Firm Profile > Bernitsas Law > Athens, Greece

Bernitsas Law
5 LYKAVITTOU STREET
106 72 ATHENS
Greece

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

'Among the top teams in the Greek market', Bernitsas Law acts for clients including major domestic and international banks, investment firms and insurance companies. Nikos Papachristopoulos handles primary listings and secondary offerings of securities, with further expertise in M&A financing. He jointly leads the department with Athanasia Tsene, whose specialisms include the secondary market for NPLs, international finance transactions, financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas also has extensive experience in this space, while senior associate Dionysis Flambouras has an excellent reputation for bond issuances, securitisations and financing arrangements. Other fronts on which the group excels are financial services regulation, foreign direct investments and refinancings.

Practice head(s):

Athanasia Tsene; Nikos Papachristopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Panayotis Bernitsas; Dionysis Flambouras

Testimonials

‘The team is highly skilled in the field and provides prompt and accurate responses to our problems and requests. Their banking and finance team is among the top teams in the Greek market.’

‘Athanasia Tsene is always available when needed and has extensive knowledge of the field.’

‘In-depth knowledge of a great variety of areas of law, including everything related to the banking sector.’

‘Athanasia Tsene and Dionysis Flambouras are both a pleasure to work with. Athanasia is the person to ask if a complex legal issue arises.’

‘ A diverse team with particular strength (probably best in the country) in both debt and equity capital markets transactions in Greece.’

‘Very experienced, with thorough knowledge of the Greek equity and debt capital markets, well established and very well connected with the regulators and local authorities, responsive and close to the customer.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. We have worked together on several transactions now and I can always rely on them to support us on transactions from a Greek law perspective. Technically very able. In my view Bernitsas is one of the top Greek firms in the market.’

‘Athanasia Tsene and Nikos Papachristopoulos are both key contacts. Very technically able, and also take a commercial approach on transactions. They are also always extremely available and reliable.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Amerra Capital Management LLC

Apollo Global Management

Banca Farmafactoring SpA

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BNP Paribas

Cepal SA

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

CVC Capital Partners

Davidson Kempner European Partners LLP

Deutsche Bank

Ellaktor SA

Ellington Management Group

Elpedison Power SA

Eurobank Ergasias

Hellenic Petroleum

Hoist Finance AB (publ)

Hoist Hellas SA

HSBC

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Intrum AB (publ)

JP Morgan

Kaican Group

Link Group

Morgan Stanley

Motor Oil Group

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

Mytilineos SA

N.M. Rothschilds and Sons Limited

National Bank of Greece

Olympic Commercial and Tourism Enterprises SA (Avis Hellas)

PIMCO

Piraeus Bank

RIA Payment Institution

Shikun & Binui

Societe Anonyme of Maintenance Compulsory Stocks and Trading of Crude Oil

Société Générale

Thea Artemis

Titan Group

Trastor REIC

Värde Partners

Western Union

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Bernitsas Law is a go-to name for a broad variety of corporate and commercial matters, including commercial agreements, privatisations, corporate governance and restructurings, compliance issues and high-value M&A, with expertise in the acquisition of Greek businesses by private equity funds and international investors. Lambros Belessis heads the department together with Nikos Papachristopoulos, who is noted for his strength in take-over bids and corporate restructurings. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is also active in this space, and Evi Kitsou focuses on regulatory compliance and commercial agreements. The team also advises insurance companies on insurance portfolio transactions; other sectors of expertise include finance, energy, transport and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Nikos Papachristopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Evi Kitsou; Panayotis Bernitsas; Yannis Seiradakis; Linda Vasaka

Testimonials

‘An excellent law firm across a range of corporate law matters. It has had a stable partner base over a number of years, and has highly experienced banking and M&A teams.’

‘Pleasant to work with, readily available, hardworking and diligent, with excellent negotiating skills.’

‘A highly experienced and professional team with very broad knowledge of legal issues that a corporation may need for its business.’

‘We value their knowledge, experience, professionalism, hard work and availability. Moreover, their advice does not stick only to the legal aspects of a deal but they are able to assist the client with overcoming the difficulties arising over negotiations to successfully conclude the deal. This is always combined with their ability to correctly present all the risks to the client and assist with evaluating them.’

‘The team has hands-on experience in a diverse range of corporate matters and provides sound and pragmatic advice in a timely, concise and efficient manner. In addition, they have a very good understanding of in-house practice, which is very important and helpful.’

