Dimitris Kourkoumelis

Born in Athens in 1967, Dimitris Kourkoumelis holds a Law Degree from Athens Law School, a Master in Law from Cambridge University and a Master in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. A highly experienced projects real estate and public procurement attorney, he is a member of the Legal Committee of the Technical Chamber of Greece and was a member of the State Experts Committee for Public Works. During the last 15 years he was actively involved advising sponsors, contractors, consultants and the government in most public and privately financed projects in Greece including the Attiki Odos ring road, the Rion Antirrion Bridge, the Athens International Airport, the Athens Metro, the Egnatia and PATHE Motorways, the Ionia Odos Highway, the Olympic Projects, the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls, the New Acropolis Museum and the new National Opera and National Library, at the Athens Faliron Delta. Further he had a vast exposure in energy and property projects including a pioneer biogas to energy project in Athens, several wind farm projects all over Greece and many residential, commercial, leisure and sports developments. He practices on non-contentious as well as contentious matters and has a long construction litigation and arbitration experience. Dimitris Kourkoumelis served as Secretary General of the Ministry of the Aegean and Island Policy (2004-2005). He speaks English and French.

Firm Overview:

Kourkoumelis & Partners is an Athens-based law firm focused in the fields of project finance, construction and engineering, real estate, public procurement, energy and environmental law.

We are working closely with major participants in the above areas including owners and developers, designers, contractors, consulting engineers, banks, the government and public bodies. We advise our clients on non-contentious matters as well as represent them in different kinds of dispute resolution procedures, including court procedures, arbitration and out of court settlement procedures. Our understanding of the industries involved enables us to foresee legal and practical difficulties that our clients may face in their business. By working with them on a regular basis, we are able in many cases to efficiently and inexpensively prevent or minimize the effects of such difficulties.

Our clients benefit from our flexible approach and mainly from our unique know-how and experience obtained through our long and continuous involvement in most of the major projects undertaken in Greece.

The services we offer run from project conception to completion and operation. We provide early assistance on ownership, zoning and planning, environmental assessment and licensing. We help in the formulation of a clear procurement strategy and we are actively involved in the process of putting together the project structure and parties. We draft tender documents and contracts, joint venture arrangements, financing documents and guarantees. During project implementation we work with our clients and assist them in managing risks, contractual correspondence and avoiding disputes. Should these arise we handle all forms of dispute resolution under local or international fora.

We are a cost-efficient firm with international experience capabilities thus providing the best solution not only to the in-house colleagues of large construction and development groups but also to our colleagues in major international law firms who need specializes of council support in construction and EU public procurement.

Vicky Athanassoglou

Vicky Athanassoglou founded the firm in 2012 and manages the firm. She practices extensively in all aspects in the area of M&A, international corporate and securities, contracts and arbitration, with an emphasis on cross-border transactions between Greece and any other country worldwide.

Education:

  • Examination and education as Qualified Lawyer for International Business Law (“Fachanwalt für Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht”) (Munich, 2015-2016),
  • Mediator Training, CIarb and Business Mediation Academy (2014-2015),
  • University of Cologne, Germany, Law Degree (1997),
  • Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki (Law School), University of Würzburg (Law School).

Admissions:

  • Athens Bar, 1999
  • Düsseldorf Bar, 2000
  • Supreme Court of Athens, 2014

Memberships:

  • AEA International Lawyers Network
  • AnwaltVerein
  • Athens Bar Association
  • Bar Association Düsseldorf
  • Counsel to the Athens Startup Business Incubator
  • Deutsch-Griechische Juristenvereinigung, Deutsch-Griechischen Industrie- und Handelskammer (DGIHK)
  • Hellenic Union of Mediators
  • Institute of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Member of the Managerial Board of the Sector of Women Managers and Entrepreneurs (TOGME) of the Hellenic Management Association (EEDE)
  • Schiedsgerichts- und Mediationsstelle (SMES) der DGIHK
  • WIRAS-Association (international business network, 59 countries)

Languages:

English, German (mother tongue), Greek and French.

