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www.potamitisvekris.com

George Bersis

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Work +30 210 3380 000
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PotamitisVekris Law Firm

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.

Member

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

Education

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


Greece

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

George Bersis - PotamitisVekris Law Firm

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

PotamitisVekris Law Firm¬†provides 'very practical and creative advice on timely issues' and is 'always there when clients' need them, usually under very tight time-frames'. 'Go-to lawyer'¬†George Bersis¬†heads a practice that also includes the firm's¬†managing partner¬†Stathis Potamitis¬†and¬†Euripides Ioannou. Recently, the team advised a syndicate of six banks, including the four Greek systemic banks, on the Alumil Group's ‚ā¨150m debt restructuring. The firm is active in the non-performing loan space and advised Alpha Bank on ‚ā¨3.7bn sale of a portfolio of unsecured retail NPLs.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

George Bersis - PotamitisVekris Law Firm

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

PotamitisVekris Law Firm has a first-class corporate practice with an excellent track record for advising on the country's largest transactions. Recent highlights include advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the two-decade extension of the concession for the Athens International Airport. The firm also advised Piraeus Bank on the sale of Olympic, which owns the licences for car hire brands Avis and Budget in Greece. Other key clients include AstraZeneca, WIND Hellas, Paulson & Co and Procter & Gamble. George Bersis and Stathis Potamitis lead the team, which includes Alexandros Kortesis, Vicky Psaltis and Euripides Ioannou.

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Projects and privatisation

Within: Leading individuals

George Bersis - PotamitisVekris Law Firm

Within: Projects and privatisation

PotamitisVekris Law Firm is frequently instructed to advise on major energy and infrastructure projects and PPPs. A significant highlight is advising Euroasia Interconnector as EU-appointed project promoter on the Israel-Cyprus-Greece electricity interconnection. The firm also advised HRADF on the sale of its 66% stake in the Greek gas distributor, DEPA. The team, led by the highly-respected Euripides Ioannou, fields an array of talent, including banking partner George Bersis.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

George Bersis - PotamitisVekris Law Firm

Within: Real estate and construction

PotamitisVekris Law Firm's 'extremely business-focused and succinct' real estate group delivers 'international quality and standards of work', as well as 'fully-staffed teams and superior value'. The practice acts for a mix of developers, lenders, funds and individual investors, both foreign and domestic. The team advised Kildare Partners on its bid to acquire a ‚ā¨2bn NPL portfolio from Piraeus Bank. The 'truly outstanding' practice head¬†George Bersis¬†is 'a creative thinker, and provides innovative structures and solutions to complex problems'.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

PotamitisVekris Law Firm is one of the leading restructuring and insolvency advisers in the market. Recently, the firm advised all four Greek systemic banks as lenders on the restructuring and pre-pack sale of oil storage and wholesale business Mamidoil Jetoil. The team is also advising the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on impediments to the legal framework for the operation of NPL market. Other clients include PwC, Bank of Cyprus, EBRD and DIAS Aquaculture. Stathis Potamitis and George Bersis are key lawyers in the practice.

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