Firm Profile > Politis & Partners > Athens, Greece

Politis & Partners
14 SOLONOS STREET
10673 ATHENS
Greece

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Politis & Partners' 'very efficient, experienced and professional' team is experienced in handling complex commercial disputes, in addition to excelling in banking, tort, insurance, IP, antitrust and securities-related litigation. The team provides representation at all court levels, from the first-instance courts all the way through to the Supreme Court, and is also active before the EU General Court. Managing partner Vangelis Politis stands out for his ‘significant experience in contentious corporate and commercial matters, including several high-value international arbitrations. Sector strengths include IT, energy, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis; Angeliki Saratsi; Olga Lytra; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘Politis & Partners has a skilled team of lawyers who are readily available and we have no problem reaching them when their services are needed. The team is very efficient, experienced and professional. Vangelis Politis has significant experience.’

‘Angeliki Saratsi is very experienced in commercial law matters and has the ability to offer pragmatic solutions and adapt them to the actual needs of her clients. In addition, she is very responsive and always very well prepared.’

‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is also well regarded for his valuable support on the full range of corporate, civil and commercial law, as well as in regulatory matters. He routinely drafts reasoned legal opinions and provides guidance.’

‘Managing partner Vangelis Politis is a formidable, determined and astute litigator with a wealth of experience in international arbitration and litigation.’

Key clients

European Commission

Bausch Health Hellas S.A. member of the Bausch Health Group

Abbott Laboratories Hellas S.A.

Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.

Eurobank S.A. (Aspis Bank litigation)

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

Mood Media Hellas LLC

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Efstathiadis family

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

At Politis & Partners, the team is adept in all manner of financial transactions, including sovereign and syndicated loans, project and shipping finance, and secured and unsecured loans. Managing partner Vangelis Politis, who is noted for his ‘remarkably broad experience’, also specialises in securities and capital markets-related matters such as debt and equity issuances and IPOs. He jointly leads the practice alongside Emmanouil Savoidakis and Nikos Anastopoulos, whose experience encompasses project finance transactions, start-up financings and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘Vangelis Politis is very business oriented, responsive and reliable. I have extreme confidence in this team. They are all talented lawyers, and are very experienced and diligent.’

‘Vangelis Politis has remarkably broad experience in project finance. He has selected an agile and solid team. Among the team members I would like to name Nikos Anastopoulos, who is an excellent lawyer and top professional.’

‘Politis and Partners has several large banking clients, which gives the firm the track record and experience to help guide its clients.’

‘Vangelis Politis always finds time to provide timely service and advice. He is fully involved in managing clients’ needs.’

Key clients

NetData Inc.

Eurobank S.A.

Dillon Eustace

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Sun Chemical

Bosch Rexroth

Bausch Health Group (Bausch Health Hellas)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Clients praise Politis & Partners for its ‘track record and experience in M&A transactions’ and capacity to advise on 'the full range of corporate and commercial law matters’. The team also counts corporate finance and restructuring among its key strengths, in addition to routinely assisting corporates with equity and debt securities. Managing partner Vangelis Politis, who has 'significant experience in various aspects of business law' jointly leads the department with Angeliki Saratsithe 'well-regarded' Emmanouil Savoidakis and Nikos Anastopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis; Angeliki Saratsi; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘For our business operations in Greece we have retained Politis & Partners to advise us on the full range of corporate and commercial law matters. The firm has a skilled team of lawyers who are readily available and we have no problem reaching them when their services are needed. The team is very efficient, experienced and professional.’

‘Vangelis Politis has significant experience in various aspects of business law and able to handle complex transactions. It is nice to work with him and he is an expert in matters in the health sector.’

‘Angeliki Saratsi is also very experienced in commercial law matters and has the ability to offer pragmatic solutions and adapt them to the actual needs of her clients. In addition, she is very responsive and always very well prepared.’

‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is well regarded for his valuable support on the full range of corporate, civil and commercial law, as well as in regulatory matters. He routinely drafts reasoned legal opinions and provides guidance, assisting us in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment.’

‘Politis and Partners has a varied base of large clients that gives this firm the track record and experience in M&A transactions to help guide its clients through the due diligence and closing process.’

‘Vangelis Politis and Angeliki Saratsi always find time to provide a timely service and advice. They are both fully involved in managing clients’ needs.’

