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A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm
54 VASILISSIS SOPHIAS AVENUE
115 28 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 1

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm undertakes an array of IP matters for clients from a wide range of industries, such as film, TV, music, software, advertising, gaming and print media. The firm advises Dassault Systems on copyright and trade mark protection, including anti-piracy civil and penal litigation. It also assists British American Tobacco with protecting its IP rights in Greece against another multinational American tobacco company as part of a global dispute concerning 'heat non-burn' tobacco products. Irini Daroussou jointly leads the practice with Kriton Metaxopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Irini Daroussou; Kriton Metaxopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Marilena Nikolaraki; Elena Nikolarea

Testimonials

‘In the small IP market in Greece, A & K Metaxopoulos is a law firm that stands out for its unbridled commitment to test and push the boundaries of IP law in Greece. They are an unrelenting and persevering team, who do their utmost to meet the clients’ brief and objectives. A truly commendable team.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos – the stalwart team leader is very responsive and able. He is an experienced litigator with a no nonsense approach. Very well versed in IP law and the practice and procedure of the Greek courts.’

‘Marilena Nikolaraki & Elena Nikolarea – Kriton’s right-hand women. Rising stars in the field.’

‘Mr Metaxopoulos is a very well known expert in IP in Greece. It is really helpful to working with this firm; they are straight forward, they respond very quickly to any questions and they can easily focus on what the client needs.’

Key clients

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

WARNER BROS ENTERTAINMENT

GREEK MUSIC LIBRARIES (GRAMMO)

MUSIC PRODUCERS CMO

GREEK MUSIC LIBRARIES (SPAM)

CHRISTOU HEIRS

VICTORY ENTERTAINMENT SA

PSICHOGIOS PUBLICATIONS SA

DASSAULT SYSTEMES SOLIDWORKS CORP.

DASSAULT SYSTEMES

PANINI GROUP OF COMPANIES

RELKON HELLAS SA

ENARXIS DYANAMIC MEDIA

Work highlights

  • Advised Warner Bros. Entertainment on issues of intellectual property rights and collective management under Greek copyright law, regarding the Agreement for Dubbing Services.
  • Represented Dassault Systems in all matters related to copyrights and trade mark protection, including all anti-piracy civil and penal litigation.
  • Represented a group of foreign and Greek music publishers and sub-publishers in relation to their right to receive an equitable remuneration for, among others, the TV and Radio broadcasting of their works.

Greece > TMT Tier 1

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm's team, which acts for domestic and international clients, is known for its expertise in media law. It is well-equipped to handle cross-border matters, which includes advice to high-profile athletes on endorsement and advertising agreements. The group also advises on regulatory compliance issues, such as those concerning video games, personal data protection, and filming and broadcast matters. Kriton Metaxopoulos has experience of acting for major US film studios and record companies. He co-heads the practice with Irini Daroussou , who generates work from clients such as radio stations, publishing companies and software design product companies.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos; Irini Daroussou

Other key lawyers:

Asterios Syssilas

Testimonials

‘In the small IP market in Greece, A & K Metaxopoulos is a law firm that stands out for its unbridled commitment to test and push the boundaries of IP law in Greece. They are an unrelenting and persevering team, who do their utmost to meet the clients’ brief and objectives. A truly commendable team.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos – the stalwart team leader is very responsive and able. He is an experienced litigator with a no nonsense approach. Very well versed in IP law and the practice and procedure of the Greek courts.’

Key clients

XIAOMI INC.

SHOPIFY INC.

VISA EUROPE

GALA ADVERTISING CLIENTS

FROMAGERIES BEL HELLAS

FOCUS BARI S.A.

REUTERS NEWS & MEDIA LIMITED

CONDE NAST NEW MARKETS EUROPE/ AFRICA, Inc. and ADVANCE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS Inc.

FAMOUS RAPPER SIN BOY

EPIC GAMES

PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER – MARIA SAKKARI

FERRERO INTERNATIONAL S.A.

