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Our practice is a market leader, with a history dating back to Greece’s accession to the EU and a successful track record of advising in landmark competition and antitrust matters, including merger control cases, cartel investigations and related litigation, concerted and restrictive practices, market and sectoral investigations, abuse of dominance and state aid cases. Our main clients are Greek, foreign and multi-national corporations.

what really differentiates the team is that it consistently applies the same ethical values as our company

Chambers Europe Guide to Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017

quick, consistent and knowledgeable, the team ... is also solution-oriented and customer-focused

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

invaluable assistance

Chambers Europe Guide to Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016

We have also advised government bodies on the implementation of the directives liberalising State monopolies and represented Greece in negotiations with the EU on State Aid granted to Greek industries.

EU

Our department provides comprehensive advice on all areas of EU law, with unrivalled experience in advising our clients on the EU law aspects of commercial, corporate and banking transactions and analysing the implications of new legislation on their business activities. Our team also has extensive experience in the application of EU public procurement rules, advising both bidders and contracting authorities on the procedures and legal requirements for the award of public contracts. Over the years, we have prepared numerous reports on the implementation of EU law, including regularly working on European Commission studies in a wide range of fields, such as energy and transport.

Competition & Antitrust

Our team has a long-running expertise in cases involving cartels and anticompetitive agreements, representing clients in dawn raids and preparing applications for leniency. We have been involved in the first settlement case before the Hellenic Competition Commission. We are experienced in antitrust investigations and damages claims, including abuse of dominance cases. We regularly represent clients before the Hellenic and European Competition Authorities in merger filings. We also represent clients before the Administrative Courts on appeals against the Hellenic Competition Commission’s decisions. We have a strong track record in developing merger control and compliance strategies and preparing for merger clearances and State Aid approvals. We regularly advise on possible antitrust and competition law issues arising in the context of commercial arrangements, including exclusive and selective distribution, franchising, internet sales and information exchange and help clients successfully structure and shape their sales and service networks.

A significant part of our EU, Competition & Antitrust practice is dedicated to assisting clients on an ongoing basis on risk and strategy assessment and regulatory compliance. We also work extensively with the Firm’s M&A and Privatisations groups in advising on the EU, competition and antitrust aspects of cross-border and cross-section transactions. Our specialisation extends to sector specific experience across a number of industry sectors including energy, automobile, food and drink, cosmetics & health care products, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, real estate, retail, software and computer services, electronic communications, media, transport, telecommunications, consumer protection, gaming, travel and leisure and public procurement.

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Recognitions

 

We are a proud member of the Vogel Global Competition Network

Competition Aspects of Tender for Privatisation of TRAINOSE and ROSCO

We have been advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the regulatory framework applicable to the rail sector, in particular with regard to the unbundling of the railway sector in the context of the Second Railway Legislative Package enacted by the EU and relevant procurement and competition law issues. We have also been advising the 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 and of the Rolling Stock Maintenance Company (ROSCO), the company in charge for the maintenance of the rolling stock (the tender is still ongoing).

BP Hellas Alleged Price Fixing Appeal

We represented BP Hellas, now Hellenic Fuels, before the Athens Administrative Court of Appeals in its successful appeal of the Hellenic Competition Commission’s (HCC) decision relating to its alleged collusion with Shell Hellas to fix ratios of discounts offered to petrol station owners on wholesale prices of unleaded petrol. The HCC’s appeal before the Council of State is pending.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) Project

We are advising the finance parties on the regulatory, EU & competition law issues arising in the context of the project financing of TAP’s development of a c.871km gas pipeline connecting to the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline from the Greek Turkish border and running through Greece and Albania to Italy, connecting with the Italian natural gas distribution system near San Foca under the sponsorship of AzTap GmbH, Snam Spa, BP Gas Marketing, Fluxys Europe Enagas Internacional, SLU and Axpo Trading.

Competition Advice to International Group

We are representing a leading international group in relation to proceedings before the Hellenic Competition Commission concerning alleged antitrust infringements, including representing them in the context of the newly-introduced settlement procedure.

BMW Hellas Competition Law Compliance Advice

We advise BMW Hellas in relation to the structuring and operation of its distribution and service network in Greece, including the compliance of its commercial policy with competition rules and the competition law issues arising in its day to day operations.

BMS Competition and Antitrust Advice

We advise Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company, on competition and antitrust issues as well as on regulatory issues related to pharmaceutical legislation.

Successful Representation of Renault before Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) and the Athens Administrative Court of Appeals

We advised Renault in the successful defence of complaints submitted before the HCC by its former Greek representative. We also successfully represented Renault before the Athens Administrative Court of Appeals, which rejected the complainant’s appeal against the HCC decision.

