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Bernitsas Law

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Managing Partner: Panayotis Bernitsas
Number of partners: 12 Number of lawyers: 38
Languages: English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Bernitsas Law is a market leader in the provision of commercial law services in Greece and one of the largest firms in the country. The firm counts industry frontrunners, listed and private companies, supranational, global and national entities and corporations, as well as small and medium sized enterprises from all the major industry sectors among its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking, Finance & Capital Markets
Corporate & M&A
Energy & Environment
EU, Competition & Antitrust
Human Rights
Intellectual Property, Data Protection & Privacy
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Project Finance & Public Private Partnerships
Public Procurement
Real Estate
Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Banking & Finance:
4 partners, 9 associates
Secured SME NPL Portfolio and REO Portfolio Acquisition: Athanasia Tsene and team are advising Apollo Global Management in the acquisition by a consortium of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo and IFC, from Alpha Bank of a mixed pool of non-performing loans (the NPL Portfolio) to Greek SMEs mainly secured by real estate assets, and a pool of real estate assets repossessed by Alpha Bank and Alpha Leasing (the REO Portfolio) in Greece, with total on-balance sheet gross book values of c. €1bn and €56m respectively, and the subsequent securitisation of the NPL Portfolio and sale and transfer of the REO Portfolio
Titan Relisting: Nikos Papachristopoulos and team are advising Titan Cement International (TCI) on the voluntary share-for-share exchange offer concerning Titan Cement Company (Titan), a transaction that aims to effectively relist Titan group on Euronext Brussels through the primary listing of TCI shares on Euronext Brussels with a parallel listing on the Athens Exchange and Euronext Paris
Key Clients: Alpha Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, Ellington Management Group, Eurobank Ergasias, Morgan Stanley, N.M. Rothschilds, PIMCO, Waterfall Asset Management, Värde Partners

3 partners, 1 counsel, 1 associate
Hellenic Healthcare Acquisition Clearance: Marina Androulakakis and team have successfully represented Hellenic Healthcare Sàrl, part of the CVC Group, before the Hellenic Competition Commission, in its acquisition of sole control over IASO General and HYGEIA Group, resulting in clearance being granted in both cases unconditionally
Attica Group Merger Clearance: Marina Androulakakis and team successfully represented the Attica Group in its application for clearance before the Hellenic Competition Commission of its acquisition of sole control over Hellenic Seaways
Key Clients: Bristol Myers Squibb, BMW Hellas, Hellenic Healthcare Sàrl, Hellenic Fuels, Hellenic Petroleum, Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Siemens Group

6 partners, 1 counsel, 12 associates
Hellenic Healthcare Acquisition of Majority Holding in Ygeia: Nikos Papachristopoulos and team advised Hellenic Healthcare Holding SA, an affiliate of CVC, in its successful acquisition of a c.70% shareholding in Diagnostikon and Therapeftikon Kentron Athinon Ygeia SA (Ygeia) from Marfin Investment Group Holdings SA.
Japan Tobacco Acquisition of SEKAP: Yannis Seiradakis and team advised Japan Tobacco in their acquisition of Greek Cooperative Cigarette Manufacturing Company (SEKAP) in the context of a major cross border transaction
Forthnet Sale of Forth CRS: Lambros Belessis, Evi Kitsou and team advised Linxx Holding in their purchase of Forth CRS from Forthnet, a major Greek telecommunications provider from Marfin Investment Group Holdings
Key Clients: Amerra Capital Management LLC, BMW Hellas, CVC Capital Partners, Diesel Hellas, National Bank of Greece

Dispute Resolution:
4 partners, 7 associates
Cana Pharmaceuticals Clawbacks Appeal: Dimitris Roussis and team act on behalf of Cana in their appeal before the Council of State of the decision requiring them to pay claw backs to Greek Hospitals in relation to hospital supplies
Techtronic Industries Dispute: Christos Paraskevopoulos and team represent Techtronic in a dispute with a former business partner who is requesting payment of compensation in respect of goodwill indemnity, actual compensation for the value of all remaining stock and moral damages arising out of the allegedly groundless termination of a pre-existing tacit distributorship agreement
Key Clients: Apivita, BMW Hellas, Cana Pharmaceuticals, Hellenic Petroleum, Orion Pharma Hellas, TTI (Techtronic Industries)

1 counsel, 2 associates
BMW Hellas Advice: Katia Papantonopoulou and team advise BMW Hellas on a wide range of employment matters on an ongoing basis
Key Clients: Bristol Myers Squibb, Diesel Hellas, Smart Hellas, Unilever

2 partners, 4 associates
Alexandroupolis LNG Project: Panayotis Bernitsas, Yannis Seiradakis and team are advising Gastrade, the project company, in relation to the development of the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) project
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) Project: Panayotis Bernitsas, Yannis Seiradakis and team are advising on the project financing of TAP’s development of a c.871km gas pipeline connecting to the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline, sponsored by AzTap, Snam, BP Gas Marketing, Fluxys Europe, Enagas Internacional, SLU and Axpo Trading
Key Clients: European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Gastrade, Hellenic Petroleum, ICGB

Real Estate:
1 partner, 3 associates
Hellas Capital Leasing Disposal of Commercial Real Estate Portfolio: Nikos Vouhiounis and team advised Hellas Capital Leasing REIC in the disposal of two high profile commercial properties Key Clients: Blueland Real Estate, a T. Aggelopoulos Group Company, The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Hellas Capital Leasing REIC, Värde Partners Europe Restructuring/Insolvency: 6 partners, 11 associates
doBank Establishment of Servicing Platform for Non-Performing SMEs: Athanasia Tsene and team advised doBank in connection with the servicing platform to be established for nonperforming SME exposures of National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Alpha Bank and Eurobank Ergasias
Cyprus Popular Bank (CPB) Sale of Participation in Banks: Yannis Seiradakis and team advised CPB on the sale of its subsidiaries in Serbia, Romania, Ukraine and Malta
Key Clients: Commerzbank, Cyprus Popular Bank Co, doBank, Eurobank Ergasias, Thea Artemis

1 partner, 2 associates
Transfer Pricing Dispute: Panayotis Bernitsas, Fotodotis Malamas and team advise a leading automobile manufacturer in relation to a dispute arising from wholesale prices transfer pricing between a parent entity and a subsidiary

1 partner, 1 counsel, 2 associates
CYTA Cyprus Sale of CYTA Hellas to Vodafone: Augustine Almyroudi and team advised CYTA Telecoms Authority on the telecoms and data privacy regulatory issues arising in the sale by CYTA Cyprus of CYTA Hellas to Vodafone-Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications
Key Clients: Acun Media Group, BMW Hellas, Cyta Telecoms Authority (CYTA)


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