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.

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 minimise 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 specialises of council support in construction and EU public procurement.

Vicky Athanassoglou

Vicky Athanassoglou is our exclusively recommended Mergers & Acquisitions Law expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Vicky directly using the contact details listed above.

Vicky 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.

Vicky Athanassoglou served for 15 years in top law firms in Greece, with a leading role in major corporate transactions, before taking the decision in 2012 to establish her own legal practice. Together with a team of highly skilled, experienced and dedicated Associates she continues to offer high-level and specialised services to individuals and corporate clients alike, in Greece, Germany and many other countries, with the valuable support of an extensive world-wide network.

Firm Overview:

We advise corporate and private clients from all over the world in their business and/or asset transactions in Greece, Germany and any other country worldwide. Through our long course, we have developed an extensive network of cooperation with partners, both in Greece and abroad. Such collaborations have given us the ability to support the activities of our clients at an international level. The Associates of our law offices handle cases in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Greek. In addition to our offices in Greece (Athens) and Germany (Düsseldorf), we are active members of international networks, we have direct access to any other country and are in a position to provide highly-skilled services simultaneously, if so required. We are an independent law firm, and are therefore able to cooperate with and coordinate teams of lawyers from leading law firms and different jurisdictions.