Firm Profile > Sarantitis > Athens, Greece

Sarantitis
9 ANAGNOSTOPOULOU STREET
106 73 ATHENS
Greece

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

At Sarantitis, ‘the strength of the practice derives from the industry knowledge accumulated over the years’, which covers the military and defence, energy, media and telecoms sectors, among others. M&A and corporate reorganisations are the cornerstones of the practice, although the department also advises both local and international corporates on all aspects of their business operations. Practice head Dorotheos Samoladasalways focuses on maximising the end result’, leveraging his experience in joint ventures, commercial contracts and disputes, regulatory compliance and privatisations; he is regularly supported by senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas

Other key lawyers:

Antonis Katsigiannis; Alexandros Metaxas; Terina Raptis

Testimonials

‘The strength of the practice derives from the industry knowledge accumulated over the years and the proactive approach to dealings with third parties.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas always focuses on maximising the end result for the client.’

‘The firm has a diverse range of lawyers who cover most of the different fields of the law. The partners and associates cooperate well and support each other.’

‘Alexandros Metaxas identifies the issues that have to be dealt with while focusing on the important aspects of each case, delivering good results and leaving out all the noise.’

‘Terina Raptis delivers the legal product in a timely manner, and is always well prepared and knowledgeable in her field of expertise.’

Key clients

Virtus International Partners

PCCW Global Group of Companies

United Technologies Corporation – Pratt & Whitney Division (P&W)

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

Schlumberger Europe

Axion Hellas Greek Civil Non-Profit Company

M.J Maillis S.A/ Maillis Group of Companies

EDL Hellas Ltd.

Sentrade Group

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The keystones of Sarantitis’ practice are real estate, banking, employment and commercial litigation, which it handles before courts at all levels. Headed by Theodora Monochartzis, the group represents a number of pre-eminent multinationals in addition to domestic entities, and regularly collaborates with international law firms on disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Hellenic Shipyards in a claim against the Hellenic Republic regarding the latter’s attempt to annul an arbitral award issued in the client’s favour.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Metaxas; Gregory Vlachos; Terina Raptis; Maria Papamichalopoulou

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 Group

Employment Tier 2

Sarantitis advises clients from a variety of industries, including logistics, shipping and transportation, on a wide range of employment matters; examples include labour law amendments, complex disputes, collective agreements and employment-related reorganisations and restructurings. Theodora Monochartzis leads the department; both she and Terina Raptis 'immediately understand the business impact of the issues discussed' and are noted for their ‘knowledge, immediate responses and willingness to assist’.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Terina Raptis

Testimonials

‘The legal advisers are always accurate in their answers and reply to our queries within 24 hours.’

‘Both Theodora Monochartzis and Terina Raptis stand out for their knowledge, immediate responses and willingness to assist, while they immediately understand the business impact of the issues discussed.’

‘The team is strong in providing valuable insight focusing on the business implications and the overall risk of the legal issue, rather than only the legal line of defence or claim that must be followed.’

‘They communicate efficiently and they are easy to reach. They build on a certain issue with a holistic approach and try to be proactive and protect the client from having to deal with similar legal cases in the future. Theodora Monochartzis and Terina Raptis are our key contacts.’

Key clients

Maillis International SA-Maillis Group of Companies

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

SARMED S.A.

Embassy of Norway in Athens, Greece

Danish Embassy in Athens, Greece

Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A.

CORDANT GROUP

PCCW Global (Hellas) S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Home to a ‘well-known and highly respected’ team for real estate and construction, Sarantitis is equipped to handle construction-related disputes and projects, large-scale developments, high-value transactions and commercial leasing matters. Alexandros Athanassiou and Gregory Vlachos jointly head the department, which was recently engaged by Pomona in relation to the €2.5m sale of an office building in Attica.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Athanassiou; Gregory Vlachos

Other key lawyers:

Dionysia Gamvrakis; Alexandros Metaxas; Vicky Psaltaki

Testimonials

‘Sarantitis’s real estate and construction department comprises of a team of lawyers with longstanding experience and a high level of expertise and professional attainment. The team, which is always on top of recent developments and reforms, is able to tackle complex real estate issues and come up with innovative and cost-effective solutions.’

‘Alexandros Metaxas shows meticulous attention to detail and has excellent experience in the real estate and construction field. Vicky Psaltaki is a bright, diligent and knowledgeable lawyer, who is always keen to assist in order to accommodate the clients.’

‘The team’s deep knowledge of the Greek market, longstanding experience and ability to create customised solutions in a timely manner is unique in the local market. Their personal touch with clients and direct communication put them far ahead of competitors.’

