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

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners¬†has a first-class reputation for cutting-edge banking and capital markets work. A major highlight has been advising the Public Debt Management Agency on the refinancing Greece's sovereign debt with the issue of new notes through the PSI Bonds Exchange. The firm has also been one of the lead advisers to the National Bank of Greece with regard to the ‚ā¨30bn bond exchange agreements it has agreed with the European Supervisory Mechanism and the European Financial Stability Fund. The firm has also been active on the NPL side, and represented B2Holding as bidder on Alpha Bank's auction of non-performing loans with a face value of ‚ā¨3.6bn worth of loans.¬†Catherine Karatzas¬†leads the team, which includes¬†Alexandros Metallinos, Nikos Fragos,¬†Anna Manda¬†and the recently-promoted partner¬†Alexandra Kondyli.

Leading individuals

Alexandros Metallinos - Karatzas & Partners

Catherine Karatzas - Karatzas & Partners

Next Generation Partners

Alexandra Kondyli - Karatzas & Partners

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

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners provides 'continuous excellent advice' thanks to the team's 'long experience in complex M&A transactions of all sizes'. The 'highly motivated and proactive team' is commended for its 'smart thinking and resourcefulness' and 'out-of-the-box solutions in terms of deal structuring'. Led by Catherine Karatzas, the team includes several top-notch lawyers, including 'the always very resourceful and well prepared' Alexandros Metallinos, the 'brilliant' Anna Manda (who brings 'outstanding knowledge and positive attitude') and Christina Faitakis, who has 'skills and expertise of the highest level'. Recently, the firm advised Puig Group on its purchase of Apivita, a Greek cosmetics business. Other clients include LAMDA Development, BC Partners, and WIND Hellas.

Leading individuals

Alexander Metallinos - Karatzas & Partners

Catherine Karatzas - Karatzas & Partners

Next Generation Partners

Alexandra Kondyli - Karatzas & Partners

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners is 'very collaborative and open-minded in building a case strategy' and 'excellent at confronting aggressive defendants'. Clients also appreciate its 'international expertise in solving complicated disputes'. Georgios Minoudis leads the team, which also includes the 'excellent' Alexandros Metallinos, who has 'huge experience in international and regional disputes'. The firm has been particularly active in financial services disputes.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners has a 'well-established' practice that is highly experienced in merger clearance work, thanks in part to its market-leading M&A team. The firm has also represented several clients in investigations before the HCC. The team recently advised Bain Capital on merger control issues concerning its purchase of a portfolio of non-performing loans from Piraeus Bank. Anna Manda leads the team.

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners¬†is a 'top-tier law firm with extensive experience in energy projects'. The practice is led by¬†Christina Faitakis¬†and¬†Alexandros Metallinos¬†('a brilliant and sharp legal mind with a deep knowledge of almost every legal field'). The firm remains local counsel to the ‚ā¨3bn Trans Adriatic Pipeline project, while on the lender side, it recently advised National Bank of Greece on the ‚ā¨52m financing of four wind parks constructed by Eltech Anemosin.

Leading individuals

Christina Faitakis - Karatzas & Partners

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Projects and privatisation
Projects and privatisation - ranked: tier 1

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners¬†has a 'solutions-oriented' and 'very experienced team with fantastic knowledge of the market'. The firm has an incredibly strong private sector client base and has been involved in several major infrastructure projects including advice to the project company on the Greek leg of the ‚ā¨3bn Trans Adriatic Pipeline project. The firm also acts for lenders on the financing of renewables projects.¬†Alexandros Metallinos¬†and¬†Christina Faitakis¬†have strong standings in the market.

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

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners 'provides exceptional service' at the cutting edge of real estate law, often on behalf of investment funds, banks, and major investors and developers. Recently it advised Lamda Development on acquiring a 50% stake in Lamda Olympia Village, owner of the Mall Athens, from Irere Property Investments Luxembourg. The firm is also highly experienced in REICs, and advises NBG Pangaea REIC and Grivalia REIC. Vassiliki Salaka leads the group, which also includes the highly-respected Christina Faitakis.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners¬†is one of Greece's market leaders for complex restructurings, both for creditors and debtors. Recently, the firm advised the lenders on the restructuring of the Corinth-Tripoli-Kalamata-Sparti Highway concessionaire's debt. It also advised the senior bondholders on Frigoglass's restructuring. On the non-performing loans side, the team advised Bain Capital Credit on purchasing corporate credit exposures secured with ‚ā¨1.95bn of real estate collateral.¬†Vassiliki Salaka's team also benefits from the expertise of¬†Alexandros Metallinos¬†and¬†Christina Faitakis.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners is commended for its 'good expertise on the local regulatory framework' and its 'very professional' lawyers. The firm continues to advise WIND Hellas on its network-sharing joint venture agreement with Vodafone. Recently, it advised e-Travel Internet Tourist and Travel Services on the Greek aspects of its takeover by the Swedish company eTraveli. Anna Manda leads the team.

Leading individuals

Anna Manda - Karatzas & Partners

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