Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC
10 SOLONOS STREET
KOLONAKI
106 73 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC provides 'full coverage' across a wide range of litigation. The team has sound experience in IP disputes, encompassing patent and trade mark infringement cases and anti-counterfeiting litigation. Additional offerings include contentious competition and administrative cases, employment disputes and white-collar crime cases. Gregory Pelecanos, who has notable expertise in competition litigation as well as distribution and agency matters, co-heads the practice with managing and senior partner George Ballas. Employment litigation specialist Grace Katsoulis was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos; George Ballas

Other key lawyers:

Grace Katsoulis; George Moukas; Anthony Mavrides; Dimitrios Giannimaras; Alexander Rammos

Testimonials

‘Massively strong in international arbitration, litigation and criminal matters. I find them to be extraordinarily collaborative and creative in their problem solving.’

‘Gregory Pelecanos is one of the most prepared lawyers I have ever worked with. Over the span of more than 18 years, he has succeeded in solving many diverse client issues and done so in a way that has had a lasting positive impact for the client. He is one of the best cross-examiners that I’ve ever known.’

‘The team of litigators provide full coverage of our needs from competition, distribution and product liability to advertising, libel and slander, and employment.’

‘Their response time is immediate and does not sacrifice quality for speed.’

‘Grace Katsoulis is dedicated and always available.’

Key clients

Mercedes Benz Hellas S.A.

SLHRE NEWCO 2 S.R.L.

Amer Sports Export GmbH

S. Manzaropoulos SA.

FKG Dentaire SA

Toyota Materials Handling SA

Ford Motor Hellas S.A.

Volvo Car Hellas SA

De’ Longhi SPA

Teva Europe Pharmaceuticals

Pharmathen SA

Beiersdorf AG

Landis+Gyr A.G.

Europ Assistance SA (Greek Branch)

Delta Airlines

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Mercedes Benz Hellas in proceedings before the Administrative Supreme Court of Greece pertaining to the €84.5m fine imposed by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue.
  • Acted for Ford Motor Hellas in the management of its portfolio of product liability claims.
  • Acted for Pharmathen in two patent cancellation actions pertaining to dimethyl fumarate API in the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 2

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC is a 'one-stop-shop', as is reflected by its advice to global corporates and multinational conglomerates on abuse of dominance claims and cartel cases, merger control, state aid and public procurement/privatisation. Its recent work included advising Mercedez Benz Greece on competition law compliance in relation to the structure of its distribution system, commercial programmes and contractual relations with dealers and repairers. Gregory Pelecanos heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos

Other key lawyers:

Constantine Beikos Paschalis; Constantine Nastos; Maria-Angela Papageorghiou

Testimonials

‘Thorough analysis of EU and competition law issues; hard workers; result oriented team; fair pricing; detailed legal opinions; extremely flexible on meeting scheduling.’

‘Gregory Pelecanos has an in-depth knowledge of EU and competition law and practice issues. Gregory has organised a great, result-oriented team of hard workers. He is always available, weekends included, and he always provides well structured legal advice.’

‘We have worked with several Greek law firms but I must say that this firm is a level higher than the others.’

Key clients

Volvo Greece SA

De’longhi SpA

Ford Motor Greece SA

Mercedes Benz Greece S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised De’longhi SpA on competition law implications of the client’s e-commerce structure as well as compliance with EU and Greek regulatory authorities.
  • Advised Mercedes Benz Greece on competition law implications of the implementation of Project Focus.
  • Advised Ford Motor Greece on competition law compliance matters referring to structure of its distribution system, contractual relations with dealers and repairers and commercial programs.

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 2

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC advises clients on every aspect of patents and trade marks, including in the context of litigation, portfolio management and strategic advice. It exemplifies the 'expertise and experience of an IP boutique with the breadth of a full-service law firm'. George Ballas heads up the team. Vicky Xourafas is another notable individual, supporting the majority of IP cases.

