Koutalidis Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Koutalidis Law Firm
The Orbit, 115 Kifissias Ave.
Athens 115 24
Greece

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm has ‘a very experienced team with great availability‘, which handles a wide range of complex transactions in the financial sphere, including leveraged buyouts, NPL portfolio sales and securitisations. The team is particularly active in project finance, advising on project structuring, project and financial documentation, security packages, due diligence and related licensing matters. The firm also stands out for its capital markets practice, which has participated in pioneering transactions including the latest recapitalisation of Greek banks. Other areas of expertise include IPOs, rights offerings and tender offers involving listed, private and state-controlled entities. Managing partner Nikos Koritsas co-heads the practice with Katia Protopapa. Project finance specialist Ioannis Kaptanis and Effie Papoutsi, who focuses on corporate finance, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Koritsas; Katia Protopapa

Other key lawyers:

Ioannis Kaptanis; Effie Papoutsi; Chrysanthi Karlou; Dimitris Kalyvas; Ioanna Sereti

Testimonials

‘This is a team with a unique approach to its clients, as they take the approach of a business partner. Strong commitment and high levels of delivery.’

‘Effie Papoutsi and Ioannis Kaptanis stand out for their practical and clear advice.’

‘Very experienced team with great availability that is eager to help resolve the business issues at stake.’

‘Nikos Koritsas and Effie Papoutsi are very experienced and keen to address the client’s business needs. Very good knowledge of the sector.’

‘Excellent collaboration and support.’

Key clients

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Piraeus Bank S.A., and its subsidiaries Piraeus Leasing S.A. and Piraeus Leases S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A. and Alpha Services and Holdings S.A.

Eurobank S.A.

Attica Bank S.A.

HSBC France (Athens Branch)

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited and its Italian subsidiary Credito Fondiario S.p.A.

Aktor Concessions S.A. and Development of New Alimos Marina Concession Single Member S.A.

Fraport Greece

Aegean Motorway S.A.

HOCHTIEF

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

ING Bank N.V.

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance N.V.

Rabo Factoring B.V.

ING Commercial Finance B.V.

GMR Airports Limited

Costamare

Intrum Group

PQH Single Special Liquidation S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Alpha Services and Holdings S.A. on a share capital increase amounting to €800m through payment in cash, the abolition of the pre-emption rights of existing shareholders, and the issuance of new common, registered, voting, dematerialised shares.
  • Advised Alpha Bank in relation to its hive-down process by way of a spin-off and the establishment of a new banking entity.
  • Advised Aktor Concessions S.A. and Development of New Alimos Marina Concession Single Member S.A. on obtaining the concession of Alimos Marina, one of the largest marinas in Greece, and on the project financing provided by Alpha Bank for an amount of up to €88.5m.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Led by Gregory Logothetis, the ‘prestigious and reliable‘ dispute resolution team at Koutalidis Law Firm has experience in an array of high-value and complex arbitration, adjudication, litigation and mediation proceedings, with recent examples including its representation of Aegean Motorway in a dispute over the issuance of an operation permit for the largest motorway tunnels in the Balkans region. In addition, the team handles pre-litigation strategy assistance, settlement negotiations, and the enforcement of foreign awards and decisions. The sizeable team includes senior associate Manolis KasotakisEvangelos Courakis, Ioannis Kaptanis and renowned tax expert George Naskaris.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Logothetis

Testimonials

‘Gregory Logothetis is a widely recognised authority, with outstanding legal knowledge and a phenomenal work ethic. I would recommend him unreservedly.’

‘Koutalidis  is one of the most prestigious and reliable firms in Greece.’

‘Ioannis Kaptanis is an excellent lawyer who is deeply knowledgeable and methodical. He is tireless and demonstrates a calm approach which is essential in handling disputes and resolving problems. I feel great confidence relying on Gregory Logothetis and Ioannis Kaptanis. They have never failed to deliver the best results, no matter how demanding the case at hand.’

