Mr Yannis Kourniotis > Lambadarios Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

Lambadarios Law Firm
105 62 ATHENS

Work Department

Project Finance & Development, Banking & Finance, M&A, Energy, Utilities


Partner – Head of Project Finance & Development practice group


Yannis Kourniotis heads up our Project Finance & Development practice and is among the leading experts in this field in the Greek market. Working alongside other senior colleagues, Yannis has helped to establish Lambadarios as an Athens powerhouse in Project Finance & Development and Banking & Finance.

He has extensive experience on infrastructure and energy projects, as well as public-private partnerships, advising participants across the entire project lifecycle, from tendering authorities to sponsors, lenders and the contractors who will be on site. As a result, Yannis has been engaged in many of the most significant infrastructure and development projects of recent years in Greece.

Yannis is ranked in all leading publications including Chambers, IFLR and the Legal 500 as a leading individual for Banking & Finance and Energy.


Greek, English, German


  • LLM, European Union (Commercial) Law (Distinction), University of Leicester
  • MBA, Business Strategy, University of Strathclyde
  • Diploma (Distinction), Athens University of Economics & Business
  • LLB (Merit), School of Law, University of Athens

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Projects and privatisation

(Hall of Fame)

Yannis KourniotisLambadarios Law Firm

Housing a team of specialists who are ‘approachable and easy to communicate with’, Lambadarios Law Firm advises sponsors, lenders, and investors throughout public tenders relating to major infrastructure and energy initiatives. The practice covers both project finance and non-finance work relating to projects, including drafting concession agreements, EPC contracts, and public procurement. Providing ‘prompt and clear advice’, the Athens-based head Yannis Kourniotis acts for governments and lenders on construction, gambling, and energy developments, whilst George Panopoulos has ‘in-depth knowledge and experience’ in both advisory and litigation matters.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Yannis KourniotisLambadarios Law Firm

Drawing upon ‘a sound commercial understanding of the market’, Lambadarios Law Firm provides a ‘very efficient, pragmatic and solutions-oriented’ service to stakeholders across myriad banking and capital markets transactions. Energy-related project finance is a particular area of strength, with the firm regularly utilising novel financing products and often engaged in negotiations with demanding international sponsors. Team head Prokopis Dimitriadis has been pivotal to work in this space, as has Katerina Gini, with both also excelling in NPL transactions. Constantinos Lambadarios has ‘excellent problem-solving skillswhich he utilises to good effect for lenders on project finance matters, including for the EBRD, which he recently advised, alongside Dimitriadis, on the landmark Greek Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), as part of the ‘Greece 2.0’ National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The ‘excellent and hardworking’ Yannis Kourniotis is also recommended.

Greece > Energy

(Leading individuals)

Yannis KourniotisLambadarios Law Firm

Lambadarios Law Firm’s energy practice demonstrates ‘full professionalism and excellent knowledge’, advising both lenders and sponsors on traditional energy projects as well as renewable initiatives. The team has vast experience in M&A and joint ventures, where it acts on behalf of domestic and international corporations, and routinely assists clients through the formation and bidding for the tender process. In Athens, George Panopoulos is an expert on construction projects and litigious proceedings, Yannis Kourniotis acts for the government and sponsors on transport and renewable affairs, and Constantinos Lambadarios focuses on M&A. Magdalini Christina Vlachou Vlachopoulou concentrates on public law matters. Theodoros Papadatos is also a key member of the team.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Acting on behalf of domestic and international companies across the banking, hospitality, and energy spaces, the practice at Lambadarios Law Firm draws upon its ‘innovative thinking’ and ‘problem-solving abilities‘ when advising on M&A and joint ventures. The team routinely assists on matters of corporate governance, especially in relation to finance and ownership, along with implementing internal restructurings and management agreements. In Athens, Constantinos Lambadarios is ‘strong in negotiations’, routinely handling major M&A transactions, whilst Melina Katsimi is an expert in company formations and restructurings. Yannis Kourniotis has expertise in the infrastructure sector, Katerina Malanou assists with regulatory compliance issues, and Lefkothea Nteka specialises in competition law.