Striving for excellence since its inception, the G+P Law Firm is a legal advisory firm dedicated to offering personalized legal advice and strong litigation services to its clients. Spearheaded by highly qualified, experienced, and dynamic professionals, Ioannis Giannakakis & John Psomas, G+P Law Firm adds great value to various corporate giants and people around the world. The unique approach followed by the firm has been a key factor driving success for the brand.
Ioannis Giannakakis, the Group General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer of Avramar Seafood Group, can be best described as a go-getter, philanthropist, and visionary who is an entrepreneur par excellence. She is armed with 30 years of extensive experience. Her experience and expertise have landed her in an influential position.
Becoming an Influential Leader
The professional journey of Ioannis Giannakakis started 30 years ago when she qualified in Greece and became a member of the Athens Bar Association. During these years she has worked both as corporate counsel in regulated matrix organizations, usually global companies like Unilever Novartis, G4S, NN but also as a freelance consultant and litigator, especially in civil, administrative, and criminal cases. Her consistent goal was to focus on the clients’ needs, deliver pragmatic and sound legal advice but also keep a hands-on follow-up approach until the task has been completed. His litigation experience has proved valuable in his later corporate experience. This journey led Ioannis Giannakakis through more than 6 industries (insurance, real estate, FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Security & Investigations, Agriculture & Food Manufacturing), however, a critical distinguisher from other colleagues has been his deep dive and accumulated expertise in the field of Data Protection Cybersecurity and disruptive technologies, which clearly differentiates from other “one-sided” corporate counsels focusing only on their corporate role and career.
A Glimpse of G+P Law Firm
The G+P Law Firm was established in 2018 by John Psomas and Ioannis Giannakakis with the vision to be a legal partner of choice for their clientele. Their boutique Law Firm has absolute specialization in Digital Transformation, Data Protection, Cybersecurity, and Disrupting Technologies, being one of a handful of law firms in Greece with accumulated experience and expertise in the aforementioned subjects.
The firm serves corporate clientele, spanning from very large to very small and medium-sized businesses in Greece and the EU. The team prefer to nurture strong relationships with their clients favouring long collaborations Their consistent client-centric philosophy combined with their pragmatic and business-oriented advice led to a multitude of international awards e.g Data Protection Law Firm of the Year 2021 in Greece by Corporate INTL Magazine, Boutique Law Firm of the Year in Greece, by Advisory Excellence, and many others
Ioannis Giannakakis has always valued social and private justice as a key balancing factor of all controversies embedded in modern life full of inequality and differences. Her passion for justice led her to study law and become a lawyer but his later acquired passion for Privacy – as a key personal right and value- harshly attacked by multiple factors – search engines, social media, etc- led her to create the G+ P Law Firm with a clear vision the enhancement and protection of privacy of their clients.
While discussing the interesting part about working in legal industry, Ioannis shared, “The fact that every day is different from the other, the sense of accomplishment when a deal is closed but foremost the sense of serving the provision of justice in all aspects of social and economic life”.
Indicative Challenges for the Current Legal Market
The digital transformation of the modern business world, the consequences of the pandemic driving to new business environments ( with telework and employees isolation being catalysts ) the adaptability the constant learning and adjustment of the legal professional, the transformation from lawyer to business legal partner are some indicative challenges for the current legal market.
Edge Over the Peers
When asked the unique factors about G+P Law Firm, Ioannis Giannakakis shared, “The passion with which I pursue my goals, the consistent vision guiding my practice, the combination of vast corporate practice in a variety of industries, which is rather rare for most corporate counsels usually serving for long periods in the same clients combined with my attraction becoming a passion for Privacy, Data Protection and new Technologies that led me to deep dive at the age of 45 in a whole new world and become one of the leading and most acknowledged and awarded Data Protection Counsels in Greece and amongst the 200 top Privacy Professionals in the European Union.”
Difficulties of Young Lawyers in Entrepreneurship
Young lawyers face a variety of challenges. Some key challenges being digital work, use of technology in everyday business life, global mentality in the sense of being a “ universal” legal business partner instead of a local lawyer are some indicative challenges in my opinion.
The Significance of Technology Infusion in Legal
With proper technical education of the modern legal professional living in a world where legal AI started becoming a usual feature in many large legal firms. The use of legal technologies, digital tools, and platforms are part of the date-to-date legal practice and legal professionals need not only be accustomed but actively utilizing the aforementioned tools to improve their practice.
A series of litigation victories in Ioannis Giannakakis’s early 30s ( 200.000.000 ML drachmas fine annulment when I was with NN, ) the successful closing of a game-changer acquisition of EVGA ICE Cream by Unilever, the smooth transition of GSK Oncology Portfolio to Novartis, the successful design and execution of G4S GDPR Compliance Program are some career milestones of which she is proud of.
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Words of Wisdom
Don’t be afraid to move outside your comfort zone. Try new things, experiment, stay curious. Be consistent, focus on the needs of your clients and try to be proactive in addressing them, be direct and trustful, be curious, and don’t waste time triumphing over your successes. but strive to become better. Don’t be seduced by easy money, social status, and social image. Success is measured only by the feeling of accomplishment that is unique to each individual. Value justice is the ultimate mission of all legal professionals irrespective of age, experience, or status.
Quote by Albert Einstein, “Try not to become a person of success but rather try to become a person of value.”