Zepos & Yannopoulos > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Zepos & Yannopoulos
152 32 ATHENS

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

The ‘commercial’ team at Zepos & Yannopoulos has ‘deep knowledge’ across a broad range of banking and finance work, ensuring that it is well positioned to advise lenders, funds and corporates across a myriad of transactional and regulatory work, including often complex, highly structured mandates. ‘Up to date with current developments‘, the firm has been at the vanguard of securitisation work, including as a means to monetise the systemic banks’ NPL exposure. In this regard, Christina Papanikolopoulou has been somewhat of a trailblazer, delivering ‘exceptional advice on the most complex deals’, including her recent work for Intrum on all aspects of Greek law regarding Project Senna, the latest NPL securitisation transaction originated by Piraeus Bank. The ‘responsive and very knowledgeableElena Papachristou is also a key member of the team, both for financial services regulatory work and debt and equity capital markets matters.

Practice head(s):

Christina Papanikolopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Elena Papachristou; Paris Tzoumas; Mary Nigritinou; Efthymis Naoumis; Athina Palli


‘It is a very strong team of legal professionals that is very experienced and up to date with current legislative developments.’

‘The commercial team has deep knowledge of the capital markets legal framework, and provides very cost-effective advice.’

Christina Papanikolopoulou delivers exceptional advice on the most complex deals.’

Elena Papachristou is responsive, always available and very knowledgeable.’

‘The team stands out for its industry expertise, responsiveness and effective communication.’

‘Very professional, with deep knowledge of their subject matter, responsive and respectful of the client’s timelines and needs. They were always on time and we never had to chase. We always knew we were getting well-thought-out solutions and advice.’

‘Deep knowledge, approachable people and a market-friendly attitude to problem solving.’

‘I believe what makes the difference and distinguishes Zepos & Yannopoulos from other law firms is the responsiveness and availability, which is exceptional. I would also add the very competitive billing, which is tailored to the needs and peculiarities of our business versus other law firms which are either expensive or rigid in their approach.’

Key clients

Piraeus Bank S.A.

European Reliance S.A.

Thrivest Holding Ltd

Alpha Bank S.A.

Intrum AB

Intrum Investments Greece

Intrum Hellas A.E.D.A.D.P.

Bracebridge Capital

Klarna Bank AB

Nexi Payments Greece Société Anonyme

Westfort Capital Limited (WFC)

Eurobank S.A.

Bain Capital Credit LP (BCC)

Brook Lane Capital

Fortress Credit Corporation

J.P.Morgan Securities plc (JPM)

Astarte Capital Partners

Azora Group

Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd.

Blackrock Global Funds

Centerbridge Partners


Elliott Investment Management L.P.


Franklin Templeton Investments Funds

Global Payments Inc.

National Bank of Greece

Schroder International Selection Fund

Société Générale

V Group

Ziglu Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Thrivest Holding on the acquisition of a minority stake in Attica Bank.
  • Advised Intrum AB, Intrum Investments and Intrum Hellas in relation to all aspects of Greek law for Project Sunrise III, the latest HAPS securitisation transaction originated by Piraeus Bank.
  • Advised European Reliance on Allianz’s acquisition of a majority interest in the company.  

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Described as a ‘very detailed and agile’ practice, Zepos & Yannopoulos specialises in advising Greek and global clients on high-profile M&A transactions, as well as regularly handling due diligence matters and drafting shareholders’ agreements. The team demonstrates vast knowledge in the renewable energy and hospitality spheres, often leveraging its expertise in overseeing corporate restructurings and project financing initiatives. In Athens, Stefanos Charaktiniotis and Athina Skolarikou co-head the group, specialising in cross-border corporate transactional work and reverse mergers, whilst Antonis Giannakodimos focuses on market regulation in the retail and wholesale sectors. Danai Falconaki is knowledgeable in bankruptcy law and Mariliza Myrat is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Stefanos Charaktiniotis; Athina Skolarikou

Other key lawyers:

Antonis Giannakodimos; Danai Falconaki; Stathis Orfanoudakis; Mariliza Myrat; Sofia Tzianoumi; Nadia Axioti


‘Athina Skolarikou, Stefanos Charaktiniotis, Mariliza Myrat and Danai Falconaki are excellent to work with.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos has a great team of very experienced lawyers. They can address all the legal, corporate and tax issues in a transaction.’

‘The team is very detail oriented and agile and is able to address the particularities of each project successfully.’

‘A great law firm, with specialised lawyers for every issue.’

‘A strong team across the board that works closely with its clients and gets to know their business. They provide regular summaries on the matters handled for us and advice about upcoming legal changes where relevant.’

‘Antonis Giannakodimos is extremely responsive and gives clear advice, and works hard to maintain the relationship with the client and to provide support.’

‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis has exceptional experience in M&A projects.’

