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Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has 'in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector, providing effective, realistic and practical solutions' and is credited for its 'remarkable team spirit'. The firm covers all aspects of the market, and its standing is demonstrated by its ongoing role for Lamda Development on the Hellenikon redevelopment project. On the lender side, it advised Piraeus Bank and Eurobank on the €83.7m bond financing to fund the redevelopment of a landmark resort in Kos. The 'always hands-on' Helen Alexiou provides 'constantly excellent advice', while co-head Constantine Alexiou is 'exceptional in real estate and procurement matters'. Alexandros Kosmopoulos is also 'a valuable asset'.

Bernitsas Law regularly advises clients on cutting-edge deals, often at the intersection of corporate and real estate. Recently, the firm has represented several funds on multi-million Euro investments into Greece. The firm also advised HRADF on the public tender for the Castelo Bibelli hotel and residential project in Corfu. Highly rated managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas leads the team.

Dryllerakis & Associates is a top choice for complex projects and investments, having advised on major zoning schemes, corporate structures and financings. The firm is one of three advising Lamda Development on the €8bn Hellinikon urban regneneration project. It is also advising Hellenic Casino Parnitha on the relocation of the Casino Mont Parnes from its mountaintop location to an urban site. John Dryllerakis leads the team following the retirement of Voula Anargyrou.

Karatzas & Partners 'provides exceptional service' at the cutting edge of real estate law, often on behalf of investment funds, banks, and major investors and developers. Recently it advised Lamda Development on acquiring a 50% stake in Lamda Olympia Village, owner of the Mall Athens, from Irere Property Investments Luxembourg. The firm is also highly experienced in REICs, and advises NBG Pangaea REIC and Grivalia REIC. Vassiliki Salaka leads the group, which also includes the highly-respected Christina Faitakis.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis has an excellent track record for advising on high-end complex mandates across the commercial, retail, industrial, residential and hospitality sectors. The team is one of several advising Lamda Development on its interests in the €8bn Hellinikon project. The firm also advised Apollo Capital Management on its acquisition of a securitised commercial real estate portfolio from Piraeus Bank. John Papapolitis and George Gravias come highly recommended.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm's 'extremely business-focused and succinct' real estate group delivers 'international quality and standards of work', as well as 'fully-staffed teams and superior value'. The practice acts for a mix of developers, lenders, funds and individual investors, both foreign and domestic. The team advised Kildare Partners on its bid to acquire a €2bn NPL portfolio from Piraeus Bank. The 'truly outstanding' practice head George Bersis is 'a creative thinker, and provides innovative structures and solutions to complex problems'.

Zepos & Yannopoulos advises a mix of international investors, developers, and financial institutions on all manner of real estate matters. The team recently advised Thomas Cook on the restructuring of its Greek hotel business, including the transfer of assets to a fund structure in a joint venture with LMEY. It also assisted Anima Real Estate with its acquisition of a condominium development project in Costa Navarino. Sonia Melegou and Marina Allamani jointly lead the team. Taxation issues affecting the industry are another area of expertise.

Avramopoulos & Partners has a well-regarded and versatile practice, which represents developers, investors, and construction companies on the full range of matters. The firm is especially busy in the hotels sector, and recently advised a resort on its implementation of a timeshare scheme. Vassilis D Avramopoulos is recommended.

KLC Law Firm has a 'business-oriented' team that is 'quick to respond' and has 'excellent knowledge of the field'. Thomas Lamnidis and Katerina Loukopoulou-Dede jointly lead a group of 'excellent lawyers'. The firm has recently been advising HRADF on the development of thermal springs on Kythnos island, alongside their existing tourist and leisure facilities.

Gregory Logothetis leads the high-quality team at Koutalidis Law Firm, which is recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters. Recently, it represented Kekrops on a €10m land ownership dispute with the municipality of Philothei-Psychiko. On the development side, it advised the Indian company GMR on a construction contract for the New Kastelli Airport.

The team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, which is led by the highly-rated Elisabeth Eleftheriades, receives credit for its 'excellent response time, professional manner and top quality work'. The firm is advising HRADF as completion legal counsel on the Hellinikon project, and regularly represents lenders on major real estate and project financings.

Lambadarios Law Firm is praised for being 'very skilled, pragmatic, patient and easy to approach' and 'helping with real estate transactions in a period during which Greek legislation is changing frequently'. Recently, the team advised Hines and Henderson Park on the €30m acquisition of a landmark hotel complex in central Athens. Constantinos Lambadarios is highly recommended, as is Maria Fronista, who is 'not only very qualified but also very easygoing and pleasant in her communication'.

Norton Rose Fulbright 'differs from its peers with its exceptional due diligence capacity' while bringing the benefit of 'an internationally established legal firm'. Elena Tsohou heads the high-quality team.

Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates has an excellent reputation for construction and development work, as demonstrated by its relationship with Intrakat. The firm also successfully represented Savills in its tender to the National Bank of Greece to manage the sale of a portfolio of sixty real estate properties owned by the bank. Theodore Pistiolis leads the team with Vanita Kiriakouli, who is 'extremely capable with a very deep knowledge of such a complicated market'.

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners is best-known for its experience on contentious and non-contentious construction work. The firm is currently advising a subsidiary of ABB on an energy-related construction project in Rhodes. Ioannis Vassardanis is highly recommended.

The team at Moussas & Partners Attorneys at Law acts for a mix of investors and developers, and has recently been representing several high-net-worth individuals on their real estate issues. Vassilios Moussas is the main contact.

Sarantitis has a noteworthy construction disputes practice, as well as strong experience advising commercial and private investors in transactional matters. Alexandros Athanassiou leads the team, whose clients include Iberostar, Yamamay Hellas and Ralph Lauren.

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm is commended for its 'adaptability and excellent knowledge of the real estate market' and its ability to 'handle and manage very complex transactions'. Recently the firm advised NBG Pangaeia REIC on the acquisition of a commercial property in central Athens, and advised the Olayan Group on its acquisition of a 25% stake in the Greek Hotel Group, Costa Navarino. The 'prompt and efficient' Eleni Tsoukala is an 'excellent professional and very pleasant to work with'.

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates has an excellent reputation for litigation, and also advises clients such as Hellinikon on their non-contentious real estate matters. Nikolaos Georgiades is the main contact.

Drakopoulos is experienced in real estate acquisitions, leasing and portfolio management, financing and project developments. Georgia Konstantinidou and Panagiotis Drakopoulos jointly lead the team, which advises among others Jetair, Cleanearth Capital and Reckitt Benckiser.

Gaganas & Partners has 'vast experience in real estate law and provides excellent and effective advice'. The firm regularly advises Zeritis Group on its leases of industrial buildings and logistics centres. George Gaganas provides 'excellent advice'.

P.V. Kanellopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a versatlie offering, and is particularly in real estate and construction disputes. Victoria Kanellopoulos and Panagiotis Kanellopoulos are two of the lead partners.

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