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Rokas Law Firm
106 71 ATHENS

Greece > Insurance Tier 1

Rokas Law Firm has cemented its place at the top of the insurance law market through its extensive work on contentious, regulatory and policy wording matters, with assistance covering Greek, EU and US law issues. The team is well versed in representing domestic and international companies in court litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with founding partner Ioannis Rokas being an expert in global and local insurance undertakings before Greek and English Courts. Alkistis Christofilou and Christos Theodorou specialise in financial law and regulatory compliance. Antonios Tsavdaridis is an experienced arbitration practitioner, and Nick Boutsikos is knowledgeable in private insurance law. Viktoria Chatzara left the firm in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Rokas; Alkistis Christofilou; Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis; Nikolaos Boutsikos

Other key lawyers:

Kosmas Karanikolas; Andriani Kantilieraki; Xeni Lymperopoulou


‘Rokas law firm provides valuable advice. The team consists of expert professionals in the field of insurance. Up to date practical advice. Valuable business partner for the insurance industry, combining academic knowledge and practical advice. Collaborative spirit and solution-oriented advice.’

‘Ioannis Rokas as one of the most prominent legal advisors in the insurance sector. Alkistis Christofilou, Christos Theodorou, Antonios Tsavdaridis and Nickolaos Boutsikos are all highly qualified experts with experience both in the provision of legal advice as well as in litigation. It is a pleasure working with professionals of this level. Always learning and adding value.’

‘They are always available and possess excellent knowledge of special fields such as insurance law. They are open-minded in building a case strategy and solutions-oriented. Especially, our collaboration with Ioannis Rokas and Alkistis Christofilou has been great. They both have exceptional knowledge of insurance law and are always ready to cope with difficult legal questions.’

‘Rokas Law Firm is highly specialized in insurance law matters, having both profound academic knowledge and significant practical experience, as well as knowledge of the Greek insurance market. Its members are always up to date with legal, regulatory and case-law developments, very professional, well-prepared and resourceful. All of the partners and associates we have worked with are able to provide quick and accurate advice in insurance regulatory, contractual and litigation issues, in a business- and solution-oriented way.’

‘Ioannis Rokas: Profound industry knowledge and experience of both the applicable law and market practice; always able to provide practical advice even on highly complex matters. Christos Theodorou: High level legal services, excellent collaboration and client care.’

‘Antonis Tsavdaridis is an excellent litigator with undisputable in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry. A safe pair of hands and commercially minded, he can guide his clients through the maze of the Greek court system.’

‘Rokas insurance and litigation teams have a unique approach. It helped us finalising key contracts and avoiding several disputes. Also they negotiate very hard and helped us achieve a very good settlement/outcome. This is a very experienced team with great knowledge of the local insurance market and practices. I really appreciate their open-minded and solutions-driven approach.’

‘I mainly worked with Alkistis Christofilou who is leading the insurance practice and is able to advise on a wide range of insurance law and insurance regulatory matters.’

Work highlights

  • Advises Generali, the insurers of the Greek train operator, in relation to the Tempi rail accident.
  • Advises a major energy player on its claims for damages to its refinery facilities and business interruption.
  • Advised the shareholders of Horizon Ins Co (composite license) on the creation of Horizon 1964 through the spin-off of Horizon’s non-life business, and the consequent transfer of Horizon to Interamerican.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Fielding a team of ‘exceptionally professional’ lawyers, Rokas Law Firm has in-depth expertise in assisting its clients with complex spin-offs and M&A transactions, along with regulatory compliance issues. Operating out of Athens, Alkistis Christofilou is an expert in restructurings and the integration of financial conglomerates in Greece, Christos Theodorou specialises in general commercial law issues, and Antonios Tsavdaridis has vast experience in international trade law proceedings. Dimitrios Chatzimichael is knowledgeable on insurance law affairs, and Alexis Foskinis is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Alkistis Christofilou; Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis

Other key lawyers:

Dimitrios Chatzimichael; Alexis Foskinis; Andriani Kantilieraki; Sofia Getimi


‘The team’s strengths are: they are well organised, with broad experience, and are active listeners.’

‘Christos Theodorou has great expertise, and is willing and able to address even the more complicated cases.’

