Firms in the Spotlight EU and competition



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EU and competition in Greece

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law is routinely involved in complex, cross-border merger cases before the European Commission and the Hellenic Competition Commission, covering industries ranging from maritime to energy. The practice demonstrates considerable strength in competition litigation claims and has a team of specialists providing advice on all areas of EU law. Based in Athens, ‘outstanding’ practice head Marina Androulakakis is an expert in EU and antitrust law, while Panayotis Bernitsas provides ‘invaluable strategic advice’ regarding renewable and conventional energy projects. The ‘very talented’ Tania Patsalia regularly assists clients with antitrust issues arising from their commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Marina Androulakakis

Other key lawyers:

Panayotis Bernitsas; Tania Patsalia


‘It is a top-tier law firm with an outstanding competition team. They are highly knowledgeable in competition law and provide business-oriented spot on advice, tailored to our company’s needs. They are truly devoted to their clients, always available and business friendly. Bernitsas Law competition team achieved great results which allowed us to move forward with our business goals. They always ensure that we are well informed and involved every step of the way. ’

‘Panayotis Bernitsas is an authority in competition law and one of the most established and well-respected lawyers in the Greek market. He provides invaluable strategic advice, played a key role in our case and is very solutions oriented. Marina Androulakakis is an expert in competition law and a standout partner. She was the heart and soul of the case, always available, responsive, effective and dedicated. She offers excellent legal work. Tania Patsalia, with whom we also work, is a very talented lawyer, provides clear and to the point advice and is highly efficient. She takes her work personally, goes the extra mile and has a great client orientated approach. ’

‘Really kind and polite team. Very good chemistry and communication. Willingness to understand your problem and find a practical solution. Eagerness to understand the technical and commercial perspective of the transactions. Really fast in responding to our requests. ’

‘Marina Androulakakis has a deep understanding of the market and gives each time a really thorough and deep-dive approach, making you feel comfortable as a client.’

‘Tania Patsalia has a very practical approach being to the point, being at the same time comprehensive and concise.’

‘High competence, strong proactivity, fast.’

‘Marina Androulakakis is an outstanding professional responsive, flexible, reactive, strong competence.’

Key clients


Attica Group

Bristol Myers Squibb

BMW Hellas SA



Hellenic Fuels (formerly BP Hellas)

Helleniq Energy SA

Hellenic Republic


Motor Oil Hellas


Work highlights

  • Advising Attica Group and ANEK on the clearance procedure before the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) in relation to the merger by absorption of ANEK by Attica Group.
  • Advising Intrakat on obtaining merger clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission for the acquisition of Aktor from ELLAKTOR and AKTOR CONCESSIONS.
  • Advised an international investor on obtaining merger clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission for its participation in the acquisition of Med Frigo Group.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Cementing its place at the top of the EU and competition law market in Greece, Dryllerakis & Associates displays ‘profound knowledge’ in its handling of formal investigations by the European Commission and in Greek state aid cases. The practice is well versed in advising major Greek companies on antitrust compliance measures, and regularly represents clients in proceedings brought by the Hellenic Competition Commission for abuse of dominance claims. Athens-based practice head Emmanuel Dryllerakis focuses on M&A and corporate financing matters. John Dryllerakis specialises in all aspects of competition law; Cleomenis Yannikas is experienced in dealing with litigation before Greek Administrative Courts; and Eleftherios Rantos concentrates on EU Commission investigations.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Dryllerakis

Other key lawyers:

John Dryllerakis; Cleomenis Yannikas; Eleftherios Rantos; Themelis Zamparas; Leonidas Kastrinakis


‘Dryllerakis & Associates holds profound knowledge and extensive experience in competition law matters. The firm is able to provide comprehensive, solution-oriented legal support, taking always into account the latest developments of the applicable laws, the practice of the European Commission and the Hellenic Competition Commission, and the case law of the CJEU and the competent Greek Courts. The team members are always available, well prepared and swift in providing the advice required.’

‘Cleomenis Yannikas has deep knowledge of the sector, demonstrates great partner availability and client care, and is always efficient in providing comprehensive legal support. ’

‘The long and deep knowledge of this specific area of law – they are an established practice with seasoned lawyers who are experienced in proactively advising clients in risks and next steps ’

‘In-depth understanding of the way the sector works, down to its intricate day-to-day operations and a commentable and excellent ability to implement the theories of competition law on such understanding. The result is very concrete, practical, commercial advice without vagueness and legal theories. Absolute delight to work with.’

