Dispute resolution in Greece

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law fields a ‘strong team with huge experience’, which ‘provides a global view of all possible outcomes’. The team is a market leader in a broad array of litigation including administrative and compliance, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, corporate crime and fraud disputes. Dimitris Roussis has ‘very good legal knowledge of administrative and public procurement law’, while Christos Paraskevopoulos ‘stands out through his deep experience and skill in finding pragmatic solutions’. The pair jointly lead the practice, which has knowledge of the food and beverage, retail, insurance, energy, infrastructure and pharmaceuticals sectors, acting predominantly for international entities. Clients also single out associates Pelina Leontiadou and Evangelos Mamalakis. George Atie departed to an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Roussis; Christos Paraskevopoulos;

Testimonials

‘Strong team with huge experience.’

‘Expertise in many fields. Exceptional responsiveness. Flexibility. Long term experience of our company.’

‘Top-notch, efficient advice.’

‘Christos Paraskevopoulos stands out with his deep experience and skill in finding pragmatic solutions.’

‘Dimitris Roussis has very good legal knowledge of Administrative/ Public Procurement Law, writes very good legal documents and handles successfully cases in front of Administrative Courts. He is also reliable regarding times of execution of a task and is cooperative. Panayotis Bernitsas is the chief of the law firm and Professor, he is experienced with very deep legal knowledge and very reliable. Stella Papakosta is also a very professional and reliable lawyer especially on litigation relevant to Administrative Law.’

‘Very professional and capable of getting quickly into the depth of the topic.’

‘Both partners and associates we cooperate with are respected attorneys and we always know our matters are in good hands. Excellent in legal disputes in their country with really solid score in terms of defending our interests.’

‘They provide us with a global view of all the possible outcomes and try to minimise the exposure of clients. They have a lot of experience in the field and a team that can support any case.’

‘Strong commitment in their objective, respect time limits and capable of supporting you in all levels of the dispute.’

‘Professionalism, value for money, deep knowledge of sector, engagement efficiency.’

Key clients

AMPNI

Apivita SA

BMW Hellas SA

CNP Zois SA

Diesel SA

Forthnet

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Japan Tobacco International

Orion Pharma SA

TTI (Techtronic Industries)

Viomes SA

Wind Telecommunications SA

Work highlights

  • Representing Kosmocar, a leading importer and distributor of Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi vehicles, in civil actions filed by consumers allegedly affected by software, the purpose of which was to optimise NOx emissions in certain vehicle models.
  • Acting for F. Hoffman-La Roche, a Swiss multinational healthcare company, in patent enforcement actions against a biosimilar company.
  • Representing Wind Telecommunications in litigation to enforce its rights under an exclusivity clause in a contract with the State granting exclusive mobile telephony rights for eight years and contributions by the State to Wind’s investments in its network.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Praised as the ‘best practice for dispute resolution’, Dryllerakis & Associates has ‘diversified experience in handling legal matters’. John Damilakis heads up the practice, which includes 'top lawyerJohn Dryllerakis, who has a proven track record in the Supreme Court, and Panagiotis Kakaletris, who provides ‘succinct and to-the-point’ advice. The team is active in civil and criminal courts with specific expertise in tax, public procurement and antitrust disputes as well as international and domestic arbitration. In a recent highlight, the group defended Henkel Group in claims filed by a former distributor, which sought termination indemnity and compensation for loss of profits. Gerassimos Apergis is noted for his 'numerous successes in the Supreme Court'.

Practice head(s):

John Damilakis;

Testimonials

‘Immediate response, responsibility and effectiveness.’

‘Politeness, professionalism.’

‘I have found them very efficient, very quick to understand the tiniest details of our business and financial transactions and able to put them forward before a judge in a clear and succinct fashion. Down to earth, solid advice. Meet deadlines with high-quality work.’

‘Panagiotis Kakaletris is quick, efficient, and provides advice which is down to earth, client friendly, succinct and to the point. Highly recommendable.’

‘Best practice in Dispute Resolution. Commercial understanding. Very good results.’

‘Vassilis Constandinidis, partner. He understands commercial parameters. He quickly identifies main business issues, related to litigation. Excellent legal hearing practice. Thinking out of the box.’

‘Long and diversified experience in handling legal matters. Especially capable in tax, competition issues.’

‘Mr. John Dryllerakis is a top lawyer highly regarded in Greece by the legal community. Mr. G. Apergis is a very efficient litigator with numerous successes in the Supreme Court.’

‘A big firm – in local terms – with the flexibility and friendly approach of a more boutique firm.’

‘The approach resembles that of an in-house counsel. Lawyers in this firm tend to have a business approach to legal matters with ifs, ands, or buts.’

Key clients

SIEMENS AG

MINOAN LINES

OLYMPIC BREWERY (CARLSBERG GROUP)

HELLENIC PETROLEUM

HELLENIC FINANCIAL STABILITY FUND

BEIERSDORF HELLAS

HENKEL

UNILEVER

BURLINGTON

SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT SA

AEGEAN AIRLINES

H&M

STRABAG AG

Work highlights

  • Defending Raytheon against claims for compensation of damages allegedly incurred due to the termination of cooperation.
  • Defending Minoan Lines against claims for damages caused by alleged bad faith and breach of contract.
  • Filing a complaint on behalf of Olympic Brewery with the Hellenic Competition Commission relating to the abuse of a dominant position.

KLC Law Firm

KLC Law Firm has a ‘particularly strong international approach’ and handles pre-trial advice, advocacy, risk management issues and out-of-court settlements, and provides representation in arbitral tribunals. Panagiotis Tzioumas is an ‘exceptionally talented lawyer’ who is highly regarded for international commercial disputes and counts financial and credit institutions, domestic and international businesses and foreign states as clients. Tzioumas leads the practice with Alexandros Tsirigos, Vassilis Voutsakis and Aristides Chiotellis. The team recently represented Hellenic Shipyards in a €330m dispute with Hellenic Railway pertaining to agreements for the construction and procurement of rolling stock.

Practice head(s):

Aristides Chiotellis; Panagiotis Tzioumas; Vassilis Voutsakis; Alexandros Tsirigos;

Testimonials

‘For me the go-to firm in Greece, covering all major business law aspects and with a particularly international approach.’

‘Panagiotis Tzioumas is an exceptionally talented lawyer. Efficient and always to the point. I would entrust him with any litigation matter relating to Greece, be it before state courts or international arbitration. Aristides Chiotellis is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Greece with extensive experience and knowledge in corporate, commercial and procedural law aspects.’

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

‘Prof. Aristides Chiotellis and Mr. Panagiotis Tzioumas are excellent legal advisors with numerous strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’

‘Our experience with the firm was always outstanding. Partners were always available and their advice prompt and pragmatic. Without doubt, KLC is one of the best Greek firms we have worked with.’

‘Panayiotis Tzioumas is outstanding. He is always available even at short notice, is well prepared with an excellent grasp of relevant issues. He deals equally well with complicated cross-jurisdictional litigation and with complicated transactions. He conveys his advice in a clear and consistent manner. Theodore Loukopoulos is also highly recommended. He is thorough with an eye for detail. He is particularly knowledgeable in the pharmaceuticals sector.’

