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Sioufas & Associates Law Firm
6A, NEOU FALIROU STREET
AGIOS IOANNIS RENTIS
182 33 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm has substantial experience of assisting clients in the banking industry in litigation before the Greek courts, including its representation of Alpha Bank. The members of the sizeable team are known for their ‘excellent knowledge in their respective fields‘, and have an abundance of experience in IP, commercial, insolvency, employment and competition disputes. The practice is led by Marios Sioufas, Olga Eftychidou and Nikolaos Katiforis. Associate Konstantinos Konstantellos is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Marios Sioufas; Olga Eftychidou; Nikolaos Katiforis

Other key lawyers:

Dora Antonopoulou; Ioanna Rapsomaniki; Konstantinos Konstantellos; Aikaterini Gkana; Nikolaos Stavrou

Testimonials

‘They are very diligent and take the initiative to provide the client with very detailed feedback on each case’s progress. This is, I believe, the main difference with other legal firms.’

‘The individuals we work with bring expertise and they invest time in each case, in order to bring about the best result. They confront each case with the appropriate seriousness and they present the situation exactly as it is, without any effort to impress their clients.’

‘This practice is highly organised, very business oriented and highly diverse in its areas of expertise, thus making it an excellent option for clients with multi-dimensional needs.’

‘The individuals that we have worked with have excellent knowledge in their respective fields, extensive market knowledge and a can-do attitude that we have highly appreciated.’

‘All the associates are kind and willing to assist you promptly. There are highly qualified lawyers in all legal fields, offering solutions tailored to your needs. I have excellent collaboration with the supervisors of the team, Dora Antonopoulou and Ioanna Rapsomaniki, who always inform me of every detail and try to find solutions.’

‘The whole team are very efficient, proactive and have a great eye for detail. Strong, in-depth knowledge and vast experience are only some of their capabilities. The advice is always accurate and to the point and goes beyond legal interpretations to finding and recommending specific actions and alternatives.’

Key clients

ALPHA BANK SA

HELLAS CAPITAL SA

PETROS PETROPOULOS SA

PERFETTI VAN MELLE HELLAS SA

DOUKAS SCHOOL SA

ELSA SILGAN SA

WATT & VOLT SA

PAPPAS ELEVATORS SA

HERON SA

LYDA SA

FYSIKO AERIO ELLADOS

KEPENOU MILLS

VOLTERRA SA

ALFASCOTT SA

ANELKISTIRES VALSAMIDI

A.G.E.T. HERAKLIS SA

ELMIN VOXITES S.A

NITSIAKOS A.V.E.E.

PAPAFILI SA

Greece > Intellectual property Tier 3

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm's sizeable team often handles mandates relating to trade marks, including trade mark applications and enforcement actions arising from third party trade mark infringements. It represents clients before criminal, civil and administrative courts. The practice is led by Marios Sioufas, who has over 15 years of experience handling the registration and protection of national, European and international trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Marios Sioufas

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaos Katiforis; Eleni Sdrolia; Nikolaos Tzortzis; Eleni Mpagiokou; Dimitrios Frantzidis

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of the law. Good communication skills.’

‘Easy to reach. Good collaboration. State of the art consulting.’

‘Sioufas and associates law firm has longstanding professional experience and expertise in complex disputes, where companies’ IP rights are used by third parties without permission. The firm always strives to give practical and business-oriented advice to its clients in order to protect their IP rights.’

‘Mrs Sdrolia offers superb follow up and Mr Marios Sioufas is an excellent guide.’

Key clients

AGGELAKIS S.A.

AMPELONES MICHALAKI S.A.

KUBER S.A.

AENORASIS SA

PETROS PETROPOULOS SA

LUNA S.A.

LYDA SA

EPLATFORM SA

COSMODRINK SOCIETE ANONYME

LORBAX SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

TOZZBY SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

GLERBY PRIVATE COMPANY

ORIZOR SINGLE MEMBER SOCIETE ANONYME

ENETLY SINGLE MEMBER SOCIETE ANONYME

DI-MAN SA

AUTHENTIC HOSPITALITY LTD

GRAND SERVICES COFFEE AND RESTAURANT SA

Greece > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm advises a significant array of domestic financial institutions and foreign investment funds. The team is particularly active in the sale of Greek NPL portfolios and also frequently represents clients in banking litigation. The practice is led by managing partner George Sioufas, who is highly experienced in NPL matters, Marios Sioufas and Olga Eftychidou.

