A LEADING FULL SERVICE FIRM WITH A UNIQUE INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
The Firm has maintained a strong culture of leadership throughout the years and our partners, attorneys and alumni include renowned international lawyers, law professors and prominent political figures, who have taken part in milestone developments in the Greek economy and political landscape.
In today’s G20 world, our constant dedication to adding value to our client’s businesses, coupled with a commitment to integrity, responsibility and professionalism, is the catalyst for the provision of service of the highest quality and our recognition as a leading firm.
Our lawyers advise clients on a broad range of commercial arrangements and issues across a number of industry sectors.
The combination of high level technical expertise and a commercial approach ensures that clients receive practical and viable legal advice, tailored to the needs of their business in the way that they want and can understand.
Founded in 1898, we have supported clients through numerous business cycles and have developed long-term relationships with them that last generations of attorneys and business executives. The Firm has acted as a first port of call in some of Greece’s most important and challenging transactions, as well as many major high-stakes litigations. We are committed to client satisfaction at all times and adapt to changes in the markets and regulatory landscape in a manner which ensures that our work is a reflection of the type of clients we advise and the business they do.
Papapolitis & Papapolitis has offices in Athens and London. We have built on the foundations of a long heritage intertwined with contemporary success and aim to attract the most talented lawyers we can find and have developed a results orientated culture of high performance and innovation. With a deep understanding of our market and globally minded philosophy, we are uniquely positioned to act for foreign investors and corporations looking to invest or establish themselves in Greece. Our track record of successfully advising governments, international and local banks, financial institutions, large corporates and state-owned entities, as well some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated financial investors, spans over 122 years.
4 Generations of Attorneys
“They have an excellent understanding of the client’s business and always deliver results. They have an exceptionally commercial approach to negotiations, and are very committed to delivering to deadlines. They are a highly experienced firm with a lot of capabilities and we trust them to deliver a deal.” LEGAL 500 EMEA 2021
JOHN PAPAPOLITIS SENIOR
The Firm is founded by John Papapolitis Sr. and soon represents many leading businesses.
The Convention Concerning the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations is signed at Lausanne, Switzerland on the 30th January, 1923 by the Governments of Greece and Turkey. Papapolitis & Papapolitis is appointed as the legal advisor to the Greek Government for the exchange of property between approximately two million residents of both countries.
Nicholas Papapolitis Sr. joins the Firm after completing his post-graduate studies at Hubolt University Berlin, Sorbonne Paris II, Cambridge and Columbia Law School. In 1946, he moves to New York as a partner of a major New York law firm and is invited to head up their shipping practice after winning a landmark shipping litigation in the New York State Court.
SAVVAS PAPAPOLITIS (SECOND FROM LEFT) WITH PRIME MINISTER NIKOLAOS PLASTIRAS
Savvas Papapolitis, the eldest son of John Papapolitis Sr., who had joined the Firm in 1935, is elected as a Member of the Greek Parliament and begins a bright political career during which he is the youngest elected leader of the leading opposition party (EPEK), co-founds the Centre Union Party and is appointed Minister of Trade and Minister of Industry. Professor Nicholas Papapolitis Sr. returns to Greece and rejoins the Firm. He acts as the legal advisor to the Prime Minister of Greece, Nikolaos Plastiras and is elected Lecturer in Commercial Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and Professor of Commercial Law and Shipping Law in the Law Faculty of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
GREECE IS ADMITTED TO NATO
The Firm acts as the legal advisor to the Greek Government for its entry into NATO.
By the early 1960s, Papapolitis & Papapolitis has become one of the largest and most preeminent firms in Greece, with a corporate culture and work ethic modelled on those adopted by the US firms, which proved highly innovative in the Greek market. The Firm counts major shipping companies and corporations among its clients and gains a reputation for the “Papapolitis School of Thought”. The regime of the Colonels takes power in Greece and Papapolitis & Papapolitis acts in the landmark case for the Judges of the Supreme Court of Greece.
PRIME MINISTER KONSTANTINOS KARAMANLIS SIGNS GREECE’S NEW CONSTITUTION
Professor Nicholas Papapolitis Sr. is elected as a member of the Greek Parliament. In 1975, he is a member of the legal team that drafts the country’s new Constitution.
PAPAPOLITIS & PAPAPOLITIS OPENS LONDON OFFICE
The Firm opens its London office in Mayfair and Nicholas Papapolitis is appointed as Managing Partner of the Firm.