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Bernitsas Law - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Market-leading team advising on cross-border finance and capital markets transactions, including foreign direct investment. Highly esteemed for project finance mandates, particularly in the energy sector. The firm is popular with both financial institutions and public and private companies for financial restructuring advice, as well as assisting with regulatory matters, securitisations and issues pertaining to non-performing loan transactions. Also advises international investment banks on corporate lending to Greek companies and on the Greek aspects of pan-European finance deals.

Strengths Sources praise the firm's "fantastic practice in banking and finance" and commend the department for being "well up to speed with developments in the market - their partners are available and on top of things."

Work highlights Represented the European Investment Bank as lender in a EUR25 million financing contract guaranteed under English law.

Acted for the Cyprus Popular Bank on the divestment of participations in banks in Serbia, Romania and Ukraine.

Significant Clients Alvarez & Marsal, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, Single Resolution Board.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe firm managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas as "a very experienced individual who is extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable." He enjoys an outstanding reputation for privatisation transactions and real estate portfolio investments.

"A true leader of the local practice," Nikos Papachristopoulos is highlighted by sources for his work on capital markets transactions, including primary and secondary offerings. He also advises on acquisition financing, privatisation and restructuring mandates. One interviewee says: "I love working with Nikos. He is a great guy who is very helpful, very easy-going and very knowledgeable." In highlights, he represented a number of banks as managers in a EUR300 million note offering by Titan.

Athanasia Tsene is a leader in the field of derivatives as well as non-performing loan transactions. Clients enthuse: "She is a business lawyer who tries to understand where we are coming from and helps to find a solution." She is also highly regarded for regulatory compliance and restructuring matters. She advised Alpha Bank and Centerbridge Partners on creating a platform for servicing and transferring NPLs in Greece.

Yannis Kourniotis has a strong focus on project finance transactions, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and energy. He frequently acts for sponsors, lenders and governments. He continues to advise a consortium, including Intrakat Constructions and Envitec, on financing an integrated waste management system through a public-private partnership.

Clients appreciate that associate Dionysis Flambouras is "always very prompt to respond." He advises on real estate, acquisition, asset and leveraged financing and assists with the sale of non-performing loans. Additionally, he acts for financial institutions on regulatory matters. He assisted Hellenic Petroleum as guarantor and Hellenic Petroleum Finance as issuer with the issue and listing of EUR375 million new notes.

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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 unrivaled 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Catherine Karatzas

What the team is known for Highly sought after by international banks and investment funds for financing matters, with particular strength in project finance mandates. Also offers a standout capital markets transactional practice, advising on securitisation transactions and the issuance of bonds. The team also handles NPL and LBO work, as well as debt restructuring matters. It assists clients with banking sector M&A deals and boasts a strong financial regulatory practice.

Strengths Clients underline the team's "promptness of reply, excellent quality at all levels and very constructive and commercial approach."

Interviewees also appreciate the team's business-friendly approach.

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of lenders, including J.P. Morgan Securities and Nomura European Investment, on a EUR321 million syndicated facility agreement granted to Emma Delta Hellenic Holdings.

Acted for WIND Hellas on a EUR250 million high-yield bond offering by its parent company, Crystal Almond.

Significant Clients Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Eurobank, Bank of America Merill Lynch.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Metallinos has a stellar acquisition financing practice and also advises on capital markets mandates, including derivatives transactions. Clients stress his ability to "come up with good ideas to resolve difficult issues" and regard him as being "in a class of his own." He represented a number of lenders, including UniCredit, RBS and Piraeus Bank, in amendments to project finance agreements for various motorway infrastructure projects.

Catherine Karatzas has a leading shipping finance and securities law practice, as well as being well regarded for acquisition finance matters. Clients say that she "remains at the cutting edge of the Greek market" and highlight her "eye for substance and detail." She advised the National Bank of Greece on the agreement of a non-committed trade finance guarantee facility with the EBRD.

Christina Faitakis is "very collaborative and willing to listen to other people's opinions," say clients. She recently acted for a group of lenders on the financing for the EUR930 million acquisition of rights to maintain regional Greek airports by Fraport and Copelouzos Group.

Nikos Fragos enters the rankings this year on the back of positive client feedback. Sources say he "combines deep knowledge with good business acumen" and report that he is "extremely client-focused." He assists with banking and capital markets mandates.

