Firm Profile > Metaxas & Associates Law Firm > Athens, Greece

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm
ASKLIPIOU 154 STREET
11471 ATHENS
Greece

Energy Tier 1

True experts in energy law and regulation’, the team at Metaxas & Associates Law Firm provides ‘thorough knowledge of the energy sector, in terms of both domestic and EU legislation’. On the projects front, the team advises on every stage, including development, project finance and construction. It is also extensively experienced in contentious affairs, providing representation before the Hellenic Competition Commission, the Regulatory Authority for Energy and the EU courts. Antonis Metaxas, who is 'a leading pioneer in energy law', heads the department alongside Efstathios Kakounis. Their team also advises on licensing procedures, competition issues, energy-related M&A and legislative compliance, and specialises in the representation of RES electricity producers, electricity suppliers and major industrial clients. At the junior end, clients regularly single out 'excellent' senior associate Ioannis Floros for recommendation.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Metaxas; Efstathios Kakounis

Other key lawyers:

Ioannis Floros

Testimonials

‘I have the highest opinion of the Metaxas & Associates team after having worked with them. I feel they do high-quality, detailed work, they are true experts in energy law and regulation, and they approach their practice in a really professional and client-oriented manner. Antonis Metaxas has managed to assemble a really good team of experts, which makes you feel secure that you are being advised by one of the best legal teams in energy law matters in the country.’

‘Efstathios Kakounis really is a top-quality legal expert in energy law, and I would definitely recommend him. Antonis Metaxas has also been really good; his expertise is truly impressive. This is a very highly skilled team of experts in this field. Their level of specialisation is perfect for highly complex and demanding cases. They are the experts you need on your side for complex issues in energy law and regulation.’

‘It was refreshing to realise that the whole team has high-level expertise in energy regulation issues. Besides Antonis Metaxas, who combines professional and academic knowledge that is unique in Greece, I had the chance to work with Efstathios Kakounis and Ioannis Floros, who have been excellent legal counsels for us, offering detailed and precise advice and demonstrating an impressive knowledge of energy regulation on a national as well as a European level.’

‘They have a thorough knowledge of the energy sector, in terms of both domestic and EU legislation. You can be sure of dealing with lawyers who have a deep understanding of the sector.’

‘A senior associate worth mentioning is Ioannis Floros. He has excellent legal depth, offering detailed and precise advice.’

‘Knowledge of global energy trends is the key issue for providing exceptional strength in the complex Greek energy field. This is what makes this practice unique among others.’

‘Antonis Metaxas is a leading pioneer in energy law. He follows the trends in the market and takes the lead on many consultations, with a crystal-clear business perspective of how his involvement could be beneficial for both businesses and the public. His partners and associates embrace his mission and demonstrate a personal touch as a result of daily hard work, experience gained, and up-to-date education.’

‘They have been very effective and professional in the way they have provided their service. I had prior knowledge of their expertise in energy regulation, but it has been good to see that they remain foremost experts on these issues in Greece.’

Key clients

ADMIE S.A.

DESFA S.A.

ENEL GREEN POWER HELLAS S.A.

ELPEDISON S.A.

ENTEKA S.A.

AIOLOS AEROTECHNIKI S.A.

REDEN SOLAR 2020, S.A.S.

HELLENIC HYDROCARBON RESOURCES MANAGEMENT S.A.

GEN-I GROUP/GEN-I ATHENS

HERACLES GENERAL CEMENT COMPANY

INTERENERGO d.o.o.

Panhellenic Association of Photovoltaic Power Producers

VOURDOUBAS ENERGEIAKI M.E.P.E

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

PETROGAZ ENERGY S.A.

EU and competition Tier 1

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is home to ‘true experts in state aid and competition law’ who are also ‘the best in the country for EU law matters’. The team represents its clients in the full suite of HCC hearings, with a strong track record in anticompetitive behaviour claims and abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. It is jointly headed by Antonis Metaxas, famed for his ‘hugely impressive expertise’, and Efstathios Kakounis, whose practice encompasses the competition law elements of due diligence reviews and corporate restructurings. The team also assists its clients with the design of state aid schemes and is extremely adept when it comes to the competition implications of business agreements and transactions. Also integral to the team is senior associate Ioannis Floros, who is praised as a ‘top-quality expert in state aid and competition law’.

