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THE FIRM

THE FIRM

We are a leading Greek Law Firm that stands for more:

  • Creative, innovative, broad-minded solutions.
  • Trust-based partner-relations with our clients.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of all aspects of the business world.
  • Fast and efficient response to our clients needs.

In Dryllerakis & Associates, for more than 40 years, our mission has been to offer our clients the optimum and
most comprehensive legal advice in all fields of business Law and to provide them with the best and most effective
litigation strategy.

We have organized special, dedicated teams covering our core areas of Corporate Law and M&As,
Tax Law and Competition Law, offering a boutique operation. We have a strong litigation and arbitration team,
with a long-standing experience before all Greek courts (including the Supreme Courts), as well as with an extensive
involvement in local and international arbitrations. Due to our firm’s profile, our clientele consists mainly of international
clients.

We know that in order to meet our clients’ needs and goals, we need to have a strong knowledge of the corporate world
and industry sectors. We fully understand that the clients’ mission is not to get caught up in legal issues and problems
but to create value, develop business strategies and conquer new markets. This is the reason why all our people
are very well aware of the surrounding business environment and we maintain a solid understanding of the client’s needs.
The fact that most of our senior partners participate in the Board of Directors of several leading Greek companies
(mostly affiliates of multinationals), is a clear evidence of our client’s trust and an important asset for the optimum
combination of legal and business aspects.

Dryllerakis & Associates, founded in 1971,
employs 10 partners, 19 associates, 13 administrative staff.

ABOUT US

"Dryllerakis provides advanced legal services with a good price-performance relationship"

Chambers Europe 2016

"able to communicate the big picture and provide feasible solutions”

Chambers Europe 2016

“provides an exceptional service with a result-oriented approach”

Legal 500 2016

"the team is service-minded and has great understanding of the non-legal, economic aspects of a matter"

Chambers Europe 2016

“great attention to detail”

Legal 500 2016

"the advice from this firm is always very clear, concise and based on good legal arguments"

Chambers Europe 2016

“easy to work with”

Legal 500 2016

"the team is very solution-oriented”

Chambers Europe 2016

“excellent business perspective”

Legal 500 2016

"the lawyers were always on our side, day or night”

Chambers Europe 2016

“hugely experienced and very hardworking”

Legal 500 2016

“very co-operative and helpful in difficult mergers, commercial way of thinking"

Chambers Europe 2016

"the service has always been impeccable and client-friendly"

Chambers Europe 2016

PRACTICE AREAS

BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS

BANKING, FINANCE & CAPITAL MARKETS

Dryllerakis & Associates has a long experience in this sector, combining an efficient commercial approach with safe and sound legal advice. We routinely handle cases of complex structured financial transactions (including common or convertible bond loans, securitization projects), as well as project finance and debt restructuring projects.

Our clientele includes the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, with regard to the recent re-capitalization and consolidation process of the Greek banks.

We also maintain a strong capital markets practice, advising our ASE-listed clients in all aspects of compliance with the respective regulatory framework, but also conducting IPO legal due diligence audits and advising through tender offers.

COMPETITION LAW

COMPETITION LAW

Dryllerakis & Associates is specialized in EU & Competition law, maintaining a dedicated and experienced team, which is consistently involved at the sharp end of major antitrust cases. Our long-standing practice includes:

  • Handling complex cases of anti-competitive agreements, concerted practices, decisions of trade associations, abuse of dominance,
  • Hearings before the Hellenic Competition Commission and further litigation before administrative Courts,
  • Support during dawn-raid investigations by the competition authorities,
  • Antitrust audits, compliance seminars and training programs,
  • Legal opinions and day-to-day advice (pricing policy, rebate schemes, assessment of vertical structures),
  • Antitrust private enforcement (criminal procedures and civil lawsuits for alleged antitrust violations),
  • Merger control clearances and/or objections and viii) state aid cases.

 

REPRESENTATIVE COMPETITION CASES

  • Unconditional merger control clearance of Mythos Brewery/Olympic Brewery deal.
  • On-going investigation of the Hellenic Competition Commission in the cosmetics market (selective distribution channel).
  • Abuse of dominance case against Athenian Brewery. Advisors to the complainant (Mythos - Carlsberg).
  • Poultry cartel case. Advisors to the major players in the Greek market regarding cartel allegations, involving the trade association.
  • Competition policies and compliance training seminars for several clients, mostly Greek affiliates of major multinational groups.
  • Unconditional merger control clearance of a JV between Public Power Company and Copelouzos Group.
  • On-going investigation of the Hellenic Competition Commission for alleged failure of the client to comply with a previous decision.
  • Unconditional EU merger control clearance of Aegean Airlines / Olympic Air II (failing-firm). Close co-operation with two leading international law firms.
COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE LAW

COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE LAW

Dryllerakis & Associates is a widely recognized expert in this field, looking after the clients throughout their company life-cycle. This creates a trust-based partner-relationship, which provides us with a valuable insight into their commercial objectives. In this regard, we offer close advice in all aspects of their daily operation (including corporate minutes, corporate governance compliance, stock options schemes etc). Besides setting-up corporations and local branches on a routine basis,  we also handle strong shareholding disputes, through strategic and business-oriented approach, especially in deadlock situations.

