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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. Since 2005 he has represented the issuers or the underwriters in most of the international and cross-border equity and debt offerings by Greek issuers, including the equity and debt offerings by Piraeus Bank, Eurobank, PPC S.A., Aegean Airlines, Titan Cement, Motor Oil, Intralot, FAGE Dairy, Emma Delta and OPAP S.A., Yioula Glassworks, TIM Hellas, Frigoglass S.A., Pangea Real Estate and many others.

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 been ranked as a Tier 1 Lawyer in leading legal directories Chambers UK and IFLR1000, and as a “Leading Individual” in Legal 500 UK. He is quoted in Chambers UK as “…top-tier and extremely reliable,” and “…very technical and helpful in putting together these structures, whilst at the same time being commercial and looking for ways to get around problems.” 

Apostolos Gkoutzinis was named in Financial News’s 2015 ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars.’

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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