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Dispute Resolution — Greece


Bernitsas Law - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Panayotis Bernitsas, Dimitris Roussis and Christos Paraskevopoulos
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Climbs to the top tier this year as a result of very strong market recognition and high-profile instructions from clients. Represents companies in commercial litigation that often involves the termination of contractual or financial agreements. Defends companies facing civil and white-collar crime cases relating to employment and tax law. Also has proven capabilities in public law litigation, including cases linked to public tenders, breach of public contracts or challenges to regulatory changes. Has strong ties to the financial sector and other major multinationals.

Strengths Clients appreciate its commercial approach, saying that "the lawyers give to-the-point, practical advice."

"They are always supportive in helping us to take the correct decision," reports one interviewee, adding: "They build up a relationship with the client rather than just seeing us as a source of fees."

Significant clients Apivita, BMW Hellas, Clerigues, Orion Pharma, Viomes.

Notable practitioners

Christos Paraskevopoulos is a major driving force behind the firm's commercial litigation practice and is described by clients as "flexible and able to provide solutions." Another interviewee reports: "He can attack the other side immediately, partly because of his long experience but also because he knows the case well in all its detail." Peers also note Paraskevopoulos' ability to "present in a succinct way during a case."

Sources say that Dimitris Roussis is "not reluctant to state his opinion and to try to divert you to a more realistic position," adding: "He knows how to handle a case and what he can accomplish for a client." He is most focused on public law litigation and often represents global clients before the Greek Council of State.

Clients highlight George Atie's experience in civil and public law litigation mandates. He also attracts attention for his arbitration work.

Department profile by Bernitsas Law

Our practice has a strong track record in major administrative, civil and commercial and corporate crime disputes.   

We offer a highly specialised level of representation before the courts in Greece and Europe, industrial tribunals, the ICC and in arbitrations and mediations. 

We approach disputes constructively, averting litigation where this is feasible and getting the best possible results where it is unavoidable. In either case, we focus on time and cost management to ensure minimal disruption to the ordinary course of our clients’ business. We place emphasis on pre-litigation risk management and case viability, recognising the need for communication with our clients on strategy, the issues at stake and developments to allow for informed decisions throughout the process.

Our practice offers a significant breadth of expertise across all types of commercial, administrative and white collar crime disputes. We enjoy long-standing relationships with clients across a wide range of industries who regularly instruct us on disputes arising in the course of their everyday business. Industry specialisations include medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, retail, electronics, car manufacturing, infrastructure, energy, insurance and securities.

We have an expertise in: Administrative & Compliance Disputes, Banking & Finance Disputes, Corporate & Commercial Disputes, Corporaet Crime & Fraud, Fraud Investigations, Restructuring & Insolvency Disputes.

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Dryllerakis & Associates - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: John Damilakis, Gerassimos Apergis and Vassilis Constantinidis
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with a heavy focus on litigation and arbitration work. Offers proven capabilities in diverse areas of civil and commercial litigation, with particular strength in contentious tax and competition matters. Senior partners act as arbitrators as well as counsel on domestic and international arbitrations. Also stands out for advice to companies facing fraud investigations.

Strengths Clients highlight the lawyers' excellent communication skills and report that they "understand the law in depth and they are very good at explaining things to the rest of us."

"Every time I ask them to have a call or to provide an opinion by tomorrow, I get it tomorrow," adds one impressed interviewee.

Work highlights Represented Eurobank Leasing in an appeal before the Greek council of state relating to the tax treatment of complex sale and leaseback agreements.

Acted for Minoan Lines on a dispute with a sea broker regarding an alleged breach of contract and bad faith.

Significant clients Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, Siemens, Raytheon, Regency Entertainment, H&M.

Notable practitioners

John Dryllerakis is respected among peers as a hugely experienced senior disputes lawyer. He plays a leading role in many of the firm's litigation and arbitration mandates, including high-value ICC arbitrations in which he is often appointed as arbitrator. Clients appreciate both his vast legal knowledge and that he "gives practical advice on how to deal with specific problems."

John Damilakis earns praise from peers for his handling of civil litigation topics. He oversees a variety of dispute mandates on behalf of Greek and international clients.

