Bernitsas Law has ‘deep knowledge‘ of the corporate and M&A market, with extensive experience in advising private equity funds and international investors on the acquisition of Greek assets, in addition to handling major demergers and restructurings. The team also assists with day-to-day business issues, corporate governance, commercial contracts and regulatory compliance, with a wide-ranging client base that also includes leading domestic companies, SMEs, financial institutions and state agencies. Lambros Belessis is an expert in structuring, documenting and negotiating commercial transactions, focusing on advising international companies with a presence in Greece. He co-heads the practice with Nikos Papachristopoulos, who is noted for his advice on acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies. Other notable contacts include managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas and Evi Kitsou, an expert in commercial agreements and regulatory compliance.
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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Greece
Lambros Belessis; Nikos Papachristopoulos
Other key lawyers:
Panayotis Bernitsas; Evi Kitsou; Yannis Seiradakis; Linda Vasaka; Sofia Kontou
‘A strong M&A, commercial and corporate practice with a deep knowledge of the sector.’
‘Lambros Belessis and Evi Kitsou stand out for their ability to help their clients reach their goals.’
‘Linda Vasaka is careful to pull in experts and to ensure we fully understand any and all local legal risks. Her documentation is always complete and timely. She was readily available when we needed her advice.’
‘A great team of lawyers who always listen and explain legal issues clearly and precisely. They are also always extremely responsive to any questions.’
‘Evi Kitsou and Lambros Belessis are standout partners.’
‘They are service oriented and work well as a team, with excellent knowledge of the local market.’
‘It is an honour to work with Nikos Papachristopoulos and profit from his unique experience and knowledge.’
‘Although the legal framework recently changed, Nikos Papachristopoulos was very well informed and provided us with the best legal advice, meaning we were very well prepared and protected.’
Alvarez & Marsal
AIG Group of Companies
Amerra Capital Management LLC
BMW Group of Companies
CRS Liknoss SA
Cyprus Popular Bank Co Ltd.
Diesel Hellas SA
Fresenius Kabi Hellas SA
Hellenic Healthcare Sàrl
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)
Hipoges Iberia SL
Investment Bank of Greece SA
Lundbeck Hellas SA
Media Saturn Holding GmbH
Mubadala Industry Holding Company PSJC
National Bank of Greece
North Star Group
PUMA AG / PUMA SA
RCS Europe Sarl
Saint Gobain Group
Solvay Chimika SA
The Hellenic Republic
UPS of Greece
- Advised CVC on the acquisition of 99.47% of Vivartia, as well as on the financial restructuring of Vivartia’s bank debt.
- Advised Crown Holdings Inc on the Greek leg of its definitive agreement to sell 80% of its European Tinplate business to KPS Capital Partners LP for approximately €1.9bn.
- Acted as Greek law counsel to CVC Capital Partners’ Fund VII in connection with its acquisition of 90.01% of Ethniki Insurance from NBG.
Karatzas & Partners‘ ‘deeply knowledgeable‘ corporate and commercial team stands out for its focus on transactional work, particularly large and complex M&A, often with a financial element. The sizeable team has extensive international experience, handling cross-border transactions across a range of jurisdictions, including Romania, France, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany and Cyprus. The firm’s international reach is bolstered by its collaboration with leading global law firms such as Shearman & Sterling LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Reed Smith LLP and Milbank. Managing partner Catherine Karatzas, who is also admitted to the New York Bar, leads the practice. Alexandros Metallinos, Alexandra Kondyli and Anna Manda, who has a focus on M&A in the TMT and pharma sectors, are also key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandros Metallinos; Christina Faitakis; Vassiliki Salaka; Georgios Minoudis; Anna Manda; Nikos Fragos; Alexandra Kondyli; Angeliki Tsatsi
‘Very thorough and well organised.’
‘Good communicators. They provide an excellent analysis of the issues and propose solutions.’
‘The partners showed an outstanding ability to find solutions and convince the counterparty.’
‘Deeply knowledgeable and has an understanding of the market and the people.’
‘Anna Manda has excellent legal knowledge and is focused on results.’
‘Anna Manda is an experienced lawyer with solid knowledge, who is eager to address the client’s requests and support their interests while respecting the deadlines.’
‘Karatzas & Partners covers all the legal needs of a corporation in M&A, commercial and corporate matters. It is an extremely experienced and client-focused team with excellent business sense.’
‘Alexandros Metallinos is experienced, creative and focuses on the solution rather than the problem.’
Piraeus Bank S.A.
Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
EDP Renewables EUROPE SLU
Dromeus Capital Group (UK) Ltd
Prodea Real Estate Investment Company
CNP Assurances S.A.
Marfin Investment Group Holdings S.A.
Sitecore Corporation Holding II A/S
The shareholders of Chipita S.A.
- Advised Eurobank S.A. on Project Cairo, an innovative corporate transformation plan that included a merger, a multi-asset securitisation of NPEs with a gross book value of €7.5bn, a demerger, and the contribution in kind of part of notes issued in another multi-asset securitisation.
- Advised Lamda Development S.A. on the acquisition from D- Marinas B.V. of the DOGUS Group of the remaining 50% of the shares of Lamda DOGUS Investments S.A.
- Advised doValue SPA in respect of its acquisition of 80% of the voting shares of Eurobank Ergasias S.A.’s licensed loan servicer and subsidiary company, Eurobank Financial Planning Services.
PotamitisVekris Law Firm's 'outstanding' team is well known for its ability to act as lead counsel in cross-border transactions, with particular expertise in advising on foreign direct investment into Greece. The team also handles domestic M&A and has developed its industry focus to cover telecoms, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, food and beverages, aquaculture, and hotels and leisure. In addition, the team draws on the firm's capital markets and insolvency expertise when advising on transactions involving tender offers, delistings, cash-out mergers, refinancing and M&A involving distressed enterprises. Stathis Potamitis heads the practice and is active in M&A and restructuring. George Bersis, Alexandros Kortesis, who has particular expertise in distribution and franchise matters, and restructuring specialist Vassilis Stergiou are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
George Bersis; Alexandros Kortesis; Euripides Ioannou; Vassilis Stergiou; Theologos Mintzas; Maria Perifanou
‘Exceptional support and performance from Alexandros Kortesis.’
‘This is the first time we have worked with this firm and the experience has been outstanding. They are very knowledgeable in this field.’
‘Vassilis Stergiou is very punctual and very diligent. We highly recommend him.’
‘Superb client support.’
‘Stathis Potamitis and Vassilis Stergiou have been excellent advisers. They are committed, responsive and very solid in their advice.’
‘The team covers all of its clients’ needs, both from a legal and an industry perspective, as it has specialised people in almost every field. Compared to most legal practices, they try to solve the issues rather than telling you what you cannot do.’
‘Alexandros Kortesis has deep knowledge and gives prompt responses, which provides a competitive advantage in closing deals under any circumstances and time frame.’
‘They are experienced, honest and responsive. They always outline areas of legal risk in a focused way, allowing for the evaluation of the issues from a business perspective.’
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
Fairfax Financial Holdings
CSL Behring MEPE
Medtronic Hellas S.A.
Procter and Gamble
Oaktree Capital Management
Motor Oil Hellas
China Energy Group
Wella Hellas MEPE
Athens Water & Sewerage Company (EYDAP)
Cubico Sustainable Investments
Aegean Airlines S.A.
Pasal Development S.A.
- Advised Wind Hellas and its shareholder on a partial demerger and the creation of a joint venture.
- Advised Cardlink and Cardlink One on the sale of their shares to Worldline.
- Advised Minerva on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Pummaro and Brava.
Drakopoulos is recognised for its ‘extensive expertise, great negotiation skills and strong business acumen‘, advising major national and international businesses, including Forture 500 companies, investment funds and listed companies, on domestic and cross-border M&A, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and equity investments, and regulatory and corporate governance matters. With additional offices in Bucharest, Larnaca and Tirana, the firm is able to handle matters throughout South East Europe. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Georgia Konstantinidou jointly head the practice.
Panagiotis Drakopoulos; Georgia Konstantinidou
Other key lawyers:
Irini Galanou; Giorgos Mavrikis; Michalis Kosmopoulos
‘Diverse, broad expertise. A trustworthy, competent, efficient and business-oriented team.’
‘Great expertise and timely responses.’
‘Panagitois Drakopoulos is very experienced and very good at giving insight into the other side’s view of things and the best way of moving forward.’