‘Lambros Belessis is very professional, has deep knowledge of a variety of matters and provides business-oriented and straightforward advice. Evi Kitsou has extensive knowledge and experience in regulatory matters; she is responsive and combines strategic thinking with care for details. They are both a pleasure to work with.’

Nikos Papachristopoulos is always available and willing to help deal with complex matters.’

Key clients

Alvarez & Marsal

AIG Group of Companies

Amerra Capital Management LLC

Apivita SA

BMW Group of Companies

CRS Liknoss SA

CVC

Cyprus Popular Bank Co Ltd.

CYTA Cyprus

Diesel Hellas Sa

ELLAKTOR SA

Etraveli

Eurobank

Fresenius Kabi Hellas SA

Hellenic Healthcare Sàrl

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Hipoges Iberia SL

Investment Bank of Greece SA

Kosmocar SA

Link Group

Lundbeck Hellas SA

Media Saturn Holding GmbH

Mubadala Industry Holding Company PSJC

National Bank of Greece

PUMA AG / PUMA SA

RCS Europe Sarl

Solvay Chimika SA

The Hellenic Republic

UPS of Greece

Värde Partners

Vinci Energies

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bernitsas Law’s ‘very experienced and highly professional dispute resolution practice has a formidable reputation in administrative, compliance, banking, insolvency, commercial and corporate crime-related disputes, with a track record of appearing before both the Greek and European courts in addition to arbitral tribunals. 'Successful administrative law litigatorDimitris Roussis leads the practice with Christos Paraskevopoulos, who is a leading name for commercial proceedings, particularly in the automobile, pharmaceuticals, clothing manufacturing, insurance and cosmetics sectors. At the junior end, ‘excellent senior associate Evangelos Mamalakis specialises in commercial and financial contract litigation and Pelina Leontiadou focuses on employment, insurance and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Roussis; Christos Paraskevopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Evangelos Mamalakis; Pelina Leontiadou; Panayotis Bernitsas; Stella Papakosta

Testimonials

‘Bernitsas Law has a team of litigation lawyers who are dedicated to their clients, highly professional and experts in their specialist areas. They are very prompt with their responses and their legal opinions are always very clear and informed.’

‘We are very happy with the way Christos Paraskevopoulos and Pelina Leontiadou have handled our cases over the last seven-plus years and the results achieved in a string of very complicated and difficult cases.’

‘Professionalism, expertise, responsiveness, flexibilty.’

‘Professionals with 360-degree expertise and a high level of responsiveness.’

‘A very experienced and highly professional team that is constantly available, providing speedy and reliable services. They assess cases not only from a legal  perspective but also from a strategic business point of view, which is extremely important for clients. They are very competent, highly committed and effective even under very pressing deadlines.’

‘Very assertive lawyers who deliver results.’

‘The whole team is very efficient, high qualified and professional.’

‘Panayotis Bernitsas is without doubt a leading litigator – he is excellent and highly appreciated. Dimitris Roussis is a highly qualified and successful administrative law litigator. Stella Papakosta is an efficient lawyer in administrative law litigation. Evangelos Mamalakis is an excellent litigator – he pays attention to the details, organises cases perfectly, provides excellent arguments, and never gives up!’

Key clients

Apivita SA

BMW Hellas SA

Cana Pharmaceuticals SA

CNP Zois SA

Diesel SA

Hellenic Petroleum

Japan Tobacco International

Orion Pharma SA

Viomes SA

Wind Telecommunications SA

Energy Tier 1

Bernitsas Law is a one-stop shop for market-leading energy matters; it handles major conventional energy transactions while also advising on the full life cycle of major projects and compliance with the relevant regulatory and legislative requirements. In addition, the team is a go-to option for environmental law matters and is notably active in the renewable space, where it advises on wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal schemes. Department head Yannis Seiradakis advises on the structuring, development, financing and implementation of major projects and transactions, and is closely supported by Eleni Stazilova, a specialist in energy-related public procurement and PPP. The team also handles gas transportation and storage and supply of energy mandates, in addition to transmission and distribution network matters. In addition to renewables, it has specialist expertise in the hydrocarbon, oil and gas, electricity, water and mining sub-sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yannis Seiradakis

Other key lawyers:

