Corporate/Commercial: Greece (Band 2)
What the team is known for Strong practice acting for buyers and sellers on M&A transactions, both at a domestic and international level. Assists with due diligence, SPA and shareholder matters, joint ventures, establishing new companies and corporate governance mandates. Handles deals in a range of industries, being particularly active in the hotel and hospitality sector. Clients benefit from the team’s close collaboration with the frm’s strong competition department.
Cleomenis Yannikas regularly advises clients on joint venture and transactional mandates, as well as assisting with setting up new companies and corporate compliance matters. One client says that “he has a deep knowledge of commercial law” and praises his “ability to respond immediately to our queries.”
Emmanuel Dryllerakis has extensive experience advising clients on the acquisition and divestment of companies and shares. He also assists with establishing companies and corporate compliance mandates. Clients highlight his “strong and broad knowledge in corporate matters.”
Lauded as “the guru of commercial law,” John Dryllerakis receives a plethora of endorsements for his outstanding experience in corporate and transactional mandates. One client enthuses: “He is the most prominent individual in the legal market in Greece. He has unique business acumen, knowledge of all legal fields and combines excellent qualifications with a practical approach and response to the client. He is absolutely unique.”
Dispute Resolution: Greece (Band 1)
What the team is known for Market-leading firm handling both litigation and arbitration work. Advises on diverse commercial proceedings, with notable experience in disputes over the termination of distribution or agency agreements. Senior partners act either as arbitrators or as counsel on domestic and international arbitration. Advises on complaints to the Greek competition authority and handles contentious tax mandates. Also handles white-collar crime cases ﬂowing from allegations of fraud or embezzlement.
Sources identify Gerassimos Apergis as a key figure in the firm’s civil litigation practice. He has experience in contentious commercial matters on behalf of Greek and international companies.
Often lauded as a market-leading practitioner, John Dryllerakis has vast experience in litigation and arbitration. His practice covers a broad spectrum of fields, such as competition, tax and banking. “His knowledge in all legal matters is exceptional,” states one interviewee.
Interviewees appreciate that John Damilakis is “very accessible” and further praise his “deep knowledge and practical approach.” He handles disputes relating to the breach of public contracts or the termination of distribution agreements.
Clients describe Panagiotis Kakaletris as "very proactive and goal-oriented." He assists with disputes over the award or performance of public contracts. He also handles commercial litigation for clients hailing from a variety of sectors, including retail and telecommunications.
International and cross-border capabilities (Band 1)
What the team is known for Strong local firm with broad capabilities across practice areas and industry sectors, adept at partnering with international counsel and clients. Its practitioners are experienced in cross-border mandates, and are particularly well versed in providing local law advice as part of international transactions, disputes and tax files. The firm is highly regarded for its expertise across contentious areas, and regularly advises clients in relation to cross-border arbitration and commercial disputes including tax and competition litigation. Clients benefit from the firm’s aptitude assisting with pan-European work and helping navigate multi-jurisdictional matters in collaboration with other law frms.
Strengths One client says: “We co-operate with them in various areas on matters relating to Greece and other jurisdictions. Any work that has to do with the Greek jurisdiction, we work with Dryllerakis.”
Another client says that “their clients include large international companies and their results from dispute resolutions are always positive,” describing the firm as “among the greatest in Greece.”