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280 KIFISSIAS AVE
152 32 ATHENS
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Zepos & Yannopoulos > The Legal 500 Rankings
Energy Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos is well-versed in all aspects of the energy sector including oil, electricity and natural gas matters with experience in projects, M&A, regulatory issues, privatisations, contracts and day-to-day operations. The team also specialises in the drafting of electricity operational codes and is led by Anastasia Makri, who is particularly adept at negotiating transaction documents. In a recent highlight, the group advised Repsol on its hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in Greece including regulatory and environmental matters. Enel Green Power is also a client and instructed the group on the financing, construction and development of a wind park in Evia.
BLUE GRID GAS & POWER
EDP RENEWABLES EUROPE SLU (EDPR)
ENEL GREEN POWER SA
IBERDROLA ENERGIAS RENOVABLES
PETROL, SLOVENIAN ENERGY COMPANY D.D.
REPSOL & REPSOL EXPLORACION SA
SOLAR GR OOD
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos assists inbound investors on their entry into the Greek market and is also particularly knowledgeable of regulatory and real estate matters in the hotels and leisure sector. Sonia Melegou heads up the department, which also has expertise in transactions, infrastructure projects and M&A-related due diligence along with leasing matters and disputes. In addition to advising Lamda Development on the Hellinikon Project, the team is also assisting Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment with its participation in the tender for a 30-year licence for the construction, operation and maintenance of an integrated resort casino, which will form part of the Hellinikon site.
‘Collaboration with zeya partners has been exceptional. The professionalism and team spirit as well as the time responsiveness are elements we appreciate and feel comfortable to rely on the Company for every legal issue we face.’
‘Working with zeya people over the past 10 years has been a pleasure. We have been very satisfied with the availability to respond even on non-working hours. Collaboration with Ms. Anastasia Makri, Eleni Skoufari and Manolis Zacharakis has been really exceptional.’
‘Strong team spirit, helpful with the younger associates, very efficient and hardworking group, very good communication with the clients and other colleagues, always reliable and assisting. What impressed me more is the fact that they listen to the clients needs and really make all effort to help and close the deal, emphasizing on the clients best interests.’
‘My work experience with the real estate legal team was impeccable, highly professional, very efficient with deep knowledge of the law. In difficult situations they were able to assist my office and provide me with all necessary information. Excellent communication, speed and real team work. I enjoyed working with them especially with Mrs Athanasia Melegou and Mrs Mary Georgiou.’
‘1) The excellent knowledge the team has of every aspect of real estate transactions 2) The size of the team which is big and has diverse specifications 3) Their ability to deliver under pressure.’
‘Sonia Melegou: Exceptional knowledge of the field, flexibility, and experience. Charikeleia Vlastou: Exceptional Knowledge and ability of in-depth analysis. Mary Georgiou: Love of her work and ability to deliver under pressure.’
‘Mr. Nikos Christoforidis and Ms. Charikleia Vlastou with whom I have been working on many cases display efficiency in problem solving and have a business sense that serves the company very well.’
‘Mr. Nikos Christoforidis acquires high level expertise and is very quick in almost anything set to his consideration. Ms. Charikleia Vlastou is eager to get involved and shows a passion that makes working with her easy and convenient.’
‘The team is well organized with clear segregation of duties based on the area of expertise of each member. All the team members are reliable and responsible co-workers that provide to the client not only the available options, but also their professional advice highlighting the pros or cons of each one.’
‘Nikos Christoforidis is a high qualified lawyer that supports our company for many years. I have personally worked with him in many cases and what makes him stand out is his personality. He explains to the client with simple and clear words the reality and the options creating a trustful and open relation.’
‘The breadth of the services offered in a professional and reliable manner. Ideally suited for international customers due to the approach they follow.’
‘They have a solution oriented approach and professionalism combined with functional knowledge and skills. Sonia Melegou, Marina Allamani, Yerasimos Giannopoulos.’
Consortium Of SICHUAN Communications Investment Group (China), Copelouzos Group (Greece), And Zhejiang Expressway Co., Ltd (China)
Dekel Hostel Holdings
Dolphin Capital Partners Sa
Edp Renewables Europe Slu
Ellinikai Touristikai Kai Xenodocheiakai Epicheiriseis
Pimco Funds (Pacific Investment Management Company Llc)
Plaza Centers N.V.
