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Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates
Omirou 34, 6th floor
106 72

Greece > TMT Tier 3

Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates is noted for its proficiency in advising clients in the field of data protection law and the wider privacy regulatory framework. The firm provides advice to corporate clients on data cleansing and data enhancement, and assists them in navigating digital transformation. The growing team of experts regularly serve as data protection officers and represent clients before the national supervisory authorities. Nicolas Kanellopoulos, Chara Zerva and Ira Chioni lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Kanellopoulos; Chara Zerva; Ira Chioni


‘Very pragmatic approach, focused on the business of the customer and providing solutions and not strictly interpreting the law.’

‘Focus on understanding the business, flexibility, responsiveness.’

‘Highly efficient, knowledgeable, very easy to communicate with, and very reachable.’

Key clients

Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports

Hellenic Investment Bank S.A.

Organisation for Welfare Benefits and Social Solidarity (OPEKA)

Health Units SA

Holy Metropolis of N. Ionia

National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP)

DIAPLASIS Recovery and Rehabilitation Center

Region of Attica

Municipality of Kallithea

IDIKA S.A. (e-Government Center for Social Security Services)

The Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE)

Vocational Training Center of GSEVEE

Small Business Institute of GSEVEE

Athens Chamber of Tradesmen

OAKA | Olympic Athletic Center of Athens “Spiros Louis”

Municipality of Agrinio

Hellenic Train S.A. ( former TRAINOSE S.A.)

Technical Chamber of Greece

Hellenic Post (ELTA)

ELTA Courier S.A.

Relational Technology S.A.

HDI Global S.Ε.- Greek Branch


Grivalia Hospitality S.A.-Greek Branch

Bioiatriki S.A. Group

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (“TAIPED”)

Hellenic Intermunicipal Network of Healthy Cities (EDDYPPY)

Hellenic Aerospace Industry

Karamolegos Bakery S.A.

Pastoral Training Institute of the Holy Archdiocese of Athens

Work highlights

  • Advised IDIKA S.A., being the organisation formally designated to operate the National Contact Point for eHealth of Greece, in the preparation and monitoring the Project compliance with national and EU legislation regarding the protection of personal data
  • Advised a crucial service provider of the Public Sector in the handling of a major data breach, which was responsible for the temporary suspension of the commercial IT system of its post offices and provision of services with no fine issued.
  • Handled all the cases of the digital transformation of the public sector from the data protection aspect. Moreover, our Firm conducted most of the Data Protection Impact Assessments that the Hellenic Government launched as part of the digital transformation initiative.

Greece > Real estate and construction

Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates has a growing real estate workload, including acquisitions of both commercial and industrial property portfolios. As specialists in public sector client work, the firm counts The National Bank of Greece and Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) as key clients.

Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates Law Firm” has gained an undisputed reputation for providing high-end services in various fields of law, particularly in the fields of commercial, finance and public law adhering to uncompromising quality and reliability standards.

Our team consists of proactive, experienced, innovative and collaborative lawyers, who -supported by modern infrastructure- are determined to do an outstanding job, to go the extra mile to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients, which include leading Banking Institutions, P.L.B.I. (Public Law Bodies and Institutions), P.C.O. (Public Corporations and Organizations) as well as major Greek and international groups of companies and natural persons.

Our managing partners have acquired further specialized experience by serving the public sector as highly estimated public servants both in the sector of economy, justice, development and the tourism industry, acting as opinion leaders in establishing institutions for growth, and introducing innovative justice reforms, such as indicatively the e-justice system and mediation, as a flexible ADR method. They have played crucial roles in the formation of the regime for the strategic investments, the incentives for FDI and the extra-judicial mechanism for enterprises’ debt settlement and have gained invaluable experience in managing EU funding, development programmes, handling tourism investments and drafting legislative framework, as well as executing elaborate tax planning and preparing clients for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, officially in force as of May 2018.

Our law firm participates in the international legal network “International Jurists” as the exclusive Greek partner since 2005.

Our law firm is committed to offering our clients innovative, strategic and forward-thinking solutions. In “Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates Law Firm” we are passionate about assisting our clients in achieving their goals, however ambitious and we honour personal contact with them. Our law firm invests in long-term relationships with a focus on understanding clients’ businesses, including their changing goals, strategies and challenges. We have a hands-on approach and work hard to stay at the forefront of emerging legal issues and developments that impact our clients’ businesses – and work even harder to keep them informed.

Our clients’ challenges are our challenges and we employ all our means -high professional and ethical standards, accomplished people and team spirit-  in the most effective way to achieve the best possible outcome creating value for them.

