Dr. Caterina Kaftani is head of Kaftani law firm. She holds a PhD from the University of Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne and she has been admitted to appear before the Supreme Court. Furthermore she is an Accredited Mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
She studied law at the University of Athens, Law School, where she received her Degree in Law. Later on she continued her studies in Paris, France, where she obtained two post-graduate degrees (DEA), in Administrative Law (from the University of Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne) and in History, Philosophy, Anthropology of Law (from the University Paris X Nanterre), and she completed her doctoral dissertation and received her PhD from the University of Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne with summa cum laude ("Tres honorable avec felicitations"). Her doctoral dissertation titled “La fοrmatiοn de la fοnctiοn publique en France: cοntributiοn a la theοrie de la fοnctiοn publique» has been published by the French Publishing House L.G.D.J. (Bibliotheque de Droit Publique, Tome 196).
As of 1984 and up-to-date she has been practicing law with focus on the following areas: construction law, public contracts - commission of works, procurement of supplies and services (tender process-execution contracts), environmental law, energy law, competition and communications law, contract law, litigation, arbitration, mediation, EU law, legal matters with respect to the European Convention on Human Rights.
She has litigated many cases before the Supreme Courts of Greece, i.e. the Council of State, the Supreme Court and the Court of Audit, and she has appeared before the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights.
Some of the major cases she has been entrusted with are the following: the expansion of the Athens Metropolitan Railway System, the renovation of the Athens Piraeus Electric Railways (ISAP), the construction of the Acheloos river diversion tunnel to Thessaly, the construction of the Tripoli-Kalamata, Trikala-Larissa and Egnatia Motorways, the extension of the take-off and landing runway of the Thessaloniki State Airport “Macedonia”, the legal support of the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) before the Greek Courts as regards the programme contracts for the provision of rolling stock, the “Latsio Burn Center” at Thriasio Field, the Keratea and Grammatiko Sanitary Landfills Waste Sites (HYTA), the “ASTIR” Hotel complex, the legal support of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (OTE) before the Greek courts with respect to claims against other telecommunications providers etc.
She has also served as legal consultant for the project of building the Greek satellite “Hellas Sat” and currently she holds the position of the Legal Counsel at the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
She has published numerous articles on construction and administrative law. She is fluent in French and English and has basic knowledge of Russian and Italian.