George Panopoulos is the head of our Energy practice and one of the leading experts on energy law in Athens. He has a wealth of experience in advising on energy-related transactions, regulation and disputes across the whole sector, from electricity production and renewables to oil and gas production, and commercial activities and regulation within the wholesale and retail markets. With in-depth knowledge on the commercial and operational aspects of the energy sector, as well as the legal, George provides clients at every level with practical advice that helps to close deals and resolve disputes.
He also plays an important role in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice as a skilled litigator and accredited ICC arbitrator, specializing in Private International Law (PIL) and Conflict of Laws issues.
George has a doctorate in Private Law (Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne) and has been published extensively in Greek and international law reviews and volumes on matters of private international law, arbitration, and law of international commerce, as well as EU and energy law.
He also teaches in Athens Law School in the private international law section of the postgraduate degree and in Piraeus University in the Law and Economics postgraduate program and is a member of the Epaminondas Lambadarios Scholarship committee in partnership with The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS).
George is among the leading experts in Greek energy law. He leads our Energy practice and advises clients on a wide range of transactions, regulatory matters, commercial contracts and energy-related disputes. George’s expertise spans the gas industry, where he played a leading role in the restructuring and privatization of DEPA, the public gas corporation; oil refining and exploration, including helping to secure concessions for Energean Oil and Gas; renewables; energy production and distribution, and; regulatory matters across all forms of energy.
He advises and represents clients in energy-related disputes, including both litigation and arbitration, in which he is an ICC accredited arbitrator.
George also advises clients in the mining and extractive industries sector, most notably in magnesite, marble, and bauxite.
Oil Refining & Exploration
Regulatory & Energy Production
George is a skilled litigator. He has also served as the third expert appointed by the ICC in a landmark technical dispute adjudication panel related to a dispute between the Greek State and a leading company for claims related to a major infrastructure project in Greece.
In addition to energy-litigation, George focuses on Private International Law (PIL) and Conflict of Laws issues, including the applicability of PIL principles in contracts; enforceability; arbitration clauses and their relation to Greek jurisprudence; public works, procurement contracts and concession agreements, including related financing agreements, and; share transactions and shareholders agreements.
George’s expertise and interest in international dispute management make him the ideal member representing LLF of the committee overseeing the Epaminondas Lambadarios MIDS LLM Scholarship, which is given every year by the firm to a graduate of a Greek law school admitted to the MIDS program at Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS) in Switzerland.
George has also been part of a group of distinguished professors and academics that have drafted the arbitration rules related to the procedure to be followed in domestic arbitrations with an international aspect.
George is highly experienced in Project Finance, having worked on a wide variety of transactions covering renewables, oil and gas, waste management PPP’s, road concessions, marinas, ports, airports and other infrastructure projects.
Major Concession Projects – Lenders & Sponsors Work
Defense Contractors Work
In a natural extension of his specialism in energy, George has advised on numerous projects and transactions in the Utilities sector, including the restructuring, unbundling and privatization of DEPA, the public gas corporation, and in disputes and litigation for PPC, the public power corporation.
Energy Utilities Litigation
George works closely with colleagues in the Banking & Finance team on a range of matters including major infrastructure projects and on the establishment of the National Bank of Greece’s seed program for business start-ups.
Lenders’ Counsel Infrastructure
Public MA and Privatizations
Private Equity and other Financial Investors
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