‘I have been working with the team for quite a long time and I always get the best from them. They are very dedicated to the client, ready to work tirelessly and provide top-quality advice even when the timelines are tight. Their longtime experience and knowledge in both arbitration and litigation, combined with a profound understanding of the market, make them think proactively and understand the whole spectrum of a dispute.’

‘Gregory Logothetis is a lawyer you can definitely rely upon. He possesses impressive experience and knowledge in litigation and arbitration and he is able to deliver under any circumstances, working around the clock. He misses no aspect or possible argument of the case.’

‘The dispute resolution practice of Koutalidis is distinguished because of its excellence, achievements and quality of people.’

‘Commitment, personal engagement, academic excellence and experience.’

‘Gregory Logothetis knows the market and the law very well. Manolis Kasotakis is a standout associate – very bright, solution-orientated and extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Fraport Greece

Aegean Motorway S.A.

Athens Concert Hall

Adidas Hellas

Alimos Marina

Kekrops S.A.

ANEK S.A.

Vodafone

Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF)

Aegean Airlines S.A.

Genesis Pharma

Crete Golf S.A.

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)

Intrasoft International S.A.

Deutsche Bank AG

HSBC

National Bank of Greece

Alpha Bank

John Vardinoyiannis

China Three Gorges

ELTA S.A. (Hellenic Post)

Proteus Equity Holdings Ltd

Matrix Pack UK Ltd

Prime Equity S.A. Ltd

SEA STAR CAPITAL PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. in LCIA arbitration against Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings Limited and Emma Delta Limited involving a share purchase agreement amounting to €70m.
  • Represented Fraport Greece in arbitration proceedings against the Greek state regarding the implementation of a concession agreement, involving a stake of €177.8m.
  • Represented Aegean Motorway S.A. in ICC arbitration against the Greek state relating to the issuance of an operation permit for the two biggest tunnels in the Balkans.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm has vast experience of advising clients on public procurement and concessions, assisting clients from around the world with navigating government regulations and policies pertaining to the structure of contractual relationships with market participants and public authorities. It is also a leading adviser to clients on privatisations, where its work covers complex projects concerning infrastructure and energy assets. PPPs are also seen as a key area of strength. The firm recently represented Agean Motorway in arbitration proceedings against the Greek state over the issuance of an operation permit for the largest tunnels in the Balkan region. Nikos Koritsas, Gregory Logothetis, Effie Papoutsi and Ioannis Kaptanis lead the practice. Senior associate Yiannis Loizos is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Koritsas; Gregory Logothetis; Ioannis Kaptanis; Effie Papoutsi

Other key lawyers:

Yiannis Loizos; Yiannis Kantas

Testimonials

‘Excellent communication; collaboration; responsive time.’

‘Great team and very good professionals.’

Key clients

Fraport AG and Fraport Greece

Copelouzos Group

GMR Group Limited

Aegean Motorway S.A. (AMSA)

Avialliance GmbH (member of the PSP Group)

Aktor Concessions S.A.

Lamda Development

Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HELPE)

Deutsche Telekom AG

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

Eurobank S.A.

Macquarie Infrastructure Real Estate Assets Sàrl

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Work highlights

  • Advised on the concession of Alimos Marina, one of the largest marinas in Greece with a net present value of €57.5 m.
  • Advised on the concession and financing of the New Kastelli (Heraklion) International Airport, valued at more than €850m, to GMR Airports Limited.
  • Advised all four Greek systemic banks in connection with several drawdowns by Athens International Airport (AIA) under a common bond loan of up to €100m for five airport related CapEx projects, in connection with an up to €140m bond loan in respect of working capital and operational needs of the Athens International Airport S.A..

Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Koutalidis Law Firm is best known for its ‘transaction-orientated and pragmatic advice and solutions‘, acting for debtors, lenders and investors on domestic and international matters. The group’s expertise covers a breadth of services, including debt restructuring proceedings, private refinancing and rescheduling schemes, with matters coming from a range of sectors, including the mining and metals, healthcare and food sectors. In recent work, the practice acted for the four Greek systemic banks, overseeing the corporate reorganisation and debt restructuring of creditors Sidma and Bitros. Nikos Koritsas, Ioannis Kaptanis and Effie Papoutsi lead the practice. Chrysanthi Karlou is also noted, especially because of her assistance to Alpha Bank during its hive-down process.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Koritsas; Ioannis Kaptanis; Effie Papoutsi

Other key lawyers:

Chrysanthi Karlou; Dimitris Kalyvas

Testimonials

‘Strong experience.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank

National Bank of Greece

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Goldman Sachs International Bank

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

J.P. Morgan Europe Limited

Merrill Lynch International

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc.

Barclays Bank plc

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

Nomura International plc.

Société Générale

Credit Suisse

HSBC France

HSBC Bank plc

GMR Group Limited

Aktor Concessions S.A.

Fraport Greece

Euroxx Securities S.A.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Aegean Motorway S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised all four Greek systemic banks, as the largest creditors of Sidma and Bitros, on the corporate reorganisation and debt restructuring of both companies.
  • Advised lenders, including ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Cooperative Rabobank U.A and ING Bank N.V, on the transfer of the shrimp business of the Dutch Seafood Company B.V. and the carve-out of the ‘Klaas Puul’ entities.  
  • Advised Alpha Bank in relation to its corporate restructuring, resulting in the hive- down of its banking business to a new wholly owned subsidiary.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Koutalidis Law Firm is renowned for its ‘deep knowledge‘ and ‘broad experience‘ in high-profile domestic M&A projects, including the demerger of Alpha Bank by way of a spin-off of its banking business. The team also handles privatisations and can draw on the firm’s antitrust, tax, banking and regulatory departments for support. With a strong track record in Greek and cross-border M&A transactions, Katia Protopapa co-heads the practice with managing partner Nikos Koritsas, who has complementary strengths in banking, capital markets and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Katia Protopapa; Nikos Koritsas

Other key lawyers:

Yiannis Loizos; Chrysanthi Karlou

Testimonials

‘A great team that is eager to address complex matters and equally eager to find flexible solutions to cope with the client’s business needs.’

‘Katia Protopapa and Chrysanthi Karlou have been of great assistance to us on various projects. They are diligent, quick to respond, closely follow all legal developments and are problem solvers.’

‘Deep knowledge of the legal framework, effective approach, broad experience and very good teamwork.’

‘Chrysanthi Karlou and Katia Protopapa are very effective.’

‘They have the ability to establish dynamic teams and secure the client’s interests in a unique manner.’

‘Katia Protopapa and Yiannis Loizos stand out for the quality and depth of their knowledge in the sector, their availability and responsiveness, and their negotiation skills.’

‘I enjoyed having the honour of working with Katia Protopapa and profiting from her experience, high level of knowledge and professionalism. She also has the experience to organise teams from different legal fields and reach the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank Ergasias

National Bank of Greece

SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine Investment Fund

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

NN Group

Copelouzos Group

Space Hellas SA

Nexi SPA

Carlyle / GIC

Elliot / Credito Fondiario

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)

PPC Renewables S.A.

Helector SA

Interxion Operational B.V.

AMSA

Macarthurglen Hellas

Bloomberg

WPP

ADAC

Hermes

Chopard

Fraport Greece

Work highlights

  • Advised NN Group on its €584m acquisition of MetLife’s business activities in Greece and Poland.
  • Advised Alpha Bank in relation to its hive-down process by way of the spin-off of its banking business and the establishment of a new entity.
  • Advised InterXion Operational B.V., a member of the Digital Realty Group, on the acquisition of Lamda Hellix S.A. (and its affiliate Storm ICT Outsourcing Services Single Member S.A.).

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Koutalidis Law Firm is a strong choice for advice on real estate transactions involving complex financing and structuring requirements. It also advises clients on lease agreements, sale and leaseback schemes, real estate finance, construction agreements, M&A, planning and zoning, among other matters. On the contentious side, real estate litigation is also a pillar of the practice. The team is jointly led by Gregory Logothetis and Ioannis Kaptanis.

