Projects and privatisation in Greece

Bernitsas Law

The ‘excellent’ and ‘business-orientated’ practice at Bernitsas Law is noted for its capacity in complex project finance matters. The team represents institutions, major lending banks, commercial financers, projects sponsors and construction companies, among others, in domestic and cross-border projects. It has been involved in the PPP space since its inception in Greece, recently acting on significant motorway, student accommodation and school projects, and also holds a track record of involvement in some of the country’s most high-profile privatisations. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is extremely experienced in major renewable and conventional energy projects, as well as those in the infrastructure space, and has frequently served as a government adviser on privatisation matters. In addition, Dimitris Roussis is a specialist in PPP projects, representing both strategic investors and participants, while Yannis Seiradakis and senior associate Stella Papakosta are hailed as ‘probably the best project finance lawyers in the country’. Projects in the transport, telecoms and waste management sectors are also fields of activity.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas; Dimitris Roussis; Yannis Seiradakis

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Papachristopoulos; Stella Papakosta

Testimonials

‘A very good team with an excellent structure and understanding of the market. They really know all the relevant stakeholders and can make a difference in competitive processes.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis and Nikos Papachristopoulos are very responsive and provide work of the highest quality. Stella Papakosta is one to watch; she is very proactive and diligent.’

‘This team is available 24/7 to advise the client on complicated project finance issues, with a serious, business-oriented perspective. They possess solid, in-depth knowledge of the Greek and international markets.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis and Stella Papakosta are simply outstanding. They are probably the best project finance lawyers in the country!’

‘Great professionalism, business acumen, immediate responses, dedication, expanded and in-depth knowledge.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis is exceptional – he has a great professional record and is an expert with a strong intellect and business mind, working closely with the client and dedicating himself to each project.’

Key clients

Credit Agricole

Ellaktor SA

Equitix Partners

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gastrade SA

Grant Thornton

Hellenic Petroleum SA

ICGB AD

Motor Oil

Mytilineos Group

National Bank of Greece SA

Olympia Odos SA

PPC

The Hellenic Republic

Statkraft

Vinci Group

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Vodafone on the installation of a sub-marine cable connecting ten islands in Greece.
  • Advising an international consortium on its participation in the tender conducted by Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) for the privatisation of DEPA Infrastructure.
  • Advising an energy consortium on its participation in the tender conducted by Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (HRADF) for the privatisation of DEPA Commercial.

Koutalidis Law Firm

Praised for its ‘commercial way of thinking’, Koutalidis Law Firm is a go-to choice for infrastructure concession projects, including those with multi-jurisdictional elements; it has the capacity to support on the project financing, documentation and due diligence of such mandates and is equally formidable in the privatisation space, where it has been engaged on some of the market’s largest transactions over numerous years. The ‘very responsiveIoannis Kaptanis is the key contact for project finance, while at the junior end senior associate Yiannis Loizos has carved out a noteworthy reputation for energy-related privatisations. Other key contacts include managing partner Nikos KoritsasEffie Papoutsi who is the star name for corporate finance; and Gregory Logothetis, who is frequently engaged on project-related litigation and arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Koritsas; Gregory Logothetis; Ioannis Kaptanis; Effie Papoutsi

Testimonials

‘They have a commercial way of thinking.’

‘Nikos Koritsas is business minded. Ioannis Kaptanis is very responsive.’

Key clients

Fraport AG and Fraport Greece

Copelouzos Group

GMR Group Limited

Aegean Motorway S.A. (AMSA)

Avialliance GmbH (member of the PSP Group)

Aktor Concessions S.A.

Lamda Development

Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE)

Deutsche Telekom AG

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

Eurobank S.A.

Macquarie Infrastructure Real Estate Assets Sàrl

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Association of Companies consisting of (a) the German Company “UNIPER TECHNOLOGIES GmbH” and (b) the Greek company “ASPROFOS ENGINEERING S.A.”

