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    General:

    Avramopoulos & Partners has an extensive practice in corporate and commercial activity. Our lawyers are actively engaged in the intricacies of our clients' business dealings, ranging from simple incorporations to large-scale strategic transactions. We offer a full range of legal services that corporate clients require to facilitate commerce, both local and overseas.

    Our professionals are adept at representing clients in ways that transcend basic legal skills. We work with our clients to understand the nature of their business and goals and apply legal reasoning that will help them reach their objectives. This is especially important when dealing with spheres of international business where little or no precedent is available to guide decision-making. The ability to successfully navigate clients through complex commercial issues, often crossing borders and intertwining cultures, has long been and will remain a hallmark of Avramopoulos & Partners' service.

    Our expertise in the area of commercial contracts spans across the entire range of strategic contracts, agreements and arrangements, including joint ventures, co-operations and partnerships, transactional agreements, outsourcing, advertising, branding, media and sponsorship, licensing of commercial rights, sales and marketing, manufacturing, purchase and supply, standard trading terms and conditions, distribution, agency and franchise, warehousing, storage and logistics, freight and transport, shared and transitional services, etc.

    Further, we regularly assist boards, directors, shareholders and other key stakeholders on devising optimal corporate governance structures, implementing effective corporate governance frameworks, and ensuring compliance with adopted protocols and applicable codes.

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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
    Alkis Economou
    Alkis Economou Senior Partner
    Alkis Economou & Associates
    a.economou@avralaw.gr
    Athanassios A. Avgeros
    Athanassios A. Avgeros Partner
    t.avgeros@avralaw.gr
    Yanna N. Antonopoulou
    Yanna N. Antonopoulou Partner
    antonopoulou@avralaw.gr
    Vicky E. Kolintza
    Vicky E. Kolintza Partner
    vkolintza@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
    Barbara Angelopoulou
    Barbara Angelopoulou Junior Partner
    b.angelopoulou@avralaw.gr
    Dimitris Angelakis
    Dimitris Angelakis Junior Partner
    Alkis Economou and Associates
    a.economou@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 delivers ‘good response times’ and is engaged by clients such as Bonatti and Diamond Resorts International. Vassilis Avramopoulos is praised for his ‘strategic thinking, tactical excellence and innovative approach’. (European Legal 500, 2017 ed.).

    The “quality” team at Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm combines “legal knowledge with business acumen”. Clients include Diamond Resorts International, EDE Group and Worldwide Wheel. Team head Vassilis Avramopoulos is recommended. (European Legal 500, 2016 ed.).
     
    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s lawyers “give you the confidence they have wide experience and know their areas”. Vassilis Avramopoulos is “professional, efficient and punctual”. Recent clients include Oakes Capital, Harlequin Enterprises and OTI Holdings. (European Legal 500, 2015 ed.).

