Firms in the Spotlight White-collar crime

White-collar crime in Greece

Anagnostopoulos

Under the leadership of Ilias Anagnostopoulos, Anagnostopoulos is highly regarded for its expertise in high-value business crime litigation and also provides a client roster of corporations and individuals with criminal and regulatory risk management advice. The group is also active in cross-jurisdictional mandates and cases involving corporate fraud, corruption, insider dealing and money laundering offences.

Practice head(s):

Ilias Anagnostopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Tsagkalidis; Jerina Zapanti; Ioannis Tsakalis

Key clients

HELLENIC PETROLEUM SA

NOVARTIS HELLAS

CHIPITA SA

ALPHA BANK SA

ERICSSON LM

NATIONALE NEDERLANDEN HELLAS

ADIDAS SPA

AEGEK SA

EUROP ASSISTANCE

ASTIR PALACE SA

JOHNSON&JOHNSON

NAVAL GROUP

Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm

Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm has an excellent record in white-collar crime cases and matters concerning corporate criminal liability. It acts for a wide variety of clients, including companies active in the construction, shipping, aviation, telecommunications, health and pharmaceuticals industries. Practice head Ioannis Giannidis has expertise in criminal tax cases, and matters involving misappropriation in the private and public sectors, as well as embezzlement cases. Panagiotis Koureleas is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Giannidis

Other key lawyers:

Panagiotis Koureleas; Natasha Kaisari; Ioanna Korbi; Dimitrios Voulgaris

Testimonials

‘Unlike many criminal lawyers, they have an excellent understanding of legal issues surrounding large corporations, their management personnel and clients, including white collar crime.’

‘Although there are a couple of other good criminal lawyers dealing with white collar crime, IG law firm is in reality the only highly specialized law firm with the necessary depth to fully support big commercial and industrial companies in their cases that may have criminal aspects both in terms of advice and in cases of litigation.’

‘I don’t believe Prof. Giannidis needs any introduction, since we are talking about one of the most senior criminal lawyers in Greece in general. Panagiotis Koureleas is an exceptional criminal lawyer, obsessed with details and preparation of the case, that at the end of the day will make a difference before the bench. In many cases we worked together he managed to convince the Public Prosecutor to dismiss charges without submitting the case to the Court, against all odds. Very intelligent and a natural born litigator.’

‘They have deep technical knowledge of criminal law and all kinds of criminal proceedings in Greece, alongside a very strong business acumen. They package both in a corporate way that can be perfectly fit with multinational companies and international clients.’

‘Excellence in performance, professionalism and statistically high positive results in Courts. Exceptional performance for Mr Giannis Giannidis and Mr Panagiotis Koureleas.’

‘Partner professor Giannidis is the undisputed dean of Greek criminologists; he is very highly regarded by the judiciary, respected by his competitors and feared by the adversaries. His deep knowledge and experience, his exceptional politeness and eloquence combined with his practical, down-to-earth approach, makes him a first-class criminal lawyer.’

‘Prof. Ioannis Giannidis, a brilliant criminal law mind and a renowned professor with vast experience and knowledge on corporate criminal law and white collar crime, who has a unique ability to see the bigger picture.’

‘Panagiotis Koureleas, a person that business loves to work with. He is direct in his communication, inspires confidence, is fully updated on his field of expertise, an excellent litigator, very responsive with a charisma to think proactively and in a practical way. He has also a unique talent to explain complex criminal law issues in a comprehensive manner.’

Key clients

Imerys Bauxites Greece S.A.

PQH Unified Special Clearance S.A

Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A.

ELAIS – Unilever

Fraport Greece

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Heracles Group of Companies

Piraeus Bank

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Fraport Greece on litigation and legal consulting for issues related to day to day activity.
  • Advised Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG in litigation and legal consulting for issues related to day to day activity.
  • Advised the Board of Directors of Piraeus bank in a time period which raised complex criminal law issues for banks, due to the extensive changes in Greek criminal law and Greek criminal procedure.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has a vastly experienced team, which regularly represents high-profile clients in proceedings before judicial courts, criminal courts and the Greek Supreme Court. Its practice is led by Konstantinos Papadiamantis, who has expertise in defending banks and major firms against allegations of fraud and breaches of trust. He also advises on criminal law aspects of competition, tax evasion and stock exchange activities. The firm's notable work included its representation of AstraZeneca Greece in a matter arising from the allegedly unjustifiable refusal to sell to a Greek wholesaler, and alleged abuse of dominant position in the market for specific pharmaceutical products.

Practice head(s):

Konstantinos Papadiamantis

Other key lawyers:

Dimitra Dai; Katerina Perraki; Kyriaki Mania

Testimonials

‘POTAMITISVEKRIS has a depth and breadth of legal expertise, which is outstanding by the standards of the Greek market. Each partner can draw from the resources of the whole firm, in order to improve the quality of their advice.’

