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Bernitsas Law

Corporate/Commercial

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What the team is known for

Boasts a broad corporate and commercial practice, well supported by the firm's highly regarded financing and competition offerings. Has a strong transactional focus, advising on public and private M&A as well as on stock exchange listings. Also assists international clients with global mergers and corporate restructurings. Also active on advisory mandates, from commercial agreements to corporate governance. Clients hail from a range of sectors including insurance and consumer goods.

Notable practitioners

Evi Kitsou assists clients with corporate restructuring matters, mergers and the acquisition of distressed assets. A source sees her as an "exceptional" lawyer, adding that "she is a rising star in M&A."

Market-leading practitioner Nikos Papachristopoulos is "very pragmatic, finds solutions and listens to the client," according to a source who further appreciates that he "is not afraid to share his opinion and gave the support we needed." He routinely handles complex M&A and private equity deals involving the infrastructure, energy and aquaculture industries.

Managing partner Panayotis Bernitsas has cultivated a strong reputation in the market and is known for his excellent client relationship skills. He has extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters.

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Overview

Corporate and M&A

Our practice has advised participants in many of the high value and innovative corporate public and private sector transactions to have taken place in Greece.​

Recent Experience:

  • CVC Indirect Acquisition of Majority Stake in Dodoni: Nikos Papachristopoulos and team acted as transaction counsel to CVC in connection with the indirect acquisition of a majority stake in Dodoni SA by Venetiko Holdings SMSA, a Greek company invested in by funds advised or managed by CVC and the entering into a shareholders’ agreement with the former shareholders of Dodoni SA.
  • Crown Holdings Inc Sale of Majority Stake to KPS Capital: Lambros Belessis, Evi Kitsou and team advised Crown Holdings Inc on the Greek leg of its definitive agreement to sell 80% of its European Tinplate business to KPS Capital Partners LP for c.1.9bn euro.
  • Piraeus Bank Demerger by Hive-Down: Nikos Papachristopoulos and team advised Piraeus Bank on the demerger by way of hive-down of its banking activity sector and its contribution into a new banking entity.

  • Saint-Gobain Group Merger of Subsidiaries: Lambros Belessis, Evi Kitsou and team advised the Saint-Gobain Group on the merger by absorption of two of its local subsidiaries into one entity. 

We have an expertise in advising on Corporate Advisory & Commercial Agreements, Corporate Restructurings, Mergers & Acquisitions and Risk & Compliance.

Members

Belessis, Lambros (Head of Department)

Papachristopoulos, Nikos (Head of Department)

Bernitsas, Panayotis M

Kaiara, Anastasia

Kitsou, Evi

Kontou, Sofia

Papathanasiou, Aristeidis

Seiradakis, Yannis

Sotiriou, Iris

Stazilova, Eleni

Vasaka, Linda

Venaki, Ria

Vitogianni, Dimitra

Zakopoulou, Christina

Clients

AIG Group of Companies

Amerra Capital Management LLC

Assicurazioni Generali

BMW Group of Companies

CRS Liknoss SA

CVC

Cyprus Popular Bank Co Ltd.

CYTA Cyprus

Diesel Hellas SA

Ellaktor SA

Eurobank Ergasias SA

Hellenic Healthcare Sarl

Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF)

Hipoges Iberia SL

Imker Capital

Kosmocar SA

Lundbeck Hellas SA

Mubadala Industry Holding Company PSJC

National Bank of Greece

RCS Europe Sarl

Saint Gobain Group

The Hellenic Republic

UPS of Greece

Värde Partners

Vinci Energies

Vivartia Group

Industries

car manufacturing

Industry specialisations include banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, energy, technology.

Corporate/Commercial

Bernitsas Law

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Location

5, Lykavittou Street

Athens

Athens

Greece

GR-106 72

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 5 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Greece

Corporate/Commercial


Evi Kitsou
Up and Coming
Nikos Papachristopoulos
Band 1
Panayotis M Bernitsas
Senior Statespeople