Firm Profile > Papapolitis & Papapolitis > Athens, Greece

Papapolitis & Papapolitis
16 VASILISSIS SOFIAS AVENUE
10674 ATHENS
Greece

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Delivering a ‘top service’, Papapolitis & Papapolitis is particularly well known for debt capital markets transactions, in which it represents both lenders and initial purchasers. The team, which is particularly active in cross-border matters and works closely with the firm’s London office, is co-headed by Nikolas Katsaros, whose fields of focus include project finance and public offerings. Fellow co-head Nicholas Papapolitis leverages his experience in privatisation, corporate, capital markets and international finance transactions on behalf of credit institutions, funds, financial advisers and investors. There has been a notable recent growth in the client roster, with J.P Morgan Securities, HSBC Bank, Piraeus Bank and Barclays among the new names.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Papapolitis; Nikolas Katsaros

Other key lawyers:

Alkis Mirkos; Maria Karabella

Testimonials

‘Top service but with a boutique feeling.’

‘Legal knowledge and commitment to excellence.’

‘Responsive, knowledgeable, practical and user-friendly. One of the top shops in the market. The practitioners are very well rounded and are able to address transactions holistically.’

‘They are very good on building up based on past transactions (and they acted on many of them), leading to significant efficiencies.’

‘Nikolas Katsaros is a great all-around Greek lawyer; he sees transactions as a whole and is very good at understanding the commercial dynamics and how to address them.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

J.P. Morgan Securities Plc.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Nomura International Plc.

HSBC Bank Plc.

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc.

Alpha Bank S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Fortress Investment Group

National Bank of Greece S.A.

United Group

BC Partners

Credit Suisse Securities AG

Medio Banca S.p.A.

Axia Ventures Group

Barclays

Unicredit

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

An ‘outstanding’ firm that provides a ‘gold standard of service’, Papapolitis & Papapolitis advises clients on the full array of corporate and commercial matters. Among its core areas of expertise are large M&A transactions, demergers, privatisations, regulatory matters, leveraged buyouts, corporate advisory and tender offers, among other matters. Nicholas Papapolitis, ‘a true rainmaker and outstanding negotiator’, jointly leads the department with ‘outstanding M&A lawyerEvi Tsilou. Also of note is senior associate Elmina Chadio, whose experience lies in due diligence reviews and group restructurings. The firm works closely with its London office to support a number of multinational clients.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou

Other key lawyers:

Elmina Chadio

Testimonials

‘They have an excellent understanding of the client’s business and always deliver results. They have an exceptionally commercial approach to negotiations, and are very committed to delivering to deadlines. They are a highly experienced firm with a lot of capabilities and we trust them to deliver a deal. The service is similar to those provided by Magic Circle firms, showing an outstanding work ethic and professionalism. They are a blue-chip firm and offer the gold standard of service. Overall, they are outstanding.’

‘We have seen them being very innovative by being the only Greek firm with a London office, thus delivering an exceptional service to London-based clients. Their team is diverse in terms of gender and they are extremely flexible and business minded when it comes to legal fees.’

‘Nicholas Papapolitis and Evi Tsilou stand out. Nicholas is brilliant, a true rainmaker and an outstanding negotiator. His work ethic, professionalism and business acumen make him a unique adviser for us. Evi Tsilou is an outstanding M&A lawyer with immense experience and deep legal knowledge. She is second to no one on delivering a deal and managing processes.’

Key clients

Vodafone Group

KKR & Co.

London & Regional Properties

Invel Real Estate Partners

York Capital Management

Lamda Development S.A.

BC Partners

DEPA S.A.

Prodea Investments

Brooklane Capital

Philips Hellas S.A.

Fortress Investment Group

Olayan Group

Soho House

Lonestar Funds

Intracom Holdings

Intralot Group

RB Capital

Masoutis S.A.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

At Papapolitis & Papapolitis, the team’s strengths lie in disputes arising from employment, credit facility, commercial and construction agreements, in addition to insolvency, product liability, regulatory compliance and public tender-related litigation. It handles proceedings across the full array of civil, administrative and commercial courts, as well as mediation and arbitration. Senior partner John Papapolitis has extensive experience in contentious M&A, privatisation and inward investment matters, while fellow department co-head George Gravias is particularly adept in employment, infrastructure and IP litigation. Key sectors include energy, telecoms, real estate, insurance and financial services.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Key clients

Lamda Development S.A.

Intralot Group

Intracom Holdings S.A.

Philips Hellas S.A.