Regarding commercial law, we cover the drafting and negotiation of all types of business contracts, such as agency & distribution, supply and customer contracts, franchising, leasing and IT agreements, as well as management contracts.

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Dryllerakis & Associates has a long experience in energy sector. In the frame of our traditional involvement in oil and gas industry, we have advised on several major (public and private) energy projects, including gas distribution network concessions, development and exploitation of overlay networks, oil compulsory stocks legislation, upstream and downstream development and various privatization and competition issues.

Recently the firm acted as the Greek counsel of a foreign investor for the acquisition of the Greek natural gas state-owned incumbent (DESFA) and it has a broad knowledge of the applicable, complex regulatory framework. We also have an active presence in the electricity power sector, with a strong track record in major projects (development, operation and financing).

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LAND PLANNING

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LAND PLANNING

Dryllerakis & Associates is well-versed in this field, maintaining a deep understanding of the complex regulatory framework. This includes issues such as land use, planning and zoning and related technical studies, installation and operation permits etc. We have been actively involved in drafting and coordinating complex EIAs (Environmental Impact Assessment) of international standards.

Our practice extends to the legal strategic planning of big projects with environmental issues, as well as the development of leisure and residential schemes of private sector projects. We have also represented major clients and Local Authorities before the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil D' Etat), in high-profile environmental and land-planning cases.

EMPLOYMENT LAW

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Dryllerakis & Associates is quite experienced in this sector. Thanks to our long-standing involvement in all employment issues affecting an enterprise, we manage to navigate our clients safely along a complex and changing regulatory framework. Our practice includes advice on stock option and other incentive schemes; flexible work schemes; negotiation and application of employment regulations and collective labor agreements; cross-border movement of personnel and work visas. We have handled major cases of business restructuring and re-organization, having provided our clients with full legal advice on the relevant group-dismissals and business-transfer provisions. We have also litigated successfully numerous employment cases, either referring to dismissals or claims for wages, severence payment, employee transfers etc.

Further, our firm comprehensively covers the area of data protection and privacy laws, which has become of a growing interest, given the threatened consequences. Therefore, we ensure adoption of safe corporate practices and full regulatory compliance for our clients.

LITIGATION & ARBITRATION

LITIGATION & ARBITRATION

Our primary aim is to assist clients to settle a dispute and avoid litigation if and when possible. When litigation is unavoidable, Dryllerakis & Associates offers a well-experienced litigation team, which successfully handles complex civil and business law disputes. Our focus on the business needs of the client ensures proper targeting, which combines legal and commercial assessment.

On top of that, we have a long-standing experience in public law litigation (including tax cases), with a strong presence before the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d' Etat).

We are also specialized in local and international (mainly ICC and LCIA) arbitration proceedings. Our integrity, analytical skills and creative settlement approaches are clearly reflected in our involvement in major arbitration cases, either as arbitrators or as defendants of the litigant parties.

MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Dryllerakis & Associates is one of the leading law firms in M&A, being consistently recognized from independent rating organizations. Our experience extends to all kinds of business transformations, including private or public acquisitions, asset deals, joint ventures, mergers, spin-offs, divestments etc. We routinely combine M&A deals, with the conduct of comprehensive legal due diligence audits, either for the purchaser or the vendor.

We are at the forefront of providing innovative advice and creative structuring, in order to accommodate the client’s needs. Clients also benefit from our deep experience across all business law aspects, including banking & finance, tax law, employment law and competition law.

 

REPRESENTATIVE M&A DEALS

  • Merger between Mythos Brewery (Carlsberg Group) and Olympic Brewery (FIX).

  • Acquisition of Olympic Air by Aegean Airlines.

  • Shareholders’ arrangements for the overall allocation of a leading family group of companies in tourism sector.

  • Potential de-merger of a leading player in insurance sector.

  • Potential divestment of a leading international cosmetics player from its Greek affiliate.

  • VDD conduct over a major Greek hotel group.

  • Intra-group merger of Elpedison Power and Elpedison Energy.

  • Acquisition of BP Greece by Hellenic Petroleum.

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT & PRIVATIZATIONS

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT & PRIVATIZATIONS

Dryllerakis & Associates maintains a strong practice in this field, offering a valuable understanding of how to deal properly with public law entities and regulatory restrictions. Our know-how optimizes efficiency and enhances smooth deal execution. We have dealt with numerous public tenders and concessions in many industries, including infrastructure and defense sector. Our involvement includes tender documentation, bidding process, project finance, objections and administrative/court appeals.

Our firm knows very well the terrain of privatizations and restructuring of public entities. We have handled a large number of cases, either on behalf of the Greek State and the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, or the potential investor. Recent highlights include the deals referring to the sale of the Public Gas Corporation and Gas Transmission System Operator, the concession of 2 clusters of regional Airports, the concession of the license for the Horse-Race Betting activity, the sale and lease back of 39 state-owned office buildings and several other cases of public real estate assets for tourism development.

REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

Dryllerakis & Associates is very active in the field of real estate, with an excellent combination of tax practice, which ensures to our clients safe legal advice on how to structure and plan transactions and minimize tax exposure. Our long-standing experience is reflected in our consistent involvement in a large number of high-profile real estate cases, including concession and/or transfer of state-owned real property, sale and lease back agreements, construction contracts, as well as lease and commercial co-operation agreements for high profile retailers.

Many of our key clients are active in the hotel/leisure sector. Therefore, we know the ins and outs of the market and we are best-positioned to offer comprehensive advice with regard to the development and management of hotels, theme parks, resorts, private residence and golf clubs. Such involvement is ideally combined with our environmental and land planning practice focus.

TAX AND ACCOUNTING LAW

TAX & ACCOUNTING LAW

Dryllerakis & Associates is a leading expert in this field, maintaining a dedicated and well-experienced tax team. Clients benefit not only from our technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of the ever changing legal framework, but also from our very good insight over the tax authorities’ way of thinking.

We fully understand that the provision of proper tax advice is a main key to success and therefore we manage to deliver comprehensive advice across the full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues (including income tax, VAT, tax withholding, stamp tax, capital concentration tax, consumption tax, import duties, third party taxes etc.).

Our focus ranges from individuals’ tax planning up to tax structuring M&A and financings transactions. We also maintain a special team, active in all aspects of Transfer Pricing issues, such as compliance, requirements, preparation of TP reports and defense during tax audits.

In addition, we are very active in litigation before tax authorities and the competent administrative Courts, with an impressive track record of success. Recent highlights include cases of "disqualification of books" of multinational companies, assessment of fines of excessive amounts, VAT exemptions in relation with EU legislation, income tax cases, municipal taxation etc.

 

REPRESENTATIVE TAX CASES

  • Disallowance of hedging and other expenses for a major state-owned industry. Support during tax audit, handling of litigation before the Administrative Settlement Committee and Greek Administrative Courts. Value € 200m.
  • Successful completion of a tax audit conducted by an extraordinary special audit team to a subsidiary of the multinational electronic group. Value € 115m.
  • Successful completion of a tax audit process conducted to a subsidiary of a multinational mobile telecoms operator. Negotiations and conclusion before the Settlement Committee. Value € 100 m.
  • Representation of a major bank institution before the Administrative Court of Appeal with regard to the tax treatment of losses and profits resulting from branches in foreign EU countries. Losses amounting to € 72.4 million.
  • Tax disallowance of accounting books of a stock exchange broker company. Handling before the Special Committee of Code of Books & Data, the Settlement Committee and Greek Administrative Courts. Value € 7m.
  • Disallowance by the tax audit of official accounting books of a subsidiary of a listed company, subsequently absorbed by the latter. Conversion of loss making years to arbitrary high profit. Value € 5m.
  • Transfer pricing rules and deductibility of royalties payable to a major international coffee shop group.
  • Tax structure to major European bank regarding the acquisition of a Greek entity of the public sector, including leverage buy-out, merger, financing.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Dryllerakis & Associates has a long-standing track record in this field. We routinely handle cases of registration, renewal and investigation of national and EU trademarks. Our practice also includes conducting trademark due diligence audits, as well drafting assignment and licensing agreements.

Our IP team also advises clients on patent licensing and technology transfer agreements, including confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with employees, contractors and other parties.

We are frequently involved in IP litigation before the Trade Marks Committee or the competent Courts, representing our clients in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, as well in trademark or patent infringement or unfair competition cases.

LAWYERS

LAWYERS

Our firm consists of
a diverse and valuable range
of people truly talented and hardworking.

Women and Men who excel
in their fields and continue
to progress within the firm,
thus contributing our strength expertise and dynamism.

What is more,
we encourage our lawyers
to get involved in research,
join the most recognized
scientific associations and
be part of the international legal community.

  • JOHN C. DRYLLERAKIS
  • JOHN G. DAMILAKIS
  • VOULA A. ANARGYROU
  • EMMANUEL J.DRYLLERAKIS
  • SOPHIA K.GRIGORIADOU
  • ALIKI I. DAMILAKIS
  • GERASSIMOS F. APERGIS
  • CLEOMENIS G. YANNIKAS
  • VASSILIS S. CONSTANTINIDIS
  • ROSA A.ZEINTAN
  • MARIA K. STOUMPIDI
  • STELLA G. YANNIKA
  • SMARAGDA G.ATHANASAKOU
  • PANAGIOTIS N. KAKALETRIS
  • SOTIRIS I. DEMPEGIOTIS
  • ELEFTHERIOS A. RANTOS
  • ΝIKOLAIA-ANNA L. LEPIDA
  • MARIA A. GKOUTSIOU
  • ANNA S. DAMILAKIS
  • GEORGIA A. DANATSOPOULOU
  • ANNA T. NTIONIA
  • EVDOXIA I.TSITSELI
  • PANAGIOTIS A. GEORGIOPOULOS
  • MARIA P. FRAGKEDAKI
  • JOHN M. PAPADAKIS
  • DIMITRIS V. KARAVAS
  • JOHN A.GKOTSIS
  • STAMATINA C. ANDRIKOPOULOU
  • CHRISTINA I. KORINTHIOS
JOHN C. DRYLLERAKIS