‘They have very good legal, technical and negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Mondelez International

Kefalonia Fisheries

Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel

Conrad Hilton

Club Med

Le Collectionist

Nova Wind

Wesfort Capital



Work highlights

  • Advised leading telecoms provider United Group on its company restructuring following its €100m takeover of Nova Telecommunications Single Member.
  • Advised Iberdrola, global leader in renewable energy, on the proposed acquisition of Volterra, the energy production, trade and supply company of Greece-based international construction group AVAX.
  • Advised HELLENiQ ENERGY on the €130m acquisition of a cluster of SPVs owning a 204MW photovoltaic park.

Greece > Energy Tier 1

The multidisciplinary energy team at Zepos & Yannopoulos represents international and domestic entities, and is well equipped to handle high-profile M&A transactions and renewable energy projects. The practice has in-depth experience of acting on behalf of clients before Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, particularly in disputes concerning environmental permits. Overseeing the ‘expedient and efficient’ team in Athens is Anastasia Makri, who focuses on transactions involving commercial contracts and negotiations. Sofia Chatzigiannidou specialises in an array of regulatory and administrative law matters, while Smaragda Spyrou is knowledgeable in the area of electric power. Both Georgia Tsiaoussi and Nikos Koukos are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri

Other key lawyers:


‘The whole team seems exceptionally led by partners Anastasia Makri and Sofia Chatzigiannidou, who seem very well supported by a number of senior associates such as Smaragda Spyrou, associates and trainees. In my contact with the team, I have the impression that all members have both experience and good expertise in their field, collaborating among them in a very efficient way, being able to deliver the assigned work in a very satisfactory way and always on time.’

Anastasia Makri has deep knowledge and understanding of this particular industry, she has been able to smoothly guide us through difficult topics and provide concrete and efficient answers in a number of niche regulatory matters. Senior Associate Smaragda Spyrou is also one of the most qualified and experienced energy attorneys I know, demonstrating impressive ability in handling complex energy related transactions and other regulatory topics, being always responsive and accessible.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos is a very trustful and reliable company to work with in Greece. Being a company establishing business activities in Greece, subject advice has been confirmed not only as a legal partner, but also regarding their professional advice for business in the energy sector in Greece.’

‘Legal support: negotiations with Greek counterparties including in-depth preparations and discussions with our company to fully understand opportunities and risk. Expedient and efficient support.’

‘The team can provide a 360 support on a subject and suggest solutions.’

‘A very personal approach, with a professional and timely response.’

Key clients

HelleniQ Group of Companies

Sagemcom Energy & Telecom Sas



European Energy



Akuo Energy

EDP Renewables

V Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Greenvolt in structuring and contract negotiations for the establishment and acquisition of its majority stake in Greenvolt Next Greece, a joint venture with Globalsat group.
  • Advised Green (V-Group) in connection with the execution of two virtual PPAs for a portfolio of PV projects with HERON.
  • Advised Baywa on the contemplated acquisition of a cluster of photovoltaic projects, currently under development, with an approximate total capacity of 104MW.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 1

Praised as an ‘excellent’ antitrust and competition practice with ‘high expertise’, the Zepos & Yannopoulos team is noted for handling high-profile state aid cases and merger control processes. Regarding antitrust issues, the group represents international and Greek entities before the Hellenic Competition Commission, while simultaneously offering a strong antitrust compliance and abuse of dominance service. The ‘top-notch’ Stamatis Drakakakis leads from Athens, focusing on matters regarding rescue and restructuring aid; Maria Lampadaki covers cartels and merger control affairs; and Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti assists clients in EU competition law proceedings. Ellie Gavriilidou, Konstantinos Sidiropoulos, Ledia Gavriilidou and Gina Goudoulia are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Stamatis Drakakakis

Other key lawyers:


‘Very high expertise in all areas.’

‘Partner availability and engagement. Excellent quality and excellent time response: Stamatis Drakakakis and Ellie Gavriilidou.’

‘Knowledgeable, high expertise in competition law, collaborative.’

‘Stamatis Drakakakis, Elena Papachristou: expertise, availability, diligent, experience, knowledgeable.’

‘The Law Firm has an extremely competent and knowledgeable Antitrust – Competition Law Department equipped with lawyers and IT executives of the highest degree of qualifications, expertise and motivation. The department was immediately able to assign the appropriate number of associates. The attitude of the whole team was remarkable, and the follow up report issued provided very insightful recommendations. ’

‘I want to highlight Stamatis Drakakakis who is a top-notch partner of the Law Firm. Stamatis is a competition law expert.’

‘The law firm has skilled professionals who have deep knowledge of their area of expertise while they are also business oriented and able to provide legal advice that is tailor made to your needs.’

‘Stamatis Drakakakis has deep knowledge of Competition Law and is able to provide professional work on time while he is also very to the point and business oriented in his answers.’

Key clients

Adidas Hellas S.A.

Alpha Bank

Brisa – Auto-Estradas de Portugal S.A.

