Yannis Manuelides is a specialist in project finance, corporate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, debt restructurings, securitisations and capital market transactions.Based in London, Yannis is a Greek national. The combination of his expertise in ground-breaking banking transactions and debt restructurings and his knowledge of the Greek market has earned him the reputation as one of the leading international finance lawyers for work in Greece. It is this reputation that secured A&O the role of acting for the steering committee of private creditors that negotiated with Greece and the official sector, the restructuring of the Greek sovereign debt (the Private Sector Involvement for Greece). He has also advised a number of banks and corporates on strategies to address the consequences of the worsening eurozone crisis over the past few years.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 a solicitor in 1991. He worked in France for over five years, where in 1994 he became a member of the Paris Bar. He joined A&O as a senior associate in 1997 and was made partner in 2000.