Greece and Cyprus 2022 – GC Powerlist
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Greece and Cyprus 2022

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Adina-Viviana Szemethy

Head of legal administration | O1 Advisory

Financials

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Afrodite Dellaporta

Head of legal department | A.M. Nomikos

Transport and infrastructure

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Afroditi Kanellopoulou

Head of legal affairs | APIVITA

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Afroditi Kanellopoulou

Head of legal affairs | APIVITA

Consumer products

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Alexia Trokoudi

Legal group manager, corporate holdings and energy regulation, advocate | Hellenic Petroleum group of companies

Energy and utilities

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Amalia Tovlatidou

general counsel | Gerolymatos International

Healthcare

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Anargyros Oikonomou

General Manager on legal affairs and corporate governance | Public Power Corporation

Energy and utilities

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Andreas Iossifides

Chief legal officer | Archirodon group

Transport and infrastructure

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Andreas Petasis

Head of legal services | Eurobank Cyprus

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Andriani Ferti

Global legal director | Beat

Information technology

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Angeliki Valsamidou

Ethics and compliance director, Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Portugal | Astellas EMEA

Healthcare

Anthia Savvidou

Legal manager | Interorient Shipmanagment

Transport and infrastructure

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Antigone Papangelopoulou

General counsel SEE | 3M

Information technology

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Antigoni Fakonti

General counsel | Globe Invest

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Antigoni Papanikolaou

Corporate, external and legal affairs lead, Microsoft Greece, Cyprus & Malta | Microsoft Hellas

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Antonis Giannopapas

Head of legal, Greece | Avramar Seafood Group

Food

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Catherine Karanikola

Group chief legal officer | YNV Group

Commercial and professional services

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Christina Hadjidemetriou

In-house legal counsel | Cablenet Communication Systems

Telecommunication services

Christina Karakosta

General counsel | Dodoni Ice-Cream

Food

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Christina Vasilopoulou

General counsel for East Europe | Unilever

Consumer products

Constantinos Andronicou

Global legal counsel | Tek Experts

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Despina Doxaki

Head of legal | Hellenic Financial Stability Fund

Financials

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Diana Luca

Head of legal and compliance | FXGlobe

Financials

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Dimitra Chatziarseniou

Head of legal department | GEK TERNA Group of Companies

Energy and utilities

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Dimitra Tsakiroglou

Senior legal counsel | Vivartia

Food

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Dionysios Pantazis

General counsel | Huawei

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Eirini Nikolaidi

General counsel, chief legal and regulatory affairs officer | Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation

Telecommunication services

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Eleana Spyris

Senior legal advisor and compliance officer | Eurolife

Financials

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Elena Bosnidou

Legal director | INSS

Commercial and professional services

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Eleni Papapanou

Senior counsel | Titan Cement Company

Materials and mining

Eleni Providi

Vice president legal and public affairs | AB Vassilopoulos (Ahold Delhaize Group)

Consumer products

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Eleni Stathaki

Head of legal | Upstream

Commercial and professional services

Eliana Charalambous Savvidi

Legal manager | Intership Navigation

Transport and infrastructure

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Emmanouil Asikis

General counsel | Deloitte Greece

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Eugenia Papathanasopoulou

Director legal affairs and secretary to the board of directors | Athens International Airport

