Stelios H. Grigoriou

Stelios Grigoriou is our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Stelios directly using the contact details listed above.

In a time of deep financial crisis, lawyers undertake an increasingly enhanced role acting as professionals in the service of public interest. Law firms have become the main tool for the protection of rights and freedoms of citizens, business financial interests, consumers’ free choice, employees’ rights, family life, the imperative of law and order and, in general, the peaceful living of humans in an organised society.

Stelios Gregoriou and Associates Law Firm has been a devoted advocate of the legal profession consistently since 1986, providing legal services of high standards to its respectable clientele, who have been honouring perpetually this valuable relationship with their trust and mandate.

Our code of values is founded on the respect of the universal ethics, the essential truth and fair justice.

Our only aim is to serve the needs and improve the life of our clients, amongst which are important companies and distinguished figures in their field of expertise, with no exception to everyday people with common and current needs.

Our activities are dictated, unreservedly, by the strict application of Law, the full respect and absolute implementation of the ethical rules and the Code of Ethics of the Lawyer, and guided by our duty and consciousness as justice advocates.

We are aware that due to the complexity of the current problems, in times of deep economic recession, dealing sufficiently with our clients legal cases requires more than mere legal science and experience. Deep understanding and knowledge of the specific industries and activities is necessary and this can be achieved only with the assistance of our cooperating experts. What is required is a comprehensive approach to problems with flexibility, creativity and, most importantly, cost effective management to our clients’ benefit.

We are entrusted by our clients with challenging cases, that provide us the unique opportunity to work with important, energetic, intelligent people, who are able to value the quality and the results of our legal work.

For all these reasons, it is our imperative duty to strive for excellence, seeking passionately to attain the best trial outcome and the optimal legal and business solution for our clients.

Ioannis Giannakakis

Ioannis Giannakakis is our exclusively recommended Data Protection Law expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ioannis directly using the contact details listed above.

Ioannis is an attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece and an experienced General Counsel having served in leading Greek (Babis Vovos International Construction Group) and international Companies, (ING, Unilever, Novartis, G4S) holding Senior & Executive Positions (GC, Head of Legal & Compliance, Data Protection Officer).

Ioannis holds a Bachelor of Laws (BSc) from the University of Athens and an LLM from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich Germany.

He is a Data Protection Thought Leader,, being the only Greek Privacy Professional designated as Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) the highest Data Protection designation, awarded only to top Privacy Leaders worldwide. Moreover, Ioannis is the only Legal Professional in Greece, holding a triple Certification from International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) as Certified Information Privacy Professional for Europe (CIPP/E), Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States, (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) plus a Certified GDPR practitioner from IT Governance and Certified DPO per ISO 17024:2013 On top of the above, Ioannis is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Ioannis has acted as European Project Leader for more than 17 GDPR Compliacne Projects in Greece and the European Union and is one of the few Privacy Professionals in Europe able to test in practice the theoretical approach to GDPR Compliance for an international Group of Companies operating in 100 countries worldwide. Moreover Ioannis is an accredited Data Protection Trainer & Instructor with the DPO Academy (www.dpoacademy.gr) a leading Data Protection Educational Organisation in Greece, collaborating with TUV AUSTRIA and Nomiki Vivliothiki to provide Data Protection Officer Course leading to ISO 17024:2013 Certification.

Lastly Ioannis, as an International Advisory Board Member to Cyber Rescue Alliance (www.cyberrescue.co.uk) advises business and organisations in Europe, on Cyber Resilience and Cyber Recovery best practices including C- Suite bespoke training, Cyber Attack simulations, etc.

Firm Overview:

G+P Law Firm is a boutique law firm established by Senior business lawyers to serve the needs of its clientele both foreign and domestic, with rare and accumulated expertise in the areas of Data Protection, GDPR Compliance Project Management, Privacy Audits, Anti- Fraud and GRC Audits and ICT including IP and IT Law.