Practice head(s):

Antonis Metaxas; Efstathios Kakounis

Other key lawyers:

Ioannis Floros; Christina Katsanou

Testimonials

‘They do high-quality, detailed work and they are true experts in state aid and competition law. They approach their practice in a really professional and client-oriented manner. The whole team has been excellent, we got top advice. Antonis Metaxas has managed to form a team of good lawyers that makes you feel confident you are being advised by the best in the country for EU law matters.’

‘Ioannis Floros is a top-quality expert in state aid and competition law, and I would definitely recommend him. The personal participation of Antonis Metaxas has been valuable because of his hugely impressive expertise. The overall quality of their legal support is excellent because of their internal coordination when handling complex cases.’

‘Their advice combines academic knowledge and practical experience.’

‘It has been good to know that they have a team led by a top expert and surrounded by very knowledgeable attorneys. We have been impressed when working with senior associates Christina Katsanou and Ioannis Floros, who are highly trained and competent lawyers. We also enjoyed the dedicated involvement and input of Antonis Metaxas.’

‘They do top-quality and in-depth work. They are the go-to experts regarding state aid and competition law.’

Key clients

GEN-I ATHENS

DESFA S.A. – Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator

PETROGAZ ENERGY S.A.

ENEL GREEN POWER HELLAS S.A.

ENTEKA S.A.

AIOLOS AEROTECHNIKI

SELECTED VOLT S.A.

Clusters of RES producers in Greece

Cluster of Industrial Clients

Cluster of Industrial Electricity Consumers

TELINT LTD

HERACLES S.A. – General Cement Company

HELLENIC REPUBLIC – MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A.

SCHUR FLEXIBLES S.A

PRISMA S.A.

PPC S.A.- Public Power Corporation

ELPEDISON S.A.

ELINA PAPER MILLS S.A.

SELECTED TEXTILES S.A.

VARVARESSOS S.A.

Metaxas & Associates is a leading boutique law firm set to deviate from the traditional general practice model, offering first class legal advice and extensive expertise in specific areas of practice.

Our aim is to provide the optimum level of legal services, tailored and integrated business-focused solutions that meet the complex needs of our clients in order to thrive in today’s global market place. Our deep knowledge of the dynamics that drive our clients’ markets, our ability to provide critical strategic support and  the combination of an international perspective with the deep understanding of the local market, make our firm a top choice in the practice areas of inter alia, energy law, EU caw, Competition and state aid law.

Head of M&A Law Firm is the managing and founding partner, Professor Dr Antonis Metaxas, PhD, Law Faculty of FU Berlin, Professor of EU Law in the University of Athens and Visiting Professor of EU energy and competition law in various distinguished international universities, among others TU Berlin. Prof Metaxas is also chairman of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and top leading practitioner and academic in the field of energy law, acknowledged well over the boundaries of the Greek legal market by all international independent legal directories.

Our team works in a collegiate, team-based way, using its collective knowledge, insight and expertise to tackle the most challenging of cases. The competitive advantage lies in our strong commitment to the concrete fields of our specialization and thereby we achieve positive results through the in depth understanding of each of our clients’ special needs and the specific parameters of the concrete business environment in which they are active.

We believe in fostering personal contact and engagement with our clients, building our relationships on transparency, mutual trust and respect.

Main areas of practice
Energy law / energy arbitration: When it comes to the energy regulation field, one could objectively claim that M&A Law Firm is regarded as the leading law firm in Greece having a focused orientation in the respective field of practice and expertise. Its managing and founding partner, Professor Dr A. Metaxas, is chairman of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and leading practitioner and academic in the field of energy regulation, acknowledged well over the boundaries of the Greek legal market by all international independent legal directories. Our law firm currently represents the majority or RES electricity producers, electricity suppliers and major industrial clients in systemic disputes which shape the national electricity market. Additionally, it comprises of associate lawyers with academic expertise and up to date knowledge of the complex regulatory framework. During the last years, we have been involved in the vast majority of transactions concerning the transfer of RES production licenses and plants in operation in the Greek market, acting as legal advisor in the most high-profile acquisitions in terms of MW power. In response to the highly specialized needs of the energy industry, our legal services cover:

  • Consultancy on the development, project financing and construction of energy projects.
  • Legal assistance during the licensing procedure, acquisitions of companies active in the energy sector, legislative compliance, and competition issues
  • Litigation
  • Representation before the Hellenic Competition Commission, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the European Commission and EU courts

