Firms in the Spotlight Commercial, corporate and M&A

Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C.

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One of the leading law firms in Cyprus, Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C. was founded in 2008. Since then, it has steadily grown to become a team of dedicated and resourceful professionals devoted to the service of its clients’ interests. The firm is greatly respected in Cyprus as well as internationally, well known in particular for …

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

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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. The team effectively handles complicated cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and assists large groups of companies and prestigious international law firms on Cyprus corporate law issues.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Cyprus

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

The team at Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC is led by Stelios Triantafyllides who has ‘exceptional communication skills, market awareness, project creativity and vast experience of multijurisdictional transactions’. The group has acted in numerous high-profile Russian M&A transactions with a Cypriot element. It acts for a vast array of commercial and investment banks as well as insurance companies and other corporate entities in various sectors such as media and entertainment, food and beverages and the pharmaceutical industry. It also advises high-net-worth individuals and is renowned as being one of the strongest in the market for mergers, acquisitions and the takeovers of publicly listed companies. The team consists of ‘individuals who are proactive, hardworking, very knowledgeable and are always ready to meet strict deadlines’.

Practice head(s):

Stelios Triantafyllides

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Podlesny

Testimonials

‘Very disciplined and knowledgeable team of legal professionals that provides timely advice tailored to our specific needs on a case by case basis. Expertise in various areas of law and in-depth understanding of the financial, banking and fiduciary industry as well as capability to advise on complex regulatory issues. The firm provides an optimum service in terms of high quality transactional work combined with a practical and client oriented approach. ’

‘Client service and professionalism are above expectations with excellent professional and personal attributes, which give the basis for strong and continued cooperation. Performance continuously exceeds what is expected. The expertise in international, corporate and tax law and cross-border international business transactions is at the highest levels. Always brief, concise and to the point. Highest quality of advice on both corporate, banking, finance and regulatory matters. Stelios Triantafyllides has exceptional communication skills, market awareness, project creativity   and  vast experience with multi jurisdictional transactions’.

‘We have been cooperating with Antis Triantafyllides & Sons for more than a decade where we have a great business relationship. It is a very knowledgeable team, which is flexible and ready to adopt to new challenges’.

‘In-depth industry knowledge, multijurisdictional awareness, client focused approach ’

‘Long established, excellent reputation, high quality partners, always available and ready to handle practically any corporate legal matter no matter how complex – reasonable and transparent billing’.

‘Top quality knowledge in corporate legal matters, always available, approachable and easy to communicate with, speed of execution, clear and unambiguous advice’.

‘The team is the most experienced in the public takeover regime in Cyprus’.

Key clients

AECOM

Cyprus Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Swissport International

Hennes & Mauritz

NCH Group

Renaissance Group

Schlumberger Oil

Etalon Group

Intel Corporation

VTB

Work highlights

  • Assisted National Bank TRUST PJSC concerning the implementation of a “dispute settlement” with Mikhail Gutseriyev’s Safmar group with an overall value worth more than 135 bn roubles ($2.13 billion).
  • Assisted a leading private operating lessor in Russia with the facility agreement in the amount of RUB 9bn between the Cypriot company of the client and one of the leading universal banks of Russia.
  • Assisted TITAN CEMENT Group which owns a series of subsidiaries acquire another Cypriot holding company of the group by way of merger, without liquidation and by the transfer of all of the assets and liabilities of the acquired company.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC is a ‘real client oriented company. It also possesses deep knowledge and expertise in corporate law’. The large and 'very responsive' team has substantial experience in domestic and cross-border matters including M&As, commercial contracts and joint ventures. It is frequently instructed by major international law firms under the leadership of Michalis Pittakis, Koulla Demetriou and Christodoulos G. Vassiliades. The team at all levels receives a lot of plaudits for its ‘highly professional support and timely advice with an agile approach, easy online communication and advice that is up-to-date’. The practice has considerable experience in the incorporation, management and administration of all types of companies in various jurisdictions and is adept at handling a myriad of commercial and partnership agreements, securities and governance matters. It 'works together perfectly and is able to achieve the best results that are tailored to the clients' needs and expectations'.

Practice head(s):

Michalis Pittakis; Koulla Demetriou; Christodoulos G. Vassiliades

Other key lawyers:

Maria H. Kyriacou; Annamaria Vassiliades; Katerina Berou; Maria Taki; Andrea Kalarkoti

Testimonials

‘All the team is highly professional and is deeply involved in the work process. The best ever Cyprus law advisers and administrators. Christodoulos Vassiliades stays personally involved and is ready to provide assistance in the most difficult matters’.

