Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Athens)

Anastasia Dritsa

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Athens)
Lawyer (Partner)

Anastasia Dritsa is a Partner with KG Law Firm in Athens. Anastasia is with the competition department of the firm. Her main areas of practice are EU and Greek competition / antitrust law and corporate law. She advises leading Greek and international corporations in planning and structuring their business transactions in ways compatible with competition and antitrust laws. She has also represented clients in cases involving abuse of sole and collective dominance, state aid and public procurement, merger control, horizontal and vertical agreements, private antitrust litigation matters and cartel related work. Her experience extends to defending competition/antitrust law cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC), the Greek administrative courts and the State’s Council. Anastasia frequently organizes seminars for corporate executives on Greek and EU competition law and contributes articles on her areas of expertise to national and EU publications.

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556 Bulletin

Victoria Mertikopoulou, Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority requests a consultation from a Finnish firm on the competitiveness of the Greek mobile data connectivity market

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In May 2020, the summary of a study of a Finnish research and consulting firm commissioned by the HCC was published on the competitiveness of the Greek mobile data connectivity market. In particular, the Hellenic Competition Commission (“HCC”) has requested from an independent Finnish consulting (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority protects healthy competition in the market, consumers’ interests and economic growth during the COVID-19 outbreak

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On 7th of March 2020 the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) issued a Press Release highlighting that the Authority will protect healthy competition in the market, consumers’ interests and economic growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential intent to increase or maintain companies’ profits (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Victoria Mertikopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority publishes a public consultation regarding the determination and quantification of the criteria for case prioritisation and the setting of its strategic priorities upon the basis of a point system

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On October 25th, 2019 the Hellenic Competition Commission (the “HCC”), announced the launch of a public consultation of its revised methodology and criteria for the prioritization of cases (the draft “Prioritization Notice”) in order to facilitate its implementation and improve compliance and (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Victoria Mertikopoulou, Fenia Mylonaki, Violeta Panagiotopoulou, Sofia Athanasaki The EU Commission approves a €300 million state aid public support for the development of ultrafast broadband network in Greece

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According to the Digital Economy and Society Index 2019 (DESI 2019), Greece ranks 26th amongst EU countries in fast broadband coverage per household. In particular, only 66% of homes have access to fast internet of above 30 Mbps, far below the EU coverage of 83%, and less than 1% have access to (...)

Sofia Athanasaki, Anastasia Dritsa, Victoria Mertikopoulou The EU Parliament and Council issue a regulation referring to business dealing with online marketplaces and platforms services and business whose website are ranked by online search engines (P2B Regulation)

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Application of the EU P2B Regulation Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 (‘P2B Regulation’), issued on June 20th, 2019, refers to businesses dealing with online intermediation services and business whose websites are ranked by online search engines, and aims to ensure more transparent conditions in the (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Fenia Mylonaki, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Greek Supreme Administrative Court examines the issue of limitation periods for competition law violations and the notion of ’reasonable time’ (Intrasoft International)

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In its much expected decision 582/2019, the Greek Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’ Etat), examined once more the issue of limitation periods for competition law violations and the notion of ‘reasonable time’ within which the Hellenic Competition Commission (‘HCC’) can bring cases against (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority clears an acquisition in the insurance industry involving stock acquisition (American International Group / AIG Hellas)

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American International Group, Inc. / AIG HELLAS S.A. (HCC 677/2019) A notable concentration, in the insurance industry involving the 100% stock acquisition of «AIG HELLAS S.A. » (hereinafter called the « AIG HELLAS ») by «AIG International Holdings GmbH» (hereinafter called the «AIG International» (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority investigates and sanctions a contractor industry for being involved in a regional cartel (Latomiki / Ilion / Elektromek / Orion / Teka)

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HCC/FIVE (5) CONTRACTOR UNDERTAKINGS HCC (674/18) I. The Greek contractor industry was again investigated and sanctioned by the HCC through its Decision No 674/2018 with a EUR 244,787.4 fine imposed on five (5) smaller contractors for their participation in a regional cartel consisting of (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority decides that companies in the market of electrical installations were participating in horizontal agreements by fixing minimum or fixed fees (National Federation of electricians’ unions)

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HCC / SECTION OF ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION MARKET HCC (670/2018) I. HCC decided in Plenum, in a clear majority open vote, under the simplified settlement procedure of Article 25a of Law 3959/2011, in light of its formal Decision under No 628/2016 , that the Secondary Federation of Electricians (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The EU Court of Justice prohibits selective distributors from selling luxury products on third-party online platforms (Coty Germany / Parfümerie Akzente)

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On 6 December 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its Judgment on the awaited Coty Germany v Akzente case. The case concerned whether a supplier of luxury cosmetics, operating a selective distribution system for its products, may validly prohibit its authorized (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority decides to accept the proposal for modification of the third commitment adopted by a supplier regarding e-auctioned natural gas quantity (DEPA)

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Amendment of prior Commitments by the incumbent natural gas supplier regarding e-auctioned natural gas quantities (HCC 651/2017) Once more, the commitments program of DEPA and its adjustments feature in the HCC’s annual list of decisions. This time, the HCC withdrew a provision in its (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority carries out ex-offocio investigations at several companies for being involved into anti-competitive horizontal agreement in the banking sector (STATE/ STEAT)