Work highlights

  • Advised GMR Group Limited on the concession of the planned new international airport in Heraklion, Crete.
  • Advised Aktor Concessions S.A. on the concession project of the Alimos Marina.
  • Advised all four Greek systemic banks in connection with the issuance by Athens International Airport of a common bond loan of up to €100m for five airport-related capex projects.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

At Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, senior partner Gus Papamichalopoulos is a leading name for energy and infrastructure projects, supporting on the construction, financing and operation of projects across the entire SEE region. The team is also active in the privatisation space, where it is engaged for PPP, design, build, finance and operate (DBFO), build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) and concession projects and is jointly headed by Papamichalopoulos and M&A experts Elisabeth Eleftheriades and Evangelia Dimitropoulou. Counsel Kimon Tsakiris is an up-and-coming name for public procurement, PPP, joint venture and administrative law matters.

Practice head(s):

Gus Papamichalopoulos; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Evangelia Dimitropoulou

Other key lawyers:

Kimon Tsakiris; Ioanna Antonopoulou

Key clients

DESFA

DESFA S.A. (Hellenic Independent Gas Transmission Operator Company)

WIRCON GmbH

ARIADNE INTERCONNECTION  S.P.L.C.

MET HOLDING A.G

ITA GROUP – Gas Interconnector (INGS) connecting Greece – Republic of North Macedonia

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and State Grid Europe Limited (SGEL)/ Privatization of the Greek IPTO

China Overseas Infrastructure Development and Investment Corporation

Consortium of SNAM S.p.A./Fluxys SA-NV/Nederlandse Enagás Internacional S.L.U

JV GEK TERNA S.A and Motor Oil S.A.

Slentel Limited

FREEPOINT COMMODITIES EUROPE LLP

Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens (“BRFAA”)

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPEMENT FUND S.A. (HRADF)

Castalia Ltd

Everty Porto Heli Greece Single Member Private Company

Work highlights

  • Advised DESFA on the acquisition of a 20% stake in Gastrade S.A., which is developing an LNG floating storage and regasification unit in Alexandroupolis, Greece.
  • Advised Wircon GmbH on a strategic investment which combines the development of a golf course and hotel accommodation along with a 350 MW PV park.
  • Represented Ariadne Interconnection SPLC before the Supreme Court in several procedural matters including an injunction order of Euroasia Interconnector Ltd against a procurement tender for services.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm delivers ‘in-depth experience’ of energy-related projects and is also knowledgeable about infrastructure and construction schemes such as motorway, airport and marina concessions. Department head Euripides Ioannou is hailed for his expertise in complex matters, including PPPs, upstream oil and gas, and real estate development projects; his team is adept in supporting sponsors and lenders alike, with a client roster that encompasses major banks, the Hellenic Republic, oil majors and even flagship Chinese SoEs. George Bersis is acclaimed in the project financing space while associate Anthea Terlegas is an up-and-coming name, particularly in relation to PPP and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Euripides Ioannou

Other key lawyers:

George Bersis; Anthea Terlegas

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the sector. Committed and hands-on. Excellent understanding of the business approach and needs of the client.’

‘Hard work and 24/7 availability.’

‘They have good precedents and lawyers (especially Euripides Ioannou) who have in-depth experience of the issues and industry practices of the energy sector. They have experience in acting for both the private and the public sector, therefore they understand the concerns of all sides.’

‘Euripides Ioannou is a capable and well-grounded individual, who is resilient and able to assist in difficult matters.’

Key clients

Lamda Development

National Bank of Greece

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Grivalia Properties

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

EuroAsia Interconnector Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamda Development on a €777m financing for the urban development of Athens’ former airport in Hellinikon, which involves the construction of a multi-purpose hub.
  • Advised National Bank of Greece on two financings (worth €220m in aggregate) to GEK Terna and GMR Airports for the construction of the new international airport in Crete by means of a build, operate and transfer (BOT) concession.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on a €177m financing for the concession of the right to use, operate, manage and exploit the Alimos Marina, the biggest marina in the Balkans.

AKL Law Firm

AKL Law Firm stands out for its 'efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness’. The team has been particularly active in transport infrastructure projects of late, working on major port and airport schemes, and also handles PPP, privatisations and related financings. Department head Alexandros Kosmopoulos is reputed for his ‘remarkable business acumen'; his team continues to advise Lamda Development on various aspects of its role in the €7bn Hellinikon Project, one of the largest urban development schemes in all of Europe.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Other key lawyers:

George Zohios; Helen Alexiou

Testimonials

‘The projects and privatisation practice is distinguished by its efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness.’

