Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Emmanuel Dryllerakis
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Top-drawer competition practice noted for representing both international and domestic clients in proceedings before the Hellenic Competition Commission. Additionally reputed for handling state aid issues. Increasingly active in private enforcement and regulatory compliance issues.
Strengths "The team has an in-depth knowledge of the competition field and how the Commission works," a client states, adding: "They know exactly what the Commission is looking for."
Clients also appreciate its commercial acumen: "They have the business sense of the case and can see the overall picture."
Work highlights Recently defended a group of clients in the Greek poultry market, including Nitsiakos and Amvrosiadis, against allegations of horizontal anti-competitive agreements. Successfully appealed to the Athens Court of Appeal for a 90% reduction of the initial EUR40 million fine.
Representing LARCO in an appeal for the annulment of the Hellenic Competition Commission's decision ordering the recovery of EUR136 million of incompatible state aid.
Significant clients Aegean Airlines, Barilla, Burlington, Hondos Center, Praktiker Hellas.
Managing partner John Dryllerakis is a "very respected and well-known" practitioner with vast experience in the competition space. Clients benefit from his previous experience having served on the Hellenic Competition Commission. His recent work includes acting for Regency Entertainment, Hellenic Casino Parnitha and Athens Resort Casino on the recovery of EUR200 million in a case of alleged state aid. Peers say that he is "a legend in the Greek legal society."
Emmanuel Dryllerakis is a senior partner in the team with a practice spanning competition, M&A and corporate issues. He is noted for representing clients before the Hellenic Competition Commission and litigating before the administrative courts. Of late, he has been assisting Olympic Brewery with an abuse of dominance case. Clients describe him as "very sharp and very effective with a good knowledge of the law."
Cleomenis Yannikas assisted Odeon with allegations of abuse of economic dependence. Clients appreciate his wide-ranging experience before the Greek competition authorities, with one remarking: "His presence was helpful because he's well known to the Commission - they were careful to act appropriately as a result." Another commentator deems him as "very hard-working and a safe pair of hands."