George joined Clyde & Co as a partner in 2014. He was previously a partner and head of the Toronto litigation department at a leading national Canadian law firm. George has extensive domestic and international experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes. Since his call to the bar in 1986, George has represented a wide range of businesses, leading multinational companies, individuals and government bodies in the energy, transportation, telecommunications, infrastructure and construction and financial sectors.
He has significant experience before Federal and Provincial Courts, as well as before arbitral (domestic and international) and administrative tribunals. George regularly works with foreign counsel on cross-border issues and disputes.
George is ranked by Lexpert® as a leading Corporate and Commercial Litigator in Canada and is listed as a Leading Practitioner in Canada by the peer-reviewed Best Lawyers in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also recognized by Lexpert® as a Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigator and Infrastructure Lawyer. George holds a Martindale-Hubbell, Distinguished rating.
George sits on the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and holds a Qualified Arbitrator designation from the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a frequent speaker on emerging legal issues, and an advocacy skills instructor.
Co-counsel to an international mining company in an arbitration relating to mining interests in South America
Co-counsel to a nuclear energy company in litigation relating to the construction of a nuclear reactor
Counsel to an institutional investor in litigation alleging breaches of representations and warranties relating to the sale of an industry leading leasing company
Counsel to former shareholders and a director of a public company in an oppression action against officers and directors
Counsel to a global electronics manufacturer in litigation relating to the purchase of its Canadian subsidiary
Counsel to a global energy company regarding the termination of a long term supply agreement
Counsel to a national bank in litigation regarding a multi-million dollar fraud
Counsel to a glass manufacturer in actions alleging the systemic failure of curtain walls
Co-counsel to a government and telecommunication company in pay equity human rights complaints by unions alleging systemic discrimination
Counsel to a corporation, established by 3 institutional investors for the purpose of purchasing a preeminent communications company, in an action brought by shareholders of the target company
Counsel to a manufacturer of consumer products in litigation alleging defects in major appliances
Counsel to an insurer in litigation relating to alleged “vanishing premiums”
George Karayannides is an experienced advocate who represents clients in litigation and arbitration on a wide-range of complex and high-stakes business disputes, including class actions, infrastructure and construction.