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Eva Shammas Chell

General counsel | RCB Bank

Financials

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Evi Mathiou

Legal, compliance and quality director Greece and Cyprus | Novo Nordisk

Healthcare

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Evita Eliades

Head of legal | The Luck Factory Group

Commercial and professional services

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Evy  Kyttari

Legal Manager | Vodafone

Telecommunication services

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George Liakopoulos

Group general counsel and chief legal officer | Piraeus Bank

Financials

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George Prousanides

General counsel | Motor Oil Hellas

Energy and utilities

George Xirouchakis

Group general counsel and BoD member | Olympia group of companies

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Georgia Demetriou

Senior legal counsel | OSM Maritime Group

Transport and infrastructure

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Georgios Kourgias

Legal director Greece and Switzerland  | AbbVie

Healthcare

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Hans Brems

Senior managing counsel, EMEA | Oracle

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Ioannis Moutzouridis

Legal advisor to the Board of Directors, director of legal services | EYDAP

Energy and utilities

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Ioannis Voskos

Legal director, retail division | Hellenic Petroleum

Energy and utilities

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John Psomas

head legal and compliance officer | Pernod Ricard

Food

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John Charalambides

Head of Legal | Energean

Energy and utilities

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John Giannakopoulos

Chief legal counsel | LAMDA Development

Industrials and real estate

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Katerina Galanopoulou

Senior legal and compliance counsel | SAP Hellas

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Katerina Papageorgiou

head of legal and compliance greece | Deustche Bank

Financials

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Katerina Vracha

Chief legal and compliance officer | Dixons South East Europe

Consumer products

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Katia Avramidou

Chief legal counsel | Aegan Airlines

Transport and infrastructure

Katia Santis

Chief legal officer and company secretary | Bank of Cyprus Group

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Konstantina Schiza

Group legal director | Kaizen Gaming

Information technology

Kypros Santis

General counsel | MHV Mediterranean Hospitality Ventures

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Kyriaki Tzemou

General counsel | Prodea Investments

Financials

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Kyriakos Savidis

Head, contract monitoring unit | Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

Financials

Lefteris Marampoutakis

Legal director Greece, Cyprus, Malta and the Czech Republic | Viatris

Healthcare

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Lena Karaoulani

Head of the legal department and compliance officer | Nestlé Hellas

Consumer products

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Leonidas Tolis

Senior counsel, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta | Papastratos Cigarette Manufacturing Company

Food

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Lilian Kontou

Deputy managing director and legal affairs | TAE Group

Energy and utilities

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Loukia Kanarini

Chief legal and compliance officer | IronFX

Financials

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Maria Labrinou

Director of legal commercial support | Public Power Corporation (PPC)

Energy and utilities

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Maria Skagou

Vice chair board of directors, head of legal | Vodafone

Telecommunication services

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Maria Venizelou

Head of legal services, head of corporate governance and secretary of the board | Astrobank

Financials

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Maria Agathangelou

Chief internal legal advisor | Atlantic Insurance

Financials

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Maria Kettirou

Senior legal officer and head of unit | Central Bank of Cyprus

Financials

Maria Stamatopoulou

General counsel and member of the board of directors | Siemens

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Marios Andrikopoulos

Legal director | Elpedison power generation

Energy and utilities

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Martin Thorvaldsson

CSR Director | Exness

Financials

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Michael Chatzikyriakou

Head of legal department | Independent Power Transmission Operator

Energy and utilities

Natalie Kedikoglou

General counsel and company secretary | Hellas Gold

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Nayia Pyridi

Deputy head of contract monitoring unit | Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund

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Nayia Ziourti

General counsel | FTX Europe

Financials

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Nicole Koulouroudia

Head of legal | AVAX

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Nikolaos Zachos

Head of legal | Intracom

Information technology

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Olga Papadogianni

General counsel Europe | The Coca-Cola Company

Food

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Ourania Peppa

Head of Legal | Enel Green Power

Energy and utilities

Periklis Stroumpos

Head of legal | Fraport Greece

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Petros Liasis

Vice president legal affairs and regulatory compliance | Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

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Petros Papaevagorou

Legal, alternate AML, compliance officer | Banque

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Petros Papaevagorou

Legal officer and AML and compliance officer | Banque SBA

Financials

Prof. Dr. George Lekkas

Head of capital markets, wealth management, strategy and international activities legal division; legal advisor to the Board | Eurobank

Financials

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Roman Zanin

General counsel, tax and compliance | Wargaming

Information technology

Smaragda Rigakou

General counsel, head of legal, regulatory and compliance division | Athens Exchange Group

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Sofia Michelaki

Legal affairs and governance division director | The Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator (DESFA)

Energy and utilities

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Sophia Apostolidou

Division Head, Corporate Banking Legal Support Division | Eurobank

Financials

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Souli Eirini

Director for TV legal issues, legal institutional framework for fixed and mobile | OTE Group