‘We have found Politis & Partners to be a formidable firm in this area with quick and concise turnaround in so far as advice is concerned.’

‘Vangelis Politis is a determined lawyer with a wealth of experience in corporate and commercial law and a breadth of knowledge of the area and the industry sectors he advises in. Nikos Anastopoulos is similarly efficient and dedicated and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories S.A.

NetData Inc.

Hellenic Republic

Paperpack S.A.

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

Sun Chemical

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Bosch Rexroth

Bausch Health Group (Bausch Health Hellas)

Tricardos S.A.

Employment Tier 3

The ‘skilled’ employment team at Politis & Partners represents a combination of local and multinational clients in the full array of employment affairs. Angeliki Saratsi, hailed for her 'ability to offer pragmatic solutions and adapt them to the actual needs of her clients', is particularly knowledgeable about executive compensation arrangements, employee benefits and legislation advice. She jointly leads the department with restructuring specialist Nikos Anastopoulos and Emmanouil Savoidakis, who focuses on day-to-day advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Angeliki Saratsi; Nikos Anastopoulos; Emmanouil Savoidakis

Testimonials

‘Politis & Partners has a skilled team of lawyers, who are readily available and we have no problem reaching them when their services are needed. The team is very efficient, experienced and professional.’

‘Angeliki Saratsi is also very experienced in commercial law matters and has the ability to offer pragmatic solutions and adapt them to the actual needs of her clients. In addition, she is very responsive and always very well prepared.’

Emmanouil Savoidakis is also well regarded for his valuable support. He routinely drafts reasoned legal opinions and provides guidance, assisting us in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories S.A.

Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Bosch Rexroth

Bausch Health Hellas S.A. (member of the Bausch Health Group)

Mood Media Hellas S.A.

Energy Tier 3

Politis & Partners demonstrates a clear focus on renewable energy deals, both domestic and international, and advises conglomerates, equity funds and sovereign entities in respect of large-scale projects. Managing partner Vangelis Politis, whose 'knowledge of the energy industry is second to none', is currently advising the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy on contractual and regulatory considerations pertaining to the privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis

Other key lawyers:

Emmanouil Savoidakis

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths are its general knowledge of industry terms and factors relating to the energy sector due to its experience managing several clients and transactions in the sector over the years. The firm offers a very personalised and professional service, with the managing partner taking a very active and engaged role with his clients.’

‘Vangelis Politis stands out from his competitors by always being available to offer timely and invaluable advice and counsel, no matter how busy he is or how many other engagements he has. His knowledge of the energy industry is second to none due to his long track record of transactions he has managed with various large clients over the years.’

Key clients

Hellenic Republic

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (ENGIE)

Survey Digital

Heliex Power Ltd

Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Politis & Partners stands out for its 'varied base of several large clients' and 'track record and experience in project transactions'. Managing partner Vangelis Politis is praised for his ‘broad experience in project finance’, though he also supports his clients on the development, construction and operation of high-end projects. In a standout instruction, he and his team were engaged by the Hellenic Republic to advise on the well-publicised privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum, one of the largest oil companies in the entire Balkans region.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis

Other key lawyers:

Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘Vangelis Politis has remarkably broad experience in project finance. He is well versed in Greek corporate law and his advice is always to the point. He has selected an agile and solid team. Among the team members I would like to name Nikos Anastopoulos, who is an excellent lawyer and a top professional.’

‘Politis & Partners has a varied base of several large clients that gives the firm the track record and experience in project transactions to help guide its clients through the due diligence and closing process.’

‘Vangelis Politis always finds time to provide timely service and advice. He is fully involved in managing client needs.’

Key clients

Hellenic Republic

Eurobank S.A.

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

EU and competition Tier 4

Under the leadership of managing partner Vangelis Politis, Politis & Partners holds a wealth of expertise in relation to merger clearances and antitrust matters, as well as procurement and consumer protection law. The team also handles EU law matters, including those pertaining to treaties, regulations and directives. In a recent standout from the caseload, the team was engaged by the European Commission in a series of disputes against the beneficiaries of community subsidy programmes.

Practice head(s):

Vangelis Politis

Other key lawyers:

Emmanouil Savoidakis

Testimonials

‘Politis and Partners is a very reliable firm. Their legal services are focused and business-oriented. I am particularly impressed by their response times and the very high quality of service. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have proven to be valuable advisers who are always up to date with the latest government rules and instructions, and ready to provide immediate, solid advice related to our business.’

