Firm Profile > KLC Law Firm > Athens, Greece
KLC Law Firm Offices
10, KAPSALI STREET
106 74 ATHENS
KLC Law Firm > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 1
KLC Law Firm has a ‘particularly strong international approach’ and handles pre-trial advice, advocacy, risk management issues and out-of-court settlements, and provides representation in arbitral tribunals. Panagiotis Tzioumas is an ‘exceptionally talented lawyer’ who is highly regarded for international commercial disputes and counts financial and credit institutions, domestic and international businesses and foreign states as clients. Tzioumas leads the practice with Alexandros Tsirigos, Vassilis Voutsakis and Aristides Chiotellis. The team recently represented Hellenic Shipyards in a €330m dispute with Hellenic Railway pertaining to agreements for the construction and procurement of rolling stock.
‘For me the go-to firm in Greece, covering all major business law aspects and with a particularly international approach.’
‘Panagiotis Tzioumas is an exceptionally talented lawyer. Efficient and always to the point. I would entrust him with any litigation matter relating to Greece, be it before state courts or international arbitration. Aristides Chiotellis is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Greece with extensive experience and knowledge in corporate, commercial and procedural law aspects.’
‘KLC Law Firm offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen, industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money. The depth and breadth of their knowledge ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs successfully and provide high quality, innovative legal solutions in the increasingly complex area of legislation and practice.’
‘Prof. Aristides Chiotellis and Mr. Panagiotis Tzioumas are excellent legal advisors with numerous strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’
‘Our experience with the firm was always outstanding. Partners were always available and their advice prompt and pragmatic. Without doubt, KLC is one of the best Greek firms we have worked with.’
‘Panayiotis Tzioumas is outstanding. He is always available even at short notice, is well prepared with an excellent grasp of relevant issues. He deals equally well with complicated cross-jurisdictional litigation and with complicated transactions. He conveys his advice in a clear and consistent manner. Theodore Loukopoulos is also highly recommended. He is thorough with an eye for detail. He is particularly knowledgeable in the pharmaceuticals sector.’
‘Good case management, committed associates and clear succinct advice.’
‘Panayiotis Tzioumas and Polyxeni Konti have very good case management skills, sensitive to client’s requirements and deliver clear succinct practical solutions.’
HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A.
ADIDAS HELLAS S.A.
GENERAL NATIONAL MARITIME AND TRANSPORTATION COMPANY
HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRADF)
VIVARTIA FOOD SERVICES GROUP
HELLENIC GAMING COMMISSION
The ‘excellent’ team at KLC Law Firm is distinguished by its ‘combination of legal skills, responsiveness, flexibility and understanding of the client’s needs’. Among the group’s key strengths are debt restructuring, NPL due diligence and transactions, regulatory work and the delisting of listed securities. Panagiotis Tzioumas heads the practice, combining ‘innovative solutions’ with ‘commercial acumen and practicality’. His team is also adept in project finance transactions, namely those in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
‘The team is a blend of well-organised, highly skilled professionals who can combine different aspects of legal expertise. Accordingly they are capable of providing full-spectrum legal advice, also being able to think out of the box and provide creative solutions to better address clients’ requirements and needs.’
‘The team leader and members of the team are highly efficient and reliable. They are highly experienced, capable of identifying the different aspects and key issues of each particular case, and of providing creative solutions. They also have a deep understanding of the client’s needs and are always available when their assistance is required. Special reference in this respect is made to partners Panagiotis Tzioumas and Xenofon Papayiannis.’
‘KLC is a firm that manages to maintain high quality of services in all cases that they have been engaged with. Starting with deep knowledge of the sectors that they are involved in, the team’s key advantages are complemented by experienced and trained associates and high partner involvement, assisting both as quality assurance and also problem solving in complex cases. By comparison to other firms operating in the country, KLC offers one of the sector’s highest quality of services, while maintaining an approach with timely response rates and billing transparency.’
‘Both partners and associates in KLC are very approachable and thorough in their counsels. Their experience is enabling them to provide accurate, flexible and swift solutions to complex situations. Dr. Tzioumas, managing partner, is an extremely experienced lawyer in various fields of the legal field making him an invaluable asset to any transaction team that he is a member in.’
‘What makes this practice unique is the combination of legal skills, responsiveness, flexibility, understanding of client’s needs and efficient allocation of work among the project team members.’
‘The lead partner Panagiotis Tzioumas has excellent legal skills, combined with commercial acumen and practicality. He is attentive to the client’s needs and accommodates the client’s concerns. Senior associate Georgia Mathiopoulou has very good legal skills, is very responsive and pays attention to detail.’
