GREECE: THE PATH FROM A GREAT PAST TO A GREAT FUTURE
The Role of Economics, Rule of Law & Best Practices
Ένα πολύ ενδιαφέρον συνέδριο που οργάνωσαν οι:
American - Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & ABA Section of International Law
Σήμερα, πρώτη μέρα του συνεδρίου.
Μικρές φωτογραφικές αναμνήσεις με μεταπτυχιακές μου φοιτήτριες, στην ώρα ενός διαλείμματος.
Από αριστερά: Ελένη, εγώ, Δωρίτα, Μαρία, Ελένη.
DAY 1 TUESDAY, JUNE 16
08.30 REGISTRATION - WELCOME COFFEE
09.00 WELCOME REMARKS
Introduction: LINDA STRITE MURNANE, Vice Chair, ABA Judicial Division, Member of the US Lawyers Abroad
Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
LAURENCE P. WIENER, Attorney at Law, Wiener Soto Caparrós
MARCELO BOMBAU, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law
Introduction: ELIAS SPIRTOUNIAS, Executive Director, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
SIMOS ANASTASOPOULOS, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
09.30 OPENING WELCOME ADDRESS
PANAGIOTIS PIKRAMMENOS, Former Prime Minister, Honorable President of the Council of State
09.45 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
MYRON T. STEELE, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware
10.15 INTERNATIONAL OBSERVATIONS
This is a presentation to review the extensive international institutional, press, business, academic, rankings, ratings
and related criticisms and observations. This panel will survey worldwide and international criticism. Is it valid?
Does the data within Greece (cases pending, backlogs, regulatory obstacles) and outside Greece support the criticism?
Speakers: MARCELO BOMBAU, Chair, American Bar Association Section of International Law
SPYROS SAGIAS, Secretary General of the Greek Government
DIMITRIS TSIBANOULIS, Managing Partner, Tsibanoulis & Partners Law Firm
PANOS ALEXANDRIS, Partner, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
Moderator: NIKOS ALIVIZATOS, Professor of Constitutional Law, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
11.15 COFFEE BREAK
11.45 GREEK GOVERNMENT REFORMS
Corruption overregulation, judicial backlogs, lack of transparency, protectionism and economic crimes are key to
Rule of Law. This panel will address the legal reforms being implemented in the Greek system.
Speakers: JUDGE PANAGIOTIS LYMPEROPOULOS, Athens Court of Appeal
ANTONIS MANITAKIS, Professor of Constitutional Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
NICOLAS KANELLOPOULOS, President, Institute of Justice and Growth-EPLO
VASSILIS ANTONIADES, Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
Moderator: YANOS GRAMATIDIS, Managing Partner, Bahas Gramatidis & Partners, Honorary President, American-
Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
13.00 COCKTAIL LUNCH
14.00 ROLE OF LAWYERS AND JUDGES
The role and contribution of Lawyers and Judges in the Greek legal system in comparison to the US.
Speakers: JUDGE ATHANASSIOS RANTOS, Vice President, The Council of State
JUDGE DELISSA RIDGWAY, United States Court of International Trade
JUDGE CHARALAMBOS MACHERAS, First Civil and Commercial Chamber, Supreme Court of Greece
NIKOLAOS PANOU, Senior Partner, N. Panou & Associates Law Firm
Moderator: JOHN DRYLLERAKIS, Chairman, Hellenic Association of Law Firms
15.00 CONCLUDING REMARKS
Και ένα πιο κοντινό πλάνο μας!!
Αύριο, η δεύτερη μέρα του συνεδρίου.
DAY 2 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
09.00 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS
VASSILIS ALEXANDRIS, President, Athens Bar Association
09 .30 LITIGATION IN US, GREECE AND EU COURT ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
A side by side procedural and practical analysis of the litigation of US vs Greek case starting from filing a
Complaint to the last appeal - stressing deadlines/timelines and stages at which a case can be disposed and
stressing major differences in codes of civil procedure. A comparative analysis of the two legal systems court
organization and structure - focusing on dealing with backlogs, case managements, early resolution, arbitration,
Speakers: DANIEL HALL, Vice President of the Court Consulting Services Division, National Center for State Courts
JOHN KYRIAKIDES, Partner, Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
LAMBROS KOTSIRIS, Professor Emeritus of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of
the Greek Academy
GEORGE KOUNOUPIS, Attorney at Law, Hahalis & Kounoupis, P.C.
Moderator: GEORGE TSOUGARAKIS, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
11.00 COFFEE BREAK
11.30 RULE OF LAW AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL SYSTEM BEST PRACTICES
This panel will discuss what is the Rule of Law and what are the best practices. The panel discussion will include,
among other topics: World Justice Project, Rule of Law Index, OECD, WTO, World Bank, UN (including guiding
principles on human rights, UNCITRAL, UN Centre on Transnational Corporations, EU (anti-corruption guides, etc),
Transparency International, Greece.
Speakers: GEORGE GERAPETRITIS, Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
HERMANN KNOTT, Partner, Luther Law Firm mbH
PAULETTE BROWN, President-Elect, American Bar Association
Moderator: BEATRICE RACCANELLO, LL.M., Assistant Director, Graduate and International Programs, Temple
University Beasley School of Law
12.30 COCKTAIL LUNCH
PAULETTE BROWN, President-Elect, American Bar Association
13.45 PRIVATE EQUITY, VENTURE CAPITAL, CROSS-BORDER INVESTOR AND PORTFOLIO COMPANY RISKS
AND CHALLENGES IN THE US, GREECE AND THE EU
A candid and practical discussion by experienced private equity fund and venture capital legal advisors and experts
on the risks and fears in the Greek system. A discussion of relevant FCPA liability, transfer pricing, hiring, money
laundry, bribery, fraud, investor protections, unique risks present in international investing. What is the structure of
“architecture” of these companies and what types of risk exposures do they fear. How is Greece perceived and what
are the perceived risks in Greece which serve as a disincentive for such investment.
Speakers: NICHOLAS PAPAPOLITIS, Partner, Papapolitis & Papapolitis
Dr. JOHN HOWARD, President, Electromagnetic Technologies Industries, Inc.
LOUKAS PILITSIS, Partner, Anchorstone Partners
DANA ANAGNOSTOU, Partner, Kramer Levin
Moderator: MATTIA COLONNELLI DE GASPERIS, Founder, Colonnelli de Gasperis Studio Legale
15.00 COFFEE BREAK
15.15 BUSINESS FORMATION, START-UP, OPERATION AND REGULATION
A comparative analysis of how a US Corporation, LLC (other business forms) is formed (from Docketing Statement to
Articles of Incorporation, ByLaws), Tax Registration (EIN) raising capital and securities registrations, ongoing regulation
and filings - focusing on length of time, expense, regulatory or filing burden vs Greece (taking into account EU
regulation where applicable). A comparison of US Federal, State and County government assistance, start-up centers,
incubation programs and business growth and development assistance vs Greece programs.
Speakers: MYRON T. STEELE, Former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court
JOHN STRATAKIS, Managing Partner, Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez LLP
JOHN APSOURIS, Group General Counsel, Hellenic Petroleum S.A.
APHRODITE BOUIKIDIS, Founder and co-Director, Ashoka Greece
Moderator: GISÉLE ROSSELLE, Partner, Strelia Law Firm, Brussels
16.45 CONCLUDING REMARKS