Bernitsas Law is a go-to name for a broad variety of corporate and commercial matters, including commercial agreements, privatisations, corporate governance and restructurings, compliance issues and high-value M&A, with expertise in the acquisition of Greek businesses by private equity funds and international investors. Lambros Belessis heads the department together with Nikos Papachristopoulos, who is noted for his strength in take-over bids and corporate restructurings. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is also active in this space, and Evi Kitsou focuses on regulatory compliance and commercial agreements. The team also advises insurance companies on insurance portfolio transactions; other sectors of expertise include finance, energy, transport and pharmaceuticals.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Greece
Lambros Belessis; Nikos Papachristopoulos
Other key lawyers:
Evi Kitsou; Panayotis Bernitsas; Yannis Seiradakis; Linda Vasaka
‘An excellent law firm across a range of corporate law matters. It has had a stable partner base over a number of years, and has highly experienced banking and M&A teams.’
‘Pleasant to work with, readily available, hardworking and diligent, with excellent negotiating skills.’
‘A highly experienced and professional team with very broad knowledge of legal issues that a corporation may need for its business.’
‘We value their knowledge, experience, professionalism, hard work and availability. Moreover, their advice does not stick only to the legal aspects of a deal but they are able to assist the client with overcoming the difficulties arising over negotiations to successfully conclude the deal. This is always combined with their ability to correctly present all the risks to the client and assist with evaluating them.’
‘The team has hands-on experience in a diverse range of corporate matters and provides sound and pragmatic advice in a timely, concise and efficient manner. In addition, they have a very good understanding of in-house practice, which is very important and helpful.’
‘Lambros Belessis is very professional, has deep knowledge of a variety of matters and provides business-oriented and straightforward advice. Evi Kitsou has extensive knowledge and experience in regulatory matters; she is responsive and combines strategic thinking with care for details. They are both a pleasure to work with.’
‘Nikos Papachristopoulos is always available and willing to help deal with complex matters.’
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
PUMA AG / PUMA SA
RCS Europe Sarl
Solvay Chimika SA
The Hellenic Republic
UPS of Greece
- Advised Amerra Capital Management LLC, Mubadala Investment Company PJSC and Andromeda Seafood Sociedad Limitada in connection with the acquisition of a 100% stake in Nireus SA, Selonda SA and Perseus SA.
- Advised Samsung Greece and Innoetics on their merger by absorption.
- Advised Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH and Olympia Group Ltd on the merger of the operations of Media Saturn Electronics Hellas Commercial and Holding AE with Retail World SA to establish a new joint venture company.
Karatzas & Partners’ core focus lies on complex, high-value M&A. The practice is particularly active in cross-border matters, with its recent workload including deals with elements of Italian, French, UK and Romanian law, in addition to Greek law. Led by the vastly experienced Catherine Karatzas, the team also includes Alexandros Metallinos, who recently advised Eurobank on Project Cairo, part of the client’s corporate transformation plan which included the absorption of Grivalia Properties, a multi-asset securitisation of NPEs valued at €7.5bn. Alexandra Kondyli is also a key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Alexandra Kondyli; Alexandros Metallinos; Christina Faitakis; Vassiliki Salaka; Anna Manda
Piraeus Bank S.A.
Eurobank Ergasias S.A.
Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holdings S.A.
Dromeus Capital Group (UK) Ltd
Prodea Real Estate Investment Company
NBG Pangaea REIC
CNP Assurances S.A.
- Acted as Greek legal adviser to ABB Ltd in relation to the $6.4bn acquisition of ABB’s power grids business by Hitachi Ltd.
- Advised SAZKA Group on its all-cash, unconditional tender offer for the acquisition of OPAP.
- Acted as Greek legal adviser to MS Pharma, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Jordan, on the acquisition of Genepharm S.A., a Greek family-owned pharmaceutical company operating in the generics market.
The ‘excellent’ team at PotamitisVekris Law Firm is led by Stathis Potamitis and also includes George Bersis, a specialist in M&A, spin-offs and tender offers, and Vassilis Stergiou, whose expertise lies in restructuring matters. The group is particularly active in advising on high-profile investments into Greece and regularly acts as local counsel on multi-jurisdictional transactions. The domestic M&A market is also a focus for the practice. Key sectors of strength include energy, banking, telecoms, hotels and leisure, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and aquaculture. Alexandros Kortesis, who is well regarded for his capability in corporate transactions and distribution and franchising matters, is also a standout partner.
Stathis Potamitis; George Bersis; Vassilis Stergiou
Other key lawyers:
Euripides Ioannou; Alexandros Kortesis
‘Euripides Ioannou and the team are excellent corporate lawyers with a deep understanding of the energy industry and the relevant legal and regulatory framework in Greece. We were very pleased with their expertise, their responsiveness and the overall quality of their service.’
‘A very strong team, with complementary skills in legal conceptualisation, drafting and negotiation.’
‘They are experienced, honest and responsive. They always outline areas of legal risk in a focused way, allowing for an evaluation from a business perspective.’
‘Stathis Potamitis is commercially aware and provides creative thinking. He has a transactional background and is an expert in the legislative framework surrounding liquidations. Alexandros Kortesis has an eye for detail and accuracy, with notable problem-solving skills. He is a commercial lawyer who puts an emphasis on legal risk assessment.’
‘What makes this team unique is the personalised service provided. They have the ability to understand the client’s needs and to respond accurately and effectively. Compared to other firms we would like to emphasise the timely response to our needs, which gave us a strategic competitive advantage.’
‘They provide top advisory services related to a wide spectrum of commercial and financial activities, acquisitions, compliance with the securities exchange and corporate legislation. They are very good at the selection and training of younger associates.’
‘Good people, prompt service, and in-depth analysis of all matters. Very knowledgeable in areas of insolvency and liquidation, leading to relevant advice. Excellent partner engagement, ensuring the appropriate resource allocation and attention exactly where needed. Very good response times, even with urgent last-minute requests.’
‘Stathis Potamitis is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer, whose consultation is often sought in matters of drafting new laws. Both he and Alexandros Kortesis exhibit a valuable balance of conservatism and commerciality, providing their clients with the best of both worlds.’
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
- Advised Hotel Investment Partners, S.A., the Spanish platform of Blackstone, in relation to the acquisition of five companies owning hotels, following a partial demerger of a major Greek hotel company.
- Advised WIND Hellas on the establishment of a joint entity with Vodafone, the leading tower infrastructure company in Greece, valued at €400m.
- Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. on the sale of its majority stake in DEPA Infrastructure SA and DEPA Commercial SA.
Dryllerakis & Associates provides ‘quick and accurate advice on a wide range of topics’, including shareholders' agreements and disputes, M&A and related due diligence, and joint ventures. Managing partner John Dryllerakis is extensively experienced in M&A, investment incentives and privatisations; Aliki Damilakis handles corporate agreements, consumer protection matters and day-to-day corporate advice; and Cleomenis Yannikas has expertise in M&A and shareholders' disputes. The department is headed by Emmanuel Dryllerakis, who has notable strengths in corporate finance and restructuring, among other matters. The oil, food, cosmetics, leisure and renewable energy sectors are among the team's foremost areas of activity.
Other key lawyers:
John Dryllerakis; Aliki Damilakis; Cleomenis Yannikas
‘Outstanding level of service. Excellent results. Business acumen and industry knowledge, appropriate advice, strength in depth and value for money. Clear and concise explanations. Deep understanding of the customer and tailor-made solutions specific to our needs.’
‘John Dryllerakis provides good judgement, expertise, responsiveness, creativity, research skills, communication skills and availability.’
‘Emmanuel Dryllerakis stands out for his knowledge, analytical skills and logical thinking.’
‘They provided total commitment in a very demanding and complex transaction, and quick and accurate advice on a wide range of topics. All the team members dedicated to our projects worked in total coordination and alignment amongst themselves and they also had an excellent cooperative spirit with our internal team members.’
‘They have a wide diversity in the topics they can handle, making them one of the best one-stop-shop legal firms.’
‘The team members are highly skilled, very clever and knowledgeable, with a problem-solving spirit and cooperative attitude, and are totally trustworthy.’
‘The team has extensive knowledge and experience and is always eager to assist us.’
