Niki Kerameus is currently not participating in the law firm and not practicing law, due to her participation in the Greek Government.

Niki Kerameus is a lawyer admitted to practice in Athens, Greece and New York, U.S.A., and a partner of the Firm.

She mainly concentrates in the areas of civil law, litigation and particularly arbitration and advises domestic and foreign entities in all related matters. She also advises domestic and foreign entities in the negotiation of business transactions.

Recently handled matters include, inter alia,

  • representation of two French multinationals in an ICC arbitration against a Greek company,
  • representation of a Greek company in the dairy industry in two ICC arbitrations against a French multinational,
  • serving as arbitrator in an arbitration regarding a contract dispute between two Greek companies,
  • serving as legal expert on Greek commercial and contract law in an international arbitration of the Milan Chamber of Arbitration in a contract dispute between an Italian and a Greek company,
  • representation of numerous companies in the recognition and enforcement in Greece of foreign arbitral awards,
  • representation of a multinational company in the IT industry in contract, corporate and labor law matters,
  • representation of a foreign construction company in numerous contractual matters and joint ventures,
  • representation of a hydroelectric power company in a Kyoto Protocol Joint Implementation Agreement,
  • representation of a foreign company in stock exchange-related issues deriving from a merger,
  • representation of a French company in a shipping law dispute against a Greek shipping company,
  • representation of numerous Greek and foreign companies in trademark related issues,
  • representation of individuals in inheritance procedures.

Prior to joining Kerameus & Partners, Ms. Kerameus practiced for a number of years in the litigation department of the leading firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. During her practice at Cravath, Mrs. Kerameus worked on a large number of cases, throughout all stages of the litigation procedure, which included, inter alia, the Enron securities litigation, the Fannie Mae securities litigation and government investigations, the Merck (Vioxx) securities and ERISA litigations, the AOL-Time Warner securities and ERISA litigations, and the New York Stock Exchange (Richard Grasso) litigation.

Ms. Kerameus also served as a teaching assistant at the University Paris II – Panthéon-Assas Law School (2002-2003) and as a Member/Secretary to the Judicial Selection Task Force of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (2006).

Ms. Kerameus is a graduate of:

  • the University Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) (law degree (Maîtrise) – focus on international law – ranked first in her class);
  • the University Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) (Masters’ degree (DEA) in Private International Law and International Commercial Law and Arbitration –ranked first in her class); and
  • Harvard Law School (LL.M. degree – focus on international arbitration and litigation).

Ms. Kerameus is admitted to practice before the courts of Athens, the courts of New York State, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.

Ms. Kerameus has particular expertise in the field of international arbitration. She is a speaker at international arbitration conferences, she is a member of several arbitration associations (indicatively, London Court of International Arbitration, Swiss Arbitration Association, ICDR Young & International, CEPANI40, Comité Français de l’Arbitrage 40) and also publishes in the field. Indicative writings:

  • “The engagement of companies of a group to arbitration: A comparative perspective” in Revue de l’Arbitrage, No. 3/2013.
  • “International Commercial Arbitration in Europe”, Biblioteca de Arbitraje del Estudio Mario Castillo Freyre (Collective treatise, 2012) – Author of the Chapter on Greek International Commercial Arbitration.
  • “The Institution of Third Party Funding of Litigation or Arbitration Cases” in Greek Business and Company Law Review (DEE), 2012, p. 915 (co-author)
  • Report on the Conference on Third Party Funding, College Européen de Paris, Paris, April 2, 2012 in Cahiers de l’Arbitrage, No. 2/2012, p. 457.
  • “Ongoing Arbitrations: May New Parties Be Joined?”, Harvard Law School Thesis, 2004, Harvard Law School Library.
  • “Les Conséquences de la Saisine du CIRDI Sans Lien Contractuel d’Arbitrage”, Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) Thesis, 2003.

Recent participations/interventions in conferences on international arbitration matters include:

  • Comité Français de l’Arbitrage, Paris, France, November 16, 2012 : Speaker on “L’engagement des sociétés d’un groupe en arbitrage – Une approche comparative”.
  • Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Center, Nicosia, Cyprus, November 5, 2012: Speaker on “Non-signatories as parties to the arbitration agreement: The particular case of groups of companies”.
  • College Européen de Paris, Third Party Funding, Paris, France, April 2, 2012: Submitted written report on “Third Party Funding in Greece”.
  • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum Event, Athens, October 7, 2011: Speaker on “Public policy as a ground for refusal of recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Greece”.

She is fluent in Greek (native), English and French, while she also has some knowledge of German.