‘We have been using Drakopoulos for over ten years. They respond efficiently to complex legal problems with flexible commercial solutions, helping us to achieve our business objectives. They provide high-quality, personalised and accurate advice on all queries.’
‘They have extensive expertise, great negotiation skills and strong business acumen. They are definitely value for money, with flexible fee arrangements and a cost-effective approach.’
‘Drakopoulos’ lawyers know the law and advise us on what we cannot do, but they also have the high-level legal skills to understand our business vision and assist us with realising our objectives in a secure and effective way.’
‘I would recommend Panagiotis Drakopoulos for his deep market knowledge and business-oriented approach.’
BROOK LANE SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUND
GRADISTA REAL ESTATE FUND
BULGARIAN PRIVATE INVESTORS
CLEAN EARTH CAPITAL
- Advised Air Liquide International with respect to the €54.2m sale of 98.78% of the shares of Air Liquide Hellas and its subsidiary company Vitalaire Hellas to Airsol.
- Advised Bulgartransgaz with respect to the €12.5m acquisition of 20% of the share capital of Gastrade, a leading company in the gas sector in Greece.
- Advised Brook Lane Special Situations Fund with respect to the €5.5m acquisition of Sosoros Real Estate, a single asset company which owned a premium office building in Athens.
Dryllerakis & Associates frequently handles high-profile M&A transactions, often acting alongside leading international law firms such as White & Case LLP, Baker McKenzie and Shearman & Sterling LLP. The team also assists with M&A-related due diligence, corporate governance and shareholder disputes. The oil and gas sector is a particular area of expertise for the practice, which recently advised Hellenic Petroleum on the privatisation of DEPA Infrastructure and DEPA Commercial. The team is led by the ‘outstanding‘ Emmanuel Dryllerakis, who is highly experienced in privatisations, restructurings and M&A. Cleomenis Yannikas and senior managing partner John Dryllerakis are also names to note.
Other key lawyers:
John Dryllerakis; Cleomenis Yannikas; Themelis Zamparas; Eirini Chagiou; Claire Sergaki; Leonidas Kastrinakis
‘The team stands out for its strong commitment, knowledge of commercial legal matters and problem-solving abilities.’
‘Cleomenis Yannikas, Themelis Zamparas and Claire Sergaki have deep knowledge of M&A deals and negotiations and public tender rules.’
‘Cleomenis Yannikas provides excellent responses and has in-depth knowledge of the field.’
‘Emmanuel Dryllerakis is an outstanding professional with a strong intellect who is always trying to find the optimal way forward for his clients.’
‘The team work closely together, so the client receives a total solution.’
‘The individuals work closely with the client and respond to enquires immediately. Very good client service.’
‘The team thinks outside the box and focuses on closing the transaction.’
‘Practical analysis of the case, commitment and the ability to overcome challenges with innovative solutions.’
ENEL GREEN POWER S.A.
HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A.
HELLENIC PUBLIC PROPERTIES COMPANY (HPPC) S.A.
HENKEL HELLAS S.A.
PRAKTIKER HELLAS S.A.
PRYSMIAN POWERLINK Srl
SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A.
ZEUS INTERNATIONAL CITY SEASONS HOTEL S.A.
- Advised Stoixman on the sale of the majority stake in its Greek and Cypriot operations to OPAP Group for €163.4m.
- Advised Belterra Investments on the €200m acquisition of the renowned Porto Carras resort complex in northern Greece.
- Advised Hellenic Petroleum S.A. on the privatisation process of DEPA Infrastructure and DEPA Commercial.
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm has ‘exceptional knowledge‘ of the Greek corporate and M&A market, advising on acquisitions, restructurings and privatisations. Founding partner Dimitris Diakopoulos is experienced in M&A, privatisations and investment projects, including transactions with a cross-border element, with a practice spanning the aerospace, high-tech, energy and telecoms sectors. He co-heads the practice with George Mylonogiannis, who focuses on tax and commercial disputes. Counsel Grigoris Livieratos is also noted for his expertise in company and antitrust law.
Dimitris Diakopoulos; George Mylonogiannis
Other key lawyers:
Grigoris Livieratos; Nikoletta Beneki
‘FDMA are unique in combining academic credentials, experience in both legal and business matters, and dynamism.’
‘A great team that over the last few years has produced a new generation of most promising lawyers. The firm offers quality legal services and the commercial and M&A practice stands out for the excellence of the practitioners and for their professionalism.’
‘Dimitris Diakopoulos is an expert in the fields of Greek corporate, commercial and M&A law; he possesses a brilliant legal mind combined with excellent skills in drafting and negotiating complex contracts.’
‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the legal, political and economic landscape in Greece and is unique in helping clients navigate through any difficult and complex multidimensional deals.’
‘The overall level of service rendered by FDMA is outstanding. The team is well equipped with the necessary legal knowledge. The legal and factual analysis provided by FDMA resulted in the desired outcomes in our case.’
‘An awesome team with top performers from all major legal areas. They excel at working seamlessly together in cross-disciplinary or other complex cases.’
‘Very knowledgeable partners with some star associates. They are committed, results-driven, resourceful and fast. George Mylonogiannis is the go-to lawyer for corporate tax matters while Dimitris Diakopoulos is a commercial law expert and a formidable negotiator.’
‘Dimitis Diakopoulos is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He leads a team that is the Greek equivalent of London’s Magic Circle in terms of quality, responsiveness and client base. Truly impressive.’
COSCO SHIPPING PORTS LIMITED / PIRAEUS CONTAINER TERMINAL SA
COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA
ARDIAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND S.C.A
PIRAEUS BANK S.A
AIRBUS HELICOPTERS S.A.S.
M.A. ANGELIADES, INC/ M.A. ANGELIADES S.A.
NIKOLAIDIS AFOI S.A./METALCORP S.A.
- Advised Cooperative Bank of China in relation to the establishment and the operation of a real estate investment company.
- Advised COSCO Shipping Ports Limited and Piraeus Container Terminal S.A., a fully owned subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Group, in connection with the operation of the concession of the container terminal of the port of Piraeus.
- Acted as legal counsel to Piraeus Bank regarding the negotiation, execution and closing of a series of complex transactions for the sale and transfer of a portfolio consisting of non-performing loans.
KLC Law Firm‘s ‘reputable‘ team is well versed in M&A transactions and restructurings, as well as advising on day-to-day corporate issues. At the forefront of its services are matters in the energy, hospitality and pharmaceuticals sectors. Founding partner Kostas Loukopoulos heads the team and has extensive experience in M&A, privatisations and takeovers. Other notable contacts include Peggy Zacharopoulou, who handles corporate transactions and litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Peggy Zacharopoulou; Alexandros Tsirigos; Theodore Loukopoulos; Xenofon Papayiannis
‘A reputable firm that is client orientated, with good communication and collaboration, robust knowledge of the legal sector and transparency in its dealings.’
‘Prompt communication and collaboration is what makes the difference between this law firm and their competitors.’
‘The strong points of KLC that are most worth mentioning are the ability to provide co-ordinated services on all the aspects of the transaction, and the unique combination of technical excellence and in-depth knowledge of the local market and competitive environment.’
‘The strength of the team is its realistic approach to the matters at hand combined with attention to detail.’
‘Theodore Loukopoulos exhibits great professionalism, dedication to the client’s goals and hard work. He strives to be pragmatic while protecting the client’s interests.’
‘Alexandros Tsirigos is knowledgeable and professional.’
‘We have worked with Alexandros Tsirigos and Xenofon Papayannis. What we have appreciated most is their ability to combine the delivery of the highest-quality services, in terms of technical excellence, promptness and efficiency, with an approach that is always attentive and client focused. It is also worth adding that they are also really nice people who know how to create a good and co-operative working climate.’
‘The team is composed of highly experienced, talented and entirely focused experts with distinct backgrounds who have local expertise and international business experience. The correspondence was immediate and precise, with constant feedback and adjustments.’
NATIONAL ENERGY GROUP
FIRST SENTIER INVESTORS
PAPATHEOCHARIS GROUP OF COMPANIES
PIERALISI GROUP OF COMPANIES
BOFROST* ITALIA SpA – BOFROST* HELLAS SA
SRH MARINE ELECTRONICS S.A.
MAYOR HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SA
ERDA TERRA SA
- Advised National Energy Group on all its investment activities in renewables in Greece, including the acquisition, development, construction and financing of a 275MW cluster of solar plants and the acquisition and refinancing of a 70MW portfolio of operating wind and solar plants.