‘Good case management, committed associates and clear succinct advice.’

‘Panayiotis Tzioumas and Polyxeni Konti have very good case management skills, sensitive to client’s requirements and deliver clear succinct practical solutions.’

Key clients

THYSSENKRUPP GROUP

HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A.

ADIDAS HELLAS S.A.

TERNA S.A.

GENERAL NATIONAL MARITIME AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRADF)

VIVARTIA FOOD SERVICES GROUP

HALIVOURGIKI S.A.

HELLENIC GAMING COMMISSION

Work highlights

  • Acting for entities of ThyssenKrupp Group in a high-profile ICC arbitration case initiated in 2014 by Hellenic Republic regarding the submarine procurement programs of the Hellenic Navy.
  • Acting for Adidas Hellas in a large-scale litigation relating to the termination of its commercial collaboration with its local retail master franchisee.
  • Representing Terna before the Supreme Administrative Court regarding relief sought in the form of interim measures and a petition for annulment against the award of a major railway extension project by Ergose following a public tender process.

Koutalidis Law Firm

With a ‘very high-level of expertise in international arbitration and litigation’ and ‘admirable dedication’, Koutalidis Law Firm handles an array of disputes spanning construction, procurement, energy, real estate, corporate and IP matters, and is also reputed for its pre-litigation strategy assistance and dispute resolution advice. The group also collaborates with international firms on the Greek aspects of international disputes and arbitrations. Gregory Logothetis, who is ‘undoubtedly a top expert’, leads the practice and recently represented Fraport Greece in €27m arbitration proceedings against the Greek State regarding the lack of maintenance at 14 regional airports. The 'very knowledgeable' Ioannis Kaptanis is another standout name.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Logothetis;

Testimonials

‘Koutalidis is an excellent Greek practice.  It has wide experience working in conjunction with foreign firms which makes it much easier to interact. They are sufficiently flexible to adopt a co-counsel role in international arbitration.  Strengths are high-quality Greek law advice and a great feel for litigation strategy.’

‘Gregory Logothetis – great team leader.  Dedicated to client’s interests.  Leads from the front and gets stuck into the legal analysis.  Good judgement on what arguments to take. Athina Xinopoulou – first class lawyer.  Understands where common lawyers are coming from.  Expresses complex concepts in a straightforward way.  Great team worker.’

‘Gregory Logothetis is undoubtedly a top expert in the area of Public Procurement Law; moreover he is an expert in Public and Civil Law in general. As the Head of the Litigation Sector of the above law firm, he is an excellent litigation lawyer. He is also a hard-worker and available to give his advice even at night and during the weekend. Furthermore, he is extremely business oriented, and offers practical solutions to complex legal problems in a very professional and timely manner. Manolis Kasotakis – Senior Associate of the above firm – is also recommended as a very professional and diligent lawyer; he has assisted us in Civil Law consultancy and litigation issues.’

‘The team presents a very high level of expertise in international arbitration and litigation combining in depth knowledge, long time experience and admirable dedication. Thanks to their strong founded knowledge of Greek law literature and case law, they are able to locate directly the heart of legal problems without, at the same time, lacking a commercial approach and innovation. It is always a pleasure working with them, since they are always excellently prepared for the case and due to the good relationships between the members of the team, they don’t lose their humour, good spirit and creativity even under pressure.’

‘Gregory Logothetis is a very experienced litigator, both in Greek law litigation and in international arbitration. The depth as well as the extent of his knowledge is rare among lawyers, while his long time experience has rewarded him with exceptional strategic skills. His dedication to the client is unsurpassed, as he spares no effort or time in order to achieve the best possible results. He is assisted by a team possessing exceptional skills and sharing the same values. Ioannis Kaptanis is very knowledgeable in the entire spectrum of Private Law, very methodical, tireless and an excellent negotiator. Senior Associate Manolis Kasotakis is born to litigate, has great strategic skills, an innovative way of thinking and a commercial approach. The team is completed by Associate Dr Athina Xinopoulou, who possesses an in depth knowledge of Greek Civil Law and shows remarkable dedication as well as persistence with detail.’

‘I have been impressed with the professionalism of certain individuals I have been working with in Koutalidis Law Firm, their hard work, prompt and qualified response to the client’s requests and specific knowledge of various law aspects.’

‘The individuals I have worked with in the Dispute Resolution practice area are Mr. Gregory Logothetis and Mr. Evangelos Courakis. Mr. Gregory Logothetis has vast knowledge and experience in the litigation and arbitration sector, he is very thoughtful and has excellent interpersonal skills, while combining reliability with prompt responsiveness. Mr. Evangelos Courakis considers all aspects of the case in both substance and procedure and is able to think of reasonable solutions when problems and unique situations arise, always using creative arguments.’

Key clients

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A.

Fraport Greece

Hochtief

ANEK S.A.

Intrasoft International S.A.

Deutsche Bank AG

Hellenic Financial Stability Fund

Cyprus Popular Bank

Crete Golf S.A.

Genesis Pharma

Aegean Motorway S.A.

Aegean Airlines S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cyprus Popular Bank (a major Cypriot bank under administration) on the €3.8bn implementation of provisional measures against certain major Greek entrepreneurs.
  • Represented Anek in an €120m arbitration against Minoan relating to the sale and purchase of shares in a shipping company.
  • Represented the HRADF in a €66m ICC arbitration against Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings and Emma Delta regarding the performance of a share purchase agreement.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

The team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is ‘staffed with excellent colleagues’ who ‘provide a huge comfort to clients’. Acting for a client base of multinational and domestic companies, banking institutions, pharmaceuticals and tobacco companies, and high-net-worth individuals, the team handles the full array of disputes and arbitration proceedings including those with a cross-border element. Anthony Hadjioannou is a standout name who focuses on commercial agency, distribution, supply contract, product liability, trade mark and goodwill compensation disputes. He heads up the practice alongside John Kyriakides.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Hadjioannou; John Kyriakides;

Testimonials

‘Konstantinos Kavadellas and all of his team are excellent lawyers and their legal knowledge provides safety to the client, but they also understand the business need. As a result they have become a business partner.’

PotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has ‘extensive experience and knowledge’, ‘detailed preparation’ and ‘business understanding’. Keystones of the practice include domestic and international arbitration,  and proceedings relating to distribution agreements, unfair competition, insolvency, administrative, employment, IP and IT issues in addition to family and estate-related litigation. Practice head Konstantinos Papadiamantis is recommended for his ‘broad knowledge, common sense approach and ample experience’ with notable expertise in cross-border litigation and experience appearing before the European Court of Justice. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos is another key name with knowledge of competition, trade mark and parallel imports matters. Associate Maria Ferfeli is recommended for her 'thorough and in-depth research'.

Practice head(s):

Konstantinos Papadiamantis;

Testimonials

‘The qualities that I value the most are:  the existing trust between us, the seriousness with which cases are handled, the detailed preparations before our meetings and events, the ability to communicate well, which makes it easy to understand the issues and make the correct assessments, the detailed follow up on all issues, the good knowledge and correct interpretation of the laws . I have been working with them for over 20 years and it is a pleasure. I also feel that my issues are in good hands.’

