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Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC handles the full range of maritime matters such as the purchase of vessels and yacht registrations and also serves as deputy registrar of the Belize-ship registry. Recent highlights include advising the vendor on the sale of nine bulk oil barges.

Certainly one of the top local firms’, Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office fields a ‘well-resourced team’, which is ‘as efficient and effective as any major London law firm’. The ‘pragmatic and commercial’ group recently advised a German bank on the Cypriot law aspects of the refinancing of 42 vessels. Michael McBride ‘provides a solution before problems even arise’; Yiannis Christodoulou ‘provides clear and practical advice’ and Marion Coukidou-Madella is another key member of the ‘very strong team’.


Montanios & Montanios

Montanios & Montanios (M & M) is one of the oldest law firms in Cyprus with an international practice. Over the last 67 years, it has acted for a wide spectrum of Cypriot and overseas clients, both corporate and private. It has been involved in a great number of local and international shipping corporate and commercial transactions and has represented litigation clients before all Cypriot courts (other than criminal and administrative). The firm was founded in 1951 by the late Michael Montanios, a barrister-at-law of the Middle Temple (London), in the port city of Famagusta.

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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC’s ‘great team’ provides a full range of services to shipping and ship management companies and their insurers and handles a large amount of debt recovery work for carriers. The team also advises on ship and superyacht purchases and in proceedings before the admiralty jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Cyprus. Practice head Costas Stamatiou and senior associate Vassilis Psyrras are ‘extremely professional’.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC acts for ship owners, ship managers and financial institutions and regularly provides legal opinions on ship financing deals. Lambros Soteriou and Tonia Antoniou are recommended.

Polakis Sarris & Co LLC is ‘very sound for shipping work’. Polakis Sarris is a key contact.

Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C.’s Andreas Haviaras is ‘well respected’, particularly for his work on contentious maritime matters.

L Papaphilippou & Co LLCis immensely responsive’. Clients include ship owners and managers, in addition to charterers, cargo owners, insurers and banks. Yiangos Hadjiyiangou and Philippos Philippou are ‘experienced’.

Montanios & Montanios LLC has a ‘highly respected shipping practice’ with niche expertise in shipping finance. Acis Montanios and Eric Montanios are recommended.

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