European and competition law: Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is widely acknowledged in the Greek legal market for its profound expertise and quality in EU law and competition. Our firm’s broad experience in EU and competition law enables us to provide high-quality legal services to Greek and international clients in competition, antitrust and state aid cases. The firm is at the forefront of state aid practice in Greece with a profound scientific and practical expertise in EU State Aid Rules and their enforcement procedures at european and national level, thus providing targeted legal assistance to both state aid providers in the public sector and state aid recipients in the private sector, as well as to interested third parties, including competitors wishing to challenge the alleged beneficiaries of illegal state aid measures. Moreover, M&A Law Firm acts in the most significant anti-dominance disputes in addition to mergers and acquisitions, as a competition counsel with regard to antitrust policies and regulatory strategies. In particular, our broad experience in competition law enables us to provide high-quality legal services to Greek and international enterprises regarding competition issues in Greece and the EU. Our expertise in this specialization includes:

  • Representation of clients in cases of dominance abuse and claims based on anti-competitive behavior
  • Representation of clients before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission
  • Elaboration of appropriate business strategies with a view to facilitating compliance with the antitrust and competition implications of various business agreements and transactions
  • Advising on state aid law cases and designing state aid law schemes
Department Name Email Telephone
Energy Law - EU Competition Law Professor Antonios Metaxas metaxas@metaxaslaw.gr +302103390748
Corporate Law - Tax Law Stathis Kakounis kakounis@metaxaslaw.gr +306980553965
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ioannis Floros photo Mr Ioannis Floros Senior Associate
Ms Sophia Ganiatsou  photo Ms Sophia Ganiatsou Senior Executive Administrator
Ms Nefeli Giannaki  photo Ms Nefeli Giannaki Associate
Mr Stathis Kakounis  photo Mr Stathis Kakounis Partner
Ms Christina Katsanou  photo Ms Christina Katsanou Senior Associate
 Iakovos Koulouris  photo Iakovos Koulouris Associate.
Ms Maria-Konstantina Lili-Kokkori  photo Ms Maria-Konstantina Lili-Kokkori Associate
Ms Konstantina Meletiadou  photo Ms Konstantina Meletiadou Associate
Prof Antonios Metaxas  photo Prof Antonios Metaxas Managing Partner
Ms Danai Papadea  photo Ms Danai Papadea Associate
Dr Anna Plevri  photo Dr Anna Plevri Senior Associate
Mr Sergios Trechlis  photo Mr Sergios Trechlis Associate
Sophia Ganiatsou : Executive Manager
English
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Athens Bar Association

KEY CLIENTS

ADMIE S.A. – Independent Power Transmission System Operator
DESFA S.A. – Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator
ENEL GREEN POWER HELLAS S.A.
ELPEDISON S.A. – Major electricity production and supply company
AIOLOS AEROTECHNIKI S.A.
REDEN SOLAR 2020, S.A.S.
HELLENIC HYDROCARBON RESOURCES MANAGEMENT S.A.
GEN-I GROUP/GEN-I ATHENS
INTERENERGO d.o.o.
PANHELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PRODUCERS
VOURDOUBAS ENERGEIAKI M.E.P.E
HELLENIC PETROLEUM S.A.
PETROGAZ ENERGY S.A.
ENTEKA S.A.
SELECTED VOLT S.A.
Clusters of RES producers in Greece
Cluster of Industrial Clients
Cluster of Industrial Electricity Consumers
TELINT LTD
HERACLES S.A. – General Cement Company
HELLENIC REPUBLIC – MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A.
SCHUR FLEXIBLES S.A
PRISMA S.A.
PPC S.A.- Public Power Corporation
ELINA PAPER MILLS S.A.
SELECTED TEXTILES S.A.
VARVARESSOS S.A.


