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Catherine Karatzas

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Karatzas & Partners

Work Department

Banking & Finance
Corporate / Commercial


Managing Partner


She specialises in corporate and banking law. Acted as counsel to major Greek or international clients in the areas of capital markets, banking and M&A. Worked on almost all the pivotal banking and corporate transactions in Greece. She was awarded the pan-European award in the category of financial regulation in the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law awards in 2015. Associate with Shearman & Sterling in New York (1988-1992), she has been with Karatzas & Partners since 1992 and she became Managing Partner in 1996.


She speaks fluently Greek, English and French and has a working knowledge of Italian and Spanish.


Member of  Athens and New York Bar Associations.


LLM, Columbia University , New York.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Catherine Karatzas - Karatzas & Partners

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Karatzas & Partners attracts praise for its β€˜value-for-money service’ and for fielding β€˜excellent partners that you wish to have when making such business deals’. Managing partner Catherine Karatzas leads the team, which includes Alexandros Metallinos, who is praised for his β€˜deep knowledge of the sector and of the laws around loan agreements’. The β€˜hardworking’ Anna Manda is β€˜very effective under tight deadlines and committed to the client’s needs’. The firm recently advised JP Morgan and other lenders on a €321m syndicated loan to Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings, the majority shareholder of the Greek gaming monopoly, OPAP. It also advised WIND Hellas on a €250m bond offering.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Catherine Karatzas - Karatzas & Partners

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Karatzas & Partners is β€˜one of the top firms in Greece’ for corporate advice. The firm recently advised Home Holding on its joint venture with TEMES to buy Ionian IHE, the Greek company that owns and runs the Athens Hilton. Managing partner Catherine Karatzas leads the team, which includes Christina Faitakis and Nikos Fragos, who are praised for their β€˜market-oriented thinking and ability to deliver solutions in highly complex situations’. Alexandros Metallinos, Anna Manda, and Vassiliki Salaka also enjoy strong reputations.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Karatzas & Partners’ lawyers are praised for β€˜their willingness to defend their client’s interests’ and their β€˜committed and supportive assistance’. Catherine Karatzas and Christina Faitakis are highly recommended. The firm recently advised the Ad Hoc Committee of Senior Bondholders on the €440m debt restructuring of the glass refrigeration company Frigoglass.

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