JOHN C. DRYLLERAKIS

MANAGING SENIOR PARTNER

John is active in all fields of business law, including specialization in Corporate Law, M&As, Tax, Competition law and Arbitration (both as lawyer and arbitrator)

He has long experience in the area of investment incentives and privatisations, having acted in many cases either for the investor or for the Greek State.

He has also participated in law-making committees for the amendment of the legal framework regarding tax law, competition law, corporate law and privatizations.

He has been General Counsel and General Tax Counsel of the Exxon affiliates in Greece (1967- 1984) and subsequently of Shell Hellas (1984- 1996). Member of their Board of Directors and management teams.

Author of many books and articles in the areas of corporate law, investment (tax) incentives, liberalization of capital movement, competition law, accounting law.

He has delivered numerous presentations in seminars and conferences in the areas of tax law, investment incentives, corporate and competition law.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 1965. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1962)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the International Bar Association.
Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Law Firms
Member of the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
Member of the Board of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (Joint initiative of the Athens Stock Exchange and the Hellenci Federation of Enterprises)
Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)
Treasurer of the Hellenic Association of European Law
Director of the "Hellenic Society of Tax Law and of Fiscal Studies"
Ex - member of the "Hellenic Capital Market Committee" (independent administrative authority) during 1994-1998
Ex - member of the “Hellenic Competition Commission” (independent administrative authority) during 1988-1993

DIRECTORSHIPS

BEIERSDORF HELLAS A.E. (Vice Chairman, Member of BDF Group)
TESA TAPE A.E. (Member of BDF Group)
BARILLA HELLAS A.E. (Member of Barilla Group)

JOHN G. DAMILAKIS

JOHN G. DAMILAKIS

SENIOR PARTNER - FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Corporate Law, M&As, Capital Markets, Employment Law, Litigation & Arbitration (both as Lawyer and as arbitrator).

John has handled a considerable number of high-profile cases related to business transformations, M&As and privatizations. He has organized and supervised the conduct of numerous legal due diligence procedures, either in the framework of an M&A project or an IPO in the Athens Stock Exchange.

He is also specialized in employment law, having advised in several cases of group dismissals, negotiations of collective labor agreements with trade union organizations and pension schemes.

He has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration, as solicitor and arbitrator being in the list of arbitrators of E.B.E.A. (Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry); also he is co-founder and member of the Board of the Institute of Arbitration.

He has long experience in management decision-making procedures, having participated in the Board of Directors of many ASE-listed and non-listed companies.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 1975. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1973)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English

VOULA A. ANARGYROU

VOULA A. ANARGYROU

SENIOR PARTNER - FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Tax, real estate and intellectual property.

Voula has conducted numerous real estate due diligence exercises, including tourist complexes, plants and office buildings. She has also negotiated and successfully completed significant real estate deals, such as transactions on state-owned real property, sale and lease back agreements and construction agreements.

She is specialized in tax law (tax withholding, stamp tax, capital concentration tax, consumption tax, import duties, third-party taxes, Books & Data Code), having defended serious litigation against tax assessments.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 1974.
Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1971)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English

EMMANUEL J.DRYLLERAKIS

EMMANUEL J.DRYLLERAKIS

SENIOR PARTNER - FIRM ADMINISTRATOR

Corporate Law, M&A, Competition Law, Capital Markets and Privatizations.

Emmanuel is specialized in competition law, maintaining an extensive experience with active involvement in major antitrust and merger control cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the competent Administrative Courts. He has also handled liberalization cases in regulated markets, especially in the telecoms sector.

He has acted in a considerable number of leading cases related to privatizations, restructuring and M&A, as well as corporate finance and project financing.

He has published in the field of corporate and competition law and he has also delivered presentations in local and international seminars and conferences.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 1998. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts

EDUCATION

Law School of Lille II University-DEUG en droit, LICENSE en droit, MAITRISE en droit (1995)
Athens University Law School

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

DIRECTORSHIPS

SCA Packaging S.A. (Subsidiary of  SCA Packaging International BV)
LAMPSA Hellenic Hotels Company S.A. (Secretary)
TATE & LYLE Greece S.A. (Member of the Tate & Lyle Group)
BURLINGTON BOOKS S.A. (Chairman of the BoD)M-Prime SA (Member of the Board)

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the International Bar Association.

SOPHIA K.GRIGORIADOU

SOPHIA K.GRIGORIADOU

SENIOR PARTNER

Tax, Banking & Finance, Public Procurement, Employment, Commercial Law.

