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Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC is β€˜routinely involved in the most important transactions in the region’, such as advising the Cypriot government on the proposed privatisation of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority. In another significant matter it assisted with the establishment of H&M in Cyprus. A key member of the β€˜impressive team’ is Stelios Triantafyllides who has β€˜excellent market knowledge’.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC β€˜always finds solutions without ever cutting corners’, β€˜provides very high levels of service’ and handles the full array of corporate and commercial matters with a particular strength in cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC

Established in 2006 by Angelos Paphitis, AGP Law Firm (A.G.Paphitis & Co. LLC) has quickly grown from a boutique commercial and corporate law firm to a full-service award-winning leading practice in Cyprus, with a strong presence in the international market. Throughout the years in the legal domain, the firm has developed a widely recognised expertise and gained an excellent reputation in the fields of commercial, corporate and civil dispute resolution; commercial, corporate and M&A advisory; banking and financial services regulatory; tax; IP; and real estate and immigration services. AGP is dedicated to perfectionism and fresh thinking, and in 2012 the firm constructed a privately-owned β€˜state-of-the-art’ building as its head office.

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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

The corporate and M&A team at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is ranked in the top tier for Cyprus for providing professional, high-quality consultancy services to clients. With a 52-year experience in the legal market and the international culture, the lawyers and legal consultants of the firm effectively handle complicated cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions and assist large groups of companies and prestigious international law firms on Cyprus corporate law issues.

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Practice head Christodoulos Vassiliades is β€˜completely devoted to his clients’, Michalis Pittakis is β€˜extremely efficient’ and Koulla Demetriou is β€˜outstanding’.

Under the leadership of Chris Georghiades at Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office the team produces work of the β€˜highest quality with a real understanding of the business world’. Recent highlights include advising the liquidators of Cyprus Airways. Michaela Hadjihambi is β€˜commercial’ and Agis Agapiou is β€˜accurate’.

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC’s β€˜responsive’ team is led by the β€˜excellent’ Effie Anastasiou. The group has considerable experience in private equity, investment funds and joint venture assignments and recently advised Yandex NV on its proposed acquisition of a minority stake in the start-up DOC+. Senior associate Andri Stylianou is β€˜very professional’.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC’s β€˜strong team’ frequently works on cross-border deals with major international law firms. It advised Bank of China as inter-creditor agent for a syndicate of banks on the migration of LUKOIL Overseas West Project from the BVI to Cyprus. The β€˜outstanding’ Elias Neocleous β€˜performs at a top international level’; Philippos Aristotelous is a β€˜safe pair of hands on complicated deals’; Demetris Roti β€˜constantly meets tight deadlines’ and Katia Papadopoulou is β€˜very helpful’.

George Y Yiangou LLC assists major corporate clients with the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters and frequently acts alongside international law firms. It advised a large Russian bank on a merger between two Cypriot entities which were indebted to the bank under a multibillion-dollar facility. Chris Yiangou is β€˜excellent’ and Lory Cirstea is also recommended.

Harneys is β€˜technically strong at partner and associate level’ and its β€˜international reach means that it is excellent for cross-border deals’. Nancy Erotocritou can be β€˜trusted to deliver on the most time-critical projects’ and Demetris Loizides is β€˜very professional’. The β€˜very sharp’ Emily Yiolitis is the key contact for international tax structuring and senior associate Valentina Hadjisoteriou shows β€˜great attention to detail’.

Dr K Chrysostomides & Co LLC’s β€˜response times are excellent and it is very strong on international deals’: the group recently advised an international pharmaceutical group on its acquisition of a major pharmaceutical company in Cyprus. Pavlos Symeonides and Elena Ioannides are β€˜very efficient’ and senior associate Artemis Amalia Metaxa is β€˜immensely hardworking’.

Mouaimis & Mouaimis LLC β€˜stands out among many other Cypriot law firms for its proactive involvement in each transaction, always looking beyond the purely local law issues to the bigger issues driving the deal’. The group provides β€˜high standards of service’ on complex matters ranging from corporate reorganisations to the sale of assets and corporate entities. Panayotis Mouaimis is β€˜very thorough’ and Michalis Mouaimis β€˜very responsive’.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC’s β€˜experienced’ Lia Iordanou Theodoulou led the advice to a media and advertising services provider on the liquidation of one of its member companies. The β€˜excellent’ team also includes Stavros Pavlou and Stella Strati, who are both β€˜very knowledgeable’.

Ioannides Demetriou LLC’s β€˜top-notch team always has a good understanding of the commercial terms of each transaction’ and advises both public and private clients on a broad range of corporate transactions. Highlights included advising the Louis Group on its financial restructuring with local and foreign credit institutions. Pambos Ioannides is β€˜vastly knowledgeable’ and senior associate Zoe Christou β€˜analyses all problems methodically before coming up with the best solution’.

Kinanis LLC Lawyers' Limited Company has a β€˜well-organised team’ that recently advised on the re-domiciliation of a company that was registered under the laws of BVI to Cyprus. Key contacts are the β€˜thorough’ Andri Michael and the β€˜technically strong’ Christos Kinanis.

