Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm
38, MITROPOLEOS STREET
105 63 Athens
Greece

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm has ‘exceptional knowledge‘ of the Greek corporate and M&A market, advising on acquisitions, restructurings and privatisations. Founding partner Dimitris Diakopoulos is experienced in M&A, privatisations and investment projects, including transactions with a cross-border element, with a practice spanning the aerospace, high-tech, energy and telecoms sectors. He co-heads the practice with George Mylonogiannis, who focuses on tax and commercial disputes. Counsel Grigoris Livieratos is also noted for his expertise in company and antitrust law.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Diakopoulos; George Mylonogiannis

Other key lawyers:

Grigoris Livieratos; Nikoletta Beneki

Testimonials

‘FDMA are unique in combining academic credentials, experience in both legal and business matters, and dynamism.’

‘A great team that over the last few years has produced a new generation of most promising lawyers. The firm offers quality legal services and the commercial and M&A practice stands out for the excellence of the practitioners and for their professionalism.’

‘Dimitris Diakopoulos is an expert in the fields of Greek corporate, commercial and M&A law; he possesses a brilliant legal mind combined with excellent skills in drafting and negotiating complex contracts.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the legal, political and economic landscape in Greece and is unique in helping clients navigate through any difficult and complex multidimensional deals.’

‘The overall level of service rendered by FDMA is outstanding. The team is well equipped with the necessary legal knowledge. The legal and factual analysis provided by FDMA resulted in the desired outcomes in our case.’

‘An awesome team with top performers from all major legal areas. They excel at working seamlessly together in cross-disciplinary or other complex cases.’

‘Very knowledgeable partners with some star associates. They are committed, results-driven, resourceful and fast. George Mylonogiannis is the go-to lawyer for corporate tax matters while Dimitris Diakopoulos is a commercial law expert and a formidable negotiator.’

‘Dimitis Diakopoulos is one of the best lawyers of his generation. He leads a team that is the Greek equivalent of London’s Magic Circle in terms of quality, responsiveness and client base. Truly impressive.’

Key clients

COSCO SHIPPING PORTS LIMITED / PIRAEUS CONTAINER TERMINAL SA

COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA

ARDIAN INFRASTRUCTURE FUND S.C.A

ELBISCO S.A.

PIRAEUS BANK S.A

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS S.A.S.

QUALCO SA

M.A. ANGELIADES, INC/ M.A. ANGELIADES S.A.

NIKOLAIDIS AFOI S.A./METALCORP S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cooperative Bank of China in relation to the establishment and the operation of a real estate investment company.
  • Advised COSCO Shipping Ports Limited and Piraeus Container Terminal S.A., a fully owned subsidiary of China COSCO Shipping Group, in connection with the operation of the concession of the container terminal of the port of Piraeus.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Piraeus Bank regarding the negotiation, execution and closing of a series of complex transactions for the sale and transfer of a portfolio consisting of non-performing loans.

Greece > Energy Tier 2

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm's team is highlighted for its expertise in the RES regulatory framework, as well as natural gas matters. Its expertise is renowned within the market, as has been evidenced by its appointment by the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to advise on the incorporation into Greek law of the EU directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. Theodore Fortsakis and Dimitris Diakopoulos co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Theodore Fortsakis; Dimitris Diakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

George Mylonogiannis; Nikolas Avgouleas; Maria Totsika; Katerina Patsantara

Testimonials

Strong commitment to your case. Personal involvement of key lawyers. Good knowledge of legal issues. Very good reputation of the firm in the Greek community.’

‘The partners have specialized extraordinary skills and are among the best experts in their field in the country.’

‘The practice is very professional, accessible, provides very fast feedback and it offers competitive prices.’

‘They establish a personal relationship with the client and they make sure they satisfy the clients needs. They are always willing to help.’

Key clients

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

DEPA INFRASTRUCTURE SA

DEPA COMMERCIAL SA

EDA ATTIKIS SA

SPES SOLARIS 2 SA

TAFF PRIME DEVELOP SA

AIOLIKI PANACHAIKOU SA

4E ENERGIAKI SA

STATKRAFT

IGI POSEIDON SA

Work highlights

  • Advised the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy to prepare the bill for the incorporation into Greek Law of the EU Directive 2018/2001 “on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources”.
  • Advised DEPA Infrastructure SA on all energy-related legal matters.
  • Advised Statkraft Markets GmbH on registration matters with the HETS Operator Registry.

