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Firm Profile

Zepos & Yannopoulos

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 280 Kifissias Ave.
  • Halandri
  • Athens
  • Athens
  • Greece
  • 152 32

Firm profile submitted by Zepos & Yannopoulos

Managing Partners: Dimitrios Zepos / Yerassimos Yannopoulos
Number of partners: 21
Number of lawyers: 61
Languages:English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Founded in 1893, Zepos & Yannopoulos is one of the longest established law firms in Greece. Throughout its history it has consistently been one of the most prominent law firms in the country. Zepos & Yannopoulos is a business law firm offering comprehensive legal and tax services with a focus on multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals. The firm’s goal is to provide top quality advice and to assist clients to understand and navigate the intricacies of the Greek business environment. Zepos & Yannopoulos is the Greek member firm of several prestigious international organisations such as Lex Mundi, Taxand and Trace.

PRACTICE AREASAdministrative Agency & Distribution Banking & Finance Business Crimes & Compliance Capital Markets Commercial Competition/Anti-trust Consumer Protection Corporate Customs Data Protection Employment/Labour Insurance Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Mergers & Acquisitions Project & Privatisations Restructuring & Insolvency Tax Advertising Automotive & Industrial Technology Aviation Energy Food & Beverage Healthcare & Life Sciences Hotels & LeisureIT & Telecommunications Media & Entertainment Private Clients Real Estate

Capital Markets & Banking:

The practice encompasses all key financial law areas, namely NPL management and disposal, structured finance, real estate financing, corporate lending, project finance, as well as credit institutions supervision and regulation; on the capital markets side. The firm is active on both debt and equity capital market transactions, take-over bids and regulatory and compliance advice. The firm offers clients combined legal and tax support on the most innovative financial and capital markets transactions with an emphasis on cross border deals.

The firm advises Greek and foreign companies involved in concentrations and cooperation agreements which trigger notification obligations towards either the Greek or the EU competition authorities. It advises clients involved in sector specific inquiries and dawn raids conducted by the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) and represents them before HCC hearings as well as before administrative courts in the course of follow up litigation in antitrust law disputes. It also handles civil damage actions for breach of competition rules. Members of the firm are acquainted with the particularities of various industries in which their clients operate, including energy, retail, construction and cosmetics.

Corporate & Commercial:
Corporate constitutes the core pillar of the firm’s practice. The firm actively assists multinational clients form subsidiaries, branches or joint ventures in Greece. Many of its clients are Fortune 500 companies and entrust the firm with their regular support with respect to their operations in Greece. The firm advises clients on the optimal legal vehicle to be selected for their operations and on a wide array of commercial issues, including simple lease, sale and purchase contracts, sales below cost agreements, marketing strategies, license, agency, distribution, joint venture and shareholders’ agreements, mergers and acquisition agreements and all kinds of commercial contracts required for the operation of a business in Greece. It provides assistance in corporate governance, advising shareholders and Board of Directors on the management processes, rights, obligations and potential liability, as well as compliance to regulatory matters. The firm’s strong asset is the provision of advice and implementation of effective methods for cross-border and domestic consolidations, restructurings, mergers, demergers, acquisitions of shares or company parts, buy-outs, spin-offs, transformation of companies, transfer of business sectors or aggregates of assets and liabilities, joint ventures and strategic alliances, share capital increases or reductions, buy-backs, and related contractual agreements, as well as exit strategies and post-integration corporate services. They have also developed significant expertise in corporate recovery and insolvency, indicatively including liquidation, bankruptcy and voluntary arrangement schemes.

The energy practice, widely recognised as one of the leading energy law practices in Greece covers all industry sectors: electricity (thermal and renewables), natural gas and upstream/downstream oil and related legal areas (regulatory, contractual, M&A, operational issues). The firm also stands out for its in-depth experience in specialised sectors, such as privatisations of state-owned energy companies, advising EU Organisations and Regulatory Authorities on the liberalisation of the energy industry in several countries and in drafting codes, licences and standard agreements.

Labour / Employment:
The firm provides a wide range of legal and tax services to clients on all aspects of employment law. The firm advises on: recruitments, terminations, collective redundancies, restructuring issues, benefits, stock options, transfers of undertakings, cross border employment issues, employee handbooks, relations with unions and collective labour agreements. The firm offers advice to senior executives serving in Greece on various issues such as taxation of multinational employment, including tax compliance, stock compensation or insurance plans and administrative or criminal implications arising from the performance of their duties in Greece.

The practice focuses on insurance and reinsurance regulatory, contractual and M&A transactional work. The firm provides expert advice on a broad spectrum of complex matters. Work includes legal and regulatory advise on structuring insurance products, customisation or drafting of T&Cs, bancassurance and other insurance distribution arrangements, cross-border and non-admitted insurance, share deals, portfolio transfers, reinsurance advice, pension plans restructurings, policy coverage interpretation and insurance claims, outsourcing agreements, insurance-specific privacy matters, and insurance insolvency.

The firm’s dipsute resolution practice, represents prominent international clients conducting business in Greece or involved in litigation and arbitration proceedings, before all courts and at all levels of jurisdiction, including domestic and international arbitral tribunals. The firm has an excellent track record in successful representation of clients in cases involving breach of contract, termination of agency and distribution agreements and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, while they regularly represent clients in anti-trust, unfair competition, product liability, employment, intellectual and industrial property, real estate, commercial leases and tort related cases. The firm has one of the most experienced tax litigation practices with particular experience in tax and customs disputes, ranging from the preparation and filing of a tax refund claim to the defense of their clients before any court, including the controversies, tax collection disputes, cases involving major corporate taxation, fiscal documentation, VAT and excise and import duties. The firm’s institutional clients feel confident to assign the most significant and interesting litigation cases they are faced with, because they value the firm’s responsiveness, proactivity, creative thinking throughout preparation and trial process.

Mergers and acquisitions constitutes one of the major areas of the firm’s practice and expertise. They advise multinational companies as well as established local enterprises in connection with all corporate/financing and tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The M&A practice provides advice to clients on both corporate and tax consequences and tax effective structures for cross-border and domestic consolidations and restructurings. Such combination of solid corporate practice experience with a leading tax background and expertise constitutes a unique asset of the firm, highly valued by clients who require comprehensive and efficient services coming from one team in complex M&A projects.

The firm’s tax practice, acknowledged as the largest and most specialised in any law firm in Greece, offers the full range of tax services on both a transactional and ongoing basis to clients doing business in Greece, in collaboration with our affiliated company Zeya Accounting, the firm is consistently - over at least 10 years- ranked the No. 1 tax practice in Greece, by all major international legal directories. The tax practice is particularly prominent in areas such as corporate taxation, tax compliance, transfer pricing and M&A, VAT, customs and excise, tax dispute resolution and litigation, high-net worth individual planning and compliance.