New to the rankings this year, Gerassimos Apergis handles a range of commercial and criminal litigation topics. A client says: "He is a fighter and nothing surprises him."

Interviewees describe senior associate Panagiotis Kakaletris as "knowledgeable, practical and efficient," adding: "He's very passionate about his work and gives swift responses." He plays a significant role in many of the firm's complex disputes including white-collar crime, product liability and contentious public contract cases.

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KG Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Anthony Hadjioannou and John Kyriakides
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-rated litigation department that advises prominent international clients on civil and public law disputes heard before the highest Greek courts. Has standout experience in major arbitration proceedings against the Greek government. Increasingly attracts attention for criminal law capabilities owing to a growing track record defending companies and top executives in cases linked to financial crime. Has a strong background in representing shipping companies.

Strengths A client admires the team's thorough preparation: "They examine analytically every single point of the case, drilling down to the bottom," and adds that "the most important part is the feeling of safety."

Clients note that the lawyers' experience in high-value claims enables them to "know the timeframe needed for a case to be closed."

Work highlights Defended Vodafone Group in several high-value claims brought by its former Greek franchisee, MTS. MTS sought EUR1.2 billion in damages following the termination of its franchise agreement with Vodafone.

Advised the German and Greek branches of Siemens on a claim against the Hellenic Railways Organisation relating to an alleged breach of contract governing the building and delivery of rolling stock.

Significant clients 3M, Bombardier, Merck, Saracakis Group of Companies.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Anthony Hadjioannou has an excellent track record in disputes arising under agency and distribution agreements. He occupies a privileged position in the market as a well-respected commercial litigator with a long-standing reputation among peers.

Sources highlight John Kyriakides' advocacy skills and say that "he knows his subject and is always well prepared." He assists many of the firm's major international corporate clients with diverse dispute mandates ranging from high-value arbitrations to smaller domestic civil and white-collar crime litigation mandates.

Panos Alexandris regularly assists with tax and alleged financial fraud matters, representing both high net worth individuals and large corporates. He also handles civil law claims. Clients report that he "inspires absolute confidence that he will effectively address any matter entrusted to him."

Department profile by KG Law Firm

The Dispute Resolution practice of Kyriakides Georgopoulos (KG) Law Firm represents one of the firm’s largest practice groups with 4 partners and more than 20 associates who handle almost exclusively contentious cases on a daily basis.

The firm’s attorneys have an extensive and long standing experience in all sorts of corporate and contractual related disputes with an excellent track record. At the same time we have also developed a highly qualified criminal law practice and handle on an annual basis a vast number of criminal cases acting either as defense lawyers or as prosecution lawyers (civil party) representing financial institutions and/or corporations in cases involving bribery, embezzlement, fraud, forgery, breach of fiduciary duty, perjury etc.

KG puts heavy emphasis on selecting top lawyers and on ensuring their constant development. This allows us to be:

In acknowledgment of the fact that most clients relinquish litigation, we are at the same time experienced in negotiations and settlement of disputes and always work in cooperation with our clients with an aim to avoid litigation. It is this approach that has traditionally earned us a top tier ranking in all leading independent legal directories.

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Koutalidis Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gregory Logothetis and Evangelos Courakis
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Targets major international and Greek clients looking to resolve significant cross-border commercial disputes. Boasts a superb reputation for work as Greek counsel on high-profile international arbitrations, especially in the energy and construction sectors. Strong experience in important litigation proceedings, including disputes against the Greek government. Offers strong IP litigation capabilities as part of a notable TMT practice.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's pragmatic approach to disputes: "They didn't push us to go to court every time. Each case had a different approach and they proposed a better way to resolve the issues."

"They are highly specialised and experienced experts, are very thoughtful and have outstanding national and international academic credentials," reports one interviewee, adding: "They are able to think of reasonable solutions."

Work highlights Together with White & Case, the team represented the concessionaire company responsible for the construction and operation of a major Greek motorway in arbitration proceedings against the Greek state disputing damage done by force majeure. It also represents the client in further proceedings relating to the attempted annulment of an arbitral award by the Greek state.