‘The team are exceptionally professional and care about the client. They are always available to provide advice and act on the client’s benefit.’

‘Practical, knowledgeable, willing to utilise their industry expertise, flexible.’

‘Rokas were quick to get a cross-disciplinary team together to work on the matter and they were tenacious in attaining the results required.’

Key clients

SNA Europe



Trowers & Hamlins

Porsche AG

Nautilus SA Yacht Equipment

BeginiNGS Plumcare

Lekos Group call centres

Kinetta Beach Hotel

Foundation for Policy Alexandros Papanastasiou

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

bioMerieux SA


Tapestry Global Compliance Partners

Swiss Re

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Hogan Lovells International LLP

LG Electronics Hellas S.A.



Roche Hellas SA

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP



Baker McKenzie LLP

AIG Europe SA – Greece Branch

Alpha Bank S.A.

Greece > Energy Tier 2

Headed by Mira Todorovic Symeonides in Athens, the energy and environment practice at Rokas Law Firm specialises in advising on energy production projects, along with the construction and operation of gas storage facilities. The group supports clients on renewable energy initiatives, including solar and wind power, as Todorovic Symeonides is an expert in energy regulatory issues and negotiating commercial contracts. Harris Synodinos focuses on public procurement and competition law matters. Other key practitioners include Sofia Getimi, Maria Garifallou, Panagiota Maragkozoglou.

Practice head(s):

Mira Todorovic Symeonides

Key clients

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)


Work highlights

  • Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the granting of a concession for the construction and operation of the Underground Offshore Gas Storage facility (UGS).
  • Representing DEPA, a major Greek natural gas supplier, in a dispute resolution process with the Greek TSO (DESFA) regarding a compensation claim related to charges for booked gas transmission capacities.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Displaying vast expertise in the energy, pharmaceuticals, and maritime industries, the ‘commercially minded’ team at Rokas Law Firm regularly acts on behalf of clients in arbitration and complex litigation. Operating out of Athens, Christos Theodorou and Antonios Tsavdaridis jointly lead the practice; the former specialises in corporate and financial cases, and the latter concentrates on international disputes. Nick Boutsikos is another experienced litigator. Andriani Kantilieraki is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christos Theodorou; Antonios Tsavdaridis


‘Extensive knowledge of the relevant legal framework and market conditions.’

‘Very responsive and easy to work with.’

‘Commercially minded and user friendly.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the services required.’

‘Excellent communication skills.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s of London

AIG Europe S.A.

Hannover Re


Ethniki Insurance S.A.

Generali Italia S.p.A.



Attiki Odos S.A.



Avion Express

Roche S.A.

Takeda S.A.

Allianz S.A.

DallBogg S.A.

Biomerieux S.A.


Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Sunlight S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing insurers in respect of claims of EUR 19 MIO concerning the closure of a major motorway due to a snowstorm.
  • Representing insurers in relation to claims following the Tempi train crash in February 2023.
  • Representing a foreign guarantee fund in international arbitration.

The firm:  Rokas was established in early 1977 and has since grown to be the first Greek law firm that is active in ten European countries and holds the vision of providing world-class solutions in the region to a worldwide clientele through its international network. We value our international perspective as our critical advantage regarding the business-oriented approach and the quality of services offered to clients who plan to expand, run and develop their business in an increasingly globalised market economy.

 Areas of practice: Rokas is a full-service firm and specialises in several market sectors with an advisory and litigation/ADR practice. Rokas’ clients include corporations active in finance, insurance, banking, energy, telecommunications, technology, construction, real estate, hotel and leisure; also, businesses in the aluminium, steel and gas sectors, pharmaceuticals, tobacco and courier companies, state institutions and regulators.

The firm has acted as project leader and has participated in consortia in law and regulation drafting projects in several market sectors of central and SE Europe, and of the former USSR states. The projects concerned the strengthening, modernisation and regulation of the insurance, energy and environment, and telecommunications sectors, the supporting of public administration and justice reforms.

Rokas is the leading Greek firm in insurance and reinsurance law. The firm’s partners are widely recognised as academics and as litigation and regulation practitioners in insurance law in Greece and in the regions where Rokas expands. Having published landmark textbooks and articles on the subject in Greece and in other countries, they often participate in law drafting committees.

