Our practice has advised participants in many of the high value and innovative corporate public and private sector transactions to have taken place in Greece.
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 ... experience with the firm is akin to working with a top London firm ... capable of handling large-scale and complex due diligence and major transactions ... can-do lawyers
The Legal 500 EMEA 2019
just excellent: very hands-on, responsive and service-oriented ... all of them are very nice, personable and a pleasure to work with
Chambers Europe 2019
highly professional, expertise offering prompt responses on urgent issues ... in-depth due diligence work, extensive coverage and great connections at a local level
The IFLR 1000 2019
very fast responses and able to cope with tight time frames ... offers clear and concise advice
The IFLR 1000 2019
very efficient and fast in their responses ... very reliable – if they say they will deliver tomorrow they will do so – and of course they are an experienced team with strong knowledge of corporate law
Chambers Europe 2018
an excellent practice whose lawyers provide valuable and fast advice and have deep knowledge of corporate and commercial topics
The Legal 500 EMEA 2018
great firm, happy to work with, results oriented and they deliver
The IFLR 1000 2018
We advise global and domestic market leaders, small to medium sized enterprises and entrepreneurs from a range of industries, financing institutions, funds and the State on their corporate and commercial activities, risk mitigation and compliance.
Our team has unparalleled experience in structuring and executing groundbreaking deals in the context of new legislation, market liberalisation and foreign investment.
A significant part of our practice is taken up by the provision of ongoing legal services to clients in relation to the legal issues arising in the course of their day to day business activities, corporate governance, commercial contracts and regulatory compliance, for many of which we have acted for over a decade.
We have also assisted in the drafting of new legislation and advised on matters leading to the development of legal frameworks and believe this experience adds substantially to the value of our service. Our aim is to get to know our clients’ individual requirements to ensure we provide a personalised service which is in line with their goals.
We are advising Amerra Capital Management LLC, a private alternative asset management firm and shareholder of Andromeda Group, in the latter’s acquisition of majority stakes in Nireus SA and Selonda SA, two major European fish farming companies, from the four Greek systemic banks. Amerra, together with Mubadala Investment Company, a UAE sovereign wealth fund and a shareholder in the combined business, aim to form a new multinational company that will play a leading role internationally in the aquaculture sector.
We advised RCS Europe Sarl, a company owned by the leading global media entertainment group iHeartMedia, Inc, in their acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Radiojar Information Technology SA, a cloud-based audio platform in which European Investment Fund and Piraeus Bank participate via the Jeremie Program to support Greece-based entrepreneurs.
We advised CVC in connection with the successful acquisition by certain of its special purpose affiliates of all the shares or controlling stakes in each of HYGEIA SA, IASO General SA and Metropolitan Hospital Group, operators of leading Greek private hospitals.
We are advising AIG on the Greek law implementation, the regulatory and corporate issues arising from the global restructuring of AIG’s insurance business as a result of Brexit, including setting up a new branch in Greece. The restructuring is aimed at providing clients with certainty of uninterrupted UK and European insurance coverage as part of AIG’s planned restructure of its European business.
Bernitsas Law advised First Data, a global leader in commerce enabling technology and solutions, in the implementation of the local leg of the sale of their card processing businesses in Central and South Eastern Europe for €150m from SIA.
We advised Linxx Holding SA in their purchase of a majority stake in ForthCRS SA from Forthnet SA, a major Greek telecommunications provider. ForthCRS SA is a leading software house and service provider in the tourism and travel booking and ticketing sector.
We advised Japan Tobacco International in their acquisition of Greek Cooperative Cigarette Manufacturing Company SA (SEKAP SA) through a Dutch entity in the context of a major cross border transaction including tobacco companies in Greece and Russia. Japan Tobacco International is a leading global tobacco company, listed on the Nikkei, which operates in over 70 countries and sells its products in more than 120 countries. SEKAP SA is the Greek Tobacco Industry of Xanthi, active in the production, distribution and trade of cigarettes and tobacco products in the Greek as well as the international market.
We advised Sealed Air in the Greek leg of its US$3.2bn global divestment of its Diversey Care division and its food hygiene and cleaning products division to Bain Capital Private Equity.
We advised DECA Investments AIFM, manager of DIORAMA Investments Sicar SA, a Luxembourg based private equity fund specializing in generalist growth, in their acquisition of a strategic minority shareholding in Axel Accessories SA, a Greek retail and wholesale fashion company.
Bernitsas Law advised CYTA Cyprus in their sale of CYTA Hellas SA to Vodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications Co. SA, with a transaction value of €118m.
We advised a globally operating market leader in building materials in their acquisition of 100% of two chemical products companies.
Bernitsas Law acted as Greek law counsel to Etraveli in connection with its acquisition of e-Travel SA.
We advised a multinational consumer products group in their sale of one of their local operations to potential bidders pursuant to an auction sale process.
