Rania Papavasiliou-Ballis
Papavasiliou-Ballis and Partners
Commercial Law
Managing Partner
2, Amalias Ave. Syntagma sq., 105 57
Commercial & Civil Law Firm of the Year - Greece
Main Practice Area

Commercial Law


Rania Papavasiliou-Balli qualified in law at the University of Athens. She holds an MA in Marine and Insurance Law. She has also graduated from the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens (History and Archaeology Division), holds an MA degree in this field and is a PhD candidate in the same division.


Rania Papavasiliou - Balli, Attorney at Law

As a Managing Partner, Rania Papavasiliou-Balli directs the handling of all cases in the firm. Depending on their complexity, she will be personally involved to a greater or lesser degree. She is a leading expert in banking, insurance and shipping issues. Past cases have included a range of complex financial and international matters as well as matters of export trade.

Rania Papavasiliou-Balli has served as director of the Legal Services Division of Eurobank Ergasias E SA (1996-2007), Head of Legal Services of Interbank SA (1991-1996), a member of the law firm Vgenopoulos & Partners (1988-1991) and Head of the Insurance and Claims Dept. of the John S. Latsis Group of Companies (1978-1987).

She has great experience in judicial and extra-judicial cases and has handled complicated financial matters, involving local and international law. She has also participated in numerous international conferences and colloquia regarding legal and managerial issues. She is fluent in English and French.

Practice Areas
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Insurance Law (Consulting Services to Insurance Companies-Insurance Contracts-Handling of Insurance Claims)
  • Corporate Law (Establishment of “One-Stop- Shop” Companies – Setting up Joint Ventures-Compliance with Local Regulations-Corporate Governance-Mergers and Acquisitions-Corporate Management)
  • Foreign Investments
  • Debt Collection Services (Out of Court Procedures-Litigation-Enforcement-Bankruptcy)
  • Trade Marks and Patents
  • Maritime Law (Sale and Purchase-Charter Parties-Ship Arrest-Dispute Resolution-Establishment of Maritime Companies in Greece)
  • European Community Law-Litigation and Arbitration
  • Civil Law (Family Law-Inheritance Law-Tort Law-Third Party Liability)
  • Labor Law (Employment Contracts-Employee Benefits-Employment Disputes)
  • Real Estate Law (Sale-Purchase-Title Search-Lease Contracts)
  • Tax Law (Tax Duties Management-Tax Planning-Double Tax Treaties-Tax Incentives-Tax Structuring of Commercial Transactions-Dealing with the Tax Authorities)

Papavasiliou-Balli & Partners Law Firm provides a wide range of legal services to Greek and international clientele. The firm numbers today 10 in house lawyers and 50 associates in all the main Greek cities. We have strength in depth as well as breadth. Our aim is to be at the cutting edge of legal developments.

Our partners are recognized as some of the leading experts in their field. For many years they have occupied high ranking positions in the legal departments of financial institutions in Greece and in leading international shipping and insurance companies.
Our lawyers hold degrees from top European universities, and have significant experience of both advisory and court law. They are well trained to provide advice, support and expert guidance. They are solution-oriented and focus on our clients’ needs. They are able to deal rapidly with unexpected events.
Collectively our expertise is even more powerful.

We advise financial institutions, companies, sole traders and private individuals. 
We regularly work on complex transactions and we use our deep legal knowledge and experience to steer our clients through the diverse commercial challenges they face.

Among our major clients are Banks, Insurance Companies, Greek Public Corporations, shipping companies and foreign construction companies.

Our aim is to strive to provide a high level of legal advice without disregarding the personal contact with our clients. At the same time we ensure that we provide the right recourses at the right cost.


On every case there is always one partner who has the overview of all matters, and can assist the handling lawyer in safeguarding the client’s interests.
For larger cases we adopt team work, with a partner supervising and coordinating one or more lawyers, assistants or trainees. However, we pay particular attention to ensuring that we don’t over-resource cases, but we always use the right number of professionals in each case.

Our clients are informed electronically, on a daily basis, about the development of their cases (court actions and relevant outcomes, communications and negotiations with debtors and out of court settlements).

Our Approach is results oriented, with fast response times, integrity and confidentiality.

Our lawyers can communicate in English, French and German. Our firm cooperates with lawyers speaking Chinese and Russian.

Our personnel consists of administrators, trainees, paralegals and technical staff, as well as experienced certified accountants and economists so as to achieve successful handling of our client’s affairs.

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