‘Mr Papadiamantis has good broad knowledge, common sense and ample experience. Mrs Souma is very detailed in her work, listens carefully and  understands the issues, knows the laws,  goes into great detail and never leaves loose ends. Nice to work with.’

‘Alexandros and the team are effective and valuable partners. Accuracy in the provided information, business understanding and ability to handle complex information and advise in a simple way are some of the team’s strengths. They also have a very positive approach and you feel like all the tasks are performed by one team. Great experience to work with them.’

‘The team has extensive experience and knowledge of the industry and the judicial system in Greece.’

‘Konstantinos Papadiamantis and Maria Ferfeli work very well together. They do thorough and in-depth research before they put pen to paper. Also they consult and advise their clients every step of the way thus keeping them in the loop.’

Key clients

MOTOR OIL HELLAS SA

PAK GROUP B.V.

ISS FACILITY SERVICES SA

BANK OF CYPRUS LTD

EUROBULK LTD (member of the Euroseas corporate group)

HARRIS SIGANOS (ex CEO of New TT- Hellenic Post Bank)

EUROBANK SA

YULCHON LLC

CITIBANK

AGET HERACLES

KLC

Angelini

NOTOS COM HOLDING

PQH S.A.

PROCTER & GAMBLE

Medtronic

Gregory’s Micromeals S.A.

AstraZeneca S.A.

Baker Tilly Greece

NEA ODOS

PRAKTIKER HELLAS SA

TSAKIRIS AVEE (Subsidiary of COCA-COLA HELLENIC SAIC)

FHL KYRIAKIDES

SÜDZUCKER AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Motor Oil Hellas on a cross–border acquisition of shares in a Greek Bank and handling the subsequent litigation instituted against the client by creditors of the former shareholder.
  • Representing Procter & Gamble Hellas and P&G International in claims brought by a former distributor.
  • Representing Bank of Cyprus in litigation relating to the past activities of its Greek branch following the discontinuation of its operations in Greece.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm handles a wide variety of contractual and commercial disputes in industries spanning the medical, pharmaceuticals, energy, travel and leisure sectors. Kriton Metaxopoulos is experienced in representing clients in Greece as well as the French, Dutch and Italian courts. He heads up the practice alongside Irini Daroussou and is well-versed in matters in the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos; Irini Daroussou;

Work highlights

  • Represented a major global TV producer and broadcaster in a €1.5m dispute with a Greek TV station for unpaid license fees.
  • Represented a design company in proceedings of enforcement of an overseas decision in Greece against a civil non-profit company.
  • Representing a well-known dermatology clinic in Athens in various cases.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm's lawyers are praised for their ‘industrious problem solving’ and ‘punctuality in meeting deadlines’. The group handles a broad range of disputes including civil, commercial and administrative litigation with representation provided across the entire array of regional and local courts including the Supreme Court, Court of Auditors and the State Council. Constantine Alexiou delivers a ‘proactive approach’ and ‘quickly understands issues’, and leads the team, which is particularly active in the financial, construction, real estate and utilities sectors.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Alexiou;

Testimonials

‘Very punctual in meeting deadlines and very good knowledge of local financing market.’

‘Fast, personal contact, industrious problem solving.’

‘Mr. Alexiou: proactive approach, quickly understands issues, fast response and strategy within a highly professional spirit.’

‘Mr. Sotirios Foteas is a very efficient lawyer. He is brilliant!’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A. / HELLINIKON GLOBAL I S.A./ LAMDA OLYMPIA VILLAGE (LOV) S.A.

JOINT VENTURE ATTENE S.A. – LATOMIKI S.A.

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

HRADF (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund)

PYLAIA S.A.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company

EUROBANK ERGASIAS S.A.

EIDIKOU SKOPOU DEKATESSERA (14SPV)-a Member of the Dolphin Capital Group

BURBERRY LIMITED UK

ABN AMRO BANK S.A.

METLIFE MUTUAL FUND COMPANY

SHOP & TRADE S.A.

GI & KATASKEVI S.A.

TRITON LLC

ENET S.A.

CORE S.A.

BALLIAN S.A.

COSMOFARM LLC

ACADEMY OF ATHENS

THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund in LCIA arbitration proceedings against the Horse Races (a subsidiary of the OPAP Group) regarding the interpretation of a clause referring to an additional consideration.
  • Representing Burberry in two lawsuits brought by Aromca, a Greek distributor in the fragrance sector.
  • Represented Eurobank Ergasias as agent for a syndicate of bondholders under a €33m project loan in injunction and interim judgement proceedings before the Athens Court of First Instance.

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates is recommended for commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings, and is particularly highly regarded for its representation of high-net-worth individuals. George Georgiades and Stavros Georgiades are the key contacts.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC

At Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC, the team is engaged in court litigation and international arbitration pertaining to competition, environment, construction, product liability, employment and commercial claims. Industry expertise ranges from pharmaceuticals, industrial and automotive companies to the consumer goods and aeronautics sectors. The group has experience at all court levels up to the Supreme Court and is jointly headed up by Gregory Pelecanos, George Ballas, Anthony Mavrides and Grace Katsoulis.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos; George Ballas; Anthony Mavrides; Grace Katsoulis;

Key clients

Mercedes Benz Hellas SA

Ford Motor Hellas SA

GlaxoSmithKline

Lafarge Heracles Cement SA

Saracacis Bros (Honda-Mitsubishi)

Pharmathen SA

Hoffman La Roche

Sandoz

TEVA

LM ERICSSON

Work highlights

  • Representing Leidos in ICC arbitration proceedings and the ensuing award set aside actions against the Hellenic Republic.
  • Representing Mercedes Benz Hellas in a tax and customs dispute with the Hellenic Republic.
  • Representing Prenecon in an ICC arbitration and related award set aside actions against German company Enercon.

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners fields a ‘highly motivated team’ with ‘vast experience in both local and EU legislation and regulations’. The firm’s namesake, Ioannis Vassardanis, heads up the practice, which excels in a variety of disputes including those pertaining to the energy, oil and gas, insurance, corporate, M&A, infrastructure, construction and technology sectors, and the international sale of goods. The group also has an emphasis on international arbitration with a proven track record in the ICC, LCIA and SCC.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Vassardanis;

Key clients

ASEA BROWN BOVERI S.A.

AVAX S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing AVAX in a complex arbitration case regarding a sub-contract for the execution of a portion of the construction works, services and supplies for a polypropylene plant in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Representing AVAX in a complex ICSID arbitration case against the Republic of Lebanon.

Lambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm is singled out for its expertise in 'Greek procedural law and new technology' as well as its ability 'to find the best solutions'. Companies including Wikipedia, Piraeus Bank and Energean Oil & Gas form the client roster, with the team acting for domestic and international companies across the IT, TMT, banking, energy and infrastructure sectors. The department also has a notable arbitration practice with experience at the ICC. John Filiotis heads up the litigation department while Nondas Lambadarios oversees the arbitration practice. Constantinos Lambadarios leads on ADR and mediation matters.

Practice head(s):

Nondas Lambadarios; Constantinos Lambadarios; John Filiotis; Prokopis Dimitriadis; Harry Karampelis;

Testimonials

‘Team is made up of different generations of lawyers, with expertise in Greek procedural law and new technologies; this allows them to focus on all the issues involved in litigation, as well as to find the best solution to win it.’

