Managing Partner

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Ioannis is currently Managing Partner at "Ioannis Vassardanis and Partners" (starting from November 2013). He was previously Managing Partner at "Alexander Vassardanis & Partners Law firm" (2007-2013).

Ioannis has advised and represented foreign companies and major Greek companies in international arbitration cases. He has extensive experience in arbitration and litigation proceedings. Ioannis has acted both as Arbitrator and as Counsel in numerous international arbitrations, mainly institutional ones (under the aegis of the ICC, LCIA and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce) as well as ad hoc ones (including UNCITRAL) and many domestic arbitrations both institutional and ad hoc. He has also acted as Counsel in numerous arbitration-related proceedings before the Greek courts and foreign courts (the latter in cooperation with the arbitration practice groups of large foreign firms). Ioannis has represented clients in numerous (mainly complex) court cases, including cases relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments, brought before the Greek Courts and the foreign courts (the latter in cooperation with the litigation practice groups of large foreign firms).

Ioannis has acted as Counsel in several ad hoc international mediations in relation to a wide range of issues and expert/adjudicator in several expertise cases.

He regularly provides advice to private domestic and international companies on a wide range of corporate and business issues. Ioannis advises clients at all stages of an M&A process from the beginning until the end as well as in the aftermath. He also advises clients on the structuring and planning of joint ventures.

Ioannis has provided dedicated and pragmatic advice to all sides of the construction and engineering industries, including project sponsors, financiers, employers and contractors. He has acted as counsel/consultant in almost all aspects of construction projects both in Greece and abroad. Ioannis is also extremely experienced in energy transaction disputes and he has been involved in major gas projects carried out in Greece.

 

Practice Areas

  • Agency and Distribution
  • Construction
  • Finance/ Banking/ Securities
  • Joint Ventures/ Shareholders' Agreements
  • M&As
  • Power/ Energy
  • State Contracts/ PPP

 

 Professional Associations

Treasurer of the Hellenic Society for Technology and Construction Law; Board Member, Greek Arbitration Association; Member, Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA); Member, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage (CFA); Member, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Member, International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); Member, International Arbitration Institute (IAI); Co-Vice Chair of the Dispute Resolution Sub Committee (IBA) for 2018-2019.

 

Panels-Chambers

Member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators designated by Greece; Board Member, Hellenic-African Chamber of Commerce and Development; Board Member and Deputy Secretary, Franco-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce (CCIFG).

Education

  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Law Degree, 1995
  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, D.E.A. in Private International Law and International Trade Law, 1996

 

Publications

  • Chapter on "Greece" in the ICCA International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration Supplement 72, December 2012, Kluwer Law International
  • Contribution to the ICCA Yearbook Commercial Arbitration 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008
  • Several reports on the developments in the arbitration field in Greece as co-reporter for Greece, Institute of Transnational Arbitration – ITA since 2010
  • Chapter on "Greece" for the "Enforcement of Foreign Judgments" in the Getting the Deal Through publication for 2014 and 2013
  • Chapter on "Greece" for the "Gas Regulation" in the Getting the Deal Through publication for 2013 and 2012
  • Chapter on "Greece" in the "Construction and Infrastructure Disputes: A Global Handbook” published by Globe Law and Business, 2013
  • Chapter on "Greece" (and regular updates) in the Word Arbitration Reporter published by Juris Publishing, Inc
  • Chapter on "Greece" in the "National Arbitration Laws" (2nd edition) published by Juris Publishing, Inc
  • Chapter on "Greece" ADR in Construction, published by IBA International Construction Projects Committee
  • Chapter on "Greece" in the "International Compendium of Construction Contracts", to be published by IBA International Construction Projects Committee & Society of Construction Law
  • "Les directives de l’ International Bar Association sur l’ impartialité, l’ indépendance et la révélation en matière de l’ arbitrage international”, 2004 (2), Cahiers de l’ Arbitrage, Part I, p. 42
  • The Greek Chapter of the "Chambers Global Practice Guide on International Arbitration 2017", published by Chambers and Partners Publishing.

Individual recent awards

Ranked as a leading individual in the area of Dispute Resolution in the Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. Ranked in the area of Dispute Resolution in the Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 and also ranked in the area of Energy in the Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as Corporate & Commercial in Chambers Europe Guide 2016. Recommended in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editorial in the areas of Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Construction. Recommended also in the area of Energy in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017 and 2016.

Selected for inclusion in the following publications: the "Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration  (2013, 2011)"; the “Guide to the World’s Leading Construction Lawyers (2013, 2011)” and "Expert Guides: Commercial Arbitration (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013); "Expert Guide: Construction & Real Estate, 11th edition (2017) published by the Legal Media Group; "Roster of International Arbitrators (2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)", published by the Juris Publishing Inc; the Guides "The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2013, 2012)"; "Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)" and "Who's Who Legal: Construction (2017, 2016), published by the Global Arbitration Review; Selected for inclusion in the field of international law in the publication "25 Best Lawyers in Greece” published by the Corporate International Magazine.

Ioannis had acted as co-counsel with a major foreign law firm on a case which was one of the five cases shortlisted by the Global Arbitration Review for the Award of the Most Important Published Decision worldwide for 2012 at the 2nd Annual GAR Awards. Currently appointed as lead counsel in an investment arbitration ICSID case against the Lebanese Republic.

 

Awards received by Ioannis Vassardanis and Partners Law Firm

The firm has been recommended in the practice areas of Dispute Resolution and Real Estate and Construction in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016, 2015 and 2014 editorial and also in the area of Energy in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017 and 2016. It has also been recommended in the practice area of Dispute Resolution in the Chambers & Partners Global Guide 2017, (Band 2), 2016, 2015 and Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and also recommended in the area of Energy in the Chambers & Partners Europe Guide 2017 and 2016.

 

Awards received by Alexander Vassardanis and Partners when Ioannis Vassardanis was its Managing Partner

The firm was ranked in the edition of the Legal 500 – Europe, Middle East & Africa 2013 in the areas of “Dispute Resolution” and “Real Estate & Construction”.

Corporate Int. Magazine Legal Award 2013 in the category of “Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Greece”; “Commercial Law Firm of the Year in Greece”, 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards; The Lawyers World Global Awards 2013 in the category “Arbitration & Litigation Law Firm of the Year- Greece”; Finance Monthly Law Award 2012 in the category “Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year – Greece”; “The “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Award in Greece 2012” awarded by Global Law Experts; The Corporate Intl Magazine 2012 Global Award in the category “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Greece”; The Corporate Intl 2012 Legal Award “International Law Firm of the Year in Greece”; The Lawyer Monthly Legal Award 2012 in the category “Arbitration and Litigation Firm of the Year”; the Corporate LiveWire Global Award 2012 in the category “Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year in Greece”; World-Leading Lawyer Awards 2012 in the category of “Dispute Resolution- Greece”, published by Lawyers World Magazine; “Greek Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year Award 2011” awarded by Global Law Experts; The Corporate Intl Magazine 2011 Global Award in the category “Arbitration Law Firm of the Year in Greece”; the “Dispute Resolution Advisory Firm of the Year in Greece” awarded by Corporate Intl Magazine 2010.

 

Languages

Greek (native), English and French (fluent), German and Italian (working knowledge).

 

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