Finance & Capital Markets

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Christina Papanikolopoulou

Christina Papanikolopoulou

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Elena Papachristou

Elena Papachristou

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Kely Pesketzi

Kely Pesketzi

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OVERVIEW

Our finance & capital markets team has rapidly grown into one of the largest finance-only desks in the market. It has established a well-founded reputation for ground-breaking, ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions with a steady emphasis on financial institutions and cross-border deals. Our work, whether transactional or regulatory, covers all reaches of financial actuality, from debt and equity capital markets to general bank lending (corporate, infrastructure, real estate, restructuring, export) and from distressed debt investments to asset management. We are renowned for our structured finance practice; our lawyers have an impressive track record in securitisation and covered bond transactions in terms of volume, asset class diversity and structural innovation.

We advise lenders, funds and investors at all levels of the capital structure, as well as corporations, financial advisors, trustees, rating agencies, supranational organisations and regulators, catering to the full spectrum of participants in the financial markets. 
  
We have successfully structured and handled numerous industry-leading market firsts in the financial sector, including the first NPL securitisation and the first synthetic securitisation in the Greek banking market. Clients entrust us with these projects due to our thorough understanding of the economics of each transaction and our in-depth knowledge of international financial practices—a result of working alongside bankers, prominent international law firms and investors on matters of financial law. We are accustomed to taking views on novel and untested legislation and we have the capacity both in terms of resources and in terms of expertise to tackle challenging deadlines and numerous workstreams of large scale transactions. All this, while maintaining the flexibility and focus required to carry out niche projects for domestic or international clients.

Experience

  • Asset management
  • Corporate lending (term loans, bond loans, syndicated lending, convertibles, credit lines)
  • Debt capital markets (high-yield, eurobonds, tier 1 and hybrid capital, equity-linked instruments, liability management, private placements)
  • Derivatives (exchange-traded or centrally cleared, OTC and securities)
  • Equity capital markets (takeovers, public offers, institutional deals, delistings)
  • Export finance
  • NPLs (servicer licensing, portfolio disposals, structuring)
  • Project finance (PFIs, PPPs, concessions, renewable energy)
  • Real estate financing (malls, hotel & tourist developments, CMBS/RMBS issuances, REICs)
  • Regulatory (Capital markets, banking regulation)
  • Restructurings & refinancings
  • Sovereign debt restructuring and public debt instruments
  • Structured finance (securitisations, covered bonds, asset backed securities)
  • UCITs and non-UCITs funds and platforms

Awards

Chambers Europe 2020

2020

Chambers Europe 2020

Chambers Europe

2019

Chambers Europe

Legal 500 EMEA - Next Generation Lawyer

2019

Legal 500 EMEA - Next Generation Lawyer