Eleni Stazilova; Panayotis Bernitsas

Key clients

Alpha Bank

China Three Gorges

CNIC Corporation Limited

Gastrade SA

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Hellenic Republic

ICGB AD

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power

Motor Oil

National Bank of Greece SA

Pimco

PPC

RWE Supply & Trading

Solarmacht

Vinci Energies

YHS STRYMON SA

EU and competition Tier 1

Combining a ‘thorough knowledge of competition issues with ‘business acumen’, Bernitsas Law is a go-to option for a broad array of EU and competition matters. The department is headed by Marina Androulakakis, who ‘inspires confidence’ when advising on antitrust, merger control and regulatory compliance matters. 'Extraordinary' managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is also active in this space, with a long-established reputation for high-profile cartel cases heard before the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC). In addition, counsel Augustine Almyroudi’s core strengths lie in state aid, compliance matters, and internal and regulatory investigations, while ‘driven' senior associate Tania Patsalia is highly acclaimed for her advice on the competition law elements of commercial arrangements. Other areas of expertise include market and sector investigations, abuse of dominance cases, EU public procurement rules and the EU law aspects of commercial, corporate and banking transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marina Androulakakis

Other key lawyers:

Tania Patsalia; Augustine Almyroudi; Panayotis Bernitsas

Testimonials

‘The entire team has business acumen and understanding; it is results-oriented and offers great value to businesses.’

‘Panayotis Bernitsas understands his clients’ needs. He combines his advanced academic credentials with a very practical approach that enables him to liaise easily with clients. Marina Androulakakis is thorough and persistent, she inspires confidence and is extremely trustworthy.’

‘Exceptionally good professionals, with a thorough knowledge of competition issues and a very good understanding of business. All are individuals of great integrity and they work very well as a team.’

‘Panayotis Bernitsas is an extraordinary legal practitioner with deep knowledge of EU and competition matters and business awareness. Marina Androulakakis is an excellent lawyer with a deep and broad understanding competition law. Tania Patsalia is trustworthy and driven.’

‘Competence and clarity.’

‘We got a positive decision in a complicated matter thanks to Tania Patsalia and Marina Androulakakis.’

Key clients

AIG Group

Andromeda Group

Attica Group

Bristol Myers Squibb

BMW Hellas SA

CVC

Hellenic Fuels (formerly BP Hellas)

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Hellenic Republic

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH

Ocean Rail Logistics SA (member of the COSCO Group)

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ and ‘business-orientated’ practice at Bernitsas Law is noted for its capacity in complex project finance matters. The team represents institutions, major lending banks, commercial financers, projects sponsors and construction companies, among others, in domestic and cross-border projects. It has been involved in the PPP space since its inception in Greece, recently acting on significant motorway, student accommodation and school projects, and also holds a track record of involvement in some of the country’s most high-profile privatisations. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is extremely experienced in major renewable and conventional energy projects, as well as those in the infrastructure space, and has frequently served as a government adviser on privatisation matters. In addition, Dimitris Roussis is a specialist in PPP projects, representing both strategic investors and participants, while Yannis Seiradakis and senior associate Stella Papakosta are hailed as ‘probably the best project finance lawyers in the country’. Projects in the transport, telecoms and waste management sectors are also fields of activity.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas; Dimitris Roussis; Yannis Seiradakis

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Papachristopoulos; Stella Papakosta

Testimonials

‘A very good team with an excellent structure and understanding of the market. They really know all the relevant stakeholders and can make a difference in competitive processes.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis and Nikos Papachristopoulos are very responsive and provide work of the highest quality. Stella Papakosta is one to watch; she is very proactive and diligent.’

‘This team is available 24/7 to advise the client on complicated project finance issues, with a serious, business-oriented perspective. They possess solid, in-depth knowledge of the Greek and international markets.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis and Stella Papakosta are simply outstanding. They are probably the best project finance lawyers in the country!’

‘Great professionalism, business acumen, immediate responses, dedication, expanded and in-depth knowledge.’

‘Yannis Seiradakis is exceptional – he has a great professional record and is an expert with a strong intellect and business mind, working closely with the client and dedicating himself to each project.’