‘The lawyers have been very responsive and punctual in delivering, without unnecessary complications. In my view, their fees are set at reasonable levels, making this practice a good value-for-money partner for anyone requiring Cypriot legal advice in commercial and financial matters. The team is professional, proactive, timely and  efficient with fair costs’.

‘CGV team is extremely devoted to its clients and to the projects it undertakes. The lawyers work as a team together with colleagues from other departments to ensure that they see the whole picture and scrutinise the details so as not to miss a thing. They are always in position to find a proper solution to the most problematic and/or specific types of questions. Strategical thinking, strong knowledge of local and international laws, disciplined and organised employees, tight connections between departments make CGV’s team truly outstanding’.

‘Michalis Pittakis and Koulla Demetriou are exceptional specialists, truly devoted to their clients, with perfect understanding of what the client needs and what is the best possible way to help. Non-standard thinking, creative, professional and workable solutions’.

‘Real client oriented company. It also possesses deep knowledge and expertise in corporate law’.

‘Mr. Vassiliades very often personally goes deep into the details of your problem to help to solve it. I remember his words addressed to me 15 years ago when we had a big transaction and I was not experienced. He said: Do not worry, I do not leave you alone without support. It gave me power and confidence and helped to close a deal. Not just words, real support. Mr. Vassiliades and his team always assist me in difficult situations’.

‘Maria H. Kyriacou demonstrated a high professionalism when working on one of our M&A deals. Katerina Berou is highly professional’.

‘The main strength of the team is a deep attention to detail and a focus on the client’s needs. As a client, we do not need to recall the background of the issue and the previously taken steps when discussing any matters. This is really important to us’.

‘Mrs. Annamaria Vassiliades is an outstanding lawyer with high professional spirit , always eager to provide her valuable support whenever required. Mr. Christodoulos G. Vassiliades is a professional of the highest standards who is well respected locally as well as overseas. He stands out for his excellence and professional order. Ms. Maria Kyriacou is a valuable asset of the firm who is very knowledgeable in the field of her expertise and always professionally oriented’.

‘This is REAL client oriented company. However they do also possess deep knowledge and expertise in the corporate law area Speed. I do not know exactly how do they do it but they are very fast even in the current era of everyday compliance issues. Andrea Kalarkoti is a 1st person for me in the firm. She tries to solve our problems fast and efficient, understands our wishes and how we could achieve them given the circumstances.’

‘Works together perfectly and is able to achieve the best results that are tailored to the clients’ needs and expectations’.

‘The best ever Cyprus law advisers and administrators. The team provides highly professional support and timely advice. Agile approach, easy online communications, up-to-date advic Christpdulos Vassiliades, managing partner, personally involved and ready to provide assistance in the most difficult cases.’

Key clients

Pizza Fan

Clearwater

TeleGroup d.o.o Beograd

Mail.ru

Baker & McKenzie

Hogan Lovells

Credit Bank of Moscow

Work highlights

  • Advised ITPs NETHERLANDS LIMITED on entering into a limited partnership agreement with the aim of making a venture capital investment in the securities of domestic and foreign private companies.
  • Advised MAIL.RU on the preparation of a legal opinion for the biggest internet service provider in Russia concerning the participation of a Cyprus entity in a Russian financial institution.

Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants

Under the leadership of Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris the ‘highly competent’ team at Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants is praised for its ‘detailed and prudent approach to work’ and for its ‘solid legal advice that can be relied upon’. Clients range from some of the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions to middle market and emerging companies, from a broad range of industries. Other clients include numerous high-net-worth individuals. It has sector expertise in areas as diverse as infrastructure and telecommunications through to energy, cosmetics, mining and healthcare. The team at associate level also garners praise and overall is ‘highly responsive’, providing ‘clear and direct advice’. Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides has left the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Chryso Pitsilli Dekatris

Other key lawyers:

Anna Rossides; George Ioannou ; Pavlos Symeonides; Eleni Shiarly; Margarita Louca; Artemis Amalia Metaxa

Testimonials

‘In my view, Chrysostomides is one of the most experienced, trained and responsible legal teams in Cyprus. It really understands how to do complicated transactions in a cross-border environment and perfectly understands how to do things in Cyprus’.

 ‘Anna Rossides and George Ioannou are always in touch, give max effort when we need it the most. Eleni Shiarly, is very pleasant and easy to work with. Always prompt responses.’