Copelouzos Group

DEPA Commercial S.A.

Giochi Preziosi Hellas S.A.

Municipality of Athens

ONEX Technology & Business Solutions S.A.

Reale Group

Stanley Black & Decker Hellas

Zouros Tugboat Consortium, Megatugs Salvage & Towage, PRO-TUGS

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing ONEX Technologies Group before the European Commission (DG COMP) with regard to the state aid assessment of a restructuring project.
  • Represented DEPA Commercial in the acquisition of a minority share (29%) in Electroparagogi Alexandroupolis Monoprosopi.
  • Represented Zouros Tugboat Consortium, Megatugs Salvage & Towage and PRO-TUGS before the Hellenic Competition Commission in the context of a cartel investigation.

Greece > Insurance Tier 1

Acting on behalf of global insurance companies and leading independent brokers, Zepos & Yannopoulos has broad expertise in all aspects of local insurance and regulatory compliance measures. The team’s lawyers collaborate closely with the firm's M&A, dispute resolution and tax departments to provide comprehensive advice on life and non-life insurance and reinsurance matters. Anastasia Makri heads the group, frequently representing international and domestic reinsurers and intermediaries, and senior associate Smaragda Spyrou focuses on M&A and corporate matters. Senior associate Georgia Tsiaoussi is experienced in the shipping, tourism and pharma sectors, while associate Katerina Vogiatzi concentrates on insurance regulation.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri

Other key lawyers:

Smaragda Spyrou; Georgia Tsiaoussi; Katerina Vogiatzi; Danai Mini


‘Thorough knowledge in a broad range of sectors. Competent and friendly partners and associates, with whom it is a pleasure to work. Very well organised, reliable, deliver on time. As far as I can judge the practice is very advanced in computer and technologies used.’

‘Anastasia Makri, Georgia Tsiaoussi and Danai Mini have very good knowledge on their subjects, are competent, reliable, friendly, and respond in a timely manner. I have also worked with other professionals within Zepos & Yannopoulos, always with very good results.

‘Very knowledgeable professionals always available to support also on short notice.’

‘Multidisciplinary firm with good mix of expertise.’

Key clients

Societa Reale Mutua di Assicurazioni

HelleniQ Energy

Octium Holding

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

China Taiping Insurance Group

Ardonagh Group



Triglav Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Reale Group on the acquisition of an 80% majority stake in Ydrogios Insurance and Reinsurance, a Greek non-life insurance company.
  • Advised the majority shareholders, including EBRD, on the sale of a 72% stake in the Greek insurance company European Reliance to Allianz SE.
  • Acted as Greek legal counsel to Ardonagh Group in the acquisition of a UK-based group of companies and the indirect acquisition of two Greek subsidiaries.

Greece > Tax Tier 1

A cornerstone of the Zepos & Yannopoulos tax practice is its business tax advisory and compliance service offering, combined with extensive experience of handling complex claims in the Greek Supreme Court. The team represents a diverse array of clients, including global telecommunication companies, asset management firms, and investment banks, frequently overseeing VAT assessments and conducting tax due diligence. From Athens, Yerassimos Yannopoulos heads the outfit, being an expert in tax planning and structuring, whilst Maria Zoupa focuses on tax matters relating to corporate restructurings. Elina Filippou specialises in transfer pricing affairs, and Alex Karopoulos acts on behalf of the tax authorities in the context of tax audits.

Practice head(s):

Yerassimos Yannopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Maria Zoupa; Elina Filippou; Alex Karopoulos; Marina Allamani; Daphne Cozonis; Dimitris Gialouris; Anna Paraskeva; Diana Tsourapa; Ioanna Tapeinou; Evangelia Yotakou; Elina Belouli; Irene Tsiosta; George Vlachakis


‘The team at Zeya are incredibly knowledgeable in the renewables industry; whilst providing strong technical advice they are also very practical and solutions based. Timeliness in advice is always critical and they respond very quickly and work in some cases to very tight timeframes. Their pricing is transparent and provides good value for money. On calls/meetings they always bring in just the relevant team members who all contribute to the task at hand; with the team members obviously having been briefed internal beforehand which brings efficiencies to the process.’

‘The key thing is that all of the above individuals always make the time to speak/meet and freely provide their up front thoughts on the issue at hand in an honest, easy to understand way; follow on written advice is well crafted and fully explain sometimes complicated issues which can be shared with non financial/legal teams internally without the need for follow up explanations. They are all professional in the service they provide, like other advisors but the differentiating factor is that above all they really care about our business, where it is going so that we avoid any pitfalls before they are upon us and we can efficiently plan ahead.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos delivers an overall very good quality of service. We have had a long-term relationship with their team, they have a deep understanding of our needs and our business, they provide us with detailed answers and relevant suggestions. Their practice cover a wide range of tax services, including corporate tax, VAT, transfer pricing and personal tax aspects.’

