Firm Profile > KBVL > Athens, Greece
3A FRAGKOKKLISIAS & GRANIKOU STR.
KBVL > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘A team with extensive knowledge and experience’, KBVL is a member of Deloitte Global Legal Network, a platform which it uses to assist multinational clients with an array of cross-border matters. Ilias Koimtzoglou, hailed as a ‘real expert in commercial, corporate, antitrust and M&A matters’, has expertise in corporate restructuring, project finance and commercial contracts; he leads the department jointly with the ‘talented’ Michalis Pattakos, who focuses on transactional work in the hotel, insurance, gaming, retail, pharmaceutical and dairy products sectors.
Ilias Koimtzolou; Michalis Pattakos
Other key lawyers:
‘Best-in-class legal expertise and exceptional knowledge of our sector, our business and the Greek and European market, the ultimate customer centricity, 24/7 availability at all levels, value-for-money services, full billing clarity, full flexibility to adapt to the client’s needs, and the exquisite ability to break formal legal advice down into plain language, thus enabling them to be a valuable business partner for non-legal colleagues.’
‘Ilias Koimtzoglou is a valuable business and legal partner, and is a real expert in commercial, corporate, antitrust and M&A matters, who at the same time understands business, builds on compliance and respectfully balances risk. He has managed to form in a pretty short space of time a law firm which possesses all the attributes that a big corporation and an in-house head of legal would seek.’
‘Michalis Pattakos is a young, talented lawyer with excellent communication skills, embodying all of the valuable attributes of the firm – he will surely continue to excel.’
‘We enjoyed working with the team. They fulfilled every promise they made. One of their strengths is the ability to fully understand our situation, which is very important in order to be able to provide us with a quality service for our case.’
‘A very structured and business-oriented approach which helps to focus on the business-relevant topics and the deliverables that need to be prepared in order to get the job done. Complete absence of an overly academic legal approach.’
‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are that they have deep knowledge of Greek law and they are also able to advise on both the legal and business sides of a transaction. They are very responsive and allocate enough people to provide support and assistance on the project.’
‘Their attitude was professional and their work provided value for money. Ilias Koimtzolou is very experienced, broke down the legal tasks, oversaw their execution and provided instantly solid legal advice.’
‘The team has extensive knowledge and experience and is always eager to assist us. Eva Petroglou was the perfect match as she combined a couple of characteristics which are usually very rare: high-quality and reliable legal advice, strong project management and structuring of tasks, and a highly business-oriented approach.’
Hellenic Shipyards SA
Legendary Foods SA
AB Vasilopoulos SA
Hellenic Steel SA
Belterra Investment Ltd/Porto Carras
Employment Tier 3
KBVL is home to a ‘high level of knowledge and professionalism’ in the employment space. It provides a full-service offering, advising on individual and collective employment matters, social security issues, employment-related aspects of restructurings, disputes, day-to-day affairs, and health and safety issues. Alexandros Doschoris leads the department, which represents employers from a range of sectors including retail, investment services, insurance, food and beverages, and banking. The firm’s cross-border capacity is enhanced through its membership of the global Deloitte Legal network.
‘They demonstrate a high level of knowledge and professionalism. They are open-minded, passionate partners.’
‘They have business acumen and they are keen to provide risk assessment of alternative solutions.’
‘The fundamental strength of this team is the great consistency in the level of service provided.’
‘It is a luxury for us to know that we have Alexandros Doschoris to help us with labour issues. Several times we have asked his advice on urgent matters and he always delivers in very tight deadlines with complete, analytical and fully efficient advice. He is reachable anytime in the office or on mobile. He clearly understands the delicate nature of his subject and acts accordingly. A great professional!’
Textile Care – Ecolab S.A.
Hellenic Shipyards SA
Ifchor S & P Ltd
Dentsu Aegis Network Hellas SA
Tax Tier 3
Clients praise KBVL for its ‘deep knowledge of the Greek tax regime’. The team is active in terms of tax planning, shipping taxation, succession planning, tax compliance, corporate governance and international tax, as well as providing substantial prowess in contentious matters. The group acts for numerous high-net-worth individuals in addition to multinational clients, drawing on its membership of the Deloitte Legal global network. Efstathios Bakalis and George Venieris jointly lead the team.
Efstathios Bakalis; George Venieris
‘The innovative ideas that our company received were unique in terms of not having heard them before. George Venieris provided insights that were not provided by other firms before. We valued his efficient contribution by always being on point and straightforward, as well as his in-depth knowledge and the fact that he provided clear guidelines.’
