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Apr 2015

Top Band rankings in Chambers Europe 2015

Bernitsas is consistently ranked in the Top Bands by Chambers Europe in their 2015 Guide to Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

‘Diligent, constructive, commercial … the lawyers are immediate in their responses, always available and their support is excellent’.

Banking & Finance

‘The team is diligent, constructive, commercial and they understand how to advise constructively.’

‘Top notch knowledge of the sector.’

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is lauded by peers for being ‘knowledgeable, dedicated and hard-working.’ He is well versed in PPPs, project financing and advising on privatisations.

Nikos Papachristopoulos is described as ‘a legal genius’ by clients and is commended for his extensive experience in the banking and finance arena. He possesses particular strength in advising on the financing of company takeovers and acquisitions.

Athanasia Tsene is singled out for her knowledge in the structuring of cross-border financial transactions. Sources say ‘she has a very direct style and is robust in her negotiations.’

Competition / European Law

‘This is a prestigious and highly regarded firm, which performs well on everything related to competition law.’

What’s new? Tania Patsalia, previously a member of Ashurst’s Brussels EU & competition law team, joined the team recently, boosting its advisory capacity in state aid, antitrust and merger control matters.

Leading competition adviser Panayotis Bernitsas is an ‘experienced, prominent and knowledgeable all-round lawyer,’ according to interviewees. He is particularly noted for representing high-profile clients in alleged cartel cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission.

Augustine Almyroudi is an ‘experienced and personable’ competition practitioner.

Corporate / Commercial

Nikos Papachristopoulos is ‘one of the top lawyers for corporate finance,’ report interviewees. He is highly skilled in acquisitions, reorganisations securities and takeover bids.

Dispute Resolution

‘The lawyers are immediate in their responses, always available and their support is excellent.’

‘Their litigation expertise is very thorough and they are knowledgeable of local laws.’

Christos Paraskevopoulos … ‘combines market knowledge with legal issues and is always well prepared.’

Dimitris Roussis is singled out for his experience in administrative litigation and regularly acts for clients in their disputes with public authorities.

George Atie possesses solid experience in handling commercial and administrative disputes.

Employment

‘These lawyers can handle sensitive situations and achieve success in court. Out of court they are excellent at negotiation, and make every document impervious to attack. We feel supported and protected by them.’

Department head Katia Papantonopoulou comes recommended for her expertise in regulatory and legislative frameworks, fringe benefits including stock option structures and collective labour agreements. Clients highlight her ‘short response times and perfectly developed know-how. She handles complex cases brilliantly.’

Energy & Natural Resources

‘The team is very experienced, and always focuses on the optimal benefits for the client.’

‘The team helps us to overcome many obstacles with its consistent service.’

Real Estate

‘The lawyers do their homework and are always ready, willing and able.’

Outstanding real estate lawyer Nikos Vouhiounis is ‘co-operative, hard-working and efficient,’ according to a range of impressed sources.

Restructuring / Insolvency

‘A very well-established firm, with great leverage in the public sector.’

Clients describe managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas as a ‘highly energetic practitioner’ with significant experience of restructuring and insolvency cases involving Greek government entities.

Athanasia Tsene is praised as a ‘very successful lawyer’ in the debt refinancing sphere, as part of her wider financial restructuring practice.

Tax

Experienced in advising corporate entities, financial institutions and high net worth individuals on tax and tax planning matters.

TMT

‘These lawyers are knowledgeable and communicative.’

Ranked Lawyers

  • Panayotis Bernitsas
  • Nikos Papachristopoulos
  • Christos Paraskevopoulos
  • Dimitris Roussis
  • Yannis Seiradakis
  • Athanasia Tsene
  • Augustine Almyroudi
  • Katia Papantonopoulou
  • Nikos Vouhiounis