Dr. Alexandros Karakitis

Alexandros Karakitis is the lawyer in charge of the firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in tax and business law matters. In particular, he has vast experience in transfer pricing, including transfer pricing policy design, documentation, preventive dispute elimination mechanisms, i.e. APA (Advance Pricing Arrangements) and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, i.e. MAP (Mutual Agreement Procedure), in permanent establishment taxation, in business acquisition structuring and due diligence, in tax controversy support and in tax litigation. Since the establishment of the firm in 2018, he has successfully completed tax litigation projects, relating to transfer pricing, out-of-books reassessment and taxation of business profits and to withholding taxes, and advised companies regarding the expansion of their activities outside Greece and foreign investors regarding the optimal implementation of their investments in Greece. His services have also included corporate law and immigration law advice and coordination of the procedure for the acquisition of permanent residency and of the residence permit procedures for executives.

He is member of the Athens Bar and he is admitted to the Supreme Courts of Greece.

Firm Overview:

We help clients anticipate the relevant issues and respond appropriately, aiming to be recognized as their trusted advisor and advocate.

In the last few years and following a radical tax reform, many rules in Greece have changed to better reflect international patterns, whilst tax and criminal tax litigation increased exponentially. Our services reflect the new reality and include, apart from tax advisory and litigation, alternative tax dispute resolution support (i.e. initiating of a competent authority procedure for the elimination of double taxation), criminal tax proceedings and remedy proceedings against the enforced collection of tax assessments. At the same time we monitor the international developments so that we anticipate what’s next in risks and opportunities for our clients.

We have extensive experience in advising clients in relation to business reorganizations and supply chain restructurings, domestic and cross-border M&As (corporate reorganizations, acquisition and financing structuring as well as tax and legal due diligence), transfer pricing compliance reviews and controversy management.

We have dealt in several occasions with legal and tax issues pertaining to prominent market participants of the oil & gas, pharma, consumer products and real estate sectors.

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, is a graduate of Athens Law School and has been 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 that have gone to court 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 with obtaining “golden visas”.

Firm Overview:

Serafim Sotiriadis & Associates is a market leader in Bankruptcy and Business Restructuring law.

Operating as an organic whole, with each section and department collaborating harmoniously together, our extremely well-qualified and experienced lawyers, finance experts and business consultants have the all-round knowledge required to offer sound integrated solutions and advice both in the spheres of Commercial, Civil, Corporate and Criminal law and in relation to business issues.

Our 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.

As the first law firm in Greece to successfully submit and ratify a rehabilitation agreement, S. Sotiriadis & Associates laid the cornerstone for all debt restructuring in Greece over the last decade. In the light of this unique expertise, lawyers and legal firms regularly entrust their clients to us in cases pertaining to our areas of specialization.

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.