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EU and competition in Greece

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law, which acts for domestic and international clients, features prominently in high-profile merger control mandates across a wide range of industries. It is also able to assist with sector investigations, cartel and state aid cases, as well as damages actions. Notable work highlights included acting for CVC Capital Partners’ Fund VII on the EC merger filing associated with the acquisition of Ethniki Insurance from NBG. The sizeable team is led by Marina Androulakakis. Other notable contacts include the highly regarded Augustine Almyroudi, managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas and senior associate Tania Patsalia.

Practice head(s):

Marina Androulakakis

Other key lawyers:

Panayotis Bernitsas; Tania Patsalia; Augustine Almyroudi

Testimonials

‘They make a complex issue simpler.’

‘We have been working with Bernitsas Law Firm for many years. Panayotis Bernitsas is an exceptional and experienced lawyer with a great business sense and customer focus. The members of the team are also great lawyers, with an understanding of our business needs, always available to provide high quality legal support.’

‘Exceptional legal team; always to the point of the case.’

‘Individuals have great experience and are always to the point.’

Key clients

Attica Group

Bristol Myers Squibb

BMW Hellas SA

CVC

Hellenic Fuels (formerly BP Hellas)

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Hellenic Republic

Motor Oil Hellas

Work highlights

  • Advised CVC on the competition law aspects of the acquisition by Venetiko Holdings SMSA, a Greek company invested in by funds managed or advised by CVC, of 99.47% of Vivartia, a leading food production conglomerate, including with the merger filing process before the European Commission.
  • Assisted Motor Oil Hellas with obtaining Phase 1 merger control clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) in relation to the acquisition from a global investment fund of a portfolio of 12 wind farms with a total capacity of 240MWs.
  • Assisted CVC with its merger control filing before the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) in connection with the indirect acquisition of a majority stake in Dodoni SA by Venetiko Holdings SMSA, a Greek company invested in by funds advised or managed by CVC.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Dryllerakis & Associates‘ team has significant experience of handling cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, overseeing cartel and abuse of dominance matters; it has recently represented Attica Bank in the HCC’s investigation into alleged anti-competitive agreements, advising on each stage of the investigation, including the dawn raid and procedural steps. The firm is also active in state aid matters, with the work encompassing preliminary and formal EC investigations,  as well as representation before the EU courts and national court proceedings in relation to the recovery of incompatible state aid. The practice is led by Emmanuel Dryllerakis, who is leading the firm’s advice to Unilever on a case concerning alleged abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements in the market for margarine products. John Dryllerakis and Cleomenis Yannikas are also notable contacts.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Dryllerakis

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Very quick understanding of a given situation; fast reaction with the provision of high quality advice; strong team; takes ownership of business problems; focused on bringing valued solutions.’

‘Expertise; knowledge; consistency; diligence; experience.’

‘The firm is the go to for complicated and demanding cases. Deep knowledge of the law and skills of handling complex and important cases is their expertise. The firm is constantly evolving in all aspects in a changing world.’

‘Their billing structure is clear, they are solution and outcome driven and are efficient in their approach to competition cases. They have been involved in most if not all major competition cases in Greece over the years and are “a safe pair of hands” for any dispute that relates to competition law in Greece.’

‘John Dryllerakis, Emanuel Dryllerakis and Cleomenis Yannikas form an unbeatable team of legal expertise in competition law.’

Key clients

Attica Bank

Beiersdorf

Burlington Education Ltd

Belterra Investments Ltd (Savvidis Group)

Dimera Publishing (ETHNOS newspaper)

ELAIS-UNILEVER HELLAS SA

Enel Green Power Hellas S.A.

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Henkel Hellas

Hondos Center

Kathimerini Publishing S.A (Kathimerini newspaper)

Mondelez Hellas S.A.

Olympic Brewery (Carlsberg Group)

Praktiker Hellas

Regency Entertainment S.A.

Systems Sunlight S.A.

Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A.