‘Maria Zoupa stands out for paying special attention to some unique features of our business, she provides us with Greek tax context and quality recommendations but without guiding or forcing the decision on our side, she takes our request and parameters into consideration. On top of her technical skills, she is very nice, as is Alex Karopoulos whom we work with on VAT aspects. Both strive to deliver quality advice, even under urgency sometimes or with a short notice due to business unpredictability.’

‘Proximity, professionalism.’


Key clients



Deutsche Telecom

Fasanara Capital

Gagosian Gallery

Stavros Niarchos Foundation



Work highlights

  • Achieved a landmark win before the Greek Supreme Court, securing a €10 million tax refund for the client, over a controversial issue of international tax law relating to withholding tax on royalties.
  • Represented a Greek subsidiary of a multinational company before the Greek Supreme Court in a breakthrough case to reverse for a client a multi-million VAT assessment.
  • Advised a leading Greek-based contractor on corporate and international tax issues relating to its onshore and offshore activities, including in the US, as well as on the tax aspects of a double cross border upstream merger.

Greece > TMT Tier 1

Headed by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Theodore Konstantakopoulos, the TMT group at Zepos & Yannopoulos has extensive experience in data protection and cybersecurity matters, covering EU and Greek regulations. The practice routinely handles ongoing restructurings and acquisitions in the telecoms and gaming sectors, and also displays a growing presence in the AI and e-privacy spheres. Konstantakopoulos consistently acts on behalf of technology multinationals and social media companies, and Athina Skolarikou focuses on the commercial aspects of technology transactions. Antonis Giannakodimos concentrates on competition and antitrust issues, and both Ifigeneia Salvanou and Iliana Papantoni are data protection experts.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Konstantakopoulos


‘Great team with great depth. The TMT team provides exceptional service and is very well organised. They are responsive and detail oriented. The team has a true understanding of new technologies and is able to deliver implementable advice in a business-friendly manner. Notably, certain services, like their GDPR compliance program, are offered in cooperation with their IT and cybersecurity experts.’

‘Theodore Konstantakopoulos is a leading individual in the field of TMT and personal data in Greece, a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer with a great sense of business. Theodore is pragmatic and delivers constructive and commercially-sensitive advice. What differentiates him from competitors is his deep understanding of new technologies, advanced technical knowledge and industry insight and experience.’

‘Zepos Yannopoulos is a full service firm which provides an excellent level of service and which is able to cover many areas of expertise. As such, this firms is the perfect fit and the one-stop-shot for multinational companies that may have a variety of legal issues to deal with.’

‘Athina Skolarikou is a highly appreciated, committed and reliable partner and provides excellent advice on a wide array of matters of commercial and consumer law. She is not afraid of meeting tight deadlines.’

‘Theodore Konstantakopoulos has a extensive knowledge of the media regulatory framework in Greece and provides excellent advice on issues concerning the media business including regulatory matters and consumer law.’

‘Theodore Konstantakopoulos and his team are very professional, always available and eager to help in any issue that might arise. They strive to understand the business aim behind each decision and they always provide us with valuable advice. They are a great team to work with.’

‘Over the last years, the collaboration with Athina Skolarikou is exceptional and the same applies for the partnership with Theodore Konstantakopoulos on privacy, IT and IP matters.’

‘Theodore Konstantakopoulos is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer, with exceptional technical knowledge. He knows how to strike the right balance between caution and risk and can be trusted to provide reliable, well-researched advice.’

Key clients

Nova Telecommunications


Deutsche Telekom





Navarino Telekom

Wallbid Limited

Work highlights

  • Structuring and advising on the Greek legal aspects of United Group’s restructuring and company reorganisation through the merger by absorption of Nova Telecommunications.
  • Advised Deutsche Telekom on various of TMT issues, including cybersecurity (NIS Directive obligations), advice on national legislation implementing the EU Whistleblowing Directive and data protection law issues.
  • Advised Apple on country-specific requirements applicable to ID verification for verification and fraud prevention for developers using the developer app to enroll in the developer programme.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Headed by the ‘exceptionally knowledgeable’ and ‘highly regardedDimitris Babiniotis from Athens, the Zepos & Yannopoulos team specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving IP, administrative, and public law issues, alongside international arbitration proceedings. The practice has extensive experience of representing domestic and international clients before the Supreme Court, with Babiniotis routinely handling complex civil, commercial, and corporate disputes. The ‘excellentNikos Christoforidis focuses on real estate and unfair competition cases, and Adam Iliou is knowledgeable in debt collection cases, whilst Danae Papadatou is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Babiniotis


‘Their team has a large pool of specialised resources in different areas of law. That, along with the global network they maintain, gives them the ability to adequately cover complex disputes.’

‘Each individual is a subject matter expert in his or her field. They are committed and accountable for the tasks they undertake.’

