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We are a leading Greek specialist in banking and finance law. Our reputation is founded on our long experience advising banks and financial institutions on all aspects of the banking and finance business and our unique expertise in the application of the national, European and trans-national regulatory frameworks.

We have a distinguished track record in drafting new financial (securities) regulatory structures on behalf of national governments, notably the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Albania.

Our expertise includes:

  • for domestic and international credit institutions and investments firms, drafting all relevant banking documentation, including compliance with the MiFID regulatory framework
  • advising on the structuring and participating in the implementation of syndicated loans and bond loans
  • leasing transactions
  • complex cross-border lending transactions
  • ISDA Master Agreements, EMAs and GMRA Agreements
  • advising on the legal framework for and structuring of securitization transactions
  • cross-border acquisitions of banks
  • mergers of banks with investment firms
  • advising on and coordinating the restructuring of debt of distressed companies (including debt to equity swap transactions)
  • bank supervision and regulatory issues
  • AML procedures
  • advising on and supporting the establishment of branches of domestic and foreign financial institutions
  • shipping finance
  • providing full-service advice to newly established banks and continuing support and organisation of their in-house legal departments
  • drafting banking documentation in dual language format (e.g. bi-lingual Greek-German / Greek-English).

The firm’s Senior Partner, Dr. Dimitris Tsibanoulis, is an active member of the following international finance and regulatory expert groups:

  • 1999 to date: member of the European Financial Market Lawyers Group (EFMLG), operating under the auspices of the European Central Bank (ECB)
  • 2003 to date: member of the Board of Directors of European Society for Banking and Financial Law (AEBDF)
  • 2010 to date: member of the Insolvency Law Experts Group (ILEG), European Commission, DG XV

and has served on the following EU Commission bodies:

  • EU-Clearing and Settlement, Legal Certainty Group, European Commission, DG XV, 2005-2009
  • Payment Systems Government Expert Group, European Commission, DG XV, 1999-2005.

For more information on our Banking and Finance practice please contact Dr. Dimitris Tsibanoulis.