Yannis Manuelides is a London finance partner with the international law firm Allen & Overy.
Yannis has an in-depth appreciation of the current dynamics associated with the Eurozone crisis having led the team advising the Steering Committee of Private Creditors of Greece on the €206 billion debt restructuring of the Hellenic Republic (PSI).
Over his 25-year career Yannis worked on a wide range of project finance, corporate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings, securitisations and capital market transactions. He had considerable input in the establishment of the MTN programmes of the Greek banks, the Greek laws on securitisations and bond loans as well as the transactions made pursuant to these laws. He helped the Hellenic Republic with the audit of its debt liabilities prior to the PSI and in the negotiations which led to the establishment of the Greek privatisation agency. Yannis subsequently worked on proposals which aimed to transform the privatisation agency into a long-term custodian of state assets.
Since the onset of the Eurozone crisis Yannis has acted for a number of banks and corporates on strategies to address the consequences of the crisis. He is a contributor to the current debates on sovereign and bank debt through advice, membership of special committees, lectures and thought-papers.
Yannis is currently a member of an ad hoc working group on GDP-linked bonds comprised of market participants and economists from the Bank of England to design market appropriate GDP linked bonds for sovereigns.
After studying philosophy in the USA (BA Princeton University 1980, MA University of Chicago 1983) and law in the UK (BA University of Cambridge 1985), he qualified as an English solicitor in 1991. He worked in France for over five years, where in 1994 he became a member of the Paris bar. He joined Allen & Overy as a senior associate in 1997 and was made partner in 2000.
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