Rokas is also a top choice for complex litigation and arbitration, as well as non contentious work, in all aspects of commercial law, including energy, e-communications, infrastructure practice, and in M&A deals including privatisations, such as the recently completed unbundling of the Greek electricity transmission system operator.

Indicative work highlights of the firm include:
M&A / privatisations / corporate and commercial: (4 partners; 6 associates)

  • Cross-border merger by absorption of Greek commercial company by a Luxembourg international company;
  • Advising on corporate and contractual issues, for an extremely prominent hotel and resort complex on the Athens Riviera;
  • Advice to a Greek systemic bank on corporate governance issues and potential conflicts of interest arising from multiple appointments of the senior manager within the bank’s group;
  • Advising clients from various market sectors, including shipping, insurance, pharmaceuticals, on the GDPR; acting as DPO;
  • Advice on the provision of cross-border electronic communications services in Greece mainly with respect to automobiles;
  • Licensing and launching of an e-scooter sharing system in Athens;
  • Advising on equity and cash-based plans for Greek employees of large multinational companies of the financial and industrial sector;
  • Legal assessment of the contemplated post-Brexit operational schemes for a number of UK-based companies active in regulated market sectors;
  • Acted for sellers in the electricity supplier’s NRG shares sale to the Motor Oil group;
  • Represented the electricity incumbent in the divestiture of the power grid company via the sale of shares to China’s SGID and to a state owned SPV and indirect listing of the rest of stock;
  • Acquisition of a prestigious hotel and residential complex in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria and hotel management agreements;
  • Divestiture of a Greek systemic bank’s subsidiary in North Macedonia;
  • Advising and representing clients on several business law and regulatory issues, including the update to the reformed law on societes anonymes, company transformations, commercial agency and distribution, business transactions,;
  • World Bank Subnational Project “Registering Property, Starting Business and Enforcement of Contracts” it launched for six cities in Greece, including the review of the Questionnaires, the organisation and monitoring of the expert teams in each city, providing response instructions, receiving feedback from the expert teams, and cooperating with World Bank.

Energy: (2 partners; 3 associates)

  • Support to a foreign investor in acquisition and subsequent development of a developing 12 solar PV plants of total 284 MW, project which has been characterised as a project of Strategic Interest;
  • Support to a foreign investor in a green-field development of above 250 MW PV plant in Greece;
  • Advising the client regarding the EFET and ISDA agreements; support regarding the compliance for its participation in the wholesale electricity and gas markets, as well as energy derivatives markets, particularly those arising from EMIR, REMIT and other;
  • Providing legal support, review and comments to the Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) with the German company of the framework agreement and sample individual agreement for the project Kozani, a cluster of photovoltaic power plants with a total licensed capacity above 200 MW;
  • Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund: development of an underwater gas storage tank located in South Kavala – the first of its kind in Greece;
  • Support to a foreign investor in licensing and development of 6 SPVs for production of electricity from wind;
  • Representation of the major Greek natural gas supplier in a dispute against the Greek Natural Gas TSO regarding to charges for booked gas transmission capacities;
  • Representation of major Greek energy-intensive industrial client in a dispute against the Greek electricity TSO regarding charges imposed to auto-producers with high efficiency cogeneration of heat and power (CHP);
  • Advice regarding the acquisition of 5 SPVs containing 10 PV projects for small PV with the total capacity of 5 MWs.

Dispute resolution and ADR:  (4 partners; 10 associates)

  • Representing the incumbent gas distribution company in two ad hoc international arbitrations against a Greek insurer for claims originating from non consumption of agreed gas quantities by incumbent’s clients (electricity producers);
  • Representing the French, Greek and Italian Guarantee Funds against the Motor Insurance Bureau of the UK, in the first ever international arbitration between Motor Insurance Bureaus, in a dispute related to the insolvency of a Gibraltar insurer;
  • Advised a leading hotel resort in a complex construction dispute involving ICC arbitration in London, against a leading Greek construction company;
  • Complex litigation and arbitration cases, for an extremely prominent hotel and resort complex on the Athens Riviera;
  • Representing Generali and QBE in a series of claims litigation originating from the closure of the main Greek Motorway connecting Athens and Thessaloniki owing to rock fall;
  • Representing the Greek subsidiary of the world leading cement producer in a unique dispute before the Administrative Supreme Court, involving the recovery of state aid;
  • Representing one of the world’s leading batteries’ manufacturer in the largest ever casualty claim in Greece;
  • Representing the leading Greek oil refinery in a large casualty claim involving a cutting-edge Flexicocking technology;
  • Representing several insurers in claims against the Hellenic Republic due to unlawful conduct of the police during the December 2008 riots;
  • Representing a world leader in pipe manufacturing in a jurisdiction and product liability dispute over an irrigation project in the island of Crete;
  • Representing one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, a major biodiagnostics company and a major factoring institution in claims against public hospitals for unpaid invoices from supplies of pharmaceuticals and other products.