Barilla Hellas

Helioakmi S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Elais-Unilever Hellas S.A. against a €30m fine in the margarines sector for alleged abuse of dominance and vertical violations.
  • Advised Attica Bank on a wide-ranging HCC investigation in the banking sector.
  • Represented Helioakmi S.A. before the Hellenic Competition Commission for alleged vertical practices in the market for cooling and heating systems, in the context of a broad investigation of the Commission covering all the relevant major market players.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm's team has 'unparalleled experience and expertise in the full range of EU and Greek competition law'. Its sizeable team is adept at handling large scale Phase I and II mergers before the national competition authorities and the EU Commission across a range of industries, including petroleum, retail, steel, pharmaceuticals, construction, insurance, cosmetics and food and beverage. It is also entrusted to handle landmark cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, often pertaining to collusive behaviour. Anastasia Dritsa, who advises the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on state aid matters, co-heads the practice with Victoria Mertikopoulou.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Dritsa; Victoria Mertikopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Violeta Panagiotopoulou; Fenia Mylonaki

Testimonials

‘Great work by senior associates, not only partners.’

‘Violeta Panagiotopoulou is a great asset to the team; extremely knowledgeable and very reliable  on most complex cases, very effective collaboration and gives practical advice across all areas of competition law including unfair competition legislation and distribution networks.’

‘Excellent collaboration; high level of expertise; flexibility; quick response; professionalism.’

‘The team is specialised and regularly follow up on any changes in their area of expertise. They provide answers by taking into consideration the business aspects. They collaborate very well in a timely and swift manner.’

‘Anastasia Dritsa and Violeta Panagiotopoulou are very polite and always available to offer support.’

Key clients

Generali

DESFA

Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Hellenic Financial Stability Fund

GAMBRO LUNDIA AB

J&P AVAX

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm‘s team garners praise from clients for its ‘profound expertise and quality in EU law and competition‘. It acts for clients in abuse of dominance cases and other behavioural matters. In addition, other drivers of work include advice on state aid cases and the establishment of state aid schemes, as well as antitrust compliance. The firm is representing GEN-I-ATHENS at the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece in relation to the filing of three Petitions of Cassation against regulatory decisions made by the Greek Regulatory Authority of Energy. Antonis Metaxas and Efstathios Kakounis jointly lead the practice. Senior associate Ioannis Floros is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Metaxas; Efstathios Kakounis

Other key lawyers:

Christina Katsanou; Konstantina Meletiadou; Ioannis Floros

Testimonials

‘Their work has been overall very professional, and I strongly believe that their practice remains consistent with European Union’s high standards.’

‘We have been very pleased that our cooperation with all the members of Metaxas & Associates Law Firm remained extremely direct and efficient, especially given the difficulties caused by Covid-19. It was also reassuring that the whole team has high-level expertise in state aid and competition law.’

‘Professor Metaxas has managed to combine his impressive academic and professional expertise with a highly skilled team and I have to state that their service towards us has been excellent.’

‘We truly appreciated Prof. Metaxas’ personal involvement. He combines his strong academic background with a deep understanding of the market realities.’

‘Metaxas & Associates provided legal services of high quality whenever we had to face cases related to competition law and EU law. Their work is detailed, thus providing their clients with top advice, and they approach their practice in a really professional manner. I have to admit that Professor Metaxas has managed to create a team of really good experts in this field and this makes you feel secure that you are being treated by one of the best law firms in EU law and competition law matters in Greece.’

‘Professor Metaxas – his personal participation is indeed of utmost importance for our needs. In general, this is a highly skilled team of experts in the field of state aid and competition law.’

Key clients

GEN-I ATHENS

DESFA S.A.

PETROGAZ ENERGY S.A.

MUNICIPALITY OF MEGALOPOLIS

ENTEKA S.A.

AIOLOS AEROTECHNIKI

SELECTED VOLT S.A.

Clusters of RES producers in Greece

Cluster of Industrial Clients

Cluster of Industrial Electricity Consumers

TELINT LTD

HERACLES S.A.

HELLENIC REPUBLIC – MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A.

SCHUR FLEXIBLES S.A

PRISMA S.A.

HELLENIC PETROLEUM

ELPEDISON S.A.

ELINA PAPER MILLS S.A.

