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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.

perfect choice for clients seeking fast help, accurate insights and comprehensive explanations … always ready to help when some kind of unexpected difficulties are faced

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

we always get very comprehensive answers almost instantly ... the lawyers are very highly skilled, and are able to analyse any situation and apply their knowledge to help clients

Chambers Europe 2020

remind us our annual obligations in advance so we could plan our mutual co-operation filling and managing the documentations and tasks more efficiently ... we definitely recommend this firm

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

one of their main advantages compared with the other law firms is that they always accomplish their tasks in a timely manner (regardless of any situations), so we can be sure that we will not have to wait and that we will always make our submissions to the respective authorities on time

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

well-informed ... deep knowledge and experience ... full-service offering ... they can cover complex matters

Chambers Europe 2019

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

Chambers Europe 2018

one of the best in Greece in the telecommunications field ... expert lawyers provide very good, responsive and clear advice

The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

source highlights the practitioners’ responsibility and devotion

Chambers Europe 2018

a corporate powerhouse with an impressive TMT department

Chambers Europe 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 groundbreaking 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 or expanding their presence in Greece. Our team is also skilled in representing clients before the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) 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 (ESR) 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 suppliers, distributors, 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

 

Installation of Sub-Marine Cable

We act for Vodafone in connection with the installation of a submarine cable system for the interconnection of ten islands in Greece, including submarine cable and terrestrial fibre optic systems and telecommunications equipment.

VoIP Services Advice

We advise a global telecoms provider of voice and messaging services from the cloud to businesses with regard to legal and regulatory requirements for the provision of VoIP services under Greek telecoms rules, including its annual reporting and other licensing obligations connected with company’s provision of numbering services in the Greek telecoms market.

Mobile Messaging Solutions Advice

We are advising a global mobile consultancy and leading provider of mobile messaging solutions on the provision of multimedia information services (MIS) in the Greek telecoms market under the company’s general license, including representing the company in proceedings before the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT) and on appeal before the Greek administrative courts.

Advice in E-commerce Sector

We advise an international e-commerce company specialized in online travel in connection with the ongoing ex officio investigation of the Hellenic Data Protection Authority in the online and e-commerce sectors, including providing advice on e-privacy related matters, such as marketing communication and cookies.

BMW Hellas and BMW Austria Bank Advice

We advise BMW Hellas and BMW Austria Bank (Athens Branch) in relation to data protection and retention issues and processing agreements, including GDPR compliance projects, updating employee privacy policies, e-privacy related matters, call recording, CCTV and cookies and with regard to the contractual documents and privacy statements concerning BMW ConnectedDrive services.

Regulatory Advice on Electronic Communication Services

We are providing advice to a global supplier of communications and data, such as virtual private networks (VPNs) and unified communications on the regulatory requirements for the provision of electronic communication services and/ or networks in Greece. In this respect, we have assisted the company with its registration under the general authorization regime before the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).

Data Protection in the Electronics Sector

We are advising the Greek subsidiary of a market leader in electric and electronic devices on data protection, including employee and CCTV related issues, the update of data protection policies and privacy statements, its GDPR compliance exercise and in relation to social media monitoring under data privacy rules as part of their marketing strategy.

Advice to Acun Medya

We advise Acun Medya Turkey and Acun Medya Greece on their TV production agreements with stations in Greece and their agreements with TV series participants and service providers in Greece and abroad, as well as in relation to consulting, advertising and sponsorship agreements, employment issues and GDPR data privacy compliance steps.

Licensing and Regulatory Compliance in Telecoms Sector

We provide ongoing legal support to a multinational provider of global voice origination services, operating under a general authorisation regime in Greece, in relation to the regulatory aspects of telecoms law and compliance with their annual licensing and reporting requirements to the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT), including specific reporting on issues such as the provision of numbering services.

Fixed Networks and 5G Advice

We advised a leading private equity infrastructure investment firm on the regulatory regime for retail fixed networks and 5G deployment in the context of potential investments in Greece.

Development of Fiber Optics System

We advised an oil and gas producer in relation to the regulatory requirements arising from the potential development and exploitation of a fiber optics system installed as part of the Greek section of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline.

Data Protection Review

We have assisted a global producer and distributor of on-board computers and drive units with regard to a data protection review of its privacy policy and have provided specialised data privacy input on the permissibility of use of analytic tools (cookies) on its website and app, as well as guidance on relevant enforcement activities of the local DPA against these activities.

Mobile Network Access

We advised a Japanese telecommunications company on its contemplated resale of mobile network access to automobile companies in Greece.

Advice in Technology Sector

We advised a technology and business solutions global enterprise with respect to its privacy compliance project, in particular by participating in, preparing and conducting a workshop on GDPR, local data privacy and e-Privacy matters.

CYTA Cyprus Sale of CYTA Hellas to Vodafone

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.

Net Neutrality Advice

We advised a multinational technology company active in the e-commerce marketplace on the regulatory framework governing network neutrality issues, such as a zero-rating policy intended to be launched by a local telecoms operator.

Recording of Public Images Advice

We 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.

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.

 

  • 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 Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT)
  • compliance with EETT regulatory and reporting requirements
  • representation of clients before EETT on regulatory compliance matters and handling of administrative appeals before the Courts
  • 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