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Yannis Seiradakis

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Bernitsas Law

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Corporate and M&A; Energy & Environment; Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution; Privatisations; Project Finance & Public Private Partnerships.


Yannis joined the Firm in 2004 and is Head of the Energy & Environment and Joint Head of the Privatisations departments. He has a wide-ranging transactional practice which encompasses complex privatisations, public and private project developments and mergers and acquisitions, with an expertise in the infrastructure, energy, finance, utilities, telecommunications and transport sectors.

Yannis’ vast experience in privatisations reaches back to his time as Special Secretary for Privatisations at the Ministry of Finance, in which capacity he managed the sale of numerous State owned companies, notably public utilities. Since joining the Firm, he has been involved in high profile privatisations of grid operators, motorways, ports, airports and railways.

Yannis is an expert in energy law, advising on the structuring, development, financing and implementation of transactions and projects in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. He advises extensively on legislative risk and compliance and counts leading energy companies, international investors, financiers and Government bodies among his clients.

Yannis advises both privately and State owned entities and consortiums on project financings and public private partnerships, with a specialisation in documenting and negotiating concession contracts. He also advises on the regulatory framework for the assignment of public contracts by way of tenders and for developing projects and public private partnerships.

Yannis advises public and private companies, investors and financial advisors in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and divestments of primarily distressed assets. Much of his work in this area is cross-border and takes place in highly regulated sectors.


Athens Bar, 1986; Athens Court of Appeals, 1993; Special Secretary for Privatisation of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, 2002-4; Member of the Legislative Committee for the Redrafting of the Greek Bankruptcy Law, 2001-4; Member of the Board of Directors of Hellenic Petroleum, 2001-3; Legal Advisor, the Ministry of Development on Privatisations, 1997-9; Lecturer, Athens Exchange Professional Education Centre, on Mergers & Acquisitions in Practice, 1998; Legal Advisor, the Hellenic Bank for Industrial Development, 1994-6.


Greek and English.


Degree in Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.



Within: Energy

Bernitsas Law is an ever-present feature on the domestic energy market, and is regularly involved in its largest transactions and projects. Recent highlights include advising the successful consortium on the purchase of a 66% stake in DESFA from HRADF and Hellenic Petroleum. On the projects side, the firm advised Gastrade on developing the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System Project. Yannis Seiradakis leads the practice, and Panayotis Bernitsas also enjoys an excellent reputation. Former practice head Yannis Kourniotis left the firm.

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Projects and privatisation

Within: Leading individuals

Yannis Seiradakis - Bernitsas Law

Within: Projects and privatisation

Bernitsas Law is often first on the list for landmark projects and privatisations. Recently, it advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the privatisation of the National Train Operating Company, which was sold to Ferrovie Dello Stato. The practice also advised a consortium of bidders, including Transgaz and the EBRD, in the tender for a 66% stake in the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA). Key partners include Dimitris Roussis, Nikos Papachristopoulos and Yannis Seiradakis, who jointly lead the team; Yannis Kourniotis is now at Lambadarios Law Firm.

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