Kriton Metaxopoulos, born in 1962, is a graduate of the Athens University Law School (1984) as well as an LL.M graduate of the London School of Economics (1986). He has been practicing law since 1986 and he is the Managing Partner of “A. & K. Metaxopoulos & Partners Law Firm” since 2000.
He was a BoD member of Warner Music for almost 20 years and was a member of the Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA) for 25 years. Since 2006 he is also the Greek representative of the Global Advertising Law Firms Alliance (GALA) and in 2014 he became the representative of the International Lawyers Network (ILN) in Greece.
Kriton is an expert in IP Law, Copyright Enforcement and Antipiracy issues, as well as in international Corporate Litigation, White Collar Crime and Asset Recovery He has represented for years MPAA, the Greek Audiovisual Anti Piracy Association (EPOE), Sony, Warner Bros, Disney, Warner Music, Dassault Systemes, as well as many major players of the Greek entertainment industry, such as Odeon Group of Companies, Victory Media, Kiss Fm, Union of Radio Stations, etc.
Kriton’s “out of Greek borders career” is mainly linked to IP, White Collar Crime and Corporate Fraud prosecution. Kriton has been for almost ten years responsible for the coordination and legal strategy of a 150 million Euro international corporate litigation matter, involving legal work in Italy, Lebanon, Romania, UK, France and former Soviet Union countries and Greece. His experience includes representation before Civil and Penal Courts not only in Greece but also in France, Italy, UK and Romania in cooperation with local practitioners.
Kriton’s experience in International Arbitration includes representation of an International Catering Group in 20 million USD arbitration (ICC), which resulted in an award against the Greek State (19 million USD) over the privatisation of Olympic Airways’ catering subsidiary in the ‘90s.
Connected his name with the first ever in Europe prohibition of legal parallel imports of DvDs (Independence Day) by a 1997 decision of the Athens Court of Injunctions, which was subsequently adopted in 2010 by two ECJ “ad hoc” decisions which are applied until today by local Courts in EU Member States.
He is also known for his involvement in audiovisual censorship cases (Alexander the Great, Last Temptation of Christ) where he represented in Court the US producers and their Greek distributors, contributing to the free theatrical release of the relevant movies in Greece but also to the establishment of a solid case law in favour of the freedom of “viewing” even if “symbols” or “religions” are the “subject and / or matter” of the audiovisual work in question.
Kriton represents, along with German Patent Expert Law firm “Preu Bohlig and Partner” before Greek and German Courts, a major Greek DVD plant in its dispute with MPEG LA over the use by the Greek DVD Plant of MPEG members’ patents in Greece and Germany. The dispute has after 8 years reached the German Supreme Court which recently issued a decision accepting the Greek plant’s appeal and rejecting MPEG’s claims on legal grounds, a decision which was widely commented as being a sever blow” to MPEG LA’s legal position in relation to its patents.
He is now leading the established in 1955 niche law firm “A. & K. Metaxopoulos and Partners Law Firm”. The practice is considered the leading IP, Advertising Law and TMT practice in Greece and Kriton a leader in Intellectual Property and Litigation by “Best Lawyers”.