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

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has a sizeable energy, utilities and infrastructure team, which advises on a variety of related matters concerning high-profile projects. Its expertise includes M&A, project finance, project agreements and tax planning. In 2020, highlights included advising Alpha Bank on the financing of nine wind parks. Gus Papamichalopoulos, Elisabeth Eleftheriades and Ioanna Antonopoulou jointly lead the practice. Evi Dimitropoulou and Konstantinos Varelas are other notable individuals, in the group, as is senior associate Aristotelis Katranis.

Practice head(s):

Gus Papamichalopoulos; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Ioanna Antonopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Evi Dimitropoulou; Kimon Tsakiris; Konstantinos Varelas; Antonis Koumpias; Mariela Tiliakou; Aristotelis Katranis

Testimonials

‘Reliable law firm, hands on the case, committed, conscientious, willing to help and responsible. High level of expertise.’

Key clients

ABO WIND A.G.

ADMIE S.A.

QAIR ENERGY (INTERNATIONAL)

DESFA

AXPO Bulgaria EAD

AXPO SOLUTIONS AG (Greek Branch)

BLUE GRID GAS & POWER

Calfrac Well Services LTD

STATKRAFT AS

EDF EN HELLAS

ENAGAS INTERNACIONAL S.L.U.

Deutsche Erneuerbare Energie GmBH

FLUXYS S.A.

Snam SpA

GEK TERNA S.A

ILIA ENERGY INC.

IREDL International Renewable Energy Development

MOTOR OIL S.A.

RWE Renewables GmbH

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and State Grid Europe Limited (SGEL)/ Privatization of the Greek IPTO

VITOL S.A.

WIRCON GmbH

Lightsource bp

AXPO SOLUTIONS AG (Greek Branch)

STEAG SOLAR ENERGY Solutions GmbH

RECOM SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES

TERNA ENERGY S.A.

China Three Gorges (Europe) S.A.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm's team has 'unparalleled experience and expertise in the full range of EU and Greek competition law'. Its sizeable team is adept at handling large scale Phase I and II mergers before the national competition authorities and the EU Commission across a range of industries, including petroleum, retail, steel, pharmaceuticals, construction, insurance, cosmetics and food and beverage. It is also entrusted to handle landmark cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, often pertaining to collusive behaviour. Anastasia Dritsa, who advises the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on state aid matters, co-heads the practice with Victoria Mertikopoulou.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Dritsa; Victoria Mertikopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Violeta Panagiotopoulou; Fenia Mylonaki

Testimonials

‘Great work by senior associates, not only partners.’

‘Violeta Panagiotopoulou is a great asset to the team; extremely knowledgeable and very reliable  on most complex cases, very effective collaboration and gives practical advice across all areas of competition law including unfair competition legislation and distribution networks.’

‘Excellent collaboration; high level of expertise; flexibility; quick response; professionalism.’

‘The team is specialised and regularly follow up on any changes in their area of expertise. They provide answers by taking into consideration the business aspects. They collaborate very well in a timely and swift manner.’

‘Anastasia Dritsa and Violeta Panagiotopoulou are very polite and always available to offer support.’

Key clients

Generali

DESFA

Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Hellenic Financial Stability Fund

GAMBRO LUNDIA AB

J&P AVAX

Greece > Insurance Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm offers regular assistance to a range of clients, including insurance companies, financial institutions and insurance intermediaries. It is well versed in an array of matters arising from general liability insurance, the implementation of life or health insurance programmes, employee benefit plans and D&O insurance policies. Recent highlights include its advice to a multinational corporation in relation to the launch of insurance products, which involved the review of policy and pre-contractual terms and regulatory issues. Konstantinos Issaias heads the practice, leading the team with his experience in M&A deals in the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Zaphirenia Theodoraki is a name to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Konstantinos Issaias

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with this firm on an international insurance case. The quality of the work was excellent, as was their responsiveness.’

‘Konstantinos Issaias, the partner in charge of the matter, did excellent work and helped the client achieve a very satisfactory outcome.’