Key clients

Credit Agricole

Ellaktor SA

Equitix Partners

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gastrade SA

Grant Thornton

Hellenic Petroleum SA

ICGB AD

Motor Oil

Mytilineos Group

National Bank of Greece SA

Olympia Odos SA

PPC

The Hellenic Republic

Statkraft

Vinci Group

Vodafone

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Bernitsas Law advises on cross-border finance, distribution network and company restructurings, and M&A pertaining to distressed companies and assets. The team is also equipped to handle administrations, workouts, debt rescheduling, liquidations and receiverships, relevant investigations, bankruptcy and liquidation disputes, as well as restructuring-related IP and employment law mandates. Athanasia Tsene is renowned for financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings; she heads the department alongside Lambros Belessis, whose primary focus is the corporate restructuring of multinationals active in Greece. Another key contact is senior associate Dionysis Flambouras, who specialises in rehabilitations, financing arrangements and securitisations. The team regularly advises the Greek government on the restructuring of state-owned companies, but is active in an impressive array of industries, including insurance, technology, energy, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Athanasia Tsene

Other key lawyers:

Panayotis Bernitsas; Dionysis Flambouras

Key clients

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.

Eurobank Ergasias

Ellington Funds

Hellenic Petroleum SA

Hoist Hellas SA and Hoist Finance AB

Intrum AB

Piraeus Bank

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Thea Artemis SA

Thomas Cook Group Tour Operations Limited (in liquidation)

TMT Tier 1

Lawyers of Bernitsas Law deliver ‘perfect consultancy’ on regulatory compliance, licensing, data protection, commercial agreements, corporate transactions, reporting requirements and TMT-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to IT contracts and systems procurement. The team represents a broad array of clients, including technology companies, television, radio station and newspaper groups, and telecoms providers, among others, and has been extremely active in respect of GDPR in recent years, supporting on a number of compliance projects. Department head Augustine Almyroudi is an M&A, privatisation and joint venture specialist while Marina Androulakakis is an acclaimed name for EU and competition matters in the TMT sector. Senior associate Tania Patsalia supports telecoms operators on licensing requirements, annual reporting obligations and the launch of new services.

Practice head(s):

Augustine Almyroudi

Other key lawyers:

Marina Androulakakis; Tania Patsalia

Testimonials

‘Results were delivered on time and covered all requested specifications.’

‘The professionalism was outstanding.’

‘Very strong and efficient team; excellent level of services; prompt and accurate input; high level of professionalism; deep knowledge of the relevant subjects.’

‘Very deep knowledge of the topics and of the market. Easily accessible for questions, friendly and organised, with a high level of experience in the specified topics and a high quality of work. In addition, they provided prompt input and were very efficient, even in very difficult or complicated cases.’

‘They cautiously give answers, taking into consideration different parameters. A highly professional attitude with appropriate knowledge and perfect consultancy.’

‘The team is brilliant to work with; their research and development of the case and how quickly they are able to grasp information to a very high level is outstanding. They make themselves available at all times in order to help their clients. We were very happy with their work on our case.’

‘Brilliant team members who ensured an outstanding result for our case.’

‘Dedicated team members, who strive for the best outcomes.’

Key clients

Acun Media Group

BMW Group

Employment Tier 2

Bernitsas Law fields a team which is ‘fully up-to-date on any labour law developments’, headed by the ‘exceptionalKatia Papantonopoulou, a specialist in regulatory and legislative matters, employment contracts and collective dismissals. In addition, her team has extensive experience in collective agreements, industrial relations and employee-related fringe benefits, pensions, and compensation mandates, as well as handling a number of contentious affairs, such as dismissal, accident at work and professional liability claims. Of late, it has also handled a number of employment-related due diligence projects arising from major M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Katia Papantonopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Maria Kloni

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of legislation through the last year when there were a lot of changes in Greek labour law due to the Covid-19 situation.’

‘Responsive and give clear instructions.’

‘The team is fully up-to-date on any labour law developments and is able to provide credible information and advice which facilitates the decision-making from the customer side.’

‘Response to our requests are always provided within the day or the next day at the latest.’

‘Katia Papantonopoulou’s professionalism is exceptional. She always makes time to receive calls and requests, providing accurate feedback and advice. During the Covid-19 labour law developments, she was a trusted partner for our firm and our group, providing us with credible information and advice, shortly after the official announcements by the government. She is also very organised and a really pleasant personality to work with.’

