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Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
115 21 ATHENS

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Covering the gamut of energy-related work, ranging from project finance and M&A to public procurement initiatives, the Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm team acts on behalf of public authorities, investors and international renewable energy companies. The practice also has substantial expertise in the transport, social infrastructure and mining sectors, having frequently worked on landmark infrastructure and energy projects. Gus Papamichalopoulos leads the department from Athens, bringing vast experience of dealing with M&A and EPCs in the energy space. Ioanna Antonopoulou is a corporate finance specialist, while Lydia Tsapara focuses on privatisations. Efi Palaiologou and Antonis Kompias are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gus J. Papamichalopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Antonopoulou; Lydia Tsapara; Efi Palaiologou; Antonis Koumpias; Anna-Maria Papamichalopoulou; Iakovos Koulouris

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Greece > EU and competition Tier 1

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Counting corporations from the energy, mining, and transport sectors amongst its key clients, the Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm practice specialises in project finance issues and complex privatisations. The team is highly regarded for dealing with multi-jurisdictional M&A transactions, as well as demonstrating extensive experience in handling EPC contracts and project agreements. Based in Athens, Gus Papamichalopoulos leads the group, focusing on the corporate and commercial aspects of cross-border proceedings, whilst Ioanna Antonopoulou routinely acts on behalf of financial institutions. Lydia Tsapara, Efi Palaiologou and Antonis Koumpias are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Gus Papamichalopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Antonopoulou; Lydia Tsapara; Efi Palaiologou; Antonis Koumpias; Anna-Maria Papamichalopoulou; Iakovos Koulouris; Kimon Tsakiris

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Counting Greek and foreign entities from across the pharmaceutical, technology, and retail spaces amongst its clientele, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm routinely advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, as well as dealing with collective employee redundancies. The firm’s scope of expertise is broad, spanning from industrial relations matters to pension and corporate immigration issues. Team head Ioanna Kyriazi brings 20 years’ experience in managing employment-related issues from recruitments to dismissals to the group. Kelly Papadaki focuses on business transfers and Ioanna Chanoumi is knowledgeable on social security affairs.

Practice head(s):

Ioanna Kyriazi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Coca-Cola HBC

Estee Lauder

Ocado Group Plc

Goldman Sachs

AbbVie Pharmaceuticals

Merck, Sharp & Dohme Pharmaceutical Industrial and Commercial S.A. (MSD Pharmaceuticals)


Imperial Tobacco Hellas


Free Now


CSL Bhering Hellas

Amgen Hellas

IBM Hellas

Syngenta Helas

H & M Hennes & Mauritz SA


General Mills Hellas

Bank of America

Alpha Bank

AON Hellas

AIG Hellas

Atypon Hellas



TEMES Hellas

Allianz SE

Resolute Hellas

Club Med Hellas

Numil Hellas

DHL Express Hellas

Carpo S.A.

Paperpack S.A.


Carlson Wagonlit Travel



Boston Scientific

Work highlights

  • Advised a world leading biopharmaceutical company on a collective redundancy project for its Greek affiliate and the implementation of a voluntary exit plan.
  • Advised a food manufacturing company on employment issues relating to the change to a 24/7 operating model at the manufacturing plant of its Greek affiliate.
  • Represented a leading hotel company in a mediation process before the Organisation for Mediation and Arbitration with regard to the application of the sectoral collective labour agreement of hotel employees.

Greece > Insurance Tier 2

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 2

Representing Greek and international companies from across the pharmaceutical, information technology and food industries, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has extensive expertise in the registration, prosecution and enforcement of trade marks. The practice demonstrates a strong presence in the copyright protection and IP due diligence space, with Athens-based practice head Irene Kyriakides being a specialist in both contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Counsel Maria Spanou is an expert in trade secrets and patent matters. Associates Νiovi Plemmenou, Androniki Papoutsoglou and Αpostolos Papachrysos are also noted.

