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George Karayannides, Q.Arb



George Karayannides, Q.Arb

George Karayannides, Q.Arb


George is an experienced advocate who represents clients in litigation and arbitration on a wide range of complex and high-stake business disputes, including class actions.

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George is an experienced advocate who represents clients in litigation and arbitration on a wide range of complex and high-stake business disputes, including class actions.

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Prior to joining Clyde & Co as a partner in 2014, George was the head of the Toronto litigation department of a leading national Canadian law firm. Since his call to the bar in 1986, he has represented various businesses, leading multinational companies, individuals and government bodies in the financial, energy, transportation, telecommunications, manufacturing, infrastructure and construction sectors. George regularly works with foreign counsel on cross-border issues and has appeared before Federal and Provincial Courts, as well as arbitral (international and domestic) and administrative tribunals.

He has been recognized by Lexpert® as a leading corporate and commercial litigator and as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers in the following categories: corporate and commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution and construction law. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 in Canadian construction law and by Lexpert® as a leading US/Canada cross-border litigator and infrastructure lawyer. George holds a Martindale-Hubbell distinguished rating and a Qualified Arbitrator designation from the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a frequent speaker on emerging legal issues, as well as an advocacy skills instructor.

He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and he was previously Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Ontario Maritime Law Section. George is the Honourary General Counsel to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Canada and an Honourary board member of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.


  • Ontario Bar (permitted to practise across Canada)


  • LLB, University of Windsor (1984)
  • BA with Honours, York University (1980)

Professional Associations

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • ADR Institute of Canada
  • Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Representation of insurers in complex and high value coverage disputes before arbitral tribunals and courts
  • Representation of insurers, carriers and consignees/consignors in litigation regarding the transportation of goods by sea, air and land, including damages to bulk and containerized cargo
  • Co-counsel to international engineering firms and conglomerates in arbitrations relating to provincial infrastructure projects
  • Counsel to insurers in COVID-19 coverage arbitrations
  • 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 multimillion-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

Class Actions

  • Counsel to an automobile manufacturer in air-bag-related litigation
  • Counsel to an insurer in COVID-19 coverage litigation
  • Counsel to a corporation established by three 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


  • Assurance et réassurance

  • Infrastructures



  • Litiges commerciaux

  • Projets et construction

  • Recouvrement international