Firm Profile > Karatzas & Partners > Athens, Greece

Karatzas & Partners
The Orbit-5th floor
115 Kifissias Ave
115 24 Athens
Greece

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

At Karatzas & Partners, the practice’s foremost expertise lies in transactional work and M&A projects containing financing and capital markets elements. The team is extremely proficient in cross-border mandates, with a recent workload that is spread across the UK, the US, Germany and Luxembourg, among other jurisdictions. Alexandros Metallinos recently advised Eurobank Ergasias in relation to Project Cairo, a major component of which was its absorption of Grivalia Properties, a multi-asset securitisation of NPEs valued at €7.5bn. Department head Catherine Karatzas and Alexandra Kondyli are also highly active in this field.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Karatzas

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Kondyli; Alexandros Metallinos; Christina Faitakis

Key clients

National Bank of Greece S.A.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

UniCredit Bank AG

Deutsche Bank AG

DoValue SpA

Dromeus Capital Partners

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

WIND Hellas Telecommunications S.A.

Athens International Airport

Lamda Development

Sazka Group

Autohellas S.A.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

B2Holding

Alpha Bank S.A.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Karatzas & Partners’ core focus lies on complex, high-value M&A. The practice is particularly active in cross-border matters, with its recent workload including deals with elements of Italian, French, UK and Romanian law, in addition to Greek law. Led by the vastly experienced Catherine Karatzas, the team also includes Alexandros Metallinos, who recently advised Eurobank on Project Cairo, part of the client’s corporate transformation plan which included the absorption of Grivalia Properties, a multi-asset securitisation of NPEs valued at €7.5bn. Alexandra Kondyli is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Karatzas

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Kondyli; Alexandros Metallinos; Christina Faitakis; Vassiliki Salaka; Anna Manda

Key clients

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Paneuropean Oil and Industrial Holdings S.A.

Italgas

Viohalco S.A.

MS Pharma

Dromeus Capital Group (UK) Ltd

Prodea Real Estate Investment Company

NBG Pangaea REIC

Etem Bulgaria

ABB Ltd

CNP Assurances S.A.

Matrix S.A.

SIDMA SA

Lamda Development

Sazka Group

doValue SPA

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Karatzas & Partners supports its clients at every stage of energy projects, from inception through to construction and subsequent operation, handling both project finance and development requirements. The team also handles the full array of day-to-day energy-related matters, including regulatory issues. A key differentiator for the group is its track record as the go-to option for pipeline transactions, with Alexandros Metallinos notably continuing to serve as local counsel on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, a multibillion-euro project spanning from the Greek-Turkish border through to Southern Italy. Metallinos and Christina Faitakis, one of the pioneering names in Greece’s renewable energy market, jointly head the department and are supported by recently promoted partner Valia Apostolopoulou.

Practice head(s):

Christina Faitakis; Alexandros Metallinos

Other key lawyers:

Valia Apostolopoulou

Key clients

National Bank of Greece SA

Allianz EM Loans S.C.S.

Cordiant VII Infrastructure & Real Assets Debt

Arcano Fund AC Advantage Credit Strategies

Lucid Trustee Services Limited

Lucid Agency Services Limited

DEPA SA

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Karatzas & Partners notably counts a number of leading real estate investment companies (REICs) among its clients, including Prodea and Noval Property. The team, which is headed by Vassiliki Salaka, is relied upon for the full array of real estate matters, including leasing, sale and leasebacks, developments and privatisations. Christina Faitakis is the key contact for real estate finance work, operating alongside the firm's market-leading banking and finance practice to support on a number of high-profile hotel financing matters of late. Further distinguished areas of proficiency include mall-related leasing, public-private developments and due diligence of land registries and cadastres.

Practice head(s):

Vassiliki Salaka

Other key lawyers:

Christina Faitakis; Argyro Vagia

Key clients

National Bank of Greece S.A.

H&M Hennes & Mauritz

Blackstone Group

Dromeus Capital Group

Prodea Real Estate Investment Company (former NBG Pangaea REIC)

Viohalco S.A.

Eurobank and Eurobank Leasing

Lamda Development, Lamda Olympia Village and Lamda Ilida Office

Greece > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Karatzas & Partners’ market-leading corporate, M&A, and banking and finance expertise makes it an ideal choice to handle the full suite of corporate and debt restructuring matters. Vassiliki Salaka heads the department, which recently advised B2Holding as a participant bidder in the sale and transfer by Alpha Bank of an approximately €2.5bn portfolio of sub-performing, non-performing consumer and small business loans. In addition, the group was engaged by Eurobank in relation to an NPL reduction acceleration plan dubbed Project Cairo.

Practice head(s):

Vassiliki Salaka

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Metallinos; Christina Faitakis

Key clients

JP Morgan

Eurobank Ergasias

KKR / Pillarstone Greece

B2Holding

Alantra

Greece > TMT Tier 1

At Karatzas & Partners, the team supports telecoms clients on the full suite of day-to-day and regulatory matters, including antitrust issues, disputes and complaints; it is also active in the online, social media and broadcasting sectors and is geared to handle M&A, transactions, commercial agreements and financings, among many other matters. Department head Anna Manda is vastly experienced in the telecoms space, frequently acting on the IPOs of major mobile operators.

Practice head(s):

Anna Manda

Key clients

WIND Hellas Telecommunications S.A.

