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Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners

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Managing Partner: Ioannis Vassardanis
Number of partners: 2

Firm Overview:
Through unmatched professionalism and comprehensive knowledge of both the Greek and international business environments, Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners ensure that the firm’s lawyers offer legal advice of the highest caliber in every situation. This, combined with working closely with clients and maintaining absolute confidentiality, creates a competitive advantage that is evidenced by the results yielded. The firm has a strong international profile that stands to benefit its clients. The team has established long-standing cooperation with law firms and consultants from many countries, strengthening a substantial track-record in transactions and investments abroad. Members of the team have been admitted to practice law in other jurisdictions, allowing for a more holistic and rounded approach to client’s needs. All the above contribute to the provision of outstanding legal services by transforming ‘problems’ into opportunities and reinforce the firm’s commitment to excellence. This stands as a basis for receiving many awards and distinctions, both on a collective and individual level, ultimately contributing to the creation of trust and longevity in relationships with clients, colleagues, and third party providers. Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners has been consistently recognised for its work by a number of international ranking organizations, including Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Europe, as well as Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa. Specifically, the firm has been consistently recognised and recommended in the practice areas of Dispute Resolution, Energy, Real Estate & Construction and Corporate & Commercial. Legal 500 makes reference to the ‘smart and hardworking team’ of Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners, as well as to the team’s ‘very good sense of strategy’ and how it is ‘well versed in international law issues’. Ioannis Vassardanis, managing partner, has been a recognised practitioner in the area of dispute resolution, among other fields, by both Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Europe consistently since 2013. Chambers and Partners Europe highlights Ioannis’ noteworthy international arbitration practice, as well as ‘his in-depth analysis of issues and strategic approach’, while Chambers and Partners Global notes that he is ‘a very skillful lawyer with an international profile and a very broad network of contacts worldwide’ and ‘well regarded for his expertise both sitting and acting on his feet…’. Ioannis has also been recognised as a Recommended Professional in the area of dispute resolution by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa consistently since 2013, among other fields. Legal 500 notes that Ioannis ‘always impresses’ and has ‘built up a first class team of excellent associates’. Eleni Tsakri, partner, has been an up-and-coming and recognised practitioner in the area of dispute resolution, among other fields, by both Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Europe consistently since 2015. Specifically, Chambers and Partners Europe underlines Eleni’s ability to address issues ‘flexibly, confidently and in a timely manner,’ while Chambers and Partners Global makes reference to her practical and analytical skills. Eleni has also been recognised as a Recommended Professional by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa since 2014 in the area of dispute resolution, among other fields. Eleni is praised as ‘energetic’ and having ‘good strategic vision’, according to Legal 500.

Litigation, Arbitration & ADR:
Ioannis Vassardanis & Partners is one of the few law firms in Greece with such a high specialization in international arbitration and the only law firm with demonstrated double expertise in both investment and commercial arbitration cases. The firm handles a vast range of international and domestic arbitration cases, having extensive experience in arbitrations held under the auspices of key arbitral institutions worldwide (e.g. ICC, LCIA, SCC), as well as ad hoc, in various jurisdictions and under several governing laws (including Greece, France, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Sweden). Notably, the firm is representing AVAX S.A. (Greece) in a commercial arbitration case against Tecnimont S.p.A. (Italy) under the ICC Rules and has also been involved as co-counsel in related annulment proceedings, the decision for which was among the five shortlisted by the Global Arbitration Review for the Most Important Published Decision worldwide at the 2nd Annual GAR Awards (2011-2012). The firm has substantial experience in investment arbitration as well, being the only Greek law firm to have been appointed as lead counsel in an investment arbitration case before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to date. More specifically, the firm represents AVAX S.A. in an investment arbitration case against the Lebanese Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/29, AVAX S.A. v. Lebanese Republic). The firm has a solid track-record in arbitration related proceedings before Greek and other foreign domestic courts, having handled numerous annulment and enforcement proceedings, as well as requests for conservatory measures.

The firm has in-depth expertise in the construction and engineering sectors, providing tailored advice to all sides of the construction and engineering industries, including financiers, project sponsors, employers, contractors and professionals. The firm handles major construction and engineering projects, provides front-end risk analysis and advises clients on contract management. The firm takes pride in its outstanding record of resolving complex, high value cases, thus seeking to avoid long and costly court litigation, arbitral proceedings and protracted negotiations. The firm has handled high profile cases in Greece and abroad, in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Corporate Law & M&A:
The firm provides advice in relation to company incorporation, the formation of consortia, as well as on all aspects and stages of M&As. The firm represents clients in a variety of corporate matters spanning across the company’s life-cycle, from the incorporation of the company throughout its development, operation and restructuring. The team performs due diligence and advises on all aspects of corporate governance, legal compliance and strategic planning and represents clients in structuring their initial capitalization, as well as in corporate financing transactions.The team structures, plans and negotiates cross-border and domestic joint venture partnerships and regularly advises on the setting-up of branch offices and subsidiaries in Greece for overseas companies. The firm also advises clients on share capital and shareholder rights, as well as on the protection of the minority rights of shareholders.

Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities:
The firm’s energy practice advises across the full spectrum of energy sectors and has acted in a substantial number of high-profile energy projects both in Greece and abroad. Our firm’s lawyers possess an in depth understanding of the global energy business environment and are highly experienced in energy transactions, disputes and regulatory/legislative matters. Renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, hydroelectric and waste-to-energy are also a core part of the firm’s energy practice, handling greenfield renewable energy projects and renewable energy portfolios. The firm provides advice to international companies in all aspects of the construction of major power plant projects in Greece and abroad (South Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa), on project financing, issuance of licenses/permits, contract administration, defense-pricing, establishment of joint ventures, PPAs, as well as dispute resolution and the settling of claims. The firm has been involved in most renewable energy and affiliate projects carried out by the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC), the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO), and the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO).

Commercial Contracts:
The firm negotiates and drafts a wide array of commercial contracts (including contracts for services, sale of goods, licensing, distribution, manufacturing, outsourcing, maintenance, supply and franchising) and assists clients on all stages of the contract process. The firm has represented Greek and international companies in complex transactions and has been involved in the conclusion and performance of agency and distribution agreements in Greece, the Balkans, Western Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and the US. On numerous occasions, the firm has acted for Greek companies willing to expand abroad and foreign companies willing to franchise and develop their businesses in Greece. The firm also handles disputes arising from commercial contracts and represents clients before the competent courts and authorities, if an amicable settlement cannot be achieved.

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