Practice head(s):

George Sioufas; Marios Sioufas; Olga Eftychidou

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaos Katiforis; Andreas Stamatelatos

Testimonials

‘Highly professional staff, well-organised teams specialised in various disciplines, quick and accurate responses, comprehensive legal opinions, quality service and fair billing.’

‘Sioufas & Associates Law Firm is a very reliable business partner to us.’

‘There is a strong business-minded culture which is shared among all staff – partners, senior lawyers and associates alike.’

‘George Sioufas and Olga Eftychidou are always available to take our calls or meet at short notice.’

‘The firm’s continuous technological adaptation and the consistent quality of its lawyers constitute the perfect combination. All of the team members are excellently trained and informed about what is happening in the market, which makes them valuable partners for our company.’

‘Very good results in matters relating to retail banking portfolios.’

‘The team have excellent client relationships and provide support right away, whenever it is needed. I have to mention Olga Eftychidou and Andreas Stamatelatos for their support so far and going forward.’

Key clients

ALPHA BANK S.A

HELLAS CAPITAL LEASING S.A.

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.

PIRAEUS BANK S.A.

EUROBANK SA

PANCRETA BANK Co-Op

CEPAL HELLAS FINANCIAL SERVICES S.A.

Greece > Real estate and construction Tier 4

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm handles real estate work for clients such as financial institutions, servicers and foreign investment funds. It is notably active in real estate acquisitions and M&A, as well as real estate finance transactions. The group also assists clients with hotel management agreements. The experienced George Sioufas , Olga Eftychidou  and Neoklis Neokleous jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

George Sioufas; Olga Eftychidou; Neoklis Neokleous

Other key lawyers:

Nikolaos Katiforis; Dimitra Dionysopoulou; Maria Pavlou; Christina Zisi; Aikaterini Gkana

Testimonials

‘Exceptional services provided by the team, resolving the various issues in a smooth and most effective way.

‘The individuals we work with can be described as highly skilled professionals, with excellent judgment and a willingness to listen. Great knowledge of law and analytical thinking.’

‘All the members of the real estate department have an excellent knowledge of the subject matter and are fully passionate and happy to provide its services.

‘Individuals were prompt and ready to help.’

‘Unique knowledge of real estate laws and practices. Innovative solutions to complex legal structures and experience that can be seen through the process. We feel confidence with them as our counsels.’

‘Very polite, patient, always available and willing to help to find solutions to issues.’

‘Sioufas & Associates takes pride in the active development of platforms and tools enhancing the client experience and driving down costs on more standardized projects and legal assignments by my company.’

‘Through their interdisciplinary approach, the team of multilingual lawyers provide holistic legal solutions in relation to both property titles’ and corporations’ legal due diligence, drafting of services agreements and also legal opinions on regulatory issues etc.’

Key clients

EXCLUSIVE RESORTS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

BAKOS NIKOLAOS

PROODOS ACUMEN SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

TENGVO SA

CHAVIARAS ANDREAS

DISTINCTION RESORTS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

BLUE ESSENCE RESORTS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

ALPHA BANK SA

QQUANT MASTER SERVICER

NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE

PQH

PANCRETA BANK

HELLAS CAPITAL LEASING

DEDDHE

GLERBY PRIVATE COMPANY

LORBAX SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

PEXMON SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

ENETLY SINGLE MEMBER SOCIETE ANONYME

TOZZBY SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

THEOCHARIS ATHANASSIOS

PARAMOUNT RESORTS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

OUTSTANDING RESORTS SINGLE MEMBER PRIVATE COMPANY

MORSINO LTD

KRL SINGLE MEMBER LTD

CERVED PROPERTY SERVICES

Sioufas and Associates Law Firm, was established in 1999 and has been incorporated as a Greek Law Firm by our partners, Mr George D. Sioufas  and Mr Marios D. Sioufas.

Our law firm has been providing legal services to all major Greek financial institutions, servicers and foreign investment funds and has been widely acknowledged by all Greek banks as a leading law firm in the banking law sector. We provide legal advice on banking law, due diligence services on NPL portfolios, and specialized services of added value (i.e. property title checks, monitoring third party auctions, post auction legal services, legal indexing, review of legal representations etc). Furthermore, our specialized banking law litigation team represents financial institutions in both out of court and court dispute resolution cases.