In co-operation with international firms, represented a major construction company in a significant dispute against an oil refinery.

Significant clients Vodafone, Schneider Electric, adidas, Genesis Pharma, Eurobank Ergasias.

Notable practitioners

Gregory Logothetis receives superb client feedback for his leading role in many of the firm's diverse arbitration and litigation matters. "He speaks excellent German, excellent English and has huge experience in commercial litigation and arbitration," says one interviewee. Another says: "He is hard-working and is available even at night and during weekends."

New to the rankings this year, Evangelos Courakis is praised by sources for being "able to think out of the box." He works on ICC arbitrations and other dispute mandates.

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Lambadarios Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nondas Lambadarios, John Filiotis and Prokopios Dimitriades
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Leverages long-standing presence in the Greek market together with the leading reputations of experienced litigation and arbitration partners to attract a wide range of significant disputes work. Assists major international corporates including key clients from the IT, banking and infrastructure sectors. Regularly acts on ICC and other arbitration proceedings as counsel to companies based in Greece and abroad.

Strengths Sources note the firm's experience representing foreign companies in Greek disputes and describe the team as "fast, efficient and responsive."

"It was not just their work on the legal part of the case that was excellent, it was the guidance that they gave that was most impressive," says one interviewee, adding: "It is hard to find firms that have an international perspective on how to manage cases that involve lots of people from different areas. This was an important task and they carried out the whole thing very successfully."

Work highlights Represented Energean Oil & Gas in litigation against the Greek state and several competitors relating to concession agreements for gas exploration and drilling rights.

Assisted Leidos with an appeal to the Supreme Court in which it sought to reinstate an arbitral award of EUR40 million owed by the Greek state.

Significant clients Ceva Logistics, Bombardier Transport, J&P Avax, MetLife, Goodyear.

Notable practitioners

Peers report that eminent practitioner Nondas Lambadarios "has immense experience and excels as an arbitrator." Interviewees also highlight his role as counsel in international arbitrations and note that "he provides a great perspective in terms of both the nuances of the law and the real-life issues."

Interviewees praise John Filiotis for his civil litigation work including in cases that turn on issues relating to IP and defamation. He often represents clients in the Supreme Court. "He can focus on the real issues of the case and can present them in a way that is comfortable for his client," says one interviewee. Another adds: "His pleadings are well drafted and go straight to the point." Filiotis also acted as counsel for OPAP on its high-value arbitration with the Greek state following the announcement of planned tax and regulatory changes to the gaming sector.

Prokopios Dimitriades attracts considerable attention as an increasingly visible litigator at the firm. "He really brings a lot to the table in terms of both his legal ability and his good common sense about what will work in the court," say market commentators.

Clients appreciate that Constantinos Lambadarios is "direct, open to receiving feedback from the client and is willing to adjust the firm's way of working to fully satisfy the client." Another client says: "He always makes sure that the details are taken care of and guides the team on clients' needs." He is active on both litigation and arbitration matters.

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POTAMITISVEKRIS - Dispute Resolution

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Konstantinos Papadiamantis
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Widely recognised as an outstanding litigation practice that spans areas of commercial, competition, employment, tax and IP law. Represents key international banks on significant cross-border litigation proceedings arising within the context of the European debt crisis. Defends some high net worth individuals in corporate crime cases, with further proven capabilities in ICC arbitration proceedings related to Greece.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the firm's experience in handling cross-border litigation, saying: "They are responsive and always very detailed in explaining the many peculiarities of Greek civil procedures."

"I am impressed with the valuable assistance, the knowledge and the depth of experience that the firm provides," says a source.

Work highlights Represented FHL Kyriakides in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to a distribution agreement with Mermeren.

Significant clients Holmes Place Greece, Lafarge, Hellenic Asset Development Fund, Citibank, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Konstantinos Papadiamantis as a well-respected and experienced disputes partner who handles both commercial litigation and arbitration topics. "His style is very practical; he is always to the point and gives short, strong and concise answers," says one interviewee, while another adds that "he is intelligent and hard-working."

