Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution

 
Our Dispute Resolution practice is acknowledged for representing prominent international clients conducting business in Greece or involved in litigation and arbitration proceedings, before courts at all levels of jurisdiction, including domestic and international arbitral tribunals. We represent clients in all areas of litigation ranging from tort, contractual and product liability claims to labour and administrative litigation. Our firm has an excellent track record in successfully representing clients in all sorts of complex cases indicatively related to breach of contract, termination of agency and distribution agreements, enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, anti-trust, unfair competition, product liability, employment, intellectual and industrial property, real estate, commercial leases and tort related cases. 
 
The Dispute Resolution practice group is one of the largest practices of our firm with fully dedicated lawyers who handle contentious matters. Each team handling a case is efficiently structured to ensure that each case is undertaken by the most competent partner or senior associate in the relevant field, who will be closely working with litigation associates as well as with team members from our other practices, if necessary. 
 
The key values of our practice are responsiveness, proactivity, creative thinking throughout preparation and trial process, and commitment to succeed and achieve the best outcome for our clients. 
 
Our team handles on a regular basis complex and multi-party claims with local and/or international elements. We have broad and deep understanding of civil and commercial law, as well as the pertinent case law and regularly represent clients in contractual claims before courts of all levels. Our experience allows us to effectively navigate difficult civil law issues related to the interpretation of contractual clauses and claims for damages. 
 
Moreover, major institutional clients entrust to our firm the handling of debt recovery cases, where such debt may be related to compensatory claims, outstanding invoices, bounced invoices et al. Before initiating action we carefully assess the most efficient means to collect depending on the claim’s nature, the debtor’s credit worthiness and the available assets. We understand that under the economic environment, it is important to initiate actions and manage to have an enforceable title before other creditors, and we strive to get results quickly. We represent the clients before courts of all levels and advise as to the most efficient way to exert pressure on the debtor by indicating the best course of action (through the issuance of payment order, seeking injunctive relief or asset freezing, and initiating court actions). At the level of enforcement we work with a broad network of court bailiffs, supervise the enforcement proceedings’ progress throughout and successfully challenge the debtor’s oppositions. We have initiated enforcement proceedings and sought recovery over most kinds of debtors’ assets (bank accounts, third party claims, real estate property, vehicles, pharmaceutical products and equipment) and have successfully tackled the respective regulatory constraints, as well as the debtor’s oppositions. The results of our debt recovery experience are tangible and direct. 
 
The firm has broad experience in arbitration proceedings representing clients dealing in construction, contractual and commercial cases under all major arbitration and domestic rules, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). Our lawyers have also achieved success representing clients in the energy sector, as well as in cases with international elements, and complex legal and factual issues. Our goal is to achieve the best results possible for our clients and we are ready to negotiate and mediate a case if the client’s objectives are better served in that way. 
 
Our litigation practice is also actively engaged in providing advice, on a proactive or upon-request basis, on a variety of issues related to contractual arrangements, employment, corporate liability, unfair competition and other matters. 
 
Each year, we are entrusted with advising and representing a renewed array of international clients who are involved in some of the most important litigation and arbitration proceedings in Greece. The favourable outcomes achieved for our clients, as well as our experience in handling significant cases before courts of all levels, distinguish our firm. 
 
In particular, we regularly represent our clients in the following fields: 
  • Administrative litigation
  • Agency & Distribution
  • Anti-trust 
  • Arbitration 
  • Banking/ Capital Markets
  • Contentious Estates
  • Criminal 
  • Employment 
  • Energy 
  • IP 
  • Product liability
  • Real Estate 
  • Restructuring/ Insolvency
  • Tax Litigation
  • Unfair competition & Consumer Protection

Administrative litigation

Our administrative litigation practice spans all nature of disputes before the administrative courts, related to public procurement, antitrust, energy, healthcare et al. Our broad experience covers all practice areas and industries on which our firm focuses.
 
 
The attorneys of our firms have extensive experience in dealing with agency and distribution cases with international elements. We have an outstanding track record of successfully representing clients as defendants in multi-million Euro disputes related to allegedly undue termination of contracts and clientele compensation claims. Part of our defense relates to successfully making motions related to jurisdictional incompetence of the Greek Courts and application and validity of choice of law provisions. Our team members have developed wide experience in the issues pertaining to these matters and are proud of having contributed to the established case law developed through the years in the complex legal area.
 
 
With one of the leading antitrust practices in Greece, our firm regularly assists companies in antitrust and competition cases, dealing with private enforcement actions, and represents clients before the regulatory authorities and the administrative courts of all levels. 
 