Greece > Tax Tier 2

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm's broad client base includes domestic and international corporates and financial institutions, such as Vodafone, EPA Attica, Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Medochemie. The practice is led by Petros Pantazopoulos, who has expertise in tax and customs related litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Recent highlights included advising The Swatch Group (Greece) on stamp duties imposed on credit agreements entered into with its parent company. Senior associate Katerina Sideromenou is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Petros Pantazopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ALPHA BANK SA

VODAFONE-PANAFON SA

B&F INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CLOTHING SA

MEDOCHEMIE HELLAS SA

THE SWATCH GROUP (GREECE) SOCIÉTÉ ANONYME OF IMPORTATION AND TRADE OF WATCHES

EUROBANK

DEPA SA

SEKAP SA

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Alpha Bank S.A. in relation to its claims against Greek Tax Authorities for the refund of tax that has been withheld on interest accrued.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Vodafone, Panafon SA in connection with its dispute regarding the imposition of stamp duties on cash pooling transactions between the Greek subsidiary and other companies of the Vodafone Group based outside Greece.
  • Advised B&F Industrial and Commercial Clothing SA on the drafting of a reservation in its annual income tax return, with respect to the deduction from its gross revenues of an approximate value of €10m.

Greece > TMT Tier 2

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm has a ‘highly experienced’ practice, which is led by Dimitris Diakopoulos. He has advised all host broadcasters of the Olympic games since 2001 and regularly handles technology-related agreements. Diakopoulos and Nikolas Avgouleas are assisting Qualco with negotiating and drafting a debt portfolio management services agreement with the Public Power Corporation of Greece.

Practice head(s):

Dimitris Diakopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

WIND SA

FORTHNET SA

QUALCO SA

CPI SA

WAVEMAKER HELLAS SA

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Wind Hellas SA, one of the major Greek telecommunications providers, on its defence against a mass application for annulment of citizens seeking to annul 5G licences that had been issued following a tender called by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission, on the basis of the alleged health and environmental risks of 5G technology.
  • Assisted Forthnet with its defence applications for annulment filed before the by other telecommunication providers, who were obliged by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission to grant to the Client access to their network infrastructure, in order for the client to be able to provide services as Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates Law Firm handles both commercial and administrative cases, representing clients before both courts in addition to the Court of Audit. It has long-standing relationships with a wide variety of Greek and international clients, including EDA Attica, Wind Hellas, Piraeus Bank, Novartis Hellas, Merck Group, Nea Odos and Kentriki Odos. George Mylonogiannis and Nikolas Avgouleas co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

George Mylonogiannis; Nikolas Avgouleas

Other key lawyers:

Theodore Fortsakis; Petros Pantazopoulos

Testimonials

‘Excellent and dedicated team with deep knowledge of the court system and the law.’

‘Dimitris Diakopoulos is a master litigator; his grasp of the law to be applied for the specific aspects of each case is unique. Nikos Avgouleas is an awesome litigator for tax and administrative law disputes.’

‘Excellent availability and team work.’

‘The best partners ever! They know their job really well and they are always available.’

Key clients

ATRADIUS

ELBISCO

WIND HELLAS SA

EYDAP SA

CPI

HRADF

NOVARTIS HELLAS SA & NOVARTIS GROUP

MERCK HELLAS SA & MERCK GROUP

FORTHNET HELLAS

ACCIONA CONCESIONES – MYTILINEOS

PIRAEUS BANK

MYTILINEOS – XANTHAKIS

DEPA COMMERCIAL

Work highlights

  • Represented a consortium of companies before the Greek Council of State, including an international leader in digital identity and security solutions, in the tender for the Hellenic Police Headquarters’ eID.
  • Represented the Greek branch of international trade insurance company Atradius Crédito y Caución S.A. de Seguros y Reaseguros in litigation.
  • Advised Elbisco S.A. in legal matters concerning the acquisition and preservation of ownership of Greek and EU trade marks, as well as representing the client in court during related hearings.

Fortsakis, Diakopoulos, Mylonogiannis & Associates  Law Firm (“FDMA”) is a leading Greek law firm providing a comprehensive range of elite legal services across the full spectrum of business, administrative and tax law and possessing second-to-none advisory expertise on landmark business transactions in Greece in the last years.

With its offices located at the heart of the Athens business center, the firm boasts today of a vibrant and multi-disciplined team of top-class practitioners, including five partners, eight counsels and 18 attorneys, all recognized experts in their respective fields of specialization.

Focusing on complex domestic and international transactions, our practice covers a wide spectrum of legal areas ranging from major privatization/PPP projects, to complex corporate commercial and tax law matters to dispute resolution of business/commercial disputes and of tax-related matters. In addition, FDMA is recognized as a leading expert in the fields of Greek energy law M&A’s and investment projects in Greece, as well as in the fields of administrative and tax law.

The firm’s hands-on approach to its clients’ affairs has earned it the reputation of one of the best legal teams in the Greek market, enjoying long-standing relationships with an unmatched variety of Greek and international clients, which includes other law firms and banks, the Big 4 accounting companies, multinationals, foreign State enterprises, financial institutions, utilities and public contractors in energy, investment and construction projects, as well as public law entities and the Greek State.

