Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Headed by Petros Machas, the Machas & Partners Law Firm team has extensive expertise in handling cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, and private equity schemes.
Leveraging its expertise in the M&A, banking and project finance spheres, the VAP Law Offices team frequently advises domestic and global clients on joint ventures and corporate transactions.

Firms in the Spotlight Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Greece

Bernitsas Law

Advising global and domestic leaders, SMEs, and entrepreneurs from the finance, healthcare, and energy industries, the Bernitsas Law team is highly regarded for delivering the ‘highest level’ of service in relation to M&A and corporate governance issues. The practice has extensive cross-border capabilities, frequently dealing with high-profile commercial transactions in the context of foreign investment and new legislation. Based in Athens, Lambros Belessis and Nikos Papachristopoulos co-head the group, specialising in private sector mergers and capital markets matters. Experienced litigator Panayotis BernitsasEvi Kitsou, who focuses on company restructurings, and Iris Sotiriou are also highlighted as key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Nikos Papachristopoulos


Other key lawyers:

Panayotis Bernitsas; Evi Kitsou; Yannis Seiradakis; Linda Vasaka; Iris Sotiriou; Eleni Stazilova


Testimonials

‘Knowledge and commitment to excellence. We have a real partnership.’

‘Nikos Papachristopoulos is trustworthy and has in-depth experience.’

‘Nikos Papachristopoulos is the best M&A and public capital markets lawyer in Greece. His commitment to client service is second to none.’

‘Very helpful and responsive – they go above and beyond to explain local legislation to us.’

‘This team has a fantastic dynamic between the partners and associates and they are able to handle a wide variety of complex matters while always keeping an eye on the larger commercial picture, which we highly appreciate.’

‘They provide the highest level of legal services in an effective manner.’

‘The Bernitsas team displayed not only a command of the technical issues, but also resilience and a problem-solving attitude. The team was readily available to discuss, analyse and tackle the many challenges that arose during our project. The team effectively handled both the local and international requirements.’

‘Iris Sotiriou was instrumental to the success of the project. Iris proved to be attentive to details, responsive and maintained the focus and energy required for such a complicated, intensive and lengthy project.’

Key clients

BMW Group


Bristol Meyers Greece


CVC


CNH Industrial


Helleniq Energy


GIC Fund


Intrakat


Lundbeck Hellas


Motor Oil Hellas


North Star Group


Pancreta Bank


Partners Group


Percassi


RCS Group


Saint Gobain Group


Viatris


Ydrogeios Insurance


Vivartia Group


Hellenic Healthcare Group


Work highlights


  • Advised GIC on its entry into a strategic partnership with Sani/Ikos Group, under which GIC became the leading shareholder alongside Sani/Ikos Group’s management team.
  • Advising Intrakat on its agreement to acquire 100% of Aktor from Ellaktor and Aktor Concessions.
  • Advised CNH Industrial, a multinational corporation specialising in farming automation equipment and services, on its acquisition of 90% of the Augmenta group.

Dryllerakis & Associates

The team at Dryllerakis & Associates is divided into commercial, M&A, and corporate governance sub-groups, allowing its specialists to offer bespoke advice on all aspects of transaction structuring, due diligence, and the drafting of documentation. The practice has vast expertise in the traditional energy sphere, representing domestic and international natural gas players, as well as renewable energy companies handling photovoltaic initiatives. Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the outfit from Athens, bringing in-depth insight into corporate financing and privatisations to the group, whilst John Dryllerakis specialises in tax and corporate law issues. Cleomenis Yannikas has ‘deep knowledge’, particularly of investment incentive issues, and Georgia Danatsopoulou focuses on corporate governance affairs.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Dryllerakis


Other key lawyers:

John Dryllerakis; Cleomenis Yannikas; Georgia Danatsopoulou; Themelis Zamparas; Anna Ntionia; Eirini Chagiou; Claire Sergaki; Leonidas Kastrinakis


Testimonials

‘Dryllerakis & Associates’ team has significant and up-to-date knowledge and practical experience on all corporate and commercial legal matters, ranging from simple issues relation to our daily activities to highly sophisticated, complex matters, with a thorough understanding of the company’s needs. Its team members are always available to provide to-the-point, high-level legal services, even on short notice.’

‘Cleomenis Yannikas has deep knowledge of the sector and is always available and efficient in providing comprehensive legal support.’

‘The team has great expertise, is business oriented and has close relationships with clients. The advice is always precise and on time.’

‘Emmanuel Dryllerakis is one of the best lawyers that we have collaborated with. He is an expert in corporate law – he understands our business and tries to find the best legal solution. He is always willing to help and available whenever required. He is friendly and professional. His advice is precise and to the point, within the requested deadlines. Definitely a partner that I would recommend to others.’

‘Knowledgeable, responsive and easy to speak to. An excellent team.’

‘The individuals are the key strength of the firm. They establish a respectful but still friendly relationship and this makes you feel protected.’

‘The people are very friendly and they seem to work perfectly together as a team. They are up to date regarding the use of new technology. The firm covers many different fields of law so they can provide holistic support for any issue that may arise.’

‘They work very efficiently and on time, have an in-depth knowledge of the industry, and are readily available and accessible. They take the time to communicate with us so that we feel secure. They are able to break down their thoughts and make the information they share comprehensible.’

Key clients

Beiersdorf Hellas S.A.


Dimera/Belterra Group


HelleniQ Energy Holdings S.A.


Lamda Development S.A.


Lampsa Hotels S.A.


SMERemediumCap Private Equity Fund


Agrifreda S.A.


Regency Entertainment S.A.


Zeus International Hotel Management S.A.


Raben Group


Work highlights


  • Advising Helleniq Energy Holdings S.A. with regard to the sale of its 35% participation in DEPA Infrastructure SA in the relevant combined privatisation process run by the Greek privatisation fund (HRADF) for the sale of 65% stake held by the latter.
  • Advised Zeus International with regard to the purchase of Stefania S.A., a company which owns the Ajul Luxury Hotel and Spa, a major hotel complex in Chalkidiki, Greece.
  • Advising Nike on its group restructuring involving a cross-border merger through the absorption of local subsidiaries.

Karatzas & Partners

Counting global financial institutions and equity firms amongst its key clients, the ‘reputable and well-positioned’ team at Karatzas & Partners specialises in handling multi-jurisdictional strategic investments and complex joint ventures. The practice’s expertise is especially broad, spanning across the energy, finance, and data sectors, enabling its lawyers to deal with complex transactions involving both M&A and financing elements. Catherine Karatzas leads the group from Athens, and is an expert in the corporate and banking spheres, whilst Christina Faitakis is experienced in international tenders. The ‘highly dedicatedAnna Manda routinely advises on corporate debt restructurings, and Georgios Minoudis assists with investment agreements. Alexandra Kondyli focuses on capital market matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Karatzas


Other key lawyers:

Christina Faitakis; Anna Manda; Georgios Minoudis; Alexandra Kondyli; Nikos Askotiris; Maria Chronaki; Vassilis Goulielmos; Marina Chronaki; Olga Vinieri


Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of legal issues. Profound awareness and experience of similar transactions. Immediate responses to various requests and questions. Flexibility in scheduling meetings. Excellent in meeting deadlines. A range of highly skilled professionals. Excellent collaboration not only between teams but also among individuals, without any communication gaps.’

‘The team stands out for its impeccable conduct in collaborating with us, not only on a professional basis but also on a personal level. I was very happy and fortunate to work with all the team members from Karatzas, but I would particularly like to praise the contributions of Anna Manda and Vassilis Goulielmos.’

‘Reputable and well-positioned practice in Greece with high-quality individuals.’

‘Anna Manda is highly dedicated, committed, pragmatic, solution oriented, commercially experienced, and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

JPMorgan Chase & Co.


National Bank of Greece (NBG)


Piraeus Bank S.A.


Alpha Bank S.A.


Eurobank Ergasias S.A.


Antenna Group


Cinven YesItalgas


Viohalco S.A.


Ad Ηoc Group of Noteholders of FrigoglassGroup


Allwyn AG


Österreichische Post


Kpler


BC Partners


EDP Renewables EUROPE SLU


Dromeus Capital Group (UK) Ltd


Prodea Real Estate Investment Company


Etem Bulgaria


ABB Ltd


CNP Assurances S.A.


Matrix S.A.


SIDMA SA


Lamda Development


Sazka Group


doValue SPA


Ellaktor S.A.


Sitecore Corporation Holding II A/S


Pharmathen Group


Power Factors


Work highlights


  • Advised on Greek law matters relating to the closing of the sale of Bayer’s Environmental Science Professional business to the private equity firm Cinven.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan in connection with its strategic investment in Viva Wallet S.A., a financial holding company which is the sole shareholder of VivaPayments S.A. and VivabankS.A.
  • Advised Italgas S.p.A. in respect to its participation in both the first and the second (binding) phases of the international tender for the sale of 100% of the shares of DEPA Infrastructure S.A.,the Greek gas distribution system operator.

KBVL

Co-headed by the Athens-based duo of Ilias Koimtzoglou and Michalis Pattakos, the KBVL team works ‘like clockwork’, advising its Greek and international clients on M&A, corporate restructurings, and commercial agreements. The practice has broad expertise, covering the energy, software, and mining sectors, demonstrating in-depth experience in handling strategic investments and joint venture transactions. Koimtzoglou acts on behalf of foreign investors in antitrust law and finance matters, whilst Pattakos is an expert in dealing with large-scale corporate projects and acquisitions. Christina Valamoutopoulou focuses on insolvency procedures, and Konstantina Gkouti is knowledgeable in relation to commercial law affairs.

Practice head(s):

Ilias Koimtzoglou; Michalis Pattakos


Other key lawyers:

Christina Valamoutopoulou; Konstantina Gkouti; Paraskevi Bantimaroudi


Testimonials

‘Konstantina Gkouti and Ilias Koimtzoglou both provided an excellent service to our company.’

‘They have in-depth experience as they have led milestone transactions in the country, but what impressed me was that they are also very keen to enter new sectors such as our own and invest time and resources in order to maximise the value of their services.’

‘They have the expertise but what I valued the most was the plethora of services they offer and the premium network they have, their degree of flexibility, which matched our very specific needs, and the personal time and effort put in by the entire team that was assigned to us, from Ilias Koimtzoglou to Konstantina Gkouti.’

‘During our cooperation the KBVL team worked like clockwork. Their exceptional individual characteristics are combined with knowledge of the law and the relevant sector. The use of technology maximises their team work and produces the best possible outcome for their clients.’

