Broad Commercial Law Practice in a Number of Practice Areas and Industries
Law Firm OverviewPOTAMITISVEKRIS was named 2012 Law Firm of the Year in Greece at this year's Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence. The firm is a commercial law firm and one of the largest law firms operating across South-East Europe with a significant market presence. The team has built on its established reputation for quality, innovation, commitment, enthusiasm and eagerness to provide the best possible level of service for its clients.
The firm, which is based on the twin pillars of advisory and dispute resolution work, is broadly recognized for its excellence in a number of practice areas and industries. Combining an international outlook with in-depth local knowledge and legal learning with a focus on problem solving, POTAMITISVEKRIS reflects its principalsí ambitions to bring the provision of legal services in Greece to a new level of competence, quality of service and integrity.
The firm has developed a significant cross-border M&A capability and has represented a number of anchor clients in acquisitions in Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Poland and Turkey. The firm has developed strong ties with local law firms in each of these jurisdictions and to date maintains a very close association with Dinova Rusev & Partners in Bulgaria. Moreover, much of the firmís work undertaken in Greece is international and many of the firmís clients are foreign. The firm successfully bridges the legal and cultural gaps between foreign investors and local counterparts.
POTAMITISVEKRIS is a unique example in its jurisdiction of a true law partnership with a long term investment in its people and tools.
Languages: English, French, German, Italian and Greek.
Areas of Law
- Administrative Law
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Agency & Distributorship
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Banking & Finance
- Banking Law
- Business & Industry
- Capital Markets
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Competition Law
- Construction Law
- Corporate Governance
Areas of Law Description
The firm's main practice areas include:
- Banking & Finance / Capital Markets
POTAMITISVEKRIS' capital markets practice brings together the expertise and resources to advise on the full range of organized market transactions. By regularly representing the major underwriters and active clients, it holds a minimum 20% market share in all capital market transactions. The firm also acts as lead legal adviser in transactions in the areas of lending, refinancing, private equity, finance and venture capital and has considerable experience in the establishment of banks and investment services firms. POTAMITISVEKRIS specializes in advising on mergers and acquisitions in the banking sector and regularly acts for some of Greece's top banking institutions not only in Greece but also in the South East Europe region.
Contact: George Bersis.
- Corporate / M&A
POTAMITISVEKRIS has a notable expertise in acquisitions and privatizations in Greece and the broader South-East European region. POTAMITISVEKRIS advises on all aspects of transactions, from the structuring of the deal, its negotiation and documentation, to compliance with the regulatory requirements of the industry (and market) involved and due diligence reviews. The firm also provides expert advice on the legal and regulatory issues affecting contractual relationships. It drafts, reviews and negotiates all types of commercial agreements and can create corporate structures designed to best meet the clients' needs.
Contact: Stathis Potamitis.
- Commercial Law
POTAMITISVEKRIS provides expert advice on the legal and regulatory issues affecting commercial contractual relationships. Our commercial law team draft, review and negotiate all types of commercial agreements including licensing and franchising, distributorship, agency, shareholders, partnerships and joint ventures agreements. The experience of our team both in consulting, negotiating and dispute settlement advice provides our client with continuous legal representation before and after the execution of any commercial contractual agreement. Pharmaceutical, Commercial retail and Food and Beverage Industries are represented by our law firm in all aspects of commercial law matters.
Contact: Alexandros A. Kortesis
- Civil & Criminal Litigation
POTAMITISVEKRIS takes a constructive approach to assisting its clients in the settlement of their disputes and views litigation as part of an overall strategy in resolving clients' issues. The firm is experienced not only in litigating all kind of disputes (from the most simple but often significant proceedings, such as applications for injunctions, to complex, cross-border litigation involving appeals to the highest courts including the European Court of Justice) but also in arbitrating disputes, especially in the cross-border context. POTAMITISVEKRIS is also known for its white-collar crime and public procurement expertise.
Contact: Konstantinos P Papadiamantis.
POTAMITISVEKRIS is experienced in arbitrating disputes, especially in the cross-border context. The international background of many of the firmís lawyers means that POTAMITISVEKRIS is able to deal with processes and procedures that are unfamiliar to most local practitioners, such as discovery of documents, and can field teams that can efficiently handle fact finding, witness preparation and examination, as well as the in depth investigation of questions of law.
Contact: Vicky Psaltis.