‘The individuals that we have worked with are highly experienced, very professional and eager to assist their clients. We have found that Cleomenis Yannikas has assisted us eagerly and effectively when his services have been required.’
BEIERSDORF HELLAS S.A.
ENEL GREEN POWER S.A.
HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A.
HENKEL HELLAS S.A.
PRAKTIKER HELLAS S.A.
SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A.
TESA Tape S.A.
ZEUS INTERNATIONAL CITY SEASONS HOTEL S.A.
- Advised Stoiximan on a €95m M&A deal with OPAP.
- Advised Belterra Investments on a €200m M&A deal regarding the acquisition of the renowned Porto Carras complex.
- Advised Hellenic Petroleum S.A. on its role in the privatisation of DEPA, the incumbent natural gas player in Greece.
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm
The team at Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm stands out for its 'experience in both law and business’. Dimitris Diakopoulos, singled out as ‘one of the best lawyers of his generation’, is an expert in M&A, investment projects, due diligence, commercial contracts and privatisations; he jointly fronts the offering with commercial disputes specialist George Mylonogiannis. Key sectors of focus include the aerospace, high-tech, transport, telecoms and energy industries. Senior associate Grigoris Livieratos has already earned a reputation as a 'leading practitioner in the field of Greek business law'.
Dimitris Diakopoulos; George Mylonogiannis
Other key lawyers:
‘They are unique in combining academic credentials, experience in both law and business, and dynamism. Dimitris Diakopoulos is one of the best Greek business lawyers and George Mylonogiannis has a perfect grasp of the Greek administrative and judicial reality. A great team that has produced a new generation of most promising lawyers over the last few years.’
‘Dimitris Diakopoulos is an expert in the fields of Greek corporate, commercial and M&A law. I know from personal experience that Dimitris possesses a brilliant legal mind, combined with excellent skills in drafting and negotiating complex contracts, while George Mylonogiannis and Grigoris Livieratos are also leading practitioners in the field of Greek business law and are recognised for their efficiency and the high quality of their legal work.’
‘Experience and capability in dealing with all stakeholders involved in the local market.’
‘Dimitris Diakopoulous demonstrates outstanding professionalism. He realistically anticipates the possible problems and unexpected events and provides innovative solutions for consideration by our company. He manages to keep the company abreast of the status of the matters regularly in a proactive manner. Despite the time difference, he responds promptly to our company.’
‘They have the ability to understand the particularities and idiosyncracies of the Greek market. Flexible and agile in providing solutions in a complicated landscape.’
‘Discretion, professionalism, time-sensitivity and excellent advice.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable and has deep expertise in many areas of law, especially George Mylonogiannis, who is a keen negotiator and defends his client’s position in a polite but powerful manner.’
‘Both George Mylonogiannis and Grigoris Livieratos are very easy to work with. Grigoris Livieratos is extremely careful in his work and I trust him completely. George Mylonogiannis has an excellent overview of the case and is always available, despite his heavy schedule and his many obligations.’
‘First-class client service, coupled with a profound knowledge of the country’s byzantine legal arrangements and bureaucracy.’
‘Dimitris Diakopoulos is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He is the local equivalent to a heavy-hitting Magic Circle partner in the City of London.’
COSCO Shipping Ports Limited / Piraeus Container Terminal SA
Cooperative Bank of Chania
Cooperative Bank of Chania
ARDIAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND S.C.A
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
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.
- Advising Cooperative Bank of Chania, which is a major creditor of Creta Farm S.A., in relation to a restructuring plan submitted before the courts in Crete.
- Advising COSCO Shipping Ports Limited/Piraeus Container Terminal SA, 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.
- Advising Piraeus Bank S.A. on a series of complex transactions in relation to the restructuring of a major Greek jewellery retailer and of the relevant group’s holdings.
KLC Law Firm focuses primarily on M&A transactions, including both share and asset transfer deals, as well as handling restructurings and the full array of day-to-day corporate advice. Kostas Loukopoulos, the department head, advises on joint ventures, M&A and cooperation agreements, with specific expertise in the cement, construction, energy and banking sectors. Also integral to the team is Peggy Zacharopoulou; her expertise lies in corporate transactions and commercial disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Peggy Zacharopoulou; Alexandros Tsirigos; Theodore Loukopoulos
PAPATHEOCHARIS GROUP OF COMPANIES
PIERALISI GROUP OF COMPANIES
BOFROST* ITALIA SpA – BOFROST* HELLAS SA
MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRES GREECE
GALEN INDUSTRIES S.A
ARGO TRAVEL GROUP
- Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the sale of a stake in Hellenic Petroleum (HELPE) jointly with the other majority shareholder, Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holdings SA, as part of the Hellenic Republic privatisation programme.
- Advised Argo Travel Group on a strategic cooperation with Global Marine Travel, a member of ship management company V.Group.
- Advised Papatheocharis Group of Companies on the sale of a majority stake in a company holding the concession of a coastal plot in Attica, where a five-star hotel is intended to be built.
'Very experienced, business-minded and efficient’, Koutalidis Law Firm is well versed in complex M&A, privatisations and corporate-focused structured finance projects. The 'experienced, hardworking and driven' Katia Protopapa has considerable strength in cross-border corporate transactions and competition and commercial matters, with notable expertise in the aviation sector. She heads the department jointly with Nikos Koritsas, whose key strengths lie in M&A and capital markets matters.
Katia Protopapa; Nikos Koritsas
Other key lawyers:
Chrysanthi Karlou; Yiannis Loizos
‘They are very responsive, they have deep knowledge of the law and they are also business orientated.’
‘Very experienced, business-minded and efficient.’
‘Katia Protopapa is very experienced, hardworking and driven.’
National Bank of Greece
SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine Investment Fund
Stelios Kanakis SA
Damco Energy S.A. (member of the Copelouzos Group)
Creta Farms SA
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)
Vodafone Hellas S.A.
Deutsche Telekom AG
Hellenic Petroleum S.A.
- Advised Eurobank Ergasias S.A. with regards to the sale to doValue S.p.A. of 80% of the share capital of its subsidiary Eurobank Financial Planning Services.
- Advised SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine on the sale of Arivia Group, following a private tender process launched by the client and the remaining shareholders of Arivia Group, to Upfield Group BV (a portfolio company of KKR).
- Advised Greece’s four systemic banks (Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank) on the sale of the majority participation stake in two major fish-farming companies, Selonda S.A. and Nireus S.A., to Andromeda Seafood S.L.
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm's corporate, commercial and M&A department has specialist expertise in the transport, pharmaceuticals, energy, infrastructure, TMT, food and beverage sectors. Department head Claire Pavlou has a particular focus on private M&A, group restructurings and joint ventures, in addition to the establishment of new businesses, day-to-day corporate support and the full spectrum of commercial agreements. Counsel Katerina Tzamalouka is well regarded for due diligence reviews and reports, as well as the drafting of M&A-related transaction documents.
Other key lawyers:
Katerina Tzamalouka; Konstantinos Vouterakos; Gus Papamichalopoulos; Theodore Rakintzis; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Evi Dimitropoulou
- Acted as Greek law adviser to HSBC France S.A., in its capacity as financial adviser and listing agent, in connection with the voluntary share-for-share tender offer launched by Titan Cement International S.A. for the purposes of the acquisition of Titan Cement Company S.A.
- Advised three shareholders on the sale of their 100% shareholding in the Greek pharmaceutical company MedHel Hellas SA to an Irish company, Cannsun Medhel Group PLC.
- Acted as Greek legal adviser to ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited in relation to the leasing of five aircraft to the biggest aviation company in Greece, Aegean Airlines SA.
At Lambadarios Law Firm, the team is highlighted for its ‘knowledge and experience in the M&A field’. Led by Constantinos Lambadarios, its lawyers also excel in joint venture formation, privatisations, restructurings and reorganisations, as well as governance and contractual matters. The firm's sector expertise is undeniably broad, encompassing everything from electricity, oil and gas, and real estate through to music, electronics, consumer goods, IT and home appliances. Among its clients are domestic and multinational corporates, financial institutions and overseas funds. Prokopis Dimitriadis is particularly integral to the M&A offering.
Other key lawyers:
Melina Katsimi; Prokopis Dimitriadis
‘Constantinos Lambadarios has exceptional negotiation skills and is solution oriented.’
