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Recognition & Accolades

AKL consistently receives recommendations by leading publications, including Chambers and Partners, IFLR1000and Legal 500 as a leading firm and a number of our partners are recognized among the top of their peers in Greece.

Legal 500 (2019)

http://www.legal500.com/firms/14635-alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm/offices/19265-athens-greece/profile

BANKING, CORPORATE AND PROJECT FINANCE

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has established a very strong standing in the market and represents all the major Greek banks on financings, regulatory, restructurings, and capital markets work. Recently it advised Eurobank Ergasias on a €65m loan to a shopping centre owner and operator. The firm also advised Alpha Bank on the €35m refinancing for a high-end residential project which includes over a hundred properties. Alexandros Kosmopoulos heads the team, which includes George Zohios.

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is an increasingly regular presence on major, complex corporate finance transactions. The team offers a strong intersection of skills including high-end finance and corporate real estate. Notable highlights include advising HRADF on the sale of the Thessaloniki port. Other clients include Lamda Development, Marguerite Fund and Wizz Air. Alexandros Kosmopoulos heads the three-partner team, which includes Constantine Alexiou and George Zohios.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm handles 'complex cases with outstanding results' and is praised for its 'talented individuals who co-operate in order to deliver the best possible result'. Constantine Alexiou's 'experience is unparalleled, having excellent comprehension of the most delicate legal problems, and the capacity to find realistic solutions to litigious actions or settlements'. Highlights include representing HRADF in an LCIA arbitration against Horse Races, a subsidiary of OPAP. Other clients include Piraeus Bank, Lamda Development and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

EMPLOYMENT

The 'dependable, fast, accurate, knowledgeable and successful' team at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is praised for its 'efficiency in negotiations as well as court hearings'. Clients note that the team 'prevents such disputes by drafting complete contracts and succeeding in fruitful settlements'Constantine Alexiou's team recently advised HRADF on the constitutionality of a retroactive salary reduction imposed by law.

PROJECTS AND PRIVATIZATION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm handles major privatisations and development projects. The firm advised HRADF on the €231m privatisation of the port of Thessaloniki. Turning to its work for private sector clients, it continues to represent Lamda Development on all aspects of the Hellenikon project, Europe's largest real estate project, which is located on the site of Athens' former international airport. Alexandros Kosmopoulos, Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou and George Zohios are all recommended.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has 'in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector, providing effective, realistic and practical solutions' and is credited for its 'remarkable team spirit'. The firm covers all aspects of the market, and its standing is demonstrated by its ongoing role for Lamda Development on the Hellenikon redevelopment project. On the lender side, it advised Piraeus Bank and Eurobank on the €83.7m bond financing to fund the redevelopment of a landmark resort in Kos. The 'always hands-on' Helen Alexiou provides 'constantly excellent advice', while co-head Constantine Alexiou is 'exceptional in real estate and procurement matters'Alexandros Kosmopoulos is also 'a valuable asset'.

RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has a very active team with a strong background in this area, particularly matters with a heavy real estate element. Recently the firm advised the four Greek systemic banks on the €355m restructuring of a major food and drinks group. The firm also represented Piraeus Bank and the Greek government in proceedings to have the Skaramanga shipyards placed under special administration as part of its €1bn restructuring. Alexandros Kosmopoulos and Constantine Alexiou are highly regarded.

 

Chambers (2019)

https://chambers.com/profile/organisation/160621?publicationTypeId=7

BANKING & FINANCE

What the team is known for Acts for banks and borrowers on refinancing matters and financial regulatory issues. Has a strong capital markets offering in both debt and equity transactions. Noted for its skill in handling leveraged finance transactions. Offers experience across a range of other high-level financing matters, including acquisition finance, secured lending, structured finance, project finance and real estate finance deals.

Clients praise the group's commercial acumen, explaining that "their understanding of banking and business is a very valuable asset."

One client enjoyed an "excellent collaboration" with the team, appreciating its "fast delivery" and describing the lawyers as "reliable and flexible."

Entering the top tier following outstanding market endorsements, Alexandros Kosmopoulos handles a variety of corporate, project and real estate finance mandates. He has experience of stock market issues, including public offerings, bond issuances and debt restructuring. One client says: "Apart from being an excellent lawyer from a legal perspective, he has an excellent business sense and is very open-minded. He is a deal maker."

