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Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm
175 64 ATHENS

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Saplegal – A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm‘s ‘highly respected‘ team is particularly active in NPL portfolio transactions, advising both buyers and sellers. In addition, the team frequently assists with complex loan restructurings. The ‘excellent‘ Thenia Panagopoulou heads the practice; she is noted for her expertise in corporate finance, debt restructurings and NPL portfolio transfers. Senior associate Stergios Frastanlis is another key contact with experience of advising on financial restructuring schemes and the sale of NPLs.

Practice head(s):

Thenia Panagopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Stergios Frastanlis; Eleni Likou; Katerina Paschou


‘The firm is a good business partner. The team is reliable, with a commercial and practical approach.’

‘Very good team that is knowledgeable, easy to communicate with and practical.’

‘One of the best teams we have worked with. Always accessible, flexible in finding and proposing solutions to difficult problems and highly collaborative when needed.’

‘Highly experienced when it comes to working with the banking sector and willing to work overtime to meet the deadlines set. Thenia Panagopoulou and Stergios Fastralis in particular proved excellent, providing the appropriate legal support.’

‘Saplegal – A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm has a strong banking and finance practice. The team is experienced and responsive, providing excellent hands-on partner involvement and associate support.’

‘Thenia Panagopoulou is an excellent lawyer with solid expertise. She is extremely committed and responsive, always providing practical and sound advice.’

‘A law firm which is highly respected by the market for its experience in complex financing transactions and its level of service and quality of work, and a hub that develops great individual lawyers, with a good perception of the market. It also has a very reasonable fee policy compared to other firms of similar prestige.’

‘We were particularly impressed by Thenia Panagopoulou, who has been the lead lawyer on the transaction. Thenia takes the time to understand the client’s needs. She is an excellent lawyer. Her extensive experience, sharp mind, speed of responses, and clarity of advice are consistent characteristics of her work.’

Key clients

Eurobank S.A.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

SMERemediumCap Fund

Avramar Group

Neuropublic S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Eurobank and Piraeus Bank in relation to the sales of individual non-performing secured business loans.
  • Advised SMERemediumCap Fund in relation to the acquisition of distressed loan portfolios.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Saplegal – A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm‘s ‘top-notch‘ team is particularly active in the Greek venture capital market; notable recent highlights include advising 5G Ventures on the establishment of Phaistos Investment Fund, as part of an initiative launched by the Greek government to develop the country’s 5G infrastructure. The team has significant expertise in M&A in the financial, insurance and technology sectors, frequently assisting with investments in the field of medical technology. Venture capital specialist Evangelos Lakatzis and Thenia Panagopoulou head the practice. Senior associate Eleni Likou has particular experience in the e-commerce and electronic communications sectors.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Lakatzis; Thenia Panagopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Dimitra Passiou; Eleni Likou; Spyridoula Koumparouli; Anastasia Fanourgaki; Chrysoula Giannopoulou


‘The deep knowledge, high level of expertise and extensive experience, along with the interpersonal skills and commitment of the whole team, make this firm stand out within the legal market.’

‘This practice is based on solid foundations, with key partners who have worked for many years at the top level. They have expertise in key areas and are very commercial lawyers who prioritise clients’ interests.’

‘The key difference of the team from other legal firms of that size and capacity is the strong business understanding, the friendly attitude and open collaboration.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and responsive. Top notch when it comes to deal execution. Extremely easy to work with while exhibiting professionalism and a positive attitude.’

‘Thenia Panagopoulou is my go-to partner for my legal needs. She is a top corporate and M&A lawyer; there is no issue that she has not adequately addressed, always keeping time pressures and urgency in mind.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis stands out as one of the leading lawyers in the Greek venture capital sector, combining in-depth knowledge of the market, analytical and creative thinking, integrity, and strong communication and negotiation skills.’

‘Thenia Panagopoulou is at the top of her field of expertise and provides fresh ideas that really work, which is not a given when it comes to complex projects. Providing a solution in a situation that seems like a dead end is her real strong point.’

‘Eleni Likou is knowledgeable and reliable.’