‘Georgios Zohios is very experienced in projects and privatisations, delivers business-oriented and targeted advice, and is results-driven. He addresses challenging issues in a thorough and efficient manner, while safeguarding the interests of the client all the way.’

Alexandros Kosmopoulos is very experienced in this field and has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘They give 100%, as if they have no other clients.’

‘Helen Alexiou is second to none in contract negotiations.’

‘The practice’s strength is its in-depth knowledge of the law as well as its attention to detail. The end product is typically flawless.’

‘Not only is Alexandros Kosmopoulos one of the smartest people I know, but he possesses remarkable business acumen, as well as a knack for thinking out of the box and finding creative solutions.’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

ALPHA BANK S.A.

Marguerite Fund

Atlantia

Piraeus Bank and Eurobank

Eurobank Ergasias

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the upcoming privatisation of four Greek regional ports (Alexandroupolis, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa and Volos).  
  • Advising the Marguerite Fund in respect of the Northern Crete Motorway PPP project tendered in 2018, in which the fund was prequalified.
  • Advised Italian motorways operator Atlantia in respect of its teaming up and joint bid with Aktor, Intrasoft and Intrakat in respect of the Greek satellite tolling system tender, a project valued in excess of €300m.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Dryllerakis & Associates has a well-documented history of acting on behalf of both the Greek government and candidate investors in high-end privatisation projects. Department head Emmanuel Dryllerakis is a standout name in this space and is closely supported by energy privatisation specialist Cleomenis Yannikas and associate Themelis Zamparas, who focuses on project financings in the hospitality sector. In a market-leading highlight, the team has been engaged by Hellenic Petroleum to support on the sale of its 35% ownership in DEPA Infrastructure, a natural gas distribution network which is undergoing privatisation and is currently jointly owned by the client and the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.

Practice head(s):

Emmanuel Dryllerakis

Other key lawyers:

Cleomenis Yannikas; Themelis Zamparas

Key clients

ENEL Green Power Hellas S.A.

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Belterra Investments

Northern Greek Ceramics S.A. (Kothalis Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising Stoiximan on a €95m M&A deal with OPAP regarding online gambling.
  • Advising Belterra Investments on a €200m M&A deal regarding the acquisition of the renowned Porto Carras complex in Halkidiki, Macedonia.
  • Acting as legal adviser to Thessaloniki Port Authority S.A. on a major construction project involving the expansion of pier 6 of the Port of Thessaloniki, as part of the mandatory enhancements of the port provided for in the concession agreement between the Hellenic Republic and the client.

Lambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm handles a wealth of privatisation, concession and project mandates, leveraging its ‘top-calibre quality and deep understanding of the Greek infrastructure and energy market’. The team is well equipped to act for all project parties, including multilaterals, lenders, project sponsors, the state and investors. Constantinos Lambadarios, George Panopoulos and Prokopis Dimitriadis jointly front the offering alongside Yannis Kourniotis, who was recently engaged by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment to advise on the public tender for an integrated resort casino as part of the ultra-high-profile Hellinikon Project in Athens.

Practice head(s):

Yannis Kourniotis; Constantinos Lambadarios; George Panopoulos; Prokopis Dimitriadis

Testimonials

‘Top-calibre quality and deep understanding of the Greek infrastructure and energy market.’

‘The partners are regarded as market experts by financial institutions, lenders and European financiers.’

‘The team is very strong, pragmatic, and transaction-friendly.’

‘We note their strong command of the relevant legal environment, pragmatism, ability to broker compromises in a transaction and client-friendly manner. In addition, their teamwork is excellent, particularly in large cross-border situations where timeliness, accuracy and precision of communications is so important. Beyond that, these individuals show a passion for the success of the client’s transaction that sometimes exceeds the passion of the client itself, and that is a feature of the individuals at Lambadarios that is not often found elsewhere.’

‘In-depth experience on complicated exercises. Legal views from a business perspective. Attention to detail. Availability. On-time delivery.’

‘Constantinos Lambadarios, Yannis Kourniotis and George Panopoulos are well known in the local market.’

