Attorney at Law

Katerina Somou

+30 211 40 77 400

ksomou@somou-law.gr

6, Lazaridi St. & Kondyli,
16675, Glyfada,
Greece

Our law office offers high level legal services, ranging across all sectors of the law, with a particular emphasis on civil law (contracts, real estate, family and hereditary relationships), as well as labor law, commercial and banking law.

Our aim is to pursue our clients’ interests in the most effective manner, while taking into consideration our clients’ individual needs and remaining cost-sensible at all times. Our professional training and long-term experience combined offer the best guarantee to this effect.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Dates: September 2013 – today
Position held: Attorney at Law before the Supreme Court at Independent Practice
Sector: Law of Obligations, Labour and Employment Law, Property Law, Family Law, the Law of Succession, Commercial and Company Law, Energy Law
Main activities and responsibilities: Acting for local and international clients in various sectors, including, among others, corporate, banking and finance, energy, media, real estate law, in connection with the following:

Setting up Greek companies and advising on corporate law issues.

  • Preparing property due diligence and SPA transactions.
  • Representing buyers, sellers and financial institutions in various investment projects and all types of acquisitions and dispositions, including energy development projects, health care related companies and communications related businesses.
  • Advising Greek and foreign companies in trading and developing energy projects in Greece. Representing companies and solar energy facilities developers on the acquisition and development of various photovoltaic projects in Greece.
  • Regularly drafting banking agreements and programmes of bond loans and opinions on various issues of banking law.
  • Preparing and reviewing minutes of the Board of Directors and Shareholders’ meetings regarding several issues.
  • Leading and co-ordinating legal terms in performing due diligence on real estate properties, advising on property transaction structure and securitization matters and negotiating and drafting/reviewing real estate SPAs and relevant documentation.
  • Assisting with the preparation of bid submissions (offers/compliance documents) in various Greek tenders, reviewing and advising on the relevant concession contracts and supporting clients with corresponding objections and other litigation matters.
  • Representing on a number of civil law disputes before the Greek courts.

Dates: January 2005 – August 2013
Position held: Attorney at Law before the Supreme Court
Name and address of Law Firm: Politis and Partners Law Firm, 14, Solonos St., Athens
Sector: Business Law, Corporate Law, Labour and Employment Law, Civil Law, Energy Law, Real Estate and Leases, Banking and Capital Markets Law, Project Finance, Administrative Law, Internet Law, Data Protection Law
Main activities and responsibilities: Acting for a wide range of local and international clients in various sectors, including, among others, corporate, banking and finance, energy, media, real estate law, in connection with the following:

  • Preparing due diligence reports of companies as part of their acquisition.
  • Representing buyers, sellers and financial institutions in various investment projects and all types of acquisitions and dispositions, including energy development projects, health care related companies and communications related businesses.
  • Advising Greek and foreign companies in trading and developing energy projects in Greece. Representing companies and solar energy facilities developers on the acquisition and development of various photovoltaic projects in Greece.
  • Regularly drafting banking agreements and programmes of bond loans and opinions on various issues of banking law.
  • Advising companies in corporate law issues and commercial agreements.
  • Preparing Articles of Association, minutes of the Board of Directors and Shareholders’ meetings for several issues.
  • Advising on issues of personal data protection and drafting relevant opinions to clients.
  • Registering trademarks in national, European and international level.
  • Handling new product and business launches, advising on acquisitions and disposals, giving day-to-day regulatory advice and liaising with the appropriate authorities.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing various types of transactional documents.
  • Assisting with the preparation of bid submissions (offers/compliance documents) in various Greek tenders, reviewing and advising on the relevant concession contracts and supporting clients with corresponding objections and other litigation matters.
  • Leading and co-ordinating legal terms in performing due diligence on real estate properties, advising on property transaction structure and securitization matters and negotiating and drafting/reviewing real estate SPAs and relevant documentation.
  • Representing the European Commission in litigation cases against Greek private companies and public law legal entities before the Court of First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg.

Dates: October 2001 – December 2004
Position held: Attorney at Law before the Court of First Instance
Name and address of Law Firm: Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm, 18, Omirou St., Athens
Sector: Business Law, Corporate Law, Labour and Employment Law, Civil Law, Banking Law, Capital Markets Law
Main activities and responsibilities: Acting for a wide range of local and international clients in various sectors, including, among others, corporate, banking and finance, in connection with the following:

  • Preparing due diligence reports of companies as part of their acquisition.
  • Advising companies in corporate law issues and commercial agreements.
  • Handling new product and business launches, advising on acquisitions and disposals, giving day-to-day regulatory advice and liaising with the appropriate authorities.
  • Preparing Articles of Association, minutes of the Board of Directors and Shareholders’ meetings for several issues.

Dates: October 2000 – October 2001
Position held: Trainee Lawyer
Name and address of Law Office: Theodoros Andreou, 62, Alexandras Ave., Athens
Sector: Civil law, Family Law
Main activities and responsibilities: Assisting in representing Greek clients on a number of civil and family law disputes before the Greek courts.


EDUCATION & TRAINING

Dates: September 1999 – August 2000
Title of qualification: LL.M. in Internet Law
Name and type of organisation providing education and training:
 Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg with scholarship provided by the institute “Kölner Gymnasial-und Stiftungsfonds”.

Dates: September 1995 – September 1999
Title of qualification awarded: Law Degree
Name and type of organisation providing education and training: University of Athens, Faculty of Law, Greece


JURIDICAL STATUS

2010: Attorney at Law before the Supreme Court
2006: Attorney at Law before the Court of Appeal
2001: Attorney at Law Court of First Instance – Admission to the Athens Bar Association


LANGUAGE SKILLS

Mother language: Greek
Other language: English (fluent) & German (fluent)