Papapolitis & Papapolitis > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Papapolitis & Papapolitis
10674 ATHENS

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Papapolitis & Papapolitis maintains a strong practice focused on high-value M&A and advises its clients on the negotiation and implementations of mergers and demergers, while also assisting with tender offers, privatisations, and restructuring. The team stands out for its ability to offer specialised financial, antitrust and regulatory advice to its client base, which includes major retail and telecoms companies as well as large hedge funds and private equity. The firm is further noted for servicing clients internationally and also operates a London-based office. Nicholas Papapolitis, who regularly acts on the buy- and sell-side of domestic and cross-border transactions, leads the practice. Evi Tsilou is noted for her experience advising on joint venture and restructuring matters, while at the counsel level, Elmina Chadio specialises in due diligence.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou

Other key lawyers:

Elmina Chadio; Vicky Koutsopoulou; Konstantina Tsourouni


‘Papapolitis & Papapolitis is one of the leading legal firms in Greece when it comes to business matters. The firm not only possesses an incredible amount of knowledge around these matters, but is also characterised by an unparalleled professionalism. On top of the above, I can say that they have adopted to modern technologies.’

‘We have worked many times in the past 5 years with two individuals, Ms. Evi Tsilou and Ms. Vicky Koutsopoulou. Excellent professionals. Very supportive of our needs and working proactively to help us navigate in the complex world of investments. They do respond quickly to our requests and come back with clear, solid and effective solutions.’

‘The team is dedicated to solving problems, and they hold very good knowledge regarding the legal subject matter they work on.’

‘Ms Tsilou and Ms Chadio, whom I have worked with, are dedicated to delivering excellent results within deadlines, no matter how tight they might be. They are always available to reach out and have a broad experience regarding the field of their legal specialization.’

‘Incredible client service combined with in depth knowledge of the market and top judgement.’

The team worked incredibly hard and seamlessly together to support our M&A deal in Greece. More than any other law firm we have worked with, they fall into the trusted advisor category. The breadth of each partner’s experience across multiple specialisms gives them a unique perspective of the Greek market.’

‘Evi Tsilou is one of the best lawyers we have ever worked with. The clarity and commerciality of her advice is exceptional. Nicholas Papapolitis is a true rainmaker, one of a kind. Elmina Chadio is outstanding, very personable and with very good quality of advice.’

Key clients

Vodafone Group

Fortress Investment Group

Lamda Development

Technical Olympic

United Group

Philips Hellas

Invel Real Estate

Brookstreet Equity Partners

Axia Ventures Group

York Capital Management



MHV Group of Companies

Varde Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised LAMDA Development S.A. in the 100% acquisition of McArthur Glen Hellas, the owner of the Mcarthur Glen Designer Outlet in Spata, Athens, from the company MGE Hellenic Investments S.àr.l.
  • Advised Greek telecommunications operator OTE Group of Companies and leading mobile telecommunications company in Greece, Comote Mobile, in relation to the sale of their joint shareholding stake of 61.74% in cosmoONE.
  • Advised Varde Partners, a leading global alternative investment firm, in relation to the sale of its 31.7% stake in Lamda Malls S.A..

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘dedicated’ dispute resolution team at Papapolitis & Papapolitis advises a variety of clients, including in the real estate, insurance, retail and energy sectors, amongst others. The team advises on numerous issues, such as commercial, civil and administrative litigation, as well as disputes arising from insolvency and bankruptcy, employment contracts and construction contracts to name a few. John Papapolitis is considerably experienced in advising on inward and outward investments, with a focus on the Middle East and the Balkans. He has also been involved in a number of M&A and privatization disputes in Greece. George Gravias  handles both court litigation and ADR work.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Other key lawyers:

Elia Kotsoni


‘Responsive to all clients’ needs.’


Key clients

Diophar SA

Philips Hellas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Depa S.A. in proceedings before the Courts of Athens in a dispute concerning various claims against ELFE SA arising out of a contractual relationship regarding gas supply.
  • Acted for Intracom Holdings S.A. in proceedings before the Athens Court of Appeal in a dispute concerning various claims made against it, arising out of a preliminary SPA, as well as other related civil litigation.
  • Acted for Pyramis S.A. in a construction arbitration, successfully defending a claim of over €2m as well as acting for said company in ongoing civil litigation before the Greek courts.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Papapolitis & Papapolitis is known for its work on acquisitions in the hospitality sector, particularly with regards to Greek island holiday destinations. Logistics and retail properties are also areas of expertise. John Papapolitis and George Gravias, who each have over two decades of real estate and construction law experience, jointly lead the team. Further key names include investment specialist Nicholas Papapolitis and senior associate Panayiotis Papageorgiou, who ‘stands out not only for his knowledge and expertise but also for his exceptional negotiating‘.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Other key lawyers:

Panagiotis Papageorgiou; Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou


‘It is a practice with a strong ethos, impeccable professionalism, personalized service, attention to detail, experienced and knowledgable, always going the extra mile to match the expectations of demanding clientele from all over the world. We are happily recommending Papapolitis & Papapolitis to our top-tier clients, and we have always had great feedback for their services.’

‘Managing partner Nikolas Papapolitis has always been extremely accommodating, providing his top-class services in a timely fashion. Panagiotis Papageorgiou, a longtime associate of the firm, stands out not only for his knowledge and expertise but also for his exceptional negotiating.’

We had the chance to witness first the qualities of both professionals in various occasions, several of them rather demanding and challenging.’

‘They are a one-stop shop for large high-end complex transactions. They have been involved in the largest real-estate transactions in Greece and are a blue chip firm.’

