Dispute resolution in Greece
Apostolos Georgiades & Associates is undoubtedly one of the premier firms for high value litigation and arbitration. The firm is a popular choice with high-net-worth individuals, as demonstrated by its representation of the Greek tycoon Constantinos Angelopoulos in a dispute with his sons regarding the management and ownership of the family's assets. The firm is also defending Heineken against a claim of abuse of dominant position brought by Macedonian Thrace Brewery. George Georgiades and Stavros Georgiades jointly lead the team.
Bernitsas Law provides 'excellent and on-point advice on Greek law'. The 'very creative and pragmatic' co-head Christos Paraskevopoulos 'understands the commercial context of a dispute and provides very suitable solutions'. His fellow practice head Dimitris Roussis is also extremely well regarded, particularly for administrative disputes, while Panayotis Bernitsas is highly experienced in arbitrations. Among the associates, George Atie is 'one of the most committed lawyers' with 'solid experience both in civil litigation as well as arbitrations'. Evangelos Mamalakis is praised for his 'very good legal mind'. Recent highlights include advising Wind Telecommunications on a dispute with the Greek state over a contested exclusivity clause in its contract with the state concerning mobile telephony rights.
Dryllerakis & Associates is singled out for its 'innovative thinking' and its ability to 'comfortably partner with American companies to produce a seamless team'. John Damilakis leads the team, which recently defended Unilever in a €14m dispute with a distributor. Other clients include Ferrovial, Henkel and Raytheon. Key lawyers include managing senior partner John Dryllerakis and the 'very experienced and efficient' Gerassimos Apergis. Panagiotis Kakaletris was recently promoted to partner.
Clients praise the 'creativity and commitment' at KLC Law Firm, which provides 'US-style availability and responsiveness' as well as its 'proximity and courtesy to its clients'. The team is jointly led by Alexandros Tsirigos, Aristides Chiotellis and the 'pragmatic and easy to work with' managing partner Panayiotis Tzioumas , who is 'an outstanding litigator who stands out both for his legal and case handling skills'. A significant highlight was representing ThyssenKrupp in an ICC arbitration against the Greek government concerning a submarine procurement program. Other clients include Adidas Hellas and Hellenic Shipyards.
Koutalidis Law Firm has 'one of the best teams in Athens for international arbitration' where the 'research is always exhaustive and meticulous when considering the facts of the case'. Practice head Gregory Logothetis 'consistently delivers excellent results'. The recently promoted Ioannis Kaptanis is 'very knowledgeable on civil law matters', while George Naskaris is 'very diligent and knowledgeable of the intricacies of Greek tax law'. Recent highlights include advising Cyprus Popular Bank, which is in administration, on a €3.79bn global injunction against several Greek entrepreneurs. Other clients include Invensys, Fraport, and Crete Golf. Evangelos Courakis is also recommended.
The 'hands-on' team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has 'excellent knowledge and experience in handling matters involving international companies that are facing challenges in Greece'. The four-partner team handles a mix of international arbitration, and commercial and administrative litigation, as well as white-collar crime. Recent successes include helping Fuji Heavy Industries successfully enforce an arbitral award against its former distributor in Greece. The firm also successfully represented Medtronic in a €4.4m dispute with its distributor. Anthony Hadjioannou and John Kyriakides jointly lead the top-notch team, which includes Panos Alexandris.
The 'hands-on, efficient and readily-available litigation team' at PotamitisVekris Law Firm receives high praise for its 'first-class lawyers who produce very good results'. The firm has grown particularly strong sub-groups in areas such as white-collar crime and public law. Team head Konstantinos Papadiamantis is a 'very good' lawyer with 'in-depth knowledge of the law'. Recently the team represented Procter & Gamble in a €17.5m dispute with a former distributor. Lawyers also acted for the hotel group, KLC, on a dispute with a contractor. Other key partners include Xenophon Paparrigopoulos, who is particularly active in intellectual property and competition disputes, and arbitration head Vicky Psaltis.
A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is a prominent actor in the disputes market. On top of its strong reputation for intellectual property litigation, it also acts for high-net-worth individuals, as well as energy, manufacturing and media companies, in a broad range of commercial and regulatory disputes. The firm is currently representing a leading fashion company in a major fraud dispute with its distributor. Kriton Metaxopoulos is very well regarded.
Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC has a strong track record in major commercial and administrative disputes, including distribution, intellectual property, competition and product liability claims. Name partners Gregory Pelecanos and George Ballas are both very well-regarded. Clients include Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Genentech (a subsidiary of Roche), TEVA Pharmaceuticals and Lafarge Heracles Cement.
Calavros and Partners Law Firm
Calavros and Partners Law Firm has good experience representing clients from different industries across a range of disputes, including antitrust, regulatory, real estate and insolvency. The firm recently succeeded in having a €10m arbitral award annulled on behalf of its client, on the grounds that it was contrary to European procurement laws. Founding partner Constantin Calavros enjoys an excellent reputation.
Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners
Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners has an excellent track record in international arbitration, particularly in major infrastructure claims. The firm recently advised a major financial institution in an insurance and insolvency-related dispute. Ioannis Vassardanis and Eleni Tsakri are both key names in the team. Clients include J&P-Avax and ABB.
Lambadarios Law Firm 'offers a wide variety of high-quality services' and 'significant manpower in the field of litigation', including lawyers with experience in the civil and administrative courts, as well as before arbitral tribunals. The 'very calm and persistent' Constantinos Lambadarios has 'great experience both in Greece and abroad' and is 'well known for in-depth analysis and his strategic way of thinking'. The firm recently represented the Volterra in a dispute with several consumer organisations. Other key individuals include John Filiotis, Prokopios Dimitriadis, and Nondas Lambadarios.
Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm has an 'impressive dispute resolution team with deep understanding of the local and international markets' that is 'extremely experienced before the regulatory authorities and administrative courts'. Nikos Nikolinakos is 'an effective strategist and outstanding litigator', while the 'exceptional and solution-oriented' Dina Kouvelou is an 'impressive agency litigator, with vast experience in both competition law and TMT'. The firm is especially strong on the TMT side, with major clients including Vodafone, Rural Connect and Intrasoft.
Papapolitis & Papapolitis is a popular choice for commercial and administrative disputes, enforcement proceedings and international arbitration. The team, led by George Gravias, recently advised Intracom in a €89.5m dispute with Teledome and its shareholders, over claims of alleged unethical behaviour. Senior partner John Papapolitis is also recommended.
Politis & Partners
The 'engaged and knowledgeable' team at Politis & Partners is praised for 'staying the course' and being 'well-connected with reality and the legal framework'. The firm is guaranteed a strong flow of high-profile work due to its ongoing representation of the European Commission in its cases against Greek public and private sector entities. The firm also represented Woori Bank in a €35m dispute with a Greek shipping company. Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi are both well-regarded in this area.
Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm combines 'deep industry knowledge with a real grasp of the judicial process, and handles a whole range of contentious work'. The firm has been handling several major disputes in the hospitality and healthcare sectors, and also represents several HNWIs in litigation. Clients include Mari Daskalantonakis, George Economou, and Euroclinic of Athens. The team heads Elena F Kossena and Alexander C Dovles have 'great expertise in litigation and offer relevant, effective and tailored strategies for each matter'.
Sarantitis has a strong four-partner team led by Theodora Monochartzis. The group handles a wide variety of disputes, including civil inheritance claims, commercial and employment litigation, as well as white-collar crime. The firm is currently representing the special administrator of the Hellenic Shipyards regarding a €250m claim made by the Greek government. Banking partner Alexandros Metaxas and tax partner Gregory Vlachos are also active in this area.
Zepos & Yannopoulos offers 'great expertise' in domestic and cross-border disputes. The firm is particularly noted for tax litigation, but is also popular for broader commercial disputes across a range of industries. Recently it advised Johnson Controls on a €15m cross-border dispute with former agents and distributors. The firm also successfully represented Philips in a €13m dispute with a previous distributor of its Avent brand. Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis jointly lead the team.
Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm handles 'complex cases with outstanding results' and is praised for its 'talented individuals who co-operate in order to deliver the best possible result'. Constantine Alexiou's 'experience is unparalleled, having excellent comprehension of the most delicate legal problems, and the capacity to find realistic solutions to litigious actions or settlements'. Highlights include representing HRADF in an LCIA arbitration against Horse Races, a subsidiary of OPAP. Other clients include Piraeus Bank, Lamda Development and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Drakopoulos has a versatile practice that regularly represents international clients before the civil and administrative courts. Recently, it represented TIMWE in a claim against WIN concerning the misappropriation of funds and the non-disclosure of crucial information. Sophia Ampoulidou, Michalis Kosmopoulos, and Panagiotis Drakopoulos are all active in this area.