Key clients

Bank of China (Athens branch)

BMW Hellas SA

BMW Austria Bank

Bristol Myers Squibb

CVC Capital Partners

Monster Energy Europe Limited

Sealed Air

Insurance Tier 2

Bernitsas Law fields a 'dedicated', 'highly professional' and 'expert' team with expertise that covers insurance contracts and commercial agreements, bancassurance undertakings, portfolio transactions, and compliance with regulations and legislation, as well as support on the full array of day-to-day issues such as social security and employment issues. The team led by Lambros Belessis is also notably active on the contentious front, acting on claim distribution, contractual documentation, regulatory enforcement and insolvency-related disputes, among others. Of late, the team has noted an uptick in insurance-related M&A mandates, especially those involving foreign investors.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis

Other key lawyers:

Christos Paraskevopoulos; Evi Kitsou

Testimonials

‘Bernitsas Law Firm has a team of lawyers who are dedicated to their clients, highly professional and experts in their fields of specialisation. They are very prompt with their responses and their legal opinions are always very clear and informed. It is important for us to receive a reliable legal opinion very quickly and to be able to talk to the right lawyer when we need to. In other firms that do not have the organisational structure of Bernitsas, it can take ages to receive the requested legal opinion or to be able to talk with a specific lawyer.’

‘We work closely with Lambros Belessis and Evi Kitsou. We have an excellent working relationship with them and their team and they are always available to offer their expert legal opinions and advice.’

Key clients

AIG

AXA Insurance SA

CNP Zois SA

CNP Asfalistiki Ltd (Greek Branch)

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Bernitsas Law’s real estate and construction department is particularly active on the development front, supporting clients at every stage of commercial, tourism, residential and industrial projects. It is also regularly engaged for corporate transactions involving real estate companies and asset portfolios, as well as planning, land use, zoning and environmental matters. Headed by Panayotis Bernitsas, an expert in portfolio investments, the team frequently advises banks, funds and real estate companies on financing matters and is also well equipped to assist with related tax considerations. Other clients include retailers, real estate trusts, construction and development companies, the Greek state and the Greek Orthodox Church. The ‘amazingNikos Vouhiounis provides distinguished expertise in real estate privatisation tender procedures, in addition to the acquisition and development of tourist facilities, commercial malls and offices. Fellow senior associate Christina Zakopoulou is likewise a name to note, specialising  in construction contracts and large-scale land development projects.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Vouhiounis; Christina Zakopoulou

Testimonials

‘ It is a great team, they are always available and know the market very well.’

‘ Nikos Vouhiounis is a great lawyer, with a great understanding of the commercial issues at play.’

‘Bernitsas Law Firm combines many years of legal experience in virtually all specialties of Greek and international law, from M&A to finance, real estate, and employment statutes. Their legal staff provide an accessible and efficient service throughout the whole country.’

‘Christina Zakopoulou brings professionalism and understanding to complex issues. She makes the client’s problems her own.’

‘They speak very good English and they are always available.’

‘Nikos Vouhiounis is amazing – someone you can trust and rely on.’

Key clients

LBRINT

Rocco Forte Hotels

SMB CAPITAL

The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Tax Tier 2

Hailed for its ‘knowledge of complex legislation’, Bernitsas Law has had an active few years in terms of advising multinationals on recent changes to Greek tax law. Its other core fields of specific expertise include source of funds declarations, VAT refund claims, tax planning on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and personal tax liabilities. The team is also well equipped to support on investigations, disputes, corporate advisory and transactional matters. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is extensively experienced in tax structuring, wealth planning and contentious affairs, and counsel Fotodotis Malamas is an ‘exceptional tax lawyer’ with expertise in tax-efficient structures, direct and indirect tax liability, compliance and due diligence reviews.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas

Other key lawyers:

Fotodotis Malamas

Testimonials

‘High level of responsiveness and clear answers.’

‘The people who deal with tax issues have a very good and detailed knowledge not only of the tax legislation but also of the financial issues.’

‘Very deep knowledge of their field, good communication and availability.’

‘They have advanced knowledge of complex legislation and can provide solutions to various issues in the area.’

‘Fotodotis Malamas is an exceptional tax lawyer with deep knowledge of the field.’

‘The team always keeps us up to speed with all tax legislative changes in the country.’

‘Fotodotis Malamas is an highly responsive professional with deep knowledge of the tax legislation in Greece, providing clear and up-to-date advice on time.’

Key clients

Apollo

CVC

Thomas Cook

White-collar crime Tier 2

Recommended for its ‘professionalism and high level of responsiveness’, Bernitsas Law is adept in handling fraud, corruption, anti-bribery, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence proceedings, and the practice also has an emphasis on liability assessment. Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas and Christos Paraskevopoulos jointly lead the team, which is particularly active in cases in the banking, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobile, clothing and apparel sectors.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Bernitsas; Christos Paraskevopoulos

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and high level of responsiveness.’