‘Efstathios Bakalis and his team have a deep knowledge of the Greek tax regime as well as the practice of the Greek tax authorities. They have significant experience throughout the years and they are always able to find the most appropriate solution based on the needs of their client. To that end, the tax practice of KBVL Law Firm is always our firm.’
‘Efstathios Bakalis and his team have an exceptional reputation for their tax controversy and tax litigation work, with an outstanding track record before the courts. Efstathios is a prominent, well-acknowledged tax lawyer and one of the most experienced tax litigators in Greece. Moreover, he has great skills in finding pragmatic solutions, and is always willing and available to provide top- notch tax advice.’
‘The team has a deep knowledge and understanding of the complicated Greek tax law environment. The team is comprised of young, well-educated but also experienced lawyers. They are full of energy and capable of defending even the most difficult cases.’
‘Efstathios Bakalis stands out due to his academic background and quick thinking, and is well respected.’
‘KBVL’s tax practice is a team of talented senior and junior lawyers with very strong academic backgrounds and great experience in handling tax controversy and tax litigation cases, who are always available to provide us with their feedback regarding our tax cases. They are dedicated to our interests and always business and client-oriented, providing us with fast and reliable tailored solutions and responding to a strict time schedule.’
‘Very sound professionals that have built up a reputation for being very effective in dealing with complicated tax issues.’
Hellenic Halyvourgia S.A.
Plaisio Computers S.A.
Sabre Hellas S.A.
Hellenic Diaries S.A.
TMT Tier 3
KBVL is engaged for a range of TMT matters, although it primarily provides ‘standout expertise' in data privacy and data compliance projects. 'Expert' Apostolos Vorras has a strong track record in GDPR and e-Privacy Directive compliance projects across a wealth of industries and has served as data protection officer to several prominent entities; he leads the department alongside Ilias Koimtzoglou. The firm is a member of the Deloitte Legal global network, enhancing its capacity for cross-border mandates.
Apostolos Vorras; Ilias Koimtzoglou
‘In the context of our collaboration on a privacy and personal data compliance project, KBVL had a team of highly qualified professionals with standout expertise in the subject matter. In my opinion, the team’s strength is their knowhow and their high level of professionalism in addressing the client’s requests but also in working with other colleagues.’
‘The team is very familiar with and uses daily advanced technological means in order to practise law, communicate internally and externally, and make themselves available to the client in the most efficient manner. This alone is a valuable asset that makes them stand out from an average law firm in Greece.’
‘The team is comprised of individuals with a high level of professionalism that made working together ideal. Each team member was available and interested in addressing on time all client requests by customising their advice and services in general, taking into account all aspects of such requests, both legal and business, and the client’s particular needs. Apart from their expertise, the team was very keen on maintaining a close and good relationship with the client’s representatives, which made them highly reliable.’
‘In my opinion, Apostolos Vorras is a highly skilled professional and a person with values and good leadership skills who had a key role in maintaining both a good working environment for the team and also a trusting lawyer-client relationship.’
‘KBVL Law Firm is distinguished by its business-oriented approach, highly efficient team of legal professionals and in-depth knowledge of the business environment.’
‘Apostolos Vorras is a highly qualified legal expert on data protection and privacy issues. He provides resourceful and comprehensive advice on complex legal matters and is strongly dedicated to promoting data protection and privacy compliance. Apostolos is a results-driven professional, demonstrating a strong academic background together with extensive experience from various business sectors and a profound perception of clients’ business needs.’
Aegean Airlines S.A.
Latsco Group of Companies
Olympia Development S.A.
AXA Insurance S.A.
Deloitte Business Solutions S.A.
Post Credit S.A.
KBVL > Firm Profile
Skilled and experienced Deloitte Legal* professionals work together with other Deloitte professionals in tax, consulting, risk- and financial advisory to guide their clients through a project in a coordinated way around the world. Deloitte Legal, present in over 84 countries, is able to provide holistic guidance around strategic business decisions as well as offer support services that can increase efficiency and reduce the cost of some routine legal activities. As part of the global Deloitte professional services network, Deloitte Legal helps you in delivering multinational legal solutions that are Consistent, Technology-enabled, Tailored, and Sensitized.
Deloitte Legal* offers competent yet pragmatic advice in many fields of national and international business law. Our professionals provide tailored solutions for demanding projects and complex domestic and international transactions. And we offer even more: Multidisciplinary advice incorporating tax, consulting, risk- and financial advisory.