Sophia is specialized in tax law, with an extensive experience both in tax litigation, tax planning and advice, including intra-group transactions and transfer pricing issues, as well as individuals’ taxation, including expatriates.

She also has long experience in public law contracts, especially in the defense sector, as well as privatization projects, representing both the Greek state and state authorities and investors.

Active in banking & finance, she has advised in several cases of corporate-financing, securitization and debt restructuring.

Sophia has long negotiations practice in commercial contracts, amongst which lease and commercial co-operation agreements for high profile retailers.

ADMISSIONS

Member of Athens Bar since 1997. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Thessaloniki University Law School (1995)
Faculté de Droit, Université de Miséricorde, Fribourg - Suisse

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

MEMBERSHIPS

Board of the Greek Branch of the International Fiscal Association

Tax Advisory Committee of the French - Greek Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Commerce

DIRECTORSHIPS

CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD HELLAS A.E. (Director)
ATHENS RESORT CASINO A.E. (Secretary)
BEIERSDORF Hellas A.E. (Director)
TESA TAPE A.E. (Director)
ΕΛΒΙΟ Holdings ΑΕ (Director and Secretary)
ELBIO Hydrogen and Energy Production Systems AE (Secretary)
OTSM Société Anonyme of Maintenance Compulsory Stocks and Trading of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products (Director)

ALIKI I. DAMILAKIS

ALIKI I. DAMILAKIS

PARTNER

Intellectual Property, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, M&A.

Aliki specializes in industrial property rights (trademarks & patents), providing both contentious and non-contentious advice. She has handled and successfully defended a significant number of national and European trademark cases.

She is also active in commercial and corporate law, advising clients on their business operations (supply contracts, commercial co-operation agreements, franchise agreements, retail cotracts etc) and covering their day-to-day corporate needs.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 2006. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. from Thessaloniki University Law School (2002)
LL.M. from Thessaloniki University Law School in Commercial Law (Competition Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property and Trademarks)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

GERASSIMOS F. APERGIS

GERASSIMOS F. APERGIS

PARTNER

Litigation - Arbitration, Commercial Law.

He specializes in litigation, having handled high-profile and complex cases before national courts of all degrees. He has over twenty years of litigation experience in civil law disputes, business disputes, unfair competition matters. He has also defended major criminal cases referring to financial fraud, insider dealing and market abuse, money laundering, corruption practices etc.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 1993. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1990)
LL.M. Aix-Marseille III University - D.E.A. (1993)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French, Italian, German

CLEOMENIS G. YANNIKAS

CLEOMENIS G. YANNIKAS

PARTNER

Corporate law, M&A, competition law, energy law and privatizations.

Cleomenis has a long experience in major M&A and project finance deals. He has handled and successfully settled strong shareholders disputes of a significant value.

He has also advised in several high-profile energy-sector cases, both in the frame of privatisation procedures (gas) and in the private sector (oil and electricity).

He is specialized in competition law, having defended many cartel and dominance cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the competent Courts.

He has participated in the working group of the Hellenic Council of Corporate Governance, for the drafting and revision of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Code, and he now participates in a working group for the development of best corporate practices for non-listed companies.

He is author and contributor to several local and international publications on corporate law, investment incentives and competition law.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar 2004. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2002)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, German

VASSILIS S. CONSTANTINIDIS

VASSILIS S. CONSTANTINIDIS

PARTNER

Employment Law, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Arbitration.

Vassilis is specialized in employment law, having an extensive experience in all HR issues (including code of conduct policies, data protection policies, Employer’s handbooks, business-level CLAs, individual employment contracts of any kind etc).

He has also a long experience in litigation, having handled serious cases reffering to commercial disputes, intellectual property and unfair competition matters.

He has worked for 18 years as in-house lawyer and Legal Director in the Holding Company of Boutari Group, Mythos Brewery SA (part of S&N and subsequently Carlsberg Group), being also in charge of HR & Corporate Affairs function, contributing to several international projects of Carlsberg Group.

ADMISSIONS

Joined the Athens Bar in 1993. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1990)
Post-graduate studies in Commercial & Labor Law in Athens University (1991-1992)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French, German

ROSA A.ZEINTAN

ROSA A.ZEINTAN

PARTNER

Competition Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law

Rosa is specialized in competition law, having participated in the defense of several antitrust cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission.

She is also active in corporate law, having been involved in several M&A deals.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2004. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Komotini University Law School (2000)
LL.M. Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg, Germany, in European Competition Law and M&As (with distinction)
Tor Vergata University of Rome, Italy, European and Corporate Law
PhD candidate University of Heidelberg in Competition Law (with scholarship from the University of Heidelberg)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, German, Italian, French

MARIA K. STOUMPIDI

MARIA K. STOUMPIDI

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Environmental Law and Land-Planning, Energy & Natural Resources, Real Estate.

Maria is specialized in environmental law and land-planning, with an extensive knowledge of the legal framework and the technicalities with regards to permits, including Approvals for Environmental Impact Studies, Technical Studies, Installation and Operation Permits etc.

