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Cleomenis Yannikas

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Dryllerakis & Associates

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Corporate law, M&A, competition law, energy law and privatizations.


Senior Partner


Cleomenis 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.
Cleomenis 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.


Athens Bar Association.


LL.B. Athens University Law School (2002).


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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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: Energy

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.

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Projects and privatisation

Within: Projects and privatisation

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 ‚ā¨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.

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