George Liakopoulos has been in-house counsel with Piraeus Bank SA for 16 years, initially as Director of Legal Services and General Manager for Group Corporate and Legal Affairs and for the last years as Group General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer.
George is Executive Secretary of Piraeus’ Executive Committee and also sat at the Board of Directors of three subsidiary banks as well as in a number of other financial sector companies.
His duties entail advising the group’s senior management on corporate and governance affairs for all banking institutions in the group. During the past years he has successfully met legal and regulatory challenges imposed on financial institutions by the relentless Greek financial crisis. In his expanded role as CLO, George is now managing a large intricate legal department with 410 in-house lawyers across Greece and 58 lawyers in the international subsidiaries.
George led the legal teams, which were involved in all Piraeus acquisitions within the last 12 years, including its international bank network and all strategic Group deals. Recently, George spearheaded the Piraeus teams during the 2012-2013 consolidation phase where they completed 6 transactions in the course of 10 months. He has also coordinated complex legal work for the Bank’s recapitalization efforts in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Before joining Piraeus Group, George had an active private law practice, with emphasis on commercial & corporate law, contract law, Concessions and Privatizations, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking & Securities Law. He held legal positions both in the private and public sectors and has acted as legal advisor on a series of projects like the Rion Bridge Crossing, several oil exploration concessions and motorway BOTs.
George is a frequent speaker in legal and financial conferences and is a standing member of the Legal Council at the Hellenic Banking Association and the Editorial Committee of the Greek Banking and Securities Law Review. He serves as Board member in the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Europe and is a member of the Advisory Board of Global Leaders in Law.