OUR SERVICES

As a firm offering multiple services and operating across eight jurisdictions world-wide, we pride ourselves in providing in-depth, specialised expertise of the highest-standard.

Our professionals are equipped to handle diverse legal and business matters, both domestic as well as international, related to a wide range of areas.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Business and Commercial Law

Our firm advises on a day-to-day basis, international companies active in Greece on a wide array of commercial issues ranging from simple lease, sale and purchase contracts, to sales below cost, marketing strategies, license, agency, distribution, joint venture and mergers and acquisition agreements. Our associates are well versed in advising, drafting, negotiating and reviewing various legal documents and agreements for any type of commercial operations including cross- border transactions, ranging from internal corporate documents to various agreements, legal opinions and due diligence reports.

Civil & Criminal Litigation

Mertiri Legal Advisors provides a broad range of legal services on arbitration and litigation cases covering any contentious matter of commercial, civil or criminal nature. The dispute resolution practice of equally comprises pre-trial advice, advocacy and associated risk assessment, out-of-court settlement and representation of corporate clients and individuals in arbitral tribunals and courts at all levels.

We take a constructive approach to resolving disputes and view litigation as part of an overall strategy to help our clients to deal with the issues affecting their business. We act in the context of all types of litigation, ranging from the simplest, albeit significant, proceedings such as applications for injunctions, to complex, cross-border litigation involving appeals to the highest Courts.

Criminal charges are often brought within the framework of a dispute or compliance investigation by the regulatory authorities and our team is able to represent clients in both civil or administrative actions and criminal proceedings. Our problem-solving approach enables our team to propose original solutions, for example developing a method based on a rule of procedural law to ensure the enforcement of a claim.

Corporate Law

Mertiri Legal Advisors, provides assistance and legal advice in connection with any issue concerning the incorporation and operation of any type of company, from the phase of choosing the appropriate structure, drafting all the requisite documentation, carrying out all necessary administrative procedures and assisting the client with any licenses and permits required for its operation, as well as ensuring its subsequent smooth operation by providing assistance and updates on legal and tax compliance issues and drafting any requisite corporate documentation.

Our clients range from all kinds of Greek enterprises to subsidiary companies/branches of foreign and/or multinational business organizations with regard to corporate law issues arising in the context of their activities in Greece.

Each member of our team also has the practical experience and knowledge needed to serve as reliable, trusted guides for our clients in matters such as:

• Startup of new businesses
• Support and sustained performance of established businesses
• Private international law
• Legal due diligence reports
• Shareholders agreements
• Joint venture contracts
• Sale & Purchase agreements

Employment & Social Security

Employment and social security law is subject to frequent and fundamental change in Greece. Familiarity with the complex and continuously shifting net of rules and policies in this area is of utmost importance to any company or individual operating in the region.

We advise on all employment issues relating to individual or collective labour relations and represent clients before employment tribunals, civil and criminal Courts, labour authorities and social security committees.

We provide critical support to clients by managing the employment law implications of operational issues and we advise, among others, on:

• Recruitment formalities
• Employment contracts (part-time and temporary employment)
• Personnel regulations and codes of conduct
• Collective labour agreements
• Employee benefits and respective tax implications
• Confidentiality and non-compete
• Transfers of undertakings
• Cross-border employment issues, including foreign tax credit planning and expatriate issues
• Termination of employment
• Insolvency
• Pregnancy and maternity
• Trade union relations, collective consultation and bargaining
• Labour law audits, social security compliance and handling of possible contingencies and
• Pension plans

Migration

Our office, provides a wide range of services in the field of migration law, including legal advice and representation before the competent authorities regarding all types of residence permits as well as obtaining Greek citizenship. We have extensive experience in helping our clients chose the appropriate type of residency permit, according to their needs, file the application as well as all the documentation needed and keep track of the procedure, in order to ensure a secure result.