- Advised First Sentier Investors on its participation in a tender launched by the Greek privatisation agency, the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, for the sale of a 100% stake in DEPA Infrastructure.
- Advised BODUM Group on various compliance issues and drafted the relevant terms and conditions intended to be used in the planned launch of its online shop in Greece.
Koutalidis Law Firm is renowned for its ‘deep knowledge‘ and ‘broad experience‘ in high-profile domestic M&A projects, including the demerger of Alpha Bank by way of a spin-off of its banking business. The team also handles privatisations and can draw on the firm’s antitrust, tax, banking and regulatory departments for support. With a strong track record in Greek and cross-border M&A transactions, Katia Protopapa co-heads the practice with managing partner Nikos Koritsas, who has complementary strengths in banking, capital markets and restructuring matters.
Katia Protopapa; Nikos Koritsas
Other key lawyers:
Yiannis Loizos; Chrysanthi Karlou
‘A great team that is eager to address complex matters and equally eager to find flexible solutions to cope with the client’s business needs.’
‘Katia Protopapa and Chrysanthi Karlou have been of great assistance to us on various projects. They are diligent, quick to respond, closely follow all legal developments and are problem solvers.’
‘Deep knowledge of the legal framework, effective approach, broad experience and very good teamwork.’
‘Chrysanthi Karlou and Katia Protopapa are very effective.’
‘They have the ability to establish dynamic teams and secure the client’s interests in a unique manner.’
‘Katia Protopapa and Yiannis Loizos stand out for the quality and depth of their knowledge in the sector, their availability and responsiveness, and their negotiation skills.’
‘I enjoyed having the honour of working with Katia Protopapa and profiting from her experience, high level of knowledge and professionalism. She also has the experience to organise teams from different legal fields and reach the best outcome for the client.’
National Bank of Greece
SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine Investment Fund
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Space Hellas SA
Carlyle / GIC
Elliot / Credito Fondiario
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)
PPC Renewables S.A.
Interxion Operational B.V.
- Advised NN Group on its €584m acquisition of MetLife’s business activities in Greece and Poland.
- Advised Alpha Bank in relation to its hive-down process by way of the spin-off of its banking business and the establishment of a new entity.
- Advised InterXion Operational B.V., a member of the Digital Realty Group, on the acquisition of Lamda Hellix S.A. (and its affiliate Storm ICT Outsourcing Services Single Member S.A.).
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm advises a wide range of clients, including SMEs, multinational corporations, banking and financial institutions, state-owned and public unity companies, and family offices. The full-service practice handles private equity transactions, M&A, joint ventures and spin-offs and, thanks to the firm’s membership of SEE Legal Group, is able to provide ‘a one-stop solution‘ for corporate issues throughout South East Europe. The sizeable team is led by Claire Pavlou, who has a particular focus on private M&A, group restructurings and joint ventures. Counsel Katerina Tzamalouka and associate Efi Palaiologou, who joined the firm from Tsibanoulis & Partners in April 2021, are also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Gus Papamichalopoulos; Theodore Rakintzis; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Konstantinos Vouterakos; Evi Dimitropoulou; Katerina Tzamalouka; Efi Palaiologou
‘Well-educated and highly experienced and qualified people with diversified backgrounds. They always explain and proactively handle cases with efficiency. The firm uses high-tech systems to keep us updated at all times with the best resources.’
‘The team has a very good understanding of business issues and helped us navigate a tricky matter. Their willingness and ability to provide creative solutions allowed us to successfully close the transaction.’
‘The team are always available to discuss questions we may have, especially Theodore Rakintzis.’
‘The team is very proactive and ready to solve any potential issue a client may have to face.’
‘Katerina Tzamalouka and Claire Pavlou understood our needs perfectly and reacted promptly to our requests.’
‘They have hands-on experience in the particularities of both local and major European markets and across several industry sectors. They provide a one-stop solution for all issues.’
‘There is professionalism coupled with a friendly approach in all interactions, and you never feel left alone with any of the issues that are dealt with.’
‘Claire Pavlou is our main engagement partner and I’ve been impressed by how she leads from the front – she actively engages with all parties, driving towards a conclusion.’
Bank of America
Enagas Internacional S.L.U
Fluxys Europe BVBA
Beat Mobility Services
Synesis Aviation Ltd
YES S.A. and Athenaeum Hotel and Touristic Enterprises S.A.
Olive Sarl and Komvos 18 S.A.
Drew Marine Intermediate II B.V.
Venture Friends 400W Cooperatief U.A.
ABO Wind AG
Uni Systems S.M.S.A.
GlaxoSmithKline Single Member AEBE
Lambadarios Law Firm is well versed in advising on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions, and also has vast experience in commercial matters, corporate restructurings, privatisations and private equity transactions. Its client base includes multinational corporations, large domestic corporates and financial institutions, and foreign funds, and the team is highlighted for its ‘deep industry knowledge‘ in sectors ranging from consumer goods and banking to energy, real estate and telecoms. Managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios, Melina Katsimi, who is experienced in M&A, company formations and restructurings, and Katerina Malanou head the practice. Prokopis Dimitriadis, Yannis Kourniotis and Chara Daouti are other individuals to note.
Constantinos Lambadarios; Melina Katsimi; Katerina Malanou
Other key lawyers:
Prokopis Dimitriadis; Yannis Kourniotis; Chara Daouti; George Panopoulos
‘Constantinos Lambadarios is very impressive. He has great client skills and deftly combines technical excellence with commercial pragmatism. He’s super responsive and a pleasure to work with.
‘Very attentive team. Quick to respond and get on the phone or provide responses by email.’
‘Melina Katsimi has good technical knowledge and is very responsive.’
‘Great team with deep industry knowledge and connections within the Greek legal market.’
‘Constantinos Lambadarios is a real consensus builder and helps find common ground between the expectations of international and Greek clients. Yannis Kourniotis is a no-nonsense, top-tier energy lawyer.’
‘Amazing team of people – very focused and very responsive to our needs.’
‘Katerina Malanou stands out for her readiness to always assist.’
‘It was an absolute pleasure working with Melina Katsimi. She is conscientious and always available to respond to last-minute queries. We worked on quite a challenging transaction together with considerable time contraints and at every stage she provided excellent advice in an efficient and timely manner.’
Epsilon Net SA and Space Hellas
DEPA (Public Gas Corporation)
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR)
Sony NoDow Hellas SA
Space X Technologies
- Advised the Greek state on the amended investment agreement with Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold.
- Advised Athinaiki and Heineken on day-to-day corporate matters involving agreements with suppliers, wholesalers and various other service providers.
- Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co L.P. on its acquisition of a 49% stake in HEDNO through its participation in the relevant public bidding process.
Masouros & Partners‘ ‘very sophisticated deals team‘ specialises in M&A, with particular expertise in acting as international counsel in cross-border transactions, particularly for foreign companies seeking to invest in Southern Europe. The team stands out for its strength in the energy sector, acting for major domestic and international clients in the industry. Pavlos Masouros leads the practice and advises key clients such as the Hellenic Energy Distribution Network Operator and the Public Power Corporation. Another notable individual is Nelly Peraki, who frequently advises Greek companies doing business in the Netherlands.
Other key lawyers:
Antonis Nikolaidis; Nelly Peraki; Prokopis Iatropoulos
‘Clearly the most reliable Greek team for corporate work, particularly for Dutch clients as they speak the language.’
‘Prokopis Iatropoulos is very solid and reliable – one of the pillars of the M&A team.’
‘This is unlike any other Greek law firm that we have worked with in the past. They are super-responsive, quick, available 24/7 and flexible with fees. We get almost real-time advice and feedback on all our questions. They have a very sophisticated deals team, capable of handling any type of corporate transaction.’
‘Pavlos Masouros has pitch-perfect knowledge of M&A. He is an elite corporate lawyer, the equivalent of M&A partners you’d find in top-tier London and New York law firms. You can’t go wrong with him. He’s fully engaged in all M&A transactions that his firm has handled for us, and clearly the best of all the corporate lawyers we’ve worked with in Greece.’
‘They are as professional and responsive as it gets. They are always quick, always there, and they take the stress away, especially if you’re overseas and have a case to handle in Greece. The people in this firm are just amazing!’
‘Prokopis Iatropoulos is really a remarkable professional. Very helpful and very patient. Able to walk us through complex matters in a calm and very efficient way. He makes things simple for you.’
‘We love working with this team. They are very proactive, very diligent, very thorough in all the advice they produce for us. A young, energetic team with state-of-the art IT facilities that assist in producing cost-effective results for our business. After the first engagement with them you don’t go back to your former counsel.’
