Firms To Watch: TMT

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TMT in Greece

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm's team, which acts for domestic and international clients, is known for its expertise in media law. It is well-equipped to handle cross-border matters, which includes advice to high-profile athletes on endorsement and advertising agreements. The group also advises on regulatory compliance issues, such as those concerning video games, personal data protection, and filming and broadcast matters. Kriton Metaxopoulos has experience of acting for major US film studios and record companies. He co-heads the practice with Irini Daroussou , who generates work from clients such as radio stations, publishing companies and software design product companies.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos; Irini Daroussou

Other key lawyers:

Asterios Syssilas

Testimonials

‘In the small IP market in Greece, A & K Metaxopoulos is a law firm that stands out for its unbridled commitment to test and push the boundaries of IP law in Greece. They are an unrelenting and persevering team, who do their utmost to meet the clients’ brief and objectives. A truly commendable team.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos – the stalwart team leader is very responsive and able. He is an experienced litigator with a no nonsense approach. Very well versed in IP law and the practice and procedure of the Greek courts.’

Key clients

XIAOMI INC.

SHOPIFY INC.

VISA EUROPE

GALA ADVERTISING CLIENTS

FROMAGERIES BEL HELLAS

FOCUS BARI S.A.

REUTERS NEWS & MEDIA LIMITED

CONDE NAST NEW MARKETS EUROPE/ AFRICA, Inc. and ADVANCE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS Inc.

FAMOUS RAPPER SIN BOY

EPIC GAMES

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER – MARIA SAKKARI

FERRERO INTERNATIONAL S.A.

VICTORY ENTERTAINMENT S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Fromageries Bel Hellas S.A on broadcasting of certain TV and online advertisements on behalf of various market leaders, as well as on issues related to its advertising activities and promotional campaigns, to ensure compliance with legal framework.
  • Advised VISA Europe on all advertising campaigns and promotional contests in Greece.
  • Advised Shopify Inc. on the actions required to acquire the domain name SHOPIFY.GR which was unavailable; the matter resulted in a successful domain name litigation and the issuance of a decision in favour of our client.

Karatzas & Partners

Karatzas & Partners handles a full spectrum of TMT matters for clients, which includes telecommunication complaints before regulators, as well as broadcasting matters concerning Greek TV channels and operators. The team also has expertise in online and social media; it advises Skroutz, which is a major price and product comparison e-commerce website, on the operation and legislation of multi-sided platforms. Team head Anna Manda has experience of assisting WIND Hellas with a wide range of TMT-related transactions. In addition, her other work included acting for Sitecore on the acquisition of Moosend Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Anna Manda

Other key lawyers:

Vassilis Goulielmos

Testimonials

‘The team clearly has extensive knowledge of the fibre and telcoms market and how equivalent deals are being structured. It is also very good at delivering very clear, concise and practical advice that is tailored to the specifics of the project. It is very responsive and has delivered high-quality, focused work.’

‘The team is very sophisticated – they have a solid understanding of the Greek market and can articulate this in a way that non-Greek clients can understand.’

‘Anna Manda is able to understand clients’ concerns, distill the main issue, and recommend feasible and creative solutions. Vassilis Goulielmos is very responsive and able to see the larger picture.’

‘They have heavily invested in technology expertise, bringing people with relevant experience, as well as talented new joiners who make the difference. They offer a dedicated team to each project and offer end-to-end legal advice that is properly justified with strong legal opinions and facts.’

‘Partners and engagement leaders are always up to date, they listen to the customers needs and they have a good knowledge of the respective regulatory framework especially when it comes to e-commerce. Friendly staff that try to act as a business partner and not just as an adviser.’

Key clients

WIND Hellas Telecommunications S.A.

TELEFONICA GLOBAL SOLUTIONS GREECE

Kathimerini

Skroutz

Sitecore

Mobileum

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders and Creditors of Intralot SA Group

Mouchalis S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Marfin Investment Group Holdings S.A. on the sale of SingularLogic S.A., the leading Greek enterprise software solutions provider, and its group to, Epsilon Net S.A. and Space Hellas S.A.
  • Acted for Sitecore Corporation Holdings II A/S on all Greek law matters relating to the acquisition of all shares and voting interests in Moosend Ltd.
  • Advised Mobileum Inc. on all Greek law matters relating to the acquisition of all shares in Niometrics Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based deep network analytics provider with two Greek subsidiaries.

Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm

Nikolinakos & Partners Law FirmComparative Guides promotional icon has a specialist practice that covers telecoms and technology matters, data protection, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Reflective of the firm’s work for high-profile clients, it provides ongoing support to Airbnb on the Greek framework concerning the sharing economy, as well as the status of Information Society service providers. It also recently assisted Netflix International with technology law and data protection issues. Dina Kouvelou  and Nikos Nikolinakos jointly lead the team, and Alexis Spyropoulos is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Nikolinakos; Dina Kouvelou

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Spyropoulos

Testimonials

‘The overall level of service is impressive, solution-oriented and very customer focused. It is a regulatory powerhouse.’

‘Nikolinakos & Partners Law Firm is at the forefront of the telecommunications, data protection and technology-related areas. It also focuses on emerging digital technologies and services, including artificial intelligence and IoT. The TMT practice is formidable, extremely effective, detail-oriented and provides excellent strategic advice.’

‘Dr Nikos Nikolinakos is the leading legal expert in the TMT area in Greece. He is the standout figure in the field of telecommunications and technology law. He is also an expert in the field of data privacy and cybersecurity. He is a leading expert in the application of regulation and IP concerning new digital technologies, for instance artificial intelligence and robotics.’ 

‘Ms Dina Kouvelou is an outstanding TMT and competition law expert. She is singled out for her masterful technical knowledge of telecoms infrastructure and understanding of telecoms regulation. She also has unmatched expertise and vast experience in the fields of data privacy and cybersecurity. She is extremely business oriented, proactive, and an effective strategist.’

‘Mr Alexis Spyropoulos consistently delivers an exceptional standard and quality of work, mainly in the fields of telecoms and data protection. He has a calm manner and an extensive knowledge of telecoms regulatory laws and regulations. He is responsive and accurate.’

‘This TMT practice has top talent, deep sector-specific expertise and vast experience. They are the top law firm in the telecommunications sector in Greece, providing data protection advice of the highest quality.’ 

‘Their data protection practice provides comprehensive privacy advice. They routinely handle breach response, data protection litigation, compliance and enforcement matters. They are extremely recommended for providing privacy advice in relation to employee rights, cloud computing, security breaches and incident prevention.’

‘I would strongly recommend this TMT practice, not only because of their in-depth knowledge of the telecoms, media and technology regulatory framework, but also because their expertise in antitrust law.’

POTAMITISVEKRIS

POTAMITISVEKRIS‘ dedicated team advises clients on matters such as IP, IT, social media, advertising, event management, celebrity management, data protection and litigation. Stathis Potamitis, Alexandros Kortesis and Xenophon Paparrigopoulos co-head the practice, which attracts work from a number of high-profile clients. Paparrigopoulos leads the ongoing advice to Coca-Cola Hellenic SAIC on online contracts, online competitions and branding relating to numerous products and promotional activities. Also notable is that the firm represented Wind Hellas at the Supreme Court in relation to two actions for the annulment of fines imposed by the Greek Data Protection Authority over marketing practices that were deemed to violate data protection legislation.

Practice head(s):

Xenophon Paparrigopoulos; Alexandros Kortesis; Stathis Potamitis

Other key lawyers:

Eirini Zaglanika; Ioanna Alexopoulou; Fay Karkantzou; Olga Bezantakou

Testimonials

‘We needed short notice support with respect to Greek law and regulation, and the team delivered great support in time and in the most professional and customer-oriented way imaginable.’

‘What I value as a special strength is that they have a business perspective which they can balance well with the legal knowledge.’

‘Highly experienced and knowledgeable in the field of personal data protection. The team had assisted with our GDPR compliance, attending to all issues of our company and covering all of our obligations. Quick and accurate responses and feedback.’

‘Excellent team in data protection laws – informative responses- comprehensive package.’

Work highlights

  • Advised International Telecommunications Provider on regulatory telecommunication aspects pertaining to the provision of in-car and inflight WIFI services in Greece.
  • Appointed by Hotel Investment Partners to act as the DPO of 5 companies owners, overseeing data protection matters and data protection arrangements with Marriot and the hotel managers.
  • Advised Antenna TV on corporate and regulatory matters, including the provision of subscription television services through digital terrestrial means.