‘The expertise in relation to the market and the law of the entire team – and especially Ilias Koimtzoglou and Michalis Pattakos – is excellent. They have been extremely consistent and collegial during our years of working together. They produce on-time, high-quality solutions, taking into account all the specific features of our company, industry and project.’

‘Flexible, knowledgeable, fast, attentive to detail, value for money. Special mention to Ilias Koimtzoglou.’

‘Ilias Koimtzoglou is a great thinker – he is persistent, pleasant to work with, hands on and proactive. Konstantinos Gkouti is meticulous, methodical and intelligent.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with are very knowledgeable and have a business-oriented mindset that enables them to address the particularities of each project successfully.’

Key clients

Hellenic Shipyards


Hellenic Dairies


Larco


Access Pharma


Eos Capital Partners Alternative Investments Fund Manager


MS Sea Med Mykonos


VNK Capital


Qualco


Elatos Investment


Everblue


Koutalidis Law Firm

Described as having a ‘business-oriented mindset’, the team at Koutalidis Law Firm has vast experience of handling complex M&A transactions, privatisations, and structured financial projects. Representing a vast array of clients from across the insurance, energy, and real estate industries, the practice routinely advises on strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Based out of Athens, Nikos Koritsas and Katia Protopapa co-head the group; the well-respected Koritsas focuses on finance and restructuring matters, whilst the ’broad-minded’ Protopapa specialises in cross-border M&A. Yiannis Loizos is a capital markets expert, Chrysanthi Karlou is knowledgeable on banking transactions, and Dora Karagiorgou is also highlighted as a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Koritsas; Katia Protopapa


Other key lawyers:

Yiannis Loizos; Chrysanthi Karlou; Dora Karagiorgou; Konstantinos Papakonstantinou; Maria Petropoulou


Testimonials

‘Vast experience in their field of law, very good at identifying the weak points of a case and proposing solutions, and up to date with legal developments.’

‘Koutalidis is the by far the most professional and high-performing local legal adviser I have worked with. The team stands out for its breadth of knowledge, high leve lof commitment and focus on finding solutions.’

‘Katia Protopapa is very experienced and broad-minded, with the flexibility to address difficult legal matters.’

‘They provided very prompt responses throughout and provided good advice, with excellent and knowledgeable support.’

‘Katia Protopapa has exceptional client management skills, is focused on solving problems and she has a personal touch. She gives robust, high-level legal advice without legalistic details, and is efficient in using time and resources to meet the client’s needs. Chrysanthi Karlou is extremely professional – she has great communication skills, is knowledgeable and has a practical and business-friendly approach.’

‘The team is very detail oriented and agile and is able to address the particularities of each project successfully.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with are very knowledgeable and have a business-oriented mindset.’

‘Katia Protopapa is very responsive, highly knowledgeable and really understands the requirements of clients’ requests, not only from a legal but also a commercial perspective. Very efficient and effective collaboration.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank


Piraeus Bank


Eurobank


National Bank of Greece


Macquarie Group Limited/Green Investment Group


NN Group


Olympia Group/Sunlight Group


Intel Group


Southbridge Europe Investment Fund


Viohalco Group


Goldman Sachs


McArthurGlen/Bluehouse


Nexi SpA


Viva Wallet


Everty Greece


Mirae Asset Securities (UK) Ltd


Work highlights


  • Advising Green Investment Group (part of Macquarie Asset Management) on the acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Enel Green Power Hellas, Enel Green Power’s fully owned renewable subsidiary in Greece, for a total consideration of approximately EUR 345 million.
  • Acted as Greek legal counsel to Olympia Group on the acquisition by its subsidiary Sunlight Group of 100% of Triathlon Holding GmbH.
  • Advised Etem and Elvalhalcor (a member of Viohalco group) on their strategic partnership with Cosmos Aluminium, which involved the absorption of Etem by Cosmos Aluminium.

Lambadarios Law Firm

Acting on behalf of domestic and international companies across the banking, hospitality, and energy spaces, the practice at Lambadarios Law Firm draws upon its ‘innovative thinking’ and ‘problem-solving abilities' when advising on M&A and joint ventures. The team routinely assists on matters of corporate governance, especially in relation to finance and ownership, along with implementing internal restructurings and management agreements. In Athens, Constantinos Lambadarios is ‘strong in negotiations’, routinely handling major M&A transactions, whilst Melina Katsimi is an expert in company formations and restructurings. Yannis Kourniotis has expertise in the infrastructure sector, Katerina Malanou assists with regulatory compliance issues, and Lefkothea Nteka specialises in competition law.

Practice head(s):

Constantinos Lambadarios; Katerina Malanou; Melina Katsimi; Lefkothea Nteka


Other key lawyers:

Yannis Kourniotis


Testimonials

‘Innovative thinking, delivery on time, problem-solving abilities, legal advice with a commercial approach, and strong negotiations skills.’

‘Constantinos Lambadarios provides legal advice of a high standard, with a good sense of the market and understanding of complex financial issues. He combines deep knowledge of all aspects of M&A with a commercial understanding of the client’s needs. He is very strong in negotiations with the counterparties.’

‘Constantinos Lambadarios has exceptional skills and knowledge and creates value in every transaction. All the members of the team are focused on providing the best service and following the best practices, combining unique interpersonal, teamwork and professional skills in terms of execution and professionalism.’

‘We work closely with Constantinos Lambadarios, Melina Katsimi and Yannis Kourniotis, who all are distinguished by their unique specialisations and hardworking attitudes, providing us with state-of-the art legal services.’

‘What stands out is the quality of the team, the quality and ease of communication, the use of understandable language, and the knowledge, skills and support of the team.’

‘Lambadarios is a great law firm with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of M&A transactions. They can always bring in the necessary expertise, depending on the sector of each deal, and pay special attention to assigning the team of associates that will be engaged. They are highly responsive, always available to assist their client and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Constantinos Lambadarios and Melina Katsimi are high-calibre corporate lawyers. They have proved to be able to deliver complex work of high quality without any issues. We are very grateful for their dedication and client focus.’

‘Great professionalism, excellent knowledge of their subjects, continuous availability, fair pricing and good team spirit.’

Key clients

Nebras Power


RWE


National Bank of Greece


Piraeus Bank


Eurobank


Public Power Corporation


BRiQ Properties REIC


MarineTraffic


European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Cardlink


Miele Hellas Ltd


Athenian Brewery S.A.


Cepal


Epsilonet


Lockheed Martin


Meeting Point Hellas


Laboratory Corporation of American Holdings


Wordline


Procter & Gamble


Work highlights


  • Advised NebrasPower on its bid for the acquisition of Enel Green Power Hellas SA, the owner and operator of a large portfolio of operating power plants and the relevant connection infrastructure, as well as wind and solar projects currently under construction.

POTAMITISVEKRIS

Displaying extensive expertise in advising corporations from the banking, energy, and pharmaceutical industries, POTAMITISVEKRIS fields a team of ‘experienced lawyers at all levels’, routinely handling the sale of shares and corporate transformations. The practice is especially strong in assisting domestic and international clients with tender offers, cash-out mergers, and refinancing matters. Based in Athens, Stathis Potamitis is an expert in the banking sector, while George Bersis frequently acts on behalf of banks and financial institutions. Alexandros Kortesis is knowledgeable in relation to commercial law affairs, and Alexander Metallinos has extensive experience in M&A and corporate law. Vassilis Stergiou and Maria Perifanou focus on high-profile M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Vassilis Stergiou; Maria Perifanou; Alexander Metallinos; George Bersis; Stathis Potamitis


Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Kortesis; Theologos Mintzas; Eleana Baya; Elena Theocharakou; Olga Bezantakou; Palmyra Chantzara; Konstantinos Rachianiotis


Testimonials

‘PotamitisVekris law firm is unique due to its team of highly experienced lawyers at all levels. Most importantly, the partners of the firm have been colleagues for many many years – they are like a family and this remains the same even with new people arriving.’

‘Alexander Metallinos knows almost everything about the law – it is amazing to work with him and you trust him from the first minute. Working with him, I always feel that I have a colleague inside the company, not an external lawyer.’

‘Good-value, prompt, accurate advice.’

Key clients

Clinigen Group


JB Capital


Lafarge Holcim


Piraeus Bank


DIORASIS


DIORAMA


Alpha Bank


AstraZeneca S.A


Oaktree Capital Management


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund


Folli Follie


Fairfax Financial Holdings


Thrace Plastics


CSL Behring MEPE


Medtronic Hellas S.A.


IASO S.A.


Angelini SA


Hellenic Dynamics Plc


Sarantis


PQH S.A.


Sony


Motor Oil Hellas


China Energy Group


Ferrovial S.A.


Blackstone/HIP


WELLA HELLAS MEPE


FAIS GROUP


Athens Water & Sewerage Company (EYDAP)


Aegean Airlines S.A.


Premia Properties S.A.


Hellenic Dynamics


FHL Kiriakidis


Trade Estates REIC (member of Fourlis group)


Worldline


GEK Terna


Arrow Resources


Grivalia Management (member of Eurobank)


International Real Estate Company (member of Eurolife)


National Energy


Aquila Capital


COPENHAGEN INFRASTRUCTURE NEW MARKETS FUND I K/S


Piraeus Bank SA


Cepal Services and Holdings SA


Dromeus Capital Group


Paulson & Co. Inc


Berlin Packaging Group


Hellenic Post SA


ELTA Courier SA


Work highlights


  • Advised Motor Oil Hellas on the acquisition of circa 30% of Ellaktor, together with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Anemos, the RES branch of Ellaktor.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank SA on the completion of the sale of leasing portfolios held by Piraeus Bank’s leasing entities, resulting in the reduction of the non-performing exposure of the bank.
  • Advised the EBRD on the preparation of a corporate governance report for listed companies and banking institutions to be published as part of the EBRD’s reporting on EU corporate governance practices.

Your Legal Partners

The ’highly business-savvy’ team at Your Legal Partners has vast experience of handling high-value IPOs, multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, and complex joint ventures. The practice frequently assists global investment firms, state privatisation funds, and multinational corporations with the full spectrum of day-to-day corporate and commercial advice, with a particular focus on corporate governance measures. From Athens, Maria Golfinopoulou and Katerina Politopoulou co-head the group, both counting antitrust and particularly merger control issues among their specialisms. Fotini Mavrikaki is knowledgeable on share purchase agreements and Prokopis Linardos is an expert in privatisations, whilst Nikolas Christopoulos and Katerina Christodoulou are also noted as key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Fotini Mavrikaki; Prokopis Linardos; Nikolas Christopoulos; Katerina Christodoulou


Testimonials

‘This law firm offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response times, business acumen and industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money. The depth and breadth of their knowledge ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs successfully and provide high-quality, innovative legal solutions in the increasingly complex area of legislation and practice.’