‘I have worked with Konstantinos Papadiamantis on cases concerning white-collar criminal law. He and his team demonstrated deep knowledge of the technical parts of the cases and proceeded with legal actions that resulted in positive outcomes for the client.’

‘Committed professionals with focus on the clients needs. Business oriented and excellent deal makers.’

‘Personal commitment; sharing ideas; implementation skills; international experience.’

‘First-class law firm. Probably one of the best in Greece.’

‘They will do their utmost to achieve a great result for their clients and mostly achieve it.’

‘Konstantinos Papadiamantis; excellent lawyer and litigator who can adopt a very commercial approach to assist an amicable settlement.’

‘According to my opinion, POTAMITISVEKRIS is one of the top law firms in Greece. It has the highest professional and ethical standards, deep knowledge and the best reputation. I fully trust them.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the legal representative and sales manager of Astrazeneca Greece, accused for unjustifiable refusal of sale to a specific wholesaler and abuse of dominant position in the market of specific pharmaceutical products.
  • Represented Fais Group concerning accusations for fraud against the owner, general manager and legal representative of a Greek Company which specializes in the broking of commercial deals in crude oil and its refined products.
  • Represented Folli Follie against its founders and ex-members of the BoD who face criminal charges for fraud, forgery and money laundering, in a case concerning the forgery and use of fake bank statements in order to create inaccurate financial reports.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm's practice is led by Kriton Metaxopoulos, who has vast experience of handling multijurisdictional cases, including those with a nexus to Italy, Lebanon, Romania and the UK. The firm attracts work from high-profile clients such as Adidas Hellas and Astir Palace Vouliagmeni. Its recent highlights included acting for a UK national in a multimillion fraud, bankruptcy and white-collar crime case. Asterios Syssilas is another key individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Asterios Syssilas; Achilleas Christodoulou

Testimonials

‘They have substantial experience of cross-border matters, know the area extremely well and produce high quality work.’

‘Kriton Metaxopolous is a clever lawyer who fights hard for his clients, and who delivers an excellent service.’

Key clients

ADIDAS HELLAS SA

ASTIR PALACE VOULIAGMENI

Work highlights

  • Represented a UK national of Lebanese origin in many jurisdictions, including Italy, UK, Greece, France, Lebanon and Romania, who was the victim of a multimillion euro fraud, bankruptcy and white collar crime.
  • Represented Adidas and its Greek subsidiary, Adidas Hellas, in its dispute related in principle to the termination by Adidas of its franchise agreement with their principal local franchisee Hellenic Flame, and the recovery of sums due to Adidas by the local franchisee, with a total value of €23m.
  • Represented Astir Palace Vouliagmeni in litigation surrounding misconduct and breach of duties against its former CEO and its former CFO, including the drafting and filing of two corporate actions with an approximate value of €5.5m.

Dryllerakis & Associates

Dryllerakis & Associates has a strong pedigree for representing clients in white-collar cases before both civil and criminal courts. Gerassimos Apergis has extensive experience of defending clients in matters involving allegations of financial fraud, insider trading, market abuse, money laundering and corruption. He co-heads the practice with Vassilis Constantinidis, who has 25 years of litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Gerassimos Apergis; Vassilis Constantinidis

Other key lawyers:

Manolis Zografakis

Work highlights

  • Represented Greek and foreign defendants facing felony charges over fraud related to an alleged international scandal; all were acquitted by the Judicial Council’s deliberation issued.
  • Represented a company in a claim related to a money laundering scandal in the early 2000s. All of the client’s representatives were acquitted by the Appellate Court for Felonies.

OVVADIAS S NAMIAS LAW FIRM

OVVADIAS S NAMIAS LAW FIRM is a boutique criminal law firm, with a notable specialism in cases involving allegations of financial crimes. It is equally strong acting for individuals and corporate entities in high-stakes disputes.  The practice is led by Ovvadias Namias, whose experience includes money laundering cases and insider trading matters. The firm acted for a former employee of Johnson & Johnson in a matter involving allegations of fraud and money laundering against the Greek state.

Practice head(s):

Ovvadias Namias

Other key lawyers:

Vassileios Petropoulos; Ilias Spyropoulos

Testimonials

‘Ovvadias Namias Law Firm is one of the leading practices in Greece in white-collar crime. Very reliable in terms of delivery but also very detailed and user-friendly in terms of support and advice.’

‘Dr. Namias stands out as a white-collar crime adviser. He is very pragmatic in his advice but also very hands-on in terms of cases handled by his firm. An excellent lawyer.’

‘Exceptional firm with stand out practitioners. Highly intelligent, collaborative and hard working. Excellent commercial knowledge.’