VICTORY ENTERTAINMENT S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Fromageries Bel Hellas S.A on broadcasting of certain TV and online advertisements on behalf of various market leaders, as well as on issues related to its advertising activities and promotional campaigns, to ensure compliance with legal framework.
  • Advised VISA Europe on all advertising campaigns and promotional contests in Greece.
  • Advised Shopify Inc. on the actions required to acquire the domain name SHOPIFY.GR which was unavailable; the matter resulted in a successful domain name litigation and the issuance of a decision in favour of our client.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm has significant experience in representing both companies and high-level executives in corporate fraud, financial crime and civil litigation proceedings. Clients include both domestic and international players such as British American Tobacco, Ryanair and Warner Bros Entertainment. Managing partner Kriton Metaxopoulos has a strong reputation for litigation and arbitration, and is best known for handling white-collar crime cases. He co-heads the practice with Irini Daroussou, who specialises in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos; Irini Daroussou

Other key lawyers:

Elena Nikolarea; Marilena Nikolaraki

Testimonials

‘The team provides high-quality, boutique services. The team is very dedicated and focused on the client, showing great professionalism and commitment. The client feels unique since there is the feeling of exclusiveness due to the impressive responsiveness of the team and high-quality, custom-made deliverables.’

‘A very well-organised team with great collaboration between the team members, who examine a case from every angle and see it as a whole, even if expertise in different areas is required. Very fair billing for the high-end services offered.’

‘The individuals stand out because of the combination of their legal expertise and business mindset, which makes them capable of seeing the big picture and not segments of it. Kriton Metaxopoulos is exceptional in strategic thinking and leading his team – he is a top commercial litigator.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos is very responsive and able. He is an experienced litigator with a no-nonsense approach, who is very well versed in IP law and the practice and procedure of the Greek courts.’

Key clients

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO

PSYCHOGIOS PUBLICATIONS

FROMAGERIES BEL HELLAS

CHANIA HOSPITAL

BEL S.A. AND FROMAGERIES BEL HELLAS

FROMAGERIES BEL HELLAS

ASTIR PALACE VOULIAGMENI

RYANAIR DAC

FOCUS BARI S.A.

REUTERS NEWS & MEDIA LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Represented British American Tobacco in a patent dispute with another major multinational cigarette and tobacco company.
  • Advising Ryanair DAC on a regular basis on matters related to aviation law, including cases of individuals and passengers taking legal measures against Ryanair as a result of flight cancellations and the rerouting of flights.
  • Represented the owner of one of the most famous luxury hotels in Greece, Astir Palace in Vouliagmeni, in judicial and extrajudicial disputes with an international logistics company regarding logistics, storage and transport contracts valued at close to €3m.

Greece > White-collar crime Tier 2

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm's practice is led by Kriton Metaxopoulos, who has vast experience of handling multijurisdictional cases, including those with a nexus to Italy, Lebanon, Romania and the UK. The firm attracts work from high-profile clients such as Adidas Hellas and Astir Palace Vouliagmeni. Its recent highlights included acting for a UK national in a multimillion fraud, bankruptcy and white-collar crime case. Asterios Syssilas is another key individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Kriton Metaxopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Asterios Syssilas; Achilleas Christodoulou

Testimonials

‘They have substantial experience of cross-border matters, know the area extremely well and produce high quality work.’

‘Kriton Metaxopolous is a clever lawyer who fights hard for his clients, and who delivers an excellent service.’

Key clients

ADIDAS HELLAS SA

ASTIR PALACE VOULIAGMENI

Work highlights

  • Represented a UK national of Lebanese origin in many jurisdictions, including Italy, UK, Greece, France, Lebanon and Romania, who was the victim of a multimillion euro fraud, bankruptcy and white collar crime.
  • Represented Adidas and its Greek subsidiary, Adidas Hellas, in its dispute related in principle to the termination by Adidas of its franchise agreement with their principal local franchisee Hellenic Flame, and the recovery of sums due to Adidas by the local franchisee, with a total value of €23m.
  • Represented Astir Palace Vouliagmeni in litigation surrounding misconduct and breach of duties against its former CEO and its former CFO, including the drafting and filing of two corporate actions with an approximate value of €5.5m.
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A & K Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm is considered a top IP, TMT, Dispute Resolution, Patent, Advertising and White Collar law firm in Greece. In our 65 years of expertise we have handled a vast variety of cases in many industry sectors, by representing key international and domestic clients.