Practice head(s):

George Ballas

Other key lawyers:

George Moukas; Vicky Xourafas

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and quick. I like their hands-on approach.’

‘George A. Ballas is an outstanding lawyer and highly-skilled in his field of IP law.’

‘George Moukas – excellent communication. Updated reports are comprehensive and sufficient information is provided to allow for good decision making.’

‘Knowledge; experience; understanding; application of Greek and European laws and practice.’

‘Ability to provide in-depth analysis based on comprehensive knowledge and experience of Greek and European patents systems.’

‘Mr. Ballas & his team have great experience in intellectual property and litigation. They provide fast, accurate & comprehensive advice even to those with no legal background. Court representation is flawless & intelligent.’

‘Their knowledge and experience are valuable. Not sure if this level of expertise can be found easily in Greece in the field of intellectual property.’

‘George Ballas – excellent advice and advocacy.’

Key clients

Visa International

Beiersdorf AG

Ericsson

Laboratoires La Prairie SA

Lafarge / Heracles Cement Company SA

Mercedes Benz Hellas S.A.

Dyson Technology Limited (UK)

Landis+Gyr A.G.

Vamvalis Foods SA

Teva Europe Pharmaceuticals

Sandoz Pharmaceuticals

Spotify

Facebook

Delta Airlines

Pharmathen SA

Eli Lilly & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised Visa International on managing its trade mark portfolio prosecutions in Greece.
  • Represented Teva Europe and Pharmathen SA in several patent infringement proceedings.
  • Advised Beiersdorf AG on managing its Greek trade mark portfolio, including assisting the client with several high-profile trade mark oppositions.

Greece > TMT Tier 3

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.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC stands out for its advice to the Greek subsidiaries of major multinationals on establishing new corporations, compliance issues, and acquisitions and investments in the local market. In particular, the team has expertise in the automotive, technology and energy sectors. Gregory Pelecanos and Grace Katsoulis lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Pelecanos; Grace Katsoulis

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Konstantakopoulos; Nikoletta Nagy

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, competitive rates, easy and friendly to deal with.’

‘Gregory Pelecanos is approachable, easy to deal with, knowledgeable and immediately puts you at ease.’

‘In my opinion, it is the people at the firm that make it unique and special. They have great communication in both Greek and English. They are very responsive and help with coordinating many different teams.’

‘My team’s main point of contact is Grace Katsoulis, and she has been instrumental in making all of the work as smooth a process as possible. Over the years, the global climate has made some aspects of international business difficult. Grace and her team have adapted to all changes and never let it affect the service they provide.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Ford Motor

Volvo Car

Ralph Lauren

Ermenegildo Zegna

Europ Assistance (Greek branch)

Hitachi

Mexx Fashion

Capture One

SAS Institute

Work highlights

  • Assisted Microsoft with establishing a commercial entity to run new data centres as part of the set up of a Microsoft cloud region in Greece.
  • Advised Capture One on establishing Capture One Hellas, its Greek subsidiary.
  • Advised Volvo Greece on the provision of corporate maintenance and commercial services relating to the launch of the V40 EV Recharge motor vehicle.

Greece > Employment

Newly promoted partner Grace Katsoulis leads the team at Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC, which advises global groups and corporations on the employment aspects of their activities in Greece.
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Company and commercial
Corporate
Foreign investments
Privatisation and projects
Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate finance
EU and competition (unfair and antitrust)
Industrial and intellectual property
Patents, trade marks, designs (including litigation)
Copyright and allied rights (including litigation)
Licences, franchising
Contract
Litigation and arbitration
Energy
Number of lawyers : 29
English
French
German
Italian
Counterforce Network
International Bar Association
European Patent Institute
Association of European Lawyers
International Trademark Association
Lexing-Advanced Technology Law Network
Contact : George A Ballas
: Formerly Simitis Law Offices, established in 1930