Business Law

Our corporate lawyers are capable of advising on a number of business and commercial issues.

Get advice on a wide range of business and commercial issues from our corporate and business lawyers. Our team can help you finalise deals effectively and efficiently, creating structures tailored to your specific needs and goals.

What We Offer

Our Key Areas of Expertise

We specialise in a wide range of business law areas, including:

  • Commercial contracts, Trade Practices Act and Corporations Act requirements, business structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and sale and purchase of businesses.
  • Cross-border transactions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, spin-offs, dispositions, tender offers, public to private transactions, and corporate governance issues.
  • International corporate and transactional and business immigration law services, such as forming, merging, purchasing and selling a variety of international entities across a wide range of global industries.
Online Establishment of Businesses

Our firm is officially authorised and certified to conduct online establishment of companies of any legal form in Greece, pursuant to National Decree 3853/2011 on the establishment of LLPs, SAs and SMEs of any form through the General Electronic Commercial Registry (GEMI).

Our Clients

Our clients range from individuals to large corporations in Greece and abroad, such as:

  • Commercial, retail and industrial properties
  • Residential and landed properties
  • Hotels
  • Private islands
  • Banks and their subsidiaries
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Construction companies
  • Construction companies
  • High-tech companies
  • Maritime companies
  • Tourism companies

We also represent:

  • European companies investing outside the EU.
  • Non-EU companies investing in the EU.

We work closely with you to:

  • Understand fully your business, financial and legal objectives.
  • Ensure that you have all the necessary information at hand to make well-informed business decisions.

How We Can Assist You

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets

  • Corporate and Commercial Law

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Private Equity and Venture Capital

  • Pharmaceutical Law

  • Maritime Law

  • Tourism Law

  • Business Immigration Law

Financial services industry clients

We represent clients in the financial services industry, such as:

  • Banks and their subsidiaries (e.g. leasing companies)
  • Credit unions
  • Factoring and forfaiting firms
  • Brokerage firms
  • Insurance agencies

We also represent lenders and borrowers in traditional bank and venture capital loan transactions.

Counsel to banks

We act as special counsel to banks with unique corporate and regulatory needs, working closely with their local or regular counsel.

We offer advice on:

  • Regulatory compliance and shareholder matters.
  • Formation of holding companies.
  • Document preparation and collections.
  • General and day-to-day operations of banks and their subsidiaries, such as leasing companies or factoring departments.
  • Purchase and sale of banks and financial institutions.

Representation of real estate-related issuers

In terms of capital market transactions, we represent real estate-related issuers, such as real estate investment trusts (REITs), underwriters and investors, for initial and follow-on:

  • Public offerings
  • Secondary offerings
  • Private offerings

We also offer integrated securities advice on complex cross-border transactions to issuers, underwriters, selling shareholders, sponsors, arrangers, lead managers, originators, dealers, trustees and depositories.

Cost-effective solutions

Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in properly documenting commercial lending and related debtor/creditor transactions.

This helps you find innovative and cost-effective solutions for commercial banking and finance problems and disputes.

Advice to all types of companies

We offer advice on corporate, securities and commercial matters to:

  • Public and private companies at all stages of development, from early start-ups to mature publicly traded corporations.
  • International companies planning to expand their business in Greece.

Support for corporations

For corporations, we provide support on:

  • Establishment (articles of association, shareholder and partnership agreements).
  • Day-to-day operations (preparation for and participation in board of directors or shareholder meetings).
  • Winding-up procedures.

Experience in international transactions

Our team has represented companies of all sizes in many countries on a wide range of international transactions, including:

  • Factoring and forfaiting services.
  • Technology transfers and licensing.
  • Debt collection.
  • Equity financing.
  • Contracts, commercial agreements and distribution agreements.
  • International trade compliance matters.

Deep understanding of the industry

We are committed to your business and have a deep understanding of the industry you operate in. This enables us to offer you commercially focused advice.

Extensive experience in M&A

We have extensive experience representing parties across various industries on both sides of the acquisition process with financial, regulatory and operational issues.

Our efforts have helped various regional businesses merge with national and international firms, meet competitive challenges, grow and become among the largest in their industries.

Our team was also involved in the transfer of the assets and operations of Cypriot bank subsidiaries to one of the systematically important banks in Greece, following the bail-in and the Eurogroup decision on 25 March 2013.

