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Banking & Finance — Greece


Bernitsas Law - Banking & Finance

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Athanasia Tsene, Nikos Papachristopoulos and Yannis Kourniotis
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile finance practice that is active on complex cross-border corporate finance and capital markets transactions. Advises international investment banks on corporate lending to Greek companies and on the Greek aspects of pan-European finance deals. Has proven capabilities on both sides of project finance agreements, including those for the development of significant waste-management or energy infrastructure projects.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's practical know-how, saying: "Banking and finance is a core business for the firm and they have a strong reputation for that work. They have a lot to add because they have exposure to the majority of major deals in Greece."

Another client highlights the proactivity of the team: "The lawyers are really on top of things; we have never come across a situation where we found ourselves on the back foot. They are always pre-emptive."

Work highlights Acted for Eurobank Ergasias on the Greek law aspects of key transactions aimed at the recapitalisation of the bank that included a capital increase, alongside a liability management exercise.

Advised Alpha Bank on the structuring of a joint venture with Aktua Soluciones Financieras that will acquire and service the Greek NPL portfolios.

Significant clients EBRD, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Hellenic Petroleum, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is well respected among peers for his long-standing presence in the market and his broad experience in a range of commercial and finance topics.

Nikos Papachristopoulos receives significant praise for his work on capital markets mandates. He advised the banks acting as lead managers on OTE's partial repurchase of outstanding notes for cash. Clients highlight Papachristopoulos' commercial approach, saying: "He doesn't just start by putting forward the technical arguments but tries to understand the business considerations and to amalgamate the two." "He has vast experience and I trust him completely," adds another interviewee.

Sources say that Athanasia Tsene has "incredible market knowledge and an incredible reputation that she lives up to." "She's very thorough and is well respected by the banks," says one client, adding: "In terms of her technical skills she is extremely strong." Tsene leads many of the firm's high-value corporate finance mandates on behalf of international and Greek banks.

Yannis Kourniotis assists with all aspects of major Greek projects including the agreement of project finance. Standout deals include advice to the EIB and EBRD on Greek law issues relating to the financing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project. "He's commercially oriented, adds value to transactions and is a deal maker," a client reports, adding: "He has advised both banks and sponsors so he knows the concerns of both sides."

Department profile by Bernitsas Law

Our practice is one of the foremost in Greece with an expertise in both benchmark and mainstream domestic and cross-border transactions.                               

We act for international and domestic banks, investment firms and other financial institutions, insurance companies, funds and public and private companies which do business in Greece. 

Over the last three decades, we have participated in the vast majority of significant deals to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value and have structured and executed numerous pioneering transactions. An integral part of our practice is drafting and reviewing complex documentation, including for the refinancing, rescheduling or restructuring of borrowers, in most cases involving security over assets located in Greece or corporate guarantees by Greek companies. 

The Firm works with international investment banks, regularly interfacing with the regulators, to develop financing and capital raising techniques. We represent the full range of stakeholders (corporates, credit and financial institutions and the Hellenic Republic) and have unrivalled experience in acting in equity and debt capital markets transactions across a variety of industry sectors including financial, telecommunications, energy, gaming, utilities, pharmaceutical, food and retail.

We are specialised in: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulation, Foreign Direct Investment, Restructuring & Insolvency, Securitizations.

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Karatzas & Partners - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
Head of department: Catherine Karatzas

What the team is known for Regularly instructed on market-leading capital markets and financing mandates. Assists key Greek banks with transactions ranging from those aimed at the rebalancing of their own capital structure through to banking sector M&A deals and the agreement of new financing facilities. Active in debt restructuring. Broader client portfolio includes a number of prominent international banks and investment funds.

Strengths Interviewees note the lawyers' dedication to clients, praising their "ability to deal with complicated issues effectively and their willingness to support the client's position in very difficult negotiations." Another client adds: "They have demonstrated determination to understand and cater to their clients’ needs. They have significant experience in the financial services sector."

Work highlights Advised the National Bank of Greece on its recapitalisation including the management of a EUR691 million liability and a significant capital increase.

Advised a creditor syndicate comprising Greek and international financial entities on the significant amendment of project finance facilities agreed with motorway concessionaire Moreas.

Significant clients Eurobank Ergasias, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, EBRD, J.P. Morgan Securities.