‘Nikos Christoforidis always acts as our primary point of contact and he is able to guide us to a resolution, focusing solely on the interests of our firm.’

‘Dimitris Babiniotis is an excellent professional. Whilst he is a great academic and litigator, he is also able to explain highly technical points in a comprehensive and concise manner, both for the better understanding of foreign counsel and colleagues but also for the client. Highly recommended!’

‘The team are highly effective and have guided us exceptionally well through the complexities of the Greek civil justice system and the Greek language, drafting and advising effortlessly in English. The team have a thorough understanding of the procedural rules and have provided considerable assistance in explaining the civil justice process and rules of evidence to navigate through what have been complex issues of both Greek and English law.’

‘I have worked with two exceptional civil lawyers – Nikos Christoforidis and Danae Papadatou. Both have been excellent and worked hard to ensure procedural deadlines have been complied with and extensive and complex evidence filed in time. They have taken the time to explain Greek law and procedure. Their drafting of pleadings is detailed and well evidenced. Both have an excellent command of oral and written English.’

‘Dimitris Babiniotis is exceptionally knowledgeable about Greek law and is highly regarded.’

‘The team is highly technically skilled but at the same time has an in-depth grasp of the commercial realities and the commercial needs and objectives of the clients.’

Key clients

American Eagle Outfitters

Federal Express Corporation (FEDEX)

Brisa Group

Novobanco S.A.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

IATA – International Air Transport Association

Alpha Bank S.A.

Teleflex Medical Hellas S.A.

AXA Group

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Work highlights

  • Advised Teleflex Medical Hellas, which specialises in medical devices, in several cases related to the recovery of its claims against public and private hospitals and former counterparties before the courts of all instances.
  • Represented a leading global specialty retailer in a dispute brought against it by its contractual counterparty concerning the termination of a franchise agreement.
  • Represented four Greek companies active in the energy sector with a portfolio of eight photovoltaic plants in proceedings against alleged Spanish and Israeli shareholders before an ICC arbitral tribunal seated in Greece.

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Practical advice’ and ‘excellent client service’ are the cornerstones of Zepos & Yannopoulos' employment practice, which is highly praised for its legal advice regarding immigration, social security, and employment matters. The team is regularly involved in major M&A and group restructurings, focusing specifically on collective redundancies and TUPE issues. Rania Papakonstantinou heads the group, specialising in workforce reductions and dismissals of executive employees, whilst Manolis Zacharakis is an expert on pregnancy protection and employee handbook issues. Tasos Chrysochoou is skilled in employment litigation, and Matina Andrikopoulou concentrates on social security affairs.

Practice head(s):

Rania Papakonstantinou

Other key lawyers:

Manolis Zacharakis; Tasos Chrysochoou; Matina Andrikopoulou; Alexandros Lamprou; Katerina Skiada


‘Zepos & Yannopoulas provides helpful, practical advice and excellent client service. They collaborate efficiently with partner organisations, deliver on commitments and co-operate with procedural and billing process requirements.’

‘Manolis Zacharakis provides proactive and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients


Deutsche Telecom

Hellenic Petroleum

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)







Work highlights

  • Acted as Greek legal counsel to Ardonagh Group on the employment aspects of the acquisition of a UK-based group of companies and the indirect acquisition of two Greek reinsurance broker subsidiaries.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of the post-privatisation restructuring of DEPA Infrastructure’s group of companies, which was initiated by the group’s new shareholder, Italgas.
  • Advised Faliro House Productions on employment matters, including those involving child actors and other participants, in relation to high-profile movie productions.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos assists clients in solving civil, town planning and regulatory issues, along with high-value land acquisitions. The team possesses several real estate tax experts, with Marina Allamani specialising in corporate income tax and real estate transfer tax proceedings. Sonia Melegou is an ‘exceptional’ lawyer, focusing primarily on the hotel and leisure sector, while Nikos Christoforidis frequently represents clients before the Greek courts. Charikleia Vlastou advises on construction and design agreements, and Mary Georgiou has ‘wide experience’ in residential lease agreements.

Practice head(s):

Sonia Melegou; Marina Allamani

Other key lawyers:


‘Sonia Melegou is an exceptional law professional with extremely deep knowledge of the real estate sector. She is always flexible and eager to provide solutions. Mary Georgiou has a wide experience and is an exceptionally supportive collaborator. Anastasia Veneti is an excellent colleague, full of expertise. Anastasia Aptalidi provides prompt and efficient feedback on the legal issues raised.’

