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Areas of Practice | Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

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    General:

    Our litigation and arbitration practice involves a broad range of commercial and civil matters and includes cases involving:

    • Breach of Contract
    • Fraud
    • Competition
    • Real Estate
    • Tax
    • Employment Issues
    • Creditor's Rights
    • Bankruptcy
    • Banking
    • Commercial Torts
       
    The depth of our resources permits us to handle complex litigation and arbitration cases efficiently and effectively. For instance, we carefully monitor staffing and attorney time with the use of sophisticated systems of document management. As a result, our system is better controlled, organized and time-effective.

    The lawyers within the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice come from a wide variety of top national/international schools, backgrounds and expertise, many of whom have achieved national and international recognition. The Firm's acknowledged international arbitration experience combined with our ability to work in different languages make us particularly well placed to assist private and public companies operating locally in matters involving construction, telecommunications, commercial and investment disputes.

    Avramopoulos & Partners is ranked among the top tiers for dispute resolution matters in the European Legal 500.

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    Team:

    Michael K. Poulakos
    Michael K. Poulakos Senior Partner
    poulakos@avralaw.gr
    Athanassios C. Safaris
    Athanassios C. Safaris Senior Partner
    a.safaris@avralaw.gr
    Alkis Economou
    Alkis Economou Senior Partner
    Alkis Economou & Associates
    a.economou@avralaw.gr
    Athanassios A. Avgeros
    Athanassios A. Avgeros Partner
    t.avgeros@avralaw.gr
    Wolfgang Gebhardt
    Wolfgang Gebhardt Of Counsel
    Gebhardt & Partners
    gebhardt@otenet.gr
    George S. Assimakis
    George S. Assimakis Partner
    info@avralaw.gr
    Maria K. Athanassiou
    Maria K. Athanassiou Junior Partner
    athanasiou@avralaw.gr
    Dimitris Angelakis
    Dimitris Angelakis Junior Partner
    Alkis Economou and Associates
    a.economou@avralaw.gr
    Myrto D. Kavvadia
    Myrto D. Kavvadia Senior Associate
    m.kavvadia@avralaw.gr
    Iraklis Barogiannis
    Iraklis Barogiannis Associate
    Alkis Economou and Associates
    a.economou@avralaw.gr
    Tina Kamilaki
    Tina Kamilaki Senior Associate
    Alkis Economou and Associates
    a.economou@avralaw.gr
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    Recommendations by Law Directories:

    Avramopoulos & Partners is advising The Nielsen Company on a range of debt collection matters, and continues to advise Sabre Travel Network on several disputes with travel agencies. Athanassios Avgeros is the key contact. (European Legal 500, 2017 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.).
     
    Michael Poulakos heads Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s dispute resolution team, which provides “excellent support and advice” and has “a high level of business understanding”.  Clients include Ricoh International, Federal Express and Balfour Beatty Rail. Clients feel their “case is in good hands” with Athanassios Avgeros. (European Legal 500, 2015 ed.).

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s expertise covers major construction and distribution agreement disputes. Recently the firm represented the Spanish company, Técnicas Reunidas, in a dispute regarding the Elefsis refinery upgrade project. Michael Poulakos heads the team, which includes the highly rated Vassilis Avramopoulos. (European Legal 500, 2014 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has been representing international clients such as Ricoh and Victorinox in disputes with distributors. Other instructions include representing Balfour Beatty in a dispute with Ergose relating to the electrification of the Piraeus-Athens-Thessaloniki railway line. Michael Poulakos heads this well-regarded team. (European Legal 500, 2013 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a very good track record defending Greek media outlets against defamation lawsuits. The firm is also advising Balfour Beatty Rail’s joint venture company in a dispute with Ergose regarding the Piraeus-Athens-Thessaloniki railway line. Dionyssis Gavounelis heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2012 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s broad contentious practice covers commercial and regulatory matters for a diverse client base that includes MWG Biotech and Affichage Hellas. Michael Poulakos heads the team, which has been advising Balfour Beatty Rail on a claim against Ergose. (European Legal 500, 2011 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm handles commercial litigation and a growing number of arbitration cases for clients such as Balfour Beatty and Affichage Hellas. Michael Pulakos heads the practice, which recently acted for German-based MWG Biotech on a dispute with a former distributor in Greece. (European Legal 500, 2010 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s litigation practice is particularly active in the construction industry, having acted for a multinational construction and engineering company in a local dispute relating to a railway project. (European Legal 500, 2009 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has been advising Balfour Beatty Rail SpA and a related joint venture in litigation against Greek public company Ergose, related to a railway line project. (European Legal 500, 2008 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has several lawyers exclusively handling litigation. It recently advised the N. Daskalantonakis group of companies and the Mitsis hotels group in litigation. (European Legal 500, 2007 ed.)

