Interview with: Professor Dr. Antonis Metaxas, Managing Partner
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Managing Partner of M&A Law Firm, Professor Dr. A. Metaxas, shares his opinions on the evolution of Greek legal practice, the Firm’s successful strategies and the challenges forthcoming.
What do you see as the main points that differentiate Metaxas & Associates from your competitors?
Our Firm’s distinctive feature lies in our continuous effort to combine high level academic knowledge with practical expertise in carefully selected practice areas. We have a clearly defined focus on concrete practice areas and do not aspire to be experts in all fields of legal practice. We believe that those who claim being specialists in nearly everything, simply do not understand the necessary radical adjustments and adaptations of our profession in today’s changing business landscape.
Having said that, we are proud of being widely recognized as the leading pioneers in the Greek legal market in the core field of Energy and Energy Regulation. We are also acknowledged as perhaps the first Law Firm that systematically indicated the necessity to serve clients’ needs through the scope of legal possibilities that the close interdependence between national legal orders and EU Law provides.
In this sense, it indeed does not come as a surprise that your reputable Guide has qualified our Firm as top tier in the field of Energy, EU and Competition Law for many consecutive years. We stay committed to our clientele’s demanding needs and try to be at the forefront of legal and business developments in our core practice areas. Our objective is to always build a long lasting relationship with our clients and act not only as their legal advisors but also support their commercial needs and exceed their expectations. To do so, we have developed the necessary processes and systems to collect feedback, listen and understand their business objectives in order to improve the way we work with them, thus act in a more efficient way.
The primary source of our success is credited to our team of associates. It consists of experienced lawyers with a strong resume of challenging cases. We focus on always recruiting the optimum candidates.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
Despite the surely severe effects of Covid-19 in the global economy that are yet to come, there are continuous investments in the field of energy, especially focusing on Renewable Energy Sources (RES). It is a trend that is in line with the main strategic goal of the EU, which, in the context of the recovery and economic transformation plan in the post-pandemic era largely focusses on the energy transition process towards a greener, circular and climate-neutral economy.
This gradual growth of the “green” energy market in Greece is currently reflected in the new agreements, acquisitions of wind and photovoltaic parks portfolios, as well as in new technological investments in offshore wind and energy storage, for which the normative framework is expected to be finalized soon. Electric power grid modernization, challenges for the mass “greening” of islands and the simplification and acceleration of RES licensing procedures, constitute important prerequisites for the efficient exploitation of investments. Therefore, the main challenge that energy policy is facing today, following the new context and status created by the pandemic, is structuring the key priorities to achieve the European Green Deal and Europe’s green energy transition, as well as the emphasis on targeted investment initiatives fοr green growth.
The specialized Energy practice of our Firm has in the last decade of its active presence not just followed the constant and sometimes radical developments of the relevant market but to a substantial extent in certain crucial parameters actually shaped them.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
Our Law Firm is constantly trying to adapt to best practices followed internationally in our profession. It is always nice to hear clients commenting that we do have professional and organizational qualities that are not common to Greek law Firms or offices.
First of all, we have enhanced our working personnel with highly skilled Associates from diverse backgrounds in order to succeed a spherical view for every matter concerning our Firm’s fields of expertise.
Furthermore, we are continuously investing in the improvement of our working conditions and environment in order to accomplish optimum results for our clients.
Last, but not least, it is important to highlight the upgrade of the software and technological equipment in our Firm that is now up-to-date for teleconferences and communication methods that do not presuppose physical presence of our clients.
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
In this digital age, it is imperative to stay up to date with the best technology to serve your customers efficiently. This digital adjustment became mandatory due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Our Law Firm has long before invested in a fully digitalized system in order to communicate and further cooperate with our corporate clients by using a series of online platforms, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype. It is our core priority to understand the importance of resourcing innovative ideas and developing more technologically-friendly tools to assist our clientele. Therefore, we are fully prepared to serve our clients’ needs, while adopting remote working patterns (Cloud usage) and enabling efficient working conditions for our Partners, Associates and Administration personnel.
In addition, we emphasize a lot on our social media presence, since we strongly believe that it is a highly effective tool to showcase our legal and academic work and achieve a broad communication with our audience. Our Firm’s goal is to grow our network even outside our national borders and modern technology is a key tool for this effort.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
Our Firm acts as legal advisor for a variety of national and foreign electricity producers, suppliers and developers as well as international investors. We support our international clients with market insights and useful advice in order to assist them in achieving their goals and benefit from their investments. In a recent complex negotiation, our expert legal knowledge and negotiating skills helped our clients achieve a win-win outcome in an international transaction related to the transfer of a major RES portfolio. In this context, our insightful input had a substantial impact on the value of our client’s business. And this is just an indicative example of how we bring added value to our clients.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Our Firm has further consolidated its leading status in the Greek Legal Market, especially in the practice of Energy where it is regarded as perhaps “the” leading Law Firm of the country. As already mentioned, our distinctive feature lies on our clear strategic orientation of excellence in the selected fields of our specialization: Energy and EU Competition Law, our commitment to client service and diversity among our attorneys and staff, characteristics that have been recognized repeatedly over the years.
It is noteworthy that clients always look for stability and strategic direction. Our client’s loyalty is one of the most important factors highlighting the highly acknowledged position of our Firm. We are indeed proud for having achieved this bond and commitment.