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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.

a corporate powerhouse with an impressive TMT department

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

a strong team

The Legal 500 EMEA 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

  

Surveillance and Censorship Advice to International Mobile Telephony Company

We are advising an international mobile telephone operator on the surveillance and censorship laws and regulations in place.

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.

Advice to IDT Hellas and IDT Retail Europe

We are advising IDT Hellas and IDT Retail Europe Limited, which are companies within the IDT Group, on an ongoing basis, on the regulatory provisions governing the licensing of their operations in Greece while, also, ensuring compliance with their annual reporting obligations to the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).

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 making 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 Media Group

We are advising a media 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 Surveillance/Censorship Laws to Mobile Operator

We advised an international mobile telephone operator on the application of surveillance and censorship laws and regulations.

Sector Specific Access in Telecoms Market

We represented an international telephone services provider in the filing of a complaint before the National Telecommunications; Post Commission (EETT) aimed at opening up access to a specific sector of the telecoms market in Greece.

Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) Update of Global Medium Term Note Programme

We advised HSBC Bank as arranger and Alpha Bank, BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets, Credit Suisse Securities, Deutsche Bank, Eurobank Ergasias, Goldman Sachs, HSBC Bank, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and NBG International as dealers, on the consistency of the Base Prospectus of OTE plc, a subsidiary of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) with telecoms legislation and regulations, in the context of the update of their Global Medium Term Note Programme for the issuance of up to €6.5bn in aggregate principal amount of notes by OTE plc, guaranteed by OTE.

CE Marking Requirements Advice

We advised a US company on the CE marking requirements for telecommunications equipment traded in Greece.

  • 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