Mr George Bersis > PotamitisVekris Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

PotamitisVekris Law Firm
9 NEOFYTOU VAMVA STREET
106 74 ATHENS
Greece

Work Department

Banking, Finance, Real Estate, Capital Markets, Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Position

Partner specialising in banking, finance and capital markets; corporate and M&A; and Real Estate. In capital markets George advises on initial public offerings, share capital increases and the compliance of listed companies with regulatory requirements. In finance he advises clients on their entry into derivatives transactions, syndicated loans, bond loans and restructurings. He is also experienced in acting in tender offers, and mergers and acquisitions of listed companies.

Career

George joined POTAMITISVEKRIS in 1998 and has been a partner since 2001. He has lectured at the Athens Exchange training centre on securities and derivatives issues, and taught corporate governance at Alba University. He has also lectured at the University of Piraeus.

Languages

Greek, English and French.

Memberships

Athens Bar Association (1998)
New York Bar Association (1997).

Education

New York University School of Law, LLM (1996)
University of Athens, LLB Hons (1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Hall of Fame)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

At PotamitisVekris Law Firm, the team employs a ‘wide range of experience in order to achieve maximum efficiency’. Expertise includes financing and refinancing transactions, acquisition and project financing transactions, restructuring, the establishment of banking activities, qualifying holding acquisitions, banking M&A and compliance and the restructuring of loans. On the capital markets front, the group provides expertise on the full array of matters from tender offers and the listing of securities through to investment services and fund management. George Bersis heads the practice and provides extensive experience in initial public offerings, share capital increases, derivatives transactions and syndicated loans. Another important member of the team is Stathis Potamitis, who is particularly reputed for his knowledge of NPLs. Associate Anthea Terlegas ‘is very experienced in business loans and transactions’.

Greece > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm is regularly instructed for technical affairs such as urban planning and zoning terms, forestry, seashore and archaeological restrictions, building permits and apartment block regulations. In addition, the team is also acclaimed for due diligence, commercial and financial leases, direct and indirect purchases of real estates, constructions, developments, financings real estate-related M&A. George Bersis heads the practice which represents a range of institutional and international clients, namely hoteliers, developers, lenders, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts and companies and major corporations. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund recently engaged the group in relation to the privatisation of two land plots covering a surface of 1,800,000 sq.m in Rhodes. Associates Amalia Balla and Theologos Mintzas are highly-rated.

Greece > Projects and privatisation

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

Under the leadership of the ‘committed and solution-orientatedEuripides Ioannou, PotamitisVekris Law Firm handles projects in the energy and real estate industries. The team is engaged by domestic and international clients on all aspects of projects; Ioannou has in-depth expertise in environmental, regulatory and project finance matters, and the acquisition of energy and oil and gas projects. Recently, the group advised Euroasia Interconnector on its position as project promoter of the Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity interconnection. On the real estate front, the team handles due diligence, search titles, zoning applications, construction and development agreements, and licence and management agreements. George Bersis is a standout name for finance matters, while associate Anthea Terlegas is recommended for PPP and energy projects.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

At PotamitisVekris Law Firm, sector expertise encompasses the banking, hotel and leisure, energy, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, food and beverage, telecommunications and aquaculture industries. The team enjoys a market leading reputation for M&A work, regularly advising multinationals on the local implementation of global transactions, and complements its offering via the firm’s capital markets and insolvency practices. Practice head Stathis Potamitis recently advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the high-profile sale of its majority stake in the Public Gas Corporation. His team includes George Bersis whose expertise spans mergers, spin-offs, acquisitions and tender offers. Vassilis Stergiou is recommended and focuses in particular on transactions arising from the restructuring of viable enterprises.