Firm Profile > Koutalidis Law Firm > Athens, Greece

Koutalidis Law Firm
106 71 ATHENS

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm has a superb reputation for banking, finance and capital markets work, where it acts for the full range of lenders, borrowers and issuers. The team is often called upon to advise on the country's largest and most complex transactions. Recently it advised National Bank of Greece as lead agent and subscriber to Hellenic Petroleum's €300m revolving bond loan, which refinances an existing bank debt. Other key clients include Alpha Bank and JP Morgan. The highly rated Nikos Salakas leads the team.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm can usually be found on the country's largest deals. Examples include its advice to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale of DESFA, which manages Greece's gas distribution network. The firm also advised Vodafone on its acquisition of CYTA's Greek operations. The team, which is led by managing partner Nikos Koritsas, also includes Katia Protopapa and Nikos Salakas.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm has 'one of the best teams in Athens for international arbitration' where the 'research is always exhaustive and meticulous when considering the facts of the case'. Practice head Gregory Logothetis 'consistently delivers excellent results'. The recently promoted Ioannis Kaptanis is 'very knowledgeable on civil law matters', while George Naskaris is 'very diligent and knowledgeable of the intricacies of Greek tax law'. Recent highlights include advising Cyprus Popular Bank, which is in administration, on a €3.79bn global injunction against several Greek entrepreneurs. Other clients include Invensys, Fraport, and Crete Golf. Evangelos Courakis is also recommended.

EU and competition Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm is a major player in the market, and Stamatis Drakakakis is recommended by clients and peers. The firm has a leading reputation for state aid matters and also handles plenty of merger clearances as part of its M&A practice. Katia Protopapa is also well-regarded.

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm has an excellent pedigree for advising both public and private sector clients, and has acted for HRADF on several occasions since the organisation was launched in 2011. The group also has a sterling reputation for infrastructure projects and has been involved in several major toll road deals. Nikos Koritsas and Nikos Salakas respectively head the privatisation and projects groups.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm is a popular firm for the most complex corporate restructurings and insolvencies, in which it regularly represents creditors and debtors. Notably it advised the banks on the Frigoglass restructuring. Nikos Salakas is a key contact.

TMT Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm offers its clients excellent insight into the current regulatory framework and has developed close relationships with some of the leading players in the IT and telecoms market. Nikitas Fortsakis leads the team whose clients include Wind Hellas, Hellas On Line, Forthnet and Vodafone.

Employment Tier 2

Koutalidis Law Firm is recommended for its advisory and litigation expertise. The firm's heavy corporate workload also ensures a considerable flow of transaction support work. Dispute resolution partners Gregory Logothetis and Evangelos Courakis are the main contacts.

Energy Tier 2

Koutalidis Law Firm has a sterling track record advising on energy-related transactions and infrastructure projects. It also has strong expertise in privatisation deals as well as disputes. Gregory Logothetis and Evangelos Courakis are both active in this sector.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Gregory Logothetis leads the high-quality team at Koutalidis Law Firm, which is recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters. Recently, it represented Kekrops on a €10m land ownership dispute with the municipality of Philothei-Psychiko. On the development side, it advised the Indian company GMR on a construction contract for the New Kastelli Airport.

Tax Tier 3

Koutalidis Law Firm has a comprehensive practice that is well-versed in estate planning, tax disputes and the structuring of corporate finance transactions, both for banks and other businesses. Tax expert George Naskaris leads the team.

The firm: Koutalidis Law Firm was founded in 1930 and is regarded as one of the most prestigious top-tier law firms in Greece. The firm is well known for its in-depth understanding of clients businesses, which enables it to deliver the quality of advice and service they expect.

The firm has advised on most of the high-profile and groundbreaking transactions in Greece and is privileged with an excellent and varied client list that includes leading Greek and foreign corporations, major investment and commercial banks and financial institutions.

Koutalidis Law Firm’s work and commitment to providing excellent service and finding innovative solutions covering a variety of law and business sectors has been recognised by its clients and independent commentators.

Areas of practice: Koutalidis Law Firm specialis es in the following areas: aviation, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law, corporate law, energy law, European law, litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax and TMT.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation KJ Protopapa
Banking and finance NV Salakas
Capital markets NV Salakas
Corporate NC Koritsas
Energy law EN Courakis
European law/competition law SE Drakakakis
European law/competition law KJ Protopapa
Litigation and arbitration GP Logothetis
Mergers and acquisitions NC Koritsas
Real estate ID Kaptanis
Tax GD Naskaris
TMT NP Fortsakis
Number of lawyers : 30