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Apr 2019

Top Tier recognition in The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Bernitsas Law is ranked in the Top Tier in The Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

‘akin to working with a top London firm … excellent and on-point advice … motivated, committed, responsive and value for money’

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

Bernitsas Law is, among other work, particularly active in the non-performing loans space, particularly advising buyers on NPL portfolio transfers. Team heads Nikos Papachristopoulos and Athanasia Tsene enjoy excellent reputations, as does Panayotis Bernitsas.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Bernitsas Law ‘stands out due to its excellent cross-border skills, which it blends skillfully with its excellent knowledge of local law, regulations and the local market’. Clients say their ‘experience with the firm is akin to working with a top London firm’ and it is ‘capable of handling large-scale and complex due diligence and major transactions’. Lambros Belessis and Nikos Papachristopoulos jointly lead the team of ‘can-do’ lawyers, which also includes the ‘professional and experienced’ Evi Kitsou.

Dispute Resolution

Bernitsas Law provides ‘excellent and on-point advice on Greek law’. The ‘very creative and pragmatic’ co-head  Christos Paraskevopoulos ‘understands the commercial context of a dispute and provides very suitable solutions’. His fellow practice head Dimitris Roussis is also extremely well regarded, particularly for administrative disputes, while Panayotis Bernitsas is highly experienced in arbitrations. Evangelos Mamalakis is praised for his ‘very good legal mind’.

EU and Competition

Bernitsas Law has developed a superb reputation in this area, regularly handling merger clearances and cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, as well as EU law issues such as public procurement. Newly-promoted partner Marina Androulakakis leads the team, which includes the highly experienced Panayotis Bernitsas and counsel Augustine Almyroudi.

Employment

Clients ‘feel confident with the advice’ they receive at Bernitsas Law, which has a strong team of lawyers who are ‘always quick to respond to our demands, and willing to go the extra mile’Katia Papantonopoulou leads the versatile group, which has recently advised on the employment implications of several major restructurings.

Energy

Bernitsas Law is an ever-present feature on the domestic energy market, and is regularly involved in its largest transactions and projects. Yannis Seiradakis leads the practice, and Panayotis Bernitsas also enjoys an excellent reputation.

Insurance

Bernitsas Law has a large and expanding insurance group led by corporate head Lambros BelessisChristos Paraskevopoulos is recommended on the disputes side, while Evi Kitsou is highly experienced in regulatory issues.

Intellectual Property

Bernitsas Law represents a broad mix of manufacturing, IT and pharmaceuticals companies on their contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including prosecutions, enforcement and licensing. Yannis Chryssospathis heads the team, which includes Lambros Belessis and the newly-promoted Marina Androulakakis.

Projects and Privatisation

Bernitsas Law is often first on the list for landmark projects and privatisations. Key partners include Dimitris Roussis, Nikos Papachristopoulos and Yannis Seiradakis, who jointly lead the team.

Real Estate and Construction

Bernitsas Law regularly advises clients on cutting-edge deals, often at the intersection of corporate and real estate. Highly rated managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas leads the team.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Bernitsas Law has an excellent team that is favoured by debtors and creditors. Lambros Belessis and Athanasia Tsene jointly the team.

TMT

Bernitsas Law has a top-notch practice, which handles regulatory, transactional and disputes issues on behalf of its TMT clients. Augustine Almyroudi leads the team, which includes recently-promoted partner Marina Androulakakis.

TAX

Clients rate the ‘motivated, committed, responsive and value for money’ team at Bernitsas Law. The group handles a good mix of advisory and contentious work, including customs claims and transaction-structuring advice. Panayotis Bernitsas leads the team, and the ‘excellent’ Fotodotis Malamas is ‘always up-to-date with the latest developments of Greek tax law’.

White-Collar Crime

Bernitsas Law represents corporate clients in corporate crime and fraud cases. Christos Paraskevopoulos  is a certified fraud examiner, while partners such as Panayotis Bernitsas are also heavily involved in this area.