The β€˜highly responsive’ team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC regularly acts as local counsel on major high value and cross-border deals and recently advised Iron Mountain on its acquisition of Fileminders. The β€˜prompt’ Lambros Soteriou and the β€˜very attentive’ Ioanna Solomou are recommended. Tonia Antoniou is β€˜very motivated’.

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC represents major international companies on a wide range of corporate and restructuring projects. Angelos Paphitis heads the practice.

At Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC, Dimitria Coucouni Andreou and Tasos Coucounis kept busy advising on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters. Highlights included advising a large Italian fishery on the establishment of a joint venture with a local fishery.

CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) is β€˜willing to go that extra mile’ and recently advised on several mergers in the energy sector. Celia Pourgoura β€˜delivers work of the highest standard even within really tight deadlines’ and Alexia Aspri is β€˜really commercial’.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC’s β€˜very practical’ team has particular expertise in advising on corporate aspects of collective investment funds matters as well as on corporate matters in the media sector. Clients include a national television station. Gaston Hadjianastassiou is β€˜very proactive’ and practice head Kypros Ioannides is β€˜calm and experienced’.

Marcos Georgiades at Georgiades & Pelides is recommended for his work on stock exchange matters.

Michael Damianos & Co LLC is an β€˜exceptional firm’ and has particular expertise in public offerings in overseas markets and the energy sector. Michael Damianos is β€˜highly professional’.

Pyrgou Vakis Law Firm’s β€˜proactive team’ provides a β€˜professional service’ in mergers and acquisitions and on domestic and cross-border ventures. Demetris Vakis is β€˜experienced’ and Melina Pyrgou is β€˜excellent’.

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC recently assisted the buyers with the €80m purchase of three hotels in Cyprus. Stelios Americanos is recommended.

Antoniou McCollum & Co. regularly assists Futjitsu General with the full spread of corporate matters, including advice on commercial agreements with its Cypriot distributors and agents. Anastasios Antoniou and Christina McCollum are well-regarded.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC has a β€˜substantial practice that provides an excellent service’ and routinely handles high-value cross-border M&A deals. George Georgiou is β€˜superb’.

Kannava, Kitromilidou & Co LLC β€˜works on the highest professional level’ and routinely advises on cross-border M&A transactions and international joint ventures. Maria Kannava is β€˜very well organised’ and Maria Kitromilidou β€˜finds valuable solutions promptly’.

Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous LLC provides β€˜tailor-made advice’ under the leadership of Cleo Koushos-Cros. Major clients include real estate company Aroundtown and PrimeCity Investment. Eleni Korfiotis made partner and Thanasis Korfiotis β€˜adds value on the most complicated deals’.

A.G Erotocritou LLC β€˜is always there for the client’ with the β€˜highly competent’ Alexis Erotocritou at the helm.

Andreas Mylonas at AMG Mylonas & Associates, LLC is β€˜knowledgeable and responsive’.

Alexandros Economou LLC has a β€˜very strong team that has remarkable commercial understanding and legal know–how’. Alexandros Economou provides β€˜tailor-made advice’.

Athos Demetriou Associates LLC had a busy year advising national and international companies and financial institutions on corporate and commercial matters. Athos Demetriou is recommended.

Christos Patsalides L.L.C. has an β€˜effective’ team. Christos Patsalides is β€˜experienced’.

Stella Kammitsi heads the international corporate department at Chryssafinis & Polyviou LLC; the group regularly assists with mergers and acquisitions.

Marinella Kilikitas at E & G Economides LLC is β€˜accurate’. The group β€˜handles multiple and complex tasks well’.

Costas Tsirides & Co LLC has a β€˜highly qualified team of professionals’. Alexandros Tsirides is β€˜hugely experienced’.

G. Vrikis & Associates LLC provides a β€˜personalised service’. George Vrikis is β€˜very accurate’.

Harris Kyriakides LLC’s β€˜dynamic’team acted for the majority shareholder in a dispute over a refinery operation in Russia. Michalis Kyriakides is recommended.

Ierotheou, Kamperis & Co. LLC services clients from Europe, Russia, the CIS and China. Michalis Kamperis is recommended.

Papadopoulos, Lycourgos & Co LLC is skilled at handling high-value cross-border deals. Doros Lycourgos is highly regarded.

Prountzos & Prountzos LLC has been advising Interallis Chemicals Group on various matters. Charalambos Prountzos heads the team.

Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC’s β€˜client-centric team’ includes Kyriacos Scordis and Christos Scordis who are both β€˜top-notch’.

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C is β€˜efficient’ and head of team is the β€˜very experienced’ Soteris Pittas. Elizaveta Bokova is β€˜commercial’ and Maria Pitta is β€˜pragmatic’.

Tornaritis Law Firm is advising on a major cross-border merger and acquisition between companies in the pharmaceutical industry. Alexandros Alexandrou is β€˜vastly experienced’.

Varnavas Playbell at Varnavas Playbell & Co LLC is β€˜very commercially aware’.

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