Notable practitioners

Peers often pick out the stellar Alexander Metallinos as one of the most important banking and finance experts in the Greek market. Sources highlight his academic contributions to the sector alongside his ability to "sit down and find solutions." Another client says: "He's a brilliant lawyer: he is very effective," adding that "he has broad knowledge."

Clients appreciate Catherine Karatzas' "deep knowledge of Greek law and her ability to provide innovative solutions and opinions in order to best help her client." Peers note her success in attracting complex work and high-profile clients to her banking practice. Karatzas also plays a key role in the firm's leading mandates, including advising the National Bank of Greece on its recapitalisation.

Christina Faitakis acts predominantly on the lender side of a range of capital markets, project and general corporate finance mandates. Clients say that she is "diligent, quick and covers all aspects." "She studies her case well and gives us the solution we want," reports one interviewee, adding: "In negotiations she has a good grasp of our business strategy and can transform it into legal solutions."

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Koutalidis Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nikos Salakas
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boasts a superb reputation for work on behalf of major Greek lenders as well as international banks. Handles important ECM and DCM deals, including the use of debt capital markets to finance energy projects and refinance Greek corporates. Notable activity in debt restructuring and recapitalisation deals. Benefits from an especially close relationship with Alpha Bank, which instructs the firm on complex finance and corporate mandates.

Strengths The firm is particularly popular among lenders. "They understand where we are coming from in terms of a business perspective," one satisfied client says.

Clients report that the firm offers "excellent service and knowledge of all of the legal peculiarities that must be taken into account," adding: "We trust them and feel secure with them about all the different aspects of deals."

Work highlights Assisted Alpha Bank with its recapitalisation advising on a EUR1.1 billion liability management exercise to restructure various debt securities as well as on a EUR1.5 billion capital increase.

Advised the National Bank of Greece and initial bondholders on a EUR200 million revolving facility provided as a bond loan to Hellenic Petroleum.

Significant clients J.P. Morgan, HSBC, Eurobank Ergasias, Aegean Motorway.

Notable practitioners

Commentators regularly single out the stellar Nikos Salakas as a hugely experienced partner, instructed by major Greek and international banks. A source describes Salakas as a "warm, well-networked, positive and respectful person who minimises frictions in negotiations and promotes a win-win resolution." Another client says: "He makes Greece as user-friendly as possible; he explains things well, is very patient and delivers when he says he will deliver."

Nikos Koritsas is managing partner of the firm and has a broad corporate and finance practice. Clients note his direct involvement in complex capital markets and refinancing mandates.

Nikos Pimblis enters the rankings on the back of consistent praise from peers and clients for his capital markets work. Interviewees note his knowledge of the market alongside his commercial and technical skills.

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POTAMITISVEKRIS - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: George Bersis
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well respected among Greece's major banks for a broad range of finance mandates including refinancings, lender-driven restructurings, project finance agreements and capital markets deals. Well-placed to handle an expected influx of NPL portfolio transactions owing to its prominent role in the development of new regulations.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's ability to take on complex finance cases: "They give accurate, quick solutions and they manage to handle the huge amount of documentation very efficiently."

The team's thorough approach is also noted. "They are reliable, fast and commercial," reports another interviewee, adding: "We do not speak theoretically about risks and problems but they are helpful in figuring out how to progress and solve the issues that come up."

Work highlights Assisted Piraeus Bank with the Greek law aspects of its recapitalisation, including the issue of new shares and a liability management exercise.

Advised the lenders to Veropoulos on the debt restructuring prior to its acquisition by Metro.

Significant clients Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece, Fairfax Financial Holdings, Bank of Cyprus, HFSF.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees appreciate George Bersis' involvement in the details of complex capital markets, debt restructuring and new corporate financing mandates. "He is reliable, a nice person to work with and can work under pressure with very demanding timetables," says one client. Bersis led the firm's advice to Piraeus Bank on its recapitalisation.

Stathis Potamitis is widely recognised as a leading presence in the market. In addition to his role on major finance transactions, Potamitis is active at the forefront of regulatory developments in Greece's NPL market. "He has a business sense and can respond at very short notice," a client says.

Clients say that project finance partner Euripides Ioannou gives advice "in a very clear and understandable way," adding: "He knows that he is not talking to lawyers so he explains legal language in business terms." He advised Alpha Bank on financing Terna Energy's waste management project in Peloponnese.

