Elia has significant experience in civil and criminal litigation. She has participated in important cases of civil and commercial litigation before the Greek Courts, involving predominantly financial claims, claims arising out of a tort or delict, commercial disputes, banking issues and medical malpractice. Elia has acted as defense lawyer in domestic and international cases of white-collar crime (fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust, money laundering, corruption, environmental offences, banking, health and safety, intellectual property, competition criminal law, tax evasion, stock exchange offences, personal data protection). She also advises on issues such as corporate criminal liability, risk in the management of NPL’s and corporate compliance.
Acting as internal legal counsel of a group of companies and of a bank Institution for several years, Elia acquired extensive experience in corporate liability issues. She advised the BoDs aiming at minimizing corporate and criminal liability risks. In this context, she advised extensively on corporate misconduct, directors’ and officers’ liability, on regulatory compliance issues, internal investigations and assessed risks of cross – border transactions, deals and business practices.


2016 -2020, Ovvadias S. Namias Law Firm, Legal counsel

2013 – 2015 Legal department, Marfin Investement Group Holdings S.A.(Attica Group, Hygeia SA, Olympic Air)

2009 – 2013 Legal department, Marfin Popular Bank Public Co Ltd

2007 – 2009 Freelancer

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

Athens Bar Association

Hellenic Criminal Bar Association


PHD (c) in corporate criminal liability, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Master of Business Administration Essentials (MBA essentials online), London School of Economics and Political Science

LL.M in Criminal law and Criminal Procedure (Merit), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

LLB, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

PUBLICATIONS – Legislative committees

“Trends and developments”, Global Practice Guide on Anti – Corruption, 2019, Chambers and Partners,
Modification of the L. 3663/2008 and harmonisation of the Greek law with the Council Decision 2009/426/JHA of 16 December 2008 on the strengthening of Eurojust, Legislative Committee (member)
Law 3811/2009 “Compensation to violent crime victims and other provisions” (The Hellenic legislation was adjusted to the Directive 2004/80/EC of the Council of the European Union of 29 April 2004), Legislative Committee (member)