CORPORATE/COMMERCIAL

Enters the rankings for the first time. Handles a wide variety of corporate and commercial work, including acquisitions, investments, divestments and privatisations. Also assists with contract law and corporate governance. Acts for large corporates, funds and banks, as well as start-ups and foreign companies establishing branches in Greece.

Clients are impressed by the team's "responsiveness, availability and effectiveness."

Another source "appreciates their response times, business acumen, industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice."

Advised Hungarian airline Wizz Air on corporate and business topics connected to the establishment of a Greek branch.

New to the rankings, Alexandros Kosmopoulos has a broad corporate and commercial practice, including transactions and shareholder matters. Clients say: "Apart from being an excellent lawyer from a legal perspective, he also has an excellent business perspective. He is very open-minded and is a deal-maker."

REAL ESTATE

Maintains a stellar reputation for its advice on all areas of real estate law. Particularly well known for its work in real estate M&A, complex lease arrangements, financing and restructuring. Represents prominent players in the real estate market, including developers, investors, lenders and government agencies. Conducts due diligence for development projects and the acquisition of property and real estate asset portfolios, including planning and zoning issues. Experience of real estate in the residential, commercial and hospitality markets. Additionally well-versed in tender processes.

A client praises the team for being "diligent and detailed in their work and up to date and knowledgeable on all developments in the real estate market and legal frameworks."

A second source says: "The whole team is really organised, responsive and effective."

Assisted Real Athenians with the due diligence and process of acquiring several properties in the centre of Athens.

Alexandros Kosmopoulos is highly valued by clients for his "technical knowledge."He represents lenders and borrowers in real estate finance transactions, including project development mandates.

Constantine Alexiou assists clients with a whole host of contentious and non-contentious real estate mandates, with particular expertise in matters relating to infrastructure, retail and urban development projects. Clients say he is "very experienced with a high level of technical knowledge."

One source highlights Helen Alexiou 's "technical knowledge, commercial awareness, effectiveness and exceptional availability." She is highly skilled in zoning and planning law, as well as environmental licensing issues, particularly in the context of commercial real estate and urban development projects. She also advises clients on the acquisition of property.

 

IFLR 1000 (2019)

https://www.iflr1000.com/Firm/Alexiou-Kosmopoulos-Law-Firm/Profile/1695#review

In banking and finance, Alexiou-Kosmopoulos has been predominantly engaged in loan transactions advising the likes of Eurobank and Alpha bank as arrangers and lenders. 

In projects work, the firm has been acting for the lenders on financing the construction of real estate.

The firm’s capital market works involves the listing of corporate bonds on Athens Exchange, acting for the lead managers and joint bookrunners.

In M&A, the firm has been advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the privatization of Thessaloniki Port Authority. In real estate, it advised Lamda Development on the sale of the Hellinikon project.

Key clients include National bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, and Alpha Bank.

 

Legal 500 (2018)

Legal 500 - 2018

http://www.legal500.com/firms/14635-alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm/offices/19265-athens-greece/profile

BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS

The ‘knowledgeable, diligent and responsive team’ at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is a popular choice among Greece’s largest banks and is praised for its ability ‘to meet strict deadlines without compromising quality’. Clients particularly rate the ‘concise, solutions oriented, deal maker’ Alexandros Kosmopoulos. The firm recently acted for National Bank of Greece and Eurobank as joint lead managers and bookrunners on Mytilineos’s €300m bond offering.

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm has a good reputation for real estate-related corporate transactions and privatisations. Recently the firm advised several start-ups involved in a major business incubation programme sponsored by the Athens Chamber of Commerce. Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos are key contacts.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Constantine Alexiou and Sotiris Foteas are the main disputes partners at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm. The firm represented the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Horse Races SA.

EMPLOYMENT

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm represents a broad range of employer and employee clients including HRADF and the National Theatre of Greece. Constantine Alexiou is the main contact.

PROJECTS AND PRIVATISATION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is continuing to advise Lamda Development on all aspects of the project to develop the former Hellinikon airport site. The firm also advised NBG on the sale of the Astir Palace Hotel. Alexandros Kosmopoulos, Helen Alexiou and Constantine Alexiou are leading figures.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is advising Lamda Development on the Hellinikon development project, and advised the National Bank of Greece (NBG) on the €400m sale of the Astir Palace Hotel. Key partners include Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou, Alexandros Kosmopoulos, and Sotiris Foteas.

