Our team is made up of lawyers, with more than 50 years of experience collectively, all of whom are able to advise clients in both English and Greek language. Our underlying philosophy abides by the principles of high quality customer service, confidentiality and effectiveness, while at the same time we aim to provide a complete service package through our fixed partnership with a notary public and a financial advisor in order to ensure cost and time optimisation.
The Office is a member of UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats), AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats), ILA (International Law Association), ULI (Urban Land Institute), CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators).
It maintains close links with an extensive network of Law Offices in Europe and the U.S.A. and is also a member of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, the Hellenic-Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic-British Chamber of Commerce. Working languages are Greek and English. The office can also handle clients speaking French, Italian, Spanish and German.
The office offers services that relate to the establishment of legal entities in Greece, advising clients on the selection of the optimal legal vehicle for their operations, taking into consideration their particular needs. We draft and negotiate shareholders’ and joint venture agreements prepare corporate resolutions and obtain approvals from the state for all corporate activities.
We advise our clients on a day to day basis on all corporate matters, issues arising from shareholders’ general meetings and other aspects of corporate life, as well as the appointment and removal of directors, share capital increases or decreases, change of registered seat, shareholders’ issues, amendment of Articles of Association and all corporate governance issues in general.
Further to the acquisition of a company, we focus on corporate governance, restructuring and succession (in family businesses) and we work with the company’s management in order to improve decision making.
While our preference is to foresee and preclude rather than to remedy, the office’s litigators combine their experience and knowledge in different legal fields and take into consideration the risks involved to lead our clients through the litigation process when disputes arise.
The team can represent clients in civil and commercial litigation before all levels of the Judiciary, representing both companies and private clients. We also undertake the enforcement of foreign court judgments.
On the context of win-win situations, Alternative Dispute Resolution is supported by the office as a means to achieving resolution to disputes in an efficient, quick and confidential manner.
The office is a pioneer of mediation in Greece and has been among the founding members of the Hellenic Mediation and Arbitration Centre and the Hellenic Union of Mediators.
The office has a strong tradition in advising investors that wish to expand their activities to the Greek market and deals holistically with their demands in order to provide the utmost security of the asset, the transaction, the contract and the final implementation of every investment scenario.
In this capacity we provide a complete legal assessment of specific projects, advise our clients on the most effective structuring of their deals, assist in the evaluation of potential business partners and locations and perform due diligence on target companies or assets. We draft, review and comment on transactional documents, negotiate all terms of these documents on the client’s behalf, obtain licences, permits or authorisations and monitor the complete investment or divestment process, addressing all issues that occur throughout the life cycle of a project.
At the same time we assess all potential risks or uncertainties from a Greek law perspective and create safeguards or propose remedies to problems, ensuring the best protection of the client’s interests.
The office’s private client department has a strong track record in representing HNWIs, private equity and family offices in Greece. Created on the basis of a one-stop-shop for all private clients’ needs, the office maintains ties with numerous international law offices, and works closely with the majority of private banks in order to ensure the optimum quality in service.
Services include: Property acquisition/conveyancing, inheritance and succession issues, wills and probate, powers of attorney, creation of tax structures, estate administration, immigration issues/visas, investors’ residence permit (Schengen visa), advice to expatriates and asset management (for real property).
The office advises on legal aspects of real estate with a focus on residential and commercial development and property management. Our team is constantly up-to-date with market trends and possesses a profound understanding of the business aspects which can facilitate any investor’s needs.
The office’s expertise covers the following fields:
Acquisition, due diligence, development and exploitation, planning permissions/licensing/land uses, commercial lease agreements, sale-and-lease-back agreements, expropriation issues, real estate investment vehicles (including REICS), tax related issues and structuring.
As there are various types of real estate investments, please click here to inform us about your preference.
A residence permit for real estate owners is a relatively new type of residence permit in Greece, designed for third country citizens who intend to invest in the Greek real estate market.
This type of residence permit, also known as “The Golden Visa Program”, has been running in Greece since 2013. With its continuous growth, a total of 13.485 Golden Visas were issued in the period 2013 – April 2019.
The minimum investment is €250,000 and it can include all types of real estate assets (residential apartments, office space, land, holiday villas, industrial/logistics premises) throughout Greece with no geographical limitation.
Alternatively investors can enjoy the same benefits by injecting the amount of €400,000 into a variety of asset classes including (indicatively): corporate shares of listed and/or non-listed Greek companies, Greek State bonds, shares of venture capital funds and time-deposits in Greek credit institutions.
For more information about immigration by investment in Greece, please download our Golden Visa Brochure here.
Lefteris is an Attorney-at-law, admitted to the Athens Bar Association in 1974, qualified to represent clients to the Supreme Court and is the founder of the office. He is a graduate of the National and Capodistrian University of Athens.
Lefteris’s focus is on civil and commercial litigation, but also having served as the legal counsel in numerous industrial, commercial and investment companies, his knowledge extends to various fields of law ranging from property contracts, to commercial leases, investments and corporate law.
He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of pharmaceutical, commercial and real estate companies.
Clients benefit from his 40-year experience and his true insight of the Greek legal system but also from his ability to interpret their needs and offer solid solutions in complex situations.
He is fluent in English and French.
Contact Lefteris: email@example.com
Marcel is an Attorney-at-law, admitted to the Athens Bar Association since 2008.
He possesses a wealth of experience from the London residential and commercial market as he has been profoundly involved in the real estate investments industry through his work as an advisor for leading real estate offices in London, between 2003 and 2006.
He has studied in the UK (Essex) and holds an LLM in European and International Business Law
His main areas of expertise are corporate law, contracts, leases, structuring, and real estate/property law and he advises a variety of local and foreign legal entities conducting business in Greece.
He is an accredited mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and a mediators’ trainer from Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
Among other, he holds the positions of the deputy treasurer of the Hellenic Union of Mediators, member of the YL European Steering Committee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the national representative of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and a member of Young Entrepreneurs Greece.
Marcel has published several articles about legal issues, real estate, mediation, and politics, in Greek and international periodicals.
On the context of charity, Marcel is an avid volunteer for some of Greece’s most renowned charitable organisations.
He is fluent in English, French and Italian and has basic communicational skills in Spanish.
Contact Marcel: firstname.lastname@example.org
John is a qualified accountant and acting CFO of a major multinational’s branch in Greece. His professional life commenced as early as 1977 with bookkeeping for several companies while still studying economics and accounting at the University of Piraeus.
His fields of expertise include financial management, tax advice, company restructuring and business planning. John joined Cremer & Partners in 2010 and his contribution has been instrumental in building a strong advisory to complement the office’s legal practice.
He is fluent in English.
Maria is a notary public, admitted to the Athens Notary Association in 2000. Prior to that, she practised as an independent lawyer for 9 years with a focus in civil and commercial law.
Due to her 13 years of practice, she possesses a wealth of experience over all matters regarding company formations, property contracts, powers of attorney, public wills and inheritance donations. She works equally close with the office’s private client team as well as the corporate division.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the National and Capodistrian University of Athens.
She is fluent in English and German.