Prof. Panayotis Bernitsas

Prof. Panayotis Bernitsas: Attorney with Bernitsas Law
  • Managing Partner at Bernitsas Law (36 Attorneys)
  • 5 Lykavittou Street, Athens, Greece 106 72
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Panayotis has been the Managing Partner of the Firm since 1984. His active, broad-based commercial practice incorporates 35 years of experience in transactional, advisory and litigation work. He is Head of the Real Estate, Tax and Project Finance & PPPs departments. Panayotis is an authority in EU, competition and antitrust law and has represented clients in prominent cartel cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. He is a senior litigator, with vast experience in all types of dispute resolution, and represents clients in complex, high stake civil and administrative actions before the high courts and arbitration boards. He has also acted as arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). Panayotis is an expert in concession projects and privatisations, with an unsurpassed track record of playing a key role in many of the pioneering, ground breaking transactions to have taken place in Greece. He advises extensively on major renewable and conventional energy and infrastructure projects and investments in energy property development companies. His real estate practice is focused on large scale developments and real property asset portfolio investments. Within the framework of his private practice, Panayotis has acted on a number of occasions as advisor to the Government on European Union, State Aids and Privatisation issues. He also advises companies and individuals on complex tax structuring and wealth planning matters and has acted extensively in high stakes tax controversies. Panayotis has been widely published in the legal journals, books and other publications in his areas of expertise.

Key appointments include: Associate Professor of International Economic Law, the Law of International Business Transactions and European Community Law, University of Thrace, 1983-2007; External Counsel to the Ministry of National Economy on the Privatisation of State-Owned Enterprises (National Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) and Refineries), 1991-93; Counsel to the Minister of National Economy on Illegal State Aids and Privatisation Issues, 1990-91; Secretary General of the Hellenic Centre for European Studies, 1990-93; Counsel to the Hellenic Banking Association, 1980-90; Counsel to the Prime Minister on EC Matters, 1989-90; Counsel to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1989-90; Counsel to the Greek Commissioner for Common Market Transport Matters, 1983-84; Special Secretary for Public Investments, Regional Policy and Integrated Mediterranean Programmes at the Ministry of National Economy, 1989; Advisor to the Ministry of National Economy during the negotiations for Greece’s Accession to the European Community.

Areas of Practice (21)

  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Investment in Greece
  • European Union Law
  • Competition Law
  • Antitrust
  • Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Supreme Court Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Privatization
  • Project Finance
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Government Contracts
  • State Owned Enterprises
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Tax Controversies
  • Trusts and Estates Taxation
  • Wealth Planning

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+30 210 3615395  Phone
University Attended:
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ph.D.; University of Paris, D.E.S. in Public Law
Law School Attended:
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Degree in Law
Year of First Admission:
1984, Supreme Court of Greece; 1981, Athens Court of Appeals; 1974, Athens Bar
Athens Bar Association; Fédération Internationale de Droit Européen (Member, Greek Section); Greek Institute for International and Foreign Law (Athens); International Bar Association; American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce; British-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce; Hellenic Society for Private International Law.
Greek and English and French and German and Italian
( Professional Representative before the European Patent Office, Arbitrator in proceedings held at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) )

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Athens, Greece

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