They are a robust team, extremely knowledgeable, always responsive and innovative and results oriented.’

‘Superior to almost all other Athens firms which we have worked with.’

‘Their input has been invaluable and highly creative.’

‘Good partner involvement with a strong and positive team. They are also a diverse team.’

Key clients

Lamda Development S.A.

APartners Capital

Olayan Group

RSR Estate Holdings S.A.

Soho House

London & Regional Properties

RB Capital Limited

LoneStar Funds

Prodea Investments

Invel Real Estate Partners

Astakos Port Terminal

Fortress Investment Group

Varde Partners

Piraeus Real Estate S.A.

Brook Lane Capital Management

York Capital Management

Titania Hotel Athens

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamda Development on the acquisition of McArthur Glen Hellas, the owner of the Mcarthur Glen Designer Outlet.
  • Advised Prodea Investments on a large investment in Mylos island.
  • Assisted MHV Bluekey One with the acquisition of boutique hotel in Paros island.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 3


Founded in 1898, we have supported clients through numerous business cycles and have developed long-term relationships with them that last generations of attorneys and business executives. The Firm has acted as a first port of call in some of Greece’s most important and challenging transactions, as well as many major high-stakes litigations. We are committed to client satisfaction at all times and adapt to changes in the markets and regulatory landscape in a manner which ensures that our work is a reflection of the type of clients we advise and the business they do.

Papapolitis & Papapolitis has offices in Athens and London. We have built on the foundations of a long heritage intertwined with contemporary success and aim to attract the most talented lawyers we can find and have developed a results orientated culture of high performance and innovation. With a deep understanding of our market and globally minded philosophy, we are uniquely positioned to act for foreign investors and corporations looking to invest or establish themselves in Greece. Our track record of successfully advising governments, international and local banks, financial institutions, large corporates and state-owned entities, as well some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial investors, spans over 125 years.


The Firm has maintained a strong culture of leadership throughout the years and our partners, attorneys and alumni include renowned international lawyers, law professors and prominent political figures, who have taken part in milestone developments in the Greek economy and political landscape.

In today’s G20 world, our constant dedication to adding value to our client’s businesses, coupled with a commitment to integrity, responsibility and professionalism, is the catalyst for the provision of service of the highest quality and our recognition as a leading firm.

Our lawyers advise clients on a broad range of commercial arrangements and issues across a number of industry sectors.

The combination of high level technical expertise and a commercial approach ensures that clients receive practical and viable legal advice, tailored to the needs of their business in the way that they want and can understand.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nicholas Papapolitis +30 210 3615544
Corproate and M&A Evi Tsilou +30 210 3615544
Bankng and Finance Nikolas Katsaros +30 210 3615544
Photo Name Position Profile
Elmina Chadio photo Ms Elmina Chadio Partner Elmina specializes in the fields of banking, corporate and finance law.…
Vasilis Dimitroukas photo Mr Vasilis Dimitroukas Senior Associate Vasilis specializes in the fields of civil, criminal and administrative…
Chrysoula Giannopoulou photo Ms Chrysoula Giannopoulou Senior Associate  Chrysoula specializes in the fields of M&A, corporate and general…
Vicky Gravia photo Ms Vicky Gravia Associate
George Gravias photo Mr George Gravias Partner George has over 25 years of experience in safeguarding his clients’…
Maria Karabella photo Ms Maria Karabella Partner Maria has extensive experience in structuring and documenting numerous types of…
Marie-Roxane Karydi photo Ms Marie-Roxane Karydi Associate Marie-Roxane regularly advises on Capital Markets, Finance and Banking matters. Her…
Nikolas Katsaros photo Mr Nikolas Katsaros Partner – Head of Finance & Capital Markets Nikolas advises extensively on…
Elina Kaymenaki photo Ms Elina Kaymenaki Of Counsel Elina’s area of expertise is Public Law. She has extensive…
Konstantinos Konstantopoulos photo Mr Konstantinos Konstantopoulos Associate Konstantinos specializes in the field of corporate law, drafting all types…
Vicky Koutsopoulou photo Ms Vicky Koutsopoulou Senior Associate Vicky specializes in the fields of insolvency & restructuring, bankruptcy,…
Erna Kritikou photo Ms Erna Kritikou Associate Erna advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions.…
Antigoni Liapi photo Ms Antigoni Liapi Associate She is mainly involved with disputes, corporate and finance transactions and due diligence.
Panayiotis Papageorgiou photo Mr Panayiotis Papageorgiou Counsel Panayiotis has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation disputes arising…
John Papapolitis photo Mr John Papapolitis Senior Partner John Papapolitis is Senior Partner of the Firm and has…
Nicholas Papapolitis photo Mr Nicholas Papapolitis Managing Partner Nicholas is widely recognized as an expert in foreign direct investments…
Anna Pavlaki photo Ms Anna Pavlaki Senior Associate Anna specializes in the fields of corporate and general commercial…
Christos Pilafas photo Mr Christos Pilafas Of Counsel Christos specializes in the fields of Greek and EU competition…
Antonia Rountou photo Ms Antonia Rountou Associate Antonia focuses on corporate, commercial, M&A and banking law. She is…
Evi Tsilou photo Ms Evi Tsilou Partner – Head of Corporate and M&A Evi’s expertise lies in advising…
Konstantina Tsourouni photo Ms Konstantina Tsourouni Associate  Konstantina specializes in the fields of real estate, civil and commercial…
Number of lawyers : 25
International Bar Association
Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce
International Institute of Chartered Arbitrators
Other office : London, United Kingdom