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280 KIFISSIAS AVE
152 32 ATHENS
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Zepos & Yannopoulos > The Legal 500 Rankings
Employment Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos has a distinguished and multi-faceted practice, which advises an impressive range of blue-chip clients on all of their employment, pensions and social security issues. Rania Papakonstantinou and new partner promotion Manolis Zacharakis form the core of the team. The firm recently advised Theramex on employment issues linked to its acquisition of assets from Specifar and its buyout of TEVA's women's health business. Clients include Hybrid Capital Group, L'Oréal and Swarovski.
Energy Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos offers a blend of regulatory, transactional and projects expertise across oil, gas and electricity. In addition, on the contentious, front the firm is representing DEPA several arbitrations, including three against electricity producers, and a fourth regarding gas supply contracts. Anastasia Makri leads the team, following the departure of Marina Kolia, who is now in-house at Mondelēz.
Insurance Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos is 'an outstanding firm' with a 'very comprehensive approach', where 'the team works in a very effective way, even under exceptional pressure'. Anastasia Makri jointly leads the team with the 'always enthusiastic and attentive' Takis Kakouris, who has a 'deep knowledge of all insurance matters and the dynamics of the market'. The firm recently advised an international investor on a multi-million Euro acquisition of a controlling stake in a major Greek insurance company.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos advises a mix of international investors, developers, and financial institutions on all manner of real estate matters. The team recently advised Thomas Cook on the restructuring of its Greek hotel business, including the transfer of assets to a fund structure in a joint venture with LMEY. It also assisted Anima Real Estate with its acquisition of a condominium development project in Costa Navarino. Sonia Melegou and Marina Allamani jointly lead the team. Taxation issues affecting the industry are another area of expertise.
Tax Tier 1
Zepos & Yannopoulos provides 'top-level industry expertise on all tax-related matters, from strategic views all the way to the detailed items'. The 'extremely professional, responsive and, most importantly, knowledgeable' lawyers 'take complex situations and simplify them to enable business decision making'. The highly-esteemed Yerassimos Yannopoulos leads the team, which includes real estate tax expert Marina Allamani, banking expert Daphne Cozonis, compliance and corporate specialist Maria Zoupa, and Alexios Karopoulos for indirect tax and VAT. The firm also advises private clients: Costas Kallideris is recommended in this space.
Zepos & Yannopoulos has made a strong push into this area, with Christina Papanikolopoulou a notable name. The practice acts for a mix of domestic and international lenders, issuers, arrangers, and underwriters. The firm is active in the non-performing loans arena and advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of a €1.6bn portfolio of corporate NPLs to Bain Capital, and on the buy side assisted CarVal Investors and Intrum Justitia on the purchase of a €2bn portfolio from the National Bank of Greece. The team also advised European Investment Bank and European Investment fund on a multi-million securitisation of car finance receivables by Autohellas.
Zepos & Yannopoulos has a multi-disciplinary practice active in major cross-border deals. The firm's tax practice gives it a particular edge when it comes to structuring complex transactions, both for Greek and international clients. The firm was recently involved in a major multi-million Euro takeover in the financial services sector. Athina Skolarikou and Dr Stefanos Charaktiniotis jointly lead the team, which acts for among others L'Oréal, Daimler, Mondelēz, Uber, Thomas Cook, and Fraport.
Dispute resolution Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos offers 'great expertise' in domestic and cross-border disputes. The firm is particularly noted for tax litigation, but is also popular for broader commercial disputes across a range of industries. Recently it advised Johnson Controls on a €15m cross-border dispute with former agents and distributors. The firm also successfully represented Philips in a €13m dispute with a previous distributor of its Avent brand. Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis jointly lead the team.
EU and competition Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos is well-respected in the market for its 'great knowledge of EU regulations' and handles all aspects of competition law at domestic and European levels. Emmanuel Mastromanolis' team, which also includes Stefanos Charaktiniotis, has been involved in several significant cases in the power, food, brewing, and manufacturing sectors.
Intellectual property Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos is especially strong in contentious IP work, thanks to the expertise of disputes partner and practice head Nikos Christoforidis. The firm has been representing Spirits International on the Greek aspects of a global trade mark dispute regarding control of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka brands.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos offers strong experience across a range of related areas, including non-performing loans, in which it has represented leading banks, and insolvency proceedings. The firm recently advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of a securitised package of NPLs to Bain Capital. Emmanuel Mastromanolis is highly experienced in this area.