Department profile by POTAMITISVEKRIS

PotamitisVekris takes a constructive approach to assisting its clients in the settlement of their disputes and views litigation as part of an overall strategy in resolving clients' issues. The firm is experienced not only in litigating all kind of disputes (from the most simple but often significant proceedings, such as applications for injunctions, to complex, cross-border litigation involving appeal to the highest courts including the European Court of Justice) but also in arbitrating disputes, especially in the cross-border context. PotamitisVekris is also known for its white-collar crime. 

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KLC Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Aristides Chiotellis, Panagiotis Tzioumas and Vassilis Voutsakis
- 5 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Goes up a tier this year as a result of very positive feedback and a growing reputation. Increasingly active in international arbitration. Present on high-profile public procurement, construction and tax disputes. Also advises on the termination of distribution and franchise agreements, challenges to arbitral awards and public law litigation on the side of private companies and public entities. Represents a number of key Greek shipbuilding clients.

Strengths Sources say that "the firm is proactive in its approach to clients, communication is always straightforward and informal and their advice is always straight to the point."

Another source praises the team's pragmatic approach: "KLC manages to combine legal expertise as well as knowledge of business/commercial practice and thus succeeds in offering solutions."

Work highlights Advised Athens International Airport on a long-running dispute with the Greek tax authorities centring around a beneficial tax regime agreed by the parties in a concession agreement.

Assisted adidas Hellas with proceedings against its former local retail franchisee following the termination of the commercial agreement between the two parties. The firm advised on enforcement and asset tracing in order to recover EUR40 million in trade receivables and damages.

Significant clients ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Hellenic Shipyards, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Olympic Catering, Elsa - Silgan Metal Packaging.

Notable practitioners

Aristides Chiotellis is well respected among peers for his ability to "combine the academic and practical aspects" of disputes. His broad practice includes civil and criminal litigation as well as arbitration advice.

New to the rankings, Panagiotis Tzioumas is increasingly noted by interviewees for the significant role he plays in the firm's civil and public law litigation practice. Clients appreciate that he offers a "commercial, practical approach. He advises on what we should be doing and what we can and can't do; it is just useful advice on what I want to know."

Department profile by KLC Law Firm

We provide a broad range of legal services on arbitration and litigation cases covering any contentious matter of commercial , civil or administrative nature. Our dispute resolution practice equally comprises pre-trial advice, advocacy and associated risk assessment, out-of-court settlement and representation of corporate clients and individuals in arbitral tribunals and courts at all levels.

Having already established a considerable track record in domestic commercial and civil litigation cases before the local courts, we have successfully expanded over the last years our dispute resolution practice in high-profile international arbitrations conducted inside and outside Greece, as well as in large-scale and complex international disputes involving multi-jurisdictional proceedings and/or multi-jurisdictional matters.

Our Partners with academic capacity, have often been appointed arbitrators in tribunals in several international and domestic arbitrations.

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Sarantitis Law Firm - Dispute Resolution

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Theodora Monochartzis
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from strong ties to key financial sector clients that rely on the firm for advice on complex commercial and criminal litigation topics. Broader litigation practice handles a range of employment, shipping and bankruptcy-related cases. Also represents individuals in sensitive white-collar crime cases.

Strengths "They know the intricacies of Greek proceedings," says one source, adding: "They are very responsive and speak good English."

Work highlights Assisted the Greek branch of HSBC with litigation cases brought by clients resulting from the bank's investment in Greek bonds.

Represented a group of insurers in a complex dispute with Starlight Shipping Company over the loss of vessel 'Alexandros T'.

Significant clients Alpiq Energy Hellas, Iberostar, Celikord, Οraton Simulation Intelligence Technologies.

Notable practitioners

Standout mandates for Theodora Monochartzis include her advice to HSBC's Greek branch on a variety of litigation cases, including defending the bank's employees in criminal claims. Monochartzis has strong practical experience in assisting financial sector and insurance clients.

Alexandros Metaxas focuses on civil and commercial litigation for top clients in the financial sector, including major international banks and insurance companies.

Gregory Vlachos advises companies and private individuals on commercial, insolvency and criminal litigation topics. He also has significant experience in tax litigation against the Greek state.