Key clients

Generali

Assurant

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm‘s sizeable team is praised for its ‘high standards of expertise in the due diligence of sectoral projects‘. The firm has an outstanding track record in energy and infrastructure projects in Greece. The firm has a notably stand out reputation in privatisations, with a track record that dates back more than four decades. In a notable mandate, the firm is acting for WIRCON GmnH on a strategic investment involving the development and amalgamation of a golf course, a hotel and a 300MW pv park. The practice is led by Gus Papamichalopoulos, Elisabeth Eleftheriades and Evi Dimitropoulou. Kimon Tsakiris, who was promoted to partner in April 2021, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gus Papamichalopoulos; Elisabeth Eleftheriades; Evi Dimitropoulou

Testimonials

‘High level of expertise, excellent quality of services, flexibility, professionalism and excellent relationships with clients.’

‘Long term experience; availability; commitment; hard working; flexible.’

 

Key clients

ABO WIND A.G.

ADMIE S.A.

QAIR ENERGY (INTERNATIONAL)

DESFA

AXPO Bulgaria EAD

AXPO SOLUTIONS AG (Greek Branch)

BLUE GRID GAS & POWER

Calfrac Well Services LTD

STATKRAFT ASEDF EN HELLAS

ENAGAS INTERNACIONAL S.L.U.

Deutsche Erneuerbare Energie GmBH

FLUXYS S.A.

Snam SpA

GEK TERNA S.A

ILIA ENERGY INC.

MOTOR OIL S.A.

RWE Renewables GmbH

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and State Grid Europe Limited (SGEL)

WIRCON GmbH

Lightsource bp

AXPO SOLUTIONS AG (Greek Branch)

STEAG SOLAR ENERGY Solutions GmbH

RECOM SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES

TERNA ENERGY S.A.

Solar Century Holdings

Alternus Energy Group Plc

Vestus

European Energy DK

Vestas Wind Development A/S

European Energy DK

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm advises a wide range of clients, including SMEs, multinational corporations, banking and financial institutions, state-owned and public unity companies, and family offices. The full-service practice handles private equity transactions, M&A, joint ventures and spin-offs and, thanks to the firm’s membership of SEE Legal Group, is able to provide ‘a one-stop solution‘ for corporate issues throughout South East Europe. The sizeable team is led by Claire Pavlou, who has a particular focus on private M&A, group restructurings and joint ventures. Counsel Katerina Tzamalouka and associate Efi Palaiologou, who joined the firm from Tsibanoulis & Partners in April 2021, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Claire Pavlou

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Well-educated and highly experienced and qualified people with diversified backgrounds. They always explain and proactively handle cases with efficiency. The firm uses high-tech systems to keep us updated at all times with the best resources.’

‘The team has a very good understanding of business issues and helped us navigate a tricky matter. Their willingness and ability to provide creative solutions allowed us to successfully close the transaction.’

‘The team are always available to discuss questions we may have, especially Theodore Rakintzis.’

‘The team is very proactive and ready to solve any potential issue a client may have to face.’

‘Katerina Tzamalouka and Claire Pavlou understood our needs perfectly and reacted promptly to our requests.’

‘They have hands-on experience in the particularities of both local and major European markets and across several industry sectors. They provide a one-stop solution for all issues.’

‘There is professionalism coupled with a friendly approach in all interactions, and you never feel left alone with any of the issues that are dealt with.’

‘Claire Pavlou is our main engagement partner and I’ve been impressed by how she leads from the front – she actively engages with all parties, driving towards a conclusion.’

Key clients

Bank of America

SNAM SpA

Enagas Internacional S.L.U

Fluxys Europe BVBA

AVAX S.A.

Athens Partnership

Beat Mobility Services

BibeCoffee Limited

Online Delivery

Synesis Aviation Ltd

Venture Friends

Paperpack S.A.

YES S.A. and Athenaeum Hotel and Touristic Enterprises S.A.