She has a wide experience in this sector, as she has been very actively involved with the drafting and coordination of Environmental Impact Assessment of international standards. She has also advised with regards both to planning and litigation stages, having represented major clients and Local Authorities before the Conseil D' Etat.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 1999. Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1997)
LL.M. University of Warwick, UK, in International Economic Law (with distinction)
LL.M. Economic University of Athens, in taxation (with distinction )
Studies at Trier University, Germany, in German Company and Contract Law

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, German

STELLA G. YANNIKA

STELLA G. YANNIKA

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Real Estate, Commercial and Corporate law, Banking and Finance

Stella is specialized in real estate, having conducted numerous due-diligence exercises and having negotiated and successfully completed significant real estate deals, such as transfers of real property, sale and lease back agreements, development contracts and lease agreements.

Besides day-to-day advice on commercial and corporate law, she also has an extensive experience in banking and finance, having handled many cases of bank loan agreements, syndicated loans, convertible bond loans and security agreements.

She has recently participated in the preparation of the Greek section of the LawInContext Financial Products Distribution Helpdesk (created by Baker & McKenzie), consisting of Banking and Securities Relationship Manager Checklists.

Before joining the firm, Stella has served as legal advisor of EMPORIKI Leasing S.A. (2000-2006) and Head of legal services of EKTASIS Development S.A. (2006-2009).

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 1999. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (1997)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English

SMARAGDA G.ATHANASAKOU

SMARAGDA G.ATHANASAKOU

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate Law, M&A.

Smaragda is specialized in Capital Markets, with an extensive experience in the European and Greek legal framework applicable for ASE-listed companies (public offer, takeover bid, prospectus, insider trading etc), as well with regard to the provision of investment services.

She has also participated in several M&A deals, covering both the conduct of the legal due diligence and the structuring of the transaction.

She has recently participated in the preparation of the Greek section of the LawInContext Financial Products Distribution Helpdesk (created by Baker & McKenzie), consisting of Banking and Securities Relationship Manager Checklists.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2007. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2005)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

PANAGIOTIS N. KAKALETRIS

PANAGIOTIS N. KAKALETRIS

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Litigation & Arbitration, Public Procurement, Privatizations and Commercial Law.

Panagiotis specializes in litigation, having defended serious cases, mainly civil and business disputes. He has also handled cases referring to anti-money laundering and anti-corruption.

He is experienced in the field of public tenders and concessions, having advised in several cases of major infrastructure projects. His involvement includes tender documentation, bidding process, objections and administrative/court appeals.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2008. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2006)

Languages

Greek, English, French

SOTIRIS I. DEMPEGIOTIS

SOTIRIS I. DEMPEGIOTIS

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

Competition Law, Energy Law, Arbitration, Corporate Law.

Sotiris is specialized in competition law, having participated in the defense of several cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. Among others, he has handled delicate merger control filings.

He is also active in energy sector, with an extensive knowledge of the European and Greek regulatory framework, especially in the gas market.

Besides his practice in corporate law, he has also experience in arbitration, having served as Secretary in several ICC arbitrations.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2008. Qualified to practice before Courts of Appeal of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. - University of Athens Law School (2005)
LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law – Queen Mary University of London (2006-2007)
Stage: European Commission, DG Legal Service, Competition and Merger Control Team (2009)
Ph.D. Athens University Law School, Competition Law and Arbitration - (2015)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London.

ELEFTHERIOS A. RANTOS

ELEFTHERIOS A. RANTOS

ASSOCIATE

Tax law, State aid, Environmental law and land planning.

He is specialized in tax law, having defended significant tax cases before the Administrative Courts. He also advises private and public entities on the application of European and Greek State Aid rules and procedures.

His practice further covers public law and specifically environmental law and land planning (permits etc).

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2009.
Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2007)
LL.M.University Aix-Marseille III (France), Administrative Law (2008)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

MEMBERSHIPS

Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Athens Bar (2014)

ΝIKOLAIA-ANNA L. LEPIDA

ΝIKOLAIA-ANNA L. LEPIDA

ASSOCIATE

Tax law, Accounting law, Commercial law.

She has handled serious tax cases before the competent Public Authorities and Administrative Courts, including injunction. Liana is specialized in tax and accounting law, with an extensive experience in corporate tax, indirect taxes, real estate taxes and international tax issues (such as intra-group transactions, application of Bilateral Tax Treaties and transfer pricing).

 

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2010. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

 LL.B. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. (2008)
Study of European and penal law. Participation in Erasmus program
University of Cergy Pontoise in France. (2003)      
“Training of Executives in tax law” (400 hours program)
Athens University of Economics and Business (2008)     
Accounting seminars and LCCI diploma in Accounting.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (2009)    
Master in tax Law (Master 2 Recherche Droit Fiscal).
University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France (2010)   

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French, German

MARIA A. GKOUTSIOU

MARIA A. GKOUTSIOU

ASSOCIATE

Commercial & Corporate Law, M&A, Banking & Finance, Litigation

Maria is active in commercial and corporate law, having handled many cases of establishment of corporations, as well as advising clients on their day-to-day operations. She has assisted in several M&A transactions and financing schemes. Her practice also extends to litigation, especially regarding business disputes.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2011. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2009)

LANGUAGES

Greek, Russian, English, French.

