Practice Highlights

Examples of recent work undertaken by Christopoulos & Associates across our areas of practice include:

  • Acting on behalf of a food and beverages distributor with a network in Greece and the Balkans in relation to their buy out of several bond loans.
  • Advising an international real estate developer in the negotiations for the development of a hotel and leisure complex covering 12 million square meters in Central Greece. The overall transaction value exceeds €1bn.
  • Acting on behalf of an American investor in the acquisition of property in a geographic area requiring the obtaining of licenses from the Ministry of Defence.
  • Representing an international real estate developer in the development project for a tourist installation including a golf course, marina and chain of boutique hotels, covering 2 million square meters on the Ionian island of Ithaca, with an overall transaction value of c. €500m. This transaction is significant in that it involves the first development of its kind in Europe to run on windmills as an alternative source of energy.
  • Representing a leading Greek supplier of insulation products in relation to the implementation of a network for the distribution of the products of an Austrian counterpart.
  • Advising an independent Greek investment firm in their acquisition of a producer of ice-cream, desserts and beverages, and the subsequent sale to the London arm of a leading Greek investment bank, with a transaction value of €32m.
  • Acting on behalf of a development group in the drafting of contractual documentation and negotiating the funding of the acquisition and development of a submarine hotel in South East Greece, with an overall transaction value of €350m.
  • Representing a Greek banking institution in the conduct of the due diligence for their purchase of a listed company engaged in the production of food and beverages with a distribution network in Greece and the Balkans, with a transaction value of €70m.
  • Acting on behalf of an international real estate developer in drafting the contractual documentation and negotiating the acquisition of a building in the center of Athens, to be used in the development of a commercial center covering 60 thousand square meters, with a transaction value of €250m.
  • Advising leading Greek construction companies on an ongoing basis on their taxation matters and issues arising from their entry into contracts with the public sector.
  • Drafting the contractual documentation on behalf of a supplier of equipment to the hotel and leisure industry and a holiday tour company for the supply of allotment contracts and the relevant buy-out contract, with a transaction value of €130 million.
  • Advising a company engaged in the construction and technical renovation of refineries, on their ongoing employment law issues.
  • Representing an American real estate investor in the drafting of an agreement with a Greek Local Authority for the exploitation of public land for the development of leisure centres including golf courses, a training center and a multifunctional park, with a transaction value of US$50.5m.
  • Acting regularly on behalf of joint ventures between the public and private sectors in the hotel and leisure, sports, entertainment and medical care industries, in the setting up of the joint venture, ongoing corporate governance and the entry into contracts.
  • Acting on behalf of a joint venture made up of Greek and British finance companies in the drafting of the agreement for the construction of an office network to be leased to two Municipalities of Greece, with a transaction value of US$5.250m.
  • Acting regularly on behalf of local authorities in the drafting of a series of legal opinions regarding the participation of local authorities in venture capital projects, short term employment contracts, taxation and licensing of various commercial activities.
  • Advising a leading US non-profit organization involved in clinical trials in relation to setting up a Greek foundation.
  • Advising a US shareholder in a Greek company on the taxation liability arising from payment of dividends and in particular in relation to the effect of the Double Taxation Treaty in force between the US and Greece. This case involved successful representation of the client in negotiations with the IRS, as to the non-taxable nature of the payment of dividends, and has been documented in the Harvard Law Review.
  • Acting on behalf of one member of a joint venture in relation to the formation of a fund to invest in real estate and IP.
  • Acting on behalf of an international medical non-profit institution in the drafting and negotiation of a series of contracts regarding the establishment of a medical non-profit institution and a municipality joint venture project for training and research medical courses.
  • Acting on behalf of a Greek construction company in the sale of part of its share capital to their listed holding company.
  • Advising a US provider of engineering systems, designed to control corrosion, to infrastructure, environmental and energy companies, on the taxation implications of making a loan to their Greek subsidiary, in particular in relation to achieving the taxation status for the loan which would render it not liable to tax.
  • Advising the inventor of an advanced learning tool linked to the internet on the formation of a joint venture in the UK for the purposes of exploitation of the invention.
  • Representing the former board members and managing directors of a major producer of foodstuffs in the criminal proceedings brought against them in relation to their management of the company.
  • Representing a UK based leader in designer outlet shopping centres in the leasing and management of a center for development in Greece, involving advice on the Greek and European law issues arising.
  • Representing an international real estate developer in the development project for a major commercial and retail centre in Athens, including multiplex cinemas, restaurants, shop-in-shops and garages.
  • Representing a group of employees of the public sector in their action against the government for payment of family benefits.

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