SYNERGIA MANAGEMENT CONSULTING

Work highlights

  • Advised GEN-I Athens regarding Regulatory Decisions by the Greek Regulatory Authority of Energy.
  • Advised the Municipality of Megalopolis in the preparatory process and design of the Just Transition Development Plan (SDAM) towards decarbonisation.
  • Represented Solar Ilias Mpompaina S.A., a company of the ENTEKA Grou, in filing before the General Court of the EU an Application for Annulment of the European Commission’s Decision that found the retroactive reduction of contracted feed-in tariffs.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm acts for a multitude of high-profile domestic and international clients, including Coca Cola Hellenic, AstraZeneca, VISA International and Motor Oil Refineries. Its strengths span a number of key areas, including merger control, state aid, cartels, compliance advice and damages actions. Dimitris Loukas, who heads up the practice, previously worked at the Hellenic Competition Commission as vice president and commissioner-rapporteur, as well as at DG Competition of the EC. Vassilis Stergiou is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Loukas

Other key lawyers:

Xenophon Paparrigopoulos; Athanasios Taliadouros; Kostas Manikas; Vassilis Stergiou

Testimonials

‘Excellent team on lawyers, at all seniority levels. Excellent collaboration on very complex cases.’

‘Dimitris Loukas: excellent knowledge of EU and Greek competition law, very hands-on and great communication and collaboration skills. Dimitris is a trusted adviser in some of the most complex cases and litigations on the field.’

‘Deep knowledge of competition law and practice. Always available and provides timely responses to our requests. Great coordination between team members.’

‘Dimitris Loukas has excellent knowledge of the law and practice, highly recommended, always offering his attention and being available to provide concrete advice.’

‘Top-ranking practice that covers all areas of EU and Greek competition law. In my view, it is the leading competition practice in Greece.’

‘Dimitris Loukas has vast experience of transactions and compliance, having served as Vice-President of the Greek Competition Commission for many years. He is very knowledgeable, effective, hard-working and business-minded.’

‘First-class legal team with excellent industry knowledge, comprehensive and effective cooperation and communication skills combined with sincere personal commitment.’

Key clients

TERNA Group

Taaleri Energia

Constantakopoulos Group

Vassilakis Group

Hellenic Petroleum

AEGEAN Airlines

BLACKSTONE Group Inc.

Coca Cola Hellenic

DIORASIS International

WIND Hellas

PROCTER & GAMBLE

PIRAEUS Bank

ASTRAZENECA

FARALLON Capital Investments

Vernicos Tugs

CHINA ENERGY

Nikas

Notos Com Holdings

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

FAIRFAX

MOTOR OIL

FCC Construccion SA

MASOUTIS

KLEEMANN Hellas

Oaktree Capital & IASO General Hospital

Gregory’s

Grivalia Properties REIC

Work highlights

  • Advised Aegean Airlines on the European Commission’s approval of a state support measure in the form of a direct grant of €120m to compensate the airline for damages.
  • Advised FCC Construction SA against €22m fine imposed by Hellenic Competition Commission relating to a cartel investigation into the construction sector.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank in relation to a competition investigation into alleged collusion by Greece’s systemic banks in the markets of banking and payments initiated by the Hellenic Competition Commission.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Zepos & Yannopoulos is a strong choice for advice on all the key areas of competition law, including merger control, state aid, cartels and vertical restraints. It is advising the founding shareholder of Gastrade on the merger control aspects of the sale of a 20% stake to DESFA, in addition to acting for the seller and existing shareholders before the EC. Stamatis Drakakakis leads the practice, which also excels in litigating cases before the Greek administrative courts.

Practice head(s):

Stamatis Drakakakis

Other key lawyers:

Stefanos Charaktiniotis; George Vavatsioulas; Maria Lampadaki; Argyris Papaefthymiou; Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti; Ellie Gavriilidou

Testimonials

‘One of the leading EU and competition practices for Greece. Very well organized and run by partner Stamatis Drakakakis. Their advice is always pragmatic and to the point.’

‘Stamatis stands out as a market leader in the field of EU and Competition in Greece, with very thorough knowledge of even the latest developments in competition law and practice. Excellent lawyer.’

‘The team is excellent and workS with efficiency and professionalism. Their organisation and response times to the client is also very efficient and they have deep knowledge on their field of expertise.’

‘Mr. Stamatis Drakakakis is an excellent professional. He has deep knowledge in his field of expertise and very good communication skills with the client and a very well organized team. Mr. Argyris Papaefthimiou also provided outstanding services and was able to rapidly understand the business and use the information to provide the required legal response.’

Key clients

ALPHA BANK

GASTRADE S.A.

Fossil (Europe) GMBH

MYTILINEOS GROUP

L’OREAL HELLAS S.A.

