Firm Profile > Law Offices Papaconstantinou > Athens , Greece

Law Offices Papaconstantinou
4 VASILISSIS SOFIAS AVENUE
106 74 ATHENS
Greece

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Law Offices Papaconstantinou has a multi-faceted commercial practice that handles M&A deals, restructurings, joint ventures and general day-to-day advice for clients across a range of industries. Eleni Papaconstantinou leads the team, whose clients include Toyota, Philip Morris International and Dexia Bank.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Law Offices Papaconstantinou has 'an excellent reputation in the local legal community and the courts' and represents 'able to clearly articulate the peculiarities of Greek law to foreign clients'. The 'always available' lead partner Eleni Papaconstantinou is 'an outstanding lawyer with a fast grasp of the essentials'. Recently, the firm has been representing Papastratos, the Greek arm of Philip Morris International, in extensive litigation following the restructuring of its distribution network.

The firm: Law Offices Papaconstantinou is a boutique law firm offering personalised services to a loyal international and Greek clientele. The firm’s clients range from prominent global corporations to closely held family businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.

Established in 1955 by Michael Papaconstantinou, the firm is recognised for its solid and long term relationship with its clients, the professionalism, expertise and effectiveness in its areas of practice and its proactive approach focusing on innovative, results-oriented and cost/time efficient solutions.

Areas of practice: Agency, distribution and franchising: The firm has acted as legal advisor to prominent global corporations and it has considerable expertise setting up, organising and restructuring agency, distribution and franchising networks, monitoring compliance with EU and national legislation and representing clients in relevant litigation before courts and competition authorities.

Antitrust/unfair competition: Competition is one of the firm’s main areas of practice. The firm advises clients on all issues related to anti-trust (M&As, joint ventures, horizontal cartels, vertical agreements, abuse of dominance) and unfair competition law. The firm has extensive experience, among others, in handling disputes and representing clients before the competition authorities, civil and administrative courts, dealing with anti-trust investigations and dawn-raids, conducting anti-trust audits and organising anti-trust compliance seminars and training programs.

Consumer protection/product liability/advertising: As legal advisor to leading manufacturers/sellers of consumer goods, the firm regularly provides legal advice on matters involving consumer protection, product liability legislation and advertising, with extensive experience representing clients in amicable settlements as well as in proceedings before courts and independent authorities.

Corporate/corporate restructuring/private equity: The provision of comprehensive advice on all matters of corporate law throughout the corporate lifecycle is a core area of practice. The firm has often dealt with sophisticated projects requiring innovative solutions and it has significant experience in the implementation of cross-border corporate restructuring projects in Greece.

Data protection: As legal advisor to leading manufacturers/sellers of consumer goods and service providers in various industries (motor vehicles, tobacco products, insurance, retail credit, travel, operation of news sites) the firm has significant expertise covering, among others, regulatory compliance, clearance of programs involving data processing, as well as data protection litigation.

IP: The firm advises on a wide range of IP issues, focusing on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious trademark law advice and support, including anti-counterfeit programs and trademark protection litigation.

Litigation: The firm is recognised for its very efficient and well experienced litigation team handling a wide range of civil and business disputes with a remarkably high rate of success. It has represented clients, as plaintiff or as defendant, before Greek courts of all levels and jurisdictions as well as before the European Court of Justice and independent authorities.

Mergers and acquisitions: The firm has been involved in several landmark M&As in Greece. It has provided advice to global corporations and Greek undertakings, acting as sellers, purchasers or target companies, in local and cross border transactions with respect to all legal issues related to M&A, including legal due diligence, drafting/negotiating transaction documents, advising on public takeovers and preparing relevant documentation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Company and commercial
Mergers and acquisitions
Corporate restructuring
EU and competition
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
Securities and stock exchange
Employment
Gaming
Insurance
Tax
Franchising and distribution
Real estate
Intellectual property and trade marks
Public works and procurement
Data protection
Product liability
Civil
Hotels and leisure
Private equity and venture capital
Privatisations
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stathis Braouzis  photo Mr Stathis Braouzis
Ms Marina Papaconstantinou  photo Ms Marina Papaconstantinou
Ms Eleni Papaconstantinou  photo Ms Eleni Papaconstantinou
Mr Konstantinos Pournaras  photo Mr Konstantinos Pournaras
Mr George Risvas  photo Mr George Risvas
Number of lawyers : 6
English
French
German
Contact : Dr Eleni Papaconstantinou

