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Corporate/Commercial — Greece


Bernitsas Law - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Linda Vasaka, Nikos Papachristopoulos and Lambros Belessis
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boasts a broad corporate and commercial practice, well supported by the firm's highly-regarded financing and competition offerings. Has a strong transactional focus, advising on public and private M&A, as well as assisting international clients with global mergers and corporate restructurings. Has an extensive track record in privatisations and the spin-off of assets, including acting for the Greek government and a number of Greek banks. Also active on advisory mandates, from commercial agreements to corporate governance. Has clients from a range of sectors, including insurance, IT, energy, automotive and pharmaceutical.

Strengths Several clients highlight the firm's speed, saying that the team "is very efficient and fast in their responses."

Clients also underline that the lawyers are "very reliable - if they say they will deliver tomorrow they will do so – and of course they are an experienced team with strong knowledge of corporate law."

Work highlights Assisted the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund with the EUR45 million privatisation of TRAINOSE via share sale to Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane.

Acted for Värde Partners on its acquisition of a controling stake in Trastor.

Significant Clients Apivita, AGC Equity Partners, BMW Hellas, Diesel Hellas, Eurobank Ergasias.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner and managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is a versatile practitioner who assists with most significant strategic matters concerning M&A, financing and competition matters. He has notable experience of advising on concession projects and privatisations, representing both the government and investors. He recently acted for Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund on a successful tender for the privatisation and redevelopment of the Astir Palace Vouliagmeni resort.

Nikos Papachristopoulos is a top-ranked M&A and financing practitioner. He often advises financial sector clients, including Greek banks and foreign investment funds, on high-profile corporate and finance transactions. He also has a track record in acting on takeovers and privatisation deals. His recent highlights include acting for Värde Partners on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Trastor.

Associate Evi Kitsou advises on general corporate matters, including corporate structuring and regulatory mandates. Clients report that she is "a very reliable person, who is committed and extremely quick to respond." She led the team representing Swatch Group in its merger by absorption of various local subsidiaries. She often advises clients from the automotive and insurance sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Bernitsas Law)

Our practice has advised participants in many of the high value and innovative corporate public and private sector transactions to have taken place in Greece.

We advise global and domestic market leaders,small to medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs from a range of industries,financing institutions, funds and the State on their corporate and commercial activities, risk mitigation and compliance.

Our team has unparalleled experience in structuring and executing groundbreaking deals in the context of new legislation, market liberalisation and foreign investment.

A significant part of our practice is taken up by the provision of ongoing legal services to clients in relation to the legal issues arising in the course of their day today business activities, corporate governance, commercial contracts and regulatory compliance, for many of which we have acted for over a decade.

We have also assisted in the drafting of new legislation and advised on matters leading to the development of legal frameworks and believe this experience adds substantially to the value of our service. Our aim is to get to know our clients’ individual requirements to ensure we provide a personalised service which is in line with their goals.

We have an expertise in advising on Corporate Advisory & Commercial Agreements,Corporate Restructurings, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk &Compliance.

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Karatzas & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Catherine Karatzas
- 7 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly esteemed for transactional matters, advising on both domestic and global M&A spanning a variety of sectors. Benefits from its superb reputation among financial services clients, assisting with M&A in the financial sector. Acts for banks, investment funds, real estate investors and international alternative investors. A popular choice with international law firms to provide advice on the Greek law aspects of cross-border transactions.

Strengths Clients value that the firm is able to "find imaginative solutions to problems that may occur."

Further commentators laud it as "one of the top law firms in Greece" and add that the team is "one of the top companies a foreign investor would like to have on board because they speak the same language as the international advisers."

Work highlights Acted for Cenergy on its three-way merger with Corinth Pipeworks and Hellenic Cables.

Represented Eurobank Ergasias and Eurobank Bulgaria in the acquisition of Alpha Bank's Bulgarian banking operations.

Significant Clients BC Partners, H&M, WIND Hellas, Papoutsanis, Chipita.

Notable practitioners

Catherine Karatzas is highly sought after for advice on high-stakes M&A transactions, including public M&A, as well as financing matters. Clients describe her as "responsive to the client's needs." She recently advised Home Holdings on a mandatory tender offer for the acquisition of Ionian IHE.

