Mr Nikos Koritsas > Koutalidis Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

M&A; Banking, Finance and Restructuring; Capital Markets.

Position

As the Managing Partner of Koutalidis Law Firm, Nikos leads our team with his in-depth legal knowledge and team spirit, holding the provision of excellence-driven solutions to our clients as his daily mission.

At the same time, thanks to his extensive and internationally acclaimed experience in M&A, Banking, Finance & Restructuring, as well as Capital Markets he is particularly active in assuming challenging undertakings and complicated projects both in the Greek and the international corporate market. Recognised repeatedly by esteemed world class associations of the legal world, indicatively, as a top tier lawyer in IFLR and as an eminent practitioner in Chambers and Partners, Nikos combines his active approach with uncompromised professionalism.

Career

Recent work in banking and finance includes advice to:

  • Advising NN Group on the acquisition of MetLife’s business in Greece,
  • Cohn Robbins Holdings Corp. (NYSE: CRHC) in connection with the public listing on the NYSE of Allwyn Entertainment (the group-wide brand of SAZKA Entertainment AG) with a total enterprise value of approximately $9.3 billion,
  • Macquarie Group on the acquisition of a 49% ownership interest in the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) for € 2.116 bn.
  • DESFA on its €505 million common bond load, arranged by the four systemic banks, i.e. Alpha Bank S.A., Eurobank S.A., National Bank of Greece S.A., and Piraeus Bank S.A. where Eurobank S.A. acted as bondholder agent and administrative agent.
  • United Group B.V. in its acquisition of WIND Hellas, one of Greece’s three mobile operators with a total of 4.2 million users and revenues in excess of EUR 500 million annually.
  • The Mandated Lead Arrangers and issuance advisors, namely Eurobank and Piraeus Bank, on the €650m rights offering of Lamda Development S.A. (one of the largest listed real estate development companies in Greece) admitted to trading on the Athens Exchange, the largest non-financial share capital increase that has taken place in Greece over the last decade
  • Mandated Lead Arrangers (the four Greek Systemic Banks and Euroxx Securities) and the issuance advisors (Eurobank and Piraeus Bank) on Lamda Development’s issuance of a Euro320mil. bond loan through a public offering admitted to trading on the Athens Exchange, one of the largest bonds’ public offerings that have taken place in Greece over the last years (in terms of the amount raised)
  • J.P. Morgan Securities plc, Goldman Sachs International and HSBC Bank plc (Initial Purchasers) and J.P. Morgan Europe Limited (Agent) on the €525 million high yield bond issued by Crystal Almond S.á.r.l., guaranteed by its subsidiary Wind Hellas Telecommunications S.A. and the €75 million revolving facility agreement
  • Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse as Global Coordinators on the €500m fixed rate unsecured bond issue and tender for notes purchase launched by Hellenic Petroleum and listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Alpha Bank, Eurobank, NBG and Piraeus Bank in relation to the sale of their participation in the two (2) Athex listed fish farm companies, Nireus and Selonda and their €360mio debt restructuring
  • Nexans Participations S.A. in its voluntary tender offer to acquire 100% of the shares of Nexans Hellas S.A.

Recognitions:

  • IFLR 1000 – Banking & Finance (Greece), Market Leader
  • IFLR 1000 – Capital Markets (Greece), Market Leader
  • IFLR 1000 – M&A (Greece), Market Leader
  • Chambers and Partners – Banking & Finance (Greece), Eminent Practitioner
  • The 2019 Chambers reports describe: “Managing partner Nikos Koritsas continues to impress the market with his finance expertise. He has experience of mandates involving project finance agreements.”
  • “Managing partner Nikos Koritsas is held in high regard for his considerable experience and expertise in the Greek corporate market. He handles a broad range of transactions, assisting banks and investment funds, as well as companies from sectors such as the shipping industry.”

The 2019 Chambers reports describe:

  • Managing partner Nikos Koritsas continues to impress the market with his finance expertise. He has experience with mandates involving project finance agreements.
  • Managing partner Nikos Koritsas is held in high regard for his considerable experience and expertise in the Greek corporate market. He handles a broad range of transactions, assisting banks and investment funds, as well as companies from sectors such as the shipping industry.

Languages

Greek, English and French

Memberships

Managing Partner in Koutalidis Law Firm, Head of Banking and Finance Department. Member of the Athens Bar Association. Member of the BoD of the Association of Greek Law Firms.

Education

London University (LL.M. in International Business Law)
University of Athens Faculty of Laws (LL.B.)

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Projects and privatisation

(Leading individuals)

Nikos KoritsasKoutalidis Law Firm

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Nikos KoritsasKoutalidis Law Firm

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.