Key clients

AMPNI

Kosmocar SA

Intellectual property Tier 3

Leveraging ‘deep knowledge of IP issues’ and a ‘proactive’ service, Bernitsas Law is proficient in the creation, registration, protection and utilisation of patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights. The team is also frequently engaged for IP-related sales, purchases and transfers, also handling licensing, franchising and sponsorship agreements in addition to portfolio due diligence. Lambros Belessis and Yannis Chryssospathis jointly lead the department, which has recently seen an uptick in instructions from the cosmetics, shipping and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Belessis; Yannis Chryssospathis

Other key lawyers:

Marina Androulakakis; Aristeidis Papathanasiou

Testimonials

‘Proactive, professional, efficient and to the point, with deep knowledge of IP issues.’

‘Lambros Belessis and Aristeidis Papathanasiou are excellent lawyers, efficient and responsive.’

Key clients

BMW Group

F. Hoffman – La Roche AG

Kosmocar SA

The firm: Bernitsas Law is a market leader in the provision of commercial law services in Greece and one of the largest firms in the country. The firm has unrivalled experience in both benchmark and mainstream domestic and cross-border transactions and has acted in many of the significant and often pioneering matters to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value over the last three decades.

We are leaders in the corporate, commercial and finance sectors, specialising in foreign direct investment, banking, capital markets, funds, energy, projects, privatisation and real estate transactions. We offer expert practices in employment, EU, competition & antitrust, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, public procurement and tax, and in the aviation, environment, insurance, life sciences and healthcare and telecommunications, media and technology industries. Our litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice is recognised for its track record in significant administrative, civil and commercial and corporate crime disputes, some of which have created precedents.

