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Firm Overview

Bernitsas Law is a market leader in the provision of commercial law services in Greece and one of the largest firms in the country. We count industry frontrunners, listed and private companies, supranational, global and national entities and corporations, and small and medium sized enterprises from all the major sectors among our clients.

We are leaders in the corporate, commercial and finance sectors, specialising in foreign direct investment, banking, capital markets, funds, energy, projects, privatisation and real estate transactions. We offer strong practices in employment, EU, competition & antitrust, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, public procurement and tax, as well as industry specific expertise in aviation, environment, insurance, life sciences and healthcare and telecommunications, media and technology. Our litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice is recognised for its track record in significant administrative, civil and commercial and corporate crime disputes, some of which have created precedents.

Over the last year, we continue to lead the legal market in the creation and development of a secondary market for Non-Performing Loans (NPLs), and have actively participated in the inception of and amendments to the existing NPLs framework, advising on the establishment of NPLs management companies and acting as counsel to international and domestic market players in connection with transfers of major NPL portfolios. We have also been extensively involved in the consolidation of the private healthcare sector by advising on the most recent acquisitions of prominent private hospitals. The Firm holds a pre-eminent position in advising on complex legal issues and transactions in the context of new legislation enacted since the onset of the financial crisis in Greece. We have advised extensively on the recapitalization and restructuring of the Greek systemic banks in the context of the bank recovery and resolution legal framework and the further consolidation of the banking sector, as well as on new debt issuances and liability management exercises made by prominent domestic private issuers. Bernitsas Law has acted in all the major projects to have taken place in Greece, including the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, the Greek Motorways, and the pioneering Rion-Antirion Bridge and Athens Ring Road (Attiki Odos) projects, which opened the concessions market.

Bernitsas Law was founded in 1946 by Marinos Bernitsas and over the years, under the leadership of Panayotis Bernitsas, became a frontrunner in the Greek legal market. The Firm has unrivalled experience in both benchmark and mainstream domestic and cross-border transactions. It has acted in many of the significant and often pioneering transactions to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value over the last three decades, which have resulted in the liberalisation of certain of the main industries, the privatisation of major State owned operators, the establishment of global brands in Greece and foreign direct investment in various areas of the economy, including in listed companies and in the project finance and real estate sectors. We continue to be at the forefront of shaping Greece’s legislative and regulatory framework and grow our areas of expertise and service offering to meet the challenges of domestic and international market developments.

  • Number of lawyers: 50
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

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