In parallel G+P Law is able to act as a full service business Law Firm addressing effectively and in a timely and cost efficient manner any request of a Corporate Client, spanning from Corporate Governance, Dispute Resolution, IP to Litigation both commercial and civil.

Our team consists of acknowledged experts in the aforementioned key areas of practice including the most internationally certified Data Protection Counsel in Greece Ioannis E. Giannakakis, who alongside Ioannis K. Psomas  are the  Managing Partners of our Firm.

We pride ourselves to offer best in class legal and consulting services to address the needs of our Corporate Customers in Greece and South Eastern Europe. Our vision is to keep striving for excellence in our journey to become the best Data Privacy and GRC Law Firm in Greece.

Maria Athanasiadou

Maria Athanasiadou is our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maria directly using the contact details listed above.

HP&P is home to 11 fully qualified Attorneys with considerable experience in intellectual property matters over many years of practice and 40 highly specialised technical counsellors-patent translators. Two of our Attorneys are European Patent Attorneys. Most of our Attorneys are active members of various national and international professional bodies and regularly contribute to several publications in the IP field, both Greek and International.

At HP&P we serve our foreign clients in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. We closely collaborate with 40 technical counsellors, who have accredited degrees (the majority including post-graduate studies as well) in sciences, (e.g. physics, chemistry/biochemistry, biology and electrical/electronic, chemical and mechanical engineering). Most of them are or have been involved in academic research. They are competent translators for English, French and German and regularly provide consulting services of the highest quality, based on their technical expertise in patent matters.

Our client base covers a very broad spectrum including law firms and prestigious companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics, constructions, telecommunications, energy, biotechnology, food, alcoholic and soft beverages, fashion, finance and banking, education, and many more. Our clients range from the trademark and patent departments of large and small international companies directly represented by HP&P, through to multi-national and small companies represented by HP&P indirectly through trademark and patent agents from all over the world. In addition to our intellectual property activities in Greece, HP&P maintains a close collaboration with outstanding Law Offices in Cyprus and the Arabic countries and has acquired experience in the handling of trademark and patent matters in these countries for many years. In addition to that, our broad network of carefully selected IP law firms, with whom we have built a strong relationship of trust and confidence over the years, permits us to manage our clients’ IP portfolios in each and every country of the world where their interests extend.

Fotini Kardiopoulis

Fotini Kardiopoulis is our exclusively recommended Anti-Counterfeiting Law expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Fotini directly using the contact details listed above.

Fotini Kardiopoulis, partner and co-founder of Dr Helen G Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), heads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy department. She holds a law degree from the University of Athens with first-class honours and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined the Athens Bar in 1985 and has been admitted to practice before the Greek Supreme Court and the Council of State. She has also been a lecturer for 10 years at the Police Academy.

Since 1998 she has been dealing with a broad range of IP matters with an emphasis on trademarks, anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy, plant breeder’s rights, contract drafting and reviewing and alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive experience in devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting programs, filing and administering customs actions, IP litigation, monitoring and enforcing IP rights online and advising on domain name disputes, consulting on license & franchise agreements and on copyright issues.  In addition, she has conducted numerous significant seizures/raids, including preparatory investigations concerning various sectors, such as apparel, electric/electronic goods, toys, watchmaking, alcohol and tobacco/cigarettes, often involving civil and criminal action in addition to customs procedures.

Fotini Kardiopoulis is an active member of various associations, including the Athens Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES) and the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties (CIOPORA).

She has further been shortlisted as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 EMEA 2020 and a Recommended Lawyer in WTR 1000 2020.

She frequently authors articles in her fields of expertise.

She is fluent in Greek, English and French.

