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Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
28 DIMITRIOU SOUTSOU STR
115 21 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm fields an expanding team of dedicated experts in energy law and regulation. The firm provides assistance in all aspects of energy transactions including M&A deals in the sector, project finance, project agreements, corporate and tax planning. The team is led by renowned industry expert Gus Papamichalopoulos . Ioanna Antonopoulou is well regarded for her experience handling the financing of large energy and infrastructure projects. Evi Dimitropoulou has experience developing joint development agreements for renewables projects and drafting and negotiating project agreements.

Practice head(s):

Gus Papamichalopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Antonopoulou

Testimonials

‘They have a strong background knowledge and capability in the energy sector and market conventions with a wider full-service practice able to assist with all our Greek market requirements.’

‘Gus Papamichalopoulos is very knowledgable, client centric and cares about the work product of his team.

‘Senior associate Konstantinos Varelas supported us on a groundbreaking deal and was very committed and stood his ground to support our interests even when problems arose in the 11th hour to ensure the best possible outcome for us as his client.’

‘Extremely competent, with a broad range of knowledge in most fields of law, very flexible and open minded and extremely responsive to our request.’

‘Very kind, responsive, competent and fast. They quickly align and cover the needs of the client efficiently. Highly skilled motivated lawyers with an excellent reputation in the market and abroad. Gus Papamichalopoulos is very competent and efficient, high expertise and knowledge of all key areas of expertise.’

‘A reliable and professional legal team, with expert and experienced lawyers, committed and business oriented. Delivers quality advice on time and are open to discuss any issue arising.’

‘Gus Papamichalopoulos is an excellent lawyer and professional, highly collaborative and great in addressing business needs with sound legal advice.’

Greece > EU and competition Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm handles phase I and II mergers before the national competition authorities and the EU Commission, along with collusive and unilateral behaviour matters before the Hellenic Competition Commission. The team also advises on all regulatory and competition compliance law matters across a varied range of industries. Anastasia Dritsa, who has a particular focus on Greek and EU merger control and abuse of sole and collective dominance matters, co-heads the practice with Victoria Mertikopoulou, who focuses on all kinds of antitrust issues including cartels, merger control mandates and state aid challenges. The arrival of Marina Myzithra and Agia Stasinopoulou at the associate level further strengthened the team.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Dritsa; Victoria Mertikopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Violeta Panagiotopoulou; Marina Myzithra; Agia Stasinopoulou

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled professionals, efficient and flexible, outstanding performance, kind and responsive, very quick and efficient in a tight timeline.’

‘Anastasia Dritsa is an excellent professional with high expertise, working long hours and never losing her smile and kindness.’

‘High-quality professional advice is always provided. Kindness and prompt communication of the team even on stretched deadlines. Solution-oriented approach with robust/up-to-date legal background as a basis and clear communication of risks.’

‘Victoria Mertikopoulou is a top competition law and pharma law expert with solid legal knowledge and versatile business understanding. Her experience in working in demanding cases during the last years gives added value to her team’s legal opinions and overall contribution to the projects. Her ability to inspire and guide the associates to keep a high standard of work in the final outputs, combined with her gentle and elegant personality, is remarkable.’

‘Violeta Panagiotopoulou is a rising star with future potential to become a partner, as she has a very thorough and mature knowledge of competition law requirements, exposure and a winning attitude to diverse industry projects. Her high quality of work combined with her polite behaviour regardless of the pressure is remarkable.’

Key clients

DESFA S.A

Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Allianz SE

“The Standard Club Ltd”, “The North of England Protecting and Indemnity Association Limited” and “The North of England Mutual Insurance Association (Bermuda) Limited”

SIEMENS ENERGY AG

Gambro Lundia AB

Delivery Hero SE

i) DRITSA-KAGLI S.A, ii) ELVIEX G.P. PANAGIOTOU S. AND ETETH S.A

Work highlights

  • Assisted DESFA S.A. with securing unconditional clearance in Phase I of the client’s acquisition of a controlling stake in GASTRADE.
  • Advised Delivery Hero on its acquisition of four companies, which are members of the Mouhalis Group.
  • Advised a number of protection and indemnity mutual maritime insurance clubs on their merger and securing clearance before the HCC in Phase I.        