‘Cleomenis Yannikas has this amazing ability of absorbing the details of the industry specifics, remembering them and applying the complex principles of antitrust law to give practical, commercial and high-quality advice. He is always available, cooperative, understanding and inspires confidence and legal safety. He is a model legal partner for our business.’

Key clients

ELAIS-Unilever Hellas S.A.

Olympic Brewery (Carlsberg Group)

Mondelez Hellas S.A.

Beiersdorf Hellas S.A.

Resoul Hellas S.A.

Attica Bank

GlaxoSmithKline Hellas S.A.

Helleniq Energy S.A.

Regency Entertainment S.A.

Barilla Hellas S.A.

Work highlights

  • Defending ELAIS UNILEVER against a HCC fine of approx. €27m for abuse of dominance and vertical restraints allegedly employed by Elais-Unilever Hellas to margarine products in Greece.
  • Defending Attica Bank in a HCC investigation of the Greek banking sector regarding alleged anti-competitive agreements between the largest Greek banks and Interbanking Systems Dias.
  • Representing Olympic Brewery (Carlsberg Group) concerning Athenian Brewery’s appeal both before the Athens Court of Appeal and the Supreme Administrative Court against HCC’s decision imposing €31m fine for abuse of dominance.

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm

Adopting an ‘effective and exceptional’ approach, Metaxas & Associates Law Firm has extensive expertise in matters pertaining to abuse of market dominance and related restrictive practices. The team demonstrates significant strength in acting on behalf of clients before the European Commission, as well as assisting them in general compliance with antitrust and competition requirements. In Athens, Antonios Metaxas leverages his ‘professional expertise’ when focusing on state aid law issues and intricate EU legal affairs; Efstathios Kakounis is frequently involved in high-profile competition law disputes and handles due diligence reviews; and the ’exceptional’ Polyxeni Gkaintatzi is knowledgeable in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Metaxas; Efstathios Kakounis

Other key lawyers:

Polyxeni Gkaintatzi


‘Metaxas & Associates Law Firm are experts in complex State Aid, Competition and EU Law issues. Antonis Metaxas’ academic background and his professional expertise in those fields make all the difference in the quality of services the team provides. The firm remains consistent with European Union’s high standards.’

‘They are kind, effective and exceptional at their work. Additionally, they act in a very colleague-friendly way which is extremely important during the everyday lawyer’s practice.’

‘What makes the team of Metaxas & Associates stand out is how well they know the Greek energy market and the relevant regulatory framework. The qualities that I value in their team are their dedication, their attention to detail and their direct correspondence. Antonis Metaxas’ expertise in energy regulation is the reason why we maintain our partnership with the firm. ’

‘Antonis Metaxas himself and his team are a result- and quality-oriented firm which brings added value to every project they work on. The level of the services provided is very high and it is a pleasure and an honour to work with him.’

‘The Metaxas & Associates team has in-depth understanding and a truly remarkable ability to solve complex matters. They handled my cases with the outmost professionalism and they gladly explained everything to me in layman’s terms. They protected effectively my legal interests suggesting tailored solutions. I believe that what makes their practice stand out apart from their extensive knowledge of most issues pertaining to EU law, is their ability to truly understand the needs of their clients, their responsiveness and their reliability.’

‘Polyxeni Gkaintatzi was exceptional. She has multidimensional knowledge of EU law, tax law and property law. She expertly combines her academic knowledge with her years of experience as a litigator, bringing successful results for her clients. She is always up to date and the fact that she is multilingual enabled her to effectively research the laws of foreign jurisdictions and to communicate with the relevant authorities abroad. Antonis Metaxas advised on peripheral matters of the case, adding to the success of our claims. Aside from the aforementioned individuals I think that the whole team of Metaxas & Associates provides world-class services.’

‘Antonis Metaxas has recruited and manages a team of very charismatic and dynamic lawyers, with extensive industry experience and academically excellent backgrounds. The qualities that I value in their team are their dedication, their attention to detail and their directness.’

Key clients

Spark Legal Network

World Bank Group

Elpedison S.A.

Gianso 4 X 4


Wootis S.A.

Gen-I Athens MEPE

Selected Textiles S.A.

Hellenic Association of Energy Suppliers

Mil Oil Hellas S.A.

Enteka S.A.