Our firm was founded in Athens in 1955 by Agis Metaxopoulos, who started, as it was common at that time, his own private practice as a “solo” practitioner.

Soon, due to his artistic background and close friendship with some of the most prominent Greek authors and artists such as Manos Hadjidakis, Nikos Koundouros and later on Theo Aggelopoulos too, Agis decided to deal with an, unknown at that time in Greece, area of Law, that of Intellectual Property.

He soon became the synonym of IP rights protection in Greece and was often referred to by his fellow colleagues as the “Dean” of Intellectual Property rights’ practitioners.

In 1984 his son, Kriton Metaxopoulos, LLM graduate of the London School of Economics joined the firm, which as a result of their excellent cooperation and intense efforts, soon became a highly specialized law firm in intellectual and industrial property law, entertainment industry and mass media law but also commercial and civil Law. In 2000 the management of the office, which in 2005 took its current legal form of a Law Firm, was entrusted to Kriton Metaxopoulos. Kriton’s active international presence since 1992, when he was appointed Legal Counsel to a family run conglomerate of international catering in multinational fraud litigation and commercial arbitration won the firm a place among the leading firms in that field of law too.

The firm thereafter based its expansion on proper utilization of its associates’ skills; most of them began their professional career with the firm and thus easily assimilated its principles and philosophy and continue to work with the firm until now. Since 2000 the firm grew rapidly in size whilst at the same time was included in the top ten Law Firms in Greece. In 2007 the partners of the firm, decided not to join the “expansion race” of big law firms and to rather focus on the areas of law where the firm had traditionally excelled, namely Intellectual Property Law, Dispute Resolution, Advertising Law & TMT, Corporate Litigation and Commercial Law, Civil Law and Competition as well as White Collar Crime.

The philosophy of our firm is simple. We do not do less than we are able to, not only for “high profile” cases but instead for all our clients. We are a group of people with mutual respect, trust to each other, working always as a team for one common goal: To serve our clients’ interests in the best possible manner.

Our working ethics and mentality suits more that of a cooperative of experienced lawyers, all experts in their field of law, assisted by a highly educated and hardworking administrative staff, rather than that of a faceless and rigid firm.

On a national level the firm is supported by a network of associated law firms and lawyers across Greece (Thessaloniki, Komotini, Patras, Crete, Rhodes amongst others) who offer full support to our clients, always in close cooperation with a partner or senior associate of the firm.

The firm’s staff now consists of 7 full-time and 3 of counsel lawyers joined by 4 experienced in-house administrative, financial & marketing assistants and a highly skilled boutique firm of tax consultants.

International Presence and Alliances

Our firm is the only Greek member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), a global network of law firms with expertise in advertising and media law issues. In view of our GALA membership, foreign major corporations request from us “clearance” for advertising directed to the Greek market.

In addition, our firm is the Greek member of the International Lawyers Network (ILN), which was also recently recognized by Chambers Global 2021 as being among the top two percent of global law firm networks. We also participate in ILO-Lexology (as the Greek firm contributing on IP matters) and in the ILN IP Insider, and we regularly contribute to these platforms with articles in relation to media and copyright laws in Greece. Furthermore we contribute with articles on a regular basis to IAM Patent Weekly International Report and our associates Achilleas Christodoulou and Elena Nikolarea are the authors of the ICLG 2022 Litigation & Dispute Resolution Guide for Greece.

