Employment in Greece
Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm fields a ‘top-quality employment law department’, which is noted for its ‘depth, proven expertise and experience’. The team handles the full range of multi-jurisdictional employment issues including regulatory work and restructuring projects. Anastasios Triantafyllos is a leading name with experience in trade secrets, fatalities at work and workplace privacy mandates; he heads up the practice with the ‘outstanding’ Theodore Pistiolis, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and dependable’ and well-versed in new employment legislation. In a recent highlight, the group advised Euler Hermes on new employment agreement templates, acted in an alleged case of sexual harassment and handled a range of day-to-day matters. Senior associate Paraskevas Zourntos is a key name for contentious issues and ‘provides the highest possible level of legal advice’.
Theodore Pistiolis; Anastasios Triantafyllos;
‘Within the company I was solely involved with Senior Associate Mr. Paraskevas Zourntos. Mr. Zourntos played a key part in helping with the startup of our company as he provided impeccable information and services, dealing seamlessly with any employment and workforce-related issues we were facing. I went to Mr. Zourntos by recommendation and I surely will not be seeking relevant legal advice anywhere else and will highly recommend Mr. Zourntos and Andersen Legal as a whole.’
‘We have closely cooperated with the firm for several years. They advise us on employment & corporate and commercial issues. We always receive high level professional services and they take a unique approach to difficult challenges. Overall, the team demonstrates professionalism, deep industry knowledge and strong work ethic values.’
‘The firm has a great reputation in the Greek market in terms of employment law issues. Anastasios Triantafyllos & Theodore Pistiolis both manage the whole team with professionalism, delegate effectively and have an eye in every case. Their dedication made them a trusted partner of ours. Paraskevas Zourntos advises us on several cases. He works in tight deadlines and his advice is always precise and helpful. He is reliable and effective while he delivers great results.’
‘Andersen Legal has a top quality employment law department. The practice has in depth, genuine and proven expertise and experience and has gained a great reputation for its lawyers and for vigorous representation before courts and regulatory authorities. Client service is above expectations with a main focus on meeting client’ needs. The team works with consistency in order to ensure that a client’s competitive advantage is maintained. Furthermore, the firm has strong litigation expertise. We strongly believe that having Andersen Legal by our side makes a huge difference.’
‘The lawyers we are working with are Thodoris Pistiolis and Paraskevas Zourntos. Thodoris is an exceptional consultant with real understanding of client’s needs and requests. He is extremely organised and proactive and he has the ability to put things in a business perspective to ensure that his client is always protected. Paraskevas provides the highest possible level of legal advice, has successfully been involved in all aspects of our firm’s employment matters. You can definitely rely on Paraskevas when you want to get the job done.’
‘Creativity, supportive, acknowledgement of clients concerns.’
‘Paraskevas Zourntos: excellent collaboration, deep knowledge of the Employment Law.’
‘When it comes to employment law issues, our contact persons are mainly Theodore Pistiolis, Tassos Triantafyllos & Paraskevas Zourntos. Theodore is an experienced lawyer, has excellent customer facing capabilities and his focus is always on meeting client’s needs. Tassos is an effective negotiator with rational thinking skills that always come up with a solution for every single problem. Theodore and Tassos are consider top employment specialists with deep knowledge and expertise. Last but not least, Paraskevas is a talented lawyer with great recommendations, hard worker and very effective in everything he is in charge of.’
‘People are excellent, dedicated, aware of every issue and always on time. They treat the issues as their own. They are always available and readily available.’
‘Theodoros Pistiolis is an outstanding partner. Provides high quality advice and supports us. Extremely knowledgeable and dependable, understands our business. Paraskavas Zourdos has been a real support to us and is a key person to turn to for labour advice. Top quality and availability are his key characteristics.’
Allianz Insurance Company
Energean Oil & Gas S.A.
Skai Media Group
Odyssey Venture Partners
Red Path Mining Contractor & Engineering
Water supply and Sewerage Company of Athens
Intracom Defense Electronics SA
Association of Passenger Shipping Companies
Intracom Holdings SA
Intrasoft International SA
British American Tobacco
Enel Green Power
Good Food & More GmBh
L.N.P.T Offshore Hospitality Services LTD
Mantis Informatics S.A.
ITF Hellas Pharmaceuticals
Minoan Lines S.A.
Bank of Thessaly
Environmental Protection Engineering
- Represented Gefsinus in litigation regarding the severance payment calculation for more than 100 employees of the company.
- Represented L.N.P.T. Offshore Hospitality Services in negotiating its new collective labour agreement with the labour union. Structured a collective dismissal program for 20 employees.
