We provide advice in a full spectrum of corporate transactional and other matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance and restructurings. We also counsel clients regarding a variety of other matters such as securities law compliance, directorial duties and tax-favored investments.
We feel at our best when managing multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and divestments through the strong working relationships we maintain with leading firms abroad.
Our Start-up product
We have developed a specific ‘legal product’ for start-ups. At Masouros we celebrate entrepreneurship and we enjoy the thrill of becoming parts of the engine of a start-up’s growth.
Our product for start-ups features a comprehensive set of key legal documents, including articles of association, shareholders’ agreements, non-disclosure agreement employment contracts, as well as advice on intellectual property (IP) matters, data protection registration and real estate legal needs.
We can also provide an add-on to our start-up product through face-to-face meetings with our start-up clients to clarify exactly what they want to achieve and then to provide bespoke advice to realize the desired outcome. We can advise regarding the most appropriate legal form, provide support in filing the required documents with the relevant regulator and advise on the most efficient tax structure.
We also advise start-ups with regard to obtaining seed or growth capital from investors, either domestic or international. We have experience in dealing with venture capital and angel investors term sheets.
Mergers & Acquisitions
The members of our team have advised in relation to some of the largest M&A deals in the jurisdictions. Our team is frequently invited at the final stage of a share purchase transaction or business acquisition in order to draft the deal documents as per the international standards and practice, in order to secure the position of either the buyer or the seller.
We also take pride in the fact that we are frequently asked by our clients to identify M&A opportunities for them through our large network domestically and abroad. We often bring parties together and are true initiators of the transaction, on which we later on are asked to advise.
We are uniquely positioned to advise on all aspects of M&A transactions, including merger control (see EU/Competition Law) and we are experienced in structuring deals in the optimal way both from a governance, as well as from a financial and a taxation perspective. Our corporate finance practice also assists us in tackling acquisition finance issues and integrating them effectively into the deal structure.
We also have a large network of financial advisors and other M&A vendors that deal with the non-legal parts of a deal (accounting, taxation, valuation, fairness opinions, etc.) and work in close co-operation with them, while we ensure that they preserve all the confidentiality obligations vis-à-vis our client.
The members of our team have experience in a broad range of corporate finance transactions. We have advised in relation to large size private placements of securities, high-yield and investment grade debt offerings, issuance of hybrid securities, et al.
Our corporate finance practice benefits from our strong expertise in corporate governance, as we are in a position to advise in relation to the governance rights attached to the securities issued in finance transactions. We work effectively with finance professionals to deliver comprehensive security design structures representing either the capital contributor or the business issuing the securities.
Our corporate finance practice complements our insolvency practice, wherein we advise in relation to business restructurings, refinancings and recapitalizations.
Shareholder & Governance services
We assist shareholders, directors and managers to create sustainable value in listed and non-listed companies. We improve the governance within companies and frequently act as a bridge for the enhancement of communication between the various stakeholders of a business (management, shareholdership, labor).
We put special emphasis in the protection of minority shareholder interests and in the structuring of shareholder engagement practices. We are frequently called upon to draft or advise on the amendment of shareholders’ agreements or relationship agreements.
We also conduct corporate governance research and provide advice as to best practices in order to enhance credit ratings, help a corporation prepare for an IPO or a private placement.
- Acting as international counsel to a consortium of activist shareholders, consisting of both institutional investors and UHNWIs, who are holding a minority stake in one of the oil and gas super-majors, included in the top five largest companies in the world in terms of revenue.
- Advising a US hedge fund with more than 9.5bn USD under management with regard to the enforcement of a collateral on shares listed in the Athens Stock Exchange in the framework of a 400mn EUR loan agreement.
- Advising a leading Greek 5* hotel conglomerate in connection with a multi-million cross-border share deal, probably the largest in the domestic hotel industry for 2015.
- Representing a leading Greek company in the field of electromechanical installations in connection with a series of international joint venture agreements for oil & gas projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
- Representing a consortium of Dutch investors in the framework of a complex cross-border acquisition of a major alternative tourism facility in the Greek islands.