Zepos & Yannopoulos > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Zepos & Yannopoulos
280 KIFISSIAS AVE
HALANDRI
152 32 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos‘ sizeable team is noted for its ‘pioneering, in-depth knowledge’ of finance and capital markets matters, advising on debt capital markets transactions, NPLs, financial restructurings and the regulation of financial institutions. The team has particular strength in securitisations; recent notable highlights include advising JP Morgan on a securitisation originated by power utility PPC, the first of its kind in the Greek market. The 'business-mindedChristina Papanikolopoulou leads the practice, focusing primarily on structured finance and cross-border transactions. Elena Papachristou is also recommended for her experience in advising on initial and secondary public offerings and takeover bids and funds-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Christina Papanikolopoulou

Other key lawyers:

Elena Papachristou; Mary Nigritinou; Paris Tzoumas; Kitty Fragalexi

Testimonials

‘A very strong securitisation practice. Great support in securitisation transactions with profound knowledge of the market.’

‘Christina Papanikolopoulou is business-minded, available at all times, keen to find solutions and pursues the outcome that is requested. She is willing to take a flexible approach.’

‘Pioneering, in-depth knowledge of a wide range of fields of law and more specifically of banking, finance and capital markets matters. Business oriented in the provision of legal advice. Prompt and timely delivery of services, with regular updates. Billing is transparent and easy to understand. Available, responsive, friendly and pleasant to work with.’

‘On-time execution, deep understanding of the law and a solid knowledge of market practices are the main strengths of the Zepos & Yannopoulos banking team.’

‘Kitty Fragalexi has exhibited a professional attitude throughout our collaboration. Through her excellent legal arguments we were able to gain significant concessions in our particular case.’

‘The Zepos & Yannopoulos team is very dynamic and willing to find new solutions to problems. It is the market leader in domestic securitisations.’

Key clients

Alpha Bank

JP Morgan Chase

Bain Capital Credit LP

LMEY Investments AG

Piraeus Bank S.A

National Bank of Greece

Forthnet S.A.

Intrum Justitia AB

Intrum Investments Greece and Intrum Hellas loan servicing company

Brooklane Capital

Attica Bank

CarVal Investors

Eurobank S.A.

Public Power Corporation S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Alpha Bank, as the originator, on a €12bn NPL securitisation (Project Galaxy), the largest such transaction in Greece.
  • Advised JP Morgan, in its capacity as investor, on the power contract receivables securitisation originated by PPC S.A. for funding of up to €200m (Project Energia), the first utilities securitisation in Greece.
  • Advised PPC S.A., in its capacity as issuer, on its inaugural international offering of €650m 3.875% sustainability-linked senior notes due 2026.

Greece > Energy Tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos' multidisciplinary team demonstrates strong capabilities in energy transactions, project development and regulatory matters. It is a leading name in the clean energy arena and is increasingly active in handling development agreements connected with greenfield projects. Led by Anastasia Makri, the team is advising EDP Renewables on the acquisition of two renewable energy projects in Greece. Makri, who heads up the practice, has expertise in energy and infrastructure-related M&A and project development matters.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Chatzigiannidou; Smaragda Spyrou; Georgia Tsiaoussi

Testimonials

‘Competent team, factually sound with a high level of commitment and always has the client’s interests at heart.’

‘We can highly recommend their partner Anastasia Makri; factual and convincing in terms of content as well as her associate Georgia Tsiaoussi.’

‘Excellent team. One of the best.’

Key clients

AQUILA CAPITAL

BLUE GRID GAS & POWER

CANADIAN SOLAR EMEA GMBH

EDP RENEWABLES EUROPE SLU (EDPR)

ENEL GREEN POWER SA

EUROPEAN ENERGY

HELLENIC PETROLEUM

MYTILINAIOS GROUP

NBT

REPSOL & REPSOL EXPLORACION SA

Work highlights

  • Advised EDP Renewables on acquiring two renewable energy projects in Greece of a total capacity of 52.8MWs.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the international competitive tender for the acquisition of a majority stake in the state-controlled gas utility DEPA’s wholesale and retail business supplier.
  • Advised PPC on energy regulations in connection with the inaugural international offering by PPC of €650m sustainability-linked notes.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos is a strong choice for advice on all the key areas of competition law, including merger control, state aid, cartels and vertical restraints. It is advising the founding shareholder of Gastrade on the merger control aspects of the sale of a 20% stake to DESFA, in addition to acting for the seller and existing shareholders before the EC. Stamatis Drakakakis leads the practice, which also excels in litigating cases before the Greek administrative courts.