Insurance: (5 partners; 5 associates)

  • The firm maintains a recognised leading practice in insurance, reinsurance and insurance mediation law. It supports Greek and international clients including regulators of Eastern Europe countries in all related aspects including establishment, licensing and run-off, M&As and portfolio transfers, passporting of services, regulatory and compliance issues and provides consultancy for a number of important global players of the insurance sector.

Pharmaceuticals and diagnostics:  (3 partners; 3 associates)

  • Representing a number of globally leading pharmaceutical companies and diagnostics company against the HR in litigation over clawback disputes and over the collection of public hospitals debt;
  • Provision of day-to-day legal support to major pharmaceutical companies with regard to various regulatory issues;
  • Preparation and review of clinical trial agreements for various arrangers.

Employment: (1 partner; 2 associates)

  • Representation of a major commercial company as employer and as insurer concerning the calculation of the pension benefit (lump-sum) that is provided to its employees who exit for full or early retirement;
  • Representation of AGET Herakles, the Greek subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim, on a collective redundancy dispute before the Supreme Administrative Court and the European Court of Justice that led to the amendment of the collective redundancies legislation in Greece;
  • Provision of ongoing advisory support to one of the world leading pharmaceutical companies on employment-law matters, as well as in relation to a restructuring plan project;
  • Provision of legal assistance to a leading Korean electronics manufacturer concerning all aspects of individual labour law;
  • Representation of a major insurance company before Court on a pilot case concerning the existence or not of obligation on the part of the employer, deriving from a Group insurance contract, for the payment of a lump sum benefit to its employees during their exit, in view of the fact that the relevant reserves are not sufficient.
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Prof Dr Ioannis Rokas
Banking and finance Alkistis Christofilou
Capital markets Prof Dr Ioannis Rokas
Competition – M&A Dr Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos
Construction and real estate Christos Theodorou
Corporate and commercial Christos Theodorou
Dispute resolution and ADR Dr Antonios Tsavdaridis
Dispute resolution and ADR Nick Boutsikos
Energy and environment Mira Todorovic Symeonides
Energy and environment Dr Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos
EU law Dr Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos
Insolvency and restructuring Nick Boutsikos
Insurance and reinsurance Prof Dr Ioannis Rokas
Insurance and reinsurance Alkistis Christofilou
Intellectual property and trade marks Prof Dr Dr Konstantinos Christodoulou
Labour and employment Christos Theodorou
Privatisation Dr Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos
Privatisation Alkistis Christofilou
Shipping and transport Dr Antonios Tsavdaridis
Taxation Christos Theodorou
Telecommunication and technology Alkistis Christofilou
Photo Name Position Profile
Nick Boutsikos photo Mr Nick Boutsikos Partner
Dimitrios Chatzimichael photo Dr Dimitrios Chatzimichael Dimitrios has been engaged in the establishment, acquisition and restructuring of many…
Alkistis Christofilou photo Mrs Alkistis Christofilou Managing Partner
Andreas  Papastathis photo Mr Andreas Papastathis Junior Partner
Ioannis Rokas photo Prof Dr Ioannis Rokas Senior Partner
Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos photo Dr Charalampos (Harris) Synodinos Partner
Christos Theodorou photo Mr Christos Theodorou Partner, Head of Litigation Team
Mira Todorovic Symeonides photo Mrs Mira Todorovic Symeonides Partner / Head of Energy Team
Antonios Tsavdaridis photo Dr Antonios Tsavdaridis Partner
Number of lawyers : 70
at this office : 25
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