Firm Overview:

Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, is broadly recognized as leading in the IP law sector in the country. HP&P enjoys an international reputation for high quality expert services by providing sophisticated legal and business solutions in the IP field and aptly combines its international orientation with a thorough knowledge of the Greek legal and business environment. What sets HP&P apart is its extensive experience and expertise in the entire spectrum of IP services and its commitment to problem solving and achieving results. HP&P was the first law firm of its kind to implement quality control system (ISO 9001/2015).

With respect to the people comprising the Firm, Managing Partner is Eva Yazitzoglou and the other Partners are Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis.  HP&P is home to 11 fully qualified lawyers with considerable experience in all intellectual property matters over many years of practice. Two HP&P attorneys are European Patent Attorneys, while all the attorneys of the Firm are Members of the Athens Bar Association.  Most of them are admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. With the efficient assistance of 21 experienced paralegals and supporting staff, HP&P provides legal and administrative services of excellent quality and closely collaborates with 40 technical counsellors whose expertise covers all technical fields. The Firm serves its foreign clients in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

HP&P is registered in the Athens Bar Association and is a member of the Greek Association of Law Firms.

Moreover, the Firm has always been active in promoting intellectual property matters in Greece and internationally. HP&P attorneys are active members of various international associations, such as EPI, ECTA, AIPPI, INTA, PTMG, MARQUES, CIOPORA, ITMA, CIPA, UNION-IP and the UK Society of Legal Scholars.

The Firm’s expertise spans all aspects of IP and related legal services (i.e. consultancy, litigation work and administrative support), including, but not limited to trademark, patent and design matters; copyright; domain name and internet law; exploitation of IP rights; anti-Piracy, anti-counterfeiting and customs monitoring/border measures; competition, advertising and consumer protection law, and many more.

HP&P attorneys are regular contributors to important and internationally recognized IP resources such as the World Trademark Review, IAM, Wolters Kluwer Manual IP, Katzarov’s Manual on Industrial Property and several INTA and ECTA resources.

The Firm is consistently ranked among the top IP law firms in Greece by international legal directories and associations, indicatively mentioning: Corporate INTL, Corporate USA Today, IAM Patent 1000, IP STARS – Trademarks and Patents, Legal 500, The Trademark Lawyer, The Patent Lawyer, WIPR Leaders, WTR 1000, and others and have received many awards in the IP field.

Despite its top ranking, HP&P is continuously striving to further improve the quality and reliability of its services and enhance its strongly actively inclusive working ethos that encourages collaboration as the main driving force behind effective leadership and successful results. Our vision is to keep on incorporating new practice areas and opportunities so that we can continue to adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of our clients and the legal industry.

Katsaros Vasilis

Katsaros Vasilis is our exclusively recommended Corporate Services expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Katsaros directly using the contact details listed above.

Katsaros was brought up in Athens and his family originates from Peloponnese. Katsaros finished a public school of Athens, and got his Accounting diploma from the Technological Educational Institute in 2001. Katsaros also competed a course on Economics and Business Administration at the Greek Open University of Economics in 2004. Katsaros did his training at Romaneas Accountants, as an assistant accountant and continued as a freelancer accountant until 2002, when he founded Taxspirit Business Consulting Company.

Katsaros Vasilis’ motto is ‘The Sky is The Limit’. Katsaros is married and has one son and one daughter.

Firm Overview:

Taxspirit Business Consulting Company is an Athens-based firm specialising in business consulting, tax advisory, tax planning and tax representation for foreign companies.

Taxspirit Business Consulting Company is a member of the Athens Chamber of Tradesmen, a member of the Economic Chamber of Greece, as well being Certified Accountants in Greece.

Greek and English are fluent languages at Taxspirit Business Consulting Company, which allows us to offer services to companies from around the globe.

Dr. Alexandros Karakitis

Alexandros Karakitis is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alexandros directly using the contact details above.

Alexandros 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.

Firm Overview:

We help clients anticipate the relevant issues and respond appropriately, aiming to be recognised 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 reorganisations and supply chain restructurings, domestic and cross-border M&As (corporate reorganisations, 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.