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Calavros & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-respected disputes practice that regularly attracts roles in significant commercial litigation heard before the Supreme Court. Also has a notable standing in arbitration.

Notable practitioners

Peers praise Constantin Calavros for his academic contributions to the market and describe him as "one of the leading professors of Greek law involved in big civil proceedings." He plays a prominent advisory role in cases that raise complex points of law and are heard before the Supreme Court.

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Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ioannis Vassardanis
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Visible assisting key Greek construction companies with ICC and ICSID arbitration proceedings regarding significant Greek and foreign contracts relating to infrastructure projects. Also represents foreign and domestic clients in the enforcement of arbitral awards in Greek courts, while broader litigation capabilities are showcased in recent IP and insurance disputes. Practical experience of the energy and construction sectors.

Strengths Clients characterise the team as "young, growing, friendly and ambitious" and praise its "personalised service and dedication to the task."

"They are always available and it is quite easy for us to arrange a meeting with them in a very short time," says one interviewee.

Significant clients ABB Group, J&P-Avax.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Ioannis Vassardanis' personal handling of disputes, saying: "He's very available including on weekends or at night." Another client highlights his in-depth analysis of issues and strategic approach. Vassardanis attracts particular attention for his work in international arbitration.

Eleni Tsakri impresses clients with her ability to "respond flexibly, confidently and in a timely manner." She supports clients with ongoing issues relating to ICC arbitrations and Greek litigation mandates.

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Apostolos Georgiades & Associates - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Apostolos Georgiades and George Georgiades
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-respected boutique firm that acts on high-value arbitration and litigation proceedings either as lead counsel or an expert witness. Standout cases include advice on inheritance and succession disputes that decide the ownership of major Greek companies. Key partners act as arbitrators in international disputes.

Strengths Interviewees note the firm's ability to work to tight deadlines: "They are responsive in terms of working to specific time constraints and are very efficient."

Work highlights Acted for Helios Hotels & Resorts on its dispute with TUI group regarding damages resulting from the early termination of contract.

Represented Nikos Daskalantonakis in a long-running dispute with his son over the control of the Grecotel group.

Significant clients Iskandar Safa, Delta Foods, Mizuho Corporate Advisory, Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Apostolos Georgiades is a hugely respected figure in the market. Sources say that "the weight of his opinion is always very highly appreciated, but he doesn't simply rely on the fact that he is an authority; he adapts his knowledge to the facts of the case and is quick and flexible." He often acts as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness in arbitration proceedings alongside playing a leading role in major Greek litigation.

Department profile by Apostolos Georgiades & Associates

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates is distinguished for its leading expertise in dispute resolution.

The firm's litigation team has discreetly and successfully handled some of the weightiest cases ever presented before the Courts.

The team is also renowned for its arbitration practice (international and domestic; institutional and ad hoc).

Members of the firm have served as umpires, arbitrators, counselors and experts in some of the most significant disputes in Greece and abroad.

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The firm equally serves domestic and international clientele. International clients of the firm are usually investors, equity funds and wealthy individuals who are engaged in litigation or arbitration proceedings in Greece or abroad.


Machas & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Petros Machas
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent white-collar crime practice that acts for top executives of Greek and international companies. Has additional expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings including claims for non-payment of receivables, breaches of IP rights and non-performance of construction contracts.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's "pragmatism and pro-business approach."

Work highlights Defended the European head of Johnson & Johnson in several separate cases brought by the Greek prosecutor for fraud, bribery and money laundering.

Advised Sciens Special Situation Master Fund on an alleged fraud case of significant value involving a Greek credit institution.

Significant clients Olympia Development, Rolaware Hellas, Media-Saturn Group, Deutsche Telekom, Consolidated Contractors Company.

Notable practitioners

Peers recognise Petros Machas as an experienced litigator with a particular focus on the defence of top executives in white-collar crime cases. He also has experience in civil litigation as showcased in advising Deutsche Telekom on the enforcement of its community trade mark in the Greek courts.

