Christina Tarnanidou

Asst. Professor in Commercial & Financial law

Phone (+30) 210 3616816

practice areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy Financial Law

Languages

  • Greek
  • English
  • German

Biography

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece; Member of the Thessaloniki Bar Association from 1999 to 2010 and Member of the Athens Bar Association since 2010.

She is the Head of Finance & Capital Markets Team at Rokas (Athens) and a 23year capital market/securities market/energy financial market law expert lawyer having also an academic profile of more that 12 – years in the area of commercial and financial law (https://www.aueb.gr/en/faculty_page/tarnanidou-christina). She provides Senior quality legal services to various stakeholders / clients of the above sectors and has strong working experience in the financial sector as a legal counsel since 1999 in the capital markets regime.

She has consulted intensively for major listed firms, financial institutions (Greek and foreign), financial infrastructures (ADEX, ADECH, HELEX, ATHEX, ATHEXCSD, ATHEXClear, HENEX, EnExClear etc.) and industry bodies both in the public and private sector.

She has strong expertise in the regulatory affairs field and interacted with domestic and EU policy makers and regulatory authorities (including the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, European Securities & Markets Authority). She has also engaged with the Ministry of Finance.

She works with experts in the EU system (European Commission, European Central Bank, T2S) as appointed member in expert and working groups and has a long interaction and cooperation with multi-level professionals of the financial sector.

She has concluded compliance works mainly on MiFID II, CSDR, EMIR, SRDII, SFTR, Short Selling Regulation, Stock lending facilities, FCD, SFD that included reforms both at a contractual / documentational level of the client and at a regulatory level.

As regards the Energy Financial Sector she has the legal expertise of drafting the regulations of the Energy Exchange Market (Hellenic Energy Exchange, EnExClear) as well as of the energy financial markets in Greece. She has also concluded the work of the regulations of the Energy Market in Cyprus.

She has consulted PPC for its participation as a member of the Greek energy markets and concluded all contractual and documentation work for its compliance with the relevant energy laws and regulations (mainly related to REMIT, MiFID II, EMIR).

She has advised the Hellenic Energy Exchange and Cyprus Stock Exchange on energy market issues.

Education:

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law, Economic & Political Sciences (LL.B, 1995), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Law, Faculty of Law, Economic & Political Sciences Faculty of Laws (Post Graduate Degree Financial Sector / Capital Markets, 1998).

Specialisation in Commercial Law and Financial Law (Scholarship of the Centre of Macedonian Studies, Thessaloniki)/ Postgraduate Studies Level on International Commercial Law at the Essex University, U.K. (1998).

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law, Economic & Political Sciences (Ph.D. in Law, Thesis: “The Doctrine of Derivatives Contracts of the Financial Sector”, 2006).

AUTHOR:

She has developed a rich literary work, having seven monographs on commercial law, corporate law, financial law and energy law, as well as numerous publications in reputable periodicals in Greece and abroad.

EU/National engagements:

  • Member of the Consultative Group of Post Trading Standing Committee of European Securities Markets Authority – ESMA (2021 until today),
  • Member of the Securities Markets Scoping Forum of the Financial Markets Law Committee – FMLC (2020 until today),
  • Member of the Investment Management Standing Committee (IMSC) Consultative Working Group (CWG) of ESMA (2019),
  • Member of the Expert Group on conflict of laws on securities and claims (JUST-DG Justice and Consumers FISMA – DG Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) (2017),
    National Expert of the Financial Services Sector – Greek Presidency EU Council, Greek permanent representation -EU related to the CSDR (Regulation 909/2014, Proposal for the CSD Regulation (COM(2012)73) (2014),
  • Member of the Task Force on Contractual Issues (TCI) Working Group of European Central Bank on TARGET2-SECURITIES (2009).
  • Chair of the Legislative Committee for the compliance of Greek Law to the Provisions of the Regulation (EU) 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July 2014 on improving securities settlement in the European Union and on central securities depositories and amending Directives 98/26/EC and 2014/65/EU and Regulation (EU) No 236/2012,
  • Member of many Legislative Committees in Greece related to the EU harmonization field (MiFID II, MAD II).