Chambers & Partners 2009

Corporate / Commercial
Clients are full of praise for this new entry to the rankings, describing the practice as “immensely dedicated, results-oriented and extremely well organised.” It provides “high-quality personnel and international expertise” across a range of sectors and industries, and lawyers are commended for their “business acumen, creative approach to finding solutions, and effective, to-the-point communications.” The team recently acted on acquisitions, joint ventures and renting agreements and provided advisory and compliance services in Bulgaria and the Middle East. In the energy regulatory arena, it also worked on a transaction involving a Czech company constructing a small scale hydroelectric plant in northern Greece. Yannis Kelemenis is the well-known lead partner.

Dispute Resolution
A new entrant to the rankings this year, this firm has a growing profile on the dispute resolution front, thanks to its involvement in litigation in the corporate, tax and shareholding arenas. Clients praise the group’s “entrepreneurial understanding, knowledge of South-East Europe in general and ability to carry out work in English.” Recently, the team has been taking on an increasing number of cross-border cases, including money laundering matters and disagreements between international manufacturers and their Greek distributors. Satisfied clients also note the group’s provision of “regular updates, consistently high levels of service and practical solutions to complex legal issues,” and note the value for money it represents. The best-known name on the team is Yannis Kelemenis, who is praised for his understanding of clients’ business needs and described as “a solid practitioner with an impeccable academic and courts track record.”

Tom Kyriakopoulos is recognised for boosting Kelemenis & Co’s tax practice, having recently joined the firm. The former KPMG lawyer advises Greek and international companies on all aspects of taxation law, including sizeable M&A-related tax work.