Department profile by POTAMITISVEKRIS

PotamitisVekris‘ banking team has a consistent and successful track record of advising on some of the most significant and innovative transactions in the market and is widely recognized as one of the leaders in this field. We offer comprehensive services, ranging from the establishment of banking activities and qualifying holding acquisitions and banking M&A and compliance, to traditional banking, financing and restructuring of loans. In addition, we advise on the entire spectrum of capital markets, including tender offers, securities listings, investment services and fund management.

Our clients include Greek and foreign commercial and investment banking institutions, institutional lenders and investors, as well as private equity funds, hedge funds, strategic buyers, borrowers and issuers of securities.

We combine our extensive knowledge of the relevant industry with PotamitisVekris’ business orientated and practical approach to matters. We also work with attorneys in our Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions, EU, Competition & Antitrust and Restructuring & Insolvency groups to provide seamless representation and fully integrated legal services.

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Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Alexandros Kosmopoulos
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Mostly instructed by creditors, acts on refinancings and some acquisition finance deals. Strong choice for domestic banks acting as arrangers in medium-sized and some larger DCM transactions. Offers regulatory expertise.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the team's practical approach, saying: "The lawyers don't want to give us every legal problem but instead provide solutions in order to harmonise the business sense with the law."

Another client notes the convenience of communication: "They are easy to contact and easy to find" say clients, also noting that the firm is "user-friendly not only to banks but also for the business involved."

Work highlights Advised Eurobank Ergasias on a EUR157.2 million refinancing of Sani and the issue of EUR125 million acquisition financing to Bigstar to finance its acquisition of the former.

Advised the arrangers on Aluminium's EUR288 million secured syndicated bond issue.

Significant clients Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece, Bank of America, Piraeus Bank.

Notable practitioners

Clients highlight Alexandros Kosmopoulos' personal involvement in all stages of deals: "Whenever we need him to perform a task he's there for us, no matter the hour or the circumstances." "He is a workaholic; he is totally focused, very punctual with deadlines and has an extremely good understanding of business and financial structures," adds one interviewee. He is a notable financing and real estate expert.

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KG Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Konstantinos Vouterakos
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Leverages its long-standing reputation as a key commercial firm to attract diverse banking and finance mandates. Advises domestic and international lenders on project finance deals in the energy and public services sectors. Also acts on the underwriter side of debt and equity capital markets deals, including Greek bank recapitalisation deals. Boasts strong regulatory know-how.

Strengths Sources note the firm's considerable experience in handling banking matters. "They are a known name. They have experience as they have most Greek banks as clients. They know about banking and finance," a client says.

Clients praise the quick delivery of advice, saying: "They are very prompt."

Work highlights Represented the underwriters in EUR1.3 billion share capital increase of Piraeus Bank.

Advised Dexia Credit Local on its involvement with an amendment of a EUR150.6 million loan facility previously agreed between UBS Luxembourg and the Municipality of Athens.

Significant clients EBRD, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan Securities, KfW IPEX-Bank.

Notable practitioners

Peers highlight Konstantinos Vouterakos' experience in a range of banking, capital markets and commercial mandates. "He is very hands-on," a client says. Another client adds: "He is a good listener and is trying to find solutions."

Department profile by KG Law Firm

KG has long been in the forefront of the most important banking, finance and capital markets transactions in Greece and in many instances has been engaged to provide legal services for original and innovative projects.

Banking and finance

KG covers the complete spectrum of deals and transactions specializing in:

  • Secured and unsecured financing
  • Syndicated loans
  • Debt trading
  • Corporate finance
  • Acquisition finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Regulatory issues
  • Securitization
  • Derivative products and securities lending EMTN programs
  • Convertible and exchangeable bonds
  • Other equity-linked products

Investment banking
We advise investment bankers and Greek industrial leaders in transactions involving new products.

Capital markets
KG supports clients, such as:

  • Underwriters
  • Investors
  • Trustees
  • Financial institutions and specialized lenders
  • Rating agencies
  • Swap counter parties

Having experience covering:

  • Securities’ regulation 
  • International and domestic equity offerings (IPOs and secondary listings, re-listings and exchangeables)

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Lambadarios Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Constantinos Lambadarios, Prokopis Dimitriadis and Kostas Botopoulos
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles project finance transactions for project sponsors and bidders, acts on venture capital deals and handles banking disputes. Active in transactions involving NPLs. Assists with fund formation matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's close understanding of their business. "They give the impression they are part of our in-house team," says one impressed client, who goes on to explain: "They know how we would react and what we want from negotiations."