By understanding a client’s needs and tapping into market opportunities, “Nicolas Kanellopoulos – Chara Zerva & Associates Law Firm” delivers trustworthy and timely practical advice and innovative resources and solutions even in the most complex and sophisticated matters spanning all legal and business areas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Nicolas Kanellopoulos +30 210 3611 225
GDPR Team Chara Zerva +30 210 3611 225
Counseling/Litigation Claire Lada +30 210 3611 225
Photo Name Position Profile
Ira Chioni photo Ms Ira Chioni Senior Counsel | Practice Areas: Commercial Law, European Law, Data Protection Law, European…
Eriketi Diakoumakou photo Ms Eriketi Diakoumakou Associate| Practice Areas: Commercial Law, Corporate law, Banking and Finance Law
Athanasios Gamvrilis photo Mr Athanasios Gamvrilis Associate| Practice Areas: Administrative Law, Civil Law (Family, Law of succession, Law of…
Dimitrios Gerasimidis photo Mr Dimitrios Gerasimidis Associate – Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Banking & Finance Law
Nicolas Kanellopoulos photo Mr Nicolas Kanellopoulos Managing Partner | Practice Areas: Corporate Law; Commercial Law; Banking Law; Data Protection…
Xenia Karanikopoulou photo Ms Xenia Karanikopoulou Senior Associate| Practice Areas: Commercial Law, Company Law, Tax Law, Public Law, Administrative…
Ioulia Konstantinou photo Ms Ioulia Konstantinou Senior Associate | Practice Areas: Personal Data Protection Law, Telecommunications Law, E-Commerce Law, Intellectual…
Stergios Konstantinou photo Mr Stergios Konstantinou Senior Associate | Practice Areas: Data Protection Law, Civil Law, Commercial Law,…
Claire Lada photo Ms Claire Lada Partner | Practice Areas: Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Banking and Finance Law, Public…
Georgios Patrikios photo Dr Georgios Patrikios Senior Associate | Practice Areas: Public Law and Personal Data Protection
Kleanthi Sardeli photo Ms Kleanthi Sardeli Associate – Data Protection
Pelopidas Tserepas photo Mr Pelopidas Tserepas Senior Associate | Practice Areas: Civil Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Public Law,…
Dimitrios Tsonis photo Mr Dimitrios Tsonis Senior Counsel | Civil Law, Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Public Law, International Law,…
Niki Tzavella photo Ms Niki Tzavella Associate | Practice Areas: Commercial and Corporate Law, Public and Administrative Law, Public…
Christina Tziola photo Ms Christina Tziola Associate – Public Law, Administrative Law, Public Procurements, Constitutional Law, Tax Law,…
Chara Zerva photo Ms Chara Zerva Administrative Partner | Practice Areas: Data Protection Law, Economic Crimes, Tax Law, Banking Law,…
Afroditi Paliantoni : Administrative Support
Panagiota Frygana : Administrative Support
Silia Vathi : Administrative Support
Panagiotis Manolopoulos : Administrative Support
International Jurists
Athens Bar Association

Nicolas Kanellopoulos, Managing Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate “Nicolas Kanellopoulos- Chara Zerva and Associates Law Firm” from your competitors?

“Nicolas Kanellopoulos- Chara Zerva and Associates” is a Law Firm that focuses on providing high quality legal services to its clients. Our team consists of proactive, experienced, innovative and collaborative lawyers, who are determined to do an outstanding job, to go the extra mile to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients always based on high-quality ethical values and professional standards.

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

In a constantly evolving environment and taking into account the transition to a digital era, the field of data protection and security seems to gradually gain more attention in the legal field. The recent challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic underlined the importance of the new technologies as a way to promote products, as well as provide services to the public.  Moreover, there is a growing interest in the real estate and energy field. Taking the above into account, we expect to see growing our GDPR, as well as the Real Estate and Energy Departments.

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

Our Law Firm has expanded during the last years, developing specialized teams per field of Law, thus achieving the highest level of expertise and developing unique solutions for its clients. Moreover, we have modernized our internal processes with the help of new technologies in order to offer to our clients innovative, strategic and forward-thinking solutions.

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

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our Law Firm has managed to adapt its way of operation to the new and exceptional circumstances. It was also a chance to expand the Firm’s use of new technology tools which enabled us to provide our services in a more efficient manner while maintaining the same level of high quality. However, the traditional face to face interaction with the clients remains of prime essence for us.

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

Our Law Firm provides data protection officer (DPO) services to major stakeholders of the public and private sector. As such, it has played an important role in the organization and implementation of the compliance projects of its clients. More specifically, our Law Firm has been involved in the planning, deployment and implementation of significant projects, both in terms of ensuring the accuracy and quality of data (e.g. data cleansing projects), as well as in terms of expanding their business through the launch of targeted marketing campaigns, while complying with the requirements of the GDPR and the applicable national legislation.

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 invests in long-term relationships with a focus on understanding clients’ businesses, including their changing goals, strategies and challenges. We have a hands-on approach and work hard to stay at the forefront of emerging legal issues and developments that impact our clients’ businesses – and work even harder to keep them informed. As a matter of fact, being proactive and adapting to the evolving market needs, means that new sectors will bloom and further expand.