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Tsibanoulis & Partners
18 OMIROU STREET
106 72 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Tsibanoulis & Partners is the only Greek member of the international law firm network Meritas, allowing it to work closely with leading firms worldwide on cross-border transactions. The team advises on strategic partnerships, joint ventures, complex restructurings, carve-outs and spin-offs, as well as assisting with related commercial, regulatory and compliance issues. Its client base consists of both national and international credit institutions, investment firms and listed companies. Dimitris Tsibanoulis leads the practice and is experienced in restructurings, mergers and demergers, and corporate governance issues. Senior associate Sofia Kizantidi is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tsibanoulis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Apostolaki; Marina Perraki; Emmanouil Komis; Aristeidis Goulandris; Sofia Kizantidi

Key clients

HELLENIC CORPORATION OF ASSETS AND PARTICIPATIONS

DIAS PAYMENT SYSTEM

AEGEAN BALTIC BANK

RYANAIR DAC

NG TRAVEL SAS

UHY-FAY & Co (Aage Hempel Crame SL)

CENTRIC SA

CRETAN KINGS SA

OPTIMUM SA

EAT CRETE IKE

Work highlights

  • Advised the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP) and its supervisory board on general corporate and corporate governance issues, as well as participating in the board’s meetings.
  • Advised DIAS Interbanking Systems S.A. on corporate governance and compliance matters.
  • Advised Centric S.A. on corporate governance issues, including the drafting of a corporate governance code on the basis of the new Law 4706/2020.

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 2

Tsibanoulis & Partners combines the 'specialised skills of a leading IP boutique with corporate and litigation capabilities'. Its team advises on matters concerning trade marks, trade names, domain names, patents, designs and copyrights. Recent work included advising Sky Broadcasting International on its Greek trade mark portfolio. Marina Perraki who leads the practice, has expertise in trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marina Perraki

Other key lawyers:

Dimitra Rafailidou; Andriani Bella-Chatzigeorgi

Testimonials

‘The efficiency and promptness to handle all undertaken issues is evident.’

Key clients

DOMAINE PATERIANAKIS SA

SKY BROADCASTING INTERNATIONAL

STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY

IMPERIAL TOBACCO

AIRBNB

FERRER INTERNACIONAL, S.A.

ANNCO Inc.

ALTICOR, INC.

GRUPO MASSIMO DUTTI S.A.

KAYAK S.A.

CHILLBOX S.A.

MALIBU HEALTH PRODUCTS Ltd & MALIBU (TRADEMARKS) LTD

U.C. CÉSAR RITZ COLLEGES AG

THALASSA COLLECTION

RH US, LLC

ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA LIMITED

AXIA VENTURES GROUP LTD

Work highlights

  • Advised AXIA VENTURES GROUP LTD on filing an opposition against conflicting trademarks to the EUTMs.
  • Advised STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY on handling the management of the Greek trade mark portfolio.  
  • Advised KAYAK S.A. as purchaser of a worldwide trade mark portfolio of almost 200 trademarks worldwide of CHILLBOX S.A. in respect of frozen yogurt and related ice cream retail outlets on purchase of the trademarks in all countries including EUIPO and WIPO, and portfolio management strategy.

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Tsibanoulis & Partners‘ practice encompasses regulatory issues, syndicated loans and bond loans, leasing and cross-border lending transactions, securitisations, and debt restructurings. Its wide-ranging client base includes international and domestic financial institutions and corporations. The practice is led by the 'excellentDimitris Tsibanoulis, who has significant expertise in the application of national and European regulatory frameworks, with significant experience of acting as lead adviser to the government. Senior associate Sofia Kizantidi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tsibanoulis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Apostolaki; Emmanouil Komis; Aristeidis Goulandris;  Sofia Kizantidi; Kanellos Klamaris

Testimonials

‘Dimitris Tsibanoulis is an excellent colleague and an expert in technical legal matters. His work has excellent results. He works well with the team and is trustworthy.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable team.’