Interviewees also highlight the lawyers' proactive and solution-oriented approach: "They make sure we are aware of issues by staying current and flagging issues as they see appropriate. They take an approach that is very much in the interests of the client but where they disagree they always voice their disagreement in a constructive way."

Work highlights Advised Hoist Finance on the establishment of a joint venture company together with PwC and Qualco that will service a EUR9 billion NPL portfolio controlled by the Bank of Greece. The loan portfolio combines outstanding loans owed to 16 liquidated Greek banks.

Significant clients King Street Capital Management, Cardlink, J&P Avax, Volterra.

Notable practitioners

Prokopios Dimitriadis is a key member of the finance practice and has experience both in finance transactions and in banking sector arbitrations.

Department profile by Lambadarios Law Firm

The Department is best known for work with National Bank of Greece in supporting the Booming market of Greek start-ups and entrepreneurs (https://www.nbg.gr/en/nbgseeds/companies). We also closed one of the most significant projects in our jurisdiction for Hoist Finance for the Single Liquidator Project with the Bank of Greece. For this project we have gained considerable expertise in managing and acquiring NPL’s portfolios which should be considered an area of growth.

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Moratis Passas - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dimitris Passas and George Moratis
- 4 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focused finance boutique with an impressive client list that includes major international banks established in Greece. Advises on banking M&A transactions, capital markets deals and regulatory issues. Advises on the insurance products, with further experience in securitisations and high-yield deals.

Strengths Interviewees are impressed by the lawyers' work ethic, saying: "They are gracious and effective no matter what time of the day or night I am talking to them."

Clients also highlight the firm's "timely responses, team spirit, rational fees and deep knowledge of the Greek market and legal framework."

Value for money Clients appreciate the firm's reasonable fee structure.

Work highlights Advised Cyprus Popular Bank on ongoing issues relating to the implementation of its restructuring plan, including the sale of CPB's Greek operations to Piraeus Bank.

Significant clients Citibank Europe, HSBC, Eurobank Ergasias, Halyvourgiki.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators describe senior partner George Moratis as "a figure of reference for everyone in the banking and finance area." Clients benefit from his direct involvement in deals and report that he is "on every email and I can pick up the phone and talk to him."

Dimitris Passas handles a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the banking and insurance sectors. He led the firm's advice to Barclays Bank on the establishment of Piraeus Bank's multi-billion covered bonds programme. Sources note his "solid legal background" and his experience of dealing with many financial products.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dimitri Sofianopoulos
- 3 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Draws on an extensive network to attract important domestic and overseas clients, primarily working for creditors in the shipping and energy sectors. Assists lenders and shipping companies with new shipbuilding contracts and with the restructuring of existing debts. Acts on both sides of renewable energy project finance agreements and the refinancing of energy companies. Also handles broader debt restructuring mandates.

Strengths A key advantage identified by interviewees is the availability of the firm's global expertise. "They can leverage the network in more international-oriented transactions where you need advice on English law or other jurisdictions."

"They are always available and have good resources," a client reports.

Work highlights Assisted a syndicate of lenders led by Citigroup and Nordea Bank with the agreement of a USD1.3 billion ECA-backed loan facility that would be used by GasLog to finance the construction of eight LNG carriers.

Advised the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on its role in the development of new legislation to regulate the recapitalisation of the Greek banks.

Significant clients EBRD, Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, China Development Bank, Safe Bulkers.

Notable practitioners

Yianni Cheilas is qualified in Greek, English and US law and is a key part of the firm's global ship finance offering. He also acts for creditors in domestic debt restructuring mandates, including advising the four big Greek lenders on the restructuring of EUR200 million of debt in Marinopoulous. "He understands what the client needs easily and quickly," says one interviewee.

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Watson Farley & Williams - Banking & Finance

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: George Paleokrassas and Virginia Murray
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well placed to advise on deals that have a key English law component, including project and ship finance agreements. Also advises on refinancings and trade finance alongside notable mandates in the securitisation of shipping loan portfolios. Active in the energy sector.

Strengths Sources praise the lawyers' commercial approach, saying: "They answer promptly, deliver within the deadlines and are business-oriented: they try to find solutions."