‘We would say that their comparative advantage is the expertise of the company’s partners and associates in various areas of law, but above all the ability to synthesise all these areas in order to comprehensively deal with all the clients’ issues, of course always with their needs in mind. ’

‘The level of expertise is excellent in all areas of law and they can also combine the needs of the legal support by different teams efficiently and successfully. They create trust and credibility in any cooperation. They also accommodate easily the business targets and the established politics and procedures. My reference is based on my great collaboration with Sonia Melegou, Marina Allamani, Paris Tzoumas, Dimitra Androulakaki. ’

‘The team is exceptional, always available for a discussion of the matter and the advice and ready to answer any question. They have vast experience in the real estate sector and can assist successfully in the sale and purchase or the lease of a property. The billing scheme is flexible, according to each client’s needs and type of required work. ’

‘Sonia Melegou is great as a lawyer and as an individual. Together with the associate Mary Georgiou, they were always available for a chat and worked perfectly with the engineers and the notary in order bring the deal to a good and fair contract for both sides.’

‘Z&Y is a full-service firm offering multinational client a one-stop-shop for Greek market legal services across different areas and with the professional standards of a global firm.’

‘Mary Georgiou and Sonia Melegou are both available and able to solve legal issues raised in the context of a real estate transaction.’

‘In our view the best real estate team in law firms in Greece. Collaboration is flawless, as they take over ownership of deals and cooperate with internal and external stakeholders as well as counterparty’s stakeholders to deliver the deal as final.’

Key clients

Premier Capital

Club Mediterranee

Stavros Niarchos Foundation


Hili Properties

Reale Group

Ficus Investments


Brook Lane Capital

Bain Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Premier Capital and conducted due diligence on a property in Dionysiou Areopagitou Ave. under the Acropolis.
  • Advised Grivalia, acting as manager of Eurobank, on the acquisition of a landmark multi-storey building in central Athens.
  • Represented AP Wireless in the purchase of properties in a key building in Kifissias Ave., with exclusivity rights over parts of the rooftop leased to telecom providers.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Providing tailored advice to domestic and international corporations in relation to major renewable energy initiatives, and public procurement procedures, the Zepos & Yannopoulos team is highly praised. The practice has broad expertise, acting on behalf of companies in the defence, energy, and IT sectors, and the Athens-based co-heads Anastasia Makri and Sofia Chatzigiannidou bringing vast experience of dealing with judicial tender related disputes and large-scale projects to the group. Nasia Gkouma focuses on administrative law, and Smaragda Spyrou is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri; Sofia Chatzigiannidou

Other key lawyers:

Nasia Gkouma; Smaragda Spyrou; Nikos Koukos


‘Good service, responsive, diligent, efficient and professional.’

‘Anastasia Makri and Sofia Chatzigiannidou’s expertise in projects, privatisation, and commercial affairs, combined with their mastery of contract drafting, sets them apart in the legal arena.’

‘Anastasia Makri, drawing from her extensive experience, stands out for her proactive and solution-oriented approach, adeptly navigating intricate legal challenges. Sofia Chatzigiannidou, a seasoned partner, consistently demonstrates remarkable responsiveness and a dedication to finding innovative solutions, making her an indispensable resource in projects.’

‘They are very collaborative and anticipate problems.’

‘Sofia Chatzigiannidou showcased outstanding qualities that contribute to the overall strength and success of the team.’

‘Smaragda Spyrou and Nikos Koukos contribute with their profound expertise and nuanced understanding of contracts and energy law, providing insights that go beyond the ordinary.’

‘The firm has managed to establish themselves as an indispensable and vital part of our team. They have achieved this by a combination of direct responsiveness, quality of advice and business empathy, moving a step forward from a traditional legal standpoint.’

‘Sofia Chatzigiannidou and Nasia Gkouma are extremely knowledgeable and combine their competence with good tempered speaking skills, adding credibility and respect to their advice. Extremely responsive even to urgent requests that may arrive on Friday afternoons or upon short notice.’

Key clients


Melita Power Diesel


National Bank of Greece

Helleniq Energy


Sagemcom Energy

Bouygues Group


Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Consortium of companies, including Brisa – Auto Estradas de Portugal, S.A – Rubicone MidCo B.V. – Intrakat SA, on its participation in the international tender launched by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) for the new concession of Attiki Odos, a 70km motorway infrastructure in Attica.
  • Advised SeproTec on the award of a 100 million framework agreement for the provision of translation and interpretation services following a public tender launched by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.
  • Advised Melita Power Diesel on a tender launched by the Ministry of Defence for the award of a EUR21 million contract for the procurement of spare parts as well as the delivery of services to the t. 209 submarine fleet, which forms a key component of the Hellenic Navy’s operations.

The firm: Zepos & Yannopoulos is a leading Greek law firm known for its long heritage, legal acumen and integrity.  As a full-service business law firm, Zepos & Yannopoulos takes pride in their distinctive mindset and offering. This shows not only in responsiveness, but also their ability to field versatile, approachable, easy-to-work teams of practitioners who truly understand the clients’ interests. Their strong international orientation is echoed in the struc­ture, standards and approach, and ultimately attested in the profile of their client base, rankings and the network of affiliations and best-friend law firms around the world.

