Litigation

Bazinas Law Firm is recognised for its acclaimed litigation department. The Firm's reputation as a highly specialised litigation practice was built on complex civil and commercial litigation proceedings, mainly before the higher tiers of the Greek judiciary.

In the course of 2010, the Firm was leading counsel in both domestic and cross border litigation proceedings, with an aggregated value of €7 billion. The Firm was also instructed by a leading international law firm to act as Greek counsel in high stake cross border litigation proceedings, in at least five jurisdictions, between various natural and legal entities, involving multi discipline matters, which has attracted great publicity both in Greece and abroad.

Bazinas Law Firm also acted, upon a mandate of more than ten years, for one of the largest oil trading companies, in litigation proceedings involving among other the fending off forum shopping attempts, in one of the largest insolvencies ever brought before the Greek courts, obtaining a judgement in favour of the client on various key issues of the case that has been reported by all Greek and many European periodicals.

The litigation department also managed to obtain in December 2010, in favour of a foreign State, what could potentially become a landmark decision, successfully invoking the defence of state immunity in labour dispute proceedings before Greek courts.

Arbitration

The ADR seat of Bazinas Law Firm, specialises in international arbitration proceedings in a wide array of fields, including the construction industry as well as in matters relating to work contracts. The international outlook of the Firm ensures its clientele superior coverage for significant matters with cross border dimensions, through the long established strong links at the highest levels of the international legal community, including leading academics and practitioners. This is particularly important in facilitating international arbitrations and expediting ADR, subsequently reducing the overall cost of the proceedings.

In 2010, the Firm succeeded in getting a multi-million euro award in complex international arbitration proceedings for a Greek construction company. The ADR seat also acted in international arbitration proceedings for contractual damages in the range of several million euro.

During the same year, the Firm, acting as leading counsel, also negotiated the out-of-court settlement for damages and other means of restitution with one of the world's leading credit institutions for a claim falling within the competence of the English Courts.

Asset Tracing & Recovery

Particularly suitable for high net worth private individuals, the asset tracing and recovery practice of Bazinas Law Firm has employed various litigation and out-of-court discovery procedures in jurisdictions across the globe to locate and re-claim embezzled, appropriated, or concealed in complex corporate structures, highly valuable assets including shares, gold and art work or the money trail from the disposition of same.

This entails in-depth knowledge of the law on trusts, foundations and establishments and extensive understanding of their operations as well as the duties and responsibilities of trustees and protectors.

In the course of the last few years the Firm has acted as leading counsel, coordinating a grid of multi-jurisdictional asset recovery proceedings, in what was perhaps the largest recovery action, in terms of asset value, before the Greek courts.

Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring

The corporate insolvency and reorganisation practice of Bazinas Law Firm is amongst the top tier service providers in the Greek market, distinguished for its cross border expertise. The name partner of the Firm is an honorary founding member of the International Insolvency Institute (III) and is repeatedly featured among the handful of specialised practitioners for Greece in the prestigious INSOL International directory.

The Firm is continuously involved in large scale corporate restructuring and reorganisation proceedings, mostly acting for foreign creditors, but is often instructed to advice foreign appointed liquidators and turnaround professionals in domestic and cross border restructurings.

In 2010, the Firm advised in the cross border restructuring of a Greek telecommunications provider that was featured in various legal journals, as perhaps the largest pre-pack administration going through the English courts to date. Bazinas Law Firm also acts for a group of foreign creditors in the restructuring of an Athens Stock Exchange listed corporation. The Firm is also involved in numerous insolvency and corporate restructuring proceedings.

The Firm is at the forefront of legislative developments and since the introduction of the new Greek insolvency code, in collaboration with the litigation department, the insolvency team was successful in obtaining key judgments on the interpretation of some of the new provisions of the Greek insolvency legislation.

Banking & Finance

Bazinas Law Firm has a developed banking and finance practice with an impressive track record in major projects involving both listed and privately owned enterprises. The Firm regularly advices credit institutions, finance houses, venture capital and hedge funds on a wide variety of structured, secured and unsecured credit and equity transactions, leasing, factoring, documentary credit, export finance, creditors' rights and collateral security.

In the course of the last two years the Firm has drafted bond loan programmes and secured financing instruments of an aggregated value of approximately €150m.

Corporate Law

Our key strength is rendering advise on complex matters of company and corporate law, including corporate representation and the liability of the board of directors, shareholders rights, the transfer of shares and share capital increases, share subscription and preference rights, as well as competition and antitrust law. Our clients are also able to draw upon the vast experience of the Firm's corporate insolvency and reorganisation practice, also offering advice on the dissolution and liquidation of legal entities, either in the course of insolvency proceedings or otherwise.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Our capability is focused on both mergers & acquisitions as well as equity capital markets and takeovers, with services including advice on regulatory matters for listed corporations as well as demergers, intra group transfers and due diligence reports for pre-sale preparation. We work closely with tax and financial advisors to ensure that all legal aspects of strategic risk management are covered seamlessly.

Construction & Real Estate

The firm has long and comprehensive experience in all aspects of private and public construction and real estate.

From the design and implementation of tender documents, to the fine-tuning for legal efficiency or project management systems in large and complex EPC projects, to the litigation or arbitration of complex construction disputes, the firm has a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry, and is well equipped to assist owners, process and construction engineers and construction contractors throughout the stages of project development.