Competition Advice to International Cosmetics Corporation

We advise an international cosmetics corporation on competition law issues since 2006.

Advice to Kosmocar

We are advising Kosmocar SA (currently official importer in Greece for VW, Audi and Skoda) in relation to competition law matters arising from the operation of its local distribution and repair network.

Application of Antitrust Rules in Electronic Sector

We provide a market leader in electric and electronic devices with on-going regulatory and compliance advice, particularly with respect to the application of antitrust rules to supply issues, pricing and discount policies and assessing the compliance of commercial agreements with competition rules.

Competition Advice to International Watch Manufacturer

We advised an international watch and jewellery manufacturer on review of its local distribution agreements and provision of training on antitrust compliance to local management. We continue to advise them on competition law matters as the need arises.

Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) Investigation of Franchise Expansion

We advised a privately held group of companies in the context of an investigation conducted by the HCC concerning the expansion of the group’s franchise network. The HCC held that there was no infringement on the part of our client and sanctions were not imposed.

Marinopoulos Group Acquisition Clearance

We represented the Marinopoulos Group in relation to obtaining clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) for its acquisition of KRONOS and CRM super markets, filing the relevant notifications and representing the company in HCC proceedings.

Application of Transport Equivalent

We advised the Hellenic Republic on the application of the transport equivalent to the maritime sector, ensuring its compatibility with State Aid rules and exceptions.

State Aid and Anti-Dumping Compliance

We advised a global leader in information and communication technology on the compliance requirements relating to competition, anti-dumping and State Aid.

Advice on Antitrust Compliance of Distribution Network

We advised a natural cosmetics company on competition law matters, including the design of its distribution network according to antitrust rules both in Greece and abroad. We continue to advise them on competition law matters as the need arises.

European Commission Studies

We have worked with the European Commission as a correspondent law firm in a number of studies including the harmonisation of the sanction systems in the road transport sector, the compensation mechanisms for economic loss suffered by ports and other bodies as a result of accommodating ships in distress, and passenger rights in urban public transport, passenger transport by taxi, hire car with driver and ridesharing, the application of EC Directive 1999/44 on certain aspects of the sale of consumer goods and associated guarantees (CSGD) in Greece and the liability of carriers of passengers by sea in the event of accidents.

Eurobank VTO State Aid Advice

We advised Eurobank Ergasias on the application of State Aid rules and obtaining merger control clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission in the context of the proposed voluntary tender offer towards its shareholders for the acquisition of its entire shareholding by the National Bank of Greece (NBG) and the public offer to Eurobank of new NBG ordinary shares in exchange.

Implementation of EU Directive on Natural Gas

We advised a petroleum company on the implementation of the EU Directive introducing common rules for the transmission, distribution, supply and storage of natural gas in the EU, aimed at creating a competitive, secure and environmentally sustainable market in natural gas.

Eurobank Acquisition Clearance

We represented Eurobank Ergasias in relation to obtaining derogation and clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) for its acquisition of New Hellenic Post Bank and New Proton Bank, preparing and filing the relevant notifications and derogation applications and representing Eurobank Ergasias in HCC proceedings.

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) Tender State Aid Issues

We advised the Hellenic Republic in the procurement and State Aid issues arising from an international tender by the HRADF for the development of real property.

Competition Aspects of Restructuring of Diesel’s Distribution Network

We advised Diesel Hellas on the competition law aspects of the restructuring of its distribution network in Greece.

Marinopoulos Acquisition of Starbucks Coffee Shop Chain Clearance

We advised the Marinopoulos Group on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of the company operating the Starbucks coffee shop chain, preparing and filing the relevant notification and obtaining clearance from the Hellenic Competition Commission as well as coordinating the filing to the Cyprus competition authority.

Advice on Application of State Aid Rules to PPPs

We advised a public organisation on the application of State Aid and public procurement rules in relation to the establishment of a Public Private Partnership for the purposes of constructing public schools.

  • horizontal and vertical agreements
  • compliance of commercial agreements with EU and national antitrust rules
  • competition and EU law aspects of commercial, corporate and banking transactions
  • merger control, notifications of mergers and acquisitions
  • applications for derogation
  • dawn raids, preparation of guidelines and on-site assistance
  • testing compliance by running mock dawn raids
  • providing training on antitrust compliance
  • alleged cartels and abuses of dominance
  • representations before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Administrative  Courts
  • private antitrust and competition disputes
  • application of State Aid rules
  • providing advice on the application of EU law, especially in the context of public procurement award procedures