Alexander Metallinos is highly respected for his excellent reputation for handling M&A and financing matters and his hands-on approach. Clients highlight that he has "a very good business sense and finds solutions to complex problems." He recently advised the main shareholders of Perseus on the sale of their shares to a special purpose vehicle controlled by CVC.

Christina Faitakis assists clients with corporate issues as part of her wider practice as M&A and financing practitioner with particular practical expertise in real estate and energy sectors. Sources highlight her experience and hands-on approach. She recently advised Lamda Development on the creation of a subsidiary, Lamda Malls, and transfer of a minority stake in it to Värde Partners.

Vassiliki Salaka acts for clients from the insurance and real estate sectors on M&A transactions and broader company law matters. Clients say that she is "very skilled in negotiations." Recent highlights include advising NBG Pangaea REIC on the merger with its subsidiary, Karela.

Georgios Minoudis assists with corporate transactional matters. A client describes him as "an extremely detail-minded" lawyer, with another source adding that he is "very committed to his clients."

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Koutalidis Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Nikos Koritsas, Nikos Pimblis and Nikos Salakas
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has an excellent reputation in the field of corporate and capital markets transactions, on both the debt and equity side. Popular with clients from the banking and aviation sectors for acquisitions, acting for both buyers and sellers. Acts on a range of transactions, including buyouts, public M&A and privatisations at both a domestic and global level. Offers notable experience advising on public concessions and commercial agreements.

Strengths Market sources say the team is "one of the best in Athens" and combines "great expertise with friendliness to lead major M&A projects."

Work highlights Assisted Vetropack Holding with due diligence on Yioula Glassworks prior to a potential acquisition by the client.

Acted for Optima on a joint venture agreement with Granarolo, allowing Granarolo to enter the Greek market.

Significant Clients Fraport Hellas, Copelouzos Group, R&R, Nexans Hellas, Olympic Brewery.

Notable practitioners

Nikos Koritsas boasts a long track record of high-level work in the Greek corporate markets. He has handled M&A matters as well as financial and commercial cases. Market sources praise him for his leadership of the practice group.

Nikos Salakas is experienced handling M&A transactions and capital markets matters. Clients appreciate his "in-depth knowledge and great experience in complicated M&A transactions." He advised Alpha Bank on its sale of 97.3% of Ionian Hotel Enterprises to a consortium of buyers.

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POTAMITISVEKRIS - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Stathis Potamitis
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team for M&A transactions across a broad range of sectors, such as healthcare, insurance, telecommunications, real estate and energy. Strong focus on privatisation matters with a particular emphasis on the real estate industry. Works with the firm's insolvency department to assist clients with the acquisition of distressed assets and corporate restructuring.

Strengths Clients regard them as "an excellent team with the capability to conclude transactions in a short time-frame and to a very high standard."

One client highlights the firm's "deep knowledge of the area, deep understanding of our business, availability and 'can do' mentality."

Work highlights Advised DIAS Aquaculture on a corporate restructuring.

Acted for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale of the Astir Palace.

Significant Clients Terna Energy, Medtronic Hellas, Baker Tilly Greece, Procter & Gamble, Pernod Ricard.

Notable practitioners

Long-standing market leader Stathis Potamitis is described by clients as "the pre-eminent corporate lawyer, the go-to person for complex and delicate transactions." He regularly acts for clients involved in matters of corporate recovery and restructuring as well as on acquisitions. He acted for Piraeus Bank on the recent sale of its subsidiary, Olympic.

George Bersis is described by clients as "the whiz kid of capital markets." He advises banks, funds and companies on acquisitions and tender offers, frequently those with a real estate dimension. He acted for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the divestment of its interest in Athens International Airport

Alexandros Kortesis acts on transactional matters for clients from the medical and food and beverages sectors, and is regularly mandated to advise on local components of international deals. Clients say that he is "very knowledgeable and experienced on commercial conflicts and has an acute business sense." He advised AstraZeneca on the Greek elements of its acquisition of Takeda's respiratory business.