Premier Capital (Mcdonald’s Shops)
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Tate & Lyle
Tax Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos is 'distinguished for its customer focus and solution-driven orientation'. Clients note its 'comprehensive consultancy on a wide variety of issues' including tax controversy and litigation, corporate and M&A-related taxation, compliance work, VAT issues, indirect tax matters and customs and transfer pricing mandates. Practice head Yerassimos Yannopoulos represents ultra-high-net-worth individuals, and the group's wider client roster also includes high-profile corporate multinationals. Elina Filippou 'thinks outside of the box' and 'inspires a great deal of confidence'. In a recent highlight, Airbnb engaged the group for advice on the VAT considerations of its newly introduced B2B and B2C services in Greece, while Grundfos also received tax compliance and tax management support. Senior associate Hara Strati is recommended for her knowledge of European and international tax law.
‘Elina Filippou and Elina Belouli. Friendly and personal touch combined with a detailed knowledge of their specialisms. They also think out of the box and are very good at explaining intricacies. They gave me a great deal of confidence I had found the right people to work with.’
‘Zepos & Yannopoulos’s tax practice is distinguished for its customer focus and solution-driven orientation, providing at the same time high quality and comprehensive consultancy to a wide variety of tax issues. Representing a team of individuals with extensive experience and high efficiency in managing tax related matters. The team safeguards the core of its practice business and it proactively addresses the complexities of both the business and regulatory environment.’
‘The team of Zepos & Yannopoulos is a very effective team with excellent collaboration among them, there are people with expertise and we always have the confidence that what they propose is the solution that is very well covered and analysed. They know our business model very well. As I said above the biggest advantage is the knowledge and confidence that the work they have done has been analysed from all the angles. Alexis Karopoulos, who is our main partner, is very well educated and excellent in collaboration and communication.’
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Zepos & Yannopoulos is famed for its ‘responsiveness, client-centric orientation and problem-solving attitude’. Practice head Christina Papanikolopoulou provides a ‘deep knowledge of banking and finance legislation’ and is ‘capable of handling complex transactions with ease’. Her team handles regulatory, structured finance, debt and equity capital markets matters along with sovereign and private debt restructuring with a specific emphasis on multi-jurisdictional affairs. Elena Papachristou is the contact for regulatory matters including capital markets compliance, market abuse and regulator interaction. The NPL market is also a core strength of the group.
‘Responsiveness, problem-solving attitude, client-centric orientation are the main characteristics of this practice. Also they are vastly experienced in banking and finance and have deep knowledge of legislation. They can swiftly propose innovative solutions to complex problems and draft high level documentation.’
‘Christina Papanikopoulou is a partner with deep knowledge of banking and finance legislation. She is capable of handling complex transactions and very at ease when cooperating with international firms. She is well aware of the market trends and of the regulatory initiatives in the field and always provides positive feedback to her clients. She is reliable, a doer and can provide added value in difficult negotiations in favor of her client.’
‘Kely Pesketzi is a hard working, reliable and stable partner. She knows banking and finance legislation and has the ability to draft and negotiate high quality documentation in relation to complex transactions.’
Pimco Funds (Pacific Investment Management Company Llc)
UCI (Union De Creditors Inmobiliarios)
Alpha Bank S.A.
Centerbridge Partners Europe, LLP
Elliot Advisors LLP
Zepos & Yannopoulos specialises in corporate M&A, deals and transactions, compliance and advisory matters. Its client base is skewed towards representing multinational entities with names such as Amazon, Turkish Airlines and L’Oreal and Thomas Cook forming the roster. Athina Skolarikou and Stefanos Charaktiniotis jointly head the practice which recently gained two new partners through the promotions of Elena Papachristou and Kely Pesketzi. A recent highlight saw the team represent Viking Life Saving Equipment in its €43m acquisition of the Greek arm of Norsafe.
‘The team is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and collaborative, and understands the client’s real needs.’
‘I am usually engaged with the Data Protection sector of the firm and particularly Mary Deligianni who is a great professional not only in terms of knowledge on the topic but also in terms of supporting requests even in extreme situations. I also have had a great experience working together with Athina Skolarikou who is a great lawyer.’