‘Artemis Amalia Metaxa, Margarita Louca and Eleni Shiarly are my senior associates of choice. We did a lot of transactions together, including complicated multi-billion JVs, and the team was always very responsive, demonstrating clever ways of thinking, deep understanding of our needs, outstanding responsibility and professionalism’.

‘From my perspective getting a clear understanding of what is required and then getting the job right, on time and ona  pre-agreed budget is key. Chrysostomides has been doing just that for a number of years already’.

‘Pavlos Symeonides stands out for a very thorough approach, for allocating sufficient time to understand the issue(s), my needs and expectations and for providing the most efficient solutions and, most importantly, delivering on such solutions as promised. I know from the get-go that I will get exactly (or more) of what Pavlos has promised’.

‘The team Dr. Chrysostomides offers a fast, competent and high professional service in the law of the Republic of Cyprus and in European law.’

‘I mainly work with Pavlos Symenoides. He offers a high quality service.  I trust the team 100%’.

Key clients

Iron Mountain Incorporated

AstroBank (Cyprus) Ltd

East Line Group

Endo International PLC

Veeam Software,

Ovostar Public Company Limited

Purcari Wineries Public Company Limited

Pharmascience

Yum! Brands, Inc.

Nielsen Holdings plc

Atalaya Mining Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised East Line Group, a Russian airport infrastructure business operating the Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow on a multijurisdictional transaction, valued at EUR 650m.
  • Assisting AstroBank (Cyprus) Ltd with its corporate restructuring leading to its conversion from a private banking institution to a public banking institution.
  • Advised Iron Mountain Incorporated in a review of the transaction documents for the acquisition of 90% of the issued shares of the Target, a Cyprus holding company with subsidiaries in the Russian Federation.

Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office

Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office has experience in corporate acquisitions, reorganisations and mergers. It also has a strong reputation in the market for its commercial work. Its versatile team is skilled at drafting a wide spectrum of commercial contracts from hotel management contracts to complex trading agreements, shareholder agreements and those covering the establishment of investment structures, as well as online trading terms and conditions. Many of its clients operate in sectors such as banking, insurance, renewable energy and manufacturing, but it also advises several high-net-worth individuals.  Head of department Chris Georghiades is often involved in the biggest domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and advises key Cypriot and major foreign banks on all aspects of corporate and commercial law. Michaela Hadjihambi has considerable experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions  as well as complex reorganisations and joint venture agreements.

Practice head(s):

Chris Georghiades

Other key lawyers:

Michaella Hadjihambi

Key clients

Amathus Public Ltd

Olympia Group

KANIKA

Nest Investments (Holdings) Ltd

NBG Pangaea (now Prodea Investments)

Eurogate Cyprus

Columbia Marlow

Muskita

Lanitis Group

TP AEOLIAN DYNAMICS LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Advised Ancala Partners on the acquisition of the 82 MW Orites wind farm capacity from Platina Energy Partners and local partner Kleanthis Ellinas.
  • Advised R&Q Cyprus Limited of Cyprus, a company carrying on insurance business in run off, in its cross border merger with R&Q Insurance (Europe) Limited of Malta.

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC

Under the leadership of Effie Anastassiou, Stavros Clerides and Andri Stylianou the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' team at Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC is ‘highly professional – it not only meets but very often exceeds expectations’. It has enjoyed another busy year with a significant flow of new and key corporate assignments. It works for large corporate clients, international law firms, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals. It handles the full array of corporate and commercial work with substantial experience in cross-border transactional work and complex financial arrangements such as IP transactions, PE and venture capital deals.  Other strengths lie in advising on derivatives, start-ups and angel financings. It has a substantial client base from the CIS region as well as the US, the UK, CEE, the Balkans and the MEA region.

Practice head(s):

Effie Anastassiou; Stavros Clerides; Andri Stylianou

Testimonials

‘Effie Anastassiou is a great corporate lawyer, always available and ready to help’.

‘Highly professional – it not only meets but very often exceeds expectations’.

‘During the project it became obvious that  the team is totally familiar even with recent changes in Cyprus law and the application of such changes. Demonstrated great experience and provided a feeling that we were in safe hands’.

‘Worked with Effie Anastasiou: Effie was very clear in her advice, it became obvious that she is very experienced with cross-border transactions’.

‘The team has a sound understanding of business matters and the practicalities involved and thus is able to assist us in navigating through various issues in an efficient way. Also its response times are impressive’.