TIWS Greece Telecommunications Services

Kathimerini

Skroutz

Greece > EU and competition Tier 2

At Karatzas & Partners, merger control is a clear focus for the competition team, which works closely with the firm’s market-leading commercial, corporate and M&A department. Department head Anna Manda also puts an emphasis on EU competition law and has distinguished expertise in state aid matters within the banking industry. The team also demonstrates noteworthy levels of activity in advising on cartel issues and legislative compliance in the shipping container, distribution, food and drink, retail, automotive and consumer product sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Anna Manda

Other key lawyers:

Marina-Sofia Chronaki; Angela Boletsi

Key clients

doValue S.p.A

SIDMA S.A.

Eurobank SA

Piraeus Bank SA

H&M Hennes & Mauritz SA

NBG Pangaea REIC

Papoutsanis S.A.

Kotsovolos S.A.

Skroutz S.A.

E.J. Papadopoulos S.A.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Karatzas & Partners is instructed on an array of high-value commercial and civil claims, with distinguished expertise in private banking disputes and enforcement proceedings. Georgios Minoudis enjoys a strong reputation for international arbitration, while Alexandros Metallinos is a go-to name for contentious banking, finance and capital markets matters. Vassiliki Salaka is the key contact for a broad range of commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Georgios Minoudis; Vassiliki Salaka; Alexandros Metallinos

Other key lawyers:

Christina Faitakis

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Areas of expertise at Karatzas & Partners include renewables, oil and gas, and power projects. The team has the capacity to support at every stage of a project, from inception and financing through to construction and operation. Christina Faitakis and Alexandros Metallinos are the key names for energy projects while Vassiliki Salaka is the construction contact.

The firm: Karatzas & Partners is a market-leading law firm, with outstanding experience advising international clients and a strong focus on transactional work. The firm was established in 1963, and has since grown and expanded steadily. The firm offers legal services and advice across the entire spectrum of commercial and financial law, including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, competition/antitrust, energy, project finance, M&A, real estate, securities and telecommunications, with a client base both in Greece and abroad. The firm’s dispute resolution department represents clients in litigation and arbitration relating to all aforementioned areas.

Karatzas & Partners has extensive experience advising international clients in relation to a wide range of transactions and practice areas. The firm has been involved in some of the biggest transactions in Greece in recent years, many of which have had a strong international element. Examples of key recent matters include: the recapitalisation of the National Bank of Greece, the acquisition by BC Partners of a majority stake in Pharmathen and the acquisition of Makro Cash & Carry Greece by Sklavenitis.

The firm’s clients include foreign banks and multinational corporations such as Barclays, Citibank, Coca-Cola Company, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Goodyear, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Unilever and Wrigley. The firm also regularly works with major international law firms, such as Allen & Overy, Cleary Gottlieb, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling, Simpson Thacher and Bartlett, Skadden Arps, Slaughter & May and White & Case.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: the firm advises on all aspects of banking and finance, including project finance, structured finance, secured and syndicated loan transactions, as well as derivatives and other OTC or listed products and securitisation.

M&A: the firm regularly advises international clients on M&A transactions in Greece and has participated in all the major pioneering corporate transactions in Greece in recent decades.

Securities: the firm advises on all aspects of securities law, such as initial public offerings, regulation of business conduct of securities firms and listed companies, bond issues and takeover bids. The firm routinely represents clients before the Hellenic Capital Market Commission and the Athens Exchange.

Corporate: the firm advises on the establishment of companies and joint ventures, spin-offs of Greek companies, stock option schemes, marketing law and due diligence. It also assists with the day-to-day legal affairs of a number of major Greek companies with international activities.

Energy: the firm has strong experience in both oil, gas and power, including renewables, especially wind and solar, and has participated in all the major pioneering energy projects and project finance transactions in Greece in recent decades.

Telecommunications: the firm has been involved in many of the seminal transactions in the telecoms sector over the past 20 years, including the first change of control of a mobile telephony operator and the first merger of two competitors in the mobile telephony market.

Competition/antitrust: the firm advises international clients on all aspects of Greek and EU competition law such as merger control, vertical restraints, abuse of dominant position and concerted practices.

Dispute resolution: the firm represents clients in litigation and arbitration before Greek courts and international arbitral tribunals in relation to a wide range of disputes.

Intellectual property: the firm advises on trade mark portfolio management, registration and litigation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Catherine Marie Karatzas
Banking and finance Vassiliki Salaka
Capital markets Nikos Fragos
Capital markets Catherine Marie Karatzas
Commercial and company Alexander Metallinos
Commercial and company Georgios Minoudis
Competition Anna Manda
Dispute resolution Christina Faitakis
Dispute resolution Georgios Minoudis
Energy Christina Faitakis
Mergers and acquisitions Catherine Marie Karatzas
Mergers and acquisitions Nikos Fragos
Project finance Alexander Metallinos
Project finance Christina Faitakis
Real estate Vassiliki Salaka
Telecommunications Anna Manda
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Christina Faitakis photo Mrs Christina Faitakis Partner
Mr Nikos Fragos  photo Mr Nikos Fragos Partner
Mrs Catherine Karatzas photo Mrs Catherine Karatzas Managing Partner
Mrs Alexandra Kondyli  photo Mrs Alexandra Kondyli Partner
Ms Anna Manda photo Ms Anna Manda Partner
Mr Alexander Metallinos  photo Mr Alexander Metallinos Partner
Mr Georgios Minoudis  photo Mr Georgios Minoudis Partner
Mrs Vassiliki Salaka photo Mrs Vassiliki Salaka Partner
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