Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Athens)

Violeta Panagiotopoulou

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Athens)
Lawyer (Senior Associate)

Violeta Panagiotopoulou is a Senior Associate with KG Law Firm in Athens. Violeta is a member of KG’s Competition Law Group. She has represented leading multinational and Greek firms from various industries in a wide array of cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission, including commitments and settlement procedures. Violeta regularly advises on all aspects of EU & Greek competition law, distribution, market regulation, and consumer protection and has been involved in several merger clearance filings. She is also very experienced in providing antitrust compliance and dawn raid trainings for clients.

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Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm (Athens)
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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, 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 (...)

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, 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, 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, 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, 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 (...)

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