Another client notes the team's flexibility: "They are responsive, knowledgeable about the issues, available and willing to work sometimes on items outside of the immediate scope of their instructions."

Work highlights Assisted a Greek wind farm company with a EUR36.1 million bond loan financing provided by Alpha Bank.

Advised HSH Nordbank on the securitisation of its shipping loans portfolio.

Significant clients HSBC, Fortress Investment, DNB ASA, UniCredit Bank, Citibank International.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees consistently draw attention to Nikolaos Kostikas' previous role working within a major international bank, which gives him "vast experience in the banking sector and in bank loan transactions." "He is an excellent listener," says one client, while another notes his commercial approach to deals.

Department profile by Watson Farley & Williams

WFW was the first international law firm to open an office in Piraeus in 1984. WFW Greece has a cross-border banking & finance practice, best known for its work in the maritime, renewable energy and real estate sectors. 

Our finance practice spans across project, real estate and corporate finance and trade and commodity finance, as well as banking regulatory advice, insurance advice, restructurings, work-outs, insolvencies and enforcement.

We act for more than 150 international banking giants, as well as the four systemic banks in Greece. 

In Greece we:

•    Draft English-law and Greek-law documents, including transactions with both English-law and Greek-law aspects. Out of 30 lawyers, 8 are dual qualified and 9 are qualified in England and Wales;
•    Provide detailed due diligence competence for financing transactions;
•    Have long-standing bank regulatory expertise (Nikolaos Kostikas worked 10 years as the Legal Counsel at UniCredit’s Greek branch).
•    Have particular expertise in project financing, especially for renewable energy and oil & gas (one of the few Athens firms with real hands-on upstream oil financing experience through the Energean/Kavala Oil financings);
•    Have special expertise in the Greek ferry sector;
•    Advise PE and other funds on investments in Greek shipping and in the Greek domestic market in a range of sectors; and
•    Have expertise working on transactions involving all key multilateral lenders (EBRD, IFC and EIB).

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All fee-earners based in WFW Athens office speak English fluently, and many of them have been also educated in the UK. Specifically, Virginia Murray, Alexandros Damianidis, Anthi Kekatou and Christina Giagka are dual-qualified, in Greece and England & Wales. Georgia Asimakopoulos is dual-qualified, in England & Wales and Massachusetts.


WFW has 14 offices in 11 countries, all of which are active in multiple sectors, including banking and finance. Our partners collaborate frequently with each other and exchange information and opinions on ongoing deals, something that our clients find extremely useful.


Zepos & Yannopoulos - Banking & Finance

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Christina Papanikolopoulou
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Showcased ability to handle major deals through participation in the recapitalisation of one of Greece's systemic banks. Expands existing finance capabilities through the lateral hire of Christina Papanikolopoulou as practice head.

Strengths Clients appreciate that in complex transactions the lawyers "try to find a solution with you, as opposed to simply saying that you can't do it."

Work highlights Assisted HSBC, Mediobanca and Merrill Lynch International as underwriters of Eurobank Ergasias' EUR2.038 capital increase. The deal formed a key part of the bank's recapitalisation.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, IFC.

Notable practitioners

Christina Papanikolopoulou has a strong reputation among peers for her experience in complex capital markets and bank finance work, including NPLs and debt securities transactions. Clients highlight her knowledge of European banking regulations and say that she is "open, direct and easy to contact."

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Papapolitis & Papapolitis - Banking & Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nikolaos Katsaros and Nicholas Papapolitis
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Targets international private equity, real estate and opportunistic funds as key clients, with a strong track record both on public M&A deals and the acquisition of Greek loan portfolios. Has recently been instructed by major international banks on a significant transaction. Also has experience on the lender side of important capital markets transactions.

Strengths Interviewees note the firm's approach to client relationships: "They have a few clients who are very loyal to them and they are very loyal to their clients."

Another client praises the team's responsiveness: "They are always available; I can call them on a weekend or late at night in Greece and they always answer and jump on a call."

Work highlights Advised the group of international banks acting as joint co-ordinators and bookrunners on Greek law issues relating to the National Bank of Greece's recapitalisation. The firm co-ordinated with global counsel to advise on the EUR1.16 billion deal, which included a capital increase and liability management exercise.