Practice head(s):

Stamatis Drakakakis

Other key lawyers:

Stefanos Charaktiniotis; George Vavatsioulas; Maria Lampadaki; Argyris Papaefthymiou; Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti; Ellie Gavriilidou

Testimonials

‘One of the leading EU and competition practices for Greece. Very well organized and run by partner Stamatis Drakakakis. Their advice is always pragmatic and to the point.’

‘Stamatis stands out as a market leader in the field of EU and Competition in Greece, with very thorough knowledge of even the latest developments in competition law and practice. Excellent lawyer.’

‘The team is excellent and workS with efficiency and professionalism. Their organisation and response times to the client is also very efficient and they have deep knowledge on their field of expertise.’

‘Mr. Stamatis Drakakakis is an excellent professional. He has deep knowledge in his field of expertise and very good communication skills with the client and a very well organized team. Mr. Argyris Papaefthimiou also provided outstanding services and was able to rapidly understand the business and use the information to provide the required legal response.’

Key clients

ALPHA BANK

GASTRADE S.A.

Fossil (Europe) GMBH

MYTILINEOS GROUP

L’OREAL HELLAS S.A.

ADIDAS HELLAS S.A.

BRINK’S Security services

COLGATE PALMOLIVE COMPANY

ETVA Industrial Parks

Stanley Black & Decker

PROTUGS TOWAGES SERVICES

AXA Group

WORLDBRIDGE PAYMENT INSTITUTION S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Alpha Bank before the Hellenic Competition Commission in proceedings probing into the Greek banks.
  • Advised Alpha Bank on the joint venture with Nexi Payment SpA, involving matters of competition law.
  • Advised Gastrade S.A. on the entry of DESFA as a 20% shareholder exercising joint control and merger control aspects.

Greece > Tax Tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos is best known for winning landmark tax cases for its clients. Its recent work included successfully representing Bayer Hellas at the Supreme Court in a claim concerning stamp duty assessment on company loans. The sizeable team is led by Yerassimos Yannopoulos, who has experience of handling tax structuring for Greek and non-Greek business owners and investors. Senior associate Ioanna Tapeinou joined the firm from PwC in January 2021, with partner Costas Kallideris having moved in the opposite direction in September 2020. Elina Filippou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Yerassimos Yannopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Maria Zoupa; Alex Karopoulos; Elina Filippou; Marina Allamani; Daphne Cozonis; Anna Paraskeva; Dimitris Gialouris; Ioanna Tapeinou

Testimonials

‘Partners and associates who interacted with me have all been excellent. They listen carefully, are available, precise and quick in their response.’

‘The tax team at Zepos & Yannopoulos is very specialised, with deep knowledge of tax matters. They are always informed about the latest amendments in laws and regulations and offer great advice to clients.’

‘Elina Filippou has great understanding of international tax developments and can advise on tax aspects of multinational transactions.’

‘Great professional team, focused on the client.’

‘Alex Karopoulos, great tax law knowledge. Understanding of commercial aspects and multinational companies’ rationale.’

‘Yerassimos Yannopoulos is the dean of tax law in Greece, always on top of developments in a fast changing field. Alex Karopoulos has an excellent grasp of business and is an effective communicator.’

‘The Zepos & Yannopoulos team have welcomed me as a new client. Their knowledge is second to none. Extremely proactive, prompt replies to queries and makes their clients feel comfortable. Always accessible to call.’

‘Marina Allamani deals with my tax requirements and she has been outstanding since day one. Marina is motivated, proactive, professional and above all knowledgeable.’

