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Apostolos Gkoutzinis

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Apostolos Gkoutzinis is an international capital markets lawyer, a partner in the London office of Shearman & Sterling and head of the European Capital Markets practice group.

He focuses on U.S. federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions. His practice covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions including leveraged finance, SEC-registered offerings, restructurings, recapitalizations and privatizations.

Apostolos ranks as one of the leading individuals in the European corporate bond market, with particular experience and expertise in high-yield debt financings, refinancings, leveraged buyouts, for companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks. He is also known for his expertise in a broad range of liability management, restructuring and equity transactions.

Apostolos is one of the leading international lawyers in relation to Greece. In the recent years, he has provided strategic legal advice to substantially all of the major banks and listed companies of the country, as well as a good number of private companies and foreign investors, on matters relating to private and public capital, restructurings, refinancings, and other corporate finance transactions and has represented, since 2005, the issuers or the underwriters in most of the international and cross-border equity and debt offerings by Greek issuers.

Apostolos holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. and an LLM. from the University of London, and is a national scholar of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was a Banking Law Scholar for Greece’s prestigious National Scholarship Foundation for the years 1999-2003 and a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Law School for 2004-2005. He started his career as an associate professor of law at the University of London and moved to private practice with Shearman & Sterling in 2005. He has published numerous books and articles on matters of international capital markets regulation and his latest book on Liability Management in Capital Markets Transactions is published by the University of Cambridge. Apostolos is a visiting professor and frequent speaker in numerous institutes and universities around the world on matters of international capital markets regulation. Apostolos has won many awards for his legal work and is recognized as a leading individual in international capital markets by all of the major leading directories, including Who is Who Legal, Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers UK, Legal 500, IFLR, Client Choice, and others. In 2015, he was named as one of the 40 Rising Stars in the legal profession under 40 by Financial News. He is a frequent commentator on matters relating to Greece, Europe and the financial markets on the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters and other leading international publications.

Apostolos is a visiting professor of International Capital Markets Regulation at the International Hellenic University, a visiting lecturer of International Capital Markets Law, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, at the University of London.

Apostolos is a non-executive member of the Governing Council of Hellenic Exchanges, the holding company and governing body of the Athens Stock Exchange, various derivatives exchanges, electronic trading platforms and clearing houses operating under the auspices of the Athens Stock Exchange.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Law Association.

Selected Experience

  • High-Yield (cash pay, PIK, bridge to bond leveraged financings), including for Jaguar Land Rover, Ardagh Packaging, Thomas Cook, Autodistribution, Towergate/Ardonagh, Orange Switzerland/Salt, Interoute, Study Group, Groupo Cortefiel, Befesa, Nokia Solutions, Nokia Corporation, Royal Caribbean,  Klockner Pentaplast, Manutencoop, Allfunds, Swissport, UGI, Total, CenterParks, Verallia, Ineos plc, Edcon, Icopal Global Ship Lease, Wind Hellas/Tim Hellas, Intralot, FAGE Dairy, Motor Oil, Titan Cement, Yioula Glassworks, Public Power Corporation S.A., Frigoglass SA, Allianz Automotive, HEMA, OPAP S.A., Emma Delta plc,  Maisons du Monde, DFS Furniture, International Power, Invitel/Hungarian Telecom, Together/Jerrold, Petroleum Geoservices, New Look, Topaz Energy, Bibby Offshore, GTECH/Lottomatica/IGT, Care UK, Ziggo, The Priory Group, Invitel, Amigo Loans, CMA-CGM, HEMA, EMI-Terra Firma, First Quantum Limited, NBG Pangea Real Estate, Globalworth, Travelodge, Primedia Holdings, Ciech S.A., Donington Holdings, Ilios Hotels and Resorts, Polynt, Manutencoop, LABCO, Italcementi, ICBBI, MBNA, , Abengoa S.A., Foster & Partners, African Minerals, GEK Terna,  Versalis SpA, Esselunga, HP Pelzer, Intertain plc, European real estate assets of Equinix, Banro Corporation,  Darty Financement, Zaska, Folli Follie, Endeavour Mining, International Power, EMEL/Zee Network, Songa Offshore, Energean, Essel Media & Entertainment, Cegedim, Ellaktor SA, Iberian Minerals, Edcon, The Reclamation Group, IT Holding, Follie Follie, Hot Telecommunications, Latecoere SA, IMO-Carwash, Cobalt International Energy, Bakkavor Group, MVV Energie AG, HSS Group, Dolphin Energy Limited, Labco, Cadbury plc, Rhodia S.A., Prologis, Inmet Mining Corporation, Oberthur Technologies, Kvaerner, Continental AG, SIG-Combibloc, Mauser GmbH, Iceland Foods, SMCP, IKKS, Encirc, Gateway Communications, Bulgarian Telecom, Foodcorp, Latecoere, JBF Group, OGF, Holcim Cement, Acta Holding, Polkomtel, HSS Group, Mytilineos.
  • Investment Grade Bonds (SEC-registered, and 144A/Regulation S, stand-alone, programs, or commercial paper), including offerings by Heineken, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Qimonda AG, EO.N AG, Engie-GDF Suez, Schneider Electric, Landesbank Baden-Wueternberg, AngloGold Ashanti, ArcelorMittal, Anglo American plc, Central American Bank for Economic Integration, U.S. Bank Corporation, CBS Corporation, Banco International del Peru, Ageas, Key Corporation, American Tower Corporation.
  • Matters relating to Greece or the Greek financial crisis, including the recapitalization of Piraeus Bank, Eurobank and Attica Bank, multiple restructurings of non-performing loan portfolios and asset securitizations (including for Piraeus Bank, Eurobank, Alpha Bank, Attica Bank), substantially all of the country's international IPOs and high-yield bond offerings since 2005, the exchange offer between the Greek banks and the European Stability Mechanism following the Eurogroup's short-term measures for debt relief for Greece, the country's systemic banks as bondholders in the PSI, the largest sovereign debt restructuring in global financial history, and multiple private and public investments in Greek companies, debt restructurings, private and public investments in private and/or listed companies
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Education

  • 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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