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“Things are pretty steady,” says Drakopoulos Senior Partner Panagiotis Drakopoulos, speaking about the current political climate of Greece. “The past few months have seen no major changes or updates, so there is nothing special to report on.” He says that, as most efforts have been focused on the pandemic, little room is left for anything else. 

Greece's KLC Law Firm has advised National Energy Holdings in its first investment in Greece — the acquisition and construction of five solar parks to be constructed in Central Greece, with a total capacity of 24 MW, for which it secured financing of EUR 22 million from Piraeus Bank.

White & Case and Zepos & Yannopoulos have advised the EIF and the EBRD on a EUR 130 million securitization of automotive leases originated by Olympic Commercial and Tourist Enterprises S.A., a car leasing company in Greece and master franchisee of the Avis Budget Group. Avis was advised by Norton Rose Fulbright and, reportedly, Kyriakides Georgopoulos, while Hogan Lovells and, reportedly, M&P Bernitsas, advised lead manager and sole arranger Citi and co-lead manager Piraeus Bank.

Greece's KG Law Firm has entered into what it calls "a new, pioneering collaboration" with the ArtSecure boutique, which specializes in advising on art, intellectual property, and cultural property matters.

The SEE Legal law firm alliance has announced the formal launch of two new practice groups, one dedicated to Employment and Immigration, headed by Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli Counsel Maral Minasyan, and one dedicated to Intellectual Property, headed by Selih & Partnerji Partner Natasa Pipan Nahtigal.

The novel coronavirus has sent markets into a tailspin and forced the scrapping of many plans for this business year. Commercial law firms, their businesses closely tied to the way economies ebb and flow, have been forced to adapt. This global phenomenon is in some ways particularly poignant in Greece, which was finally, after a decade of darkness, showing signs of returning to the light. Commercial Greek law firms, excited about the prospects of a highly-anticipated economic recovery, have discovered they’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. Still, they insist, good times are just around the corner.

Koutalidis has advised mandated lead arrangers Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Piraeus Bank, and Euroxx Securities, and issuance advisors Eurobank and Piraeus Bank, on Lamda Development S.A.'s issuance of a EUR 320 million bond and it admission to trading on the Athens Exchange.