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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

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The British Virgin Islands are rushing to pass by the end of December the new economic substance legislation to avoid the EU’s blacklist of tax haven jurisdictions.

Security Token Offerings (STOs): The Future of Coin Offerings

December 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Kinanis LLC.

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The term ICO has been at the epicentre of discussions in the FinTech industry, being the main method of fundraising used by startup companies to develop innovative ideas on the Blockchain technology or other applications using Distributed Ledger Technology (“DLT”).

The 'dark' side of the data room: disclosure dangers in M&A and finance transactions

Given the corporate environment's ever-changing nature and business needs and the importance of data protection at the EU level, the topic of due diligence in M&A and financial transactions warrants examination. The disclosure, transfer and processing of data raises concerns at several stages of the due diligence process during a transaction and undoubtedly makes things more complicated.

Registered alternative investment funds – an overview

Cyprus is fast becoming an international fund hub and a well-respected player in both the European and international fund industries.

Cyprus Shipping: casting a long shadow over the International Maritime Industry

Cyprus's maritime industry has been established as one of the three largest merchant fleets in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Given its attractive environment and fast developments, Cyprus is likely to cast a long shadow over the international shipping sector...

Project Finance 2018

October 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC.

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Mrs Stella Strati, Partner-Corporate Finance, and Mr Stylianos Trillides, Senior Associate, contributed the exclusive Cyprus chapter to the 7th edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2018.

A call for specifying the “Pre-Marketing” concept within the AIFMD

October 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC.

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On the 12th of March 2018, the EU Commission via an explanatory memorandum (“Explanatory Memorandum”), adopted a package of further measures intended to deepen, unify and further integrate the capital markets sector of the 28 EU Member States.

Why Register a Cyprus Company

Anarticle by Mr. Michalis Economides, CEO | Advocate & Legal Consultant ofthe International Law Firm Chambersfield Economides Kranos

Business nowadaysoperates in an interconnected world, without any boundaries or limitations toprotect brands and companies from the merciless competition. 

In our era, due totechnological breakthroughs, competition is thriving and multi-attacking companiesand brands from various channels of communication; therefore entrepreneurs findthemselves in the difficult position of searching and finding the mostfavorable path to follow, for the achievement of economies of scales.

Currently, manyentrepreneurs are in the process of searching various ways on how they canmaximize their productivity and enhance their profitability by minimizing theiroperational costs.  One of the main scenarios they examine, due to itsendless possibilities, is the reincorporation or re domiciliation of theirbusiness activities in favorable markets. Even though this practice is verycommon, entrepreneurs should cautiously consider their options, since this pathcan be very costly, multifaceted and time consuming. 

Cyprus Scheme of Investors Naturalisation

New and updated Regulation on the Naturalization (Citizenship) of Investors in Cyprus byInvestment on the basis of subsection (2) of section 111A of the Civil RegistryLaws of 2002-2015

The Council of Ministers of theRepublic of Cyprus, on the 13th of September 2016 has issued an amendedRegulation in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation (Citizenship) ofInvestors in Cyprus by Exception.

One of the main objectives ofthe economic policy of the Republic of Cyprus is to further encourage ForeignDirect Investment and to attract high net worth individuals to settle and dobusiness in Cyprus.

Key factors that make Cyprus anattractive destination for investment, is the highly specialized human capital,the reliable legislative and regulatory framework, the stable tax system andthe safety and stability conditions prevailing in the country.

Within this framework and takinginto account the strong investor interest, the Government of Cyprus hasestablished and revised a "Scheme for Naturalization of non-Cypriotinvestors by exception" on the basis of subsection (2) of section 111A ofthe Civil Registry Laws of 2002-2015, with specific incentives, terms andconditions and control procedures in order to prevent abuse.

Why Companies Need Professional Asset Portfolio Management

An Article by Mr Michalis Economides, CEO and Founder ofChambersfield Economides Kranos, Advocates & Legal Consultants

Asset management isessential if a company is to maximize the return on investment (ROI) to itsshareholders and stakeholders. Despite its importance, however, many numerouscompanies and entrepreneurs neglect it and fail to provide the necessaryattention to the procedures required for an efficient asset managementstrategy. This can lead to their investments underperforming and they may findthemselves exposed and vulnerable to significant risks, due to financialfluctuations and the constantly changing market environment.   

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