Papapolitis & Papapolitis > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Papapolitis & Papapolitis
16 VASILISSIS SOFIAS AVENUE
10674 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Papapolitis & Papapolitis is known for its ‘wide range of expertise’ in the banking, finance and capital markets space, with notable strength in debt capital markets, advising both lenders and initial purchasers on high-profile recent transactions. Nicholas Papapolitis is recognised for his experience in significant international finance, capital markets transactions and privatisations. He leads the practice alongside Nikolas Katsaros, who advises on cross-border asset and project finance, public offerings and rights issuances, acting primarily for foreign banks and institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Nikolas Katsaros; Nicholas Papapolitis

Other key lawyers:

Maria Karabella; Erna Kritikou; Anna Pavlaki; Christina Apsokardou; Antonia Rountou

Testimonials

‘Wide range of expertise, great client-centric approach and flexibility.’

‘Great network of contacts, and the ability to tap into resources and combine them for an optimal result.’

‘Excellent market knowledge. All the practitioners are well rounded, thoughtful and commercial.’

‘Nikolas Katsaros is very helpful and knowledgeable, understands the dynamics of the transaction, and is flexible and creative even when dealing with novel situations.’

‘Nicholas Papapolitis is an excellent and well-rounded lawyer.’

‘Strong team with deep knowledge of finance and an understanding of client needs. Always available.’

‘Maria Karabella is very knowledgeable and commercial.’

‘Very commercial practice.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of banks on doValue’s issuance of €265m senior secured notes to finance the acquisition of Greek servicing company FPS.
  • Advised a consortium of banks on Mytilineos S.A.’s debut green bond offering of €500m 2.25% senior notes due 2026.
  • Advised United Group (owned by BC Partners) on the acquisition of listed shares, convertible bond loans and senior secured debt in Forthnet S.A. from Piraeus Bank, the National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank and Attica Bank for €350m.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Papapolitis & Papapolitis has advised on some of Greece’s largest M&A transactions in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and hospitality industries; recent highlights include advising United Group on the acquisition of Greek telecoms and pay-TV provider Forthnet. With the added advantage of a London office, the firm is well placed to advise international clients, with experience in M&A, demergers, restructurings and leveraged buy-outs. Nicholas Papapolitis, described by clients as ‘the best all-around lawyer in the Greek market‘, heads the practice alongside Evi Tsilou, who advises on M&A, group restructurings and joint ventures. Counsel Elmina Chadio is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou

Other key lawyers:

Elmina Chadio; Vicky Koutsopoulou; Panayiotis Papageorgiou; Konstantina Tsourouni

Testimonials

‘P&P is by far the most client-centric, results-oriented law firm we have worked with in Greece.’

‘They have a unique business culture and always deliver.’

‘They are very confident in the advice they provide, which is crystal clear and to the point.’

‘Nicholas Papapolitis is by far the best all-around lawyer in the Greek market.’

‘Elmina Chadio is extremely diligent, professional, hardworking and very capable in all aspects of a deal.’

‘Nicholas Papapolitis has unique expertise in large, complex M&A transactions.’

‘Evi Tsilou is a top all-around corporate and M&A lawyer. She has a wealth of expertise in M&A transactions and with her on our side it gives us comfort that a deal will close. She also very flexible and pragmatic while finding solutions to any problems that arise.’

‘The work of Nick Papapolitis stands out. When working with him, we get good value for money and are confident that he has in-depth knowledge and can bring the transaction to a close.’

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.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Vodafone Group on the €1bn spin-off of its passive infrastructure assets and the creation with Wind Hellas of a joint venture company, Vantage Towers, which will combine the tower assets of both companies.
  • Advised United Group on the acquisition of Greek telecoms and pay-TV provider Forthnet through the successful completion of a mandatory tender offer on the Athens Stock Exchange.
  • Advised York Capital Management on its investment in the Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa, the first Banyan Tree property to open in Europe.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The practice at Papapolitis & Papapolitis is well equipped to handle complex disputes in Greece; the team hast vast experience in commercial, civil and administrative litigation. Its expertise extends into the handling of arbitration, mediation and enforcement proceedings relating to financial defaults and debt recovery, and disputes arising from insolvency, construction contracts and regulatory compliance issues. It assists renowned clients from a range of industries such as Amazon, LAMDA Development and Invel Real Estate Partners. John Papapolitis and George Gravias lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Other key lawyers:

Panayiotis Papageorgiou; Nefeli Chaikali; Elia Kotsoni

Testimonials

‘A very well-organised team that covers all aspects of the litigation process.’

‘Georgios Gravias is a very talented litigator with deep knowledge of the law and is well organised when it comes to legal strategy. Nikolas Papapolitis is also a very smart strategist in the context of the litigation process.’

‘Provision of analytical and comprehensive advice with an emphasis on detail. Exceptional presentation skills enabling the client to fully understand all legal issues and the associated commercial parameters.’

‘Excellent alignment with the client’s processes and culture. Efficient internal operational scheme supported by state-of-the-art technology, providing smooth communication with clients.’

‘High-calibre ability to respond to changing market conditions by keeping pace with international and national developments in every aspect, not only in terms of up-to-date knowledge but also in terms of enrolling the appropriate professionals to respond to associated challenges. Exceptional skills in strategic planning accompanied by top-quality advice on associated legal issues.’

‘Nikolas Papapolitis is a prominent legal counsel with impressive experience and knowledge of the commercial and financial sector at an international level. He is impressive in perceiving and dealing with complex issues of a transnational nature. He is dynamic and exhibits an organisational and analytical spirit, while making it easy to build trust with the client.’

