George A. Stephanakis is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department and serves as Co-Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice for EMEA. His practice focuses on capital market transactions and M&A.
Mr. Stephanakis’ recent work includes capital market transactions in connection with leveraged buyouts, IPOs and secondary equity offerings. He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in high-yield financings, and recently handled offerings for LeasePlan, Sappi, Agrokor, AngloGold Ashanti, CGG Veritas, Rhodia, Labco, PagesJaunes, Atalian, Lowell and Cabot Financial. He also led the Cravath team on the out-of-court debt for equity exchange of French real estate developer Akerys S.A., the first such exchange in the European high-yield market.
In M&A, Mr. Stephanakis recently represented Saint-Gobain in the sale of its U.S. glass packaging business to Ardagh Glass; Mediclinic International in its combination with Al Noor Hospitals Group; Delhaize in its merger of equals with Royal Ahold; Luxottica in its combination with Essilor; and Zodiac Aerospace in its sale to Safran.
Mr. Stephanakis has been repeatedly cited as one of the leading practitioners in capital markets by, among others, Chambers UK, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 United Kingdom and IFLR1000. He also received the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award, which recognizes partners for their excellent client care and quality of service provided.
Mr. Stephanakis was born in Athens, Greece. He received an LL.B. summa cum laude from the University of Athens School of Law in 1994, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was an Erasmus student at the Université de Bordeaux I in 1990, received an LL.M. from Cambridge University in 1995 and an LL.M., as a Fulbright scholar, from Harvard Law School in 1997. Mr. Stephanakis joined Cravath in 1998 and became a partner in 2004. He is fluent in English, French, Greek and Spanish.