Firm Profile > Dryllerakis & Associates > Athens, Greece

Dryllerakis & Associates
115 28 ATHENS

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is a popular choice for advice on 'complex deals under difficult conditions', thanks to its 'business-oriented advice' in finding 'the best possible solutions'. Senior partner Emmanuel Dryllerakis brings 'great knowledge of all legal matters' and always provides 'solid and firm legal solutions', while managing partner John Dryllerakis and John Damilakis both 'stand out'. Cleomenis Yannikas has a 'very good knowledge of the law' and is 'very well structured and accurate in his legal advice'. A major highlight has been advising South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki, a joint venture between Deutsche Investment Equity Partners, Terminal Link and Balterra, whose €231m bid in the Greek government's sale of a 67% stake in the port of Thessaloniki was successful. The firm also advised the Laskaridis Group on its €13.5m acquisition of a 30% stake in Athens Resort Casino.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is singled out for its 'innovative thinking' and its ability to 'comfortably partner with American companies to produce a seamless team'. John Damilakis leads the team, which recently defended Unilever in a €14m dispute with a distributor. Other clients include Ferrovial, Henkel and Raytheon. Key lawyers include managing senior partner John Dryllerakis and the 'very experienced and efficientGerassimos ApergisPanagiotis Kakaletris was recently promoted to partner.

Employment Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates provides a top-notch service to its clients, encompassing high-end contentious support, as well as transactional and day-to-day advice. John Damilakis and Vassilis Constantinidis are the firm's lead employment partners, with senior associate Anna Damilaki also specialising heavily in this area. The firm has been advising Henkel on collective redundancies and dismissals. Other active clients include Aquila Hotels, Iron Mountain, Thessaloniki Port Authority, and Air Liquide.

EU and competition Tier 1

The 'efficient and proficient' team at Dryllerakis & Associates has 'excellent and in-depth knowledge of both EU and Greek competition law'. Emmanuel Dryllerakis' team benefits from the expertise of several leading individuals, including John C. Dryllerakis, whose 'knowledge of the law and wisdom commands the respect of all'. Meanwhile, the 'deeply conscientiousJohn Damilakis has 'deep knowledge beyond his age'. The firm has been representing Unilever on an an abuse of dominance case linked to the Greek margarine market. Cleomenis Yannikas is also highly recommended.

Projects and privatisation Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates has a long and distinguished track record in this area, and is often involved in the country's largest matters. Recently, it advised the preferred bidding consortium on the €230m agreement for the privatisation of the port of Thessaloniki by HRADF. The firm is also advising Hellenic Casino Parnitha on the relocation of Casino MontParnes, a joint venture between Regency Entertainment and HRADF, from its mountaintop location to an urban site. Emmanuel Dryllerakis leads the team, which also includes Cleomenis Yannikas.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is a top choice for complex projects and investments, having advised on major zoning schemes, corporate structures and financings. The firm is one of three advising Lamda Development on the €8bn Hellinikon urban regneneration project. It is also advising Hellenic Casino Parnitha on the relocation of the Casino Mont Parnes from its mountaintop location to an urban site. John Dryllerakis leads the team following the retirement of Voula Anargyrou.

Tax Tier 1

Dryllerakis & Associates is 'one of the most experienced tax law firms' in the market, and is considered 'very well-organised, with a deep knowledge of the complex Greek tax regime'. Managing partner John Dryllerakis is 'one of the most respectable and revered tax lawyers in Greece'. The practice is well-versed in major tax disputes, as well as transactional structuring and VAT issues. Major clients include Eurobank, Diageo, Henkel and Danone. Sophia Grigoriadou is also highly recommended.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Dryllerakis & Associates has strong expertise in  transactional, regulatory and tax issues, advising public sector bodies such as the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, as well as banks and borrowers. Recently, it advised Lampsa Hellenic Hotels on a €43m loan to finance its acquisition of the King George Hotel in Syntagma Square. Senior partner Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the team, which also includes John Dryllerakis and Sophia Grigoriadou.

Energy Tier 2

Dryllerakis & Associates has a high-quality practice that, in addition to transactional and projects work, also covers significant regulatory and contentious issues. The team, which is led by Emmanuel Dryllerakis and includes Cleomenis Yannikas, acts for several major clients, including Hellenic Petroleum, Systems Sunlight and Larco.

White-collar crime Tier 2

Dryllerakis & Associates has several litigation partners with strong expertise in this area, notably John Damilakis and Vassilis Constantinidis. The firm continues to defend the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund against civil and criminal claims concerning alleged embezzlement of funds in Proton Bank. Other major clients include Aegean Airlines, Henkel, Nutreco and Praktiker.