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HORIZONTAL AGREEMENTS HCC /17 CONTRACTORS’ COMPAGNIES HCC (647/2017) I. Horizontal agreements of market partitioning and bid-rigging for public tenders violating Articles 1 of Law 3959/2011 by seventeen (17) contractor companies and two (2) contractors’ associations (SATE and STEAT as successor (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority decides that the public procurement procedure had been rigged through cover bidding and bid suppression by companies in the construction sector (Pella)

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Bid-rigging in a local construction tender in Pella (HCC 644/2017) The HCC’s focus on bid-rigging in tenders for infrastructure works extended to a smaller tender of local interest which led again to the imposition of considerably smaller, yet still noteworthy, fines. In November 2010, in the (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority imposes €80 million fines on several groups for collusive tendering in high value public infrastructure projects in the construction sector (Technical Olympic)

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Settlement of the bid-rigging cartel for high value tenders (HCC 642/2017) In August 2018, the HCC announced the imposition of hefty fines amounting to more than € 80 million on several construction groups, for collusive tendering in high value public infrastructure projects, following the (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority approves the acquisition of a major supermarket chain of 383 companies that formed part of the largest retail chain (Sklavenitis / Marinopoulos)

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Supermarket chains acquisition cleared with remedies: SKLAVENITIS/ MARINOPOULOS (HCC 637/2017) Picking up from where it left off in the on-going consolidation of the Greek super-market sector, the HCC was called, in January 2017, to clear the acquisition of control by Sklavenitis, a major (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority decides that a lessee and operator of the parking slots in airport abuses its dominant position through excessive pricing (Cargo Service / KEPKA)

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Dismissal of allegations of excessive car parking prices in Macedonia Airport (HCC 630/2016) In April 2008, Cargo Service, lessee and operator of the parking lots in the Thessaloniki International Airport “Macedonia”, was accused by KEPKA (a consumer protection NGO) of abusing its dominant (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority decides that the franchise agreement between two companies, in the furniture secto, included a hardcore clause(Neoset)

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Vertical restraints in NEOSET’s franchise network for furniture (HCC 622/2015) NEOSET was an established manufacturer and distributor of furniture. Following a pecuniary dispute with DIAMESO (a franchisee), and the termination of their agreement in 2008, DIAMESO claimed damages from alleged RPM (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority decides that a company abuse of its dominant position concerning with regard to the supply of electricity in the energy sector (Aluminium / DEI)

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Commitments by the Public Power Corporation (DEI) addressing abuse of dominance concerns with regard to the supply of electricity to Aluminium of Greece (HCC 621/2015) A long-standing and episodic standoff between DEI (incumbent producer and supplier of electricity in Greece) and Aluminium of (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed by four leading producers and importers of tobacco (Papastratos / Philip Morris / British American Tobacco / Karelia Cigarette / Imperial Tobacco)

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Tobacco Manufacturers - Commitments in relation to revised distribution arrangements (HCC 612/2015) In July 2015 the HCC by a unanimous decision accepted commitments proposed by four (4) leading producers and importers of tobacco products in Greece and the local distributor of Japan Tobacco (...)

Anastasia Dritsa, Violeta Panagiotopoulou The Hellenic Competition Authority fines a company for abusing its dominant position and extends parent liability for competition law violations in the detergents, cleaners and cosmetics sector (Colgate / Palmolive)

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Vertical Agreements Restriction of parallel trade clauses in Colgate’s vertical agreements with retailers – Parental liability (HCC 610/2015) In 2017, the HCC published its decision against members of the COLGATE-PALMOLIVE group of companies pursuant to an ex officio investigation in the (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority clears an acquisition in the same market between a local super-market chain and the largest super-market company (Kronos / Marinopoulos)

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Acquisition of sole control of KRONOS N. KARAKITSOS by MARINOPOULOS (HCC 605/2015) In March 2015, the HCC cleared another concentration in the same market between KRONOS a local super-market chain operating in Patras, and the wider Achaia, Peloponnese area and MARINOPOULOS (holder of Carrefour (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority accepts commitments proposed by nine fuel trading companies addressing non-compete obligations in long term exclusive commercial lease and cooperation agreement (Hellenic Fuels)

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Acceptance of commitments by 9 fuel trading companies - addressing non-compete obligations in long term exclusive commercial lease and cooperation agreements in the retail fuel market (HCC 602/2015) In February 2015 the HCC adopted a formal decision which rendered commitments proposed by nine (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority clarifies that self-employed individuals may constitute undertakings for the purposes of competition law (Dental Technicians’ Association of Crete)

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Dental Technicians’ Association of Crete fined nominal fine of €218 for providing minimum pricelists to its members (HCC 591/2014) In June 2007 a number of Cretan dentists filed with the HCC a complaint against the Dental Technician’s Association of Crete alleging price fixing between 2001 and (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority fines €31.5 million the largest beer manufacturing and commercializing company abuses its dominant position in the retail and wholesale distribution channel (Athenian Brewery)

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Athenian Brewery fined €31.5m for abuse of dominance due to rebates, exclusivity, and shelf-space arrangements with wholesalers and retailers (HCC 590/2014) In December 2015, and after 9 years of investigation, the HCC published its 662 page decision in which it found that Athenian Brewery - (...)

Anastasia Dritsa The Hellenic Competition Authority fines €5,3 million a company for abuse of dominance due to target rebates and shelf-space arrangements with retailers in the baby diapers sector (Procter & Gamble)

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Procter & Gamble Hellas fined €5.3m for abuse of dominance due to target rebates and shelf-space arrangements with retailers (HCC 581/VII/2013) In April of last year, the HCC delivered its infringement decision and imposed on Procter & Gamble total fines of €5.3 million for antitrust (...)

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