Practice head(s):

Gregory Logothetis; Ioannis Kaptanis

Other key lawyers:

Theodora Karageorgou; Manolis Kasotakis; Athina Xynopoulou; Stergios Zygouras

Testimonials

‘Deep legal knowledge; effectiveness; proactive approach; solution finding approach; commitment.’

Key clients

KEKROPS

Bluehouse

McArthurGlen Group

KRITIKA GOLF S.A.

Fraport Greece

Lamda Development

GMR Group Limited

Aktor Concessions S.A.

Aegean Motorway S.A.

Maliakos Kleidi Construction Joint Venture

National Bank of Greece

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

Eurobank S.A.

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Frank E. Basil S.A.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

PQH Single Special Liquidation S.A.

HOME CONCEPT EPE

Work highlights

  • Advised Aktor Concessions S.A. on the concession of Alimos Marina, one of the largest marinas in Greece with a 1000 permanent positions with a value of €57.5m.
  • Advised GMR Airports Limited on the concession and financing of the New Kastelli  International Airport, with a value of  more than €850m.
  • Advised all four Greek systemic banks in connection with several drawdowns by Athens International Airport under a common bond loan of up to €100m for five airport related CapEx projects, as well as in connection with an up to €140m bond loan in respect of working capital and operational needs of the Athens International Airport S.A..

Greece > Employment Tier 3

Koutalidis Law Firm has a reputable practice that places an emphasis on employment law compliance. Its expertise extends to both national and EU legislation, which aids its advice to both individuals and businesses. Evans Courakis has over 13 years’ experience and advises on collective redundancies, internal investigations and employment contracts. Ioannis Kaptanis has over 15 years’ experience advising on complex employee mobility matters. They both head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Evans Courakis; Ioannis Kaptanis

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Koritsas; Katia Protopapa; Dora Karagiorgou; Panagiota Dikaiou; Ilias Betzios; Chrysanthi Karlou

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and up to date with the employment law developments in Greece (which are numerous each year). Very focused on customer needs. Keen to assist.’

‘Dora Karagiorgou and Nikos Koritsas keep a close eye on legal developments and are diligent, with a quick grasp of the business issue at stake.’

‘We work daily with this firm on global immigration matters. They are experts in the field and can handle multiple matters and offer creative solutions. Highly recommended.’

‘Ioannis Kaptanis and Ilias Betzios are knowledgeable, responsive, professional, and organised.’

‘Good client service.’

‘Katia Protopapa is very client focused’

‘It was always a pleasure to work with the team at Koutalidis. They are very professional and always available to help with any problem.’

‘Chrysanthi Karlou is an outstanding adviser. She helped me so much with many aspects of my day-to-day work.’

Key clients

InterXion Operational B.V.

Aktor Concessions S.A. and its 100% subsidiary Marina Alimou S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

C.G. Gas Limited (member of Copelouzos group)

Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations SA

Genesis Pharma S.A.

Santos Dumont Limited

NovartisBloomberg LP & Bloomberg Single Member Limited Liability Company

Zadig & Voltaire Limited Liability Company

SIA SpA (and SIA Hellas SA)

Southbridge Europe Investment Fund

Metrika Inc.

ADAC

Hermes

Alvarez & Marsal

Altair

Universal Music

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

NN Group

Space Hellas SA

Nexi SPA

Work highlights

  • Advised NN Group on the employment aspects of its €584m acquisition of MetLife’s business activities in Greece and Poland.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on TUPE provisions concerning the process of transferring employees in relation to its corporate restructuring.
  • Advised Interxion Operational B.V. on employment law issues concerning the acquisition of Lamda Hellix SA.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 3

Koutalidis Law Firm's competition practice spans a number of key workstreams, including merger control, state aid and litigation before the Greek and EU courts. It regularly handles significant abuse of dominance cases and recently represented Hellenic Post in proceedings before the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission over an alleged abuse of dominance. Katia Protopapa heads up the practice. Another key individual is Alexandra Mikroulea, who advises Skroutz on pricing and discount policies.