‘Very good firm we have been working with the firm for years. Very responsive and knowledgeable’.

‘We work with Effie and consider her our ‘go-to’ contact for difficult corporate law queries’.

The firm offers specialist knowledge, high level of quality and prompt responses. It has an extremely efficient team of lawyers with in-depth knowledge of corporate and tax law and high levels of professionalism and solution-oriented attitude. It is among the very best in Cyprus, having the ability and willingness to put extra resources behind a matter, if required’.

‘Our group of companies is mostly served by Stavros Clerides and Effie Anastassiou. Stavros is an outstanding practitioner, highly creative and skilled and has huge experience in the arrangement of complex structures. He has in-depth legal knowledge of specialised legal issues, common-sense and provides valuable business-oriented advice. Effie has deep legal knowledge, can think outside the box and she is results-oriented. She is highly professional, proactive, with excellent response times. We also have contact with Andri Stylianou. She is very responsive and dedicated and combines legal and industry knowledge’.

Key clients

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

Yandex (Technology)

Bluehouse Capital

AFI Development PLC (Developer)

Vodafone Panafon Hellenic Telecommunications S.A.

Pay-Me (Software Development)

ARGUS Capital Group (Private Equity Fund Management)

Mohari (Hotel Management)

Silverbird (IT Platforms)

GT Gettaxi Ltd (On-Demand Mobile Company)

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is one of the preferred advisors in Cyprus for large multinational companies that are seeking advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial issues. Its large team receives a steady stream of mandates on a variety of corporate and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and insolvencies as well as corporate finance work. It also deals with many HNWI and UHNWI clients and their corporate structures. The group has considerable sector expertise in the renewable energy space and has been involved in a sizeable number of major wind and PV projects that have been developed in Cyprus. Head of team is managing partner Elias Neocleous. Demetris Roti is also active in substantial  transactions.

Practice head(s):

Elias Neocleous

Other key lawyers:

Demetris Roti

Key clients

Acer Inc

Acer Europe S.A

Airbnb

Allea Group Holdings

Aphrodite Hills Resort

Avanti Communications Group

Bank of Cyprus

Booking.com

Blackstone Group International LLP

Bloomberg

CYREIT Variable Capital Investment Company PLC

International Finance Corporation

Lenovo Corporation

LongWing Energy S.C.A

Avanti Communications Group plc

Emma Delta Variable Capital Investment Company Limited

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Futures Industry Association

Jordan Kuwait Bank

KKCG SE

Landmark Hotel Nicosia

Limassol Marina

Mall of Cyprus

National Pangea Real Estate Investment Company

EPCM Holdings Limited (South Africa)

Deutsche Bank AG

Prodea Investment Company Limited

PeWeTe Group

Pepperstone Group Limited

SOLEK HOLDING SE

BW Shipping (formerly Bergesen Worldwide)

Work highlights

  • Advised CPI Property Group, a Frankfurt Stock Exchange listed property developer, on the Cypriot aspects of an acquisition of shares in Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited.
  • Advised BW Offshore Group on the restructuring and re-organisation of the group, and the amendments to its revolving credit facility and upsize facility senior secured facilities agreement.
  • Advised Greenmont AIFLNP Ltd, an alternative investment fund, licenced and authorised by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission to internally manage its own portfolio, on the Cypriot law aspects of its private equity investment in the Spanish entity Visalia Energía S.L.

Harneys

Harneys fields a first-rate team that is regularly involved in complex international transactions acting as local counsel. It advises on stock exchange rules, squeeze-out provisions as well as mandatory take-overs and dual listings. The corporate practice includes the investment funds team and a full service regulatory team that advises on all aspects of financial services. Head of department is Demetris Loizides who is well-regarded.  Nancy Erotocritou is another key figure who also has a strong track record of advising listed companies on regulations and mandatory takeover rules, in addition to mergers and acquisitions. The group receives plaudits for its work on complex international restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Demetris Loizides

Other key lawyers:

Nancy Erotocritou; Theodoros Zafiropoulos; Sonia Hamshaw; Valentina Hadjisoteriou

Testimonials

‘Very transactional and highly effective team that we have been working with for the last 4 years’.

‘Sonia Hamshow – excellent associate, immediate response to all actions that need to be done, very smooth character that can even out tensions in the team. Good knowledge of corporate work in Cyprus’.