Serafim Sotiriadis

Serafim Sotiriadis, founder of Serafim Sotiriadis and Associates Law Firm, is a graduate of Athens Law School and a member of the LAA since 2001. As a specialist in major debt restructuring and insolvency, he frequently lectures on corporate reorganisation and the restructuring of bank loans, having been personally involved in some of the most significant cases to have taken place in Greece. Serafim has extensive experience in bankruptcy processes and extrajudicial loan renegotiation, as well as judicial experience in defending cases related to financial white collar crimes. He provides international and Greek legal and tax advice to foreign law offices and corporations concerning cross-border buyouts, real estate ownership, investments in listed Greek companies, and the establishment of foreign companies, subsidiaries and branches in Greece. Serafim Sotiriadis also offers assistance with international real estate transactions and acquisitions of “golden visas”.

Our People:

Serafim Sotiriadis and Associates Law Firm provides a wide range of legal and business services, specializing in commercial law, insolvency law and business restructuring and recovery. An expert team of legal and business advisors provide high-quality, high-tech services to both Greek and international clients. The firm operates as an organic whole, with each section and department collaborating harmoniously with every other. All people are extremely well-qualified and experienced lawyers, finance experts and business consultants with a profound and comprehensive knowledge of their respective fields. As a firm, has an excellent working knowledge of English, French, Italian and Spanish. Equipped with an all-round knowledge of the law, firm’s experts can offer sound integrated solutions and advice in legal and business issues covering Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring Law, Commercial, Civil, Corporate and Criminal Law, both in Greece and internationally. The firm was the first law firm in Greece to successfully submit and ratify a “rehabilitation agreement”, which has served as a reference point for those that followed and also provides international and Greek legal and tax advice to foreign law offices and corporations concerning cross-border buyouts, real estate ownership, investments in listed Greek companies, and the establishment of foreign companies, subsidiaries and branches in Greece.

Our Clients:

Serafim Sotiriadis & Associates law firm clients include major banks, leading construction and commercial concerns, energy companies, clothing and furniture manufacturers, shipbuilders, investment groups, craft businesses and a number of investors and funds with a Greek presence. Due to the unique nature of expertise, a number of lawyers and legal firms entrust their clients to the firm in cases relating to the areas in which they specialize.

Vera Alexandropoulou

Vera Alexandropoulou is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and has completed postgraduate studies at the University of Heidelberg and Harvard University.

She was admitted to the Greek (Piraeus) Bar Association in 1998 and qualified as a UK Solicitor in 2004. Vera has worked for the Harvard Business School, a major shipping law firm in New York, Norton Rose, and is general counsel at the Piraeus Port Authority. She established Alexandropoulou Law Firm in 2005. Vera has acquired a significant experience in sectors including commercial and corporate law, energy, banking and finance and real estate. Vera is involved as Chief Legal Officer with various institutions and associations mainly in the field of energy, business and fund structures. Vera is the author of codification of Greek renewable energy and natural gas legislation, and has published articles on Greek ship finance, Greek listed funds and environmental issues. She is fluent in Greek, English, French, German and Spanish and understands Chinese.

Shipping Law Practice:

Shipping remains a specialized and demanding area of law involving complex legal as well as commercial issues. The firm offers prompt and accurate advice to clients engaged in buying, selling, brokering, shipping and financing energy-related commodities.

We have often been engaged in the structuring of finance agreements, encompassing the acquisition or refinancing of new buildings and second-hand ships. Our aim is to provide a full range of high quality legal advice and representation in all shipping related cases.

Our expertise covers the legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to the shipping industry. We advise owners, banks and investors οn all aspects of asset financing and leasing transactions for the shipping and offshore industries, including export credit financings, syndicated financings, second hand ship sale and purchase, ship recycling, ship and mortgage registration, charter parties, management and joint venture agreements.

ALEXANDROPOULOU LAW FIRM:

We are a dynamic and energetic firm always seeking to achieve results for our clients. We pride ourselves on offering practical and prompt legal advice and services of unparalleled quality. We consider all our clients unique, each with their particular business concerns and needs and we exhibit the same standard of professional commitment to all.

