Firm Profile > Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm > Athens, Greece

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

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Active in industries such as energy, infrastructure, food and beverage, transport, pharma and TMT, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm demonstrates market leading prowess in private equity placement, joint venture and public and private M&A deals. Claire Pavlou is a standout name and tailors her practice towards M&A due diligence of targeted entities. She recently acted as Greek legal advisor to BASF, a German chemical company, in relation to its acquisition of wholly owned local subsidiary BASF Hellas. The client roster encompasses banking and financial institutions, state-owned and public utility companies, private and state equity funds, pension funds and family offices. Senior Associate Katerina Tzamalouka  works closely alongside Pavlou.

Key clients

BASF SE

Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company

Cantel Medical Corp.

WELLA HELLAS MEPE

COTY HELLAS SA

ICBCIL Aviation Company Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is ‘staffed with excellent colleagues’ who ‘provide a huge comfort to clients’. Acting for a client base of multinational and domestic companies, banking institutions, pharmaceuticals and tobacco companies, and high-net-worth individuals, the team handles the full array of disputes and arbitration proceedings including those with a cross-border element. Anthony Hadjioannou is a standout name who focuses on commercial agency, distribution, supply contract, product liability, trade mark and goodwill compensation disputes. He heads up the practice alongside John Kyriakides.

Testimonials

‘Konstantinos Kavadellas and all of his team are excellent lawyers and their legal knowledge provides safety to the client, but they also understand the business need. As a result they have become a business partner.’

Employment Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm’s team is noted by clients as ‘very-well organised and proficient’. The Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, IBM Hellas and Abbott Laboratories are on the client roster and instruct the team on local and international contentious and non-contentious matters. Effie Mitsopoulou leads the department, which has a track record in restructurings, cross-border projects, corporate immigration and redundancy plans. Another key name is Ioanna Kyriazi, who is an ‘exceptional professional with a solution to all issues’; she recently represented ContiTech in litigation arising from the closure of its manufacturing plant in Volos and the related mass redundancies.

Testimonials

‘Ioanna Kyriazi is indeed one of her kind. With profound experience, very fast, to the point and down to the earth, counsels on labour issues in a way that seems so ease and smooth, however her guidance is superior. Needless to say that the firm compared with others, has taken employment law practice to another level.’

‘Partner Ioanna Kyriazi is an exceptional professional who gives solutions to any issue that she is asked to address. Very efficient, focused, fast moving, reliable, extensive & diverse expertise in her professional area. Key characteristics of the way Ioanna works are the analysis of the facts, synthesis of all available options and provision of a clear vision of the business implications of any option.’

Key clients

WIND Hellas

The Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

MSD/Merck Pharmaceuticals

AFOI SARAKAKIS S.A. – Automobile distribution

BEAT – Intermediation online Taxi Service Provider

ONLINE DELIVERY – E-food platform

IBM Hellas

DAIKIN

NetApp

AbbVie Pharmaceuticals

Abbott Laboratories

Workable

Energy Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is a key name for energy infrastructure projects and advice on industry-specific regulation, M&A, project finance, project agreements, corporate and tax planning work. Gus Papamichalopoulos is a go-to name in Greece and the wider SEE region for electricity, renewables and oil and gas work, and jointly heads up the practice with Elisabeth Eleftheriades. Papamichalopoulos recently acted for a consortium comprised of Snam, Enagás and Fluxys on its €535m acquisition of a stake in DESFA from Hellenic Petroleum and the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund. Senior associate Aristotelis Katranis  is recommended for regulatory matters.

Key clients

AXPO TRADING A.G.

ABO WIND A.G.

ALPIQ ENERGY SE

BLUE GRID GAS & POWER

Calfrac Well Services LTD

CEZ

China Overseas Infrastructure Development and Investment Corporation

Deutsche Erneuerbare Energie GmBH

ENAGAS INTERNACIONAL S.L.U.

FLUXYS S.A.

EDF EN HELLAS

ibvogt GmbH

ITA GROUP

Repsol Exploracion S.A.

MODUS GROUP

MET HOLDING AG

NORTHLAND POWER INC

PUBLIC POWER CORPORATION RENEWABLES S.A.

Neptune Energy Group Holdings

SNAM S.p.A.

Seven Energy AG

State Grid Corporation of China

State Grid Europe Limited

WINDOWS INTERNATIONAL S.A.

