Sarantitis > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Sarantitis
9 ANAGNOSTOPOULOU STREET
106 73 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Sarantitis offers a notable multidisciplinary approach in the M&A, corporate restructuring, and commercial operations spaces, regularly drawing on ancillary expertise in the banking, finance, and competition areas to advise clients on complex matters. The team works with a diverse client base that includes major energy, TMT and manufacturing companies and assists with high-profile transactions that span the public and private sector, including privatisations; it also regularly advises clients on debt purchases and management reorganisations. Managing partner Dorotheos Samoladas, who plays an active role in transactional negotiations and advises on restructuring matters, leads the practice. Associate Antonis Katsigiannis is also highly recommended and has experience advising on matters in the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Dorotheos Samoladas

Other key lawyers:

Dionysia Gamvrakis; Dolly Kostara; Antonis Katsigiannis

Testimonials

‘Great personal approach towards clients. Very adaptable to circumstances. Professionalism at a very high standard.’

‘We have long trusted Sarantitis to support us with our commercial, corporate and M&A projects. The team’s strength relates first to the deep knowledge of the industry and second to the overall understanding of our individual history and strategic objectives. This combined knowledge is something they consciously strive to obtain in order to put it to use.’

‘Partner Dorotheos Samoladas always keeps focus on the maximization of the end result for the corporation. Every issue dealt with by the team has resulted in proactive actions and policies incorporated in day-to-day dealings by the corporation.’

Key clients

Mytilineos Holdings S.A.

Selenis Europe S.A.

Geberit Greece

M.J Maillis S.A

Printec Payments S.A.

Mr. Dimosthenis Georgopoulos and Select Fish S.A.

Ideal Holdings S.A.

Zim Hellas S.A.

PCCW Global Group

SARMED Logistics S.A.

S.I.C.C. Holdings Limited (S.I.C.C.)

Work highlights

  • Advised Mytilineos S.A. with respect to its participation in a bidding process for the acquisition of Larco’s assets.
  • Advised Ideal Holdings SA with respect to the submission of a VTO for the acquisition of Byte S.A.
  • Advised Selenis SA, a specialty polyester manufacturer, on the acquisition of a Greek manufacturing company.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Sarantitis, a ‘responsive’ firm, handles all types of litigation, such as the civil, commercial, and employment sectors, amongst others, before up to and including cases before the Court of Cassation. The firm has represented the Special Administrator of the Hellenic Shipyards, among other matters. Theodora Monochartzis has considerable experience of a variety of sectors, and Alexandros Metaxas also adds expertise in banking and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Metaxas; Gregory Vlachos

Testimonials

‘This team focus all their attention on what the client is saying. They understand what the client wants to achieve and their priorities.’

‘They are responsive and they keep their promises. The firm delivers value for money and look to continuously improve the service they provide.’

‘Our key contact is Gregory Vlachos. He is well-known legal practitioner in Greece for his high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.’

Key clients

ENAE (Hellenic Shipyards)

HSBC Bank plc – Greek Branch

HSBC Private Bank Suisse S.A. / HSBC Bank (UK)

Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality Ag

Assicurazioni Generali

Rembrandt Insurance Company Limited

Sun Alliance Insurance Plc

Iberostar Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the Special Administrator of the Hellenic Shipyards in litigation proceedings involving a €250m claim of Hellenic Shipyards against the Greek government.
  • Represented HSBC Private Bank SA in two major litigation matters concerning claims of over €8.5m in against it, based on data illegally provided by a former employee of the bank, as included in the “Lagard List”.
  • Acted in the Alexandros T case, a marine insurance-related case, involving proceedings both in Greece and the UK.

Greece > Employment Tier 2

Sarantitis provides support in the management of executive employee relationships and general ongoing HR and regulatory matters. The firm also has expertise in employee transfers following M&A deals, including rapid time pressured relocations. With a branch in the port of Piraeus, the team has robust connections to the shipping industry and has established itself as a go-to firm for employment work in this sector. Theodora Monochartzis leads the team and has a strong track record in handling contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Terina Raptis; Dorotheos Samoladas

Testimonials

‘Very professional team, easy to find and communicate, high business acumen and empathy.’