Olive Sarl and Komvos 18 S.A.

Drew Marine Intermediate II B.V.

Instashop LTD

Venture Friends 400W Cooperatief U.A.

Myjobnow Ltd

Motoroil Hellas

DESFA SA

ABO Wind AG

Uni Systems S.M.S.A.

GlaxoSmithKline Single Member AEBE

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has a sizeable dispute resolution team, allowing it to advise a wide range of Greek and international clients, including listed companies, banking institutions, and pharmaceutical and tobacco companies, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Its services are supported by external qualified accounting and IT experts, providing advisory, audit and investigation services, which particularly assists in the pre-trial phase. Managing partner John Kyriakides predominantly handles commercial and civil disputes before the Greek courts. He co-heads the practice with Vicky Kriketou, who focuses on product liability, breach of obligations and competition cases. Senior partner of counsel Anthony Hadjioannou is also noted.

Practice head(s):

John Kyriakides; Vicky Kriketou

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Hadjioannou; Apostolos Kourtis; Niki Orfanidou; Katerina Pipertzi; John Broupis

Testimonials

‘A very complete team in all areas of practice. All of them have very good command of languages and excellent access to international data if need be. The team works well together and provides the customer with a smooth experience.’

‘We have worked mostly with John Kyriakides, Anthony Hadjioannou and their associates. Both have provided outstanding services. John has an encompassing vision and the ability to bridge issues; he follows through on each aspect of an ongoing file and surpasses due diligence. He has a capacity to think outside the box that provides solutions without risks.’

‘Anthony Hadjioannou is an outstanding litigation lawyer, extremely thorough and knowledgeable with a perfect command of the English language. His longtime experience made us feel comfortable in a long and difficult case.’

‘KG LAW FIRM is an exceptional legal company that has helped us with all our legal disputes in a very positive way. Its lawyers always give us a clear view and propose the next legal steps in order for our company to reach the best possible outcome whenever a legal dispute takes place.’

‘John Kyriakides is usually the lawyer from KG LAW FIRM that we cooperate with. He has really helped our company whenever it was needed by giving us an accurate legal opinion that has always proved correct.’

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm assists clients with all aspects of employment law, handling both contentious and non-contentious matters with specific focus on industrial relations, pensions, employee benefits and corporate immigration issues. It has recently advised a world-leading technology company on the Greek employment aspects of a global project involving the spin-off of its managed infrastructure services into a new publicly traded company. Ioanna Kyriazi heads the practice and has extensive experience in HR strategy, recruitment and the termination of employment relationships.

Practice head(s):

Ioanna Kyriazi

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Papadaki; Dorita Bezati; Ioanna Chanoumi

Testimonials

‘Ioanna Kyriazi is an indispensable business partner in employment matters. Practical, spot on, with a deep knowledge of the industry and her clients.’

‘The KG team has very strong knowledge and they always update us on recent changes in employment law. They are fully supportive and always find time to help their clients.’

‘Strong knowledge; responsive; customer focused; trustworthy business partners.’

‘The team gives precise advice by taking into consideration both a legal and business approach. The advice given is justified and complete and makes the customer feel secure about all legal aspects. It is always given on time.’

‘Ioanna Kyriazi is an expert on employment law issues. Her advice is always precise and tries to solve problems instead of complicating issues. She is reachable and makes the client feel comfortable.’

‘The labour team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is a well-orchestrated team of professionals with expertise in different aspects of labour law, who can operate on a standalone basis, but also seamlessly supplement each other when more areas of specialisation are needed.’

‘Expert knowledge; efficiency; responsiveness; understanding of the clients’ business environment; creative thinking; willingness to help; sense of humour; and ease of communication. Being able to pick up the phone and have someone who can easily grasp the issue without needing to go through hourly sessions of explanation and efficiently reply is really invaluable.’

