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John C. Dryllerakis

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Dryllerakis & Associates


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.

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

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)


Greek and English.


Member of the International Bar Association.
Member of the Board 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 Hellenic 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


LL.B. Athens University Law School (1962).


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Dryllerakis & Associates’ ‘very good’ team is praised for its ‘can-do’ spirit, in addition to its ‘good value and flexible pricing’. ‘Pragmatic and responsive’ senior partner Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team, which includes John Dryllerakis and the ‘fantastic and very knowledgeableSophia Grigoriadou. Recently the firm advised Sunlight Systems on a €50m bond issue on the Athens Stock Exchange. Other clients include Eurobank, Alpha Bank and NBG.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

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John Dryllerakis - Dryllerakis & Associates

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dryllerakis & Associates provides a ‘very good level of service’. Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team and is supported by John Dryllerakis, Cleomenis Yannikas, the ‘highly experiencedJohn Damilakis, and the ‘very professionalAliki Damilakis. The firm advised a consortium of DIEP, Terminal Link and Belterra, as preferred bidder on the €230m privatisation of Thessaloniki Port Authority.

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Dispute resolution

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John Dryllerakis - Dryllerakis & Associates

Within: Dispute resolution

Dryllerakis & Associates is ‘one of the best firms in Greece for litigation’. Team head John Damilakis covers civil and criminal litigation and has ‘excellent knowledge and gives accurate solutions to serious problems and issues’, while John Dryllerakis heads the arbitration and administrative litigation side, where he ‘is in a class of his own’. Clients also rate Gerassimos Apergis for his ‘excellent work and understanding of the issues’. Recently the firm represented Siemens and Russian company Power Machines in contentious issues surrounding its extrication from a contract with Public Power Corporation.

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EU and competition

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John Dryllerakis - Dryllerakis & Associates

Within: EU and competition

Dryllerakis & Associates has long held its position as ‘a leading firm in EU and Greek competition law’, thanks in part to its ‘longstanding experience representing clients before the HCC’. John Dryllerakis is singled out for his pre-eminent experience. Cleomenis Yannikas and Emmanuel Dryllerakis are also recommended. In a recent highlight the firm assisted cosmetics retailer Hondos Center with negotiating a settlement with the HCC following an investigation.

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Within: Energy

At Dryllerakis & Associates, the ‘charismatic, experienced, energetic and extremely practicalJohn Dryllerakis is ‘able to break down a complicated matter to its ingredients and address them’. Clients also rate Emmanuel Dryllerakis (‘a pleasure to work with’), the ‘knowledgeable and focusedCleomenis Yannikas, and the ‘experiencedJohn Damilakis. Highlights included representing the mining company, Larco, in an electricity price dispute with the state-owned Public Power Corporation.

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Projects and privatisation

Within: Projects and privatisation

Dryllerakis & Associates recently advised the consortium of preferred bidders, including DIEP, Terminal Link and Belterra, on the €230m privatisation of the Thessaloniki Port Authority. Emmanuel Dryllerakis leads the well-regarded team, which includes John Dryllerakis and Cleomenis Yannikas.

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Within: Leading individuals

John Dryllerakis - Dryllerakis & Associates

Within: Tax

Dryllerakis & Associates is praised for its ‘profound expertise, in-depth knowledge and holistic approach’. Senior managing partner John Dryllerakis is ‘one of a kind’ whose ‘tremendous reputation is still an understatement’. Team head Sophia Grigoriadou is also praised for her ‘strong business insights and deep knowledge of tax legislation’. Recently the team represented Danone in a tax dispute before the Athens Court of First Instance, and successfully acted for Eurobank in an appeal brought before the Supreme Administrative Court.

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