‘We have a long-standing seamless collaboration with Zepos & Yannopoulos law firm. The firm’s multidisciplinary team has in-depth knowledge in all relevant fields of business law and has been assisting us on a wide spectrum of corporate/commercial and compliance work of day-to-day nature. Zepos & Yannopoulos is strongly recommended as a law firm for its team’s business-oriented approach and novel legal thinking, combined with its responsiveness and accessibility, whenever needed.’
‘The team involved has top-tier expertise in the areas of business law and comprises lawyers of all levels. Stefanos Charaktiniotis, assisted by Danai Falconaki and Stathis Orfanoudakis, leads the practice. Stefanos Charaktiniotis can be singled out for his skills, his professionalism, his responsiveness and for being able to anticipate our needs and address them in a timely manner through tailor-made solutions, frequently involving a unique interdisciplinary approach. The team is very knowledgeable and flexible, always updated on relevant business law developments and proactively updates us, providing useful insights and views.’
‘We worked with the team from Zeya on different topics and irrespective which of them was in charge we have been provided with excellent advice. Beside in-depth legal knowledge, our projects were rendered with highest attention and perfect project management skills, which gave us the freedom to focus on the important points. What makes Zeya really exceptional is the spirit within their team – and I think, this is what makes Zeya as successful as they are. A client does not only get excellent advice but also highly inspiring conversations and a lot of fun (if wanted)…’
‘The most outstanding partner of Zeya is Dr. Stefanos Charaktiniotis. Working with Stefanos was the best relationship I ever had with an external lawyer. Beside brilliant advice and excellent knowledge of Greek law, Stefanos adds some exceptional value with his deep understanding of clients needs, exceptional negotiation skills and perfect project management – an all-round package, which highly increased the value of the rendered services for us and this definitely sets him apart from other lawyers. I can highly recommend Stefanos as go-to lawyer in Athens (especially as a foreign enterprise, but not just because he speaks fluent German).’
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos has a ‘more engaged’ approach, and Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis lead the team, which is noted for its ‘industry know-how’ as it caters to clients from the aviation, automotive, consumer goods, IT, luxury goods and capital markets sectors. The group's broad workload is demonstrated through its expertise in breach of contract, enforcement of foreign judgement, unfair competition, product liability, employment, IP, real estate, commercial lease and tort-related matters. The vast majority of the practice's client roster is comprised of multinationals and their Greek subsidiaries. Eleni Skoufari recently made partner.
‘The team is well organized with clear segregation of duties based on the area of expertise of each member. All the team members are reliable and responsible coworkers that provide not only the available options, but also their professional advice highlighting the pros or cons of each one.’
‘Nikos Christoforidis is a highly qualified lawyer that has supported our company for many years. I have personally worked with him in many cases and what makes him stand out is his personality. He uses simple and clear words to explain the reality and the options available to the client creating a trustful and open relationship.’
‘Good English and proactive – more engaged than other law firms.’
‘Wide experience, industry know-how, expertise on different topics (credit collection to copyright law).’
‘George Siganidis is an excellent adviser with wide experience and industry know-how.’
BANQUE SOCIETE GENERALE
ELLINIKAI AKTAI A.E. “KYLLINI BEACH RESORT”
IBERDROLA ENERGIAS RENOVABLES
NATURAL GAS PUBLIC COMPANY (DEPA)
PLAZA CENTERS NV
SPIRITS INTERNATIONAL BV
SWEDISH ORPHAN BIOBVITRUM AB
Employment Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos’ full-service offering includes expertise in recruitment, day-to-day HR advice, cross-border employment issues, global mobility and immigration work, terminations, health and safety matters, audits and litigation. Rania Papakonstantinou leads the practice, which handles corporate restructurings, employee-related M&A and work-force reductions. The team counts Jet2, L’Oreal, Turkish Airlines and Swarovski as clients, and recently assisted TTEC with the establishment of its operations in Greece.
Insurance Tier 2
Allianz, Axis Capital, Unilever and Canada Life Reinsurance sit on the client list of Zepos & Yannopoulos, which provides support on the entire spectrum of regulatory, contractual and transactional matters. The team has also recently attracted a significant amount of instructions pertaining to the disclosure and transparency obligations arising from the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive in Greece. Anastasia Makri serves as the practice head following the departure of Takis Kakouris, and recently advised Zurich on the conditions for the conduct of life and non-life reinsurance in Greece as well as non-admitted reinsurance issues.