Key clients

5G Ventures S.A. – Phaistos Investment Fund

Archeiothiki S.A.

AMERRA Capital Management LLC

Tsakos Group of Companies

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation

Hellenic Development Bank of Investments

Eurobank S.A.

CNL Capital

Global Finance

Mitsis Group

Institute of Life

Euroclinic S.A.

SMERemediumCap Fund

Beijer Ref AB

Neuropublic Information Systems and Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised 5G Ventures S.A. (a subsidiary of Greece’s privatisation fund) on the establishment of Phaistos Investment Fund, as part of an initiative of the Greek state aiming to drive the country’s digital transformation to 5G, as well as to attract investments in the 5G ecosystem.
  • Advised the Hellenic Development Bank of Investments on its potential participation, as an institutional investor, in investment schemes in the renewable energy and natural resources sectors.
  • Advised Beijer Ref AB on the acquisition of a majority stake in air conditioning company Inventor S.A., its first investment in the Greek market.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Saplegal – A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm is experienced in judicial processes and well versed in handling disputes across an array of industries, including shipping, manufacturing and aquaculture. Significant highlights include its successful representation of medical care client Euroclinic of Athens in malpractice litigation and commercial disputes. Alexander Dovles specialises in domestic and international commercial litigation. He co-heads the practice with Elena Kossena; her expertise lies in cross-border and domestic litigation, with specific focus on business, financial and shipping disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Dovles; Elena Kossena

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Papadimitriou; Pavlina Galati; Georgios Anastasopoulos


‘Our experience with the entire team at Saplegal has always been professional and efficient. They are hardworking, commercial, flexible and efficient.’

‘Elena Kossena is a strong, smart and practical lawyer. Very efficient, with a great commercial sense and unique skills. Very responsive, time efficient and great at completing tasks in the best way possible in a time-efficient way.’

‘This practice is highly organised, very business oriented and highly diverse in its areas of expertise, thus making it an excellent option for clients with multi-dimensional needs.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with have excellent knowledge of their respective fields, extensive market knowledge and a can-do attitude that we have highly appreciated.’

‘The whole team is very efficient, proactive and has a great eye for detail. The advice is always accurate and to the point, due to their in-depth knowledge and vast experience. Additionally, they are always on time, and use a friendly way of explaining the law and regulations to us.’

‘We have been co-operating with Elena Kossena for many years. She has great expertise in complex cross-border disputes. She is highly responsive and provides sound and pragmatic advice.’

‘The teams is highly regarded for its responsiveness, sound advice and personal contact with the client. Each case – regardless of its value – is handled or closely monitored by a partner who is also in contact with the client.’

‘Elena Kossena’s responsiveness, pragmatic approach and business-oriented advice make her a valuable partner to our business.’

Key clients

Grecotel Group

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation

George Economou

Interunity Management Corporation

Olympia Group

V. Theoharakis Group of Companies

Rivulis- Eurodrip S.A.

Kefalogiannis Family

Pentheroudakis Family

Mitsis Hotel Group

Euroclinic of Athens SA

Koruihracat Ltd

Andromeda Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Teoren S.A. in a variety of contentious matters, including disputes relating to car dealerships, labour law cases and trade mark disputes.
  • Successfully represented Euroclinic of Athens in numerous disputes including malpractice cases and commercial claims.
  • Acted for an individual in proceedings relating to assets in Greece which allegedly belonged to his former partner, in a $113m claim.

Saplegal–A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners is a prominent law firm, based in Athens, Greece, and provides full business law services.

Our firm was incorporated in March 2008, being essentially the evolution of the law firms of Stelios Papadimitriou and Dr Anthony Papadimitriou, the current President of the Onassis Foundation.

Combining legal expertise and business savvy, we provide bespoke practical and creative solutions to complex business and legal challenges for our worldwide clients, which include venture capital firms, private equity funds, financial institutions, shipping companies, foundations, as well as corporations and entrepreneurs in almost all areas of industry and commerce.