‘Chara Daouti, partner, is very smart, has a great understanding of the business and is always ready to listen to the client to learn, better understand and elaborate customised advice, leading to the success of the litigation. She is very well organised and always available to explain and discuss issues, even at last-minute. John Filiotis, senior partner and head of the litigation department, has incredible expertise and is able to always find the better way to present a case and win it.’

Key clients

Energean Oil & Gas

Leidos (formerly SAIC)

Piraeus Bank

Volterra SA

Heron SA

Kavala Oil

Goodyear

Wikipedia

Bombardier Transport Gmbh

Grivalia REIC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bombardier Transport in a €15m claim against OSE, the Greek railways organisation, relating to the construction of new trains for the Athens Suburban Railway.
  • Representing Heron, an energy provider, in regulatory proceedings before the Regulatory Authority.
  • Representing Volterra, an energy provider, in regulatory proceedings before the Athens Court of First Instance against a number of consumer unions.

Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law

At Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law, Nicholas Moussas has substantial experience in disputes pertaining to corporate finance, securities and regulatory issues, EPC projects and commercial transactions. He leads the practice alongside Vassilios Moussas, who is an expert in contract and real estate law with a track record in insurance litigation, the enforcement of foreign judgements and the recovery of claims. The team is also active in the banking, finance, capital markets, real estate and energy sectors, and represents local and multinational entities and high-net-worth individuals. The practice also defends against claims of strict liability and negligence concerning design and manufacturing defects.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Moussas; Vassilios Moussas;

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.

HELLENIC HALYVOURGIA S.A.

METALLIC CONSTRUCTIONS OF GREECE (METKA S.A., currently MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.)

HUGO BOSS AG

KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY (former H.J. HEINZ Company)

audi ag

The State Employees’ Supplementary Insurance Fund (TEADY)

Korinthos Power S.A.

seat sa

Work highlights

  • Representing Volkswagen in numerous cases brought by Greek vehicle owners claiming damages on the basis of violation of consumer protection legislation, European regulations and standards.
  • Represented Hellenic Halyvourgia in disputes against a regional monopoly in gas supply.
  • Part of the team, which successfully represented Mytilineos Holdings in a landmark bilateral investment treaty dispute under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules against the Republic of Serbia.

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Lawyers at Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm are hailed as ‘leaders in regulatory litigation’ and are also ‘strongly recommended for TMT, antitrust and data protection disputes’. The practice is jointly headed by ‘leading litigator’ Nikos Th Nikolinakos , the ‘dedicated and responsiveAlexis Spyropoulos  and Dina Kouvelou  who is also ‘vastly experienced in energy disputes’. Vodaphone is a notable client, having engaged the group for more than 70 cases before the Civil and Administrative Courts over the past year. Also found among the workload are agency and competition law litigation.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos; Alexis Spyropoulos; Dina Kouvelou

Testimonials

‘To begin with, they are the absolute leaders in regulatory litigation. This is an impressive dispute resolution practice, providing litigation services of high quality. It is a high-calibre and creative team, which is particularly strong in antitrust, telecoms, energy and administrative law. The team is effective and personable, and the advice is spot-on.’

‘Nikos Nikolinakos is highly effective in TMT and antitrust litigation, both before the courts and the relevant regulatory authorities and commissions. He is a pleasure to work with. Nikos is also excellent at handling competition law matters crossing over with IP issues, especially in technology-related areas.’

‘ Dina Kouvelou is a vastly experienced and responsive litigator in the TMT, antitrust, energy, and data protection areas. She should be praised for her unrivalled ability to handle high-value and highly complex cases.’

‘Alexis Spyropoulos is an efficient, dedicated and responsive litigator, focusing on the areas of administrative law, TMT and antitrust.’

‘This is an extremely experienced litigation team, especially when they represent clients before Regulatory Authorities and Administrative courts. They have an impressive Dispute Resolution team with deep understanding of the local and international markets and they have a terrific reputation.’

‘Dr Nikos Nikolinakos is a TMT and Competition litigation expert. He is also superb in negotiation and settlement strategies. Furthermore he is skillful and effective, having incredible business acumen and long international experience. He is responsive, insightful and pragmatic’

‘Ms Dina Kouvelou is an impressive Agency Litigator (in both competition law and TMT areas), with vast experience. She is exceptional and solution-oriented. She represents her clients before all National Regulatory Authorities and relevant Administrative Courts.’

‘Mr Alexis Spyropoulos has a strong reputation as a litigator in the fields of administrative law and TMT. His TMT and competition law expertise is undeniable, as he was the head of legal department of the EETT (Hellenic Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) for many years.’

Key clients

Vodafone Hellas S.A.

Airbnb, Inc.

AT&T Inc.

Lamda Hellix S.A.

Profile Software S.A.

Volton Hellenic Energy S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Vodafone in more than two hundred (200) formal Hearings before the Greek Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (EETT) regarding the installation and operation of antenna sites.
  • Defended Airbnb in a lawsuit before the Greek Civil Courts.
  • Represented Lamda Hellix in litigation before all national regulatory authorities such as the E.E.T.T., the DPA and ADAE.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis

Under the leaderhsip of John Papapolitis and George Gravias, Papapolitis & Papapolitis is engaged by domestic corporates and several multinationals. The team undertakes a broad array of commercial, civil and administrative litigation including public tender, regulatory compliance, contract, product liability, employment, insolvency and bankruptcy disputes. Arbitration, mediation and adjudication proceedings are also strengths of the practice, which represents clients in the real estate, insurance, financial services, trading, retail, telecoms, energy and consumer products sectors.

Practice head(s):

George Gravias; John Papapolitis;

Key clients

Intralot Group

Intracom Holdings S.A.

Philips Hellas S.A. & Philips Lighting Hellas S.A.

Lamda Development S.A.

Diophar S.A.

Lamda Omlympia Village S.A.

Cetracore Energy GmbH & Cetracore – JetOil S.A.

Aromka S.A.

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse S.A. (Gevena)

Intrakat

Work highlights

  • Represented Intralot Group in a €150m dispute against Glory Technology.
  • Represented Philips Hellas and Philips Lighting Hellas in several disputes amounting to approximately €32m.
  • Represented Pylaia in a €50m dispute with Michaniki.

Politis & Partners

Politis & Partners acts at a national and international level, handling a diverse array of matters from securities, antitrust and tort disputes to insurance and commercial litigation. Vastly experienced group head Evangelos Politis leads the department. Clients stem from a variety of industries, though the team is particularly well-regarded for banking litigation, handling matters including disputes relating to loans and other contracts, enforcement proceedings and duties of care. The practice also notably acts for the European Commission, before Greek Courts and the General Court, and is also recommended for arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis

Key clients

European Commission

Woori Bank

PharmaSwiss Hellas S.A. member of the Valeant Group

Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A. (Aspis Bank litigation)

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

Mood Media Hellas LLC

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Efstathiadis family

Work highlights

  • Representing the European Commission in litigation against Greek private companies and public law legal entities as beneficiaries of European framework subsidy programs.
  • Successfully represented Woori Bank (one of the major financial institutions in Korea) before the Supreme Court in a prolonged litigation with a well-known Greek shipowner’s company.
  • Acting for PharmaSwiss Hellas, the Greek affiliate of the Bausch Health Group, in a number of arbitration and litigation proceedings with former distributors and suppliers as well as handling a number of employment disputes.

Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm

At Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm, the team is 'diligent and meticulous' and 'tackles complex issues in a very efficient way'. Elena Kossena, who is an expert in inheritance, family and shipping disputes, leads the practice with Alexander Dovles, who 'stands out for his exceptional and analytical work' and is a key name for disputes concerning company ownership. The team is well-versed in domestic and international litigation and also has specialist knowledge of proceedings in the real estate, construction, healthcare, finance and hospitality sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Dovles; Elena Kossena;

Testimonials

‘The firm is capable of understanding, dealing with and tackling complex issues that may even be normally governed by foreign law (and notably common law) in a very efficient way. Legal concepts like trusts and orders like Chabra or Masri are not part of Greek law and one needs great skills and ability in understanding the relevant applicable legal principles and structure any potential Greek legal proceedings in a way that any results that can normally be pursued (and secured) in common law jurisdictions can be pursued (and secured) in Greece.’

‘I believe that this practice is comprised of well educated individuals with great working knowledge that have adopted a very hands on approach, thus bringing to their clients very good results. The individuals I have worked with are diligent and meticulous and do their best to meet their client’s needs and requests.’

‘Every single case that we had so far was won from the lawyers because each individual focuses on the details. They don’t rush into suggesting our strategy, they analyse every possible outcome from every possible move. They do outstanding work.’               

‘Alexandros Dovles stands out for his exceptional and analytical work on our cases. Anastasia Fanourgaki stands out for being available 24/7 – whenever needed she was there with a solution to every problem we had.’

Key clients

Grecotel Group

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation

George Economou

PRS

Olympia Group

V. Theoharakis Group of Companies

Eurodrip S.A.

Kefalogiannis family

Pentheroudakis Family

Euroclinic of Athens SA

Mitsis group

Enesel S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in proceedings concerning the freezing of assets in Greece which allegedly belong to their former partner.
  • Successfully represented one of the most prominent Greek private clinics, Euroclinic of Athens, in numerous disputes including medical malpractice cases and commercial claims.
  • Representing PC Systems in claims against the Hellenic Football Federation regarding an agreement for the development and operation of a biotelemetry system.

Sarantitis

Sarantitis fields 'consummate professionals' who are 'experts in their field' and 'extremely responsive'. Theodora Monochartzis leads the team, which is frequently engaged in civil, commercial, employment, inheritance, contract and debt collection disputes. The practice is also increasingly noted for its handling of banking litigation and counts HSBC on its list of clients. The group also acts in domestic and global litigation, frequently collaborating with international law firms on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis;

Testimonials

Consummate professionals, experts in their field, extremely responsive, pleasure to work with.

Dorotheos Samoladas and Antonis Katsigiannis have been great partners to us for over eight years now.

Some of the qualities they exhibit:  Professional, ethical, responsive, great negotiators, broad knowledge base, personable, accommodating.

Key clients

ENAE (Hellenic Shipyards)

HSBC Bank plc – Greek Branch/ HSBC Private Bank Suisse S.A.

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality Ag, &

Assicurazioni Generali

Rembrandt Insurance Company Limited

Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

Alpiq Energy Hellas

Iberostar

Work highlights

  • Representing Hellenic Shipyards in a matter pertaining to the enforcement of an arbitral award issued in favour of the client following an ICC Arbitration.
  • Represented the Greek branch of HSBC Bank in claims regarding bonds issued by the Icelandic bank, Landsbanki.
  • Acting for the Greek branch of HSBC Bank in a law suit relating to a perpetual bond issued by French bank, Banque Federative du Credit Mutuel.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Zepos & Yannopoulos has a ‘more engaged’ approach, and Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis lead the team, which is noted for its ‘industry know-how’ as it caters to clients from the aviation, automotive, consumer goods, IT, luxury goods and capital markets sectors. The group's broad workload is demonstrated through its expertise in breach of contract, enforcement of foreign judgement, unfair competition, product liability, employment, IP, real estate, commercial lease and tort-related matters. The vast majority of the practice's client roster is comprised of multinationals and their Greek subsidiaries. Eleni Skoufari recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Christoforidis; Constantine Sarantis;

Testimonials

‘The team is well organized with clear segregation of duties based on the area of expertise of each member. All the team members are reliable and responsible coworkers that provide not only the available options, but also their professional advice highlighting the pros or cons of each one.’

‘Nikos Christoforidis is a highly qualified lawyer that has supported our company for many years. I have personally worked with him in many cases and what makes him stand out is his personality. He uses simple and clear words to explain the reality and the options available to the client creating a trustful and open relationship.’

‘Good English and proactive – more engaged than other law firms.’

‘Wide experience, industry know-how, expertise on different topics (credit collection to copyright law).’

‘George Siganidis is an excellent adviser with wide experience and industry know-how.’

Key clients

AB VASSILOPOULOS

BANQUE SOCIETE GENERALE

BAYER HELLAS

BENETTON GROUP

CLOROX INC

ELLINIKAI AKTAI A.E. “KYLLINI BEACH RESORT”

IBERDROLA ENERGIAS RENOVABLES

JOHNSON CONTROLS

L’OREAL

MEDIA/SATURN

NATURAL GAS PUBLIC COMPANY (DEPA)

PLAZA CENTERS NV

SIEMENS GAMESA

SPIRITS INTERNATIONAL BV

SWEDISH ORPHAN BIOBVITRUM AB

TUI GROUP

TURKISH AIRLINES

Work highlights

  • Represented the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) in four arbitral proceedings with arbitral awards upholding the majority of DEPA’s requests.
  • Representing 48 airline companies and members of IATA against Airtickets for a due payment of approximately €7m from unpaid tickets.
  • Representing Clorox and its subsidiary CBEE in litigation initiated by a distributor for the alleged unlawful termination of a distribution agreement.

Calavros and Partners Law Firm

Handling civil and commercial disputes, Calavros and Partners Law Firm is engaged in antitrust, regulatory, insolvency and real estate litigation. The team, headed by Constantin Calavros, is well-versed in matters at all levels of the court system up to the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Constantin Calavros

Drakopoulos

Drakopoulos represents major national and international businesses including brokerage houses, Fortune 500 companies and investment funds, which leverage the firm’s strong presence across the SEE region. The practice, which is jointly headed by Sophia Ampoulidou, Michalis Kosmopoulos, Panagiotis Drakopoulos, handles commercial and competition disputes, international arbitration, class actions, and real estate, construction, banking, IP and product liability claims. The group has experience before courts of all instances and jurisdictions including the European Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Sophia Ampoulidou; Michalis Kosmopoulos; Panagiotis Drakopoulos;

Key clients

RECKITT BENCKISER

TIMWE

DIMITRA EDUCATION &CONSULTING SA (FORMER DIMITRA INSTITUTE OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT)

APOPSI CENTER OF EMPLOYMENT TRAINING SA

LRC PRODUCTS

FIRST SOLAR

CHIPITA

VOICEWEB

TUI FRANCE

ITARIA

TÜV

HELLENIC PETROLEUM GROUP OF COMPANIES

BETA

MAPED

SAMSUNG

PANASONIC

ITAL FOOD INDUSTRY AD

HELLENIC SHIPYARDS SA

PUMA

THE LAURENT/POLO COMPANY

Work highlights

  • Represent Hellenic Shipyards in ICC arbitration proceedings against the Hellenic Republic.
  • Represent TIMWE in a claim against WIN with respect to the misappropriation of funds and the non-disclosure of crucial information.
  • Represented Dimitra and Apopsi in litigation against the Greek State.

