Firm Profile > Sarantitis > Athens, Greece

Sarantitis
9 ANAGNOSTOPOULOU STREET
106 73 ATHENS
Greece

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clients of Sarantitis are derived from industries such as military, defence, media and telecoms and rely on the team’s input for all aspects of their operations in Greece. Corporate transactions are a core strength, as are restructurings in the context of management reorganisations, conversions to equity schemes and sophisticated debt purchases. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas recently acted for Atlas Holdings in its negotiations as a potential investor in ALUMIL, parent company of the Alumil Group, one of the largest global aluminium products manufacturers. Senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis is an up-and-coming name for M&As.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas

Testimonials

‘Sarantitis has continuously provided exceptional legal advice for our Greek companies and the Board of Directors for years. They provide professional  and informative responses to inquiries through email and via phone in time sensitive matters.’

‘I work mainly with Dolly Kostara, who goes above and beyond to answer questions and references appropriate Greek law so that our company may make the most informed decisions.  Dolly makes her clients feel as if they are her only client and takes the time to ensure all aspects of questions are answered.’

‘Sarantitis Law firm is a firm which has actively been involved in both domestic and international transactions of M&A, commercial and corporate, with profound expertise.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas is one of the leading partners in the Commercial, corporate and M&A department supported by the valuable contribution of George Dedes, senior associate and Angeliki Agrimakis junior associate , providing top quality services, value for money, and are actively involved in day-to-day support, negotiations and demanding closings.’

‘The firm has apart from its sound legal background, an entrepreneurial approach.’

‘The people understand the business aspect of the cases we worked together.’

‘Issues are handled with care by specialists. The overall organization and structure provides speed and high-value services at a minimum cost.’

‘From associates to partners, all have treated matters with dedication and high professionalism. Partner D. Samoladas is highly experienced with an ability to quickly assess any legal/corporate issue and provide valuable insight and guidance. L. Panagopoulos is able to assess the risk on a wide range of issues and uses his long term relationship with our company and to adjust his thinking to view matters from multiple angles.’

‘High level of legal service from the partners that I worked with. In my experience the firm recommends only the legal services that are really necessary every time an issue arises.’

‘Alexandros Metaxas: the leader of the team, gets to the point of every issue and identifies the correct and necessary actions to be taken, helping me/us to focus on the important things. High quality of legal documents for court use. Terina Raptis: Highly qualified and knowledgeable. Great delivery of whatever is promised once we have agreed in a course of action.’

Key clients

UTC – Pratt & Whitney Division

Virtus International Partners LP & Group of Investors advised by Virtus

PCCW Global S.A.

Maillis Group

HIG European Capital Partners SAS

Atlas Holdings

Powerbrook SA (major shareholder of Club Hotel Loutraki SA) and Club Hotel Loutraki SA (majority owner of Casino Loutraki JV)

EDL Hellas Ltd.

Yama Hellas S.A.

Neptune Dry Holding Company

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Sarantitis fields 'consummate professionals' who are 'experts in their field' and 'extremely responsive'. Theodora Monochartzis leads the team, which is frequently engaged in civil, commercial, employment, inheritance, contract and debt collection disputes. The practice is also increasingly noted for its handling of banking litigation and counts HSBC on its list of clients. The group also acts in domestic and global litigation, frequently collaborating with international law firms on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis;

Testimonials

Consummate professionals, experts in their field, extremely responsive, pleasure to work with.

Dorotheos Samoladas and Antonis Katsigiannis have been great partners to us for over eight years now.

Some of the qualities they exhibit:  Professional, ethical, responsive, great negotiators, broad knowledge base, personable, accommodating.

Key clients

ENAE (Hellenic Shipyards)

HSBC Bank plc – Greek Branch/ HSBC Private Bank Suisse S.A.

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality Ag, &

Assicurazioni Generali

Rembrandt Insurance Company Limited

Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

Alpiq Energy Hellas

Iberostar

Employment Tier 2

Theodora Monochartzis heads up the practice at Sarantitis, which represents clients in the logistics, transportation and shipping industries. The practice handles contentious matters and also assists with collection employment agreements in addition to the re-organisation and re-structuring of major enterprises. In a recent work highlight, the team advised M.J.Maillis on the closure of its Alexandroupolis plant and the subsequent dismissal of all 49 employees.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis;

Key clients

M.J.Maillis SA

Maillis International SA-Maillis Group of Companies

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services SA

Shipping Agents Union – International Maritime Union – D.N.E.

