Lawyer, D.E.A. , Accredited Mediator

Supreme Court Lawyer; born in Athens, Greece in 1975. Admitted in Athens Bar Association in 2000. Managing Partner of the law firm “NICOLAS KANELLOPOULOS CHARA ZERVA & ASSOCIATES”. Accredited Mediator since February 2014. Member of the BoD of “International Jurists” legal network, since 2006. Member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Law Firms Association (since June 2011).  GDPR Expert, DPO Consultant.


  • Université de Montpellier I and University of Athens, Doctorate Thesis : «Les délits financiers internationaux», elaborated).
  • Université de Montpellier I, D.E.A de Contrats d’Affaires 2000.
  • Université de Montpellier I, D.E.A de Droit Pénal – Sciences Criminelles 1999.
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Law School, (L.L.B. 1997).


  • ”Le blanchiment des capitaux en France et en Grèce” (dissertation Montpellier I), Sept. 1999.
  • ”Unemployment: the source of all problems”, newspaper “Ethnos”, March 21, 2000.
  • ”4 trillion drachmas…dirty money enter in Greece”, newspaper “Ethnos”, Sept. 11, 2000, p.27-8, 37-8.
  • Contribution with two reports to the conduction and designation of the ‘’Corporate Action Planning of SDOE (Greek Force of Pursuit of Financial Crime)’’ regarding the ‘’Prevention and Repression of Money Laundering’’, July 2001.
  • ”Offshore Companies and Money Laundering”, Dec. 2000 for the Hellenic Bank Union (awarded as the best dissertation by the Hellenic Bank Union), Journal “Criminal Justice”, October 2001.
  • «Money Laundering: Myth or truth its confrontation in the Greek reality? «, in Journal “Nomiko Vima”, April 2002 and in coll. “Anti-criminal Policy III”, (direct. N. Courakis), 2003, Sakkoulas editions.
  • “Offshore Companies: Commercial Merit or Social Demerit?”, Journal “DIKAIORAMA”, issue 2, Jan. – Mar. 2005.
  • “Valued Added Tax Rebate and Prescription of the relevant right. When is it time barred in 3 years and when is it time bared in 5 years”, Journal “DIKAIORAMA”, issue 3, Apr. – June2005.
  • “International Book Models: Obligation or Discretion?” Journal “DIKAIORAMA”, issue 5, Oct.-Dec. 2005.
  • The new legal framework for the short-term lease (Airbnb), 8 February 2017,
  • The tax treatment of bad debts in case of debtor’s bankruptcy or entrance in a pro- bankruptcy procedure, 23 June 2017,
  • Τhe new European Regulation about Personal Data Protection (GDPR), 13 Nov. 2017,
  • «Health, Biometric and Genetic Data Under GDPR», Greek Law Digest, 15 Feb. 2019.
  • Telework & GDPR»,, 22 April 2020
  • New guidance from the Hellenic Data Protection Authority on the right to be informed for CCTV Systems. (, June 12th 2020).
  • «Strategic Investments and Fast – Track Procedure The new effective Legal Framework». (Greek Law Digest , Οκτώβρης 2020)

Professional Activities

    • Head of “Nikolas Kanellopoulos Chara Zerva and Associates Law Firm” GDPR team, legal advisor on data protection matters and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR 2016/679) and Data Protection Officer to several legal entities.
    • Vice President of the Investment Committee of the Chamber of Greek-Chinese Economic Cooperation since September 2020.
    • Chief Legal Officer in Enterprise Greece SA (former Invest in Greece SA) since April 2014.
    • Legal Councellor in the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) (April 2013 – July 2019).
    • Counsellor of Board of Directors of Banking Institutions.
    • Counsellor for special tax and administrative legal issues to several Banking Institutions.
    • Tax advisor to several Legal Entities (tax planning, provision of legal services regarding special tax issues).
    • Provision of legal services regarding fast- track licensing procedures and preparation of the relevant portfolio.
    • Preparation of the participation to PPP projects and legal support to the general business planning.
    • Legal representation before international and national organizations (public and private).
    • Legal assistance to all the procedures for the establishment of all company types
    • Drafting of Contracts.
    • Legal Advisor to the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Networks on Privatization, Concession and other big projects (June 2013 – January 2015).
    • Counsellor for legal issues regarding the committee established by Ministerial Resolution for the study of the implementation and operation of Investment Bank in Greece “Institution for Growth”. (March 2012 – 2015).
    • Legal advisor to the Minister of Citizen Protection (March 2012 – 2013). Drafting of the interministerial decision (National Gazette 1338 B’ /24.04.2012) “Permit for the provision of security services on board by private armed guards for embarking and disembarking in foreign ports”.
    • Member of the working group for the reform of the “Administrative Procedure Code” (January 2012).
    • Head Legal Counsel of Invest In Greece S.A. providing legal services regarding all type of strategic investments, the evaluation of projects and the coordination of all licensing procedures (January 2010 – April 2014).
    • Member of the Board of Directors of Confederation of Greek Law Firms (SDEE) – (2011 – 2012)
    • Legal Counsel to the Minister of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping (August 2011 to March 2012) indicatively:
    1. Coordinating member of the Legislative Preparatory Committee for the drafting of law 4072/2012 “Business Friendly Environment for Greece and other provisions” and special legal advisor (on behalf of the Minister of Development) to:
     The amending provisions of the fast- track legislation (law 3894/2010).
     The provisions regarding the lift of cabotage.
     The amending provisions of the development law (law 3299/2004).
    2. Legal support for the reform and implementation in Greek economy of new financial instruments based on EU structural funds. Collaboration with EU Task Force.
    3. Responsible of the Organizational Chart (structural scheme of the Ministry services) and of the drafting of the relevant bill and presidential decree regarding the structural cut and actualization of services.
    4. Drafting of the initial text of law 4058/2012 “Provision of security services by armed guards to merchant ships for the protection against piracy and other provisions”.
    Special Advisor on Legal and Tax issues to the Minister of the State (November 2009- August 2011) (indicatively):
    5. Member of the Legislative Preparatory Committee for the amendment of the tax legislation which resulted to law 3842/2010 (from 2009 until 2010).
    6. Member of the working group for the introduction of the fast track legislation for strategic investments introduced by law 3894/2010.
    7. Responsible for the legal revision of the bills introduced before the parliament (from November 2009 to April 2011).
    8. Drafting of the Articles of Association of “Hellinikon S.A.”, aiming at the development of “Hellinikon” property.
    9. Legal support to the committee established for the privatisation projects (from December 2010 to April 2011).


Greek, English and French.

Practice Areas

Economic Crimes; Tax Law; Banking Law; Commercial Law; Data Protection Law; Tourism Law; Criminal Law; Property Law; Public Law; Family Law; Tax Planning; Foreign Investments; Public Contracts; PPP law (N. 3389/2005), Administrative litigation.

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