‘Katerina Christodoulou is an excellent legal advisor with numerous strengths and qualities such as good judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’

‘A highly business-savvy team, with a great combination of legal knowledge and business sense. They are responsive to tight timelines, their fees are reasonable and they incorporate AI technology into document review.’

‘Maria Golfinopoulou is willing to accommodate all of clients’ legal needs, irrespective of time and other difficulties. She is willing to take the extra step for her clients in all aspects of her legal engagement. She is an excellent team manager with great business acumen.’

‘Adaptability and flexibility. Good analytical and research skills with attention to detail. Good time and project management, problem-solving and communication.’

‘Highly motivated individuals who demonstrate solid technical skills, flexibility and client focus. We particularly appreciate the partner involvement, time efficiency and value-for-money pricing.’

‘Katerina Christodoulou is an excellent professional with a good balance of interpersonal skills and technical capabilities and expertise.’

‘Very willing to help and very responsive. The team is experienced in a variety of topics, which makes it a one-stop shop.’

Key clients

Hyundai Hellas SA


KIA Hellas SA


HIG Capital


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund


FCAG S.A


JTI Hellas SA


SEKAP SA


EOS Group


ELTREKKA S.A


PREMIA S.A.


Th. Vassilakis Group (Autohellas)


PharmaPath SA


Mouhalis Group


PRIMALAFT


Mirova


Work highlights


  • Represented Autohellas, the master franchisee of Hertz International in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Ukraine, in a private tender process for the €65 million acquisition of FCA Greece S.A by a consortium consisting of Autohellas and Samelet.
  • Advised Autohellas on the €39 million acquisition of 90% of the share capital of Portuguese company HR Aluguer de Automóveis S.A., the franchisee partner of Hertz International in Portugal.
  • Acted for HIG Capital in connection with its €90.10 million investment in major Greek logistics company Orphee Beinoglou SA.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Described as a ‘very detailed and agile’ practice, Zepos & Yannopoulos specialises in advising Greek and global clients on high-profile M&A transactions, as well as regularly handling due diligence matters and drafting shareholders’ agreements. The team demonstrates vast knowledge in the renewable energy and hospitality spheres, often leveraging its expertise in overseeing corporate restructurings and project financing initiatives. In Athens, Stefanos Charaktiniotis and Athina Skolarikou co-head the group, specialising in cross-border corporate transactional work and reverse mergers, whilst Antonis Giannakodimos focuses on market regulation in the retail and wholesale sectors. Danai Falconaki is knowledgeable in bankruptcy law and Mariliza Myrat is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stefanos Charaktiniotis; Athina Skolarikou


Other key lawyers:

Antonis Giannakodimos; Danai Falconaki; Stathis Orfanoudakis; Mariliza Myrat; Sofia Tzianoumi; Nadia Axioti


Testimonials

‘Athina Skolarikou, Stefanos Charaktiniotis, Mariliza Myrat and Danai Falconaki are excellent to work with.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos has a great team of very experienced lawyers. They can address all the legal, corporate and tax issues in a transaction.’

‘The team is very detail oriented and agile and is able to address the particularities of each project successfully.’

‘A great law firm, with specialised lawyers for every issue.’

‘A strong team across the board that works closely with its clients and gets to know their business. They provide regular summaries on the matters handled for us and advice about upcoming legal changes where relevant.’

‘Antonis Giannakodimos is extremely responsive and gives clear advice, and works hard to maintain the relationship with the client and to provide support.’

‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis has exceptional experience in M&A projects.’

‘They have very good legal, technical and negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Mondelez International


Kefalonia Fisheries


Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel


Conrad Hilton


Club Med


Le Collectionist


Nova Wind


Wesfort Capital


Triathlon


LMEY


Work highlights


  • Advised leading telecoms provider United Group on its company restructuring following its €100m takeover of Nova Telecommunications Single Member.
  • Advised Iberdrola, global leader in renewable energy, on the proposed acquisition of Volterra, the energy production, trade and supply company of Greece-based international construction group AVAX.
  • Advised HELLENiQ ENERGY on the €130m acquisition of a cluster of SPVs owning a 204MW photovoltaic park.

AKL Law Firm

Displaying extensive expertise in assisting local and multinational clients with the structuring of high-profile corporate transactions, AKL Law Firm is renowned for its ‘responsiveness, market intelligence and efficiency’. The practice is especially strong in the real estate and infrastructure spaces, routinely navigating the legal and regulatory landscape applicable to privatisation projects and tender processes. In Athens, ‘creative’ practice head Alexandros Kosmopoulos is an expert in acquisition and project finance matters, and George Zohios specialises in commercial and M&A mandates, whilst the ‘commercially astuteKostas Fatsis is noted for his work on complex corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kosmopoulos


Other key lawyers:

George Zohios; Kostas Fatsis


Testimonials

‘I have had the distinct pleasure of working with AKL Law Firm and can vouch for their unparalleled expertise in the legal realm. Their team demonstrates a profound understanding of the law, meticulous attention to detail, and a steadfast commitment to their clients.’

‘I highly recommend Kostas Fatsis for his impeccable legal acumen and unwavering dedication to clients. His meticulous approach, combined with his sharp analytical skills, consistently yields positive outcomes for my company. Kostas is not only an expert in the field but also embodies the highest standards of professionalism.’

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos and Kostas Fatsis were both excellent in their work and collaboration with the team. Kostas was extremely efficient, commercially astute, knowledgeable and innovative in providing legal and commercial advice.’

‘The AKL team is distinguished not only by its technical knowledge but also by its responsiveness, market intelligence and efficiency.’

‘What makes George Zohios stand out is not only his technical knowledge and expertise, but also his practical approach, up-to-date market intelligence, his search for the most efficient solution and his genuine interest in the best outcome of the case. I was privileged to work with him and cannot recommend him enough.’

‘Kostas Fatsis’s commitment to our cases and his strategic thinking have consistently exceeded our expectations. We truly value the partnership with him and appreciate the personalised attention he has provided.’

‘I think of AKL Law as a boutique law firm, in that it is a relatively small team of people who give you personalised attention with results tailored to your needs. Compared to other firms, I have found them to pay great attention to detail and offer high-quality, yet practical advice. They invest in continuous learning and growth.’

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos is one of the brightest people I know, with deep knowledge of the law and unparalleled business acumen. As a result, he comes up with creative yet sound solutions to issues. Kostas Fatsis is very structured, calm yet persistent and always delivers an outstanding result on time.’

Key clients

Lamda Development S.A.


Marguerite Fund


Landis + Gyr S.A.


Convert Group


Prodea Reic


SoftOne Technologies S.A.


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)


Brooklane Capital


Yano Participation


Upstream S.A.


Shop&Trade S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advising Lamda Development on various aspects of its involvement in the EUR 7 billion Hellenikon project.
  • Acting as co-counsel to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) regarding the privatisation of two Greek regional ports (Alexandroupolis and Igoumenitsa).
  • Advising Convert, a leading e-business and e-commerce consulting firm, on the realisation of a financing round involving the entry of new private investors in the company and the renegotiation of the investment and shareholders’ agreement between the founding shareholders and the company’s institutional investor.

Drakopoulos

Advising shareholders, multinational entities, and international law firms on cross-border M&A, leveraged buyouts, and joint ventures, the Drakopoulos practice is highly regarded for its vast expertise, which spans across a multitude of industries. The team regularly handles all elements of corporate advisory issues, including corporate finance and agreements, alongside drafting complex purchase and supply contracts. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Mika Lalaouni co-head the group from Athens, with the former specialising in dealing with multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions, and the latter focusing on real estate matters. Georgia Konstantinidou regularly acts on behalf of Greek and foreign institutions, whilst Alexandros Katsantonis concentrates on public procurement affairs.

Practice head(s):

Panagiotis Drakopoulos; Mika Lalaouni


Other key lawyers:

Georgia Konstantinidou; Alexandros Katsantonis


Key clients

Orhpee Beinoglou International Forwarders S.A.


Ricardo PLC


Pepco Poland


QTerminals W.L.L.


Procaffe S.p.A.


Softone Group of Companies


Mellon Group of Companies


Reckitt Benckiser Hygiene Home


Mediterranean Gas S.A.


Italgas S.p.A.


Brook Lane Capital


TUI Group


Osborne Clarke


Wings ICT Solutions Information and Communication Technologies


Blu Kouzina Pte Ltd


Livewise S.A.


VI.DA.MA Filati S.R.L


Work highlights


  • Advised the shareholders of Orphee Beinoglou International Forwarders S.A. on the €90 million sale of their majority stake in Orphee Beinoglou to H.I.G. Capital.
  • Advised Ricardo PLC on the €27.2 million acquisition of 93% of the share capital of E3-Modelling Energy-Economy-Environment.
  • Advised Softone Group of Companies on the €2 million acquisition of CosmoΟne Hellas.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm

Hailed as ‘very professional and responsive’, the practice at Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm frequently advises international organisations, multinational corporations, and state-owned entities on all aspects of M&A and spin-off transactions. The team demonstrates strength in the projects and privatisations sphere, leveraging its vast expertise in handling both supply and investment initiatives in Greece. Athens-based Dimitris Diakopoulos leads the department, specialising in assisting with share purchase agreements and asset acquisition transactions, whilst Nikolas Avgouleas is an expert in energy and public law issues. Grigoris Livieratos focuses on capital markets matters, and Nikoletta Beneki is also noted as a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Diakopoulos


Other key lawyers:

Nikolas Avgouleas; Grigoris Livieratos; Nikoletta Beneki


Testimonials

‘Having closely collaborated with the team, I can vouch for their impressive track record of securing favourable results. We have a deep level of trust in Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm due to their consistent delivery of competent and well-documented advice. This trust is anchored in their reputation for dependability and a history of success. Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm’s commitment to results, coupled with their dedication to their clients’ best interests, makes them a standout choice.’

‘They understand our needs and use that understanding to create effective legal strategies. They are also very professional and responsive. They communicate with us promptly and effectively.’

‘Grigoris Livieratos stands out for his knowledge and proficiency in handling legal cases. His efficiency and promptness maker him a valuable asset in our work together.’