‘Ovvadias Namias, the firm’s founder is one of the best white-collar crime practitioners in Greece. He stands out for his legal knowledge, experience, and skills as an advocate.’

‘Excellent command of the practice, practical approach, easy to connect with, well organised, structured and collaborative team. Environment encouraging young colleagues.’

‘Individuals who are respectful of their clients and other lawyers who collaborate with. They are sensitive on any particular needs or fears the client may have. Very respondent and easy to connect with. Establishing a direct and friendly channel of communication allowing seemless exchange of information to ensure the best possible outcome for the case to the benefit of the client’s case.’

‘Colleagues from Ovvadias S. Namias Law Firm are open minded and are very efficient in building a case strategy. They have an excellent knowledge of Greek legal and regulatory framework and also a great experience in litigation before Greek courts.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a former employee of Johnson and Johnson on fraud and money laundering against the Greek state; the defendant was acquitted in the first instance.
  • Advised Fosun on penal issues and filed a criminal complaint on behalf of Fosun against the former BoD of Folli Follie.

Ioannis Th. Iriotis Law Firm

Ioannis Th. Iriotis Law Firm is ‘acknowledged for its outstanding litigation practice’, known for its high-quality services when handling cross-border cases. It is well equipped to advise on a range of matters, including financial fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and corruption practices. The practice is jointly led by Ioannis Iriotis and Vassilis Arvanitis, who are instructed by clients such as EDF Renewables Hellas, PIMA and Ancora Shipping.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Iriotis; Vassilis Arvanitis

Other key lawyers:

Maria Katsigera-Irioti; Konstantinos Kakavoulis; Evangelia Nasiou

Testimonials

‘We value our cooperation with Ioannis Iriotis Law Firm. They have maintained the same high quality of services throughout the years and remain as efficient as ever, with an excellent team of experienced as well as young lawyers with whom we cooperate remarkably well.’

‘We have been working closely with the lawyers of the firm who are experts in criminal law. They have represented us successfully before Greek courts and other judicial authorities for several cases and have advised us on a number of crucial criminal matters, as they are specialized in this area of law and practice. They have always dealt with our cases in the outmost professional manner.’

‘Well-respected partners/lawyers. Highly experienced and professional. Accurate advice on the merits of the cases.’

‘Respect the client by providing the comfort and substance (basis deliverables) that the team is working to support the client. In terms of specific individuals: Mr. Vassilis Arvanitis has repeatedly exceeded expectations, very knowledgeable criminal lawyer, reachable to the client, while could effectively manage and run the cases for the benefit of the client. Mr. Ioannis Iriotis is an esteemed criminal lawyer with great experience and value added to the cases.’

‘Ioannis Iriotis Law Firm is one of the best law firms for white-collar crime matters. The lawyers of Ioannis Iriotis Law Firm have excellent knowledge of criminal law, as well as of criminal procedure. We mostly like their communication skills, because they immediately respond to any matter needed and they even provide us their legal opinion in writing. They are extremely capable of handling our cases and always advise us correctly on how to solve any issue. ‘

‘The lawyers of Iriotis Law Firm are characterized by their willingness to listen to our issues and show passion, dedication and professionalism. They have strong writing ability, and they analyze all the arguments very well to support our cases.’

‘The attorneys and the firm in general lead by Mr. Iriotis are an outstanding team not only in s national level for Greece but also of international caliber. Specifically they share an intense passion in analyzing law and great expertise in a wide range of legal matters period.’

‘Excellent training, confidentiality and prompt responses are some of the elements that characterize the company’s lawyers. They have longstanding experience before all Greek courts. Thus, they create a sense of security and certainty that any emerging issue will be addressed promptly and effectively, in the best possible way, always having as their main objective the best protection of your interests.’

Work highlights

  • Represented EDF before the Prosecutor of Athens in a case pertaining to fraud, bribery and money laundering, with a value of € 2.4m, that were committed against the company.

Bernitsas Law

Bernitsas Law covers the full spectrum of white-collar crime matters, representing companies and credit institutions in investigations and criminal and civil proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Panayotis Bernitsas and senior counsel Christos Paraskevopoulos, who are working with associate Pelina Leontiadou to represent the Greek subsidiary of a leading international retail company in criminal proceedings arising from claims of breach of trust, breaches of fiduciary duties and unfair competition, among others.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas; Christos Paraskevopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Evangelos Mamalakis; Pelina Leontiadou

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Bernitsas Law Firm for many years. Managing partner 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.’

Key clients

AMPNI

Kosmocar SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMPNI, a leading international marine fuel logistics company, in a complex and multifaceted dispute.
  • Represented Akazoo SA in €4.7m litigation proceedings.
  • Advised a leading international banking institution in disputes in relation to moral and actual damages, defamation and tort.