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

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Providing bespoke advice to financial advisers, funds, and investors on all aspects of corporate transactions, ranging from public and private M&A to joint ventures, the Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm team is characterised as being ‘very responsive’ and ‘experienced’. The practice displays in-depth sector strength in financial services, insurance, and hospitality, whilst routinely supporting sovereign funds in implementing strategies relating to investment schemes. Evangelos I. Lakatzis and Thenia Panagopoulou lead the group from Athens; the ’committed’ Lakatzis specialises in venture capital matters, and Panagopoulou focuses on post-transaction restructurings. Eleni K. Likou is noted for her work in the private equity sphere.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Lakatzis; Thenia Panagopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Mantha Varela; Roula Koumparouli; Stergios Frastanlis; Eleni Likou; Iliana Papapostolou


‘The team is highly experienced in venture capital structures, investment processes, shareholder agreements and M&A in general. It was also good that the team was equally experienced in several markets and jurisdictions.’

‘Apart from the high quality of services and advice, the whole team was very responsive and available even at short notice. We also liked that answers to our questions were properly justified based on the law and market practices.’

‘In our experience, potential clients will feel valued and prioritised. The team and the people at Saplegal are always responsive in their communication and in a way that feels personal. There is very good collaboration with the attorneys – they always keep us informed about the legal process. There is a mix of seasoned professionals and well-trained associates. Their billing is quite clear and transparent.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is a professional in whom you can trust, and with whom you can build a long-lasting relationship. He has deep knowledge and expertise, pays attention to detail, and communicates clearly and in a manner that means even complex legal concepts can be understood. I have also worked with Iliana Papapostoloiu on a number of cases and I have been impressed by her diligence, deep knowledge and work ethic. She has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and she has often contributed to the cases we have worked on.’

‘The company has a long track record of supporting us in M&A transactions of various types and can always come up with a solution.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is always putting his client’s interests first and advises based on the end result.’

‘A very capable team, easily adaptable to new businesses and challenges.’

‘Evangelos Lakatzis is very committed to meeting strict timelines and always delivering the targets set.’

Key clients

Elbridge Capital Management

Dromeus Capital Group

Snowfall Limited

Attica Bank

Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations S.A.

EOS Capital Partners

Eleven Fund III Cooperatief U.A.

Arch Group

5G Ventures S.A. – Phaistos Investment Fund

Archeiothiki S.A.

Neuropublic Information Systems and Technologies

Elikonos 2 S.C.A SICAR

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation

Hellenic Development Bank of Investments

Eurobank S.A.

CNL Capital

Institute of Life

Euroclinic S.A.

SMERemediumCap Fund

Interamerican Life Insurance Company S.A.

New Energy Partners

CBL (Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Laboratories) Patras S.A.


Global Finance S.A.

AIMS Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Hellenic Development Bank of Investments, an entity wholly owned by the Greek state, in relation to its participation in Uni.Fund II A.K.E.S., a fund investing in innovation and technology transfer.
  • Advised Εlikonos 2 SCA SICAR and EOS Capital Partners on their joint investment (together with Pyletech Group) in Medfrigo Group.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Delivering ‘excellent results’ for domestic and international clients within the shipping, hospitality, and healthcare sectors, Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm displays vast expertise in handling shareholders’ disputes and cross-border asset recovery proceedings. The team is especially active in acting for private clients, with significant experience of representing high-net-worth individuals in complex shipping, paternity, and inheritance claims. Based in Athens, Alexander Dovles and Elena Kossena head the group, with the former specialising in commercial and civil litigation, whilst the latter is an expert in financial claims. Pavlina Galati, Chryssa Chatzisoglou, and Orestis Angelopoulos are all highlighted as key team members.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Dovles; Elena Kossena


‘I didn’t expect such a large and superior law firm to be so humane and compassionate and at the same so professional. They all work with the aim of protecting the best interests of the client and are always available and helpful.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with are very knowledgeable and have a business-oriented and multi-disciplinary mindset that means they are able to address the particularities of each case successfully.’

