Panayotis Bernitsas

Panayotis is the Managing Partner of the Firm and a leading legal practitioner, with an active, broad-based commercial practice incorporating more than 35 years of experience in transactional, advisory and litigation work.


Panayotis is an authority in EU, competition and antitrust law and has represented clients in prominent cartel cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. He is a senior litigator, with vast experience in all types of dispute resolution, and represents clients in complex, high stake civil and administrative actions before the high courts and arbitration boards. He has also acted as arbitrator at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Panayotis is an expert in concession projects and privatisations, with an unsurpassed track record of playing a key role in many of the pioneering, ground breaking transactions to have taken place in Greece. He advises extensively on major renewable and conventional energy and infrastructure projects and investments in energy property development companies. His real estate practice is focused on large scale developments and real property asset portfolio investments.

Within the framework of his private practice, Panayotis has acted on a number of occasions as advisor to the Government on European Union, State Aids and Privatisation issues. He also advises companies and individuals on complex tax structuring and wealth planning matters and has acted extensively in high stakes tax controversies.

Panayotis has been widely published in legal journals, books and other publications in his areas of expertise and is a participant in the annual Forum on International Wealth Disputes. He held the position of Associate Professor in International Economic Law, Law of International Business Transactions, European Community Law at the University of Thrace from 1983-2007.

Panayotis holds a Degree in Law from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, a DES in Public Law from the University of Paris and a PhD from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is admitted to the Athens Bar (1974) and the Supreme Court of Greece (1984). 

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Recognition
May 2021

Top Tier recognition in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Bernitsas Law is ranked in the Top Tier in the Legal 500 EMEA 2021. ‘a diverse team ... probably best in the country ... an excellent structure and understanding of the market ... highly professional attitude with appropriate knowledge and perfect consultancy ... brilliant to work with ... able to grasp information to a very high level ... available at all times in order to help their clients ... professionalism, responsiveness, flexibilty ... 360-degree expertise’.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Recognition
May 2021

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Client Testimonials

Bernitsas Law receives Top Tier Recognition in the Legal 500 EMEA 2021. Read here client testimonials. 

'The entire team has business acumen and understanding; it is results-oriented and offers great value to businesses.’  ‘Bernitsas Law Firm has a team of lawyers who are dedicated to their clients, highly professional and experts in their fields of specialisation. They are very prompt with their responses and their legal opinions are always very clear and informed.'

11th Capital Link Sustainability Forum
Apr 2021

Bernitsas Law supports the 11th Annual Capital Link Sustainability Forum

Bernitsas Law is a proud supporter of the 11th Annual Capital Link Sustainability Forum 'Tackling Social & Economic Transformation / Sustainable Growth: Environment - Economy - Society' which takes place on 21 and 22 April 2021 in digital form, under the Auspices of Attica Region, the City of Athens and the Municipality of Piraeus.