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The Global Justice Network conference in Dublin 19-20 April 2013

Our Law firm is a founding partner of the Global Justice Forum, an association of selected law firms from all over the world that are being specialized in cross border litigation. In the Columbia Law school in New York there is a Global Justice seat and member lawyers  of the GJF, judges and other preeminent speakers discuss and analyzelegal issues that pertain to international litigation. The conference of the network of the Global Justice is now taking place in the historic landmark Shelbourne hotel in Dublin, Ireland on the 19th and the 20th of April 2013, shaping the future of pioneer international cooperation amongst reputed international plaintiff lawyers. Constantine Kokkinos is a member of the steering committee of the Global Justice Network and is honored to be a keynote speaker on the topics of the international financial litigation and on the Vienna convention on the international sale of Goods. 

Haircut of bank deposits in Cypriot banks

The bailout of Cyprus came at a painful price for the clients of the two largest banks of the island: A haircut of 30% -40% on all deposits above 100.000 EUR was convened by the Eurogroup and the Republic of Cyprus amongst other radical measures (merger and creation of a bad bank). Forcing depositors to undertake risks and exposures is not new albeit extremely rare in times of peace. For many legal analysts the legality of such radical measure is heavily contested as it is hurting on some fundamental values of our societies. We are now evaluating whether these measures are in violation of  the Right of Property as it is defined and protected through the  European chart of human rights (First Protocol, art 1) which has been adopted and ratified by all E.U. member States.

Greek sovereign bonds haircut and the liability of the banks

The Greek sovereign bonds haircut and the unilateral postponement of the settlement fo the remaining dues by the Greek State to much later days has been in many cases taken the judicial way of ruling whether the State was enabled to do such a unilateral action in spite of its initial agreement and whether the liability of the State remains withheld towards the investors who chose to buy these State bonds based on an initial agreement that is no longer valid.

ELC organises the Global Justice Forum in Zurich

The prestigious congress GLOBAL JUSTICE FORUM gathering lawyers, judges and University Professors from around the globe is taking place this fall in Zurich, Switzerland.

Our law firm has proudly undertaken its organization and is looking forward to the outcome of this very interesting world tribune.

Bank of Cyprus decides not to pay MAEK 7% interest to private deposits

A controversial decision that drove the Bank of Cyprus Chairman Andreas Iliadis to resign and the securities and exchanges Commision of the island to open an investigation on a matter that has caused considerable damage to private individuals that entrusted their savings to that scheme that is known by its Greek acronym MAEK. The Cypriot parlement is also investigating the luck of information made available to public looking simply for a reliable place to place their savings and not to become investors.

3rd European Court filing on behalf of Greek bondholders

In view of the approaching deadline set by the European Court for the direct filings, our Law firm is pleased to announce that we have completed a 3rd direct such application on behalf of Greek bondholders.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, has informed us that on 08-06-2012 was completed our 3rd application and was granted by the Court's Registry the general case number 35549/12.

Direct request to the European Court on behalf of former Olympic Airways employees paid with Greek state bonds

From the beginning of the Greek sovereign debt crisis our Law firm has very carefully examined the State bonds issue and all possible legal means and ways of reacting both domestically and internationally. We have mainly focused on the procedure of the direct request to the European Court of Human rights in Strasbourg in conjunction with our Italian specialist counterparts and we were the first ones in the world to have filed under that procedure. Now we are going one step further in this direction.

The procedure of the European Court direct application on behalf of Greek bond stockholders is ging forward

The European Court on Human Rights from Strasbourg has officially acknowledged registration of the introductory filing from our Law firm of a legal claim versus the Hellenic Republic on behalf of several clients' holders of Greek State bonds which have suffered a severe haircut without the consent of these holders. This introductory direct claim has been registered under No 26.055/2012 and should be the 1st such action worldwide thus creating a legal as well as practical interest in Greece and abroad where Greek State bonds are being held.

Introductory claim already filed at Europeran Court of Human Rights by our law firm on behalf of Greek bondhoders victims of the collective action clause

Our Law firm, instructed by a number of holders of Sovereign Greek debt bonds in cooperation with our Italian counterparts, has submitted on the 11th of April 2012 an introductory claim at the EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS in Strasbourg under rule 47§5 of the Rules of Court.

This action should be the first of its kind in the world and is expected with great interest as it requests the Court to initiate a Pilot Judgment procedure pursuant to rule 61 of the Rules of Court, alleging a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights and its Protocols to which Greece is a party.

URGENT: Greek bond private holders!

Unfortunately our worst fears are being confirmed: The Eurogroup and the Greek government announced that all private holders of Greek State bonds by virtue of the so called “collective action clause” (CAC) will be forced to participate to the bonds swap although they did not consent to it.

We consider this as unconventional and totally unlawful falling short to the requirements of the art. 1 protocol No 1 of the European Convention of Human rights as it has been signed by the Republic of Greece. We also feel it violates the disposals of the Hellenic Constitution and other national texts challenging the existence of such collective action clauses.