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm
Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm has a 'really good team' with strong depth, and clients appreciate 'there is always a back up'. The 'brilliant' George Mylonogiannis leads the practice, which handles both litigation and arbitration. Recently, the firm represented Nestlé in a major stamp duty-related disputes with the Greek tax authorities. Other clients include Novartis, HRADF and Vodafone.
Karatzas & Partners is 'very collaborative and open-minded in building a case strategy' and 'excellent at confronting aggressive defendants'. Clients also appreciate its 'international expertise in solving complicated disputes'. Georgios Minoudis leads the team, which also includes the 'excellent' Alexandros Metallinos, who has 'huge experience in international and regional disputes'. The firm has been particularly active in financial services disputes.
Kelemenis & Co
Kelemenis & Co has a good track record in commercial and administrative litigation, as well arbitration. The firm has had some notable successes on behalf of clients in the energy and healthcare industries. Yannis Kelemenis leads the team, whose clients include GE Healthcare, ADMIE (which manages Greece's electricity grid) and Chevron.
Machas & Partners Law Firm
Machas & Partners Law Firm is regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes and major litigation before the domestic courts. The firm has been involved in several high-profile fraud disputes, such as representing Sciens International Investments & Holdings in a €35m case, which implicates the owner and management of a Greek credit institution. Petros Machas is recommended.
P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP is a 'trusted partner' in dispute resolution, praised for its 'flawless execution and efficient and effective handling of all cases'. George Panagopoulos heads the practice, which also includes Anthony Poulopoulos and counsel Christina Nikiforaki , both praised for their 'outstanding work'. The group recently advised DEPA on claims related to a gas pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria.
The 'results-oriented and agile' disputes practice at Rokas Law Firm is praised for its 'deep knowledge of the subject matter' and its 'collaborative and effective approach'. The firm is particularly well-known in the insurance field, but is also active in other areas. Recently, it advised Roche in a €30m dispute with the Greek authorities over inclusion on the list of prescription drugs covered by social security. Christos Theodorou heads the litigation side, while Antonios Tsavdaridis runs the arbitration practice.
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm
Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is a popular disputes destination for financial services companies such as banks and asset managers. The practice has been active advising investors on contentious and regulatory issues regarding non-performing loan portfolios; managing partner Eleni Tsoukala is very experienced in this area.
Alexander Vassardanis & Partners
Alexander Vassardanis & Partners is praised for its 'in-depth knowledge of dispute resolution and international arbitration'. Managing partner Aphrodite Vassardani is singled out as an 'excellent, first-rate lawyer' with a very strong track record for cross-border disputes. The firm is particularly experienced in major construction, energy and infrastructure disputes.
Bazinas Law Firm
Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC
Cypriot firm Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has expanded its Greek disputes offering by the recruitment of Thessaloniki-based partners Panayiotis Yiannopoulos, who 'stands out for his exceptional ability to break down and analyse each legal situation', and Eleni Kozi, previously name partners of boutique firm Yiannopoulos & Kozi. A recent highlight was advising Hellas Gold in an arbitration against the Greek Government over a mining license.
Moratis Passas Law Firm is regularly instructed on complex banking and financial services related disputes. Recently, it advised EFKA, the Social Security and Pension Fund, on a dispute with Bank of Greece regarding the loss of EFKA assets for which the bank was a custodian. Practice heads Dimitris Passas and Nikos Syrmas are recommended.
The Law Firm/Moutzouridou - Sakellariou & Associates
The Law Firm/Moutzouridou - Sakellariou & Associates has strong expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration. Victoria G. Moutzouridou and Nikos Sakellariou are both experienced litigators.
Law Offices Papaconstantinou has 'an excellent reputation in the local legal community and the courts' and represents 'able to clearly articulate the peculiarities of Greek law to foreign clients'. The 'always available' lead partner Eleni Papaconstantinou is 'an outstanding lawyer with a fast grasp of the essentials'. Recently, the firm has been representing Papastratos, the Greek arm of Philip Morris International, in extensive litigation following the restructuring of its distribution network.
Paraskevas Law Firm
Led by Ioannis Stavropoulos and Evanthia Tsiri, Stavropoulos & Partners has a versatile disputes practice which represents clients across the consumer, technology, entertainment and construction industries on the full range of matters. Key clients include DuPont, AGET Heracles and Athenian Brewery (a subsidiary of Heineken).