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Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Offering industry specific expertise in real estate segments, including tourism and leisure, energy and utilities, as well as banking and finance, the Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm team regularly acts on behalf of financial institutions, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. The practice routinely handles the acquisition of properties on behalf of international corporations and private equity funds, with practice co-heads Elizabeth Eleftheriades and Kimon Tsakiris focusing on all aspects of construction and financing transactions. Theodore Rakintzis concentrates on real estate acquisitions, and Eleni Iconomidou handles planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Eleftheriades; Kimon Tsakiris

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Rakintzis; Eleni Iconomidou; Penny Oikonomopoulou; Katerina Pipertzi; Efthymia Pragianni; Maria Manoli; Marianna Tsatsanifou

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Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

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Greece > Tax Tier 2

Routinely acting on behalf of clients from the finance, insurance, and real estate industries, the tax team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm deploys a three-pronged-focus, concentrating on corporate and personal tax advisory, structuring, and tax disputes. Operating out of Athens, the practice is headed by Panagiotis Pothos, who has 20 years’ experience in corporate and international taxation proceedings, whilst counsel Ioanna Barmpa regularly assists corporations on tax planning and financing matters. Senior associate Angeliki Miliakou focuses on family wealth planning, and Eleanna Gkotsoulia and Dimitra Gkiotsaliti are both also noted.

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Key clients


Lightsource BP

Blue Grid

Online Delivery

Free Now


Korkia Group


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Greece > White-collar crime Tier 2

Advising clients before the investigation authorities and courts in relation to cases involving money laundering, bribery, and tax evasion, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is renowned for its shipping, banking, and insurance expertise. John Kyriakides, Panos Alexandris, and Niki Orfanidou co-head the practice, providing extensive experience of dealing with financial crime, criminal law, and money laundering issues. Senior associates John Broupis and Alexia Giagini are noted for their knowledge on extradition cases and civil procedure law matters. The whole team is based in Athens.

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Greece > TMT Tier 3

The firm: Kyriakides Georgopoulos (KG) Law Firm is a leading multi-tier business law firm and the largest in Greece, dating back to 1930’s and recognized as one of the most prestigious law firm in the country.

KG has been the preferred choice for US and European international law firms seeking local legal counsel in Greece capable for delivering legal services at the most demanding standards of professional quality and client service. We continue to develop and sustain multi- generational relationships with high-profile partners in major international and global law firms, as well as the exchange of expertise and intellectual capital that only such enduring relationships can produce. Our firm is a founding member of South East Europe Legal Group (SEE Legal), a regional alliance of major law firms from countries in South East Europe. Working together on cross border transactions, SEE Legal is the largest local legal team in South East Europe, with more than 450 lawyers organized in cross – jurisdictional practice groups. Our firm’s performance is consistently ranked highly by the most prestigious of international directories, such as Chambers & Partners Europe, The Legal 500 EMEA, as well as IFLR1000.

With offices in Athens and Thessaloniki, our multi-disciplinary teams set the standards for commercially-aware, responsive service in the most complex and sophisticated legal issues. KG pioneered in the Greek market by becoming ISO certified since 2006 and still remains one of a handful of ISO 9001 certified law firms in Greece.  Recently, KG has been also certified by Tuv  for its Unified Information Security and Privacy Management System (ISO/IEC 27001 and ISO/IEC 27701).

Areas of practice: Our structured approach to both the relationship with our clients, as well as to our internal processes, provides a measurable benefit to our clients: we strive to ensure that our clients remain engaged and up-to-date throughout the duration of our relationship, and we request their feedback in order to ensure that at any given time no need is not being met.

Our lawyers are experts in specific practice areas. This enables us to understand our clients’ objectives better and to deliver legal solutions to achieve them even in the largest and most complex transactions. We are guided by a set of values which we follow and abide over the years.

We offer a broad range of commercially-aware legal services that are precisely aligned with the business needs and objectives of our clients. We know that our clients expect more than legal information or hedged advice and therefore, we guide them to define the business challenges and work out a strategy for success.

Clients come to us for our successful track record knowing that they can rely on our creative thinking to solve their most complex challenges.

Our main practice areas are:

  • Art
  • Agency, distribution and franchising
  • Corporate, commercial and M&A
  • Banking, finance and capital markets
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure
  • Employment
  • EU competition and antitrust
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Intellectual property
  • Insurance
  • Internet and E-commerce
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Life sciences and healthcare
  • Tax
  • Public law
  • Project finance
  • Private wealth structuring
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Telecommunications and media law
  • White-collar litigation

KG has obtained the International Certification «Great Place to Work®» (CERTIFIED by Great Place to Work®), which is awarded to organizations that stand out as selection employers in a competitive talent search market. KG is the first law firm in Greece that obtains the Great Place to Work® Certification after a thorough evaluation conducted by the organization Great Place to Work® Hellas based on the methodology it follows worldwide.