‘We’re impressed by all the members of the team. Pavlos Masouros is a titanic figure in corporate law. He belongs on any list of top laywers in Greece. He’s practical and commercial and one of the most intelligent individuals I’ve ever met in my life in any industry or line of service.’
Tentamus Analytics GmbH
Hive Energy Ltd
Supreme Travel Centre Ltd
Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd
Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s.
Public Power Corporation S.A.
Hellenic Energy Distribution Network Operator S.A. (HEDNO)
Viva Wallet S.A.
Juul Labs, Inc.
Veltia Greece S.A.
- Advised the Hellenic Energy Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) in relation to the spin-off of a number of assets of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), prior to the setting up of a bidding contest for 49% of PPC’s stake in HEDNO, as part of the liberalisation of the Greek energy market.
- Advised Petrolina (Holdings) Public on its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Silk Oil, a Greek automotive and marine fuel retailer.
- Advised Viva Wallet on a complex share subscription agreement with a Dutch hi-tech start-up, Fraudio, that has patented certain revolutionary anti-money laundering tools for financial institutions.
Papapolitis & Papapolitis has advised on some of Greece’s largest M&A transactions in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and hospitality industries; recent highlights include advising United Group on the acquisition of Greek telecoms and pay-TV provider Forthnet. With the added advantage of a London office, the firm is well placed to advise international clients, with experience in M&A, demergers, restructurings and leveraged buy-outs. Nicholas Papapolitis, described by clients as ‘the best all-around lawyer in the Greek market‘, heads the practice alongside Evi Tsilou, who advises on M&A, group restructurings and joint ventures. Counsel Elmina Chadio is also noted.
Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou
Other key lawyers:
Elmina Chadio; Vicky Koutsopoulou; Panayiotis Papageorgiou; Konstantina Tsourouni
‘P&P is by far the most client-centric, results-oriented law firm we have worked with in Greece.’
‘They have a unique business culture and always deliver.’
‘They are very confident in the advice they provide, which is crystal clear and to the point.’
‘Nicholas Papapolitis is by far the best all-around lawyer in the Greek market.’
‘Elmina Chadio is extremely diligent, professional, hardworking and very capable in all aspects of a deal.’
‘Nicholas Papapolitis has unique expertise in large, complex M&A transactions.’
‘Evi Tsilou is a top all-around corporate and M&A lawyer. She has a wealth of expertise in M&A transactions and with her on our side it gives us comfort that a deal will close. She also very flexible and pragmatic while finding solutions to any problems that arise.’
‘The work of Nick Papapolitis stands out. When working with him, we get good value for money and are confident that he has in-depth knowledge and can bring the transaction to a close.’
KKR & Co.
London & Regional Properties
Invel Real Estate Partners
York Capital Management
Lamda Development S.A.
Philips Hellas S.A.
Fortress Investment Group
- Advised the Vodafone Group on the €1bn spin-off of its passive infrastructure assets and the creation with Wind Hellas of a joint venture company, Vantage Towers, which will combine the tower assets of both companies.
- Advised United Group on the acquisition of Greek telecoms and pay-TV provider Forthnet through the successful completion of a mandatory tender offer on the Athens Stock Exchange.
- Advised York Capital Management on its investment in the Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa, the first Banyan Tree property to open in Europe.
Rokas Law Firm provides ‘practical, commercial advice’ on M&A, particularly in the private sector, and privatisation projects in Greece and South East Europe, as well as assisting with day-to-day corporate and commercial issues with an emphasis on sectors including insurance, energy, pharmaceuticals and telecoms. In addition, the firm’s dedicated GDPR, telecoms and pharma clusters assist clients with compliance, regulatory issues and legal support work. Alkistis Christofilou, Christos Theodorou and Antonios Tsavaridis jointly head the team. Viktoria Chatzara, who was promoted to junior partner in February 2021, is also a key contact.
Alkistis Christofilou; Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis
Other key lawyers:
Viktoria Chatzara; Alexios Foskinis; Dimitrios Chatzimichael; Andriani Kantillieraki
‘The most important thing in our case was the people. Very professional, with good knowledge of the relevant legal framework and always available to explain each step of the procedure.’
‘Mostly I work with Viktoria Chatzara. She is always well prepared for our cases, friendly, responds quickly to my requests and is available to give as many details needed in order to proceed properly.’
‘The Rokas team is very responsive and approachable and gives practical, commercial advice.’
Saplegal – A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm‘s ‘top-notch‘ team is particularly active in the Greek venture capital market; notable recent highlights include advising 5G Ventures on the establishment of Phaistos Investment Fund, as part of an initiative launched by the Greek government to develop the country’s 5G infrastructure. The team has significant expertise in M&A in the financial, insurance and technology sectors, frequently assisting with investments in the field of medical technology. Venture capital specialist Evangelos Lakatzis and Thenia Panagopoulou head the practice. Senior associate Eleni Likou has particular experience in the e-commerce and electronic communications sectors.
Evangelos Lakatzis; Thenia Panagopoulou
Other key lawyers:
Dimitra Passiou; Eleni Likou; Spyridoula Koumparouli; Anastasia Fanourgaki; Chrysoula Giannopoulou
‘The deep knowledge, high level of expertise and extensive experience, along with the interpersonal skills and commitment of the whole team, make this firm stand out within the legal market.’
‘This practice is based on solid foundations, with key partners who have worked for many years at the top level. They have expertise in key areas and are very commercial lawyers who prioritise clients’ interests.’
‘The key difference of the team from other legal firms of that size and capacity is the strong business understanding, the friendly attitude and open collaboration.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. Top notch when it comes to deal execution. Extremely easy to work with while exhibiting professionalism and a positive attitude.’
‘Thenia Panagopoulou is my go-to partner for my legal needs. She is a top corporate and M&A lawyer; there is no issue that she has not adequately addressed, always keeping time pressures and urgency in mind.’
‘Evangelos Lakatzis stands out as one of the leading lawyers in the Greek venture capital sector, combining in-depth knowledge of the market, analytical and creative thinking, integrity, and strong communication and negotiation skills.’
‘Thenia Panagopoulou is at the top of her field of expertise and provides fresh ideas that really work, which is not a given when it comes to complex projects. Providing a solution in a situation that seems like a dead end is her real strong point.’
‘Eleni Likou is knowledgeable and reliable.’
5G Ventures S.A. – Phaistos Investment Fund
AMERRA Capital Management LLC
Tsakos Group of Companies
Alexander S. Onassis Foundation
Hellenic Development Bank of Investments
Institute of Life
Beijer Ref AB
Neuropublic Information Systems and Technologies
- Advised 5G Ventures S.A. (a subsidiary of Greece’s privatisation fund) on the establishment of Phaistos Investment Fund, as part of an initiative of the Greek state aiming to drive the country’s digital transformation to 5G, as well as to attract investments in the 5G ecosystem.
- Advised the Hellenic Development Bank of Investments on its potential participation, as an institutional investor, in investment schemes in the renewable energy and natural resources sectors.
- Advised Beijer Ref AB on the acquisition of a majority stake in air conditioning company Inventor S.A., its first investment in the Greek market.
Sarantitis advises clients in a multitude of industries, including military and defence, media and telecoms, and its client roster ranges from international enterprises such as Schlumberger to major local companies. In addition to M&A, the team assists with large corporate restructurings, including debt purchases and conversions to equity schemes, and management reorganisations. The practice is led by managing partner Dorotheos Samoladas, who is well versed in corporate, M&A and restructuring matters. Other notable contacts include senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis, who has expertise in the TMT sector.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandros Metaxas; Dionysia Gamvrakis; Dolly Kostara; Terina Raptis; Antonis Katsigiannis
‘The team did a wonderful and fast job of conducting due diligence.’
‘Terina Raptis and Antonis Katsigiannis understood the transaction and always kept their comments, reviews and interventions very pragmatic and objective, allowing the transaction to move forward swiftly.’
‘The team are diligent and are very careful when they provide advice. They have a business-minded approach coupled with legal expertise.’
Majority shareholders in Data Communication S.A.
Shareholders of Wind Shape Ltd
Sarmed Warehouses S.A.
Virtus International Partners
M.J Maillis S.A
Zim Hellas SA
Sarmed Logistics Single Member S.A.
PCCW Global Group of Companies
- Advised Virtus International Partners on the acquisition of a 51% stake in ESM Effervescent Sodas Management Ltd (Cyprus), a parent of Three Cents Limited (UK).