Adapa Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as competition law counsel to Wootis, prepared an antitrust and competition law compliance guide to assist the BoD and the employees of a RES Aggregator in understanding antitrust and competition law issues and identifying situations that may raise concern.
  • Advised Spark Legal Network on the conformity of Law 4886/2022 which transposes into the national legal order the provisions of Directive (EU) / 2019/1 of 11 December 2018 (ECN+ Directive).
  • Representing MEL Macedonian Paper Mills in drafting and filing before Areios Pagos (the Hellenic Supreme Civil Court) a petition for annulment of an Athens Court of Appeal judgment concerning a complex judicial dispute.


Fielding a ‘remarkable’ team with ‘impressive industry knowledge’, POTAMITISVEKRIS covers all areas of EU and Greek competition law, routinely representing clients before the Hellenic Competition Commission. The team demonstrates a competitive edge in regulated industries, namely telecoms, energy and financial services, with ‘brilliant’ Athens-based practice head Dimitris Loukas bringing extensive experience of advising on EU, UK and US competition law matters. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos frequently acts on behalf of domestic and international companies before the Supreme Courts of Greece. Athanasios Taliadouros and Kostas Manikas are also noted as key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Loukas

Other key lawyers:

Xenophon Paparrigopoulos; Athanasios Taliadouros; Kostas Manikas


‘They work most efficiently to deliver tailored advice that meets clients’ needs. They are unique in their deep understanding of EU and Greek competition law, as well as its interplay with regulated industries, thereby consistently producing well-thought and targeted advice in complex matters often requiring delicate handling.’

‘Dimitris Loukas is considered the most knowledgeable private practitioner in the field of competition law in Greece, due to having prior experience in both public and private sectors, abroad and in Greece. He is commercially minded, very responsive and most effective in dealing with an array of competition law issues spanning from antitrust to merger control and state aid. His ability to understand clients’ needs and find practical solutions to complex situations makes him unique in his field. Similarly the rest of the team is well experienced, knowledgeable and consistently reliable.’

‘Full professionalism, excellent knowledge of their subjects, continuous availability, fair pricing, team spirit, technological sustainability.’

Work highlights

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Praised as an ‘excellent’ antitrust and competition practice with ‘high expertise’, the Zepos & Yannopoulos team is noted for handling high-profile state aid cases and merger control processes. Regarding antitrust issues, the group represents international and Greek entities before the Hellenic Competition Commission, while simultaneously offering a strong antitrust compliance and abuse of dominance service. The ‘top-notch’ Stamatis Drakakakis leads from Athens, focusing on matters regarding rescue and restructuring aid; Maria Lampadaki covers cartels and merger control affairs; and Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti assists clients in EU competition law proceedings. Ellie Gavriilidou, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos, Ledia Gavriilidou and Gina Goudoulia are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Stamatis Drakakakis

Other key lawyers:

Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti; Maria Lampadaki; Ellie Gavriilidou; Konstantinos Sidiropoulos; Lydia Gavriilidou; Gina Goudoulia


‘Very high expertise in all areas.’

‘Partner availability and engagement. Excellent quality and excellent time response: Stamatis Drakakakis and Ellie Gavriilidou.’

‘Knowledgeable, high expertise in competition law, collaborative.’

‘Stamatis Drakakakis, Elena Papachristou: expertise, availability, diligent, experience, knowledgeable.’

‘The Law Firm has an extremely competent and knowledgeable Antitrust – Competition Law Department equipped with lawyers and IT executives of the highest degree of qualifications, expertise and motivation. The department was immediately able to assign the appropriate number of associates. The attitude of the whole team was remarkable, and the follow up report issued provided very insightful recommendations. ’

‘I want to highlight Stamatis Drakakakis who is a top-notch partner of the Law Firm. Stamatis is a competition law expert.’

‘The law firm has skilled professionals who have deep knowledge of their area of expertise while they are also business oriented and able to provide legal advice that is tailor made to your needs.’

‘Stamatis Drakakakis has deep knowledge of Competition Law and is able to provide professional work on time while he is also very to the point and business oriented in his answers.’

Key clients

Adidas Hellas S.A.

Alpha Bank

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal S.A.

Copelouzos Group

DEPA Commercial S.A.

Giochi Preziosi Hellas S.A.

Municipality of Athens

ONEX Technology & Business Solutions S.A.