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners fields a ‘responsive, engaged and practical’ team, which is overseen by Georgios Minoudis. Its core areas of expertise span commercial and civil cases with niche expertise in private banking and enforcement proceedings. Deutsche Bank is a notable client and recently instructed the group in its capacity as bondholder and security agent to enforce security rights under a syndicated facility of up to €75m against Leaf Tobacco Michaelides, a Greek tobacco company. International arbitration is also a significant area of expertise for the practice.

Practice head(s):

Georgios Minoudis;

Testimonials

‘Always available to support you.’

‘Vasiliki Salaka and her team are at all times available to give you the right legal advice with efficient results.’

‘Responsive, engaged and practical.’

‘Christina Faitakis – personable, clear advice.’

Moratis Passas Law Firm

The team at Moratis Passas Law Firm is ‘always updated and well-informed on any change to the regulatory and legal framework’. Dimitris Passas and Nikos Syrmas head up the practice, which handles domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration in addition to out-of-court settlements. The group has key expertise in shareholder disputes and also handles antitrust, banking, IP, real estate, restructuring, insolvency, tax, sport, consumer protection and administrative-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Passas; Nikos Syrmas;

Testimonials

Strengths of this team: always updated and well informed on any change of the regulatory and legal framework and on any amendment to come; response times are very satisfactory; undertake litigation actions at very short notice.’

‘We have worked mainly with Mr. Nikos Syrmas: understands client’s needs; proposes ways to handle the dispute; has handled very successfully complex and demanding litigation regarding serious matters (such a case related to attorneys’ malpractice).’

Key clients

Citibank Europe Plc, Greek branch

Piraeus Bank

Praxia Bank

Cyprus Popular Bank  Public Company  Ltd

Hellas Capital Leasing

NN Hellas

Olympiacos Basketball Club

EDOEAP (Press and Media Pension Fund)

Antenna T.V. SA

EFKA (Greek only Social Security Fund)

CPB Leasing SA

Work highlights

  • Representing EFKA in proceedings before the Athens Multi Member Court of First Instance against the Bank of Greece for the recovery of the loss of EFKA’s assets.
  • Handling a lawsuit filed against CPB Leasing involving a bankruptcy recall with respect to the transfer of two immovable properties.
  • Handling all pending litigation before Greek civil courts against CPB, which is under special administration.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm

At P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm, the practice's recent caseload includes disputes in the financial, gas, cement, paper and food and beverage sectors. The team is also highly rated for its expertise in significant commercial, administrative and banking disputes with experience spanning all domestic and EU courts. Vassilis Kanellopoulos heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Vassilis Kanellopoulos

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP handles litigation and arbitration proceedings involving English and Greek law with specific expertise in competition and EU disputes, general commercial litigation and shipping claims. Practice head George Panagopoulos acts in cargo claims, charterparty litigation, ship sale and purchase matters, and sale of goods, trade and energy disputes. The group's client roster is comprised of financial institutions, transport companies and natural resource entities.

Practice head(s):

George Panagopoulos;

Rokas Law Firm

Rokas Law Firm ‘understands disputes in broader business terms’ and has a ‘thorough understanding of the issues at hand’. The team is primarily active in insurance-related litigation and arbitration, though has recently expanded its presence in the energy and pharmaceuticals sectors. Christos Theodorou is also adept in pharmaceuticals and administrative litigation with a noteworthy track record in the Greek Civil and Administrative Supreme Courts. He heads up the practice with Antonios Tsavaridis, who is an expert in international trade, insurance and investment law, and also leads the firm’s international arbitration practice, which is spread across the SEE.

Practice head(s):

Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis

Testimonials

‘Thourough understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘Approachability, availability and clarity in explanations.’

‘Cross-functional team with deep understanding of various aspects of law.  Experience in understanding disputes in broader business terms and always willing to provide options to clients with emphasis on objectives.’

‘Top-of-the-line knowledge of European dispute resolution across countries.  Extensive knowledge of insurance laws, practices and developments.  Significant experience in arbitration and dispute resolution practices. Messrs. Tsavdaridis and Rokas inspire confidence and excellent guidance.’

Key clients

Fonds de Garantie des Assurances Obligatoires de Dommages, of France

Auxiliary Fund for Insurance of Liability Arising out of Motor Accidents, of Greece

Consap – Concessionaria Servizi Assicurativi Pubblici S.p.A.

Sunlight Systems S.A.

Motor Insurers’ Fund (MIF) Cyprus

Public Power Gas Corporation (DEPA)

Generali Hellas S.A. – Assicurazioni Generali

AXA Insurance S.A.

Aegeon Insurance Co.

AGET Heracles – LafargeHolcim

Roche Hellas SA / Hoffmann La Roche AG

Public Power Corporation (PPC) Renewables S.A.

NRG S.A.

Lloyd’s of London

QBE Ltd.

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Ethniki Insurance S.A.

Amiantit S.A.

Interamerican S.A.

Kokari Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing the respondent Cyprus Guarantee Fund in the second ever international arbitration arising out of the ‘Convention on recourse between Guarantee Funds on Insolvency of a motor liability insurer operating in the Single Market’ initiated by the Bulgarian Guarantee Fund.
  • Representing French, Greek and Italian guarantee funds in the first ever international arbitration arising out of the ‘Convention on recourse between Guarantee Funds on Insolvency of a motor liability insurer operating in the Single Market’ against the UK Motor Insurers Bureau.
  • Represented Sunlight Systems in a claim against its insurers regarding casualty cover following a fire that destroyed a part of its factory.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is noted for its ‘thorough research’ and ‘very good preparation before the courts’. The practice's expertise ranges from day-to-day civil litigation in the domestic courts to high-profile, international cases. The team also excels in disputes relating to commercial property, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, TMT, non-performing loan and tax issues. The ‘internationally acclaimed’ Eleni Tsoukala and Constantinos Kapitsinos jointly lead the department, which counts corporations, investment banks, hedge and private equity funds and multinational companies as clients.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Tsoukala; Constantinos Kapitsinos;

Testimonials

‘Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is a very good firm in this field. The team is hard working, very cooperative and their quick responsiveness and professionalism have to be mentioned. Thorough research, very good preparation before courts and the quality of the work assigned are certain strengths that differ them from others.’

‘Eleni Tsoukala is a brilliant lawyer, who’s next to the client, understands well all aspects of the business and of the case and can successfully represent the cases. She is the one who definitely leads the team, gives directions and ideas and is dedicated to the work assigned, irrespective of the importance or of the amount involved. Her dedication is always there.’