‘The team consists of lawyers with extensive knowledge of both the law and the market. They are capable of handling a high volume of cases but also succeed in maintaining a personal approach with the client.’

‘We have been working 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 litigation team has been delivering excellent results to our company for many years. Alexander Dovles takes full responsibility for the final result and spends a great deal of time drafting legal arguments and appropriately presenting them before the courts.’

‘Alexander Dovles delivers excellent results in complicated disputes. He has a strong legal background and he is very capable of coming up with numerous legal arguments and drafting them in a methodical, analytical, structured and comprehensive way, which is highly valued by the courts.’

‘Excellent commercial and business perspective. Very client-centric approach. Punctual, accurate and very effective.’

‘The team analyses all possible outcomes, even the ones with 0.01% chance in every case. Such attention to detail is really hard to find. Alexandros Dovles stands out.’

Key clients

Polygreen SA

Kordelos SA

Eurobank SA

Rivers Group Shipping of Turkey

Grecotel Group

Alexander S. Onassis Foundation

Interunity Management Corporation

Olympia Group – Public SA

V. Theoharakis Group of Companies

Rivulis A.V.E.G.E.

Kefalogiannis family

Pentheroudakis family

Mitsis Hotel Group

Euroclinic of Athens SA

Work highlights

  • Defended a Greek bank against a substantial claim pertaining to the sale of a secured non-performing loan in conjunction with the sale of the borrower’s business to an investment fund.
  • Representing Teoren S.A. in a variety of contentious matters, including disputes relating to car dealerships, labour law and trade marks.
  • Representing a shipowning group in its dispute with a ship management company regarding more than seven arrest proceedings filed by the management company and third parties against its vessels.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

The ‘knowledgeable, responsive and client-oriented’ team at Saplegal - A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners Law Firm is noted not only for its black-letter legal knowledge but also its ability to provide ‘practical and constructive solutions’ to lenders, including large systemic banks such as Eurobank, across a wide range of regulatory and transactional mandates. Team head Thenia Panagopouloucombines in-depth legal expertise and a commercial approach’ and has developed a particularly strong reputation for advising lenders and borrowers on distressed banking deals (both on the lender and borrower side), as well as on NPL mandates. Stergios Frastanlis is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Thenia Panagopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Mantha Varela; Stergios Frastanlis


‘The team is knowledgeable, responsive and client oriented.’

They display a very constructive and commercial approach, providing excellent legal advice but also practical and constructive solutions.’

Thenia Panagopoulou combines in-depth legal expertise and a commercial approach.’

‘Thenia Panagopoulou is a business-oriented lawyer who is always working towards her client’s best interests. She has a broad experience in financial markets transactions and always has the ability to bring the counterparties together in concluding any deal.’

‘Mantha Varela has added value to the firm by providing diligent solutions in complex deals.’

Key clients

Attica Bank

Eurobank S.A.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

SMERemediumCap Fund

Avramar Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Piraeus Bank, as originator, in connection with Magnus NPL Finance DAC’s securitisation of a portfolio of non-performing and performing receivables.
  • Advised Attica Bank in relation to the issuance, buy-out, admission to the Regulated Securities Market of the ATHEX and trading of warrants pursuant to the provisions of L. 4172/2013.