Reale Group

Stanley Black & Decker Hellas

Zouros Tugboat Consortium, Megatugs Salvage & Towage, PRO-TUGS

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing ONEX Technologies Group before the European Commission (DG COMP) with regard to the state aid assessment of a restructuring project.
  • Represented DEPA Commercial in the acquisition of a minority share (29%) in Electroparagogi Alexandroupolis Monoprosopi.
  • Represented Zouros Tugboat Consortium, Megatugs Salvage & Towage and PRO-TUGS before the Hellenic Competition Commission in the context of a cartel investigation.

BallasPelecanos Law

Led by Gregory Pelecanos, who demonstrates ‘unique specialisation’ and ‘hardworking spirit’, the Athens-based BallasPelecanos Law competition team covers contentious and non-contentious competition and EU law matters. The practice represents international companies from across the automotive, technology and healthcare industries, with Pelecanos bringing over 36 years’ experience in acting before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Dimitrios Giannimaras is a skilled litigator focusing on competition distribution matters, while Maria Papageorgiou specialises in IP law proceedings and assessments of possible instances of abuse of dominance.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos;

Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Giannimaras; Maria Papageorgiou


‘Full professionalism, excellent knowledge of their subjects, continuous availability, fair pricing, team spirit, technological sustainability.’

‘We work closely with Senior Partner Gregory Pelecanos who is characterized by unique specialization and hardworking spirit, providing us with state-of-the art legal services.’

‘Excellent knowledge of automotive business.’

‘Gregory is a long-time partner of our firm. We trust Gregory to handle the cases we work on together.’

‘We sincerely appreciate Gregory’s responsiveness, user-friendliness and ‘can do’ attitude.’

Key clients

Amer Sport Exports Gmbh

Volvo Greece SA

Ford Motor Greece SA

Star Automotive Hellas SA (formerly Mercedes Benz Greece S.A)

Association of Motor Vehicle Importers and Representatives

Aeroservices SA

De’longhi SpA-De’ Longhi Kenwood Greece SA

Mega Disposables SA

Prenecon SA

Nissan Europe

Lamborghini Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised on the joint venture between GT and MOH to establish an electricity production plant in Komotini, including the merger control aspects before the Hellenic Competition Commission.
  • Advising Aeroservices SA on a dispute concerning a procurement run by NSPA regarding whether NSPA is immune from EU competition and procurement laws.
  • Advised and represented Amer Sports Export (Amer) and an affiliate before the HCC in an investigation into allegations of vertical price fixing and market partitioning.

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners attracts instructions from major industry players to handle merger control, antitrust and state aid matters, including matters with a cross-border nexus. Practice head Anna Manda stands out for her ' business-oriented and pragmatic solutions'. She is supported by Marina-Sofia Chronaki and Maria Kallidopoulou.

Practice head(s):

Anna Manda

Other key lawyers:

Marina Sofia Chronaki; Maria Kallidopoulou


‘Their team comprises of capable, highly experienced and sophisticated members, very committed and with very good response times.’

‘Our experience working with Anna Manda and Maria Kallidopoulou is very good. Both are very professional, very proficient in their level of expertise, highly committed, with very good commercial awareness.’

‘Excellent knowledge.’

‘Maria Kallidopoulou has a very deep understanding of competition law and she is also very hardworking. Her commitment is unique. She is a real asset for the firm.’

‘The K&P team is highly knowledgeable and has a thorough understanding of both the legal and business aspects of cases, therefore providing practical advice and a business-oriented approach.’

‘The lawyers offer excellent services and great responsiveness.’

‘The competition law team provides outstanding advice and is very well organized putting the clients’ needs first.’

‘Anna Manda is top in providing business-oriented and pragmatic solutions. She is very effective, responsive and provides her advice in a very clear manner in a way that even non-lawyers understand. She understands the business needs and the several considerations that may arise.’

Key clients

National Bank of Greece (NBG) – Ethniki insurance (subsidiary)

Italgas S.p.A.

Eurobank S.A

BC Partners

Mouchalis S.A

Bespoke SGA Holdings S.A.

Prodea Investments REIC (Prodea) (former NBG Pangaea REIC)

Hellenic Public Properties Company SA (ETAD)

Public Power Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised BC Partners on obtaining unconditional merger control clearance from the HCC for the acquisition of sole control over AKMI Education S.A. and METROPOLITAN COLLEGE Education S.A.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on all antitrust law matters relating to the sale and transfer of its real estate portfolio listed subsidiary, and the formation of a joint venture with Dimand S.A. and Premia Properties REIC.
  • Advised National Bank of Greece on all antitrust matters in relation to the acquisition of a minority shareholding in EPSILON NET.