‘We have been dealing with KLC Law Firm as an external legal counsel for ten years, instructing on issues relating to banking, finance, security law and EU legislation. My overall impression of the team is excellent. Low profile, patient but persistent, as well as knowledgeable lawyers. Very well prepared in both preparatory meetings and negotiations. Always ready to accommodate our needs with total responsiveness and availability. Exactly what I like. As mentioned above, the absence of any kind of arrogance and the low-profile approach of well-prepared lawyers is something we highly appreciate.’
‘Panagiotis Tzioumas – very professional during discussions and negotiations with counterparts and always ready to support our interests. Well prepared with innovative proposals during negotiations with financial institutions. Very good approach to counterparts’ legal advisors and ready to lead negotiations. Well-structured and always available on short notice requests. Georgia Mathiopoulou – very professional, very calm and always very well prepared. She knows her stuff and plays a great role in supporting Panagiotis Tzioumas during negotiations.’
European Investment Bank (EIB)
Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)
Eurobank Ergasias SA
Piraeus Bank SA
North Heaven Private Equity Asia L.P
Theocharakis Group of Companies
Hellenic Financial Stability Fund
KLC Law Firm's practice is jointly headed by Kostas Loukopoulos and Peggi Zacharopoulou. Loukopoulos is well-versed in acquisitions, joint ventures, general cooperation agreements, mergers and privatisations with expert knowledge of the cement, construction, energy and banking sectors. As for Zacharopoulou, the core strengths of her practice include business transactions, litigation and dispute resolution procedures. Among the recent workload is an instruction from the Hellenic Republic Development Fund on the proposed sale of its stake in Hellenic Petroleum.
‘The team is always available and prepared to provide the optimal legal advice.’
‘Experienced individuals who understand quickly the customer’s needs.’
Lion Rental S.A.
Papatheocharis Group Of Companies
Loux Marlafekas S.A.
Borealis Group Of Companies
Pieralisi Group Of Companies
Bofrost* Italia Spa – Bofrost* Hellas Sa
Médecins Sans Frontières Greece
Employment Tier 2
KLC Law Firm provides ‘a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen and industry knowledge’. The team directs particular focus to the legal framework governing labour relations in company restructurings and also has expertise in issues relating to privatisations, transfers, mergers and divisions of enterprises. The group also has a track record of working with HR departments on policy and crisis management services. Practice head Stavros Andriopoulos is noted as ‘an excellent legal adviser’.
‘Strong market knowledge, immediate response.’
‘KLC Law Firm offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen/industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money. The depth and breadth of their knowledge ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs successfully and provide high quality, innovative legal solutions in the increasingly complex area of legislation and practice.’
‘Mr. Stavros Andriopoulos is an excellent legal adviser on employment with numerous of strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’
‘The expertise of the legal team is valuable, as is the client approach they have and their advice. They understand the specific context of our organisation and all the complexities.’
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (GREEK SECTION / MSFOCB-BRUSSELS SECTION / MSFF-FRENCH SECTION)
HELLENIC SHIPYARDS S.A.
THYSSENKRUPP INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS S.A.
SPECIFAR SA (TEVA GROUP)
ALLERGAN HELLAS SA (ALLERGAN GROUP)
NIK. I. THEOCHARAKIS S.A. (NISSAN)
HELLENIC BROADCASTING CORPORATION S.A. (ERT S.A.)
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT S.A.
VODAFONE GROUP (VODAFONE – PANAFON S.A.)
ZEINCRO HELLAS S.A
ADIDAS HELLAS SA (ADIDAS GROUP)
OLYMPIC CATERING SA (VIVARTIA GROUP)
GOODY’S – EVEREST SA (VIVARTIA GROUP)
Linea Piu S.A.
Energy Tier 2
Clients note KLC Law Firm’s capacity to ‘suggest innovative solutions to complex legal issues’ thanks to its experience handling the ‘spectrum of transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution matters’. Key areas of expertise for the team encompass energy law reform, privatisations, M&A and litigation, including international arbitration. Led by the ‘profoundly knowledgeable’ Alexandros Tsirigos, the team also handles every stage of energy-related projects including the construction, finance, licensing and operational elements.
‘During our contact with the team, I was deeply impressed by them. They are professional, responsive and friendly.Any documents, comments and other feedback they provide demonstrate their high standard as energy lawyers. We will recommend the team to our clients and colleagues beyond all doubt.’
‘I would highly recommend partner Alexandros Tsirigos. We have been working with lawyers from various countries on energy projects. Mr. Tsirigos is one of the few lawyers I’ve seen who provides legal documents with great efficiency. In our communication, Mr. Tsirigos always show great professionalism and patience, and provides accurate comments and feedback.’
‘KLC has a integrated and dedicated team comprising its energy practice. They all are business-oriented, efficient, quick and have a very solid and deep legal knowledge. Moreover, they are able to suggest innovative solutions on complex legal issues, having dealt with energy law across the spectrum on transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution matters.’