About the Team (content provided by POTAMITISVEKRIS)

PotamitisVekris has a notable expertise in acquisitions and privatisations in Greece and the broader South-East European region. PotamitisVekris advises on all aspects of transactions, from the structuring of the deal, its negotiation and documentation, to compliance with the regulatory requirements of the industry (and market) involved and due diligence reviews. The firm also provides expert advice on the legal and regulatory issues affecting contractual relationships. It drafts, reviews and negotiates all types of commercial agreements, can create corporate structures designed to best meet the clients' needs and can provide expert advice on public procurement issues.


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Dryllerakis & Associates - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Emmanuel Dryllerakis
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Popular with clients from the real estate, hospitality, energy and retail sectors. Acts for buyers and sellers on M&A transactions, both at a domestic and international level. Assists with due diligence, shareholder matters and corporate governance. Clients benefit from the firm's close collaboration with its strong competition department.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "commitment, dedication, very deep knowledge, co-operative spirit and teamwork."

One source says: "I trust the firm a lot and feel confident in them, and the team is very supportive in every aspect."

Work highlights Advised SOCAR as successful bidder on the privatisation of DESFA.

Assisted the Green Cola International Bottling Company with the financing, structuring and agreements related to its international expansion.

Significant Clients Libra Group, Beiersdorf Hellas, Tesa Tape, Diageo Hellas, Sunlight Systems.

Notable practitioners

John Dryllerakis is "one of the most respected figures in M&A," according to market sources. He boasts broad experience, advising on shareholder agreements, corporate structuring and regulations as well as M&A.

According to clients, Emmanuel Dryllerakis has "a lot of common sense, is very sharp and very cool in moments of crisis." He regularly acts on privatisations, M&A and structuring matters. He recently advised a European energy group on its acquisition of an RES portfolio.

Cleomenis Yannikas advises clients from the energy sector on M&A, privatisation and project finance matters. He is also experienced in the real estate sector. Clients appreciate his "very good co-ordination capacity and ability to provide solutions in complex legal cases." He assisted the Dimera Group with the acquisition of a majority stake in SOUROTI.

About the Team (content provided by Dryllerakis & Associates)

·         Establishment and transformation of enterprises of all types.

·         Handling complex M&A and JV cases. Conduct of Legal due diligence.

·         SPA and SHA, implementing appropriate business transformations.

·         Advice on corporate governance compliance and stock option schemes.

·         Participation of partners in the BoDs of international clients.

·         Representation of clients in general meetings of shareholders.

·         Handling disputes between shareholders.

·         Strong scientific activity.

·         John C. Dryllerakis is the author of The Practical Guide for Societes Anonymes, one of the well-established scientific guide of corporate law applications on all aspects of everyday real life.

·         John Dryllerakis’ official legal opinions have been published in legal magazines and mostly have been accepted by Administration.

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Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 6 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has clients from a range of sectors, including major multinational corporates, providing advice on corporate, competition and finance topics. Also strong acting for investment funds. Acts across Europe on energy, food and beverages and real estate related matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "deep business knowledge, ability to relate to business people and open channels of communication."

Another client mentions the team's "good advice, accessibility and good overall global service."

Work highlights Assisted Deloitte Greece with shareholder and management restructuring.

Acted for Amerra Capital Management on the acquisition of fish farm group Andromeda.

Significant Clients Coca-Cola HBC, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Rivulis Irrigation, Taxibeat, Snam.

Notable practitioners

Leonidas Georgopoulos is experienced acting for Greek and international clients on M&A transactions, corporate law and shipping finance. He is well-versed representing the Greek state and state-controlled companies.

Konstantinos Vouterakos assists investment clients from a range of sectors on acquisitions and tender offers. Clients say that he is "a joy, always there to help with practical solutions and able to facilitate all of the client's needs." He acted for AB Vassilopoulos on a corporate restructuring and acquisition of Kanakis SUPER MARKETS.

About the Team (content provided by Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm)

Corporate and M&A is the cornerstone of KG Law Firm’s activity and reputation.

Today, we have the experience and manpower that no other firm can compete with (combined teams only for M&A amount to over than 25 lawyers).

