Metaxas & Associates Law Firm has the honour and privilege to be invited for a third consecutive year to act as expert Law Firm for Greece to be part of the distinguished team of energy experts that prepared the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2020 report, which is a publication of the Energy Charter Secretariat that evaluates specific risks affecting energy investment that can be mitigated through adjustments to policy, legal and regulatory frameworks.
by Dora Zafeiropoulou
Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas, Managing Partner of Metaxas & Associates Law Firm and Chairman of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute, has been interviewed by Mr. L. Dimitrov, Senior Energy Reporter of ICIS (Independent Commodities Intelligence Services https://www.linkedin.com/company/icis/) on the prospects of the Greek RES Market and the expected impact of the latest legislative interventions.
To read the full interview, click here: https://subscriber.icis.com/search/news/energy/news-article-00110501313
Following the top rankings in Chambers Europe 2020, we are pleased to announce that Metaxas & Associates Law Firm has been awarded as Top-Tier Law Firm in Energy by the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 Guide in the rankings officially published on April 15th for Europe and Greece.
Our Firm has been ranked for a third consecutive year on the top position of the prestigious Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) rankings that for the last 33 years has been providing a well-respected annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region. The EMEA Guide provides researched coverage of 88 countries and over 2.700 ranked law firms. This research is conducted annually, providing a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months, the experience and depth of teams, specializations and ancillary services, and, most importantly, the opinions of each law firms’ clients.
In its analysis, the EMEA 2020 edition acknowledges that Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is a top legal firm for energy, highlighting that M&A Law Firm is noted for its ‘profound expertise in the EU regulatory framework’ and its top quality legal services to clients covering practically the whole of the Greek Energy Market.
The report also underscores that:
“Managing Partner Antonis Metaxas, who has a ‘rare combination of professional and academic knowledge’, oversees the Energy Department of the Firm alongside Efstathios Kakounis, who is praised for his ‘excellent counseling on complex energy issues’. The team also handles development, project financing, legislative compliance, competition and contentious matters, with experience appearing before the Regulatory Authority for Energy, the European Commission, and EU Courts. The practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Ioannis Floros, who joined from the position as chief legal counsel to the Minister of Finance”.
Furthermore, the Guide highlights that:
“Metaxas & Associates Law Firm is ‘widely known in the Greek legal market for its profound expertise and quality in EU law and competition’. The group represents clients in abuse of dominance cases and claims of anti-competitive behaviour and state aid cases. It also handles the formation of state aid law schemes, compliance issues, and antitrust work and acts in HCC proceedings. The practice also has an ‘excellent’ reputation in the energy sector. The department is jointly headed by Prof. Antonis Metaxas and Ioannis Floros, who is considered as ‘a top-quality expert in EU law’.
Current rankings and online information are provided in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020 edition, which was announced on April 15, 2020. Managing Partner, Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas, is ranked as “Leading Individual” both in Energy and EU/Competition Law, while Stathis Kakounis and Ioannis Floros are ranked as “Next Generation Partners” in Energy and EU/Competition Law respectively.
Selected Testimonials from clients include following remarks:
‘High skills and deep knowledge. Commitment to results. Productive thinking.’
‘It should be mentioned that their level is closer to European standards rather than typical Greek, while Professor Metaxas’s impressive expertise in energy regulation has been valuable for our needs. I find that his academic background made the difference concerning the depth of consultation we received from them.’
In this vein, we would like to warmly thank our clients for their continuous support and contribution both to Legal 500’s and Chambers’ Europe 2020 research and reviews. Our Firm’s top rankings confirm the distinguished level of client service and scientific specialization we offer, which is the core priority for all of us at M&A Law Firm.
A new international publication titled “Financing the Energy Transition: Status and Future Challenges” is published this week by Eurasia Publications, under the auspices of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute.