‘Prokopis Dimitriadis has outstanding specialist skills and knowledge. He is very pleasant in personal interactions.’
‘They are a really good team with high ethical standards. They are accessible and nice to be around. A standout quality of this firm is that in the process of the deal they maintain an amicable and constructive dialogue with the other side. This is very helpful. This quality, combined with their knowledge and experience in the M&A field, contributes greatly to making deals happen.’
‘ Managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios is personable, approachable and is highly valued by his clients. He is knowledgeable and has a solution-focused approach.’
‘Prokopis Dimitriadis is quick and pragmatic and has proven to be great at identifying solutions in complex issues.’
‘Lambadarios has been our go-to firm for many years. This is because it combines a unique blend of qualities. The team is always on the ball, with tons of experience which is immediately apparent.’
‘Constantinos Lambadarios stands out as a brilliant practitioner and M&A lawyer. He has the ability to pinpoint the important issues and focus on resolving them without over-lawyering. Prokopis Dimitriadis is one of the best lawyers we have met, with unmatched depth of knowledge in an impressive variety of fields. Melina Katsimi is always very attentive, with attention to detail in executing transactions.’
‘Constantinos Lambadarios is very experienced and business-minded, and focuses on a vast range of legal matters.’
DEPA (Public Gas Corporation)
Glencore and Carlisle
Trilantic Private Equity
Camelot group of companies
Procter and Gamble
- Advised natural gas company Public Gas Corporation of Greece SA (DEPA SA) on its corporate transformation, valued at approximately €1bn, which is the largest ongoing restructuring in Greece’s energy sector.
- Advised Hines on the acquisition of three Cyan Group hotels in Crete from the Kefalogianni family, made through two major share sale and purchase transactions valued at approximately €120m in total.
- Advised a consortium comprising Glencore and Carlyle Group on an international public tender for the acquisition of a majority stake and the privatisation of listed entity Hellenic Petroleum, which will be the largest privatisation to take place in Greece over the last decade.
Clients of Masouros & Partners frequently cite the team’s proficiency in ‘cross-border matters’ and mandates spanning multiple jurisdictions are a keystone of the department, as its lawyers specialise in English language document drafting and have a reputation as the ‘go-to firm for Greek-Dutch work’. The team's workload spans the full array of corporate and M&A matters, including share and asset acquisitions, spin-offs and reorganisations. The ‘brilliant and inventive’ Pavlos Masouros heads the department, which is particularly active in the hotel and tourism, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Prokopis latropoulos; Nelly Peraki
‘We were impressed by the fact that unlike other law firms we used in the past, Masouros was able to advise us on the spot in relation to other jurisdictions. It was obvious they had dealt with cross-border matters before and were ready to act.’
‘Pavlos Masouros is the key individual within this practice. He is available 24/7, and always ready to provide actionable advice. Most importantly, having him on your side in a case makes you feel comfortable in otherwise very worrying situations; from the moment on we took him on board I had no doubt we would succeed in our case and we did.’
‘Masouros remains the traditional go-to firm for Greek-Dutch work. It is the only Greek law firm that fully understands the challenges that Dutch businesses face when doing business in Greece and the challenges Greek businesses face when doing business in the Netherlands.’
‘Pavlos Masouros is a well-respected figure for corporate law in Greece and enjoys an excellent reputation in the Netherlands for all things Greek. He has been practising at the top of his profession for many years and he is at his best in M&A. We would not change him for anything.’
Masouros & Partners is what I call a special counsel in that they deal with unusual situations that the army of associates that typical large law firms throw at a case cannot deal with. Instructing them on a matter means you get a brilliant partner focusing on your case right from start to the end.’
‘No one anywhere in the Greek market rivals Pavlos Masouros in corporate law. He is a legal genius and will produce a different document for every new deal, when others just fill in the blanks of a template.’
‘This is one of the most internationally oriented Greek law firms, with impeccable command of the English language and an excellent case management system akin to a Magic Circle firm. We have been using their services for years for anything Greek with a cross-border element.’
‘Pavlos Masouros is a brilliant and inventive lawyer, particularly in M&A transactions. He has massive experience in deal-making and is comfortable with deals of any size and kind, no matter the complexity. We are impressed by the depth and breadth of his legal knowledge and second-to-none deal-making skills.’
Tentamus Analytics GmbH
Public Power Corporation S.A.
Juul Labs, Inc.
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Levi Strauss Hellas S.A.
Movi Health GmbH
Raptor Resources Ltd
Four Seasons Hotel Limited
Viva Wallet S.A.
- Advised Tentamus Analytics GmbH on the acquisition of Agrolab RDS.
- Advised Fortive Corporation on the acquisition of the advanced sterilisation products business of Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, for approximately $2.7bn.
- Advised Public Power Corporation S.A. on the formation with Motor Oil of a consortium to bid for 65% of the shares in DEPA Commercial, the trading arm of the dominant state-owned gas corporation in Greece.
An ‘outstanding’ firm that provides a ‘gold standard of service’, Papapolitis & Papapolitis advises clients on the full array of corporate and commercial matters. Among its core areas of expertise are large M&A transactions, demergers, privatisations, regulatory matters, leveraged buyouts, corporate advisory and tender offers, among other matters. Nicholas Papapolitis, ‘a true rainmaker and outstanding negotiator’, jointly leads the department with ‘outstanding M&A lawyer’ Evi Tsilou. Also of note is senior associate Elmina Chadio, whose experience lies in due diligence reviews and group restructurings. The firm works closely with its London office to support a number of multinational clients.
Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou
Other key lawyers:
‘They have an excellent understanding of the client’s business and always deliver results. They have an exceptionally commercial approach to negotiations, and are very committed to delivering to deadlines. They are a highly experienced firm with a lot of capabilities and we trust them to deliver a deal. The service is similar to those provided by Magic Circle firms, showing an outstanding work ethic and professionalism. They are a blue-chip firm and offer the gold standard of service. Overall, they are outstanding.’
‘We have seen them being very innovative by being the only Greek firm with a London office, thus delivering an exceptional service to London-based clients. Their team is diverse in terms of gender and they are extremely flexible and business minded when it comes to legal fees.’
‘Nicholas Papapolitis and Evi Tsilou stand out. Nicholas is brilliant, a true rainmaker and an outstanding negotiator. His work ethic, professionalism and business acumen make him a unique adviser for us. Evi Tsilou is an outstanding M&A lawyer with immense experience and deep legal knowledge. She is second to no one on delivering a deal and managing processes.’
KKR & Co.
London & Regional Properties
Invel Real Estate Partners
York Capital Management
Lamda Development S.A.
Philips Hellas S.A.
Fortress Investment Group
- Advised Vodafone Group on the creation of a joint venture of infrastructure assets with Wind Hellas.
- Advised the United Group/BC Partners on the acquisition of the senior debt, convertible bonds and shares of Forthnet S.A. from a consortium of Greek banks.
- Advised York Capital Management and Elements Capital Management on the acquisition of Famar AVE from Pillarstone.
Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm is 'excellent in providing solid legal advice while taking into account the commercial aspects of any deal'. The team’s foremost sectors of expertise are aquaculture, media, healthcare, finance, hospitality and agribusiness, with Evangelos Lakatzis also specialising in acting for venture capital firms, private equity funds and various investors. Thenia Panagopoulou has ‘extensive experience in M&A’ and also highly acclaimed for joint ventures, group reorganisations and strategic alliances; she and Lakatzis lead the department, which also includes senior associate Eleni Likou, a specialist in commercial contracts, consumer protection and credit facilities.
Evangelos Lakatzis; Thenia Panagopoulou
Other key lawyers:
‘Throughout our collaboration, A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm have always been professional, responsive and have offered valuable advice tailored to each case. Their team is comprised of specialised attorneys in various fields.’
‘I would single out Evangelos Lakatzis. He combines in-depth knowledge of the legal framework and business environment with a clear and organised way of thinking which makes him perceptive of the issues to be addressed and the way to address them. He also has excellent negotiation and communication skills, allowing him to play a leading role in both commercial and legal negotiations.’
‘We have been working with them for years and they are extremely valuable partners to our business. We receive top-notch support across the entire spectrum of matters: transaction negotiation and documentation, advice on listed company issues, advice on competition issues, sale of remedy assets, etc. They are excellent in providing solid legal advice while taking into account the commercial aspects of any deal. As well as providing all-round support on transactions, they are also unique in the Greek market due to their extensive experience in dealing with private equity investors.’