It is the firm’s policy to combine proven legal expertise with commercial flair, thus adding extra value and scope to the firm’s clients’ business and pursuing best results for their objectives and commercial activities in a demanding and changing legal environment. To this effect, the firm strives to meet its client’s needs by providing timely and efficient services and creative and practical solutions, even when handling the most intricate transactions and agreements.

Main areas of practice

  • Banking and finance / capital markets
  • Commercial, corporate, mergers and acquisitions
  • Dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation)
  • Energy and natural resources
  • EU and competition
  • Projects, privatisations and PPPs
  • Public procurement
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications, media and technology

Banking and finance / capital markets

  • Project financing.
  • Corporate lending including inter-group lending.
  • Private equity and venture capital.
  • Asset securitization.
    Key clients: Piraeus Bank, Attica Bank, Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HSFS), Ideal Standard International, European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF), Airbus Group.
    Contact: Mr Dimitris Diakopoulos
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: ddiakopoulos@fdmalaw.com

Commercial, corporate, mergers and acquisitions

  • Establishment of Greek companies, branches and rep offices of foreign corporations.
  • Mergers, acquisitions and takeovers including financing aspects thereof.
  • Company housekeeping and corporate governance.
  • Regulation of intra-company affairs and relation-ships with shareholders and directors.
  • Legal due diligence in connection with corporate takeovers and share purchase agreements.
  • Restructurings, insolvency and liquidation of companies and corporate groups.
  • Drafting, negotiating and advising on the execu-tion of commercial contracts, including commercial agency, licensing, franchising and distribution agreements.
    Key clients: COSCO Shipping Ports Limited/Piraeus Container Terminal, TGI Friday’s, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Piraeus Bank, Cooperative Bank of Chania, Airbus Helicopters, Wavemaker Hellas, Qualco, Ardian Infrastructure Fund SCA, Piraeus Consolidation & Distribution Center S.A.
    Contact: Mr Dimitris Diakopoulos
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: ddiakopoulos@fdmalaw.com

Dispute resolution (arbitration and litigation)

  • Arbitration and litigation of complex civil and commercial law disputes.
  • Arbitration and litigation of complex disputes arising in relation to State-awarded contracts, including in the defense procurement and public works and concessions sectors.
  • Litigation of tax and administrative disputes.
    Key Clients: Alpha Bank, Piraeus Bank, Novartis Hellas, Merck Hellas, Indra Sistemas, Wind Hellas, Union of Acciona Concesiones – Mytilineos, Vodafone-Panafon, Nestle, HRADF, Nea Odos, Solar Cells Group.
    Contact: Mr George Mylonogiannis
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: gmylonogiannis@fdmalaw.com

Energy and natural resources

  • Legal due diligence in connection with energy projects.
  • Licensing procedures.
  • Drafting and negotiating project agreements and sub-contracts for energy-related projects.
  • Representation before the Regulator and the courts in energy-related matters.
    Key clients: Public Power Corporation (PPC), DEPA Commercial (Public Gas Corporation), DEPA Infrastructure SA, EDA Attica, Statkraft Markets GmbH, DESFA, Metalcorp, IGI Poseidon, Hellenic Wind Energy Association, Solar Cells Group.
    Contact: Prof. Theodore Fortsakis
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: thfortsakis@fdmalaw.com

EU and competition

  • Cartels and abuse of dominant position matters.
  • Merger control and applications for clearance of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Appeals before the administrative courts against regulators’ decisions and fines.
  • State aid rules and proceedings.
    Key clients: COSCO Pacific Limited, Piraeus Container Terminal, Vodafone-Panafon, Public Power Corporation (PPC), HRADF, EDA Attica, Athens International Airport.
    Contact: Prof. Theodore Fortsakis
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: thfortsakis@fdmalaw.com

Projects, privatizations and PPPs

  • Drafting of tender documents and monitoring tender procedures.
  • Advisory support related to the legislative framework regarding the implementation of PPP and privatization projects.
  • Preparation of bids and negotiations on tender documents.
  • Drafting and negotiating financing documents.
    Key clients: Ardian Infrastructure Fund SCA, New Elvo, HRADF, Union of Acciona Concesiones – Mytilineos, JV Intrakat – Mesogeios, COSCO Shipping Ports Limited/Piraeus Container Terminal, Nea Odos and Kentriki Odos, M.A. Angeliades Inc..
    Contact: Mr Dimitris Diakopoulos
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: ddiakopoulos@fdmalaw.com