The book is an important scientific effort that inaugurates the brand new scientific series “European Energy Publications”. It constitutes a collective effort to address selected critical issues surrounding the complex environment of the financing approaches for the implementation of the Clean Energy transition in Europe. This endeavour includes the assessment of the energy infrastructure fund allocation, the role of the European financial and investment institutions, the privatization of critical energy infrastructure and networks as well as energy interconnections funding. EU’s policies on promoting the gradual transition towards clean energy and a carbon-neutral economy aim to create a modern, stable legal environment and set a roadmap on how the EU can stimulate the necessary public and private investments deemed critical to achieving its goals following the Paris Agreement. This publication is set to analyze the aspects that hold a key role in the success of these policies.
Creating the proper investment environment to attract new investments in energy infrastructure is a complex task that spans from the adequacy of the regulatory framework to the proper integration of renewable energy resources and from setting the preconditions for a well functioning internal energy market to the targeted allocation of funds for the construction of new energy interconnections. This publication aims in its seven chapters to present the current status of these important issues and offer a critical view on the elements that provide the framework for the successful implementation of EU’s Clean Energy transition policies. This scientific effort combines the expertise of acclaimed professionals from academia, the industrial sector and various esteemed institutions which have shaped the present and may continue to affect the future of the energy sector in Europe.
The present publication is edited by Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas, Chairman of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and Visiting Professor in the renowned Master's program in European and International Energy Law of TU Berlin. Authors include Marios Andrikopoulos, Yannis Bassias, Antonios Bouchagiar, Emmanouil Chourmousis, George Kremlis, Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas (Professor of European and International Economic Law, Queen Mary University of London), Maria Lykidi, Michalis Mathioulakis, Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas and Alexia Trokoudi.
Dr. Chara Adrikopoulou, Associate at Metaxas & Associates Law Firm, published an article in European State Aid Law Quarterly (1/2020) under the title "Financial Measures Toward Mitigation of COVID-19 Coronavirus Effects in Greece".
To download and read the full article, please click here.
Metaxas and Associates Law Firm's latest Legal Update: "The proposed new legislative framework on RES licensing procedures - The legal perspective".
To read the full article of our Law Firm, as published today on energypress.gr, you may click here: https://bit.ly/2QO6TWi
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm has been ranked for a consecutive year as leading Law Firm by the reputable “Chambers & Partners” in their Chambers Europe 2020 guide that was published today.
This distinguished independent international legal guide performs rankings based on a broad sample of independent research by selecting and evaluating the most distinguished Law Firms internationally by subject based on primary information but also on interviews with principals and stakeholders in the relevant market.
More specifically, the guide emphasizes that Metaxas & Associates is admired for its niche expertise in energy mandates involving state aid, competition and EU law, offering excellent consulting services on a wide range of regulatory issues on the most important cases regarding the energy market. M&A Law Firm is also recognized for its knowledge in complex regulatory topics, handling contentious issues before Greek and European courts relating to, and often challenging, legislative and regulatory frameworks. Interviewees describes the group as “the most specialized team in EU energy law,” adding that the lawyers “combine academic knowledge and practical experience.”
According to Chambers Europe 2020 guide, Prof. Dr. A. Metaxas, Managing Partner of M&A Law Firm, has been ranked as the top lawyer in the Energy law practice in Greece. Antonis Metaxas is widely recognized as an "expert in energy and state aid, and their interface"with particular expertise in mandates pertaining to regulatory, competition and EU law. In the report by Chambers Prof. Metaxas is lauded by clients for showcasing a "perfect balance of academic knowledge and commercial solutions."
Metaxas & Associates Law Firm's latest Legal Update: "The new legislative framework on RES and NGCCP (Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plants): higher auction limits and lower prices".
To read the full article of our Law Firm, as published today on energypress.gr, you may click here: https://bit.ly/32kJUXD
M&A Law Firm has been hired as legal advisor of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Οperator (DESFA S.A) on various Competition and Energy Law issues arising in the framework of a complex congestion management case.
Moreover, we have been asked to provide expert legal advice to the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) S.A. on specific EU Energy law requirements corresponding to the model of proprietary separated TSO (Ownership Unbundling).