Nikos offers a broad range of services covering investment law & arbitration, EU law and WTO law.
Based on his extensive experience as legal advisor, policy-maker, negotiator and academic, Nikos is able to approach any issues in a holistic manner.
Due to his expertise in investment law & arbitration, public international law, WTO law and EU law, Nikos is capable of analysing particularly complex and novel legal issues.
Nikos provides all his services at the highest academic level
Independent and impartial
Nikos provides legal advice to investors and States regarding investment law & arbitration issues.
In the first place, he offers strategic advice and assesses the success rate of potential claims.
This encompasses the development of a strategy for the all the steps to be taken in the proceedings, while the assessment of the success rate of potential claims involves the analysis of all the relevant factors.
In the second place, he offers legal analysis for obtaining and maintaining optimal investment protection in an ever-changing political and legal environment. This involves an analysis of the necessary company structure and the search for the best investment treaty available to the client. In cooperation with other partner firms, Nikos can assist in the setting up of the necessary company structure as well as obtain an analysis for the best double taxation structure available.
He also advises on the (re)structuring of investments in order to protect existing investments from future adverse measures, which could adversely affect investors and their investors.
In the third place, regarding States, Nikos assists in particular in the prevention and de-escalation of disputes.
He also helps in obtaining a proper understanding of the provisions of Dutch BITs.
His legal advice focuses on situations involving European investors within the EU (intra-EU BITs) and European investors within the context of the Energy Charter Treaty (intra-ECT situations).
Due to his involvement in the CETA, TTIP and EU-Singapore FTA negotiations, Nikos offers rare insight understanding of the these treaties, in particular as regards the investor-State dispute settlement provisions and the proposed investment court system (ICS).
Similarly, due the fact that Nikos was directly involved in the drafting of the so-called Grandfathering Regulation 1219/2012, which is aimed at guaranteeing the continued existence of the existing extra-EU BITs of the Member States and the so-called Financial Liability Regulation 912/2014, he is able to provide a full understanding of the context and contents of both Regulations.
Nikos accepts appointments – from both investors and States – as arbitrator in investment treaty arbitration disputes, in particular in intra-EU and intra-ECT disputes.
He acts as arbitrator in disputes initiated under the ICSID Convention and UNCITRAL arbitration rules of procedures.
Nikos also accepts appointments as legal counsel to assist clients in investor treaty arbitration disputes.
He can also be retained as a legal expert in investment treaty arbitration disputes. Nikos is competent to advice on the full range of public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration and EU law issues. As a legal expert, Nikos is available to provide independent and impartial legal opinions at the highest academic level.
Besides, Nikos advises clients on the selection of arbitrators and partner law firms. He also offers supervision and dispute management for clients.
Due to the fact that Nikos operates as an independent boutique law firm, the risks of any conflicts of interests is practically non-existent.
His most recent track record includes providing expert legal opinion for a State on the relationship between intra-EU BITs and EU law in an ICSID Annulment case. The case is still pending.
He also has been advising solar energy producers in their UNCITRAL investment treaty dispute against an EU Member State. The case is still pending.
Previously, when he was the investment law and arbitration senior advisor of the Dutch government, he formulated the submission of the Netherlands in the Achmea (formerly Eureko) case before the PCA and has generally formulated the Dutch position in the annulment proceedings before the German courts.
As a leading expert, Nikos actively writes about current developments and topics in investment law & arbitration.
More specifically, he is permanent contributor to the Kluwer Arbitration blog, the EFILA blog and the Practical Law Arbitration blog. He covers in particular issues related to the EU’s trade and investment policy, recent arbitration awards as well as relevant judgments delivered by other international and national courts.
Nikos also frequently speaks at international conferences and delivers guest lectures around the world.
He acts as chair of panels, as moderator of events such as seminar and conferences.
He also features regularly in various media (radio, TV, newspapers, GAR) on topics such as TTIP, CETA, ICS, ISDS, intra-EU BITs, the ECT and other related issues.
Besides, in English, Nikos writes and speaks also in Dutch and German.
Nikos offers a whole range of tailor-made courses & training covering all aspects procedural and substantive of investment law & arbitration.
Moreover, Nikos offers in-depth courses & training with a focus on the new EU’s investment policy, in particular with regard to CETA, EU-Singapore FTA, EU-Vietnam FTA, TTIP and the proposed ICS.
Drawing on his experience as an investment treaty negotiator, Nikos also provides courses & training in treaty negotiations and dispute de-escalation.
The courses & training are relevant for academics, practitioners and government officials.
The courses & training are provided either in-house or at the locations of the partner organisations, such as the newly established EFILA Academy.