‘On the personal interaction front, they are very easy to work with, and always available to meet the transaction’s needs and schedules and make sure that the customer receives the highest level of support.’
‘Thenia Panagopoulou responds to our needs in a timely and efficient manner. The level of service and care for the deal and her work is truly exceptional. She also provides all-round legal support and is very often proactive to help avoid pitfalls. Having Thenia as our legal partner provides us with the necessary comfort that things will be dealt with in the best way possible while receiving excellent legal advice. She is personable, easy to work with, responsible and responsive, and an outstanding legal partner. Thenia’s biggest strengths are her extensive experience in M&A and corporate matters, coupled with a collaborative and engaging personality.’
‘Thenia Panagopoulou has a very good reputation, is very knowledgeable and has a rare expertise in the aquaculture sector. We have worked together in various M&A transactions in Greece and Spain and her input was notable. A distinct quality of Thenia is that she goes beyond the call of duty for her clients. She is a valued adviser and problem-solver. ’
AMERRA Capital Management LLC
Tsakos Group of Companies
Alpha Media Group LtD
Alexander S. Onassis Foundation
Hellenic Development Bank of Investments
Hellenic Development Bank
Institute of Life
- Advised AMERRA Capital Management LLC on the acquisition of Nireus Aquaculture S.A. and Selonda Aquaculture S.A. by the four Greek systemic banks.
- Advising Hellenic Development Bank of Investments, an entity wholly owned by the Greek state, in relation to its potential participation, as an institutional investor, in venture capital funds proposed by fund managers.
- Advised the investors and management team who effected the management buy-out of Euroclinic, a private hospital in the centre of Athens.
At Sarantitis, ‘the strength of the practice derives from the industry knowledge accumulated over the years’, which covers the military and defence, energy, media and telecoms sectors, among others. M&A and corporate reorganisations are the cornerstones of the practice, although the department also advises both local and international corporates on all aspects of their business operations. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas ‘always focuses on maximising the end result’, leveraging his experience in joint ventures, commercial contracts and disputes, regulatory compliance and privatisations; he is regularly supported by senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis.
Other key lawyers:
Antonis Katsigiannis; Alexandros Metaxas; Terina Raptis
‘The strength of the practice derives from the industry knowledge accumulated over the years and the proactive approach to dealings with third parties.’
‘Dorotheos Samoladas always focuses on maximising the end result for the client.’
‘The firm has a diverse range of lawyers who cover most of the different fields of the law. The partners and associates cooperate well and support each other.’
‘Alexandros Metaxas identifies the issues that have to be dealt with while focusing on the important aspects of each case, delivering good results and leaving out all the noise.’
‘Terina Raptis delivers the legal product in a timely manner, and is always well prepared and knowledgeable in her field of expertise.’
Virtus International Partners
PCCW Global Group of Companies
United Technologies Corporation – Pratt & Whitney Division (P&W)
Powerbrook SA (major shareholder of Club Hotel Loutraki SA) / Club Hotel Loutraki SA (majority owner of Casino Loutraki JV)
Axion Hellas Greek Civil Non-Profit Company
M.J Maillis S.A/ Maillis Group of Companies
EDL Hellas Ltd.
- Advised Virtus International Partners with respect to the acquisition of a 51% stake in ESM Effervescent Sodas Management Ltd (Cyprus), a parent of Three Cents Limited (UK).
- Advised Powerbrook regarding the sale of its stake in CHL.
- Advised Hellenic Warehouse Sarantitis S.A. (Sarmed) on its demerger and the incorporation of five new companies.
Lawyers at Tsibanoulis & Partners are acclaimed for their ‘highly developed business sense’ and ability to ‘highlight the essential points’. They excel in cross-border transactions and M&A, privatisations, regulatory matters, strategic partnerships, restructurings, spin-offs and debt finance, with further expertise in shareholder agreements, corporate governance and due diligence. Practice head Dimitris Tsibanoulis is well versed in domestic and international joint ventures, directors’ rights and corporate responsibility. His team has noteworthy strength in depth at the junior end, with senior associate Sofia Kizantidi and associate Efi Palaiologou playing active roles in mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Efi Palaiologou; Sofia Kizantidi; Marianna Katrakazi; Anna Apostolaki; Marina Perraki; Aristeidis Goulandris; Emmanouil Komis
‘Overall, I am very satisfied with the services provided by Tsibanoulis & Partners. They are excellent jurists who master the legal problems and know how to highlight the essential points on which it is necessary to pay particular attention. They also have a practical approach and a highly developed business sense which allows them to find practical solutions to the problems encountered.’
‘Anna Apostolaki is an excellent lawyer who speaks fluent English and French. Anna understood very well the issues related to our case. She is very available and responsive. She defends the interests of our group very well by seeking the right balance between the protection of our rights and the compromises that need to be made to reach an agreement.’
‘They are always very responsive, give good advice and are good value for money. ’
‘Marianna Katrakazi is our main contact and is very able.’
Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP)
Sichuan Communications Investment Group Co. Ltd.
WISE Management S.A.
NG Travels SAS
Dias Payment Systems S.A
Aegean Baltic Bank
Chania Cooperative Bank
IVF Athens Centre
Zulu Trade Group
- Advising the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations and its supervisory board on corporate and corporate governance issues and participating in the board’s meetings.
- Advising Sichuan Communications Investment Group Co. Ltd, a major Chinese state-owned infrastructure conglomerate, on the tender process for the concession of the Egnatia highway, the Greek section of the European E90 route linking Portugal with Turkey.
- Advising DIAS Interbanking Systems SA, the major provider of payment systems in Greece, on corporate governance and compliance matters.
Zepos & Yannopoulos advises a predominantly multinational client roster, including several of the globe’s most recognisable brands, on a range of matters, including corporate deals and transactions, agency and distribution agreements, and corporate compliance and advisory, as well as calling upon the firm's regulatory, employment, tax and accounting expertise where applicable. Athina Skolarikou focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, reorganisations, corporate governance and company formation. She heads the practice jointly with Stefanos Charaktiniotis, who is a key name for transactional work, restructurings, financing projects and due diligence, in addition to share purchase and ancillary agreements.
Stefanos Charaktiniotis; Athina Skolarikou
Other key lawyers:
Astir Palace VouliagmeniS.A.
CORNES & COMPANY
- Advised Kefalonia Fisheries on the acquisition of a newly established entity comprising divestment assets of Nireus and Selonda.
- Advised both the seller and the buyer in connection with the Greek component of an €87m cross-border transaction related to the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of the Norwegian-headquartered TTS Group ASA by MacGregor, a subsidiary of Cargotec Oyj.
- Acted for the controlling shareholders of Bonaplast S.A. in relation to the sale of a majority stake in the company to Shalam Packaging Group, a manufacturer of plastic containers.
AKL Law Firm has been active in a number of complex and high-value M&A transactions of late, including many with a cross-border element. The team represents a variety of clients from sectors as diverse as finance, real estate, energy, transport, hospitality and infrastructure, and also has the capacity to assist with corporate governance, employment and compliance issues. Practice head Alexandros Kosmopoulos ‘possesses remarkable business acumen’ and is closely supported by George Zohios.
Other key lawyers:
George Zohios; Constantine Alexiou
‘The commercial, corporate and M&A team of Alexiou – Kosmopoulos is distinguished by its efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness.’
‘Georgios Zochios is very experienced in complex transactions, delivers business-oriented and targeted advice, and is results-driven. He addresses challenging issues in a thorough and efficient manner, while safeguarding the interests of the client all the way.’
‘The members of the practice give you the confidence that they are acting as an in-house team and not as an external consultant.’
‘The whole team are second to none in character, commitment and competence.’
‘The team is excellent and very reactive, with a considerable range of specific expertise. They manage to cover complex and multidisciplinary material and operations, providing a service that is efficient in terms of cost and quality.’
‘George Zohios has extensive knowledge of business law and is able to communicate with clients in a clear, effective and concise manner, always providing concrete proposals that pave the way.’
‘The practice’s strengths are its in-depth knowledge of the law as well as its attention to detail. The end product is typically flawless.’