 
With one of the leading Banking and Finance practice in Greece and major banking institutions in Greece and abroad among our clientele, we have strong experience in litigating cases related to recovery of assets, disputes in relation to credit facilities and other banking products, as well as other ancillary contentious matters. Moreover, our team has wide experience in representing mainly international credit institutions and institutional investors in disputes relating to compliance with investor protection regulations. Our track record includes one of the major capital markets disputes brought before the Greek civil courts related to breach of mandatory take-over bid rules.
 
 
Our team has wide experience in handling cases of high net worth private clients involving complex estate disputes often with a trans-border and transnational character. 
 
 
Our firm has an excellent track record in successfully handling white collar and financial crime cases before the courts and investigative authorities. We have acted on behalf of clients involved in money laundering, bribery, forgery, defamation and all sorts of financial crime, both as civil parties, as well as defendants. Our criminal law experts have an in depth understanding of criminal law and the intricacies clients face when dealing with criminal cases stemming or related to compliance with regulatory framework such as administrative, tax, insurance and financial. 
 
 
On behalf of our clients we regularly represent employers in all matters of labour law, including undue termination, executive termination, compensatory claims and collective redundancy claims. Our team is uniquely qualified in dealing with employment disputes as we regularly advise clients on day to day employment law issues and in drafting and negotiating employment contracts. In cases where it is to the benefit of the client to negotiate and settle a dispute rather than proceed to trial, we handle the negotiations with the adversaries and reach favorable settlements for our clients. 
 
 
We have successfully litigated and arbitrated complex disputes involving energy companies, including oil, gas, and electricity producers, as well as alternative energy companies. The attorneys of our Dispute Resolution practice work closely with the members of our Energy law practice and understand the difficult and often complex regulatory aspects and factual background of each case. 
 
 
The firm’s attorneys regularly represent clients in intellectual property matters before the courts, including injunctions proceedings. We have broad experience in the field of counterfeit litigation and an excellent track record in protecting the rights of some of the most widely known companies in the luxury business. In our practice, we have worked with intellectual property rights’ owners in protecting their rights as a result of unfair competition. 
 
 
Our team has broad experience in handling product liability cases; we work closely with our clients to assess all substantive details. We address the technical issues pertaining to the matter and cooperate with competent specialists to effectively navigate any technical issues, address the technical weaknesses and plan accordingly in order to get the most favourable outcome. We have successfully handled complex tort cases involving among others food & beverage products, consumer goods, shipping vessels, aircraft, motorcycles, building materials, cosmetic products, laptop computers, mobile devices. 
 
 
The firm’s attorneys have broad experience in project financing, title disputes, land use disputes, commercial leases, construction cases, and have successfully litigated a wide range of real estate disputes in this field. With a highly specialized real estate practice and a wide network of experts, we are able to efficiently navigate the complex technical issues and effectively plan related litigation to achieve optimal results for our clients. 
 
 
We have extensive experience in representing clients in actions for declaration of bankruptcy against their debtors, in interventions in bankruptcy proceedings, as well as bankruptcy oppositions and all kinds of bankruptcy and pre-bankruptcy proceedings (including reorganizations). 
 
 
Our tax practice comprises the largest fully dedicated tax litigation practice in the country. Important referrals from both clients and other consulting firms evidence our prominent position in this area for over 50 years. Our tax litigation team has developed unrivalled experience and knowhow by handling numerous and varied tax and customs disputes, ranging from the preparation and filing of a tax refund claim to the defense of our clients before any court, including the European Court of Justice, in complex tax or customs controversies. We handle tax collection disputes in relation to all types of taxation and have successfully litigated, often through multi-disciplinary teams of tax experts, cases involving major corporate taxation, fiscal documentation, VAT and excise and import duties. Our tax litigation practice is also actively engaged in providing advice, on a proactive or upon-request basis, on a variety of procedural aspects of tax and customs legislation such as tax reporting and compliance, corrective actions, limitation periods, tax amnesty and debt settlements, as well as mutual administrative assistance and related procedures. Moreover, in leading our domestic and international clientele through the procedural intricacies involved in all stages of tax and customs controversy, we often assist them in understanding the auditing practice of the Greek tax and customs authorities and evaluating the potential success of possible litigation.
 
 
We have successfully defended clients against alleged breaches based on unfair competition in conjunction with consumer protection. This has resulted in the shifting of the relevant theory and case law as well as the standard market practices on the matter. Moreover, we regularly represent clients in motions before the competent tribunals of the Communications Monitoring Council (SEE) regarding cases of alleged breach of the relevant soft law provisions. 
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