The former President & CEO and the former Commercial Director of a fast growing Greek brewing company have been accused by one of the major beer companies worldwide for false testimonies within the framework of the investigation of Hellenic Competition Commission against the latter. Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his white collar crime team successfully represented the defendants who have both been acquitted by the First Instance Court of Athens being convinced that the content of the evidence brought by the defendants before HCC was true and accurate.
Konstantinos is specialised in the area of Dispute Resolution. He has represented clients in a wide variety of commercial and civil disputes, including those arising from breach of the regulations governing a range of industries, including banking, pharmaceutical, medicinal products and transport. Konstantinos has a particular expertise in advising on agency and distribution agreements. He acts in disputes arising from the governance of corporations and the relationship between shareholders, as well as litigation resulting from internal restructurings, liquidations and insolvency. Konstantinos advises on the violation of intellectual and industrial property rights and has also represented clients before the Competition Commission. He has extensive experience in credit recovery and has acted in a number of arbitrations, mainly resulting from breach of commercial transactions, and participated in the one of the first mediations to be run under the rules of the Greek Association for Maritime Arbitration.
Konstantinos also has a significant experience in representing clients before the Greek Supreme Court and in advising on white collar crime, in particular acting on behalf of companies and individuals in the field of breach of banking and stock exchange regulations.
Konstantinos served as an independent non-executive director of Emporiki Bank – Credit Agricole Group from September 2008 to January 2013.
“Reaching a resolution to the disputes which arise in the course of business, in or out of court, means handling both the legal business aspects to the problem. I consider that I have represented my client well if I can find the right equilibrium between the two.”
EducationUniversité de Paris-X (Nanterre) PhD, 1990
Université de Paris-2 DEA in EEC Law, 1988
Université de Paris-2 Institut de Droit Comparé, Diploma in Comparative Law, 1987
Université de Paris-2 D.E.A. Philosophy of Law, 1985
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens LLB, 1983
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his white collar crime team successfully represented the former CEO of a Stock Broking Company against accusation of breach of trust brought by a former investor. By a unanimous judgment, the Five-Member Court of Appeal of Athens acquitted the defendant holding that he did not violate the rules of diligent management and that the claimant has not suffered certain material damage.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his white collar crime team successfully represented the ex CEO of a veterinary company against accusation for tax evasion of the amount of 2 million euros following non-accounting computation of the taxable VAT, whose prosecution had been criticized by the Greek press.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his team successfully represented a foreign-based company in litigation proceedings before the Greek courts, regarding the allegedly wrongful forfeiture of a bank demand guarantee (damages/unjust enrichment claims of approx. 2,2M. €.). The Court adopted a commercially oriented approach, whereby the creditor of the demand guarantee may pursue collection of its claim against the bank, on the basis of legitimate legal and factual arguments, with no obligation to await a judgment on the disputed underlying claim and without such behavior being construed as tortious.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his team successfully represented the domestic subsidiary of a Danish publicly listed company in litigation proceedings before the Athens Court of Appeals, regarding the annulment of an ICC domestic arbitral award for an amount of approximately 1,1 M. €
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his white collar crime team successfully represented the former head of the Hellenic Statistical Authority accused of false certification, whose prosecution has caused great concerns in Europe and the USA.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and his team successfully defended a foreign bank before the Athens Court of Appeals, within the framework of a cross border reorganization and winding up of a foreign credit institution under the directive 2001/24/EC of the European Parliament, against creditors of the wound up institution attempting to enforce their claims on real estate assets of the latter. A number of similar cases are pending before the Greek courts, for assets amounting to an overall 89,7 M. € book value.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and team advised a Greek bank in arbitration proceedings to set aside the award relating to a dispute with a joint venture partner in the credit card business.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and team successfully represented a bank before the Supreme Court in their application to overturn an award of €30m by the Athens Court of Appeal.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis led a team representing board members of a Greek bank, including the CEO, in their defence against criminal charges for breach of fiduciary duties.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and team represented a foreign Bank in respect of the protection of the assets received as part of the winding-up proceedings of another foreign credit institution against claims by the debtors, under the European regime governing the reorganization and winding-up of credit institutions.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and team successfully obtained a ‘special receivership’ order against the debtor of his client, an enforcement remedy rarely granted by the Courts.
Konstantinos Papadiamantis and team successfully defended the administrators of a company charged with criminal liability for abuse of dominant position further to a decision by the Greek Competition Commission.