Telecommunication services

Spyros Zampelis

Group legal- senior corporate counsel | Coca Cola HBC

Food

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Stathis Alexakis

Legal counsel and member of the board of directors | Renault

Consumer products

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Stathis Mihos

Senior legal director Greece, Cyprus, Malta and Israel sub cluster lead | Pfizer

Healthcare

Theodora C. Mitropetrou

General counsel and corporate secretary,insurance and claims manager | Seanergy Maritime Holdings

Transport and infrastructure

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Tzina Prokopidou

Group legal director | Netcompany – Intrasoft

Information technology

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Vassiliki Delistathi

General counsel legal affairs and corporate services | Quest group of companies

Financials

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Vassilis Kyriakou

Risk Managment Business Leader | Leroy Merlin

Consumer products

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Vicky Goutzamani

Group compliance and legal director | Viva Wallet

Financials

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Vivian Fatourou

Commercial and corporate legal executive | Cerved Property Services

Industrials and real estate

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Yiango-George Yiangoullis

Business Counsel | NCR Corporation

Information technology

Yiota Krassakopoulou

General counsel, director legal, insurance and corporate affairs | Attica Holdings

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Yota Kremmida

Director and associate general counsel WW channels and ecosystems | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Greece and Cyprus 2022 captures the theme of resilience, adaptation, and growth among the leading legal counsel across all industries in both Greece and Cyprus. It was a delight to speak with premier counsel in these countries who shared their organisational objectives, challenges, and highlights over the past years. Among the significant cases and transactions shared, there were general sentiments on how leadership of their legal teams had transformed and how technology had been fondly embraced.

Despite the unprecedented time we are in, which is riddled with the aftermath of a global pandemic, war and associated consequences, the general outlook among all participants was one of triumph through crises. Had there been a decided theme to this edition, it would be one which successfully encapsulates how general counsel in Greece and Cyprus have remained steadfast providing legal advice and positively transforming the cultures of their team and organisations through policies and remarkable leadership.

In-house counsel in this edition describe the last few years to be ‘heavily impacted by Covid-19 regulatory measures’, with no exception to ‘political and economic implications’ too. However, they resolve to look forward enthusiastically into a future involving increased implementation of technology in their departments and day-to-day work. Counsel also shared how much their usual tasks had changed, referring to how their organisations had required them to widen their scope of work and be a contributing voice to business decisions. Several counsel note that this is a welcome change and one which has decisively improved the way the legal function is viewed by management.

Despite looming challenges relating to energy and inflation globally to which the economies in Greece and Cyprus are no exception, organisations can rest assured that in-house counsel are well prepared to face the tasks. According to the respective governments in these economies, there is much focus on supporting business activity ahead of the predicted tough months. In combination with this, counsel can look forward to the global awareness of ESG and sustainability practices, and creatively decide how to guide their companies through making change.

Some in-house lawyers report that they have already successfully influenced their respective organisations to act and prioritise decisions regarding ESG. In the words of one general counsel, ‘we had to balance legal, compliance and ESG matters to act in a sustainable manner, to take advantage of opportunities for the company, while trying to mitigate emerging risks.’ Another counsel explains why it was crucial to act early, ‘it was not only because the government is proceeding with new legislation that changes the framework under which business operates, but also because businesses must go beyond the regulation and consider their role in environmental and sustainability issues.’ Stemming from this, leading counsel confirm that there are also changes in consumer habits based on how responsible a business appears.

This publication confirms that in the face of successive crises, general counsel in these jurisdictions are qualified to navigate challenges and business decisions alike. Congratulations to all the brilliant, innovative leading in-house counsel of Greece and Cyprus who were a pleasure to speak with for this publication!

Melissa Yebisi| Research Analyst | GC Powerlist Series

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Quality, Innovation, Growth

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is the largest law firm in Cyprus with established professional networks worldwide. Functioning on a departmentalised basis with more than 140 professional staff, we are equipped to offer specialist advice in all major branches of Cypriot, European and international law. We have a reputation for providing our clients with creative solutions and can demonstrate extensive experiences in cross-border and domestic transactions. The quality of our offering is highlighted by multiple ‘Tier One’ ratings awarded to us by the premier independent rating bodies and a high quality client base.

But that is just one part of our story – as the world changes, so do we!

