Legal 500

Dispute resolution
Kelemenis & Co, which is known for its Anglo-American style of practice, has been acting for the Athens campus of the California-based University of La Verne in litigation against the parent university. Athanasia Papantoniou heads the team.

Banking, finance and capital markets
Kelemenis & Co, whose clients report high performance’ and a ‘ coherent team’, has been advising UK holding company Stelow and its Greek subsidiary in a venture capital deal with Barclays Ventures.

Corporate and M&A
Kelemenis & Co’s corporate practice has been strengthened by the arrival of new partner Tom Kyriakopoulos from KPMG to develop the firm’s corporate tax work. Recent work of the internationally oriented law firm – of which clients say ‘ a particular strength is that they have a good knowledge of the entire south eastern European market’ – includes advising the Greece-based Soya Mills Group on its first major investment in Bulgaria. Name partner Yannis Kelemenis is described as ‘ a versatile business lawyer who can inspire colleagues and clients alike’ by clients, who also appreciate the fact that the lawyers ‘ work well in English and are commercially switched on, and have good service processes in place’.

EU and competition
Kelemenis & Co– whose regulatory clients say it is ‘consistently good’ – has been retained to advise Coca-Cola on Greek health and safety regulations as set out in domestic legislation aligned with EU law, work that included a review of EU rules related to beverages.

Kelemenis & Co name partner Dr Yannis Kelemenis has longstanding involvement in both transactional and regulatory energy matters, and his firm is developing a strong practice. The firm has been retained by Osaka Gas, the second-largest natural gas undertaking in Japan, to act as legal counsel in connection with Greek investments that primarily involve equity participations in renewable energy sources projects. Clients report ‘a good impression that the firm has extensive expertise’.

Intellectual property
Kelemenis & Co, a relative newcomer on the Greek market, wins its new ranking due a fast-developing IP practice which clients praise for a ‘high degree of professionalism’.

Projects and privatisation
Kelemenis & Co wins its ranking due to the recruitment of new partner Tom Kyriakopoulos, who has been active in PPP, including advising the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on PPP legislation. The firm has also entered into a strategic cooperation with Scottish law firm Tods Murray LLP, which has a very strong PFI practice.

Ship finance
Kelemenis & Co partner Dr Andreas Bagias handles ship financing matters on behalf of Greek clients.

Kelemenis & Co wins its higher ranking due to the recruitment of new partner Tom Kyriakopoulos, who has strong experience in tax litigation, from KPMG, to head its tax department. The team has been advising Greek company ICSS on VAT and withholding tax matters relating to a multimillion euro, cross-border lease of fire-fighting helicopters and personnel to the Greek State.