ADIDAS HELLAS S.A.

BRINK’S Security services

COLGATE PALMOLIVE COMPANY

ETVA Industrial Parks

Stanley Black & Decker

PROTUGS TOWAGES SERVICES

AXA Group

WORLDBRIDGE PAYMENT INSTITUTION S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Alpha Bank before the Hellenic Competition Commission in proceedings probing into the Greek banks.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on the joint venture with Nexi Payment SpA, involving matters of competition law.
  • Advised Gastrade S.A. on the entry of DESFA as a 20% shareholder exercising joint control and merger control aspects.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is a 'one-stop-shop', as is reflected by its advice to global corporates and multinational conglomerates on abuse of dominance claims and cartel cases, merger control, state aid and public procurement/privatisation. Its recent work included advising Mercedez Benz Greece on competition law compliance in relation to the structure of its distribution system, commercial programmes and contractual relations with dealers and repairers. Gregory Pelecanos heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos

Other key lawyers:

Constantine Beikos Paschalis; Constantine Nastos; Maria-Angela Papageorghiou

Testimonials

‘Thorough analysis of EU and competition law issues; hard workers; result oriented team; fair pricing; detailed legal opinions; extremely flexible on meeting scheduling.’

‘Gregory Pelecanos has an in-depth knowledge of EU and competition law and practice issues. Gregory has organised a great, result-oriented team of hard workers. He is always available, weekends included, and he always provides well structured legal advice.’

‘We have worked with several Greek law firms but I must say that this firm is a level higher than the others.’

Key clients

Volvo Greece SA

De’longhi SpA

Ford Motor Greece SA

Mercedes Benz Greece S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised De’longhi SpA on competition law implications of the client’s e-commerce structure as well as compliance with EU and Greek regulatory authorities.
  • Advised Mercedes Benz Greece on competition law implications of the implementation of Project Focus.
  • Advised Ford Motor Greece on competition law compliance matters referring to structure of its distribution system, contractual relations with dealers and repairers and commercial programs.

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners is well-versed in merger control work; in one highlight in 2020, it assisted SIDMA with obtaining HCC clearance of the acquisition of sole control over part of Bitros Steel. Department head Anna Manda led the advice to Prodea Investments REIC on the Greek and EU antitrust aspects of the sale of a stake in its Cypriot subsidiary MHV Ltd to Papabull Ltd, resulting ultimately in a tri-partite joint venture between Prodea, its related company Invel and Papabull. Elsewhere, beyond undertaking transactional work, behavioural matters are also a mainstay of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Anna Manda

Other key lawyers:

Marina-Sofia Chronaki; Angela Boletsi; Vassilis Goulielmos

Testimonials

‘Experienced team; efficiency; collaboration with counsels from other jurisdictions; excellent communication with the client.’

‘The firm outshines other law firms by being natural leaders. The people work with solid foundations, are committed to their work and are very reliable.’

‘The people are natural leaders who thrive at influencing and persuading others. They tend to be very responsive, investigative and hard working individuals. We value their work and collaboration and high qualities.’

‘They have created a highly-skilled, well informed and educated team on EU and competition-related issues. They do not act as generalists but as area experts that are capable of handling every project no matter the level of complexity.’

Key clients

SIDMA S.A.

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Eurobank SA

Piraeus Bank SA

H&M Hennes & Mauritz SA

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

Hellenic Public Properties Company SA (ETAD)

Kotsovolos S.A.

Skroutz S.A.

E.J. Papadopoulos S.A.

Omega Pharma

MOUCHALIS S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised SIDMA S.A. on successfully obtaining merger control clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission for the acquisition of sole control over part of BITROS STEEL S.A., resulting in a complex concentration within the steel distribution markets.
  • Assisted the Hellenic Public Properties Company SA with all state aid matters relating to the preparation and launch of an open tender process for the sale of a real estate property located in the northern part of Skaramagkas Shipyards for a successful bid of €37.3m.
  • Advised Skroutz S.A. on competition matters relating to the operation of multi-sided platforms and the relationship of the various parties therein.