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 1

With a stronghold in energy/renewable and infrastructure projects, the practice at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm also provides its service in the banking sector. The team regularly acts for private-sector clients and investors in all public-sector projects. The firm is assisting RAPAC ENERGY Ltd with the due diligence of a CCGT power plant with a capacity of 870 MW. Practice head Gus Papamichalopoulos has a particular focus on projects such as oil and gas investments, the development of CCGT power plants, acquisition of wind and photovoltaic parks. Ioanna Antonopoulou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gus J. Papamichalopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Antonopoulou

Key clients

Enel Green Power Hellas S.A

Mashav Energia Société à Responsabilité Limitée

TotalEnergies Renewables SAS

Howden Hellas Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers S.A.

PFALZSOLAR GmbH

BP Gas Marketing Limited

Ashtrom Renewable Energy Ltd

MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd

RSF Capital Partners LLP

Korkia Renewables OY

Blue Grid Gas & Power

Blue Fuel A.E

Rapac Energy Ltd

El-Mor Electric Installation & Services (1986) Ltd

Wind Power Development (Vestas)

SSE Plc

DESFA (Public Gas Transmission System Operator)

ABO Wind Hellas Energy Single Member S.A.

Lightsource BP

Alternus Energy Group Plc

Kenlov Renewables Greece

Axpo Solutions AG (Greek Branch)

Axpo Bulgaria EAD

STEAG & LSG Building Solutions GmbH

WIRCON GmbH

Qair Energy (International)

Senfluga Energy Infrastructure Holdings SA

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Offering unique cross-practice collaboration and a deep roster of lawyers with significant industry-specific knowledge, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm maintains a strong and active practice. The firm, a member of the multinational SEE Legal Group, regularly works with partner offices on cross-border matters across Southeast Europe, with its work further bolstered by close collaboration with neighbouring practices in the real estate and tax areas. Beyond project finance and development, the team also regularly advises on cross-border transactions, mergers, and carve-outs. Practice head Claire Pavlou regularly assists private multinationals with transactional matters. Senior partners Gus Papamichalopoulos, an expert in project finance for the energy and infrastructure sectors, and Konstantinos Vouterakos, who works on M&A and joint ventures with financial elements, are also recommended. Counsel Katerina Tzamalouka is a standout name for due diligence in M&A, while associate Efi Palaiologou is noted for advising on transactional matters in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Claire Pavlou

Other key lawyers:

Gus Papamichalopoulos; Theodore Rakintzis; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Konstantinos Vouterakos; Evi Dimitropoulou; Katerina Tzamalouka; Efi Palaiologou

Testimonials

‘Ability to have a simple and clear approach on challenging matters. Commercially sensible and flexible.’

‘KG Law Firm has been a great legal advisor for many years on numerous M&A transactions of our firm. The dedication and in-depth understanding of the specifics of any transaction we have pursued was exceptional.’

‘Theodoris Rakintzis excels in what he does. He is available, knowledgeable and well-organised.’

‘Elisabeth Eleftiriades is an exceptional transaction lawyer. Her significant experience in M&A, coupled with in depth understanding of local specifics and regulations in Greece is a value to any transaction team.’

‘The team provides a holistic approach to client needs by seamlessly integrating specific expertise of the firm on all relevant advice, whilst maintaining a responsive direct relationship via the lead partner.’

‘The KG Law firm team is distinguished for its organization, in-depth research, efficiency, timely delivery, quality of services provided and industry commercial knowledge.’

‘We used KGL as counsel for an equity-related transaction in Greece. The firm provided a comprehensive understanding of the issues on a fairly complex transaction (that involved both equity and credit issues).’