- Advised Mantis on the necessary legislative and state authority requirements for a company-wide employment compliance project.
Dryllerakis & Associates acts for a range of local and international clients from the retail, hospitality and trading industries. Headed by John Damilakis, the team includes highly regarded individual Vassilis Constantinidis, whose expertise encompasses code of conduct policies and employment contracts in addition to relevant contentious issues. Additional core strengths of the practice include employment-related due diligence for M&A projects, employee background checks, legislative work and redundancies. The group also handles expatriate issues and advised several international clients on the hiring and tax status of non-EU executives employed in Greece.
PIRELLI HELLAS A.E.
Henkel Hellas SA
Praktiker Hellas SA
Air Liquide Hellas SA
Thessaloniki Port Authority SA
Regency Entertainment S.A.
Mondelez Hellas SA
Baker & McKenzie
Beiersdorf Hellas SA
LOULIS MILLS S.A.
Iron Mountain Hellas S.A.
- Advising Henkel Hellas on delicate and sensitive employment issues.
- Assisting Praktiker Hellas with its sexual harassment policy.
- Advising Regency Entertianment on special employment schemes and matters regarding workplace transparency, monitoring and facility surveillance.
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s team is noted by clients as ‘very-well organised and proficient’. The Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, IBM Hellas and Abbott Laboratories are on the client roster and instruct the team on local and international contentious and non-contentious matters. Effie Mitsopoulou leads the department, which has a track record in restructurings, cross-border projects, corporate immigration and redundancy plans. Another key name is Ioanna Kyriazi, who is an ‘exceptional professional with a solution to all issues’; she recently represented ContiTech in litigation arising from the closure of its manufacturing plant in Volos and the related mass redundancies.
‘Ioanna Kyriazi is indeed one of her kind. With profound experience, very fast, to the point and down to the earth, counsels on labour issues in a way that seems so ease and smooth, however her guidance is superior. Needless to say that the firm compared with others, has taken employment law practice to another level.’
‘Partner Ioanna Kyriazi is an exceptional professional who gives solutions to any issue that she is asked to address. Very efficient, focused, fast moving, reliable, extensive & diverse expertise in her professional area. Key characteristics of the way Ioanna works are the analysis of the facts, synthesis of all available options and provision of a clear vision of the business implications of any option.’
The Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
AFOI SARAKAKIS S.A. – Automobile distribution
BEAT – Intermediation online Taxi Service Provider
ONLINE DELIVERY – E-food platform
- Advising Frigoglass on the employment aspects of the closure of its manufacturing plant in Greece and the implementation of the statutory collective dismissals procedure.
- Advised a leading London-based private fund on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a private non-systemic bank in Greece
- Advised a leading telecoms company on a business relocation project, which involved the implementation of an employee voluntary exit plan for the affected employees.
Singled out for its ‘global view’ and ‘in-depth knowledge’, PotamitisVekris Law Firm recently defended American Express before the Court of Appeal in claims relating to a former employee’s alleged unfair dismissal. The team's expertise also spans matters pertaining to negotiations with trade unions and voluntary redundancy schemes, the implementation of a 24/7 business operation model, fatal accidents, GDPR issues, pension litigation and health and safety advice. Led by ‘outstanding expert’, Alexios Papastavrou, the practice's associates include Nikolas Sigkridis and Despoina Charakopoulou, who is ‘always available and responds to the needs of the client’.
‘Alexios Papastavrou a high flying barrister, always to the point and always taking into consideration the business aspects.’
‘Their global view in terms of legal, business and the market is their major strength. Their knowledge related to labour related issues.’
‘Knowledge and availability. They understand business needs and provide legal advice on how things can be implemented.’
‘Alexios Papastavrou, Anastasia Platipodi, always by our side.’
‘The employment law team as well as the personal data protection law team are both reliable and knowledgeable.’
‘Ms. Despoina Charakopoulou and Ms. Semina Zavitsanou are the associates with whom I collaborate and are impeccable in their advice, knowledge and business orientation. They respond to the needs of the client and are always available. Mr. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos as partner and Dimitra Karampela as associate provide excellent support to the company and ensure the compliance and lawfulness providing high level services. They are all polite, accurate and always available.’
‘The Employment Law team is led by Alexios Papastavrou, an outstanding professional and expert in providing legal advice as well as representing the corporate client. Associates have an in depth knowledge of the specific area, and are eager to provide assistance in a timely manner. The advice provided is always consistent and to the point.’