ANNA S. DAMILAKIS

ANNA S. DAMILAKIS

ASSOCIATE

Intellectual Property, Employment Law, Litigation.

Anna is specialized in employment law, with an extensive experience in group dismissals, flexible work schemes, data protection, executive employment contracts and social insurance. She has covered the employment law section of several legal due diligence exercises.

She is also active in intellectual property rights, having handled several cases of national and European trademarks.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2011. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Komotini University Law School (2009)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, German

GEORGIA A. DANATSOPOULOU

GEORGIA A. DANATSOPOULOU

ASSOCIATE

Commercial Law, Corporate Law, M&A

Georgia has handled several cases of establishment of corporations and is advising clients on their day-to-day corporate needs (including corporate minutes, BoD residence permits, business contracts etc). She has also assisted in M&A transactions and has covered the corporate law section of several legal due diligence exercises.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2011. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2009)
Erasmus - Studies at the University of Rouen, France, European Law (2007)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

ANNA T. NTIONIA

ANNA T. NTIONIA

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Tax Law, Commercial Law, Litigation.

Anna is active in tax law, assisting in the court defense of significant tax assessments. Her practice also covers commercial law, advising clients on their business operations (commercial co-operation agreements, supply / customer contracts etc).

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2012. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2010)
LL.M. in Public Business Law (European and French) University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, France, in a scholarship from the Administrative Law M.Stasinopoulos Foundation (2013).

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

EVDOXIA I.TSITSELI

EVDOXIA I.TSITSELI

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Commercial Law, Litigation, Intellectual Property

She is active in litigation, assisting in the defense of serious civil and business disputes. She also advises clients regarding their business operations (lease agreements, distribution contracts etc) and has handled several trademark filings.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2013. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Athens University Law School (2011)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French, Italian, Spanish

PANAGIOTIS A. GEORGIOPOULOS

PANAGIOTIS A. GEORGIOPOULOS

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Commercial Law, Litigation and Real Estate

Panagiotis is active in litigation, assisting in the defense of serious civil and business disputes. His practice also covers day-to-day advice on commercial law, as well as real estate, including due-diligence exercises, construction contracts and lease agreements.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2013. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

LL.B. Komotini University Law School (2011)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

MARIA P. FRAGKEDAKI

MARIA P. FRAGKEDAKI

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Banking & Finance, Corporate Law, Real Estate

Maria is active in banking and finance, assisting in several cases of financing schemes (bonds, security agreements etc). She also advises on corporate law, including day-to-day corporate needs and compliance with corporate governance rules.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2014. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts .

EDUCATION

LL.B. Thessaloniki University Law School  (2012)
LL.M. in Banking and Finance Law – University of Piraeus (2014)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

JOHN M. PAPADAKIS

JOHN M. PAPADAKIS

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Tax law, Accounting Law, Commercial Law.

John is active in tax and accounting law, having assisted both in tax litigation and tax planning issues, including intra-group transactions and transfer pricing. He is also advising on day-to-day commercial law issues, such as customer contracts, agency agreements etc.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2014. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions

EDUCATION

LL.B. from Democritus University of Thrace Law School (2012)
LL.M. from Democritus University of Thrace Law School in Commercial Law (2014)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, German

DIMITRIS V. KARAVAS

DIMITRIS V. KARAVAS

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Tax Law, Accounting Law, Litigation.

Dimitris is active in tax and accounting law, having assisted in the defense of serious tax cases both before the competent Public Authorities and Administrative Courts. He has also been involved in several litigation cases, referring to civil and business disputes.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2014. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions

EDUCATION

LL.B. from Athens University Law School (2012)
LL.M. from Athens University Law School in EU Law (2012-2014).
MSc from ALBA Business School in Business for Lawyers (2013-2014).

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

MEMBERSHIPS

Member of the “Hellenic Association of European Law”

JOHN A.GKOTSIS

JOHN A.GKOTSIS

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Tax Law, Public Procurement, Litigation.

John is active in tax law, assisting in the court defense of significant tax assessments. His practice also covers the field of public procurement, including the preparation of tender participation documents, as well as litigation in civil and commercial cases.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2014. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions

EDUCATION

LL.B. from Athens University Law School (2012)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

STAMATINA C. ANDRIKOPOULOU

STAMATINA C. ANDRIKOPOULOU

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Employment Law, Litigation, Commercial Law.