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Koutalidis Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Highly sought after by domestic and international lenders for capital markets and financing mandates. Esteemed for both debt and equity capital markets work, particularly in relation to corporate refinancing. Notable activity in debt restructuring and recapitalisation deals, as well as advising on projects in the energy sector. The department also advises clients on NPLs and syndicated lending.

Strengths Clients say that the team is "top notch in terms of customer service - they get things done and can do this under time pressure." They go on to describe the lawyers as "committed and hard-working with a great results-oriented culture in dealing with complex situations."

Sources are also impressed with the team's "availability and eagerness to meet business targets."

Work highlights Advised Alpha Bank and Eurobank on a joint venture with KKR to create a management platform for NPL exposures.

Acted for a syndicate of Greek banks led by Alpha Bank to extend a EUR80 million secured financing to three wind farms.

Significant Clients Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Fraport Greece, National Bank of Greece, HSBC, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners

Nikos Koritsas has notable experience of project finance matters, privatisation mandates and capital markets transactions. Sources concur that he is "one of the experts in Greece."

Nikos Salakas is a predominant finance lawyer described as "one of the top banking partners in Greece." He is heavily involved in restructuring mandates and privatisation matters and maintains an excellent reputation for his work on LBOs, MTN issues and high-yield bond transactions. Clients laud his "consistency, creative thinking and focused advice."

The promising Effie Papoutsi represents lenders in banking and finance mandates. Clients appreciate that she "goes out of her way to make sure deadlines are met and issues are resolved."

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POTAMITISVEKRIS - Banking & Finance Department

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

What the team is known for Particularly popular with Greek and international banks for advice on a variety of financing issues, including capital markets deals. Has a strong real estate finance and project finance practice, notably in the energy and waste sectors. The group is highly regarded for assisting lenders with refinancing and restructuring agreements and is well placed to handle NPL portfolio transactions owing to its prominent role in the development of new regulations.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "flexibility in thinking and ability to find techniques to achieve business goals."

Sources are also impressed by the group's "deep knowledge of the legislation and creativity in solving complex issues."

Work highlights Advised four Greek banks on the restructuring agreement for Sklavenitis Group's EUR300 million takeover of the Marinopoulos supermarkets.

Represented Piraeus Bank in the project financing for two wind farms.

Significant Clients Alpha Bank, National Bank of Greece, Fairfax Financial Holdings, Bank of Cyprus, Euroxx.

Notable practitioners

George Bersis is a top-ranked financing lawyer with broad expertise in capital markets and derivatives transactions as well as syndicated loans. He represented Kyriakidis Marbles as bidder in a leveraged buyout through delisting.

Clients confirm that Stathis Potamitis is "among the most prominent lawyers in Greece," particularly highlighting his knowledge of financial restructuring and his "creative approach." He has an excellent reputation for NPL and insolvency matters. He recently acted for MLS Multimedia on two bond loans.

Euripides Ioannou advises clients on project and real estate finance and is described by clients as "diligent and very experienced." He also acts for both lenders and borrowers on acquisition finance transactions. He assisted a number of banks with the EUR75 million restructuring of Nikas.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Alexandros Kosmopoulos
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Acts for banks and borrowers on refinancing matters and financial regulatory issues. Has a strong capital markets offering in both debt and equity transactions. Offers experience across a range of other high-level financing matters, including acquisition finance, secured lending, structured finance, project finance and real estate finance deals.

Strengths Sources say that the team is "very responsive and collaborative."

Interviewees also highlight the group's strength in corporate lending and financing on behalf of Greek banks.

Work highlights Acted for the National Bank of Greece as arranger, agent and lender on a EUR200 million refinancing and working capital facility provided to Chipita.

Advised Piraeus Bank in connection with a EUR75 million secured bond loan for the Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics.

Significant Clients Alpha Bank, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund.

Notable practitioners

Alexandros Kosmopoulos advises clients on both transactional and regulatory banking matters. Sources describe him as "very efficient and well respected." He represented Eurobank as agent and lender in a EUR186 million bond loan facility to Sani Development and Tourism.

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Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Konstantinos Vouterakos
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for both banks and international investors on project finance deals in the energy and public services sectors. Assists with loan restructuring, commercial lending and non-performing loan mandates, as well as advising underwriters on debt and equity capital markets deals, including Greek bank recapitalisation deals. Offers clients strong regulatory know-how.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's business-friendly approach, with a source highlighting its "flexibility and eagerness to meet our commercial needs."