TE-TO AD

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is noted for the ‘quality of its work, commercial knowledge and capacity for negotiation’. The department advises private sector companies and investors on all aspects of large-scale projects and privatisations, and is jointly headed up by Gus Papamichalopoulos, Elisabeth Eleftheriades and Evangelia Dimitropoulou. The group has notable expertise in energy sector mandates; the team recently represented a consortium of SNAM, Enagás Internacional and Fluxys on the acquisition of a majority stake in DESFA from Hellenic Petroleum and the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund. Counsel Kimon Tsakiris specialises in energy, utilities and infrastructure projects.

Testimonials

‘The quality of their work and capacity for negotiations due to their commercial knowledge of the sector are the main advantages of working with them.’

‘Evangelia Dimitropoulou has been very supportive during the whole transaction and stands out for her resolving ability.’

Key clients

SNAM S.p.A./Enagás Internacional S.L.U/Fluxys SA-NV (SENFLUGA S.A.)

SGID AND SGEL

Seven Energy A.G.

Windows International S.A.

Elia System Operator

NEPTUNE ENERGY Group Holdings

EDF EN HELLAS

ALPHA BANK – EUROBANK

Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens (“BRFAA”)

C&M Engineering S.A.

VENGROVA HOLDINGS LIMITED

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND S.A. (HRADF)

Golden Star Investments

ABO WIND A.G

Public Power Corporation Renewables (PPCR S.A.)

WIRCON GmbH

Alpiq Energy SE

Axpo Trading AG

Ibvogt GmbH

ALPHA BANK – European Investment Bank (EIB)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has a particular focus on commercial lending where it assists major credit institutions on the issuing and restructuring of loans. Assistance is also provided to borrowers with the team assisting prospective investors in debt and equity acquisitions of target companies. NPLs are also a key stone of the practice, as are infrastructure and energy projects. Konstantinos Vouterakos heads the department which is geared to handle instructions with a cross-border element.

Key clients

Frigoglass S.A.I.C.

Yes Hotels & Restaurants S.A.

Dexia Credit Local S.A.

HSBC PLC and J.P. Morgan Securities PLC

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Alpha Bank

Arab Bank

Alpha Bank S.A., National Bank of Greece S.A., Attica Bank S.A. and Piraeus Bank S.A.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

National Bank of Greece

Senfluga Energy Infrastructure Holdings S.A.

Athenaeum Hotel and Touristic Enterprises S.A.

EU and competition Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm provides its clients with a ‘disciplined and rigorous approach to matters’. Its areas of expertise include cartels, merger clearances, joint ventures, state aid work and PPP matters, market investigations and consumer protection issues. Anastasia Dritsa is a ‘formidable and commanding presence’, and leads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Victoria Mertikopoulou from her position as Commissioner Rapporteur of the HCC. Key sectors for the team include the electricity, petrochemicals, telecoms, consumer goods, food and beverage, retail, media and pharmaceuticals industries.

Testimonials

Anastasia Dritsa is the partner in charge of a team handling the company’s defence in a cartel case. She is an extraordinary lawyer, as good as any I have worked with over my career in many jurisdictions. She is knowledgeable, articulate, and possess  superb judgement and diplomatic skills. She is a formidable and commanding presence in a court or hearing room and quite persuasive and reassuring when dealing with business clients. More recently we used her services to help revise a complex joint venture arrangement with a Greek company. Again she and her team delivered excellent legal product in a timely way.’

‘Very good professionals, devoted to clients; disciplined and rigorous approach to matters; really kind and polite persons.’

‘Anastasia Dritsa – special person and professional; really skilled in the competition matters; outstanding performance in leading litigation.’

Key clients

Gambro Lundia/Baxter Group

The Hellenic Financial Stability Fund

MSD/Merck Pharmaceuticals

HENKEL Italia & HENKEL S.A.

AVAX S.A. – Construction

BIRKENSTOCK

The Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

AFOI SARAKAKIS S.A. – Automobile distribution

BEAT – Intermediation online Taxi Service Provider

British American Tobacco

SHISEIDO

Insurance Tier 2

Clients of Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm include insurance companies, financial institutions and insurance intermediaries in addition to insured parties. Konstantinos Issaias serves as practice head and supports clients on numerous issues from general advice on liability insurance to the implementation of health and life insurance programs. The team is also well-versed in the Solvency II and Insurance Distribution Directive and has a track record in handling employee benefit plans and D&O insurance policies. Associate Zaphirenia Theodoraki is an up-and-coming name for insurance contract law and regulatory matters.