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Zepos & Yannopoulos‘ team has specialist expertise in data protection and cybersecurity, which comes to the fore in its work for high-profile international clients. Recent work included assisting Baxrer with the negotiation of data processing agreements with the National Organisation for the Provision of Health Services (EOPYY) and Greek hospitals. New partner Theodore Konstantakopoulos joined the firm from Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC in April 2022 to lead the TMT and data practice, and corporate and commercial practice head Athina Skolarikou is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Konstantakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Athina Skolarikou; Antonis Giannakodikos; Sofia Tzianoumi

Testimonials

‘The team at Zepos and Yannopoulos is very organized, knowledgeable and efficient. They conduct themselves in an utmost professional manner, and clearly explains legal issues, the steps in the process and the legal resolution.’

‘The cooperation with the legal experts in the area of IT projects and complex GDPR issues was always extremely professional. We are also very satisfied with our contacts in the ongoing cooperation.’

‘A professionally positioned law firm with a high level of expertise and excellent procedures, as well as a strong team. Special expertise in the area of GDPR.’

Key clients

Baxter

Faliron House

Indev Software

Kinems

L’Oreal

Lamda Helix Plc

Leaseplan

Luxottica Group

Nokia

Olympia Group

Tencent

Xiaomi

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamda Hellix, Southeastern Europe’s leading colocation and interconnection provider, to Interxion, a member of the Digital Realty Group, and a leading European provider of carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centre solutions.
  • Advised Baxter on the negotiations of its three-party agreements with the National Organisation for the Provision of Health Services, and Greek hospitals, for the processing of health data of patients in relation to a medical device used at home.
  • Advised Olympia Group on the design of the client’s electronic marketplace and on the drafting of the terms of use.

Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law Firm

Andersen Legal - Pistiolis - Triantafyllos & Associates Law FirmComparative Guides promotional icon is renowned for its expertise in GDPR-related matters, advising on the development of compliance programmes for Greek and international clients. In addition, the team has expanded its offering to clients in the gaming, betting and lotteries sectors, assisting with the development of casino projects, licensing and regulatory issues, and representation before the Hellenic Gaming Commission. A member of the worldwide Andersen Legal network, the firm is experienced in multi-jurisdictional TMT matters. Themistoklis Giannakopoulos leads the team, with a focus on regulatory and competition-related work, particularly concerning data privacy. Other notable contacts include managing partner Theodore Pistiolis and associates Kleio Kondi and Nicholas Zelios.

Practice head(s):

Themistoklis Giannakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Pistiolis; Kleio Kondi; Nicholas Zelios

Testimonials

‘Extended experience and knowledge in the TMT sector. Innovative advice that looks after the business needs of the company. The price we pay for the services brings considerable value for money, if we take into account the benefit for the company.’

‘Themistoklis Giannakopoulos has been our legal partner and point of contact throughout the years of our co-operation with the firm. He is an excellent legal counsel in every way. He is experienced and knowledgeable (unmatched in the TMT sector, in our opinion), has excellent communication and negotiation skills, is available whenever necessary, including out-of-office hours and holidays, is an innovative problem-solver, and treats our business as his own business. And from what I hear in the market, big projects in which he and the firm are involved move forward quickly and efficiently.’

‘Andersen Legal and its team were able to adapt to our group of companies’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and complex information technology environment quickly and effectively. Despite being a law firm, Andersen Legal has embraced technology, having already developed the necessary compliance tools for data-mapping and employee awareness. The firm excels in technological innovations. In my experience, Andersen Legal has a competitive edge on the use of technology which results in cost-efficiency, flexibility and adaptation to the new Covid reality. Communication and efficiency in delivering their legal services is top notch too.’

‘Andersen Legal’s team is always supportive and committed to helping us in the best and most practical way. It is a polite team with knowledge of the many industries we are involved in and always up to the task. I strongly recommend and give special mention to Nicholas Zelios, who combines deep knowledge in data privacy with practical thinking and extensive familiarity with technology. He excels in the project management of our GDPR compliance projects, always delivering on time.’