‘We are mainly working closely with Mr. Alexios Papastavrou, who is heading the labour law sector of Potamitis Vekris and Nikolas Sigkridis. The difference with competitors is that these colleagues know our business, our needs and particularities and they are adjusting their advice accordingly to make it really practical and easy to use. Moreover, speed in response and fair charging are values really appreciated.’
New Greek PostBank (today Eurobank)
American Express Bank
Procter & Gamble
Johnson and Johnson
The Royal Bank of Scotland (today NatWest Markets Plc)
Notos Com Holdings
Bolton Hellas SA
Lidl Hellas SA
Alfa Vita Vasilopoulos SA (Delhaize Group)
AGET IRAKLIS (Lafarge Group)
Eurobank Ergasias SA
The Nielsen Company
VolksWagen Bank GmbH
- Defended Citi Bank against lawsuits filed by 422 employees who have been transferred to Alpha Bank regarding claims arising from Citi’s private pension scheme.
- Defended American Express before the Court of Appeal against a former employee’s claim for unfair dismissal.
- Defended Lidl Hellas before the Court of First Instance against a former employee’s claim for unfair dismissal.
At Avramopoulos & Partners, the team handles the full spectrum of employment law matters, including related litigation. Core pillars of the practice include advising on contracts, post-termination restrictions, compensation, benefit arrangements, downsizings and restructurings, health and safety issues, trade union negotiations and GDPR matters. Athanassios Avgeros heads up the department, which is also highly rated for its expertise in legal compliance audits, employee regulation and handbook development, EU regulatory compliance and outsourcings.
- Advising on all aspects of Greek labour law for an international air carrier.
- Acting in an employment dispute with a new mother upon her return to work.
Bernitsas Law is noted for its ‘accuracy, responsiveness and attention to detail’ and advises clients from a wide range of industries including the travel, photographic equipment, pharmaceuticals, watch, automobile, electronics and healthcare sectors. Key areas of expertise span contracts, regulations and compliance, pensions, incentives, disputes, collective agreements and industrial relations. Headed up by Katia Papantonopoulou, the team has also recently been handling employment law due diligence exercises arising from M&A.
‘Accuracy. Responsiveness. Attention to Detail. Business minded.’
‘Long and strong experience and excellent responsiveness. Katia Papantonopoulou stands out.’
CVC Capital Partners
- Advised a global biopharmaceuticals company on a wide range of matters including the termination of employment, implementation of policies and adoption of employment regulations.
- Advising a major media company on issues relating to the hiring and redundancy of employees in the context of reality television programmes, and on working hours, relations with the labour authorities and data privacy issues.
- Advising a leading international tobacco company on executive personnel employment contracts, outsourcing agreements, voluntary exit packages, temporary transfer of employees to other locations and labour inspectorate issues.
KLC Law Firm provides ‘a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen and industry knowledge’. The team directs particular focus to the legal framework governing labour relations in company restructurings and also has expertise in issues relating to privatisations, transfers, mergers and divisions of enterprises. The group also has a track record of working with HR departments on policy and crisis management services. Practice head Stavros Andriopoulos is noted as ‘an excellent legal adviser’.
‘Strong market knowledge, immediate response.’
‘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.’
‘Mr. Stavros Andriopoulos is an excellent legal adviser on employment with numerous of strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’
‘The expertise of the legal team is valuable, as is the client approach they have and their advice. They understand the specific context of our organisation and all the complexities.’
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (GREEK SECTION / MSFOCB-BRUSSELS SECTION / MSFF-FRENCH SECTION)
HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A.
THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS S.A.
SPECIFAR SA (TEVA GROUP)
ALLERGAN HELLAS SA (ALLERGAN GROUP)
NIK. I. THEOCHARAKIS S.A. (NISSAN)
HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION S.A. (ERT S.A.)
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT S.A.
VODAFONE GROUP (VODAFONE – PANAFON S.A.)
ZEINCRO HELLAS S.A
ADIDAS HELLAS SA (ADIDAS GROUP)
OLYMPIC CATERING SA (VIVARTIA GROUP)
GOODY’S – EVEREST SA (VIVARTIA GROUP)
Linea Piu S.A.
- Acting for Hellenic Shipyards before the Supreme Court in a dispute against former employees of Rolling Stock Greece dealing with the interpretation of the Greek legislation on transfer of business.
- Providing legal advice to Vodafone regarding day-to-day employment issues.
- Acting for Borealis Group and its Greek subsidiary on labour law issues.
KREMALIS - Law Firm, member of Ius Laboris
Specialist firm KREMALIS - Law Firm, member of Ius Laboris provides a full service offering for employment matters with expertise encompassing contentious and non-contentious issues including lay-offs and separation packages, compensation and benefits, agreements, promotions, industrial action, transfers, internal regulations and policies and HR audits. Numerous high-profile multinational corporations instruct the team which is a member of Ius Laboris, a global alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms. The vastly experienced Dimitrios Kremalis heads up the practice, which includes Korina Paschaliori.