Amtrust Financial Services INC.
Bayer Hellas ΑΒΕΕ
Canada Life Reinsurance
Ergo Hellas (Munich Re group)
North of England
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd. (“Swiss Re”)
TMT Tier 2
The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Zepos & Yannopoulos is ‘always updated on international developments and trends’. Athina Skolarikou heads the TMT department, while Mary Deligianni oversees the data protection and cyber security practice and is noted for her ‘immediate understanding’ and ‘deep expertise’. Key strengths of the group include GDPR compliance, cybersecurity issues related to the NIS directive and the European Cybersecurity Act, data protection and data breach management.
‘Zepos & Yannopoulos have a longstanding experience in the issues they helped us with (Privacy and Data Protection). They stand out among other practices in Greece due to their understanding of the issues and prior experience.‘
‘The data protection team at Zepos & Yannopoulos comprises lawyers of all levels headed by the skillful and very professional Mary Deligianni. The team is very knowledgeable, they can absorb different types of assignments from GDPR or compliance projects to legal advice on new technologies and cutting-edge matters.‘
‘The team is always updated on international developments and trends and updates clients with a gist of things one needs to know and provides also useful insights and views. Team members are fully dedicated to data protection and cybersecurity, but they are all commercially-minded.’
‘Mary Deligianni, who is the head of the data protection team, knows her subject very well, she has an immediate understanding mainly due to her deep expertise, but also her good knowledge of technology. Her advice is business-oriented and her expertise manages to balance law and regulations with her solid understanding of technology.‘
‘We think that the team of Privacy and Data Protection, and mainly Mary Deligianni, is a real expert in the field and stands out in the Greek market.‘
‘Mary Deligianni is very smart and a real expert of privacy and data protection. Brainstorming with her was really fruitful and she has a charisma in explaining in easy words her thoughts and training people.‘
‘Mary Deligianni has also been active as a speaker in conferences and is one of the people driving the Greek effort in organisations’ awareness for these issues.‘
Enartia Group (including Papaki.com, TopHost)
Minerva Marine Inc.
Nokia Systems Networks
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Transaction Network Services (TNS)
EU and competition Tier 3Zepos & Yannopoulos has ‘in-depth knowledge in the fields of EU and Greek competition law’, and assists clients with a ‘wide spectrum of relevant matters’. The team has extensive expertise in antitrust, merger control, cartel and state law matters, which it compliments with sector-specific knowledge of the energy, pharmaceuticals, automotive, media, cosmetics, retail, food and waste management industries. Stefanos Charaktiniotis ‘can be singled out for his high responsiveness’ and Stamatis Drakakakis leads the practice following the departure of Emmanuel Mastromanolis; Drakakakis joined the practice from Koutalidis Law Firm in early 2020.
‘We have a long-standing seamless collaboration with Zepos & Yannopoulos law firm. The firm’s high-calibre EU and competition team has in depth knowledge in the fields of EU and Greek competition law and has been assisting us on a wide spectrum of competition law matters, including the representation of our company before the competition authorities and the provision of legal advice in relation to antitrust review and drafting of agreements, as well as antitrust corporate compliance.’
‘The team involved has top-tier expertise in the areas of Greek and EU competition law and demonstrates strong capabilities in transactional and behavioural antitrust matters. Dr. Stefanos Charaktiniotis leads the practice and can be singled out for his high responsiveness and for being able to anticipate our needs and address them in a timely manner through tailor made solutions, frequently involving a unique interdisciplinary approach. He provides solid advice and he is a reliable professional!’
‘Dynamic practice which great balance between young and more experienced lawyers. Comprehensive expertise in the field with multi-language legal professions.’
ALSTOM TRANSPORT S.A.
DUBAI AEROSPACE ENTERPRISE
L’ OREAL HELLAS
MACEDONIAN THRACE BREWERY S.A.
MAN TRUCK HELLAS S.A.
PPC (Public Power Corporation)
PUBLIC NATURAL GAS SUPPLY COMPANY (DEPA S.A.)
VAN OORD B.V.