Whether family-owned smaller and medium-sized companies, listed stock corporations or international groups of companies—with our service lines Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Employment Law & Benefits, and Legal Management Consulting, we cover those fields of business law that are important for our clients.
Collecting and combining multidisciplinary expertise in our industry groups Financial Services, Energy, Resources and Industrials, Consumer, TMT, and LSHC enables us to render interdisciplinary advice which anticipates industry- or sector-specific trends and developments. And thereby help our clients to face the challenges of an ever-changing regulatory and economic environment.
We understand legal advice not as an isolated component, but as a contribution to a comprehensive solution of the issues that our clients face. Working together with our Deloitte colleagues we can help our clients in taking informed decisions in the context of legal as well as other business considerations.
* “Deloitte Legal” means the legal practices of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firm affiliates that provide legal services. For legal and regulatory reasons, not all member firms provide legal services.
Koimtzoglou-Bakalis-Venieris-Leventis & Associates Law Partnership is deeply committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We firmly believe that diversity is inextricably linked with excellence. We welcome and strongly support different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and preferences, where everyone is enabled to reach their full potential.
Koimtzoglou-Bakalis-Venieris-Leventis & Associates Law Partnership is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment from the stage of recruitment up to the partnership level. Our firm has a unique ratio between men and women, with women representing 51% of the members of our firm. We strive to create a community of talent that celebrates the diversity of our lawyers across all levels and our clients alike
For Koimtzoglou-Bakalis-Venieris-Leventis & Associates Law Partnership diversity is part of who we are and what we represent: a team built from individuals that come from different backgrounds and experiences, dedicated in providing high quality legal services.
Ilias Koimtzoglou, PartnerIlias Koimtzoglou explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Koimtzoglou-Bakalis-Venieris-Leventis & Associates Law Partnership from your competitors?
Our firm employs innovative strategies, which eventually create competitive advantage based mainly on the following three pillars:
a) Provision of seamless services
Our customer-centric philosophy combined with our common-shared principles and the use of technology
provides for comprehensive, user friendly and seamless legal services. Clients come to us because of our well-earned reputation for outstanding service, delivered promptly. We approach any single issue by seeking innovative solutions to complex problems that require us to draw on our full range of expertise and experience.
Our billing approach and how we service our clients’ on-going needs reflect our values. No matter how challenging or complex the mandate, we are not satisfied until we have delivered the highest quality and most commercially effective legal advice;
b) Distinctive service offerings
The firm remains dedicated to strengthening our practice primarily through internal growth and creative smart way of thinking. We comprise a growing collection of transaction tools and in-depth analysis of the most important market and regulatory developments in M& A regimes across the globe. We focus on bringing clarity to the increasingly complex world of cross-border M&A , cross-border M&A databases, informative videos, and access to a library of specialist publications covering the key issues in global M&A;
c) Special Alliances/Contacts Relationships
We enjoy the loyalty of major corporate clients that have allowed us to be exposed to complex, multidisciplinary, cross-border assignments, which has served not only as a challenge for professional distinction but also as an attraction for recruiting talent at the firm.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
a) M&A: The expected growth of the Greek economy is likely to trigger significant M&A activity
b) Corporate restructurings: An important number of distressed assets of strategic importance for all the sectors of the economy (Real Estate, Utilities, Hotels, Industrial Operations) is expected to attract investors’ attention.
c) Compliance: There will be increased demand for compliance services given that there is an increasing trend for regulation of all business activities. Key drivers are expected to be GDPR compliance, new corporate governance regulations and transparency tools (AML, KYC policies).
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
We have grown the scope of our legal services of the firm by welcoming two new partners, Stathis Bakalis and George Venieris. The former is an established expert in tax litigation and the latter is a highly acknowledged practitioner at the fields of personal tax and estate planning.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
Definitely yes, and we aspire to always be ahead of any relevant technological developments, the most important of those being the gradual introduction of artificial intelligence in our practice. More specifically in close cooperation with our global network (Deloitte Legal) we intend to introduce AI in a number of our services in the near future.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
We have played a leading role in the Greek market for compliance with the newly established GDPR regulation. In this respect we have assisted a number of leading domestic as well as multinational companies to implement policies and practices safeguarding compliance with the new legal regime.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
One of our key strategies is to create and reserve long-term client relationships. Notwithstanding the fact that we are a relatively newly established law firm, we have already managed to create solid client relationships across the entire spectrum of industries in Greece and this will be one of the key drivers for our growth plans.
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