    The team at Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm is headed by Vassilis Avramopoulos, who exhibits ‘high standards of expertise and professionalism’. Clients include Aegean Blue Holdings, the University of Hertfordshire and Cushman & Wakefield. (European Legal 500, 2014 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s practice combines transactional with day-to-day commercial advice. It advised Aegean Blue Holdings on the sale of its shares to Diamond Resorts International, and other clients include Mitsubishi Electric and AT&T. Vassilis Avramopoulos heads the team. (European Legal 500, 2013 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a strong telecoms industry following and is developing strong links to the German market through partner Wolfgang Gebhardt, particularly in the energy sector. Recent highlights include advising Zebra on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Tiger Hellas. AT&T is a major client. (European Legal 500, 2012 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has cultivated an international scope to its practice. It advised Aegean Blue on its merger with six Scottish companies. Clients praise Vassilis Avramopoulos. (European Legal 500, 2011 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has been active in all areas of corporate and financial work this year. On the banking side, the firm worked mainly for borrowers opposite major Greek banks negotiating and drafting loan agreements ranging from €8.5 million to €34 million. The firm also acted for Instone Greece in a £27 million multi-currency term revolving facility from Lloyds TSB. The firm was fairly active in M&A and in one large deal acted for EDS International in a sale and 100% share transfer to Hewlett-Packard. The firm clinched some significant deals in project finance, notably advising Balfour Beatty in the implementation of a tender for the electrification of the Piraeus-Thessaloniki- Athens line, and in public tenders for further railway electrification projects. The firm also acted for Rodon Anaptyxiaki and Casino Rhodes on a €63 million concession for a marina, shopping centre and residential area on the island of Rhodes. (IFLR 1000, 2010 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has focused on attracting international clients and is moving towards a full-service corporate offering. The group is traditionally strong in the TMT and advertising sectors, and advised Forthnet on its €500m acquisition of Greek satellite platform Nova. Name partner Vassilis Avramopoulos is excellent. (European Legal 500, 2010 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a reputation for advising on environmental matters related to sale and acquisitions for its corporate clients. The firm acted for a leading chemical company on its acquisition and subsequent sale of a textiles dye manufacturer. (European Legal 500, 2009 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has been advising Affichage Holdings, a market leader in Switzerland, on the acquisition of 75% in two Greek advertising companies, in relation to the establishment of Greek entity Affichage Hellas, and the acquisition of additional Greek market assets. (European Legal 500, 2008 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has been advising Rodon Anaptyxiaki, Casino Rodou, Emporiki Bank and Marines Rodou on issues related to the project/concession agreement for the development, construction and exploitation of a marina, shopping centre and residential area in Rhodes. (European Legal 500, 2008 ed.)
    Avramopoulos is well known for its M&A practice. One of its highlights in the last year was advising Affichage Holding in its acquisition of Alma Atermon, Domisi Wall and Clear Media for €50 million. It also acted for Konica-Minolta in its purchase of Vlachopoulos and was also involved in the sale of Attiki Kerdoos Hermes Securities to Eurobank Securities on behalf of the seller.

    Elsewhere, the firm acted for Mitsis Hotels in the purchase of a beach resort in Greece. Two other deals that are worth mentioning are its representation of Win when it bought over Imako Publications and its assistance to Aegis Group in connection with its acquisition of the Censydiam Group. (IFLR 1000, 2008 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm has a focus on the telecoms sector. M&A, particularly for international companies, is also a core area of practice, where clients include Cambridge University Press and Switzerland-based Affichage. It also advised the Bank of Attica on its merger with a subsidiary, Attica Leasing. (European Legal 500, 2007 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm advised the Greek and US consortium of York Capital Management and Olympic Investors, in their bid for Olympic Airlines. (European Legal 500, 2006 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm provided legal services to Aramark-Dasko SA in its successful provision of the catering services in the Olympics. In M&A, the firm was instructed by Dutch company, Campina BV, in its acquisition of Greek company, Quality Brands, International S.A. (European Legal 500, 2005 ed.)
    Under the leadership of name partner Vassilis Avramopoulos, Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm’s corporate team undertakes a range of corporate housekeeping activities for clients. The team handles contracts for Aramark-Dasko SA, which was awarded the catering services and accommodation facilities contract for the 2004 Olympic Games. (European Legal 500, 2004 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm is led by managing partner Vassilis Avramopoulos. The firm represented Greek hotel management group, Grecotel in its purchase of the parent company of the Sheraton Hotel, in Sophia. Recommended for entertainment law, the firm advised Universal Studios on contractual and location issues in the filming of the Bourne Identity in Mykonos. (European Legal 500, 2003 ed.)

    Avramopoulos & Partners Law Firm also has entertainment law capability within its full-service practice and advised Working Title Films Ltd. and Universal Studios on the contractual issues of the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Clients include Yorkshire Group Plc., Ladbroke Group and Manpower. (European Legal 500, 2002 ed.)

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    Examples of work

    • Legal advice to a leading global information and measurement company on various corporate matters and employment issues, as well as drafting and negotiating agreements for the provision of services.
       