Sioufas and Associates Law Firm’s dispute litigation team is currently handling numerous litigation cases per month, representing more than  400 corporate clients, from all areas of businesses.

Our law firm has offices in the three biggest cities in Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra) and maintains  an extensive network of collaborating lawyers, bailiffs and notaries with high business ethics and academic knowledge  in order to provide our clients with personalized and high quality legal services, all over Greece.

Our corporate and IP law departments have demonstrated a substantial growth of business within the last ten years, establishing long lasting business relationships. Our specialized lawyers support our clients with commercial advice on all necessary aspects of business and on their relationships with customers and suppliers, drafting commercial agreements and advising on intellectual property, branding, data protection, corporate legal matters and commercial litigation.

Our firm uses  high technology software and applications which along with  modern management practices, support our lawyers  and offer them the necessary tools to be able to work effectively and promptly in a large number of assignments.

Sioufas and Associates Law Firm’s competitive advantage is its ability to provide tailor-made legal solutions and comprehensive advice to our clients, to maintain steadily, effective and frequent communication with them, while being able to successfully handle numerous  legal cases everywhere in Greece.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Intellectual Property Marios Sioufastrademarks@sioufaslaw.gr+30 213 0393505
Commercial, Corporate and M&A Ioanna Rapsomanikiinfo@sioufaslaw.gr+30 213 0393560
Real estate and Construction Neoklis Neokleousinfo@sioufaslaw.gr+30 210 3673096
Restructuring, Insolvency and Forced Execution Olga Eftychidouinfo@sioufaslaw.gr+30 213 0393505
Dispute Resolution Marios Sioufasinfo@sioufaslaw.gr+30 213 0393505
Banking & Finance Olga Eftychidouinfo@sioufawlaw.gr+30 213 0393505
Greek
English (fluent)
French
Spanish
German
Romanian
Athens Bar Association
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
The Legal 500
Hellenic Association of Law Firms

The team:

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm has offices in three major cities of Greece (Athens, Patra and Thessaloniki) and in Romania (Bucharest). In 2020, a Sioufas & Associates representative office will begin its operations in Singapore. It has a diverse team of multi-disciplined lawyers with an international background having studied and worked in various countries, including:

  • United Kingdom
  • Romania
  • France
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • Algeria

Most of the lawyers of our team are multilingual. Our team as a whole speaks a range of languages, including Greek, Romanian, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Turkish and Farsi.

The clients:

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm has long-term collaborations with more than 140 companies and financial institutions, many of which are affiliated companies of multinational groups.

The network:

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm is a member of the Athens Bar Association, the Association of Greek Law Firms, the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), while maintaining close business relationships with law firms in China, India and Europe.


At Sioufas and Associates Law Firm we truly believe that diversity is a direct route to excellence. Our solid team of attorneys’ provide a diverse approach to any case assigned. Their international education and experience in all fields of law supports such fact. All members of the Firm are continuously educated on a non-stop basis in legal and business issues, thereby providing a holistic view in complex matters.

In our law firm we apply a non-discriminatory and equal opportunities policy to recruitment and evaluation procedures. Female representation in our firm is higher than 70% in all departments.

Inclusion and personal development of our younger lawyers is a core value for our law firm. We support young professionals by offering them the opportunity to develop their professional and interpersonal skills allocating personal responsibility of legal case handling, under the mentorship of senior associates.

At Sioufas & Associates, we give emphasis to our social responsibility actions such us:

· Organizing blood donations on a case by case basis for our employees and their families, to whom we also provide private health insurance.

· Providing Financial donations and goods to philanthropic institutions such as “Kivotos tou Kosmou” (2019), “Social Support” (2018), “O kalos Samareitis” (2017), “Nektar Agapis” (2017) and to special causes funds such as for the support of the victims of the wild fire in the area of Mati, Attika (2018).

Marios Sioufas, Deputy Managing Director

Deputy Managing Director, Marios Sioufas explains the vision and challenges that the firm will face in 2020 and how the managing team will address them.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Sioufas & Associates Law Firm, from your competitors?