Key clients

ALPHA BANK

AMADEUS HELLAS SA

AQUILA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT GMBH

BIC

CHIQUITA BANANA COMPANY

CITIGROUP

DEUTSCHE TELECOM

EDP RENEWABLES

ORACLE

ΤΙΤΑΝ Α.Ε.

TRAVELPORT

Work highlights

  • Represented Bayer and won the final annulment at Supreme Court of a €130m stamp tax assessment.
  • Advised PPCS.A. in connection with the inaugural international offering of €650m sustainability-linked notes.
  • Advised DESFA, the natural gas transmission system operator in Greece, on tax and customs compliance obligations and documentation requirements in relation to the transportation of liquefied natural gas.

Greece > TMT Tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos‘ team has specialist expertise in data protection and cybersecurity, which comes to the fore in its work for high-profile international clients. Recent work included assisting Baxrer with the negotiation of data processing agreements with the National Organisation for the Provision of Health Services (EOPYY) and Greek hospitals. New partner Theodore Konstantakopoulos joined the firm from Ballas, Pelecanos & Associates LPC in April 2022 to lead the TMT and data practice, and corporate and commercial practice head Athina Skolarikou is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Konstantakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Athina Skolarikou; Antonis Giannakodikos; Sofia Tzianoumi

Testimonials

‘The team at Zepos and Yannopoulos is very organized, knowledgeable and efficient. They conduct themselves in an utmost professional manner, and clearly explains legal issues, the steps in the process and the legal resolution.’

‘The cooperation with the legal experts in the area of IT projects and complex GDPR issues was always extremely professional. We are also very satisfied with our contacts in the ongoing cooperation.’

‘A professionally positioned law firm with a high level of expertise and excellent procedures, as well as a strong team. Special expertise in the area of GDPR.’

Key clients

Baxter

Faliron House

Indev Software

Kinems

L’Oreal

Lamda Helix Plc

Leaseplan

Luxottica Group

Nokia

Olympia Group

Tencent

Xiaomi

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamda Hellix, Southeastern Europe’s leading colocation and interconnection provider, to Interxion, a member of the Digital Realty Group, and a leading European provider of carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centre solutions.
  • Advised Baxter on the negotiations of its three-party agreements with the National Organisation for the Provision of Health Services, and Greek hospitals, for the processing of health data of patients in relation to a medical device used at home.
  • Advised Olympia Group on the design of the client’s electronic marketplace and on the drafting of the terms of use.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos has 'excellent knowledge of the market', with a wide-ranging client base that includes multinationals such as Adidas and Nokia and major national companies such as the Greek government holding entity Hellenic Company of Assets & Participations. The team is experienced in M&A and group restructurings, while corporate compliance and advisory work is also a key pillar of the practice. The practice is led by Stefanos Charaktiniotis, an expert in M&A, cross-border transactions and restructurings, and Athina Skolarikou, whose expertise lies in corporate, commercial and consumer protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefanos Charaktiniotis; Athina Skolarikou

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Makri; Antonis Giannakodimos; Stathis Orfanoudakis; Danai Falconaki; Sofia Tzianoumi

Testimonials

‘Whatever the subject matter, the team is always aligned internally and allocates the right resources to support the client. This makes our collaboration extremely efficient.’

‘Prompt support and a proactive approach. They always inform us of new legislative developments proactively, which makes them trustworthy and reliable.’

‘The team at Zepos & Yannopoulos has excellent knowledge of the market and is super diligent, with a commercial mindset.’

‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis is a standout partner in my view. He is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with – open-minded, commercial and focuses on getting the deal done.’

‘The strength of the team is its flexibility to adapt to the client’s needs, thanks to the diversity of its team members, who can present solutions for various interconnected issues and offer a more informed decision-making process compared to other advisers.’

‘I would recommend Zepos & Yannopoulos with the utmost confidence.’

‘Stefanos Charaktiniotis is our main partner and a pleasure to work with because of his pleasant and positive attitude. He usually leads our projects and makes sure that the job is done professionally and within the timeframe set out. He is passionate and an excellent fit for our organisation.’

‘The whole team consists of great lawyers with a good perception of the market, deep knowledge of the relevant laws and adequate resources to cover multiple requirements in a project.’

