Firm Profile > Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm > Athens, Greece

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm
23A VASSILISSIS SOFIAS AVENUE
1ST FLOOR
106 74 ATHENS
Greece

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm's client roster encompasses developers, contractors, financial and strategic investors, lenders, government agencies, corporates and high-net-worth individuals. The team provides a full-service real estate offering, which handles acquisitions, developments and redevelopments, concessions, divestments and financing work. Headed up by Constantine Alexiou and Helen Alexiou, the practice is particularly acclaimed for its expertise in technical matters including environmental, licensing, planning, zoning and regulatory issues. Recent highlights included advising Lamda Development on the licensing of the Hellinikon Project, a multi-billion euro urban development project in Athens. Clients praise associate Eleftheria Vassila for her 'detailed research in legislation and case-law'.

Testimonials

‘The Team reflects one the most high-quality expertise in the Greek legal market, especially in a field governed by a multitude of legal sources and interpenetrations of legal systems. Facing every project as a whole, the practice is based on the interconnection and the availability of all Partners, coordinated by Helen Alexiou.’

‘Partner Helen Alexiou is really a leading individual in the field. She has tremendous in-depth knowledge of the special planning, zoning and licensing legislation and the ability to effectively implement it in the structure of a very complex transaction. She is involved in the most prominent actual real estate projects in the Greek market and has unparalleled skills in real estate negotiations. Constantine Alexiou co-leads the practice and offers unique relevant experience.’

‘Eleftheria Vassila offers valuable substantiation of the findings through detailed research in the legislation and the case-law. She is a real doer, capable of dealing with the most demanding process required by the public administration.’

‘We are impressed by our long-term cooperation with Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm for their direct and prompt responsiveness and feedback. The whole team is always short-time effective and we strongly recommend them for commercial, urban planning, administrative and tax law advice.’

‘Mrs. Eleni Alexiou together with Messrs. Konstantinos Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos hold themselves to high ethical and moral professional standards. Through all these years, our cooperation with them has never been defective, and their deliverables are always analytical, solid and in-depth.’

‘Alexiou & Kosmopoulos is accustomed to encountering situations requiring documentation or advice having a high level of complexity or novelty to suit the particular circumstances of the organizations involved and address transaction requirements.’

‘Always working with us and not for us as part of the same team with commitment that can be found only in the best in-house legal teams and not to external advisors.’

‘Ms. Helen Alexiou, deep knowledge in all applicable law, always answering directly to the heart of the issues and her second to none work ethic. Ms. Eleftheria Vasila as a very valuable support to the process with a unique way to find the solution when nobody expects it.’

‘Always available, approachable. Never provide advice without having thoroughly examined all aspects of the potential problem.’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

LAMDA OLYMPIA VILLAGE S.A.

LAMDA DOGUS S.A.

LAMDA DOMI / PYLAIA S.A.

RND IKE

AREMI S.A. (affiliate of Alpha Bank S.A.)

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK S.A.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Lawyers at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm  are hailed as ‘experienced, responsive, knowledgeable and honest’. Headed by Alexandros Kosmopoulos, the team is engaged for the full array of finance transactions, namely secured and syndicated lending, acquisition financing, real estate finance and non-recourse lending. Additional core strengths include regulatory compliance issues and financial product structuring along with debt and equity capital markets work. Forming the client roster are national banks, domestic and international financial institutions, finance companies, REITs and private equity funds. Associate Kostas Fatsis is an active member of the team.  

Testimonials

‘I found them to be experienced, responsive, knowledgeable and honest. Whilst working with AK, I felt as though our situation was in adept and trustworthy hands. I would highly recommend AK to anyone seeking representation that is fair, honest and which will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront. I would not hesitate to seek representation from AK again.’

‘Wonderful representatives with calm preparedness during lengthy and tenacious negotiation processes. I so appreciated their knowledge, calming presence, and polite and respectful attitude. They have helped us to stay focused on the larger picture, and worked on our case(s) in a caring and timely manner.

‘They have represented us in the most professional manner, their ethics are of the highest standards. Their friendship, courtesy, knowledge and honesty have become very important to us during the last ten years.’ 

‘In unvarnished truth they will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. They will cut out the frivolous fluff that so many clients want to vent about.’

Key clients

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK ERGASIAS S.A.

ALPHA BANK S.A.

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.

NBG Pangaea REIC

 

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm holds expertise on the full spectrum of corporate affairs including general advice, company formation, commercial contracts, joint ventures, M&A, insurance and corporate governance. Headed by Alexandros Kosmopoulos , the team represents both domestic and international corporates from industries such as the financial, retail, electricity, e-commerce, aviation and energy sectors. A plethora of high-stake cross-border matters form the recent caseload, as do a number of domestic affairs such as the group’s ongoing advice to Lamda Development in relation to the Hellinikon Project.