Social and technological changes continually alter the ways in which our clients think and operate. At Elias Neocleous & Co LLC we recognise that this means that we must evolve in order to continue to provide them with the best service possible. Together with our legacy firm, we have pioneered significant change in the Cypriot legal sector and can list numerous ‘firsts’ to our name, including being the first Cypriot law firm to:

  • Introduce a modern performance appraisal system;
  • Introduce a quality assurance manager, quality control systems and be awarded ISO 9001 2015 and ISO/IEC 27001;
  • Fully utilise modern IT and workflow solutions;
  • Develop business links with Eastern Europe, by creating fully fledged offices in key cities;
    Introduce a multi-disciplinary privacy and cybersecurity department;
  • Introduce a technology law department;
    Develop an Innovation Hub;
  • Introduce an Alternative Legal Services Provider in Cyprus.

We view digitalisation and other technological advances as our ally and not our replacement or enemy. Our commitment to modern work practices, and selective exploitation of technical advances set us in a league apart from our competitors in Cyprus. It has enabled us to continue to seamlessly deliver first class and, importantly, cyber secure services to existing and new clients throughout the various phases of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. We appreciate that embracing technological innovations is a necessary attitude to achieve harmonisation with the demands of the market, and to strengthen our current leading position in providing legal services.

Technology Law Department

There has never been a better time than the present to launch a technology business in Cyprus. Having firmly established Cyprus as an international finance hub, in recent years, government attention has turned to the promotion of Cyprus as a hub for the provision of digital and electronic services and as the ideal venue for high tech ‘start-ups’. As a key sponsor of the ‘Reflect Festival’ and a founding member of the ‘TechIsland’ Association, we fully endorse this vision for the Cypriot economy. The help available for high tech start-ups in Cyprus is now considerable and so we have established a technology law department to ensure our clients can access it successfully. Our highly regarded multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, accountants, tax experts, IT specialists and cybersecurity consultants work in partnership with young businesses to provide knowledgeable and proactive support across the full range of start-up issues. We provide the support they need to successfully grow their businesses.

Innovation Hub

By providing opportunities for individual and group collaboration across time zones and continents we have created a place that fosters a culture of innovation. Through the creation, sharing, and testing of ideas, Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is able to increase in efficiency, and both improve and augment the services that we can offer to clients.

Our multi-disciplinary project development team is brainstorming to deliver new ways of working which will benefit clients and the firm. It is exploring new techniques including blockchain technology, data mining, cybersecurity, and machine learning. Its first major project, Neolaw.ai, is an alternative legal services provider which has just been successfully launched in Cyprus. The future of professional law firms lies in using the best of modern technology to increase the efficient of lawyers by eliminating time consuming tasks and by expanding their knowledge horizons to the benefit of their clients. Neolaw.ai is our first contribution to this evolution.

Neolaw.ai gives users access to:

  • Legal Brain: A digital lawyer with a wide knowledge from an extended library of the laws of Cyprus along with references to relevant cases for each subject matters.
  • Informational services: Currently covering GDPR, permanent residency, trademarks and IP issues, but expanding to include a host of topics such as ‘setting up in Cyprus’; and full tax facts on Cyprus tax.
  • Document drafting: including basic contracts.

Neolaw.ai offers lawyers in Cyprus new and more efficient ways to serve their clients.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is a law firm which understands the past but also embraces the future!

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often!” – Winston Churchill

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Strong relationships, forward legal thinking, united team: from our perspective, these are the essential ingredients for efficient, high-performing organisations and teams.

KLC has the honour to sponsor, for a third time in a row, the 2022 GC Powerlist for Greece and Cyprus. This is the first GC event in Greece following the Covid-19 outbreak, thereby making it even more special. Lawyers featured in this year’s list have demonstrated the capacity, resilience and focus to add true value to their businesses.

This is happening against a background of a severe public health emergency caused by the Covid-19 outbreak that, in turn, gave rise to a major shock to the global economies and societies, undoubtedly disrupting everyone’s personal and professional life.

Against the above challenging background and after two-and-a-half years of enduring a global pandemic, it has become clear that this unprecedented crisis also created significant opportunities and innovative initiatives.

