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Rania Papakonstantinou

Rania Papakonstantinou

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Manolis Zacharakis

Manolis Zacharakis

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OVERVIEW

Over the last few years, a raft of ever-changing domestic and international regulations—along with and a surge in audits and raids—has turned employment law compliance into an even more pivotal area for management. All this, in an era when technology and global mobility has redefined not only the workplace and the employment relationship but also regulatory supervision. At the intersection of business and regulation, our top-ranked employment law team offers clients all that they need to navigate through the modern employment and labour landscape.

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Experience

Compliance

We work with HR managers, legal counsels and executives to help clients design and implement compliance programs and draft workplace policies and procedures. We also conduct internal audits and reviews to assist them in dealing with compliance risk effectively—and proactively. Together with our business crimes & investigations team, we assess risks and support internal teams in relation to workplace investigations into regulatory compliance and whistleblowing complaints. We offer bespoke training, regular bulletins, compliance checklists and other added value tools which help our clients stay ahead of developments and seamlessly transition internal practice and policies to ever-changing regulations.

Advisory

We offer innovative, problem-solving advisory support on a wide array of employment law matters and general employment law inquiries, such as boardroom and senior executive issues, confidentiality and non-compete clauses, flexible working, diversity and equality, pregnancy and maternity, employee data protection and workforce digitization.

We have in-depth experience in drafting and negotiating employment contracts and service agreements. Our clients rely on us to assist them in handling delicate separations as well as voluntary exit schemes and collective redundancies. 

We often join forces with other practices of our firm, such as our corporate law, tax & accounting and data protection & cybersecurity practices, to deliver comprehensive solutions whenever a multi-disciplinary approach is required to better safeguard our clients’ interests.

These diverse teams, along with social security experts and accountants, help our clients to comply with the formalities related to recruitment, termination and other changes in employment, on a daily basis.

Employment litigation

Our expertise in employment law combined with our unrivalled experience in litigation, allows us not only to represent clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation of employee claims proceedings but also on a pre-emptive basis, whenever there is an emerging risk of contentiousness.

Collective labour relations

We advise employers in all types of labour law matters, such as collective labour agreements, collective consultation and bargaining and trade union relations.

M&A

Working closely together with our market-leading corporate law and M&A practices, we address employment issues of mergers and acquisitions, business transfers and outsourcings, downsizing and restructurings. We are also highly experienced in the special employment law issues related to privatizations.

Εxecutives' compensation and benefits and business immigration

We regularly work together with experts from our tax & accounting practice in order to assist our clients in developing compensation plan arrangements and programs which both comply with regulations and meet their business objectives. Employee benefits and share incentive plans are areas in which we have developed particular expertise; furthermore, we assist expatriates with the more complex cross-border implications of such schemes. We also offer senior executives working in Greece practical advice on taxation and tax compliance, pension plans issues as well as administrative or criminal implications arising from the performance of their duties.

 

Awards

Chambers Europe 2020

2020

Chambers Europe 2020

Legal500 Employment 2020

2020

Legal500 Employment 2020

Legal500 Employment 2019

2019

Legal500 Employment 2019

Legal500 Employment 2018

2018

Legal500 Employment 2018