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The firm: Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is a leading, multi-awarded law firm based in Cyprus with significant experience in the international legal market. Founded in 1963, the firm continually invests in key workforce to maintain a high quality of legal services and today, it is considered one of the leading and most respected law firms in Cyprus.

The firm’s highly skilled legal team specialises in cross-border work and it has been involved in some of the largest transactions/cases in the international and local legal market. Clients include public and private companies from various industry sectors, local and international banks, financial institutions, entrepreneurs as well as a host of individual clients from Europe, Russia, the CIS countries, Cyprus and others.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is a member of important professional international bodies. It is recommended by prestigious legal directories globally and it is recognised as a top-performing firm in respect of its distinctive client services and legal advice.

Areas of practice: Dispute resolution and ADR: the largest and most experienced department of the firm, renowned for delivering exceptional service to clients. The legal team handles cases in conventional and alternative forms of dispute resolution, including international arbitration and mediation. A sample of the litigation team’s recent work includes the representation of certain Russian companies in shareholders’ disputes for the amount of USD$200m for alleged breaches of shareholders’ agreement, misrepresentation and fraud.

Corporate, commercial and M&A: one of the internationally recognised practice areas of the firm with a reputation for providing swift, practical and solutions-oriented consultancy services. The department handles complicated cross-border transactions including major mergers and acquisitions and assists large groups of companies and prestigious international law firms on Cyprus corporate and commercial law issues. Among many projects, the corporate team is currently advising a global leader, operating in the energy sector, on a USD$975m proposed acquisition of a Cyprus holding company and its subsidiaries.

Banking and finance: this line of work has increased tremendously over the last three years (banking work has tripled) with the department offering premium financial and banking legal services to European, Russian and local banks, and companies from the financial services sector. Recently the team advised on a complex global restructuring (value USD$1.53bn) of all the facility agreements with various companies, of a leading international group involved in the oil business in the Russian Federation, Central and Southern Asia, and the Middle East.

Corporate management services: through its close association with Pagecorp Group, the firm offers comprehensive corporate management, administrative, trustee and fiduciary services to several hundreds of companies operating in Cyprus and abroad.

International tax planning: the department provides comprehensive advice on Cyprus tax law matters, complicated tax structures and on possible tax implications arising from cross-border mergers and acquisitions. One of the recent projects includes the provision of specialised tax advice to a Russian airline in relation to transfer pricing, VAT matters and on the tax consequences arising out of a financing scheme concerning the leasing of its aircrafts to UAE, Cypriot and Irish entities.

Real estate, trusts and asset protection: the firm’s experience is extensive, with the legal team advising on a broad range of property-related services, such as assisting real estate developers on the development and licensing of properties, individuals on sale/purchase/lease agreements, property finance matters, on the setting up of Cyprus international trusts and many others. Over the last two years, the department has been extensively involved and is continuously advising a number of high-net-worth individuals from Russia, Asia and other non-EU countries on the purchase of premium commercial and residential properties, which qualify for the Cyprus citizenship by Investment Programme.

  • Contact
  • Stavros Pavlou
  • Number of lawyers: 27
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Slovak
  • Georgian
  • Member
  • International Bar Association
  • International Law Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Tax Planning Association
  • Cyprus-Russian Business Association
  • Russian Arbitration Association
  • Association of International Tax Consultants
  • AEA International Lawyers Network

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    As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by sponsoring local events, applying environmental-friendly practices, minimizing our ecological impact, and most importantly, by raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations.
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  • Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio

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  • 19% VAT on Plots

    In order to harmonize the  Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.
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