‘Terina Raptis is extremely knowledgeable, business oriented.’

‘The team is strong in providing valuable insight focusing on the business implications on multiple levels and the overall risk of the legal issue, rather than only the legal line of defense 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 leading the practice for our corporation.’

Key clients

Diageo Hellas S.A.

Sarmed S.A.

Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A.

Mytilineos Holdings SA

Maillis International SA – Maillis Group of Companies

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

Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente

PCCW Global (Hellas) S.A.

Mr. Dimosthenis Georgopoulos and Select Fish S.A.

YieldStreet Marine Inc.

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Diageo Hellas S.A. in employment matters for its Greek subsidiary.
  • Advised Mytilineos, an aluminium producer, during its participation in two bidding procedures, one organized by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and another by the special administration of Larco, the state-controlled nickel producer in Greece, for the privatization of Larco’s assets, including legal advice on possible risk of application of the Acquired Rights Directive (98/50/EC) regarding automatic transfer of Larco employees under the above transactions.
  • Acting as permanent advisors of Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises S.A., advising on employment relationships, including all management and senior executive employment relationships, of the Companies of the Group.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Covering a variety of work in the real estate field, including transactions, development planning, disputes and bankruptcies, Sarantitis is recommended for its ‘deep knowledge of the local real estate market‘. Co-heading the practice are ‘knowledgeable professionalAlexandros Athanassiou and Gregory Vlachos, noted by clients for his ‘high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions’. Both are experienced in both transactional and disputatious work. Senior associate Leonidas Panagopoulos is also recommended for property leasing matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Athanassiou; Gregory Vlachos

Other key lawyers:

Dorotheos Samoladas; Leonidas Panagopoulos; Alexandros Metaxas; Dionysia Gamvrakis; Dionysis Kazaglis

Testimonials

‘This team focus all their attention on what the client is saying. They understand what the client wants to achieve and their priorities. They are responsive and they keep their promises. The firm delivers value for money and look to continuously improve the service they provide.’

‘Our key contact is Mr. Gregory Vlachos. He is well-known legal practitioner in Greece for his high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.’

‘The firm has a long-standing experience in this sector. It has a special capability to turn complex issues to simple ones and therefore is giving to its clients a competitive advantage when dealing with the legal aspects of the real estate and construction business.’

‘I would like to mention Alexandros Athanasiou who is a knowledgeable professional with a great talent to understand the critical points of each case almost at once. This is giving a great and added value to the clients as they are avoiding time-consuming meetings and processes. This unique capability protects clients and makes the service provider cost-effective in a very difficult and demanding market.’

‘We have long trusted SARANTITIS law firm to support us on our real estate transactions and construction projects. The team’s strength relates first to the deep knowledge of the local real estate market and second to the overall understanding of our individual history and strategic objectives. This combined knowledge is something they consciously strive to obtain in order to put it in use.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas as a partner and Leonidas Panagopoulos as the associate have worked with us on multiple occasions (property leases, property sales and buys). Precision, speed and focus on detail, are the characteristics that make them stand out. Their focus is to minimize risks while achieving desirable commercial terms that the company has.’

Key clients

Hildegard A. Hoevel/ Law Firm Hoevel and Colleagues

ENA OKTO S.A.

Iberostar Group

Charamida Investments Group

Yamamay Hellas S.A.

