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In The Corner Office, we invite Senior and Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. For this issue, we asked them to describe their least favorite part of their jobs. 

Things seem to be picking up a bit in Greece, according to Drakopoulos Managing Partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos — but he knows better than to relax. "I’m much more hopeful than I was last year,” he says, “but you have to adapt to the environment. You can only hear so many times that 'now things are changing.’ We’ve heard this for three or four years, but things don’t, in fact, change. The same thing happened in 2014 — things picked up a lot, and then the crisis hit again.” He sighs. “We definitely have more work than last year, but I don’t see a clear path to the light at the end of the tunnel, so it’s hard to be too confident about how things will develop.” 

Zepos & Yannopoulos, working alongside Shearman Sterling, has acted as Greek legal counsel to Attica Bank SA, a Greek medium size bank, on the securitization of non-performing loans and future receivables from the EUR 1.3 billion sale of real estate. The portfolio was sold to a Luxembourg SPV against issuance of EUR 525 million senior notes and EUR 806.2 million junior notes. All the notes were initially subscribed by Attica Bank, which will also act as interim servicer of the portfolio.

A.S. Papadimitriou & Partners has acted as local counsel to EXIN Financial Services Holding B.V. on its EUR 718 million acquisition of a 75% stake in insurer Ethniki Hellenic General Insurance S.A. from the National Bank of Greece. Bernitsas Law and Freshfields advised the NBG on the transaction, which remains subject to customary approvals.

Kyriakides Georgopoulos has advised the National Bank of Greece on a Public Private Partnership project for the development, design, financing, construction, and operation of a solid waste treatment plant at Serres, in Northern Greece, awarded to the consortium of Archirodon Group NV, Intrakat Constructions S.A., and Envitec S.A. The consortium was advised by Bernitsas.

Prior to building up or transplanting their advertising campaigns in Greece, businesses wishing to acquire a share in the local media market, besides familiarizing themselves with their industry sector through review and analysis of the industry economics, participants, and main competitors, should immerse themselves into the regulatory framework for advertising that will enable them to develop their business plan and marketing strategies most efficiently.

In The Corner Office we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about their careers, management styles, and strategies. The question this time around: Is your personal practice more or less the one you anticipated when you finished law school, or did it change somehow in the interim?

The 2017 CEE Legal Matters General Summit took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw on June 1-2, 2017, once again bringing together well over a hundred General Counsel and Heads of Legal from across Central and Eastern Europe for two full days (and one entertaining evening) of seminars, panel discussions, best practices review, and networking. This year’s event — the third annual, following the 2015 GC Summit in Budapest and the 2016 GC Summit in Istanbul — was the biggest and most successful yet.

On May 31 and June 1, 2017, CEE Legal Matters was proud to host a rare event: A gathering of those senior lawyers from each Central and Eastern European country identified by peers as being most influential, most important, most uniquely responsible for having created the country’s modern commercial legal market.

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Drakopoulos Law Firm has been providing consulting and legal advice to businesses since 1992. The Firm possesses extensive resources and know-how to cover a wide range of services and handle substantial and complex transactions. Our highly skilled lawyers provide professional services and legal expertise, highly prioritising the interests of both our domestic and international clientele and being dedicated to their successful operation. With an offering of legal services across 11 countries out of three main offices, Drakopoulos Law Firm is strategically positioned to serve clients with presence or interests in the entire Southeast Europe region.

Firm's website: www.drakopoulos-law.com

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