‘Over the 15-odd years that I have been working with them I have always been impressed by the quality of their legal advice, their professionalism and their tremendous expertise in major transactions, corporate law matters and privatisations.’

‘Dimitris Diakopoulos’ enormous experience and expertise in the fields of law in which he practises make him one of the top business lawyers in Greece.’

‘Nikolas Avgouleas is an excellent lawyer and a top specialist in Greek administrative law and in public tenders for the privatisation of Greek government assets and for the selection of PPP contractors.’

‘Grigoris Livieratos and Nikoletta Beneki are top lawyers recognised for their great expertise in the fields of Greek corporate and commercial law.’

Key clients

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited/Piraeus Container Terminal Sa


Cooperative Bank of Chania


Ardian Infrastructure Fund S.C.A


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund


Ellaktor S.A.


Reds S.A.


Israel Shipyards Industries Ltd – Hellenic Halyvourgia S.A.


Elbisco S.A.


Engineeers and Public Works Contractors Fund (TMEDE)


Airbus Helicopters S.A.S.


Goldair Cargo S.A.


Plasan Sasa Ltd & SK Group/Elvo Hellenic Vehicles Industry 2020 S.A.


3902427 Canada INC.


Etva VI.PE. S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advised Ardian Infrastructure Fund on the submission of an expression of interest regarding the acquisition of a 30% stake of Athens International Airport.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund regarding the second phase of the tender process for the sale of shares of Heraklion Port Authority (HPA) and the renegotiation of the concession agreement between the Greek state and the HPA.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the consortium of Israel Shipyards Industries Ltd and Hellenic Halyvourgia SA on its participation in the tender process for the sale of Volos Port Authority.

KLC Law Firm

Demonstrating vast expertise in the public procurement and construction spheres, the ‘smart and skilled lawyers’ at KLC Law Firm specialise in supporting clients in M&A transactions and restructurings. The practice is also well equipped to handle corporate and commercial issues arising from the energy, hospitality, and pharmaceutical sectors. Founding partner Kostas Loukopoulos leads the outfit. Other notable contacts include Thomais Christodoulopoulou, who is an expert in drafting complex commercial agreements, Ioanna Lazaridou and Peggy Zacharopoulou.

Practice head(s):

Kostas Loukopoulos


Other key lawyers:

Thomais Christodoulopoulou; Ioanna Lazaridou; Peggy Zacharopoulou


Testimonials

‘The whole team has been very helpful, especially Peggy Zacharopoulou, whose deep knowledge and years of experience are two elements that make her stand out.’

‘Depth of knowledge of the M&A process and the pharmaceutical industry specifically are key capabilities of the team, as well as the immediate response to and positive handling of any crisis.’

‘Not only does Thomais Christodoulopoulou have broad transactional experience, but she stands out for her commercial sensitivity and readiness to assume ownership of her client’s matters.’

‘It is a very good practice consisting of smart and skilled lawyers who deliver very high-quality work in a timely manner.’

‘Thomais Christodoulopoulou provided a very good service and was always available to discuss the legal and commercial issues (often providing valuable insight), receive instructions and deliver in a timely manner.’

‘The whole team provides exceptional services and outcomes.’

‘They are always dedicated to their work and committed to achieving the best possible outcome with their fast-paced adaptability and continuous effort. The communication is always clear and effective and their record of success is proven.’

‘KLC Law Firm demonstrates an outstanding team performance. Their organisation and case management are exceptional in comparison to other firms.’

Key clients

SIEMENS ENERGY


Domes Resort Group


BD Investments SA, Aristea Investments SA


AFEA TRAVEL AND TOURISM SA – AFEA’s shareholders


NATIONAL ENERGY GROUP


IGI POSEIDON S.A.


Grivalia Hospitality


PPF Group


Motor Oil Renewable Energy


Blue Elephant


Work highlights


  • Acted as legal counsel to Motor Oil Renewable Energy (MORE) on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Unagi, the majority shareholder in a JV with PPC for the implementation of a portfolio of 1.9 GW of solar projects.

Masouros & Partners

Consistently handling high-profile merger and spin-off transactions, the Masouros & Partners corporate practice advises domestic and international clients from across the hospitality, automotive, and energy sectors. The team specialises in assisting corporations with share subscription agreements and concurrent share capital increases. Team head Pavlos Masouros, who is described as an ‘M&A titan’, focuses on the energy sector. Nelly Peraki acts on behalf of players in the hotel and tourism industry, whilst Antonis Nikolaidis is also highlighted as a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Pavlos Masouros


Other key lawyers:

Nelly Peraki; Antonis Nikolaidis


Testimonials

‘The firm excels in corporate law and M&A.’

‘Pavlos Masouros remains a star lawyer. No one anywhere rivals him in M&A in the Greek market. Antonis Nikolaidis also stands out on the corporate side.’

‘Masouros & Partners clearly tops all the local firms we have worked with, even firms that number dozens more lawyers or firms that have been in the market for longer – the team at Masouros beats them on the ground. They are the brightest, most talented deal lawyers in Greece.’

‘What attracted us to the firm was the founder, Pavlos Masouros. He has multiple skill sets. He is conversant with a wide array of substantive legal and factual matters (and, in cross-border transactions, foreign legal regimes), assesses the parties’ relative bargaining positions in a deal and is able to communicate effectively. He is an M&A titan.’

‘Nelly Peraki is a talented partner who makes a big impact in M&A transactions by leading the due diligence exercises and ensuring everything is done thoroughly and on time. Antonis Nikolaidis deserves a mention as hardworking member of the M&A practice.’

‘The firm houses a deep bench of highly regarded transactional specialists.’

‘Pavlos Masouros and Antonis Nikolaidis are experts in their field and stand out for their responsiveness and their ability to adapt and work with counterparties from various backgrounds.’

‘Pavlos Masouros is an extremely good lawyer who people want to work on their cases. He is charismatic, confident, usually right and authoritative. He is the driving force at the firm.’

Key clients

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts


Nimaworks Ltd


Phaistos Investment Fund


Adragos Pharma


Everty (YNV Group)


Mandarin Oriental HK


Marriott International


Public Power Corporation (PPC)


Bain & Company


Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd


Veltia Greece S.A. (Greek subsidiary of Tentamus Analytics GmbH)


Glensol Energy Ltd


Lamda Pharma Limited


Société Générale & ALD Automative


Solenis


Work highlights


  • Advising on the acquisition of LeasePlan, one of the world’s leading fleet management and mobility companies, by Société Générale and ALD Automative from a consortium led by TDR Capital for a total consideration of EUR 4.8 billion.
  • Advising Solenis on a definitive merger agreement under which Solenis will acquire Diversey Holdings, Ltd. in an all-cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $4.6 billion.
  • Advising Mandarin Oriental on its investment in a hotel and villas project in Greece through a hotel management agreement for the Mandarin Oriental Athens, which will be located in the landmark Ellinikon complex in the Athens Riviera.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong reputation for advising on the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including multi-jurisdictional M&A and takeover offers, as well as capital markets issues. The team is particularly adept at handling acquisitions within the renewable energy, real estate, and pharmaceutical sectors, whilst displaying ‘collaboration and flexibility’ when addressing private equity matters. Elena Tsohou and Vassilis Koroxenidis co-head the group from Athens, bringing vast expertise in corporate and banking affairs to the outfit. Dimitris Rampos, Nikos Anagnostopoulos-Gioussas, and Sergios Karotsieris are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elena Tsohou; Vassilis Koroxenidis


Other key lawyers:

Dimitris Rampos; Nikos Anagnostopoulos-Gioussas; Sergios Karotsieris; Christina Korinthios


Testimonials

‘Collaboration and flexibility.’

‘Understand the business environment and the pharmaceutical world.’

Key clients

Independent Power Transmission Operator (Ariadne)


National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Cepal, doValue, Eurobank, Piraeus Bank and QQuant


Blantyre Capital Limited


Copelouzos Group


Damco Energy S.A.


Strix Holdings LP (part of Blantyre Capital Group)


CAF S.A.


Neuraxpharm Arzneimittel GmbH


InnovaSea Systems, Inc.


RWE Renewables Hellas S.A.


Ameresco, Inc


AIG Europe S.A.


Papapolitis & Papapolitis

Consistently undertaking legal restructurings, leveraged buyouts, and multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, the members of Papapolitis & Papapolitis’ team are highly praised as ‘effective communicators and collaborators’. The practice has extensive experience of advising clients on strategic cooperation agreements, acquisition financing issues, and corporate transformations, while Athens-based co-head Nicholas Papapolitis supports funds and investors in major international transactions. Co-head Evi Tsilou focuses on joint ventures, whilst Elmina Chadio brings expertise in group restructurings to the department. Anna Pavlaki concentrates on insolvency law issues, Erna Kritikou is knowledgeable in relation to private acquisitions, and Antonia Rountou is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou


Other key lawyers:

Elmina Chadio; Anna Pavlaki; Erna Kritikou; Antonia Rountou


Testimonials

‘Nicholas Papapolitis has expertise in investments.’

‘They understand the complexity and time pressure that our cases demand and are able to provide solid solutions.’

‘Nicholas Papapolitis and Elmina Chadio are very friendly and reachable, hands on and able to provide sound solutions.’

‘A small and agile team, who are always accessible, are experts in their area of practice, and are effective communicators and collaborators.’

‘Evi Tsilou and Elmina Chadio are experts in the fields they advise on and always accessible when you need them.’

Key clients

ECM Partners


Emil Frey Group


Fidera Group


Cedar Capital Partners Ltd


Varde Partners


Taconic Capital Advisors


Lamda Development S.A.


Intracom Holdings S.A.


Intralot Group


Intracom Properties Single Member S.A.


Depa Commercial S.A.


Invel Real Estate Group


Prodea Investments REIC


London and Regional Properties


Work highlights


  • Advised Intracom Holdings S.A., an ATHEX-listed entity, on its corporate transformation into a listed investment company with a capacity of EUR 0.5 billion and on the incorporation of several subsidiaries and the spin-off of business sectors.
  • Advised ECM Partners in the EUR 500 million acquisition of the Pavlidis Marbles Group and on the acquisition financing facility granted by the National Bank of Greece.
  • Advised Depa Commercial S.A., the incumbent gas company in Greece, on the EUR 415 million acquisition of 29% of Alexandroupolis Electricity Production S.A. and the project finance granted by the National Bank of Greece for the exploitation of an 840 MW CCGT power plant in Alexandroupolis.

