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Mr. George M. Kelakos Esquire

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Managing Director

Phone: (917) ***-****  
Email: g***@***.com
Local Address:  Greenwich , Connecticut , United States
Kelakos Advisors LLC

Employment History

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  • J.D.
    University of Denver College of Law
  • B.A. , cum laude
    Brandeis University
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American Bankruptcy Institute International Committee, 29 Sept 2003 [cached]
George M. KelakosCo-Chair Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP
In keeping with tradition, Co-chair George M. Kelakos opened the meeting by leading the attendees through a series of brief Qiqong breathing and movement exercises.
George M. Kelakos may be reached at, Josefina Fernandez McEvoy may be reached at and Ian G. Williams may be reached at
It was hosted by Committee Co-chairs George M. Kelakos of Heller Ehrman (Los Angeles) and Ian G. Williams of Edwards Geldard (Nottingham, U.K.).
George M. Kelakos may be reached at; Josefina Fernandez McEvoy may be reached at and Ian G. Williams may be reached at
Co-chair George M. Kelakos opened the joint program with the Finance and Banking Committee by leading the attendees through a series of Qigong breathing and movement exercises.
Thereafter, Co-Chair George M. Kelakos reported on the status of various ABI technical assistance projects being undertaken in Thailand (Mediation Training, Bankruptcy Court Reform and Bankruptcy Law Reform) and briefly commented on an upcoming educational project that will likely be conducted this Summer in Beijing that is being spearheaded by Co-Chair James H.M. Sprayregen.
George M. Kelakos may be reached at; Josefina Fernandez McEvoy may be reached at and Ian G. Williams may be reached at
In keeping with the tradition that was started at the last Winter Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, Committee Co-chair George M. Kelakos commenced the meeting by leading the attendees through a series of short breathing and moving exercises.
George M. Kelakos may be reached at, while Jamie Sprayragen may be reached at
George Kelakos, Co-Chair of the Committee, opened up the program with a brief breathing exercise based on the ancient Chinese arts of Ch'i Kung and briefly introduced the program speakers.
Josefina noted that the World Bank was interested in obtaining comments to its Global Insolvency Policy Paper and it was concluded that George Kelakos and James Sprayregan would coordinate the Committee members' responses and comments to the World Bank paper.
Following brief presentations by the Committee co-chairs, George M. Kelakos and Bruce Leonard, the Committee heard a brief report from Selinda A. Melnick (Smith Katzenstein Furlough LLP, Delaware), the incoming Chair of the International Bar Association's Committee J, as to some of the topics that would be covered in the upcoming IBA meeting in Milan, Italy in June.
Committee Co-chair George M. Kelakos provided a brief update on ongoing ABI projects in Thailand which are being funded through the support of KIAsia, a non-profit organization charged with administering joint Thai/U.S. educational projects, including a court administrators training program, which will involve training of Thai court administrators in the U.S. and a trip to Thailand in August by a U.S. delegation led by Frank Szczebak, Chief Administrator of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.
Following introductory comments by committee co-chairs George Kelakos and Bruce Leonard, the International Committee members briefly discussed several topics, such as the formation of ABI's new International Law Library Committee, to be chaired by ABI's Vice President of International Affairs, Hon. James A. Goodman (District of Maine), and the possibility of a reduced fee structure (in certain instances) to encourage foreign jurists, professionals and academics to join ABI.
Mr. Kelakos moderated the continuing legal education program entitled "Asia for Sale: Update on the Distressed Debt Market in Asia," which focused on recent developments in Japan and Thailand.
Mr. Kelakos also provided his insights in Thailand based on his recent experiences over the last two years in public and private projects in Thailand.He also reported on the developments concerning the establishment of the independent bankruptcy court in Thailand and their recent experiences with reorganization cases.Supplemental materials were disseminated on Thailand; additional copies of these materials may be obtained from Mr. Kelakos via his e-mail address listed above.
Due to the press of time, the committee was unable to hear presentations on ABI's Dominican Republic Joint Cross-border Program on Commercial Law, Credit and Insolvency from program coordinator Josefina Fernandez McEvoy (Markowitz & Fernandez, Los Angeles) and the Joint ABI and Thai Ministry of Justice Educational Program in Bangkok (chaired by Mr. Kelakos).
George M. Kelakos
Indubitable Equivalents, 10 July 2007 [cached]
George KelakosIndubitable Equivalents
George Kelakos : lead guitar