‘The labour law team is very professional. They possess in-depth experience, especially in litigation issues and restructuring projects. They are flexible and reliable, with perfect know-how. The team’s level of service is brilliant and reliable, with prompt response times.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola HBC

Imperial Tobacco Hellas

The Associated Press

AbbVie Pharmaceuticals

Beat Mobility Services

Dialectica

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm's team has particular expertise in trade marks, where its work covers the full spectrum of matters, including clearance searches, registration processes and filings at national, international and European levels. Trade mark prosecutions are another key pillar of the practice, which includes handling invalidity matters, revocations and appeals before the civil, criminal and administrative courts alongside the Trademark Administrative Committee and the EUIPO. The group also has experience of assisting clients with copyright protection, legal due diligence of IP assets, protection of trade secrets and design filing. The practice is led by Irene Kyriakides.

Practice head(s):

Irene Kyriakides

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Kriketou; Maria Spanou

Testimonials

‘The communication and collaboration with KG is smooth and pleasant. Their lawyers could get the work done within the time we requested. KG always provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘Potential clients should know that the IP team of KG law firm is very experienced in the field of IP and the expertise they have provides the reassurance that their services and advice will be exactly what it should be.’

‘Mrs Maria Spanou is an exceptional IP lawyer, very experienced and what I value is her direct and polite way to collaborate with her clients. Especially when she has to deal with people with a commercial background and not legal, she understands it and she becomes even more explanatory in order to ensure that she has been well understood.’

‘The team had a good understanding of the business context and an exceptional knowledge of the subject in question.’

‘Exceptional team complementing each other and following up on the questions asked.’

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm‘s wide-ranging practice covers real estate investments, construction and commercial lease contracts. It recently assisted WIRCON GmbH with various real estate issues associated with the establishment of a joint venture that will develop and exploit a photovoltaic scheme with a capacity of up to 170 MW. In 2020, practice head Elisabeth Eleftheriades acted for Alpha Bank on the financing of nine wind parks.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Eleftheriades

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Good relationship with the partner, Elisabeth and her team. Very good availability.’

‘Elisabeth is a great adviser, when I really needed advice – I knew that Elisabeth will see the bigger picture and shall give me the right advice under the circumstances.’

‘They guided us throughout the process and made us aware of potential issues from the outset.’

‘They responded quickly and dealt with many complicated issues. They liaised with all parties, buyers and sellers to ensure a smooth process.’

Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has a particular focus on work-out strategies and negotiating out-of-court private restructuring agreements with creditors. The team often advises on insolvency and pre-insolvency proceedings, debt recovery, claw-back actions, and directors’ liability in the context of insolvency and restructuring plans. Notable work includes acting on restructuring discussions concerning debt toward Greek banks as well as restructuring matters involving possible cooperation and partial divestment to investors. Konstantinos Issaias and Theodore Rakintzis head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Konstantinos Issaias; Theodore Rakintzis

Other key lawyers:

Zaphirenia Theodoraki

Work highlights

    Greece > Tax Tier 2

    Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm focuses on undertaking advisory work and tax structuring from both a corporate tax and personal tax perspective, as well as tax controversies. Panagiotis Pothos, who leads the practice, has expertise in corporate and M&A-related tax issues, real estate tax and VAT. Senior associate Ioanna Bampra is another key individual in the group, as is Nefeli Sianidou.

    Practice head(s):

    Panagiotis Pothos

    Other key lawyers:

    Ioanna Barmpa; Emmanouela Baliafa Kolovetsiou; Nefeli Sianidou

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is extremely skilled and business oriented.’

    ‘Close to the client and reliable.’

    ‘Immediate feedback and strong ownership of tasks.’

    Key clients

    Alpha Bank

    Anixter

    Bacardi

    Baker & McKenzie

    Banca Farmafactoring

    Beat Mobility Services

    Bristol Myers Squibb

    Credit Suisse

    DHL

    Dialectica

    Frigoglass

    Generali

    Kafkas

    MSD

    Oriflame

    Online Delivery

    Starwood

    Greece > TMT Tier 2

    Greece > White-collar crime Tier 2

    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/

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    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.