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Our practice is one of the foremost in Greece. We advise all market participants on regulatory compliance, reporting requirements, licensing, data protection, commercial agreements, corporate transactions and disputes in these sectors.

experts in the field of telecommunications ... always inform us of various changes in the regulations in a timely manner

Chambers Europe Guide to Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018

source highlights the practitioners’ responsibility and devotion

Chambers Europe Guide to Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018

a strong team

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

a corporate powerhouse with an impressive TMT department

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

delivers detailed responses in a timely manner and stands out for its knowledge of the field and its client-friendly approach

The Legal 500 EMEA 2016

Telecommunications

Our history dates back to advising the Hellenic Republic on the drafting of the first bills leading to the liberalisation of the market and on the award of the first cellular licences to private operators. Since then, we have consistently acted in ground breaking transactions in this sector, advising telecom entities in regulatory, antitrust, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets offerings. We advise leading telecommunications providers, many on an ongoing basis, on their regulatory compliance, commercial activities and licensing, antitrust, data privacy, tax and employment matters. We have experience in assisting foreign telecoms operators in establishing a presence in Greece. Our team is also skilled in representing clients before the National Telecommunications and Post Commission and other regulatory bodies and works with our Disputes team in administrative and commercial litigation in this sector.

Media

Our practice has acted for many of the major television and radio stations, newspaper and publishing groups, production and media companies in Greece, many of which we advised from their establishment. We have years of experience in drafting distribution, licensing, transmission, production, joint venture, outsourcing and advertising agreements and representing clients before the National Council for Radio and Television and the courts. We advise on the data protection and privacy requirements and competition and antitrust issues affecting our clients’ businesses. We have acted in significant restructurings, mergers, acquisitions and financings in the Media sector.

Technology

We provide end-to-end legal services to distributors, suppliers, developers, technology companies and their customers. We have experience advising on outsourcing, service, supply, systems procurement and software and hardware licensing and distribution agreements. Our practice has a sector specific focus on regulatory risk and compliance, in particular internet and e-commerce, data protection and privacy rules as these relate to technology activities, electronic communications, signatures and encryption and export control. Our Intellectual Property team advises on copyright, patent and trademark protection, infringement and enforcement for technology and software. We also represent clients in disputes, particularly relating to systems procurement and IT contracts.

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Recognitions

 

Telecoms Regulatory Advice

We advised an international provider of unified communications for business customers in relation to the local telecoms regulatory obligations applicable to their services, including authorisation requirements and establishment obligations.

Advice to Acun Media

We advise Acun Media Turkey and Acun Media Greece on the drafting, negotiating and execution of TV production agreements with stations in Greece and agreements with TV series participants and services providers in Greece and abroad, as well as consulting, and sponsorship agreements and employment issues.

Advice to International Telecoms Company

We advised an international telecoms operator on the surveillance and censorship laws and regulations in place, on the classification of telecommunications networks as critical national infrastructure and on specific obligations arising under the local rules to ensure the security of the network infrastructure to which operators of telecoms networks must adhere.

Recording of Public Images Advice

We have advised a multinational automotive supplier in respect of data privacy issues relating to the recording of images from public spaces through test cameras operated on test vehicles for R&D purposes.

Advice to International Software Solutions Manufacturer

We advised an international software solutions manufacturer on domestic data protection and telecommunications law implications of the implementation of their customer data processing software solution by the local subsidiary of a European telecommunications provider.

Advice on Provision of Free Wi-Fi Services

We advised a leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets on the provision of free Wi-Fi services in their mall in Greece.

Advice on Communications Management System

We advised a leading international science company on the use of a marketing preference and communications management system from a US software provider and the transfer of the local subsidiary’s customers’ personal information to a data center in the US for marketing purposes.

Online Banking Platform Compliance Issues

We advised a foreign financial institution on the legal and regulatory framework and compliance risks associated with their use of a web-based online platform for corporate clients.

Regulatory Requirements for Mobile Service Providers

We advised an international mobile data solution provider on the regulatory requirements for mobile service providers, including identification obligations imposed on holders and users of mobile telephone equipment and services.

Data Protection Training and Advice to Multinational Mass Media Corporation

We have provided training to the international multi-media business of a multinational mass media corporation on the application of the local data protection and privacy principles in the context of mobile apps and websites, covering topics such as privacy policies, obtaining consent, data analysis, cookies, the right to be forgotten, privacy by design and the rules applicable to dealing with children online.

Restructuring of Information Technology Producer

We have advised a leading international information technology producer on the data protection issues arising in the context of a major restructuring carried out at a worldwide level.

Cloud Computing Advice

We advised a global market leader in metering solutions with respect to the external supply of cloud computing services and the resulting contractual arrangements.

Compliance Report and Market Entry Survey

We advised an international information and communications provider with an expanding market presence in drafting a report and market entry survey of compliance of their local business activities with Greek law, including in the area of telecommunications, technology and data privacy.

Advice on Transfer of Personal Data

We advised an international health information technology provider in relation to issues and solutions arising from the transfer of personal data outside the EEA within the context of public procurement procedures.

Data Protection in the Electronics Sector

We are advising the Greek subsidiary of a market leader in electric and electronic devices on data protection issues, including drafting and updating the required notifications to the Hellenic Data Protection Authority (HDPA), advising on the transfer of personal data outside the EEA, reviewing the relevant data transfer agreements, advising on employee monitoring and assisting on the drafting of data protection policies and privacy statements.

Provision of Free Wi-Fi Services

We advised a car manufacturer on the data protection and censorship rules applicable to the provision of a free Wi-Fi service to its partners and customers.

Advice to Private Investment Group

We advised a leading Greek private investment group on its planned participation in the tender for the operation of Video-Lottery Terminals (VLTs) as concessionaire, including regulatory advice and assistance in the negotiation of agreements with its prospective business partners. We went on to advise the group in its capacity as a member of the consortium awarded the State’s stake in the Organisation of Prognostics of Football Games (OPAP) on media sponsorship agreements and advertising restrictions under the current gaming laws.

Licensing and Regulatory Compliance in Telecoms Sector

We advise a multinational telecommunications operator on an ongoing basis in relation to the regulatory aspects of telecoms law and compliance with their licensing requirements to the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).

Communication Privacy Security Policy

We advised an international telecoms company in relation to the implementation of a security policy for the purposes of safeguarding communication privacy required by the Hellenic Authority for Communication Security and Privacy (ADAE).

  • advice on national and EU law and regulations governing telecoms, media and technology
  • application of EU and national data privacy legislation to telecoms or technology related activities and industries
  • applications for telecoms licenses to the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT)
  • compliance with EETT regulatory and reporting requirements
  • applications for transmission, production and advertising licences to the National Council for Radio and Television (ESR)
  • compliance with ESR licensing requirements
  • advice on commercial agreements, including joint ventures, agency, distribution, transmission, production, management,
  • advertising and licensing agreements
  • advice on intellectual property rights arising from the provision of media, telecoms and technology related activities