Firm Profile > Stavropoulos & Partners > Athens, Greece

Stavropoulos & Partners
58 KIFISSIAS AVENUE
MAROUSSI
151 25 ATHENS
Greece

Tax Tier 2

A team with ‘deep knowledge of local tax regulations and practices’, Stavropoulos & Partners is an acclaimed option for the entire spectrum of tax affairs, including income tax, VAT, transfer pricing, double taxation treaties and tax-related M&A mandates. The team also has a noteworthy emphasis on contentious matters, including state aid recovery, stamp duty and the interpretation of EU law-related disputes, and practice head Ioannis Stavropoulos has a track record of appearing before the highest courts. Senior associate Evgenia Kousteni plays a prominent role within the practice and is ‘effective in dealing with day-to-day issues’ in addition to audits, transfer pricing defence files and unduly paid tax refunds.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos

Other key lawyers:

Evgenia Kousteni; Vassiliki Michalopoulou

Testimonials

‘The team are unique in the sense that they are always available, knowledgeable, coordinated and solution-driven. The lawyers also specialise in different areas so the overall team can provided comprehensive knowledge. They are always up to date with the client’s needs and offer solutions that are fully compliant with the tax framework.’

‘Ioannis Stavropoulos is the only partner I have met in 13 years of working in the market who is available and approachable anytime. He has very deep knowledge of tax issues and good insights into how to take a case from scratch and drive it effectively, even to the Supreme Court (where he has been very successful).’

‘Vassiliki Michalopoulou is passionate and business-driven, with practical (not only theoretical) tax knowledge. The solutions she offers have a sound basis in the market conditions and add value for the client. Her proactiveness is a very important quality.’

‘Evgenia Kousteni has the important ability to be approachable, kind and effective in dealing with day-to-day issues with any kind of authorities. She has a sound legal background that combines these skills in her interaction with the authorities and courts.’

‘The team at Stavropoulos & Partners firm is well shaped with deep knowledge of local tax regulations and practices. They easily understand the client’s business needs and propose practical and feasible actions while demonstrating clearly all the pros and cons of each option. Additionally, the firm has an excellent network both within the market and with the state authorities, allowing for insights into potential developments in the local tax environment and specific cases.’

‘All members of the firm are always polite and accessible. The collaboration with each and every member of the team is pleasant but you feel at the same time that you are working with high-calibre professionals who can add value to your business.’

Key clients

Nestle

Barilla

Heineken/Athenian Brewery

FrieslandCampina

Coca-Cola HBC

AGET Heracles (LafargeHolcim subsidiary)

Du Pont Group

Louis Vuitton

Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)

Pfizer

Energean

Motor Oil

Elastika Michelin

Luxottica

Hellenic Recycling Company

Toyota

Bureau Veritas

Novartis

Bayer

Elbisco

Optima

Galenica

Olvos Science

Minerva Pharmaceuticals

Delta Foods

EU and competition Tier 3

'A well-known firm with expertise in competition law’, Stavropoulos & Partners is skilled in advising on agreements and concerted practices, merger control, vertical and horizontal relationships, and market dominance. Managing partner Ioannis Stavropoulos jointly leads the practice with Evanthia Tsiri, a specialist in the applicable regulatory framework in the banking, construction, environment and FMCG sectors. The team also has a strong risk aversion offering, regularly assisting its clients with transactional considerations, commercial policies and rebate schemes.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos; Evanthia Tsiri

Testimonials

‘Stavropoulos & Partners is a well-known firm with expertise in competition law and with numerous collaborations with many national and international companies.’

‘A high level of professionalism and deep knowledge. Quality recommendations on the relevant competition law issues with on-time response to urgent matters.’

Key clients

Heineken/Athenian Brewery

FrieslandCampina

Corteva Agriscience Group

Du Pont Group

Louis Vuitton

ECR Hellas

Hellenic Recycling Company

Sephora

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Stavropoulos & Partners is particularly active in the chemicals, FMCG, real estate, construction and waste recycling sectors, advising on corporate restructurings, M&A, regulatory issues and day-to-day corporate and commercial affairs. Practice co-head Evanthia Tsiri’s core strengths encompass joint ventures and cross-border, large-scale mergers, while co-head Terpsihori Magdalinou focuses on company formation and compliance requirements.

Practice head(s):

Evanthia Tsiri; Terpsihori Magdalinou

Testimonials

‘What makes Stavropoulos & Partners a unique business partner is certainly the personal approach of all the members of their team, and the feeling that we are dealing first of all with friends and then with trusted consultants. Without doubt this is their competitive advantage.’