Rokas Law Firm

Fielding a team of ‘exceptionally professional’ lawyers, Rokas Law Firm has in-depth expertise in assisting its clients with complex spin-offs and M&A transactions, along with regulatory compliance issues. Operating out of Athens, Alkistis Christofilou is an expert in restructurings and the integration of financial conglomerates in Greece, Christos Theodorou specialises in general commercial law issues, and Antonios Tsavdaridis has vast experience in international trade law proceedings. Dimitrios Chatzimichael is knowledgeable on insurance law affairs, and Alexis Foskinis is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Alkistis Christofilou; Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis


Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Chatzimichael; Alexis Foskinis; Andriani Kantilieraki; Sofia Getimi


Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are: they are well organised, with broad experience, and are active listeners.’

‘Christos Theodorou has great expertise, and is willing and able to address even the more complicated cases.’

‘The team are exceptionally professional and care about the client. They are always available to provide advice and act on the client’s benefit.’

‘Practical, knowledgeable, willing to utilise their industry expertise, flexible.’

‘Rokas were quick to get a cross-disciplinary team together to work on the matter and they were tenacious in attaining the results required.’

Key clients

SNA Europe


Alufix


Binance


Trowers & Hamlins


Porsche AG


Nautilus SA Yacht Equipment


BeginiNGS Plumcare


Lekos Group call centres


Kinetta Beach Hotel


Foundation for Policy Alexandros Papanastasiou


Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE


bioMerieux SA


Takeda


Tapestry Global Compliance Partners


Swiss Re


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund


Hogan Lovells International LLP


LG Electronics Hellas S.A.


T-Mobile


Parsons


Roche Hellas SA


Vertex Pharmaceuticals


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP


REDS


MetLife


Baker McKenzie LLP


AIG Europe SA – Greece Branch


Alpha Bank S.A.


Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm

Providing bespoke advice to financial advisers, funds, and investors on all aspects of corporate transactions, ranging from public and private M&A to joint ventures, the Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm team is characterised as being ‘very responsive’ and ‘experienced’. The practice displays in-depth sector strength in financial services, insurance, and hospitality, whilst routinely supporting sovereign funds in implementing strategies relating to investment schemes. Evangelos I. Lakatzis and Thenia Panagopoulou lead the group from Athens; the ’committed’ Lakatzis specialises in venture capital matters, and Panagopoulou focuses on post-transaction restructurings. Eleni K. Likou is noted for her work in the private equity sphere.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Lakatzis; Thenia Panagopoulou


Other key lawyers:

Mantha Varela; Roula Koumparouli; Stergios Frastanlis; Eleni Likou; Iliana Papapostolou


Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced in venture capital structures, investment processes, shareholder agreements and M&A in general. It was also good that the team was equally experienced in several markets and jurisdictions.’

‘Apart from the high quality of services and advice, the whole team was very responsive and available even at short notice. We also liked that answers to our questions were properly justified based on the law and market practices.’

‘In our experience, potential clients will feel valued and prioritised. The team and the people at Saplegal are always responsive in their communication and in a way that feels personal. There is very good collaboration with the attorneys – they always keep us informed about the legal process. There is a mix of seasoned professionals and well-trained associates. Their billing is quite clear and transparent.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is a professional in whom you can trust, and with whom you can build a long-lasting relationship. He has deep knowledge and expertise, pays attention to detail, and communicates clearly and in a manner that means even complex legal concepts can be understood. I have also worked with Iliana Papapostoloiu on a number of cases and I have been impressed by her diligence, deep knowledge and work ethic. She has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and she has often contributed to the cases we have worked on.’

‘The company has a long track record of supporting us in M&A transactions of various types and can always come up with a solution.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is always putting his client’s interests first and advises based on the end result.’

‘A very capable team, easily adaptable to new businesses and challenges.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is very committed to meeting strict timelines and always delivering the targets set.’

Key clients

Elbridge Capital Management


Dromeus Capital Group


Snowfall Limited


Attica Bank


Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations S.A.


EOS Capital Partners


Eleven Fund III Cooperatief U.A.


Arch Group


5G Ventures S.A. – Phaistos Investment Fund


Archeiothiki S.A.


Neuropublic Information Systems and Technologies


Elikonos 2 S.C.A SICAR


Alexander S. Onassis Foundation


Hellenic Development Bank of Investments


Eurobank S.A.


CNL Capital


Institute of Life


Euroclinic S.A.


SMERemediumCap Fund


Interamerican Life Insurance Company S.A.


New Energy Partners


CBL (Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Laboratories) Patras S.A.


Swaplanet


Global Finance S.A.


AIMS Group of Companies


Work highlights


  • Advised Hellenic Development Bank of Investments, an entity wholly owned by the Greek state, in relation to its participation in Uni.Fund II A.K.E.S., a fund investing in innovation and technology transfer.
  • Advised Εlikonos 2 SCA SICAR and EOS Capital Partners on their joint investment (together with Pyletech Group) in Medfrigo Group.

Sarantitis

Consistently advising prominent domestic and international enterprises from the finance, industrial, and media sectors, the Sarantitis team has a ‘good track record’ of drafting share purchase agreements and facilitating shareholder negotiations. The practice demonstrates significant activity in the M&A space, routinely assisting energy and IT companies with all aspects of the transaction process. Based out of Athens, Dorotheos Samoladas is an expert in commercial law and restructuring issues, whilst Alexandros Metaxas specialises in corporate and financing matters. Dolly Kostara focuses on regulatory compliance affairs, and Antonis Katsigiannis concentrates on the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas


Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Metaxas; Dionyssia Gamvrakis; Dolly Kostara; Terina Raptis; Antonis Katsigiannis; George Dedes; Persi Mavraki; Vanessa Argyrou; Nadia Liouliou; Charis Anastasopoulos


Testimonials

‘It is a legal firm that can cover all our legal needs at corporate level. It is exceptional as it combines great expertise with an excellent understanding of our business needs, providing options and solutions.’

‘The most important quality is the deep know-how regarding the corporate environment and adjustment to business needs.’

‘A wide spectrum of technical skills, the ability to respond quickly to a variety of matters affecting a sole transaction, in-depth knowledge of M&A transactions affecting listed companies (among others), a good level of understanding from all the team members involved, availability and swift turnaround.’

‘The team stands out for its ability to respond to a variety of serious matters, work under pressure and generally to get the deal done.’

‘Sarantitis has handled corporate matters of our firm for decades. They have a good track record in corporate law and strong knowledge of day-to-day issues.’

‘Sarantitis stands out due to its exceptional team strengths, which ensure the highest level of legal services, making it a top choice for potential clients seeking a unique, fully committed and client-focused law firm. When compared to other firms, this practice sets itself apart through its deep understanding of the law, ensuring comprehensive and efficient legal solutions.’

‘The individuals I work with distinguish themselves through their exceptional expertise, dedication, and unwavering commitment to delivering top-notch legal services, setting them apart from competitors while embodying qualities I highly value, such as professionalism and time management.’

Key clients

Mytilineos S.A.


Ideal Holdings S.A.


Maillis Group


Casino Rhodes S.A.


Printec Group


Neptune Lines Group


Verania Ltd (Bazaar Supermarket)


PCCW Global Group


Sarmed Logistics S.A.


EDL Hellas Ltd


Yama Hellas S.A.


Zim Hellas S.A.


Geberit


Work highlights


  • Advised Mytilineos S.A. Group on the full acquisition of Unison Facility Services S.A.
  • Advised Mytilineos S.A. Group on the full acquisition of Watt+Volt S.A.
  • Advised S.I.C.C., a member of the Ideal Group S.A., on the sale of ESM Effervescent Sodas Management Ltd to the Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.

Tsibanoulis & Partners

Counting financial institutions, private equity firms, and multinational conglomerates amongst its clients, the practice at Tsibanoulis & Partners has extensive expertise in assisting with M&A transactions and share capital increases. The team is regularly involved in complex corporate transformations and oversees the transfers of shares, as Athens-based Dimitris Tsibanoulis has a strong background in dealing with capital markets, corporate, and regulatory compliance issues. Anna Apostolaki is an expert in joint ventures and demergers, and Konstantinos Antonakis focuses on corporate governance matters, whilst Sofia Kizantidi is knowledgeable in commercial law affairs.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tsibanoulis; Anna Apostolaki; Konstantinos Antonakis


Other key lawyers:

Aristeidis Goulandris; Sofia Kizantidi; Tina Kamilaki; Kanellos Klamaris; Eleni Kozmai


Key clients

Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP)


Domiki Kritis SA


Domiki Energeiaki SA


Aegean Baltic Bank


Work highlights


  • Advised DomikiKritis SA, a prominent Greek construction company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a 29% ownership stake in the company by Cyprus-based Adamas Group Ltd.
  • Advised Domiki Energeiaki SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of a publicly listed company, on a merger with two affiliated entities.

Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm

Based out of Athens, the ‘fast, effective, and exceptionally responsive’ practice at Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm consistently advises on multi-jurisdictional corporate matters, ranging from M&A and spin-offs to private equity and venture capital issues. The ‘excellentTheodore Pistiolis has broad expertise across the TMT, energy, and real estate industries, and Katerina Simopoulou acts on behalf of investment firms and insurance companies, whilst Themistoklis Giannakopoulos is a renowned expert in corporate security affairs, and the ‘knowledgeableDimitra Gkanatsiou focuses on all forms of corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Pistiolis; Dimitra Gkanatsiou; Katerina Simopoulou


Other key lawyers:

Themistoklis Giannakopoulos; Evgenia Apostolopoulou


Testimonials

‘Dimitra Gkanatsiou always delivers what is asked of her on time. She has an understanding of the limits and red lines in contract negotiations and is always available to discuss further possible concerns that the client may have. Excellent knowledge of the legislation.’

‘Dimitra Gkanatsiou is knowledgeable and has a keen eye for detail. She has strong analytical skills, is a hardworking and passionate person, and is unquestionably motivated by getting the job done. Theodore Pistiolis is an excellent lawyer with vast experience in many legal areas. His approach is business-oriented, and he handles our problems as if they are his own.’

‘Dimitra Gkanatsiou has strong expertise in corporate law and issues of corporate governance and she has the ability to explain to her clients the most complex issues in simple words. Always a good legal advisor.’

‘The whole team is always fast, effective, exceptionally responsive, and delivers value for money. The combination of corporate, transactional and real estate law expertise is unbeatable and verifies their excellent market reputation. The services provided by Andersen Legal are of high quality, with a deep understanding of the construction sector and business environment.’