 

Chambers Europe (2018)

Chambers Europe 2018

https://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/firm/160621/alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm

BANKING & FINANCE

What the team is known for acts for banks and borrowers on refinancing matters and financial regulatory issues. Has a strong capital markets offering in both debt and equity transactions. Offers experience across a range of other high-level financing matters, including acquisition finance, secured lending, structured finance, project finance and real estate finance deals.

Interviewees also highlight the group's strength in corporate lending and financing on behalf of Greek banks.

Sources say that the team is "very responsive and collaborative." Alexandros Kosmopoulos advises clients on both transactional and regulatory banking matters. Sources describe him as "very efficient and well respected." He represented Eurobank as agent and lender in a EUR186 million bond loan facility to Sani Development and Tourism.

REAL ESTATE

Maintains a stellar reputation for its advice on all areas of real estate law. Particularly well known for its work in real estate M&A, complex lease arrangements, financing and restructuring. Represents prominent players in the real estate market, including developers, investors, lenders and government agencies. Conducts due diligence for the acquisition of property and real estate asset portfolios, including planning and zoning issues. Experience of real estate in the residential, commercial and hospitality markets.

One customer describes the lawyers as "very thorough with their legal reports and opinions," adding that "it is a great pleasure to work with them and their diligence offers comfort to their clients."Another client praises the team's "clear understanding of the prevailing legislation," as well as its "immediate responses."

 

IFLR (2018)

http://www.iflr1000.com/Firm/Alexiou-Kosmopoulos-Greece/Profile/1695#profile

Alexiou-Kosmopoulos has picked up notable work in banking, M&A and projects during the research period and is noted by competitors as a firm on the rise.

In banking and finance a clear highlight saw the firm act for the National Bank of Greece on a refinancing of Chipita. The firm also advised the likes of Alpha Bank, Eurobank and Piraeus Bank.

In the capital markets the firm acted on a share capital increase undertaken by Astir.

The firm has also taken a key role on the Greek privatisation programme acting for Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on the privatisation of the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki.

The firm also had a role on the Hellinikon development project advising Lamda Development.

 

Legal 500 (2017)

http://www.legal500.com/firms/14635-alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm/offices/19265-athens-greece/profile

BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS

The ‘excellent’ team at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm advised Eurobank on its €125m acquisition financing to Bigstar, and an associated €157m refinancing facility to Sani. Pireaus Bank, Alpha Bank and National Bank of Greece are also clients. Alexandros Kosmopoulos is recommended.

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm continues to advise Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project. Constantine Alexiou is ‘experienced, resourceful, creative and very responsive’, and Helen Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos are also noted.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The ‘outstanding’ team at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm advised Lamda Development and Hellinikon Global on various applications for review of share purchase agreements. Constantine Alexiou is the key contact.

EMPLOYMENT

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm’s ‘commercially aware’ team acts for clients such as the National Theatre of Greece. Constantine Alexiou is the key contact.

PROJECTS AND PRIVATISATION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm is ‘very experienced’ in projects and privatisations, and advised Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project. It also continues to advise the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the privatisation of Greek ports. Alexandros Kosmopoulos, Helen Alexiou, Constantine Alexiou are noted.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm advised Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project for the development of the former Athens international airport site, and also advised on its mall operations in Greece. Eurobank Ergasias and National Bank of Greece are also clients. Helen Alexiou, Constantine Alexiou, Alexandros Kosmopoulos and Sotiris Foteas are key contacts.

 

Chambers Europe (2017)

https://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/firm/160621/alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm

REAL ESTATE

What the team is known for Maintains a stellar reputation for its advice on all areas of real estate law. Particularly well known for its work in real estate M&A, complex lease arrangements and financing. Represents prominent players in the real estate market, including developers, investors, lenders and government agencies.

BANKING & FINANCE

What the team is known for Mostly instructed by creditors, acts on refinancings and some acquisition finance deals. Strong choice for domestic banks acting as arrangers in medium-sized and some larger DCM transactions. Offers regulatory expertise.

