George M Kelakos has over 27 years of experience in the insolvency field as an attorney and adviser.
He is the founder and Managing Director of Kelakos Advisors LLC, a distressed M&A and transaction advisory firm that provides Asia-focused cross-border and IP buy and sell-side advisory services, as well as mediation services.
Recently, he also served as a Chapter 11 Trustee in a case pending in the Southern District of New York in which the principal assets were joint venture interests in PRC companies that own and operate large copper and steel facilities in Shandong Province, PRC.
current cross-border projects include in and out-bound Chinese and Thai projects.
Prior to the formation of his advisory practice in 2006, Mr. Kelakos was Of Counsel to Heller Ehrman, LLP as a member of the Bankruptcy, Corporate Finance and International practice groups.
Currently, Mr. Kelakos
practices law as Of Counsel to Salans
, an international law firm, where he
efforts on cross-border matters, with a particular emphasis on Asia.
has over 12 years of experience working on matters relating to Southeast Asia and Greater China.
began to focus on ADR
in 1997 and, since 1998, Mr. Kelakos
has assisted the government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the ASEAN Secretariat on matters relating to bankruptcy law reform and the development and promotion of Western-style ADR
practices and procedures.
The public-side efforts included chairing and leading knowledge transfer and capacity-building projects in Thailand and for ASEAN member-states in connection with training over 750 local mediators in Western-style mediation techniques as well as standardizing forms and procedures for court-assisted mediation projects.
On the private sector side, from 2000 to 2002, He
also served as the Managing Director of Tonson Planners Ltd.
, a Bangkok-based consulting firm that provided consulting and advisory services to clients involved in commercial and real estate loan work-outs and Thai business reorganization and debt restructuring cases; during that time, Mr. Kelakos
was also qualified and listed as an approved mediator for the Corporate Debt Restructuring and Advisory Committee of the Bank of Thailand
A frequent international and national speaker on programs involving cross-border, alternative dispute resolution and IP monetization topics, he is a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute and serves as Co-Chair of that organization's Asian Developments Committee.
He has also served as the Vice President of International Affairs of the American Bankruptcy Institute, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the ABI from April 2005-2007 and on the Board of the ABI through April of 2009.
is fluent in French and Italian, conversant in Hebrew and Thai, and is studying Mandarin.
Mr. Kelakos holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, cum laude, and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.
is admitted to the Bar in CO, N Y, MA, U.S. Court of Appeals
, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of CO, U.S. District Court, and District of MA.