‘It provided serious and substantiated legal assistance in a timely manner, with a commercial approach. Compared to other law firms acting in Cypriot law matters, it is differentiated by being able to meet international standards’.

‘Theodoros Zafiropoulos is a dedicated lawyer, commercial, efficient and very easy to work with’.

‘The Harneys team is professional, very responsive and made the process of setting up and closing an investment round in Cyprus a lot simpler than it could have been’.

‘My point of contact was Valentina Hadjisoteriou – she was very responsive, knowledgeable and patient. She always responded quickly and assisted in closing the transaction under immense time pressure. I knew, as a foreign attorney not qualified to practice in Cyprus, that my client and I were in good hands’.

Key clients

Agri Europe Cyprus

The Brink’s Company

Transmashholding

Grafton Capital

Howden Broking Group Limited

ISFIELD HOSPITALITY LTD

Lukoil

Letterone

Work highlights

  • Acted for and provided advice on various Cypriot law matters to The Brink’s Company in connection with its acquisition of the majority of G4S plc’s cash operations for $860m.  
  • Acts as general Cypriot counsel for Sova Asset Management (CY) Ltd (Sova AM) giving day-to-day legal advice on general corporate, regulatory and employment law matters- Sova AM is licensed as a full-scope alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) under the EU AIFMD.
  • Acted for Agri Europe Cyprus (AEC) in its recent restructuring through a scheme of arrangement which aimed to separate the subsidiaries of AEC engaged in different business sectors. The reconstruction of AEC aimed to streamline the operations and improve the financial efficiency of the group of companies of AEC.

Ioannides Demetriou LLC

Ioannides Demetriou LLC has ‘lawyers with strong business acumen' who have extensive experience of corporate transactions and M&As. It represents some of the largest commercial enterprises in Cyprus as well as several major semi-governmental organisations. In addition, it acts as legal advisor to numerous accountancy firms and fiduciary service providers. Other key clients include large national and international construction, development and engineering companies, as well as insurance companies, hoteliers, shipping, oil companies and general trading companies. Under the leadership of skilled practitioners Pambos Ioannides, Andrew Demetriou and Christina Ioannidou the team consists of ‘good, hardworking professionals who are knowledgeable and pay good attention to detail’.

Practice head(s):

Pambos Ioannides; Andrew Demetriou; Christina Ioannidou

Other key lawyers:

Katerina Hadjichristofi; Zoe Christou; Savvas Yiordamlis

Testimonials

‘The firm is characterised by its high level of services and responsiveness. It stands out from other firms. We especially value the great attention to detail the firm exhibits. Christina is knowledgeable and down to earth’.

‘Good, hardworking professionals who are knowledgeable and pay good attention to detail’.

‘Lawyers with strong business acumen’

‘Quick to get to the core of each case. Legal advice is to the point without unnecessary detours – a drawback for many firms. Pambos Ioannides – exceptionally astute, very strong commercial sense, greatly experienced. Christina Ioannidou – very quick minded, diligent, thorough, well read, trustworthy’.

‘Mr Pambos Ioannides and Mrs Christina Ioannidou provide tailor made solutions to legal issues. Mr Pambos Ioannides is a remarkable professional with an incredible depth of experience and intellect who understands our business needs’.

‘The competitive advantage of Ioannides Demetriou LLC is its peoples’ culture and productive approach. Pambos Ioannides, Andrew Demetriou and Christina Ioannides. The team is commercially aware and offers solutions ‘out of the box’, which is invaluable for both straightforward and more complex matters. Advice is also provided very quickly and efficiently compared to larger firms’.

‘The firm offers first-class service and has the ability to devise inventive and workable solutions to complex problems. It is characterised by its high level of services and responsiveness. The great attention to detail the firm exhibits is of great importance and highly appreciated’.

‘Having worked with Mr. Andrew Demetriou, Mr. Ioannides and Mrs. Christina Ioannides  – their professionalism, experience and their in-depth preparation for each case makes them stand out. Savvas Yiordamlis also provides an excellent service’.

‘The team is professional, responsive and very knowledgeable. At the same time it has a strong commercial understanding of the situations and takes into account wherever possible all the commercial aspects of a deal, always within the boundaries of the law’.

‘ What I like most about the firm and its people is that whenever there was a complication in an ongoing transaction they always tried and did find ways to overcome the problem with both parties being happy and satisfied. The partners and the lawyers of the firm are easily accessible and give their clients personal attention and are prompt in responding. We consider the firm to be one of the top legal firms in Cyprus’.