Key clients

Axa Mediterranean Holding

Hellenic Petroleum

Mytilineos

Lamda Hellix

PPC Renewables – TERNA

EDP Renewables

Unilever

Fosun Group

Careerbuilder

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised Axa Mediterranean Holding S.A on the sale of its Greek subsidiary, AXA Insurance S.A., to Italian insurance group Generali for a consideration of €167m.
  • Advised Lamda Hellix on its sale to Interxion, a leading European provider of carrier and cloud neutral colocation data centre solutions.
  • Advised Mondelēz International, one of the largest snack companies in the world, on the acquisition of Greek food company Chipita S.A.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Employment cases are a pillar of the dispute resolution practice at Zepos & Yannopoulos, but the team is noted for the breadth of sector expertise, with specialisms in a range of areas, including agency and distribution, IP, real estate, debt collection and product liability litigation. Aside from national clients such as the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations and Palirria, it also advises multinationals such as Teleflex Medical, Travelport, Bic and Lafarge. Nikos Christoforidis heads the practice. Eleni Skoufari is another individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Nikos Christoforidis

Other key lawyers:

Eleni Skoufari; Constantine Sarantis; Olga-Maria Kyritsi

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, direct approach and high level of knowledge and expertise. All legal issues and challenges were handled very fast and gave us the impression of a well-connected team that care about their customers.’

‘We really valued the approach of the partners and their ability to explain very comprehensively the legal options and support us on deciding the best way to proceed.’

‘The team has an excellent approach to digging into the details of a case by showing empathy even in challenging situations.’

‘Nikos Christoforides and his team take a very thorough approach, explaining in simple terms the legal and factual challenges of a case.’

‘Always pleasant to talk to, clever and diverse, experienced, always happy to assist. Accomplish positive court decisions.’

‘The key strength of ZE&YA is the multi-disciplinary team of experts.’

‘Eleni Skoufari has excellent knowledge of all legal and practical aspects of a case, and she understands the client and their particular needs – her advice, communication and interaction is 100% client oriented.’

‘They are highly skilled professionals providing clear advice. Nikolaos Christoforidis is one of the most experienced partners, who provides very useful advice in order for the client to make correct decisions.’

Key clients

BANK OF CHINA

BENETTON GROUP

BIC VIOLEX HELLAS S.A.

CHIQUITA BANANA COMPANY

LAMDA HELLIX

NETAFIM

STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION CULTURAL CENTER (SNFCC)

TRAVELPORT

TUI GROUP

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Netafim in the Court of Appeals in a €1.5m product liability claim.
  • Represented Terumo Corporation in litigation proceedings before the Court of Appeals concerning an IP and trade mark infringement claim.
  • Successfully represented Premier Capital Limited, the developmental licencee for McDonald’s in Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Romania, in a lawsuit for compensation against former lessors of a real estate property on a Greek island.

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos has reputable experience in employment matters, combining its tax, payroll and accounting services to advise clients in relation to employee benefits, matters involving unions and European Works Councils, business ownership changes, restructurings and downsizing. It is also active in handling the day-to-day legal issues of HR management, the implementation of compliance programmes and the drafting of workplace policies and procedures. The practice is led by Rania Papakonstantinou; she has extensive experience in advising both domestic and international clients on workforce reductions, collective redundancies and transfer of undertakings. Manolis Zacharakis is also worth noting.

Practice head(s):

Rania Papakonstantinou

Other key lawyers:

Manolis Zacharakis; Tasos Chrysochoou

Testimonials

‘Availability; easy to reach and contact; knowledge in their areas; expertise.’

‘Approachable; experts in labour law.’

‘Responsive; knowledgeable; thorough advice.’

‘Rania Papakonstantinou provided thorough advice quickly and efficiently, highlighting all the legal risks while understanding the business issues. She was readily available and was happy providing advice in a few calls and meetings instead of a barrage of emails. Then, her team seamlessly worked out the paperwork.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos has a team of professionals covering a vast area of legal and tax services. The lawyers are knowledgeable, practical and seek to understand the client’s business needs first, before providing advice.’