- Advised Powerbrook S.A. on the sale of its stake in CHL S.A..
- Advised the sole shareholder of Sentrade Group on the sale of all its participations in Sentrade Group.
Tsibanoulis & Partners is the only Greek member of the international law firm network Meritas, allowing it to work closely with leading firms worldwide on cross-border transactions. The team advises on strategic partnerships, joint ventures, complex restructurings, carve-outs and spin-offs, as well as assisting with related commercial, regulatory and compliance issues. Its client base consists of both national and international credit institutions, investment firms and listed companies. Dimitris Tsibanoulis leads the practice and is experienced in restructurings, mergers and demergers, and corporate governance issues. Senior associate Sofia Kizantidi is also a key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Anna Apostolaki; Marina Perraki; Emmanouil Komis; Aristeidis Goulandris; Sofia Kizantidi
HELLENIC CORPORATION OF ASSETS AND PARTICIPATIONS
DIAS PAYMENT SYSTEM
AEGEAN BALTIC BANK
NG TRAVEL SAS
UHY-FAY & Co (Aage Hempel Crame SL)
CRETAN KINGS SA
EAT CRETE IKE
- Advised the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP) and its supervisory board on general corporate and corporate governance issues, as well as participating in the board’s meetings.
- Advised DIAS Interbanking Systems S.A. on corporate governance and compliance matters.
- Advised Centric S.A. on corporate governance issues, including the drafting of a corporate governance code on the basis of the new Law 4706/2020.
The team at Your Legal Partners 'focuses on what is important from a business point of view', with particular strength in joint ventures, M&A and private equity transactions. The team's client base ranges from major companies to SMEs and technology start-ups, and it has expertise in industries including consumer goods, real estate, retail, energy and hospitality. As the only Greek member of Ally Law, it has access to a large global network. Maria Golfinopoulou regularly advises multinationals on corporate matters, with an emphasis on data protection. She co-heads the practice with Katerina Politopoulou, who focuses on the energy, pharmaceuticals and technology start-up sectors.
Maria Golfinopoulou; Katerina Politopoulou
Other key lawyers:
Anastasia Kakali; Nikolas Christopoulos; Marina Mantzana; Anna Meletiou; Prokopis Linardos; Fotini Mavrikaki; Katerina Christodoulou
‘The team’s organisational structure meets all requirements: 1. Begin with a positive approach; 2. Define the problem; 3. Address the situation from different directions; 4. Brainstorm solutions to the problem; 5. Find the best solution to solve your challenge; 6. Prepare for the worst.’
‘Fotini Mavrikaki is always willing to discuss the matter and find a solution.’
‘The team is very coordinated and organised, focuses on what is important from a business point of view and works at a fast pace.’
‘Katerina Christodoulou is an exceptional and very clever lawyer. As well as having a strong knowledge of the law, she is analytical and capable of focusing on what is important business wise in any circumstances. I am always happy when I work with her.’
‘They offer very responsive services.’
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
JTI Hellas SA
Certus Mercatus Group
Euroins Insurance Group
Hyundai Hellas SA
KIA Hellas SA
- Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in relation to the privatisation of four Greek regional ports in Alexandroupolis, Igoumenitsa, Heraklion and Volos.
- Advised HIG Capital on its investment in DIMAND through the issuance of a common bond loan and execution of a share subscription agreement.
- Advised Th. Vassilakis Group on its entry into a car leasing start-up, Instacar.
Zepos & Yannopoulos has 'excellent knowledge of the market', with a wide-ranging client base that includes multinationals such as Adidas and Nokia and major national companies such as the Greek government holding entity Hellenic Company of Assets & Participations. The team is experienced in M&A and group restructurings, while corporate compliance and advisory work is also a key pillar of the practice. The practice is led by Stefanos Charaktiniotis, an expert in M&A, cross-border transactions and restructurings, and Athina Skolarikou, whose expertise lies in corporate, commercial and consumer protection matters.
Stefanos Charaktiniotis; Athina Skolarikou
Other key lawyers:
Anastasia Makri; Antonis Giannakodimos; Stathis Orfanoudakis; Danai Falconaki; Sofia Tzianoumi
‘Whatever the subject matter, the team is always aligned internally and allocates the right resources to support the client. This makes our collaboration extremely efficient.’
‘Prompt support and a proactive approach. They always inform us of new legislative developments proactively, which makes them trustworthy and reliable.’
‘The team at Zepos & Yannopoulos has excellent knowledge of the market and is super diligent, with a commercial mindset.’
‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis is a standout partner in my view. He is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with – open-minded, commercial and focuses on getting the deal done.’
‘The strength of the team is its flexibility to adapt to the client’s needs, thanks to the diversity of its team members, who can present solutions for various interconnected issues and offer a more informed decision-making process compared to other advisers.’
‘I would recommend Zepos & Yannopoulos with the utmost confidence.’
‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis is our main partner and a pleasure to work with because of his pleasant and positive attitude. He usually leads our projects and makes sure that the job is done professionally and within the timeframe set out. He is passionate and an excellent fit for our organisation.’
‘The whole team consists of great lawyers with a good perception of the market, deep knowledge of the relevant laws and adequate resources to cover multiple requirements in a project.’
Axa Mediterranean Holding
PPC Renewables – TERNA
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
- Advised Axa Mediterranean Holding S.A on the sale of its Greek subsidiary, AXA Insurance S.A., to Italian insurance group Generali for a consideration of €167m.
- Advised Lamda Hellix on its sale to Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centre solutions.
- Advised Mondelēz International, one of the largest snack companies in the world, on the acquisition of Greek food company Chipita S.A.
The practice at Andersen Legal – Pistiolis – Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm frequently handles multi-jurisdictional matters as part of the global Andersen Legal network and is particularly active in advising on foreign direct investments, as well as assisting Greek companies with international investments. The team is led by managing partner Theodore Pistiolis and Dimitra Gkanatsiou; Pistiolis has particular expertise in advising multinationals and clients in the Greek tech start-up sector and has been appointed a member of the leadership committee for Andersen Global, and Gkanatsiou is well known for her work in M&A, corporate governance compliance and reorganisations.
Theodore Pistiolis; Dimitra Gkanatsiou
Other key lawyers:
Katerina Simopoulou; Elena Chatzaki
‘The team stand out for their deep and thorough knowledge of the legal issues under discussion; excellent follow-up processes on the issues handled; taking the initiative on actions that need to be taken; and professionalism in the handling of cases. The firm has adopted up-to-date technology in the provision of its services.’
‘Always updated on any new evolutions in their field of expertise, always willing to provide opinions and feedback on different legal cases and matters, very professional and direct in their answers and communication.’
‘The practice is unique in the sense that it combines deep knowledge and substantial experience in the subject matter, delivered with enthusiasm by a talented team of seasoned professionals, with a focus on providing value-added solutions to clients and an incomparable client experience through efficient technology-enabled delivery.’
‘The leading partner of the firm and the practice, Theodore Pistiolis, is really an exceptional professional. Theodore is to be admired for his passion for top-quality service, impeccable delivery, endless motivation of the team and unparalleled legal skills. We are also lucky to work with the very talented Dimitra Gkanatsiou, who is recognised as a top professional in the market.’
‘Strong team, sound knowledge of the subject, flexible billing and great collaboration. Theodore Pistiolis stands out for his expertise and professional and collaborative approach to the client.’
‘Very strong team. Skillful lawyers. Impressive results.’
‘We have worked with the Andersen Legal team for many years and have great cooperation based on trust. Even during the pandemic, the firm confirmed its high professional status and reputation. They have a dedicated team for us, working with a passion to deliver the best possible solution. They demonstrate deep knowledge and expertise. Through the Andersen network, the firm can offer value-added services by combining its extensive global presence and local expertise.’
‘Theodore Pistiolis provides great support, advice and a winning strategy for his clients. He also has a genuine concern and interest in our cases. He is always thinking outside the box to deliver great results. His broad experience is much appreciated, especially in relation to complex issues that need a combination of skills and knowledge. Dimitra Gkanatsiou works in a highly efficient and effective manner. Her advice is always insightful and her feedback is always to the point.’
EULER HERMES HELLAS
GEFSINOUS ABEE NOEYDAP S.A.
ALPIQ ENERGY S.A
- Advised Euler Hermes on multiple suretyship insurance transactions and proposed a contractual structure broadening the key product lines of Euler Hermes Hellas Branch.
- Advised V-Ridium on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in a Greek company which owns three wind parks in Thessaly.
