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Karatzas & Partners

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

Karatzas & Partners boasts a highly esteemed banking and finance practice, drawing on its unparalleled bench strength. The team is particularly sought after by international banks and investment funds for financing matters, with particular expertise in project financings in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Furthermore, the firm offers a standout capital markets practice, advising on securitisation transactions and the issuance of bonds and notes, as well as large GMTN programmes. Clients additionally benefit from in-depth expertise in NPL transactions and debt refinancing matters, as well as a strong financial regulatory practice. Based in Athens, the department regularly operates on an international level, acting on behalf of an impressive roster of clients including banks, investment funds and corporates.

Notable practitioners

Star practitioner Alexander Metallinos remains a towering figure in the Greek financing world, praised for his breadth of expertise in bond issuances and loans, real estate projects and NPL transactions as well as complex bilateral syndicated facilities. "He’s a genius," proclaims a client, highlighting "the innovative solutions and his legal creativity" before applauding Metallinos for having a "very analytical thought process but also in combination with a practical approach."

Alexandra Kondyli is particularly active on large bond issuances and ESG-linked GMTN programmes, acting on behalf of well-known banks and corporates. Clients appreciate Kondyli for being "approachable, committed and detail-oriented with banking expertise."

US and Greek-qualified practitioner Catherine Karatzas is held in high esteem for her expertise across various complex financing and capital market transactions. She is particularly active in bond issuances, NPL sales and large GNTM programmes, acting for prestigious banks and corporates. "She understands the key business drivers and considerations," lauds a client.

Christina Faitakis advises international investment firms and Greek corporates on large securitisations and bond issuances. Her expertise also encompasses real estate project financings. Reflecting on her management approach, one client says: "She has very extensive organisational skills, knows her staff and is flexible in finding solutions."

Nikos Fragos is sought after by both domestic banks and international financial service providers for his prowess in handling NPL transactions and complex notes issuances.

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Overview

We advise on all aspects of banking and finance law, ranging from day-to-day straightforward loans to secured and syndicated loan transactions, securitisation, covered bonds, derivatives and other OTC and listed financial products. We also provide the industry opinions for the ISDA Master Agreement and the Global Master Repurchase Agreement of ICMA and TBMA.

We pride ourselves for always being at the cutting edge of financing through innovative financial instruments, including the first securitisation and covered bonds transactions in Greece. We combine innovative legal thinking with sound and detailed knowledge of traditional and innovative financial products to deliver accurate and business-oriented opinions and advice.

Banking & Finance

Karatzas & Partners

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Location

The Orbit-5th floor

115 Kifissias Ave.

Athens

Athens

Greece

GR 115 24

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 14 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Highlight

K&P advised NBG on the signing of agreement to form a Joint Venture partnership with EVO

Authors: Catherine Karatzas, Christos Paraskevopoulos, Aris–Nikolaos Papadopoulos

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K&P advised Autohellas

Authors: Christina Faitakis, Sonia Saranti, Georgia Vathi, Anastasia Mourmouti

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

Banking & Finance


Alexander Metallinos
Star Individuals
Alexandra Th. Kondyli
Up and Coming
Catherine Karatzas
Eminent Practitioners
Christina Faitakis
Band 2
Nikos Fragos
Band 4