‘Not only is Alexandros Kosmopoulos one of the smartest people I know, but he possesses remarkable business acumen, as well as a knack for thinking out of the box and finding creative solutions.’
LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.
LANDIS + GYR S.A.
- Continued to advise Lamda Development on various aspects of its involvement in the €7bn Hellinikon project.
- Advised the Marguerite Fund on its joint expression of interest with J&P Avax in respect of the Northern Crete motorway PPP project.
- Advised Italian motorways operator Atlantia on its joint bid with Aktor, Intrasoft and Intrakat in respect of the Greek satellite tolling system tender.
With ‘impressive experience in commercial matters’, Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm represents corporates at every stage, including establishment, operation and transformation. Managing partner Theodore Pistiolis jointly leads the department together with Dimitra Gkanatsiou; their team demonstrates prowess in M&A, joint ventures, corporate governance and contractual matters, and is well equipped to act on cross-border mandates owing to its integration with Andersen Global and its dedicated US and English law, China and Cyprus desks.
Theodore Pistiolis; Dimitra Gkanatsiou
‘All the individuals have the ability to think as entrepreneurs rather than as typical legal advisers. Theodore Pistiolis leads by example on this front.’
The team offers high-quality advice and industry expertise. They have impressive experience in commercial matters. Their lawyers are responsive and very concerned about getting it right and within set timeframes. The level of knowledge and team strength are excellent. Andersen Legal in Greece is already a well-recognised law firm and among the top law firms in the country.’
‘Andersen Legal provides a great effort each time, top-notch advice and expertise. Contrary to common practice in the legal profession in Greece, another innovation of Andersen Legal lies in the way it adapts to technology. They quickly and successfully adopt every new tool available to facilitate the day-to-day business routine.’
‘Theodore Pistiolis is an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer with excellent communication skills. We often turn to him for advice and guidance in matters beyond the strictly legal, which is why he is a very useful partner to us.’
‘The whole team is very efficient, proactive and with a great eye for detail. Strong, in-depth knowledge and vast experience are only some of their capabilities. The advice is always accurate and to the point and goes beyond legal interpretations to finding and recommending specific actions and alternatives.’
‘Theodore Pistiolis is without doubt a business-oriented and highly qualified lawyer. Dimitra Gkanatsiou is also highly qualified lawyer in commercial law and very helpful on all relevant requests we submit to the firm.’
- Advised KAYAK on the acquisition of another leader in the ice cream industry, Chillbox Global S.A and Chillbox S.A.
- Advised a green energy multinational company on the acquisition of a solar energy company.
- Advised a major land development company on the drafting and preparation of all the contracts necessary for the initiation of the construction phase of a project, totalling 6.2m sq m.
Avramopoulos & Partners delivers ‘timely, accurate and efficient advice' on a wide spectrum of corporate matters, including large-scale transactions, M&A, due diligence and optimal governance structures. The team also has an emphasis on commercial agreements, advising on joint venture, purchase and supply, and co-operation and partnership agreements. The practice is headed by Vassilis Avramopoulos and includes the ‘commercial and sensible’ Barbara Angelopoulou.
Other key lawyers:
Barbara Angelopoulou; Athanassios Avgeros
‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable about all areas of Greek law, not just corporate law. They were very conscious that as English lawyers we were not familiar with Greek legal principles and they were able to explain these, and the ramifications, in easy digestible terms.’
‘Our team were impressed with Barbara Angelopoulou, who was our main point of contact on the transaction. She was commercial and sensible in her advice as well as being readily available and able to work with our often tight deadlines.’
‘The team has vast experience in the segment of the travel market we operate in. This is extremely valuable for an industry with unique requirements. It is what differentiates this firm versus others.’
‘I have had the pleasure of working very closely with Athanassios Avgeros for the last five years and he is one of the partners that stands out. Apart from his professionalism and expertise, he has been transparent, candid and always acted as if he was part of our workforce. His contribution to our success is highly appreciated.’
‘Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has provided timely, accurate, efficient and friendly advice to us, performing a variety of legal services across a wide spectrum, including both traditional and modern business activities. They are always available to give both background and detailed analysis, but also know when and how to get in a timely and efficient manner to the essence of the matter.’
‘Barbara Angelopoulou and Athanassios Avgeros have the ability to absorb considerable quantities of information, then distil it into something manageable and reasonable, while their evaluative skills led them to quickly choose the most suitable solution.’
‘One of the main strengths of the team is its immediate response to our requests with commercial solutions. They not only know our business very well, but also our partners, customers and suppliers, which facilitates our consultations a lot.’
‘Listening and analytical skills along with commercial awareness are some of the qualities that make the lawyers at the firm different from others.’
MINERVA EDIBLE OILS ENTERPIRSES S.A.
THE NIELSEN COMPANY
KARMA GROUP OF COMPANIES
- In collaboration with Addleshaw Goddard LLP, advised Minerva Edible Oils Enterprises S.A. on its sale to a foreign investment fund.
‘A team with extensive knowledge and experience’, KBVL is a member of Deloitte Global Legal Network, a platform which it uses to assist multinational clients with an array of cross-border matters. Ilias Koimtzoglou, hailed as a ‘real expert in commercial, corporate, antitrust and M&A matters’, has expertise in corporate restructuring, project finance and commercial contracts; he leads the department jointly with the ‘talented’ Michalis Pattakos, who focuses on transactional work in the hotel, insurance, gaming, retail, pharmaceutical and dairy products sectors.
Ilias Koimtzolou; Michalis Pattakos
Other key lawyers:
‘Best-in-class legal expertise and exceptional knowledge of our sector, our business and the Greek and European market, the ultimate customer centricity, 24/7 availability at all levels, value-for-money services, full billing clarity, full flexibility to adapt to the client’s needs, and the exquisite ability to break formal legal advice down into plain language, thus enabling them to be a valuable business partner for non-legal colleagues.’
‘Ilias Koimtzoglou is a valuable business and legal partner, and is a real expert in commercial, corporate, antitrust and M&A matters, who at the same time understands business, builds on compliance and respectfully balances risk. He has managed to form in a pretty short space of time a law firm which possesses all the attributes that a big corporation and an in-house head of legal would seek.’
‘Michalis Pattakos is a young, talented lawyer with excellent communication skills, embodying all of the valuable attributes of the firm – he will surely continue to excel.’
‘We enjoyed working with the team. They fulfilled every promise they made. One of their strengths is the ability to fully understand our situation, which is very important in order to be able to provide us with a quality service for our case.’
‘A very structured and business-oriented approach which helps to focus on the business-relevant topics and the deliverables that need to be prepared in order to get the job done. Complete absence of an overly academic legal approach.’
‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are that they have deep knowledge of Greek law and they are also able to advise on both the legal and business sides of a transaction. They are very responsive and allocate enough people to provide support and assistance on the project.’
‘Their attitude was professional and their work provided value for money. Ilias Koimtzolou is very experienced, broke down the legal tasks, oversaw their execution and provided instantly solid legal advice.’
‘The team has extensive knowledge and experience and is always eager to assist us. Eva Petroglou was the perfect match as she combined a couple of characteristics which are usually very rare: high-quality and reliable legal advice, strong project management and structuring of tasks, and a highly business-oriented approach.’
Hellenic Shipyards SA
Legendary Foods SA
AB Vasilopoulos SA
Hellenic Steel SA
Belterra Investment Ltd/Porto Carras
- Advising Belterra Investments and Techniki Olympiaki on the acquisition of the biggest hotel complex in Greece (Porto Carras, located in Macedonia, Northern Greece) for €205m.
- Advised VNK Capital on the acquisition of a qualified minority stake in multinational food company Palirria Group, the restructuring of a number of foreign subsidiaries of the target, and the shareholders’ agreement between the client and the incumbent shareholders of the target.
- Advised AB Vasilopoulos (the Greek subsidiary of the international supermarket chain AHold Delhaize) on the attempted acquisition of a major domestic supermarket chain.
Drakopoulos advises on M&A, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and equity investments, and regulatory and corporate governance matters, as well as the full range of commercial contracts. Practice heads Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Georgia Konstantinidou jointly represent multinational Fortune 500 companies, brokerage houses, investment funds and other major companies. For cross-border matters, the department draws on its close integration with the firm’s international offices in Larnaca, Tirana and Bucharest.
