Firm Profile > Moratis Passas Law Firm > Athens, Greece

Moratis Passas Law Firm
15 VOUKOURESTIOU STREET
KOLONAKI
106 71 ATHENS
Greece

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Moratis Passas Law Firm is a household name for credit and loan facilities, securities, indemnities and guarantees, SPAs, international trade finance and intercreditor agreements. It complements its core banking and finance expertise with an equally formidable capability in IPOs and further equity offerings, bond issuances and structured finance transactions in the capital markets arena. Managing partner Dimitris Passas is well versed in securitisation, debt restructuring, corporate finance and capital markets regulation, while Vassilis Saliaris gears his practice towards banking-related M&A, financial institution licensing and covered bond programmes. The pair jointly lead the practice alongside consumer and corporate lending expert Constantine Casmas.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Passas; Vassilis Saliaris; Constantine Casmas

Testimonials

‘Highly skilled practice, with unique experience even in the most arcane aspects of Greek banking law, coupled with deep-dive knowledge of corporate law. This practice presents optimal answers to challenging questions.’

‘The strength of the practice lies in the people and in the vast array of transactions where they have acted as advisers in the past.’

‘Dimitris Passas is one of the most experienced attorneys in Greek banking law.’

‘Very experienced and excellent team players.’

‘Immediate reaction to any request or question.’

‘Very professional and willing to help you.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Citibank Europe Plc

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Eurobank Financial Planning Service (FPS)

doValue Hellas SA

New SIA Greece SA (formerly First Data Hellas)

UCI Greece

Attica Bank

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank Ergasias

Praxia Bank (formerly Credicom Consumer Finance Bank)

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd

Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Moratis Passas Law Firm enjoys a particularly strong reputation for shareholder, commercial, competition, banking and civil litigation, with the capacity to act on cross-border disputes and out-of-court settlements. Dimitris Passas and Nikos Syrmas jointly head the team, which has a solid track record of appearing before the national and European courts and competition authorities, and also specialises in sports, tax, real estate, IP, consumer protection and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Passas; Nikos Syrmas

Other key lawyers:

Mantha Varela

Testimonials

‘They are highly professional, have excellent and in-depth knowledge of our background, peculiarities and needs, and are highly efficient and respond quickly to queries. They have provided their legal support and services on tough and complicated issues. Their office is well structured, so whatever we request is provided promptly, most of the time within the same day.’

‘Nikos Syrmas is always available to provide his assistance, advice or guidance on any of the issues.’

‘Nikos Syrmas and Dimitris Passas are impressive in the quality of their work and immediate in their response to inquiries.’

Key clients

Citibank Europe Plc, Greek branch (formerly Citibank International)

Piraeus Bank

Praxia Bank

Hellas Capital Leasing

NN Hellas

Olympiacos Basketball Club

EDOEAP

Antenna T.V. SA

EFKA

CPB Leasing SA

The firm: Moratis Passas was founded in 1990 by joining the previously individual successful practices of George Moratis and Dimitris Passas. In 2010 the firm was established as a law partnership under Greek Law (Presidential Decree 81/2005) and is located in Athens (15 Voukourestiou str. and 5 Zalokosta str.).

Moratis Passas has since its inception been acting as an advisor to many key players in the Greek banking and financial market. Over the past two decades, our firm has built a highly qualified and experienced team most of whom are members of the Athens Bar Association. The widely recognised expertise developed over the years has led us to top tier ranking among the Greek law firms in the fields of Banking and Finance. Gradually our areas of practice have successfully expanded over most fields of contemporary financial and corporate matters. Today we are proud of our expanding and loyal client base ranging from a variety of corporate entities to banks and multinational organisations as well as private entities.

Areas of practice: Banking and Finance Law: We advise most local and foreign credit and financial institutions operating in Greece on a wide range of matters pertaining to banking, finance & corporate law as well as regulatory issues. Our experience includes negotiation & conclusion of sale & purchase agreements (SPAs) regarding transfer of whole or part of a business, documentation and execution of credit facilities, including syndicated loans, documentation and enforcement of securities (mortgages and charges), indemnities and guarantees, factoring transactions, leasing transactions, hire-purchase transactions, inter-creditor agreements, international trade finance (letters of credit and other negotiable instruments), corporate refinancing and restructuring, project and construction finance and other. We have as well pioneered many new financial products and practices in the retail banking and consumer lending.

Capital Markets: The international capital markets expertise of Moratis Passas covers initial public offerings and further equity offerings, regulatory capital and equity-linked (convertible and exchangeable) bond issues, structured finance transactions and the operation of financial instruments including derivatives, bonds, repos and options.

Structured Finance, Securitizations and Structured Bonds: Our firm has in depth experience of Greek law on securitizations, having been involved in a number of such transactions by local public or private originators, since the enactment of Law 3156/2003 on corporate bonds and securitizations. We also have a wide experience on international issues of debt securities issued by Greek companies, having acted as Greek counsel to the underwriters in most High Yield Bond issues of Greek corporates.

Corporate and M&A: Our corporate and commercial legal team focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, company and partnership formations as well as general corporate representation. Our practice also provides legal support for companies, corporate groups, enterprises, in-house legal teams and individuals with respect to commercial contracts and agreements covering all aspects of commercial transactions, including sale and lease of movable and immovable property, provision of legal services, franchise agreements, license agreements and distribution agreements.

Dispute Resolution: Moratis-Passas has a very strong litigation team , with a long track record of achievements in major complex, national and cross border litigation, arbitration and out of court disputes, especially in handling civil litigation, commercial disputes, banking and financial cases and, over the last years, has also gained expertise in handling complex shareholders’ disputes.

