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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

The team at Bernitsas Law is β€˜always excellent’ and provides β€˜practical, balanced, business-oriented advice’. On the capital markets side the firm advised Hellenic Petroleum and Hellenic Petroleum Finance on two separate €74.5m and €375m note issues. Practice heads Nikos Papachristopoulos and the β€˜hugely experienced’ Athanasia Tsene, β€˜get to the bottom line and have a good sense of what is viable to both parties in a transaction’. Clients also appreciate the β€˜excellent support’ from the rest of the team, including the β€˜very impressive’ Dionysis Flambouras.

Leading individuals

Athanasia Tsene - Bernitsas Law

Nikos Papachristopoulos - Bernitsas Law

Panayotis Bernitsas - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Dionysis Flambouras - Bernitsas Law

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law fields an β€˜excellent’ practice whose lawyers provide β€˜valuable and fast advice’ and have β€˜deep knowledge of corporate and commercial topics’. The group advised Cyprus Popular Bank on the divestment of interests in banks throughout South East Europe, including Marfin Bank. The β€˜very professional’ Lambros Belessis, who jointly leads the team with Linda Vasaka, is β€˜open minded and provides valuable advice’. Also recommended are Nikos Papachristopoulos, who has β€˜an eye for the commercial issues at hand’, and β€˜very knowledgeable’ associate Evi Kitsou, who is β€˜willing to help in any event’.

Leading individuals

Nikos Papachristopoulos - Bernitsas Law

Panayotis Bernitsas - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Evi Kitsou - Bernitsas Law

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

Praised for its β€˜industry knowledge and legal proficiency’, Bernitsas Law’s clients consider it β€˜the first choice when it comes to administrative litigation’. The team is jointly led by the β€˜very knowledgeable’ Christos Paraskevopoulos, who is β€˜fully devoted to the client’, and Dimitris Roussis, who has a β€˜very good knowledge of administrative law’. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is also praised for his β€˜deep legal knowledge’. The firm recently represented CANA Pharmaceuticals in an appeal before the Council of State regarding claw back payments to Greek hospitals.

Leading individuals

Christos Paraskevopoulos - Bernitsas Law

Dimitris Roussis - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

George Atie - Bernitsas Law

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law fields a number of specialists in competition law. Counsel Augustine Almyroudi leads the team, which benefits greatly from the experience of managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas. The firm recently advised HRADF on competition issues linked to the privatisation of the National Train Operating Company and the Rolling Stock Maintenance Company.

Leading individuals

Augustine Almyroudi - Bernitsas Law

Panayotis Bernitsas - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Marina Androulakakis - Bernitsas Law

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Bernitsas Law

The β€˜excellent’ Bernitsas Law fields an employment team that β€˜handles all cases skilfully, providing guidance in an efficient manner’. Practice head Katia Papantonopoulou is an β€˜outstanding legal expert in this field’ and her team advises an impressive range of clients, including Bristol Myers Squibb, BMW Hellas, Diesel, and Smart Hellas.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law is β€˜one of the most reliable law firms in Athens’ and its lawyers β€˜know-how to serve the client’. The group acted for joint venture company ICGB on the IGB gas interconnector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria. The firm is also advising Hellenic Petroleum as bidder on the tender programme for exploration and production rights in onshore and offshore blocks of Western Greece. Yannis Kourniotis is now with KKLegal.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law provides β€˜an excellent service’. The firm advises an impressive range of clients including AXA Insurance. β€˜Excellent’ corporate head Lambros Belessis and litigation head Christos Paraskevopoulos are recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law is commended for its β€˜very high level of service’. Corporate partner Lambros Belessis and associate Marina Androulakakis are both β€˜very competent’ in this area. Clients include BMW Hellas and Bristol Myers Squibb.

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Projects and privatisation
Projects and privatisation - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

β€˜As good as any in the Greek market’, the β€˜excellent’ Bernitsas Law is noted for its ability to provide β€˜deep market awareness and focused, constructive advice’. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas handles projects and infrastructure matters. Nicholas Papachristopoulos, Dimitris Roussis, and Yannis Seiradakis are recommended for privatisation mandates. The firm recently acted for Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund, which led a consortium on the acquisition of the €400m Astir Palace Hotel resort from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and the National Bank of Greece (NBG). Yannis Kourniotis is now with KKLegal.

Leading individuals

Dimitris Roussis - Bernitsas Law

Yannis Seiradakis - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Dionysis Flambouras - Bernitsas Law

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas heads the team at Bernitsas Law. In an illustration of its work for large real estate funds, the practice advised Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund on its €400m acquisition and development of the Astir Palace Hotel from HRADF and NBG. The firm also acted for VΓ€rde Partners on its €40m acquisition of a controlling stake in Greek listed real estate investment company, Trastor.

Leading individuals

Panayotis Bernitsas - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Christina Zakopoulou - Bernitsas Law

Nikos Vouhiounis - Bernitsas Law

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

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.

Leading individuals

Athanasia Tsene - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Dionysis Flambouras - Bernitsas Law

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Bernitsas Law

β€˜One of the best in Greece in the telecommunications field’, Bernitsas Law’s β€˜expert lawyers’ provide β€˜very good, responsive and clear advice’ in β€˜a timely manner’. Group head Augustine Almyroudi is supported by a strong team of associates, including Marina Androulakakis and β€˜the outstanding’ Tania 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.

Leading individuals

Augustine Almyroudi - Bernitsas Law

Next generation lawyers

Marina Androulakakis - Bernitsas Law

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Bernitsas Law

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.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law enjoys a strong track record advising clients on corporate crime and fraud issues. β€˜Very experienced’ litigation head Christos Paraskevopoulos is a Certified Fraud Examiner who gives β€˜really good strategic advice’. β€˜Very professional and proactive’ associate Pelina Leontiadou is also recommended. The firm recently represented Renault in a €25m damages claim against its former Greek distributor, which involved claims of forged invoices.

Leading individuals

Christos Paraskevopoulos - Bernitsas Law

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