The firm: Dryllerakis & Associates, established in 1971, is one of the leading and steadily expanding Greek law firms, offering a comprehensive range of legal services across all fields of business law. The firm started as a partnership between four lawyers, has developed over the years to a large law firm numbering 38 lawyers and is also the exclusive Greek member of Terralex leading international network of independent law firms. With a calibrated strategy and in depth understanding of business needs, Dryllerakis & Associates offers clients a unique combination of experience and efficiency. To this end, the firm is organised in specially dedicated teams covering its core practice areas of corporate law and M&A, competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Clients of the firm benefit from partner-led services as well as from top-quality, tailored advice as a result of its lawyers’ extensive experience and high skill level. The structure of the firm secures the best possible organisation and quality of services needed in high-value and complex disputes and transactions.

A significant number of the firm’s clients are foreign-based. Given its international orientation, the firm has developed particular expertise in advising international clients with respect to the specificities of the Greek business, judicial, and legal/regulatory framework.

Areas of practice: In the area of corporate/M&A the firm deals with the establishment and transformation of enterprises, complex M&As and JV cases, conduct of legal due diligence, corporate governance compliance, stock option schemes, representation of clients in general meetings of shareholders, and handling disputes between shareholders, among others.

In competition law it has developed an experienced team with extensive involvement in most antitrust cases brought before the Hellenic Competition Commission (cartels, abuse of dominance, vertical agreements). Within the framework of antitrust compliance programmes it undertakes internal training and auditing for several multinational clients.

The firm is active in civil/commercial litigation and arbitration defending its clients’ interests in respect of issues concerning companies and individuals conducting business in Greece or involved in international transactions. It represents clients before Greek courts of all instances, before the General Court and the Court of the European Union, and before Arbitral Tribunals national or international. It has particular experience in cases involving corporate law disputes, breaches of contract, issues arising out of agency and distribution agreements, enforcement in Greece of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards, civil claims arising from antitrust or unfair competition cases, product liability, employment, intellectual and industrial property, data protection, real estate and tort.

In the field of tax the firm delivers comprehensive advice across the full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues of all kinds. Its focus ranges from individuals’ tax planning up to tax structuring M&A and financing transaction as well as all aspects of Transfer Pricing issues, such as compliance, requirements, preparation of TP reports and legal assistance during tax audits. It is also very active in litigation before tax authorities, competent Administrative Courts and the Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’ Etat), 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 and municipal taxation, among others.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Senior Partner; Head of Tax Team John Dryllerakis +302110003456
Senior Partner; Head of Litigation Team John Damilakis +302110003456
Senior Partner; Head of Corporate and Competition Teams Emmanuel Dryllerakis +302110003456
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Stamatina Andrikopoulou  photo Ms Stamatina Andrikopoulou
Ms Faidra Angelaki  photo Ms Faidra Angelaki
Mr Gerassimos Apergis  photo Mr Gerassimos Apergis
Ms Smaragda Athanasakou  photo Ms Smaragda Athanasakou
Ms Melina Atsalaki  photo Ms Melina Atsalaki
Ms Eirini Chagiou  photo Ms Eirini Chagiou
Mr Vassilis Constantinidis  photo Mr Vassilis Constantinidis
Ms Anna Damilaki  photo Ms Anna Damilaki
Mr John Damilakis  photo Mr John Damilakis
Ms Aliki Damilakis  photo Ms Aliki Damilakis
Ms Georgia Danatsopoulou  photo Ms Georgia Danatsopoulou
Dr Sotiris Dempegiotis  photo Dr Sotiris Dempegiotis
Mr Emmanuel Dryllerakis  photo Mr Emmanuel Dryllerakis
Mr John C. Dryllerakis  photo Mr John C. Dryllerakis
Mr Panagiotis Georgiopoulos  photo Mr Panagiotis Georgiopoulos
Mr Panagiotis Kakaletris  photo Mr Panagiotis Kakaletris
Mr Dimitris Karavas  photo Mr Dimitris Karavas
Mr Leonidas Kastrinakis  photo Mr Leonidas Kastrinakis
Ms Nikolaia Anna Lepida  photo Ms Nikolaia Anna Lepida
Mr Stefanos Markatis  photo Mr Stefanos Markatis
Ms Anna Ntionia  photo Ms Anna Ntionia
Mr John Papadakis  photo Mr John Papadakis
Ms Ioanna Papadogiorgaki  photo Ms Ioanna Papadogiorgaki
Ms Christina Papamatthaiou  photo Ms Christina Papamatthaiou
Mr Eleftherios Rantos  photo Mr Eleftherios Rantos
Ms Emmanouela Sanida  photo Ms Emmanouela Sanida
Ms Claire Sergaki  photo Ms Claire Sergaki
Mr Antonis Skaltsounis  photo Mr Antonis Skaltsounis
Ms Maria Stoumpidi  photo Ms Maria Stoumpidi
Ms Evdoxia Tsitseli  photo Ms Evdoxia Tsitseli
Ms Christianna Valinaki  photo Ms Christianna Valinaki
Ms Stella Yannika  photo Ms Stella Yannika
Mr Cleomenis Yannikas  photo Mr Cleomenis Yannikas
Mr Themelis Zamparas  photo Mr Themelis Zamparas
Mr Manolis Zografakis  photo Mr Manolis Zografakis
Number of lawyers : 38
Administrative personnel : 15
Contact : JC Dryllerakis