They also praise its "deep business knowledge, ability to relate to business people and open communication."

Value for Money Clients appreciate the firm's "flexibility to client needs in fee discussions."

Work highlights Advised HSBC and J.P. Morgan on BSTD's USD500 million multi-jurisdictional notes offering under its EUR1 billion EMTN programme.

Represented Eurobank in a non-committed trade finance guarantee facility provided by the EBRD.

Significant Clients Dexia Credit, ERGO Group, EIB, FIMBank.

Notable practitioners

Clients report that Konstantinos Vouterakos is "experienced and flexible, with a problem-solving approach" and appreciate that he is "always there to help, with practical solutions to facilitate the client's needs." He advises on IPOs, bond issues and securities regulation matters. In highlights, he advised Laboratories Théa on reclaiming unpaid dividends from its Greek subsidiary.

Ioanna Antonopoulou assists clients with project finance and refinancing matters. Clients describe her as "very thoughtful and very diligent with excellent drafting skills," while other sources feel that "you can easily negotiate complex deals with her - she is someone you can work with." She advised Alpha Bank on the EUR20 million financing of a wind park.

About the Team (content provided by Kyriakides Georgopoulos 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 Highly regarded for its representation of sponsors and bidders in project finance transactions. The team also advises on venture capital deals and fund formation and is active on NPL portfolio transactions, REITs and IPOs. Additionally represents clients in banking disputes. Frequently acts for start-up companies and entrepreneurs.

Strengths Clients value the team's availability, saying: "They are very approachable, respond very quickly and their advice is very concise and practical."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on taking security over shares listed on the Athens Stock Exchange.

Assisted Openfund II with venture capital regulatory compliance matters.

Significant Clients Credit Suisse, Cardlink.

Notable practitioners

Prokopis Dimitriadis advises domestic and international clients on project finance, credit facilities and non-performing loans. Clients say he "knows the exact mechanics and how things should work." Recent experience includes acting as lender's counsel to the National Bank of Greece on a number of equity investments.

Clients report that Konstantinos Botopoulos is "very experienced and knows how to handle delicate issues." He has a strong practice emphasis on capital markets work, notably advising on regulatory aspects. He acted for Eurobank as arranger on the IPO of BRIQ.

About the Team (content provided by Lambadarios Law Firm)

The Department is best known for work in NPL’s sector having advised Hoist Finance in the issuance of its NPL servicing license and its bidding for two of the largest NPL portfolios tendered by the Greek systemic Banks, the one tendered by Alpha Bank for EUR 3.7 bn and one by Piraeus Bank for EUR 1.8 bn.

We have also advised US Fund Lonestar on its effort to acquire the first collateralized portfolio of EUR 2bn tendered by Piraeus Bank and Hines on the acquisition finance of EUR 40mn for a Hotel in Athens.

The Department is also 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 Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dimitris Passas, Vassilis Saliaris and Lito Konstantelou
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focused finance boutique with an impressive client list that includes major international banks with operations in Greece. Advises on banking M&A transactions, capital markets deals and regulatory issues. Of late, the firm has been involved in work relating to the enactment of the new NPL legislation. It also advises on insurance products, with further experience in securitisation and high-yield deals.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's resilience when working under pressure. They describe the group as "hard workers who provide timely legal services."

One interviewee adds: "The firm's long experience and profound understanding of the legal environment coupled with their business orientation and acumen enables them to help their customers conclude deals in the most profitable way under tight deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Citi Global Markets on the Greek aspects of a USD420 million senior notes offering by FAGE.

Acted for Barclays Bank as arranger on the issuance of EUR1 billion of bonds under Piraeus Bank's residential mortgage loans covered bonds programme.

Significant Clients Cyprus Popular Bank, Piraeus Bank, Eurobank, Citibank Europe, First Data Hellas.

Notable practitioners

Senior practitioner George Moratis has notable experience acting for banks and financial institutions on both domestic and international financing mandates. Interviewees highlight his "huge experience in the banking sector" and describe him as "a prominent figure."

According to clients Dimitris Passas has "a thorough knowledge of the Greek market and is able to anticipate future trends," as well as having "excellent technical skills and business sense." He is particularly active on banking and capital markets regulatory matters, as well as advising on debt restructuring, securitisation and corporate finance.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Acts for both lenders and creditors on shipping and asset finance, renewable energy project finance and debt restructuring mandates. Also advises on acquisition finance, real estate finance and syndicated loans. Offers additional experience of financial litigation and securitisation transactions.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's international know-how and pragmatic approach.