‘The prompt response and team bonding is what makes the difference from other firms. Personally, when comparing the Andersen Legal team with other firms I had worked with, I found that the Andersen Legal structure is more efficient, client oriented and effective. They are always supportive and offer end-to-end services.’

‘The team’s support is not only business and legally oriented, but has a human touch that gives you comfort that everything is fine and manageable. I have a great working relationship with all the Andersen Legal associates but I am grateful for the presence of Themistoklis Giannakopoulos, who is easily reachable, accurate and to the point.’

‘Nikos Zelios stands out as a lawyer who combines advanced technical IT skills with the requisite legal knowledge to help us to navigate safely through the data privacy compliance landscape. In addition, his project management skills are outstanding!’

‘Theodore Pistiolis is a top lawyer. He is hardworking, with a sharp mind that can deliver on challenging tasks under pressure. He has deep knowledge and experience and his advice is always precise and helpful. Themistoklis Giannakopoulos is exceptional for TMT and competition issues. He is very reliable and effective.’

Key clients

INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL S.A.

PLAISIO COMPUTERS S.A.

BINARY TREE S.A.

ATTICA GROUP

AEGEAN BALTIC BANK

BROWN HOTELS

PUBLIC PROPERTIES COMPANY (ETAD)

HERON ENERGY S.A.

STARBUCKS

SARMED

INFOQUEST

INTRAKAT

EULER HERMES HELLAS

GAP

EPOQUE HOTELS

Work highlights

  • Advised a company in the gaming and entertainment sector with respect to the applicable laws and regulations, carried out the licensing procedure, and represented the client before the Hellenic Gaming Commission.
  • Advised a company in the energy sector on the expansion of its business activities in the e-communications sector, carried out the licensing procedure, and represented the client before the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission and other government authorities.
  • Advised a company carrying out business activities in multiple sectors of the economy in respect of its expansion into the e-communications and energy sector.

AP Legal

Aris Papaspyridis and Alexandra Argyropoulou, who jointly lead the practice at AP Legal, have a wealth of experience handling legal and regulatory matters for clients. The firm recently assisted UK telecoms company MITEL Networks with registering its licence before the competent Greek telecommunications authority. Other clients include names such as Philip Morris and Pierre Fabre.

Practice head(s):

Aris Papaspyridis; Alexandra Argyropoulou

Other key lawyers:

Afroditi Vasileiou; Ioannis Nakis; Stella Basiadaki

Testimonials

‘AP Legal has in depth knowledge and strong experience in the telecoms sector, thus providing valuable support not only with relevant legal issues but also with business proposals and contacts.’

‘The law firm is extremely responsive, and always focused on the production of results for the benefit of the client. AP Legal provides better value for money, as the firm is customer centric and provides end to end service.’

‘Mr. Papaspyridis has deep knowledge and understanding of the telecoms industry, and strong legal skills. He is also a very good negotiator.’

‘The overall level of service provided by AP Legal has been excellent throughout all these years. It is hard to find a Greek law firm with such deep knowledge and understanding of the TMT sector. AP Legal combines the required industry knowledge together with required legal skills that helps us significantly to grow our business.’

‘Aris Papaspyridis is a skillful lawyer with a great balance of legal knowledge and market awareness. He is a TMT expert with longstanding experience in the areas of information technology and telecommunications.’

Key clients

Telecom Italia Sparkle

Mitel Networks Ltd

Bet 365

MCOMs

Neurosoft

ATU

NEWSPHONE SA

DAIMLER

AISIN

PORSCHE

NOVATEL

KAPOUANO INSURANCE BROKERS

Work highlights

  • Advised TIS SA on all GDPR processes with the TELECOM ITALIA GROUP, in addition to its advice on negotiations and drafting of a contract for the provision of telecommunication services with SPACE X.
  • Advised BET365 on a submission of application for the granting of a permanent licence for online gaming in Greece.
  • Advised NEUROSOFT SA on the drafting, negotiating and finalisation of a Master Service Agreement with Emirates NBD for the provision of Fintech Software Factoring Solution Services, with an approximate deal value of €30m.