SARMED SA

Embassy of Norway in Athens, Greece

11 former employees of ADEL SAATCHI & SAATCHI S.A.

Yama Hellas SA

Cookpad Limited

Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Alexandros Athanassiou and Gregory Vlachos jointly head up the practice at Sarantitis, which has extensive experience in construction litigation, real estate transactions, development projects and commercial lease agreements. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Ralph Lauren on the termination of two storage and office leases in Athens; the group also represented the Greek subsidiary of Iberostar Group in a dispute pertaining to hotel management agreements.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Athanassiou; Gregory Vlachos;

Key clients

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Allouche and Benias Contemporary Art SA

Iberostar C/O Deloitte Abogados SL

Yamamay Hellas S.A.

Charamida Investments Group

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Acclaimed for its ‘forward-thinking team’ and ‘comprehensive and business-orientated advice’, Sarantitis advises domestic and international banks alike, including HSBC, HIG European Capital Partners and Piraeus Bank. Alexandros Metaxas heads the practice, which is routinely engaged for banking-related litigation and regulatory affairs. In addition, finance matters, particularly shipping transactions and corporate financing mandates, also fall within the team’s expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Metaxas

Testimonials

‘Sarantitis law firm is managed by a forward thinking team of partners with a high commitment to providing top quality comprehensive and business oriented legal services, with reasonable prices.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas and Alexandros Metaxas are among the leading partners for provision of banking, finance and capital markets, supported effectively by George Dedes, one of the senior associates, having an in-depth expertise both in shipping and industrial finance, proactive and business oriented, as well as Angeliki Agrimakis one of the junior associates which is highly effective and solution oriented.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc (London)

HSBC Bank PLC – Greek Branch

HSBC Private Bank Suisse S.A. (Geneva)

UBS A.G.

Maillis Group

Powerbrook SA (major shareholder of Club Hotel Loutraki SA)

Club Hotel Loutraki SA (majority owner of Casino Loutraki JV)

HIG European Capital Partners SAS

Piraeus Bank S.A., Athens headquarters

Innovation Norway

Energy Tier 3

Sarantitis is particularly highly regarded for its work in the renewables space and also has the capacity to assist domestic and international clients with the full range of energy-related activities in Greece. In addition to regulatory matters, the team counts commercial, employment, tax and litigation issues among its core areas of expertise. Wind farm, solar, thermal energy and biogas projects are also key strengths with the practice also expanding its expertise to include electricity mandates. Theodora Monochartzis serves as department head.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis;

Key clients

DG ENER (Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission)

Union of Greek Electricity Traders

EDL Hellas Ltd

Sentrade (Strategic Energy Trading Energean S.A.)

Sorgenia SpA

Insurance Tier 3

Sarantitis’ team is ‘always responsive and helpful’ and is noted for its ‘good depth’. Practice head Alexandros Metaxas is ‘very commercial’ and delivers ‘pragmatic and accurate advice’. In a recent highlight, Metaxas represented Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, Assicurazioni Generali and Rembrandt Insurance in claims brought by Starlight Shipping Company pertaining to the loss of its vessel, Alexandros T. The matter is currently being heard by the Piraeus Court of Appeal with related proceedings reaching the UK Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Metaxas;

Testimonials

‘There is good depth within the team and, collectively, the team is always responsive and helpful.’

‘Alexandros Metaxas and Antonis Kastigiannis are very commercial.  Their advice is accurate but also pragmatic which our clients really appreciate.  Involvement of Sarantitis in Greek proceedings gives me confidence that our clients’ interests will be full protected.’

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality AG

Assicurazioni Generali SPA

Rembrandt Insurance Company Limited

Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Sarantitis’ team consists of ‘highly competent’ lawyers who ‘prove to be highly beneficial when working on the small details’. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas is an ‘excellent attorney’, who is ‘very knowledgeable of US and Greek law’; he is advising EDL Hellas on a number of projects focused on renewable energy and environmental solutions.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas

Testimonials

The Sarantitis associates that we worked with were highly competent on the law but also had good knowledge of the Greek MoD and their inner workings. They proved to be highly beneficial in working with the small details of the contractual language required to get to a mutually agreeable contract. We would not have reached a contract resolution with the efficiency we did without the Sarantitis’ assistance.