International Distinctions

The firm is recognized by Legal 500 (Intellectual Property, TMT, Dispute Resolution, White Collar Crime), Chambers (TMT) and Best Lawyers. Our firm has also been recently recognized among the overall Top 20 Law Firms in Greece by “Top Ranked Legal”, which especially recognized our firm in our areas of expertise, including IP (Top ranked – 1st), TMT, Patents, Dispute Resolution and White-Collar Crime. In addition, we have received praise from various other expert publications such as Managing IP, IAM Patent 1000, Media Law International, Patent & Trademark Lawyers Magazine, etc.

Kriton Metaxopoulos’ unique expertise and reputation led once again to his recognition as leading individual by both Chambers Europe 2021 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 in TMT and Dispute Resolution, by WTR 1000 as a leading Trademark Individual as well as by Managing IP, as Individual IP Star for Patent and Trademark. Irini Daroussou is also recognized as a leading expert in IP and TMT, along with our Trademark expert Marilena Nikolaraki and our TMT expert Asterios Syssilas. Kriton Metaxopoulos, Irini Daroussou and Asterios Syssilas are also ranked as leading experts by Best Lawyers.

Practice Areas include:

    • Intellectual Property
    • Copyrights, Trademarks, Designs and Patents
    • Dispute Resolution – Litigation
    • Company & Commercial
    • White Collar Crime
    • Real Estate
    • TMT
    • Labor
    • EU and Competition
    • GDPR

Some of the firm’s representative clients are:

    • Adidas
    • Astir Palace Vouliagmeni
    • British American Tobacco
    • Dassault Systemes
    • Fromageries Bel
    • Panini
    • Psichogios Publications
    • Reuters
    • Ryanair
    • Warner Bros. Entertainment
    • Victory Entertainment/Maria Callas live recordings
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Intellectual Property Law Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Intellectual Property Law Irini Daroussouidaroussou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
White Collar Crime Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
White Collar Crime Asterios SyssilasAsyssilas@metaxopouloslaw.gr
TMT Asterios SyssilasAsyssilas@metaxopouloslaw.gr
TMT Marilena Nikolarakimnikolaraki@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Dispute Resolution Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Dispute Resolution Irini Daroussouidaroussou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Dispute Resolution Elena Nikolareae.nikolarea@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Corporate Law Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Corporate Law Achilleas Christodouloua.christodoulou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
EU & Competition Law Irini Daroussouidaroussou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
EU & Competition Law Achilleas Christodouloua.christodoulou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Real Estate Marilena Nikolarakimnikolaraki@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Real Estate Panagiota Goulspgoula@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Tax Law Achilleas Christodouloua.christodoulou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Tax Law Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Labour Law Marilena Nikolarakimnikolaraki@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Labour Law Panagiota Goulapgoula@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Civil Law Asterios SyssilasAsyssilas@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Civil Law Marilena Nikolarakimnikolaraki@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Civil Law Irini Daroussouidaroussou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Civil Law Elena Nikolareae.nikolarea@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Public Tender Procedures – Joint Ventures Kriton Metaxopoulosk.metaxopoulos@metaxopouloslaw.gr
Public Tender Procedures – Joint Ventures Achilleas Christodouloua.christodoulou@metaxopouloslaw.gr
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Achilleas Christodoulou photoMr Achilleas ChristodoulouAchilleas is an Associate at A & K Metaxopoulos since 2016.
Irini Daroussou photoMrs Irini DaroussouIrini Daroussou was born in Athens and is a partner at “A&K…
Panagiota Goula photoMrs Panagiota GoulaPanagiota has been practicing law since 2018 as a trainee Lawyer and…
Kriton Metaxopoulos photoMr Kriton MetaxopoulosSpecialized in Copyright, Corporate, Anti Trust Law. Expert in Litigation and Dispute…
Marilena Nikolaraki photoMrs Marilena NikolarakiMarilena became an associate in A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law…
Elena Nikolarea photoMrs Elena NikolareaElena is an Associate at A.& K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm.…
Asterios Syssilas photoMr Asterios SyssilasAsterios is a Senior Associate Lawyer in Α & Κ Metaxopoulos Law…
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A & K Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm’s aim is that diversity of people, perspectives and experiences can be represented at any level of the production mechanism and lead to inclusion where everyone is valued and embraced. This is accomplished by working in such a way that our goals and concepts can be integrated through firm leadership that embraces the benefit of our clients. We are a group of people with mutual respect, trust to each other, working always as a team for one common goal: To serve our clients’ interests in the best possible manner.