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law is a key player in the Greek telecoms market, as is reflected by the fact that it advises clients on connected systems installed in cars, VoIP services, fixed networks (including fibre) and 5G network deployment. It recently advised BMW Hellas and BMW Austria Bank on GDPR compliance, which involved the review of employee privacy policies, data retention and data processing agreements. The firm also assists Acun Medya Group with negotiating TV production agreements with Greek TV stations, as well as with TV series participants and service providers in Greece and abroad. The practice is led by Marina Androulakakis. Other individuals to note include  highly experienced counsel Augustine Almyroudi and senior associate Tania Patsalia.

Practice head(s):

Marina Androulakakis

Other key lawyers:

Tania Patsalia; Nikos Vouhiounis; Augustine Almyroudi

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and able to tackle a wide range of legal issues.’

‘We have a long term relationship with this law firm, it has always been a pleasure to cooperate with them.’

‘Team’s strength: Reliability, Responsibility, Punctuality, Accuracy, Business Mindset.’

‘The team was always available in urgent matters and flexible to understand our needs.’

Key clients

Acun Media Group

BMW Group

Committee Greece 2021

Kosmocar

Work highlights

  • Advised a global leader in telecommunications on telecoms and data privacy law matters.
  • Advised BMW Hellas and BMW Austria Bank, Athens branch, with regard to any data protection issues arising out of their operations in Greece.
  • Advised Acun Medya Turkey and Acun Medya Greece on their TV production agreements with Greek TV stations and TV series participants in addition to overseeing their data privacy compliance needs.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm has a ‘highly experienced’ practice, which is led by Dimitris Diakopoulos. He has advised all host broadcasters of the Olympic games since 2001 and regularly handles technology-related agreements. Diakopoulos and Nikolas Avgouleas are assisting Qualco with negotiating and drafting a debt portfolio management services agreement with the Public Power Corporation of Greece.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Diakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Petros Pantazopoulos

Key clients

WIND SA

FORTHNET SA

QUALCO SA

CPI SA

WAVEMAKER HELLAS SA

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Wind Hellas SA, one of the major Greek telecommunications providers, on its defence against a mass application for annulment of citizens seeking to annul 5G licences that had been issued following a tender called by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission, on the basis of the alleged health and environmental risks of 5G technology.
  • Assisted Forthnet with its defence applications for annulment filed before the by other telecommunication providers, who were obliged by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission to grant to the Client access to their network infrastructure, in order for the client to be able to provide services as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

Lambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm's team advises clients on the use and protection of data, and regularly represents clients before the Data Protection Authority and courts. Its industry sector expertise spans areas such as FMCG, healthcare and utilities. Chara Daouti is knowledgeable about internet laws and social media. She co-heads the practice with Constantinos Lambadarios, who often leads on landmark transactions. The group advises Cardlink on a wide range of matters, such as technology licences, product development and GDPR.

Practice head(s):

Chara Daouti; Constantinos Lambadarios

Other key lawyers:

John Filiotis; Natalia Kalatzi

Testimonials

‘Lambadarios’ team is one of a kind. They have great expertise in the TMT world, great sensitivity with respect to the risks and great understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘Partner Chara Daouti is equally knowledgable and dynamic. She knows what needs to be done and when, but is always keen to discuss things further, get a better understanding of the issues and is ready to change her mind if that serves the client better.’

‘Excellent performance, quick response, direct and friendly approach, clear guidance and opinion, up to date knowledge, holistic point of view, first class performance.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a search engine before the Court of Appeal and won hearing pertaining to trade mark infringement against an online pharmacy.
  • Advised Greek healthcare group IASO on the innovative operation of patients’ electronic medical file.
  • Advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of its €300m merchant acquiring unit and its strategic partnership with Euronet Worldwide

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm

Tsoukala and Partners Law Firm's team advises clients a wide range of issues concerning fintech, telecommunications, online and digital banking, electronic payments and e-commerce. Eleni Tsoukala and Constantinos Kapitsinos co-head the group, which generates work from clients such as DeliveryHero, the Viohalco Group and the Olayan Group. In the fintech space, it is advising clients such as digital payment institutions and electronic money issuers on licensing and regulatory requirements in Greece.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Tsoukala; Constantinos Kapitsinos

Testimonials

‘The TMT team is outstanding. They never cease to impress me with the depth and width of their knowledge and expertise. This is a team of truly brilliant minds with prior international experience that stays up-to-date with the industry’s trends worldwide and key regulatory developments. The team is very diligent, focused and always offers pragmatic advice.’