Key clients

AIG

AON

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ERGO INSURANCES

LEASEPLAN INSURANCE

4LIFE DIRECT

SWISS LIFE

BAKER & MCKENZIE

DLA PIPER

Intellectual property Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm assists clients with trade mark, design, patent, copyright and domain name issues with specialist knowledge of the health, life sciences, entertainment, IT and food industries. Irene Kyriakides oversees the practice, which represents clients from across Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. Examples of work undertaken include trade mark registrations, prosecutions and enforcement work, patent filings and registrations, portfolio management and unfair competition litigation; the group also drafts licensing, transfer and franchise agreements.

Key clients

Coca Cola 3Ε HELLAS S.A.I.C/ Coca – Cola HBC Services MEPE (members of Coca – Cola Group)

Pernod Ricard S.A.

GEORGIOS ZACHARIOUDAKIS & CO General Partnership

GB-SMIT New Ventures GmbH

Dole Packaged Foods LLC

ABB Schweiz AG.

TOMS – ONE RETAIL NORTH SA

SARAKACIS Group

Tsakiris S.A.

SEATRIEVER Ltd

Aegean Airlines

Mykonos Brewing Company

Taxibeat UK Limited

Online Delivery SA

Frigoglass SAIC

Blue Grid – Gas & Power

SARACAKIS GROUP

MINOAL LINES

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Elisabeth Eleftheriades leads the team at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm, which has industry-specific expertise in the commercial, hospitality and leisure, energy, utilities, banking and finance, logistics and private client sectors. The group demonstrates experience in transactions, litigation, finance matters, urban planning work, leasings, environmental mandates and archaeological legislation matters, and is adept at acting for international clients including companies stemming from China, Turkey, Israel and Russia.

Key clients

ALPHA BANK

EUROBANK

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

European Investment Bank

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND S.A.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has expertise which encompasses insolvency, pre-insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, support on debt-recovery matters, liabilities of insolvency, claw back actions and the ranking of creditors. Practice head Konstantinos Issaias handles contentious and advisory matters alike with specialist knowledge in advising creditors on all issues arising from their participation in restructuring schemes. Currently, his team is acting for aluminium frames producer Alumil in relation to restructuring discussions pertaining to its existing debt to six Greek banks.

Key clients

Forthnet Group S.A.

Folli Follie

Alumil

TMT Tier 2

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm is regularly instructed on corporate, M&A, regulatory, finance, competition, outsourcing, data protection and dispute resolution matters in the TMT space. The team represents IT and telecoms clients in addition to several tech start-ups and is headed by Konstantinos Vouterakos; he is experienced in representing both national and international clients before the National Telecommunications and Post Commission.

Key clients

Vodafone

Verizon

IBM

Buongiorno Hellas

Bird & Bird LLP

Hogan Lovells LLP

White-collar crime Tier 2

The 'excellent lawyers' at Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm are best known for their work on complex international fraud cases, with matters including money laundering, bribery, forgery and perjury prevalent in the caseload. The practice also demonstrates breadth by handling other criminal cases, from manslaughter by negligence and grievous bodily harm to breaches of trade mark laws and the issuance of bounced cheques. Panos Alexandris and John Kyriakides jointly head the department.

Testimonials

In general, this law firm does not need any guidance, as it is staffed with excellent colleagues but, when I have to provide some guidelines, the firm listens to it and performs it very carefully. In this respect they provide a huge comfort to their clients.

All of them are excellent lawyers and their legal knowledge provides safety to the client, but they also understand the business need. As a result they have become a business partner.’

Tax Tier 3

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm ‘has a thorough knowledge of tax issues in Greece and internationally’. Its work encompasses corporate and personal tax advisory work and structuring matters in addition to a range of controversy mandates. Department head Panagiotis Pothos provides ‘very well structured arguments’; his team represents a diverse group of clients including companies in the real estate investment, commercial banking, energy, private equity, manufacturing and automotive sectors.

Testimonials

‘The team has a thorough knowledge of relevant legal framework as well as a deep understanding of business needs which is not easy to find.’