    • Provision of legal advice to various multinational companies regarding the implementation of whistle-blowing systems in Greece.
       
    • Provision of legal services to a UK University and other multinational companies in relation to the establishment of a branch office in Greece, including corporate, tax and employment issues.
       
    • Legal advice to a Swedish retail company regarding its acquisition of 50% of the shares of a Greek company as well as assisting in the conversion of the said company in Greece from a limited liability company to a corporation (“Société Anonyme”).
       
    • Provision of legal services to a European group of companies for the Merger by Absorption of six Scottish Ltd companies, in accordance with the EU Cross Border Merger Directives. Negotiations, drafting of contracts, procurement of approvals by regulatory & supervisory authorities, etc.
       
    • Legal advice to a Swiss listed company regarding the acquisition of various Greek outdoor advertising companies. Negotiations, drafting of legal documentation and closing of the transactions.
       
    • Legal advice to a hotel group of companies for the acquisition of various hotel and land development companies in Greece, Hungary, Serbia and Turkey, as well as regular corporate housekeeping work for several companies of the group.
       
    • Provision of legal services to a Greek bank for the Merger by Absorption of its leasing subsidiary. Negotiations, drafting of contracts, approvals by supervisory authorities, etc.
       
    • Provision of legal opinions to a UK listed company and its subsidiary in Greece, in respect of the potential acquisition of one of its major business competitors in the Greek market.
       
    • Provision of legal advice to a prominent multinational provider of products, technologies, software & services, on various corporate matters, drafting & negotiating agreements and dispute resolution.
       
    • Provision of legal advice, including regulatory issues, to several foreign banks and financial institutions regarding several international agreements and their compliance with local law.
       
    • Provision of legal advice on corporate law matters to many multinational companies for their local subsidiaries.
       
    • Drafting and negotiating agency, distributorship, and franchise agreements with local partners for major US and European product manufacturers and dispute resolution.
       
    • Provision of legal advice and services to a UK based private equity firm for the negotiations and execution of the relevant draft agreements with a global chain of premium 5 star luxury hotels, in relation to a high-end hotel and residential development in Greece.
       
    • Provision of legal advice and services to the Greek State Radio and Television Organization in relation to the transfer and distribution of its TV channels’ signal to the USA in accordance with the terms of a relevant tender.
       
    • Drafting the terms and conditions of customer agreements on behalf of a major GDS company and dispute resolution.
       
    • Provision of legal advice and services to a joint venture on legal issues related to the Project/Concession Agreement for the Development, Construction and Exploitation of a Marina, a Shopping Center and a Residential Area in the Island of Rhodes, Greece.
       
    • Provision of on-going legal advice to the local branch office of a US-based leading international air-transport and courier services provider on a wide range of corporate, employment and regulatory matters as well as on commercial litigation.
       
    • Provision of on-going legal advice to a major International ATMs Manufacturer & IT Services Provider on a broad range of legal, corporate and regulatory matters.
       
    • Provision of on-going legal advice to the local subsidiary of a leading International Global Distribution Service (GDS) Company on various corporate, contract law and employment law issues.
       
    • Advising a prominent software, metrology and automation local company in relation to corporate, employment, commercial and public tenders legislation.
       
    • Provision of legal advice to a leading market research company on various corporate and tax matters.
       
    • Provision of legal advice to a U.S. computer hardware and electronics company on corporate issues including reviewing and amending Hardware/Software Reseller Agreements with their clients.
       
    • Drafting distribution agreements for Greek distributors of major motor companies.

Honors and Awards for: Corporate and Commercial

Τhe Legal 500 2015
Global Awards Winner 2014
Corporate INTL Legal Awards 2012
Deal Makers End of Year Annual Awards 2012
Deal Makers 2011
Corporate International Magazine Global Award 2011
Corporate International Magazine Global Award 2010
Corporate International Magazine Global Award  2010