‘We worked extensively with Theodore Rakintzis. He was excellent, and was highly responsive and extremely knowledgeable about the many complex issues that we had to deal with. I would highly recommend his services.’

Key clients

Ocado Group plc

Uni Systems S.M.S.A.

Drew Marine Intermediate II B.V.

Drew Marine LLC

Venture Friends

YES Hotels S.A.

Athenaeum Hotel

Touristic Enterprises S.A.

MyMar Limited

Dimitrios Anthoulakis

Aggela Anthoulaki

Frank Maounis

Delivery Hero SE

Goldman Sachs

Bizserve

Onlystar Limited

GlaxoSmithKline Single Member AEBE

Assicurazioni Generali S.P.A.

STEAG Gmbh

LSG Building Solutions

Orlando Equity Holding Limited

Snam SpA

Enagas Internatcional SLU

Fluxys Europe BVBA

Synesis Aviation Ltd

Venture Friends

3V

FTV Capital

Eni gas e luce Società Benefit

WIRCON GmbH

Qair Energy

Lightsource bp (LSbp)

SSE PLC

DESFA

SYNRG Holding Ltd

Exelient Investments Ltd

Darien Holdings Ltd

L-STAR Private Company

Alternus Energy Group PLc

Wind Power Development

Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation

Standard General

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Korkia Renewables

Kenlon Renewables Greece

Synergia Technical & Consulting

RAPAC Energy Ltd

EL MORE Electric Installation & Services

Work highlights

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm undertakes various cross-border, international disputes for clients such as foreign-listed multinational companies, Greek and foreign SMEs and pharmaceutical companies, amongst others.  Managing partner John Kyriakides has more than two decades of experience in litigation and international arbitration. Vicky Kriketou focuses on cases concerning defective pharmaceutical products and product liability in general, as well as commercial agency, franchising and competition litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Kyriakides; Vicky Kriketou

Other key lawyers:

Katerina Pipertzi

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm supports its diverse corporate client base, including multinational corporations such as Coca-Cola, as well as major Greek manufacturers, with day-to-day employment support, in addition to restructuring-related mass lay-offs. Other key areas of expertise include pensions, employee transfers and recruitment mandates. Ioanna Kyriazi leads the team and has experience advising on internal structural employment matters, as well as contentious work, including social security disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ioanna Kyriazi

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Papadaki; Dorita Bezati; Ioanna Chanoumi

Testimonials

‘Experienced team in all employment issues.’

‘Good coordination in all areas.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola HBC

Sitecore

Imperial Tobacco Hellas

Honeywell

AbbVie Pharmaceuticals

Free Now (former Beat Mobility Services)

Dialectica

CSL Behring Hellas

EVO Payments

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

Reckitt Benckiser

Amgen Hellas

Frigoglass SAIC

IBM Hellas

Syngenta Hellas

H & M Hennes & Mauritz SA

Bank of America

Workable

General Mills

ELVO S.A.

On Line Delivery (E-food)

AON

AIG

Danone Group

Oriflame

Expedia

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Abbott Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Advised a pharmaceutical company on a major restructuring project, which involved an internal reorganization and staff reductions.
  • Advised a tobacco producer on the implementation of a new hybrid model of work for employees in Greece, as well as the implementation of a new Anti-Harassment and Speak-Up Policy

Greece > Insurance Tier 2

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm represents international and domestic clients with regard to the protection and enforcement of trade marks, designs, copyrights and patents as well as domain name cases and database rights. The team’s experience extends to all industries, including health and life sciences, entertainment and the food industry. The diverse practice is led by Irene Kyriakides, who is experienced in the area of IP regulation, especially regarding trade marks. Vicky Kriketou  specialises in pharmaceutical patent litigation and Maria Spanou has extensive experience, in Greece and abroad, in all IP and advertising areas.

Practice head(s):

Irene Kyriakides

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘KG Law Firm is a top-notch partner, with document tracking systems, enabling the team to have an overview of the client’s history.’

