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Feb 2018

Top Band recognition in Chambers Global 2018

Bernitsas Law is ranked in the Top Bands by Chambers Global in their 2018 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Banking & Finance

‘A true leader of the local practice,’ Nikos Papachristopoulos is highlighted by sources for his work on capital markets transactions, including primary and secondary offerings. He also advises on acquisition financing, privatisation and restructuring mandates. One interviewee says: ‘I love working with Nikos. He is a great guy who is very helpful, very easy-going and very knowledgeable.’ In highlights, he represented a number of banks as managers in a EUR300 million note offering by Titan.

Athanasia Tsene is a leader in the field of derivatives as well as non-performing loan transactions. Clients enthuse: ‘She is a business lawyer who tries to understand where we are coming from and helps to find a solution.’ She is also highly regarded for regulatory compliance and restructuring matters. She advised Alpha Bank and Centerbridge Partners on creating a platform for servicing and transferring NPLs in Greece.

Yannis Kourniotis has a strong focus on project finance transactions, particularly in the areas of infrastructure and energy. He frequently acts for sponsors, lenders and governments. He continues to advise a consortium, including Intrakat Constructions and Envitec, on financing an integrated waste management system through a public-private partnership.

Clients describe firm managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas as ‘a very experienced individual who is extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable.’ He enjoys an outstanding reputation for privatisation transactions and real estate portfolio investments.

Corporate/Commercial

Nikos Papachristopoulos is a top-ranked M&A and financing practitioner. He often advises financial sector clients, including Greek banks and foreign investment funds, on high-profile corporate and finance transactions. He also has a track record in acting on takeovers and privatisation deals. His recent highlights include acting for Värde Partners on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Trastor.

Eminent practitioner and managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is a versatile practitioner who assists with most significant strategic matters concerning M&A, financing and competition matters. He has notable experience of advising on concession projects and privatisations, representing both the government and investors. He recently acted for Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund on a successful tender for the privatisation and redevelopment of the Astir Palace Vouliagmeni resort.

Dispute Resolution

Christos Paraskevopoulos receives several plaudits for his knowledge of commercial litigation and business disputes. Clients say he is ‘very knowledgeable, strategic, smart and quick at grasping matters.’ He handles cases in a range of sectors, with recent matters involving the automotive, technology and finance industries. He frequently advises clients on fraud allegations and directors’ and officers’ liability.

Dimitris Roussis is renowned for handling civil, public and administrative law litigation, frequently acting in the Supreme Court. One client states: ‘He was very much to the point, explained the complex legal aspects in understandable terms and was very quick in understanding the business implications.’ This source goes on to report: ‘I was very impressed with the very frequent follow-up.’

According to clients, George Atie is ‘a very responsive and hard-working person who always fights every case as if it were his own.’ He deals with a wide variety of disputes, such as insolvency and shareholder disputes, and has acted on cases in the banking, construction and TMT sectors.

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