‘Manolis Zacharakis is a very strong employment lawyer. He has the ability to translate the rather specific Greek law employment concepts into a business-friendly language. He thinks outside of the box and interprets the somewhat conservative Greek labour provisions from an up-to-date business perspective.’

‘What personally value the most is the team’s ability to analyse any case and provide advice. Once showed the legal framework, they are also able to provide advice focusing on the industry and the specific case.’

Key clients

Amadeus

Bayer

BlackRock

Booking.com

Cisco

Expedia

Jet2

Korres

Sedgwick

Travelport

Tui

Work highlights

  • Advised Mondelēz International on employment law matters relating to the acquisition of Greek food company Chipita, with a revenue of $580m.
  • Advised Unilever on employments matters relating to the disposal of its Greek business unit of tomato products to MINERVA.
  • Advised FedEx on day-to-day employment law issues, including the setting up of HR policies and procedures, and complying with Covid 19-related health and safety regulations.

Greece > Insurance Tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos has ‘solid experience in the full spectrum' of insurance matters, offering specialist advice on insurance regulation, contractual work, due diligence, transactions and compliance. Also of note for clients is the firm's Brexit helpdesk, which offers support and proactive updates on developments; recent assistance includes its advice to Enstar Group in relation to the implications of Brexit on its insurance policies. Anastasia Makri heads the practice; she regularly advises both local and international insurers, reinsurers and intermediaries.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri

Other key lawyers:

Smaragda Spyrou

Key clients

Aspen

AXA

Fosun

Generali Group

Groupama

NN

Sedwick

Vienna Insurance Group

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised Axa Mediterranean Holding on the sale of its Greek subsidiary, AXA Insurance, to Italian insurance group Generali for a consideration of €167m.
  • Assisted Mytilineos by reviewing and providing regulatory assessment in relation to all insurance agreements of DEPA Commercial, in the context of the potential acquisition by Mytilineos of a majority stake in the state-controlled gas utility’s wholesale and retail business supplier.
  • On behalf of Zurich, conducted a diagnostic compliance review in relation to aligning internal processes and contractual documentation to Greek legislation and regulation.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos has a strong presence in a number of segments of the Greek real estate market, including industrial plants, luxury villas, commercial retail spaces and island developments. In addition to being active in transactions, its team handles development projects and real estate litigation, among other matters. Clients include real estate investment funds, banks, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. Sonia Melegou co-heads the practice with Marina Allamani. Nikos Christoforidis is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Sonia Melegou; Marina Allamani

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Christoforidis; Charikleia Vlastou; Mary Georgiou

Testimonials

‘Global & thorough understanding of the law practice in Greece.’

‘The partners & associates I’ve dealt with on different topics were all extremely nice, available, professional and responsive.’

‘Very knowledgeable and very friendly group. Clear and responsive whilst providing good guidance on what is likely to be acceptable or not in-market.’

‘Client service gold stars for Marina Allamani and Charikleia Vlastou.’

Key clients

Aquila Capital Management

Brooke Lane Capital

Generali Group

Imprimerie Nationale

LMEY Investments

Premier Capital Limited

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Tate & Lyle

Tui Group

Zoia

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali Group on its acquisition from Prodea-Dimand of a 7,500 sq.m office building located in the centre of Athens to house its headquarters in Greece.
  • Advised BrookLane Capital on its acquisition from Alpha Bank group of Alpha Investment Properties II S.A., a real estate portfolio holding company whose assets include the South Polis office complex at the Athens coastal district of Faliro.
  • Advised real estate investor Zoia on its acquisition of an important building in the center of Athens from the largest Greek insurance company, Ethniki Asfalistiki.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Zepos & Yannopoulos is significantly active in privatisations and infrastructure projects in Greece. It handles a range of issues for clients, including design, development, construction and regulatory issues. Notable highlights included acting for Hellenic Petroleum on the development of a 204 MW photovoltaic park in Kozani. Anastasia Makri and Stefanos Charaktiniotis co-head the practice, combining their expertise in infrastructure and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Makri; Stefanos Charaktiniotis

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Chatzigiannidou; Nasia Gkouma; Smaragda Spyrou; Danai Falconaki

Testimonials

‘Z&Y have an exceptional reputation in Greece, which is an enormous asset for an international company trying to enter the Greek market. They cover all the different fields of law and have cultural experience when dealing with non-Greek companies. Communication via video-conferencing was easy.’