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Moussas & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nicholas Moussas and Vassilios Moussas
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles commercial and criminal law disputes for an impressive list of Greek and international industrial clients. Employs energy and infrastructure sector expertise to win roles in arbitration proceedings and litigation flowing from public contracts. Active in product liability, competition law and defamation disputes. Also attracts attention for its experience in financial sector disputes.

Strengths "They can advise on strategy, which in litigation is crucial, and they are always available," says an impressed interviewee.

"One of the advantages of working with Moussas is that I have direct and immediate communication with the partner," says one client.

Work highlights Advised Volkswagen on issues arising in Greece following the global diesel emissions scandal.

Represented Mytilineos Holdings in investment arbitration proceedings and in-parallel Greek litigation against RTB Bor.

Significant clients Kraft Heinz Company, Hellenic Halyvourgia, Protergia, Cumis Insurance Society.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Nicholas Moussas is "analytical and takes the initiative" and add that he has influenced the client's take on litigation: "His deep knowledge of the legal framework has proven to make a difference in cases and in the approach."

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marie Kelly
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Superb shipping law practice that leverages local English law capabilities alongside a global network of shipping specialists to handle complex international arbitration, litigation and ADR topics. Greek law team offers additional expertise in shareholder and other commercial litigation for clients in the financial and infrastructure sectors.

Work highlights Collaborated with colleagues in London to advise Alassia NewShips Management on its dispute with the Japanese shipyard that built the MV 'Marathassa'. The firm assisted with a London mediation after the vessel caused a major oil spill while anchored in Vancouver.

Advised Atlas Maritime on issues arising after the vessel 'Lady M' was left disabled by fire off the Canary Islands. The firm assisted with disputes under a LOF salvage agreement and with cargo claims.

Significant clients Alpha Bank, Crédit Agricole, Genepharm, Mamidoil-Jetoil, LMZ Shipping.

Notable practitioners

Marie Kelly is a UK-qualified lawyer who focuses on shipping law disputes. Clients highlight her responsiveness and the fact that "she has been in Greece for many years and knows the mentality of Greek clients," adding that "she is responsive, we can find her when we are looking for her." Kelly also handles some financial sector arbitration proceedings.

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Zepos & Yannopoulos - Dispute Resolution

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nikos Christoforidis and Constantine Sarantis
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enters the rankings as a result of plentiful positive feedback. Builds on well-established strength in tax law to increasingly attract positive comments for its broader litigation practice. Advises on commercial disputes including those linked to breach of contract, enforcement of IP rights, insolvency and debt collection. Also defends companies and individuals in criminal cases.

Strengths Clients appreciate the availability of the lawyers: "When we call them they respond very quickly, which is also a great quality because sometimes we need to manage a crisis situation."

Work highlights Advised Hewlett-Packard on a long-running dispute with the former distributor against the client's Swiss, US and Greek subsidiaries.

Defended Spirits International in civil proceedings initiated in Greece by a Russian state company that claimed ownership of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya trade marks.

Significant clients TUI Group, LVMH, Media-Saturn Group, Dassault Aviation, Mondelez International.

Notable practitioners

Nikos Christoforidis is a key partner in the team and has significant experience in both arbitration and litigation mandates. "He is prompt, proactive and has a business sense which I feel makes a difference," a client says.

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Senior Statesmen

Apostolos Georgiades

Apostolos Georgiades & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Apostolos Georgiades is a hugely respected figure in the market. Sources say that "the weight of his opinion is always very highly appreciated, but he doesn't simply rely on the fact that he is an authority; he adapts his knowledge to the facts of the case and is quick and flexible." He often acts as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness in arbitration proceedings alongside playing a leading role in major Greek litigation.

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Senior Statesmen

Nondas Lambadarios

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers report that eminent practitioner Nondas Lambadarios "has immense experience and excels as an arbitrator." Interviewees also highlight his role as counsel in international arbitrations and note that "he provides a great perspective in terms of both the nuances of the law and the real-life issues."

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Eminent Practitioner

John C Dryllerakis

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Dryllerakis is respected among peers as a hugely experienced senior disputes lawyer. He plays a leading role in many of the firm's litigation and arbitration mandates, including high-value ICC arbitrations in which he is often appointed as arbitrator. Clients appreciate both his vast legal knowledge and that he "gives practical advice on how to deal with specific problems."