Work highlights Advised a group of lenders, including National Bank of Greece and EBRD, on a EUR40 million secured bond loan to Loulis Mills.

Acted for Elpedison Power Generation on amending and extending three bond loans.

Significant Clients Eurobank, Nordea Bank, EIB, First Bank of Nigeria.

Notable practitioners

Yianni Cheilas advises clients from the real estate and shipping sectors on syndicated and bilateral facilities, as well as project and asset finance transactions. Cheilas assisted Piraeus Bank with the EUR12 million financing of the construction of a five-star hotel in Corfu.

Vassilis Koroxenidis advises clients from the shipping, energy and infrastructure sectors on corporate finance and project finance. He represented the National Bank of Greece in a EUR134 million acquisition financing transaction for Home Holdings.

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Zepos & Yannopoulos - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for The firm frequently advises international financial institutions as well as Greek banks on restructuring and recapitalisation matters. Also handles capital markets mandates, particularly IPOs and securitisation transactions, and offers additional experience representing clients in banking litigation and regulatory matters, loan portfolio management and corporate lending transactions.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's business-friendly approach, noting its "swift responses and availability" as well as reporting that "the advice is precise, concise and to the point."

One source is quick to praise the department's commitment: "They are prompt and willing to sacrifice time and effort to make everything happen. It is a comfort to have them on deals."

Work highlights Advised Citigroup as arranger on the securitisation of loans to various SMEs.

Acted for the global co-ordinators and joint book-runners on an issuance of EUR250 million senior notes.

Significant Clients HSBC, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, UCI Greece.

Notable practitioners

Clients say Christina Papanikolopoulou is "very dynamic and knowledgeable, and has a good understanding of the commercial points of legal opinions and advice." She has an excellent reputation for capital markets and structured finance mandates, particularly equity offerings, high-yield bonds and debt restructuring. She recently advised the IFC on a EUR50 million facility to Grivalia REIC.

About the Team (content provided by Zepos & Yannopoulos)

Our Finance & Capital Markets lawyers have experience in debt and equity capital markets, structured finance, sovereign and private debt restructuring, corporate lending, asset financing and regulatory work with a steady emphasis on financial institutions and transactions involving international players.

We advise lenders and investors at all levels of the capital structure as well as corporates, institutional investors, advisors, rating agencies and regulators, thus covering the full spectrum of participants in the financial markets.

In line with our strategy to grow our international financial transactions practice and to focus more vigorously on domestic and international financial institutions, we revamped our financial law practice group in early 2016 and have since been involved in some of the most prominent transactions in the banking industry. We take pride in having worked on the first NPL securitisation in the Greek banking market launched after the introduction of the NPL servicing and sale framework, the first non-retained bank securitisation since 2009, one of the first covered bond issuances since 2009, as well as the only synthetic securitisation deal to ever occur in the Greek market.

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Watson Farley & Williams - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Advises domestic and international banks on a range of finance transactions, notably in the energy and shipping sectors. Assists with real estate finance, trade finance and corporate finance matters, as well as refinancing and restructuring matters. Also has an active regulatory practice, often advising on matters in the insurance field. The team is well placed to advise on deals that have a key English law component.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's "deep knowledge of and experience in project financing" as well as describing the lawyers as "responsive, objective and to the point."

Interviewees identify the team's forte in specialist areas, describing it as "strong in energy financing" and "excellent in ship finance."

Work highlights Advised the EBRD and Piraeus Bank on a EUR60 million parallel financing for the construction of renewable energy projects in Greece by Terna Energy.

Acted for Goritsa Aiolos Energy on the EUR33.7 million financing for the construction of a wind project by way of a bond programme.

Significant Clients HSBC, Alpha Bank, Citibank International, UniCredit Bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Nikolaos Kostikas as "reliable and very responsive – when you need something he responds quickly." He advises investors and banks on structured finance and project finance, including in the real estate and energy sectors. He also assists with capital markets and regulatory matters.

Virginia Murray acts for clients on project, infrastructure and real estate finance. Commentators particularly highlight her strength on financing matters in the energy sector. She advised Grivalia Properties on a EUR50 million facility from the IFC to support energy efficiency within its properties.