‘Approachable, with good response times and deep involvement in the client’s case.’

‘They have a deep knowledge of the law, understanding of our business needs and industry expertise. They deliver high-quality work and cover all the issues that arise in a timely and efficient manner. We feel that they deliver solutions and results.’

‘Anna Apostolaki has long experience in advising on financial issues. She has very good legal skills, availability and business sense. She is responsive to the client’s needs and she works efficiently.’

‘The team consists of people with different specialties and experience. They react quickly and try to get to know in detail the business aspects of any case. Their legal opinions are comprehensive, practical and easy to follow.’

‘Tsibanoulis & Partners has a long track record of successfully supporting leading corporations and financial institutions. This was the main reason why we chose this particular law firm as a partner for our very demanding projects. The co-operation with Tsibanoulis & Partners is excellent. Their legal services are distinguished by their high quality standards, efficiency, speed and good communication.’

‘The communication and collaboration with the team was excellent. They took the initiative and proposed creative solutions, alternatives and ways forward. Dimitris Tsibanoulis had in-depth knowledge of the matter and led the team in an exceptional manner. Kanellos Klamaris is efficient and very professional in his work.’

Key clients

BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES S.A.

PROCREDIT BANK BULGARIA (Thessaloniki Branch)

ICAP S.A.

COFACE S.A.

DIAS PAYMENT SYSTEMS S.A.

AEGEAN BALTIC BANK

ANCORIA BANK

EUREX CLEANING AG

COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA

AXIA VENTURES GROUP Ltd

EPIC INVESTMENT CORPORATION

PEGASUS SECURITIES S.A.

TRIPLE A EXPERTS S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised ICAP on all legal issues associated with the assignment of credit ratings to securities issued within the framework of the securitisations of receivables by two Greek banks.
  • Advised the Thessaloniki branch of ProCredit Bank Bulgaria in respect of financial law, banking contracts, collaterals on the borrower’s real estate properties and the operation of the branch.
  • Advised COFACE SA in relation to the establishment of a Greek insurance undertaking and issues related to the branch’s operation.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Tsibanoulis & Partners' reputable team handles litigation and mediation, assisting with a range of matters including insurance, corporate M&A, privatisation and defamation cases. It places a particular focus on capital markets, banking and IP-related disputes, representing clients before the civil and administrative courts of first instance, Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the Hellenic Republic. Dimitris Tsibanoulis leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Tsibanoulis

Other key lawyers:

Anna Apostolaki; Marina Perraki; Emmanouil Komis; Aristeidis Goulandris; Sofia Kizantidi; Tina Kamilaki; Nikolaos Simantiras; Vassiliki Pierroutsakou

Testimonials

‘One of the greatest law firms in the country, adept at assisting clients in highly complex cases. A very experienced and professional team with extensive knowledge in commercial and company law, they provide high-quality services and are very quick to respond.’

‘Possessing extraordinary skills in many fields of law, Aristeidis Goulandris is an excellent lawyer, who is highly professional, with extensive experience and expertise.’

‘Vassiliki Pierroutsakou is a very capable lawyer – effective and reliable with great communication skills and strong writing abilities.’

‘The firm handles a large number of judicial cases and has a very good track record of winning, taking into consideration the nature of disputes and the complexity of cases. We are very satisfied with the results delivered.’

‘We work mainly with Anna Apostolaki, who has longstanding experience in advising on financial issues. She has very good legal skills, availability, business sense, and reactivity. She is responsive to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

PEGASUS SECURITIES S.A.

DOMAINE PATERIANAKIS

BAYER HELLAS SA

NG TRAVEL SAS

RYANAIR DAC

NUNTIUS BROKERAGE & INVESTMENT SERVICES SA

BNP PARIBAS SA

COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA

GROUP OF INVESTORS

MALIBU HEALTH PRODUCTS LTD

AXIA VENTURES GROUP LTD

AVIA INTERNATIONAL

ANNCO Inc.