Dorotheos Samoladas: excellent attorney with a soothing bedside manner. Very knowledgeable of US & Greek law. Often bridged the gap in relationship struggles between us and the government. Antonis Katsigiannis: Incredible attention to detail. Bedside manner as helpful as Dorotheos. Excellent knowledge of US and Greek law.

Key clients

UTC – Pratt & Whitney Division

Greek Atomic Energy Commission

EDL Hellas Ltd

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Sarantitis is home to ‘genuine expertise in restructuring and insolvency’, providing ‘comprehensive and business-orientated legal services’. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladas is noted as possessing ‘great experience’ in the field and recently advised Atlas Holdings in its negotiations as a potential investor in Alumil. The proposed investment plan includes discussions with the target’s lenders, several Greek banks, to restructure its debt obligations of approximately €160m.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas

Testimonials

‘In-depth, genuine and proven expertise in restructuring and insolvency, providing top-quality, comprehensive and business-orientated legal services at value-for-money prices.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas as partner leading the department has a great experience in restructuring and insolvency, is highly proactive, takes account of business issues and provides top-quality and comprehensive, effective advice. George Dedes is an experienced senior associate who has participated in major restructuring deals in the industrial sector; highly responsive, proactive providing top-quality services.’

‘We find their approach entrepreneurial as well. They understand the business and the client needs on a potential investment. They spent time on understanding how we approach a specific investment. They work with us to explore different options.’

‘The individuals carry the firm’s DNA. Dorotheos Samoladas and Terina Raptis have a business approach as well as a legal approach. We value their business approach and their understanding of the businesses we want to invest in. They proved good at assisting us in our business negotiations.’

Key clients

Maillis S.A. / Maillis Group of Companies

Powerbrook SA

Club Hotel Loutraki SA

Atlas Holdings

11 former employees of Adel Saatchi & Saatchi S.A.

Shipping finance Tier 3

Sarantitis possesses ‘vast experience, flexibility and professionalism’. The team represents international and local shipping companies in addition to banks, recently acting for Chronos Shipping on the purchase of a 2014 Kapsarmax vessel from a Japanese group while also advising Piraeus Bank on the financing for the acquisition of a bulk carrier provided to Apollonia Lines, an Athens-based shipping group. Practice head Eleni Papakosta is noted for her ‘vast experience in handling shipping finance deals’.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papakosta;

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Sarantitis Law Firm for many years and we are very happy with their service and their handling of our shipping and shipping-related matters.’

‘The team has vast experience, a good team work ethic, flexibility and professionalism. They perform efficiently and very quickly on our instructions. We also receive excellent comments and very positive feedback from our clients regarding Sarantitis’ shipping team.’

‘Eleni Papakosta is a well-educated professional with vast experience in shipping finance deals from both sides (banks & clients). This experience gives her flexibility and a lot of commercial sense, allowing her to cover our needs even on difficult situations during drafting negotiations.’

Key clients

Chronos Shipping Co. Ltd.

Zim Hellas S.A.

Cuma Shipmanagement Ltd.

SSKYS Seven Seas Greece Ship Supplies SMPC

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Niovis Shipping Co. S.A.

Neptune Lines Shipping Company S.A.

Oil Marketing &Trading International

Shipping litigation Tier 3

Under the leadership of Eleni Papakosta, Sarantitis is engaged for dispute resolution by international and local shipping companies and banks, among others, on a broad spectrum of matters. A recent highlight saw the team represent Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance, Assicurazioni Generali and Rembrandt Insurance Co Ltd in the Piraeus Court of Appeal. The matter concerned proceedings issued by Starlight Shipping Company concerning the loss of its vessel, Alexandros T.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papakosta

Key clients

Union of Shipping Agents of Regular International lines

Allianz Marine & Avisation Versicherungs AG

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Assicurazioni Generali SpA

Rembrandt Insurance Co. Ltd.

