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

Co-Managing Partner specialising in banking, finance and capital markets; corporate and M&A; and Real Estate. George is a dedicated expert in the field of banking, capital markets and real estate. He has played a pivotal role in the recent development of the Greek banking sector, contributing to the redrafting of the HFSF law, which paved the way for the 2013 bank recapitalizations as well as participating in many of the mergers and acquisitions which consolidated the sector. His finance practice includes advising clients, mainly banks, on their entry into syndicated loans, bond loans and restructurings, including voluntary and Article 99 processes. He has considerable experience in tender offers, rights issues and merger and acquisition transactions, with a focus on listed companies and privatizations. George has a broad expertise in the area of Real Estate, advising on traditional asset acquisitions, as well as complex structurings and financings. He has acted in many of the landmark real estate transactions which have occurred over the last few of years.

Career

George joined POTAMITISVEKRIS in 1998. He has been a Partner since 2001 and he was elevated to Co-Managing Partner in 2021. George Bersis 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)
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, LLB Hons (1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

The ‘excellent’ team at PotamitisVekris Law Firm is led by Stathis Potamitis and also includes George Bersis, a specialist in M&A, spin-offs and tender offers, and Vassilis Stergiou, whose expertise lies in restructuring matters. The group is particularly active in advising on high-profile investments into Greece and regularly acts as local counsel on multi-jurisdictional transactions. The domestic M&A market is also a focus for the practice. Key sectors of strength include energy, banking, telecoms, hotels and leisure, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and aquaculture. Alexandros Kortesis, who is well regarded for his capability in corporate transactions and distribution and franchising matters, is also a standout partner.

Greece > Projects and privatisation

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

PotamitisVekris Law Firm delivers ‘in-depth experience’ of energy-related projects and is also knowledgeable about infrastructure and construction schemes such as motorway, airport and marina concessions. Department head Euripides Ioannou is hailed for his expertise in complex matters, including PPPs, upstream oil and gas, and real estate development projects; his team is adept in supporting sponsors and lenders alike, with a client roster that encompasses major banks, the Hellenic Republic, oil majors and even flagship Chinese SoEs. George Bersis is acclaimed in the project financing space while associate Anthea Terlegas is an up-and-coming name, particularly in relation to PPP and energy projects.

Greece > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

Under the leadership of the vastly experienced George Bersis, PotamitisVekris Law Firm caters to a varied client roster of developers, lenders, private equity funds, hoteliers and high-net-worth individuals. The team is also routinely instructed by investors, both domestic and international, including a number of REITs. Its workload is equally as broad, encompassing construction and development agreements, direct and indirect asset purchases, and real estate-related M&A, in addition to a range of financing work, including loan workouts, restructurings and senior, mezzanine and preferred equity matters. Theologos Mintzas excels in relation to privatisation, environmental and town planning mandates while fellow associate Amalia Balla is particularly well regarded on the transaction front.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Hall of Fame)

George BersisPotamitisVekris Law Firm

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at PotamitisVekris Law Firm has a diverse client base including Greek and international commercial and investment banking institutions and private equity and hedge funds. Department head George Bersis, famed for his ‘innovative solutions’, is a specialist in IPOs, share capital increases, syndicated loans and derivatives transactions. Stathis Potamitis stands out for his advice on the legal framework for Greece’s NPL market as well as its banking recapitalisation programme. At associate level, Anthea Terlegas is noted for project finance transactions and debt restructuring, while Eleni Karaboikicontributes innovative ideas‘. Further strengths for the overall team include banking M&A, loan restructuring, tender offers, security listings and fund management.