Athanassios C. Safaris
Athanassios Safaris joined Avramopoulos & Partners in 2010 and currently co-leads the litigation department together with Michael C. Poulakos, after having served as an outside counsel to the Firm for a number of years.
Athanassios has been serving for many years as legal consultant for a number of companies such as Philippos Nakas SA, Argo SA Plastics and T. Tsiknias SA. In the area of public procurement, he has handled various cases and projects and represented companies before the Greek Courts such as Menarini Diagnostic-Medical Instruments and Multirama AEBE and drafted contracts for companies such as AWA Wagering Ltd. and Tideland Signal Limited. From 2009 until 2011, he worked with the Trade Association of Paros in the area of urban law. Furthermore, he handled annulment cases in the Vari Community on the island of Syros and the municipalities of Posidonia and Ano Syros in the areas of public procurement, military and environmental law. He also participated in several joint ventures that were awarded with the drafting of the National Land Registry in Greece. In the area of competition law and distribution agreements, he handled cases of several local car dealers, who were members of the distribution nets of major auto producers.
He has also published articles entitled, The Responsibility of the EEC for Economic Policy Measures (published in the newspaper Nomiko Vima, Athens, 1981) and The European Free Movement of Professional Football Players from the German and Greek View (published in the German magazine Europarecht, 1982). Lastly, he participated in the preparation of the study, Community Debts and Claims (Dettes et Creances Communautaires) on behalf of the legal department of the EEC (study of the legal relationships between individuals and national authorities under the common agricultural policy).
University of Athens Law School (LL.B 1976)
University of Hamburg (LL.M. 1983)
Athens Bar Association (1979); qualified to appear before the Supreme Court
Member, Hellenic Association of European Law
Greek, German, French, English
Avramopoulos & Partners‘s practice involves a range of commercial and civil matters and includes cases regarding breach of contract, tort claims and competition, to name a few. Athanassios Avgeros has considerable experience of litigation before Greek Courts involving local and multi-jurisdictional cases as well as arbitration. Athanassios Safaris has extensive expertise in EU law, including public procurement, as well as distribution agreement disputes. (European Legal 500, 2023 ed.).
The team at Avramopoulos & Partners has national and international recognition, advising various multinational and local clients. Its advisory includes litigation and arbitration arising from disputes regarding breach of contract, fraud, competition, real estate, tax, insurance, creditors rights, bankruptcy, banking and commercial torts. Athanasios Chr Safaris and Athanassios Avgeros collectively lead the practice. (European Legal 500, 2022 ed.).
The disputes practice at Avramopoulos & Partners is jointly fronted by Athanassios Avgeros and Athanassios Safaris. It represents Greek and multinational clients alike in a broad variety of commercial and civil litigation and holds distinguished expertise in relation to enforcement procedures. Additional areas of prowess include breach of contract, competition, real estate, tax and insurance-related litigation. (European Legal 500, 2021 ed.).
Avramopoulos & Partners advises Bonatti on EU and licensing laws relating to the construction of the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline. Athanassios Safaris is the key contact. (European Legal 500, 2017 ed.).
Avramopoulos & Partners advised several motor distributors on competition matters following the termination of a distribution agreement. Athanassios Safaris heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2016 ed.).
Avramopoulos & Partners’ “professional” team is headed by Michael Poulakos, It acted for Brunswick in a warranty coverage dispute and is representing Sabre in several disputes with local travel agencies. Athanassios Avgeros and Athanassios Safaris are recommended. (European Legal 500, 2016 ed.).
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has an active team headed by Athanassios Safaris. Recent clients include Tideland Signal, Technical Reunidas and Suzuki. (European Legal 500, 2015 ed.).
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm exhibits ‘excellent response times and great industry knowledge’. The practice, which is headed by Athanassios Safaris, has undertaken a substantial volume of work linked to construction and engineering projects, including complaints to the EU authorities. (European Legal 500, 2014 ed.)
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s Athanassios Safaris and Mina Manakidou have very active practices. Recently the firm advised Motorola Mobility, ACNielsen and General Electric on data protection issues. (European Legal 500, 2014 ed.)
Athanassios Safaris heads the team at Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm, which includes the highly experienced Alkis Economou, who regularly represents the European Commission before the community courts. Other clients include ERT and Hill International. (European Legal 500, 2013 ed.)
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s quality, versatile practice represents numerous TMT clients including Motorola Mobility, GE and Olympus. Athanassios Safaris heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2013 ed.)
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm is experienced in IP and data protection issues. Clients include Greek music house Nakas, Zebra and Aegean Blue Vacations. Athanassios Safaris heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2012 ed.)
Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has recruited a new partner, former sole practitioner Athanassios Safaris, who will be focusing on EU and competition and brings with him a team of associates. Senior partner Alkis Economou heads the practice, which is particularly strong on public procurement. His team has recently been representing the European Commission before the European Court of Justice in a case against Olympic Airways, concerning aid provided to the latter by the Greek State. It also advised Balfour Beatty on filing a complaint with the European Commission, relating to the procedure of a tender issued by the Greek state railway company. (European Legal 500, 2007 ed.)