POTAMITISVEKRIS is a leader in employment practice. Its client base is mainly employer-orientated and focused on the banking and finance, pharmaceutical and commercial retail industries. The team represents its clients in the full range of matters arising in this sector, including litigation, mediation and arbitration. POTAMITISVEKRIS' areas of expertise include individual and collective employment law, social security, civil, criminal and administrative disputes arising in this area.
Contact: Alexios Papastavrou.
POTAMITISVEKRISí Energy Team is amongst the top in Greece with a deep understanding of the existing and developing regulatory framework. The team regularly represents leading energy groups in their inward investment as well as both local clients and banks on financing projects or in their energy trading activities.
Contact: Euripides Ioannou.
- EU, Competition & Antitrust
The firm's EU and Competition Law and Antitrust Practice is one of the best in Greece. The team regularly handles cases concerning the clearance and notification of mergers and acquisitions before the Creek Competition Commission and European Commission and has also has supervised filings before the National Competition Authorities in several countries including Cyprus, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia. POTAMITISVEKRIS has also represented clients before the Creek Competition Commission in major cartel and abuse of dominant position cases and at the administrative courts in appealing decisions of the Creek Competition Commission.
Contact: Xenophon Paparrigopoulos.
POTAMITISVEKRIS leads the effort to promote the practice of workouts in the Creek reorganization market. It is the leading reorganization practice and is currently representing several publicly listed companies in the negotiation of loans and extension of new financing, while in other transactions it is the adviser to both local and foreign banks as well as other creditors that deal with distressed debtors.
Contact: Stathis Potamitis.
- Intellectual Property
POTAMITISVEKRIS provides high quality and efficient services covering the full range of intellectual property issues including identifying, registering, protecting and defending all aspects of IP rights. The firm combines the specialized legal skills normally associated with boutique intellectual property firms with the corporate and litigation capabilities of a major general practice firm. Contact: Xenophon Paparrigopoulos.
- Project Finance
POTAMITISVEKRIS is ideally placed to advise its clients, with a reputation for bridging the legal and cultural gaps between foreign investors and local counterparts. The firm's expertise includes advising lenders, sponsors and contractors on substantial infrastructure, energy and technology projects and PPPs.
Contact: Euripides Ioannou.
- Real Estate
POTAMITISVEKRIS advises on the full range of transactions arising in the area of real estate, from straightforward financings of acquisitions and sales to complicated development projects and inward investment in the sector. The firm's client base includes a number of real estate funds, private investors and construction companies.
Contact: George Bersis.
POTAMITISVEKRIS' client base includes many blue chip owners, some of which are listed on the NYSE and thus has traditionally been mainly owner-orientated. The firm is also capable of representing its clients in arbitration proceedings in London and performing private client work on behalf of its ship owner clients.
Contact: Vicky Psaltis
Mr. George Bersis
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency, Mergers and Acquisitions
Mr. Euripides Ioannou
Banking and Finance, Energy, Environmental Law, Financial Services Law
Mr. Alexandros Kortesis
Agency and Distributorship, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Franchising
Mr. Konstantinos P. Papadiamantis
Arbitration, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Insolvency
Mr. Xenophon Paparrigopoulos
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, European Community Law, Intellectual Property
Mr. Alexios Papastavrou
Employment, Social Security
Mr. Stathis Potamitis
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business and Industry, Capital Markets
Ms. Vicky Psaltis
Admiralty and Maritime, Arbitration, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance
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Potamitisvekris News and Publications
Articles Published by Potamitisvekris
Guide to Restructuring & Insolvency - Greek Chapter
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New Law Amends Collective Negotiations in Greece
Background to Article 37 of the new Law 4024/2011 which has significantly amended the law on collective negotiations in Greece, introducing three main changes. This article was first published in the December International Law Office (part of Globe Business Publishing ltd) newsletter and is reproduced with their permission. Principle of Favorability - Collective Bargaining Agreements - Mid-term Frame of Fiscal StrategyRead Article
New Laws (Almost) Get Rid of Obligatory Arbitration in Greece
Background and comment on the new labor laws in Greece. This article was first published in March 2011 in the International Law Office (part of Globe Business Publishing Ltd) Labor and Employment newsletter and is reproduced with their permission. Employment and Labor - Greece Law increases flexibility of employment.Read Article
Restructuring and Insolvency in Greece - Q & A Guide
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through - Restructuring & Insolvency, (published in 2011; contributing editor: Bruce Leonard).Read Article