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Ernesto Apuzzo


Ernesto Apuzzo

In his almost 20 year legal career, Ernesto Apuzzo has advised Italian and international clients in a significant number of debt restructuring and turnaround transactions. Ernesto has extensive experience in M&A transactions in financial distress particularly in the financial institutions industry where he has gained a very strong and well-recognised track record.

Ernesto was appointed, together with an eminent representative from an Italian University, for drafting a proposal for a new Italian legislation on enforcement procedures and pre-bankruptcy tools within the working group established by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. Their work resulted in Law Decree No. 83 enacted on 27 June 2015. Ernesto is highly ranked in Italian and International directories and is described as 'extremely competent lawyer who is proactive when managing clients' expectations'.

An Italian bank describes Ernesto as 'Excellent negotiator, a trustworthy man for many national financial institutions, while competitors recognise his efficiency to deliver solutions aimed at the protection of all the parties involved'

TopLegal 2014

Representative Experience

Advising JPMorgan Chase NA in the acquisition of more than €300m Parmalat's receivables to be converted in shares of New Parmalat.

Assisting several Italian financial institutions in the restructuring of the debt of a global group leader, as a contractor, in the energy production sector.

Assisting a pool of banks in relation to the rescheduling of indebtedness of Umbria Mobilità TPL, operating in the transportation field in Umbria region.

Education and admissions


  • Law Degree, Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" Rome, 1994

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Rome


The Italian team led by Ernesto Apuzzo is ranked in band 1 within the section "Restructuring mid market: banks"

Top Legal


Ernesto Apuzzo is ranked as leading lawyer

Chambers Europe.


Ernesto Apuzzo is described as 'highly committed' and 'a great collaborator' by market sources. Clients benefit from his long-standing expertise in corporate and debt restructuring.

Chambers Global


Ernesto Apuzzo is ‘an extremely competent lawyer who is proactive when managing clients’ expectations’.

Legal 500 EMEA


Chambers Europe: Clients are delighted with Ernesto Apuzzo's negotiation skills and creative approach: 'He follows the client step by step and is good at generating ideas'.

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