Mr Cleomenis Yannikas > Dryllerakis & Associates > Athens, Greece > Lawyer Profile

Dryllerakis & Associates
115 28 ATHENS
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Senior Partner


Cleomenis is specialized in Corporate Law, M&A, Competition Law, Energy Law and Privatizations.  He has a long experience in major M&A and project finance deals. He has handled and successfully settled strong shareholders disputes of a significant value.

He has also advised in several high-profile energy-sector cases, both in the frame of privatisation procedures (gas) and in the private sector (oil and electricity).

He is specialized in competition law, having defended many cartel and dominance cases before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the competent Courts.

He has participated in the working group of the Hellenic Council of Corporate Governance, for the drafting and revision of the Hellenic Corporate Governance Code, and he now participates in a working group for the development of best corporate practices for non-listed companies.

He is author and contributor to several local and international publications on corporate law, investment incentives and competition law.


Admitted to the Athens Bar 2004.
Qualified to practice before all Courts of all degrees, including the Supreme Courts.


Greek, English, German


LL.B. National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law (2002)

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 > Energy

The ‘strongly dedicated, enthusiastic and effective‘ energy team at Dryllerakis & Associates has notable expertise in photovoltaic and wind power initiatives, and is also well versed in M&A transactions. The team regularly assists domestic and international companies with regulatory compliance measures, as Athens-based practice head Emmanuel Dryllerakis is an expert in competition law issues and corporate financing. Cleomenis Yannikas has experience in dealing with high-profile privatisations in both the traditional energy and renewable spaces; Anna Ntionia focuses on the waste management sector; and Themelis Zamparas is a specialist on the regulatory side.

Greece > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Cleomenis YannikasDryllerakis & 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 > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Cleomenis YannikasDryllerakis & 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.