Having an excellent track record, we have earned our reputation for acting as trusted advisors to businesses and individuals with complex legal needs.

The firm’s areas of practice include:

  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Venture capital, private equity and M&A
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Banking, finance and capital markets
  • Real estate and property development
  • Ship finance and acquisitions
  • Foundations and trusts
  • Estate planning, family and inheritance
  • Health and medical malpractice
  • IP & Data Protection
  • Tax Law
  • Employment & Labour Law
  • Restructuring and Insolvency

Two partners of the firm, Ms Elena F. Kossena and Mr Evangelos I. Lakatzis and our senior associate Dr Nantia P. Kyprouli are certified mediators. Also, our senior associate, Ms Katerina A. Paschou, is a Certified Data Protection Officer (DPO).

In addition, the firm’s partners and associates are active in numerous scientific activities, including the publication of legal articles, consultation of legislative committees and participation as speakers at conferences and Greek or international fora.

Contact:  Spiros A. Komitopoulos

Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Elena F. 2109409960
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Alexander C. 2109409960
Venture Capital, Private Equity and M&A Evangelos I. 2109409960
Venture Capital, Private Equity and M&A Thenia T. 2109409960
Corporate and Commercial Thenia T. 2109409960
Corporate and Commercial Evangelos I. 2109409960
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Thenia T. 2109409960
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Evangelos I. 2109409960
Real Estate and Property Development Dionysios K. 2109409960
Ship Finance and Acquisitions Dr Anthony S. 2109409960
Ship Finance and Acquisitions Katerina A. 2109409960
Foundations and Trusts Dr Anthony S. 2109409960
Foundations and Trusts Thenia T. 2109409960
Estate planning, family and inheritance Dr Anthony S. 2109409960
Estate planning, family and inheritance Elena F. 2109409960
Health and Medical Malpractice Alexander C. 2109409960
Health and Medical Malpractice Elena F. 2109409960
IP Dr Nantia P. 2109409960
IP Anastasia P. 2109409960
Data Protection Katerina A. 2109409960
Tax Law Dimitra C. 2109409960
Employment & Labour Law Roula F. 2109409960
Restructuring and Insolvency Dr Stergios G. 2109409960
Orestis C. Angelopoulos photoMr Orestis C. AngelopoulosJunior Associate-Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Enforcement, Family & Inheritance Law,…
Alexander C. Dovles photoMr Alexander C. DovlesPartner – Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Law, Civil Procedure Law, Civil…
Anastasia P. Fanourgaki photoMs Anastasia P. FanourgakiSenior Associate – Practice areas: Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Civil Law, Company…
Stergios G. Frastanlis photoDr Stergios G. FrastanlisSenior Associate – Practice areas:Restructuring/Insolvency, Corporate M&As, Banking and Finance, Capital Market…
Pavlina A. Galati photoMs Pavlina A. GalatiSenior Associate – Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Law, Civil and Commercial…
Anna N. Karatzi photoMs Anna N. KaratziAssociate – Practice areas: Banking and Finance, Real estate, Civil, Corporate
Spiros A. Komitopoulos photoMr Spiros A. KomitopoulosManaging Partner- Practice areas: Civil Law, Company Law, Tax Law, Real Estate,…
Elena F. Kossena photoMs Elena F. KossenaPartner – Practice areas: Domestic and International Dispute Resolution, Family & Inheritance…
Roula F. Koumparouli photoMs Roula F. KoumparouliSenior Associate – Practice areas: Civil Law, Employment Law, Corporate and Commercial…
Nantia P. Kyprouli photoDr Nantia P. KyprouliSenior Associate – Practice areas: Corporate, Civil and Commercial Law, IP Law,…
Evangelos I. Lakatzis photoMr Evangelos I. LakatzisPartner – Practice areas: Private Equity and Venture Capital, M&A and Corporate,…
Eleni K. Likou photoMs Eleni K. LikouSenior Associate – Practice areas: Commercial and Corporate Law, M&As, Intellectual Property,…
Thenia T. Panagopoulou photoMs Thenia T. PanagopoulouPartner – Practice areas: M&A, Corporate Law, International Transactions, Insurance, Banking &…
Anthony S. Papadimitriou photoDr Anthony S. PapadimitriouFounding Partner – Practice areas: Company Law, Commercial Law; Investments; Mergers and…
Iliana D. Papapostolou photoMs Iliana D. PapapostolouJunior Associate – Practice areas: Civil Law, Commercial & Corporate Law, M&A
Katerina A. Paschou photoMs Katerina A. PaschouSenior Associate – Practice areas: Civil Law, Company Law, Commercial and Civil…
Dimitra Ch. Passiou photoMs Dimitra Ch. PassiouPartner – Practice areas: Tax and Tax Litigation
Christina K. Perrou photoMs Christina K. PerrouJunior Associate-Practice Areas:Civil Law, Commercial Law
Mantha G. Varela photoDr Mantha G. VarelaSenior Associate – Practice areas: M&A and Corporate, Insurance Law, Telecommunications Law, Competition and Anti-trust, Banking…
Dionysios K. Voulgaris photoMr Dionysios K. VoulgarisPartner- Practice areas: Banking and Finance, Medical Law, Privatizations, Real estate, Civil,…
Lawyers : 21
Athens Bar Association
Hellenic Association of Law Firms
Hellenic Society of Maritime Lawyers
International Bar Association