KLC Law Firm

At KLC Law Firm, a cornerstone of the work involves representing clients in proceedings before the Hellenic Competition Commission over allegedly anticompetitive conduct; in a recent highlight, it successfully acted for multinational construction company Vinci Construction Grands Projects in a landmark cartel case. In addition, the firm advises other clients on the competition aspects of concentrations, privatisations and private projects. Vassilis Karagiannis leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vassilis Karagiannis

Other key lawyers:

Xenofon Papayiannis; Vassilis Voutsakis; Alexandros Tsirigos

Testimonials

‘We appreciate that in each project the team appointed consists of experts in the relevant legal field, as well as sector oriented professionals, something which is pretty unique in Greece.’

‘We would like to strongly recommend Dr. Vassilis Karagiannis. Dr. Karagiannis has a vast background and an extensive experience as competition law practitioner. He knows how to focus on the critical aspects of the cases he handles and has perfect command. He is extremely meticulous and methodological.’

‘Flexibility and very good knowledge of their business tasks.’

‘KLC Law Firm is an outstanding law firm in relation to EU and competition practice. The EU and Competition team has an outstanding experience in this practice and provides suitable and creative solutions.’

‘Dr. Vassilis Karagiannis is talented and a valued business partner. He is pragmatic and provides well considered advice to clients. He is the go-to lawyer for complex competition issues.’

Key clients

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

PCS Hellas SA

Halyvourgiki S.A.

Edison Group

National Commission for Gambling (EEEP)

Specifar SA

Ioannis Stasinopoulos

National Energy Holdings Limited

First State Investments FSI

Excelya

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is highlighted for its strengths in matters involving the interface between competition and sectors such as technology, telecoms and life sciences. Its team, which comprises three partners, is also knowledgeable about the interplay between competition and intellectual property, as well as data protection. The practice is led by Nikos Nikolinakos and Dina Kouvelou. Recent work included advising Airbnb on the Greek regulatory framework on the sharing economy and the status of Information Society service providers and platforms. Alexis Spyropoulos is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos; Dina Kouvelou

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Spyropoulos

Testimonials

‘Dina Kouvelou is an exceptional competition law counsel. She is sharp and analytical and stands out for her strategic vision and experience. She is technically strong and shows excellent attention to detail. She focuses on merger control, dominance, and market investigations cases.’

‘Alexis Spyropoulos provides clear and commercial advice. He is efficient, pragmatic and solutions-driven. He focuses on merger control and state aid issues.’

‘This is an absolutely impressive competition law team. A standout antitrust team due to its high responsiveness, professionalism, and deep knowledge of the area. It is the absolute best to go firm, especially in the field of regulated industries.’

‘Dr Nikos Nikolinakos has impressive competition law expertise and experience and possesses a business understanding. He also has superb litigation skills before the Competition Commission, Regulatory Authorities and courts.’

‘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.’

‘The Competition Law Practice of Nikolinakos & Partners law firm is a leader in this area and has unmatched expertise and experience. It is impressive and provides an outstanding level of service. It gives advice that is practical and demonstrates technical knowledge.’

‘Their competition law expertise is outstanding and formidable. They have an experienced, responsive and talented competition law team that provides pragmatic advice on complex matters.’

‘They are experts in competition law with a fantastic track record.’

Key clients

Vodafone S.A.

Airbnb Inc.

Vantage Towers Greece

Victus Networks S.A.

Huawei Technologies S.A.

GRID Telecom Greece S.A

D.N. Tzouganatos & Partners

D.N. Tzouganatos & Partners has a strong pedigree for securing clearances of complex transactions, including in industries such as energy, gaming and consumer electronics. On the behavioural front, it is also instructed in cases involving allegations of cartels and vertical restraints, as well as litigation before the Greek civil courts. Dimitris Tzouganatos and Nikos Kosmidis co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tzouganatos; Nikos Kosmidis

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Stavropoulou

Testimonials

‘During this process, I have been impressed by the quality of work of D.N.Tzouganatos Law firm. They combine their in-depth knowledge of competition law with a practical approach to the case that leads to very positive results.’

‘All the associates of the office are excellent lawyers, have judicial and consulting experience and provide an immediate response.’

‘Prof.Dimitris Tzouganatos is the lawyer to seek when it comes to competition law issues in Greece. Nikos Kosmidis is absolutely reliable, accessible and customer friendly.’

‘Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Tzouganatos, the leader of the firm, combines vast theoretical knowledge and broad practical experience in competition law, while following in detail the progress of any engagement.’