Advised Paulson & Co. on its acquisitions into Alpha Bank and Piraeus Bank.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, GSO Capital Partners, Apollo Capital Management, Nomura International.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Papapolitis plays a key role in the firm's capital markets and loan portfolio deals. Clients say that "often a lawyer will stick to the legalities of something but forget to look at the big picture; Papapolitis gets the right balance."

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Paraskevas Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dimitris Paraskevas
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has particular expertise in regulatory matters affecting foreign investors and local players. Advises on the acquisition of equity in Greek banks. Involved in contentious matters related to white-collar crime.

Work highlights Advised Capital Group on its participation in a EUR2 billion capital increase by Eurobank Ergasias.

Advised the European Investment Fund on the establishment in Greece of the JEREMIE financing initiative.

Notable practitioners

John Mazarakos plays an important role in diverse regulatory, transactional and insolvency mandates.

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Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dimitris Tsibanoulis
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benefits from the superb reputation of the managing partner to attract an impressive client list of smaller Greek and some foreign banks. Most active on the bank issuer side of debt and equity capital markets mandates. Has additional strength in diverse regulatory topics linked to Greek capital controls and litigation flowing from loan defaults. Represents high net worth individuals.

Strengths "The service is very reliable," says one client, adding: "They are honest, transparent and they deliver on everything they promise."

Work highlights Advised Pagkritia Cooperative Bank on the issuance of bonds pursuant to its recapitalisation.

Significant clients Cooperative Bank of Chania, Cooperative bank of Thessaly, Credit Suisse, ProCredit Bank, Akinita Pallados.

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Dimitris Tsibanoulis as a hugely influential figure in the market and "an expert in capital markets law." He earns praise for his academic contributions to the sector alongside his role in important debt capital markets mandates, including advice to the Cooperative Bank of Epirus on the issue of bonds for recapitalisation purposes.

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Senior Statesmen

Moratis Passas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators describe senior partner George Moratis as "a figure of reference for everyone in the banking and finance area." Clients benefit from his direct involvement in deals and report that he is "on every email and I can pick up the phone and talk to him."

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Eminent Practitioner

Panayotis M Bernitsas

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is well respected among peers for his long-standing presence in the market and his broad experience in a range of commercial and finance topics.

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Star Individuals

Alexander Metallinos

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Catherine Karatzas' "deep knowledge of Greek law and her ability to provide innovative solutions and opinions in order to best help her client." Peers note her success in attracting complex work and high-profile clients to her banking practice. Karatzas also plays a key role in the firm's leading mandates, including advising the National Bank of Greece on its recapitalisation.

Peers often pick out the stellar Alexander Metallinos as one of the most important banking and finance experts in the Greek market. Sources highlight his academic contributions to the sector alongside his ability to "sit down and find solutions." Another client says: "He's a brilliant lawyer: he is very effective," adding that "he has broad knowledge." 

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Star Individuals

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Commentators regularly single out the stellar Nikos Salakas as a hugely experienced partner, instructed by major Greek and international banks. A source describes Salakas as a "warm, well-networked, positive and respectful person who minimises frictions in negotiations and promotes a win-win resolution." Another client says: "He makes Greece as user-friendly as possible; he explains things well, is very patient and delivers when he says he will deliver."

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POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees appreciate George Bersis' involvement in the details of complex capital markets, debt restructuring and new corporate financing mandates. "He is reliable, a nice person to work with and can work under pressure with very demanding timetables," says one client. Bersis led the firm's advice to Piraeus Bank on its recapitalisation.

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Catherine Karatzas

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Catherine Karatzas' "deep knowledge of Greek law and her ability to provide innovative solutions and opinions in order to best help her client." Peers note her success in attracting complex work and high-profile clients to her banking practice. Karatzas also plays a key role in the firm's leading mandates, including advising the National Bank of Greece on its recapitalisation.

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Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Koritsas is managing partner of the firm and has a broad corporate and finance practice. Clients note his direct involvement in complex capital markets and refinancing mandates.

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Nikos Papachristopoulos

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Papachristopoulos receives significant praise for his work on capital markets mandates. He advised the banks acting as lead managers on OTE's partial repurchase of outstanding notes for cash. Clients highlight Papachristopoulos' commercial approach, saying: "He doesn't just start by putting forward the technical arguments but tries to understand the business considerations and to amalgamate the two." "He has vast experience and I trust him completely," adds another interviewee.