KLC Law Firm

Counting major players in the energy, financial services and construction sectors among its key clients, KLC Law Firm takes an ‘efficient, precise and effective’ approach when handling antitrust cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. The team also demonstrates significant strength in advising on competition law compliance issues and state aid matters, with Athens-based practice head Vassilis Karagiannis consistently providing ‘solid legal advice’ to clients subject to proceedings in the European Commission and the courts of the EU.

Practice head(s):

Vassilis Karagiannis


‘KLC Law Firm offers the expertise and experience of large law firms, but accompanied with building personal relationship with the client. This law firm has substantive experience in complex competition law matters in the context of Energy markets.’

‘KLC law firm consists of lawyers who have considerable competition law experience including complex litigation and class actions. In addition, as far as I know, they have developed and implemented antitrust compliance programs for their clients. Our cooperation is based on trust, availability and attention to detail.’

‘The team is very well organised, having the appropriate tools to work and facilitate clients’ needs.’

‘Each individual is very well educated and has a very good knowledge of its scope of activity.’

‘Vassilis Karagiannis provided solid legal advice on theory and case law, and Mr. Loukopoulos contributed to litigation strategy. They were efficient, precise and effective. Both are providing services of the highest standards.’

Key clients

Innovis SA

Halyvourgiki SA

Motor Oil Renewable Energy S.A.

Edison Group

Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF)

Attiko Metro SA

Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney

First State Investments

Copelouzos Group (Metropolitan SA).

Work highlights

  • Advised and assisted INNOVIS in the preparation and submission of the notification to the HCC of the acquisition of a part of GAP SA through an assets deal.
  • Advised and assisted MORE in the merger control aspects of the acquisition of a controlling stake of UNAGI.

Lambadarios Law Firm

Headed by the ‘exceptional’ Lefkothea Nteka, the competition team at Lambadarios Law Firm specialises in handling high-profile antitrust investigations, advising on competition compliance measures, and implementing state aid compliant projects. Hailed for its ‘comprehensive understanding of EU competition’ law, the practice frequently represents energy and telecoms companies subject to proceedings brought by the Hellenic Competition Commission. Nteka focuses on cartels and abuse of dominance matters, and Constantinos Lambadarios is active on the advisory side of antitrust competition compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Lefkothea Nteka

Other key lawyers:

Constantinos Lambadarios


‘Very professional and experienced team, very client-focused, hands-on handling and communication. ’

‘Lefkothea Nteka – brings in extensive experience from her own practice at the Hellenic Competition Authority. An excellent communicator.’

‘Beyond legal expertise, they have an advanced business understanding which elevates the quality of their services & makes our collaboration much more efficient.’

‘They are willing to deep dive into business processes and analyse even complex business topics in order to add value and top quality of legal support.’

‘Lefkothea Nteka is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable, skilful and exhaustive in her legal research and preparation of the files. Great asset, her prior career in the Greek Competition Authority, where she excelled and gained reputation of being a most credible and diligent individual.’

‘Very good, comprehensive understanding of EU competition and EU state aid law. Following closely current developments.’

‘Lefkothea Nteka has a good, commercial understanding of EU competition law requirements. She presents her legal research in concise memos understandably and provides solid, flexible markup to contracts. Responsive, good ease of English language. Experience with EU state aid law, is aware of recent legal EU developments.’

‘Although the team is relatively new, the hire of Ms Lefkothea Nteka as head of the group is very promising. Consistently gaining track. ’

Key clients


Xiamen Yealink Network Technology Co., Ltd.




Doxiades Associates

DEPA (Public Gas Corporation)

PPC (Public Power Corporation)



Lapin House (ST. Papaionannou SA)

Meeting Point Hellas

De Rigo

IASO Group of Hospitals


Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Recovery and Resilience Facility Agency in Greece

Work highlights

  • Advised PPC (Public Power Corporation) on the competition law aspects of the acquisition of 51% of the share capital of ALEXANDROUPOLIS ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION.
  • Advised Xiamen Yealink Network Technology on successfully concluding settlement negotiations with the HCC.
  • Advised RWE on financing received under the Greek RRF Plan for the construction of solar farms.