About the Team (content provided 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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Papapolitis & Papapolitis - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Often acts for private equity funds on financing the acquisition of Greek loan portfolios. Has experience handling capital markets transactions, advising on IPOs, delistings, securitisations and debt and equity instruments. Also well equipped to advise on acquisition and real estate finance deals.

Work highlights Acted for Cetracore Energy on a EUR110 million investment to acquire assets from Mamidoil-Jetoil.

Advised Fortress Investment Group on its acquisition of secured bonds issued by Marfin Investment Group valued at EUR150 million.

Significant Clients Morgan Stanley, Nomura International, Apollo Capital Management, GSO Capital Partners, Baupost Group.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Papapolitis assists foreign investors with banking and capital markets transactions and wins praise from clients for his efficiency. He also acts for investment funds and financial advisors on corporate finance and privatisation transactions.

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Paraskevas Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Represents domestic and international banks and financial institutions in regulatory matters. Also advises on investment banking matters, such as UCITs and AIFs. The department often assists with the acquisition of equity in Greek banks, asset management, securitisation and refinancing transactions, and is involved in contentious matters related to white-collar crime.

Strengths Interviewees mention the firm's responsiveness, saying that the lawyers "are always timely" and that the team is "very prompt."

Work highlights Acted for the EIF on a new funding agreement to deploy EUR200 million into Greece to finance SMEs.

Significant Clients The Capital Group Companies.

Notable practitioners

John Mazarakos advises clients on capital markets and restructuring mandates, as well as broader banking and finance transactions. Commentators say that he is "a pragmatic and knowledgeable lawyer, with a very hands-on approach."

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Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Represents Greek and international banks and financial institutions in various financing and refinancing mandates as well as banking regulatory and compliance matters, particularly in relation to Greek capital controls and litigation flowing from loan defaults. Also known for its work for issuers on debt and equity capital markets mandates. Clients include high net worth individuals.

Strengths Clients say: "We like the professional approach towards our needs, the comprehensiveness and the detail of the provided opinions and the flexibility and proactivity of the company."

Sources particularly highlight the firm's reputation for banking regulatory matters.

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to BNP Paribas Securities on stock exchange transactions and the transfer of funds subject to capital controls.

Assisted Chopard with the Greek regulations concerning money laundering.

Significant Clients Credit Suisse Securities, ProCedit Bank, Piraeus Bank, Union of Co-operative Banks of Greece, Coface.

Notable practitioners

Dimitris Tsibanoulis advises clients on a range of banking and finance mandates, privatisation and capital markets matters. Clients underline his strength in the field of capital markets work. He represented Creta Farms in a EUR15 million loan agreement with the EIB.

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Basic facts about the Department

- Head of department: Dr. Dimitris Tsibanoulis

- 7 partners

- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for: Its reputation is founded on its long experience advising banks and financial institutions on all aspects of the banking and finance business.

Strengths One source claims: "We like the professional approach towards our needs, the comprehensiveness and the detail of the provided opinions and the flexibility and proactivity of the company."

Work highlights Legal advice to BNP Paribas Securities Services regarding clearing and settlement transactions, adaptation to the MiFID II regime and to the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).

Significant Clients Aegean Baltic Bank, Alpha Bank, Attica Bank, Procredit Bank, BNP Paribas S.A., German Savings Bank Foundation, Clearstream Banking S.A., HCAP, Athens International Airport, Cooperative Bank of Epirus, Cooperative Bank of Chania, Solidus S.A., Nuntius Brokerage & Investment Services S.A., Pegasus Securities S.A., Triple A Experts S.A., AXIA Ventures Group Ltd.

Notable practitioners

Dr. Dimitris Tsibanoulis is recognized for his strong track record advising clients on a range of banking and finance mandates, privatisation, M&A and capital markets matters. His clients include a number of very high-profile international banking and financial institutions, blue chip corporations, domestic and foreign governments.

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Senior Statesperson

Moratis Passas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior practitioner George Moratis has notable experience acting for banks and financial institutions on both domestic and international financing mandates. Interviewees highlight his "huge experience in the banking sector" and describe him as "a prominent figure."

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Eminent Practitioner

Panayotis M Bernitsas

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe firm managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas as "a very experienced individual who is extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable." He enjoys an outstanding reputation for privatisation transactions and real estate portfolio investments.

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Eminent Practitioner

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Koritsas has notable experience of project finance matters, privatisation mandates and capital markets transactions. Sources concur that he is "one of the experts in Greece."