Practice head(s):

Katia Protopapa; Alexandra Mikroulea

Other key lawyers:

Konstantina Tzerefou; Christina Kechagia – Tsiakiri

Testimonials

On competition related projects they have dedicated experts, thus, they are capable of offering high quality advise.’

‘Partners work very closely with the clients giving them full confidence that they have the proper consultants and partners on their side.’

Key clients

Hellenic Post S.A. (ELTA)

SIA SpA (and SIA Hellas S.A.)

Copelouzos Group

Public Gas Corporation S.A.

Helector S.A.

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund S.A. (HRADF)

Southbridge Europe Investment Fund

Skroutz S.A.

Alpha Bank

Piraeus Bank

Eurobank

National Bank of Greece

Greece > TMT Tier 3

Koutalidis Law Firm is ‘best known for its in-depth knowledge’ of TMT-related regulatory framework and litigation strategy. The practice is led by Nikitas Fortsakis  who has over 35 years of experience advising on TMT matters. He represents Vodafone in interception-related litigation before the Greek administrative and civil courts.

Practice head(s):

Nikitas Fortsakis

Testimonials

‘Combines expertise in TMT with excellent legal support in other areas eg data privacy, competition, etc. Legal opinions and advice are always of the highest standards, highly respected by stakeholders and effective.’

Key clients

VODAFONE – PANAFON SA

MOBILE OPERATORS’ ASSOCIATION

DIGEA SA

BLOOMBERG LLP

FRAPORT GREECE (AIRPORTS)

HELLENIC CORPORATION OF ASSETS AND PARTICIPATIONS SA

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 specialises in the following areas:

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative & Environmental Law Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Administrative & Environmental Law Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Agency & Distributorship Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Agency & Distributorship Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Arbitration, Litigation & Mediation Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Arbitration, Litigation & Mediation Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Arbitration, Litigation & Mediation Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Aviation Law Katia Protopapakprotopapa@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Banking, Finance & Restructuring Effie Papoutsiepapoutsi@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Banking, Finance & Restructuring Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Banking, Finance & Restructuring Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Capital Markets Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Capital Markets Effie Papoutsiepapoutsi@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Capital Markets Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Corporate & Commercial Law Katia Protopapakprotopapa@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Corporate & Commercial Law Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Data Protection Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Employment & Immigration Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Employment & Immigration Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Energy Law Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
EU, Antitrust/Competition & State Αid Katia Protopapakprotopapa@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
EU, Antitrust/Competition & State Αid Alexandra Mikrouleaamikroulea@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Intellectual Property Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Intellectual Property Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Investigations & White Collar Crime (incl. FCPA) Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Investigations & White Collar Crime (incl. FCPA) George Naskarisgnaskaris@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Investigations & White Collar Crime (incl. FCPA) Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Investment in Greece (Structuring, Protection, Grants, Permits & Operation) Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
M&A Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
M&A Katia Protopapakprotopapa@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Evangelos Courakisencourakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Project Finance Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Project Finance Effie Papoutsiepapoutsi@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Project Finance Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Public Procurement, Privatisations, Concessions & Public Private Partnerships Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Public Procurement, Privatisations, Concessions & Public Private Partnerships Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Public Procurement, Privatisations, Concessions & Public Private Partnerships Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Public Procurement, Privatisations, Concessions & Public Private Partnerships Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Real Estate Nikos Koritsasnkoritsas@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Real Estate George Naskarisgnaskaris@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Real Estate Gregory Logothetisglogothetis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Real Estate Ioannis Kaptanisgkaptanis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Regulatory & Compliance Katia Protopapakprotopapa@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Regulatory & Compliance George Naskarisgnaskaris@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Regulatory & Compliance Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
Tax George Naskarisgnaskaris@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
TMT Nikitas Fortsakisnfortsakis@koutalidis.gr++302103607811
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Evangelos Courakis photoMr Evangelos CourakisEvans focuses on energy law, international arbitrations, complicated litigations before the Greek…
Sofia Daskalaki photoMs Sofia DaskalakiSofia has been in our Firm since 1994 and holds the position…
Nikitas Fortsakis photoMr Nikitas FortsakisNikitas focuses on all aspects of administrative law, with a special focus…
Ioannis Kaptanis photoMr Ioannis KaptanisIoannis focuses on concession projects, project finance transactions, commercial arbitration and litigation,…
Manolis Kasotakis photoMr Manolis KasotakisManolis has a wide experience in litigation and commercial arbitration. In his…
Nikos Koritsas photoMr Nikos KoritsasAs the Managing Partner of Koutalidis Law Firm, Nikos leads our team…
Gregory Logothetis photoMr Gregory LogothetisPartner, Head of the Arbitration, Litigation and Mediation Department and Co-Head of…
Yiannis Loizos photoMr Yiannis LoizosYiannis possesses broad expertise in both Greek and cross-border M&A transactions and…
George Naskaris photoDr George NaskarisDr. George Naskaris is the head of our Tax Department. George is…
Effie Papoutsi photoMs Effie PapoutsiEffie heads the Corporate Finance Department of our Firm, advising regularly foreign…
Katia Protopapa photoMs Katia ProtopapaKatia is an experienced and highly skilled professional and at the same…
Nikos Salakas photoMr Nikos SalakasNikos has extensive experience in Banking, Finance & Restructuring, Capital Markets, Project…
Athina Xynopoulou photoMrs Athina XynopoulouAthina focuses on international arbitration and complicated litigations in matters of civil…
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Koutalidis Law Firm strives to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. Our fundamental premise is that diversity and inclusion should not be viewed solely as an end in themselves. Aside from their moral imperative, these principles are also crucial for the effective performance and overall strategic goals of Koutalidis Law Firm. We view building an inclusive workplace and setting diversity targets as enhancing meritocracy, being the cornerstone of the operations of our Firm, so both these goals work in tandem.