    Fully active in the field of dispute resolution, Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s team is led by George Maraziotes who joined the firm in 2002 with over 23 years’ experience in civil, commercial and litigation activities. (European Legal 500, 2004 ed.)

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    Examples of work

    • Provision of legal services and advice to a Spanish listed company in relation to existing disputes deriving from a Contract for the Project Management, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management of a Refinery Upgrading Project.
       
    • Provision of legal advice and services to the contractor of the project (joint venture of five companies: four Italian and one Greek) for the design, construction and commissioning of the Thessaloniki metro. These services included: negotiations with the Greek legal counsels of the state, drafting of new legislation on mediation procedures, drafting of a complaint before the EU authorities, etc. The project comprises of an underground line of two tracks of 9.6 kilometers in length, thirteen stations, the depot, etc. It also includes the procurement of 18 trains and the commissioning of all systems, including training of the operational personnel.
       
    • Objection procedure before the Greek Administrative Courts regarding the Decision of the Tax Authority for not exempting Greek companies from the imposition of special tax on their real estate in case the ultimate shareholder of the companies is a trust.
       
    • Legal advice and representation before the pertinent courts of Athens of the Greek subsidiary of a global company in the technology sector in a pending litigation with a Greek IT company, as well as legal advice in relation to the Greek subsidiary’s dispute (and threatened litigation) with various travel agencies due to breach of contract by the latter and the termination of their cooperation.
       
    • Provision of legal services and court representation to a Greek bank for the issuance of orders for payment upon the termination of loan agreements for the purchase of yachts, due to non-payment.
       
    • Legal advice and court representation of a well-known global lighting company in various debt collection matters.
       
    • Legal advice to the Greek subsidiary of a global manufacturer of confectionery and gum in a commercial dispute pertaining to an agency agreement.
       
    • Representation of a company active in the advertising sector in various court litigation matters.
       
    • Legal advice to a major distributor of well-known car brands regarding various court litigation issues.
       
    • Provision of legal advice to the UK subsidiary of a global leader group of companies in management construction risk in relation to a court action brought by an engineer working on a project that the said subsidiary was awarded by the European Agency for Reconstruction.
       
    • Provision of legal advice and support to a multinational printing company against indemnification claims by its former dealer in Greece.
       
    • Objection procedure before the Greek Administrative Courts for the Decision of the Tax Authority for not exempting Greek companies from imposition of special tax on their real estate in case the ultimate shareholder of the companies is a trust.
       
    • Legal advice to a multinational advertising company regarding the drafting and filing of the Petition for Annulment and the Petition for Suspension of Implementation before the Supreme Administrative Court of Greece; these two petitions involved the Ministry of Health’s decision to prohibit outdoor advertisement of tobacco products.
       
    • Procedure against the Greek State before the civil Courts for granting of additional salary to persons who were employed by the State for years on the base of consecutive contracts with limited period of validity. For the first time a lawsuit of this kind has been approved by the Court of Appeal of Athens.
       
    • Legal advice and court representation of a major Hungarian TV channel in a debt collection dispute against the Greek National Tourism Organization.
       
    • Provision of ongoing legal advice to a technology company that leads the travel industry, including its court representation in various pending litigation disputes with local travel agencies and one of its suppliers.
       
    • Provision of ongoing legal advice, court representation (Court of Appeals) and legal opinions to a UK and world class infrastructure company in relation to the litigation proceedings issued against the public company ERGOSE S.A. in connection with the project entitled “Electrification of the Piraeus – Athens – Thessaloniki TX1 Railway Line” and the tender for the project “Construction of Electrification for the new railway along the SKA-KIATO section.”
       
    • Legal advice and services and Court representation of a Swiss cutlery, fashion and fragrances manufacturer regarding an open dispute with its former distributor in Greece and conclusion of an out-of-court settlement.
       
    • Review procedures before the competent Administrative Courts of Appeal regarding the award of public supply and service contracts in the sectors of musical instruments, digital equipment, computers and structure designing.
       
    • Litigation before Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, on behalf of one of the major designing engineer company in Greece in respect to the assignment (through public procurement procedure) of the technical design of part of a new motorway.

Honors and Awards for: Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Τhe Legal 500 2015