‘We have long trusted Sarantitis Law Firm to support us on our real estate transactions and construction projects. The team’s strengths are, first, its deep knowledge of the local real estate market and, second, its overall understanding of our individual history and strategic objectives. This combined knowledge is something the team consciously strives to obtain in order to put it to good use.’

‘Sarantitis is a well-known and highly respected law firm in Greece. They have a team of specialised business lawyers in the three biggest cities of Athens, Piraus and Thessaloniki and they are active in almost every area of law.’

Key clients

ENA OKTO S.A.

Iberostar C/O Deloitte Abogados SL

Yamamay Hellas S.A.

Charamida Investments Group

Alivia PC

Pomona PC

Energy Tier 3

Sarantitis is primarily focused on the renewable energy space, where it routinely advises on wind farm, solar, thermal energy and biogas projects. Under the leadership of Theodora Monochartzis, the team also assists with regulatory, corporate, commercial, employment, tax and dispute matters in the energy sector. In recent years, it has also carved out a strong reputation for advising entities investing into Greece’s electricity trading market.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Vlachos; Dolly Kostara

Key clients

Petrogaz S.A.

Union of Greek Electricity Traders

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

EDL Hellas Ltd

Sentrade (Strategic Energy Trading Energean S.A.)

Sorgenia SpA

Shipping finance Tier 3

At Sarantitis, the shipping finance team acts for a client roster of banks, international and domestic shipping companies, and shipping-related institutions on a broad variety of mandates. Examples of its work over the past year include newly built vessel acquisitions, the purchase and financing of numerous bulk carriers, and the new financing, restructuring and rescheduling of existing finances granted to shipping companies. Eleni Papakostas serves as department head, operating from the firm’s dedicated office in the shipping port of Piraeus.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papakosta

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Metaxas

Key clients

Chronos Shipping Co. Ltd.

Zim Hellas S.A.

Cuma Shipmanagement Ltd.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Niovis Shipping Co. S.A.

Neptune Lines Shipping Company S.A.

Oil Marketing & Trading International

TMT Tier 3

Sarantitis is particularly well regarded for its advice to telecoms providers on a broad variety of contentious and non-contentious mandates. It also has a commendable capacity for all areas of IT law and is extremely active in the field of data protection, having been engaged in numerous GDPR compliance matters of late. Senior associate Antonis Katsigiannis fronts the department.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Katsigiannis

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Vlachos; Terina Raptis

Key clients

Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE)

SHOOSMITHS LLP

PCCW Global Hellas S.A.

Osborne Clarke (Hamburg, Germany)

De Beers Group Limited; De Beers Jewellers (through Herbert Smith Freehills LLP)

Verizon Media (EMEA) Limited (through Osborne Clarke LLP)

Booking.com BV (through Fox Williams LLP)

The Open University

Axion Hellas Non-Profit Company

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

The cornerstones of Sarantitis’ practice include high-end banking disputes, regulatory affairs and a broad variety of finance mandates, such as shipping finance transactions, corporate financing and debt restructurings. Alexandros Metaxas leads the department, which notably counts HSBC and Piraeus Bank among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Metaxas

Other key lawyers:

Theodora Monochartzis; Dolly Kostara; Eleni Papakosta

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc (London)

Maillis S.A. / Maillis Group of Companies

HSBC Bank PLC – Greek Branch

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) S.A.

Innovation Norway

UBS A.G.

Piraeus Bank S.A., Athens Headquarters

DMG Mori Finance

EU and competition Tier 4

Sarantitis has a long history of appearing before the HCC, Greek Administrative Courts and European Commission in merger control and other applicable competition matters. A particular strength for the team is its work on exclusive, non-exclusive and selective distribution agreements, regularly advising its clients on their operation, conclusion and termination. Department head Terina Raptis has also handled a number of high-end state aid matters of late.

Practice head(s):

Terina Raptis

Key clients

Hellenic Shipyards SA (HSY) (under special administration)

Sarmed SA

Virtus International Partners

Katogi Averoff SA

Yama Hellas SA

M.J.Maillis SA

Osborne Clarke

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 Senior Associate
Mrs Dolly Kostara  photo Mrs Dolly Kostara Partner
 Alexandros Metaxas photo Alexandros Metaxas Partner
 Theodora Monochartzis photo Theodora Monochartzis Partner
 Terina Raptis photo Terina Raptis Partner
 Dorotheos Samoladas photo Dorotheos Samoladas Managing Partner
Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : 17
English
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German
Italian
Spanish
Contacts : Dorotheos Samoladas
Contacts : Alexandros Metaxas
Other offices : Piraeus