Public procurement

  • EU and national legal framework applying to the tendering, assignment and execution of contracts related to the supply of goods and services and the undertaking of public works and concessions.
  • Participation in public tenders and preparation and submission of offers.
  • Disputes arising in connection with the tendering processes and public contracts.
    Key clients: IGI Poseidon, Wind Hellas, Public Power Corporation (DEI), DEPA, EPA Attica, Indra Sistemas, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, CPI, Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company (EYDAP), Hellenic Post (ELTA), Union of Acciona Concesiones – Mytilineos.
    Contact: Mr Nikolas Avgouleas
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: navgouleas@fdmalaw.com

Tax

  • Tax planning.
  • Direct and Indirect Taxation.
  • Transfer pricing.
  • Legal support in connection with tax audits.
  • Client representation in disputes with the tax authorities.
    Key clients: Lafarge, Intracom, Vodafone-Panafon, Nestle Hellas, SEKAP, The Swatch Group (Greece), DEPA, EDA Attica, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, HELPE, EADS 3 Sigma, Multy Foam, ION, ADECCO.
    Contact: Mr Petros Pantazopoulos
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: ppantazopoulos@fdmalaw.com

Telecommunications and media technology

  • Advice on national and EU law governing the telecommunications and media sectors.
  • Disputes resolution arising in connection with telecommunications and media services.
  • Drafting all types of commercial agreements in telecommunications sector, including distribution and licensing agreements.
  • Drafting all types of commercial agreements in information technology sector.
  • Advice on database services, data protection, software audits and acquisitions
    Key clients: Olympic Broadcasting Services, Vodafone-Panafon, Wind, Forthnet, Wavemaker Hellas, Qualco, MPG Hellas Advertisements – Havas Media Group Subsidiary in Greece.
    Contact: Mr Dimitris Diakopoulos
    Tel: +30 210 3218 900
    Email: ddiakopoulos@fdmalaw.com
DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Energy & Natural Resources | EU & Competition | Public Law Prof. Theodore Fortsakisthfortsakis@fdmalaw.com+30 210 32 18 900
Corporate, Commercial, M&A | PPP & Privatizations | Energy | TMT Mr. Dimitris Diakopoulosddiakopoulos@fdmalaw.com+30 210 32 18 900
Dispute Resolution (Arbitration & Litigation) | Investments & Development Projects Mr. George Mylonogiannisgmylonogiannis@fdmalaw.com+30 210 32 18 900
Tax | Administrative Law Dr. Petros Pantazopoulosppantazopoulos@fdmalaw.com+30 210 32 18 900
Public Procurement | Energy & Environmental Law Mr. Nikolas Avgouleasnavgouleas@fdmalaw.com+30 210 32 18 900
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Irene Arvaniti photoMrs Irene ArvanitiIrene is a senior associate of the Firm
Nikolas Avgouleas photoMr Nikolas AvgouleasHe heads the Firm’s Public Procurement practice
Nikoletta Beneki photoMrs Nikoletta BenekiNikoletta joined the firm as councel in 2020
Elli Bereti photoMrs Elli BeretiElli joined the Firm in 2018 as associate
Dimitris Diakopoulos photoMr Dimitris DiakopoulosDimitris is the head of the firm’s M&A, privatizations, projects and commercial…
Lydia Diakopoulou photoMrs Lydia DiakopoulouLydia joined the Firm in 2002 and is a counsel
Theodore Fortsakis photoProf Theodore FortsakisHe heads the Firm’s Energy & Natural Resources and EU & Competition…
Katerina Kalampaliki photoMrs Katerina KalampalikiKaterina is an associate with the Firm since 2016
George Kataliakos photoMr George KataliakosGeorge is a senior associate with the Firm since 2008
Charalampos Koligkionis photoMr Charalampos KoligkionisCharalampos joined the Firm in 2019 as associate
Steven Kourtis photoMr Steven KourtisSteven is a councel with the Firm
Grigoris Livieratos photoMr Grigoris LivieratosGrigoris is a councel with the Firm since 2017
Athina Mavroeidi photoMrs Athina MavroeidiAthins the Firm in 2018 as associate
George Mylonogiannis photoMr George MylonogiannisHe head the Firm’s Dispute Resolution and Investments & Development Projects practice
Petros Pantazopoulos photoDr Petros PantazopoulosPetros heads the Firm’s Tax and administrative law practice.
Katerina Patsantara photoMrs Katerina PatsantaraKaterina is a senior associate with the Firm since 2007
Katerina Sideromenou photoMrs Katerina SideromenouKaterina is a senior associate with the Firm since 2014
Spyridon Skliris photoMr Spyridon SklirisSpyros is a counsel
Maria Stefanaki photoMrs Maria StefanakiMaria is a counsel with the firm since 2009
Maria Totsika photoMrs Maria TotsikaMaria a counsel
Partners : 5
Counsels : 8
Associates : 18
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