Projects and privatisation Tier 3
Zepos & Yannopoulos fields a ‘strong’ practice, which is rated for its ‘professionalism’ and ‘great team work’. Anastasia Makri and Stefanos Charaktiniotis jointly lead the department, which is particularly active in infrastructure and energy-related projects and also has project finance expertise. In a recent highlight, the group acted for the consortium of Vitol and Sonatrach on its bid to acquire Hellenic Petroleum.
‘Professionalism. Strong team. Ethos.’
‘Great team work and clear leadership scheme.’
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
Zepos & Yannopoulos > Firm Profile
The firm: Zepos & Yannopoulos is a leading independent Greek law firm with a unique international orientation. The vast majority of the clients of the firm are foreign based. Zepos & Yannopoulos is the Greek member of numerous non-exclusive associations of leading law firms. For example, Zepos & Yannopoulos is the Greek member firm for Lex Mundi and Taxand.
Client focus: the firm’s legal advice is customer friendly and tailored to the needs of each client. As a result of Zepos & Yannopoulos’ international orientation, the firm has developed particular expertise in alerting international clients to the specifics of the Greek business and legal environment.
Comprehensiveness: the firm is particularly well known for providing quality and comprehensive legal and tax advice in areas of law relevant to the needs of its clients. The firm’s tax practice, widely acknowledged as the leading in the country, works hand-in-hand with all different practice groups to provide seamless and comprehensive services to clients.
Professional integrity and business ethics: the firm is fully committed to professional integrity and practices that promote business ethics. Zepos & Yannopoulos is the corresponding firm in Greece for Trace (Transparent Agents and Contracting Agencies), a non-profit association providing anti-bribery support.
Areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of practice include: administrative, agency and distribution, banking and finance, business crimes and compliance, capital markets, commercial, corporate, competition/antitrust, customs and trade, data protection, employment and labour, intellectual property, dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, private client and estates, public procurement and projects, restructuring and insolvency, and tax. Areas of tax specialisation include: corporate tax and compliance, M&A, transfer pricing, indirect tax and customs, real estate, banking, finance and capital markets, tax controversy and litigation, and private client. The firm’s tax practice, widely acknowledged as a leader among law firms in the country, works hand-in-hand with different practice groups within the firm to provide seamless and comprehensive services to clients.
Industries in which the firm has significant experience include: advertising, automotive and industrial technology, aviation, banking and finance, defence, energy, food and beverage, healthcare and life sciences, gaming and betting, hotels and leisure, insurance, information technology, media and entertainment, real estate, and telecommunications.
The firm prides itself on its expertise advising foreign clients conducting business in Greece, from the initial stages of tax planning to the last stages of dissolution and repatriation of capital, and efficiently resolves issues regarding commercial agreements such as agency or distribution, labour and social security, leases and real estate, litigation and tax. As one of the longest established and consistently one of the largest firms in the country, Zepos & Yannopoulos has handled many of the most significant and complex transactions in Greece.
|Corporate and M&A||D Zepos|
|Corporate and M&A||A Skolarikou|
|Capital markets and banking||C Papanikolopoulou|
|Capital markets and banking||E Papachristou|
|Antitrust/ Competition||S Drakakakis|
|Labour and employment||R Papakonstantinou|
|Labour and employment||M Zacharakis|
|Intellectual property||S Melegou|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||N Christoforidis|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||C Sarantis|
|Public procurement||S Chatzigiannidou|
|Tax litigation||S Maratos|
|Tax litigation||D Gialouris|
|Real estate||M Allamani|
|Real estate||S Melegou|
|Hotels and leisure||A Skolarikou|
|Hotels and leisure||S Melegou|
|Data protection||M Deligianni|
|Private clients||C Kallideris|
|Private clients||A Paraskeva|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 61
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Spanish
MembershipsLex Mundi TAXAND
OtherContacts : Dimitrios Zepos Contacts : Yerassimos Yannopoulos
Zepos & Yannopoulos advised the consortium of Fraport AG/Copelouzos Group, which is the concessionaire for the management, operation, maintenance and development of a portfolio of fourteen (14) peripheral Greek airports on the transfer of the entire number of contracts related to the operation of these airports from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority to the concessionaire. We assisted the airport portfolio concessionaire in the transfer of the entire number of contracts related to the operation of these airports from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority. The deal involved the implementation of a concession agreement for the management, operation, maintenance and development of a portfolio of fourteen peripheral Greek airports and its ratification by the Greek parliament. It involved feedback in the process of legislative action of the Greek Government, support on a wide range of civil aviation regulation issues regarding the operation of airports in Greece as well as the implementation of the transfer of approximately 1,000 contracts with a wide range of airport users to the concessionaire.