In this context we continuously place particular emphasis on gender diversity, as evidenced by our increasingly gender-balanced team. In terms of headline figures, the overall percentage of female lawyers in our firm currently stands at 60% (30 out of 50). Women make up almost 40% of our Partners and 50% of our Counsels and Senior Associates, while some of the most instrumental practices for our Firm are led by female lawyers. Conscious of the fact that gender equality is not exclusively a matter of equal representation within our workforce, we also aim to ensure that our female lawyers are involved in high-profile projects and are sufficiently supported to achieve appropriate career development.


Koutalidis Law Firm is one of the most prestigious top-tier law firms in Greece and a leader in the provision of legal services in Greece in various sectors, including Banking, Finance & Restructuring, Project Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate and Commercial transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation and Arbitration, Public Procurement, Concessions, Public Private Partnerships and Privatizations, Real Estate, EU and Competition, TMT, Administrative and Public Law, Employment, Immigration, Tax, Aviation and Energy Law. Our expertise allows us to respond to the needs of a globalized market and to any international demands for assistance. Our in-depth knowledge and extensive experience are a valuable asset in complex cross-border transactions and disputes for clients in all key business jurisdictions worldwide. Our work has been consistently recognised by the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, International Financial Law Review (IFLR) and Global Competition Review (GCR).

The team

Our team consists of 50 innovative thinking legal professionals with outstanding academic education, diverse skills, awarded professional performance and thorough understanding of client needs. Our lawyers have significant experience dealing with not only domestic clients, but also foreign individuals and corporations, to whom we provide consultancy in regard to international transactions. In this context, we are able to support our clients in connection with any international matter thanks to our lawyers’ expertise, study and work experience in foreign countries and versatile linguistic skills. We are also able to include advice with an international perspective by requesting assistance from law firms abroad with which we collaborate on a regular basis.

The clients

Our firm has a significant number of foreign clients. These include well known multinational companies and institutions from various sectors of industry and commerce, major investment firms and financial institutions, industrial companies, wholesale and retail distributors, real estate developers, as well as public bodies.

The activities

We have participated in a great number of significant deals and transactions offering guidance, consultancy and tailor-made solutions to our clients in regard to their international transactions. Our strong and long-established international connections and cooperation partners allow our firm to support both domestic and international clients in the most comprehensive possible way.