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Star Individuals

Alexander Metallinos

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Metallinos has a stellar acquisition financing practice and also advises on capital markets mandates, including derivatives transactions. Clients stress his ability to "come up with good ideas to resolve difficult issues" and regard him as being "in a class of his own." He represented a number of lenders, including UniCredit, RBS and Piraeus Bank, in amendments to project finance agreements for various motorway infrastructure projects.

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Star Individuals

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Salakas is a predominant finance lawyer described as "one of the top banking partners in Greece." He is heavily involved in restructuring mandates and privatisation matters and maintains an excellent reputation for his work on LBOs, MTN issues and high-yield bond transactions. Clients laud his "consistency, creative thinking and focused advice."

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Band 1

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

George Bersis is a top-ranked financing lawyer with broad expertise in capital markets and derivatives transactions as well as syndicated loans. He represented Kyriakidis Marbles as bidder in a leveraged buyout through delisting.

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Band 1

Catherine Karatzas

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Catherine Karatzas has a leading shipping finance and securities law practice, as well as being well regarded for acquisition finance matters. Clients say that she "remains at the cutting edge of the Greek market" and highlight her "eye for substance and detail." She advised the National Bank of Greece on the agreement of a non-committed trade finance guarantee facility with the EBRD.

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Band 1

Nikos Papachristopoulos

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

"A true leader of the local practice," Nikos Papachristopoulos is highlighted by sources for his work on capital markets transactions, including primary and secondary offerings. He also advises on acquisition financing, privatisation and restructuring mandates. One interviewee says: "I love working with Nikos. He is a great guy who is very helpful, very easy-going and very knowledgeable." In highlights, he represented a number of banks as managers in a EUR300 million note offering by Titan.

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Band 1

Christina Papanikolopoulou

Zepos & Yannopoulos

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Christina Papanikolopoulou is "very dynamic and knowledgeable, and has a good understanding of the commercial points of legal opinions and advice." She has an excellent reputation for capital markets and structured finance mandates, particularly equity offerings, high-yield bonds and debt restructuring. She recently advised the IFC on a EUR50 million facility to Grivalia REIC.

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Band 1

Stathis Potamitis

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients confirm that Stathis Potamitis is "among the most prominent lawyers in Greece," particularly highlighting his knowledge of financial restructuring and his "creative approach." He has an excellent reputation for NPL and insolvency matters. He recently acted for MLS Multimedia on two bond loans.

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Band 1

Athanasia G Tsene

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Athanasia Tsene is a leader in the field of derivatives as well as non-performing loan transactions. Clients enthuse: "She is a business lawyer who tries to understand where we are coming from and helps to find a solution." She is also highly regarded for regulatory compliance and restructuring matters. She advised Alpha Bank and Centerbridge Partners on creating a platform for servicing and transferring NPLs in Greece.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yianni Cheilas advises clients from the real estate and shipping sectors on syndicated and bilateral facilities, as well as project and asset finance transactions. Cheilas assisted Piraeus Bank with the EUR12 million financing of the construction of a five-star hotel in Corfu.

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Band 2

Prokopis Dimitriadis

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Prokopis Dimitriadis advises domestic and international clients on project finance, credit facilities and non-performing loans. Clients say he "knows the exact mechanics and how things should work." Recent experience includes acting as lender's counsel to the National Bank of Greece on a number of equity investments.

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Band 2

Christina Faitakis

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christina Faitakis is "very collaborative and willing to listen to other people's opinions," say clients. She recently acted for a group of lenders on the financing for the EUR930 million acquisition of rights to maintain regional Greek airports by Fraport and Copelouzos Group.

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Band 2

Euripides Ioannou

POTAMITISVEKRIS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Euripides Ioannou advises clients on project and real estate finance and is described by clients as "diligent and very experienced." He also acts for both lenders and borrowers on acquisition finance transactions. He assisted a number of banks with the EUR75 million restructuring of Nikas.

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Band 2

Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexandros Kosmopoulos advises clients on both transactional and regulatory banking matters. Sources describe him as "very efficient and well respected."  He represented Eurobank as agent and lender in a EUR186 million bond loan facility to Sani Development and Tourism.

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Band 2

Yannis Kourniotis

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yannis Kourniotis has a strong focus on project finance transactions, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and energy. He frequently acts for sponsors, lenders and governments. He continues to advise a consortium, including Intrakat Constructions and Envitec, on financing an integrated waste management system through a public-private partnership.