We advise corporations from all commercial and industrial sectors, financial institutions, non-profits, startups and high-net-worth individuals, working closely with regulators and all major professional service firms.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Group Dimitris Zepos
M&A and Project Development Stefanos Charaktiniotis
Corporate Law & Compliance / Commercial & Consumer Law Athina Skolarikou
Antitrust & Competition Stamatis Drakakakis
Finance & Capital Markets Christina Papanikolopoulou
Real Estate Sonia Melegou
Energy Anastasia Makri
Public Procurement Sofia Chatzigiannidou
Employment & Labour Rania Papakonstantinou
Dispute Resolution Dimitris Babiniotis
Tax & Accounting Yerassimos Yannopoulos
Business Tax Advisory & Compliance, Finance & Capital Markets Tax; International Tax & M&A Maria Zoupa
Tax Controversy & Litigation Alexis Karopoulos
Real Estate Tax Marina Allamani
Tax & Accounting / Transfer Pricing / Private Clients Elina Filippou
Healthcare, Pharma & Life Sciences Nefelie Charalabopoulou
TMT & Data Thodoris Konstantakopoulos
Photo Name Position Profile
Marina Allamani photo Ms Marina Allamani Marina Allamani is a partner of our tax practice and co-heads our…
Filenia Andreadi photo Ms Filenia Andreadi Filenia is a senior associate of our tax & accounting practice. Filenia…
Matina Andrikopoulou  photo Ms Matina Andrikopoulou Matina is a senior associate of our employment and labour practice. She…
Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti photo Ms Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti Yolanda is a senior associate and focuses on Greek and EU data…
Nadia  Axioti  photo Ms Nadia Axioti Nadia is a senior associate focusing on corporate, commercial, M&A and banking…
Dimitris Babiniotis photo Mr Dimitris Babiniotis Dimitris heads our dispute resolution practice. Dimitris has acted as lead counsel…
Elina Belouli photo Ms Elina Belouli Elina Belouli is a senior associate of our tax practice. Elina focuses…
Maria  Bozinaki photo Ms Maria Bozinaki Maria is a senior associate of our M&A and Project Development practice.…
Stefanos Charaktiniotis photo Dr Stefanos Charaktiniotis Stefanos heads our M&A and Project Development practice. He has extensive experience…
Stefanos Charaktiniotis photo Dr Stefanos Charaktiniotis Stefanos heads our M&A and Project Development practice. He has extensive experience…
Nefelie Charalabopoulou photo Ms Nefelie Charalabopoulou Nefelie Charalabopoulou is a Partner of our corporate commercial practice and Head…
Sofia Chatzigiannidou photo Ms Sofia Chatzigiannidou Sofia heads our Public Procurement and Concessions practice advising on a wide…
Nikos Christoforidis photo Mr Nikos Christoforidis Nikos has extensive experience in representing international clients before Greek courts and…
Tasos Chrysochoou photo Mr Tasos Chrysochoou Tasos is a senior associate and a member of our employment &…
Daphne Cozonis photo Ms Daphne Cozonis Daphne Cozonis is a partner of our tax practice. Daphne specialises in…
Gina Dimitropoulou  photo Ms Gina Dimitropoulou Gina is a senior associate in our corporate and commercial law practice.…
Stamatis Drakakakis photo Mr Stamatis Drakakakis Stamatis Drakakakis is a partner and head of our Antitrust & Competition…
Danai Falconaki photo Ms Danai Falconaki Danai Falconaki is a partner focusing on corporate, commercial, anti-trust, M&A and…
Katerina Fereti  photo Ms Katerina Fereti Katerina is a senior associate of our Public Procurement & Concessions practice…
Elina Filippou photo Ms Elina Filippou Elina heads the firm’s private client practice. She brings in years of…
Kitty Fragalexi photo Ms Kitty Fragalexi Kitty is a member of our finance & capital markets practice. She…
Mary Georgiou photo Ms Mary Georgiou Mary Georgiou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Mary…
Dimitris Gialouris photo Mr Dimitris Gialouris Dimitris Gialouris is a partner of our tax litigation practice and dispute…
Antonis Giannakodimos photo Mr Antonis Giannakodimos Antonis Giannakodimos is a partner of our corporate commercial practice. Antonis advises…
Nasia Gkouma photo Ms Nasia Gkouma Nasia Gkouma is a partner of our Public Procurement practice. Nasia focuses…
Niki Ignatidi photo Ms Niki Ignatidi Niki Ignatidi is a senior associate of our finance & capital markets…
Adam Iliou photo Mr Adam Iliou Adam Iliou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Adam…
Natalia Kapsi photo Ms Natalia Kapsi Natalia is a senior associate of our healthcare, pharma & life sciences…
Elpida Karathodorou photo Ms Elpida Karathodorou Elpida Karathodorou is a Senior Associate and focuses on corporate, commercial and…