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Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation & Arbitration, White Collar Litigation John Kyriakides (Managing Partner) +30 210 8171534
Energy Gus J. Papamichalopoulos (Senior Partner) +30 210 8171570
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Telecommunications & Media Law Konstantinos Vouterakos (Senior Partner) +30 210 8171580
Life Sciences and Healthcare, Intellectual Property Irene Kyriakides (Partner) +30 210 8171590
EU Competition and Antitrust Anastasia Dritsa (Partner) +30 210 8171560
Employment Ioanna Kyriazi (Partner) +30 210 8171574
Real Estate, Project Finance Elizabeth Eleftheriades (Partner) +30 210 8171626
Corporate/M&A Claire Pavlou (Partner) +30 210 8171550
Tax, Private Wealth Structuring Panagiotis Pothos (Partner) +30 210 8171509
Insurance, Restructuring and Insolvency Konstantinos Issaias (Partner) +30 210 8171616
Private Wealth Structuring Theodore Rakintzis (Partner) +30 210 8171527
Project Finance Ioanna Antonopoulou (Partner) +30 210 8171568
Public Law Constantinos Kavadellas (Partner) +30 2108171624
Data Protection Elina Georgili (Of Counsel) +30 2108171592
White Collar Litigation Panos Alexandris (Partner | On leave)
Real Estate, Hospitality, Project Development Kimon Tsakiris (Partner) +30 210 817 1588
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; M&A Apostolos Georgantas (Partner) +30 210 817 1524
Number of lawyers : 110 est.
American-Hellenic Chambers of Commerce
Institute of Energy
Antitrust Alliance
Athens Bar Association
British Hellenic Chambers of Commerce
Employment Law Alliance
European Communities Trademark Association
European Employment Lawyers Association
Franchise Association of Greece
International Bar Association
International Fiscal Association
International Trademark Association
SEE Legal Group
Hellenic Association of Law Firms
Nextlaw Global Referral Network
Other office : Thessaloniki

At Kyriakides Georgopolos Law Firm (KG) we understand that our diversity is a key element of our effectiveness and success in the market.

Diversity, and in particular gender balance, is one of our firm’s core values and part of our culture, as we firmly believe in the importance that different perspectives can bring to a business.

As an example, 62% of our firm’s lawyers are women (56 out of 90 in total) and 42% at a Partner level (8 out of 19 in total). We also make sure that we have the right processes in place in order for all our employees to be treated equally, giving them the same set of opportunities regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, sexuality or anything equivalent.

In 2019 – 2020, we are committed to making further progress in our already strong culture of diversity and inclusion by promoting various initiatives towards such practices. Among other activities we are considering building our own women’s network and run a series of events around this topic for our clients and internal teams. Finally, we are committed to further increase gender representation at all levels across Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm.

John Kyriakides, Co-Managing Partner

John Kyriakides, Co-Managing Partner Co-Managing Partner at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm explains what are the challenges and opportunities for Greek law firms today and in the years to come.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm from your competitors?

I fondly believe that amongst the main points that differentiate us from other Greek law firms are the values and attributes we have earned from our predecessors that we carefully follow, combined with our committment to be ahead of our era. KG has always been at the forefront of developments. It was one of the very first partnesrhips ever formed in Greece and a pioneer in many ways setting the pace for others to follow.

At KG we always strive to provide top quality legal services to our clients making sure that we understand their business needs. To achieve our goals we work hard and we are always 100% committed. But our success is also attributable to our workforce. We take pride in the fact that we employee top quality young lawyers emphasizing on their aspiration and motivation, involvement in our projects, constant training, encouragement to take initiatives and remuneration of their hard efforts.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has an 85 year old history behind it and is not by chance a leading multi-practice business law firm and the largest legal practice in Greece for several decades.

Our client-oriented approach – we put our clients at the heart of our business. Our objective is to build long lasting relationship with our clients and act not only as their legal advisors but also support them with all their commercial needs and exceed their expectations. To do so, we have developed the necessary processes and systems to collect feedback, listen and understand their business objectives in order to improve the way we work with them, thus act in a more efficient way.

Our team – we believe that our workforce makes us who we are and that is why we focus on recruiting and developing the best. We operate in an open, and collegiate environment, and we encourage constructive feedback. Our ultimate goal is to keep improving our style of service.

Our innovative thinking – we always encourage creativity and pioneering thinking and this is easily shown in the matters that our firm works on.