Key clients

Cyprus Stock Exchange

Cyprus Health Insurance Organisation

NKS Shacolas Group

Hermes Airports Ltd

Louis Group

Petrolina Holdings Public Co Ltd

VLPG Plant Ltd

Archbishopric of Cyprus

Electricity Authority of Cyprus

Frederick University

Cybarco Development Ltd

Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation

CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings Ltd

HD Insurance Ltd

Eurosure Insurance Company Ltd

European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education

Cosmos Insurance Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise Hermes Airports Ltd, a consortium of local and international investors in relation to the submission of the tender for the construction and operation of the two airports of the Republic under a 25-year concession by the Government of the Cyprus Airports.
  • Acting as legal advisors to Petrolina, a leading Cyprus petroleum company in the country, on all matters relating to its operations including a joint venture for the purpose of the construction of new LPG storage facilities, and handling corporate/commercial/competition and financing matters matters.
  • Acting as Cyprus counsel in relation to the reorganisation and sale of the cash business of G4S Plc, the value of which exceeds eur800m.

George Y Yiangou LLC

George Y Yiangou LLC fields a nimble team that regularly receives instructions from banking and real estate clients on high-value deals. Chris Yiangou along with Lory Cirstea lead the practice that advises on a diverse range of matters from joint venture and shareholder agreements to restructurings, corporate due diligence reports and capital markets matters. It is also skilled at corporate administration, the formation and use of trusts and advising on international collective investments schemes.

Practice head(s):

Chris Yiangou; Lory Cirstea

Key clients

Promsvyazbank

Sberbank of Russia

Sberbank CIB

AO “Alfa-Bank”

Saudi Aramco

Volkswagen Bank GmbH

VEB-Leasing

VTB Leasing

Gallery Media Group

Vitol Group

AREA Property Partners

AIG Investments

Redstone Global Real Estate Group

QIWI PLCMDK – Group

Chain of Supermarket

RMB Consult Ltd

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Advised Saudi Aramco on the acquisition of 30.76% stake in Novomet, a leading Russian producer and operator of oil field equipment having subsidiaries and operations worldwide.
  • Advised Alfa Bank on a warrant instrument relating to warrants to subscribe for the ordinary shares of IVI.RU Media Limited, the Cypriot holding company of Russian online video platform ivi.ru
  • Advised Sberbank of Russia on all Cyprus matters (corporate and regulatory) in connection with the implementation and structuring of a buyback by Etalon Group of up to 10% of its GDRs traded on the LSE.

KINANIS LLC

KINANIS LLC has a ‘highly responsive team that handles effectively a range of complex issues and provides detailed and well-thought through advice that is committed to achieving the client’s legal goals’. The practice has a strong track record of advising on various matters including company formations in multiple jurisdictions, the re-domiciliation of companies and company secretarial matters. Nanette Kalava , Christos P Kinanis and Natalie Petrides head the department that is praised for its ‘very rapid and efficient approach’ to matters.

Practice head(s):

Nanette Kalava; Christos Kinanis; Natalie Petrides

Other key lawyers:

Maria Makridou; Andrea Ioakim

Testimonials

‘I have always found the “down to earth” approach of this firm very helpful. While with another company you would spend hours and hours talking about theoretical risks and other unlikely quandaries, Kinanis deals with the heart of the matter first and foremost. The team is balanced – Christos Kinanis acts with a lot of “common sense”‘.

‘Highly responsive team that handles effectively a range of complex issues and provides detailed and well-thought through advice that is committed to achieving the client’s legal goals’.

‘Its key capabilities are many including quick turn-around, round-the-clock availability and compared to other law firms that we work with, its advice is delivered in a thorough and clear manner. Prompt in delivering legal advice, and highlighting potential risks. Andrea Ioakeim, in particular,  has excellent client management skills’.

‘Maria Makridou is always available to discuss an issue and has an in-depth understanding of all commercial issues raised and is highly supportive and thorough in her advice’.

‘Very professional, reactive and constant in providing high quality of services’. 

‘Capacity to offer solutions adapted to the needs of the clients and excellent performance, personally supervised by the managing partner or head of the respective division (which provides an additional guarantee of quality)’.

‘Mr Christos P.Kinanis, Managing Partner, has an outstanding knowledge of not only the national law, but of the particular features of the laws of other jurisdictions involved. Another point that should be mentioned is the availability and readiness of Mr Kinanis to work with and in the interests of the clients at any time: well after office hours, during weekends – when his personal participation is required he will be available’.