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Band 2

Moratis Passas

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients Dimitris Passas has "a thorough knowledge of the Greek market and is able to anticipate future trends," as well as having "excellent technical skills and business sense."  He is particularly active on banking and capital markets regulatory matters, as well as advising on debt restructuring, securitisation and corporate finance.

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Band 2

Dimitris G Tsibanoulis

Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dimitris Tsibanoulis advises clients on a range of banking and finance mandates, privatisation and capital markets matters. Clients underline his strength in the field of capital markets work. He represented Creta Farms in a EUR15 million loan agreement with the EIB.

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Band 3

Padazis O Karamanolis

Karamanolis & Associates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Padazis Karamanolis of Karamanolis & Associates frequently assists clients from the Greek banking sector with banking and finance mandates. Clients report that he is "very experienced with a wide legal knowledge" and appreciate that he is "keen to explore all options to protect a client's interests."

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Band 3

Nikolaos Kostikas

Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients describe Nikolaos Kostikas as "reliable and very responsive – when you need something he responds quickly."  He advises investors and banks on structured finance and project finance, including in the real estate and energy sectors. He also assists with capital markets and regulatory matters.

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Band 3

Paraskevas Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

John Mazarakos advises clients on capital markets and restructuring mandates, as well as broader banking and finance transactions. Commentators say that he is "a pragmatic and knowledgeable lawyer, with a very hands-on approach."

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Band 3

PAPADIMITRIOU - PIMBLIS & PARTNERS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Pimblis joined PAPADIMITRIOU - PIMBLIS & PARTNERS from Koutalidis Law Firm in January 2018. He advises clients on capital markets matters and privatisations. Commentators describe him as "very experienced and well connected."

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Band 3

Konstantinos Vouterakos

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Konstantinos Vouterakos is "experienced and flexible, with a problem-solving approach" and appreciate that he is "always there to help, with practical solutions to facilitate the client's needs." He advises on IPOs, bond issues and securities regulation matters. In highlights, he advised Laboratories Théa on reclaiming unpaid dividends from its Greek subsidiary.

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Band 4

Ioanna I. Antonopoulou

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ioanna Antonopoulou assists clients with project finance and refinancing matters. Clients describe her as "very thoughtful and very diligent with excellent drafting skills,"  while other sources feel that "you can easily negotiate complex deals with her - she is someone you can work with." She advised Alpha Bank on the EUR20 million financing of a wind park.

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Band 4

Konstantinos Botopoulos

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients report that Konstantinos Botopoulos is "very experienced and knows how to handle delicate issues." He has a strong practice emphasis on capital markets work, notably advising on regulatory aspects. He acted for Eurobank as arranger on the IPO of BRIQ.

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Band 4

Watson Farley & Williams

From the Chambers Europe guide

Virginia Murray acts for clients on project, infrastructure and real estate finance. Commentators particularly highlight her strength on financing matters in the energy sector. She advised Grivalia Properties on a EUR50 million facility from the IFC to support energy efficiency within its properties.

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Up and Coming

Karatzas & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nikos Fragos enters the rankings this year on the back of positive client feedback. Sources say he "combines deep knowledge with good business acumen" and report that he is "extremely client-focused." He assists with banking and capital markets mandates.

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Up and Coming

Vassilis Koroxenidis

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vassilis Koroxenidis advises clients from the shipping, energy and infrastructure sectors on corporate finance and project finance. He represented the National Bank of Greece in a EUR134 million acquisition financing transaction for Home Holdings.

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Up and Coming

Nicholas Papapolitis

Papapolitis & Papapolitis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicholas Papapolitis assists foreign investors with banking and capital markets transactions and wins praise from clients for his efficiency. He also acts for investment funds and financial advisors on corporate finance and privatisation transactions.

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Associates to watch

Dionysis Flambouras

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate that associate Dionysis Flambouras is "always very prompt to respond." He advises on real estate, acquisition, asset and leveraged financing and assists with the sale of non-performing loans. Additionally, he acts for financial institutions on regulatory matters. He assisted Hellenic Petroleum as guarantor and Hellenic Petroleum Finance as issuer with the issue and listing of EUR375 million new notes.

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Associates to watch

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

The promising Effie Papoutsi represents lenders in banking and finance mandates. Clients appreciate that she "goes out of her way to make sure deadlines are met and issues are resolved."

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