‘The individuals we worked with were extremely knowledgeable – not only from the theoretical legal aspect but also from the practical side. You can trust their judgment because their sense of the “outcome” is very realistic.’

‘I have appreciated their thorough investigation, deep knowledge of both Greek and international law, especially in the field of project design contractual issues and the overall top-level organization of their practice.’

‘Anastasia is a dedicated professional, very thorough in her investigation, always explaining options, possible consequences and proposed solutions in detail and very clearly, making it easy to comprehend complex legal issues.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos team are very business oriented and exceed expectations as they go further than what they are asked without charging more fees.’

‘Zepos & Yannopoulos is a very well respected firm in Greece, and from my collaboration with them, I can confirm that this is for a very good reason. They are trustworthy and dependable, able to undertake tasks that require not only legal knowledge but also interaction with our customers, coordination and project management.’

‘They are very responsive, even at the shortest notice. They are accountable, undertaking tasks in autonomy and delivering results.’

Key clients

Alstom Holdings

Edp Renewables

Hellenic Petroleum

Indra Systemas Hellas

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Mytilineos

Nokia

Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Susi Partners AG

Suez International

Work highlights

  • Advised Alstom on the €1.5bn project of construction of the first section of Athens Metro Line 4, one of the biggest turnkey projects in Europe.
  • Advised Mytilinaios on the international competitive tender for the privatization of the state-controlled gas utility DEPA’s wholesale and retail business supplier, DEPA Commercial S.A, through acquisition of a majority stake.
  • Advised Hellenic Petroleum on the development of the 204MW photovoltaic park located in Kozani, Northern Greece, one of the largest photovoltaic parks in Europe.