Lambadarios Law Firm
The team at Lambadarios Law Firm ‘understands business challenges’ and provides a ‘very professional and customer-orientated approach’. Under the leadership of Ioannis Filiotis, the team handles collective redundancies, restructurings and employment matters arising from large-scale transactions. Work permit mandates for foreign personnel and payroll issues are also core strengths, with the group also handling a wide spectrum of contentious instructions.
‘Very professional, customer oriented approach, they are trying to find solutions to the problem without too much lawyer talk. They understand business challenges and they focus on collaborating with the client to find the most appropriate solution for each business based on the individual circumstances/challenges.’
‘The team is very strong by means of skills. The team’s key strengths and capabilities are reliability, trustworthiness, effectiveness and adaptability. They work all together, collaborating with mutual respect for each other. They are effective with immediate responses, target oriented and team players.’
Public Gas Corporation DEPA
- Advised Harley-Davidson Europe on relocating its Greece office and employees and on drafting a settlement agreement for the termination of a senior employee.
- Advising Medtronic on overtime issues and drafting new employment contract templates.
- Advising Diversey on the harmonisation of group insurance schemes, tax treatment of employee benefits and the amendment and discontinuance of employee benefits.
Lixouriotis Theodosis & Partners Law Firm
Key strengths for Lixouriotis Theodosis & Partners Law Firm include the drafting of employment contracts, collective industrial relations and employee education and training. The team is also reputed for its advice on the employment aspects of commercial transactions, restructurings and reorganisations. Ioannis Lixouriotis is a notable name in the group.
Rokas Law Firm fields a ‘very experienced team’ with ‘expertise in the local regulatory framework’. Key areas of work encompass employment-related M&A, restructurings, individual and collective redundancies, employment agreements, employee benefits and executive remuneration. Christos Theodorou is ‘well prepared and experienced’ and oversees the team, which also excels in trade union and work councils’ issues, collective bargaining agreements, data protection work and immigration matters.
‘Good expertise in the local regulatory framework and very experienced team.’
‘Christos Theodorou is very resourceful and well prepared and very experienced.’
Roche Hellas Pharmaceuticals SA
LG Electronics Hellas SA
Heracles Group of Companies / Lafargeholcim Group (AGET)
- Handling redundancy lawsuits for the Heracles Group of companies and Lafargeholcim Group (AGET Iraklis) Cement.
Theodora Monochartzis heads up the practice at Sarantitis, which represents clients in the logistics, transportation and shipping industries. The practice handles contentious matters and also assists with collection employment agreements in addition to the re-organisation and re-structuring of major enterprises. In a recent work highlight, the team advised M.J.Maillis on the closure of its Alexandroupolis plant and the subsequent dismissal of all 49 employees.
Maillis International SA-Maillis Group of Companies
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services SA
Shipping Agents Union – International Maritime Union – D.N.E.
Embassy of Norway in Athens, Greece
11 former employees of ADEL SAATCHI & SAATCHI S.A.
Yama Hellas SA
Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A.
- Acting for Zim Hellas in three lawsuits filed by three ex-employees claiming additional payment and remuneration for additional work, overtime, overwork and night work during the years 2011-2016, additional severance payments and moral damages.
- Advising the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Athens on several employment issues regarding the personnel of the Embassy, as well as matters relating to the organisation of work.
- Representing 11 former executives of the creative department of Adel Saatchi & Saatchi, a leading and historical advertising company in Greece, before the Greek courts in a case concerning the payment of outstanding wages.
Zepos & Yannopoulos’ full-service offering includes expertise in recruitment, day-to-day HR advice, cross-border employment issues, global mobility and immigration work, terminations, health and safety matters, audits and litigation. Rania Papakonstantinou leads the practice, which handles corporate restructurings, employee-related M&A and work-force reductions. The team counts Jet2, L’Oreal, Turkish Airlines and Swarovski as clients, and recently assisted TTEC with the establishment of its operations in Greece.
- Assisted TTEC with all employment matters related to the establishment of its operations in Greece, including drafting employment contracts, reviewing contingent personnel issues and advice on working time and leave issues.
- Advised Roche on various employment matters relating to its activities in Greece including leave issues, HR policies, part-time work and employment terminations.
- Providing day-to-day advice to L’Oreal on a wide range of employment matters through a special help desk platform.
