FP assists clients in the licensing and compliance requirements governing a broad range of activities and operations.
Our expertise covers numerous heavily regulated industries, such as food and beverage, and entertainment, hotels and tourism operations, private colleges and schools, health care professionals and pharmaceuticals. We often assist new entrants to obtain the authorisations and licences required for their activities in Greece, guiding them through a constantly
changing regulatory environment; we also liaise with administrative authorities and regulators in order to resolve all problems arising from clients’ local activities. Last but not least, we regularly represent our clients before administrative authorities and administrative courts including the Greek Supreme Administrative Court
FP has significant expertise in all related legal areas comprising compliance and anti-corruption audits for foreign clients and extensive experience and familiarity with similar internal audits and compliance projects.
We have assisted many companies with respect to bribery, transparency and compliance issues involving their Greek subsidiaries or operations.
- Corporate Fraud
- Financial Fraud
- Securities fraud
- Insider dealing and market abuse
- Breach of trust
- Tax and customs fraud
- Healthcare fraud
- Asset recovery
CORRUPTION & ANTI-TRUST
- Corrupt practices & compliance
- Cartel offences
MONEY LAUNDERING & ANTI-TERRORISM
- Money laundering & compliance
- Exchange of data of bank transactions
- Monitoring and freezing of bank accounts
- Terrorism financing
CORPORATE CRIMINAL LIABILITY
- Health and safety offences
- Environmental offences
- Criminal product liability
- Internal corporate investigations
EUROPEAN CRIMINAL LAW
- European Arrest Warrant and surrender procedures
- Transfer of evidence
- Freezing Orders
- EU fraud (OLAF investigations)
- EU procedural safeguards
EXTRADITION AND MUTUAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS
- Extradition and surrender procedures
- Cross-border gathering and sharing of evidence
- Conflicts of jurisdiction
- Transfer of prisoners
Corporate and Commercial Law
Our lawyers are experts in corporate and commercial law and have a successful track record of advising clients in many jurisdictions and industries.
They have advised clients ranging from listed companies and multinational groups, through privately owned businesses to entrepreneurs, management teams and start-ups, operating in industries including offshore, commodities trading, manufacturing, electronics, travel and leisure, facilities management, automotive and technology.
We understand that each transaction and project is unique, so we work with our clients to identify key benefits and risks to design and deliver the best practical legal solutions to achieve our clients’ commercial objectives. Our main corporate/commercial service areas are:
- Sale and purchase of companies and businesses
- Joint ventures, investment agreements and shareholders’ agreements
- Succession planning
- Management buy-outs
- Group structure reorganisations including simplification and/or divisionalisation of business
- Corporate governance
- General company law advice.
- Asset purchase and finance
- Drafting commercial contracts
- Intellectual property and trade mark protection
- Secured and unsecured borrowings from banks – new facilities and refinancing
- Standard terms of business
- Contracts with agents, distributors and suppliers.
Cross-Border Structures – M&A
Our firm has extensive experience in cross-border transactions involving international entities, most of which are part of wider tax planning, corporate consolidation, and equity or debt financing or secured financing structures.
The work is handled through our corporate department whose members have specialised expertise in structuring, negotiating and completing joint ventures, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, transfers of corporate seats, the establishment of mutual funds and venture capital investments in general. In dealing with the multi-faceted complexities of cross-border transactions, the team is able to draw upon the firm’s expertise in practice areas such as tax, competition, capital markets, intellectual property and data protection, as well as the firm’s corporate litigation practice,
not only in terms of the court applications and hearings, required in connection with the capital restructures and reorganisations or transfers of corporate seats, but also in ensuring that clients are protected to the maximum in their joint venture projects, for example, in safeguarding exit or non-dilution strategies. Our firm’s membership to leading international law firm and service provider associations, is particularly important in enhancing our firm’s work and expertise in this field, as we strive to provide to our clients, a seamless service and effective management of multi-jurisdictional assignments.
We advise both employer and employee clients in relation to all aspects of employment law. We have a particular expertise in advising on:
- employment law matters with an international nature to them
- trade union related matters for our employer clients and
- high net worth employee clients.
In carrying out this advice we undertake the following services:
- general employment advice;
- document reviews (including contracts of employment, handbooks, policies and bonus schemes);
- employment litigation and settlement agreements;
- data subject access request advice;
- advising on the employment law aspects of mergers and acquisitions;
- termination of employment and of engagements as a partner;
• business protection advice, including advising on restrictive covenants;
Franchising & Distribution
The firms expertise includes the negotiating, drafting and final signing of a franchise agreement either for the franchisee or the franchisor.
Members of the firm have been involved in setting up for our clients franchise networks throughout Greece by developing the framework for the successful expansion through the use of the franchise concept. We have acted for both franchisees with their dealings and negotiations with their international franchisors,
Greek franchisors seeking to set up and expand in the greater Southeastern Europe area and franchisees in disputes and litigations against their franchisors. In addition, our team is one of the most experienced and has a track record of litigation cases arising from agency, distribution and franchise agreements all of which have been successfully handled.
Our family law practice advises on all issues of family law – divorce and separation, child custody, maintenance and care disputes, adoption, cohabitation, financial provision, asset separation and management.
Within this field of practice, we recognise the importance of listening, understanding, and then acting with the utmost discretion and care, the focus of our approach being to minimise as far as possible the emotional and financial costs associated with what is, frequently, a stressful time for those involved.
