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Nikos Papachristopoulos

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Bernitsas Law

Work Department

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets; Corporate and M&A; Privatisations.


Nikos joined the Firm in 1995 and is Joint Head of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A groups. He is a recognised expert in primary listings and secondary offerings of securities and acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies.He has been heavily involved in numerous privatizations of State-owned companies and the recapitalization of the Greek systemic banks since 2012.

Nikos has vast experience advising on the structuring and financing of mergers and acquisitions, including take-over bids, corporate reorganisations and restructurings.


Athens Bar, 1993; Athens Court of Appeals, 1999.


Greek, English and French.


Union des Juristes Europēens.


Degree in Law, Democritus University of Thrace; Certificate in International and EC Law, Licence Spéciale en Droit Comparé, Université Libre de Bruxelles.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Nikos Papachristopoulos - Bernitsas Law

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Bernitsas Law¬†is, among other work, particularly active in the non-performing loans space, particularly advising buyers on NPL portfolio transfers. A notable highlight was representing Intrum Justitia on acquiring ‚ā¨1.5bn of diversified unsecured consumer loans from Eurobank, the first NPL transfer from a Greek systemic bank. Turning to more traditional financial work, the firm advised Astir Group, including its sponsors AGC Equity Partners, on a ‚ā¨265m bond loan to refinance existing debt for the refurbishment of the Astir Palace Hotel. Team heads¬†Nikos Papachristopoulos¬†and¬†Athanasia Tsene¬†enjoy excellent reputations, as does¬†Panayotis Bernitsas.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Nikos Papachristopoulos - Bernitsas Law

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bernitsas Law¬†'stands out due to its excellent cross-border skills, which it blends skillfully¬†with its excellent knowledge of local law, regulations and the local market'. Clients say their 'experience with the firm is akin to working with a top London firm' and it is 'capable of handling large-scale and complex due diligence¬†and major transactions'. Notable highlights include advising Sealed Air Corporation on the Greek law aspects of the sale of its Diversey Care division to Bain Capital. The firm also advised Hellenic Healthcare on its ‚ā¨19.4m purchase of a 97% stake in the Athens-listed company, IASO General.¬†Lambros Belessis¬†and¬†Nikos Papachristopoulos¬†jointly lead the team of 'can-do' lawyers, which also includes the 'professional and experienced'¬†Evi Kitsou.

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Projects and privatisation

Within: Projects and privatisation

Bernitsas Law is often first on the list for landmark projects and privatisations. Recently, it advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the privatisation of the National Train Operating Company, which was sold to Ferrovie Dello Stato. The practice also advised a consortium of bidders, including Transgaz and the EBRD, in the tender for a 66% stake in the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA). Key partners include Dimitris Roussis, Nikos Papachristopoulos and Yannis Seiradakis, who jointly lead the team; Yannis Kourniotis is now at Lambadarios Law Firm.

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