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Demonstrating extensive expertise in the interface between competition law and IP rights, the ‘outstanding and formidable’ team at Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is a popular choice among companies in the telecoms and technology sectors, among others. The practice frequently appears before the Administrative Courts, with ‘clever strategist’ Nikos Nikolinakos focusing on all aspects of competition law from Athens. The ‘exceptional’ Dina Kouvelou specialises in antitrust issues, while Alexis Spyropoulos concentrates on the TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos; Dina Kouvelou

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Spyropoulos


‘This is an absolutely impressive competition law team. A standout antitrust team due to its high responsiveness, professionalism, and deep knowledge of the area. Their antitrust team distinguishes itself through its expertise and consistently exceptional results. They have developed a first-rate reputation in – and are highly recommended for – antitrust litigation, merger control, cartel enforcement and complex antitrust investigations.’

‘Nikos Nikolinakos has impressive competition law expertise and experience and possesses a business understanding. He is an excellent strategist, detail-oriented, and strong in technical legal analysis. I strongly recommend him for abuse of dominance litigation, cartel and state aid matters.’

‘Dina Kouvelou is a leading competition/antitrust legal counsel. She is highly experienced, very responsive and personable. She is fantastic in balancing business interests against legal risks. She is extremely recommended for merger control, state aid and antitrust litigation. She simplifies complex legal issues, provides to-the-point advice and has exceptional skills as a litigator and strategist.’

‘Alexis Spyropoulos is an experienced competition law practitioner, with excellent commercial awareness. He provides clear and well-explained advice and is always practical, responsive and accurate. I recommend him for merger control and state aid issues.’

‘Nikolinakos and Partners is a leader in competition law in Greece. Its core competencies include abuse proceedings, actions for damages, and merger control. Ιt also excels in state aid cases, particularly in the technology sector. It provides an outstanding level of service and sets the standard in antitrust law. This competition law practice provides comprehensive advice and has a deep understanding of industry matters. The team provides an excellent level of service and stands out for its depth and quality. ’

‘Nikos Nikolinakos is an impressive antitrust counsel. He has cutting-edge knowledge, strong strategic vision and excellent judgement. He is a clever strategist and an experienced antitrust litigator. He is particularly prominent in cartel enforcement and abuse proceedings. Dina Kouvelou is a top competition lawyer. She is supremely knowledgeable, creative, and responsive. She is particularly recommended for merger control, state aid and antitrust litigation. She provides excellent advice and a high level of specialist expertise. Alexis Spyropoulos is an experienced competition lawyer. He is noted for his sound business acumen and his expertise in merger control matters.’

‘Nikolinakos & Partners’ competition law expertise is outstanding and formidable. They have an experienced, responsive and talented competition law team that provides pragmatic advice on complex matters. Their main expertise focuses on abuse of dominance, antitrust litigation, merger control, cartels and state aid matters. The group collectively has an impressive strong track record of acting for companies mainly in the technology and telecoms sectors.’

‘Dina Kouvelou is a competition law specialist, with vast experience. She combines pragmatism with great technical skills. She is exceptional and solution-oriented. She is a popular choice for clients in the areas of antitrust litigation and merger control.’

Key clients

Vodafone S.A.

Airbnb Inc.

Vantage Towers Greece

Victus Networks S.A.

Huawei Technologies S.A.

GRID Telecom Greece S.A.

Innovis Pharma S.A.

AHI Carrier Fzc

Agro Selections Fruits Edition Sarl

Profile Software S.A.

Volton Hellenic Energy S.A.

Intrakat S.A. / Rural Connect S.A.

Work highlights

Koutalidis Law Firm

Acting on behalf of multinational enterprises, financial institutions and Greek corporations, the lawyers at Koutalidis Law Firm display ‘excellent technical skills’ when handling complex merger control and state aid cases, alongside vertical and horizontal agreements. Based out of Athens, Katia Protopapa co-heads the practice, specialising in M&A and competition matters, while fellow co-head Alexandra Mikroulea has deep knowledge of EU law issues. Since joining from the Hellenic Competition Commission in May 2023, Maria Ioannidou also jointly heads the department, focusing on Greek and UK competition law.

Practice head(s):

Katia Protopapa; Alexandra Mikroulea; Maria Ioannidou

Other key lawyers:

Konstantina Tzerefou; Christina Kechagia –Tsiakiri


‘Koutalidis Law Firm has a team of professionals with excellent technical skills, knowledge of the market, and thorough and solid legal advice. ’

‘Both partners and associates have a very high level of technical knowledge, experience and provide thorough and solid legal advice.’

Key clients

Nexi S.p.A.