ATOM DYNAMIC SA

Work highlights

  • Represented Cooperative Bank of China before the court of first instance, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court in 50 actions brought by shareholders claiming damages because of the decrease in share value and the inability to liquidate their cooperative shares.
  • Represented Bayer Hellas SA before the administrative courts in a case relating to administrative sanctions and rebates on annual turnovers.
  • Represented NG Travel SAS before the courts and Greek state authorities in claims for damages, as well as in cases related to commercial and employment law, brought by shareholders and employees.

Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm has unique expertise in the application of the national, transnational, and European regulatory frameworks, with particular focus in the areas of banking and finance, capital markets, securitisation, privatisations, M&As, litigation, corporate law, as well as in real estate and intellectual property. The firm provides legal advice of an unparalleled quality to a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from private and listed companies to supranational, national, and European regulatory authorities, entities, banks, and financial institutions. The Firm’s attorneys adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards and combine internationally renowned academic credentials with sound business judgement. They provide timely and practical solutions to the most challenging legal and business issues.

 

Practice areas: 

Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm specialises in the following areas:

Banking & Finance

Firm’s team advises banks, financial institutions, and credit rating agencies on regulatory, banking litigation, capital markets, securitisation transactions issues, on payment services, and on issuance of corporate bonds.

 

Capital Markets

Firm’s team advises: a) International and Greek credit institutions on regulatory and capital market issues and transactions and b) Greek investment firms on matters related to capital markets regulation, investment services legislation (MiFID II), anti-money laundering procedures, takeover bids, corporate governance, client and service provider agreements, and on file submissions to regulatory authorities.

 

Corporate/M&A

Firm’s team advises multinational and domestic companies on corporate, corporate governance, SOE law, regulatory, public-to-private transactions, and acquisition issues.

 

Data Protection

Firm’s team provides tailored legal services using a risk-based approach. We provide consultation on all standard regulatory compliance issues (data mapping, data protection audits, staff training, drafting of privacy statements and transparency-related documents etc.) and ad hoc consultation on data protection issues (data subject requests, data breaches, enforcement actions of the Hellenic DPA); we also offer DPO services.

 

Intellectual Property

Firm’s team offers specialist advice on EU and national regulation and covers all aspects of clearance, registration, protection, defense, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Key areas of expertise: Trademarks, domain names, designs, patents, plant variety rights, copyright and related rights, database rights, trade secrets and unfair competition in national, European, and international level.

 

Real Estate

Real estate practice team represents domestic and international developers, NGOs, banks, and private investors. We advise clients on due diligence processes, financing, investments, and development projects and undertake the drafting and negotiation of transactions (acquisitions, disposals) and long-term deals (leases). We are experienced in property litigation, construction and leasing disputes.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation A Goulandrisa.goulandris@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Banking and finance Dr D Tsibanoulisd.tsibanoulis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Banking and finance E Komism.komis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Capital markets Dr D Tsibanoulisd.tsibanoulis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Capital markets E Komism.komis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Company and commercial A Apostolakia.apostolaki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Company and commercial Dr M Perrakim.perraki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Competition A Leoutseaa.leoutsea@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Corporate/M&A Dr D Tsibanoulisd.tsibanoulis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Corporate/M&A A Apostolakia.apostolaki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Corporate/M&A E Komism.komis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Employment S Kizantidis.kizantidi@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Employment V Pierroutsakouv.pierroutsakou@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Energy A Goulandrisa.goulandris@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Insurance Dr D Tsibanoulisd.tsibanoulis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Insurance K Antonakisk.antonakis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Intellectual property Dr M Perrakim.perraki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Litigation and mediation A Apostolakia.apostolaki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Litigation and mediation Dr M Perrakim.perraki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Privatisation Dr D Tsibanoulisd.tsibanoulis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Project finance A Leoutseaa.leoutsea@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Project finance A Goulandrisa.goulandris@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Public and administrative law, public procurement Dr N Simantirasn.simantiras@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Real estate A Goulandrisa.goulandris@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Real estate V Pierroutsakouv.pierroutsakou@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Tax A Apostolakia.apostolaki@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Telecommunications and IT E Komism.komis@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Transportation and logistics A Goulandrisa.goulandris@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Venture capital A Leoutseaa.leoutsea@tsibanoulis.gr+30 2103675100
Number of lawyers : 22
Contacts: : Dr Dimitris Tsibanoulis & Dr Marina Perraki
English
French
German
Greek
Italian
Spanish
Albanian
European Society for Banking and Financial Law (AEDBF)
International Federation of European Law (FIDE)
European Financial Markets Lawyers Group (EFMLG)