‘Evanthia Tsiri and Terpsihori Magdalinou have top professional qualities, but I would like to focus on their exceptional willingness to help at any time, within any time frame, under any circumstances. This is really appreciated.’

Key clients

Heineken/Athenian Brewery

FrieslandCampina

Corteva Agriscience Group

Du Pont Group

Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)

Louis Vuitton

Sephora

Möet Hennessy

Coca Cola HBC

Hellenic Recycling Company

REDS (member of Ellaktor Group)

AKTOR (member of Ellaktor Group)

Dunapack Packaging

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The ‘high-calibre’ team at Stavropoulos & Partners is experienced in breach of contract, termination of agency and distribution agreements, administrative, civil, corporate, employment and competition disputes. The group is also well regarded for construction-related litigation, particularly in respect of luxury hotel businesses. Evanthia Tsiri is also highly experienced in international arbitration; she fronts the practice alongside managing partner Ioannis Stavropoulos.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Stavropoulos; Evanthia Tsiri

Other key lawyers:

Terpsihori Magdalinou

Testimonials

‘The team is under the leadership of high-calibre professionals and they provide excellent service.’

‘They are knowlegdeable, experienced and good listeners.’

‘Excellence, efficiency, business integrity and reliability.’

‘Evanthia Tsiri is capable of dealing with complex legal issues and has an impressive track record of successful litigation in civil and commercial cases.’

‘Terpsihori Magdalinou has a positive personality and is very efficient and reliable, with extensive and diverse expertise in her professional area, both in terms of knowledge and practice.’

Key clients

AKTOR (member of Ellaktor Group)

FrieslandCampina

Hellenic Recycling Company

Sephora

Du Pont Group

Heineken/Athenian Brewery

AGET Heracles (LafargeHolcim subsidiary)

Papastratos (member of Philip Morris Group)

Carmignac Gestion

Bureau Veritas

The firm: Stavropoulos & Partners Law Office is a Greek law firm which was established in Athens in 1991. Since its formation, the firm’s practice has included legal counsel, advice and litigation in a wide range of Greek and European Union business and tax law matters. Throughout its 29 years in the Greek legal market, the firm has developed a widely recognised expertise and gained an excellent reputation, ranked within high tiers in the fields of taxation, European Union and competition, corporate and M&As, as well as dispute resolution.

The firm is privileged to serve on a constant basis companies which are considered as ‘blue chip’ internationally, but also has vested continuous interests and activities in Greece, handling complex and important work that requires a high level of expertise and consistency.

The lawyers of the firm have done contemporary undergraduate and postgraduate studies and are assisted by secretarial and clerical staff supported by modern infrastructure. The main target is to successfully meet the increasing demands of clientele while maintaining a high degree of dynamism, flexibility and close personal contact with each case.

Areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of practice include: tax and tax litigation, customs and excise, EU and competition, corporate, commercial and M&A, finance, banking and capital markets, data protection and privacy, real estate and construction, environment, intellectual and industrial property, labour and employment, litigation and dispute resolution.

Tax and tax litigation, customs and excise: The firm has a solid presence in the area of tax law and is considered one of the most prominent players in this area. The practice handles numerous tax cases in direct and indirect taxation, regularly represents clients in tax audits and provides counsel to clients in all areas of taxation law, including income tax, VAT, double taxation treaties, transfer pricing and excise duties. It regularly advises on strategic planning and transactional issues and deals with transfer pricing defense files. Some of the firm’s latest achievements include representing a large number of multinational companies, as well as high net-worth individuals, in major tax litigation involving inter alia issues relating to EU tax law and double taxation treaties, VAT refund, transfer pricing, stamp duty, municipality tax and income tax assessments. Ioannis Stavropoulos, founding and managing partner of the firm, is a leading tax lawyer with an impressive track record, awarded with the “The Legal 500 Hall of Fame” distinction. He has dealt with several tax cases and has an impressive track record for successfully representing clients in courts, including the European Court of Justice, the Greek administrative courts and the Council of State, as well as in tax authorities and administrative committees on all kinds of tax law issues. A number of his cases constitute leading jurisprudence published in legal and tax journals, while he has been classified by international publications as a highly recommended tax expert for Greece. He has published a number of articles on tax matters while he is a regular speaker in many authoritative conferences and seminars.