Representation of buyers or sellers

We offer assistance to both buyers and sellers in all aspects of strategic transactions, including:

  • Public companies
  • Private equity firms
  • Family-owned businesses
  • Venture capital funds
  • Management teams, boards and board committees
  • Investment banks and bankers

We also assist you with tender offers, including limited partnership tender offers, mergers, spin-offs, recapitalisations, going private transactions and proxy contests involving real estate-related companies.

Advice on all types of private equity transactions

In the private equity transaction market, we offer advice on:

  • Private investments, follow-on investments and investment funds.
  • Recapitalisations and capital raising.
  • Leveraged buyouts (LBOs), management buyouts (MBOs), management buy-ins (MBIs), secondary buyouts (SBOs).
  • Subordinated debt/mezzanine financing.
  • Exit strategies.
  • Equity rights and transfer restrictions.

We help you meet new regulatory and tax challenges, and take advantage of any innovations in deal structures.

Excellent project management skills

Closing a successful private equity transaction requires a flexible and innovative approach and a legal team with excellent project management skills.

Our team of internationally experienced lawyers advises leading private equity houses at every point of the private equity fund cycle, from acquiring or providing early seed or angel capital to investments in established businesses and industries.

Advice on pharmaceutical procedures

We offer advice to international and local healthcare companies on:

  • Internal policies and codes of conduct.
  • Promotional practices.
  • Interaction with healthcare professionals and patient organisations.
  • Implementation of the local legislation and the Greek Pharmaceutical Companies’ Association Code of Conduct.

Deep understanding of legislation

We have deep knowledge and understanding of the legislation governing pharmaceuticals, such as:

  • The pharmacovigilance legislation that came into effect in 2012 in the European Union (EU).
  • The Greek legislation on the pricing of pharmaceutical products, including permitted discounts, credits, rebates and government-imposed clawbacks by the National Organization for the Provision of Health Services (EOPYY).

Our team is also experienced in litigation before the administrative courts, and has represented local and international pharmaceutical companies regarding rebates and clawbacks for millions of euros.

Experience in all maritime matters

Our maritime lawyers are especially skilled at handling complex international maritime arbitrations, mediations, adjudications and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

We are actively involved in all aspects of maritime-related matters:

  • Collisions, groundings, cargo damage, hull and machinery.
  • Commercial litigation, criminal defence and charter party disputes.
  • Product liability and personal injury.
  • Environmental compliance.
  • Ship sale and purchase.
  • Shipbuilding, repair, conversion and construction.
  • EU legislation and rulemaking.

Involvement in every maritime industry sector

We represent all major sectors of the maritime industry:

  • Liquid and dry bulk, liquefied natural gas, containers, roll-on/roll-off, passenger and cruise ships.
  • Specialised vessels, such as offshore drilling units, power-generating barges, tugs, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, dredging, dive support, pipe and cable laying.
  • Fishing and recreational boats.

Representation of all industry players

Our clients include:

  • Vessel owners, operators, underwriters, shippers and commodities traders.
  • Ports, marinas, shore facilities and shipyards.
  • Investment and financing entities, energy companies.
  • Industry groups and associations.

Wide range of tourism-related services

Tourism is gaining momentum with legislation that supports tourism development and entrepreneurship. Our law firm provides a range of services in this area, including:

  • Land selection and acquisition.
  • Contracts for the operation of tourism facilities.
  • Contracts for the provision of tourism services.
  • Long-term leasing contracts.
  • Out-of-court and judicial settlement of disputes arising from contracts.

Our clients include companies active in tourism both in Greece and abroad.

Deep understanding of tourism legislation

We have a deep understanding of the legislation governing large scale investments, such as integrated hotel resorts, vacation homes, golf courses and other infrastructures.

We assist you with all the special requirements for your type of establishment (e.g. size, building ratio, distance from coast etc.).

Assistance to corporations

We offer advice to corporations in Greece and abroad on:

  • Recruitment and cross-border transfer of personnel, such as executives, managers, professionals, investors and performing artists.
  • Short- and long-term visas, treaty investor visas, intracompany transferee status, and other types of non-immigrant and permanent residence strategies.
  • Immigration-related aspects of corporate restructurings, such as mergers and acquisitions, due diligence reviews and divestitures.

Advice to individuals

We advise individuals on:

  • Retention or relinquishment of permanent residence status
  • Naturalisation and loss of nationality matters.