Kelemenis & Co. is a premium Athens-based law firm providing quality legal services in the key corporate and commercial areas. The firm advises a varied client basethat includes corporations, governments, large institutions and high-net-worth individuals. The firm draws on a team of experienced lawyers with excellent academic qualifications from world-class universities.
Kelemenis & Co. has built a reputation for acting on complex, high volume cross-border transactions for a range of corporate and financial institution clients. The firm’s track record spreads across an array of sectors including energy, infrastructure, hotels, leisure, real estate, retail and technology. Although Greece has been the focal point of the firm’s activities, the firm has been active in Southeast and Eastern Europe where it advises local governments on legal approximation with the EU acquis communautaire and international investors on their cross-border ventures.
Kelemenis & Co. enjoys excellent rankings in all leading international legal directories and is a recommended law firm in all key practice areas. The firm is regularly invited to contribute the Greece chapter to commercial law handbooks published by highly regarded international publishers. Kelemenis & Co. is a member of several professional associations and chambers. The firm is the Greece member of Multilaw, a leading global law network consisting of more than 70 law firms worldwide and over 7,000 lawyers in over 150 commercial centres. Kelemenis & Co. is also the Greece member of First Law International, an international provider of legal services in all key commercial centres around the globe. The firm also represents Greece in the International Travel Law Network (ITLN), a fast growing association of lawyers across the world who specialise in travel and leisure law.
As part of its quality control systems, Kelemenis & Co. is certified by TUV Nord with ISO 9001:2008 for its management system in rendering advisory, compliance and litigation services in business law for corporate clients.
The spectrum of the firm’s services is divided within the following four generic practice groups:
- The Corporate & Commercial Group
- The Tax & Employment Group
- The Regulated Markets Group
- The Litigation & Arbitration Group
The group is dedicated to working across the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters and its experience ranges from day-to-day corporate governance and company formation to complicated cross-border transactions, international joint ventures, IP matters, bankruptcy and insolvency, M&As, and corporate restructurings. The group regularly advises large multinationals, financial institutions, international law firms and private equity and venture capital funds on cross-border investments, partnering arrangements, corporate structuring, shareholding arrangements and complicated regulatory matters. It also deals with the area of banking, finance and capital markets. Indeed the the group has a strong experience in corporate and project finance and is able to advise on the full spectrum of equity and debt-related transactions and financial products including syndicated lending, leveraged and acquisition finance, asset and project finance, derivative products, and financial services regulation
Kelemenis & Co. provides a broad range of tax and employment advice. The Tax & Employment Group is in a position to assist clients, indicatively, with advisory services on the overall tax issues and consequences when setting up subsidiaries or branches in Greece; with tax planning guidance in formulating investment strategies; with consulting on direct and indirect tax issues; with advisory services in relation to tax benefits and with planning project financing; and with compliance services relating to obligations arising from intra-group charges. The Group also has a strong capacity in assisting clients with employment matters ranging from drafting employment contracts and compliance with obligatory employment law and national collective agreements to structuring of employee incentives and regulatory obligations and notifications to termination of employment contracts and severances and collective redundancies to secondment agreements, social contribution compliance and arrangements, and employment claims.
The firm’s Regulated Markets Group has built a strong reputation for dealing with the regulation of financial services and capital markets, and with the energy, insurance and pharmaceutical/healthcare industries. The firm’s track record ranges from advising domestic and foreign clients on the acquisition of stakes in Greek public companies and on the provision of financial services (in the area of financial markets) to acting both for insurance undertakings and corporates, and advising on insurance regulation, on launching new insurance products, on portfolio transfers and on winding up proceedings (in the insurance sector) to public procurement and complicated regulatory matters such as rebate and claw-back arrangements (in healthcare/pharmaceuticals). The Group is best known for its energy-related work which is well-versed into both transactional and regulatory matters for all governments in the region (e.g. of Greece, Romania, Moldova, FYR Macedonia) and beyond (e.g. Egypt), for major international institutions (e.g. Energy Community Secretariat, SEE-CAO, EBRD, World Bank), for all key international energy undertakings (e.g. Chevron/Texaco, Veolia, Statkraft, Endesa, General Electric, Sunpower) and for all major Greek institutions [e.g. Greek Power Market Operator (LAGIE), Greek Transmission System Operator (TSO), Public Gas Corporation (DEPA), Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), and the Greek Regulatory Authority of Energy (RAE)].
The firm has a fully-fledged Litigation & Arbitration Group with a convincing track record. The Group can advise on all contentious aspects of corporate and financial transactions and assists clients with pragmatic and strategic decision-making. The Group works with clients on disputes and claims before all types of Greek courts and tribunals and can cover all types of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholder litigation, partnership disputes, maritime and international trade, banking and finance, competition, and administrative disputes including public procurement. Given the versatility of the firm’s clientele and practice areas, the lawyers of the group often work with law firms worldwide – in many cases by undertaking a coordinating role – on disputes and claims involving various jurisdictions.