‘Very well experienced, fast reacting and always looking for the client’s benefit. We are more than satisfied with the performance of the team in the past and current transactions. No irrelevant paperwork and unnecessary analysis is delivered. Maria Makridou – great support, deep knowledge, top quality service. Nanette Kalava – highly professional approach’.

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal advisor to Kernel S.A. in relation to the sale of 50% of Taman Grain Terminal Holdings Limited to LLC Demetra-Holding, part of VTB Bank for the amount of Euro61m.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is regularly instructed by a wide range of Cypriot based and international organisations. The agile team advises clients on all aspects of their operations from corporate structures to commercial agreements and is experienced in advising on intragroup corporate acquisitions, mergers and restructurings, in addition to financing arrangements and tax structuring. Lambros Soteriou, Tonia Antoniou and newly promoted partner Ioanna Solomou lead the team. Recently promoted partner Lorena Charalambous is another key member of the team that is‘ very capable and knowledgeable'. It provides a 'prompt and efficient service and is able to meet tight deadlines allowing the client to meet its commercial deadlines’.

Practice head(s):

Lambros Soteriou; Tonia Antoniou; Ioanna Solomou

Other key lawyers:

Lorena Charalambous; Christos Tourvas; Maria Parouti

Testimonials

‘Responsiveness, understanding of client’s needs, concise and helpful advice. Tonia Antoniou is a remarkable partner with in-depth knowledge of key commercial and legal areas as required. Lorena Charalambous is hardworking and is ready to respond to your query on short notice, also providing high quality advice’.

‘Prompt and efficient service and is able to meet tight deadlines allowing the client to meet its commercial deadlines’.

‘Wide knowledge of all aspects of the market. Christos Tourvas, extremely engaged and willing to support and help with vast knowledge of the market’.

‘Exceptional team of professionals who are magnificent at problem-solving’.

‘Mr Christos Tourvas is an excellent professional with a vast knowledge of all kinds of corporate transactions and procedures. I highly value cooperation with Mr. Tourvas due to his determination and engagement in clients’ matters, exceptionally quick and accurate responses as well as his legal expertise’.

‘Very strong team capable of handling large international mandates. Lambros Soteriou – truly outstanding’.

‘The experience, knowledge and frank approach of the partners combined with the broad spectrum of fields the firm practices inhouse makes it a one stop shop’.

‘Lambros Soteriou and his team are our main contact – he is a well versed corporate and financial lawyer; Maria Parouti is a corporate lawyer who we have day to day communication with and  is very responsive – usually provides us with replies within the day’.

‘Ioanna Solomou – never flustered and always able to deliver solutions to complex issues quickly and in a manner that is readily understandable. Very approachable – feel she is really part of your team and not from an outside law firm’.

Key clients

XTRADE Europe Limited

Tempo Beverages Cyprus Limited

Otkritie Broker Limited

Milliplay Limited

HFN (Herzog Fox & Neeman)

Byron Capital Partners Limited

IVI.RU

Mouaimis & Mouaimis LLC

Mouaimis & Mouaimis LLC has a diverse practice that provides legal opinions on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Under the leadership of Panayotis Mouaimis, Michalis P. Mouaimis and Andriani Mouaimi it is adept at advising on group reorganisations as well as setting up and administering Cyprus tax resident companies and partnerships. It also provides corporate administrative services and assists with the liquidation of Cyprus companies (including acting as liquidator). The group is skilled too at handling complex multijurisdictional matters and receives referrals from some major international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Panayotis Mouaimis, Senior Partner; Michalis P. Mouaimis, Partner; Andriani Mouaimi, Partner

Testimonials

‘The team is excellent. I have worked with it for nearly 20 years. The lawyers are thorough and I have no doubt that the end result will meet the needs of the ultimate client without fail’. 

‘Panayotis Mouaimis can be guaranteed to provide a thorough approach to any issue’.

‘Mouaimis Law Firm proved to be a group of professionals who all provided fast and complete replies to any requests or other necessary actions, which we found very beneficial for our cooperation. ’

‘I mostly cooperated with Mr Michalis Mouaimis. He is very professional and what I appreciated most, very responsive and accurate’.

‘Immediate and highly professional reactions and approach’.

‘M&M team is always very supportive and cooperates with clients and colleagues always providing the right solutions on the specific legal issue under examination’.

It is responsive and proactive which is particularly appreciated in complex cross-border transactions’.

