Tom Kyriakopoulos

Title

Of Counsel

Practices

Greek and International Corporate Tax, Double Tax Treaties, VAT, Stamp Duty, Customs/Excise Taxes, Energy Tax, Real Estate, Commercial Contracts, M&As, Energy, Greek tax litigation and Arbitration.

Admitted To

Athens Bar Association 1996

Education

University of Athens Law School (LL.B.)
University of Nottingham (MBA)
Athens University of Business and Economics (MSc)

tkyriakopoulos@machas-partners.com

 

Tom Kyriakopoulos, a Greek-Canadian born in Montreal, graduated from the law school of the University of Athens in 1993. Complementary to his legal academic background, he also has had postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham (1997), where he obtained an MBA, and at the Athens University of Economics and Business (1998), where he concentrated on taxation. 

Mr. Kyriakopoulos ia a Registered European Lawyer and is based in Lonodn. He provides corporate clients with comprehensive commercial and tax advisory and compliance services on all aspects of Greek law. He has comprehensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of both Greek and foreign commercial and tax issues with respect to structuring and executing complex commercial / financing transactions, implementing tax efficient investments plans in Greece, pragmatically structuring cross border transactions, drafting transfer pricing reports, interpreting and implementing double tax treaties and assisting in the development of real estate projects in Greece.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos successfully represented the Greek State against Hochtief with respect to a considerable tax difference in one of Greece’s most well-known tax litigation cases which took place before the London Court of International Arbitration in 2004 - 2005.

Besides his strong background in tax and corporate work, Mr. Kyriakopoulos has an in-depth knowledge of the transition economies of Southeast Europe in which he has spent a good part of his working life (e.g. Romania, Serbia, BiH, FYR Macedonia) on several large-scale projects as counsel both to foreign investors and to the EU Commission. From a sectoral perspective, he has extensive experience in energy in both regulatory and transactional work.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos has also recently spoken in several international conferences in and outside Greece (Melbourne, Madrid, Athens) regarding the Greek debt crisis and the opportunities for investors who wish to gain first mover advantage. 

He is a recommended lawyer in many leading international legal directories (e.g. Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR). In the Chambers & Partners 2014 Guide, Mr. Kyriakopoulos is ranked in band 3 under the Guide’s tax practice for Greece. As concerns his skill and experience, the legal directories have had the following to say about him:

  • It recently advised Chevron on tax compliance as well as the retrieval of refunds that were frozen by the Ministry of Finance. Tom Kyriakopoulos is a busy figure in the team. Tax Directors Handbook 2013 
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos was formerly at KPMG and is praised for his tax know-how. He has experienced an increase in transfer pricing and tax compliance work of late. Chambers Global 2012 
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos is "quick, business-minded and practical". World Tax Review 2011 
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos receives consistently warm recommendations from clients. He is praised for his in-depth understanding of corporate tax matters and his ability to provide fast and detailed responses. Chambers Europe 2011
  • Clients recommend Tom Kyriakopoulos as a ‘standout figure’. Legal 500 2010 

PUBLICATIONS

Lastly, some of his most recent publications are the following:

  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Greece” in Multi-jurisdictional reference guide to tax litigation, David Chodikoff (ed.), Thomson Reuters 2013, Chapter 12.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Greece” in Capital Directive in Europe, Dirk Van Gerven (ed.), Cambridge University Press 2013, Chapter 12.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Appeals regarding tax disputes following the enactment of laws 4152/2013 and 4174/2013” Epixeirisi Magazine Issue 98/Year2013.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Business Entities and Taxation Guide” in Greek Law Digest: The ultimate legal guide to investing in Greece, Athens: Nomiki Bibliothiki, 2012, pp. 674 - 679.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Greece” in Cross Border Mergers Volume II, Dirk Van Gerven (ed.), Cambridge University Press 2011, Chapter 21.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Tax Bill – A synopsis of the new provisions regarding corporate income tax, estate tax and the Code of Books and Records” Special Edition in the “Guide for Filing Corporate Income Tax Returns” Epixeirisi Magazine 2010.