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    General:

    Media
    Avramopoulos & Partners has vast experience in media legal issues, media litigation and content-related disputes relating to newspapers, broadcasters, magazines, film & TV production companies, and advertising agencies. With capabilities in a wide range of services and sectors, including corporate, technology and finance, we are able to draw on considerable expertise and resources across the firm to provide the level of knowledge and the standard of service any major corporate client expects.

    Our team assists businesses and individuals in dealing with adverse press attention, preventing publication of material in breach of copyright and confidence, and bringing libel and privacy claims. Importantly, businesses whose reputation may be at risk or under attack can benefit from our expertise in all aspects of corporate reputation management.

    The expansion of the internet has given rise to new threats to the reputation of businesses and individuals, such as the worldwide publication of media coverage, bloggers, and anonymous postings on chat rooms or websites set up by aggrieved third parties. In close cooperation with local authorities, Avramopoulos & Partners combines legal expertise with technological know-how in order to best identify and take action against such threats.

    Entertainment
    The Firm has expertise in all forms of entertainment and related litigation. The entertainment and media group works closely with the Firm's telecommunications group and intellectual property group to provide expert legal opinions on the flourishing areas of emerging technologies, new media and the convergence of entertainment, telecommunications and the internet.
    Among others, we have dealt with issues such as:

    • International and Domestic Film Financing
    • Tax Planning
    • Copyrights
    • Trademark and Patent Matters
       
    Our Law Firm has represented major international studios, television networks, film financiers, and foreign and domestic production and distribution companies in the full array of filmed entertainment matters. Specifically, over the past 15 years, Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has provided legal counseling on tax and contract law, intellectual property, employment, and entertainment law to a number of domestic and international film production companies for the production of various movies, shot either entirely or partially on Greek locations.

    In addition, the Firm has been involved in the drafting and preparation of the location agreements, the crew and actors’ agreements, the issuance of all necessary permits and licenses (e.g., location licenses from the local and state authorities, filming licenses, work and residence permits for the European and non-European crew and actors, etc.). Finally, we provided daily, comprehensive on-the-spot legal assistance throughout the duration of the filming.

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    Team:

    Vassilis D. Avramopoulos
    Vassilis D. Avramopoulos Senior Partner
    v.avramopoulos@avralaw.gr
    Michael K. Poulakos
    Michael K. Poulakos Senior Partner
    poulakos@avralaw.gr
    Athanassios C. Safaris
    Athanassios C. Safaris Senior Partner
    a.safaris@avralaw.gr
    Yanna N. Antonopoulou
    Yanna N. Antonopoulou Partner
    antonopoulou@avralaw.gr
    George S. Assimakis
    George S. Assimakis Partner
    info@avralaw.gr
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    Recommendations by Law Directories:

    Avramopoulos & Partners advises on IT and telecom matters, and is instructed by clients such as AT&T GNS Hellas, and Sabre Hellas. Senior associate Barbara Angelopoulou heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2016 ed.).
     
    Barbara Angelopoulou heads the team at Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm, which is highly recommended for data protection issues. Major clients include AT&T GNS Hellas, Sabre Hellas and New Spring Telecoms. (European Legal 500, 2015 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.)

    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.)

    Led by Eleni Bertes, Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s IP practice has been acting for UK clothing company All Saints Retail Limited on copyright and design infringement cases in Greece. (European Legal 500, 2011 ed.)

    Eleni Bertes heads Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s IP practice, which has been providing data protection and regulatory advice to clients including Pearson and PPD, as well as advice to Harlenic Hellas Publishing on copyright issues. (European Legal 500, 2010 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm advises media and entertainment clients in the film industry on matters relating to international productions. (European Legal 500, 2009 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm is active in advising arts sector clients including Greek and international production companies, producers and filmmakers. (European Legal 500, 2008 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a strong film law practice which represents some major US –and UK- based clients. It also acts for award-winning Greek film director Pantelis Voulgaris, and has been negotiating the live performance agreements of international artists including Jennifer Lopez. (European Legal 500, 2007 ed.)

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    Examples of work

    • The Firm provides advice to a wide range of clients ranging from production companies, producers, filmmakers and artists in various areas of the arts in Greece and abroad.
       
    • In 2008, a member of the Firm was appointed, to the Ministerial Committee of imminent film industry practitioners established by Minister for Culture, and chaired by the Greek – French filmmaker Costa Gavra, to review the current Greek cinema legislative framework.
       
    • Subsequently, upon submission of the aforementioned committee’s recommendations, the same member of our Firm was appointed to the legislative committee chaired by Legal Counsel of the State, to draft the new cinema law based on the recommendations of the Gavra Committee and industry bodies.
       
    • During the years of 2005 and 2006, the Firm prepared and submitted to the Greek Government (Ministries of Finance, State, Culture and Tourism) a report entitled “Scoping the Establishment of a Greek Film Commission Office: A Comparative Study of the Operation of International Film Commissions and their Role in Attracting Foreign Productions & an Examination of the Current Greek Context and Recommendations for the Establishment of the Greek Film Commission Office.” The findings of the Report fuelled industry debate and led to the development of responsive strategies and policies in this sector.
       
    • The Firm has represented Greece’s award-winning Film Director, Pantelis Voulgaris.
       
    • The Firm also successfully negotiated and concluded a number of “A” list international artists live performance Agreements, one of the artists being Jennifer Lopez.
       
    • During the years of 2000 and 2001 our Firm provided legal counseling to the film production companies ‘Working Title Films Ltd’ and ‘Universal Studios’ for the production of the 50 million US Dollar movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” shot entirely on the island of Cephallonia, Greece. We provided our legal services on all issues that arose through the completion of the production, especially in relation with tax and contract law, intellectual property, employment and entertainment law.
       
    • The Firm was also involved in the drafting and preparation of the location agreements, the crew and actors’ agreements, the issuance of all the necessary permits and licenses (e.g., location licenses from the local and state authorities, filming licenses, work and residence permits for the European and non-European crew and actors, etc.). Finally, we provided daily on-the-spot legal assistance on all issues and problems that arose on a daily basis throughout the duration of the filming.