Panagiotis Drakopoulos; Georgia Konstantinidou
‘We have been using Drakopoulos for over ten years. Drakopoulos respond efficiently to complex legal problems with flexible commercial solutions, helping us to achieve our business objectives.’
‘Drakopoulos’ lawyers know the law and advise us on what we cannot do, but they also have the legal skills to understand our business vision and assist us with materialising our objectives in a secure and effective way. I would recommend Panagiotis Drakopoulos, for his deep market knowledge and business-oriented approach. When things seem to have reached an impasse, Panagiotis comes with innovative, market-savvy and win-win solutions.’
BROOK LANE SPECIAL SITUATIONS FUND
GRADISTA REAL ESTATE FUND
CLEAN EARTH CAPITAL
MARKS & SPENCER
- Advised Brook Lane Special Situations Fund on the €26.5m reverse (downstream) merger by absorption between two of the group’s entities.
- Advised Bulgartransgaz with respect to the €12.5m acquisition of 20% of the share capital of Gastrade, a leading company in the energy and gas sectors in Greece.
- Advised Marks & Spencer on the regulatory and contractor management compliance of its warehouses in Greece.
Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law is engaged on a variety of corporate matters, including M&A, corporate governance, due diligence, privatisations, restructurings and company formation. The practice also excels in the establishment of new branches and subsidiaries and frequently acts as local counsel on large-scale international transactions and projects. Vassilios Moussas, who has a strong reputation for commercial contract work, heads the practice alongside Nicholas Moussas. They are regularly supported by associate Maria Malikouti.
Vassilios Moussas; Nicholas Moussas
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is highly motivated, competent and pragmatic, and commercially minded. The team provides excellent and on-point advice on Greek law and is always there for us, often under very tight time-frames. They also provide solid guidance and options regarding going to court or not going to court. They stand their ground and are very forceful.’
‘Nicholas Moussas has skills and expertise of 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 proactive, and is on top of every issue and case, no matter the complexity.’
‘Maria Malikouti always offers excellent advice based on a real ability to read clients.’
‘They can advise on aspects of both civil and commercial law, involving listed and non-listed entities. They can anticipate points of concern and risk and focus on this, which particularly important in M&A transactions.’
‘Nikolas Moussas, Vassilis Moussas and Maria Malikouti are excellent advisers, who provide timely and high-quality advice. They are able to assist in due diligence, contractual issues, contentious and non-contentious matters. They lead, manage and coordinate their teams in an efficient and cost-effective manner.’
MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.
METKA S.A. (now MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.)
HUGO BOSS HELLAS LTD
THE NIELSEN COMPANY (GREECE)
KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY (formerly H.J. HEINZ Company)
ESA Security Solutions
- Advising Frontstage S.A. on all its corporate and commercial issues.
- Advised Mytilineos Holdings on its global corporate merger.
- Advising Hugo Boss Hellas Ltd, the Greek arm of Hugo Boss AG, on various corporate and commercial matters.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, the team advises on M&A, private equity, capital markets and takeover offers. The practice is led by Elena Tsohou, who has specialist expertise in the energy, financial services, real estate and infrastructure industries. The firm provides on-site Greek and English law expertise and its expansive global footprint is a key strength in cross-border mandates.
Headed by Julia Pournara, a new arrival from Zepos & Yannopoulos, and Lia Vitzilaiou, the team at Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership mainly advises on M&A, due diligence, consumer protection, start-ups and corporate compliance matters. Cross-border affairs are a particular focus, with the department leveraging its integration with EY Law to advise on mandates pertaining to France, Italy and Dubai. The client roster includes names from the healthcare, life sciences, consumer products, energy, hospitality and technology sectors, among others.
Julia Pournara; Lia Vitzilaiou
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is always willing to go the extra yard, thinks proactively and advises on the full spectrum of each matter they are handling with a confident, practical and coordinated approach.’
‘Lia Vitzilaiou deploys a wealth of experience for public and private companies in connection with their M&A transactions, joint venture formation and financing matters. I have the highest regard for her – she is incredibly thoughtful and she inspires utter confidence.’
Dixons Southeast Europe SA
Ethniki Asfalistiki SA
Beat Mobilty Services SA
Rainbow Tours SA
KRI KRI SA
Pillarstone Hellas SA
Voestalpine Bohler SA
- Advising Dixons Southeast Europe SA on a wide variety of matters, including commercial agreements with its suppliers, compliance issues, consumer protection and its capital reorganisation process.
- Advised TrainOSE S.A. on a merger through absorption between a company and its subsidiary.
- Conducted a vendor’s legal due diligence and relevant report (on-site and electronic) over a five-year period for Ethniki Asfalistiki SA.
Clients praise Politis & Partners for its ‘track record and experience in M&A transactions’ and capacity to advise on 'the full range of corporate and commercial law matters’. The team also counts corporate finance and restructuring among its key strengths, in addition to routinely assisting corporates with equity and debt securities. Managing partner Vangelis Politis, who has 'significant experience in various aspects of business law' jointly leads the department with Angeliki Saratsi, the 'well-regarded' Emmanouil Savoidakis and Nikos Anastopoulos.
Vangelis Politis; Angeliki Saratsi; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos
‘For our business operations in Greece we have retained Politis & Partners to advise us on the full range of corporate and commercial law matters. The firm has a skilled team of lawyers who are readily available and we have no problem reaching them when their services are needed. The team is very efficient, experienced and professional.’
‘Vangelis Politis has significant experience in various aspects of business law and able to handle complex transactions. It is nice to work with him and he is an expert in matters in the health sector.’
‘Angeliki Saratsi is also very experienced in commercial law matters and has the ability to offer pragmatic solutions and adapt them to the actual needs of her clients. In addition, she is very responsive and always very well prepared.’
‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is well regarded for his valuable support on the full range of corporate, civil and commercial law, as well as in regulatory matters. He routinely drafts reasoned legal opinions and provides guidance, assisting us in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment.’
‘Politis and Partners has a varied base of large clients that gives this firm the track record and experience in M&A transactions to help guide its clients through the due diligence and closing process.’
‘Vangelis Politis and Angeliki Saratsi always find time to provide a timely service and advice. They are both fully involved in managing clients’ needs.’
‘We have found Politis & Partners to be a formidable firm in this area with quick and concise turnaround in so far as advice is concerned.’
‘Vangelis Politis is a determined lawyer with a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial law and a breadth of knowledge of the area and the industry sectors he advises in. Nikos Anastopoulos is similarly efficient and dedicated and is a pleasure to work with.’
Abbott Laboratories S.A.
SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)
V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.
Bausch Health Group (Bausch Health Hellas)
- Advising Abbott Laboratories (Hellas) S.A. on corporate matters and its commercial operations in Greece.
- Advised IT start-up NetData Inc. throughout its early development stages.
- Advising Bosch Rexroth on all corporate matters and its day-to-day business activities in Greece.
Rokas Law Firm is engaged for M&A, privatisations, business portfolio transfers and corporate transformations, leveraging its broad geographical footprint in the SEE region to advise on a wealth of multi-jurisdictional matters. The team's sector expertise spans the insurance, media, energy, pharmaceutical and telecoms markets, in addition to emerging industries such as e-scooters and shared transportation platforms. Alkistis Christofilou, Christos Theodorou and Harris Synodinos jointly head the department and are supported by ‘excellent’ senior associate Viktoria Chatzara.
Alkistis Christofilou; Christos Theodorou; Harris Synodinos
Other key lawyers:
‘They are very cooperative and trustworthy.’
‘Viktoria Chatzara is an excellent lawyer, very qualified and very kind.’
AIG Europe SA – Greece Branch
LG Electronics Hellas S.A.
Kleemann Hellas S.A.
Electronic Services Provider
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm advises on a range of domestic and cross-border mandates, counting M&A, corporate restructurings and large-scale commercial agreements, such as share purchase and shareholders’ agreements, among its core areas of expertise. The group has notable expertise in the banking and finance, chemicals, food, telecoms and real estate sectors, and an 'excellent international outlook'. The department is jointly headed by Constantinos Kapitsinos and Eleni Tsoukala and includes senior associate Ioanna Moumtzoglou, who is 'an asset in any cross-border transaction'.
Eleni Tsoukala; Constantinos Kapitsinos
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive to deal timelines.’
