Constantinos Lambadarios is one of the leading transactional lawyers in Greece. He is the firm’s managing partner and head of the M&A and Real Estate practice groups as well as a member of our Competition/Antitrust practice. Under his bold and progressive leadership, Lambadarios has grown to become a modern, internationally minded firm and is increasingly recognized as one of the legal powerhouses in Athens.
Constantinos himself is a dynamic and highly experienced corporate lawyer and is ranked and listed in the major legal directories. He has played a leading role in many landmark transactions, supporting domestic and international clients in realizing their strategic goals, and has a reputation for being relentless in his pursuit of practical solutions to even the most complex challenges. He is recognized by clients and directories alike as a thoroughly modern lawyer, combining acute commercial awareness and strategic thinking with deep technical expertise and outstanding communication, team and leadership skills.
As well as advising on sophisticated financial arrangements and corporate transactions, Constantinos is also a highly skilled arbitrator and accredited mediator.
He has also been instrumental in establishing the firm’s Epaminondas Lambadarios Scholarship, a scholarship set up in partnership with The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) for aspiring Greek lawyers interested in pursuing a career in international dispute management.
As head of the firm’s M&A practice, Constantinos is an experienced and astute legal adviser and dealmaker. He has supported domestic and international clients from many sectors on a wide range of complex corporate transactions, from privatizations, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and restructurings to spin offs and disposals, joint ventures and share-purchase agreements.
Ranked in the leading directories, Constantinos is a respected M&A specialist, advising banks, government bodies, corporates and investors – including private equity – on the best and most practical deal structures within Greek and EU law and then helping them to see the deals to completion. He has played a key role in many landmark deals, including the restructuring and privatization of DEPA, the public gas corporation, and has advised on numerous transactions involving companies listed on the Athens stock exchange. Constantinos also acts for private equity funds and multinational corporations in contested public and private M&A acquisitions and advises various private equity funds on MBOs/LBOs, as well as in transactions involving listed companies through the Athens Stock Exchange.
Constantinos’s expertise and experience make him a valued adviser in the most complex and high-profile transactions. He recently advised on the tripartite joint venture between PWC, Qualco and Hoist Finance for the establishment of a Single Technology Platform for the servicing of €9 billion of NPLs, creating the first NPL platform in Greece under the name PQH. He has also worked on several public mergers that have gone before the Hellenic Competition Commission, including the largest attempted banking merger in recent years in Greece, which was cleared on commitments offered by the parties.
A very significant proportion of Constantinos’s work involves cross-border, multi-national or multi-party transactions.
Public MA & Privatizations
Private Equity and other Financial Investors
Constantinos heads up the firm’s Real Estate practice and he is listed in the main directories as a leading adviser in the Greek market.
Constantinos has extensive experience of advising both domestic and international clients in a wide range of real estate-related transactions including office and commercial space in Athens, hotel and leisure assets on the mainland and islands, and on M&A activity involving real estate companies and investors. He has an acute appreciation of the commercial dynamics of the sector and his expertise and insight is valued by many of the major players, including REICs and real estate funds such as Briq, Grivalia and Hines, for whom he has advised on deals totaling many hundreds of millions of euros.
He also advises on the sale and acquisition of real estate-backed NPLs and is a trusted adviser to all of the major banks in Greece.
Real Estate Funds
Real Estate Investment Companies REICs
Collateralized Non-Performing Loans – REOs
Leasing & Rentals
Constantinos is a highly skilled ICC arbitrator and an accredited mediator. He has led arbitration teams through multi-party and complex matters under the ICC rules as well as domestic arbitration and LCIA.
Constantinos’s strong transactional background – he heads the firm’s M&A practice – gives him a valuable understanding of the dynamics of commercial deals, and where and how disputes can arise, as well as the most effective strategies for resolving them. He has served as counsel for both claimants and defendants in arbitrations across a wide range of sectors, including for clients in the banking, defense, pharmaceutical, telecom and construction and infrastructure sectors in disputes with the Greek State.
In recognition of the importance of developing new talent in the field of international dispute management, Constantinos has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s Epaminondas Lambadarios Scholarship, a scholarship set up in partnership with The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS).
Constantinos has wide-ranging experience in advising on arranging and structuring finance, working with banks and institutions, borrowers and investors. He has served as lenders’ counsel to many of the major banks in Greece, including the EBRD, and to domestic and international funds and investors and in their acquisition of NPLs, energy infrastructure and other assets in Greece.
Lenders’ Counsel Infrastructure
Lenders’ Counsel Infrastructure (see also Project Finance)
Lenders’ Counsel Corporate/Real Estate/High Yield
Non-Performing Loans (NPL)
Acquisition Finance – Asset Finance
Lambadarios is a leading practice in Project Finance in Greece and Constantinos has advised on a wide range of projects and transactions in this field, including the casino license tender for the Hellinikon Integrated Casino Resort and the privatization of Hellenic Petroleum. Constantinos has been lenders or sponsors’ counsel in numerous infrastructure projects and on PPP projects in the utilities sector.
Major Concession Projects – Lenders and Sponsors work
Defense Contractors Work
Constantinos works with institutions, funds, banks, investors and corporates on the full range of regulatory and transactional matters in the Greek debt and equity capital markets, helping them to identify and execute strategies to support their goals. Working closely with the practice lead and other specialists, he advises issuers and underwriters on anything and everything to do with entering, operating in and exiting the Greek capital markets legally and profitably.
Constantinos’s expertise in the Energy and Utilities sectors focuses on transactional work rather than regulatory, though he did play a leading role in advising the EBRD on its equity participation in the establishment of the Energy Exchange, the new regulator of the Greek energy capital markets. His expertise in M&A is second to none and he has advised on numerous major deals including restructurings, privatizations, and mergers and acquisitions.
Constantinos leads our Antitrust/Competition practice group and has represented clients in sectors ranging from bookselling and brewing to aquaculture and payments in cases that have attracted the attention of the increasingly active Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC).
He has a deep understanding of the way the HCC operates and is adept at helping clients to structure and present their activities in ways that meet the HCC’s requirements. A skilled advocate, Constantinos advised on the most significant anti-cartel case the HCC has brought to date and has advised on several major public mergers, including between banks, and on numerous selective distribution agreements.
He also leads our team in helping clients to develop antitrust compliance programs and has overseen programs for a wide range of major international brands in Greece including Google, Heineken NV, Goodyear Dunlop Hellas, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.
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