‘Emmanouil Savoidakis is also a valuable source of advice in a wide range of matters, assisting us with evaluating and finding solutions to a number of everyday challenges.’

Key clients

European Commission

Mood Media Hellas LLC

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Efstathiadis family

Bosch Rexroth

About the firm: Politis & Partners is a highly-regarded, Athens-based law firm established over 20 years ago. Our purpose is to offer multinationals and Greek industry players the legal expertise and commercial awareness of a team of smart and dedicated lawyers.

Politis & Partners focuses on business transactions and business litigation with a client portfolio including international and Greek commercial and industrial companies, banks and financial institutions. From banking and finance to intellectual property and artificial intelligence, Politis & Partners are up- to- date on the ever-changing conditions of the global business market. Through the insight and market vision of their lawyers across the practice areas, they create legal solutions with an eye to risk management and perceptive counsel with a view to our clients’ growth ambitions.

The firm’s clientele has steadily grown and today includes an impressive list of businesses, organizations and institutions, such as:

  • the European Commission
  • multinational pharmaceutical and industrial companies, some of which are world leaders in their fields
  • large publicly held corporations
  • small and medium private companies
  • emerging businesses and startups.

Politis & Partners’ main scope of business involves banking and corporate finance, M&A, energy, pharma and healthcare, IT law and litigation/arbitration. It is consistently ranked among the best law firms in Greece in dispute resolution, projects & privatization, banking, finance and capital markets, energy, employment, commercial, corporate and M&A and EU and competition.

Areas of practice
Banking, finance and capital markets: led by Vangelis Politis, who has been practicing banking law for more than twenty-five years, our banking and financial services practice strives for excellence. Partners in our firm have represented major international and Greek banks on almost all aspects of financing and banking transactions including sovereign and syndicated loans, secured and unsecured loans, project and shipping finance transactions.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: the firm provides a broad range of general business and corporate legal services, assisting clients in the structuring, negotiation, implementation, and operation of their business ventures. Its attorneys provide focused services in general corporate law and contract negotiation, compliance with securities laws and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, competition/antitrust law, personal data and e-privacy, and corporate finance.

Dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration): the firm’s litigation and ADR practice is both national and international in scope. They represent Greek and international clients in major lawsuits in such diverse legal areas as securities, antitrust, torts, insurance coverage, banking and commercial disputes, handling all trial levels from First Instance Courts to Supreme Court.

They also provide counseling services and guidance on a full range of legal questions, including crisis management situations, the resolution of disputes short of litigation and the planning and structuring of operations and transactions to minimize litigation risks.

Employment: Politis & Partners has experience in dealing with virtually every type of labour and employment issue that confronts a business. It assists clients in devising solutions to employment problems that affect the efficiency and productivity of their workforce. The firm has structured sophisticated equity compensation arrangements and has helped multinational clients operating in Greece comply with tax, securities and labour laws applicable to their employee compensation programs.

Energy: the firm has acquired extensive experience in renewable energy deals both in Greece and abroad. They actively assist and advise diverse clients, from large international conglomerates and equity funds to Greek entrepreneurs and joint ventures, in their efforts to invest in projects relating to the demanding and rapidly evolving energy markets in the Southeastern Europe region.

Pharmaceuticals and healthcare: the firm’s healthcare practice provides high-end legal services to some of the largest and most renowned multinational pharmaceutical and medical devices companies and their subsidiaries in Greece.

They counsel and give specific solutions in the area of regulatory compliance, combining industry-specific transactional and regulatory expertise with an extensive in-house experience. Advice is provided on the most important issues of the sector, such as anticompetitive behavior, patent protection, biotechnologies, marketing practices, pricing and reimbursement, consumer law, product liability, licensing, distribution, parallel trade and many more.

Projects and real estate: the firm has substantial experience in project finance and real estate projects. Politis & Partners have represented developers, investors, lenders and financial advisors in the development, financing, construction and operation of capital intensive projects and facilities in Greece.

