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Sonia Melegou

Sonia Melegou

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Marina Allamani

Marina Allamani

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OVERVIEW

Our real estate practice goes back to the origins of our firm. Over the decades we have witnessed the market grow, transform and evolve, while being involved in some of the most prominent—and complex—real estate transactions. Our practice is characterized by the close collaboration between our designated real estate tax desk and our real estate law experts, and is consistently top ranked by all major directories. We work for developers, occupiers and funders, with a focus on international players. Our clients include investment banks, private equity funds, REICs, large corporates in retail, leisure and tourism, family offices and high net worth individuals. Our work covers the entire property “life-cycle”, from initial acquisition joint venturing, financing, development, holding and leasing through to sale, on a transactional, regulatory or litigation basis.

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Experience

We cover every aspect of real estate: acquisitions and disposals, construction and development, lease and tenancy, investment and divestment structuring, M&A and joint ventures (both diligence and transactional), real estate finance, asset-backed transactions, RE backed NPL portfolios and asset management.

Our work includes among others

  • Advising on structuring real estate acquisitions and investments, restructuring of real estate portfolios as well as divesting through the use of flexible and efficient schemes
  • Conducting real estate due diligence, covering both legal and tax aspects
  • Undertaking procedures and implementing deeds for the acquisition and sale of real estate, including working with notaries public and engineers, calculating taxes and filing tax return statements in respect of the relevant deeds
  • Providing real estate related advice with respect to properties held either for residential/pleasure or business purposes, including on regulatory restrictions on land usage, administrative permits and implications arising from the transfer of land in border areas
  • Providing advice for assessing and managing tax liabilities arising in Greece, related to purchasing, holding and disposing of real estate, as well as to real estate collateral
  • Undertaking the establishment and restructuring of collateral packages comprising securities over real estate
  • Advising on the legal framework applicable to real estate projects, such as zoning & planning areas, permits & other regulatory approvals, forest and archaeology clearances, as well as environmental issues
  • We advise, negotiate and draft long term agreements (such as lease, hotel agreements, management, sales & marketing)
  • Performing real estate and tax compliance work, such as monitoring the implementation of the Cadastral and of forest maps, filing tax returns and collecting supportive documentation for various property tax compliance purposes  
  • Advising clients with respect to the establishment and operation of Real Estate Investment Companies and on all relevant regulatory, corporate and tax related aspects
  • Representing clients in real estate related litigation 
  • Advising on real estate succession planning. 

Our real estate practice is complemented by our dynamic project development team, which makes for a strong presence in the infrastructure and project development market. We draw upon the team’s insights on construction, EPC, O&M and development contracts—a result of their excellent track record on privatisations, energy & infrastructure and asset development projects. We are proud of our work for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and particularly the SNFCC: on what is considered a landmark of modern Athens, we advised from its inception all the way to its delivery to the Greek State.
 

Awards

Legal500 Real Estate 2019

2019

Legal500 Real Estate 2019

Legal500 Real Estate 2018

2018

Legal500 Real Estate 2018

Legal500 Real Estate 2017

2017

Legal500 Real Estate 2017