CHANGE OF LOCATION DUE TO LARGE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS - NEW VENUE (Divani Caravel Hotel): Participation in the conference "Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union", under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic

We would like to invite you to the conference "Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union". The prestigious  conference is under the auspices of H.E. The President of the Hellenic Republic and takes place on Tuesday, 13 November at Divani Caravel Hotel, "Makedonia Hall", 2 Vassileos Alexandrou avenue in Athens.


The EU is faced with multiple political, economic and social challenges. Different voices call for a reorientation of the Union towards the acceleration and further deepening of the integration process, the strengthening of the EU’s presence in the world, but also a return to its core values and principles. Democracy, the protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law belong to them. Lately, the latter is being threatened in several legal orders of the Union. The developments in some member states are fueling debates about how to protect the Rule of Law and other independent institutions. Distinguished speakers from Greece, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Austria shall shed light on the latest developments and share their views and expertise on how to keep our values and principles alive. Please find attached the programme of the event:

Participation in the Economist Southeast Europe Summit, in Berlin

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm sponsors the upcoming Economist Southeast Europe Summit, in Berlin on December 3rd, 2018. The prestigious summit is a co-operation of the Economist Events with the Hellenic-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK), the support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). It will address critical issues for the future of Southeast Europe.

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Agenda - 3rd Athens Conference on European Energy Law


7 December 2018

09.00 – 09.15  –  Registration & Welcome Coffee

09.15 – 09.30  –  Opening Remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas  | HERI; University of Athens; Metaxas & Associates
  • Prof. Dr. Leigh Hancher      | FSR / RSCAS / EUI; Tilburg University

09.30 – 10.00  –  Keynote Address 

  • Georges Kremlis │ DG ENV, European Commission

10:00 – 11.00  –  Session I – Sustainable Finance


  • John Apsouris / HELPE


  • Lena Sandberg │ Gibson Dunn LLP
  • Prof. Dr. Leigh Hancher      | FSR / RSCAS / EUI; Tilburg University

         Q&A/ Discussion

11.00 – 11.30              Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45  –  Session II – Privatisation of Energy Infrastructures & Networks


  • Prof. Dr. Leigh Hancher      | FSR / RSCAS / EUI; Tilburg University


  • Patrizia Rutigliano │ SNAM
  • Antonis Bouchagiar │ European Commission
  • Marios Andrikopoulos │ ELPEDISON

          Q&A/ Discussion

12.45-13.45              Lunch

13.45 – 14.15  –  Keynote Address

  •   Prof. Dr. Rafael Leal-Arcas │  Queen Mary University

14.15 – 15.30  –  Session III  –  Funding for Gas & Electricity Interconnections


  • Prof. Dr. Antonis Metaxas  | HERI; University of Athens; Metaxas & Associates


  • Nektaria Karakatsani │ RAE
  • Epistimi Oikonomopoulou │ DG ENER, European Commission
  • Sophia Michelaki │ DESFA

         Q&A/ Discussion

15.30-16.00             Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30  –  Session IV  –  The Clean Energy Package


  • Prof. Dr. Asteris Pliakos │ Athens University of Economics and Business


  • Christof Schoser │ European Commission
  • Alexia Trokoudi │ HELPE
  • Argiris Economou │ PPC
  • Samuel Thomas │ Regulatory Assistance Project

 17.30-17.45             Closing remarks

  • Prof. Dr. Leigh Hancher | FSR / RSCAS / EUI


New book publication: “Transformation of EU and Eastern Mediterranean Energy Networks: Legal, Regulatory and Geopolitical Challenges”

A new book related to energy regulation and EU law is being published with the significant contribution of Metaxas & Associates Law Firm. This new publication, has been edited by our Managing Partner, Professor Dr. Antonis Metaxas and Dr. Leigh Hancher, Professor at Tilburg University & Florence School of Regulation. The book is a cooperation of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and the Florence School of Regulation.

The publication is part of the European Energy Studies series, by Claeys & Casteels publishing house. It presents a short, comprehensive framework of the major issues that define the regulatory and political challenges of energy networks in the EU and its links with the Eastern Mediterranean. The book contains an analysis on the key issues shaping the current EU regulation framework, a study on the implementation of European energy policies in Southeastern Europe, a presentation of the geopolitical framework in Eastern Mediterranean, and an assessment on the future transformation of the European energy networks through digitization.

