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Global Guide

Banking & Finance — Greece


Bernitsas Law - Banking & Finance

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global 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.

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's 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 European Investment Bank 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," report clients, 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. We have also acted in all the major Project Financings to have taken place in Greece, including the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, the Greek Motorways, and the pioneering Rion-Antirion Bridge and Athens Ring Road (Attiki Odos) projects, which opened the concessions Market.

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.

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

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Karatzas & Partners - Banking & Finance

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第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

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." One client says: "He's a brilliant lawyer: he is very effective," adding that "he has a 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 the 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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第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Global 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."

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 Global 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.

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 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 the 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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KG Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Global 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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Lambadarios Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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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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Moratis Passas - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Global 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 e-mail 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 multibillion-euro 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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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 Marinopoulos. "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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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees consistently draw attention to Nikolaos Kostikas's 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.


Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Clients highlight Alexandros Kosmopoulos's 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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Zepos & Yannopoulos - Banking & Finance

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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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Commentary from the Chambers Global 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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Paraskevas Law Firm - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Dividing his time between Athens and London, Dimitris Paraskevas is a managing partner of the firm and has a varied client list consisting of domestic and international banks and individuals.

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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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Global 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 Co-operative Bank of Epirus on the issue of bonds for recapitalisation purposes.

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Senior Statesmen

Moratis Passas

From the Chambers Global 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 e-mail 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 Global 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 Global guide

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." One client says: "He's a brilliant lawyer: he is very effective," adding that "he has a broad knowledge." 

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Star Individuals

Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Global 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 Global 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 Global 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 the 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 Global 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 Global 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's 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 Global 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 Global 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 business sense and can respond at very short notice," a client says.

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Athanasia G Tsene

Bernitsas Law

From the Chambers Global 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 Global 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 Co-operative Bank of Epirus on the issue of bonds for recapitalisation purposes.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Global 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 Marinopoulos. "He understands what the client needs easily and quickly," says one interviewee.

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Prokopis Dimitriadis

Lambadarios Law Firm

From the Chambers Global 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 Global 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 Global 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 the Peloponnese.

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Alexandros Kosmopoulos

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients highlight Alexandros Kosmopoulos's 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 Global guide

Yannis Kourniotis assists with all aspects of major Greek projects including the agreement of project finance. Standout deals include advice to the European Investment Bank 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," report clients, 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 Global 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 multibillion-euro 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 Global 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 Global guide

Interviewees consistently draw attention to Nikolaos Kostikas's 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 Global guide

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

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Dimitris Paraskevas

Paraskevas Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Dividing his time between Athens and London, Dimitris Paraskevas is a managing partner of the firm and has a varied client list consisting of domestic and international banks and individuals.

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Koutalidis Law Firm

From the Chambers Global 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 Global 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 Global 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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