We provide:

·Full service work in any transaction (including competition, tax, employment, real estate, regulatory, litigation and any other relevant aspect of the transaction);

The M&A team is valued for:

·Efficient management of complex and intensive projects;

·Assisting clients in the structuring, negotiation and  implementation of M&A transactions of all forms, types and sizes;

Our structure, similar to international law firms and audit firms, allows us to mobilize at any given time any number of lawyers of different level of experience and specialization, allowing us to address the needs of our clients in a timely fashion while retaining pricing flexibility.

We maintain strong legal networking relationships with most of the international law firms but also with other smaller firms around the world. We are particularly strong in areas where our M&A expertise is combined with other fields of our expertise, including energy, infrastructures, telecoms, hotels and other real estate, distribution networks, pharma and cosmetics.

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Lambadarios Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Constantinos Lambadarios and Prokopis Dimitriadis
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected team that handles transactions and is particularly active in assisting with corporate restructuring and joint venture matters. Handles the Greek law aspects of global mergers and restructurings. Also advises domestic companies on acquisitions of local competitors or on the establishment of commercial agreements with foreign entities. Works across a diverse spread of sectors including real estate, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and hospitality.

Strengths Clients find the team "really easy going and nice to work with" and add that "the team is highly responsive and adaptive to our needs."

Commentators also underline the team's "great technical skills, attitude and knowledge."

Work highlights Assisted Hilti with corporate maintenance work.

Advised Cana Pharmaceutical Laboratories on a corporate restructuring project.

Significant Clients Whirlpool Corporation, Athenian Brewery, Athens Media Lab, Kyvernitis.

Notable practitioners

Constantinos Lambadarios assists clients from a variety of sectors with joint ventures and M&A transactions. Clients say that he is "knowledgeable, hands-on, effective and reliable," adding that "he has very strong business acumen and understands and adapts well to the particularities of each transaction."

Melina Katsimi assists international law firms and pharmaceutical clients with the Greek law aspects of corporate restructurings. Clients say that Katsimi provides "very good quality work, both in terms of written documents and more detailed analysis." She assisted Hoist Finance with the creation of a new subsidiary in Greece.

About the Team (content provided by Lambadarios Law Firm)

The Corporate Commercial Department at Lambadarios Law Firm is best known for its expertise in M&A, Joint Venture formation and Corporate reorganization. During the past year we have worked in the following industries: Banking, Energy, Mining, Hotel tourism/ Hospitality, Real Estate, Payment Systems.

Moreover, Corporate reorganization is a key type of work as we undertake a number of projects for Baker & McKenzie in this area. Those are global projects which have a Greek element or projects such as the one involving Toppan Printing, that required local expertise of how to restructure a local subsidiary to save costs or changing the corporate structure for tax efficiency purposes. 

On Capital Market our team has advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale of 5% of the shares of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, leading formerly state owned telecoms provider with a valuation of EUR 300 mn. As HTO is a listed company this transaction included a lot work related to the Athens Stock Exchange and other exchanges, where HTO is a listed entity, as well as the preparation of an accelerated Book Building process for the disposal of the shares. This deal is very significant because it is part of the privatization programme of the Greek State and an obligation of the Greek State vis a vis its Lenders.

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Zepos & Yannopoulos - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Athina Skolarikou
- 7 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on corporate takeover bids and management buyouts, as well as broader M&A transactions. Also acts for foreign funds looking to acquire Greek targets and with international law firms for assistance with the Greek elements of cross-border deals. Represents clients in corporate restructurings and compliance matters, as well as acting on business transfers. Clients benefit from the team's close links to the firm's tax and competition departments.

Strengths One commentator reports that the team was "very helpful and attentive in getting back quickly with suggestions to any queries we had, and their advice was always succinct and commercial."

Work highlights Acted for Arkema Europe on the acquisition of shares in a local subsidiary of DBEW Holding.

Assisted TUI with the acquisition of Greek travel agency Tourgreece.

Significant Clients Microsoft, L'Oréal, Metro Group, Daimler, Mondelez.

