Tom Kyriakopoulos

Title

Partner

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

Solicitors Regulation Authority 2016

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. Having worked in London for more than five years (2015 – 2020), Mr. Kyriakopoulos has become a qualified solicitor with the Solicitor Regulatory Authority of England and Wales.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos provides corporate and private 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, corporate, financing, private wealth and tax issues with respect to structuring and executing complex commercial / financing transactions, implementing tax efficient investments plans, pragmatically structuring cross border transactions, and assisting in the development of projects in Greece and abroad. He has 25 years of experience in covering all needs of M&A work, helping clients with tax optimization studies, due diligences and negotiations in the context of restructuring and acquiring companies, businesses and assets in M&A deals.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos has worked extensively in London assisting clients on all aspects of their cross-border investments and transactions. He has assisted clients in acquiring and selling UK companies, having worked for both the vendor and the purchaser. He is well versed in the drafting of initial preliminary contractual documents, such as Non-Disclosure Agreements, Term Sheets, Letters of Intent or MoUs, working closely with the legal, tax and financial advisers of the counterparty in the UK with respect to the drafting of share purchase agreements and shareholder agreements and carrying out legal due diligence (“DD”) necessary for the completion of the acquisition. He also has extensive experience representing clients in the issue of large UK banks loans and negotiating LMA Loan Contracts and ancillary security agreements.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos has advised and assisted corporate clients, as well as High Net Worth individuals, with cross border holdings, in structuring (and at times restructuring) their operating, trading, financing and holding entities. He also advises clients with and negotiates in great lengths highly complex commercial agreements.

Mr. Kyriakopoulos also 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 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.

He is a recommended lawyer in many leading international legal directories (e.g. Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR). In the Chambers & Partners Europe 2021 Guide, Mr. Kyriakopoulos is ranked in band 3 under the Guide’s tax practice for Greece and in Band 1 under the Guide's section "High Net Worth Individuals" in Greece. He speaks Greek, English and French.

PUBLICATIONS

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

  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Trends and Developments in Private Equity” Greece Section, Chambers Global Practice Guides 2020.
  • Tom Kyriakopoulos, “Trends and Developments in Greek Taxation” Greece Section, Chambers and Partners 2020.