PD Law Offices > Athens, Greece > Firm Profile

PD Law Offices
SKOUFA STREET 77
10680 ATHENS
Greece

Greece > Insurance Tier 2

The ‘exceptionally proficient’ team at PD Law Offices excels in litigation and arbitration proceedings with respect to insurance claims, and also handles advisory work and corporate and regulatory matters. The group’s work spans day-to-day legal advice and handling claims arising from various insurance products, such as property damage and public liability claims. Ioannis Pantelidis oversees international and domestic claims, handling regulatory compliance matters and commercial and corporate litigation, while Anastasia Daradani has expertise in high-stakes commercial and civil disputes. Anastasia Tsimplaki advises the firm’s international clients on corporate issues and other claims including professional liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Pantelidis; Anastasia Daradani; Anastasia Tsimplaki

Other key lawyers:

Apostolis Balis; Eleni Pantelidi

Testimonials

Innovative approach, in-depth knowledge of the international law and conflict-of-law norms.’

‘Proactive approach and competent/timely legal defense in the course of litigation, and relevant settlement negotiations, as well.’

‘Great group of experienced lawyers, highly specialised in (re)insurance matters, including regulatory issues.’

‘PD Law Offices offers excellent legal services for their national and international clients. Strengths range from their experience, outstanding knowledge of the law and the capability to evaluate complex matters in an instant.’

‘Ioannis Pantelidis has a deep understanding of complex legal issues coming from decades of experience. His clients particularly benefit from his know how and assertiveness in court and in pre-trial negotiations.’

‘Anastasia Tsimplaki’s skills span a wide spread and deep knowledge of the law and experience in several jurisdictions; she is multi-lingual with an outstanding ability to solve complex legal matters.’

Key clients

Allianz Hellas Insurance Company S.A.

Groupama Phoenix Hellenic Insurance Company S.A.

BULSTRAD Vienna Insurance Group Plc.

ERGO Insurance Company Single Member S.A.

EUROLIFE FFH Life Insurance S.A.

EUROLIFE FFH General Insurance S.A.

Willis Towers Watson Greece Insurance Brokers S.A.

Willis Towers Watson Greece Insurance Agents S.A.

Bank Austria Leasing Argo Immobilien Leasing GmbH

Sigma Leasing GmbH

CORIS Assistance SA

Greek Auxiliary Fund

European Reliance General Insurance Company SA

Ydrogios Insurance And Reinsurance SA

Atlantic Union S.A.

Dynamis S.A.

International Motor Insurers Bureau

Pascal & Stratis S.A.

Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance Company S.A.

Aspis Pronia General Insurance SA

TailorMade Insurance P.C.

AWP P&C S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Allianz Hellas Insurance Company S.A. in a claim concerning the provision of insurance against damage or loss of a photovoltaic system.
  • Represented Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance Company S.A. in a claim concerning injuries sustained from the use of a speedboat for water sports.
  • Represented Bulstrad Vienna Insurance Group in two actions launched by the German Pension Fund, claiming that the client was liable under German Law to remunerate the German Pension Fund for the pensions granted to the relatives of the victim of a fatal road traffic accident.

Greece > Dispute resolution Tier 3

PD Law Offices is best-known for its defendant-side insurance litigation practice, but is also involved in commercial disputes with clients from other areas, such as the energy sector. Notably, the firm has ‘the capability to evaluate complex matters in an instant’. Managing partner Ioannis Pantelidis oversees international claims and large-scale domestic claims, handling regulatory compliance matters and a range of commercial litigation. Anastasia Daradani heads the insurance litigation department, whilst Anastasia Tsimplaki heads the insurance regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Ioannis Pantelidis; Anastasia Daradani; Anastasia Tsimplaki

Other key lawyers:

Apostolis Balis; Eleni Pantelidi

Testimonials

‘The firm offers excellent legal services for their national and international clients. PD Law offices are easy to reach, quick to respond and give excellent advice, outstanding by seeing the big picture.’

‘Strengths of the firm include their experience, outstanding knowledge of the law and the capability to evaluate complex matters in an instant.’

‘Ioannis Pantelidis has a deep understanding of complex legal issues coming from decades of experience. His clients particularly benefit from his know-how and assertiveness in court and in pre-trial negotiations.

‘Anastasia Tsimplaki’s skills range from a widespread and deep knowledge of the law and experience in several jurisdictions; she is multi-lingual with an outstanding ability to solve complex legal matters.’