Notable practitioners

The firm's managing partner Dimitris Zepos has considerable experience of advising clients on corporate governance issues, compliance and corporate crime as well as in transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Zepos & Yannopoulos)

Our Corporate & Commercial practice constitutes a cornerstone of our work. Our firm has a unique capacity to provide comprehensive corporate & tax services to legal entities conducting business in Greece, listed or not. We have significant expertise in supporting foreign clients, and are highly trained to bridge the cultural and other gaps between the way such companies operate and the Greek environment. We focus on the needs of our clients and add value to their business. 
Our solid and in-depth knowledge of the legal environment, which covers the full array of industries, allows us to provide holistic and unparalleled quality in regular and sophisticated matters. 
We provide legal support on contracts, commercial arrangements, undertake small, medium and large scale, multi-practice and complex projects and transactions (such as M&A, restructurings, spin-offs or transfers of business, demergers, shareholder and joint venture agreements). We advise clients on the selection of the optimal legal vehicle for their operations and the structuring of their transactions from a corporate and tax point of view, taking into consideration their particular needs. We provide advice with respect to the regular operation of any type of entity, shareholders’ and/or directors rights and obligations, duties and liabilities, capital requirements, agreements, as well as corporate governance and compliance. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Elena Tsohou
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers clients a strong international network able to advise on cross-border M&A transactions. Represents public and private sector clients from the energy, shipping and financial sectors. Assists clients with privatisations, as well as acquisitions and disposals.

Strengths Clients describe the firm as focused on resolving problems.

Work highlights Advised DP World on a tender application to acquire a majority stake in Thessalonki Port Authority as part of the port's privatisation.

Assisted Piraeus Bank with an agreement to sell shares in its subsidiary, Piraeus Bank Cyprus, to Holding M. Sehnaoui.

Significant Clients Emirates Telecommunication, Axpo Holding, Wind Api Seci, MoneyGram Payment Systems, Dubai World.

Notable practitioners

Sources particularly highlight Dimitris Assimakis for his expertise on transactions in the energy sector, where he advises on M&A transactions, privatisations and compliance. He recently acted for Wind Api Seci on the sale of its 44MW wind power project under development in central Greece to Air Sun.

Elena Tsohou advises clients on acquisitions, disposals, privatisations and corporate finance. She is also admitted to practice in England and she recently advised Exin on the acquisition of AIG Hellas.

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Papapolitis & Papapolitis - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Nicholas Papapolitis and Evi Tsilou
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a number of clients from the financial sector, including private equity, real estate and alternative investment funds. Assists clients with due diligence, M&A transactions and privatisations. Utilises its London office to advise UK funds and corporates.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers "were to the point, came back quickly to points we raised and responded very quickly and clearly."

Work highlights Advised Ticket Master on the acquisition of Ticket Hour Group.

Acted for Värde Partners on the acquisition of interests in two Greek shopping malls.

Significant Clients Cetracore Energy, Invel Real Estate Partners, GSO Capital Partners, Apollo Capital Management, York Capital Management.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Nicholas Papapolitis is "business-minded with a clear understanding of the expected commercial goals." He acts for a corporations and financial sector investors on a range of transactions.

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Sarantitis Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dorotheos Samoladas
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on corporate mandates for a diverse client list that includes domestic companies and foreign multinationals. Practical knowledge of a diverse range of sectors including energy, real estate and manufacturing. Advises on group-wide restructurings and matters concerning the closure of local operations. Also assists with public tenders.

Strengths Clients report that the lawyers have a "great understanding of different legal and business elements and sensitivities."

Other commentators agree that the team "provides extremely useful and commercially geared responses, and aren't overly formulistic in their approach: they recognise that their work has to be put in the context of a working business."

Work highlights Represented Terna Group in a public tender regarding the sale of a 24% stake in the Greek Independent Power Transmission Operator, ADMIE.

Assisted Maillis with its large-scale restructuring that involved moving the headquarters from Athens to Luxembourg.

Significant Clients EDL Hellas, PCCW Global, BDO GREECE, Yamamay, Club Hotel Loutraki.

Notable practitioners

Dorotheos Samoladas acts for clients on M&A transactions as well as corporate restructuring and debt matters. Clients report that he "approaches legal matters with a business perspective and provides legally sound solutions for complex transactions." He recently assisted with the incorporation of charitable body Axion Hellas.

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Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

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What the team is known for Broadly experienced corporate advisory and transactional practice. Acts for diverse clients including those in the aviation, consumer goods, mining and energy industries.

