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John Damilakis

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Dryllerakis & Associates

Work Department

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


Senior Partner - Administrator


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.

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


Greek and English.


Athens Bar Association.
International Bar Association.


LL.B. Athens University Law School (1973).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dryllerakis & Associates provides a β€˜very good level of service’. Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team and is supported by John Dryllerakis, Cleomenis Yannikas, the β€˜highly experienced’ John Damilakis, and the β€˜very professional’ Aliki 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

Within: Dispute resolution

Dryllerakis & Associates is β€˜one of the best firms in Greece for litigation’. Team head John Damilakis covers civil and criminal litigation and has β€˜excellent knowledge and gives accurate solutions to serious problems and issues’, while John Dryllerakis heads the arbitration and administrative litigation side, where he β€˜is in a class of his own’. Clients also rate Gerassimos Apergis for his β€˜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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Within: Employment

Dryllerakis & Associates is praised for its β€˜very good industry knowledge and professionalism’. The firm recently advised Henkel Hellas on its restructuring and collective redundancy programme. Other clients include Aquila Hotels, Eurobank and MondelΔ“z Hellas. John Damilakis heads the team, which includes Vassilis Constantinidis, who is recommended for contentious issues.

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Within: Energy

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

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White-collar crime

Within: White-collar crime

Key figures at Dryllerakis & Associates include John Damilakis and Vassilis Constantinidis, who is β€˜a high-quality lawyer for white-collar crime’. The firm is representing the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund against civil and criminal claims concerning alleged embezzlement of funds in the Proton Bank. The firm is also advising Aegean Airlines in a civil and criminal claim against the online travel agency, Airfasttickets.

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