‘This practice is highly organized, very business-oriented and highly diverse in its areas of expertise, thus making it an excellent option for clients with multi-dimensional needs.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with have excellent knowledge on their respective fields, excessive market knowledge and a can-do attitude that we have highly appreciated.’

‘Nikos Kosmidis is a leading practitioner and is renowned for his accumulated experience in dealing with the most complex competition law cases. He is distinguished for his fighting spirit in competition litigation, backed by his solid knowledge of the subject matter.’

‘Anastasia Stavropoulou is also a very promising senior associate of the firm, always ready to deliver in demanding circumstances.’

Key clients

Hellenic Petroleum Group (HELPE)

Imerys Group

OPAP SA

Vivartia SA

Eurobank

ARGOS SA

Toi Toi Hellas

FG Europe

Interamerican SA

GILEAD Hellas

Bayer Hellas SA

Public SA (Olympia Group)

DEPA Infrastructure SA

DEPA Commercial SA

Mediarisk PCC

Koutalidis Law Firm

Koutalidis Law Firm's competition practice spans a number of key workstreams, including merger control, state aid and litigation before the Greek and EU courts. It regularly handles significant abuse of dominance cases and recently represented Hellenic Post in proceedings before the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission over an alleged abuse of dominance. Katia Protopapa heads up the practice. Another key individual is Alexandra Mikroulea, who advises Skroutz on pricing and discount policies.

Practice head(s):

Katia Protopapa; Alexandra Mikroulea

Other key lawyers:

Konstantina Tzerefou; Christina Kechagia – Tsiakiri

Testimonials

On competition related projects they have dedicated experts, thus, they are capable of offering high quality advise.’

‘Partners work very closely with the clients giving them full confidence that they have the proper consultants and partners on their side.’

Key clients

Hellenic Post S.A. (ELTA)

SIA SpA (and SIA Hellas S.A.)

Copelouzos Group

Public Gas Corporation S.A.

Helector S.A.

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)

Southbridge Europe Investment Fund

Skroutz S.A.

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank

National Bank of Greece

Lambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm is increasingly active in cartel cases and abuse of dominance matters, and is regularly involved in proceedings before the Hellenic Competition Commission. On the transactional front, it advised DEPA on obtaining HCC clearance of the acquisition of 49% of the share capital of North Solar. State aid work is also a pillar of the practice. Constantinos Lambadarios, who leads the department, is experienced in handling competition compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Constantinos Lambadarios

Other key lawyers:

Thodoris Papadatos; Chara Daouti

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with, understands requirements, flexible, friendly, punctual.’

‘Chara Daouti is our main contact. She understands client requests and provides reasonable solutions at reasonable billable hours. She is quite good at not over- complicating matters, which is a good virtue for external lawyers.’

Key clients

Sony Europe

DEPA

Piraeus Bank

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Dow Chemical

Cardlink

DEPA Public Gas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Sony Europe on a regulatory sectoral inquiry conducted by the Hellenic Competition Commission on e-commerce.
  • Advised DEPA on merger clearance for the acquisition of 49% of the capital stock of NORTH SOLAR S.A. and the acquisition of joint control over it.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank on the filing to the Hellenic Competition Committee of a merger clearance for a €300m spinoff and disposal of its merchant acquiring business to Euronet.

Politis & Partners

Politis & Partners has a well-established reputation for advising on EU law matters, as is reflected by the fact that it has acted for the European Commission for almost 20 years. Further illustrative of the firm's standing in the market, it advises Bosch Rexroth Group on EU antitrust and regulatory issues. Vangelis Politis leads the team. Another notable individual is Nikolaos Anastopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis

Other key lawyers:

Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikolaos Anastopoulos; Angeliki Saratsi

Testimonials

‘Politis & Partners Law Firm is one of the very few law firms in Greece that is very much knowledgeable about EU law. They have represented the European Union before the Greek Courts in a very efficient and professional manner and they have obtained excellent results.’

‘I fully recommend Politis & Partners Law Firm to anyone.’

Key clients

European Commission

Mood Media Hellas LLC

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Efstathiadis family

Bosch Rexroth

Paul Stricker S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented the European Commission in litigation cases against beneficiaries of community subsidy programs.
  • Represented a Greek marketing communication and public relations consultancy firm with a parallel and expanding presence in Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania and Nigeria, with regard to its growth strategy, public tenders, anti-trust law and business contracts.
  • Advised Bosch Rexroth in connection with EU regulatory and anti-trust matters.