Hellenic Post S.A. (ELTA)

Greek Mobile Operators Associatio (EEKT)

Telegnous – Telecommunications Solvency Assessment Agency Private Company

Bluehouse Capital


Southbridge Advisors A.I.F.M

Quality & Reliability (QNR)


Cerved Property Services (CPS)

Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF)

General Secretariat for Research and Innovation

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexi on the competition law aspects of its strategic partnership with Alpha Bank in digital payments.
  • Advised ETEM and ELVALHALCOR on the merger control aspects of their strategic partnership with COSMOS ALUMINIUM.
  • Advising General Secretariat for Research and Innovation (GSRI) with respect to the preparation, implementation and completion of a competition selection/tender process for the conclusion of a PPP.

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership

Demonstrating the ‘highest technical competence and innovative thinking’, Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership advises clients from across the public, energy and pharmaceutical sectors on complex competition law issues and during proceedings brought by the Hellenic Competition Commission. The department is jointly led from Athens by the ‘very experienced’ Lia Vitzilaiou and Julia Pournara, who specialise in agency and distribution affairs, along with antitrust compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Julia Pournara; Lia Vitzilaiou


‘This practice stands out due to the team’s ability to offer customised, client-centric services, leverage cutting-edge technology, and provide evidence of past successes through case studies and testimonials.’

‘I had the privilege of working with Lia Vitzilaiou, and I must say, her expertise and dedication left me thoroughly impressed!’

‘Throughout the process, Lia demonstrated remarkable strategic thinking. She was quick to identify potential pitfalls and develop innovative solutions to overcome them. From our first consultation, it was evident that she possessed an unparalleled understanding of competition laws and regulations. Her ability to dissect complex legal issues and provide clear, concise explanations was truly remarkable.’

‘In the world of competition law, Lia is a true standout. Her depth of knowledge, dedication, strategic acumen, and outstanding communication skills make her an exceptional choice for anyone seeking expert legal counsel in competition law matters. She is, without a doubt, a legal superstar! ’

‘The Platis-Anastassiadis competition team has the highest technical competence, innovative thinking and they are incredibly business oriented. This means that they are able to provide legally impeccable but at the same time commercially focused advice.’

‘Lia Vitzilaiou has impressed me not only for her expertise and technical abilities, but also her efficiency and business thinking. She is an expert of competition law but at the same time she has a very clear understanding of the commercial, business and reputational aspects of the issues at hand, and always focuses on the points that really matter. She inspires trust and she has exceptional work ethic.’

‘In-depth knowledge of competition law, experienced partners.’

‘Lia Vitzilaiou: very experienced and hard working, well respected among the competition law community in Greece.’

Key clients

EUROPEAN COMMISSION (Directorate General for Structural Reform Support)

Kotsovolos S.A. (Currys)

Fujitsu General (Euro) GmbH

Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems

Yara Hellas Société Anonyme Commerce of Fertilizers

Pharmathen SA

Cosmos Aluminium S.A.


Work highlights

  • Secured the successful bid in the RFP of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION (Directorate General for Structural Reform Support) entitled Greek State Aid Modernisation – Strengthening the institutional setup for state aid control in Greece.
  • Supported Fujitsu General (Euro) on drafting a legal opinion regarding a potential merger filing obligation to the Hellenic Competition Commission.
  • Provided competition law compliance services to Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems including competition law seminars and trainings.

Politis & Partners

Providing ‘personalised and tailored solutions’ to major companies, the EU and competition team at Politis & Partners frequently advises on M&A transactions and deals, including antitrust planning and structuring. From Athens, Vangelis Politis and Emmanouil Savoidakis co-head the group, with the former focusing on litigation proceedings and capital markets issues, and the latter specialising in company law matters. Dimitrios Theodoropoulos is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis; Emmanouil Savoidakis

Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Theodoropoulos


‘What makes this law firm unique is not only its expertise in this specific area of law, but also its ability to provide personalised and tailored solutions for the client. The team’s strengths and key capabilities include a deep understanding of the legal landscape, a strong network of contacts and resources, and a commitment to excellence and integrity.’

‘One of the things that I appreciate most about working with Dimitrios Theodoropoulos is the diversity of perspectives and experiences that he always brings to the table. He is not afraid to think outside the box and to offer innovative solutions that set his team apart from the competition. He is also very supportive, always willing to collaborate and to share feedback. I truly value his professionalism and availability to help further.’

