrative Court challenging a €1.8m tax claim from the Greek tax authority. Yannis Kelemenis and senior associate Eleni Pitsa are very experienced.

Machas & Partners Law Firm shows ‘extreme patience and understanding’ to its clients. Department head Tom Kyriakopoulos handles both ‘the tax audit and the administrative and criminal court cases with professionalism and integrity’. Clients include ADMIE, Euroxx Securities and the Oppenheim Group.

Andreas Tsourouflis and Michael Skordis jointly lead the team at Nikolinakos – Lardas & Partners LLP which does a mix of litigation and consultancy work. Clients include Vodafone, Facebook and Intrasoft International.

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