‘Maria Spanou knows in-depth the IP legislation at the regional and international level and can provide out-of-the-box thinking, on ways to protect IP and shape new partnerships.’

‘I can confidently recommend their team as a quality provider of legal services in regard to intellectual property matters. They are very professional and responsive and they treat their client with respect.’

‘With respect to IP matters we have worked mainly with Maria Spanou, whom I consider an outstanding legal professional in the fields of IP, IT law, etc. Apart from her deep knowledge and expertise in the relevant field, she is extremely professional and approachable.’

‘They have always very good knowledge on the subject at hand, their research is quick accurate, and they provide a detailed legal opinion that really help in making business decisions.’

‘I worked closed with Maria Spanou on an IP matters, she stands out through her legal knowledge and the legal research that she does to cover the matter at hand from all perspectives.’

‘The advice provided is always explained in detail, so we know what risks exist and that we are taking the best decision. I would highly recommend the team to other businesses.’

‘No matter how many doubts or questions I pose, they are always there to clarify with patience and insight. A truly exceptional team.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Nasdaq listed Artemis Strategic Investment Corporation in USD 1 bn. value merger with Novibet.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is heavily involved in the financing and construction of wind farms in Greece, assisting the European Investment Bank (EIB) in this area. The firm has also been engaged for work regarding the Hellinikon project and regularly advises high net worth individuals in luxury villa acquisitions. The practice is jointly headed by Elizabeth Eleftheriades, who has a strong track record as the lenders’ legal advisor in financings, and Kimon Tsakiris, who has expertise in sale and leaseback transactions, time-sharing and construction agreements.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Eleftheriades; Kimon Tsakiris

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Rakintzis; Eleni Iconomidou; Katerina Pipertzi; Penny Oikonomopoulou; Efthymia Pragianni

Testimonials

‘They understand your needs and find ways to solve any problems in a professional manner.’

‘They respond promptly both to their client and the other party. You always know where you stand.’

‘Very diligent analysis in a complex and laid-with-traps sector of doing business in Greece (Real Estate). Always looking to protect client interests and highlight all possible dangers, however remote in nature, but also providing guidance on risk probability.’

‘Penny Oikonomopoulou (Associate) has a deep understanding of the sector and works very well with the required engineers and notaries.’

Work highlights

Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm provides support in debt recovery and bankruptcy proceedings, rehabilitation applications and debt acquisitions. The practice is led jointly by Konstantinos Issaias, skilled in both restructuring strategy and contentious work, and Theodore Rakintzis, who specialises in restructuring work for clients in construction, mining and heavy industry. Senior associate Zaphirenia Theodoraki, an insurance specialist, is also key.

Practice head(s):

Konstantinos Issaias; Theodore Rakintzis

Other key lawyers:

Greece > Tax Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm‘s group handles all kinds of domestic projects, which includes corporate and personal tax advisory, structuring aspects and tax controversy. Panagiotis Pothos , who has expertise in assisting multinational investors with M&A-related tax issues and procurement projects, heads the practice and is further supported by Ioanna Bampra and Angeliki Miliakou. Emmanouela Baliafa Kolovetsiou and Nefeli Sianidou are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Panagiotis Pothos

Other key lawyers:

Ioanna Barmpa; Angeliki Miliakou; Emmanouela Baliafa Kolovetsiou; Nefeli Sianido

Testimonials

‘High-quality professional advice is always provided. Kindness and prompt communication of the team even on stretched deadlines. Solution-oriented approach with robust/up-to-date legal background as a basis in all team members.’

‘Panagiotis Pothos is a very experienced tax law expert who leads projects in a customer-centred way, with a focus on providing customer-oriented solutions.’

Key clients

Generali

Mantis S.A.

Lightsource BP

Moosend

Beat Mobility Services

Online Delivery

Anixter

Starwood

Kafkas

Banca Farmafactoring SpA

Megara Resins

Allianz

Danone

Work highlights

  • Advised Mantis SA on several tax issues relating to its merger with Ecovium Holding Gmbh.
  • Advised shareholders/owners of Moosend on the sale of the Company’s shares to Sitecore, a multinational leading company in the field of technology.
  • Advised Danone on all tax and accounting aspects with regards to the merger effected through absorption of Danone SA by Numil Hellas SA.

