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.Mr. Kelakos's 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 concentrates his efforts on cross-border matters, with a particular emphasis on Asia.
He has over 12 years of experience working on matters relating to Southeast Asia and Greater China.
Mr. Kelakos 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.Mr. Kelakos 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.He 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.
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Born in Boston and currently residing in Greenwich, Conn., George took up the six-string at age 12.
George studied Flamenco guitar in Herzliya Pituach, Israel from a teacher who also had a passion for American and British rock. in 1972 with a newly acquired "Sears" guitar, George and his classmates at the American International School in Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel formed an "acid rock" garage band and George played his first concert at a "Battle of the Bands" doing covers of Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple and Grand Funk Railroad.
After moving back to the Boston area when he was 17, George played lead guitar in a number of bands (a "Chicago" cover band, a Boston-based contemporary jazz band called Blue Crystal, and a Canton, Mass.-based duo called Duel Guitars) before joining his sister Eleni during college as lead guitarist in a hot, Providence, R.I.-based Southern Rock band called Windy Mountain.
Thereafter, George sat in and played with Boston-area blues and rock bands, performed as a solo act in regular gigs in the Boston area, and Cape Cod, as well as in night clubs on the island of Santorini, Greece and in Bangkok, Thailand.
George also performed with his good friend Jack Esher at prior ABI functions in Ogunquit, Maine, Newport, R.I. and at the Mt. Washington Resort in New Hampshire.
Jack and George performed their wandering minstrel act at a number of venues in Thailand (while conducting mediation training programs in the Kingdom during 2001 and 2003).
In addition to playing lead guitar with the Indubitable Equivalents, George occasionally gets to play and record with his sister, singer/songwriter Eleni Kelakos.
George is a Founder and Managing Director of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Kelakos Advisors, LLC.
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