Nikos C. Koritsas, Managing Partner

Managing Partner of Koutalidis Law Firm, Mr. Nikos Koritsas, explains what sets the Firm apart

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Koutalidis Law Firm from your competitors?

We pride ourselves on taking a business-minded approach to address our clients’ needs coupled with our in-depth knowledge of the Greek market. In this respect, we always strive to communicate even the most complex legal concepts in a simple and straightforward manner as well as to tailor our advice to the commercial objectives of the relevant transaction. At the same time, our multi-disciplinary team allows us to achieve synergies across practices and provide a 360-degree analysis of all transaction-related aspects.

We also take pride in building a culture that translates to a demanding, yet welcoming workplace for our people. Koutalidis Law Firm has remained the professional home to many of our team members for years on end. At the heart of our efficiency as a firm, lies a strong team culture, where individual skills are celebrated and collective value is acknowledged.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The successful fight against COVID-19 is expected to drive an upward trend of deal volume in the next 12 months across sectors and transaction types. Privatizations should take the stage as the completion of a number of projects was postponed due to the pandemic, bringing lower-than-expected proceeds in 2020 for the Greek State. Banks’ efforts to reduce the stock of non-performing exposures and improve asset quality should spur NPLs transactions, as the sale of portfolios of an estimated total value of EUR 30 billion was also pushed back for 2021.

However, the impact of COVID-19 is not limited solely to the creation of a backlog of deals that is expected to prompt transaction activity in 2021. At the same time, the pandemic served as a market disruptor as well as an accelerant of trends already underway. This was particularly evident in the distribution of deals across industries during 2020 and the relevant trends are expected to continue in 2021. M&A activity should be largely driven by the TMT sector, which accounted for 44% of total deal value in 2020, including high-value transactions in the e-commerce industry.

We also see significant growth prospects in the energy sector supported by Greece’s broader efforts to create a competitive and well-functioning energy market. The Greek real estate market is also evolving as domestic and internal appetite for real estate assets continues to increase both for tourism-oriented and business-oriented investments.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Growth. Over the last six years we have more than doubled our workforce from 20 to 50 lawyers. This allows us to undertake large-scale projects under strict timelines as well as to advise across a broad range of practice areas. The main strategic goal that guided our expansion was how to build a diverse and inclusive workplace. To ensure excellent working and collaboration conditions for our people as well as for our clients, we have recently moved to a new office building in Athens, The Orbit, which exemplifies modern workspace design and has become the latest landmark in the city.

We place a particular emphasis on gender diversity, as evidenced by our increasingly gender-balanced team. The share of female lawyers in our firm currently stands at 60%. Women make up almost 40% of our Partners and 50% of our Counsels and Senior Associates, while some of our most instrumental practices for our Firm are led by female lawyers. We also strive to create a multi-disciplinary team that will be able to address our clients’ needs. Our hirings cover a broad array of practice areas and industries including financial regulation, energy, pharmaceutical, public procurement, antitrust and state aid, as well as international arbitration.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Undoubtedly. The shift towards advanced digital tools was accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The multitude of platforms and the continuous improvements thereof have contributed significantly to the efficient and secure connection with our clients. At the same time, the frequent use of virtual data rooms facilitates the assessment of transaction documents, the cooperation among legal, financial and technical advisors, and the exchanges between counterparties.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Greek banks have redoubled their efforts to de-risk their balance sheets, mitigate cost of risk and return to sustainable profitability. This is considered one of the key challenges not only of the financial sector but of the Greek economy as a whole. In this context, we advise one of the four systemic banks on the implementation of a key pillar of its strategic plan, namely its demerger by way of transfer of its banking sector to a new entity. Our role is key both at the level of strategic planning, where our business-minded approach allows us to design optimal solutions, as well as at the level of implementation, where our diverse team provides support on the full array of issues that arise in such a complex and multi-faceted transaction.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

As the market environment becomes increasingly complex law firms are expected to possess an in-depth understanding of everchanging business objectives and market conditions. This should always be coupled with a client relationship built on trust. Our goal is to continue to grow our team and improve its knowledge span and diversity, especially in terms of gender and practice area expertise.