‘Deep knowledge and extensive experience of the sector along with highly skilled lawyers result in a critical partnership for our company.’

‘George Panopoulos understands the needs of our company as an in-house lawyer, delivering high-quality results. He is the partner anyone would want to have next to them during negotiations.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

National Bank of Greece

Alpha Bank

Piraeus

Eurobank

INTARAK

HRADF (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund)

Black Sea Trade & Development Bank

Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Stirixis S.A.

Volterra S.A.

Heron S.A.

Public Power Corporation PPC

Kavala Oil S.A.

DEPA S.A.

GEK Terna S.A.

Energean Oil S.A.

Glencore – Carlyle

Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator

Icon Infrastructure

FLNG RUS

EBRD

BSTDB

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of lenders (three of Greece’s systemic banks) on providing finance to AviAlliance in the €1bn public tender to acquire a 30% stake in Athens International Airport.
  • Advising Greek construction company Intrakat on the international public tender for the installation and operation of a new electronic tolling system on Greece’s motorways.
  • Advising mining company Glencore and US private equity investor Carlyle on their joint bid on a public tender for the €1.3bn acquisition of a 50.1% stake in Hellenic Petroleum, the national oil refining company.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright enjoys a particularly formidable reputation for infrastructure and energy projects, supporting on the project finance and development aspects of power and renewable power schemes, among many others. The team is also busy on the privatisation front, handling a broad array of high-profile programmes such as recent divestments of lignite assets and natural gas entities. Elena Tsohou and Vassilis Koroxenidis are names to note at the firm, which acts for clients such as private and state-owned Greek companies, multinationals, financial institutions, shipping companies, governmental organisations and the Hellenic Republic. Dimitris Assimakis joined Reed Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):

Elena Tsohou; Vassilis Koroxenidis

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Aquila Capital

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Elpedison

El Sewedy Electric

Eurobank

Flexam Invest

General Electric Capital

Independent Power Transmission System Operator (ADMIE)

Israel Discount Bank

juwi

Lamda Development

National Bank of Greece

NKT Cables

Public Power Corporation

Shell

Terna Energy

Valorem

Voltalia

Work highlights

  • Advising Valorem on various issues relating to its recent entry into the Greek renewable energy market through the acquisition of an 82 MW wind projects portfolio and the filing of applications for the licensing of a 150 MWp solar PV projects portfolio.
  • Advised NKT, a global manufacturer of cables and cable accessories for electrical infrastructure, on its successful participation in an international tender launched by Ariadne Interconnection for the engineering, procurement and installation of onshore cables for the Crete-Attica electrical interconnection.
  • Advised ADMIE, the owner and operator of the Greek electricity transmission grid, on the concession of the Crete-Attica HVDC interconnection project, the largest electricity grid infrastructure project ever developed in the country, to the client’s subsidiary, Ariadne Interconnection.

Sagias and Partners Law Firm

Sagias and Partners Law Firm fields a team acclaimed for its ‘knowledge and experience in public tenders and privatisations’. The firm has a long-established reputation in the privatisation space, stretching back to its emergence in Greece, and is proficient in acting for either the state or contracting authority in relevant projects. The ‘perfectly qualifiedIfigenia Vourdouni is a specialist in infrastructure projects, port services, investment plans and acquisitions; she jointly leads the practice with Nikolas Sagias, who directs his focus towards the preparation of tender documents in addition to high-profile privatisations. Recently promoted partner Eleni Siouti is noted for her ‘multinational experience and solid academic background’.

Practice head(s):

Ifigenia Vourdouni; Nikolas Sagias

Other key lawyers:

Eleni Siouti; Spyros Sagias

Testimonials

‘This practice is particularly distinguished for its very good knowledge of the legal framework and underlying synergies in the sector.’

‘Spyros Sagias and Ifigeneia Vourdouni are experienced and perfectly qualified in both structuring tender offers and representing their clients’ interests before administrative courts of all instances.’

‘Very good knowledge and experience in the field of public tenders and privatisation. Good relationship with the court and political circles.’

‘The knowledge and experience in this field of Spyros Sagias and Ifigenia Vourdouni is at a high level. It is a pleasure to work with them and the rest of their team; we always find fast and workable solutions for our clients.’