 

IFLR (2017)

http://www.iflr1000.com/Firm/Alexiou-Kosmopoulos-Greece/Profile/1695#profile

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos’s year was marked by mandates and transactions in three distinct areas, namely, privatisations, sales by banks of non-core assets, and equity investment rounds in growth companies and the general restructuring of the Greek finance industry. One of the office’s strengths is dealing with project finance matters.

On the banking side, the firm advised Piraeus Bank, in its capacity as lead arranger and Alpha Bank, Eurobank and NBG as co-arrangers, in relation to the refinancing of Aluminium as part of a €288 million secured syndicated bond loan facility. Another matter saw Kosmopoulos act for Eurobank Ergasias in relation to a €125 million acquisition financing facility to Bigstar and a €157 million refinancing facility for Sani.

In the M&A space, the firm has been advising National Bank of Greece as part of the disposition transaction relating to €400 million acquisition of 90% of the shares in Astir Palace Vouliagmenis; acting for the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund as part of the privatisation transaction in respect to Piraeus Port Authority and the privatisation transaction in respect to Thessaloniki Port Authority.

 

Legal 500 (2016)

http://www.legal500.com/firms/14635/19265

BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm’s ‘highly regarded’ team advised Eurobank Ergasias on matters including a €160m intra-day cash loan facility to recapitalise a Greek regulated finance leasing entity, and a €76.5m bond loan facility to INO to finance the acquisition of Makro Cash & Carry. Alexandros Kosmopoulos is recommended.

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm’s ‘top-quality’ team advised Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project. Constantine Alexiou, Helen Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos are the key contacts.

PROJECTS AND PRIVATISATION

Highlights for the ‘highly regarded’ team at Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm included advising the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the privatization of the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki. Alexandros Kosmopoulos, Helen Alexiou, Constantine Alexiou and recently promoted partner Sotiris Foteas are recommended.

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos Law Firm’s ‘strong’ team advised Eurobank Ergasias on the financing for the acquisition of a luxury hotel complex by Oaktree Capital, and acted for Lamda Development on its involvement in the Hellinikon project for the redevelopment at the site of the former Athens international airport. Key individuals include Helen Alexiou, Constantine Alexiou, Alexandros Kosmopoulos and Sotiris Foteas.

 

Chambers Europe (2016)

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/firm/160621/alexiou-kosmopoulos-law-firm

REAL ESTATE

“What the team is known for: Stellar reputation for its advice on all areas of real estate law. The firm is particularly well known for its work in real estate M&A, complex lease arrangements and financing. Represents prominent players in the real estate market.”

BANKING & FINANCE

“What the team is known for: Widely recognised domestic practice that covers transactional work and is adept at handling both litigation and regulatory matters. Advises clients from various sectors including real estate and traditional banking”.

 

IFLR (2016)

Alexiou & Kosmopoulos has been active for bank clients last year acting on a variety of banking and M&A work related to the general restructuring of the Greek finance industry.

In the banking space highlights for the team last year include work done by Alexandros Kosmopoulos for Eurobank Ergasias on a loan made to Madison Point. In another matter for Eurobank Ergasias Kosmopoulos advised the bank on the bond loan financing made available to INO to finance the acquisition of Makro. In another lender side mandate Kosmopoulos again led as the team acted for the banks on an amendment of a loan granted to Titan Global Finance.

On the borrower side Kosmopoulos again led as the team acted for OPAP in relation to the bon loan financing taken out from Geniki Bank and Piraeus Bank.

In the M&A space highlights during the research period include work by Helen Alexiou for Lamda Development in relation to the purchase of shares in Hellinikon as the real estate development was privatised. In another privatisation matter Kosmopoulos again led as the team advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund in relation to the sale of ports OLP and OLTH.

Elsewhere Constantine Alexiou advised National Bank of Greece on the sale of shares in subsidiary Astir Palace Vouliagmenis. Another matter saw Kosmopoulos act for Upstream Systems on the sale of shares to Actis. Elsewhere Kosmopoulos advised Alpha Bank and Eurobank Ergasias on the sale of shares in Cardlink.

 

Chambers Europe (2015)

“The team is efficient and can respond to a challenging timetable”. “The lawyers are extremely responsive, very commercial and give confident advice”.