Dr. Antonis Metaxas has contributed also with one chapter in the book on Investment Protection under the Energy Charter Treaty. In this analysis, Prof. Metaxas offers an insight of ECT’s key elements and assesses the weight they bring upon current disputes over state sovereignty and investment protection in energy-related investments. The paper identifies the shift to the parties involved in arbitration from central and eastern to western European states. Furthermore, it showcases a shift on the underlying resource of the disputes, rising primarily from changes to regulatory frameworks related to the expansion and integration of RES in the EU. The analysis also detects a potential clash of the ECT with the EU Treaties over jurisdiction in intra-European Union disputes.

The other five chapters of the book have been written by Prof. Dr. Jochen Mohr from the University of Leipzig, Sofia Michelaki from the Greek National Natural Gas System Operator, Michalis Mathioulakis from the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute, Dr. Fotini Bellou from the University of Macedonia, Alexia Trokoudi from the Hellenic Petroleum, Marios Andrikopoulos from Elpedison S.A and Georgia Patsaroucha, an Athens lawyer.

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New, distinguished associate joins M&A team

Metaxas & Associates is proud to welcome a new associate in its ranks, Mr. Ioannis Floros.

Mr. Floros is an experienced Athens lawyer, specialized in Commercial and EU Law. Prior to his cooperation with M&A, he has been designated legal consultant of the Greek Minister of Finance for cases of Commercial and EU Law. He holds Masters degrees from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Université de Montpellier in France.

3rd Athens Conference on European Energy Law


7 December 2018

The Athens Conference on European Energy Law is taking place for the third consecutive year in Athens. This highly prestigious international conference is a joint initiative of the Hellenic Energy Regulation Institute and the Energy Union Law Area of the Florence School of Regulation and is designed to address the latest topics in energy regulation that are significant for Greece and the surrounding region, from both a legal and economic perspective.

The Athens Conference on European Energy Law has acquired a pan-European impact as a leading forum for the exchange of views of academics, practitioners and high ranking officials of European institutional bodies and major energy companies and is being considered as the top meeting point for stakeholders interested in energy regulation, State Aid and energy investments in Greece.

Financing of energy infrastructure & energy networks is the overall theme of the Conference and the central point of discussion in all four of its sessions:

  • Session I  : Sustainable Finance
  • Session II : Privatisation of Energy Infrastructures & Networks
  • Session III: Funding for Gas & Electricity Interconnections
  • Session IV: The Clean Energy Package

Financing and investing in energy infrastructure & energy networks are issues that attract vivid interest by all major stakeholders on a European level as well as in the Greek energy sector, a fact that offers a unique opportunity for highly anticipated presentations in this year’s conference.

 You can see the Conference's Agenda and register for the conference by following the link: Agenda & Registration


Communication sponsor:

M&A represents leading Greek gas supplier

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm represents a leading company in the Greek gas supply sector in its successful legal dispute with a former regional monopolistic, state-owned gas supplier and distribution company.

Metaxas & Associates Law Firm will be present in the 1st International Arbitration Forum that will take place in Athens on September 13th 2018.

Our Managing Partner, Professor Dr. A. Metaxas, a leading expert in Energy Law and Regulation at a national and European level will be delivering a dedicated presentation on Energy arbitration and dispute settlement procedures under the Energy Charter Treaty and their correlation with EU law procedures. The Forum will take place at the amphitheater of the Hellenic American Union.

For further information please click here.

Vacancy for an associate lawyer

METAXAS & ASSOCIATES law firm intends to recruit a lawyer with at least 8 years of substantial work experience. Specialization in energy and/or competition law will be considered as a plus. Experience in litigation and excellent command of the English language are a prerequisite for this position, as well as the possession of a postgraduate degree. The selection process will be conducted in strict compliance with the above.

For further information and to send us your CV:

The restructuring of the Greek Energy Market: The significant regulatory challenges

To read the full article of Professor Dr. A. Metaxas as posted on energypress please click here.