Our firm rather than implementing various gender diversity projects, has a long-lasting policy regarding Recruitment of new female employees (from administrative personnel to trainees, associate lawyers and of counsels), Retention and Advancement (RRA). Specifically, we take gender diversity in recruitment very seriously and as a result during the last 12 months our firm has recruited 3 new female and 1 new male associate. Equally important for us is to “invest” in our peoples’ skills and keep them in our family. This is why we have people who start their career with us and advance to senior positions.

We are also extremely flexible in respect of personal need of our people as we are confident that facilitating these does in no way affect their commitment to firm’s need and responsiveness to clients’ requests.

Additionally, our firm implements a number of practices and procedures supporting women leaders recognizing their special and complicated role in our society.


COMPANY/FIRM: Odeon S.A Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL: We have engaged the firm’s services for more than three decades mainly – but not only- on intellectual property subject matter. The managing director, Kriton Metaxopoulos, has an impressive grasp of legal issues and legal tactics coupled with unprecedented commitment. Outstanding collaboration and quality of legal services from the partners and associates coupled with reasonable billings is notable. We would definitely recommend this niche law firm and its top litigator Kriton Metaxopoulos.


COMPANY/FIRM: Albert Abela Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL: I have been extensively working with this firm since June 2015 since i joined the Albert Abela food services company as CEO and I have rarely seen a firm that takes its clients that seriously and handles cases in such professional mater. Our company of course had been working with the firm for decades proves how serious and effective they are and I would like to thank them for such a bright and professional approach to legal matters and such a fast way of replying. Honestly sometimes I think they have the answers ready before the questions.


COMPANY/FIRM: Viva Mare Hotels and Spa
TESTIMONIAL: It’s been over thirty years, that Metaxopoulos and Associates have become a source of invaluable information analysis and advice to myself and my various companies. They’ve handling my most demanding and complicated cases with excellent and most rewarded results. I highly recommend the firm’s professionalism and legal expertise in the various fields of Greek and International law.


Other Testimonials – quoted from clients and stated at previous Legal 500 editions:

‘Boutique firm specialising in IP. Great team of partners and associates, all of whom are available and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Kriton Metaxopoulos is our go-to partner. He provides sensible commercial advice. He has a good sense of the commercial perspective.’

‘The service was very fast and accurate.’

‘They provided complementary services that were a key success for the case.’

“Kriton Metaxopoulos is sensible, commercially minded and knowledgeable about international disputes.”

“The superb and well-organised department at A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners. Law Firm provides legally and strategically accurate advice.”

“A& K. Metaxopoulos & Partners. Law Firm has key vision and strategy.”

“Irini Daroussou responds with accuracy and extreme competency to all matters and problems.”

“A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners. Law Firm’s versatile practice is commended for its accessibility and hardworking and very co-operative associates.”

“The Law Firm provides very high-quality services at reasonable prices, and its lawyers immediately respond to requests and are accessible after business hours. Kriton Metaxopoulos has outstanding and in-depth knowledge of the industry and is responsive and easily reachable.”

“The Law Firm is praised for its excellent service and outstanding case handling.”

“Kriton Metaxopoulos and Irini Daroussou have in-depth knowledge of IP law and strong presence in court.”

“The overall level of service is impeccable, and it demonstrates in-depth knowledge, commitment and readiness to respond to the client’s needs. Kriton Metaxopoulos is recommended for his academic background coupled with litigation skills.”

“Managing partner Kriton Metaxopoulos, who combines the best parts of a legal and business mind.”

“They are an accurate and hardworking team with deep knowledge of the client’s needs.”

“A very good team, the lawyers respond very quickly and always come up with a solution. In this particular area of law, I believe this office has the best reputation and unquestioned knowledge.”