EU and competition in Greece
Bernitsas Law has developed a superb reputation in this area, regularly handling merger clearances and cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, as well as EU law issues such as public procurement. The firm successfully represented Hellenic Fuels on its appeal over the HCC's decision on alleged collusion with Shell. On the merger control side, it advised Hellenic Healthcare on the clearance for its purchase of a 97% stake in IASO. Newly-promoted partner Marina Androulakakis leads the team, which includes the highly experienced Panayotis Bernitsas and counsel Augustine Almyroudi.
D.N. Tzouganatos & Partners is a top-quality boutique with a lengthy track record of advising clients on complex points of EU law and competition matters. This includes advice on state aid and public procurement issues. Name partner Dimitris Tzouganatos is one of the best-known figures in the market. Nikos Kosmidis and Katerina Paneri are also recommended.
The 'efficient and proficient' team at Dryllerakis & Associates has 'excellent and in-depth knowledge of both EU and Greek competition law'. Emmanuel Dryllerakis' team benefits from the expertise of several leading individuals, including John C. Dryllerakis, whose 'knowledge of the law and wisdom commands the respect of all'. Meanwhile, the 'deeply conscientious' John Damilakis has 'deep knowledge beyond his age'. The firm has been representing Unilever on an an abuse of dominance case linked to the Greek margarine market. Cleomenis Yannikas is also highly recommended.
PotamitisVekris Law Firm's team of lawyers 'has all the qualities that make them top: excellent knowledge, experience and speed, and very cost effective'. The 'always polite, responsive and to-the-point' group head Dimitris Loukas is 'the competition heavyweight in Greece' and a 'recognised expert in EU competition law' who 'offers amazing value to clients'. The firm recently advised WIND on competition issues linked to its joint bid with Vodafone to acquire Forthnet. The firm also helped Notos Com Holdings overturn an Hellenic Competition Commission fine in the Court of Appeals. Stathis Potamitis and Xenophon Paparrigopoulos are also highly rated.
Karatzas & Partners has a 'well-established' practice that is highly experienced in merger clearance work, thanks in part to its market-leading M&A team. The firm has also represented several clients in investigations before the HCC. The team recently advised Bain Capital on merger control issues concerning its purchase of a portfolio of non-performing loans from Piraeus Bank. Anna Manda leads the team.
KLC Law Firm 'has a very good knowledge of EU and Greek competition law, and tremendous experience'. The 'very experienced' team head Vassilis Karayiannis is always 'personally involved in the cases entrusted to him and always very available'. The firm has been active advising on EU law issues linked to major infrastructure projects and has also been advising HRADF on issues linked to its sale of Hellenic Petroleum.
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has a highly-effective team well-versed in merger control, state aid and public procurement issues. A major highlight was successfully defending Estée Lauder against a €5.4m HCC fine, which the Administrative Court of Appeal overturned in June 2018. Other recent clients include Gambro, Minoan Lines and Merck. Anastasia Dritsa leads the practice.
Lambadarios Law Firm is praised for its 'first-rate knowledge of both the domestic and EU case law' as well as its 'excellent handling of hearings at the Competition Authority'. Managing partner Constantinos Lambadarios is credited for his 'efficient management, particularly in difficult and complicated cases'. The firm is currently representing Athenian Brewery over a major fine imposed by the HCC. Other clients include Goodyear Tires, Petropoulos and Linde.
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is distinct in that it 'specialises in very specific areas of the law, so when it comes to EU law and competition cases, clients feels that the lawyers are the experts they need'. In addition, 'its client service is excellent'. Managing partner Antonis Metaxas 'combines rare professional and academic knowledge' and is 'the leading authority in Greece in European law and state aid'. Recently the firm represented Schur Flexibles in a state aid case before the administrative courts. Efstathios Kakounis is another 'excellent attorney'.
Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is 'one of the leading players in competition law consulting and litigation, abuse of dominance and cartel matters, mainly in highly regulated industries'. Managing partner Nikos Nikolinakos is 'a very experienced competition law litigator', while the 'efficient and reliable' Dina Kouvelou 'has great experience litigating before regulatory authorities'. The firm successfully appealed a decision by the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority on behalf of Vodafone, concerning alleged competition law violations by OTE.
Zepos & Yannopoulos is well-respected in the market for its 'great knowledge of EU regulations' and handles all aspects of competition law at domestic and European levels. Emmanuel Mastromanolis' team, which also includes Stefanos Charaktiniotis, has been involved in several significant cases in the power, food, brewing, and manufacturing sectors.