White-collar crime Tier 2
Zepos & Yannopoulos has a long-standing track record in domestic and cross-border white-collar crime matters. This goes beyond litigation work and also includes preventive consulting and compliance audits. Takis Kakouris and of counsel Grigoris Troufakos are both highly experienced in this area. Recent clients include Verbund, MBT and Pearson Education.
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|
|Ms Marina Allamani||View Profile|
|Ms Yolanda Antoniou-Rapti||View Profile|
|Ms Artemis Bakagianni||View Profile|
|Ms Elina Belouli||View Profile|
|Dr Stefanos Charaktiniotis||View Profile|
|Ms Nefelie Charalabopoulou||View Profile|
|Ms Sofia Chatzigiannidou||View Profile|
|Mr Nikos Christoforidis||View Profile|
|Mr Tasos Chrysochoou||View Profile|
|Ms Daphne Cozonis||View Profile|
|Ms Mary Deligianni||View Profile|
|Ms Gina Dimitropoulou||View Profile|
|Mr Stamatis Drakakakis||View Profile|
|Ms Danai Falconaki||View Profile|
|Ms Elina Filippou||View Profile|
|Ms Kitty Fragalexi||View Profile|
|Ms Mary Georgiou||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitris Gialouris||View Profile|
|Mr Antonis Giannakodimos||View Profile|
|Ms Nasia Gkouma||View Profile|
|Ms Mariliza Grammatopoulou||View Profile|
|Ms Niki Ignatidi||View Profile|
|Mr Adam Iliou-Kantsapouridis||View Profile|
|Mr Costas Kallideris||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Kapsi||View Profile|
|Ms Georgia Karaindrou||View Profile|
|Mr Stylianos Karamarias||View Profile|
|Ms Elpida Karathodorou||View Profile|
|Mr Alex Karopoulos||View Profile|
|Mr Grigoris Katsoras||View Profile|
|Mr Evangelos Kitsakis||View Profile|
|Mr Alexis Kontogiannis||View Profile|
|Ms Georgia Koui||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Kritikou||View Profile|
|Ms Olga Maria Kyritsi||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Lampadaki||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Makri||View Profile|
|Mr Nikos Maltezos||View Profile|
|Mr Spyros Maratos||View Profile|
|Ms Sonia Melegou||View Profile|
|Ms Mariliza Myrat||View Profile|
|Ms Mary Nigritinou||View Profile|
|Mr Stathis Orfanoudakis||View Profile|
|Ms Athina Palli||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Papachristou||View Profile|
|Ms Danae Papadatou||View Profile|
|Ms Rania Papakonstantinou||View Profile|
|Ms Christina Papanikolopoulou||View Profile|
|Ms Anna Paraskeva||View Profile|
|Ms Kely Pesketzi||View Profile|
|Ms Ioanna Poulakou||View Profile|
|Ms Konstantina Pyrgaki||View Profile|
|Dr Constantine Sarantis||View Profile|
|Ms Katerina Skiada||View Profile|
|Ms Athina Skolarikou||View Profile|
|Ms Eleni Skoufari||View Profile|
|Ms Anthi Soukara||View Profile|
|Ms Smaragda Spyrou||View Profile|
|Ms Mantha Stamatiou||View Profile|
|Mr Yannis Stathakis||View Profile|
|Ms Roi Stathopoulou||View Profile|
|Ms Myrto Stavrinou||View Profile|
|Ms Hara Strati||View Profile|
|Mr Iraklis Tsakopoulos||View Profile|
|Ms Irene Tsiosta||View Profile|
|Mr Panagiotis Tsirogiannis||View Profile|
|Ms Diana Tsourapa||View Profile|
|Ms Sofia Tzianoumi||View Profile|
|Mr Paris Tzoumas||View Profile|
|Ms Nasia Vaiopoulou||View Profile|
|Mr Giorgos Vavatsioulas||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Veneti-Pagoni||View Profile|
|Ms Sofia Vestaki||View Profile|
|Mr Giorgos Vlachakis||View Profile|
|Ms Charikleia Vlastou||View Profile|
|Mr Yerassimos Yannopoulos||View Profile|
|Ms Evangelia Yotakou||View Profile|
|Mr Manolis Zacharakis||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitrios Zepos||View Profile|
|Ms Maria Zoupa||View Profile|
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.
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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.