TMT Tier 3

Under the leadership of Antonis Katsigiannis, Sarantitis routinely acts for major telecoms providers on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is also adept in IT law and GDPR compliance as well as EU and Greek privacy law. Recent work included its advice to the Greek Atomic Energy Commission in respect of a full-scale GDPR compliance audit.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Katsigiannis

Key clients

Greek Atomic Energy Commission

ZIM Integrated Shipping Services SA (Zim Hellas S.A.)

Morrison & Foerster LLP (New York Office, Brussels Office)

PCCW Global

Leidos (through Cooley LLP)

Cookpad Ltd.

Imation Europe BVI

EU and competition Tier 4

At Sarantitis, the ‘experiencedTerina Raptis leads the team, which is noted for its ‘deep knowledge’ and is well-versed in appearing before the HCC, Greek Administrative Courts and the European Commission, handling a caseload which includes merger control and state aid matters. The group also has expertise in competition compliance issues in the context of exclusive, non-exclusive and selective distribution agreements; the practice regularly oversees the drafting, conclusion, operation and termination of relevant contracts.

Practice head(s):

Terina Raptis;

Testimonials

‘They have a very deep knowledge of dispute resolution and Greek laws, very responsible.’

‘Terina Raptis is a very responsible person, knowing details of legal issues in Greece and experience in dispute resolution.’

Key clients

The under Special Administration Hellenic Shipyards SA

Sarmed SA

Virtus International Partners LP and Group of Investors advised by Virtus

HIG European Capital Partners SAS

Katogi Averoff SA

Yama Hellas SA

Neptune Lines Shipping and Managing Enterprises SA

M.J.Maillis SA

Blackmagic Design Pty Ltd.

The firm: Sarantitis is one of the leading business law firms in Greece, representing Greek and foreign corporate clients, financial institutions and individual clients in complex commercial transactions, as well as in all types of litigation before the Greek courts and arbitration tribunals.

Areas of practice: From its head office in Athens, Sarantitis’ corporate and commercial practice advises on the full spectrum of business law, from general corporate representation to important M&A transactions, including restructuring of distressed targets and privatisation projects in the Greek public sector or in other Balkan countries. The team specialising in stock exchange and security law has extensive experience of high-profile IPOs, as well as private equity transactions and listed companies’ compliance obligations.

In addition, the firm has, for the last 30 years, provided legal consultancy services to Greek and foreign banks and other financial institutions with respect to their financial products and other banking services. The firm’s banking practice has been advising on various aspects of banking law, including the establishment of foreign banks in Greece, their operation and expansion, takeovers/mergers, transfers of shares, and the purchase and sale of retail and commercial operations.

One of the notable strengths of Sarantitis is its highly competent and experienced competition law practice, which handles consulting work on concentrations, cartels and vertical restraints, as well as the representation of clients before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the administrative courts in respect of relevant complaints and investigations or disputes.

Further, Sarantitis is very active in commercial litigation and arbitration, handling high-profile cases, including litigation before the Greek administrative courts.

The team of lawyers specialising in IT and media law holds a leading position in providing advice on the drafting and negotiation of the full spectrum of IT and telecoms contracts, as well as advising on data protection regulatory compliance and privacy-related matters.

Moreover, Sarantitis has a well-regarded team advising leading enterprises on labour law issues, a very strong and capable real estate and construction law practice, as well as an active energy law practice, with continuous experience in renewable energy projects and regulatory compliance since the 1990s.

Sarantitis has also had a notable presence in the Greek shipping sector for over 35 years. Due to its longstanding presence and active involvement in this particular field of law, the firm is not only known as one of the oldest, but also as one of the prominent firms specialising in maritime law in the region.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A
Banking, finance and capital markets
Foreign investments
Projects and privatisations
Labour
EU and competition
Taxation
IT, data protection and media
Restructuring and insolvency
Dispute resolution
Real estate and construction
Energy
Shipping litigation
Shipping finance
Intellectual property
Photo Name Position Profile
 Antonis  Katsigiannis  photo Antonis  Katsigiannis
Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : 17
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Contacts : Dorotheos Samoladas
Contacts : Alexandros Metaxas
Other offices : Piraeus