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 theirrr 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.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and M&A D Zepos
Corporate and M&A A Skolarikou
Capital markets and banking C Papanikolopoulou
Capital markets and banking E Papachristou
Restructuring/insolvency S Charaktiniotis
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 Y Yannopoulos
Tax D Cozonis
Tax litigation S Maratos
Tax litigation D Gialouris
Tax A Karopoulos
Tax M Zoupa
Real estate M Allamani
Real estate S Melegou
Hotels and leisure S Melegou
Private clients E Filippou
Private clients A Paraskeva
Health/Pharma N Charalabopoulou
Data Protection/Cybersecurity M Deligianni
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Marina Allamani photoMs Marina AllamaniMarina Allamani is a partner of our tax practice and co-heads our…
Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti photoMs Yolanda Antoniou-RaptiYolanda Antoniou-Rapti is an associate of our corporate commercial practice. Yolanda is…
Artemis Bakagianni photoMs Artemis BakagianniArtemis Bakagianni is an associate of our corporate commercial practice. Artemis focuses…
Elina Belouli photoMs Elina BelouliElina Belouli is a senior associate of our tax practice. Elina focuses…
Stefanos Charaktiniotis photoDr Stefanos CharaktiniotisStefanos Charaktiniotis is a partner of our corporate commercial practice. Stefanos has…
Nefelie Charalabopoulou photoMs Nefelie CharalabopoulouNefelie Charalabopoulou is a Partner of our corporate commercial practice and Head…
Sofia Chatzigiannidou photoMs Sofia ChatzigiannidouSofia Chatzigiannidou is a partner of our administrative practice. Sofia focuses on…
Nikos Christoforidis photoMr Nikos ChristoforidisNikos Christoforidis is a partner and head of our firm’s dispute resolution…
Tasos Chrysochoou photoMr Tasos ChrysochoouTasos Chrysochoou is a senior associate of our employment & labour practice.…
Daphne Cozonis photoMs Daphne CozonisDaphne Cozonis is a partner of our tax practice. Daphne specialises in…
Gina Dimitropoulou photoMs Gina DimitropoulouGina Dimitropoulou is an associate of our corporate practice. Gina focuses on…
Stamatis Drakakakis photoMr Stamatis DrakakakisStamatis Drakakakis is a partner and head of our Antitrust & Competition…
Danai Falconaki photoMs Danai FalconakiSenior Associate  Danai focuses on corporate, commercial, anti-trust, M&A and bankruptcy law.…
Elina Filippou photoMs Elina FilippouElina Filippou is a partner of our tax practice. Elina specialises in…
Kitty Fragalexi photoMs Kitty FragalexiKitty is a member of our finance & capital markets practice. She…
Mary Georgiou photoMs Mary GeorgiouMary Georgiou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Mary…
Dimitris Gialouris photoMr Dimitris GialourisDimitris Gialouris is a partner of our tax litigation practice and dispute…
Antonis Giannakodimos photoMr Antonis GiannakodimosAntonis Giannakodimos is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Antonis…
Nasia Gkouma photoMs Nasia GkoumaNasia Gkouma is a senior associate of our corporate and commercial practice.…
Niki Ignatidi photoMs Niki IgnatidiNiki Ignatidi is an associate of our Finance and Capital Markets group.…
Adam Iliou-Kantsapouridis photoMr Adam Iliou-KantsapouridisAdam Iliou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Adam…
Natalia Kapsi photoMs Natalia KapsiNatalia is an associate of our corporate commercial practice. Natalia is a…
Georgia Karaindrou photoMs Georgia KaraindrouGeorgina Karaindrou is an associate of our corporate commercial practice. Georgina’s practice…
Elpida Karathodorou photoMs Elpida KarathodorouElpida Karathodorou is a Senior Associate and focuses on corporate, commercial and…
Alex Karopoulos photoMr Alex KaropoulosAlex Karopoulos is a partner of our tax practice and heads our…
Alexis Kontogiannis photoMr Alexis KontogiannisAlexis Kontogiannis is an associate of our Finance and Capital Markets group.…
Georgia Koui photoMs Georgia KouiGeorgia Koui is an associate of our administrative practice. Georgia focuses on…
Anastasia Kritikou photoMs Anastasia KritikouAnastasia Kritikou is an associate of our tax practice. Anastasia specializes in…
Olga Maria Kyritsi photoMs Olga Maria KyritsiOlga Maria Kyritsi is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice.…
Maria Lampadaki photoMs Maria LampadakiMaria Lampadaki is an associate of our corporate commercial practice. Maria focuses…
Anastasia Makri photoMs Anastasia MakriAnastasia Makri is a partner of our corporate and commercial practice and…
Nikos Maltezos photoMr Nikos MaltezosNikos Maltezos is an associate of our tax practice. Nikos specializes in…
Spyros Maratos photoMr Spyros MaratosSpyros Maratos is a partner and senior litigator in our tax &…
Sonia Melegou photoMs Sonia MelegouSonia Melegou is a partner of our corporate commercial practice and co-heads…
Mariliza Myrat photoMs Mariliza MyratMarilisa Myrat is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Marilisa…
Mary Nigritinou photoMs Mary NigritinouMary Nigritinou is a senior associate of our Finance and Capital Markets…
Stathis Orfanoudakis photoMr Stathis OrfanoudakisStathis Orfanoudakis is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Stathis…
Athina Palli photoMs Athina PalliAthina Palli is an associate of our Finance and Capital Markets group.…
