Mr John Dryllerakis > Dryllerakis & Associates > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

Dryllerakis & Associates
115 28 ATHENS
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Work Department

Corporate Law, M&As, Tax, Competition law and Arbitration


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). As a litigator he is active in the Conseil d’ Etat, the Greek Supreme Administrative Court, especially in tax litigation.

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.


Greek, English


Member of the Board of the Hellenic Association of Law Firms
Member of the Board of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (Joint initiative of the Athens Stock Exchange and the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises)
Treasurer of the Hellenic Association of European Law
Director of the Hellenic Society of Tax Law and of Fiscal Studies
Former member of the “Hellenic Capital Market Committee” (independent administrative authority) during 1994-1998
Former member of the “Hellenic Competition Commission” (independent administrative authority) during 1988-1993


LL.B. National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law (1962)

Lawyer Rankings

Greece > Projects and privatisation

Frequently providing advice on the full project cycle, including planning, financing, and due diligence, the Dryllerakis & Associates projects practice has handled many privatisation cases on behalf of the Greek government. The team has special expertise in regulatory compliance and drafting project exploitation agreements, with the Athens-based head Emmanuel Dryllerakis being an expert in corporate financing and privatisations. John Dryllerakis specialises in competition law and Greek State tenders, whilst Cleomenis Yannikas assists with high-profile cases in the energy sector.

Greece > EU and competition

(Hall of Fame)

John DryllerakisDryllerakis & Associates

Cementing its place at the top of the EU and competition law market in Greece, Dryllerakis & Associates displays ‘profound knowledge’ in its handling of formal investigations by the European Commission and in Greek state aid cases. The practice is well versed in advising major Greek companies on antitrust compliance measures, and regularly represents clients in proceedings brought by the Hellenic Competition Commission for abuse of dominance claims. Athens-based practice head Emmanuel Dryllerakis focuses on M&A and corporate financing matters. John Dryllerakis specialises in all aspects of competition law; Cleomenis Yannikas is experienced in dealing with litigation before Greek Administrative Courts; and Eleftherios Rantos concentrates on EU Commission investigations.

Greece > Tax

(Leading individuals)

John DryllerakisDryllerakis & Associates

Demonstrating vast experience in representing clients in the Greek Supreme Administrative Court, Dryllerakis & Associates’ tax practice is highly regarded for its handling of both transactional issues, along with litigation and appeals. The team shows substantial strength in the criminal tax law sphere, covering all aspects of tax evasion, AML, and unpaid debts on behalf of domestic and international corporations. Based out of Athens, John Dryllerakis heads the group, specialising in global tax proceedings and competition law matters, whilst Eleftherios Rantos is an expert on tax due diligence projects for M&A. Nikolaia-Anna Lepida has extensive knowledge on corporate tax issues, and Dimitris Karavas focuses on complex administrative law affairs.

Greece > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

John DryllerakisDryllerakis & Associates

The team at Dryllerakis & Associates is divided into commercial, M&A, and corporate governance sub-groups, allowing its specialists to offer bespoke advice on all aspects of transaction structuring, due diligence, and the drafting of documentation. The practice has vast expertise in the traditional energy sphere, representing domestic and international natural gas players, as well as renewable energy companies handling photovoltaic initiatives. Emmanuel Dryllerakis heads the outfit from Athens, bringing in-depth insight into corporate financing and privatisations to the group, whilst John Dryllerakis specialises in tax and corporate law issues. Cleomenis Yannikas has ‘deep knowledge’, particularly of investment incentive issues, and Georgia Danatsopoulou focuses on corporate governance affairs.

Greece > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

John DryllerakisDryllerakis & Associates

Demonstrating broad expertise across the financial services, energy, and real estate industries, and described as one of ‘the most reputable law firms’, Dryllerakis & Associates specialises in handling complex tax, civil, and corporate litigation. The firm has extensive experience of dealing with multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving violations of IP rights and shareholder disputes, with Athens-based co-heads Gerassimos Apergis and Vassilis Constantinidis specialising in unfair competition claims and commercial litigation. John Dryllerakis draws upon his ‘wisdom and experience’ when addressing business law cases, whilst Panagiotis Kakaletris and Anna Damilakis are also noted.