‘Eleni Tsoulaka is an exceptionally strong, commercially minded lawyer.’
‘The firm is impressive, with impeccable knowledge of the laws and practices in Greece along with longstanding practical experience with the Greek authorities and regulators. Its international capabilities and experience in complex multi-jurisdictional deals are to be highly praised.’
‘Eleni Tsoukala is a star attorney, who is dual qualified in Greece and the UK, with a wealth of experience in major international transactions. She is thorough and has a highly practical and commercial mindset.’
‘Ioanna Moumtzoglou is a highly experienced attorney, with excellent knowledge of the laws and practices in Greece. She is extremely thorough and professional and overall a truly distinguished attorney.’
‘This firm is highly experienced and knows local laws and practices inside out, combining theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on experience with local authorities and practices in Greece in an excellent manner. I would highly recommend them due to their excellent international outlook and expertise in assisting in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, coupled with their responsiveness and strong commercial sense.’
‘Ioanna Moumtzoglou is trilingual and dual-qualified in Greece and the UK, and is an asset in any cross-border transaction, bringing to the table her experience both in Greece and in London, along with her responsiveness and strong attention to legal detail.’
’The team offers a very dedicated, prompt and bespoke client service and has always achieved the best possible outcome. Eleni and Ioanna are outstanding and very dedicated legal professionals; they provide practical, focused and viable legal solutions and always keep in mind both the legal and business interests of their clients.’
The Olayan Group
The Viohalco Group
- Advising two construction and development companies on the establishment of SPVs for the acquisition of ten plots of land on one of the most popular Greek islands for the construction of a multimillion-euro hotel development.
- Acted for an investment group in the proposed formation of a joint venture to acquire hotels.
- Advised an overseas-based client on the potential acquisition of a fast-growing fintech company and conducted a due diligence of the target company.
Watson Farley & Williams – Greek Branch’s practice is headed by Virginia Murray, an M&A specialist who is active in the insurance, natural resources, hotel, banking and pharmaceutical industries. Transactions in the energy sector have also been a driving force for the department over the past 12 months. A key differentiator for the team is its ability to provide English law advice directly from its Athens office. Further areas of expertise include joint ventures, corporate establishment and operations, public law and regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
Marisetta Marcopoulou; Nikolaos Kostikas
Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited
RF Energy SA
National Bank of Greece
EDF EN SA
Lampsa Hotels (Hellas) SA
547 Energy Investments
EWT Emergya Wind Technologies
- Advised Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited on its acquisition of K-Wind Kitheronas Energy S.A., which owns and operates the 21 MW Kitheronas onshore wind farm in central Greece, from Intracom Holdings S.A.
- Advised METKA-EGN, a subsidiary of Mytilineos S.A., on its acquisition and subsequent sale to Motor Oil Hellas for €45.8m of two portfolios comprising 24 and 41 Greek PV projects respectively.
- Advised RF Energy SA on the sale of five wind parks and two hydroelectric power plants with a 63.6MW aggregate capacity.
Your Legal Partners
With an ‘excellent understanding of commercial imperatives’, Your Legal Partners focuses on advising foreign investors and multinationals on their establishment in Greece. It also regularly acts for SMEs and technology start-ups, with an equally formidable reputation in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, insurance, tobacco, tourism and leisure. The team's workload spans corporate restructurings and M&A, in addition to day-to-day advice and general corporate matters. Maria Golfinopoulou jointly heads the department alongside Katerina Christodoulou.
Maria Golfinopoulou; Katerina Politopoulou
‘Personal service, pragmatic advice and an excellent understanding of commercial imperatives.’
‘Maria Golfinopoulou is an accomplished, pragmatic and effective adviser who has a sound commercial outlook and an intimate knowledge of our requirements and our idiosyncrasies.’
‘Drive and motivation for winning arguments. Legal back up and feedback given in real life business vocabulary. Commitment to prioritising the needs and threats of the company.’
‘Very responsive and promptly provided advice.’
‘Katerina Christodoulou is very knowledgeable both on legislation and market practice. She responds to queries in a timely manner, and her responses are always to the point.’
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund
Ring International Holding
Nostira /Travisol Ltd
JTI Hellas SA
CERTUS MERCATUS GROUP
Dr. Knoell Consult GmbH
Euroins Insurance Group
Hyundai Hellas SA
KIA Hellas SA
- Advised NürnbergMesse GmbH on the acquisition of FORUM SA, a leading Greek trade show company.
- Advised H.I.G Capital on its investment in Dimand through the issuance of a common bond loan and execution of a share subscription agreement.
- Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the sale of 30% of the shares of Athens International Airport.
At AP Legal, M&A, private equity transactions, reorganisations, joint ventures and day-to-day operational advice are the key pillars of the workload, with the group active across an array of industries including IT, telecoms, finance and pharmaceuticals. Clients note the ‘international law background’ of managing partner Aris Papaspyridis as an important differentiator, while fellow practice co-head Alexandra Argyropoulou is well regarded for her assistance in restructuring projects, divestments and a wealth of corporate transactions.
Aris Papaspyridis; Alexandra Argyropoulou
Other key lawyers:
‘I strongly believe that the merits of the corporate and M&A team of AP Legal are the business sense and totally holistic approach to solving corporate matters. The firm has a very efficient way of analysing complex issues and always responds in a timely manner.’
‘I value Aris Papaspyridis’ efficiency, responsiveness and approach to giving advice. No matter the size of the issue, he has a professional way of providing advice which is totally tailor made.’
‘Aris Papaspyridis is practical and has an international law background.’
‘The team is totally business oriented and always keen to find the most efficient solution for the benefit of client. Their knowledge is deep and their business experience unparalleled. Responsiveness is another strength.’
‘Aris Papaspyridis is an exceptional attorney who is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. He has a very nice approach to clients, and is responsive and keen to find the solution to any legal issue, no matter its size. His combination of business sense and legal knowledge make him the perfect adviser for corporate legal issues.’
WIND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SA
EUCLID TRANSACTIONAL UK LTD
INVENTIV HEALTH INC.
BACARDI HELLAS SINGLE MEMBER LTD (UNDER LIQUIDATION)
INNERWORKINGS HELLAS LTD
KERZNER INTERNATIONAL RESORTS
A35 Capital Partners S.A
- Advised Banca IMI on the issue of its certificates and warrants programme.
- Advised ASP Inc on the distribution of its products in the Greek market.
- Advised INVOS LTD on the establishment of its subsidiary INVOS Hellas S.M.P.C. as well as the establishment of a local branch in Greece.
‘Reliability reigns supreme’ at Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners, where core pillars of the practice range from commercial contacts such as agency, distribution and franchise agreements to corporate regulatory compliance, M&A, joint ventures, private equity investments and takeover bids. Clients praise managing partner Dimitris Emvalomenos for his ‘superb administrative skills’; he helms the department with franchising specialist Yanos Gramatidis and Nassos Felonis.
Dimitris Emvalomenos; Yanos Gramatidis; Nassos Felonis
Other key lawyers:
Betty Smyrniou; Popi Papantoniou; Eirini Economou
‘Excellent commercial knowledge and application. They are able to translate complex local legal requirements to actionable points.’
‘Reliability reigns supreme. Things are orderly and happen on time. Issues and cases are dealt with on time and professionally. Information and advice is given with clarity and proficiency. The success rate is quite satisfactory.’
‘Dimitris Emvalomenos has deep perspicacity in identifying legal parameters in the cases he handles, the ability to focus on the decisive ones and superb administrative skills.’
‘Irini Economou has remarkable willpower, application and a great ambition for thoroughness and unbeatable evidence.’
‘The team has various experts who can readily provide accurate and dependable advice.’
‘Yanos Gramatidis, Popi Papantoniou and Betty Smyrniou are all recommended.’
International Gold Companies
DNV GL Hellas SA
JNL+ Group of Companies
Demium Startups SL
- Advised Trainose SA in relation to the ROSCO privatisation.
- Ongoing legal advice on company and corporate matters to international gold companies.
- Advised Elixir Clinic on the establishment of a corporate business in Greece.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is well equipped to advise on company law matters, including establishment and corporate governance, with the additional ability to handle employment and tax affairs. Gregory Pelecanos jointly leads the department with Grace Katsoulis, who provides clients with ‘trust, respect and transparency’. M&A projects are a key component of the offering, with the group regularly advising on due diligence, absorption and spin-off, and competition-related mandates, among others.
