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About

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Banking, Finance & Capital Markets

Our practice is one of the foremost in Greece with an expertise in both benchmark and mainstream domestic and cross-border transactions. 

Project Finance, Development & PPPs 

Our practice is a market leader. We have acted in most of the large-scale projects to have taken place in Greece since the concessions market opened in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Recent Experience

  • PIMCO Public Power Corporation securitization: We advised PIMCO in connection with the securitisation of PPC receivables (Zeus portfolio) under electricity invoices that have been outstanding for more than 90 days.
  • Piraeus Financial Holdings (PFH) €1.38bn and Public Power Corporation (PPC) €1.35bn equity capital raisings: We advised PFH and the Joint Global Coordinators and Bookrunners respectively, on PFH’s €1.38bn equity capital raising and PPC’s €1.35bn equity capital raising, respectively, each made through the issuance and offering to international and domestic investors of new shares and the admission thereof to trading on the Athens Exchange.
  • Olympia Odos refinancing: We advised Olympia Odos SA on the refinancing of its existing loans and financing for the construction of a 74.5km motorway extension with Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank as Mandated Lead Arrangers and the EIB as Lender. The total value of the transaction is €822m.

Chambers Review

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Banking & Finance - Greece
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What the team is known for

Greek law firm Bernitsas Law offers exceptional expertise across the banking and finance spectrum. The law firm enjoys an excellent standing in capital market transactions, handling large bond and notes issuances and delistings, as well as receivables securitisations and structured finance mandates. Additionally, its clientele benefits from in-depth expertise in NPL transactions including the sale and acquisition of portfolios and all regulatory issues. Lawyers at the firm frequently assist with the Greek aspects of pan-European finance deals, acting for a wide range of prestigious financial institutions and private companies.

Work Highlights

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  • Assisted Hellenic Petroleum with the Greek law aspects of its listing of EUR100 million principal notes.

Notable Practitioners

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Dionysis Flambouras
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Dionysis Flambouras
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Dionysis Flambouras covers a broad spectrum of finance work including real estate financings, NPL transactions and bond loans. Sources say: "He knows the subject very well and he is a hard worker, a good colleague and a team player."

Athanasia G Tsene
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Athanasia G Tsene
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Athanasia Tsene is widely appreciated for her comprehensive coverage of complex finance and capital market transactions, ranging from corporate credit facilities and non-performing receivables sales to structured finance deals and NPL transactions. One client praises her for being "quick and responsive," while another describes her as "very strong, experienced and handy to work with."

Nikos Papachristopoulos
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Nikos Papachristopoulos
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Nikos Papachristopoulos enjoys strong market recognition for his expertise in notes and bond issuances, as well as delistings. He offers strong expertise acting for bookrunners, banking syndicates and corporates, with clients stressing: "He is very experienced, hard-working and a good colleague."

Panayotis M Bernitsas
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Senior Statespeople

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas is appreciated for his depth of expertise and well-reputed standing in the Greek banking and finance world.

Ranked Lawyers at
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Panayotis M Bernitsas
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Athanasia G Tsene
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Athanasia G Tsene
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Nikos Papachristopoulos
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Nikos Papachristopoulos
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Dionysis Flambouras
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Dionysis Flambouras
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Members

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Athanasia G Tsene

Head of Department

Eleni Stazilova

Fanis Krystallis

Kelly Hatzigaki

Konstantina Karveli

Maria Cheimona

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Nikos Papachristopoulos

Head of Department

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Panayotis M Bernitsas

Head of Department

Sildia Fotopoulou

Sofia Kontou

Stella Papakosta

Yannis Seiradakis

Clients

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Alpha Bank

Apollo Global Management

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

CVC Capital Partners

Cepal SA

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Davidson Kempner European Partner LLP

Deutsche Bank

Ellington Management Group

Elpedison Power SA

Eurobank Ergasias SA

HSBC

Hellenic Petroleum

International Finance Corporation

Intrum AB (publ)

JP Morgan

Link Group

Morgan Stanley

Motor Oil Group

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

Mytilineos SA

N.M. Rothschilds and Sons Limited

National Bank of Greece

Olympic Commercial and Tourism Enterprises SA (Avis Hellas)

PIMCO

Piraeus Bank

RIA Payment Institution

Shikun & Binui

Societe Generale

Titan Group

Trastor REIC

Industries

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Industry Specialisations include financial, telecommunications, energy, gaming, utilities, pharmaceutical, food, retail.