In particular, we provide a complete package of services in relation to the Permanent Residence Permit for Investors in Real Estate regime, enabling foreigners to obtain a Greek Residence Permit by investing in real estate for an amount of 250.000,00 euros. We will consult you on the property market, handle the drafting of contracts and agreements, the collection of documents and the submission of your application and act as liaison with authorities during the examination of the application.

Also, in collaboration with our associates in Cyprus, we can help any individual acquire the Cyprus Citizenship. As a member of the European Union, with great accessibility to the rest of the EU, excellent infrastructure and numerous governmental incentives, Cyprus is a strong financial and business centre, which makes the acquisition of Cyprus Citizenship appealing to foreign nationals.

Industrial & Intellectual Property Law

Mertiri Legal Advisors offers a complete line of industrial and intellectual property law services and support. We understand the long-term strategic importance and complexities of intellectual property in cross-border and multinational business operations.  We also understand the legal risks in intellectual property and help our clients to manage them.

Through our offices, we provide services which cover the whole spectrum of this specific practice, namely indicatively trademark, patent, industrial designs and utility models registrations on national, European and international level, drafting and negotiating contracts and licensing agreements relating to intellectual property rights (assignment, license to use, exploitation licenses), as well as handling of litigation in relation to infringement of intellectual property rights and providing legal advice on IP issues.

We also represent clients in disputes arising from the infringement of trademarks including anti–counterfeiting, copyright including piracy, technology, database and design rights, and complex unfair competition and patent actions.

Real Estate

In Mertiri Legal Advisors, we possess the necessary skills and know-how to ensure all-encompassing legal support to its clients in every step of pursuing an investment in real estate property.

We represent a wide variety of developers, lenders, as well as local and international investors. We advise clients on the full array of complex issues arising in this industry, including acquisitions, disposals, due diligence, development, planning, projects and construction. We have enhanced knowledge of the Greek real property market and the issues associated with due diligence and transaction structuring, negotiation and implementation.

Our office, has comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of all issues relating to:

• Legal due diligence on real estate: examination of ownership status and encumbrances, investigation of the applicable land planning regulations (building terms and permissible land uses).
• Investment planning: legal vehicle, financing structure, tax planning.
• Transaction implementation: negotiation and elaboration of property acquisition contracts, building contracts etc.
• Licensing requirements: building licenses, approvals of environmental terms, miscellaneous permits and licenses.
• Property management and operation: tenancy, leasing and time-sharing contracts, operational regulation, management contracts.
• Representation in court and dispute resolution.
• Constant monitoring and update on amendments of the applicable legislation.

Tax Law

Tax legislation is a very dynamic area of law in Greece that is constantly and rapidly changing as a result of the implementation of new laws and regulation.

Our tax team advises a client base made up of multinational public corporations, entrepreneurial ventures and high-net worth individuals on a broad range of tax issues and offers a tailored service in a contentious and advisory capacity.

We provide comprehensive advice on all corporate tax issues and place emphasis on keeping clients up to date with changes in the law and compliance requirements. Our tax practitioners work closely with our corporate and litigation departments in providing a fully integrated and focused service, based on a problem-solving approach.

Our services include:
• Tax dispute resolution and litigation
• Support in the context of proceedings before competent tax authorities
• Consultation on tax efficient structures for investing in Greece
• Advising in relation to complex financial instruments and novel banking products
• Tax advice on ongoing basis to clients doing business in Greece
• Tax and estate planning in respect of wealth management issues for high net worth individuals
• Assistance with the interpretation and implementation of Double Tax Treaties and the EU tax legislation

Shipping and Maritime Law

With Greece being in the front line of the worldwide shipping industry for decades now, our firm has created and maintains a solid shipping practice.

Our shipping practice, is focused on the sale and purchase of ships and yachts, both newbuildings and second hand, and we act for both sellers and buyers.

We undertake the incorporation of Greek and foreign maritime companies and advise on corporate structures and joint ventures. We also act on ship finance transactions and our experienced litigators represent clients in litigation and arbitration arising from shipping related disputes and handle ship arrests.

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