We deliver an international level of service. A substantial part of the firm’s practice concentrates on complex domestic and cross-border transactions and disputes and our work is consistently recognised by all the major international legal directories. We count industry front-runners, listed and private companies, supranational, global and national entities and corporations, and small and medium sized enterprises from all the major sectors among our clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Katia Papantonopoulou kpapantonopoulou@bernitsaslaw.com
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Nikos Papachristopoulos npapachristopoulos@bernitsaslaw.com
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Athanasia Tsene atsene@bernitsaslaw.com
Corporate and M&A Lambros Belessis lbelessis@bernitsaslaw.com
Corporate and M&A Nikos Papachristopoulos npapachristopoulos@bernitsaslaw.com
Employment Katia Papantonopoulou kpapantonopoulou@bernitsaslaw.com
Energy and Environment Panayotis Bernitsas pbernitsas@bernitsaslaw.com
Energy and Environment Yannis Seiradakis yseiradakis@bernitsaslaw.com
EU, Competition and Antitrust Marina Androulakakis mandroulakakis@bernitsaslaw.com
EU, Competition and Antitrust Augustine Almyroudi aalyroudi@bernitsaslaw.com
Human Rights Domna Mirasyesi dmirasyesi@bernitsaslaw.com
Insurance Lambros Belessis lbelessis@bernitsaslaw.com
Insurance Evi Kitsou ekitsou@bernitsaslaw.com
Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Privacy Lambros Belessis lbelessis@bernitsaslaw.com
Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Privacy Yannis Chryssospathis ychryssospathis@bernitsaslaw.com
Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Christos Paraskevopoulos cparaskevopoulos@bernitsaslaw.com
Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Dimitris Roussis droussis@bernitsaslaw.com
Life Sciences and Healthcare Yannis Chryssospathis ychryssospathis@bernitsaslaw.com
Life Sciences and Healthcare Ria Venaki rvenaki@bernitsaslaw.com
Privatisations Nikos Papachristopoulos npapachristopoulos@bernitsaslaw.com
Privatisations Dimitris Roussis droussis@bernitsaslaw.com
Privatisations Yannis Seiradakis yseiradakis@bernitsaslaw.com
Project Finance & Public Private Partnerships Panayotis Bernitsas pbernitsas@bernitsaslaw.com
Project Finance & Public Private Partnerships Yannis Seiradakis yseiradakis@bernitsaslaw.com
Public Procurement Dimitris Roussis droussis@bernitsaslaw.com
Real Estate Panayotis Bernitsas pbernitsas@bernitsaslaw.com
Real Estate Nikos Vouhiounis nvouhiounis@bernitsaslaw.com
Tax Panayotis Bernitsas pbernitsas@bernitsaslaw.com
Tax Fotodotis Malamas fmalamas@bernitsaslaw.com
Telecommunications, Media & Technology Augustine Almyroudi aalmyroudi@bernitsaslaw.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Augustine Almyroudi  photo Ms Augustine Almyroudi CounselAugustine joined the Firm in 1992 and is Head of the Telecommunications,…
Ms Chryssa Andresaki  photo Ms Chryssa Andresaki Junior Associate Chryssa acts in civil and commercial disputes. She acts in…
Ms Marina Androulakakis  photo Ms Marina Androulakakis PartnerMarina joined the Firm in 1997 and is Head of the EU,…
Mr Lambros Belessis  photo Mr Lambros Belessis PartnerLambros joined the Firm in 2000 and is Head of the Insurance…
Mr Panayotis Bernitsas  photo Mr Panayotis Bernitsas Managing PartnerPanayotis is the Managing Partner. His active, broad-based commercial practice incorporates…
Mr Yannis Chryssospathis  photo Mr Yannis Chryssospathis PartnerYannis joined the Firm in 1983 and is Head of the Life…
Mr Dionysis Flambouras  photo Mr Dionysis Flambouras Senior AssociateDionysis is a senior associate at the Firm which he joined…
Ms Sildia Fotopoulou  photo Ms Sildia Fotopoulou Junior Associate Sildia is a junior associate with the Firm which she…
Ms Kelly Hatzigaki  photo Ms Kelly Hatzigaki Junior Associate Kelly is a junior associate with the Firm which she…
Ms Anastasia Kaiara  photo Ms Anastasia Kaiara AssociateAnastasia is an associate at the Firm which she joined in 2017.…
Mr Vangelis Kalogiannis  photo Mr Vangelis Kalogiannis Junior Associate Vangelis is a junior associate with the firm which he…
Ms Fotini Karra  photo Ms Fotini Karra AssociateFotini is an associate with the Firm which she joined in 2018.…
Ms Konstantina Karveli  photo Ms Konstantina Karveli Associate Konstantina is an associate with the Firm which she joined in…
Ms Evi Kitsou  photo Ms Evi Kitsou PartnerEvi has been with the Firm since 2000 and is an expert…
Ms Maria Kloni  photo Ms Maria Kloni Senior AssociateMaria is a senior associate at the Firm which she joined…
Ms Sofia Kontou  photo Ms Sofia Kontou Senior AssociateSofia is a senior associate with the Firm which she joined…
Ms Zoe Koutsiafti  photo Ms Zoe Koutsiafti Junior Associate Zoe is a junior associate at the Firm which she…
Ms Maria Krika  photo Ms Maria Krika Junior AssociateMaria is a junior associate at the Firm which she joined…
Mr Fanis Krystallis  photo Mr Fanis Krystallis AssociateFanis is an associate at the Firm which he joined in 2018.…
Ms Pelina Leontiadou  photo Ms Pelina Leontiadou AssociatePelina is an associate with the Firm which she joined in 2007.…
Ms Mara Lissari  photo Ms Mara Lissari AssociateMara is specialised in all aspects of administrative and public law and…
Mr Fotodotis Malamas  photo Mr Fotodotis Malamas CounselFotodotis has been with the Firm since 2014. He is specialised in…
Mr Evangelos Mamalakis  photo Mr Evangelos Mamalakis Senior AssociateEvangelos is a senior associate at the Firm which he joined…
Ms Domna Mirasyesi  photo Ms Domna Mirasyesi PartnerDomna has been with the Firm since 1986 and is Head of…
Mr Nikos Papachristopoulos  photo Mr Nikos Papachristopoulos PartnerNikos joined the Firm in 1995 and is Joint Head of the…
Ms Stella Papakosta  photo Ms Stella Papakosta Senior Associate Stella is a senior associate at the Firm which she…
Ms Katia Papantonopoulou  photo Ms Katia Papantonopoulou CounselKatia has been with the Firm since 2000 and is Head of…
Mr Aristeidis Papathanasiou  photo Mr Aristeidis Papathanasiou AssociateAristeidis is an associate at the Firm which he joined in 2018.…
Mr Christos Paraskevopoulos  photo Mr Christos Paraskevopoulos PartnerChristos joined the Firm in 2000 and is Joint Head of the…
Ms Tania Patsalia  photo Ms Tania Patsalia Senior AssociateTania is a senior associate at the Firm which she joined…
 Yannis Potamias  photo Yannis Potamias Associate Yannis is an associate at the Firm which he first joined…
Mr Dimitris Roussis  photo Mr Dimitris Roussis PartnerDimitris joined the Firm in 1997 and is Head of the Public…
Mr Yannis Seiradakis  photo Mr Yannis Seiradakis PartnerYannis joined the Firm in 2004 and is Head of the Energy…
Ms Iris Sotiriou  photo Ms Iris Sotiriou AssociateIris is an associate at the Firm which she joined in 2010.…
Ms Eleni Stazilova  photo Ms Eleni Stazilova Senior AssociateEleni is a senior associate at the Firm which she joined…
Ms Athanasia Tsene  photo Ms Athanasia Tsene PartnerAthanasia joined the Firm in 2001 and is Joint Head of the…
Ms Linda Vasaka  photo Ms Linda Vasaka CounselLinda has been with the Firm since 1984. She is an expert…
Ms Ria Venaki  photo Ms Ria Venaki Senior AssociateRia is a senior associate with the Firm which she joined…
Ms Dimitra Vitogianni  photo Ms Dimitra Vitogianni Junior AssociateDimitra is a junior associate with the Firm which she joined…
Mr Nikos Vouhiounis  photo Mr Nikos Vouhiounis Senior AssociateNikos is a senior associate at the Firm, which he joined…
Ms Christina Zakopoulou  photo Ms Christina Zakopoulou Senior AssociateChristina is a senior associate at the Firm which she joined…
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Bernitsas Law promotes and applies the principles of non-discrimination, fairness and equal opportunities to the way it works and delivers its services, all aspects of its professional dealings and all its policies and procedures. This includes its relationships with clients, suppliers and third parties, the engagement of professional services and the instruction of experts. We are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects and is representative of the community in which we are active, to offering all our people the same opportunities to achieve their full potential and to creating a healthy, cooperative and happy work environment based on diversity and inclusion.

