Our practice has a strong track record in major administrative, civil and commercial and corporate crime disputes.
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efficiency and diligence are particular strengths of this team
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We offer a highly specialised level of representation before the courts in Greece and Europe, industrial tribunals, the ICC and in arbitrations and mediations. Our team’s success rate in litigation is over 90%.
We approach disputes constructively, averting litigation where this is feasible and getting the best possible results where it is unavoidable. In either case, we focus on time and cost management to ensure minimal disruption to the ordinary course of our clients’ business. We place emphasis on pre-litigation risk management and case viability, recognising the need for communication with our clients on strategy, the issues at stake and developments to allow for informed decisions throughout the process.
Our practice offers a significant breadth of expertise across all types of commercial, administrative and white collar crime disputes. We enjoy long-standing relationships with clients across a wide range of industries who regularly instruct us on disputes arising in the course of their everyday business. Industry specialisations include medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, retail, electronics, car manufacturing, infrastructure, energy, insurance and securities.
We represent The Union of Greek Insurance Companies and 14 domestic and international insurance companies before the Council of State in an application aiming to overturn legislation under which insurance companies are no longer required to pay contributions to the Subsidiary Insurance Fund for the Personnel of Insurance Companies in accordance with the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Greek Government and the Troika as part of the Economic Adjustment Programme. This is a critical case for insurance companies in that it concerns the abolition of a major mandatory contribution to the fund calculated with reference to the net profits from insurance contracts. Innovative constitutional and social security law issues are involved.
We are representing a leading international banking institution in moral and actual damages and defamation action and a tort action lodged by a listed company. Both cases involve Greek bonds and are high profile due to political ramifications. We have been successful at first instance in both and the first is currently under appeal.
We are representing the subsidiary of a major foreign State–owned company in administrative proceedings and litigation before the civil and administrative courts against the Greek State in the context of sanctions imposed during the execution of a public supply contract.
We are representing a major petroleum company in its petition for interim measures against another petroleum company conducting exploration works in areas subject to exclusive rights for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons granted in favour of our client by the Greek State.
We are representing a leading Greek natural cosmetics company with a growing international presence on an ongoing basis in relation to their labour disputes.
We successfully represented an international bank in proceedings initiated by clients in connection with various investments in their portfolios and a claim by a former employee for €0.5m damages for unlawful use of personal data, which has been rejected and is subject to appeal. The total value of the claims is c€17.5m.
We represented a German bank on the termination of a bond loan and enforcement of its claim against the debtor’s property, possibly through mandatory sale at auction.
We are advising a major Greek bank and its UK subsidiary in the termination of a facility agreement relating to a loan of €250m to a Greek company and c. €25m to a related Cypriot company, and the enforcement of their claims on the debtor’s property by asset liquidation. Recovery and enforcement will affect the financials of the bank due to the amounts involved and the difficult position of the Greek banks in the current financial climate.
We represent the Greek subsidiary of a luxury car manufacturer in their labour related disputes on an ongoing basis.
We represent the Greek subsidiary of a leading European Life Insurance provider in their insurance related disputes on an ongoing basis.
Bernitsas Law advised a leading German bank in the partial recovery of its claim from a Greek listed company applying for protection under Article 99 of the Greek Bankruptcy Code.
We are representing a consortium of construction companies in the enforcement of several arbitral awards issued against the Greek State to recover amounts of paramount importance to the claimant.
We represent a major importer and distributor of cars in their litigation with former dealerships arising from claims for improper termination of agreements.
We are advising several high profile individuals in defamation suits against various newspapers and websites. Most recently we are representing a former minister in defamation and slander actions. In this respect, we have prepared and filed three defamation and slander actions against two newspapers seeking the payment of damages of approximately €1.9m for printing false/slanderous stories against our client. Both the stories in question and the filing of the actions in response thereto received extensive publicity from the said newspapers and other media. The court has issued a decision in favour of our client.
We are acting for an international electronics manufacturer in connection with the c. €10.5m dispute arising from the termination of their distribution agreement with its former Greek air conditioners distributor and their potential exposure. This includes defending the client against a €9.7m claim for damages brought by its former distributor following the termination and advising on their claim for unpaid invoices. We are also providing advice and support on Greek law matters to the client’s in-house and external UK counsels in connection with parallel proceedings in the UK.
We represent an Austrian finance institution in their labour related disputes on an ongoing basis.
We represented a supplier active in the defence industry in litigation before the Court of Audit relating to the non-approval of payments for material and services provided to the Hellenic Armed Forces.
We advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in proceedings before the Council of State and the Audit Board on numerous petitions for annulment and reversal in the context of the privatisations launched by the HRADF. This involves innovative issues relating to privatisation procedures.
We represent the Greek branch of an international bank in their high value dispute with a former manager.
We are advising the subsidiary of a leading German car manufacturer in several damages claims brought against it by some of its dealers for the allegedly improper termination of their dealerships and the payment of compensation for various types of alleged damages, including lost profits, goodwill indemnity, investments, operating expenses and moral damages. We have so far been 100% successful in all proceedings brought against our client and the case has set a precedent relating to the goodwill indemnity in dealership agreements.
We have successfully represented Renault in numerous court proceedings with its former Greek distributor and other members of the former distribution network, including the rejection of a €0.5bn damages claim by its former Greek distributor and the filing and acceptance of a €25m claim against the latter and its guarantor, and so far have achieved the most favourable result for our client in all cases. Due to Renault’s involvement, the market share of its opponent, as well as the amounts at stake, this is a landmark case.
We successfully represented a European car manufacturer in proceedings brought against it by its former Greek distributor for the payment of damages allegedly arising out of the termination of the distributorship before the First Instance Court, the Appeals Court and the Supreme Court, which ended with the rejection of all claims against it.