Greece > White-collar crime Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has an established white-collar crime practice which regularly represents clients in complex cross border litigation relating to laundering, bribery, forgery, sanctions, cybersecurity, and tax evasion. The firm also handles matters related to urban planning violations, particularly for clients in the telecommunications industry. John Kyriakides leads the team with experience in financial crime and litigation. He is supported by Panos Alexandris who has advised several high-profile political figures and governmental organizations. Niki Orfanidou is an expert in both civil and criminal litigation.  Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has an established white-collar crime practice which regularly represents clients in complex cross border litigation relating to laundering, bribery, forgery, sanctions, cybersecurity, and tax evasion. The firm also handles matters related to urban planning violations, particularly for clients in the telecommunications industry. John Kyriakides leads the team with experience in financial crime and litigation; he is supported by Panos Alexandris who has advised several high-profile political figures and governmental organizations. Niki Orfanidou is an expert in both civil and criminal litigation.

Practice head(s):

John C. Kyriakides; Panos Alexandris; Niki Orfanidou

Testimonials

‘Full professionalism, excellent knowledge of their subjects, continuous availability, fair pricing, team spirit, technological sustainability’

‘We work closely with Senior Partner & Chairman of the Management Committee Gus Papamichalopoulos and Managing Partner John Kyriakides who are characterized from unique specialization and hardworking spirit, providing us with state-of-the art legal services’

 

Work highlights

Practice head(s):

John Kyriakides; Panos Alexandris; Niki Orfanidou

Testimonials

‘Professional; excellent knowledge of their subjects; continuous availability; fair pricing; team spirit; technological sustainability.’

‘The team is characterised from unique specialization and hard-working spirit, providing us with state-of-the art legal services.’

 

 

 

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 & 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.

 

Website: https://kglawfirm.gr/

LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/company/kyriakides-georgopoulos-law-firm/

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation & Arbitration, White Collar Litigation John Kyriakides (Managing Partner) j.kyriakides@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171534
Energy Gus J. Papamichalopoulos (Senior Partner) g.papamichalopoulos@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171570
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Telecommunications & Media Law Konstantinos Vouterakos (Senior Partner) K.Vouterakos@kglawfirm.gr +30 210 8171580
Life Sciences and Healthcare, Intellectual Property Irene Kyriakides (Partner) i.kyriakides@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171590
EU Competition and Antitrust Anastasia Dritsa (Partner) a.dritsa@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171560
Employment Ioanna Kyriazi (Partner) i.kyriazi@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171574
Real Estate, Project Finance Elizabeth Eleftheriades (Partner) e.eleftheriades@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171626
Corporate/M&A Claire Pavlou (Partner) c.pavlou@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171550
Tax, Private Wealth Structuring Panagiotis Pothos (Partner) p.pothos@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171509
Insurance, Restructuring and Insolvency Konstantinos Issaias (Partner) k.issaias@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171616
Private Wealth Structuring Theodore Rakintzis (Partner) t.rakintzis@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171527
Project Finance Ioanna Antonopoulou (Partner) i.antonopoulou@kglawifrm.gr +30 210 8171568
Public Law Constantinos Kavadellas (Partner) c.kavadellas@kglawifrm.gr +30 2108171624
Data Protection Elina Georgili (Partner) e.georgili@kglawifrm.gr +30 2108171592
White Collar Litigation Panos Alexandris (Partner | On leave) p.alexandris@kglawifrm.gr
Real Estate, Hospitality, Project Development Kimon Tsakiris (Partner) k.tsakiris@kglawfirm.gr +30 210 817 1588
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; M&A Apostolos Georgantas (Partner) a.georgantas@kglawfirm.gr +30 210 817 1524
Number of lawyers : 110 est.
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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.