Notable practitioners

Dimitris Emvalomenos is a key contact for clients.

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Kelemenis & Co - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

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What the team is known for Represents a range of clients in M&A transactions, particularly in the energy, food and technology sectors. Also highly experienced in the financial industry, advising on project finance and asset deals. Also assists with corporate governance matters, shareholder agreements and joint ventures.

Strengths Clients say: "When it comes to corporate and commercial matters, they are a very solid choice."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Yannis Kelemenis is the key contact.

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KLC Law Firm - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Kostas Loukopoulos and Peggi Zacharopoulou
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents both buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, particularly in the fields of energy, life sciences and construction. Frequently assists clients with corporate restructuring, due diligence and bidding processes.

Strengths Clients say that the team "demonstrates technical expertise, performs faultlessly under pressure and provides valuable assistance in our decision making."

One source says: "What I like about this firm is that they have a business-focused approach, spend time working out what we wanted and find solutions for us."

Work highlights Advised SpeedCast on the acquisition of SAIT Communications.

Acted for Terna Group regarding a joint venture agreement with GCC and Wade Adams.

Significant Clients Edison International, EPA Attikis, Pieralisi, Allergan, Acer.

Notable practitioners

Kostas Loukopoulos and Peggi Zacharopoulou are key contacts for the practice.

About the Team (content provided by KLC Law Firm)

Corporate Law constitutes a core sector of our activity. We provide legal advice on all corporate law issues regarding the establishment, operation, dissolution and restructuring of legal entities and corporate formations of every legal type. Our clients range from all kinds of Greek enterprises to subsidiary companies/branches of foreign and/or multinational business organisations with regard to corporate law issues arising in the context of their activities in Greece.

We are in a position, availing specialised associates in various legal sectors including finance and tax law, to provide comprehensive legal services on company law and enterprises restructuring issues, fully meeting the needs of our clients.

We also provide sophisticated and integrated legal services regarding the drafting, legal assessment, negotiation and compliance monitoring of all kinds of commercial transactions. We offer legal advice to clients in various business sectors, both in the context of legal support provided on day-to-day legal issues and in terms of planning and implementation of unique business transactions.

In KLC we have extensive experience providing legal support to a wide range of customers, including many of the most celebrated Greek enterprises and large international business groups, regarding cooperation agreement, set up and operation of sale and distribution networks, technology transfer agreements and all types of commercial contracts.


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Watson Farley & Williams - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Virginia Murray
- 3 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly strong advising on deals in the shipping and energy sectors, acting on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture agreements. Clients benefit from the firm's international network.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's "accurate arguments, extremely fast response time and patience in educating clients on specialised points."

Work highlights Advised Grivalia Hospitality on its acquisition of a 60% stake in luxury hotel development in the Gulf of Panama from Dolphin Capital.

Significant Clients EREN Development, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, SANI, Jasper Wind, Silver Ridge Power.

Notable practitioners

One client describes Virginia Murray as "meticulous, to the point, and able to make us feel confident and comfortable." She advises clients from the financial, energy and hospitality sectors on M&A transactions. She is also an English-qualified barrister.

About the Team (content provided by Watson Farley & Williams)

WFW was the first international law firm to open an office in Piraeus in 1984. In the past 33 years, WFW has gained great credibility in the local markets advising both inbound and outbound investors on M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
In addition to the firm’s traditional strength in the maritime, energy and infrastructure sectors, the firm has developed a considerable amount of expertise advising on corporate matters in other sectors such real estate and hotels.
The firm also has considerable experience advising on matters involving public tenders and privatisation projects, such as advising Corporacion America SA, an Argentinian airport operator, on its sponsor role in a bid to acquire the 40-year concession for 14 regional airports in Greece. WFW has also advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the sale and leaseback of 28 government buildings, and on EU/international competition and State aid issues relating to the privatisation of the company holding the development rights to the 6 mn square-metre former Athens airport site.
WFW’s combination of experienced, highly regarded and specialised practitioners, with the additional capacity to provide English-law advice from its Athens office complemented by the support of the firm’s international network, makes WFW’s client offering a compelling one for clients within the corporate and commercial space.

