Totis Kotsonis is “a living legend in procurement law”, praise sources – one of whom says, “If I had a procurement law question and my life depended on it, I’d ask him.”
Dr Totis Kotsonis is a competition lawyer recognised for his expertise in public procurement, state aid and regulatory law, including aviation, rail and energy regulation. He is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland, one of the largest global law firms with 66 offices in 32 jurisdictions. Totis leads the firm’s procurement and state aid practice, which spans all major sectors, including aerospace and defence, transport, energy and infrastructure. He advises on both compliance and contentious matters, including in relation to litigation in national courts and the Court of Justice of the EU.
Totis has given advice in the context of major transport, construction and renewable energy projects across the EU, including the largest wind energy project in the UK; the construction and operation of the first renewable energy project in Cyprus; the privatisation of regional Greek airports; and the construction of a nuclear power station in Bulgaria. His has advised utilities and infrastructure operators, including ports and airports across Europe; multinational aerospace and defence companies; several European governments and the European Commission.
Totis writes and speaks regularly on public procurement, state aid and EU regulatory matters. In that context he has been interviewed by news agencies, broadcasters and the press. Since June 2016 he has been a regular commentator on Brexit and its implications, including for UK public procurement, compliance with state aid rules, as well as aviation and energy regulation.
In July 2015, Totis was appointed a member of the European Commission stakeholder expert group on public procurement. The group is tasked with assisting the European Commission in shaping the public procurement policy of the EU.
He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and worked in another international law practice for 13 years before joining Eversheds Sutherland in 2014.