Sarantitis

Sarantitis regularly represents clients before the Greek Competition Commission, Greek administrative courts and the European Commission in cases pertaining to competition, merger control and state aid. It also regularly assists clients with the drafting of distribution and agency agreements. Terina Raptis heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Terina Raptis

Other key lawyers:

Theodora Monochartzis

Testimonials

‘Theodora Monochartzis and Terina Raptis are very efficient, responsive, have a deep knowledge of all aspects of the relevant legal matters and their potential implications and always provide thorough analysis on all issues. Their advice is always adjusted to the corporate needs and requirements of the company.

Key clients

The under Special Administration Hellenic Shipyards S.A. (HSY)

Majority Shareholders in Data Communication S.A.

M.J. Maillis S.A.

Yama Hellas S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised M.J Maillis S.A. on its termination of its distribution agreement in Italy, including a waiver by the distributor of all past claims regarding goodwill indemnity and commissions to the amount of €2.5m.
  • Advised Yama Hellas S.A. on the conclusion of an exclusive distribution agreement for Greece.

Stavropoulos & Partners

Stavropoulos & Partners advises clients on a range of matters, including agreements and concerted practices, market dominance and merger control. Its skilled team also reviews commercial policies and rebate schemes, and assists with the implementation of internal compliance programs. Ioannis Stavropoulos and Evanthia Tsiri jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos; Evanthia Tsiri

Other key lawyers:

Efthymia Armata

Testimonials

‘This is a prominent competition law practice. It is detail-oriented, extremely experienced and provides excellent strategic advice. It is outstanding in terms of its knowledge, speed and expertise. I appreciate the team’s competent advice and creative solutions, involvement and commitment.’

‘All team members specializing in competition law are outstanding in antitrust litigation, merger control and cartel matters, both for ex ante and ex post competition law issues.’

‘Efi Tsiri is an exceptional competition law counsel. She is sharp and analytical and stands out for her strategic vision and experience. She is technically strong and shows excellent attention to detail.’

‘Efi Armata is an exquisite competition law expert. Efi provides clear and commercial advice. She is efficient, pragmatic and solutions-driven. She focuses on dominance and cartel issues.’

‘It is a strongly connected and efficient legal team, combining both understanding of the business with deep legal knowledge. They create trust to the client during the cooperation, as we always know that the legal issue to be assigned to the team will receive the attention and diligence required at the appropriate timings.’

‘In the sector of competition law, I mostly co-operate with Mrs. Tsiri and Mrs Armata. They both combine deep legal knowledge with sharp business insight, and attention to detail whilst capturing the essence of a legal issue.’

‘They have very strong communication skills especially in meetings with external stakeholders, which enables them to get the messages across clearly and convincingly.’

Key clients

Corteva Agriscience Group

Du Pont Group

ECR Hellas

FrieslandCampina

Heineken/Athenian Brewery

Hellenic Recycling Company

Louis Vuitton

Sephora

Work highlights

  • Advised Athenian Brewery on competition law issues related to their distribution and commercialisation in the market including the structuring of the commercial policy and the drafting of commercial law agreements regarding all distribution channels.
  • Advised food and beverage client on competition law compliance issues, including commercial policies, trade marketing policies, promotional and trade marketing activities and the drafting and review of commercial agreements in compliance with competition law.
  • Represented Athenian Brewery before the Council of State regarding its appeal against a decision issued by the Administrative Court of Appeal on a high-profile abuse of dominance case.

VAINANIDIS ECONOMOU & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM

Aida Economou is the key name at VAINANIDIS ECONOMOU & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRM. The firm’s caseload includes defending clients in investigations brought by the Competition Commission concerning horizontal and vertical arrangements, abuse of dominance cases and merger clearance, among other matters.

Testimonials

The firm is a specialist boutique that we use for high end competition litigation work. Impressive depth of knowledge and experience.

Aida Economou is extremely responsive and knowledgeable. Her style is very reassuring and measured in her advice. I have every confidence that she has our best interests at the forefront of her mind.’

Experienced, knowledgeable, high level of legal services provided, timely response, immediate reaction on urgent matters. Excellent services provided with defense put forward before the Hellenic Competition Commission.