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 Managing Director of Crystal Capital, in Stamford, Connectucut.
George Kelakos : Mitch Ryan : Michael Richman : Tom Salerno
J2J Network, 17 Dec 2003 [cached]
George KelakosPartnerHeller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP
George Kelakos, Heller Ehrman: Mr. Kelakos was a founding partner of Cohn, Kelakos, Khoury, Madoff & Whitesell LLP of Boston, Massachusetts, concentrating on complex business bankruptcy and reorganizations as well as related business litigation and alternative dispute resolution.In the bankruptcy courts, he has represented debtors in possession, reorganization trustees, creditors' committees, asset and distressed business acquirers, secured and unsecured institutional lenders, real and personal property lessors, and equity holders in complex business reorganization cases.Outside of the bankruptcy courts, Mr. Kelakos has represented borrowers, financial institutions and other parties in work out negotiations involving commercial and real estate loans, as well as receivers in State and Federal receiverships and assignees under general assignments for the benefit of creditors.Mr. Kelakos has lectured widely on bankruptcy and related issues both nationally and internationally.Mr. Kelakos is fluent in French and Italian, and is conversant in Thai.
George M. Kelakos, Moderator ..., 23 June 2007 [cached]
George M. Kelakos, Moderator (Crystal Capital; Stamford, Conn.)
George M. Kelakos has 25 years' of domestic and international experience in the corporate restructuring industry.From 1990 - 2002, he was a founding partner in the Boston law firm of Cohn & Kelakos LLP and also served as the Managing Director of Tonson Planners Ltd., a Bangkok based firm providing advisory services in Asian restructuring matters.Thereafter, Mr. Kelakos practiced in the bankruptcy group of Heller Ehrman LLP resident in the firm's New York City office.Prior to joining Crystal Capital, Mr. Kelakos was the Managing Director of Kelakos Advisors LLC, an M & A advisory firm based in Greenwich, Conn.Mr. Kelakos is a graduate of Brandeis University and the University of Denver, College of Law.He serves on the board of directors ABI.He has also served as a member of the board's Executive Committee, as co-chair the ABI's International Committee and most recently, as Vice President - International Affairs of the ABI.Over the last decade, Mr. Kelakos has also organized and conducted educational and capacity-building projects in the Kingdom of Thailand for representatives from both the public and private sectors.Mr. Kelakos is also a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute and is co-chair of that organization's Asian Developments Committee.
[IMG] George ..., 10 April 2012 [cached]
[IMG] George Kelakos MWI | Negotiation Training | Mediation Services | Arbitration Services | Mediation Training - Kelakos Bankruptcy bio
"George's completely unique synthesis of Western Asian cultures in his approach, his years of experience as a skilled martial artist, together with his knowledge and decades of experience in cross-border matters, make him the 'go to' guy when parties are seeking a neutral or a facilitator-particularly in complex cross-border disputes." Dispute Resolution Experience
George Kelakos has over 28 years of experience in the insolvency field as an attorney and adviser. He served as a chapter 11 Trustee in a case 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. George was a Founding Partner of Cohn & Kelakos LLP, a Boston-based business bankruptcy and reorganization "boutique" firm and subsequently was Of Counsel to Salans, LLP, an international law firm as a member of the Restructuring, Reorganization and Insolvency Practice Group and Of Counsel to Heller Ehrman, LLP, as a member of the Bankruptcy, Corporate Finance and International practice groups. George currently practices bankruptcy law as a Partner of FSB Fisher Broyles, where he concentrates his efforts on cross-border matters, and Of Counsel to Salans, with a particular emphasis on Asia. George developed unique skills and approaches to complex domestic and cross-border disputes as a neutral and facilitator gleaned from: his experiences growing up in Europe and the Middle East due to his father's work as a U.S. Foreign Service officer, his 14 years of working in and out of South East Asia and Greater China as a part-time "expatriate", his 41 years of experience in Asian martial arts, and from his professional experience as a attorney and adviser in domestic and cross-border bankruptcy, workout and IP transactional matters. George is a frequently requested lecturer and trainer of ADR and cross-cultural negotiation concepts and skills to judges, lawyers, academics, business leaders and government officials. George has been engaged in the active practice of commercial law since 1982 in CO, in MA from 1985 through 2002, and NY from 2003 to the present-with the exception of a hiatus from early 2005 until early 2009. George is fluent in French and Italian, conversant in Hebrew and Thai and is currently learning Mandarin.
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