Chambers Europe 2013
THE FIRM Kelemenis & Co has had a busy year representing its largely international client base in a range of instructions, most notably capital markets and restructuring matters. It advised Baring Private Equity Asia on the acquisition of equity and debt participations of a number of Greek-listed companies. The team also assisted Chevron with its restructuring programme.
Sources say: “The advice is accurate, thorough, and certainly up to international standards.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partner Yannis Kelemenis combines corporate and commercial know-how with expertise in litigation. He recently advised General Mills on the Haagen-Dazs franchise in Greece.
Clients praise Ioanna Lazaridou-Elmaloglou for her proactivity, efficiency, and practical mindset. She heads the practice and focuses on M&A in particular.
THE FIRM This firm is well reputed for its dispute resolution work, particularly in the energy and leisure sectors. Highlights include acting for the Greek independent power transmission operator (ADMIE) on litigation against two power suppliers who defaulted with their payments, and successfully representing the Greek brewery of Atalanti in a claim against Anheuser-Busch InBev relating to the termination of a distribution relationship.
Sources say: “A reliable team of lawyers who know what they’re talking about and are correct, quick and efficient.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Founder and managing partner Yannis Kelemenis is praised for his in-depth examination of cases. He regularly assists Chevron with disputes.
THE FIRM Kelemenis enters the rankings this year having received warm endorsement from market commentators for its excellent employment practice. The compact team offers ongoing employment advice to clients such as GE, Champion and Adecco. Recently, it assisted Chevron with the redundancy process following the close of its downstream lubricants business in Greece.
Sources say: “Our close co-operation has made me consider the lawyers at Kelemenis as our people.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Tom Kyriakopoulos provides tax and employment advice to domestic and international clients. Sources appreciate his prompt and efficient advice, and describe him as a “down-to-earth professional.”
THE FIRM With a strong energy focus since its inception, this firm continues to be highly regarded for its transactional and regulatory advice to both public and private entities. Recently, the team assisted the system operator of PPC with regulatory and litigation proceedings. Other clients include DEPA, Endesa and Veolia.
Sources say:“Very satisfied with the quality of their work and their consistency.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing partner Yannis Kelemenis wins praise from clients for his contentious and non-contentious energy work. Sources say: “He is fantastic – he’s very clear thinking, and can also express himself clearly.”
Highly regarded energy expert Konstantina Soultati wins praise from clients for her commercial awareness, creativity and pragmatic outlook.
Tom Kyriakopoulos heads the tax department at Kelemenis & Co. In a standout mandate he is representing Texaco in an appeal regarding a substantial tax refund. “He has deep knowledge and understanding of this field,” praise sources.