We are successfully acting on behalf of the subsidiary of a major multinational German athletic and casual footwear manufacturer in their breach of trust and fiduciary duty and unfair competition dispute, involving civil, commercial and criminal actions with a total value of over €30m. This dispute has significant consequences for the industry as it creates a precedent. The case was widely covered in the press due to the market presence of our client and its opponent, the alleged improprieties involved and the amounts at stake.
We are successfully acting on behalf of the subsidiary of a leading Italian denim jeans, clothing and accessories manufacturer in the filing of several claims, including a pending €25m breach of trust and fiduciary duty, unfair competition and mismanagement claim against the subsidiary’s former management and legal entities controlled by the latter. Due to the market status of our client and its opponent, the numerous publications in the press on this dispute, the alleged improprieties and the amounts at stake, this is a landmark case.
We are advising the subsidiary of a leading European insurance company in complaints and damages claims relating to life insurance products sold in the Greek market brought against it in the aftermath of the Cypriot banking crisis. The first decision issued in this matter is in favour of our client.
We advise a leading international banking institution in a €10m moral damages action brought by a listed company.
We represent international gaming companies in their petitions to annul a tacit decision by the State and the Greek Regulatory Authority for Gambling refusing online gaming licenses and a Ministerial Decision and decision of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Gaming on gaming taxation and regulation of the online gaming market. These are very important cases as they involve issues which are central to the functioning of the market and pivotal for gaming companies in that they challenge the strict restrictions of the legislative framework governing online gaming, not currently permitted by Greek law.
We are advising a Greek and international pharmaceutical company in their appeals before the Council of State of decisions requiring them to pay claw backs to the Hellenic Organisation for the Provision of Healthcare Services. These cases are important as they involve a number of fundamental issues for pharmaceutical companies. A recent decision has been issued in another clawback dispute which is likely to set an unfavourable precedent for our case.
We represented Hellenic Petroleum SA in litigation before the Council of State relating to a decision of the State Privatisations Inter-Ministerial Committee for the transfer of State shares to HRADF.
We defended a leading International group in relation to the imposition of a penalty by the Ministry of Defence in the context of the execution of an offsets contract.
We advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on annulment and interim measures petitions submitted by public authorities relating to a public asset development in Corfu.
We are representing a leading multinational Belgian food retailer in their €59m dispute against former shareholders.
We advised a major banking group in proceedings initiated against it by its clients in connection with investments and were involved in the drafting and execution of a settlement agreement.
We are representing the subsidiary of a major French metal products manufacturer in their €3m dispute against former shareholders.
We represented a manufacturer of electronic systems for use by the defence industry in a petition for suspension and annulment before the Council of State in relation to a Greek tendering procedure governed by NATO provisions and procedures for the supply and installation of material of a value of €14m for the Hellenic Armed Forces.
We are advising the subsidiary of a leading casual clothing manufacturer in its labour law disputes.
We are representing Olympia Odos, a joint venture of Greek and international construction companies, including Vinci SA and Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbΗ, in its capacity as the concessionaire of the €2.4bn (construction cost) concession project for the Elefsina – Korinthos – Patra stretch of the PATHE Motorway, in a series of disputes with the State before Technical Panels and Arbitration Tribunals and in various claims brought by third parties before the Civil Courts.
We have advised a leading Korean manufacturer in the resolution of its dispute with its Greek customer and debtor and the recovery of the latter’s €3.3m debt.
We represented a Spanish company in its successful defence against a European payment order and its annulment.
We assisted a Gibraltar company in the tracing and subsequent successful filing of a freezing order of its debtor’s local assets and in the main proceedings against the debtor in Gibraltar. We successfully defended the freezing order against the debtor’s application for review which was rejected. We continue to advise in relation to the main proceedings in Gibraltar and on matters of enforcement.
We are advising a Danish company in its defence against a claim lodged by its former distributor for the payment of damages allegedly arising from the termination of the distributorship.
We advised a member of the SCA Group before the employment authorities in relation to a dispute arising from the implementation of a voluntary exit plan and termination of employment of all the company’s employees.
We represent a leading group of pharmaceutical, cosmetics, clothing and food retail companies in disputes arising in the course of their day to day business.
We represent WIND Telecommunications in administrative litigation arising from disputes with the National Telecommunications and Postal Committee and alleged violation of Greek and EU legislation.
We are representing a leading energy company in their dispute against the Municipality of Milos.
We represent a leading international group in a damages claim brought against it by its former distributor and licensee for the alleged non-performance of their agreement and the payment of compensation for various damages, including lost profits.
We advise a leading IT company in its recourse action initiated against the State in respect of a €30m penalty, outstanding payments and supply disputes arising from the execution of a public tender.
We undertake debt recovery for several clients on an ongoing basis, including the local subsidiaries of a leading pharmaceutical company, an electronics giant and a clothing and accessories manufacturer.
We are advising a high net worth individual in a succession dispute arising between heirs to a €100m estate.
We advised a leader in the design, manufacture, inspection, service and maintenance of critical safety equipment on the termination of its contractual arrangements in Greece and the prevention and handling of any subsequent litigation.
We are representing a major US Investment Bank in civil litigation against various parties arising from the sale of bonds of the Greek State.
We are representing a renewable energy provider in arbitration on production site development agreements.
We represent a pharmaceuticals company in a debt recovery claim against public hospitals and the State.
We have been tasked with investigating possible acts of corruption within the local subsidiaries of several pharmaceutical companies.
We successfully advised an Italian company in the issuance of a European payment order against its Greek debtor.