Our practice covers the following areas:
Licensing & Compliance
Our legal ongoing support covers a wide client base from start-ups to long-established multinational companies with respect to the licensing and regulatory requirements governing their respective industries. Such industries include transport, food and beverage, media and entertainment, telecommunications, hotels and tourism, aviation and education. We often assist new entrants in the Greek market to obtain and maintain state licences and conduct due diligence of the licensing and regulatory status of local companies. We also provide legal opinions on a regular basis to our clients in order to guide them through a constantly changing regulatory environment and liaise when necessary with administrative authorities and regulators to resolve problems arising from our clients' local activities.
Indicative assignments undertaken by our Administrative Practice Law Group include advising the following entities:
- One of the most prominent start-up on-line transportation companies with respect to the regulatory aspects of its business model
- OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) with respect to the extended and detailed review of tourism legislation in Greece (including the regulatory requirements relating to the operation of hotels and other touristic installations) with the goal of reducing administrative burdens
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center AE, the non-profit organisation vested with authority to oversee the maintenance, security, organisation and operation of the SNFCC, with respect to a wide array of licensing and regulatory issues, including the licensing and regulatory aspects of the operation of its Food &Beverage units
- Doğuş Group with respect to the regulatory and administrative requirements relating to its participation in Greek companies/concessionaires doing business in the tourism sector, and to the due diligence of the licensing status of a portfolio of Greek marinas
- Kraft and other major food retailers with respect to regulatory and licensing requirements governing their activities in Greece
- Newrest Group Holding, a major provider of catering services, following a merger between companies of the same group, with respect to the transfer to another entity of licences and approvals issued for its operation as a ground handling services provider
- An investor in the food industry with respect to the due diligence of the licensing status of the McDonalds chain fast food stores
- John Deere Intl, a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, with respect to the registration of new vehicles in Greece
- Βooking BV and other companies doing business in the tourism sector with respect to the regulatory requirements relating to their operation in Greece
- The American College of Greece with respect to its cooperation with ALBA Graduate Business School and the relevant regulatory implications
- The University of Indianapolis with respect to the administrative and regulatory aspects of its operation in Greece.
Environmental & City Planning
Our firm has extensive experience in environmental law. We advise clients, most often international entities and International Organisations such as the OECD, on environmental as well as planning and zoning matters. Our firm’s expertise covers issues relating to waste management, recycling, transportation and storage of dangerous goods, climate change and renewable energy.
More specifically, we often advise with respect to the environmental and planning requirements associated with the development of large scale real estate projects (including retail centres, cultural centres and industrial sites) in close cooperation with our real estate and tax practice group. We have also regularly assisted clients in connection with environmental due diligence and the transactional advice which is required for the closing of various cross-border deals, having dealt with, among others, large scale energy projects such as pipelines and gas storage terminals.
Our environmental law practice also covers issues such as waste management, recycling, transportation and storage of goods, including hazardous materials.
Our firm is also a regular contributor to the multijurisdictional surveys conducted by the World Bank on environmentally sensitive issues such as the use of water for irrigation and other activities, and the long-term viability of the models used.
To illustrate our experience, we note below the provision of advice to the following entities:
- OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development) with respect to the extended and detailed review of environmental legislation in Greece aiming at the reduction of existing administrative burdens
- Fosun Group with respect to the environmental and licensing aspects of a due diligence within the context of acquisition of a major Greek pharmaceuticals Company
- Alstom with respect to the environmental due diligence of EESTY, the Rolling Stock Company of OSE, the Hellenic Railway Company
- TUI and Thomas Cook with respect to the regulatory and environmental due diligence of various hotels in Greece
- An international bank with respect to the environmental obligations and potential liabilities stemming from its oil trading and transportation activities
- A leading international courier company with respect to environmental and regulatory obligations, stemming from the storage and transport of hazardous materials
- One of the most prominent seismic survey companies with respect to the environmental aspects relating to oil extraction activities in Greece including the import, export and treatment of hazardous and other materials, data residency issues etc.