Elena Papachristou photoMs Elena PapachristouElena is a partner with our Finance and Capital Markets group. Elena…
Danae Papadatou photoMs Danae PapadatouDanae is an associate of our dispute resolution practice. She has experience…
Rania Papakonstantinou photoMs Rania PapakonstantinouRania Papakonstantinou is a partner and head of our employment & labour…
Christina Papanikolopoulou photoMs Christina PapanikolopoulouChristina is a partner and heads our finance and capital markets group.…
Anna Paraskeva photoMs Anna ParaskevaAnna Paraskeva is a partner of our private clients practice. Anna specializes…
Ioanna Poulakou photoMs Ioanna PoulakouIoanna Poulakou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Ioanna…
Constantine Sarantis photoDr Constantine SarantisDr Constantine Sarantis is a senior partner of our firm. With 40…
Katerina Skiada photoMs Katerina SkiadaKaterina Skiada is an associate of our Employment and Labour practice. Katerina’s…
Athina Skolarikou photoMs Athina SkolarikouAthina Skolarikou is a partner of our corporate commercial practice. Athina focuses…
Eleni Skoufari photoMs Eleni SkoufariEleni Skoufari is a partner of our corporate commercial practice. Eleni focuses…
Smaragda Spyrou photoMs Smaragda SpyrouSmaragda Spyrou is a senior associate of our commercial and consumer law…
Myrto Stavrinou photoMs Myrto StavrinouMyrto Stavrinou is a senior associate of our tax & accounting practice.…
Iraklis Tsakopoulos photoMr Iraklis TsakopoulosIraklis has extensive experience in both constitutional and administrative law, in a…
Georgia Tsiaoussi photoMs Georgia Tsiaoussi  Georgia is a senior associate. She practices corporate, commercial and M&A…
Irene Tsiosta photoMs Irene TsiostaIrene Tsiosta is an associate of our private clients practice. She is…
Diana Tsourapa photoMs Diana TsourapaDiana Tsourapa is a senior associate of our tax practice. Diana focuses…
Sofia Tzianoumi photoMs Sofia TzianoumiSofia is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Sofia focuses…
Paris Tzoumas photoMr Paris TzoumasParis Tzoumas is a senior associate with our Finance and Capital Markets…
George Vlachakis photoMr George VlachakisGeorge Vlachakis is an associate of our tax litigation practice team.  George…
Charikleia Vlastou photoMs Charikleia VlastouCharikleia Vlastou is a senior associate of our corporate commercial practice. Charikleia’s…
Katerina Vogiatzi photoMs Katerina VogiatziAssociate Katerina advises clients on corporate and commercial law matters relating to…
Yerassimos Yannopoulos photoMr Yerassimos YannopoulosCo-managing partner and head of our tax & accounting practice. For more…
Evangelia Yotakou photoMs Evangelia YotakouEvangelia Yotakou is a senior associate of our tax litigation practice and…
Manolis Zacharakis photoMr Manolis ZacharakisManolis Zacharakis is a partner of our employment & labour practice. He works…
Dimitrios Zepos photoMr Dimitrios ZeposDimitris Zepos is the managing partner of our firm. As a member…
Maria Zoupa photoMs Maria ZoupaMaria Zoupa is a partner of both our tax and our energy…
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CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Nokia
TESTIMONIAL: “A huge THANK YOU to the ZEYA team. We wouldn’t have been able to pull this competition through without your dedicated, tireless, professional and creative support. Truly appreciated”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:  ORACLE
TESTIMONIAL:  “Among the many advisors I have worked with all around the world, the Zepos & Yannopoulos team is one of the best.”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Broadcom
TESTIMONIAL:  “Your firm has always provided outstanding service”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: ORIFLAME
TESTIMONIAL:  “Excellent, user friendly and street smart-practical advice”


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Minerva Marine
TESTIMONIAL:  “All the lawyers we have cooperated with are of the highest standards and ethics. We appreciate your quick turnaround and commitment”


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COMPANY/FIRM: PPC Renewables
TESTIMONIAL:  “Zeya fully satisfies our needs and expectations”


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 blood donating to local hospitals.
  • We promote environmental awareness and we adopt environmental friendly policies.
  • We are unreservedly committed to serving our clients according to the highest ethical and professional standards.

This year we have assisted:

  • Library4all, a non-profit organisation with the mission to support schools and educational institutes in Greece, through gathering books & building libraries, wherever needed
  • Eliza, the only Non-Profit Society fighting to put an end to child abuse
  • Floga & Children’s SOS Villages, supporting children in need
  • Eliza, the only Non-Profit Society fighting to put an end to child abuse
  • the Network for Children’s Rights, supporting their actions
  • Benaki Museum supporting their work, enhancing important cultural activities, offering also help in fundraising, governance, real estate and art issues.

We regularly assist Transparency International Greece by providing them with legal advice on several occasions. Zepos & Yannopoulos is the corresponding firm in Greece for Trace, a non-profit association providing anti-bribery support.