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Senior Statesperson

John C Dryllerakis

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Dryllerakis is "one of the most respected figures in M&A," according to market sources. He boasts broad experience, advising on shareholder agreements, corporate structuring and regulations as well as M&A.

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Senior Statesperson

Leonidas C Georgopoulos

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leonidas Georgopoulos is experienced acting for Greek and international clients on M&A transactions, corporate law and shipping finance. He is well-versed representing the Greek state and state-controlled companies.

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Eminent Practitioner

Panayotis M Bernitsas

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner and managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is a versatile practitioner who assists with most significant strategic matters concerning M&A, financing and competition matters. He has notable experience of advising on concession projects and privatisations, representing both the government and investors. He recently acted for Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund on a successful tender for the privatisation and redevelopment of the Astir Palace Vouliagmeni resort.

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Eminent Practitioner

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Koritsas boasts a long track record of high-level work in the Greek corporate markets. He has handled M&A matters as well as financial and commercial cases. Market sources praise him for his leadership of the practice group.

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Eminent Practitioner

Zepos & Yannopoulos

From the Chambers Europe guide

The firm's managing partner Dimitris Zepos has considerable experience of advising clients on corporate governance issues, compliance and corporate crime as well as in transactions.

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Band 1

Catherine Karatzas

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Catherine Karatzas is highly sought after for advice on high-stakes M&A transactions, including public M&A, as well as financing matters. Clients describe her as "responsive to the client's needs." She recently advised Home Holdings on a mandatory tender offer for the acquisition of Ionian IHE.

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Band 1

Alexander Metallinos

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Metallinos is highly respected for his excellent reputation for handling M&A and financing matters and his hands-on approach. Clients highlight that he has "a very good business sense and finds solutions to complex problems." He recently advised the main shareholders of Perseus on the sale of their shares to a special purpose vehicle controlled by CVC.

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Band 1

Nikos Papachristopoulos

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Papachristopoulos is a top-ranked M&A and financing practitioner. He often advises financial sector clients, including Greek banks and foreign investment funds, on high-profile corporate and finance transactions. He also has a track record in acting on takeovers and privatisation deals. His recent highlights include acting for Värde Partners on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Trastor.

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Band 1

Stathis Potamitis

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Long-standing market leader Stathis Potamitis is described by clients as "the pre-eminent corporate lawyer, the go-to person for complex and delicate transactions." He regularly acts for clients involved in matters of corporate recovery and restructuring as well as on acquisitions. He acted for Piraeus Bank on the recent sale of its subsidiary, Olympic.

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Band 2

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

George Bersis is described by clients as "the whiz kid of capital markets." He advises banks, funds and companies on acquisitions and tender offers, frequently those with a real estate dimension. He acted for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the divestment of its interest in Athens International Airport

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Band 2

Constantinos Lambadarios

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Constantinos Lambadarios assists clients from a variety of sectors with joint ventures and M&A transactions. Clients say that he is "knowledgeable, hands-on, effective and reliable," adding that "he has very strong business acumen and understands and adapts well to the particularities of each transaction."

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Band 3

Emmanuel J Dryllerakis

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Emmanuel Dryllerakis has "a lot of common sense, is very sharp and very cool in moments of crisis." He regularly acts on privatisations, M&A and structuring matters. He recently advised a European energy group on its acquisition of an RES portfolio.

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Band 3

Christina Faitakis

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christina Faitakis assists clients with corporate issues as part of her wider practice as M&A and financing practitioner with particular practical expertise in real estate and energy sectors. Sources highlight her experience and hands-on approach. She recently advised Lamda Development on the creation of a subsidiary, Lamda Malls, and transfer of a minority stake in it to Värde Partners.

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Band 3

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vassiliki Salaka acts for clients from the insurance and real estate sectors on M&A transactions and broader company law matters. Clients say that she is "very skilled in negotiations." Recent highlights include advising NBG Pangaea REIC on the merger with its subsidiary, Karela.

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Band 3

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Salakas is experienced handling M&A transactions and capital markets matters. Clients appreciate his "in-depth knowledge and great experience in complicated M&A transactions."  He advised Alpha Bank on its sale of 97.3% of Ionian Hotel Enterprises to a consortium of buyers.