- Advised Intrasoft International on the establishment and operation of an e-money institution in Greece, including the contractual framework of the transactional system and token migration.
AKL Law Firm handles complex M&A, joint ventures and commercial and corporate governance matters, and is experienced in cross-border transactions. Privatisation mandates are at the forefront of the team’s expertise; it recently advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund in relation to the privatisation of four Greek regional airports. Managing partner Alexandros Kosmopoulos heads the team and is experienced in corporate finance, acquisitions and privatisations. George Zohios is also a name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Constantine Alexiou; George Zohios; Kosta Fatsis
LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.
LANDIS + GYR S.A.
- Advised LAMDA Development S.A. on its involvement in the €7bn Hellinikon project.
- Advised Mavani Holdings S.A. on the establishment of a joint venture with Noval REIC to acquire a 17,000 sq m plot and industrial facilities owned by Ektasis Development S.A.
- Advised Hyphen Greece Ltd on the sale of Hyphen Greece, the owner of a five-star hotel in Mykonos.
The practice at Avramopoulos & Partners is active in advising on incorporations, corporate governance matters and large-scale transactions. The team also has expertise in the negotiation of commercial contracts, encompassing joint venture agreements, partnerships, advertising and sponsorships, outsourcing, and the licensing of commercial rights. Senior partner Vassilis Avramopoulos heads the practice, providing complementary expertise in tax matters. Barbara Angelopoulou and Athanassios Avgeros are also key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Barbara Angelopoulou; Athanassios Avgeros; Yanna Antonopoulou
‘They are very responsive, which clients appreciate.’
‘Barbara Angelopoulou is very commercial and responsive, and suggests practical solutions.’
‘A professional team.’
‘Highly qualified professionals.’
‘The team is specialised in contract preparation services, while providing innovative legal and consulting services. They respond and provide their feedback immediately.’
‘All the individuals are qualified, experienced and available whenever a need occurs. The greatest advantage is that they respond immediately, while being open to further questions and clarifications.’
‘We have a very good common understanding on the cases that concern us and this helps in finding quick solutions to our problems. We have good cooperation with all the members of the team, particularly Athanassios Avgeros.’
‘Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has provided timely, accurate and efficient counsel to us, performing a variety of legal services and providing advice across a wide spectrum of issues. A& P were always available to give a detailed analysis, but also knew when and how to get to the essence of the matter in an efficient manner.’
PZ CUSSONS PLC.
THE NIELSEN COMPANY
KARMA GROUP OF COMPANIES
A member of the global Deloitte Legal network, KBVL is able to deliver cross-border corporate services to multinational clients, including advising international companies on M&A, corporate restructurings and privatisation projects. Managing partner Ilias Koimtzoglou, who has extensive experience in M&A, corporate restructuring and competition law, heads the team alongside Michalis Pattakos, whose expertise spans the dairy products, hotels, insurance, gaming, retail and pharma sectors.
Ilias Koimtzoglou; Michalis Pattakos
Other key lawyers:
Lampros Anastasopoulos; Christina Valamoutopoulou; Konstantina Gkouti
‘The combination of top-notch legal expertise and knowledge of the clients’ industry, as well as the agility which is precious for in-house counsels, is what makes this practice unique and not directly comparable to many other firms in the country.’
‘Ilias Koimtzoglou is the in-house counsel’s dream partner – always there, always knowledgeable, always a strategic business partner. Michalis Pattakos shares the same rare combination of qualities and definitely has a great career ahead of him.’
‘Michalis Pattakos is a very good asset to the firm with broad capabilities in complex projects.’
‘KBVL is a unique practice because it provides practical and efficient legal solutions and is always focused on helping clients achieve their overall business and growth goals. KBVL’s lawyers have an extensive track record and experience, covering all the key sectors of business activity. Their team structure, knowledge and skill enables them to manage demanding and complex national and international projects.’
‘KBVL’s partners and associates are very detail-oriented and have a great perspective on how to approach complex legal issues. Not only are they highly competent and experienced lawyers, they also are very communicative and flexible, always interested in finding the best overall solution to each legal and business problem. They make excellent legal advisers because they have the ability to perceive any legal issue in a multifactorial way, providing each client with a tailored solution.’
‘Clear, consistent, constructive, positive and supportive.’
‘The team is structured in such way that it provides expertise to clients in an array of corporate matters.’
‘Apart from the outstanding quality of deliverables, we feel always prioritised and looked after. The efficiency with which they address all our queries is impeccable.’
SIF Ltd (Dodoni’s shareholders)
Hellenic Shipyards SA
Legendary Foods SA
AB Vasilopoulos SA
Hellenic Steel SA
Belterra Investment Ltd/Porto Carras
Lamda Development SA
The practice at Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law advises on the full spectrum of corporate matters, with a particular emphasis on M&A, privatisations, restructurings, and the formation and dissolution of companies and subsidiaries. It advises a range of Greek and international clients, often acting as local counsel to foreign firms in cross-border transactions. It also benefits from membership of the Transatlantic Law International network. Vassilios Moussas, an expert in contract and real estate law, co-heads the practice with managing partner Nicholas Moussas. Maria Malikouti has particular expertise in the drafting of corporate and commercial agreements.
Vassilios Moussas; Nicholas Moussas
Other key lawyers:
Maria Malikouti; Charalampos Kondis; Georgia Patsoudi; Konstantina Theodosaki
‘This commercially minded team provides excellent and on-point advice on Greek law and is always there for us, often under very tight time-frames.’
‘Nicholas Moussas has skills and expertise at the highest level; his wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious experience enables him to grasp the core of every matter swiftly and provide effective solutions.’
‘Vassilios Moussas is extremely diligent, responsible and on top of every issue and case, no matter the complexity.’
‘Maria Malikouti offers continuous excellent advice based on a real ability to read clients’ expectations.’
‘Georgia Patsoudi is very driven, works efficiently and swiftly understands the people of all our departments and their needs.’
‘Konstantina Theodosaki is very precise and focused.’
‘Thorough knowledge, a commercial approach to matters and swift responses.’
HUGO BOSS HELLAS LTD
KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY (former H.J. HEINZ Company)
MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.
ESA Security Solutions
- Advising Frontstage, a leading music media group specialising in radio and event productions, on all its corporate and commercial issues.
- Advising Hugo Boss Hellas Ltd, the Greek arm of Hugo Boss AG, on various corporate and commercial matters.
Norton Rose Fulbright advises a range of local and international companies, both state-owned and private, as well as multinational financial institutions. Its primary focus lies on corporate and M&A transactions in the energy, transportation and infrastructure, financial services and insurance, and hospitality and real estate sectors. With experience handling matters under Greek and English law, the team frequently advises on international transactions. Elena Tsohou heads the practice, and has particular expertise in privatisations and M&A.
Other key lawyers:
Vassilis Koroxenidis; Dimitri Sofianopoulos; Nikos Anagnostopoulos; Christina Korinthios; George Asimakopoulos
‘The NRF Greece team always pick up on the smaller details that might be overlooked at first glance. I was given a sense of comfort by their attention to detail.’
‘The team has a strong knowledge of the granularities of Greek corporate law. This was particularly valuable when drafting corporate and transaction documentation.’
Piraeus Bank S.A.
Aquila Capital Real Assets Investment Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Bausch Health Group
Aquila Capital Real Assets Investment Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
El Sewedy Electric
Massar Investments LLC
Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership handles both domestic and international matters, and as part of the EY Law network, it frequently works alongside other firms and practices around the globe. The team advises on commercial, corporate and M&A issues in industries including banking, tourism and electronics; its expertise also extends to the energy sector, with recent highlights including advising Phanes Energy DMCC on a €12m investment in the Greek solar energy sector. Eirinikos Platis, Julia Pournara and senior manager Lia Vitzilaiou lead the practice.
Eirinikos Platis; Julia Pournara; Lia Vitzilaiou
Other key lawyers:
Alexandra Balta; Martha Ntounou; Maria-Eleni Kougiatsou; Elena Gatopoulou; Kyriakos-Christos Dimitriadis
‘Excellent knowledge of legal matters, exceptional collaboration and reasonable billing.’
Piraeus Bank S.A.