Insurance: We have a broad and extensive experience in Greek insurance and reinsurance law. Among our clients are many of the worlds and local leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers, as well as banking clients. Our in-depth know-how of local laws and regulatory framework, as well as our practice insight, enables us to provide practical and client-oriented legal and tax advice in connection with life/non-life insurance and reinsurance.

Public Sector: We review public sector contracts and concession agreements & advise on financing Greek public sector entities, including acting for foreign state agencies. We specialize in the regulatory framework and matters of mobile telephony and networks & we represent clients in disputes leading to public/administrative litigation.

Shipping: Our team provides a full range of legal services needed by today’s sophisticated shipping companies. We handle any shipping-related matter, from the most complex structured finance to anti-competitive actions & from ship conversion disputes to offshore disputes.

Data Protection: Our law firm has significant expertise in the area of data protection for more than two decades. Our dedicated team of lawyers is certified as Privacy Practitioners by IAPP and has solid knowledge and experience in privacy issues including a holistic and business-friendly approach to address the needs of our clients. Our work covers regulatory compliance and related authorizations, data protection audits, due diligence on data protection and privacy issues, privacy impact assessments, whistle-blowing schemes and other privacy policies, internal investigations, data processing agreements, data security, data retention obligations and related litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Dimitris Passas dimitris.passas@morpas.gr
Banking, finance and capital markets Constantine Casmas constantine.casmas@morpas.gr
Capital Markets Vassilis Saliaris vassilis.saliaris@morpas.gr
Capital Markets Maria Androulaki maria.androulaki@morpas.gr
Structured Finance, Securitizations and Structured Bonds Vassilis Saliaris vassilis.saliaris@morpas.gr
Structured Finance, Securitizations and Structured Bonds Maria Androulaki maria.androulaki@morpas.gr
Corporate and M&A Mantha Varela mantha.varela@morpas.gr
Corporate and M&A Eleni Babaletaki eleni.babaletaki@morpas.gr
Project Finance & Public/Private Partnerships Vassilis Saliaris vassilis.saliaris@morpas.gr
Project Finance & Public/Private Partnerships Panagiotis Anastopoulos panagiotis.anastopoulos@morpas.gr
Dispute resolution Dimitris Passas dimitris.passas@morpas.gr
Dispute resolution Nikos Syrmas nikos.syrmas@morpas.gr
Dispute resolution Fotis Kotsis fotis.kotsis@morpas.gr
Insurance Mantha Varela mantha.varela@morpas.gr
Insurance Pelagia Klara pelagia.klara@morpas.gr
Public Sector Fotis Kotsis fotis.kotsis@morpas.gr
Public Sector Panagiotis Anastopoulos panagiotis.anastopoulos@morpas.gr
Shipping George Moratis george.moratis@morpas.gr
Shipping Ioanna Karra ioanna.karra@morpas.gr
Competition and antitrust Vassilis Saliaris vassilis.saliaris@morpas.gr
Intellectual property Christiana Koliofoti christiana.koliofoti@morpas.gr
Data Protection Constantine Casmas constantine.casmas@morpas.gr
Data Protection Maria Androulaki maria.androulaki@morpas.gr
Number of lawyers - At this address : 15
Number of lawyers - in this country : 15
Number of lawyers - worldwide : 15
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DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Moratis Passas law firm attracts and retains bright lawyers and tries to foster a respectful and supportive working environment for all lawyers and staff, where people from all backgrounds can reach their full potential, regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability.

PRO BONO INITIATIVES

Moratis Passas Law Firm considers pro bono work an important professional responsibility; believing that arts played a significant role in forming the identity of Greece, our firm’s pro bono legal work is mainly focused to providing legal services to non-profit organizations, institutions and entities which promote arts in Greece.

Persons and entities to which we have been providing our pro bono legal services include:

  • A museum;
  • A non-profit organization, organizer of exhibitions of contemporary arts;
  • Renowned artist;
  • A theatre production company.

By helping such entities, we take pride in contributing to the cultivation of the cultural identity of contemporary Greeks.


CLIENT: Christos Iliopoulos (Legal Advisor)
COMPANY/FIRM: Citibank Europe Plc
TESTIMONIAL: “Taking into account that Citi is sensitive with servicing its clients with the most comprehensive way, we wanted to hire a recognizable and professional law firm with experience in banking industry and international markets. The relationship with each member of this law firm is a matter of trust since the handling of any legal matter is quite comprehensive, timely and professional. Moratis-Passas is a law firm that I would strongly recommend to any peer because of its over 35-year experience in banking industry leading always to legal solutions without creating legal risks.”


CLIENT: George J Liakopoulos (General Counsel)
COMPANY/FIRM: Piraeus Bank S.A.
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Moratis Passas for a demanding and challenging project with cross-border impact. Our ask was for legal services ranging from advice on complex compliance issues and corporate tax matters to practicalities and input on how to better structure the different phases of the project. Not only did Moratis Passas provide sound advice across several EU and Greek law disciplines, but they also committed the necessary resources for supporting us, in order to achieve the optimum solution.


CLIENT: Menelaos Karpathakis (Head of Legal)
COMPANY/FIRM: doBank Hellas
TESTIMONIAL: “We have worked with Moratis Passas for a demanding and challenging project with cross-border impact. Our ask was for legal services ranging from advice on complex compliance issues and corporate tax matters to practicalities and input on how to better structure the different phases of the project. Not only did Moratis Passas provide sound advice across several EU and Greek law disciplines, but they also committed the necessary resources for supporting us, in order to achieve the optimum solution.”