Commercial, corporate and M&A

A.S. PAPADIMITRIOU & PARTNERS supports businesses at every stage, providing high value legal services that cover the full spectrum of corporate needs. Whatever the size or sector, the firm’s clients benefit from practical, proactive advice which is always tailored to each specific case.

With significant experience and expertise in national and cross-border M&A, the firm has advised buyers, sellers, financial advisors, funds and investors on all kinds of transactions, including public and private M&As, takeovers, management buy-outs, joint ventures and other types of commercial affiliations, with significant sector strengths in financial services, insurance, health, hospitality, media and aquiculture. With local knowledge combined with global insight, its team of experts proposes solutions to difficult regulatory problems, advises on day-to-day operations, performs due diligence and assists on all pre and post-transaction issues.

The firm has extensive experience in corporate transformations, having performed several mergers, de-mergers and spin-offs under laws of tax or development incentive nature, as well as the new law on corporate transformations and restructurings.

The firm’s in depth experience includes the establishment of funds and venture capital firms from hundreds of majority and minority high-value investments of several sectors in Greece and abroad. Its team of experts consistently advises fund managers, financial sponsors and strategic investors (including investment arms of the Greek State). The firm has acted as legal advisors to the first IPO of a venture capital firm in the Athens Stock Exchange, as well as contributing as experts to the transposition of the AIFM Directive and advising the Greek government on the establishment of the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations.

AS. PAPADIMITRIOU & PARTNERS are recognised as lawyers who get the deal done.

Dispute resolution

With an outstanding success rate and expertise in high value and complex disputes, the firm’s litigation team is known for its legal excellence. In the words of its clients the firm has “deep industry knowledge with a real grasp of the judicial process” and the provisions of “relevant, effective and tailored strategies”, with particular emphasis on civil and commercial disputes. Whether it’s a business, family or shipping dispute the firm takes an integrated approach to assess risk that may arise in the early stages, pursue all means of dispute resolution possible and advise clients on the particular method and strategy that will lead to the optimum result.

The firm’s litigation team is experienced and ready to handle serious local and cross border disputes, in respect of general civil and corporate litigation including:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial disputes
  • Shareholders’ disputes including control and ownership of large enterprises and breach of shareholders’ agreements
  • Shipping Litigation
  • Asset recovery and enforcement proceedings in a wide range of sectors
  • Banking & Finance disputes
  • Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Insolvency Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Employment disputes

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners also has significant experience in local and cross border arbitration of disputes and zealously advocates while pursuing out-of-court settlements or alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation, by negotiating as tough or conciliatory as the circumstances require, in order to protect its clients’ interests and save the costs and time of a full litigation.

The firm mainly represents corporations and high net worth individuals based in Greece and abroad.