Maria Jose Jarur Rescaglio

Work highlights

  • Handling a matter of international bankruptcy and assisting the bankrupt administrator, Hildegard A. Hoevel, in the disposal of the real estate property located in Greece, owned by a deceased individual, who was declared bankrupt.
  • Acts on behalf of the Greek subsidiary of Iberostar Group, in the context of a dispute with Mamidakis Group regarding the IBEROSTAR MIRABELLO and IBEROSTAR HERMES Hotel Management agreements.
  • Represents Charamida Investments Group in a project of the development of a plot of buildings in the Athenian Riviera of a value of €2,5 mio approximately.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Noted for its banking regulatory expertise, Sarantitis has experience in handling corporate financing mandates and debt restructuring negotiations. The firm often collaborates with the headquarters of banks and their units on a global scale. Alexandros Metaxas leads the team, with a range of expertise covering banking, corporate and commercial issues, while Eleni Papakosta strengthens the practice with her experience in shipping finance.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Metaxas

Other key lawyers:

Antonis Katsigiannis

Key clients

HSBC Private Bank Suisse S.A. (Geneva)

HSBC Bank PLC – Greek Branch

HSBC UK Bank PLC (Berkshire)

Piraeus Bank S.A., Athens Headquarters

Smiles Trademarks Single Person PCC

Ideal Holdings SA

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited/ENSAfrica

Printec Payments SA

Work highlights

  • Represented HSBC Bank Plc Greek Branch in 16 lawsuits relating to its investments made, amounting to €5m in SNS bonds.
  • Advised UBS AG on legal issues of Greek banking and investments Law.

Greece > Energy Tier 3

Sarantitis provides advice to energy investors in regulatory, corporate, commercial, litigation and tax matters. The team is active in the numerous projects in the energy and natural resources sector, including domestic and international renewable energy projects. The team has specialised knowledge of the electricity and natural gas trading industry and has advised numerous energy traders on regulatory and corporate issues. Theodora Monochartzis leads the practice, and Gregory Vlachos is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Theodora Monochartzis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team focus all their attention on what the client is saying. They understand what the client wants to achieve and their priorities. They are responsive and they keep their promises. The firm delivers value for money and look to continuously improve the service they provide.’

‘Our key contact is Mr. Gregory Vlachos. He is well-known legal practitioner in Greece for his high quality of work, business and commercial savvy, and ability to turn legal advice into practical solutions.’

 

Key clients

Elin SA

Union of Greek Electricity Traders

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

EDL Hellas Ltd

Petrogaz SA

Sentrade (Strategic Energy Trading Energean S.A.)

Work highlights

  • Assisted ELIN SA in drafting a thorough Legal Opinion on matters of amendment of contractual terms as well as of the invoicing policy concluded with the clients of ELIN SA in the field of energy supply.
  • Advising, for more than 20 years, EDL Hellas in relation to company / corporate matters.EDL Hellas is an affiliate of the Australian Energy Developments Limited, with registered office in London which, in collaboration with Greek companies, has formed a consortium for the project “Installation for the operation of Biogas in Ano Liossia Landfill Site aiming to the Production of Electric and Thermal Energy”.
  • Handles all legal matters arising from the operation of the Union of Greek Electricity Traders.

Greece > Shipping finance Tier 3

Sarantitis’s focuses on a broad range of shipping issues. The team, with a ‘powerful commercial acumen’, has experience in the necessary securities to elaborate the agreements of clients, as well as preparing security documents for the preservation of the clients’ rights, for clients such as Chronos Shipping Co. Ltd. Eleni Papakosta leads the team, with expertise in advising on issues, including refinancing.

Practice head(s):

Eleni Papakosta

Other key lawyers:

George Dedes; Angeliki Agrimaki

Testimonials

‘Many years of experience have resulted in the firm’s expertise in matters related to shipping: sale and purchase, charter party agreements, flag state regulations and processes, registration of corporations in several different countries.’

‘When the firm itself has questions, the firm has working relationships with other specialized attorneys and can consult to obtain information and/or find solutions.’

‘They are responsive, friendly, knowledgeable, thorough, responsible, good listeners, and always ask if they have satisfied our needs and expectations and whether they may further assist me.’

‘Sarantitis Law firm has exhibited over the years to have a very powerful commercial acumen, to be flexible, quick in responding and willing to bridge differences between the parties involved.’