Sioufas & Associates Law Firm has been providing, since its establishment, legal services to Multinational entities, Greek companies and the Greek systemic Banks. Therefore it has established an extensive expertise on most Law fields. Our dispute resolution and out of court mediation departments have been developing extremely well, both in the amount of cases and recovered fees. The first reason, our Law Firm managed to be positioned and recognized as a leading Law Firm in banking law is our in-depth knowledge and effectiveness. On the same coin, our vast investments into new technologies and integrated management systems enabled us to manage centrally numerous legal cases, monitor performance and ensure provision of top quality legal services along with accurate and rapid reporting.

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

Our Law Firm advises investors in connection with the acquisition and restructuring of non-performing loans (NPL’s). We expect securitizations to continue to play a critical role in the Greek NPL market. All Greek systemic Banks will try to reduce their NPE stock by 2021 by an average of around 20%. The Bank of Greece and the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund have publicly presented a solution combining securitization with state subsidy. In this context, we expect to continue to develop our banking law departments adding new tools and legal services in connection with NPL dispute and out of court resolution.

At the same time, we believe that restructuring business bad debt, will allow in the long-term the Greek economy to grow and help our corporate clients to rebalance their businesses towards export-oriented sectors and the Greek banks to focus on the new technological challenges ahead, including Fintech, Blockchain and the digital transformation of payment systems and subsequently this will pave the way for expansion of our legal services to this effect.

An additional sector we expect to continue to develop in Greece is the Real Estate sector. Our law firm has been advising foreign and domestic investors in the acquisition of real estate assets. Through our interdisciplinary approach, our teams of multi-lingual lawyers provide holistic legal solutions to our clients in relation to both property titles and corporations’ legal due diligence (for asset and share transactions), drafting of services agreements (i.e. construction, renovation, lease, allotment etc.), the establishment of SVPs, legal opinions on regulatory issues etc.

Additionally, we expect more big investments projects to take place in the next twelve months also in the energy sector. The Greek Banks are actively looking to finance Renewable Energy Projects and so thorough due diligence, prudent development and project bankability are key. Greece also expands its interconnected network with new cables connecting Crete and the Cyclades islands.

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

In our Law Firm, we always inquire what more we can offer to our clients. The affirmation of our dedication to constantly improve our legal services is expressed on our established procedures to perform annually customer and employees’ satisfaction surveys. We try to always maintain feedback on our services, organize face to face meetings with our clients and continuously report back on cases.

We strongly value the importance of client relationships. In order to serve our clients’ needs, we try to understand their business strategy and goals providing them with tailored-made and cost-effective legal solutions.

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

Sioufas & Associates takes pride in the active development of platforms and tools enhancing the client experience and driving down costs on more standardized projects and legal assignments. Our Law Firm collaborates with renowned international IT firms that provide software solutions in relation to data security and automation of data filing, using A.I. technology. Our data management platforms help us to provide our clients with accurate and fast reporting, accompanied with visual data presentations in order for them to better evaluate case trends, forecast their outcome and take their business decisions in connection with their legal cases, based on data evaluation.

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

Our law firm has long professional experience and expertise in complex high value disputes and transactions. We always strive to give practical and business-oriented advice to our clients in order to optimize their costs and give them a fair evaluation of the potential gain at the end of a court trial against the benefits of a settlement under certain conditions before the trial or through it. We consistently provide legal advice and offer transaction support and judicial protection to local and international clients and therefore the examples where clients added value to their business are numerous. These include the restructuring of many client groups and the configuration of their tax liabilities, ensuring their continuing survival and profitability. In the Dispute Resolution field we have successfully defended clients from alleged claims on their assets in many high profile cases.

We adopt as a guideline the deep knowledge of the client’s reality, which is a presupposition for our performance. Combining this with the specialized legal and technical knowledge we build solutions for critical cases, negotiated compositions and special projects.

Our advice to clients is not just legal, it is an advice directed at overall value creation and sustainability in its wider sense, especially at times of human crisis where organizations are expected to show their human side

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

I strongly believe that businesses and employees are more than never attracted to purpose. We built our law firm around a set of values that we share among ourselves and also with our long term clients that is kindness, respect for all, truthfulness and serving people in need.

Stability and business continuity is one of the core concerns for our law firm. We seek to guarantee a balanced, positive and productive professional environment for our team of lawyers, to attract and retain talents and establish a broad and diversified network of clients. Being able to affect positively with our legal expertise and experience the banking, energy and trade sector is how we envision our firm in the next three years.