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

Work Department

M&A
Public Procurement, Privatisations, Concessions & Public Private Partnerships
Capital Markets

Position

Katia is an experienced and highly skilled professional and at the same time a valued member of our team, since joining in 1994.  Aside from being partner, she serves as Head of M&A Department, leading the team with her distinguished knowledge and generous spirit.

She possesses broad expertise in both Greek and cross-border M&A transactions and privatisations, having been involved in a number of complex large-scale projects within these sectors since joining the firm.

Career

Recent work includes advice to:

  • SouthBridge on the investment concluded by its investment fund, SouthBridge Europe Mezzanine II SCA SICAR, in the company Biologiko Xorio
  • 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 Sellers, including Southbridge Europe Mezzanine Investment Fund, in connection with the sale of a significant minority stake in Skroutz S.A. to CVC Capital Partners, •Eurobank on the sale of 80% of its subsidiary, FPS, to DoValue,
  • Alpha Bank in relation to the envisaged hive down of its banking sector,
  • Southbridge Europe Mezzanine Investment Fund, in connection with the sale of Arivia Group to Upfield,
  • Aktor Concessions in relation to the privatization launched by the HRADF in relation to the award of a concession agreement for the Marina of Alimos,
  • Vodafone Hellas in the successfully completed sale process of Cyta Hellas S.A.,
  • Hellenic Petroleum S.A. in the tender process launched by the HRADF for the sale by its existing shareholders of 50.1% of its shares to investors,
  • Vodafone Hellas on the establishment of a JV with Wind Hellas S.A. for network sharing, • A Swedish multinational group, currently a global leader in the home and business appliance industry, in relation to the Greek corporate law aspects of the group restructuring which involved separation and transfer of functions and assets,
  • Alpha Bank in relation to the sale of Hilton hotel,
  • The preferred bidder (Fraport-Copelouzos consortium) with respect to the tender process for the awarded concession of the management, operation and maintenance of 14 regional airports,
  • R&R Ice Cream plc. on its joint venture with Nestle, including assets located in Greece,
  • Alpha Bank on its acquisition of the retail banking business of Citibank in Greece (asset deal) and on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Diners Club Greece S.A.,
  • Alpha Bank in connection with the transfer of its 85 branch offices in Bulgaria to Postbank (a subsidiary of Eurobank).

Languages

Greek, English, French

Memberships

Member of the Athens Bar Association.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

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