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One of the best in Greece in the telecommunications field’, Bernitsas Law’s ‘expert lawyers’ provide ‘very good, responsive and clear advice’ in ‘a timely manner’. Group head Augustine Almyroudi is supported by a strong team of associates, including Marina Androulakakis and ‘the outstandingTania Patsalia. Telecoms clients include Vodafone, while on the media front, the team advised Acun Media Group on the TV production agreements with several Greek TV stations.

Cocalis & Psarras represents an impressive stable of IT and media clients, and its lawyers have good experience before regulatory bodies such as the National Telecommunications and Post Regulator. Alkiviades Psarras and Dimitri Cocalis are both recommended.

The ‘fantastic and very helpful team’ at Karatzas & Partners is ‘well known’ for TMT matters. The firm advised WIND Hellas on a network sharing joint venture agreement with Vodafone Greece, and acted for Samsung on its takeover of Innoetics Technologies, a Greek voice-to-text start-up. The highly experienced Anna Manda heads the team.

Koutalidis Law Firm’s highly rated IT and telecoms group advises some of the biggest names in the market, including Vodafone-Panafon, Wind Hellas, Forthnet, and Hellas On Line. Nikitas Fortsakis is a key contact.

Nikolinakos – Lardas & Partners LLP is recommended for regulatory, data protection and antitrust advice. The team has grown through the promotion of partners Alexis Spyropoulos and data protection expert John Giannakakis. Key clients include Vodafone, WIND Hellas, AT&T, and Sony. Nikos Nikolinakos and Dina Kouvelou enjoy strong reputations.

Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates is a ‘leading law firm for TMT services’. ‘Outstanding’ team head Themostoklis Giannakopoulos impresses with ‘his dedication and proactive approach’. Also recommended is Theodore Pistiolis, ‘a top lawyer’ who ‘engages productively with parties’. Recently the firm advised the Union of National Television Broadcasters and Skai TV on their public bids for nationwide broadcasting licences.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm acts for several major advertising companies, as well as music and TV production companies. The firm is particularly strong in related IP, regulatory and commercial disputes. Kriton Metaxopoulos is recommended.

AP Legal is ‘well known for its expertise in the TMT sector’ and provides ‘the best possible professional advice on complex regulatory cases’. Key clients include WIND Hellas, Globalstar, Telecom Italia Sparkle, and IT company Neurosoft. Key figures include Aris Papaspyridis, who has ‘an impressive track record’, and the ‘passionate and dedicatedAlexandra Argyropoulou.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is handling a growing workload involving cloud computing, AI and robotics law. It recently assisted Audi with legal compliance issues linked to self-driving technology. George Ballas is recommended.

Drakopoulos Law Firm has a leading niche in the casino gaming sector; it recently advised Scientific Games on its application for a Greek import licence, and assisted GTECH on licensing matters for casino games and more than 2,000 video lottery terminals. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Hero Sinanidou-Sideridou are recommended.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm represents several leading IT and telecoms clients, including Verizon, IBM, Buongiorno Hellas, and Vodafone. Konstantinos Vouterakos leads the team.

Lambadarios Law Firm is praised for its ‘business-oriented advice’ and ‘unique industry knowledge of internet platforms’. The team is ‘very quick at identifying the problems to be solved and the relevant solutions’. Chara Daouti has ‘very good knowledge and great understanding of the industry, and is excellent at analysing problems and finding solutions’.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm advised WIND Hellas on its joint venture with Vodafone to acquire Forthnet Telecommunications. The firm also has a strong track record advising on data protection issues. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos is highly recommended for his expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Antonis Katsigiannis leads the team at Sarantitis, which acts for telecoms clients including PCCW Global Telecommunications Services. On the IT side it represents online gaming company Playtika.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm acts for an impressive mix of industry investors, as well as major players in the telecoms, media and IT industries, including ADTRAN and The Olayan Group. Eleni Tsoukala has a strong pedigree in this area.

Avramopoulos & Partners has been assisting IT company Algosystems in several tenders by the public sector. Other clients include AT&T and Sabre Hellas. Barbara Angelopoulou heads the team.

Calavros and Partners Law Firm regularly advises IT and telecoms clients on regulatory, transactional and licensing issues. Constantin Calavros enjoys a good reputation.

At Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm, Dimitris Diakopoulos is considered ‘a brilliant lawyer with a sharp legal mind and understanding of the business and technological issues relating to the broadcasting industry’. Major clients include Olympic Broadcasting Services, Qualco, Forthnet and Vodafone.

KLC Law Firm is noted for its regulatory, data protection, telecoms and IT-related expertise. Senior associate Vasiliki Christou is the main contact.

Paraskevas Law Firm represents several major clients, including Bertelsmann, Aegion Corporation, Facebook and Verizon. Dimitris Paraskevas is recommended.

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership has good expertise across a wide range of areas, including e-commerce, digital data privacy and cyber security, and regulatory law. Apostolos Vorras heads the team.

Zepos & Yannopoulos regularly acts for companies such as Telcordia, Cisco, Nokia and Yahoo! Team co-head Takis Kakouris is highly experienced in data protection, while Athina Skolarikou advises clients on a range of regulatory issues.

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