Our track record – the size of our firm – over 90 highly skilled lawyers – allows us to offer our clients top-notch legal advice even in the most challenging legal situations. The strong expertise and thorough legal knowledge of our lawyers enables them to offer high quality, competitive service to domestic and international clients. We have a ‘one-firm’ approach and we always bring together the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to help our clients.

Which practices in your member firm do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The economy is steadily improving, the danger of GRexit is now well behind us and the restrictions on capital controls are gradually lifted. At the same time, most of the reforms required to boost the Greek economy have by now been adopted and the level of unemployment has dropped from the all-time high of 27,6 in September 2013 to 18,6 in September 2017.

At KG we also see a strong demand from several international institutional investors to acquire – manage NPLs, NPEs in Greece. Highly reputable and among the largest in the world investors are in town actively investigating, negotiating, bidding and investing. This is expected to assist Banks exceed annual NPE reduction targets until 2021 by actively pursuing alternative solutions by themselves and the investors. So overall the picture is promising and we expect to see a further growth in several industries and sectors of the economy.

The practices that are expected to benefit the most in the coming 18 months will be corporate, M&A’s, restructuring of NPE’s, real–estate, litigation (NPL’s and debt-recovery), tax and wealth planning, energy, information technology, data protection and cyber related matters.

What is the main change you have made in your firm that will benefit clients?

We never stop making changes, monotring international trends and developments, adapting to the IT challenges, and trying to ensure that we offer excellent working conditions for our colleagues. We are currently working on an innovative solution that will allow us to offer services in certain legal practices much more productively and much more cost-efficiently for our clients.

This year, we emphasized on organizing several closed events with selected clients and speakers. Two of those were co-hosted in Athens with major international and well renowned law firms. These events gave our clients the opportunity to meet with international practitioners and discuss their business concerns from a different perspective and approach. The hot topics this year were GDPR and “Wealth & Tax Planning”.

Last but not least, as of June 2018, our firm is officially a member of the Denton’s Nextlaw Referral Network. We believe that this is a great opportunity to better service our valued clients, and furthers our commitment to quality and innovation in this ever-changing world. As a member of the Nextlaw Referral Network, KYRIAKIDES GEORGOPOULOS is now connected to over 600 member firms and 28,000 lawyers across 200+ countries.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology has radically changed the way we work, think and interact with our clients. Our lawyers are adept in aiding our clients in understanding the demands made on them and are trusted advisors in helping them build a pragmatic approach to problem-solving in today’s technologically exciting times.

Throughout the whole process, our top priority is to keep ourselves well-informed for all the technological developments that have an impact to our clients in all the different industries. Our dedicated lawyers, who are hand-picked by our partners for being individuals with a clear sense and understanding on technology and law have worked on some of the biggest and most high-profile transactions in Greece, namely for start-ups that have gone on to excel abroad.

Secondly, we understand the importance and necessity of coming up with ‘disruptive’ ideas and developing smarter tools for client work. We have a series of products and processes in the pipeline, including project management and client feedback collection tools, in order to improve our efficiency, responsiveness and quality of services we offer to our clients.

Finally, technology and innovativeness does not scare us. We handle cross-border transactions and matters with ease and confidence. Our experience is bridging jurisdictions for the best outcome all the while covering data protection aspects of technology transactions makes us the no. 1 choice amongst our peers.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

During the past couple of years we have helped a handful of start-up business grow from just an idea all the way to a multi-million share purchase or joint venture transaction. To do so, we are prepared to make sacrifices in terms of our expectations, learn the business needs of our clients along the process of their development stages and help them shape, where necessary, the legal framework to fit the needs of their industry. It is a simple way to add value to clients business and build at the same time long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Certainly they do and we take a lot of pride knowing that we have clients that we serve for more than one, two, even three decades. That shows and confirms our level of commitment and continued professional acumen.

In the next three years we are planning to further invest in the main three pillars, which we see as the key to success: technology, client management processes and systems and workforce training and development.

Additionally, we plan to invest further in collaborations with international firms, including running joint events, secondments and other joint initiatives with our ‘Best Friends’ law firms, most of which are firms in UK’s ‘Magic Circle’.

KG Law Firm Is A Great Place To Work!

KYRIAKIDES GEORGOPOULOS Law Firm (KG) has obtained the International Certification «Great Place to Work®» (CERTIFIED by Great Place to Work®), which is awarded to organizations that stand out as selection employers in a competitive talent search market.