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Gkoutzinis, Apostolos

Apostolos Gkoutzinis

Apostolos Gkoutzinis is a partner and Practice Group Leader of the European Capital Markets Group, with a focus on U.S. federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions. His practice and specific experience covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions, including high yield and leveraged finance transactions, SEC-registered and other types of initial public offerings, international rights offerings, restructurings, debt offerings by companies, financial institutions and governments, recapitalizations, tender offers, privatizations, stock exchange listings, M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

Apostolos is recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the European high yield and general capital market. He has represented issuers, sponsors and underwriters in a wide variety of corporate and leveraged buy-out high yield bond offerings.

Apostolos is also one of the leading international lawyers in respect of matters relating to Greece. He has led all of our transactions in Greece since 2005 and has acted on some of the most significant, high profile recent transactions including the recapitalization through a €8 billion rights offering of the Piraeus Bank, the recapitalization of Eurobank Ergasias S.A., the high yield bond offerings by PPC, Motor Oil, Titan Cement, FAGE Dairy, Intralot and Frigoglass, the financing of the acquisition of OPAP S.A. by Emma Delta, the privatization of Public Power Corporation, various equity and recapitalization transactions for Piraeus Bank, the high yield notes offerings of TIM Hellas (several separate deals), FAGE Dairy, Yioula Glassworks and the IPO of Aegean Airlines and many other matters.

Apostolos has been named as a “Leader in their Field” by Chambers UK 2015, in which he is described as “he’s our go-to guy and is a huge asset for our work”. He has also been named as a “Leading Individual” in high yield offerings by Legal 500 2014 Edition in which he is described as “…diligent, and able to convey detailed legal concepts in a way everyone can understand.”

Selected Experience

  • Represented Piraeus Bank S.A., the largest financial group in Greece, on its €1.75 billion recapitalization.
  • Represented Citigroup in the €400 million refinancing (through a bond and a revolving credit facility) of Global Ship Lease, a leading vessel leasing company.
  • Advised Ziggo on its refinancing in connection with the acquisition of the Ziggo Group by Liberty Global. The refinancing included a tender offer and consent solicitation relating to Ziggo’s €750 million 3.625% Senior Secured Notes due 2020, and an exchange offer for up to €934,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its outstanding €1,208,850,000 8% Senior Notes due 2018, in exchange for new 8% Senior Notes, due 2018.


  • Harvard University, Law School, LL.M.
  • University of London, Ph.D.
  • University of London, LL.M.
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Law and Economics, B.A.



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