‘Theodore Pistiolis’ professionalism and dedication have made him a trusted counsel of ours.’

‘A great team that works with accuracy and speed. Theodore Pistiolis possesses broad corporate law expertise and experience which adds value. Theodore can lead the whole team in a way that is reflected in the final deliverable. He is solutions driven.’

‘Andersen Legal is a longstanding and reliable partner. Katerina Simopoulou possesses extensive knowledge, commercial intelligence and is very well equipped to assist with our requirements. The response times are very good and we have a successful and smooth working relationship.’

‘Theodore Pistiolis is an excellent business counsellor, and is extremely competent. He has a proven track record in successful cases, and can lead a whole team of lawyers, motivating and inspiring them to never compromise unless they achieve the best possible results.’

Key clients

Allianz Trade (Euler Hermes)


Engie


Chep Hellas


Intrakat


Netcompany-Intrasoft


Gefsinous


Saint Gobain


Alpiq Energy


Green Volt


Segafreddo


Heron Group


Eurobank Asset Management


Praktiker


Work highlights


  • Advised Lamda Development on the acquisition of an equity stake in R Energy 1 group of companies.
  • Advised Green Volt on the acquisition of Menelou IKE, a company licensed to operate a 24 MW wind park.
  • Advised Gefsinus on the acquisition of a majority equity stake in Top Kraft.

Avramopoulos & Partners

Spearheaded by Athens-based Vassilis Avramopoulos, the team at Avramopoulos & Partners has vast expertise in commercial contract negotiations, high-profile joint ventures, and corporate governance matters. Routinely providing a ‘great sense of legal security’, Barbara Angelopoulou specialises in drafting commercial agreements and agency contracts, whilst Athanassios Avgeros is an expert in contractual matters in the banking and finance sector. Vicky Kolintza focuses on shipping and yachting-related transactions, and Yanna Antonopoulou is also noted as a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vassilis Avramopoulos


Other key lawyers:

Barbara Angelopoulou; Athanassios Avgeros; Vicky Kolintza; Yanna Antonopoulou; Eleftheria Bagouraki


Testimonials

‘We find their services helpful and efficient due to their on-time and accurate responses. The lawyers with whom we cooperate have at their disposal extensive knowledge on the subject and show commitment to the successful resolution of the matter. We particularly appreciate and value the work of Barbara Angelopoulou and Athanassios Avgeros.’

‘Barbara Angelopoulou is always working at the highest professional level and she gives clients a great sense of security.’

‘Vicky Kolintza and Yanna Antonopoulou are brilliant. The way we communicate and solve all issues is optimal and their client service is above and beyond.’

‘A forward-thinking practice whose reputation goes far beyond Athens and Greece.’

‘The A&P commercial, corporate and M&A practice is one of the best I have worked with, providing high-quality advice in a timely manner, while the A&P team has helped me through tough negotiations with clients and suppliers, always with a positive result for my business. I also appreciate the transparency in their billing methods.’

‘Athanassios Avgeros is distinguished by his ability to understand clients’ needs and provide advice which goes beyond problem solving. He is devoted to finalising matters in the most appropriate way for the clients so as to further their interests and actively contribute to their progress with their positive approach to cases.’

‘They are very friendly and approachable, and try to explain each situation to us in a simple and understandable way. They are patient with our questions.’

Key clients

Hard Rock International


Hydro buildings Systems S.A.


The Nielsen Company


Nielsen Consumer


Karma Group of Companies


Hill International


Federal Express Corporation


AT & T GNS


NCR Hellas S.A.


Chorus Call Hellas S.A.


Bonatti Spa


Warner Media/HBO


Nueria Properties S.A.


OFC Aviation Fuel Services


Algosystems S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advising Hard Rock International with regard to the development of an integrated resort and casino in the area of the former Athens airport.
  • Advised Maytag Aircraft on establishing its presence in Greece for the purpose of performing a fuel supply contract in the Souda Bay naval base.
  • Advised Loop Inc in relation to its entrance to the Greek market, including on the compliance of international contracts with Greek law.

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership

Described as a team with ‘knowledge, skills, and a professional attitude’, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership is adept at solving corporate, commercial, and M&A matters, particularly within the pharmaceutical, technology, and commodities sectors. In Athens, Julia Pournara and Lia Vitzilaiou co-head the outfit, with the former specialising in handling commercial transactions and compliance matters, whilst the latter focuses on M&A, antitrust, and EU law issues.

Practice head(s):

Julia Pournara; Lia Vitzilaiou


Testimonials

‘Perfect teamwork and technical knowledge and ability.’

‘The main characteristics of the individuals are their resourcefulness, kindness, experience, and knowledge.’

Knowledge, professionalism, effectiveness, and prompt delivery.’

‘Prompt service, knowledge, skills and a professional attitude. I would like to give a special mention to Lia Vitzilaiou.’

‘Deliver a high quality of legal services on time and as requested. Availability on request and accurate in meetings and discussions. Excellent knowledge of local and European law and directives, adapted to our specific cases. Good use of new technology. Collaboration is of a high standard. A commercial attitude and human approach when applicable. Billing is always reasonable and aligns with an accurate analysis of the services provided.’

‘They are always available upon request, reachable by email, phone, and Teams meetings, and respect our business needs and deadlines. The advice and services delivered are always to the point and in the client’s interests.’

Key clients

Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH


MIRUM HELLAS S.A


Missoni SpA


HELLAS GOLD S.A


Kotsovolos S.A. (Currys)


Cisco Interworking Systems Hellas Société Anonyme


3M Company


Aquila Capital Management GmbH


HELLENIC HALYVOURGIA S.A


GRUP MEDIAPRO S.A


Cepal Hellas Financial Services Single Member S.A.


United Technologies International Operations INC


GAP Pharmaceuticals SA


Orchestra Hellas Société Anonyme Children’s Clothing Commerce


Yara Hellas Société Anonyme Commerce of Fertilizers


Honeywell International Inc.


ENERGIZER INTERNATIONAL INC.


Voestalpine Böhler Welding Hellas S.A – Welding consumables


Work highlights


  • Provided full transaction support services to Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH with regard to an intended acquisition in the local market.
  • Assisted Missoni SpA with the cross-border merger with its Greek subsidiary and the registration of a Greek branch.
  • Assisted Hellas Gold S.A. with regard to the design and implementation of a merger with an affiliated company, as well as with the identification and fulfilment of the necessary regulatory requirements and notifications.

Politis & Partners

Representing Greek publicly listed companies and major industrial and commercial corporations, the ‘standout’ practice at Politis & Partners is highly regarded for negotiating complex commercial agreements and assisting with venture capital investments. In Athens, Vangelis Politis and Emmanouil Savoidakis demonstrate ‘exemplary qualities’ when handling IPOs and company law issues, whilst Angeliki Saratsi is an expert in M&A transactions. Nikolaos Anastopoulos has expertise in the energy sector, and Dimitrios Theodoropoulos shows ‘commitment’ when tackling regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis; Angeliki Saratsi; Emmanouil Savoidakis


Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Theodoropoulos; Nikolaos Anastopoulos


Testimonials

‘The P&P commercial and corporate practice is undoubtedly a standout practice. Their uniqueness lies in their unwavering commitment to understanding the intricate complexities of our industry. This deep industry knowledge sets them apart and allows them to provide us with highly tailored and strategic legal advice.’

‘Their responsive and proactive approach to legal matters has consistently resulted in timely and effective solutions.’

‘I would like to highlight the exemplary qualities of Vangelis Politis and Emmanouil Savoidakis. Their expertise and dedication have been instrumental in guiding our company through numerous legal challenges and strategic decisions. Vangelis’ ability to provide forward-thinking legal counsel has been invaluable to our company’s growth and success.’

‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is a consummate professional with a knack for providing practical solutions to complex legal issues. His dedication to our company’s success is palpable in every interaction.’

‘I would like to specifically highlight the outstanding qualities of Angeliki Saratsi. Her dedication, legal acumen, and responsiveness have consistently impressed us. She goes above and beyond to ensure that our legal needs are met promptly and effectively. Her ability to communicate complex legal concepts in a clear and understandable manner is truly exceptional.’

‘Vangelis Politis is an attorney who demonstrates remarkable leadership and strategic thinking. His legal insights have played a pivotal role in guiding our group through various legal challenges, ensuring that we make informed decisions.’

‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is known for his meticulous attention to detail and a deep understanding of our industry’s regulatory landscape. His guidance has been invaluable in helping us navigate complex legal compliance issues.’

‘Nikolaos Anastopoulos has a unique ability to provide practical solutions to legal problems. I would also like to commend Dimitrios Theodoropoulos for his dedication and commitment.’

Key clients

Nexta Capital Partners Ltd.


Alexandrion Group


Naftogaz of Ukraine


Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)


Bausch Health Group


Sun Chemical Publication Hellas S.A.


Abbott Laboratories (Hellas) S.A.


SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)


Bosch Rexroth Group


NetData Inc.


V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.


Survey Digital


Metavallon VC


Work highlights


  • Advising tech start-up Netdata Inc. on various corporate matters and agreements with its investors.
  • Advising Starlink – SpaceX in connection with the launching of its broadband internet satellite services in Greece.
  • Advising alcoholic beverage producer Alexandrion Group on establishing its presence in the Greek market.

PwC Greece | Vizas - Katrinakis and Associates Law Firm

Covering a wide spectrum of disciplines, including M&A, corporate and commercial law, alongside real estate and energy, the PwC Greece | Vizas - Katrinakis and Associates Law Firm team has in-depth expertise in handling corporate transformations and complex share purchase agreements. The team displays broad experience in dealing with all financial, tax, and legal due diligence aspects of transactions, with Vassilios Vizas frequently acting on behalf of banks, private equity funds, and active investors. Elias Siskos focuses on privatisations, investments, and divestments, whilst Spyros Valvis is an expert in corporate and commercial affairs.

Practice head(s):

Vassilios Vizas; Elias Siskos; Spyros Valvis


Testimonials

‘Excellent cooperation and efficient communication. Ability to work with foreign investors to protect their interests.’

‘Always available to discuss and explain complicated legal issues. The individuals’ professionalism and knowledge of Greek corporate and tax law helps clients to properly evaluate the risks and take commercial decisions as necessary.’

‘A flexible and easygoing team, which goes the extra mile to meet tough project requirements. They pay attention to detail. Custom-made and transparent billing policy, with no surprises beyond the agreement. An inclusive team with great management.’

