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AKL Law Firm
23A VASSILISSIS SOFIAS AVENUE
1ST FLOOR
106 74 ATHENS
Greece

Real estate and construction Tier 1

AKL Law Firm is particularly focused on the technical aspects of real estate projects and is currently advising Lamda Development on the planning and environmental licensing considerations of the Hellinikon Project, an extremely significant, multibillion-euro urban development project in Athens. Also among the team's core strengths are zoning and regulatory matters, in addition to all forms of transactional and financing work. ‘Exceptional and experienced deal maker’ Constantine Alexiou jointly heads the department with Helen Alexiou, who is described as ‘second to none in real estate law’. The team is frequently engaged by the Greek state, developers, financial and strategic investors, contractors and corporates, and also specialises in advising high-net-worth individuals on the acquisition of tourist and investment properties. Associate Eleftheria Vassila is noted for her ‘rapid responses and solutions’.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Alexiou; Helen Alexiou

Other key lawyers:

Eleftheria Vassila; Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Testimonials

‘Their team has a high level of skill and knowledge of the services they offer. They provide professional-standard services and they are fast in responding to requests.’

‘They have real knowledge of their sector and they are highly respected lawyers in Athens. Whenever I need their advice they get back to me immediately.’

‘A highly qualified team in a very demanding and complicated field, responsive, effective, respectful of the needs of the client. This practice is unique due to the fact that the selection of each member of the team, as well as the work method, is designed to maximise security for the client.’

‘Helen Alexiou has a passion for creating high-quality deliverables and interactions. She is always accurate and diligent in business and at the same time an enthusiastic, humble and honest team player.’

Eleftheria Vassila is an associate who comes up with rapid responses and solutions.’

‘Character, commitment and competence. The practice scores 100% on all points.’

‘Helen Alexiou is second to none in real estate law and outstanding in delivering on time. The fact that she is always available and committed as if she is working in-house is unique.’

‘Constantine Alexiou is an exceptional and experienced deal maker. He knows the industry very well and that is a great advantage for an adviser.’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

LAMDA OLYMPIA VILLAGE S.A.

LAMDA DOMI S.A.

PYLEA S.A.

RND IKE

GRIVALIA PROPERTIES/ GRIVALIA HOSPITALITY

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK S.A.

PRODEA INVESTMENTS RECI

INVEL

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

AKL Law Firm is ‘very skilled at advising syndicates of banks’, with names such as Piraeus Bank, Eurobank, Alpha Bank and the National Bank of Greece on its client roster. The team advises on the full array of financing matters, from regulatory issues to high-value transactions. Led by the ‘highly experiencedAlexandros Kosmopoulos, it is an optimal choice for corporate, real estate and project finance, along with secured and syndicated lending, financial project structuring, and debt and equity capital markets mandates. Kosmopoulos is closely supported by the ‘reactive and client-orientated’ George Zohios, who routinely acts for REITs, private equity funds, banks and finance companies.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Other key lawyers:

George Zohios

Testimonials

‘Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm provides legal advice of a very high quality. Its lawyers are always available when you need them, and you can trust them and make decisions based on their advice.’

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos is the person that you always want to be your adviser, especially on demanding transactions; you really feel that you can trust his advice. He is very experienced, well prepared and delivers high-quality work on time – his team’s first draft of an agreement is usually the third or fourth draft of other legal firms.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge and is able to work quickly and pragmatically to reach an optimal outcome. They are always available and trying to find a solution.’

‘George Zohios is very reactive and client oriented. He is able to give effective and practical advice. He combines the capacity to deeply analyse complex cases with the ability to prepare the best and most effective strategy to manage the case.’

‘AKL is a top law firm that provides high-quality work. They provide straight and clear answers, directly from the responsible partner, and they always respond promptly. It is solid team with a deep bench and depth of knowledge of local law and local practice.’

‘The team is very skilled at advising syndicates of banks and is extremely reputable in the banking world. I believe that its experience of acting for banks is not comparable to other Greek law firms.’

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos is a highly experienced practitioner and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to handle any situation. George Zohios is an extremely talented young lawyer with exceptional skills. He is always available and proactive, with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach.’

Key clients

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

National Bank of Greece S.A.

NBG Pangaea REIC

Dispute resolution Tier 2

AKL Law Firm's workload of late has spanned jurisdictions as varied as the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Cyprus and Israel, and encompasses a wealth of civil, administrative and commercial disputes before the Council of State, Court of Audit and Supreme Court, among others. The 'excellentSotiris Foteas is 'outstanding in court', while Constantine Alexiou enjoys an ‘iconic reputation in the Greek legal market'. The pair jointly head the department, which counts a number of household names in the food, real estate, retail and construction spaces among its clients, in addition to high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Alexiou; Sotiris Foteas

Testimonials

‘Professional and immediate responses to the legal issues that arise. Exemplary legal services whilst maintaining personal direct contact.’

‘Constantine Alexiou is an industrious, brilliant, reactive and caring individual who has an iconic reputation in the Greek legal market yet maintains a personal, empathetic approach to all the issues that arise.’