‘Eleni Papakosta and her team are very competent, reliable, with a deep and thorough understanding of shipping law and very accommodating in bridging differences among the parties involved. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Chronos Shipping Co. Ltd.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services Hellas S.A.

Cuma Shipmanagement Ltd.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Niovis Shipping Company S.A.

Neptune Dry Holding Company

Union of Shipping Agents of Regular International Lines

Tri Bulk Shipping Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised CHRONOS SHIPPING CO . LTD. Group on legal issues relating to purchases of second-hand vessels and their registration under various flags and sales of a number of Group’s vessels to various international shipping companies.
  • Advised PIRAEUS BANK S.A. in the financing of several shipping groups for the acquisition of vessels and in refinancing of such acquisitions.
  • Advised NIOVIS SHIPPING CO. LTD. Group on legal issues relating to purchases of new building vessels and partially financing their acquisitions.

Greece > TMT Tier 3

Sarantitis provides clients in the TMT industry advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is particularly active in the field of data privacy and protection. The practice regularly engages experienced IT-subcontractors to assist clients in the performance of GDPR compliance audits, helping to identify both legal and technical setbacks. The team is competently led by Antonis Katsigiannis.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Katsigiannis

Other key lawyers:

Dolly Kostara

Testimonials

‘A very closely knit team, working together for many years, composed of very talented people with high level values. Convincingly diverse team, 50% of partners are women, the firm pursues an inclusion and diversity agenda scrupulously. Teamwork, responsiveness, talent, values distinguish this team from others in Athens.’

‘Dorotheos Samoladas, Managing Partner, is one of the best in Athens. An extraordinary lawyer, with strong leadership in the office and a smooth operator in difficult situations, he has led the firm through very complex matters (buyouts, litigation, restructuring of companies). Antonis Katsigiannis, senior associate, stands out.’

‘Effectiveness, professionalism, liability.’

‘Human approach, good manners and excellent personalities. Ms Dolly Kostara is always a pleasure to work with. We can always count on her warm personality and professional skills. She has never let us down; on the contrary, she is flexible and always finds the best solution for any challenge we face.’

Key clients

Ideal Holdings S.A.

Maillis Group

Greek Atomic Energy Commission (EEAE)

PCCW Global (Hellas) S.A.

Axion Hellas

Crypteia Networks S.A.

Selenis SA

Maritsa Travlos

Work highlights

  • Advised Printec Payments S.A. with respect to the GDPR and fintech aspects of an application filed with the Bank of Greece for the award of a payment institution licence.
  • Conducted an IT/GDPR legal due diligence within the context of Ideal Holdings’ submission of a VTO for the acquisition of Byte SA, an IT listed company.
  • Instructed by Selenis SA, a specialty polyester manufacturer to carry out an IT/GDPR legal due diligence in a Greek manufacturing company.

Greece > EU and competition Tier 4

Under the headship of Terina Raptis, Sarantitis‘ practice spans several key work streams, including competition mandates, merger control issues, state aid work and litigation before the Greek Competition Commission, Greek administrative courts and the European Commission. The team also advises on the drafting of distribution and agency agreements, vertical restraints, and commercial policies with Greek and EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Terina Raptis

Testimonials

‘The team is approachable.’

‘The team is knowledgeable, attentive to your needs and strategises well.’

Key clients

The under Special Administration Hellenic Shipyards SA

Mytilineos Holdings S.A.

Ideal Holdings S.A.

Selenis Europe S.A.

Gartner Ireland Limited

Yama Hellas S.A.

S.I.C.C. Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the Special Administrator of the Hellenic Shipyards, in litigation involving a claim by Hellenic Shipyards towards the Hellenic Republic, of over €250m.
  • Assisted Mytilineos with its participation in two bidding procedures, one organised by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund and another by the special administration of Larco.
  • Advised Ideal Holdings Group on its negotiations with Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company for the sale of ESM Effervescent Sodas Management 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
Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : 17
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Contacts : Dorotheos Samoladas
Contacts : Alexandros Metaxas
Other offices : Piraeus