‘Alexandros Tsirigos heads the energy practice. He is distinguished for his strategic thinking and organization skills combined with a profound knowledge of energy law, both on transactional and regulatory aspects. I have also closely worked with Xenofon Papayiannis in privatization projects in the energy sector. Combining a strong transactional and tax background, he has a unique ability to provide firm, business oriented solutions to complex legal issues.’
‘We were served mainly by Xenophon Papayiannis, who literally became part of our in-house legal team. Very professional, always available, never one to push back a work stream. Delivers as promised.’
‘Xenophon Papayiannis is extremely dedicated, with an increased sense of integrity and a deep knowledge of the subject matter. He excels in identifying, presenting and managing legal risk.’
‘Our team at KLC is extremely commercial, very responsive, and with a very clear and acute understanding of the risks that we seek to navigate.’
‘Alexandros Tsirigos is our partner at KLC and he is extremely responsive, and his work is of very high quality.’
HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRADF)
IGI POSEIDON S.A.
EDISON INTERNATIONAL SPA
QATAR PETROLEUM GROUP
ELDORADO GOLD / HELLAS GOLD
PHOENIX SOLAR A.G.
EU and competition Tier 2
KLC Law Firm fields a team of ‘real experts in EU and competition law’, led by the ‘impressive expertise’ of Vassilis Karagiannis. The practice has a notable track record in HCC proceedings, merger approvals and state aid issues with experience appearing before the European Commission and European courts in addition to national authorities. The group handles a range of preliminary advice and regularly assists with the identification of competition requirements for projects and M&A transactions.
‘KLC Law Firm has successfully assisted us in the context of investigations initiated by the Hellenic Competition Commission. The team led by Dr. Vassilis Karagiannis is composed of lawyers who are real experts in EU and Greece competition law. This is a very responsive, smart and business-oriented team. In addition, the team is capable of working in French which is a real strength compared to other law firms.’
‘Dr. Karagiannis has impressive competition law expertise. He is able to provide sharp and in-depth analysis while explaining complex legal issues in a very comprehensive way for people not used to that practice.’
HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRADF)
Oxford University Press
PCS Hellas SA
Intellectual property Tier 2
Under the leadership of Theodore Loukopoulos, KLC Law Firm possesses the capacity to advise on the full spectrum of IP law including copyrights, trade marks, domain names, patents, industrial designs and unfair competition matters. The team is also well-equipped to handle registrations, licensing, litigation and prosecutions on a national, European and international level and has expert knowledge of the pharmaceuticals industry. Other areas of expertise include the energy, healthcare, fashion, consumer goods, technology and media sectors; private individuals are also on the firm's client roster.
‘The team is available, knowledgeable, with excellent coordination and communication.’
‘The individuals and knowledgeable and quickly understand the client’s needs.’
GAP Pharmaceuticals SA
ACCORD HEALTHCARE Group
DEMO Pharmaceuticals SA
GOODYS EVEREST Group
PATAKIS PUBLISHING COMPANY SA
Projects and privatisation Tier 3
KLC Law Firm handles all forms of privatisations including share deals for listed and non-listed companies, asset deals and strategic investor schemes. The team operates across a range of sectors including the energy and infrastructure industries.
Real estate and construction Tier 3
KLC Law Firm operates across a breadth of asset classes including residential, commercial, logistics, tourist and industrial properties in addition to hospitals, ports, wind parks, quarries and mines. Alexandros Tsirigos serves as construction group head, where he supports clients through all stages of construction projects. Theodora Xythali oversees the real estate practice, which assists clients with investment planning mandates, transaction implementation, property management and operation issues, urban planning requirements, licensing requirements and the related due diligence work.
‘Very proactive, reactive, high quality services, competent notably for construction matters, reasonable for the fees.’
HELLENIC GAMING COMMISSION
HELLENIC REPUBLIC ASSET DEVELOPMENT FUND (HRDAF)
VINCI CONSTRUCTIONS GRAND PROJETS
GEK TERNA GROUP
Tax Tier 3
‘The depth and bread of knowledge’ at KLC Law Firm ‘ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs’. Practice head Xenofon Papayiannis, is praised as ‘an excellent legal adviser on tax issues’, and is the key contact; he advises on the full spectrum of tax law, handling advisory and contentious matters. Areas of key expertise include corporate taxation and restructuring issues, M&A work, VAT matters and international tax planning.
‘Xenofon Papayiannis, the partner in charge of KLC’s tax practice, has over 19 years of experience in tax services (out of which almost seven years with the tax department of a big four firm). Xenofon has an extensive advisory experience covering the full spectrum of Greek tax law. His main field of expertise is corporate taxation and restructuring, M&A, and international tax planning. Also, he has significant exposure to VAT and he has conducted tax litigation for both businesses and individuals.’