‘Sotiris Foteas is outstanding in court. He is backed by a very strong team which ensures in-depth legal research and the coherent substantiation of submissions.’

‘Not only is Sotiris Foteas an excellent legal practitioner who understands the essence of all issues, but he also has strong managerial skills which permit him to advise the client in a way that provides legal certainty and day-to-day effectiveness in business.’

Key clients

LAMDA GROUP

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

LAMDA OLYMPIA VILLAGE (LOV) S.A.

LAMDA DOMI S.A.

PYLAIA S.A.

JOINT VENTURE ATTENE S.A. – LATOMIKI S.A.

HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A.

SPECIAL FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS S.A. (the Greek Representative of AMOEBA DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY, a Bain Capital vehicle)

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK S.A.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company

EIDIKOU SKOPOU DEKATESSERA (14SPV)-a Member of the Dolphin Capital Group

BURBERRY LIMITED UK

ABN AMRO BANK S.A.

METLIFE MUTUAL FUND COMPANY

SHOP & TRADE S.A.

GI & KATASKEVI S.A.

TRITON LLC

ENET S.A.

CORE S.A.

BALLIAN S.A.

COSMOFARM LLC

ACADEMY OF ATHENS

THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GREECE

Projects and privatisation Tier 2

AKL Law Firm stands out for its 'efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness’. The team has been particularly active in transport infrastructure projects of late, working on major port and airport schemes, and also handles PPP, privatisations and related financings. Department head Alexandros Kosmopoulos is reputed for his ‘remarkable business acumen'; his team continues to advise Lamda Development on various aspects of its role in the €7bn Hellinikon Project, one of the largest urban development schemes in all of Europe.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Other key lawyers:

George Zohios; Helen Alexiou

Testimonials

‘The projects and privatisation practice is distinguished by its efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness.’

‘Georgios Zohios is very experienced in projects and privatisations, delivers business-oriented and targeted advice, and is results-driven. He addresses challenging issues in a thorough and efficient manner, while safeguarding the interests of the client all the way.’

Alexandros Kosmopoulos is very experienced in this field and has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘They give 100%, as if they have no other clients.’

‘Helen Alexiou is second to none in contract negotiations.’

‘The practice’s strength is its in-depth knowledge of the law as well as its attention to detail. The end product is typically flawless.’

‘Not only is Alexandros Kosmopoulos one of the smartest people I know, but he possesses remarkable business acumen, as well as a knack for thinking out of the box and finding creative solutions.’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

ALPHA BANK S.A.

Marguerite Fund

Atlantia

Piraeus Bank and Eurobank

Eurobank Ergasias

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

AKL Law Firm's practice is equipped to handle the full array of company restructuring and insolvency mandates. The keystones of its workload are its advice on distressed and non-distressed asset transactions, enforcement procedures, associated disputes, and business and asset restructuring, as well as corporate recoveries. Alexandros Kosmopoulos is the key contact for regulatory and transactional matters, while Constantine Alexiou leads the contentious offering; the pair jointly head the department alongside Sotiris Foteas, who supports on all fronts. The team counts a number of prominent Greek banks among its clients, routinely advising them on debt restructuring deals.

Practice head(s):

Constantine Alexiou; Alexandros Kosmopoulos; Sotiris Foteas

Key clients

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK S.A.

ALPHA BANK S.A.

DIORAMA SARL/DECA S.A.

HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A. (under special administration)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

AKL Law Firm has been active in a number of complex and high-value M&A transactions of late, including many with a cross-border element. The team represents a variety of clients from sectors as diverse as finance, real estate, energy, transport, hospitality and infrastructure, and also has the capacity to assist with corporate governance, employment and compliance issues. Practice head Alexandros Kosmopoulospossesses remarkable business acumen’ and is closely supported by George Zohios.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Other key lawyers:

George Zohios; Constantine Alexiou

Testimonials

‘The commercial, corporate and M&A team of Alexiou – Kosmopoulos is distinguished by its efficiency, quality of advice and responsiveness.’

‘Georgios Zochios is very experienced in complex transactions, delivers business-oriented and targeted advice, and is results-driven. He addresses challenging issues in a thorough and efficient manner, while safeguarding the interests of the client all the way.’

‘The members of the practice give you the confidence that they are acting as an in-house team and not as an external consultant.’

‘The whole team are second to none in character, commitment and competence.’

‘The team is excellent and very reactive, with a considerable range of specific expertise. They manage to cover complex and multidisciplinary material and operations, providing a service that is efficient in terms of cost and quality.’

‘George Zohios has extensive knowledge of business law and is able to communicate with clients in a clear, effective and concise manner, always providing concrete proposals that pave the way.’

‘The practice’s strengths are its in-depth knowledge of the law as well as its attention to detail. The end product is typically flawless.’

‘Not only is Alexandros Kosmopoulos one of the smartest people I know, but he possesses remarkable business acumen, as well as a knack for thinking out of the box and finding creative solutions.’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

MARGUERITE FUND

LANDIS + GYR S.A.

