AKL Attorneys and Practices Highly Ranked in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020
We are very pleased to announce that our firm has been ranked among the top law firms in Greece by “Legal 500”, with our people receiving some exceptional comments and credit for their work.AKL has been classified as a TIER 1 firm in the “Real Estate and Construction” field and has been also very highly ranked within the top firms of Greece in the following fields: “Banking, Finance and Capital Markets”, “Commercial, Corporate and M&A”, “Dispute Resolution”, “Projects and Privatisation”, “Restructuring and Insolvency”.
In the key sector of “Real Estate and Construction”, our partners Constantine Alexiou and Helen Alexiou remain members of the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame”, a sign of their remarkable experience and high-quality support towards their clients. Helen Alexiou was recognized as a leading individual in the field with Legal 500 stating “She has tremendous in-depth knowledge of the special planning, zoning and licensing legislation and the ability to effectively implement it in the structure of a very complex transaction”. Special tribute was paid to our noteworthy client roster, which includes, amongst others, lenders, government agencies and big corporations. The great technical expertise of our people and their in-depth knowledge of the regulatory matters associated with the area, have led to our successful involvement in iconic projects, such as the licensing of the Hellinikon Project, “a multi-billion euro urban development project in Athens”, where we continue to advise “Lamda Development S.A” for over 9 years. Moreover, we are proud of our Associate Eleftheria Vassila, for whom clients characteristically suggest that “she is a real doer, capable of dealing with the most demanding process”, with Legal 500 recognising her as a “Rising Star”.
Furthermore, in the area of “Banking, Finance and Capital Markets”, our quality of service has been remarkably highlighted, with our clients not hesitating to recommend our firm “to anyone seeking representation that is fair, honest and which will keep your best interest and unique needs at the forefront”. Unique reference is made to Alexandros Kosmopoulos, our partner and leader of the practice. Honesty, responsiveness, a calming presence and focusing on the “larger picture” are stated as the vital and fundamental values of our presence in the field, resulting in our collaboration with big players of the area such as Eurobank Ergasias S.A.,, National Bank of Greece S.A, Alpha Bank S.A. and Piraeus Bank S.A, Our Associate, Kostas Fatsis, who is an active member of the team, has been named a “Rising Star” within the field.
“Commercial, Corporate and M&A” is another strategic practice area of our firm, where we hold expertise on the full spectrum of corporate affairs, representing both domestic and international entities from a variety of industries. Our partners Alexandros Kosmopoulos and George Zohios have been characterised by our clients as “stand out practitioners” of the field, namely because of their “truly unique level of expertise that they bring and their ability to assist international clients in navigating the particularities of the Greek market”. Key clients of the firm in this area are, amongst others prominent corporations, Wizz Air, the Marguerite Fund and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Our “Dispute Resolution” practice has been also highly ranked within the Legal 500 rankings. The team, which is particularly active in the financial, construction, real estate and utilities sectors, is led by Constantine Alexiou who, according to the Testimonials in Legal 500, delivers a “proactive approach” and “quickly understands issues”. Our partner Sotiris Foteas has been also explicitly characterized as “very efficient lawyer, he is brilliant”. The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Bank of Merrill Lynch International Designated Activity Company and Burberry Limited UK are some of the major clients of the team.
Our Partner Alexandros Kosmopoulos also leads the “Projects and Privatisation” practice area, which is very highly ranked within Legal 500 2020. The team has recently been particularly active in transport infrastructure projects including major ports and airports. Nonetheless, the recent involvement of the team in the €7bn Hellinikon Project remains the major work of the team.
Lastly, the practice area of “Restructuring and Insolvency” has been also highly ranked. Constantine Alexiou and Alexandros Kosmopoulos jointly head the practice, which also includes our partner Sotiris Foteas, who has been characterised as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500. A variety of matters is being handled by the team here, such as advising for pre and post-insolvency proceedings and advising public companies undergoing special administration on all aspects of the liquidation process.
We would like to thank Legal 500 for their honouring words and their in-depth analysis of our legal work, highlighting our recent achievements. Our people and their commitment to client value and exceptional quality, have brought us to this high level of legal services, which we will always try to improve.