Firm Profile > Politis & Partners > Athens, Greece

Politis & Partners
14 SOLONOS STREET
10673 ATHENS
Greece

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Politis & Partners acts at a national and international level, handling a diverse array of matters from securities, antitrust and tort disputes to insurance and commercial litigation. Vastly experienced group head Evangelos Politis leads the department. Clients stem from a variety of industries, though the team is particularly well-regarded for banking litigation, handling matters including disputes relating to loans and other contracts, enforcement proceedings and duties of care. The practice also notably acts for the European Commission, before Greek Courts and the General Court, and is also recommended for arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis

Key clients

European Commission

Woori Bank

PharmaSwiss Hellas S.A. member of the Valeant Group

Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias 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

Clients recommend Politis & Partners for its ‘experienced and commercial approach’. The team’s wide reaching expertise encompasses sovereign and syndicated loans, secured and unsecured loans and debt and equity issues in IPOs. Transactional work is particularly key for the practice as it handles project and shipping finance transactions, asset-based financings, securitisations, highly leveraged financings, restructurings and recapitalisations. Evangelos Politis oversees the practice, leveraging his ‘great experience’ to support a client base of corporates, commercial and investment banks, secuirities firms and financial services providers.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Dillon Eustace

LXM Group

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Sun Chemical

Bosch Rexroth

Bausch Health Group (Pharmaswiss Hellas)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Politis & Partners supports it clients with the structuring, negotiation, implementation and operation of business ventures such as financings, acquisitions and restructurings. Among the team’s key areas of expertise are corporate governance, securities law, M&A, antitrust, corporate finance and contract negotiation with both local and foreign multinational entities forming the client roster. The practice is jointly headed by Evangelos Politis, Emmanouil Savoidakis and Nikos Anastopoulos.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis; Emmanouil Savoidakis; Nikos Anastopoulos

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

Valeant Group (Pharmaswiss Hellas)

Tricardos S.A.

Employment Tier 3

Under the leadership of Evangelos Politis and Angeliki Saratsi, Politis & Partners is noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘responsive’ service. The team is experienced in handling all forms of employment issues including sophisticated equity compensation arrangements, matters of workforce productivity and efficiency, litigation, restructurings and day-to-day advice. Abbott Laboratories recently instructed the group to advise on various legal and contractual issues.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis; Angeliki Saratsi;

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘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.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories S.A.

Sun Chemical Publications Hellas S.A.

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

Bosch Rexroth

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

Mood Media Hellas S.A.

Energy Tier 3

Evangelos Politis heads up the practice at Politis & Partners, which is reputed for its ‘great experience and business sense’. The team is adept at handling all relevant matters though is particularly experienced in renewable energy deals in Greece and abroad. In a recent highlight, the group advised Eurobank on the refinancing of two companies controlled by Mytilineos Group, which are developing and operating a portfolio of three wind parks in Greece.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis;

Testimonials

‘Experience and professionalism. The partners and associates of Politis Law Firm are always close to us using their experience to identify solutions that work.’

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

Key clients

Hellenic Republic

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (ENGIE)

Projects and privatisation Tier 3

Politis & Partners has a proven track record in the privatisation of Greek public and public-interest entities; in a recent mandate, the team advised the Hellenic Republic on the contractual and regulatory considerations arising from the privatisation of Hellenic Petroleum. Evangelos Politis heads up the practice, which is experienced in project finance work and also acts for developers, investors, lenders and financial advisers in relation to the development, financing, construction and operation of capital intensive projects and facilities throughout Greece.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis;

Key clients

Hellenic Republic

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

SPI Energy Co. Ltd (SPI)

V+O Communication & Consulting S.A.

EU and competition Tier 4

Specialist knowledge of the team at Politis & Partners spans merger control issues, antitrust planning work and matters pertaining to EU treaties, regulations and directives. Evangelos Politis leads the practice, which notably represents the European Commission and recently acting on its behalf in disputes with private and public entities in Greece who were beneficiaries of community subsidy programs. The group also recently advised Bosch Rexroth on the EU and anti-trust considerations relating to the drafting of its sales and distribution contracts.

Practice head(s):

Evangelos Politis;

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 & 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 & Arbitration): the Firm’s Litigation & 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 & 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.