AP Legal’s team is praised for its ‘practical approach’ and ‘business orientation’. Local entities and multinational companies instruct the group on a range of matters including employment agreements, collective dismissals and restructurings. The practice is also very active in contentious work and is knowledgeable of pensions and social security matters. Afroditi Vasiliou and Alexandra Argyropoulou jointly head up the department.
Afroditi Vassiliou; Alexandra Argyropoulou;
‘Business orientation, speed of their answers, practical approach, availability.’
‘Client orientation, sector knowledge, labour law expertise.’
‘Professionalism, deep knowledge of Employment laws, speed.’
FERRING HELLAS SA
LIDL STIFTUNG & CO KG
- Assisted Shire (now called Takeda) with the process of the termination of employment of an executive director.
- Advised MoneyGram on the redundancy of personnel during the restructuring of its local subsidiary.
- Advising Tesla on various issues of labour legislation in Greece.
Drakopoulos has core strength in litigation, contract breaches, unfair dismissals, code of conduct issues, internal policy reviews, contract draftings, health and safety matters, pension agreements and data protection work. Panagiotis Drakopoulos and Georgia Konstantinidou jointly helm the practice, which represents domestic and multinational clients from a diverse array of industries; examples include the TMT, financial services, healthcare, engineering, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing sectors.
Panagiotis Drakopoulos; Georgia Konstantinidou;
- Advised Global Upside on employment law matters in Greece.
- Acted for Voiceweb in a €24m employment litigation against two former employees.
- Advised Quartzelec on employment law matters.
Iason Skouzos & Partners handles a broad spectrum of employment matters, catering to clients from the tourism, telecoms, real estate, media, health, food and beverage, retail and defense sectors. Theodoros Skouzos oversees the department, which is particularly adept at the labour law considerations of M&A, contracts, tax issues, business establishments and restructuring work. In a recent highlight, the team was instructed by Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas to advise on amendments to employee contracts.
Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas S.A.
Andreou & Paraskevaides Group – bottlers of PEPSI COLA, KFC franchisors, Lays chips.
GreekLink Limited Partnership
- Examination of labour contracts with University students for Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas.
- Assigned by Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas to review a special clause of an employee’s labour contract and deliver an opinion regarding the employee’s right to have a second job.
- Issuance of an employee residence permit for Nokia Solutions and Networks Hellas S.A.
Koutalidis Law Firm is experienced in employment contracts, new forms of employment, employee transfers, terminations, collective redundancies and due diligence reviews. In addition, employment-related litigation is also an area of expertise.
Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership is recommended for its ‘excellent knowledge of Greek and EU labour law’. The practice, which is part of EY Law, is particularly knowledgeable of labour matters in the energy, financial services, retail, shipping, human resources and tourism sectors. Maria Rigaki leads the department and is well-versed in employment litigation, trade union and work council relationships, corporate reorganisations, collective and individual dismissals and HR issues.
‘Excellent knowledge of the Greek & EU labor Law, flexibility in understanding the needs of the client.’
‘The individuals are part of the solution and not part of the problem. So they always provide solutions to the client and understand the business aspects.’
‘Impression that the individuals I worked with do their work with passion’.
Under the leadership of Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi, Politis & Partners is noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘responsive’ service. The team is experienced in handling all forms of employment issues including sophisticated equity compensation arrangements, matters of workforce productivity and efficiency, litigation, restructurings and day-to-day advice. Abbott Laboratories recently instructed the group to advise on various legal and contractual issues.
Evangelos Politis; Angeliki Saratsi;
‘Politis & Partners lawyers have been advising us on various business matters, including business law, corporate and commercial law, competition law, contract drafting and employment law matters. They are all very responsive providing efficient solutions on all our legal issues. Moreover, they have in-depth knowledge of our sector, and they seem to collaborate in an excellent way.’
‘We would also like to acknowledge Mr. Vangelis Politis (managing partner) for his thorough industry-related knowledge and exceptional legal acumen. He has considerably assisted in the most efficient manner, keeping all sorts of regulatory issues at bay, being always aware of the up-to-date Greek and EU legislation. Other lawyers in the firm that we have worked with are Ms. Angeliki Saratsi and Mr. Manolis Savoidakis who are very experienced and always well prepared and responsive.’
Abbott Laboratories S.A.
Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.
V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.
PharmaSwiss Hellas S.A. member of the Bausch Health Group
Mood Media Hellas S.A.
- Advised Sun Chemical on various regulatory and contractual issues in the employment context.
- Advised Bosch Rexroth on various regulatory and contractual issues in the employment context.
- Advised V+O Communications & Consulting on various regulatory and contractual issues in the employment context.