‘Eleni Tsoukala is extremely well-respected and in my opinion, she is one of the top TMT lawyers in Greece. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge and this is reflected in the very sophisticated advice she offers. I also really appreciate Eleni’s international outlook.’

Key clients

Dentons

Sidley Austin

NASDAQ-listed ADTRAN, Inc.

The Olayan group

The Viohalco group

Delivery Hero SE

Work highlights

  • Advised FinTech players on passporting requirements in Greece, assisting them with the entire on-going compliance landscape in relation to digital and online FinTech services.
  • Advised global provider of networking and communications equipment on its expansion and operational set-up in Greece.
  • Advised a foreign investment group on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in a Greek tech start up.

AVK LEGAL

The practice at AVK LEGAL is known for its specialist expertise in IT, with it acting for clients such as innovative start-ups and global brands. Its key services in this space relate to areas such as cloud computing, digital media, blockchain, software development and e-commerce. The practice is led by Alexandros Koliothomas, who has over 17 years of TMT experience.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Koliothomas

Other key lawyers:

Ioannis Meimeteas; Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis; Panagiotis Kitsos

Testimonials

‘Our experience with AVK Legal was excellent. The practice of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) is a very tricky area of law in Greece, and with AVK Legal, the whole process simultaneously became simple and straightforward. Their firm provided our company peace of mind at a very stressful and difficult time.’

‘The cooperation with the whole team of AVK Legal and especially with Mr. Koliothomas and Mr. Meimeteas was ideal in any aspect. Both of them confirmed their high reputation providing distinguished legal services and demonstrating professionalism and personal attention to every detail.’

‘The team is just a phone call away at any time. They provide their initial response within 5 minutes and this is highly valued by both my management team and me.’

Key clients

PROCTER & GAMBLE HELLAS

SAP HELLAS

INFO-QUEST TECHNOLOGIES S.A.

PLAISIO COMPUTERS S.A.

OPTIMA S.A.

OLYMPIC S.A. (AVIS)

KASPERSKY LAB

ARSAKEIO SCHOOL

VARELLAS S.A.

DIGISEC S.A.

DIMERA EKDOTIKI S.A.

GUTENBERG EDITIONS

MLS S.A.

NOBACCO S.A.

NEA ODOS S.A.

ORAMA MINIMAL FRAMES LTD.

UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA

BANKINGCODE LTD.

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC handles a variety of matters involving computer law, information and communication technology and media and advertising mandates. The practice is jointly led by George Ballas and Gregory Pelecanos. Notable clients include Audi AG, Ford Motor Hellas, Porsche AG and Google.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos; George Ballas

Other key lawyers:

Constantine Beikos Paschalis

Testimonials

‘The legal team at the firm always responds fast and efficiently to our inquiries. In complex cases they share the information internally and return to us with a solid approach. Their advice always includes the possible risks but also the benefits, in a manner that makes decision making a straightforward process.’

‘I have worked closely with Mr Theodore Konstantakopoulos on cases  related to GDPR and personal data. He is highly qualified in this area and always informed about the latest developments at a national and European level. He is responsive to our inquiries in a fast and effective way. He is always easy to reach and understands the specifics and nature of our business.’

Key clients

Audi AG

Ford Motor Hellas and Ford Europe

Volvo Cars Hellas and Volvo Car Corporation

Porsche AG

SAS Institute

Facebook

Microsoft Corporation

Apple

Google

Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.

N26

Spotify

Wolverine

Salesforce

Dyson

Microsoft Hellas

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Apple on regulatory barriers to offering VPN services, investment obligations originating from AVMS and Apple Maps Expansion for Greece.
  • Advised Facebook on digital music rights, the European Electronic Communications Code implementation and the implementation of the DSM Copyright Directive.  
  • Advised Google on the processing of law enforcement requests in Greece, the launching of a counter-misinformation fund program review of terms and conditions and on election advertisements.

