Gregory Pelecanos

LL.M. in Competition Intellectual Property, Company and Economic Law, University College London

LL.B. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens





Athens Bar Association

EU Automotive Network

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Hellas

Selected Publications

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Gregory is Senior Partner at Ballas Pelecanos Law. He heads our firm’s Competition & Distribution, Banking & Finance / Capital Markets and Energy practice groups, and co-heads our Corporate & Commercial, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Consumer Rights & Product Liability, Public and Defence Procurements and Dispute Resolution practice groups, and participates in our firm’s Data Privacy practice group. A member of the Athens Lawyers’ Association since 1982, he is admitted to argue before the Supreme Court and Council of State. He speaks and writes fluent Greek and English.

He studied law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1978-1982) and holds an LL.M. (Class of 1983) from University College London, in Intellectual Property (joint course with LSE), Competition Law, Company Law (joint course with LSE) and International Economic Law. He has also attended the long term seminar on Greek Tax Law Course at the Hellenic Center of Productivity (1989) and King's College London's "Economics of Competition Law" distance learning course (2008).

His career includes holding the posts of Chairman of the Computer Law Committee of the Greek Computer Society; Committee Member on the drafting the Rules and Regulations of the Athens Derivatives Exchange; Adjunct Faculty at the American College of Greece (Business Law and EU Law); Member of the Board of Directors of EKO Chemicals and Refinery S.A., ERGOSE S.A. (railroad infrastructure) and DEP-EKY S.A. (oil exploration and drilling).

Before entering into private practice, Gregory worked as in-house counsel for Mobil Oil Hellas S.A., (1984-1991) and has served as General Legal Counsel of Toyota Hellas S.A., (1991-1993).

Gregory is an active member of many professional organizations, including the EU Automotive Law Group and the International Chamber of Commerce (Greek Chapter, Arbitration Section). He is also the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Hellenic – German Chamber of Commerce (2018 to-date).

In addition to advising clients, he regularly litigates before courts and has extensive international and Greek arbitration experience. Notable related litigation he has been involved in includes: securing the largest ever single fine against a dominant company for abusive practices by the HCC and reversing on grounds of agency at the Court of Appeals and the Council of State an HCC decision on vertical price fixing. His arbitration experience is also extensive, under ICC, LCIA, Greek International Arbitration and domestic rules, involving multimillion awards in state procurements, such as the celebrated Athens 2004 C4I dispute, and successfully defending a client, in two separate cases, against multimillion-dollar allegations of bribery and damages arising from a RES construction project.

Legal journals have published dozens of court judgments on cases he has argued.  He has authored articles, edited and contributed to legal books and written the country chapters for a variety of publications on many IP, computer law, agency and distribution, Greek and European Union competition law, bankruptcy law, arbitration law and investment law matters, and also regularly lectures and presents topics  at conferences on competition, arbitration and IP issues in Greece and abroad.

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