We advised the National Bank of Greece in connection with their proposed sale of a controlling stake in its subsidiary, Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance SA, to EXIN Financial Services Holding BV and the entering into a long term bancassurance agreement, pursuant to an international private competitive process.
We advised Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund IV LP, a fund managed by AGC Equity Partners, acting through its subsidiary Apollo Investment ΗoldCo, in its capacity as the leading member of the consortium being the successful bidder in the international tender of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and the National Bank of Greece for the privatisation and re-development of the Astir Palace Vouliagmeni resort, located on the Attica Riviera.
We advised Atlas Merchant Capital (AMC) in its indirect acquisition of Credicom Consumer Finance Bank SA, a local consumer finance credit institution, and its local car leasing subsidiary, from CA Consumer Finance SA, a subsidiary of Credit Agricole.
We acted as lead legal advisors to CPB in relation to the sale of its subsidiaries (banking institutions) in Serbia, Romania, Ukraine and Malta. The transactions are innovative as CPB is under special resolution and all targets were heavily regulated.
We advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company on the Greek leg of the separation of its worldwide enterprise business and its subsidiaries from the remaining business, including the establishment of a new entity to which their software business was transferred.
We advised Eurobank Ergasias (Eurobank) in connection with the structuring and execution of an international competitive private auction process for the sale of 80% of its Greek and Romanian life and non-life insurance operations grouped under Eurolife ERB Insurance Group Holdings (Eurolife), as well as on the negotiation and execution of final transaction documentation with the winning bidder, Fairfax Financial Holdings, and Eurobank’s entering into long term bancassurance agreements with the Greek and Romanian life and non-life insurance subsidiaries of Eurolife.
We advised Värde Partners in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Trastor, a Greek listed real estate investment company, by purchasing existing shares in Trastor held by Piraeus Bank and subscribing for new shares in Trastor issued pursuant to a rights issue.
We are advising a major retail group in relation to their cross-border restructuring by way of transfer of the shares and capital decreases and increases or contribution of shares.
We advised The Swatch Group in the merger by absorption of its local subsidiaries, ALKΙONI Société Anonyme for the Import and Marketing of Watches, Telecommunication and Electronic Material, by The Swatch Group (Greece) Import and Trade of Watches Société Anonyme.
We advised Hewlett Packard on the Greek leg of the implementation of the worldwide separation of the Hewlett Packard infrastructure, software and services businesses from the printing and personal systems businesses, a complex transaction resulting in two entities with c$57bn in revenue.
We advised an international jewellery manufacturer and reseller on their franchising arrangements, including reviewing their global franchise agreement and adapting it for the purposes of its implementation in Greece and its compliance with local laws including competition and tax regulations.
We advised Sealed Air Hellas SA in the acquisition of 100% of Sealed Air SEE Ltd and the merger by absorption of the latter by the former.
We advise Kosmocar SA, the official importer of VW, Audi and Skoda to Greece, on an ongoing basis in relation to their corporate governance, regulatory, commercial and labour issues.
We advised HRADF in the privatisation of the National Train Operating Company (TRAINOSE) through the sale of 100% of the company’s share capital to Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane. TRAINOSE currently is the sole railway transport services provider in Greece and its privatisation was part of the unbundling of the railway sector in the context of the Second Railway Legislative Package enacted by the EU.
We advised a global lingerie manufacturer and reseller on the contractual documentation relating to their franchise network in Greece.
We represented Glaxo Smith Kline in the implementation of the local part of their global joint venture with Novartis, with a matter value of $16bn for the Oncology business and $7.1bn for the Vaccine business, a transaction which had a significant effect on the entire pharmaceutical market and resulted in a major reorganization and integration of the sector.
We advised DE Master Blenders in the implementation of the local part of their joint venture with Mondelez International to create a global company with annual sales of more than US$7bn.
We advised Kaican in respect of the acquisition from the Marinopoulos Group of a licensed financial institution under the name Credit M Consumer Credit Company, involving financing from a major private equity fund.
We advised Eurobank on its acquisition of the New Hellenic Post Bank and New Proton Bank from the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund following a mandatory transfer order of their portfolios pre-liquidation, a transaction which took place in the context of the rehabilitation, consolidation and recapitalization of the Greek banking system.
We advised Paine & Partners on the initial acquisition of a 75% stake in Eurodrip, the subsequent mandatory offer made to acquire the remaining 25% stake therein and the delisting of the Eurodrip’s shares from the Athens Exchange.
We advised an international producer of food, agricultural and industrial products in relation to the acquisition of a global animal nutrition group.
We advised a listed producer of packaging and personal care products in their Europe-wide acquisition of a leading paper manufacturer’s tissue operations.
We provide legal support to the local entities of the BMW Group of Companies on a day to day basis, including advice on their corporate bookkeeping, regulatory issues, commercial, labour, data protection and litigation matters.
We advise the local entities of the CNP Group of Companies, including its insurance companies, on a day to day basis, advising on their corporate bookkeeping, regulatory issues, commercial and litigation matters.