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Panayotis has been the Managing Partner of the Firm since 1984. His active, broad-based commercial practice incorporates 35 years of experience in transactional, advisory and litigation work. He is Head of the Real Estate and Tax Departments and Joint Head of Project Finance & PPPs.

very experienced individual who is extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable ... enjoys an outstanding reputation for privatisation transactions and real estate portfolio investments

Chambers Global 2018

a brilliant reputation ... very highly regarded ... provides practical solutions to complex legal problems in a very professional and timely manner

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

ambassadorial ... has a lot of presence

Chambers Global 2018

knows everything and gets you to do the best possible thing

Chambers Europe 2016

a brilliant practitioner who has a great tactical approach

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Panayotis is an authority in EU, competition and antitrust law and has represented clients in prominent cartel cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. He is a senior litigator, with vast experience in all types of dispute resolution, and represents clients in complex, high stake civil and administrative actions before the high courts and arbitration boards. He has also acted as arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Panayotis is an expert in concession projects and privatisations, with an unsurpassed track record of playing a key role in many of the pioneering, ground breaking transactions to have taken place in Greece. His real estate practice is focused on large scale developments and real property asset portfolio investments.

Within the framework of his private practice, Panayotis has acted on a number of occasions as advisor to the Government on European Union, State Aids and Privatisation issues. He also advises companies and individuals on complex tax structuring and wealth planning matters and has acted extensively in high stakes tax controversies.

Panayotis has been widely published in the legal journals, books and other publications in his areas of expertise. He is a participant in the annual Forum on International Wealth Disputes.

  • Associate Professor of International Economic Law, the Law of International Business Transactions and European Community Law, University of Thrace, 1983-2007
  • External Counsel to the Ministry of National Economy on the Privatisation of State-Owned Enterprises (National Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) and Refineries), 1991-93
  • Counsel to the Minister of National Economy on Illegal State Aids and Privatisation Issues, 1990-91
  • Secretary General of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies, 1990-93
  • Counsel to the Hellenic Banking Association, 1980-90
  • Counsel to the Prime Minister on EC Matters, 1989-90
  • Counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1989-90
  • Counsel to the Greek Commissioner for Common Market Transport Matters, 1983-84
  • Special Secretary for Public Investments, Regional Policy and Integrated Mediterranean Programmes at the Ministry of National Economy, 1989
  • Advisor to the Ministry of National Economy during the negotiations for Greece’s Accession to the European Community
  • Authorised to appear before the European Patent Office
  • Presentation of Legal Issues Surrounding PPPs, at the Seminar held by the Special Secretariat of PPP entitled Working Together for Development of the Economy, 2014
  • The Resolution of Administrative Differences in the Context of the Implementation of State and Private Contracts and Projects, at the Seminar held by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises 2014
  • Restructuring the Greek Banking Sector, at the Balkan Legal Forum 2014, Competition Law: Planning Ahead Session
  • Legal Aspects and Proposals for the Acceleration of Privatisation Procedures for PPPs and Concession Contracts in Greece, at the Sino-Greek Business Conference, 2012
  • Hurdles to Investing in Greece and the Development and Encouragement of Foreign Investment, at the Megaron Plus Conference, 2011

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Education

  • Degree in Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • DES in Public Law, University of Paris
  • PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Admissions

  • Athens Bar, 1974
  • Athens Court of Appeals, 1981
  • Supreme Court of Greece, 1984