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Anagnostopoulos has a superb reputation for white-collar criminal defence, and Prof Ilias Anagnostopoulos is undoubtedly one of the leading lawyers and litigators in the market. The firm represents corporates and individuals on all areas of criminal litigation, including regulatory offences, corporate fraud, corruption and insider dealing. The firm also has a strong track record in asset tracing and recovery.

Ioannis Giannidis Law Firm is, for some, 'the top criminal legal practice in white-collar crime' and has become 'an essential legal partner for the most important industry players in Greece'. The firm advises on criminal risk mitigation, as well as financial crime, corporate criminal liability, criminal negligence and corruption matters. Many clients consider the firm's name partner Ioannis Giannidis 'a brilliant and a renowned professor with vast experience', while Panagiotis Koureleas is 'an excellent criminal litigator with a charisma to think proactively'.

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is no stranger to major international and domestic fraud cases, in which the firm represents companies and high-net-worth individuals. The firm has recently been representing a private client involved in a multimillion-Euro fraud and bankruptcy case. Kriton Metaxopoulos is very active in this area.

Bernitsas Law represents corporate clients in corporate crime and fraud cases. This includes representing major international clients in cases involving alleged bribery, corruption and insolvency fraud. Christos Paraskevopoulos  is a certified fraud examiner, while partners such as Panayotis Bernitsas are also heavily involved in this area.

Dryllerakis & Associates has several litigation partners with strong expertise in this area, notably John Damilakis and Vassilis Constantinidis. The firm continues to defend the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund against civil and criminal claims concerning alleged embezzlement of funds in Proton Bank. Other major clients include Aegean Airlines, Henkel, Nutreco and Praktiker.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has an active white-collar crime team jointly led by John Kyriakides and specialist litigator Panos Alexandris. The firm is often involved in high-stakes cross-border cases and regularly represents clients before the investigatory authorities. The firm has recently been involved in significant cases in the financial services and food sectors.

Machas & Partners Law Firm has built up a strong reputation advising clients on white-collar crime and civil fraud cases, which remain a key component of the firm's wider disputes and regulatory offering. The firm continues to advise the former board of directors of the Hellenic Football Federation against allegations of extortion, bribery and embezzlement. The firm is also representing Sciens International Investments in a €35m fraud case implicating the owner and management of a Greek credit institution. Petros Machas is very experienced.

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has an 'international mindset and the highest professional and ethical standards'. The 'efficient' team is led by Konstantinos Papadiamantis, who has over twenty years of experience in this area and 'inspires respect and has a deep sense of responsibility'. The firm regularly advises on anti-money laundering issues, tax offences, and corporate and banking fraud. The firm recently advised Citibank on a significant credit card fraud case, as well as the fraudulent activity of an employee. The team is also representing Charalampos Siganos, the ex-CEO of Hellenic Postbank accused of breach of trust.

Sarantitis can often be found working on major white-collar crime cases, thanks in part to the experience of its well-respected practice head Maria Papamichalopoulou. The firm regularly represents individuals and companies, and has recently been instructed in significant fraud cases in the real estate and banking sectors.

Zepos & Yannopoulos has a long-standing track record in domestic and cross-border white-collar crime matters. This goes beyond litigation work and also includes preventive consulting and compliance audits. Takis Kakouris and of counsel Grigoris Troufakos are both highly experienced in this area. Recent clients include Verbund, MBT and Pearson Education.

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