Law Offices Papaconstantinou is committed to supporting community initiatives and has been systematically providing pro bono assistance to non profit entities, which are active in various fields. In the recent years, during which Greece goes through a serious social, economic and political crisis, we have focused, among others, on the following projects:

We have been providing pro bono legal advice to Action Finance Initiative (AFI), a non profit association providing access to financing through microcredits to potential entrepreneurs who have a business idea or project but are unable to find access to the necessary funds. We also provide pro bono legal advice to the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), an independent, non profit and policy-oriented research and training institute, whose mission is to provide a forum for public debate and conduct scientific research on issues of European integration and international relations.


CLIENT: Mr Leonidas Tolis, Senior Counsel EU Southeast Cluster

COMPANY/FIRM: PAPASTRATOS S.A. (an affiliate of PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL)

TESTIMONIAL: We have a longstanding, solid and very successful relationship with Law Offices Papaconstantinou in areas covering distribution/restructuring of distribution networks, competition, consumer protection, commercial, statutory compliance and litigation. Our relationship started off when Law Offices Papaconstantinou acted as advisors to Philip Morris for the acquisition of Papastratos. The firm is very proactive and efficient with a remarkable success rate in defending cases before Courts/competent authorities. Eleni Papaconstantinou and George Risvas have rare skills of getting straight to the point and setting priorities. We have always received clear and prompt responses. All firm members are friendly and accessible, whenever required. We feel absolutely confident when this firm handles a case.


CLIENT: Mr Andreas Paterakis, Regional Managing Director Central & Southern Europe

COMPANY/FIRM: G4S Hellas Holding S.A./G4S Cash Solutions S.A.

TESTIMONIAL: We have worked with Law Offices Papaconstantinou in M&As and competition law cases. The firm’s services have always met the highest standards, distinguished for high quality legal analysis, clear identification/assessment of risks and options, promptness and clarity of responses, sense of business needs, efficiency in action, team spirit and availability. In addition to their deep knowledge of the law, Eleni Papaconstantinou and George Risvas have remarkable expertise in dealing with national competition authorities. The firm has been extremely efficient in getting through M&As from A to Z. When it comes to billing, they worth every cent we have paid.


CLIENT: Ms Eva Karamanou, General Manager Greece & Cyprus and Deputy Regional Manager Southern Europe

COMPANY/FIRM: AMADEUS Hellas S.A

TESTIMONIAL: We have a longstanding and very successful relationship with Law Offices Papaconstantinou. The firm has been providing legal advice and support in corporate, employment, commercial and contract law matters. The firm’s services have always been top level at very reasonable billing rates. The performance of all members of the firm has always been outstanding in terms of response times, efficiency, understanding industry and business needs, accessibility and friendly approach.


CLIENT: Mr John Tsakalos, Director Finance and Accounting

COMPANY/FIRM: ITT Goulds Pumps, Inc., Greek office

TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Law Offices Papaconstantinou since 2015 on matters regarding corporate restructuring, employment, commercial and corporate law. The firm’s performance has always met our expectations in terms of top level legal advice, response times, accessibility and billing rates. George Risvas is distinguished for his efficiency in dealing with competent authorities, his friendly and results-oriented approach.


CLIENT: Mr Paul Tzelepis, Manager of Greece Operation

COMPANY/FIRM: Urban View

TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Law Offices Papaconstantinou on several multi-faceted real estate transactions since 2018. The firm has provided a wide range of services, including real estate due diligence, advice on optimal corporate structure, corporate and commercial law and employment matters. The firm’s performance has been outstanding in all aspects with an exceptional capacity in resolving complicated legal issues within very tight deadlines. The firm’s members have deep knowledge of real estate and corporate law and extensive expertise in legal due diligence. Eleni Papaconstantinou and George Risvas have remarkable negotiation skills and they have always been available when needed.