EU and competition: Our competition practice covers a broad range of subject matters, encompassing agreements and concerted practices, market dominance and merger control issues. Our lawyers regularly review commercial policies, rebate schemes and other commercial practices especially by companies with market power in accordance with the restrictions applying to unilateral practices as well as in the context of vertical and horizontal relationships. We assist our clients in designating and implementing internal compliance programs and training sessions for their personnel. We regularly represent market leaders in investigation cases before the competition authority and offer both contentious and non-contentious competition law service. Our firm has defended prominent companies before the competition authorities and administrative courts in major cases in the food and beverage sector.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: The firm is acting as principal legal adviser of several corporate clients engaged in various sectors, such as food and beverage, chemicals, waste recycling, real estate, consumer products and retail business, supporting them on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial issues. We frequently assist with the formation of corporate structures and address all types of corporate governance and compliance issues, including providing legal support with all corporate events and reviewing the firm’s corporate clients’ internal policies and regulations to ensure respect of corporate social responsibility and compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards and national or international norms. We further regularly advise on commercial transactions and agreements, including joint venture agreements, sale and purchase of businesses, distribution and agency agreements, loan and bond agreements, as well as contracts for services, supply contracts, IT contracts, construction contracts, management contracts and general terms of contract. We also provide guidance on the application of consumer protection law and cover matters pertaining to product liability and unfair commercial practices. Our lawyers are adept in providing advice on all aspects of buying and selling companies and businesses including negotiating and drafting of share purchase, joint venture and shareholders agreements, conducting legal due diligence and advising on stock exchange law aspects of mergers and acquisitions projects. We have been involved in a number of high-value projects and corporate reorganizations often with a cross-border element covering a variety of sectors, including one of the biggest spin-off restructuring projects in the food and beverage industry, the acquisition of several Greek companies operating in the mining and concrete sectors by one of the leading cement multinational industries and a joint venture between a French multinational and a leading Greek company in the cosmetics sector.

Litigation and dispute resolution: Our firm has substantial experience in arbitration work, acting as counsel in both domestic and international arbitral proceedings and often representing key clients in relevant mandates. Our team has acted for major corporations involved in a variety of industries such as consumer, retail, IT, entertainment and construction on a wide range of high-value arbitration cases in front of key arbitral centers including the ICC and the American Arbitration Association. We have an excellent reputation for disputes concerning damages claims in various contexts, including breach of contract and termination of agency and distribution agreements. We are regularly litigating before civil courts in several cases concerning company, commercial and civil law issues and representing clients in significant cross-border commercial disputes while the firm is increasingly active in high-profile construction disputes with a heavy focus on the luxury hotel business. Senior partner Evanthia Tsiri has handled successfully several major domestic and international arbitration cases as well as civil litigation cases with key strengths in corporate/commercial and construction-related disputes and has earned a strong reputation in this field.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax and Tax Litigation, Customs and Excise
Corporate and Commercial
Data protection and Privacy
Environment
Labour and Employment
EU and Competition
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
Real estate and Construction
Intellectual and Industrial Property
Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Efthymia Armata  photo Mrs Efthymia Armata Senior Associate of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mr Grigorios Grigoriou  photo Mr Grigorios Grigoriou Senior Associate of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mrs Evgenia Kousteni  photo Mrs Evgenia Kousteni Senior Associate of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mrs Terpsihori Magdalinou  photo Mrs Terpsihori Magdalinou Partner of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mrs Vassiliki Michalopoulou  photo Mrs Vassiliki Michalopoulou Partner of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mrs Irini Papasavva  photo Mrs Irini Papasavva Associate in the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mr Ioannis Stavropoulos  photo Mr Ioannis Stavropoulos Founding and Managing Partner of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Mrs Aimilia Stavropoulou  photo Mrs Aimilia Stavropoulou Associate in the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
 Evanthia Tsiri photo Evanthia Tsiri Founding and Senior Partner of the law firm “STAVROPOULOS & PARTNERS”.
Number of lawyers : 10
English
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German
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Spanish
Contact : Ioannis Stavropoulos (managing partner)

CLIENT: Litsa Spyriouni, Group Tax Director

COMPANY/FIRM:  Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) Group

TESTIMONIAL: We have an extremely high regard for Stavropoulos & Partners law firm. Ioannis Stavropoulos is a prominent tax and business lawyer and over the years has provided us with a consistently excellent quality of service in tax matters.  Evanthia Tsiri and her team have provided invaluable assistance throughout a recent restructuring process.  They have all been demonstrating great care and deep knowledge while dealing efficiently with complex issues in the context of domestic and cross-border transactions.