Key clients

European Commission

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX)

Bosch Rexroth

Paul Stricker S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing the European Commission in litigation against beneficiaries of community subsidy programmes.
  • Advising V+O Communication & Consulting with regard to its growth strategy, public tenders, antitrust law and business contracts.
  • Providing legal advice to Bosch Rexroth in connection with EU regulatory and antitrust matters.


With extensive experience in competition and merger control cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, the Greek Administrative Courts and the European Commission, the Sarantitis EU law and competition practice is highlighted as being ‘available and solutions-oriented’. Operating out of Athens, the ‘efficient’ and ‘responsive’ Terina Raptis leads the team, specialising in all aspects of competition law issues and civil litigation, while Antonis Katsigiannis focuses on TMT and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Terina Raptis

Other key lawyers:

Antonis Katsigiannis; Theodora Monochartzis


‘Sarantitis has a good reputation for EU and Competition Law and provides beneficial advice and support to our firm.’

‘Theodora Monochartzis and Terina Raptis, both Partners of the Firm, also specialise in Commercial issues, Contracts, Competition and Litigation. They are very efficient, responsive, have expert knowledge of all aspects of the relevant legal matters including commercial ones and their potential implications and always provide thorough analysis on all issues. They discuss in depth the matter and understand the specific needs for each specific case, they further analyze the possible solutions and risks related to each decision of the company.’

‘Deep understanding of competition law matters and to put the right things on the table. Available and solutions oriented.’

‘Easy to work with and trusted business partners.’

Key clients

The under Special Administration Hellenic Shipyards SA (ENAE)

Mytilineos S.A.

Printec Group

Neptune Lines Group

Ideal Holdings S.A.

S.I.C.C. Holdings Limited (S.I.C.C.)

Royal Canin France

Work highlights

  • Represented the Special Administrator of the Hellenic Shipyards in litigation involving a claim towards the Hellenic Republic, including claims of illegal state aid.
  • Advised Mytilineos Energy and Metals group on the full acquisition of UNISON Group of Companies, including preparation and submission of the required prior merger notification.
  • Advised S.I.C.C., member of the Ideal Group, on the competition law aspects of the sale of ESM Effervescent Sodas Management (Three Cents) to Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.

Stavropoulos & Partners

The Stavropoulos & Partners EU and competition team specialises in reviewing horizontal and vertical agreements, implementing internal compliance programmes, and representing corporations in complex investigations before the competition authority. In Athens, Ioannis Stavropoulos and the ‘highly appreciated’ Evanthia Tsiri jointly lead the practice, frequently advising on public and private enforcement of competition law and merger control issues. Efthymia Armata focuses on day-to-day compliance issues and is highlighted for her 'strong dedication'.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos; Evanthia Tsiri

Other key lawyers:

Efthymia Armata


‘The team consists of highly qualified members, with integrity and reliability. Their extensive legal knowledge, in combination with a sharp business insight and understanding of the client’s needs, enables them to provide effective and business-driven legal advice.’

‘Evanthia Tsiri is highly appreciated in the business community for her business sense along with her excellence in terms of knowledge and practice and her capability of dealing with complex competition and commercial issues.’

‘Efthymia Armata is a highly qualified lawyer with extensive experience in competition law. One of the characteristics that make Efthymia stand out are her attention to detail as well as the passion, creativity and strong dedication to clients.’

Key clients

Heineken/Athenian Brewery


Hellenic Recycling Company

ECR Hellas

Louis Vuitton


Dunapack Packaging Hellas

Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)

Paliria Souliotis S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the FMCG sector in an investigation before the competition authority and assisted with the dawn raid.
  • Providing day-to-day advice to a client on competition law compliance issues, and drafting and reviewing commercial agreements and policies in compliance with competition law.
  • Assisted a client in the FMCG sector on its acquisition projects and provided advice regarding the obligation to notify the transactions before the HCC.


Described as ‘competent, available and straight to the point’, VAINANIDIS ECONOMOU & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM assists domestic and international clients in a range of commercial transactions and their inherent competition law aspects. The firm's offering includes commercial disputes before the civil courts in Greece and in international arbitration proceedings. Based in Athens, the ‘exceptional’ Aida Economou heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Aida Economou


‘Competent, available and straight to the point.’

‘Aida is an exceptional lawyer, extremely competent and able to provide high level legal advice in a business oriented way.’

Work highlights

  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in civil litigation involving a multimillion damages claim by a Greek wholesaler.
  • Advised an international confectionery company in relation to its distribution system in Greece.
  • Advised on the settlement procedure before the Hellenic Competition Commission in a case involving Greek tug services companies.