Just to mention a few notable ones:

Digitalisation

The legal profession in Greece has witnessed a rapid digital transformation of important parts of its workflow and day-to-day professional life. The electronic submission of court files, the receipt of judgments and court documents via email, the widespread use of digital signatures, the granting of authorisations and powers of attorney as well as the certifications of date and signatures online via the gov.gr platform are pivotal examples of how the every-day life of legal professionals has become more efficient and less bureaucratic. This expedited digital transition has enabled lawyers and organisations to re-focus valuable talent, time and resources on substantive work.

Digital Infrastructure

The reality of remote work meant that organisations undertook an expedited shift in digital infrastructure. Working-from-home incentivised the digitalisation of work resources and the upgrading of IT systems and digital tools thereby not only strengthening continuity of services but also helping organisations be better prepared and equipped in addressing any future disruptions.

Recovery and Resilience Facility

The RRF, a dedicated instrument designed to tackle the adverse effects and consequences of the Covid-19 crisis at a union level, is one of the key European initiatives for strengthening reforms and investments in all EU member states. In Greece, the reforms and investments of the national Recovery and Resilience Plan structured in five strategic pillars, namely green transition, digitalisation, extroversion, economies of scale through mergers and acquisitions and innovation is expected not only to help Greece become more sustainable and resilient but also to give rise to fresh possibilities for growth and development. Lawyers and legal professionals are thereby provided with new opportunities in supporting and servicing their clients and fruitful synergies between external counsel and in-house legal teams will be further encouraged.

Amid all this flux and uncertainty, organisations do not only require their legal teams to have deep knowledge of legal provisions in force from time-to-time, but they urge them to deliver solutions, simply and effectively. This presupposes that in-house legal teams understand the business, comprehend the risks, uphold the objectives and vision and stay committed to them. Besides, the pandemic kept proving, and is still proving, that well set up plans and operations get disrupted, thus teaching us the importance of both flexibility and collaboration amongst teams!

Moreover, at a time when efficient resource-allocation and spending is imperative, it is vital that in-house lawyers can identify the most cost-effective way to engage their external lawyers and establish strong, long-term relationships with them so as to consistently provide the business with the best commercially-aware legal advice.

In such a challenging environment KLC has not only achieved to maintain and further develop existing, strong and long-lasting relationships with corporate clients and their legal counsel but also establish new ones. KLC continues to consistently support its corporate clients in all practice areas by providing commercially-astute advice on contentious and non-contentious matters and contributing to the development of strategic decisions within the relative legal and regulatory frameworks. KLC’s competitive advantage is the specialisation of our highly qualified and experienced lawyers in various legal areas and at the same time the ability to combine our expertise from various fields and practices in order to provide comprehensive and business oriented legal services. Our devotion to client service by a well-bonded team of specialised professionals aims at meeting the expectations of our clientele and building a trusting, enduring and successful relationship.

Experience has taught us that delivering high quality services requires close collaboration with the colleagues who know our clients best, being a vital and integral part of their organization. Looking through this year’s Powerlist and reading – and in certain cases having first-hand knowledge – about the astonishing work done and excellent results achieved by those highly skilled and efficient colleagues, tells us that we can continue to learn a lot from the modus operandi of the in-house legal teams.

Having said that, congratulations to all lawyers featured in this year’s list!

GC Powerlist: Ireland 2024

The Legal 500 was delighted to be in Dublin on 11 June to celebrate the launch of the GC Powerlist Ireland 2024. Allan Cohen and Alexandre Owen were joined by the most influential in-house legal lawyers in the country for a splendid reception at the Matheson office.

Michael Jackson, Managing Partner of Matheson, opened the ceremony with a welcome address, offering his congratulations to the awarded in-house lawyers.

Michael then handed over the reins to Eleanor Dally, Director and Associate General Counsel for Global Corporate, who emphasised the significance of being recognised in the GC Powerlist, discussed the ever-evolving role of general counsels, and shared insights on the global and Irish legal markets.

Congratulations to all those included in the GC Powerlist, and many thanks to Matheson for sponsoring the publication and partnering with us to celebrate the most impressive in-house legal talents in Ireland.