‘Spyros Sagias plays a critical role.’

‘The company and I were happily impressed by the high calibre of the lawyers’ academic and professional backgrounds as well as their practical experience in our area.’

‘Due to her multinational experience and solid academic background, Eleni Siouti was very punctual and productive in her work. She was by our side at every step of the way and was more than happy to assist and explain to us even the most obvious details and information.’

Key clients

Piraeus Port Authority S.A.

COSCO SHIPPING HK

PIMA GROUP

Union Star

TEKAT Hellenic Parliament Energy Renovation

SHRE/SHRI, LLC (Hard Rock Café)

Work highlights

  • Advising Piraeus Port Authority SA on the implementation of the privatisation programme and the obligations deriving from its concession agreement with the Hellenic Republic.
  • Advising SHRE/SHRI, LLC (Hard Rock Cafe) on the awarding of the development of a casino and hotel as part of the highly publicised Hellinikon Project.
  • Advised COSCO Shipping (Hong Kong) on the transfer of the remaining 16% of Piraeus Port Authority’s shareholding from the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund  to the client.

Karatzas & Partners

Areas of expertise at Karatzas & Partners include renewables, oil and gas, and power projects. The team has the capacity to support at every stage of a project, from inception and financing through to construction and operation. Christina Faitakis and Alexandros Metallinos are the key names for energy projects while Vassiliki Salaka is the construction contact.

KLC Law Firm

KLC Law Firm is sought after for all forms of privatisation projects, including share deals in listed and unlisted companies, asset deals and strategic investor schemes, operating across an array of sectors including energy, tourism and leisure. Xenofon Papayiannis, Vassilis Voutsakis and Alexandros Tsirigos jointly head the department, which acts for both foreign investors and the Greek state on projects, calling upon the firm’s real estate, public law, state aid, tax and labour law knowhow when required.

Practice head(s):

Xenofon Papayiannis; Vassilis Voutsakis; Alexandros Tsirigos

Key clients

HELLENIC GAMING COMMISSION

First State Investments

EDISON INTERNATIONAL HOLDING N.V / EDISON SA

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRADF)

Work highlights

  • Lead legal counsel advising the Hellenic Gaming Commission on the preparation and conduct of the international tender for the 30-year casino licence concession at the Metropolitan Pole of Hellinikon – Agios Kosmas.
  • Acting as Greek legal counsel to First State Investments, which was prequalified as a shortlisted interested party, on the tender for the purchase of DEPA SA.
  • Appointed to act as Greek legal adviser to HRADF on its top-priority ongoing privatisation project: the joint disposal with Latsis Group of a controlling stake in Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE) via an international bidding process.

Michailopoulos & Associates

Boutique firm Michailopoulos & Associates is led by projects and privatisations specialist Gregorios Michailopoulos; he is hailed for his ‘excellent and unique knowledge’, and is particularly knowledgeable in matters in the infrastructure, energy, consulting, real estate and tourism sectors. Michailopoulos is closely supported by Marios Markatos, who is particularly adept in respect of project structuring, authorisation and financing affairs.

Practice head(s):

Gregorios Michailopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Marios Markatos

Testimonials

‘All associates are very carefully selected and can handle difficult cases seamlessly. We never felt the need to talk to a senior staff member.’

‘Gregorios Michailopoulos has excellent and unique knowledge. Marios Markatos is a strong personality with valuable opinions on legal issues.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the Central Purchasing Body for Health Supplies (CPBHS) on overcoming serious complications that have arisen due to the Covid-19 pandemic during the performance of a €46m framework agreement.
  • Advising the Secretariat General of Digital Government on designing the preselection procedure of digital innovation hubs at national level, which will be launched by the European Commission for the implementation of the Digital Europe Programme in Greece.
  • Advising Divani Hotel S.A. on a recovery procedure concerning a large-scale investment project for the extension and upgrading of a hotel unit in Greece, which has been partially funded by the national state aid scheme for private investments.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis

At Papapolitis & Papapolitis, John Papapolitis oversees an ‘extremely commercial’ team which provides 'clearly delivered and reliable' advice. Its core sectors of expertise include gaming, telecoms, real estate, energy, hospitality and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis

Other key lawyers:

George Gravias

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely commercial in their advice, which is based on a good knowledge of Greek law and legal procedure.’

