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Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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 ‚ā¨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¬†‚ā¨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.

Leading individuals

 Christina Papanikolopoulou - Zepos & Yannopoulos

Next Generation Partners

Elena Papachristou - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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'Or√©al, Daimler, Mondelńďz, Uber, Thomas Cook, and Fraport.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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 ‚ā¨15m cross-border dispute with former agents and distributors. The firm also successfully represented Philips in a ‚ā¨13m dispute with a previous distributor of its Avent brand.¬†Nikos Christoforidis¬†and¬†Constantine Sarantis¬†¬†jointly lead the team.

Next Generation Partners

Eleni Skoufari - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

Leading individuals

Dr Emmanuel Mastromanolis  - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

Next Generation Partners

Manolis Zacharakis - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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¬†Mondelńďz.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

Leading individuals

Takis Kakouris - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Zepos & Yannopoulos has a strong TMT practice that is especially active on the data protection side, having advised clients across a range of industries on GDPR compliance projects.  Athina Skolarikou and Takis Kakouris jointly lead the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

Leading individuals

Yerassimos Yannopoulos - Zepos & Yannopoulos

Next Generation Partners

Elina Filippou - Zepos & Yannopoulos

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Zepos & Yannopoulos

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.

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