Zepos & Yannopoulos acted as Greek legal counsel to Attica Bank SA, a Greek medium-sized bank, on Project Artemis, the securitisation of non-performing loans and future receivables from the sale of real estate of approximately 1.3 billion. This milestone transaction involved the sale of receivables arising from a diversified portfolio of non-performing credit products and of future receivables arising from the sale and/or leasing of real estate that are the underlying assets of financial leasing receivables, also included in the portfolio. The portfolio was sold to a Luxembourg SPV against issuance of 525,000,000 senior notes and 806,200,000 junior notes. All the notes were initially subscribed by Attica Bank, which also acts as interim servicer of the portfolio. In parallel, Attica Bank entered into a sale and purchase agreement with Aldridge EDC Specialty Finance, the principal owner of a multinational investor in, and manager of, distressed assets, to sell the junior notes, as well as 80% of Thea Artemis SA, a subsidiary of Attica Bank that holds a license by the Bank of Greece to manage banking credit.
The transaction is the first NPL securitisation in Greece that closed after the passing, in late 2015, of a law introducing (among others) new rules for the sale of banking receivables (the NPL Law). It is also the first disposal of a large non-performing loan portfolio by a Greek bank. It came after a long period of market discussions on how to best tackle non-performing portfolios and a series of legislative measures aiming to attract investors and create a secondary market for NP
We advised Tui AG on the acquisition of the shares of the company Stella Polaris Creta AE from the listed company Karatzis AE. The multi-million Euro deal involved the acquisition of the shares of Stella Polaris Creta AE, owner of real estate in Ierapetra, Crete, where a new Robinson Club will be constructed by the Tui Group.
We advised Tui on all corporate, real estate, planning and tax issues relating to the transaction, and drafted the transactional documentation.
TESTIMONIAL: Excellent user friendly and street smart-practical advice
COMPANY/FIRM: Your firm has always provided outstanding service
CLIENT: DEI Renewables
TESTIMONIAL: Zeya fully satisfies our needs and expectations
CLIENT: Minerva Marine
TESTIMONIAL: All the lawyers we have cooperated with are of the highest standards and ethics. We appreciate your quick turnaround and commitment
TESTIMONIAL: We are very happy with the services you provide us with across the different areas we co-operate
TESTIMONIAL: Keep up the good work
At Zepos & Yannopoulos we value diversity. We respect and embrace all people, including those of different ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, nationalities, physical abilities, races, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. We value the experiences, knowledge and talents of all individuals in our firm and in our community. We support and promote non-discriminatory practices that advance equal treatment of, and opportunity for, all people, and encourage meaningful participation by a broad cross-section of people in our firm and in our community.
Social responsibility is a core aspect of the corporate philosophy of our firm.
- We support non-profit associations for children with disabilities
- We organize and fund CPR and First Aid courses for all our members and staff
- We organize blood donating trips to local hospitals
- We promote environmental awareness and we adopt environmental friendly policies
- We provide employment opportunities to members of social support institutions
We are unreservedly committed to serving our clients according to the highest ethical and professional standards.
This year we have assisted:
- Team Rubicon Medical Center with regards to consent forms
- the National Museum of Contemporary Art with regards to basic directions for the operation of the Food & Beverage spaces
- the Network for Children’s Rights with regards to selection of software and financial reporting organization, creation of HR processes, various real estate and governance issues
- Benaki Museum with regards to fund raising, governance issues, real estate issues and art issues
- Arcathens with corporate and accounting issues
- 2020 Civil non-profit organization with regards to communication issues and organisation of events
We regularly assist Transparency International Greece by hosting their meetings and by providing them with legal advice on several occasions.
Published: September 2019
Authors: Daphne Cozonis Alex Karopoulos Maria Zoupa
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in Greece.
Greece: Corporate Governance
Published: March 2020
Authors: Athina Skolarikou Elena Papachristou
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Corporate Governance laws and regulations that may occur in Greece.