Managing Partner, Karatzas & Partners Law Firm, Greece

Catherine Karatzas is a graduate of the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens with an LLM from Columbia University. She is a member of the Athens and the New York Bar. 

She worked with Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1988 to 1992, when she joined Karatzas & Partners (then Karatzas Law Office). She has been the Managing Partner at Karatzas & Partners since 1996. Karatzas & Partners has been consistently ranked as Tier 1 Greek law firm by all major leading directories. 

She has always been in the forefront of legal developments and has participated and continues to participate in some of the most significant transactions for Greek economy and often for Greek national life. Recent and significant examples include the Greek debt restructuring, the15-year benchmark issue with the longest tenor that has been issued by the Hellenic Republic since the onset of the financial crisis, in 2009 a new, all-new-money bond whose maturity is longer than 2032, the year when the long-term relief measures for the Greek debt are expected to expire, as well as in the banking and financial sector the first recapitalization under the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive in Europe, the first Greek Green bond and the first NPL transactions.

Catherine Karatzas was the first and remains the only female Managing Partner of a large Greek law firm. She was awarded the Pan-European award in the category of financial regulation in the International Financial Law Review Europe Women in Business Law awards in 2015 and entered The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame in 2018. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE).  

She is married and has three children. 

She is fluent in English and in French and has good knowledge of Italian.


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