‘The Firm is one of the leading and most distinctive in Greece for this area and I would therefore highly recommend them. Their portfolio ranges from civil disputes to all types of disputes but with a particular focus on dispute resolution emanating from non-performing loan portfolios, restructuring proceedings such as article 99 restructurings and recovery and debt collection proceedings which are all in very high demand in the market in Greece.’

‘All lawyers of the Firm I have worked with or come across are brilliant in this area. An example would be Athanasia Chra whom I have come across and who is very effective, experienced and highly recommended for any disputes work.’

‘They have an outstanding client base, consisting mainly of multinational clients and are active in all forms of dispute resolution. This Firm is a top notch Firm in this sector.’

‘Leading individuals of the Firm are Eleni Tsoukala, who is a very bright, experienced and internationally acclaimed attorney and Ioanna Moumtzoglou who is a senior member of the Firm with great legal skills, expertise and professionalism.’

Alexander Vassardanis & Partners

Alexander Vassardanis & Partners is praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge and professionalism’. Representing major domestic and international corporates, the team provides counsel at all stages of the arbitration process from the drafting of efficient clauses in international contracts through to the enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards. Practice head Aphrodite Vassardani is noted for her ‘extensive experience’ and ‘depth of legal knowledge’.

Practice head(s):

Aphrodite Vassardani;

Testimonials

‘Alexander Vassardanis & Partners is an outstanding law firm with a very high  degree of in-depth knowledge and professionalism for dispute resolution/international arbitration.’

‘Our relation is with Ms. Aphrodite Vassardani, who is an outstanding lawyer. She has impressed us with the depth of her legal knowledge, her professionalism and her dedication to the achievement of excellence. She has extensive experience in dispute resolution/international arbitration. She has our highest recommendation.’

‘Aphrodite Vassardani is an excellent, first-rate lawyer. Her high-quality work has been invaluable. We trust the high standard of her work. She is a leading lawyer in this practice area.’

Avramopoulos & Partners

Avramopoulos & Partners fields a ‘well established’ team ‘with exceptional capabilities’. Athanassios Avgeros leads the practice, which specialises in a range of commercial and civil matters including breach of contract, fraud, competition, real estate, tax, insurance, bankruptcy, banking and tort-related mandates. The practice is also renowned for its international arbitration offering, namely in relation to disputes arising from construction, telecoms, commercial and investment issues.

Practice head(s):

Athanassios Avgeros;

Testimonials

‘They are a fully rounded set that are well established with exceptional capabilities.’

‘This firm is a my go to. I enjoy working with them and collaborating on matters where possible as I find they are like minded. Excellent advice and very thorough.’

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm

At Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm, the group has a distinct focus on disputes and international arbitration matters in the energy and telecoms sectors. In addition, the team is also frequently instructed by major international suppliers and organisations in commercial and public procurement disputes against the Greek government. George Mylonogiannis heads up the practice, which is also highly regarded for matters before the Greek Supreme Administrative Courts.

Practice head(s):

George Mylonogiannis;

Key clients

Forthnet SA

Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I.

DEPA SA (Public Gas Corporation)

Merck Hellas S.A.

Joint Venture owning the Loutraki Casino

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund SA

Vodafone-Panafon SA

Wind SA

Residents of Antiparos

Multy Foam SA

Work highlights

  • Represented Forthnet regarding the imposition of a special social security contribution on Mass Media Enterprises.
  • Represented Novartis before the Council of State with regard to claw backs and rebates from 2016–2018 amounting to over €100m.
  • Represented Wind in claims relating to municipal fees amounting to €13m for the construction of its network.

Gaganas & Partners

The team at Gaganas & Partners is jointly led by George Gaganas and Eleftheria Gagana. The practice is noted for its knowledge of the Greek court system though demonstrates broader expertise through its experience in cross-border disputes. It also excels in disputes in the hotel and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

George Gaganas; Eleftheria Gagana

Testimonials

‘They are very proactive lawyers with deep knowledge of the Greek Courts system. Very good preparation of the case, pleadings and witness statements. You feel that your case is supported and that you are represented in the best possible way.’

‘A very experienced dispute resolution team in the construction and hotel sector. Business orientated approach with deep knowledge of local practices and international expertise.’

‘Gaganas and Partners has wide experience in cross border disputes. They have successfully represented our company in our dispute with a hotel company in Crete. Very professional with exceptional value for the work done.’

‘Very experienced in cross border disputes, especially when Greece and UK jurisdictions are involved. Very pragmatic approach, ready to go in any case the extra mile for the interests of the client.’

‘Substantial experience in cross border disputes. Deep knowledge of local practices combined with international approach.’

Key clients

Alexandria A.S

Restat S.A.

Chun Hong Ltd

Comfy S.A.

Etiketta S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the largest travel agencies of Czech Republic, Alexandria Group, in its dispute with a five-star hotel company in Rhodes before the Greek Supreme Court.
  • Representing Chun Hong, a Hong Kong company, in a dispute with a Greek exporting company before the Greek courts.
  • Representing a Greek manufacturing company in a tax dispute with the Greek authorities.

Kelemenis & Co

Kelemenis & Co is instructed in a broad array of litigation and arbitration proceedings, handling matters before all forms of tribunals and courts. Recent highlights include contractual, administrative, partnership, employment, defamation, competition and insurance disputes.

Machas & Partners Law Firm

At Machas & Partners Law Firm, the client roster encompasses international and domestic financial institutions and corporates, individuals and governments. Cross-border litigation is a core strength of the practice, and the group also leverages its expertise in banking, commercial, trade and real estate matters.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC handles civil, commercial and public litigation with notable expertise in civil procedure. Panayiotis Yiannopoulos leads the department, which routinely handles matters with a cross-border element in other jurisdictions, particularly Cyprus. In a recent highlight, the team represented Eldorado Gold in arbitration proceedings against the Greek government, which arose from a dispute relating to mining licensing requirements.

Practice head(s):

Panayiotis Yiannopoulos;

Key clients

Eldorado Gold

Akzo Nobel SpA

Hyatt Regency

Intrakat S.A.

Do Bank

Medtronic Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a major construction company against a claim filed by a subcontractor relating to a publicly financed technology project.
  • Represented a real estate development company in cassation proceedings overturning an appellate award that had reduced the liability of the defendant, a major multinational electronics retailer, in a real estate project from a failed mixed construction and built to suit lease agreement.
  • Represented a major trader of agricultural products in Greece and abroad in appellate proceedings concerning the opposition of the debtor in a collection procedure.

Law Offices Papaconstantinou

Law Offices Papaconstantinou is a key name for dispute resolution across a wide range of industries. Eleni Papaconstantinou leads the practice, which recently successfully represented Lumenis in a product liability claim.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papaconstantinou;

Key clients

Papastratos (Philip Morris International affiliate)

Amadeus Hellas SA

Lumenis Ltd

Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA

Tateho Chemical Industries Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Papastratos in extensive litigation arising from the large-scale restructuring of Papastratos’ distribution network.
  • Advised a client on the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award and the recovery of a monetary claim in Greece.

Sagias and Partners Law Firm

Sagias and Partners Law Firm is highly experienced before the Greek and European courts of every instance. Spyros Sagias and Sotiris Perivolarakis jointly head up the department, which provides a full-service dispute resolution offering and is also equipped to handle all out-of-court procedures and negotiations. The group's recent caseload encompasses tax, energy, real estate, port services, construction and power supply disputes.

