Dryllerakis & Associates

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Firm Overview:
Dryllerakis & Associates, established in 1971, is one of the leading and steadily expanding Greek law firms offering a comprehensive range of legal services in all fields of business law. The structure of the firm secures the best possible organisation and high quality of service needed in large and complex transactions. The firm’s main orientation is towards consulting international clients, while the participation of senior partners of the firm in the BOD of several leading Greek companies (mostly affiliates of multinationals) offers deep understanding of both the legal and business aspects of any corporate transaction. The firm is the exclusive Greek member of TerraLex leading international network of independent law firms.

Managing Senior Partner: John Dryllerakis
Senior Partners: Emmanuel Dryllerakis, Gerassimos Apergis, Cleomenis Yannikas, Vassilis Constantinidis
Number of partners: 
Number of associates: 21
Greek, English, French, German, Italian

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Environment & Planning
European Law
Foreign Investment
Information Privacy & Data Protection
Litigation & Arbitration
Privatisation & Projects
Real Estate
Securities & Stock Exchange
Trade Marks

Banking & Finance:
■ Debt restructuring, (non) convertible bonds and bond loan issues, security agreements (guarantees, pledge, assignment, mortgage), secured and syndicated loan transactions, leveraged buyouts, subordinated, mezzanine and senior debt financings, factoring, intra-group financing, cash pooling, compliance with capital market regulations
■ John Dyllerakis has been a regular member of the Capital Market Committee (1994-1998)

Competition/European Law:
■ Specialisation in competition. 5-member well-experienced team headed by Emmanuel Dryllerakis, offering a boutique operation
■ Leading involvement in most top-tier cases for alleged concerted and abusive practices as well as merger control cases
■ Antitrust compliance programs, training and auditing for multinational clients
■ Involvement in state-aid cases before EU bodies and Courts as well as Greek Courts (private enforcement)
■ Legal opinions, discount policies, vertical schemes structuring etc.
■ John Dryllerakis has been a regular member of the Competition Committee (1990-1995)
■ Extensive academic activity

■ Establishment and transformation of enterprises of all types
■ Handling complex M&A and JV cases. Conduct of legal due diligence
■ SPA and SHA, implementing appropriate business transformations
■ Advice on corporate governance compliance and stock option schemes
■ Participation of partners in the BoD of international clients
■ Representation of clients in general meetings of shareholders
■ Handling disputes between shareholders
■ Extensive academic activity
■ John Dryllerakis is the author of The Practical Guide for Societes Anonymes, one of the well-established scientific guides of corporate law applications on all aspects of everyday real life
■ John Dryllerakis’ official legal opinions have been published in legal magazines and mostly have been accepted by Administration

Litigation & Arbitration:
■ Specialised litigation team for civil and commercial cases
■ Extensive experience and expertise in domestic and international arbitration proceedings
■ Members of the arbitration team regularly act as counsel for parties to arbitration or to arbitration-related court proceedings and are appointed as sole arbitrators, co-arbitrators, Presidents and administrative secretaries of arbitral tribunals
■ Handling cases of IP, unfair competition, bankruptcy and conciliation procedures, joint venture partners disputes, white-collar crime etc.

■ Personnel restructuring in private and public sector companies, application of redundancy and payroll related measures, litigation cases caused by dismissal projects and other labour disputes, redundancy projects applied at the local subsidiaries of several multinational companies
■ Experience in collective labour law matters, interaction and negotiations with Works Councils and Trade Unions, experience in consultation process with WC
■ Extensive experience in all employment related issues pertaining to M&A projects, including transfer of business implications
■ GDPR implementation and compliance in respect of all employment related issues, including issues of lawful workplace monitoring, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes and whistle-blowing schemes
■ Participation of partners in the BoD of major clients offers the firm the advantage of accurate knowledge of business practice in relation with employment matters

Real Estate:
■ Extensive expertise in real estate with an excellent combination of tax practice, which ensures safe legal advice on how to structure and plan transactions and minimise tax exposure
■ Advising real estate development companies and financial institutions
■ Support in public tenders regarding lease and/or transfer of state-owned real property, involvement in due diligence, structuring and negotiation of acquisition of real estate SPVs, zoning and planning for big FDI projects in Greece, and several sale and lease back agreements

■ Specialisation in tax. Managing Partner J. Dryllerakis has been General Counsel and General Tax Counsel for Exxon and Shell affiliates in Greece for over 20 years
■ Tax team consisting of one senior partner, one partner and four associates
■ Tax planning, advice on transactions, support during tax audits, successful handling of serious litigation, M&As, tax incentives
■ Direct and indirect taxation, accounting law and principles
■ Individuals, including expatriates and non-Greek residents, and legal entities, including permanent establishments
■ Intercompany transactions, shipping matters, real estate taxation
■ Transfer Pricing. Advice on compliance and requirements, planning, preparation of TP reports, due diligence, legal assistance during tax audits, litigation
■ Extensive academic activity

Key Clients:
Aegean Airlines; Air Liquide; Aquila Hotels; Barilla; Beiersdorf; Burlington; Carlsberg Breweries; Dimera Group; DS Smith; Elais-Unilever; Enel Green Power Hellas; Eurobank; Eurolife ERB; Grande Bretagne Hotel; Grant Thornton; H&M; Hellenic Petroleum; Henkel; Hellenic Financial Stability Fund; Hondos Center; Iron Mountain; Lamda Development; Larco; Libra Group; Loulis Group; Minoan Group Plc; Mondelez; Pirelli; Porto Carras S.A.; Praktiker Hellas; Regency Entertainment; Sbokos Hotels Group; Siemens; Sunlight Systems; Tate & Lyle; Temes; Thessaloniki Port Authority.

Key Contacts

Managing Partner

John Dryllerakis
+30 211 0003456

Firm Rankings

Total IP Rank
Band 3


Banking & Finance
Band 2


Capital Markets: Debt
Band 2


Capital markets: Equity
Band 2


Band 1

Band 2


Dispute Resolution
Band 1

Band 2


Band 3


Labour & Employment
Band 1

Band 2


Real Estate
Band 1

Band 2


White-Collar Crime
Band 2



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