‘George Gravias is an experienced, sharp, highly skilled and efficient litigator with extraordinary analytical and presentation skills. He has an in-depth knowledge of the corporate litigation field with a strong ability to perceive the business and financial aspects of a case. At the same time, his strong alternative dispute resolution background and his negotiations skills offer an advantage for any amicable approach or solution to a dispute.’ 

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.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Papapolitis & Papapolitis is able to advise clients on various complexities arising from planning, as well as the regulatory framework governing the use of land. It also assists with purchases, as well as construction, development and financing matters. In 2021, it acted for Prodea Investments on the €9.9 m development of logistics properties in Markopoulo, Attica. John Papapolitis acts for both multinational companies and local clients. He co-heads the practice with George Gravias.

Practice head(s):

John Papapolitis; George Gravias

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Papapolitis; Evi Tsilou; Panayiotis Papageorgiou

Testimonials

‘We have been highly impressed by the depth of legal knowledge, the professional handling during the delicate due diligence process, and the skillful manner in dealing with all parties involved in the deal, such as lawyers, engineers, notary public etc. Since then we have introduced Papapolitis & Papapolitis to prospective buyers for high-profile residential transactions with excellent feedback each time.’

‘We have worked closely with Nicholas Papapolitis, managing partner of the firm, who has been personally involved with the utmost dedication in the related transactions. We have also worked with Panagiotis Papageorgiou, Head of the Real Estate Division of the firm, top expert in the field and truly a likeable person to work with, always available and flexible to discuss various ways to deal with the complexities of real estate transactions in Greece.’

‘They have amazing industry knowledge.’

‘They have a very large team with in-depth knowledge of the sector.’

‘John Papapolitis is an authority in the market with amazing industry knowledge. George Gravias is outstanding with a huge track record on advising on complex deals. Panagiotis Papageorgiou is extremely diligent and hard working.’

‘Team is oriented towards the best business results; thinks out of the box.’

‘Quick responses and on time delivery. Cooperative individuals and efficient also in larger cooperation structures.’

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 S.A. on the €1bn development of the Integrated Resort Casino.
  • Advised RSR Estate Holdings S.A. on the €100m acquisition of a large, mixed-use resort on the island of Evoia.
  • Advised London & Regional Properties on the €80m development of a 5-star luxury resort on Mykonos.

Greece > Projects and privatisation Tier 3

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions 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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ms Christina Apsokardou photo Ms Christina ApsokardouAssociate Christina focuses on corporate, commercial, M&A and banking law. She advises…
Ms Elmina Chadio photo Ms Elmina ChadioCounsel Elmina specializes in the fields of banking, corporate and finance law.…
Ms Nefeli Chaikali photo Ms Nefeli ChaikaliAssociate Nefeli specializes in the fields of civil law, commercial law and…
Mr Vasilis Dimitroukas photo Mr Vasilis DimitroukasSenior Associate Vasilis specializes in the fields of civil, criminal and administrative…
Mr George Gravias photo Mr George GraviasPartner George has over 25 years of experience in safeguarding his clients’…
Ms Maria Karabella photo Ms Maria KarabellaCounsel Maria has extensive experience in structuring and documenting numerous types of…
Ms Marie-Roxane Karydi photo Ms Marie-Roxane KarydiAssociate Marie-Roxane regularly advises on Capital Markets, Finance and Banking matters. Her…
Mr Nikolas Katsaros photo Mr Nikolas KatsarosPartner Nikolas advises extensively on international and cross-border finance and capital markets…
Ms Elina Kaymenaki photo Ms Elina KaymenakiOf Counsel Elina’s area of expertise is Public Law. She has extensive…
Mr Konstantinos Konstantopoulos photo Mr Konstantinos KonstantopoulosAssociate Konstantinos specializes in the field of corporate law, drafting all types…
Ms Elia Kotsoni photo Ms Elia KotsoniSenior Associate Elia has significant experience in civil and criminal litigation. She…
Ms Vicky Koutsopoulou photo Ms Vicky KoutsopoulouSenior Associate Vicky specializes in the fields of insolvency & restructuring, bankruptcy,…
Ms Erna Kritikou photo Ms Erna KritikouAssociate Erna advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions.…
Ms Antigoni Liapi photo Ms Antigoni LiapiAssociate She is mainly involved with disputes, corporate and finance transactions and due diligence.
Mr Panayiotis Papageorgiou photo Mr Panayiotis PapageorgiouSenior Associate Panayiotis has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation disputes…
Mr John Papapolitis photo Mr John PapapolitisSenior Partner John Papapolitis is Senior Partner of the Firm and has…
Mr Nicholas Papapolitis photo Mr Nicholas PapapolitisManaging Partner Nicholas is widely recognized as an expert in foreign direct investments…
Ms Anna Pavlaki photo Ms Anna PavlakiSenior Associate Anna specializes in the fields of corporate and general commercial…
Mr Christos Pilafas photo Mr Christos PilafasOf Counsel Christos specializes in the fields of Greek and EU competition…
Ms Antonia Rountou photo Ms Antonia RountouAssociate Antonia focuses on corporate, commercial, M&A and banking law. She is…
Ms Evi Tsilou photo Ms Evi TsilouPartner Evi’s expertise lies in advising on the structuring, negotiation, documentation and…
Ms Konstantina Tsourouni photo Ms Konstantina TsourouniAssociate  Konstantina specializes in the fields of real estate, civil and commercial…
Ms Stefania Vamvakopoulou photo Ms Stefania VamvakopoulouAssociate Stefania’s focus lies mainly in the areas of commercial, corporate law,…
Number of lawyers : 25
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Other office : London