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been receiving consulting legal services by Metaxas & Associates in cases where we needed expertise in Energy Law in regard to the EU regulatory framework, and I have to say that I am delighted to have worked with them. They have been very efficient in their work in a level that was closer to European standards. Professor Metaxas’ expertise in Energy regulation has been impressive and I find that his academic background made a difference in the depth of consultation we received from them. It shall be highlighted that our perfect collaboration with Metaxas & Associates during Covid-19 pandemic remains unchanged, as our digital communication has been very direct and efficient.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been cooperating with M&A primarily in relation to issues associated to Energy Law and regulation. I think that their service towards us was excellent. Their staff has been most cooperative, and I was surprised to see a high level of knowledge on Energy Law across the board of associates I have been cooperating with. In general, I cooperated largely with professor Metaxas and with Stathis Kakounis. Mr Kakounis is really a top-quality legal expert in Energy Law, and I would definitely recommend him. Having also the personal participation of Professor Metaxas has been really good, as his expertise is truly impressive and crucial to our needs. This is a highly skilled team of experts in this field.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “In the course of the year, we have worked with other firms on issues other than Energy Law. The good thing with M&A is that they specialize in very specific areas of the law so when it comes to energy regulation, both on national as well as EU level, one feels that they are the experts you need to cooperate with. They are my first choice in the field. I would definitely recommend them.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “We keep our business with M&A when it comes to Competition and EU law issues because we trust exactly the fact that they excel in these areas of the law. As far as Competition law goes, they are the firm to go if you need top expert legal advice. In general, I cooperated largely with Professor Metaxas and with Yiannis Floros. Mr. Floros is really a top-quality legal expert in State Aid and Competition Law, and I would definitely recommend him. Having also the personal participation of Professor Metaxas has been really good because his expertise is truly impressive and crucial for our needs. This is a highly skilled team of experts in this field.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “Metaxas & Associates provided legal advice whenever we had to face cases of Competition disputes connected to EU law. I have the best opinion about the M&A team after having worked with them. I felt they do high-quality, detailed work, they are true experts as far as State Aid and Competition Law goes, and that they approach their practice in a really professional and client-oriented manner. The whole team has been excellent, we got top advice, and Professor Metaxas has managed to assemble a team of really good experts that makes you feel secure that you are being treated by one of the best legal teams in EU law matters in the country.”


COMPANY/FIRM: Metaxas and Associates
TESTIMONIAL: “Metaxas & Associates provided legal advice whenever we had to face cases of Competition disputes connected to EU law. I have the best opinion about the M&A team after having worked with them. I felt they do high-quality, detailed work, they are true experts as far as State Aid and Competition Law goes, and that they approach their practice in a really professional and client-oriented manner. The whole team has been excellent, we got top advice, and Professor Metaxas has managed to assemble a team of really good experts that makes you feel secure that you are being treated by one of the best legal teams in EU law matters in the country.”


Diversity. Inclusion. They’re more than just words for us. They’re the hard-and-fast principles guiding how we build our team, cultivate leaders and create a company that’s the right fit for every individual. We have a global, multicultural following—we aim to reflect that in our firm. We believe diversity drives innovation. So we’re building a culture where difference is valued. We’re always growing our network of people, programs and tools, all designed to help employees self-develop and manage their careers. Our Diversity & Inclusion program has three main goals:

  • Attracting & Onboarding – create a workforce broadly reflective of the larger community.
  • Engaging & Developing – support employees in building the skills and capacity to work in an inclusive manner as a team.
  • Building the Culture – build a welcoming workplace in which employees recognize that their unique characteristics, skills and experiences are respected, remunerated and celebrated.

In addition, gender balance is one of our firm’s primary values as we strongly support the significance of different points of view. As an example 60% of our firm’s lawyers are women. We embrace and treat employees equally regardless of age, gender, disability, culture, sexuality or anything equivalent.
From building a mentality where all employees can bring their best selves to work, to deploying diversity initiatives that support everyone, we’re doing what it takes to create an inclusive world for all.

Professor Dr. Antonis Metaxas, Managing Partner

Managing Partner of M&A Law Firm, Professor Dr. A. Metaxas, shares his opinions on the evolution of Greek legal practice, the Firm’s successful strategies and the challenges forthcoming.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Metaxas & Associates from your competitors?

Our Firm’s distinctive feature lies in our continuous effort to combine high level academic knowledge with practical expertise in carefully selected practice areas. We have a clearly defined focus on concrete practice areas and do not aspire to be experts in all fields of legal practice. We believe that those who claim being specialists in nearly everything, simply do not understand the necessary radical adjustments and adaptations of our profession in today’s changing business landscape.

Having said that, we are proud of being widely recognized as the leading pioneers in the Greek legal market in the core field of Energy and Energy Regulation. We are also acknowledged as perhaps the first Law Firm that systematically indicated the necessity to serve clients’ needs through the scope of legal possibilities that the close interdependence between national legal orders and EU Law provides.