Key clients

Allianz Hellas Insurance Company S.A.

Groupama Phoenix Hellenic Insurance Company S.A

Bulstrad Vienna Insurance Group Plc.

Ergo Insurance Company Single Member S.A.

Eurolife FFH Life Insurance S.A.

Eurolife FFH General Insurance S.A.

Willis Towers Watson Greece Insurance Brokers S.A.

Willis Towers Watson Greece Insurance Agents S.A.

Bank Austria Leasing Argo Immobilien Leasing GmbH|

Sigma Leasing GmbH

CORIS Assistance SA

Greek Auxiliary Fund

European Reliance General Insurance Company SA

Ydrogios Insurance And Reinsurance SA

Atlantic Union S.A.

Dynamis S.A.

International Motor Insurers Bureau

Pascal & Stratis S.A.

Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance Company S.A.

Aspis Pronia General Insurance SA

TailorMade Insurance P.C.

AWP P&C S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of Austria Leasing Argo Immobilien Leasing GMBH on a civil law matter concerning whether the COVID-19 outbreak qualifies as an “Act of God” under Greek civil law.
  • Represented European Reliance General Insurance Company SA who provided employer’s liability insurance to a worker who suffered a cardiac arrest while working for a well-established construction company.
  • Represented Bank Austria Immobilien Leasing GMBH concerning a leasing agreement dispute with a high-end Greek hotel company for a hotel resort situated in Corfu.

PD Law Offices is an Athens-based boutique law firm specialized in insurance, civil law and corporate law, where it has a long tradition of excellence in litigation and arbitration with respect to insurance claims, acting mainly for insurers and reinsurers, while it has also won recognition for its seamless advisory work on corporate and regulatory matters.

The firm is managed by Ioannis (Yiannis) Pantelidis and Anastasia Daradani, who both have over 30 years of legal practice. The firm is also supported by a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers, namely ten (10) senior and junior associates and two (2) trainee lawyers.

Practice areas
Civil law – insurance claims – dispute resolution: PD Law Offices mainly focuses on civil law and insurance and reinsurance law, covering both contentious and non-contentious areas of practice. Insurance litigation is the most important area of our firm’s expertise. Our litigation department deals with insurance claims and complex litigation cases, relating to

  • property damage (fire, theft, etc)
  • product liability,
  • medical malpractice and pharmaceutical liability,
  • consumer law,
  • transport and marine cargo claims,
  • financial fraud and corporate crime,
  • car accidents and motor vehicle liability claims,
  • travel and hotel liability claims,
  • workplace accidents,
  • life insurance investment claims

We also advise on and engage in disputes arising from financial services and banking activities, employment, competition, privacy and data protection, real estate, distribution agreements, leasing agreements, product liability claims, claims against the State (Greek Government), enforcement procedures, etc.

Corporate law and compliance: In addition to our outstanding litigation practice, we also provide day-to-day legal advice across a range of commercial and corporate issues, such as inter-company agreements, mergers, acquisitions, scissions, advice in connection with corporate governance issues, due diligence reports, etc. We have repeatedly advised, inter alia, affiliates and branches of foreign insurance companies and financial institutions with a presence in Greece.

Thanks to our 37-year old experience, we are able to provide valuable advice and input across various businesses (e.g. marine, construction, energy, oil & gas, aviation, international trade, D&O liability, etc).

Further, our firm has assumed a leading role in the implementation of compliance procedures and corporate governance rules for both insurance companies and insurance intermediaries. We assist our clients in carrying out their activities in compliance with the new legal and regulatory framework, i.e. Directive 2016/97 (Insurance Distribution Directive – IDD), Regulation 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR), Regulation 1286/2014 (key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products – PRIIPs), Directive 2009/138 (Solvency II).

