Catherine has been the Managing Partner at Karatzas & Partners since 1996. Before she worked with Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1988 to 1992.

Catherine 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 examples include the Greek debt restructuring, the 15-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.

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.

Credentials

EDUCATION
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B. in Hellenic Law)
Columbia University (LL.M.)
LANGUAGES
Greek, English, French & Italian
ADMISSION
1989, Athens & New York Supreme Court
MEMBER OF
Athens Bar Association
New York Bar Association
Board of Directors of Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE)

Ranking & Awards

Top Ranked Lawyer
Chambers & Partners
Top Ranked Lawyer
Chambers & Partners
Women Leaders
IFLR 1000
Highly Regarded
IFLR 1000
Top Ranked Lawyer
Chambers & Partners
Top Ranked Lawyer
Chambers & Partners
Top Ranked Lawyer 2021
Chambers & Partners
Hall of Fame
Legal500
Top Ranked Lawyer 2020
Chambers & Partners
Women Leaders 2021 & 2020
IFLR1000
Highly Regarded 2020 & 2019
IFLR1000
Leading Individual
Legal500
Highly Regarded
IFLR 1000
Pan-European award in the category of financial regulation in 2015
IFLR Europe Women in Business Law awards
Highly Regarded
IFLR 1000
  • “Managing partner Catherine Karatzas offers excellence in corporate and commercial mandates, especially those involving large acquisitions in the energy sector and share capital issues.” Chambers & Partners 2023
  • "US and Greek-qualified practitioner Catherine Karatzas is held in high esteem for her expertise across various complex financing and capital market transactions. She is particularly active in notes issuances, NPL sales and sustainability linked and green bonds, acting for prestigious banks and corporates." Chambers & Partners 2023
  • "Catherine Karatzas has very strong legal and business acumen." Client Testimonial, Banking & Finance, Chambers & Partners 2023
  • "I truly value her commitment and sophistication." Client Testimonial, Banking & Finance, Chambers & Partners 2023

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