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Ioannis Giannidis

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Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm

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Emeritus Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, School of Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Founder and senior partner at “Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm”, which specializes in criminal law. Prof. Giannidis has practiced law in Greece continuously since 1986 and has provided legal services to key Greek financial institutions and corporations, as well as several foreign banks and companies operating in Greece. He represented Greece in European institutions, including the Council of Europe, in matters related to criminal law and criminal procedure and was and still is a member of various advisory committees of the Hellenic Ministry of Justice. For 10 consecutive years he was at the Board of the largest Banking Group in Greece, the National Bank of Greece. Since 1993 he is legal councelor to the National Bank of Greece and since January 2014 he is the Head legal counselor to the executive members of this Bank; he is also since 2014 member of the Legal Council of the Hellenic Banks Association. Prof. Giannidis is an expert in criminal law with great advisory skills and a well-regarded litigator with a wide experience. He has personally handled cases of complex nature demanding deep knowledge of criminal law (usually with European and international aspects) and delicate approach. He was lead counsel in most major financial criminal cases in Greece during the past 30 years. He heads a well-organized team of lawyers providing services at a high level.


Greek, English, German, French


1974 Athens Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Law/ Greek section of the Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (President since 2015), National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, German section of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR), Hellenic Criminal Bar Association.


Prof. Giannidis holds a degree in law from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1973) and a PhD in criminal law and legal philosophy from the University of Munich, Germany (1977).


White-collar crime

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Ioannis Giannidis - Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm

Within: White-collar crime

Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm is, for some, 'the top criminal legal practice in white-collar crime' and has become 'an essential legal partner for the most important industry players in Greece'. The firm advises on criminal risk mitigation, as well as financial crime, corporate criminal liability, criminal negligence and corruption matters. Many clients consider the firm's name partner Ioannis Giannidis 'a brilliant and a renowned professor with vast experience', while Panagiotis Koureleas is 'an excellent criminal litigator with a charisma to think proactively'.

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