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White & Case and Zepos & Yannopoulos have advised Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Elliott Advisors UK Limited on the acquisition of a EUR 900 million portfolio of secured non-performing small business lending and SME loans secured by Greek real estate from the National Bank of Greece. Karatzas & Partners reportedly advised the NBG on the deal.

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The Buzz in Greece: Interview with Dimitris Assimakis of Norton Rose Fulbright

There's a high level of activity in the Greek energy sector, says Dimitris Assimakis, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Athens. “Renewables are going to be huge in the near future,” he says, “mostly due to the fact that Greek authorities have put forward an ambitious plan to have the share of renewables in the final gross electricity consumption at 60% by 2030.“ According to Assimakis this doubling of the current 29% share will require “a very aggressive investment program – mostly from the private sector.”

Read more: The Buzz in Greece: Interview with Dimitris Assimakis of Norton Rose Fulbright

The Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm has been chosen by State Grid International Development Limited as its exclusive legal advisor in Greece, following what the firm describes as "a competitive negotiation tender process organized."

Read more: KG Law Selected as Exclusive Legal Advisor to State Grid International Development Limited

The KLC Law Firm has advised Forum S.A., a Greek company specialized in the field of trade show organizations and trade magazine publications, on the acquisition of an 80% stake in the NuernbergMesse Group.

Read more: KLC Advises Forum on Acquisition of Stake in NuernbergMesse Group

Kyriakides Georgopoulos and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have advised the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on a long-term strategic partnership between Piraeus Bank and Intrum and the establishment of a credit management servicer in Greece.

Read more: Kyriakides Georgopoulos Advises Hellenic Financial Stability Fund on Piraeus Bank/Intrum Partnership

Zepos & Yannopoulos is advising Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, a US gaming industry group, on its participation in an international tender for the concession of a casino operating license in the Hellinikon – Ag. Kosmas Metropolitan Pole, which was launched in February 2019 by the Hellenic Gaming Commission.

Read more: Zepos & Yannopoulos Advising Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment on Tender for Casino Concession

Virginia Murray is a partner in Watson Farley & Williams’ International Project & Structured Finance Group and is Head of the Greek law Corporate, Projects and Finance practice in the firm’s Athens office. She graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and moved to Greece and qualified as a Greek lawyer in 1998. She is fluent in Greek.

Read more: Expat on the Market: Virginia Murray of Watson Farley & Williams

Greece is slowly recovering from the economic crisis – although even “crisis” hardly seems to capture the depths of the country’s economic plummet – that plunged the country into financial lockdown, with massive restructuring commitments to the Troika, record unemployment, and nose-diving foreign investment. With the darkest days of recession now past, and with a new government in power, the country finds itself peering forward, hoping that the light it sees coming towards it through the lingering fog is the sun of a new day … and not an oncoming train.

Read more: Backing away from the Cliff: Signs of Hope in Greece

The Koutalidis law firm has advised a consortium of banks led by Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse on a EUR 500 million fixed-rate unsecured bond issue and tender for notes purchase by Hellenic Petroleum. The bonds are listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Read more: Koutalidis Advises Banks on Hellenic Petroleum Bond Issue
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