Hellenic General Insurance Company SA- The Ethniki
Phanes Energy DMCC
Dixons Southeast Europe SA
Rainbow Tours SA
Free Now SA (Mercedes Benz Group)
Orchestra Hellas Societe Anonyme Children’s Clothing Commerce
GAP Pharmaceuticals SA
Swen Impact Fund for Transition
Voestalpine Böhler Welding Hellas S.A
Cisco Interworking Systems Hellas Societe Anonyme
- Advised Dixons Southeast Europe on day-to-day business matters, including commercial agreements, compliance issues, and consumer protection and competition law.
- Advised Cisco Interworking Systems Hellas on the provision of corporate secretarial services, the review and drafting of relevant corporate documentation, and its regulatory requirements.
- Advised Piraeus Bank on the acquisition of a shareholding and bonds in a Greek digital agricultural company.
Politis & Partners is experienced in M&A, corporate finance, commercial agreements and restructurings, and frequently advises publicly listed companies on corporate governance matters. Its clients include major multinationals and Greek industrial and commercial companies. The practice is led by managing partner Vangelis Politis, who has longstanding experience in privatisation and investment projects, Angeliki Saratsi, and senior associates Emmanouil Savoidakis, who has particular strength in the IT industry, and Nikos Anastopoulos.
Vangelis Politis; Angeliki Saratsi; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos
Other key lawyers:
Dimitra Rossopoulou; Dimitrios Theodoropoulos
‘The team work together in an excellent way. We are extremely satisfied with the level of service. They are also very good value for money.’
‘Vangelis Politis has great experience in all business and corporate matters. I feel extremely confident with him on our side in negotiations.’
‘Angeliki Saratsi is always well prepared and reliable.’
‘The team is diverse, with a vast spectrum of skills and knowledge. Its most important skill is its business and strategic perspective, which is not usually the strongest point of law firms. This is the differentiator of Politis & Partners.’
‘They made sure the case was watertight and always tried to picture the worst outcome ahead of time in order to avoid it. Very good collaboration with all the people we came in contact with. We felt sure we were in good hands.’
‘The team is excellent. Nikos Anastopoulos and Emmanouil Savoidakis are very responsive, knowledgeable and experienced lawyers.’
‘Vangelis Politis has remarkably broad experience in corporate law, as well as a deep knowledge and understanding of the renewables industry. His advice is always to the point. He has selected an agile and solid team.’
‘Emmanouil Savoidakis’s integrity and passion are pivotal to a good working relationship. His calm, clear advice and support in a wide range of legal matters are highly appreciated.’
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
V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.
- Advised SPI Energy Co Inc on the launching of a new electric vehicle company subsidiary, which will design and develop electric vehicles and charging solutions.
- Advised Netdata, a Greek start-up that has developed a performance and health monitoring solution for systems and applications, on completing a new round of financing totalling $14.2m.
- Advised CPI SA, a Greek technology company listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a start-up company in the field of electric car power stations.
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is particularly experienced in cross-border transactions, benefitting from its membership of the Nextlaw Referral Network created by Dentons, and also advises on significant matters in the Greek market. Recent highlights include its advice to the majority shareholder of Chipita on the $2bn sale of its business to Mondelēz International. Managing partner Eleni Tsoukala, who has extensive experience in M&A, joint ventures and restructurings, heads the practice. Senior associate Ioanna Moumtzoglou is also a key contact.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have worked with many top law firms in Greece and can safely say that the diligence, knowledge, expertise and responsiveness of this team in corporate and M&A transactions is unrivalled.’
‘No transaction is too big, too complex or too cross-border for Tsoukala & Partners. They are true experts in this field.’
‘Eleni Tsoukala has been instrumental in the closing of major cross-border transactions and can always be relied upon to find solutions even when there appear to be none. The range and depth of her knowledge in M&A and corporate matters and her commercial and pragmatic approach set her far apart from other lawyers.’
‘Ioanna Moumtzoglou is a rapidly rising star who always displays sound judgement. Her input on transactions is invaluable and she always delivers work of an exceptional quality. It is also remarkable how well she manages to strike a balance between attention to detail and the bigger picture.’
‘The legal services provided were excellent. Ioanna Moumtzoglou was always available to answer questions and to guide us through.’
‘They have excellent knowledge of Greek corporate law and are commercially savvy.’
The Olayan Group
The Viohalco Group
Delivery Hero SE
- Advised the majority shareholder of Chipita S.A. on the sale of its business to Mondelēz International, Inc. for approximately $2bn.
- Advised a foreign investment group on the potential acquisition of a majority shareholding in a construction and development company based in Greece.
- Advised a foreign investment group on the proposed formation of a joint venture to acquire luxury hotels.
Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch is particularly active in M&A matters in the energy sector, with recent highlights including advising Wattcrop on a joint venture with Cero Generation to develop its portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects. The team handles M&A, privatisations and the establishment of companies, and has notable strength in cross-border transactions, with the ability to provide English law advice from the Athens office as well as the benefit of an international network.Virginia Murray leads the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Nikolaos Kostikas; Marisetta Marcopoulou; Maira Galani
‘This firm offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response times, business acumen, industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, the strength-in-depth of the team and value for money. Their depth and breadth of their knowledge ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs successfully and provide high-quality, innovative solutions.’
‘Marisetta Marcopoulou is an excellent adviser with numerous strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’
‘The team’s responses and advice are always swift and to the point, supported by extensive experience and expertise in Greek law. Billing is very transparent and always includes breakdowns.’
‘We highly appreciated the prompt, to-the-point advice from the experienced partners and of course their associates.’
Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited
United Overseas Group Ltd (UOG)
547 Energy International Europe
- Advised United Overseas Group Ltd on the acquisition of United Arab Chemical Carriers Limited.
- Advised Blue Elephant Energy AG on the acquisition of operational solar parks in Greece with a total capacity of 45MWp from ABO Wind AG.
- Advised Wattcrop on a joint venture with Green Investment Group’s portfolio company Cero Generation, which will initially focus on developing Wattcrop’s existing solar photovoltaic portfolio.
AP Legal advises Greek and international clients across an array of matters, with expertise in M&A, private equity transactions, joint ventures, divestments and general corporate work. The team has experience in various sectors, including telecoms, technology, financial services and pharmaceuticals. Aris Papaspyridis and Alexandra Argyropoulou head the practice.
Aris Papaspyridis; Alexandra Argyropoulou
Other key lawyers:
Ioannis Nakis; Virginia Kokios; Stella Basiadaki
‘AP Legal stands out from other law firms thanks to its responsiveness and devotion to its clients’ needs.’
‘Aris Papaspyridis is characterised by his practical and strategic mentality, which, combined with his profound experience in various international transactions, makes him stand out from other law practitioners.’
‘Alexandra Argyropoulou is highly experienced in all corporate and commercial transactions and is distinguished for her passionate approach towards any case she engages with.’
‘An excellent team, especially Alexandra Argyropoulou, who is very reactive to all our business needs.’
‘Aris Papaspyridis and Alexandra Argyropoulou are excellent examples of the values of AP Legal: trust, understanding and responsiveness. They combine legal knowledge that is tailored to the client’s business sector with a lot of effort, efficiency and commitment.’
‘I am working closely with Aris Papaspyridis, who is taking care of our company’s matters. In my view, he stands out for his integrity and exceptional responsiveness, no matter how busy is he. He is also stands out for his business-oriented approach, always trying to provide simple solutions to complex matters.’
BACARDI HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER LTD
EUCLID TRANSACTIONAL UK LTD
PALADIN CAPITAL GROUP
COSMOPOLITAN INVESTMENTS S.A
GREEN INVESTMENT GROUP
- Advised Green Investment Group in the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of a local entity trading in the energy production sector.
- Advised Electron Holding, a leading Hungarian renewable energy project developer and investor, on its acquisition of 100% of the share capital of a Greek entity trading in the energy production sector.
- Advised Tesla Inc on the establishment of its subsidiary in Greece for the purposes of the operation of an R&D unit on the design of electric motors.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC stands out for its advice to the Greek subsidiaries of major multinationals on establishing new corporations, compliance issues, and acquisitions and investments in the local market. In particular, the team has expertise in the automotive, technology and energy sectors. Gregory Pelecanos and Grace Katsoulis lead the team.
Gregory Pelecanos; Grace Katsoulis
Other key lawyers:
Theodore Konstantakopoulos; Nikoletta Nagy
‘Very responsive, competitive rates, easy and friendly to deal with.’
‘Gregory Pelecanos is approachable, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and immediately puts you at ease.’
‘In my opinion, it is the people at the firm that make it unique and special. They have great communication in both Greek and English. They are very responsive and help with coordinating many different teams.’