‘Their advice is clearly delivered and reliable.’

‘They are one of the most responsive firms in Greece and make collaboration on legal matters simple and straightforward. The firm is extremely well connected and that allows it to provide a range of solutions to various problems and issues which are not available to most law firms.’

Key clients

Lamda Development S.A.

Morgan Stanley

Work highlights

  • Advising Lamda Development S.A., the largest Greek-listed real estate company, on its acquisition of the totality of the shares in Hellinikon S.A. from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).
  • Advised Morgan Stanley & Co. in its role as financial adviser to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale of Thessaloniki Port Authority to Deutsche Invest Equity Partners.

Politis & Partners

Politis & Partners stands out for its 'varied base of several large clients' and 'track record and experience in project transactions'. Managing partner Vangelis Politis is praised for his ‘broad experience in project finance’, though he also supports his clients on the development, construction and operation of high-end projects. In a standout instruction, he and his team were engaged by the Hellenic Republic to advise on the well-publicised privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum, one of the largest oil companies in the entire Balkans region.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘Vangelis Politis has remarkably broad experience in project finance. He is well versed in Greek corporate law and his advice is always to the point. He has selected an agile and solid team. Among the team members I would like to name Nikos Anastopoulos, who is an excellent lawyer and a top professional.’

‘Politis & Partners has a varied base of several large clients that gives the firm the track record and experience in project transactions to help guide its clients through the due diligence and closing process.’

‘Vangelis Politis always finds time to provide timely service and advice. He is fully involved in managing client needs.’

Key clients

Hellenic Republic

Eurobank S.A.

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Eurobank on the financing for the acquisition and renovation of a five-star hotel in Athens.
  • Advised SPI Energy on the acquisition, the sale and development of various PV projects throughout Greece.
  • Advising Computer Peripherals International, a Greek public company, on its commercial negotiations for investing in a new start-up company in the field of electric car power stations.

Your Legal Partners

Your Legal Partners has a proven track record of acting for sponsors, fundraisers, the Greek state and state agencies on major transport privatisation projects, particularly those at airports and ports. Katerina Politopoulou heads the department alongside Katerina Christodoulou, who has been engaged by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on multiple mandates and also specialises in acting for the Greek systemic banks on all forms of financings.

Practice head(s):

Katerina Christodoulou; Katerina Politopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Prokopis-Rafail Linardos

Key clients

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Ministry of Infrastructure

AVAX S.A

Sterner Stenhus

Work highlights

  • Advised HRADF in relation to the privatisation of four Greek regional ports (Alexandroupolis, Igoumenitsa, Heraklion and Volos).
  • Advised HRADF on the Alimos Marina concession.
  • Advised AVAX SA, the sponsor of the PPP project for ten new schools in Attica, on the sale to a real estate investor of the shares of the SPV which held the rights of the PPP.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

The projects and privatisation practice at Zepos & Yannopoulos is jointly headed by Anastasia Makri and Stefanos Charaktiniotis. Makri is a specialist in the project development aspects of energy and infrastructure schemes, acting for both private and state entities. Charaktiniotis is the key name for project financing and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri; Stefanos Charaktiniotis

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Chatzigiannidou

Testimonials

‘Speed and prompt delivery of the material requested. Confidentiality, integrity and an impeccable work ethos characterises the team.’

Key clients

Suez

Mytilineos

Copelouzos Group

Sichuan

EDP Renewables

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Vinci

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advising Mytilineos on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in DEPA Commercial S.A., the state-controlled gas supplier, in the context of a tender process for the company’s privatisation through the disposal of the majority shareholding held by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund SA.
  • Representing Vinci in its bid for the acquisition of a 30% stake in Athens International Airport (AIA) from the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.
  • Acted as exclusive legal adviser to Hellenic Petroleum on the acquisition from juwi Group of a cluster of SPVs owning a 204MW PV park located in Kozani, Macedonia, and the construction, operation and maintenance of the park by juwi Hellas.