Our lawyers who specialise and practise in the field of family law are experienced litigators, – both necessary qualities for achieving successful outcomes in this area of law. We have dealed with a variety of complex and multi-jurisdictional divorce cases, but is especially experienced in dealing with cases of child abduction and custody, access (contact), maintenance and care disputes.
International Tax Planning
We have been advising on how to establish the most effective vehicles in different tax jurisdictions. Combining our deep knowledge of the international tax regime with the double tax treaties network we advise which is the most suitable investment vehicle for both EU inbound or outbound investments.
Our team of tax experts is focusing on optimal tax structuring and advises clients on complex issues in the areas of personal and corporate taxation, asset management and can assist also in the provision of tax rulings and representation of clients before the tax authorities.
We work closely with leading tax experts to provide bespoke tax strategies and reductions in tax exposure. We advise on Incorporation of companies, SPVs and trusts in order to achieve our clients’ objectives.
Intellectual Property Law, IT, Data Protection
Our firm’s highly specialised IP practice offers the full range of IP and related services, and boasts an extensive list of high-calibre global clients, including top luxury brand owners, pharmaceutical companies, international franchise systems, and some of the world’s leading manufacturers for a wide range of products. We understand the challenges of IP protection and our dedicated team of IP specialists provides unique solutions for even the most complex intellectual property matters.
Trade Marks and Branding
Our team deals with brand management strategies, enforcement, prosecution and registrations in the Trade Marks Registry, OHIM and WIPO. Our practice involves the regular handling of objections raised by the Trade Marks Registry against international trade mark rights, and also in relation to objections raised against national trade mark filings. We also handle a significant amount of trade mark opposition work, including invalidity and cancellation actions for trade marks.
We advise on all commercial aspects involving brands, including licensing, franchising, and distribution agreements, as well as co-existence agreements. In addition, we provide all types of pre-registration and post-registration services, including trade mark searches and clearance reports, renewals and trade mark watch services.
We deal with the registration of national patents and the validation of European Patents, all forms of commercial exploitation of patents, patent litigation (including for the pharmaceutical and technology industries), renewals.
We provide a registration and renewal service for industrial designs, and regularly advise in respect of the protection of designs, as well as on all forms of commercial exploitation, licensing, distribution, and other commercial activities.
Our IP practice works closely with our firm’s highly skilled and experienced litigation department. Our litigation practice frequently advises and represents our clients before the Courts in matters relating to the enforcement of their IP rights, including all necessary steps for obtaining interlocutory relief and other judicial remedies. The most frequent type of IP litigation with which our firm is involved is infringement of trade mark and passing off, infringement of copyright and allied rights and infringement of design rights.
Internet and E-Commerce
FP delivers legal advice in all areas of the information technology industry. The IT and e-commerce markets require a broad industry knowledge and the ability to follow the hyper-speed pace of the evolution of the industry. We support our clients on the legal issues which they face under EU and Greek law when they “go on-line”, as well as for issues such as: Electronic signatures, e-procurement and e-invoicing, On-line contracting, Consumer issues, Internet gambling, Data protection
Litigation – Dispute Resolution
Our firm’s dispute resolution team provides specialist advice and representation on litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Our lawyers have extensive experience before the Courts and various international arbitration courts and tribunals, and deal with highly complex cases in areas such as business, commercial and corporate law, tax and finance, intellectual property etc.
Our firm regularly and effectively handles international cases, including shareholder disputes, corporate and commercial fraud, and boasts an exceptionally strong commercial and corporate litigation practice.
Real Estate Law
FP has extensive experience in advising on the acquisition, construction, zoning, development, financing and disposal of real estate in the retail, industrial and commercial sectors.
With a track record of acting on behalf of many of the developers and construction companies active in the Greek market, we are in an ideal position to assist clients in this highly regulated sector. Our Real Estate department offers a full range of services involving immovable property, including advising on and negotiating the terms of acquisitions, sales, transfers or financing. We provide assistance to both local and international clients, and have represented the interests of major developers in development projects and small buyers alike, offering the full spectrum of services, from the initial advice until finalization of the property registration process. We frequently deal with leases of immovable property, representing either landlords or tenants, and assist in negotiating leases and their renewals, collecting overdue and unpaid rent, advising on breach of terms and termination of leases.
Our firm also deals with a significant number of sizeable and complex probate cases involving immovable property each year. Our services range from commencing probate proceedings before the courts to the eventual distribution of the assets to the legal heirs or, where this is required, assistance for the further sale of the property.
Our clients are assured of a quality, seamless service, delivered by the firm’s experienced property team and drawing upon the expertise of our highly specialized corporate, employment, tax, and dispute resolution departments. This interdisciplinary approach enables us to efficiently handle all aspects of any multi-faceted real estate-related matter.
Representative clients of our firm’s real estate practice include developers, corporate entities, retailers and investors.
Restructuring – Insolvency
FP provides assistance to companies in distress, financial institutions, auditing and consultancy firms and creditors in general.
We are involved both in forming the advisable work-out strategy and in negotiating out-of-court private restructuring agreements with creditors in informal work-outs,
including advising on the effect of insolvency proceedings, supporting on debt-recovery matters, participation in pre-insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings, ranking of creditors, duties and liability of directors on insolvency, Debt rescheduling, insolvency litigation, asset tracing