CONVERT GROUP

PILLARSTONE

The firm: Established in 1891, Alexiou & Kosmopoulos is one of the oldest and most prestigious law offices in Athens. Building on a solid foundation of four generations of practitioners, Alexiou & Kosmopoulos is a full-service law firm.

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos aspires to offer integrated legal services that consistently exceed expectations and create a model workplace for its people. The firm’s team of select professionals has been brought together by their shared commitment to client value, exceptional quality, innovation and down-to-earth commercial awareness. A consistent performance over time has helped the firm maintain and expand a growing circle of valued and loyal clients across diverse industries, many of whom entrust the firm with providing legal advice and support for their full range of activities. Combining sound expertise in a variety of fields helps realise the firm’s and its clients’ vision of excellence in today’s complex legal and business environment. The firm’s extremely versatile teams are able to interface with any other firm practices as required by the particular focus of the matter at hand (it therefore handles matters with an M&A angle, a finance angle, a litigation angle, an administrative law angle, etc).

Areas of practice
Banking, corporate and project finance: the firm’s experience acknowledges the diversity in the cultures and policies of different clients and organisations and brings its knowledge of domestic and cross-border legal issues, the workings of market infrastructures, systems and platforms to assist with a range of wholesale, retail and consumer products and investments. The practice covers core services and products, financial product structuring, asset finance, acquisition finance, derivatives, debt and equity capital markets, support for financial advisory projects, project finance and syndicated loans. The team has been advising, as single legal counsel, lenders and borrowers for transactions totalling more than €1.5bn in the last three years.

Projects and privatisation: in addition to its exposure in privatisations, concessions, PFI and PPP projects, the firm has been prominently active in major real estate development, energy, telecommunications, tourism, port facilities and transportation projects. The projects and privatisation team is equally adept at advising awarding authorities and bidders as part of public contracts and procurement, including in respect of drafting tender documents, advising on administration of processes, pre-bid and bidding strategies and arrangements, preparation of offer documentation and negotiations. The firm has been successful from whatever role or perspective it has acted; as lenders’ counsel, sponsor/investors’ counsel, lead co-seller counsel. Few law firms in Greece can compete against its recent years’ team track record on privatisations and project development. The firm’s substantial experience includes the first Greek PPP transaction and several privatisations (including Hellinikon, Piraeus Port Authority and Astir Palace).

Real estate: the firm advises on all aspects of investment in real estate, including zoning, planning, construction, development, real estate finance, environmental issues, licensing, and acts for clients within categories with varying requirements, including developers, contractors, financial and strategic investors, lenders, governmental agencies, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. In addition, the experience of the department is showcased by the range of asset and property configurations, types and sizes investigated, including opportunities in the urban, industrial, commercial, infrastructure, governmental, commercial, residential, hospitality-related and agricultural segments. In the complex interdisciplinary setting of projects of significant size, experts from other fields know that the firm understands both the business and their concerns.

Litigation and dispute resolution: the firm’s track record of successful cases spans a wide range of diverse areas, including commercial and financial disputes, construction and real estate, corporate litigation, distribution and licensing disputes, medical negligence, insolvency and enforcement.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative Sotiris Foteas
Banking, finance and capital markets Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Banking, finance and capital markets George Zohios
Corporate and commercial Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Corporate and commercial George Zohios
Development, regulatory and environmental Helen Alexiou
Employment Constantine Alexiou
Energy and natural resources Constantine Alexiou
EU, competition and regulation George Zohios
Insolvency and recovery Constantine Alexiou
Insolvency and recovery Sotiris Foteas
Intellectual property Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Litigation and dispute resolution Constantine Alexiou
Litigation and dispute resolution Sotiris Foteas
Mergers and acquisitions Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Mergers and acquisitions George Zohios
Privatisation Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Procurement and projects Helen Alexiou
Procurement and projects Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Project finance Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Real estate and construction Constantine Alexiou
Real estate and construction Helen Alexiou
Tax Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Constantine Alexiou  photo Dr Constantine Alexiou Partner. Constantine fields of legal expertise include Real Estate, Litigation and Arbitration,…
Mrs Helen Alexiou  photo Mrs Helen Alexiou Managing Partner. Helen’s fields of legal expertise include Real Estate, Procurement and…
Mrs Maria Alexiou  photo Mrs Maria Alexiou Partner. Maria’s fields of legal expertise include Litigation, Corporate and Commercial, and…
Mr George Athanasiou  photo Mr George Athanasiou Associate.
Mr Kostas Fatsis  photo Mr Kostas Fatsis Senior Associate.
Mr Sotiris Foteas  photo Mr Sotiris Foteas Partner.
Mr Alexandros Kosmopoulos  photo Mr Alexandros Kosmopoulos Managing Partner. Alexandros’ fields of legal expertise include Banking & Finance, Corporate…
Miss Eleftheria Vassila  photo Miss Eleftheria Vassila Associate.
Miss Vicky Zarakioti  photo Miss Vicky Zarakioti Associate
Mr George Zohios  photo Mr George Zohios Partner.
Number of lawyers : 17
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