With their combined skills and knowledge, the firm’s lawyers are well versed in providing a range of comprehensive legal services. These range from helping to navigate the Greek business environment and regulatory landscape to explaining the complexities of cross-border transactions including tax rules, foreign exchange and regulatory requirements.

Drawing upon our unique blend of local, national and international experience, we strive to meet the needs of both established local companies and foreign investors and institutions. We aim to provide a value for money service throughout, offering our clients high quality legal services as a team that continuously broadens its expertise, in order to maintain its esteemed standard of client satisfaction.

Nikos Papachristopoulos

Nikos Papachristopoulos joined the Firm in 1995 and is Joint Head of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A Groups. He is a recognised expert in primary listings and secondary offerings of securities and acquisitions and takeovers of listed companies.

He has been heavily involved in numerous privatizations of State-owned companies and the recapitalization of the Greek systemic banks since 2012.

Nikos has vast experience advising on the structuring and financing of mergers and acquisitions, including take-over bids, corporate reorganisations and restructurings.

Recognitions:

– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Europe Guide 2018
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2018
– Top Tier rankings in The IFLR 1000 2018
– Top Tier recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2017
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2017
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2017
– Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe Guide 2016
– Top Tier recognition in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016
– Top Band recognition in Chambers Global Guide 2016
– Top Tier Rankings in The IFLR 1000 2016

A History Of Excellence:

Bernitsas Law was founded in 1946 by Marinos Bernitsas and over the years, under the leadership of Panayotis Bernitsas, became a frontrunner in the Greek legal market. Its history of involvement in major events which shaped Greece’s legal and regulatory framework have cemented the Firm’s prominence. These include the accession of Greece to the European Community, the liberalization of the main industries, privatization of the major State-owned operators, establishment of global brands in Greece and foreign direct investment in the banking, capital markets, project finance and real estate sectors. We continue to be at the forefront of shaping of Greece’s legislative and regulatory framework.

Alexander Metallinos

Admitted: 1992, Supreme Court. Education: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B. in Hellenic Law); Yale University (LL.M.); Westfälische Universität Münster (LL.M. in European Union Law; Doctorate in European Union Law). Publications: “International Aspects of Company Recruiting,” in Greek, 2001; “The Capital Market Commission Decision on Tender Offers,” in Greek, 2001; “Legal Aspects of the Conclusion of Derivatives Contracts Pursuant to the ISDA Master Agreement by Local Entities Incorporated or Established in Greece,” in Greek, 2002; “Commentary on Article 6 of the Greek Company Law (Conflict of Laws) in the Law of Societies Anonymes,” collective work edited, E. Perakis, 2002; “Die europarechtskonforme Auslegung, Münster,” 1994; Insurance Contracts in Private International Law, Athens 1997. Member: Athens Bar Association; Greek Commercial Law Association. Languages: Greek, English, German and French.

Ranking & Awards:

In view of our leading position in the Greek legal market, we are routinely rated by such legal directories as Chambers, Legal 500 and IFLR1000 as a first-tier firm, and our partners among the top lawyers in Greece.

Our firm has received the American Lawyer Global Legal Awards Global Finance Deal of the Year for 2013 for Greece’s Debt Restructuring and the Grand Prize 2013 for Global Finance, the Greek law firm of the year award by Chambers Europe in 2011, 2015 and 2018, the International Financial Law Review award for best Greek law firm in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018, the International Financial Law Review debt and equity-linked deal of the year in 2013, the International Financial Law Review European M&A deal of the year 2016 as well as the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law award for best Greek law firm in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Our managing partner, Catherine Karatzas, was awarded the pan-European award in the category of financial regulation in the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law awards in 2015.

Firm Overview:

Our law firm was established in 1963, and has since grown and expanded steadily. The firm offers legal services and advice as regards the entire spectrum of commercial and financial law, including banking and finance law, capital markets law, general corporate and commercial law, competition law/anti- trust, energy law, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, project finance law, real estate law and telecommunications law. Our litigation department represents clients in litigation before courts and arbitral tribunals touching upon all the above areas of law.