Gregory Pelecanos; Grace Katsoulis
‘Great ability to communicate and collaborate with an international team.’
‘With Grace Katsoulis I have a relationship founded on trust, respect and transparency. She has gained that trust by delivering advice with credibility and on-time, from the first phone call when our company was at the inception phase, up until the registration under time pressure over the summer holidays. Grace also provided very good guidelines on Greek employment law related topics.’
‘They have a high level of credibility in what they say and suggest. I trust their ability to deliver.’
Europ Assistance SA. Greek Branch
Capture One A/S (formerly Phase One A/S)
Hitatchi Europe SA
Mitsubishi Electric Europ BV
Iqvia Hellas SA
Ermenegildo Zegna SA
Ford Motor Hellas SA.
Volvo Car Hallas SA
Survitec Safety Solutions Hellas SA
RCI Hellas SA
- Advised the Greek branch of Europ Assistance SA on the reorganisation of its operations, and the termination of old commercial contracts and drafting and implementation of new commercial contracts, among other matters.
- Advised Mitsubishi Electric Europe BV on establishing a Greek branch.
- Advised Capture One A/S on establishing a subsidiary in Greece.
The practice at Iason Skouzos & Partners is hailed for its ‘excellent knowledge of commercial and corporate matters’, including company formation, commercial claims and contracts, business establishment and corporate due diligence. Managing partner Theodoros Skouzos fronts the department, which is also well equipped for M&A mandates and represents several multinationals in addition to local clients.
Other key lawyers:
Georgia Tsoulou; Constantinos Apostolakis
‘We have been comfortably cooperating with them due to their solution-oriented and hands-on approach. Theodoros Skouzos is on top of every matter and easy to reach.’
‘Theodoros Skouzos has a great business approach, acting like a wise businessmen more than a lawyer. We have very similar mindsets so we really complement each other on cross-border matters.’
‘The firm is our primary legal adviser in the Greek market, with excellent knowledge of commercial and corporate matters both from a legal and practical perspective.’
‘The team is efficient, with a great knowledge of legal matters. They are characterised by great communication skills and an ability to deliver, on time, good all-round solid advice.’
‘They have a very productive business and goal-oriented approach to deals and are up to date with legal developments.’
‘Theodoros Skouzos is very good in negotiations and has a very good grasp of complex legal matters.’
‘Georgina Tsoulou provides accurate and straightforward consultation; she is very motivated, with excellent written and oral skills.’
‘Constantinos Apostolakis stands out for his social and communication skills and his preparation of high-quality written documents.’
Nokia Solutions and Networks
Vigo Trading Limited
QIVOS WE CREATE CUSTOMER LOYALTY S.A.
Diamantis Masoutis S.A.
Tallon Trading AG
Stephenson Hardwood LLP
- Advised the Greek branch of Stephenson Harwood LLP on several issues to minimise future difficulties due to Brexit.
- Advised Nokia Solutions & Networks Hellas S.A. on claims against Forthnet S.A. resulting from maintenance contracts.
- Advised on the establishment of an office of a Singaporean company in Greece, pursuant to a specific law.
Law Offices Papaconstantinou's 'service-oriented, trustworthy, highly proactive and communicative' team is particularly skilled in the negotiation and drafting of commercial agreements. Relevant examples include shareholder, commercial distribution and franchise agreements, in addition to joint venture and public procurement contracts. Additional fronts on which the group excels include corporate restructuring, privitate equity transactions, regulatory compliance and consumer protection matters. Eleni Papaconstantinou leads the department.
Other key lawyers:
Stathis Braouzis; George Risvas
‘Eleni Papaconstantinou is extremely responsive, gives excellent advice and is always a pleasure to work with. She resolves all legal issues quickly and has a commercial focus.’
‘Good communication with the in-house lawyers which is always very helpful on our company matters.’
‘It is our pride to be represented in Greece by Law Offices Papaconstantinou.’
‘Under the leadership of Eleni Papaconstantinou and George Risvas thrives a team of professionals who are service-oriented, trustworthy, highly proactive and communicative. The professional expertise is complemented by the friendliest atmosphere and this mixture makes it a true pleasure to be their clients.’
‘I have worked with many legal firms in the past. This one stands out. The quality of advice and the practicality of the solutions proposed are unrivalled. ’
‘I have worked closely with George Risvas. He has a broad spectrum of legal knowledge, and he is able to adjust the solutions proposed to the specifics of each situation.’
‘They are our go-to foreign counsel for franchising, distribution, agency and general commercial matters as they are highly professional and responsive, and provide practical and commercial advice.’
Papastratos (Philip Morris International affiliate)
Amadeus Hellas SA
G4S Security Services and Cash Solutions SA
Venture Friends VC
S. Leon and Co. SA
Tangram Limited Liability Company
Global NGU Limited
Aristocrat Technologies Europe Ltd
Tateho Chemical Industries Co. Ltd.
- Advising Papastratos (an affiliate of Philip Morris International) on issues related to the organisation and operation of its distribution network in Greece and the restructuring thereof.
- Advising Amadeus Hellas SA and Amadeus IT Group SA on corporate and commercial law issues related to the operation of the Amadeus network in Greece.
- Advised VentureFriends on the sale of e-Table, a subsidiary of the company.
The lawyers at Sagias and Partners Law Firm demonstrate an ‘excellent’ and ‘impressive’ knowledge of day-to-day corporate and commercial matters, in addition to relevant disputes and large-scale transactions such as M&A and company buyouts. The team is headed by Spyros Sagias and enjoys an excellent reputation for its representation of port authorities.
Other key lawyers:
Nikolas Sagias; Eleni Siouti
‘Excellent knowledge of the subject. Excellent quality of work delivered.’
‘Professionalism and expertise.’
‘The expertise and knowledge of the Greek legal constitution is impressive.’
‘Our company and I were happily impressed by the high calibre of Sagias & Partners’ people, their academic and professional background as well as practical experience in the area we are interested in.’
‘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 at every step of the way and was more than happy to assist and explain to us even the most obvious details and information.’
Ionian Lines Maritime Company
Piraeus Port Authority S.A.
ADELTE GREECE SINGLE PRIVATE COMPANY
RAFINA PORT AUTHORITY S.A.
HELLAS GOLD S.A.
TEKAT Hellenic Parliament Energy Renovation
LAHMEYER HOLDING GMBH (BRANCH OF GREECE)
- Acting for Yeonama in negotiations over the amendment of the refinancing of the major shareholder of OPAP SA in a new shareholders’ loan agreement, internal relationship matters between shareholders, and issues before the Greek stock exchange regulatory authority.
- Advising Piraeus Port Authority S.A. on its day-to-day operations, covering a wide range of corporate and commercial issues.
- Won a public procurement for rendering legal services to Eleusis 2021 European Capital of Culture.
Stavropoulos & Partners is particularly active in the chemicals, FMCG, real estate, construction and waste recycling sectors, advising on corporate restructurings, M&A, regulatory issues and day-to-day corporate and commercial affairs. Practice co-head Evanthia Tsiri’s core strengths encompass joint ventures and cross-border, large-scale mergers, while co-head Terpsihori Magdalinou focuses on company formation and compliance requirements.
Evanthia Tsiri; Terpsihori Magdalinou
‘What makes Stavropoulos & Partners a unique business partner is certainly the personal approach of all the members of their team, and the feeling that we are dealing first of all with friends and then with trusted consultants. Without doubt this is their competitive advantage.’
‘Evanthia Tsiri and Terpsihori Magdalinou have top professional qualities, but I would like to focus on their exceptional willingness to help at any time, within any time frame, under any circumstances. This is really appreciated.’
Corteva Agriscience Group
Du Pont Group
Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)
Coca Cola HBC
Hellenic Recycling Company
REDS (member of Ellaktor Group)
AKTOR (member of Ellaktor Group)
- Advised Corteva Agriscience Group on the acquisition of sole control of Pioneer Hi-Bred Hellas S.A., a seeds and crop protection trade company.
- Advised Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group) on highly specialised regulatory and compliance issues in the tobacco industry.
- Assisted the collective management system of packaging waste operated by Hellenic Recycling Company to comply with new European and local legal frameworks.