KBVL

KBVL, which is a member of the Deloitte Global Legal Network, provides ‘seamless, integrated cross-border services for multinational clients’. It has a notable strength in data privacy and data compliance matters; in one notable mandate, the firm is acting for Hellinikon S.A. as its data protection officer in the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. Practice head Apostolos Vorras has an ‘excellent understanding of new technologies‘, with particular expertise in artificial intelligence and GDPR.

Practice head(s):

Apostolos Vorras

Testimonials

‘Very cooperative and efficient team.’

‘Professional and experienced in their field of work.’

‘We chose KBVL for their high level of understanding of our business needs. The team consists of a very skilled professionals with excellent qualities.’

‘Apostolos Vorras, as a KBVL team leader, proved to be great and proficient, with expert knowledge about GDPR. He was also very resourceful addressing our challenging issues.’

‘What makes KBVL’s TMT team unique is its specialization in the ever evolving sector of privacy and cyber security. Notwithstanding their legal background, the teams have a significant level of familiarity with the current tech tools and offer a great range of services on TMT compliance spanning from telecoms to data protection compliance.’ 

‘KBVL Law Firm and its team were able to adapt to our group of companies’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats and its complex information technology environment quickly and effectively.’

‘KBVL team is always supportive and committed in helping in the best practical way. A polite team who are always up to the task. I strongly recommend Apostolos Vorras, who combines deep knowledge in Data Privacy with practical thinking and extensive familiarity with technology. He leads the team in supporting us efficiently and tackling the practical challenges of our group complexity.’

Key clients

European Commission (DG Structural Reform Support)

Aegean Airlines S.A.

Latsco Group of Companies

Post Credit S.A.

Olympia Development S.A.

Halyps S.A

AXA Insurance S.A.

Deloitte Business Solutions S.A.

OPAP S.A.

Lamda Development S.A.

Hellinikon S.A.

ERGO HELLAS S.A.

Skroutz S.A.

B2Kapital S.A.

Vodafone S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted as subcontractor for Deloitte Business Solutions S.A., providing legal advice on the digitalization of recruitment framework in the public sector and on reform of legal framework in public sector’s personnel digital assessment process.
  • Acting as Data Protection Officer for Hellinikon S.A., the legal entity that is implementing the largest urban regeneration project in Europe.
  • Represented Skroutz S.A. in a filed complaint before the Austrian Data Protection Authority, pertaining to allegations of unlawful international data transfers.

Drakopoulos

Drakopoulos assists a wide range of clients with the drafting, negotiating and litigating of IT contracts, as well as advising on media, advertising and design right issues. In addition, its team also has expertise in interconnection agreements and software and hardware licenses. Michalis Kosmopoulos and Panagiotis Drakopoulos, who co-head the practice, recently advised Hellenic Petroleum Group on its compliance with GDPR and e-privacy directives.

Practice head(s):

Michalis Kosmopoulos; Panagiotis Drakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Panagiotis Tampoureas

Key clients

HELLENIC PETROLEUM GROUP OF COMPANIES

RECKITT BENCKISER

CHIPITA

CONDITO

MANI BLAUEL

TASKUS GREECE

EKPEDEVTIKI ANAGENNISI

STU/DÝO ARCHITECTS

ISDIN

MEDSKINHEALTH

FCNC FINANCIAL ADVISORS

BBK CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT

ITSART

MELLON GROUP

GERMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

DIGEA

AOSPHERE

GOOGLE

VERIZON

Work highlights

  • Advised HELLENIC PETROLEUM GROUP OF COMPANIES with respect to the group’s compliance with GDPR and the E-Privacy Directive.
  • Advised multinational group of companies CHIPITA on its regulatory compliance with the applicable data protection and privacy legal framework.
  • Advised multinational group of companies MELLON GROUP as appointed Group Data Protection Officers, with respect to their compliance with GDPR.

Koutalidis Law Firm

Koutalidis Law Firm is ‘best known for its in-depth knowledge’ of TMT-related regulatory framework and litigation strategy. The practice is led by Nikitas Fortsakis  who has over 35 years of experience advising on TMT matters. He represents Vodafone in interception-related litigation before the Greek administrative and civil courts.

Practice head(s):

Nikitas Fortsakis

Testimonials

‘Combines expertise in TMT with excellent legal support in other areas eg data privacy, competition, etc. Legal opinions and advice are always of the highest standards, highly respected by stakeholders and effective.’