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.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Elena F. Kossena +30 2109409960
Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation Alexander C. Dovles +30 2109409960
Venture Capital, Private Equity and M&A Evangelos I. Lakatzis +30 2109409960
Venture Capital, Private Equity and M&A Thenia T. Panagopoulou +30 2109409960
Corporate and Commercial Thenia T. Panagopoulou +30 2109409960
Corporate and Commercial Evangelos I. Lakatzis +30 2109409960
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Thenia T. Panagopoulou +30 2109409960
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Evangelos I. Lakatzis +30 2109409960
Real Estate and Property Development Dionysios K. Voulgaris +30 2109409960
Ship Finance and Acquisitions Dr Anthony S. Papadimitriou +30 2109409960
Foundations and Trusts Dr Anthony S. Papadimitriou +30 2109409960
Foundations and Trusts Thenia T. Panagopoulou +30 2109409960
Estate planning, family and inheritance Dr Anthony S. Papadimitriou +30 2109409960
Estate planning, family and inheritance Elena F. Kossena +30 2109409960
Health and Medical Malpractice Alexander C. Dovles +30 2109409960
Health and Medical Malpractice Elena F. Kossena +30 2109409960
IP Dr Nantia P. Kyprouli +30 2109409960
IP Anastasia P. Fanourgaki +30 2109409960
Tax Law Dimitra C. Passiou +30 2109409960
Employment & Labour Law Roula F. Koumparouli +30 2109409960
Photo Name Position Profile
Nikolaos L. Alvertis photo Mr Nikolaos L. Alvertis Associate – Practice areas: Commercial and Corporate Law, M&A, Banking and Finance
Orestis C. Angelopoulos photo Mr Orestis C. Angelopoulos Associate-Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Litigation, Enforcement, Family & Inheritance Law, Civil…
Chryssa G. Chatzisoglou photo Ms Chryssa G. Chatzisoglou Senior Associate – Practice areas: Dispute Resolution, Civil and Commercial Law, Civil Procedure Law, Consumer…
Alexander C. Dovles photo Mr Alexander C. Dovles Partner – Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Law, Civil Procedure Law, Civil…
Anastasia P. Fanourgaki photo Ms Anastasia P. Fanourgaki Senior Associate – Practice areas: Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Civil Law, Company…
Pavlina A. Galati photo Ms Pavlina A. Galati Senior Associate – Practice areas: Civil and Commercial Law, Civil and Commercial…
Anna N. Karatzi photo Ms Anna N. Karatzi Associate – Practice areas: Banking and Finance, Real estate, Civil, Corporate
Spiros A. Komitopoulos photo Mr Spiros A. Komitopoulos Managing Partner- Practice areas: Civil Law, Company Law, Tax Law, Real Estate,…
Sofia C. Kontou photo Ms Sofia C. Kontou Senior Associate – Practice areas: M&A and Corporate, Civil and Commercial Law,…
Elena F. Kossena photo Ms Elena F. Kossena Partner – Practice areas: Domestic and International Dispute Resolution, Family & Inheritance…
Roula F. Koumparouli photo Ms Roula F. Koumparouli Senior Associate – Practice areas: Civil Law, Employment Law, Corporate and Commercial…
Nantia P. Kyprouli photo Dr Nantia P. Kyprouli Senior Associate – Practice areas: Corporate, Civil and Commercial Law, IP Law,…
Evangelos I. Lakatzis photo Mr Evangelos I. Lakatzis Partner – Practice areas: Private Equity and Venture Capital, M&A and Corporate,…
Eleni K. Likou photo Ms Eleni K. Likou Senior Associate – Practice areas: Commercial and Corporate Law, M&As, Intellectual Property,…
George S.  Margaritis photo Mr George S. Margaritis Associate – Practice areas: Commercial and Corporate Law, M&A, Capital Markets Law,…
Thenia T. Panagopoulou photo Ms Thenia T. Panagopoulou Partner – Practice areas: M&A, Corporate Law, International Transactions, Insurance, Banking &…
Anthony S. Papadimitriou photo Dr Anthony S. Papadimitriou Founding Partner – Practice areas: Company Law, Commercial Law; Investments; Mergers and…
Iliana D. Papapostolou photo Ms Iliana D. Papapostolou Associate – Practice areas: Civil Law, Commercial & Corporate Law, M&A
Dimitra Ch. Passiou photo Ms Dimitra Ch. Passiou Partner – Practice areas: Tax and Tax Litigation
Christina K. Perrou photo Ms Christina K. Perrou Associate-Practice Areas: Civil Law, Commercial Law
Mantha G. Varela photo Dr Mantha G. Varela Senior Associate – Practice areas: M&A and Corporate, Insurance Law, Telecommunications Law, Competition and Anti-trust, Banking…
Dionysios K. Voulgaris photo Mr Dionysios K. Voulgaris Partner- Practice areas: Banking and Finance, Medical Law, Privatizations, Real estate, Civil,…
Lawyers : 22
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.

A.S. 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.