Mr. Stathis Potamitis
Stathis has a broadly based transactional practice and has acted in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions across South-East Europe. Between 1996 and 2002 he focused on capital market issues and was a major contributor to stock exchange and financial services legislation. Highlights include the Investment Services Firms Code of Conduct, the dematerialization of listed securities, the operations and products of the Athens Market for listed derivative instruments and the clearing and settlement of trades in listed derivatives. He served as the first Deputy Chairman of the Athens Derivatives Exchange from until the commencement of that market's operations. Subsequently he focused on M&A, international arbitration and insolvency work, while also being responsible for the management of POTAMITISVEKRIS (as it is currently named), which has grown steadily in size and stature into a leading Greek law practice. Stathis pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Toronto and the University of Paris IV. In 1986 he received his LLB from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and was awarded the Dean's Key. He became an associate with the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifking, Wharton & Garrison where he practiced between 1986 and 1991. He subsequently returned to Greece to become General Counsel of a then newly established financial institution. In 1994 he went into private practice and in 1996 he was engaged by Ernst & Young to develop an associated law practice in Greece. That was the beginning of a firm which under the name PI Partners established offices in Greece, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria and grew to one of the largest law practices in the region. In March 2009, the partnership decided to sever its ties to Ernst & Young and rebranded as POTAMITISVEKRIS. Stathis currently serves as that firm's managing partner.