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Band 3

Dorotheos Samoladas

Sarantitis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dorotheos Samoladas acts for clients on M&A transactions as well as corporate restructuring and debt matters. Clients report that he "approaches legal matters with a business perspective and provides legally sound solutions for complex transactions." He recently assisted with the incorporation of charitable body Axion Hellas.

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Band 3

Konstantinos Vouterakos

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Konstantinos Vouterakos assists investment clients from a range of sectors on acquisitions and tender offers. Clients say that he is "a joy, always there to help with practical solutions and able to facilitate all of the client's needs." He acted for AB Vassilopoulos on a corporate restructuring and acquisition of Kanakis SUPER MARKETS.

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Band 3

Cleomenis Yannikas

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cleomenis Yannikas advises clients from the energy sector on M&A, privatisation and project finance matters. He is also experienced in the real estate sector. Clients appreciate his "very good co-ordination capacity and ability to provide solutions in complex legal cases." He assisted the Dimera Group with the acquisition of a majority stake in SOUROTI.

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Band 4

Dimitris Assimakis

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources particularly highlight Dimitris Assimakis for his expertise on transactions in the energy sector, where he advises on M&A transactions, privatisations and compliance. He recently acted for Wind Api Seci on the sale of its 44MW wind power project under development in central Greece to Air Sun.

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Band 4

Ilias E Koimtzoglou

Deloitte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilias Koimtzoglou of Deloitte is noted for his capability in financial transactions, especially securitisation matters. He is also known for his expertise in competition law.

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Band 4

Georgios Minoudis

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georgios Minoudis assists with corporate transactional matters. A client describes him as "an extremely detail-minded" lawyer, with another source adding that he is "very committed to his clients."

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Band 4

Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client describes Virginia Murray as "meticulous, to the point, and able to make us feel confident and comfortable." She advises clients from the financial, energy and hospitality sectors on M&A transactions. She is also an English-qualified barrister.

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Band 4

Nicholas Papapolitis

Papapolitis & Papapolitis

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Nicholas Papapolitis is "business-minded with a clear understanding of the expected commercial goals." He acts for a corporations and financial sector investors on a range of transactions.

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Band 4

PAPADIMITRIOU - PIMBLIS & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Pimblis joined PAPADIMITRIOU - PIMBLIS & PARTNERS from Koutalidis Law Firm in January 2018. He is experienced in the capital markets space as well as on privatisation matters.

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Band 4

Evangelos Politis

Politis & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evangelos Politis of Politis & Partners assists clients with regulatory matters, corporate agreements and M&A transactions across sections including shipping, energy, technology and manufacturing. Clients highlight his ability to "quickly understand problems and get to the point quickly." He recently advised the Piraeus Port Authority on negotiations relating to concession agreements with Cosco Pacific and Piraeus Container Terminal.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Tsohou advises clients on acquisitions, disposals, privatisations and corporate finance. She is also admitted to practice in England and she recently advised Exin on the acquisition of AIG Hellas.

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Band 4

Tsoukala & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Eleni Tsoukala of Tsoukala & Partners Law Firm advises financial and corporate clients on mergers, share acquisitions and contractual agreements. She is well-versed with deals in the real estate sector.

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Up and Coming

Alexandros A. Kortesis

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandros Kortesis acts on transactional matters for clients from the medical and food and beverages sectors, and is regularly mandated to advise on local components of international deals. Clients say that he is "very knowledgeable and experienced on commercial conflicts and has an acute business sense." He advised AstraZeneca on the Greek elements of its acquisition of Takeda's respiratory business.

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Associates to watch

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Melina Katsimi assists international law firms and pharmaceutical clients with the Greek law aspects of corporate restructurings. Clients say that Katsimi provides "very good quality work, both in terms of written documents and more detailed analysis." She assisted Hoist Finance with the creation of a new subsidiary in Greece.

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Associates to watch

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Evi Kitsou advises on general corporate matters, including corporate structuring and regulatory mandates. Clients report that she is "a very reliable person, who is committed and extremely quick to respond." She led the team representing Swatch Group in its merger by absorption of various local subsidiaries. She often advises clients from the automotive and insurance sectors.

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