About Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos
Spyridon (Spyros) Antonelos is a Senior Specialist Ombudsman for the International Finance Corporation (IFC – part of the World Bank Group), based in Washington, DC. As part of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman’s Office (CAO), Spyros mediates complex, multi-party disputes in development projects, facilitates dialogue between stakeholders, and coordinates the work of a network of CAO mediators situated around the world.
Prior to joining the IFC, Mr. Antonelos, a Greek national, was the WBG Mediation Services’ (MEF) Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Mediation Officer. He was the first full-time Mediation Services staff member located permanently in the country office.
Prior to joining the WBG, Spyros enjoyed a multifaceted international career; a lawyer by training since 2000, he has studied and worked in France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey and Greece. After receiving his mediator’s accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.) in 2008, he became a mediation pioneer in his country.
In 2013, he completed the Weinstein JAMS Fellowship and received advanced training at Pepperdine University in the United States, as well as participated in civil and commercial mediation at JAMS.
In 2014, along with Greek mediators, Eleni K. Plessa and Irini Matsouka, he created “RESOLVE Mediators and ADR Experts,” a leading Greek ADR firm that he co-managed until 2019. From 2016-2019, Mr. Antonelos also created and directed the Athen SMEs Chamber Mediation Centre and taught Mediation and Negotiations at MEF University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has mediated various important Greek and international commercial banking and personal injury disputes.
Since 2011, he has promoted mediation to thousands of legal professionals around Europe and has trained hundreds of mediators and lawyers in mediation, collaborating with various Greek and foreign Bar Associations.
Mr. Antonelos advised the Greek Ministry of Justice (2012-2018) and is the co-author of two mediation reference books in Greek, along with Greek mediator and trainer Eleni K. Plessa and French mediator and trainer, Beatrice Brennuer.
He is currently employed exclusively by the WBG, mediating multi-party multicultural disputes, training WBG staff and consultants in dispute prevention and resolution, facilitating group dialogue, delivering team-building sessions, and promoting mediation in 27 countries.
Before joining the WBG, Mr. Antonelos was a member of the Athens Bar Association for 20 years, appointed at the Greek Supreme Court. As a lawyer, he represented Greek and foreign parties before Greek Courts.
As the Managing Partner of Antonelos Law Office, along with a dynamic team of lawyers, he had a wide-ranging legal practice, covering the following fields:
- Civil and commercial law
- Company law
- Administrative law
- Banking law
- Employment law
- Intellectual property, trademark, and patent law
- Personal injury
- Medical malpractice
- Debt collection and enforcement law
- Land law
As the Greek members of the Proteus International Law Firms Network, Mr. Antonelos and his associates often represented foreign companies and individual clients before Greek courts and in ADR proceedings in the above areas of expertise.
Mediation and Facilitation Practice
Mr. Antonelos has been an accredited mediator since 2008 and has mediated cases involving claims varying from thousands to millions of euros, both in Greece and abroad, at a high rate of settlement.
He had a diverse practice, including the following areas:
- Banking disputes
- Personal injury disputes
- Medical malpractice cases
- Commercial contracts, including vendor disputes and commercial lease agreements
- Patent and trademark infringement cases, intellectual property disputes
- Disputes between company partners, with considerable experience in disputes between family members in family-owned businesses
- Employment disputes
- Debt recovery disputes
Since joining the WBG, Mr. Antonelos regularly conducts face-to-face and virtual mediations with a strong multi-cultural component.