Practice head(s):

Spyros Sagias; Sotiris Perivolarakis;

Key clients

PIMANA SA

PIRAEUS PORT AUTHORITY SA

HELLAS GOLD SA

BENAKI MUSEUM/Nasioutzik Foundation

BHEL LTD

TRITON INTERNATIONAL POWER SA

WRE HELLAS SA

SWISSPORT HELLAS

COSCO SHIPPING HK (as a Group)

REDS SA

DELTA SCRAP Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pimana in investment plan and ownership issues regarding property in Zakynthos.
  • Acting for Piraeus Port Authority in labour law issues.
  • Acting for Bharat Heavy Electronics in litigation against the Greek Electricity Company and the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Operator before the Court of Appeals of Athens.

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm

The ‘highly skilled’ lawyers at Sioufas & Associates Law Firm are noted for their ‘excellent work and great collaboration skills'. The team’s expertise includes IP, banking and finance, commercial, insolvency, employment and unfair competition disputes. Marios Sioufas heads up the department alongside Ioanna Rapsomaniki, who is ‘always up to date and on top of cases’.

Practice head(s):

Marios Sioufas; Ioanna Rapsomaniki;

Testimonials

Thorough their excellent work and the great collaboration, they have succeeded in gaining our trust and we have now reached a point, where we consider them as our partners, our legal advisers, a part of our company.’

‘We certainly need to highlight their strong willingness, their fast and clear responses and their reliable advice.’

‘What makes the practice unique is the person in key positions. Transparency is what distinguishes the company.’

‘Passionate individuals, well organised who are strict to the company’s goals. The most important key capability is the initiatives taken and how well educated they are in terms of the company’s content.’

‘The team consists of well educated attorneys with very good working knowledge on the practice’s area of expertise.’

‘The individuals I have worked with have a very hands on approach, they are diligent and meticulous and make an honest effort to meet their clients’ needs and requests.’

‘The firm is very well structured, they are reliable, they work very well together as a team and they never miss a dead line, a keen problem we faced with other legal firms. Their legal texts are well written and legally sound.’

‘The firm’s associates are very well educated and very well trained in all aspects of litigation and they act without delays and wasting precious legal time.’

Key clients

PETROS PETROPOULOS S.A.

WATT & VOLT S.A.

ROCK 24 S.A.

PAPPAS ELEVATORS S.A.

DOUKAS SCHOOL S.A.

ELSA SILGAN S.A.

OLYMPIA GROUP S.A.

HELLAS CAPITAL LEASING S.A.

ALPHA BANK

Work highlights

  • Defending Watt and Volt against unfair competition actions.
  • Acting for Pappas Elevators in a claim relating to a refusal of acceptance of agreed services and goods.
  • Acting for Olympia Group in an arbitral judgement enforcement.

Stavropoulos & Partners

Stavropoulos & Partners handles a large number of tax disputes and adds breadth to its offering through its expertise in contractual, commercial, administrative, civil and competition litigation. Ioannis Stavropoulos and Evanthia Tsiri jointly lead the team, which handles domestic and international arbitration proceedings and has a client base which spans consumer and retail companies, IT clients and entertainment entities. The practice also has expertise in construction disputes, particularly regarding luxury hotels, and handles damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos; Evanthia Tsiri;

Work highlights

  • Co-defended Athenian Brewery before the HCC and the Athens Administrative Court of Appeal against allegations of abuse of dominance in the beer market.

Tsibanoulis & Partners

Tsibanoulis & Partners has ‘an eye for detail and deep knowledge’ and is praised by clients for the ‘professionalism of the whole team’. The practice is experienced in civil and administrative disputes before the Courts of First Instance, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, handling local and cross-border matters in addition to international arbitrations, investigations and enforcements. The financial, banking and infrastructure sectors are areas of particular focus; the group also has expertise in the pharmaceuticals, not-for-profit and cosmetics industries. Dimitris Tsibanoulis serves as practice head.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tsibanoulis;

Testimonials

‘The Professionalism that the whole team showed from the first moment till the end of our case. One serious strength was the ability to explore our case deeply, quickly get familiarised with the peculiarities of our sector and understand how important the case was for the reputation of our company! This let the team offer an holistic approach with an exceptional outcome for both parties!’

‘It is a highly respectable practice with unique expertise in all areas of commercial law. They have an eye for detail, deep knowledge and provide great results even in cases that seemed lost.’ 

‘Marina Perraki stands out as she extremely diligent, knowledgeable, cooperative, hard working and results driven. Not to mention, value for money.’

Key clients

D.I. FIDAS S.A.

Pegasus Securities S.A.

BAYER HELLAS SA

Attica Bank

Merisant

Malibu Health Products Ltd

Supergroup Plc

Domaine Paterianakis

Pressbox Editions SA/Bet media Editions SA

Work highlights

  • Acting for Attica Bank in litigation arising from three of its debtors entering into special liquidation.
  • Successfully represented Pegasus Securities before the Athens Court of Appeal in an action brought by a former client claiming for moral damages amounting to €300,000 related to statements made by the Company before the Hellenic Capital Market Commission.
  • Successfully handling an anti-counterfeit case in Greece for Superdry before the civil courts.

V.D. Ikonomidis & Associates Law Firm

V.D. Ikonomidis & Associates Law Firm is singled out for its ‘professionalism and excellent performance’. Vassilios Ikonomidis is ‘a great help on difficult cases’ and leads the practice alongside Georgia Patili, who is noted for her ‘excellent presence before the courts’. The team is knowledgeable of the pharmaceuticals, cosmetic, food supplement, tourist and travel, real estate, financial and automotive sectors, and has recently been handling an increasing number of IP, banking and finance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Vassilios Ikonomidis; Georgia Patili;

Testimonials

‘Their immediate legal actions, their professionalism and their excellent performance are the strengths that they make them special.’

‘All the lawyers of the firm are hardworking, consistent, reliable and very experienced. They have excellent knowledge of Greek law and in general of the Greek legal system. Mrs. Georgia Patili, Mrs. Aikaterini Pothoulaki, Mrs Theodora Nikolopoulou and of course Mr. Ikonomidis himself are excellent colleagues.’

‘Rapid responses on an unusual matter, and a sensible approach to handling litigation. Not afraid to deal with complex legal and expert issues, at a very reasonable rate.’

‘Vasilis Ikonomidis is a great help on a difficult case with a good grasp of tactics and excellent English (I am instructing him from the UK).’

Key clients

SSH Maritime Group of Companies

Riginos S.A.

Exelixis S.A.

Original Senses P.C.

Onda Tenders P.C.

Optimum S.A.

Senso in Terra S.A.

Leriva Group of companies

Agile Group of companies

BMW Austria Bank GmbH

Future Health Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Punmore Capital in dispute related to the arrest of the yacht named Grand Ocean.
  • Represented Client Optimum in a €450,000 dispute arising from a lease agreement.
  • Represented Senso in Terra in matters concerning an export factoring agreement.

Your Legal Partners

Your Legal Partners fields a team with specialist knowledge of employment, banking, finance, real estate, corporate and competition disputes. The group also handles a range of arbitration proceedings and is noted for its track record in aviation litigation.