Depa S.A.

Invel Real Estate Partners

OTE Group

Amazon

Aromca S.A.

Pylaia S.A.

Pyramis S.A.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The workload at Papapolitis & Papapolitis covers the full array of real estate matters, from purchase, sale, financing and leasing affairs through to large-scale development and construction projects. In addition, its lawyers excel when it comes to privatisations, state concessions and the regulations governing land use and planning. John Papapolitis and George Gravias jointly head the department, which provides notably broad asset class expertise covering retail, commercial, industrial, residential, leisure, tourism and hospitality properties. In a standout highlight, the group is currently advising Lamda Development in respect of a €1bn integrated resort casino development as part of the client’s high-profile Hellinikon Project.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Other key lawyers:

Panayiotis Papageorgiou

Testimonials

‘The tremendous sector expertise, deep industry knowledge, very strong work ethic and professionalism makes the practice unique for us in the Greek market.’

‘Exceptional, high-quality service that always delivers results and gets the deal done in a very efficient manner.’

‘George Gravias has immense industry knowledge and expertise. John Papapolitis is a legal powerhouse and an authority in the market.’

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

Projects and privatisation Tier 3

At Papapolitis & Papapolitis, John Papapolitis oversees an ‘extremely commercial’ team which provides 'clearly delivered and reliable' advice. Its core sectors of expertise include gaming, telecoms, real estate, energy, hospitality and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis

Other key lawyers:

George Gravias

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely commercial in their advice, which is based on a good knowledge of Greek law and legal procedure.’

‘Their advice is clearly delivered and reliable.’

‘They are one of the most responsive firms in Greece and make collaboration on legal matters simple and straightforward. The firm is extremely well connected and that allows it to provide a range of solutions to various problems and issues which are not available to most law firms.’

Key clients

Lamda Development S.A.

Morgan Stanley

The firm: Papapolitis & Papapolitis is a leading full-service business law firm with offices in Athens and London and a unique international outlook. The firm has been built on the foundations of a long heritage intertwined with contemporary success and an aim to attract the most talented lawyers it can find, and has developed a results-orientated culture of high performance and innovation. With a deep understanding of its market and globally minded philosophy, the firm is uniquely positioned to act for foreign investors and corporations looking to invest or establish themselves in Greece. Its 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 120 years.

The firm has supported clients through numerous business cycles and has developed long-term relationships 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 in many major high-stakes litigations. Papapolitis & Papapolitis is committed to client satisfaction at all times and adapts to changes in the markets and regulatory landscape in a manner which ensures that its work is a reflection of the type of clients it advises and the business they do.

The firm’s 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
Corporate and M&A Evi Tsilou
Banking, finance and capital markets Nikolaos Katsaros
Dispute resolution George Gravias
Real estate John Papapolitis
Projects and privatisations John Papapolitis
Funds Nicholas Papapolitis
Restructuring and insolvency George Gravias
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Elmina Chadio  photo Mrs Elmina Chadio Counsel Elmina specializes in the fields of banking, corporate and finance law.…
Mr George Gravias  photo Mr George Gravias Partner George has over 25 years of experience in safeguarding his clients’…
Mrs Maria Karabella  photo Mrs Maria Karabella Counsel Maria has extensive experience in structuring and documenting numerous types of…
Mr Nikolaos Katsaros  photo Mr Nikolaos Katsaros Partner Nikolas advises extensively on international and cross-border finance and capital markets…
Mrs Vicky Koutsopoulou  photo Mrs Vicky Koutsopoulou Senior Associate Vicky specializes in the fields of insolvency & restructuring, bankruptcy,…
Miss Antigoni Liapi  photo Miss Antigoni Liapi Associate She is mainly involved with disputes, corporate and finance transactions and due diligence.
Mr Panayiotis Papageorgiou  photo Mr Panayiotis Papageorgiou Senior Associate Panayiotis has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation disputes…
Mr Nicholas Papapolitis photo Mr Nicholas Papapolitis Managing Partner Nicholas is widely recognized as an expert in foreign direct investments…
Mr John Papapolitis  photo Mr John Papapolitis Senior Partner John Papapolitis is Senior Partner of the Firm and has…
Ms Evi Tsilou  photo Ms Evi Tsilou Partner Evi’s expertise lies in advising on the structuring, negotiation, documentation and…
Number of lawyers : 25
English
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International Bar Association
Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce
International Institute of Chartered Arbitrators
strategic alliance with Reed Smith LLP
Other office : London