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Eminent Practitioner

Anthony Hadjioannou

KG Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Anthony Hadjioannou has an excellent track record in disputes arising under agency and distribution agreements. He occupies a privileged position in the market as a well-respected commercial litigator with a long-standing reputation among peers.

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Band 1

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees praise John Filiotis for his civil litigation work including in cases that turn on issues relating to IP and defamation. He often represents clients in the Supreme Court. "He can focus on the real issues of the case and can present them in a way that is comfortable for his client," says one interviewee. Another adds: "His pleadings are well drafted and go straight to the point." Filiotis also acted as counsel for OPAP on its high-value arbitration with the Greek state following the announcement of planned tax and regulatory changes to the gaming sector.

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Band 1

Gregory P Logothetis

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gregory Logothetis receives superb client feedback for his leading role in many of the firm's diverse arbitration and litigation matters. "He speaks excellent German, excellent English and has huge experience in commercial litigation and arbitration," says one interviewee. Another says: "He is hard-working and is available even at night and during weekends."

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Konstantinos Papadiamantis

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Konstantinos Papadiamantis as a well-respected and experienced disputes partner who handles both commercial litigation and arbitration topics. "His style is very practical; he is always to the point and gives short, strong and concise answers," says one interviewee, while another adds that "he is intelligent and hard-working."

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Band 2

Constantin Calavros

Calavros & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers praise Constantin Calavros for his academic contributions to the market and describe him as "one of the leading professors of Greek law involved in big civil proceedings." He plays a prominent advisory role in cases that raise complex points of law and are heard before the Supreme Court.

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Band 2

Christos Paraskevopoulos

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christos Paraskevopoulos is a major driving force behind the firm's commercial litigation practice and is described by clients as "flexible and able to provide solutions." Another interviewee reports: "He can attack the other side immediately, partly because of his long experience but also because he knows the case well in all its detail." Peers also note Paraskevopoulos' ability to "present in a succinct way during a case."

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Band 3

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Damilakis earns praise from peers for his handling of civil litigation topics. He oversees a variety of dispute mandates on behalf of Greek and international clients.

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Band 3

Prokopis Dimitriadis

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Prokopios Dimitriades attracts considerable attention as an increasingly visible litigator at the firm. "He really brings a lot to the table in terms of both his legal ability and his good common sense about what will work in the court," say market commentators.

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Band 3

John Hadjiprodromou

Hadjiprodromou-Triantaphillou & Partners (HT&P)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers know John Hadjiprodromou of Hadjiprodromou-Triantaphillou & Partners (HT&P) as an experienced civil litigator with significant expertise in contentious tax matters and competition law disputes.

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Band 3

KG Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources highlight John Kyriakides' advocacy skills and say that "he knows his subject and is always well prepared." He assists many of the firm's major international corporate clients with diverse dispute mandates ranging from high-value arbitrations to smaller domestic civil and white-collar crime litigation mandates.

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Band 3

Constantinos Lambadarios

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that Constantinos Lambadarios is "direct, open to receiving feedback from the client and is willing to adjust the firm's way of working to fully satisfy the client." Another client says: "He always makes sure that the details are taken care of and guides the team on clients' needs." He is active on both litigation and arbitration matters.

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Band 3

Theodora Monochartzis

Sarantitis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Standout mandates for Theodora Monochartzis include her advice to HSBC's Greek branch on a variety of litigation cases, including defending the bank's employees in criminal claims. Monochartzis has strong practical experience in assisting financial sector and insurance clients.

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Band 3

Moussas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Nicholas Moussas is "analytical and takes the initiative" and add that he has influenced the client's take on litigation: "His deep knowledge of the legal framework has proven to make a difference in cases and in the approach."

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Band 3

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Dimitris Roussis is "not reluctant to state his opinion and to try to divert you to a more realistic position," adding: "He knows how to handle a case and what he can accomplish for a client." He is most focused on public law litigation and often represents global clients before the Greek Council of State.