‘Our key contact person was Vassilios Vizas. He is very responsive, and easy and fun to work with. Great team management and always on duty.’

‘The team is strong, solid, capable and very easy to work with.’

‘They are very competent technically and our relationship with them is unbeatable.’

‘What stands out is the team’s high level of expertise, valuable input and commitment to meeting their clients’ requirements in the best way.’

‘A very well-structured and organised team with members who respect each other and cooperate in an excellent way to support the client’s business.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank S.A


Olympia Group Ltd


Pancreta Bank S.A


Molgas Energia S.A.U


ECM PARTNERS, INC


Athenian Brewery S.A


Augmenta Holding SAS


PPC SA


Dimosia Epicheirisi Aeriou Anonymi Etaireia (DEPA S.A)


Smeremediumcap Limited


Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A


Work highlights


  • Advised Alpha Bank on the spin-off of its merchant acquiring business unit to a newly established payment institution and its joint venture with Nexi.
  • Advised Smeremediumcap Ltd on the acquisition of a controlling stake in ESA Security Solutions S.A. through its facility management subsidiary Cordia S.A.
  • Advised Augmenta Holding SAS and its founders in the context of the transfer of approximately 90% of its share capital to the company under the trade name CNH Industrial N.V, including through the exercise of employees’ share options.

Sagias and Partners Law Firm

Sagias and Partners Law Firm has extensive experience of acting on behalf of Greek and international clients in company buyouts, M&A and complex contractual negotiations. The practice has particular expertise in the engineering, energy, and infrastructure spheres. Athens-based practice heads Nikolas Sagias and Eleni Siouti are experts in procurement and corporate scenarios, and Athena Papikinou has in-depth knowledge of drafting commercial agreements, whilst Olga Marinou is also highlighted as being integral to the group.

Practice head(s):

Nikolas Sagias; Eleni Siouti


Other key lawyers:

Athena Papikinou; Olga Marinou


Testimonials

‘For yet another year, their team managed to deliver a high-calibre legal product without any reduction in quality or speed of delivery.’

‘Due to her multinational experience and solid academic background, Eleni Siouti seems to us very punctual and productive in what she is doing. She was by our side every step of the way and she was always happy to assist and explain to us even the most obvious details and information. In addition to our extensive experience of working with Eleni, all the associates at the firm were available and willing to inform us accordingly whenever we needed help with procedural issues.’

Key clients

ELEUSIS 2023


TEKAT ATE


Nera Pigon Grammou S.A. (GRAMMOS WATERS S.A.)


ADELTE GREECE SINGLE PRIVATE COMPANY


ENERGY YPERIONAS (member of Tsakos Energy Group) – ILOS JOINT VENTURE


Energy Yperionas SA (member of Tsakos Energy Group)


TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING GMBH & LAHMEYER HOLDING GmbH


TET-ESTEL A.S.


RAFINA PORT AUTHORITY SA


Apivita Commercial & Industrial S.A. (member of Puig-Group)


Smart Holding


Work highlights


  • Advising ΦΑETHON, a joint venture of Energy Yperionas (a member of Tsakos Energy Group) and ILOS, on drafting the establishment agreement.
  • Advising Adelte Transporte y Servicios EFS and Adelte Greece Single Private Company in the field of commercial matters.
  • Advising Eleusis as the 2023 European Capital of Culture.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm

Counting NASDAQ-listed companies and international consulting firms amongst its key clients, Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm delivers a ‘high quality of work’ in relation to multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions and loan restructuring matters. Eleni Tsoukala and Constantinos Kapitsinos head the practice from Athens, with the former bringing vast expertise in advising on joint ventures and complex corporate restructurings in the banking, TMT, and real estate industries. Ioanna Moumtzoglou advises global investment groups and majority shareholders.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Tsoukala; Constantinos Kapitsinos


Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Moumtzoglou


Testimonials

‘High quality of work, excellent knowledge of the industry, and a strong presence in meetings with clients.’

‘Both Eleni Tsoukala and Ioanna Moumtzoglou stand out for their professionalism and excellent knowledge of the market.’

‘Exceptional in their support of M&A transactions from a Greek law perspective. Great collaboration in complex projects and the ability to work well with international law firms.’

‘Eleni Tsoukala and Ioanna Moumtzoglou are a dedicated team, with excellent drafting skills and great negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Dentons


Sidley Austin


Alpha Bank


FMC Corporation


The Olayan Group


The Viohalco Group


Work highlights


  • Advised a major multinational group on the global multimillion-euro sale of its worldwide subsidiaries, including all of its Greek activities by way of a share sale.
  • Advised the majority shareholder of Chipita S.A., one of the largest producers of salty and sweet snacks in Central and Eastern Europe, on certain post-closing matters relating to the sale of its business to Mondelēz International, Inc. for approximately $2 billion.
  • Advised a real estate company in Greece on the multimillion-euro acquisition, renovation and further development of a hotel complex located on a Greek island.

Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch

Virginia Murray heads the corporate practice at Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch, bringing extensive expertise in the Greek infrastructure and energy sectors to the group. The team has vast expertise in negotiating joint ventures and funding agreements, as well as routinely guiding its domestic and international clients throughout all stages of projects, ranging from licensing and construction to refinancing and maintenance.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Murray


Testimonials

‘WF&W has extensive experience and a deep knowledge of the renewables sector in Greece and has always provided valuable advice and support during our longstanding relationship.’

‘This team has a significant quality that we have never seen in other legal teams – it is fair to both parties! Often firm’s tactics mean a lot of bargaining and lots of wasted time and expenses, but the WF&W M&A team has a very different approach and the job is done fast.’

‘We have found each attorney to be of a high calibre and knowledgeable in the renewable energy space.’

Key clients

Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited


Impax Energy


Next Energy


Purenergy S.A.


Inter Energy


Solegreen Limited


Nofar Energy


Cero (part of Macquarie Group)


Total Eren S.A.


European Bank for Reconstruction & Development


Metka EGN Limited


Jasper Wind Hellas S.A.


Emergya Wind Technologies (EWT)


547 Energy (Quantum Energy Capital)


Cantreva S.A.


Baywa R.E.


Alpha Bank S.A.


Themeli S.A.


National Bank of Greece S.A.


RF Energy S.A.


A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

Representing Greek and international clients in complex, cross-border commercial matters and corporate restructurings, the ‘very responsive and detail-oriented’ team at A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm displays extensive expertise in the manufacturing, music, and insurance sectors. Operating out of Athens, Kriton Metaxopoulos leads the department, routinely advising shareholders on issues related to corporate governance and mismanagement. Achilleas Christodoulou is experienced in handling commercial and tax law matters.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos


Other key lawyers:

Achilleas Christodoulou


Testimonials

‘Both Kriton Metaxopoulos and Achilleas Christodoulou were very helpful and supportive. They guided us through all the steps and their focus was on us as the client.’

‘The individuals are very responsive and detail-oriented in their work.’

Key clients

Abela Group of Companies


Arion Enterprises Inc.


Artificial Grass Specialists


Athletic And Cultutal Facilities of Athens P.C


Dolphin Hotel – Naxos Island


Fromageries Bel Hellas S.A.


Gondol Plastik Sanayi Ve Dis Ticaret Ltd Sirketi


Greek Association of Music Publishers (Eleem)


Konica Minolta


Musou Music Group Ltd


Navadan Denmark


Olympic Commercial and Touristic S.A. (Avis Rent-A-Car)


Psichogios Publications


Relkon Hellas S.A.


Victory Entertainment S.A.


Work highlights


  • Handling all the corporate and commercial issues of the Greek subsidiary of a multinational French dairy products company.
  • Handling the corporate cases of one of the largest research agencies in Greece, including drafting and examining various commercial contracts.
  • Assisted a Danish company, a worldwide leader in cleaning and maintenance solutions for vessels, with expanding its business in Greece through the operation of an office in Athens.

AP Legal

Demonstrating significant expertise in corporate transactions of all levels, including M&A, joint ventures, and divestments, AP Legal’s team provides ‘excellent client service’ when representing multinational insurance companies and global professional services firms. Based in Athens, the ‘exceptionalAris Papaspyridis and the ‘excellentAlexandra Argyropoulou co-head the practice, both specialising in complex restructuring projects and divestments.

Practice head(s):

Aris Papaspyridis; Alexandra Argyropoulou


Testimonials

‘Great ability to work with our team, oversee the drafting of contracts and ensure that all the legal aspects are considered in the company’s activities.’

‘Exceptional client service. Deep domain expertise in all corporate matters in Greece. Fast turnaround time. Good value.’

‘Aris Papaspyridis provides exceptional, client-focused service. He provides clear advice and is extremely helpful on a moment’s notice to address wide range of corporate matters.’

‘AP Legal offers particular strengths in corporate and M&A matters and is likewise well versed in handling cross-border transactional work. Aris Papaspyridis is an expert in structuring M&A and company takeovers.’

‘Alexandra Argyropoulou is an excellent asset for the firm. Always available, exceptionally efficient and focused on finding a solution rather than pinpointing the problem. She is a very trustworthy and pleasant colleague to work with. Aris Papaspyridis is very experienced, able to give authoritative advice, prompt and readily available, with international transactional experience.’

‘I have always found Aris Papaspyridis very knowledgeable and responsive (and commercial).’

‘AP Legal is a well known international boutique law firm with a proven transactional track record for both domestic and international clients. What I need to point out is the AP Legal team’s exceptional handling of cases, either complex or more straightforward. The team works in a very tight organisational scheme to produce outstanding results for any commercial matters that is asked to handle.’

‘Deep understanding of deals, smart, business-oriented solutions and a distinctive driving force and dedication are the characteristics of its people. Aris Papaspyridis’ totally international outlook and exceptional communication and legal skills stand out.’

Key clients

ASP Inc.


BACARDI HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER LTD (under Liquidation)


KSB


MARSH & MCLENNAN


EDGEQ INC


SYNEOS HEALTH


Parsons Corporation


MOVANDI Inc


H.B. Fuller


NEUROSOFT S.A.


MCOMS S.A.


TIS


ELECTRON HOLDING


VENETIS S.A.


KUK HELLAS


INVOS


COSMOPOLITAN INVESTMENTS


Work highlights


  • Assisting KSB with its ongoing engagement in the Greek market by providing advice associated with the distribution channels of its products in Greece.
  • Advised Marsh McLennan during the rationalisation of its global corporate structure.
  • Advised Hungarian renewable energy project developer and investor Electron Holding on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of a Greek entity operating in the Greek energy production sector.