‘KLC Law Firm offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen/industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money. Their depth and breadth of their knowledge ensures that they are able to support every client’s business needs successfully and provide high quality, innovative legal solutions in the increasingly complex area of legislation and practice.’
‘Mr. Xenofon Papagiannis is an excellent legal adviser on tax issues with numerous strengths and qualities such as correct judgement, analytical skills, creativity, perseverance and commitment.’
Athens International Airport
Médecins Sans Frontières
S. Patakis Publications
TMT Tier 3
The team at KLC Law Firm has specialist knowledge in respect of telecoms and electronic communications law, data protection regulation and TMT-specific disputes before administrative authorities and courts. Vassilis Voutsakis heads the department, which is particularly active on the regulatory front in respect of the TV, e-commerce and radio sectors. The team recently advised Médecins Sans Frontières in relation to the implementation of GDPR.
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
PATAKIS PUBLISHERS, SA
TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS HELLAS, SA
OLYMPION XENODOCHEIA (“ROYAL OLYMPIC HOTEL”), SA
SEA PIONEER SA
DIAMOND Hotels SA
BRITISH HELLENIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
KLC Law Firm > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 2000, KLC Law Firm is a modern corporate formation and originates from the merger of three well-established traditional law firms. Today, it is one of the top five law firms in Greece, with solid experience and in-depth expertise in all fields of practice. KLC’s name is linked with many landmark business deals and litigations in Greece and abroad. Apart from the multiple collaborations and connections with all major Magic and Silver Circle Law Firms, KLC has established and maintains close cooperation ties with top-calibre law firms and offices in and outside Europe.
Areas of practice: Banking/finance/capital markets: KLC has extensive experience in international loans and financing of investors, as well as in loan portfolios and branches transfer deals, regulatory issues, innovative investment and financial products, corporate finance plans, consumer credit and sovereign debt issues.
Corporate law/M&As: KLC provides legal advice on all corporate law issues regarding the establishment, operation, dissolution and restructuring of legal entities. In addition, KLC has vast experience and in-depth expertise in the M&A sector and provides full legal support, whether at the buying or selling side, including identifying the optimum deal structure, organising and preparing the legal due diligence and drafting related reports, drafting and negotiating the transaction documents and monitoring the closing of the transaction.
Dispute resolution: the dispute resolution practice of KLC equally comprises of pre-trial advice, advocacy and associated risk assessment, out-of-court settlement and representation before arbitral tribunals and courts at all levels.
Employment: KLC provides full legal support on all matters relating to the outset, operation and termination of labour relations at an advisory level, as well as on legal representation in national and European courts, at both an individual and collective level.
Energy: KLC’s strong experience spans across all segments of the energy industry and extends to a full range of activities from licensing and execution of agreements to dispute resolution; energy legislation and negotiations with energy companies.
EU law, competition: KLC advises clients in all aspects of competition law, ex ante and ex post, and has extensive experience in handling relevant cases before the national authorities, the national courts and the European Commission and European Courts.
Intellectual property law: KLC provides services which cover the whole spectrum of IP law, namely trademarks, patents, industrial designs and utility models registrations at a national, European and international level, drafting/negotiating contracts and licensing agreements, as well as handling of litigation in relation to infringement of IP rights.
Privatisations: KLC possesses valuable know-how in all types of privatisations in various sectors of the Greek economy and is able to provide top quality legal support in the course of multi-party negotiations and suggest feasible, mutually beneficial and original solutions on complex legal issues by applying out-of-the-box methods.
Real estate/construction: KLC possesses the necessary skills and know-how to provide all encompassing legal support to its clients in every step of pursuing an investment in real estate property, whether contained in a town/city plan or not.
Tax: KLC provides tax advice in every sphere of business activity, on VAT, customs, excise legislation and on income and inheritance taxation.
Telecommunications/post offices: KLC has extensive experience on issues of Greek and European legislation in telecommunications including electronic communication, data protection and security of telecommunications infrastructure ensuring confidentiality, and free competition in the area of telecommunications.
|Banking/finance/capital markets||Panagiotis Tzioumas|
|Banking/finance/capital markets||Sotiria Sigalou|
|Dispute resolution||Panagiotis Tzioumas|
|Dispute resolution||Katerina Koutifari|
|Dispute resolution||Kostas Loukopoulos|
|Intellectual property||Prof Dr Aristides P Chiotellis|
|Intellectual property||Theodore Loukopoulos|
|Real estate and construction||Katerina Loukopoulou|
|Real estate and construction||Alexandros Tsirigos|
|Corporate law/restructuring/M&A||Kostas Loukopoulos|
|Corporate law/restructuring/M&A||Peggy Zacharopoulou|
|EU law/competition||Vassilis Karagiannis|
|TMT||Prof Vassilis Voutsakis|