Stamatina is active in employment law, having assisted in cases of redundancies, drafting of employment contracts and social insurance. She is also providing day-to-day advice on commercial law issues, such as agency and distribution contracts, and assists in litigation cases.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2014. Qualified to practice before First Instance Courts of all jurisdictions

EDUCATION

LL.B. from Thessaloniki University Law School (2012)
LL.M. from Athens University Law School in Labour Law (2013-2014)

LANGUAGES

Greek, English, French

CHRISTINA I. KORINTHIOS

CHRISTINA I. KORINTHIOS

JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

Competition Law, Intellectual Property, Commercial & Corporate Law.

Christina is active in competition law, assisting in merger filings and the defense of cartel cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission. She is also assisting in the registration, renewal and opposition of trademarks both in Greece and before the OHIM.

ADMISSIONS

Admitted to the Athens Bar in 2015. Qualified to practice before the Courts of First Instance of all jurisdictions.

EDUCATION

International Baccalaureate Bilingual (English & Greek) Diploma (2006)

LL.B. King’s College London (2006 – 2009)
LL.M. in European Law (dissertation in Competition Law, supervised by Emeritus Prof. R. Whish), King’s College London (2010)
European Commission (stage), European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), Protection of the Euro (2011)
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), BPP London Law School (2012)
D.O.A.T.A.P. Diploma of Equivalence and Correspondence, National Academic Recognition Information Center, Athens (2013)

LANGUAGES

English, Greek, French, Spanish

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Schilizzi Foundation Scholarship, awarded by King’s College London (2006 – 2009).

RANKINGS

Rankings 2016 Rankings 2015 Rankings 2014 Rankings 2013 Rankings 2012

CHAMBERS GLOBAL

Corporate/Commercial – Greece (Band 1)

Highly respected market leader, particularly identified with the oil industry and also has a large number of clients in the hospitality industry. The team works alongside leading international law firms on multi-jurisdictional matters. Often represents clients in general corporate and commercial issues, and is especially active on M&A.

Dispute Resolution - Greece (Band 1)

A market leading firm in litigation and arbitration with key strengths in tax and antitrust litigation. Also active on IP cases and environmental disputes. In addition offers arbitrator services.

CHAMBERS EUROPE

Competition/European Law - Greece (Band 1)

The firm is known for leading reputation in representing both international and domestic clients in proceedings before the Hellenic Competition Commission . Additionally recognized for expertise in handling state aid cases, with expanding activity in cases of antitrust private enforcement.

Corporate/Commercial - Greece (Band 1)

Highly respected market leader, particularly identified with the oil industry and also has a large number of clients in the hospitality industry. The team works alongside leading international law firms on multi-jurisdictional matters. Often represents clients in general corporate and commercial issues, and is especially active on M&A.

Dispute Resolution - Greece (Band 1)

A market leading firm in litigation and arbitration with key strengths in tax and antitrust litigation. Also active on IP cases and environmental disputes. In addition offers arbitrator services.

Employment - Greece (Band 2)

The firm is known for both its advisory role for international and domestic clients on matters ranging from due diligence of employment contracts to social security issues and its niche understanding of data protection issues in employment law.

Real Estate - Greece (Band 2)

A well-renowned firm in the areas of real estate investment projects and privatization. Advises a range of clients from the retail and tourism sectors, particularly advising hotels.

Tax - Greece (Band 2)

A widely respected and long-established tax team with years of experience litigating before the administrative courts and the ability to offer comprehensive advice on all domestic tax law matters, including criminal tax evasion and financial crime.

IFLR 1000

M&A: Tier 1
Capital Markets: Tier 2
Project Finance: Tier 2

The firm's principal strength is in M&A and transaction examples from last year back this up. The firm also concluded work in the privatization area. The firm also acted for various confidential clients on capital increases.

LEGAL 500

EU and competition Tier 1

A leading competition law practice team with ‘excellent expertise in dealing with sensitive cases”.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘goal-oriented’ team at Dryllerakis & Associates delivers ‘excellent response times’.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is praised for its ‘business-orientated approach’, ‘swift replies’ and ability to ‘think outside the box

Employment Tier 1

responsive’ and ‘professional team’ at Dryllerakis & Associates

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

a brilliant team of professionals’ at Dryllerakis & Associates.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates’ ‘excellent department

Tax Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is always ‘up to date on tax developments’. The firm also has expertise in tax evasion and money-laundering cases,

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Dryllerakis & Associates’ ‘very responsive’ department

Energy Tier 2

Dryllerakis & Associates has ‘a great energy practice

GCR

Elite

John Dryllerakis was practicing competition law in Greece before the country even had an antitrust statute.

On the behavioral side, the firm is representing Mythos Brewery in its abuse of dominance complaint against Athenian Brewery. The team was instructed by Carlsberg in its acquisition of the Mythos and Olympic breweries, securing unconditional clearance, The firm is also acting for LARCO Mining & Metallurgical and Regency Entertainment in state aid cases

CONTACT US

DRYLLERAKIS & ASSOCIATES

5 Chatzigianni Mexi Street,
Athens, GR 115 28, Greece
Tel.: +30 211 000 3456 / +30 210 362 8159
Fax: +30 211 000 5200
lawoffice@dryllerakis.gr

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