BallasPelecanos Law

Regularly handling complex joint ventures, representing SPACs, and managing inbound investments, the BallasPelecanos Law team is highly praised for its ‘professionalism and knowledge’ when advising multinational corporations. In Athens, Gregory Pelecanos is an expert in the energy, defence, and construction industries, whilst Grace Katsoulis focuses on shareholder agreements and disputes. Dimitrios Giannimaras is also knowledgeable regarding commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos; Grace Katsoulis


Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Giannimaras; Apostolia Daskalou; Nikoletta Nagy


Testimonials

‘BallasPelecanos is distinguished by its excellent training, professionalism, and the ethos of its members, as well as the speed of responses to any client request or query. It is also very familiar with the use of new technologies, which should be added to the positives of the services provided.’

‘All members of the staff  of BallasPelecanos stand out for their courtesy, as well as for their professionalism and knowledge, making the overall experience of working with this law firm excellent. For each issue that arises, targeted proposals are quickly provided with full analysis and specific costing, thus making our cooperation particularly efficient.’

‘Gregory Pelecanos stands out for his experience, knowledge, and availability.’

Key clients

Microsoft


Ford Motor Hellas


Volvo Car


Ralph Lauren


Ermenegildo Zegna


Europ Assistance (Greek branch)


Mexx Fashion


SAS Institute


TotalEnergies


GEK Terna S.A.


NUR Energy Ltd


Heron Thermoelectrical I and II SA


Moet Hennessy Hellas


Columbia University


Danos Property S.A./DNS Holding S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advised on the establishment of the Greek subsidiary of the well-known Columbia University in the City of New York, which will operate a lifelong learning centre in Athens.
  • Advised DNS Holding on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Danos Property S.A. (formerly Moiris S.A.).
  • Advising both Nur Energie Ltd on its commercial discussion with Supcon, a Chinese EPC company, and Prenecon, a Greek energy plant construction company, with regard to the potential acquisition of Nur Energie Greece.

Iason Skouzos & Partners

Fielding a ‘young, dynamic, and enthusiastic’ practice, Iason Skouzos & Partners offers a range of services, including advice on tax, company, and commercial law issues. The team has significant strength in handling M&A and corporate restructurings, with Athens-based co-heads Theodoros Skouzos and Angeliki Stathopoulou specialising in corporate due diligence, contract law issues, and public procurement. Afroditi Vasileiou focuses on real estate transactions, and Dimos Georgakopoulos is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Theodoros Skouzos; Angeliki Stathopoulou


Other key lawyers:

Afroditi Vasileiou; Dimos Georgakopoulos


Testimonials

‘Iason Skouzos & Partners can meet the legal requirements and challenges of a client in an effective and efficient way. Among the team’s strengths are dedication, integrity and the ability to provide proactive advice on future challenges that may affect the company.’

‘Angeliki Stathopoulou has huge experience and very deep, detailed knowledge of company law.’

‘Theodoros Skouzos is always available and committed to providing the proper assistance. He has profound expertise in tax law and corporate matters and can provide high-quality advice.’

‘The team are responsive and, above all, personable. This is extremely important when dealing with time-sensitive and complex issues.’

‘Theodoros Skouzos’ long experience and knowledge of business in general and his expertise in commercial and tax law make him a unique advisor on business matters in Greece.’

‘Angeliki Stathopoulou always accommodated a lot of our requests and managed to get back to us when we requested. She is intelligent, calm, funny, and professional.’

‘Strong leadership by Theodoros Skouzos. Excellent communication skills. Able to form valuable business partnerships based on trust and honesty.’

‘Iason Skouzos & Partners is a young, dynamic and enthusiastic team of highly skilled professionals, covering a wide range of legal services.’

Key clients

Active Control Group


Street Brands S.A.


Creative People


Airlex Hellas Hellas AETBE


Qivos


Angelos Saliaris and Ansal Enterprises


Nokia Solutions and Networks


Diamantis Masoutis S.A.


Work highlights


  • Providing legal support to Greek telecoms company IEN S.A on contract drafting and negotiations, and internal corporate matters.
  • Provided support on a broad scope of corporate law issues, including undertaking the establishment of a business, the expansion of activities in the Greek market and advising on future business strategies, to VIS Management, MBC Sustainability, MEK Food Trade and Calidad.

Law Offices Papaconstantinou

Based out of Athens, and headed by the ‘highly skilledEleni Papaconstantinou, Law Offices Papaconstantinou has vast experience of advising on M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, and shareholders’ agreements. Papaconstantinou has extensive expertise in distribution and private equity matters, George Risvas regularly assists clients with unfair competition and real estate issues, and Mike Rossonis focuses on public procurement affairs.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papaconstantinou


Other key lawyers:

George Risvas; Mike Rossonis


Testimonials

‘Our tenure as longstanding clients of Law Offices Papaconstantinou has been nothing short of exceptional. Their professionalism, profound legal expertise, and consistently high-quality work are qualities we deeply appreciate.’

‘Eleni Papaconstantinou is a highly skilled lawyer with a keen commercial sense and exceptional efficiency.’

‘Mike Rossonis is dedicated and goal-driven, making it a pleasure to collaborate with him.’

‘An extraordinary knowledge of both the Greek idiosyncrasies and reality and European requirements, which makes for a professional collaboration.’

‘Eleni Papaconstantinou’s best qualities are her good and all-round knowledge of the law and her ability to get straight to the point and find solutions that best serve our organisation’s needs and objectives.’

‘What distinguishes Mike Rossonis is his great communication skills, his sound judgement and his perseverance. He is always available, very friendly, quick and efficient.’

‘Great commercial knowledge and client centricity. Always willing to consult with clients. Able to deal with ambiguity.’

‘The office has a solid reputation for professionalism, dedication to clients, solid knowledge of commercial and real estate law, and a strong network both at national and at international levels.’

Key clients

Papastratos (Philip Morris International affiliate)


Omikron Holdings SA


Latania Beach SA


S. Leon & Co SA


Aristocrat SA


All Experts SA


Action Finance Initiative |Microfinance Institution SA


Souriadakis Tsibris

Consistently advising international financial institutions and major investment funds, the team at Souriadakis Tsibris displays ‘thorough knowledge’ when handling corporate restructurings, M&A transactions, and high-value IPOs. Based in Athens, Michael Tsibris and Pigi Konstantinou co-head the practice, with the former specialising in capital markets transactions, whilst the latter acts on behalf of clients on company formation matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tsibris; Pigi Konstantinou


Testimonials

‘They have the ability to first understand their client’s objectives and then protect their interests to the highest degree. Due to this mentality, they have structured their team in such a way as to enable them cooperate effectively. They always update their thorough knowledge of the legislation and jurisprudence as well as familiarising themselves with modern software and standardisation systems in order to offer innovative solutions to their clients.’

‘Each member of Souriadakis Tsibris’ team is specialised in one particular field of interest and has the ability to provide the solution in any legal matter that may occur. They offer quality legal support in every case and the deliverables are always on time. In every transaction, they take extra care in keeping close, personal contact with their client so as to handle every step in a productive manner.’

Key clients

Mytilineos SA


KLM shareholders (Lappas Family)


Gr Sarantis SA


Genepharm SA


Energy Aspects Ltd


Work highlights


  • Advised Mytilineos in relation to Fairfax’s increase of its existing participation in the company by EUR 100 million, through a combination of stock purchase and of a specially issued exchangeable bond loan.
  • Advised the controlling shareholders of I. Kloukinas-I. Lappas S.A in connection with the sale of their 46.6% stake in KLM to Intracom S.A., acting together with its newly established subsidiary Intracom Properties S.A.
  • Advised Gr Sarantis SA on its sale of its 49% participation in the JV with The Estée Lauder Companies for an aggregate price of €55.2 million.

V.D. Ikonomidis & Associates Law Firm

Counting corporations from across the IT, pharmaceuticals, and real estate sectors amongst its clients, the ‘effective and reliableV.D. Ikonomidis & Associates Law Firm covers M&A, shareholders' agreements, and business transformations. In Athens, Vassilios Ikonomidis is an expert in all aspects of corporate and commercial issues, whilst Despina Valtzi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vassilios Ikonomidis


Other key lawyers:

Despina Valtzi


Testimonials

‘The lawyers are really focused on understanding first your requirements, then the general concept of what they include, and finally delivering your options accordingly.’

‘The team possesses an in-depth understanding of the entire M&A lifecycle, offering clients a one-stop solution for all their M&A needs. VDI Law Firm is adept at integrating insights from various disciplines, ensuring that clients benefit from a comprehensive perspective, encompassing not just the legal, but also the financial, operational, and strategic facets of a deal.’

‘Despina Valtzi and Vassilios Ikonomidis stand out for their responsiveness, which is a beacon of their professional ethos, ensuring timely and effective communication every step of the way. It’s not just about reacting swiftly, but about doing so with accuracy and depth, and this team mastered that delicate balance.’

‘Despina Valtzi and Vassilios Ikonomidis have been the very embodiment of dedication and professionalism throughout the entire deal process. Their fairness in negotiations and discussions was a testament to their integrity, ensuring that every interaction was balanced and just.’

‘Vassilios Ikonomidis is an excellent team leader and problem solver, with acute business acumen. Despina Valtzi has excellent knowledge and displays a high level of professionalism.’

‘They are all exceptionally responsive and resourceful, giving us the results we need. They are also genuinely nice people – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Effective and reliable. Great collaboration and communication. Prompt replies to requests. Kind people and good professionals.’

‘Broad expertise, especially in commercial subjects. Always contactable, with very good and clear communication. Transparency with all the issues and with billing.’

Key clients

Agile Actors Hellas S.A.


Applicative Ventures S.A.


InnovativeOne P.C.


Alba Textile Agency Sole Shareholder Co. Ltd


Leriva Group of Companies


Original Senses P.C.


Maritime Impact General Partnership (E.S.G. Shipping Awards)


Allwyn Information Technology Systems Single Member S.A.


Camelot Global Lottery Solutions Ltd.


Karanikolas Group S.A.


Parapolitika S.A.


Exelixis S.A.


Neotex S.A.


Optimum S.A.


Jasol Properties Investments P.C.


Work highlights


  • Advised Agile Actors Hellas on the acquisition of 80% of its share capital by Austrian Post.
  • Advised Karanikolas Group S.A. on its asymmetric partial demerger in accordance with Laws 4601/2019 and 4935/2022.
  • Advised Parapolitika Group on the merger by way of absorption between three companies of the group.