Tsibanoulis and Partners Law Firm has established strong collaborations and close working ties with leading law firms throughout the world. As member of Meritas, an elite international law firm network, the Firm often collaborates with global legal teams on cross-border transactions and provides direct access to multi-jurisdictional advice of the highest quality.

The clients

Tsibanoulis and Partners Law Firm serves a significant number of German, French, and other European financial institutions operating in Greece and in the Balkan region; around 40% of its clients are based overseas.

The firm advises and supports international credit institutions and investment firms and has a uniquely distinguished record as advisors to national governments and supervisory authorities on the drafting of their new capital markets regulatory structures, notably the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Albania.

The firm has worked with a diverse range of clients, including the below industries:

  • Banking (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, France)
  • Financial services (Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, Ireland, Luxemburg)
  • Tourism (France)
  • Technology and telecommunications (Spain, United States)
  • Real estate (United States)
  • Social infrastructure (United States)

The team

The Firm’s lawyers operate by the strictest professional and ethical standards and combine their internationally acclaimed academic qualifications with a sound business acumen.

The Firm’s lawyers are multi-lingual and internationally trained. Most hold postgraduate qualifications from leading European and US Universities and are dual-qualified in European jurisdictions.

The Firm’s team speaks English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and Greek.

The Network

Tsibanoulis and Partners Law Firm is the only Greek member of Meritas, an elite international law firm network, present in approx. 95 countries; through this affiliation, the Firm maintains strong working relationships with prominent law firms worldwide.

Dr. Tsibanoulis, Managing Partner, is a member of EFMLG – the European Financial Market Lawyers Group, a banking and financial law experts’ group which operates under the auspices of ECB (the European Central Bank). Through this affiliation the Firm enjoys an internationally acclaimed expertise, gets the opportunity to closely cooperate with the European lawmakers and to contribute in the drafting of European banking legislation.

Tsibanoulis and Partners has formed strategic collaborations with multinational firms such as Linklaters on global, European, and supranational transactions, often serving as an exclusive partner for the Greek jurisdiction.


Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is an integral part of our Firm’s culture. At Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm, we strongly believe that diversity enables us to be more inventive, to attract the best talent and to reach our full potential. As a responsible law firm, we are committed to nurturing an inclusive culture in which our people, our customers and all our stakeholders feel they belong – regardless of their background, identity, and circumstance.

Our Firm endorses the principles of diversity and inclusion in its operation through specific initiatives and programmes. Some of our highlights on D&I include:

  • Tsibanoulis & Partners is an equal opportunity employer and has been since its inception. We recruit people on merit – irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic background. Selection decisions, and the reasons for those decisions, are recorded at each stage of the selection process and are documented. The people responsible for recruitment receive specific guidance on diversity issues.
  • Our Firm ensures that all employees get a fair opportunity for their professional growth and talent development; 360 reviews and career development discussions are conducted on a tactical basis and training and development is provided to all.
  • We are proud of our D&I achievements so far: Most of our personnel belongs to the 27-40 age bracket, a much younger age average compared to Greek market norm; 55% of our personnel are women; we employ financial immigrants and people of different sexual orientation within our team.
  • One of our of-counsel members, Prof. Fountedaki, has been assigned by the Prime Minister of Greece as a member of the National Committee for the equality and the implementation of rights of the LGBTQ+ people.

