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Mar 2014

Top Band Rankings in Chambers Europe 2014

Bernitsas Law is consistently ranked in the Top Bands by Chambers Europe in their 2014 Guide to Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

‘One of the top firms in Greece.’

Banking & Finance

Continues to be a top choice for many domestic and international banks and financial institutions.

‘It is a problem-solving firm, which does what it has to do to get the job done.’

‘The lawyers deliver efficiently, communicate well, and are proactive.’

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas receives praise for his experience, reliability and interpersonal skills.

Banking and finance department head Athanasia Tsene ‘is very efficient and flexible. She always tries to find solutions,’ report interviewees. Tsene’s abilities on mandates with an international aspect, and knowledge of debt capital markets, are highlighted by market commentators.

‘Top lawyer’ Nikos Papachristopoulos wins plaudits for his ‘knowledgeability, integrity and amazing technical skills.’ Sources also say: ‘He’s very innovative and focuses on what really matters.’

Competition / European Law

‘The level of service we received from this team was very high, particularly the excellent quality of the work produced and the availability of the lawyers.’

Panayotis Bernitsas … A long-standing market leader in this area, he is noted by interviewees for his hands-on style, excellent knowledge and client-oriented approach.

Clients consider Augustine Almyroudi an ‘extremely good lawyer’ in this area, adding: ‘She is very knowledgeable,’ and ‘carries out all tasks in a thorough and comprehensive manner.’

Corporate / Commercial

‘I would go to Bernitsas for complex transactional matters.’

‘I can trust that any solution the lawyers provide is accurate and safe. They always have a variety of ideas on how to handle issues.’

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is a ‘very shrewd, extremely well-connected lawyer who just exudes experience,’ enthuse interviewees. Bernitsas is also lauded as ‘a doyen of the Greek Bar.’

Department co-head Nikos Papachristopoulos ‘delivers complex advice in an accessible way,’ says one source. ‘He’s also incredibly responsive, one of those lawyers that has client service built into his personality.’ Other interviewees acclaim Papachristopoulos for striking ‘the right balance between being creative and being a disciplined professional grounded in logic and sound analytics.’

Dispute Resolution

Christos Paraskevopoulos is ‘very active, prompt, confident and precise,’ say sources.

Dimitris Roussis heads the public procurement, privatisations and dispute resolution groups. Clients describe him as ‘a fantastic lawyer,’ and commend his persuasiveness, reliability and efficiency.

George Atie enters the rankings this year as an associate to watch, having received positive feedback regarding his dispute resolution practice. ‘He is passionate about winning cases,’ praise clients, who also commend him as a ‘business-oriented’ practitioner. Atie focuses on liability and telecoms disputes.

Employment

“Remains a strong choice for both contentious and non-contentious mandates … Katia Papantonopoulou is highlighted by market observers for her work in civil service-related cases.”

Energy

A strong practice for financing and regulatory advice in the oil and gas sector.

Real Estate

‘The team acted brilliantly on our project under truly exceptional circumstances.’

‘A well-known team with very good lawyers.’

Nikos Vouhiounis is commended for his excellent negotiation style and knowledge of the demands of foreign clients. Sources say: ‘He created an atmosphere that was easy to work in, and he is very quick with his responses.’

Restructuring & Insolvency

‘The lawyers are very responsive and prompt in answering our queries, which is invaluable.’

‘The team has a good depth of expertise.’

Panayotis Bernitsas remains a prominent market figure.

Tax

Broad tax practice covering corporate tax, restructuring, tax liability and planning. Further expertise in tax disputes as well as investigations with the tax authorities.

TMT

‘The team is always timely, practical and focused on solutions.’

‘The firm knows the telecoms market very well; it is one of the top firms in Greece.’

Ranked Lawyers

  • Panayotis Bernitsas
  • Yannis Chryssospathis
  • Nikos Papachristopoulos
  • Christos Paraskevopoulos
  • Dimitris Roussis
  • Athanasia Tsene
  • Linda Vasaka
  • Augustine Almyroudi
  • Katia Papantonopoulou
  • Nikos Vouhounis