Papavasiliou-Balli & Partners Law Firm provides a wide range of legal services to Greek and international clientele. The firm numbers today 10 in house lawyers and 50 associates in all the main Greek cities. We have strength in depth as well as breadth. Our aim is to be at the cutting edge of legal developments.
Our partners are recognized as some of the leading experts in their field. For many years they have occupied high ranking positions in the legal departments of financial institutions in Greece and in leading international shipping and insurance companies.
Our lawyers hold degrees from top European universities, and have significant experience of both advisory and court law. They are well trained to provide advice, support and expert guidance. They are solution-oriented and focus on our clients’ needs. They are able to deal rapidly with unexpected events.
Collectively our expertise is even more powerful.
We advise financial institutions, companies, sole traders and private individuals.
We regularly work on complex transactions and we use our deep legal knowledge and experience to steer our clients through the diverse commercial challenges they face.
Among our major clients are Banks, Insurance Companies, Greek Public Corporations, shipping companies and foreign construction companies.
Our aim is to strive to provide a high level of legal advice without disregarding the personal contact with our clients. At the same time we ensure that we provide the right recourses at the right cost.
On every case there is always one partner who has the overview of all matters, and can assist the handling lawyer in safeguarding the client’s interests.
For larger cases we adopt team work, with a partner supervising and coordinating one or more lawyers, assistants or trainees. However, we pay particular attention to ensuring that we don’t over-resource cases, but we always use the right number of professionals in each case.
Our clients are informed electronically, on a daily basis, about the development of their cases (court actions and relevant outcomes, communications and negotiations with debtors and out of court settlements).
Our Approach is results oriented, with fast response times, integrity and confidentiality.
Our lawyers can communicate in English, French and German. Our firm cooperates with lawyers speaking Chinese and Russian.
Our personnel consists of administrators, trainees, paralegals and technical staff, as well as experienced certified accountants and economists so as to achieve successful handling of our client’s affairs.
Training of our personnel
Our internal performance standards are very rigorous. We have strict internal rules, organization and policy, as well as strict criteria of staff selection, ensuring impeccable work ethic.
Continuous training programs ensure that partners and lawyers maintain their high standard of knowledge and service and are keeping up with latest legal developments. Training seminars provide the opportunity to discuss law changes and impact of these changes on our client’s interests.
On the other hand, we have created a friendly, open and dynamic environment in which our lawyers enjoy working and can realize their own personal ambitions. We value our employees’ initiative and contributions and we want them to fulfill their ambitions. After all they are the future of our law firm.
We have in-house lawyers, trainees and other paralegal personnel. We also have in house accountants, librarians, and experienced administrative personnel. Our firm has a vast network of associate lawyers, as well as other paralegal professionals all around Greece. Our firm has a very strict evaluation system for its personnel. The qualitative and quantitative performance is controlled based on specific criteria, compliance principles and internal regulations.
In the fields of banking, shipping and insurance law, we are privileged to tap into the valuable expertise of our partners, as former high-ranking executives in the banking, shipping and insurance sectors.
In the area of non-performing loans our lawyers are specialized in wholesale and small business loans recovery, mortgage and retail loans, cases falling under law 3869/2010 (indebted households), pre-notations, loans restructuring, confiscations, insolvencies etc. Our litigation team has extensive experience of enforcement law and debt collection. We place much emphasis on optimal actions being taken at the lowest possible cost. We will carry thorough research into the debtors’ assets and we will propose, consult and suggest the necessary actions to be taken. We will proceed in judicial and extra judicial actions and achieve impressive results in debt collection.
Regarding immigration issues our firm deals with all matters concerning Visa and Residence Permit application in Greece. We provide information about the applicable legislation and procedures, as well as tailor made solutions to the specific cases. We deal with all types of Visas, either short-stay or long-stay ones, residence permits for employment (seasonal, corporate executives etc.), residence permits for economic activities, for development of investment activity, for studies, for acquisition of medical specialty etc.
In the area of tax law, we offer business oriented and practical tax solutions. We deal with the tax authorities and we offer tax structuring of commercial transactions.
Our Premises and Technical Support
Our firm is based in Athens, Greece. We have offices at:
• 2, Amalias Ave., Syntagma sq., 105 57
• 10, Othonos street, Syntagma sq., 105 57
We have a library of 2500 volumes, and a majority of legal periodicals, catalogued with the international standard UNIMARC and sorted by taxonomic system DEWEY.
Access to the main international and Greek digital databases provides direct information on developments in legislation, case-law and literature. Our firm has given particular emphasis in the latest technology, by employing the most upgraded infrastructure. We use selected and reliable software, giving information to our clients on a real time basis. We employ permanent, well trained staff, which deals with the function of the systems.
This ensures the direct supervision of all on going cases, and the efficient allocation to any urgent matter.