Mr Kriton Metaxopoulos > A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Specialized in Copyright, Corporate, Anti Trust Law. Expert in Litigation and Dispute Resolution with a particular expertise in White Collar Crime.

1987 – today: Partner and since (2000) Managing Director of A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm , Athens Greece.

1991 – 2009: Legal Advisor of the Albert Abela Group of Companies, Head of Litigation Department of Albert J.M Abela, London, Uk.

1987 – 2008: Legal counsel of the Greek Anti Piracy Association in the field of audiovisual works (EPOE), Athens, Greece.

1990 – 2008: Legal Counsel, Board Member of Warner Music Greece SA, Athens, Greece.

1988 – 1990: Special legal advisor on copyright issues to the Greek Federation of Actors, Athens, Greece.

11/1988:Participation in the International Conference on “the Green Paper on Copyright and the Challenge of New Technology”, USFAL, Center of Intellectual Property Rights, Brussels, Luxemburg.

2/1986 – 7/1986 “Stage” at the Commission of the European Communities, Brussels, Luxemburg.

Career

Kriton is an expert in IP Law, Copyright Enforcement and Antipiracy issues, as well as in international Corporate Litigation, White Collar Crime and Asset Recovery He has represented for years MPAA, the Greek Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Association (EPOE), Sony, Warner Bros, Disney, Warner Music, Dassault Systemes, Audiorsparx, as well as many major players of the Greek entertainment industry, such as Odeon Cinemas, Victory Media, Kiss FM, Hot FM, Greek Music Libraries, Maria Callas Estate, ZTE etc

Kriton’s “out of Greek borders career” is mainly linked to IP, White Collar Crime and Corporate Fraud prosecution. Kriton is responsible for the coordination and legal strategy of a 150 million Euro international corporate litigation matter, involving legal work in Italy, Lebanon, Romania, UK, France and former Soviet Union and Greece. His experience includes representation before Civil and Penal Courts not only in Greece but also in France, Italy, UK and Romania in cooperation with top tier law firms and local practitioners.

Kriton’s experience in International Arbitration includes representation of an International Catering Group in 20 million USD arbitration (ICC), which resulted in an award against the Greek State (19 million USD) over the privatization of Olympic Airways’ catering subsidiary in the ‘90s.

Connected his name with the first ever in Europe prohibition of legal parallel imports of DvDs (Independence Day) by a 1997 decision of the Athens Court of Injunctions, which was subsequently adopted in 2010 by two ECJ “ad hoc” decisions which are applied until today by local Courts in all EU Member States.

He is also known for his involvement in audiovisual censorship cases (Alexander the Great, Last Temptation of Christ) where he represented in Court the US producers and their Greek distributors, contributing to the free theatrical release of the relevant movies in Greece but also to the establishment of a solid case law in favour of the freedom of “viewing” even if “symbols” or “religions” are the “subject r matter” of the audiovisual work in question.

His peers recognize him for his experience and expertise in Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, Corporate Law and Litigation. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in Litigation and Intellectual Property in Legal 500, a leading Individual in TMT and Dispute Resolution by Chambers, a Leading Trademark Individual by WTR 1000 and an Advisory Board Member in Best Lawyers.

He was a BoD member of Warner Music for almost 20 years and was a member of the Board of Directors of Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA) for 25 years.

Languages

Greek, English, French, Italian.

Memberships

  • Athens Bar Association
  • International Lawyers Network – ILN (since 2014)
  • Global Advertising Law Firms Alliance – GALA (since 2006)
  • ALAI

Education

London School of Economics and Political Science LL.M, Law 1984 – 1985

Ethnikon kai Kapodistriakon Panepistimion Athinon / University of Athens LL.B, Faculty of Law 1979 – 1984

Ziridis High School Lyceum 1979.

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > TMT

(Leading individuals)

Kriton MetaxopoulosA. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm enjoys a stellar reputation for its expertise in advising international and domestic clients on advertising and media law. The firm regularly represents major clients in the music and film industry in complex litigation related to corporate law and IP rights. The practice is co-led by Kriton Metaxopoulos, an expert litigator with extensive experience in audiovisual censorship cases. He is supported by co-head Asterios Syssilas  who regularly advises advertisers on clearance issues. Irini Daroussou  is a go-to lawyer for matters pertaining to IP and antipiracy.

Greece > White-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Kriton MetaxopoulosA. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm ‘s white-collar practice has broad expertise in financial disputes and has a growing track record of representing companies and top executives in cases linked to financial crime and corporate fraud. The team is competently led by Kriton Metaxopoulos who has vast experience representing clients before civil and penal courts in Greece, France, Italy, Romania and the UK. He is supported by Asterios Syssilas  who has regularly advises high net worth individuals and corporate entities within the media and entertainment industry.

Greece > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Kriton MetaxopoulosA. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm has significant expertise and experience in disputes and white-collar crime, defending high-profile companies in a number of proceedings, often in cases involving cross-border elements. It has a broad litigation practice in industry sectors ranging from medical and pharmaceuticals, through to travel and leisure in contractual and commercial disputes. Kriton Metaxopoulos is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional cases, while Irini Daroussou focuses on the protection of intellectual property rights.

Greece > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Kriton MetaxopoulosA. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

With some 65 years of experience in IP, A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm ‘stands out from the crowd’ for the breadth of its expertise. The firm handles work in diverse industry sectors, such as film, gaming, software and consumer products. The team represents well-known international and domestic clients in respect of the protection of brands, copyright infringement and broader industrial rights – often in high-profile cases. Kriton Metaxopoulos has a reputation for representing clients from film and music through to the pharma industry, in complex multinational litigation cases. Irini Daroussou  who co-heads the group with Metaxopoulo, also has broad expertise; copyright infringement, antipiracy and IP litigation. Marilena Nikolaraki  specialises in brand registration and enforcement.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is highly reputed for its IP litigation work, though has recently expanded its presence within the corporate and M&A space. Practice head Kriton Metaxopoulos leverages a track record of having represented several notable multinationals; his team is particularly well-versed within the hotel, energy, manufacturing and media industries.