Key clients

VODAFONE – PANAFON SA

MOBILE OPERATORS’ ASSOCIATION

DIGEA SA

BLOOMBERG LLP

FRAPORT GREECE (AIRPORTS)

HELLENIC CORPORATION OF ASSETS AND PARTICIPATIONS SA

Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates

Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates, which has a particular focus on data protection, provides data protection officer services and assists clients with matters before national supervisory authorities. Its team has undergone significant expansion, with senior associates Ioulia Konstantinou and Mirela Pachou joining in 2021. The practice is jointly led by the experienced Nicolas Kanellopoulos, Chara Zerva and Ira Chioni.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Kanellopoulos; Chara Zerva; Ira Chioni

Other key lawyers:

Giorgos Patrikios; Ioulia Konstantinou; Mirela Pachou

Testimonials

‘The practice has been customer centered from the very beginning with the objective to optimize our business objectives within the strict legal framework that our company operates in.’

‘They understand the business objectives quickly and they communicate the pertinent legal issues clearly and succintly so that we reach well balanced decisions.’

Key clients

Region of Attica

Municipality of Kallithea

Special Interdisciplinary Association of Prefecture Attica (EDSNA)

IDIKA S.A. ( e-Government Center for Social Security Services)

The Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE)

Vocational Training Center of GSEVEE

Small Business Institute of GSEVEE

Athens Chamber of Tradesmen

OAKA | Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis”

Municipality of Agrinio

Municipality of Anicent Olympia

Municipality of Haidari

TRAINOSE S.A.

Technical Chamber

of Greece

Hellenic Post (ELTA)

“ELTA courier S.A.”

Relational Technology S.A.

HDI Global S. Ε . – Greek Branch

SANI RESORT AND IKOS RESORTS Group

Grivalia Hospitality S.A.-Greek Branch

Bioiatriki S.A. Group

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (“TAIPED”)

Hellenic Intermunicipal Network of Healthy Cities (EDDYPPY)

Hellenic Aerospace Industry

Municipality of Alimos

Karamolegos Bakery S.A.

Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens

Work highlights

  • Appointed as DPO for IDIKA S.A., overseeing GDPR compliance, data subject requests and data processing activities.

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership

Platis – Anastassiadis & Associates Law Partnership, which is noted for its strengths in digital and privacy law matters, provides a broad cross-section of electronic communications, intellectual property and digital law services to start-ups and corporates in the Greek technology sector. Its group's expertise spans areas such as open banking, artificial intelligence, virtual currencies and crowd-sourcing, among others. The team of ‘business-oriented legal experts’ is jointly led by Eirinikos Platis  and Antonios Broumas.

Practice head(s):

Eirinikos Platis; Antonios Broumas

Other key lawyers:

Katerini Papathanasiou

Key clients

Taxibeat UK Ltd

Dixons South East Europe – Kotsovolos S.A.

GAP S.A.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Commission

Sarantitis

Sarantitis is entrusted by a range of telecommunication providers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Data protection work is a key area of strength, with the firm advising local and international clients on EU and Greek privacy law compliance. The practice is led by senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis. Notable work highlights included advising Verizon Media on the launch of a TechCrunch subscription service.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Katsigiannis

Other key lawyers:

Terina Raptis

Testimonials

‘Availability and good communication skills’

‘Relate to the customer’s requests; friendly approach; efficient.’ 

‘The team is always very knowledgeable and responsive to any of our requests. Their advice has been extremely helpful.’

‘The team replies to all inquiries and always makes us feel like the priority. They go beyond what is expected and consistently ensure our business is getting the best advice.’

Key clients

Data Communication S.A.

Maillis Group

Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE)

PCCW Global (Hellas) S.A.

Axion Hellas

Crypteia Networks S.A.

Anodyne Nanotech

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholders at Data Communication S.A., on the sale of their majority stake to Epsilon Net S.A.
  • Advised Maillis Group on the implementation of a full-scale review and update of the Group’s privacy policies and procedures for compliance with GDPR.
  • Advised the Greek Atomic Energy Commission on GDPR compliance and assisted the agency with the launch of a mobile application.