Information technology and telecommunications: Politis & Partners provides regulatory advice to a number of prestigious corporate clients engaged in IT and telecommunications, in relation to new product and business launches, as well as acquisitions and disposals. They have acquired extensive experience in representing purchasers and providers of information technology and telecommunications software, equipment and services over a broad spectrum of transactions, assisting their clients negotiate license and distribution agreements, maintenance services agreements, implementation services agreements, marketing services agreements and reseller agreements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation & Arbitration Vangelis Politis
Banking & Financial Services Vangelis Politis
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Vangelis Politis
Projects & Real Estate Angeliki Saratsi
Energy Law Emmanouil Savoidakis
Intellectual & Industrial Property Angeliki Saratsi
IT, Telecommunications & Internet Emmanouil Savoidakis
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Services Vangelis Politis
Employment Nikolaos Anastopoulos
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nikolaos Anastopoulos  photo Nikolaos Anastopoulos Senior Associate
Ms Olga Lytra  photo Ms Olga Lytra Counsel
 Penthesileia Mandrinou  photo Penthesileia Mandrinou Associate
 Yannis Paraskevopoulos  photo Yannis Paraskevopoulos Counsel
 Vangelis Politis  photo Vangelis Politis Managing Partner
 Aggeliki Saratsi  photo Aggeliki Saratsi Partner
Mr Emmanouil Savoidakis  photo Mr Emmanouil Savoidakis Senior Associate
 Dimitrios Theodoropoulos  photo Dimitrios Theodoropoulos Associate
 Zoi Velaeti  photo Zoi Velaeti Associate
Lawyers : 9
Greek
English
French
German
Italian
Interact Law

TESTIMONIAL: ‘Experience and commercial approach. They know the market very well and have proven great at identifying solutions. They can deliver to tight schedules which is always welcomed by our customers.’


TESTIMONIAL: ‘We would also like to acknowledge Mr. Vangelis Politis (managing partner) for his thorough industry-related knowledge and exceptional legal acumen. He has considerably assisted in the most efficient manner, keeping all sorts of regulatory issues at bay, being always aware of the up-to-date Greek and EU legislation. Other lawyers in the firm that we have worked with are Ms. Angeliki Saratsi and Mr. Manolis Savoidakis who are very experienced and always well prepared and responsive.’


TESTIMONIAL: ‘They understand where we are coming from and are always available. Evangelos Politis has great experience and is well appreciated in the market. So having him on board is an asset in difficult transactions.’


TESTIMONIAL: ‘Politis & Partners lawyers have been advising us on various business matters, including business law, corporate and commercial law, competition law, contract drafting and employment law matters. They are all very responsive providing efficient solutions on all our legal issues. Moreover, they have in-depth knowledge of our sector, and they seem to collaborate in an excellent way.’


TESTIMONIAL: ‘Great experience and business sense. They are adding value to all involved parties by addressing matters swiftly and efficiently.’

Vangelis Politis, Managing Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Politis & Partners from your competitors?

At Politis & Partners we firmly believe that business and legal go hand in hand and we thrive on our ability to combine business acumen with legal strategies that protect both the legal and commercial interests of our clients. We provide solution-based advisory to our clients, in a turn-around time that clients expect in today’s fast-paced world.

We are a cohesive team of experienced business and litigation lawyers dedicated to offer the global business community the full range of quality legal services in Greece. With a reputation for insightful solutions and personal client engagement, we are committed to a tireless work ethic toward best results.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Following years of stagnation caused by the sovereign debt crisis, Greece is finally back on track. Banks have managed to drastically reduce their NPLs and are able again to provide finance to support growth and jobs. Energy and especially renewables is a rapidly growing sector; we have been able to help our clients in a number of capacities , from advising on acquisitions, managing their day-to-day legal advisory needs to concluding complex project finance deals and renewable energy related international arbitrations. In addition to Energy practice, where we are well entrenched, we see our Privacy, Healthcare and IT Law practices growing in the next 12 months. We also see more contentious matters coming up in 2020, partly due to disruption brought in by COVID-19 and the challenges it poses to both private and public law matters.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We conduct our business in a transparent environment, engage in pro bono legal services and are committed to diversity, which taps the potential of a world of talent in unity. At Politis & Partners we were steadily focused on bringing on board the right mix of attorneys with diverse backgrounds; the experience that they bring to the table varies from specific practice areas (such as capital markets and banking law) to complex arbitration proceedings. We have been investing in building domain expertise in various businesses to allow us to apply commercial considerations to legal situations when we advise our clients.