COMPANY/FIRM: TEA-EAPAE (OCCUPATIONAL INSURANCE FUND OF INSURERS AND PERSONNEL OF INSURERS COMPANIES)
TESTIMONIAL: The Tsibanoulis & Partners’ team comprises of top-quality capital markets specialists that have been covering all the needs of our Fund, both from a legal and an ethical perspective. Its high adequacy lies in the fact that Tsibanoulis & Partners’ experts always try to solve issues rather than simply explaining to us what is not feasible. Customer support was of a high standard, assisting us in improving and updating our internal regulatory capability. The legal advice and services provided by Tsibanoulis & Partners’ experts are of the highest quality and professionalism, and the team has always acted in a truly responsive, friendly and highly knowledgeable manner.
[Mr. Christos Papadogiannis, President of TEA-EAPAE (OCCUPATIONAL INSURANCE FUND OF INSURERS AND PERSONNEL OF INSURERS COMPANIES)]
PRACTICE AREA: Capital Markets


COMPANY/FIRM: COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA
TESTIMONIAL: We have a long-standing cooperation with Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm who have been providing our Bank with thorough and efficient legal support on corporate matters, hybrid bond issuances and successful representation before the Courts and Regulatory Authorities, for approximately nine years. The Tsibanoulis & Partners Banking & Finance team have solid legal knowledge, are creative and eager to address the client’s requests and effectively assist on business decision-making.
[Mrs. Chrysa Despotaki, General Director of COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA]
PRACTICE AREA: Banking & Finance


COMPANY/FIRM: HELLENIC CORPORATION OF ASSETS AND PARTICIPATIONS (HCAP)
TESTIMONIAL: Tsibanoulis & Partners’ team has been providing top-quality legal support to the HCAP Supervisory Board (SB) since 2016, the year of its establishment. Its services focus mainly on corporate law, public law, and corporate governance issues. Tsibanoulis team has provided outstanding legal services and support in all areas in a timely, proactive and efficient manner. It has consulted and guided the SB to very important decisions on a number of very complex issues. It has cultivated a spirit of confidence, confidentiality, reliability and trust with the SB Chairman and the SB members.
[Mr. George Stubos, Secretary of the SB]
PRACTICE AREAS: Capital Markets and M&A


COMPANY/FIRM: ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) EAD
TESTIMONIAL: We have known Tsibanoulis & Partners since 2014 when we started the planning phase of our establishment in Greece. Until the present time we have relied on them for legal advice and support. They are the first law company in my mind in case I have been asked to recommend some. This is mainly because their seasoned practitioners are deeply knowledgeable in all aspects of banking, finance and corporate law and regulatory law issues, and have always provided us with intelligent, proactive advice and tailor-made solutions. Moreover, they understand our business model and the market where we operate. They are ready to listen and discuss our issues in details involving people with different expertise and knowledge. I would like to emphasize that they are always able to offer legal solutions to respond to every situation and move things forward, making them our reliable partner.
[Mr. Ivan Dachev, Executive Director and Member of the Management Board of ProCredit Bank (Bulgaria) EAD]
PRACTICE AREA: Banking & Finance


COMPANY: AEGEAN BALTIC BANK S.A.
TESTIMONIAL: Tsibanoulis and Partners have shown an impeccable level of professionalism throughout the many years of cooperation with the Bank. Its team of experts offer extensive knowledge in banking and corporate law, and always go the extra mile to complete the task at hand. Credibility is their greatest strength.
[Mr. Konstantinos Hadjipanayotis, President, Executive Member, Deputy CEO of AEGEAN BALTIC BANK S.A.]
PRACTICE AREA: Banking & Finance and M&A