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Christina Papanikolopoulou

Zepos & Yannopoulos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christina Papanikolopoulou has a strong reputation among peers for her experience in complex capital markets and bank finance work, including NPLs and debt securities transactions. Clients highlight her knowledge of European banking regulations and say that she is "open, direct and easy to contact."

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Stathis Potamitis

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stathis Potamitis is widely recognised as a leading presence in the market. In addition to his role on major finance transactions, Potamitis is active at the forefront of regulatory developments in Greece's NPL market. "He has a business sense and can respond at very short notice," a client says.

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Athanasia G Tsene

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Athanasia Tsene has "incredible market knowledge and an incredible reputation that she lives up to." "She's very thorough and is well respected by the banks," says one client, adding: "In terms of her technical skills she is extremely strong." Tsene leads many of the firm's high-value corporate finance mandates on behalf of international and Greek banks.

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Dimitris G Tsibanoulis

Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Dimitris Tsibanoulis as a hugely influential figure in the market and "an expert in capital markets law." He earns praise for his academic contributions to the sector alongside his role in important debt capital markets mandates, including advice to the Cooperative Bank of Epirus on the issue of bonds for recapitalisation purposes.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yianni Cheilas is qualified in Greek, English and US law and is a key part of the firm's global ship finance offering. He also acts for creditors in domestic debt restructuring mandates, including advising the four big Greek lenders on the restructuring of EUR200 million of debt in Marinopoulous. "He understands what the client needs easily and quickly," says one interviewee.

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Prokopis Dimitriadis

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Prokopios Dimitriadis is a key member of the finance practice and has experience both in finance transactions and in banking sector arbitrations.

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Christina Faitakis

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christina Faitakis acts predominantly on the lender side of a range of capital markets, project and general corporate finance mandates. Clients say that she is "diligent, quick and covers all aspects." "She studies her case well and gives us the solution we want," reports one interviewee, adding: "In negotiations she has a good grasp of our business strategy and can transform it into legal solutions."

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Euripides Ioannou

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that project finance partner Euripides Ioannou gives advice "in a very clear and understandable way," adding: "He knows that he is not talking to lawyers so he explains legal language in business terms." He advised Alpha Bank on financing Terna Energy's waste management project in Peloponnese.

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Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients highlight Alexandros Kosmopoulos' personal involvement in all stages of deals: "Whenever we need him to perform a task he's there for us, no matter the hour or the circumstances." "He is a workaholic; he is totally focused, very punctual with deadlines and has an extremely good understanding of business and financial structures," adds one interviewee. He is a notable financing and real estate expert.

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Yannis Kourniotis

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yannis Kourniotis assists with all aspects of major Greek projects including the agreement of project finance. Standout deals include advice to the EIB and EBRD on Greek law issues relating to the financing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project. "He's commercially oriented, adds value to transactions and is a deal maker," a client reports, adding: "He has advised both banks and sponsors so he knows the concerns of both sides."

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Moratis Passas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dimitris Passas handles a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the banking and insurance sectors. He led the firm's advice to Barclays Bank on the establishment of Piraeus Bank's multi-billion covered bonds programme. Sources note his "solid legal background" and his experience of dealing with many financial products.

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Padazis O Karamanolis

Karamanolis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Padazis Karamanolis of Karamanolis & Associates is best known for his work on behalf of a major Greek bank. He is well respected among peers for his deep knowledge of finance transactions.

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Nikolaos Kostikas

Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees consistently draw attention to Nikolaos Kostikas' previous role working within a major international bank, which gives him "vast experience in the banking sector and in bank loan transactions." "He is an excellent listener," says one client, while another notes his commercial approach to deals.

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Paraskevas Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Mazarakos plays an important role in diverse regulatory, transactional and insolvency mandates.

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Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Pimblis enters the rankings on the back of consistent praise from peers and clients for his capital markets work. Interviewees note his knowledge of the market alongside his commercial and technical skills.

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Konstantinos Vouterakos

KG Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers highlight Konstantinos Vouterakos' experience in a range of banking, capital markets and commercial mandates. "He is very hands-on," a client says. Another client adds: "He is a good listener and is trying to find solutions."

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Up and Coming

Nicholas Papapolitis

Papapolitis & Papapolitis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicholas Papapolitis plays a key role in the firm's capital markets and loan portfolio deals. Clients say that "often a lawyer will stick to the legalities of something but forget to look at the big picture; Papapolitis gets the right balance."

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