CLIENT: Kostas Maggioros, CEO

COMPANY/FIRM: FRIESLANDCAMPINA HELLAS S.A.

TESTIMONIAL: Over the years, the firm has become an invaluable partner to our business. Ioannis Stavropoulos, Evanthia Tsiri, Terpsihori Magdalinou and their colleagues have provided us with an excellent level of service and dedication across all the firm’s disciplines, with particular emphasis in corporate, commercial, anti-trust and tax matters. They have demonstrated deep and thorough understanding of our needs and outstanding response to our requests enabling the development of a trusted relation.


CLIENT: Angeliki Sofou, Legal Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: ATHENIAN BREWERY S.A. (HEINEKEN Group)

TESTIMONIAL: Ioannis Stavropoulos has been the legal adviser of ATHENIAN BREWERY for many years now, which actually demonstrates the dedication (from both parties) and the quality of the services provided. Ioannis is an excellent adviser in tax law issues, having the capacity to deepen not only into stricto sensu tax law topics but to further elaborate from both a legal and an economo-legal point of view. He knows deeply the demands and the core business of the Company and this is one of the reasons Company and Management Team members show him their deep appreciation. His experience and expertise are highly valid and greatly appreciated. Ioannis is considered by the Company as the legal adviser and eventually as a business partner.

Evanthia Tsiri is a very strong and a highly appreciated legal adviser of ATHENIAN BREWERY all these years. Evanthia will work deeply into the commercial heart of any agreement, and further she will exhaust any possible factor which needs to be taken into consideration by the Company. Evanthia identifies immediately any potential risk for the Company and knows how to assess the legal risk towards the commercial risk (if any). She has a high standard of understanding the Company’s needs and she has the strength to differentiate always for the benefit of the Company. Evanthia’ s advice goes beyond a pure and conventional legal advice to a business guidance.

Terpsihori Magdalinou is a highly appreciated and capable lawyer. She has deep knowledge on corporate and complex legal issues. Terpsihori is proactive with great experience and professionalism. Teri is someone you know you can rely on when she provides us with her legal advice.

Efthymia Armata is a very capable legal adviser, with a high expertise on Competition Law issues. Efthymia has a deep knowledge of the market constraints due to our Company’s dominant position into the beer market and she knows extremely well how to protect the Company from potential anti-competitive practices, providing both theoretical and practical cases. Efthymia’ s knowledge and contribution is highly appreciated by the Company.

Stavropoulos & Partners law firm has strongly contributed into building a Compliance with Competition Law culture into our Company and their presence and participation into the core business of our Company is considered as an added value. Their professionalism and dedication demonstrated lately for ATHENIAN BREWERY’ s case in front of the HCC and further in front of the Court of Appeal is being appreciated and greatly respected by us. We would like to express our gratitude for all the services and guidance provided.


CLIENT: Leonidas Tolis, Senior Legal Counsel

COMPANY/FIRM: PAPASTRATOS S.A. AN AFFILIATE OF PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL

TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with “Stavropoulos & Partners” law office for the last 3 years. Stavropoulos & Partners was introduced to us due to its reputation in handling mainly tax law issues. Nevertheless, from the beginning of our cooperation, the legal services provided by Stavropoulos and Partners – not only regarding tax law issues – highly exceeded our expectations. Summing up, I would say that Stavropoulos and Partners is distinguished for its reliability, direct response, prompt acquaintance with the peculiarities and the requirements of the client and its excellent colleagues. Obviously, I would undoubtedly recommend cooperation with Stavropoulos & Partners law office.


At Stavropoulos and Partners we are committed to the creation of a culture that acknowledges the contribution of talented people from all backgrounds and with differing views and experiences. We aim to foster an open and supportive environment in which individual differences are respected and valued, and everyone has the opportunity to excel and feel part of a team. We are committed to principles of equality and diversity and we believe that a diverse team of strong professionals from different backgrounds, with a high degree of expertise and experience, irrespective of gender, race, religion, partner status, is crucial to provide excellent legal services. We ensure that we keep up to date with best practices in the field and we implement programmes that are promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

At Stavropoulos and Partners we encourage transparency and team work and we follow an open door policy. There is a clear procedure regarding assignment of responsibilities as well as supervision mechanisms. We are receptive to new ideas and we encourage our associates to take initiatives and be proactive. We put special emphasis on continuous training and we encourage rotation. We often welcome law students to our offices and we provide short-term internships.