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Band 3

Ioannis Vassardanis

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Ioannis Vassardanis' personal handling of disputes, saying: "He's very available including on weekends or at night." Another client highlights his in-depth analysis of issues and strategic approach. Vassardanis attracts particular attention for his work in international arbitration.

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Band 4

KG Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Panos Alexandris regularly assists with tax and alleged financial fraud matters, representing both high net worth individuals and large corporates. He also handles civil law claims. Clients report that he "inspires absolute confidence that he will effectively address any matter entrusted to him."

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Band 4

Gerassimos Apergis

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

New to the rankings this year, Gerassimos Apergis handles a range of commercial and criminal litigation topics. A client says: "He is a fighter and nothing surprises him."

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Band 4

Aristides Chiotellis

KLC Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aristides Chiotellis is well respected among peers for his ability to "combine the academic and practical aspects" of disputes. His broad practice includes civil and criminal litigation as well as arbitration advice.

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Band 4

Nikos Christoforidis

Zepos & Yannopoulos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Christoforidis is a key partner in the team and has significant experience in both arbitration and litigation mandates. "He is prompt, proactive and has a business sense which I feel makes a difference," a client says.

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Band 4

Evangelos N Courakis

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

New to the rankings this year, Evangelos Courakis is praised by sources for being "able to think out of the box." He works on ICC arbitrations and other dispute mandates.

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Band 4

Kelemenis & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yannis Kelemenis leads the team at Kelemenis & Co and has a broad contentious and non-contentious practice. He attracts particular attention for his work in the energy sector.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie Kelly is a UK-qualified lawyer who focuses on shipping law disputes. Clients highlight her responsiveness and the fact that "she has been in Greece for many years and knows the mentality of Greek clients," adding that "she is responsive, we can find her when we are looking for her." Kelly also handles some financial sector arbitration proceedings.

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Band 4

Machas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers recognise Petros Machas as an experienced litigator with a particular focus on the defence of top executives in white-collar crime cases. He also has experience in civil litigation as showcased in advising Deutsche Telekom on the enforcement of its community trade mark in the Greek courts.

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Band 4

Alexandros Metaxas

Sarantitis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandros Metaxas focuses on civil and commercial litigation for top clients in the financial sector, including major international banks and insurance companies.

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Kriton Metaxopoulos

A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kriton Metaxopoulos of A & K Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm is well respected among colleagues for his work on IP litigation. His broader litigation practice spans criminal law, smaller defamation claims and the enforcement of arbitral awards in larger commercial cases. He represented injured passengers and relatives of those who died as a result of a fire onboard the MS 'Norman Atlantic'.

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Band 4

Kleanthis Roussos

Roussos & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kleanthis Roussos runs his own boutique firm Roussos & Partners and advises on arbitration and litigation mandates that are often linked to the tourism and real estate sectors. "He is very to the point, keeps the pace, is calm and asks the right questions," a client reports. He stands out for his close ties with the German market and his German language skills.

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Band 4

Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eleni Tsakri impresses clients with her ability to "respond flexibly, confidently and in a timely manner." She supports clients with ongoing issues relating to ICC arbitrations and Greek litigation mandates.

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Band 4

Panagiotis Tzioumas

KLC Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

New to the rankings, Panagiotis Tzioumas is increasingly noted by interviewees for the significant role he plays in the firm's civil and public law litigation practice. Clients appreciate that he offers a "commercial, practical approach. He advises on what we should be doing and what we can and can't do; it is just useful advice on what I want to know."

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Band 4

Sarantitis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gregory Vlachos advises companies and private individuals on commercial, insolvency and criminal litigation topics. He also has significant experience in tax litigation against the Greek state.

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Up and Coming

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight George Atie's experience in civil and public law litigation mandates. He also attracts attention for his arbitration work.

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Associates to watch

Panagiotis Kakaletris

Dryllerakis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe senior associate Panagiotis Kakaletris as "knowledgeable, practical and efficient," adding: "He's very passionate about his work and gives swift responses." He plays a significant role in many of the firm's complex disputes including white-collar crime, product liability and contentious public contract cases.

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