IKRP Rokas & Partners
Established in 1977, IKRP Rokas & Partners has grown substantially to develop an international network of law and business consulting firms which spread across Southern and Eastern European countries. Through this broad network, IKRP Rokas & Partners has managed to provide its local and international clients with full comprehensive advice on a number of major projects conducted in the region, with the primary goal being the restructuring of local economies and the commencement of economic growth. Viable sectors such as energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and project finance have been in the field of our expertise. Our team of experts has been active in advising numerous foreign and local companies on their mergers and acquisitions. Our people understand that networking is the differentiating advantage to a client planning to expand its business in Southeastern Europe, while receiving high quality legal and business consulting services.Banking, Finance & Project FinanceOur banking and finance group advises clients on the formation and operation of banking and stock market companies, stock exchange listings, public offerings and private placing of securities, corporate finance, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate financing, asset financing and leasing, investment funds, including listed funds and offshore funds, investment structures, venture capital funds, project financing, cross-border financing, bank regulation, compliance, contract drafting and litigation. Our clients include public and private commercial banking and financial institutions on institutional and commercial issues. We have represented foreign-based banks in international arbitration proceedings and undertaken several due diligence reports including the listing of companies with the Athens Stock Exchange. Moreover, we have exclusively advised on large syndicated loan agreements. Members of the firm have been invited to deliver speeches in numerous conferences and legal meetings relating to project finance, and the firm organized a well-attended conference in 1999 together with the Athens Chamber of Commerce on the funding of large projects.Construction & Real EstateThe firm has a significant number of clients in the construction industry and has advised and represented them in litigation concerning financing of large projects, security documentation, property purchasing, government subsidies and employment contracts. Our real estate area of practice includes acquisitions and disposals, development and investment, finance and development funding, commercial estates and facilities management, landlord and tenant and environmental and planning issues. Furthermore, we have developed a strong mediation and ADR practice, together with technical experts, aimed at obtaining the best results for our clients in non-adversarial proceedings.Corporate & CommercialIKRP's comprehensive range of corporate advice extends from the establishment phase of corporations, with the relevant articles of association, shareholders' and partnership agreements, through to post-incorporation day-to-day advice such as preparing, implementing and participating in numerous board of directors' or shareholders' meetings, as well as advising on and undertaking winding-up procedures. Working together with affiliated companies, which employ accountants and tax consultants, a great part of the above work can be offered as a package. We also advise on joint ventures, strategic alliances and private-public partnerships. We provide services on the management of companies and the establishment in Greece of offshore companies. Furthermore, our firm has vast expertise in shareholders' disputes and company law litigation. IKRP has significant experience in national and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, advising on contractual documentation, negotiations, as well as performing due diligence work and competition and regulatory notifications. Our corporate group deals in the areas of general commerce, insurance and financial institutions, as well as in the energy, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, telecommunications, radio, motion pictures and technology sectors.Criminal LitigationMany cases which would in other countries resolve themselves in the civil or administrative courts, end in the Greek criminal courts. Libel and other forms of personal and trade defamation, as well as perjury, are often brought in the criminal courts simultaneously with civil claims. Litigants will often also resort to the criminal courts in relation to industrial accidents, as well as insolvency-related claims for State debts. Criminal litigation experience is therefore frequently needed even in apparently commercial disputes. The criminal department of the firm has been actively operating since 1990 and undertakes cases in all specialties of criminal law (including homicide, narcotics, sexual crimes), but its principal focus on economic crimes, particularly insurance fraud and crimes against insurance companies, banks and companies in both the private and public sector. Such crimes include fraud, embezzlement, theft, forgery and perjury, amongst others.EmploymentEmployment law is a strong practice area for the firm and closely associated with its corporate practice. On a regular basis, our employment team offers advice to local and multinational corporations on issues connected with the drafting of employment contracts, international transfers of employees, termination of employment, structuring of employee incentives and insurance or stock-option plans, employee discrimination issues in the working environment, general industrial relations, employment protection and issues that normally arise in light of a transfer of undertakings through sale or otherwise. The firm also maintains an ongoing relationship with major European law firms that regularly advise on legal matters pertaining to their multinational clients. The firm has written the Greek chapter of the book "EU and International Employment Law", a comparative employment law published by Jordan Publishing Ltd.Energy & EnvironmentA fast-growing part of the firm's business concerns assisting European Union institutions, governments and energy companies from all over the world in their power generation, oil, gas and electricity projects within Greece, Southeast European and Central Asian countries.IKRP has developed a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory issues related to power and energy transactions. Members of the Energy Group have delivered speeches at international conferences and have published energy-related articles in international publications. We have advised clients on:- the effects of privatization within the utilities industry;- legal issues relating to the development of the electricity market in Southeast Europe;- the implementation of the EU Directive on the Internal Electricity Market;- the establishment of power generation projects in Greece;- joint ventures with governments and companies for the purpose of transporting, selling and commercializing gas to European and Southeast European countries;- and the privatization of the gas supply sector to urban users.Generally, we advise on all aspects of energy-related projects, such as power purchase agreements, joint ventures, credit arrangements, gas sale and transportation agreements, especially in relation to gas & wind projects.Industrial & Intellectual PropertyThe industrial and intellectual property group deals with major cases in patents, trademarks, copyrights and industrial design for international and Greek clients. The firm's litigation lawyers represent clients in both interim measures and full trials. Contentious cases have involved goodwill and reputation rights, technical innovations, trade secrets and confidential information. The firm advises on the registration and protection of patents and trademarks, both in Greece and across Southeast Europe. Our clients include those in the retail, media, technology, computer, health service and life science industries.InsuranceIKRP Rokas & Partners is the leading Greek firm in insurance law, having published landmark textbooks and articles on the subject in Greece and abroad. Our partners are widely recognized as being the foremost academic and litigation practitioners in insurance law in Southeastern Europe, as they advise European Union, Greek and East European authorities on the drafting of insurance laws and regularly advise foreign courts on aspects of Greek insurance law. The firm's managing partner is Chairman of the Insurance and Commercial Law Drafting Committees of the Greek Ministries of Justice and Trade, the President of the Greek Chapter of the International Association of Insurance Law (AIDA) and is a member of the Presidential Council of AIDA International. The law on insurance policies in Greece has recently undergone the most radical changes in the last 90 years. Professor Rokas, the firm's managing partner, was the general reporter and Chairman of the Committee which drafted the new law. IKRP Rokas & Partners has been at the forefront in advising its insurance company clients on those changes, as well as assisting in redrafting their policies in order to implement the new regulations. Our clients include life insurance companies, general insurers and reinsurers, mutuals and composites, first insurance and international reinsurance brokers. Other companies, banks and financial institutions also seek our insurance expertise. We also represent insureds such as major companies and other legal entities, as well as individual policyholders. The firm advises on the establishment of insurance company branches in Greece and on the Freedom of Services regulations, as well as on other procedural and regulatory matters. IKRP also provides such legal services in connection with joint ventures, mergers and

practice areas

Alternative Dispute ResolutionBanking LawCommercial LawConstruction LawCorporate LawEnergyFinanceInformation TechnologyInsuranceIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentReal EstateShippingTaxationTechnology and ScienceTelecommunications LawTransportationUnfair Competition

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