Bernitsas Law was founded in 1946 by Marinos Bernitsas and over the years, under the leadership of Panayotis Bernitsas, became a frontrunner in the Greek legal market. The Firm’s history has been paved by its involvement in major events which have shaped Greece’s legal and regulatory framework.
It has unrivalled experience in both benchmark and mainstream domestic and cross-border transactions and has acted in many of the significant and often pioneering transactions to have taken place in terms of both complexity and value over the last three decades. These include the liberalization of the main industries, privatization of major State-owned operators, establishment of global brands in Greece and foreign direct investment in various sectors of the economy including capital markets, project finance and real estate.
Over the years, the Firm has consistently maintained its position as a leader in the corporate, commercial and finance sectors, specialising in foreign direct investment, banking, capital markets, funds, energy, projects, privatisation and real estate transactions. We offer strong practices in employment, EU, competition & antitrust, intellectual property, data protection and privacy, public procurement and tax, as well as industry specific expertise in aviation, environment, insurance, life sciences and healthcare and telecommunications, media and technology. Our litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice is recognised for its strong track record in significant administrative, civil and commercial and corporate crime disputes, some of which have created precedents.
We continue to be at the forefront of shaping of Greece’s legislative and regulatory framework and grow our areas of expertise and service offering to meet the challenges of domestic and international market developments.
Marinos Bernitsas founded the Firm in 1946, as a broad based civil and commercial law practice. After Panayotis Bernitsas took over as Managing Partner in 1984, Marinos continued to play an integral part in the firm’s expansion and development, into a market leader. Marinos retired in 1988 and is recognised and respected as one of the most eminent general commercial practitioners of his generation.