Alex Karopoulos photo Mr Alex Karopoulos Alex Karopoulos is a partner of our tax practice and heads our…
Theodore Konstantakopoulos photo Mr Theodore Konstantakopoulos Theodore is head of our TMT & Data practice. Theodore has extensive…
Nikos Koukos photo Mr Nikos Koukos Nikos is a senior associate and advises international and domestic corporate clients…
Anastasia Kritikou  photo Ms Anastasia Kritikou Anastasia is a senior associate specialising in income taxation, corporate taxation, real…
Maria Lampadaki  photo Ms Maria Lampadaki Maria focuses on competition, anti-trust, M&A law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial…
Anastasia Makri photo Ms Anastasia Makri Anastasia Makri is head of our Energy and Insurance practice groups. Her…
Nikos Maltezos photo Mr Nikos Maltezos Nikos Maltezos is a senior associate of our tax practice. Nikos specializes…
Spyros Maratos photo Mr Spyros Maratos Spyros Maratos is a partner and senior litigator in our tax &…
Sonia Melegou photo Ms Sonia Melegou Sonia Melegou is a partner of our corporate commercial practice and co-heads…
Mariliza Myrat photo Ms Mariliza Myrat Marilisa Myrat is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Marilisa…
Efthymis Naoumis  photo Mr Efthymis Naoumis Efthymis is a member of our finance & capital markets group. His…
Mary Nigritinou photo Ms Mary Nigritinou Mary Nigritinou is a senior associate of our Finance and Capital Markets…
Stathis Orfanoudakis photo Mr Stathis Orfanoudakis Stathis Orfanoudakis is a partner of our M&A practice. Stathis focuses on…
Athina Palli photo Ms Athina Palli Athina Palli is a senior associate of our Finance and Capital Markets…
Violeta  Panagiotopoulou photo Violeta Panagiotopoulou Violeta is a member of our Antitrust & Competition team. She has…
Elena Papachristou photo Ms Elena Papachristou Elena is a partner with our Finance and Capital Markets group. Elena…
Danae Papadatou photo Ms Danae Papadatou Danae Papadatou is a senior associate of our dispute resolution practice. She…
Rania Papakonstantinou photo Ms Rania Papakonstantinou Rania Papakonstantinou is a partner and head of our employment & labour…
Christina Papanikolopoulou photo Ms Christina Papanikolopoulou Christina is a partner and heads our finance and capital markets group.…
Anna Paraskeva photo Ms Anna Paraskeva Anna Paraskeva is a partner of our private clients practice. Anna specializes…
Ioanna Poulakou photo Ms Ioanna Poulakou Ioanna Poulakou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Ioanna…
Constantine Sarantis photo Dr Constantine Sarantis Dr Constantine Sarantis is a senior partner of our firm. With 40…
Athina Skolarikou photo Ms Athina Skolarikou Athina Skolarikou is a partner and  heads our Corporate & Commercial practice.…
Smaragda Spyrou photo Ms Smaragda Spyrou Smaragda Spyrou is a senior associate of our energy and insurance practice…
Natasha Staikoura photo Ms Natasha Staikoura Natasha is a senior associate focusing on real estate. In her 15…
Myrto Stavrinou photo Ms Myrto Stavrinou Myrto Stavrinou is a senior associate of our tax & accounting practice.…
Ioanna  Tapeinou  photo Ms Ioanna Tapeinou Ioanna is a senior associate focusing on corporate and international taxation, with…
Iraklis Tsakopoulos photo Mr Iraklis Tsakopoulos Iraklis has extensive experience in both constitutional and administrative law, in a…
Irene Tsiosta photo Ms Irene Tsiosta Irene Tsiosta is a senior associate of our private clients practice. She…
Diana Tsourapa photo Ms Diana Tsourapa Diana Tsourapa is a partner of our tax practice. Diana focuses on…
Sofia Tzianoumi photo Ms Sofia Tzianoumi Sofia is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Sofia focuses…
Paris Tzoumas photo Mr Paris Tzoumas Paris Tzoumas is a partner with our Finance and Capital Markets group.…
Anastasia  Veneti-Pagoni  photo Anastasia Veneti-Pagoni Anastasia focuses on real estate, dispute resolution and corporate law and commercial…
Yerassimos Yannopoulos photo Mr Yerassimos Yannopoulos Yerassimos is the co-managing partner and head of our tax & accounting…
Evangelia Yotakou photo Ms Evangelia Yotakou Evangelia Yotakou is a senior associate of our tax litigation practice and…
Manolis Zacharakis photo Mr Manolis Zacharakis Manolis Zacharakis is a partner of our employment & labour practice. He works…
Dimitrios Zepos photo Mr Dimitrios Zepos Dimitris Zepos is the managing partner of our firm. As a member…
Maria Zoupa photo Ms Maria Zoupa Maria leads our firm’s corporate tax advisory and compliance team. She advises…
Number of lawyers : 118
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Contacts : Yerassimos Yannopoulos

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