We apply a non-discriminatory, equal opportunities policy to the recruitment, compensation, advancement and progression of all our lawyers and staff. This is based on merit, qualifications and abilities and is irrespective of race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, gender, disability, age, maternity and pregnancy, marital status, religion, belief and faith, sexual orientation or whether they are a permanent, temporary, part-time or fixed-term member of staff or lawyer. We wholly comply with the legislation and regulations in place governing employment and implement best practices.


Bernitsas Law is a market leader in the provision of commercial law services in Greece and one of the largest firms in the country. We deliver an international level of service. A substantial part of the Firm’s practice concentrates on complex cross-border transactions and disputes and we have enduring relationships with leading law firms all over the world across our areas of practice and act together with many of these firms regularly in providing a seamless and integrated international service to our clients.

Our geographical footprint extends beyond Greece to participation across our practice areas in major cross border finance, projects, real estate, joint venture, merger, acquisition and restructuring transactions throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.

The Firm’s established international clients include banks, investment firms and other financial institutions, insurance companies, funds, multi-national corporations, global market leaders, small to medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs from a range of industries, to whom we provide advisory, transactional and litigation services across our areas of expertise.

Over the last three decades, we have participated in the vast majority of significant deals to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value in Greece and have structured and executed numerous pioneering transactions, many of which involved international investors, sponsors and advisors.


Bernitsas Law is a market leader in the provision of commercial law services in Greece and one of the largest firms in the country. We deliver an international level of service. A substantial part of the firm’s practice concentrates on complex cross-border transactions and disputes and we have enduring relationships with leading law firms all over the world across our areas of practice and act together with many of these firms regularly in providing a seamless and integrated international service to our clients.

Our geographical footprint extends beyond Greece to participation across our practice areas in major cross border finance, projects, real estate, joint venture, merger, acquisition and restructuring transactions throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.

The firm’s established international clients include banks, investment firms and other financial institutions, insurance companies, funds, multi-national corporations, global market leaders, small- to medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs from a range of industries, to whom we provide advisory, transactional and litigation services across our areas of expertise.

Over the last three decades, we have participated in the vast majority of significant deals to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value in Greece and have structured and executed numerous pioneering transactions, many of which involved international investors, sponsors and advisors.