In this sense, it indeed does not come as a surprise that your reputable Guide has qualified our Firm as top tier in the field of Energy, EU and Competition Law for many consecutive years. We stay committed to our clientele’s demanding needs and try to be at the forefront of legal and business developments in our core practice areas. Our objective is to always build a long lasting relationship with our clients and act not only as their legal advisors but also support their commercial needs and exceed their expectations. To do so, we have developed the necessary processes and systems to collect feedback, listen and understand their business objectives in order to improve the way we work with them, thus act in a more efficient way.

The primary source of our success is credited to our team of associates. It consists of experienced lawyers with a strong resume of challenging cases. We focus on always recruiting the optimum candidates.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Despite the surely severe effects of Covid-19 in the global economy that are yet to come, there are continuous investments in the field of energy, especially focusing on Renewable Energy Sources (RES). It is a trend that is in line with the main strategic goal of the EU, which, in the context of the recovery and economic transformation plan in the post-pandemic era largely focusses on the energy transition process towards a greener, circular and climate-neutral economy.

This gradual growth of the “green” energy market in Greece is currently reflected in the new agreements, acquisitions of wind and photovoltaic parks portfolios, as well as in new technological investments in offshore wind and energy storage, for which the normative framework is expected to be finalized soon. Electric power grid modernization, challenges for the mass “greening” of islands and the simplification and acceleration of RES licensing procedures, constitute important prerequisites for the efficient exploitation of investments. Therefore, the main challenge that energy policy is facing today, following the new context and status created by the pandemic, is structuring the key priorities to achieve the European Green Deal and Europe’s green energy transition, as well as the emphasis on targeted investment initiatives fοr green growth.

The specialized Energy practice of our Firm has in the last decade of its active presence not just followed the constant and sometimes radical developments of the relevant market but to a substantial extent in certain crucial parameters actually shaped them.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our Law Firm is constantly trying to adapt to best practices followed internationally in our profession. It is always nice to hear clients commenting that we do have professional and organizational qualities that are not common to Greek law Firms or offices.

First of all, we have enhanced our working personnel with highly skilled Associates from diverse backgrounds in order to succeed a spherical view for every matter concerning our Firm’s fields of expertise.

Furthermore, we are continuously investing in the improvement of our working conditions and environment in order to accomplish optimum results for our clients.

Last, but not least, it is important to highlight the upgrade of the software and technological equipment in our Firm that is now up-to-date for teleconferences and communication methods that do not presuppose physical presence of our clients.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

In this digital age, it is imperative to stay up to date with the best technology to serve your customers efficiently. This digital adjustment became mandatory due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

Our Law Firm has long before invested in a fully digitalized system in order to communicate and further cooperate with our corporate clients by using a series of online platforms, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype. It is our core priority to understand the importance of resourcing innovative ideas and developing more technologically-friendly tools to assist our clientele. Therefore, we are fully prepared to serve our clients’ needs, while adopting remote working patterns (Cloud usage) and enabling efficient working conditions for our Partners, Associates and Administration personnel.

In addition, we emphasize a lot on our social media presence, since we strongly believe that it is a highly effective tool to showcase our legal and academic work and achieve a broad communication with our audience. Our Firm’s goal is to grow our network even outside our national borders and modern technology is a key tool for this effort.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Our Firm acts as legal advisor for a variety of national and foreign electricity producers, suppliers and developers as well as international investors. We support our international clients with market insights and useful advice in order to assist them in achieving their goals and benefit from their investments. In a recent complex negotiation, our expert legal knowledge and negotiating skills helped our clients achieve a win-win outcome in an international transaction related to the transfer of a major RES portfolio. In this context, our insightful input had a substantial impact on the value of our client’s business. And this is just an indicative example of how we bring added value to our clients.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Our Firm has further consolidated its leading status in the Greek Legal Market, especially in the practice of Energy where it is regarded as perhaps “the” leading Law Firm of the country. As already mentioned, our distinctive feature lies on our clear strategic orientation of excellence in the selected fields of our specialization: Energy and EU Competition Law, our commitment to client service and diversity among our attorneys and staff, characteristics that have been recognized repeatedly over the years.

It is noteworthy that clients always look for stability and strategic direction. Our client’s loyalty is one of the most important factors highlighting the highly acknowledged position of our Firm. We are indeed proud for having achieved this bond and commitment.