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Michael Mantis, Partner

Partner Michael Mantis discusses legal services and his firm in Cyprus

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Mantis & Athinodorou LLC from your competitors?

Mantis & Athinodorou LLC is a family run law firm. Our differentiating factors have been shaped by our long history of working with international clients, to include:

  1. Results oriented, efficient at moving forward and closing/completing client cases
  2. Strong communication with all clients to ensure they are up to date regarding the progress of their case.
  3. Strong networks with public and financial bodies in Cyprus
Which practises do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We expect there to be growth under three practices, namely:

  1. Real estate should see an upward trend due to improvements in the economy of Cyprus
  2. Establishment of companies this practice has not taken off as expected primarily due to the instability within the financial sector. However, with growing stability in the banking system we expect to see an upward trend in this area
  3. Immigration i.e. citizenship by investment as the global markets and security becomes unpredictable high net worth individuals will be looking to countries like Cyprus as a second base for their families and businesses.
What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The Partners have delegated different practice areas of litigation and non-litigation services amongst themselves. This has led to faster processing of queries and better adaption to the business environment.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology has become a central tenet to how any business operates both internally and with clients. Primarily it has improved the customer experience by:

  1. Increasing the number of communication channels and modalities
  2. Cloud based systems enable our lawyers to work on completing cases from anywhere in the world
  3. Our partners have oversight of on-going cases and are therefore able to quickly resolve any issues, increasing efficiencies
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As a firm we always try to find the best possible solutions for our clients in order for them to have maximum protection and maximize their profit and investment. In a recent transaction, we managed to save our client over 100,000 euros in taxes due to the structure given to the transaction by the contracts, which we achieved through detailed analysis of the situation in advance.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms? Where do you see the firm in three years’ time

In three years’ time we anticipate retaining or bettering our position as a market leader for legal services in Cyprus. We will continue to provide high quality services, while continuously adapting to any new developments. Finally, we will be increasing both the number of services we offer and team of lawyers.

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