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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¬†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 ‚ā¨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 ‚ā¨13.5m acquisition of a 30% stake in Athens Resort Casino.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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 ‚ā¨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 efficient'¬†Gerassimos Apergis.¬†Panagiotis Kakaletris¬†was recently promoted to partner.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

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 conscientious' John 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.

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Within: Employment

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.

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White-collar crime

Within: White-collar crime

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.

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