‘My team’s main point of contact is Grace Katsoulis, and she has been instrumental in making all of the work as smooth a process as possible. Over the years, the global climate has made some aspects of international business difficult. Grace and her team have adapted to all changes and never let it affect the service they provide.’
Europ Assistance (Greek branch)
- Assisted Microsoft with establishing a commercial entity to run new data centres as part of the set up of a Microsoft cloud region in Greece.
- Advised Capture One on establishing Capture One Hellas, its Greek subsidiary.
- Advised Volvo Greece on the provision of corporate maintenance and commercial services relating to the launch of the V40 EV Recharge motor vehicle.
Iason Skouzos TaxLaw focuses on advising international clients, drawing on its origins as a tax firm to assist with Greek commercial and tax issues. The team’s advisory work covers company formations, contract negotiations, corporate due diligence, and M&A and restructuring. Managing partner Theodoros Skouzos heads the practice, with experience in company, commercial, contract and tax law.
Other key lawyers:
Angeliki Stathopoulou; Dionisis Xenos; Veatriki-Maria Angelaki
‘Skuozos’ team in the corporate and M&A field is amazing. Their legal knowledge is brilliant. When we work on a project with them, we feel very safe in terms of their knowledge of Greek law.’
‘We have worked with Theodoros Skouzos. He has brilliant deal management skills and deep transactional knowledge. He can manage communication with both sides of the deal perfectly.’
‘The whole team is professional and excellent. They provide prompt and expert advice, which is always business friendly. They are very meticulous and knowledgeable in national and international business, and are very capable of finding the best solution for a particular client.’
‘All of the lawyers we have worked with are excellent, but the partner that stands out is Theodoros Skouzos. He is smart, prompt and thinks outside the box.’
Nokia Solutions and Networks
Bocconi University, Greek Alumni Association
Qivos We Create Customer Loyalty S.A.
Diamantis Masoutis S.A.
Elements Global Services INC
Gewista- Werbegesellschaft m.b.H (Austria)
Sunjka Attorneys & Consellors at Law
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP
Street Brands S.A
- Advised Elements Global Services on the establishment of a local subsidiary in Greece, and on solutions for the interim management.
- Advised Street Brands S.A. on all the company’s commercial leases, including renewals and the drafting and negotiation of new lease agreements.
Boutique firm Law Offices Papaconstantinou is active in advising on M&A, corporate restructurings, shareholders’ agreements, distribution, franchise and commercial agreements, and the restructuring of distribution networks. Eleni Papaconstantinou leads the practice and has longstanding experience in corporate and commercial law.
Other key lawyers:
George Risvas; Stathis Braouzis; Mike Rossonis
‘The firm’s performance has always been outstanding in terms of the quality and clarity of advice, the understanding of the client’s business needs, response times, efficiency and billing rates.’
‘Law Offices Papaconstantinou is distinguished by its extensive experience in handling cross-border transactions. I am always impressed by the firm’s ease in dealing with foreign lawyers and parties.’
‘Eleni Papaconstantinou is very efficient, with an excellent legal background, and always finds the solution that best meets her clients’ business needs.’
‘George Risvas is very experienced and pays attention to the details of each case, with excellent response times.’
‘Mike Rossonis is hardworking, quick and efficient, and always available when needed.’
‘The team are very professional and dedicated to their field, with an excellent approach to consultations and clear explanations of the best interests of our company and local laws.’
‘They are patient and willing to understand and explain in detail the approach that it has to be adopted.’
‘The whole team is very efficient and effective and the level of expertise of each department is of top quality.’
Papastratos (Philip Morris International affiliate)
Amadeus Hellas SA
G4S Security Services and Cash Solutions SA
S. Leon & Co SA
Tangram Limited Liability Company
All Experts SA
ITT Goulds Pumps Inc – Greek Office
Sagias and Partners Law Firm advises both Greek and foreign companies on day-to-day issues relating to their operations in Greece, as well as buyouts and M&A transactions. Procurement and corporate law specialist Nikolas Sagias co-heads the practice with Eleni Siouti; both actively advise clients including multinational groups on corporate and contractual matters.
Nikolas Sagias; Eleni Siouti
Other key lawyers:
Olga Marinou; Rania Valta; Spiros Sagias
‘Detailed approach to projects, no delays, and can work under time pressure to meet deadlines and protect clients’ interests.’
‘The team stand out for their professionalism, vast experience of the public and private sector, and their loyalty and discretion.’
‘Professional approach and good knowledge of local practices.’
‘Willingness to help clients achieve their goals.’
‘We work most closely with Eleni Siouti. Due to her long experience in commercial and corporate law and solid academic background, Eleni delivers very exciting results and a safe legal product to her clients.’
‘This is our second year of working with Sagias & Partners. The fact that we stayed with them during the pandemic means a lot: despite the difficulties and adversity, their staff managed to deliver a high-calibre legal product without any reduction in quality or speed of delivery.’
‘Eleni Siouti is very punctual and productive in what she does. She was by our side every step of the way and is always happy to assist and explain to us even the most obvious details and information.’
‘Apart from our extensive experience of working with Eleni Siouti, all the associates of the firm were available whenever we needed help with procedural issues and willing to inform us accordingly.’
PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY S.A. (PPA S.A.)
ADELTE GREECE SINGLE PRIVATE COMPANY
RAFINA PORT AUTHORITY SA
HELLAS GOLD SA
TEKAT Hellenic Parliament Energy Renovation
ALVO SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY
TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING GMBH & LAHMEYER HOLDING GMBH (BRANCHES OF GREECE)
- Advised Yeonama, part of the Emma Delta fund which owns 33% of the leading Greek gambling company, OPAP, on the amendment of the shareholders’ agreement.
- Advised Piraeus Port Authority on issues relating to its day-to-day operation, including corporate and commercial, labour, tax and public law.
- Advised Eleusis 2021 on various ongoing corporate matters.
Stavropoulos & Partners act for an impressive range of clients in varying industries such as FMCG, chemicals, waste recycling, real estate, construction and materials. The team's advice extends to corporate restructurings and reorganisations, day-to-day corporate and commercial matters, and M&A projects. Evanthia Tsiri and Terpsihori Magdalinou lead the practice; Tsiri has experience advising on joint ventures and corporate restructuring acquisition projects, and Magdalinou frequently advises on company formation, compliance matters, and international corporate reorganisations.
Evanthia Tsiri; Terpsihori Magdalinou
Other key lawyers:
‘It is outstanding in terms of knowledge, response times and expertise. I appreciate the team’s expert advice and creative solutions, involvement and commitment. All team members are fully involved in our company’s strategy, providing proactive legal advice.’
‘Efi Tsiri is sharp, analytical, and stands out for her strategically aware advice and excellent technical legal skills. She is efficient, pragmatic and solutions-driven. She is vastly experienced in representing clients in the administrative and civil courts and before the regulatory authorities.’
‘Teri Magdalinou stands out for her excellent provision of legal services and experience. She is technically strong and shows excellent attention to detail. Her work quality and efficiency are exceptional. She inspires confidence and achieves positive outcomes.’
‘Evanthia Tsiri and Terpsihori Magdalinou are two of the most valuable outside counsels and partners that we have in our company. They are always there for us and there is always a pleasant and friendly atmosphere when we work together. In quite a short period of time, we have established a very high level of trust between our organisation and their firm, due to their credibility.’
‘It is a well-connected and efficient legal team, combining both understanding of the client’s business and legal knowledge. They create a sense of trust when we work with them, as we always know that the legal issue to be assigned to the team will receive the attention and diligence required within the appropriate timeframe.’
‘I regularly work with Evanthia Tsiri, Efthymia Armata and Terpsihori Magdalinou, as well as with other members of the team when required. They all combine deep legal knowledge with sharp business insight, and attention to detail with the ability to capture the essence of a legal issue. This combination is very valuable for the client, as client and lawyer actually speak the same language.’
AKTOR (member of Ellaktor Group)
Coca Cola HBC
Corteva Agriscience Group
Du Pont Group
Hellenic Recycling Company
Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)
REDS (member of Ellaktor Group)
- Advised Athenian Brewery (a member of the Heineken Group) on the drafting, negotiating and execution of an exclusive distribution agreement with one of the leading multinational companies in the production and distribution of spirits.
- Advised Papastratos (a member of the Philip Morris Group) on highly specialised regulatory and compliance issues relating to the tobacco industry.
- Advised the Hellenic Recycling Company on redrafting the contractual framework of its collective management system on packaging waste, in view of significant recent changes to the relevant European and local legal framework.