‘Mr Pothos was very clear in his advice and very well structured in his arguments, always discussing different options to find the best solution for the client.’

‘Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law firm team has a thoroughly knowledge of the tax issues and updates in Greece and Internationally. What makes the difference with the other firms is that they give focused answers which help me not lose time and resources reading unnecessary long emails, without adding value to our organisation.’

‘They are always to the point and they try to help by giving precise and clear answers on the issues. They are fast in responding to our questions and you can reach them even in non-working hours.’

‘Flexibility, professionalism, good terms.’

Key clients

Senfluga Energy Infrastructure Holdings SA and its shareholders

Frigoglass SAIC

EDP Renováveis SA

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (London)

Coty Inc. subsidiaries: Coty Hellas AE, Wella Hellas MEPE, Coty Geneva S.A., HFC Prestige Sarl, OPI Products Inc.

TBank SA

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, 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.

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:

  • Agency, Distribution & Franchising
  • Corporate, Commercial and M&A
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Data Protection
  • Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure
  • Employment
  • EU Competition and Antitrust
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • Internet and E-Commerce
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Life Sciences
  • Tax
  • Public Law
  • Project Finance
  • Private Wealth Structuring
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Telecommunications & Media Law
  • White-collar litigation
Department Name Email Telephone
Energy Gus Papamichalopoulos (Partner)
Employment Effie Mitsopoulou (Partner)
Employment Ioanna Kyriazi (Partner)
EU Competition and Antitrust Anastasia Dritsa (Partner)
Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Konstantinos Vouterakos (Partner)
Litigation & Arbitration Anthony Hadjioannou (Senior Partner)
Litigation & Arbitration John Kyriakides (Partner)
Intellectual Property Irene Kyriakides (Partner)
Tax Panagiotis Pothos (Partner)
Real Estate Elizabeth Eleftheriades (Partner)
Corporate/M&A Leonidas Georgopoulos (Senior Partner)
Corporate/M&A Claire Pavlou (Partner)
Restructuring and Insolvency Konstantinos Issaias (Partner)
Insurance Konstantinos Issaias (Partner)
Public Law Constantinos Kavadellas (Counsel)
Telecommunications & Media Law Konstantinos Vouterakos (Partner)
Project Finance Elizabeth Eleftheriades (Partner)
Project Finance Ioanna Antonopoulou (Partner)
White Collar Litigation Panos Alexandris (Partner)
White Collar Litigation John Kyriakides (Partner)
Life Sciences Irene Kyriakides (Partner)
Data Protection Effie Mitsopouou (Partner)
Private Wealth Structuring Theodore Rakintzis (Partner)
Private Wealth Structuring Panagiotis Pothos (Partner)
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Panos Alexandris  photo Mr Panos Alexandris
Mrs Ioanna Antonopoulou  photo Mrs Ioanna Antonopoulou
Mrs Anastasia Dritsa  photo Mrs Anastasia Dritsa
Mrs Elisabeth Eleftheriades  photo Mrs Elisabeth Eleftheriades
Mrs Elizabeth Eleftheriades  photo Mrs Elizabeth Eleftheriades
Mr Leonidas Georgopoulos  photo Mr Leonidas Georgopoulos
Mr Anthony Hadjioannou  photo Mr Anthony Hadjioannou
Mr Konstantinos Issaias  photo Mr Konstantinos Issaias
Mrs Constantinos Kavadellas  photo Mrs Constantinos Kavadellas
Mrs Irene Kyriakides  photo Mrs Irene Kyriakides
Mr John Kyriakides  photo Mr John Kyriakides
Mrs Ioanna Kyriazi  photo Mrs Ioanna Kyriazi
Mrs Effie Mitsopoulou  photo Mrs Effie Mitsopoulou
Mrs Effie  Mitsopoulou  photo Mrs Effie  Mitsopoulou
Mr Gus Papamichalopoulos  photo Mr Gus Papamichalopoulos
Mrs Claire Pavlou  photo Mrs Claire Pavlou
Mr Panagiotis Pothos  photo Mr Panagiotis Pothos
Mr Theodore Rakintzis  photo Mr Theodore Rakintzis
Mr Konstantinos Vouterakos  photo Mr Konstantinos Vouterakos
Number of lawyers : 100 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’.