- Nucor Corporation, one of the largest US steel industries, with respect to the environmental due diligence of companies of Sidenor group
- EADS with respect to the environmental due diligence of a major injection mouldings and pressure die casting company in Greece (Technika Plastika)
- Chevron with respect to the environmental, city planning, zoning and other licensing requirements relating to the construction of an oil pipeline in Greece, as well as with respect to the environmental issues and liabilities arising from the transfer of the Company’s terminal
- Shah Deniz Consortium with respect to the environmental and planning aspects of the construction of the TAP pipeline which will pass through Greece
- Texaco with respect to the environmental and licensing issues relating to the operation of terminal facilities
- A major international company in relation to the due diligence of the regulatory and environmental aspects of a floating gas terminal in Greece
- Blue Circle Industries (BCI) with respect to the environmental and planning due diligence of the industrial sites of Heracles – Halkis Cement Group (now Lafarge)
- ICE Clear Europe Ltd with respect to the qualification of tradable emission allowances under Greek law and the implications arising from unauthorised transactions of such allowances
- Avnet, Grundfos, Media Saturn, Mitsubishi, Nikon Nokia, ViewSonic, Western Digital and Robert Bosch with respect to the implementation of WEEE and RoHS Directives in Greece
- Various private individuals with respect to the regulatory aspects stemming from the exploitation of their real estate properties as tourist sites.
Administrative; Dispute Resolution
We represent our clients before the Administrative Courts of First Instance, the Administrative Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Administrative Court in Greece. In cooperation with other practice groups of our firm, we defend our clients’ interests on the full array of issues concerning the relations between state authorities and companies or individuals conducting business in Greece. In this respect, we undertake the preparation and filing of all kinds of appeals, applications for annulment, lawsuits, interim injunction applications etc., and we defend our clients against any kind of measures taken by state authorities against them (administrative sanctions, fines, rejection of applications and petitions etc.).
Our administrative practice group has particular experience in handling issues that involve challenging the constitutionality of legislation and its compatibility with EU legislation. Our experience in litigation before administrative courts covers all practice areas and industries on which our firm focuses. For details please visit the relevant sections on our website.
Illustrative cases of administrative law litigation recently handled by our firm include representing:
- Novartis Hellas in relation to challenging a Ministerial Decision before the Greek Supreme Administrative Court on the mandatory provision of credit to pharmacies and wholesale of companies of pharmaceutical goods
- Stanleybet before the Greek Supreme Administrative Court (caused the referral of preliminary queries to EUCJ), Greek Administrative Courts, as well as before various EU bodies (DG Comp, DG Market, EP) and the EUCJ on the legality of the Greek terrestrial betting monopoly
- A major provider of online hotel reservation services before the Ministry of Tourism Appeal Committee, challenging a fine imposed by the Hellenic Tourism Organisation
- A major postal services provider before the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission challenging a series of fines based in certain obligations arising from postal services legislation
- A Greek importer operating in the automotive industry on disputed preferential customs treatment (Eur.1 movement certificates)
- A major international renewables company with respect to a fine imposed by the Hellenic Capital Market Commission
- A major food retailer with respect to the application for annulment lodged against its operation licence
- A major food retailer in challenging an administrative act affecting access to its premises
- A foreign investor with respect to the assessment of the litigation procedure against the installation licence and environmental approval of one of its wind parks
- A major electronic equipment supplier challenging a series of fines imposed by the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission
- Various companies challenging fines imposed by various municipalities for violation of the legislation on outdoor advertising
- A major food supplement supplier against the National Organisation for Medicines, challenging the characterisation of a product as a food supplement
- Various medical equipment suppliers in the context of tenders launched by Greek hospitals
- A major electronic equipment supplier challenging a series of fines imposed for violation of transfer pricing legislation
- A major corporation doing business in the gaming sector against claims of the Hellenic Republic arising from the corporation participating in a concession agreement tender.