Stamatis E. Drakakakis is a member of our corporate commercial practice and Head of our Antitrust & Competition team. He was admitted to the Athens Bar in 2002 and joined our firm in the end of 2019.
Stamatis covers the full range of competition law including state aid and sector specific regulation. He advises clients from a very wide variety of industries including electronic communications, financial sector, construction, energy, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, chemicals, steel, and defense. He represents clients before the Hellenic Competition Commission and the Greek Appellate and Supreme administrative courts, the European Commission and both the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU. He has been involved in some of the most complex cartel investigations as well as Phase II merger cases before the Greek NCA during the last decade. He has also litigated landmark antitrust cases before Greek Courts, often teaming up with our administrative law department.
His state aid work includes advising on issues regarding rescue and restructuring aid, public service obligations in the fields of air transport, energy and broadcasting, application of state aid block exemptions, state aid issues in privatisation transactions and public tenders, arbitration proceedings and state aid, taxation involving aid, state guarantees and misuse of aid and recovery issues. He is a founding member of the Hellenic State Aid Institute.
Stamatis has authored numerous competition law publications/articles. He is Member of the Organizing Committee of the Annual Competition Law Conference organized in Athens (since 2017) by Nomiki Bibliothiki. He is also member of the editorial board of the EU Competition Law Handbook (annually) published by Sweet & Maxwell.
In early ‘00s, after his postgraduate studies, Stamatis concluded an internship at the Court of Justice of the EU (Chambers of Judge V. Skouris). Subsequently, he worked for many years in Brussels for two US firms.
Stamatis is admitted before the Supreme Court.