Department Name Email Telephone
Insurance Law, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration), Corporate Law, M&As Yiannis Pantelidis y.pantelidis@pdlawoffices.gr
Insurance Law, Civil Law, Commercial Law, Insurance Claims, Dispute Resolution (Litigation & Arbitration) Anastasia Daradani n.daradani@pdlawoffices.gr
Insurance Law, Corporate Law, Regulatory Compliance, Litigation, Mediation Anastasia Tsimplaki a.tsimplaki@pdlawoffices.gr
Insurance Law, Insurance Claims, Private International Law, Civil Law, Litigation Apostolis Balis a.balis@pdlawoffices.gr
Photo Name Position Profile
Apostolis Balis photo Apostolis Balis Senior Associate
Anastasia Daradani photo Anastasia Daradani Partner
Yiannis Pantelidis photo Yiannis Pantelidis Partner
Anastasia Tsimplaki photo Anastasia Tsimplaki Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 14
Greek
English
French
German
Insuralex (Global Insurance Lawyers Group)
Peopil
ULN (United Legal Network)
Global Chambers and Partners as a member of the group Insuralex
AEA International Lawyers Network
IETL (Institute for European Traffic Law)

Yiannis Pantelidis, Partner

Yiannis Pantelidis, founder and partner at PD Law Offices, explains how the firm has become one of the leading law firms in insurance law and dispute resolution.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate [law firm name] from your competitors?

One of the qualities that distinguish our firm from other practices is our established courtroom experience. Our litigation team handles approximatively 200 court hearings on a yearly basis, which makes us one of the most prolific law firms in Greece in the area of dispute resolution. Thanks to the abundance of our litigated cases, PD Law Offices has enriched the Greek jurisprudence with ground-breaking decisions, all of which in favour of our clients, in the area of civil torts, contract disputes, consumer protection laws, life insurance investments, distribution agreements, pharmaceutical liability, employment law, etc.

We firmly believe that a lawyer cannot efficiently advise on any legal matter, without having acquired a profound understanding of the client’s business and, above all, a strong feel of the world of court practice. With the exception of basic distinctions regarding their duties, most of our lawyers cover both contentious and non-contentious work, so that our clients can profit from our combined experience. Our undeniable experience in litigation is precisely what makes our advisory work no less than exceptional, and this is what differentiates us from most of our competitors.

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

In the current competitive environment of our country’s resurgent economy, there is a general focus on tourist development. We believe that we shall continue to witness the launch of large-scale infrastructure projects, privatizations, sales of real estate assets, concessions of the exploitation of marinas, etc, which will involve the full spectrum of corporate and commercial legal work and are likely to give rise to a great deal of commercial disputes.

We have also noted the introduction of the the new compulsory mediation procedures in civil and commercial claims, which marks a significant change in our civil procedure rules. With an ever-growing team of accredited mediators, our firm has taken steps to welcome this new practice, which we believe will rapidly gain ground.

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

We recently shared with our long-term clients a digital claims management platform, which we use and update regularly. This has been a great benefit to our clients as it has facilitated the process of information and reporting to their auditors and risk committees (eg. reports, budgets, etc).

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

The technological advances available to our practice have indeed changed our daily management and reporting to our clients. Our law firm has established strict case preparation and follow-up procedures, which include, inter alia, constant and detailed reporting to our clients. To do this, we use standardized reports as well as advanced digital platforms (via web or software programs) that help us expedite our internal procedures.

Further, the COVID-19 global pandemic has created a new set of challenges for all businesses. Our firm has ensured remote access to all required data, files, records, which allows our lawyers and support teams to work from home without compromising the continuity and quality of our services to our clients.

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

Our firm recently acted for three insurance distribution companies, affiliates of one of the largest insurance distribution companies worldwide, implementing strict compliance and corporate governance procedures, to meet the requirements set forth by the new Insurance Distribution Directive (Directive 2016/97) and also General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679), as incorporated in domestic legislation, and comply with the new regulatory framework. Our firm drafted new cooperation contracts for each line of business, and also prepared standardized documentation in accordance with IDD requirements to facilitate our clients’ day-to-day business, such as insurance product information documents, loss reports, complaint reports, etc. We also undertook the preparation of business conduct policies, anti-money laundering policies, anti-corruption policies, privacy policies, applications for cross-border provision of services, and many more. Our work was not only efficient, as we managed to keep our clients in line with new regulations, but also insightful and responsive to their daily needs and long-term commitments.

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

Our law firm represents some of the biggest insurance and reinsurance companies in Greece and many prominent businesses and multinational corporations from healthcare, construction and the commodities industry. Our relationship with most of our permanent clients extends over 25 years, which only proves that our clients look for stability and long-term relations built on trust. Our ability to understand the commercial aspects of the client’s business, combined with our unparalleled legal expertise, is the reason why our clients trust our practice and vouch for our efficiency all those years. We are confident that in the coming years our firm will continue to grow as we set our sights on new challenges.