Testimonials

‘Alexiou Kosmopoulos Law Firm has an extremely strong banking and corporate practice led by the exceptional Alexandros Kosmopoulos. They are truly international in their outlook and provide superb – and highly responsive – advice’.

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos and George Zohios are stand-out practitioners in this practice. The level of expertise that they bring and their ability to assist international clients in navigating the particularities of the Greek market is truly unique.’

‘Business oriented, fast and efficient’.

‘Accessibility, quick responses, and problem solving (George Zohios, Alexandros Kosmopoulos)’.

‘Their commitment to the cases of our company like they are in-house personnel and not external consultants’.

‘Helen Alexiou has deep knowledge combined with an unbelievable work ethic. Alexandros Kosmopoulos has outstanding problem solving skills’.

‘The team stands out for its combination of great in-depth knowledge and the ability to connect to clients.’

‘George Zohios has been appreciated for providing excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage.’

Key clients

HRADF

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

MARGUERITE FUND

ATHENS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

LANDIS + GYR S.A.

WIZZ AIR

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.

CONVERT GROUP

PILLARSTONE

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm's lawyers are praised for their ‘industrious problem solving’ and ‘punctuality in meeting deadlines’. The group handles a broad range of disputes including civil, commercial and administrative litigation with representation provided across the entire array of regional and local courts including the Supreme Court, Court of Auditors and the State Council. Constantine Alexiou delivers a ‘proactive approach’ and ‘quickly understands issues’, and leads the team, which is particularly active in the financial, construction, real estate and utilities sectors.

Testimonials

‘Very punctual in meeting deadlines and very good knowledge of local financing market.’

‘Fast, personal contact, industrious problem solving.’

‘Mr. Alexiou: proactive approach, quickly understands issues, fast response and strategy within a highly professional spirit.’

‘Mr. Sotirios Foteas is a very efficient lawyer. He is brilliant!’

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A. / HELLINIKON GLOBAL I S.A./ LAMDA OLYMPIA VILLAGE (LOV) S.A.

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

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

HRADF (Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund)

PYLAIA S.A.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company

EUROBANK ERGASIAS S.A.

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

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is engaged on the full range of large privatisations, finance transactions and projects. Alexandros Kosmopoulos leads the practice, which handles matters with an international aspect and has recently been particularly active in transport infrastructure projects including major ports and airports. Notably, the team is acting for Lamda Development on various aspects of its involvement in the €7bn Hellinikon Project including advising on the proposed lease agreement for the Hellinikon integrated resort and casino.

Key clients

LAMDA DEVELOPMENT S.A.

ALPHA BANK S.A.

Marguerite Fund

Atlantia

Piraeus Bank and Eurobank

Lamda Dogus

Eurobank Ergasias

HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is home to ‘hands-on partners’ who provide ‘quick and insightful responses’. The team is geared towards advising public companies undergoing special administration on all aspects of the liquidation process and also represents lenders, shareholders and investors on corporate recoveries, business and asset restructurings and collective enforcement procedures. Additional core strengths include the acquisition of distressed and non-distressed assets and the full range of advice for pre and post-insolvency proceedings, including disputes. Alexandros Kosmopoulos and Constantine Alexiou jointly head the practice which includes Sotiris Foteas, hailed by clients as a 'very good business partner'.

Testimonials

‘Hands on partners; our interaction was with partners directly which shows that AKL does not assign junior staff to do the work and have partners available only for meetings.’

‘Alexandros Kosmopoulos is a quick-thinker and can provide an ad hoc verbal analysis when provided with the points that need to be addressed. Sotiris Foteas was always available when we needed him and he would prepare memos that helped us in our analysis.’

‘Quick and insightful responses, strategic approach, focus on efficiency and quality.’

‘Sotiris Foteas is a very good business partner, has a very solid background and is always available to support our efforts.’

Key clients

Piraeus Bank S.A.

Eurobank Ergasias S.A.

Alpha Bank S.A.

Diorama SARL/Deca S.A.

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
Mrs Helen Alexiou  photo Mrs Helen Alexiou
Mrs Maria Alexiou  photo Mrs Maria Alexiou
Mr George Athanasiou  photo Mr George Athanasiou
Mr Kostas Fatsis  photo Mr Kostas Fatsis
Mr Sotiris Foteas  photo Mr Sotiris Foteas
Mr Alexandros Kosmopoulos  photo Mr Alexandros Kosmopoulos
Mr Yannis Paradeisiadis  photo Mr Yannis Paradeisiadis
Miss Eleftheria Vassila  photo Miss Eleftheria Vassila
Mr Dimitris Vogiatzis  photo Mr Dimitris Vogiatzis
Miss Vicky Zarakioti  photo Miss Vicky Zarakioti
Mr George Zohios  photo Mr George Zohios
Number of lawyers : 17
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