Understanding of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, telemedicine etc. puts us in good stead as we also work with clients from the tech industry and help us be ready for the challenges posed by technology worldwide.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Absolutely, technology is a great tool in the hands of a legal team that takes pride for their agility and high efficiency. Having our entire office on cloud has helped us work remotely, whereas we communicate with our corporate clients by using a series of web tools and platforms, such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We have been providing legal assistance to a high-end tech start-up since their early days; their product, a highly optimized monitoring agent was developed as an open-source software, posing considerable challenges of commercialization to prospective investors.

As of today, it is used by hundreds of thousands of people at organizations like Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Nvidia and has recently entered into a third round of seed capital investment and its post-investment assets are currently evaluated at 70M$.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

They definitely are. We know what clients want and we are there to assist them by providing high-end services. Through the insight and market vision of our lawyers across the practice areas, we create legal solutions with an eye to risk management and perceptive counsel with a view to our clients’ growth ambitions. With a steady pace and firm hand, we are looking ahead.

Vangelis Politis, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Vangelis Politis explains how the firm navigates the clients with safety through the rough waters of a global pandemic.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Politis & Partners from your competitors?

At Politis & Partners we firmly believe that business and legal go hand in hand and we thrive on our ability to combine business acumen with legal strategies that protect both the legal and commercial interests of our clients. We provide solution-based advisory to our clients, in a turn-around time that clients expect in today’s fast-paced world.

We are a cohesive team of experienced business and litigation lawyers dedicated to offer the global business community the full range of quality legal services in Greece. With a reputation for insightful solutions and personal client engagement, we are committed to a tireless work ethic toward best results.

Last but foremost; our women partners and associates are protagonist in our firm`s leadership.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Having successfully overcome years of stagnation caused by the sovereign debt crisis, Greece is now posed with a global pandemic crisis. We estimate that the following practices shall be growing because of – or even despite – the COVID-19 and the challenges it poses to both private and public law matters:

  • Litigations for breach of contract
  • Bankruptcy proceedings
  • M&As
  • Renewables
  • Project Finance in real estate

In fact, Greek Banks have managed to drastically reduce their NPLs and are able again to provide finance to support growth and jobs. Energy and especially renewables is a rapidly growing sector; we have been able to help our clients in a number of capacities, from advising on acquisitions, managing their day-to-day legal advisory needs to concluding complex project finance deals and renewable energy related to international arbitrations. In addition to Energy practice, where we are well entrenched, we see our Privacy, Healthcare and IT Law practices growing in the next 12 months.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We conduct our business in a transparent environment, engage in pro bono legal services and are committed to diversity, which taps the potential of a world of talent in unity. At Politis & Partners we were steadily focused on bringing on board the right mix of attorneys with diverse backgrounds; the experience that they bring to the table varies from specific practice areas (such as capital markets and banking law) to complex arbitration proceedings. We have been investing in building domain expertise in various businesses to allow us to apply commercial considerations to legal situations when we advise our clients.

Helping our clients comprehend and make effective use of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, telemedicine etc. puts us in good stead, as we make sure that they remain ahead of the curve in adopting new technologies without any compromise to safety or efficiency.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Absolutely, technology is a great tool in the hands of a legal team that takes pride for their agility and high efficiency. Having our entire office on cloud has helped us work remotely, whereas we communicate with our corporate clients by using a series of web tools and platforms, such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom etc.

This allowed us to easily adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic; our law firm had already ensured remote access to all required files, records, and data, which allowed our lawyers and support teams to work remotely, without compromising the continuity and integrity of our services.

 

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We have been providing legal assistance to a high-end tech start-up since their early days; their product, a highly optimized monitoring agent, was developed as an open-source software, posing considerable challenges of commercialization to prospective investors.

As of today, it is used by hundreds of thousands of people at organizations like Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Nvidia and has recently entered into a third round of seed capital investment and its post-investment assets are currently evaluated at 70M$.

 

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

They definitely are. We know what clients want and we are there to assist them by providing high-end services. Through the insight and market vision of our lawyers across the practice areas, we create legal solutions with an eye to risk management and perceptive counsel with a view to our clients’ growth ambitions. We are very happy with our achievements so far and the results show us that we are on the right path. With a steady pace and firm hand, we are looking ahead.