‘Very good service provided’.

Work highlights

  • Acted as Cyprus counsel to a global analytics company in relation to the capital reorganisation of its Cyprus subsidiary companies.
  • Advised a global food company on the corporate re-organisation of its European subsidiary companies.
  • Acted as Cyprus counsel to a leading agricultural group of companies in connection with the consolidation of its corporate structure by the merger of two Cyprus subsidiary companies into the Cyprus holding company of the group.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is renowned for its advice on local and international corporate and commercial matters such as handling key cross-border mergers and acquisitions, re-domiciliation in and out of Cyprus and company liquidations. It is also skilled at handling complex corporate governance matters and IP issues. It has recently been active advising major corporate stakeholders on share purchases/sales, regulatory matters and re-domiciliation to Russia. Stavros Pavlou and Lia Iordanou Theodoulou head the department that recently promoted Angeliki Epaminonda to the partnership. Stella Strati is also well-regarded. The 'very knowledgeable and responsive' team is ‘very professional, time efficient and result oriented’.

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Lia Iordanou Theodoulou

Other key lawyers:

Stella Strati; Angeliki Epaminonda; Angelos Onisiforou; Stylianos Trillides; Zoe Potsi

Testimonials

‘The firm provided an excellent service in a cross-border merger project and assisted with the resolution of a shareholders’ dispute. Both partners and associates are easily available, the firm provided clear project planning. Its advice was invaluable for the proper planning of multiple actions in various jurisdictions, and people in the firm worked hard to implement the project properly and on time. ’

‘Angelos Onisiforou is responsive and a sharp lawyer, his knowledge of corporate law helped to defend client’s interests vis a vis other shareholders. Angeliki Epaminonda is great at planning complex projects and knows exactly what challenges might arise during the implementation of these projects. Stella Strati perfectly managed  the complex cross-jurisdictional project and was always focused on the client’s needs’.

‘Very competent, efficient, client-oriented and a  commercially aware team. Partners Lia Iordanou, Stella Strati, Angeliki Epaminonda’.

‘Excellent knowledge of the legal aspects. Quick in response including in the preparation of documents that were needed. Patience and excellent negotiation skills. Stavros Pavlou, Lia Iordanou, Stella Strati, Stylianos Trillides, Zoe Potsi and Angeliki Epaminonda ’.

‘Very knowledgeable and responsive’ team is ‘very professional, time efficient and result oriented’.

‘The team is very prompt at replying to requests and can handle pending issues efficiently. The team members are also very knowledgeable and can advise on a wide spectrum of matters, while retaining their specialisation. The individual members are very punctual and very precise. Accuracy is key to success in this profession. Also, the team members are consistent in the quality of service they offer, in the sense that they can deliver the same level of service every single time’.

‘I have been working with Mrs Lia Iordanou for almost 15 years. She is a very professional and helpful partner, always listens carefully and suggests best options, very prompt  and reachable’.

‘Excellent cooperation with Lia Iordanou that is main lawyer handling our cases. Mr. Pavlou’s wisdom and knowledge are always useful and we can rely on him when needed. An exceptional team who know how to get the job done’.

‘Lia Iordanou and Stella Strati are amongst the most accomplished practitioners in Cyprus. Lia Iordanou is an absolute star who knows what matters to clients and how to get transactions completed quickly, efficiently and in a manner which best protects her clients’ interests. Stella Strati is an exceptional lawyer and a delight to work with and has been instrumental in navigating some of the most challenging transactions. Stella is dedicated to delivering first- class results for her clients’.

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Gazprombank International S.A.

EN+ Group

LSR Group

Nefaso Ltd

Raifaisen Informatik GmbH

Newtech Services Holding Ltd

Orsingher Ortu Avvocati

Ivanyan & Partners

TMK Group

VTB OAO

Work highlights

  • Advised a global leader in coal production and trading in its implementation of a digital signature scheme in order to facilitate its digital transformation and achieve efficiencies by providing advice on the legal framework and formalities of Cypriot and EU legislation while focusing on logistics operations in third countries such as Russia and other regions.
  • Engaged by a large group of seven Cyprus companies, involved in investment services, to provide ongoing advice and assistance in the group’s re-organisation and relocation relating to the continuation of its legal presence from the jurisdiction of Cyprus to a foreign jurisdiction by redomiciling the companies abroad.
  • Engaged by a leading operator of regional airports in Russia, with respect to the restructuring of the group, following a $ 275m acquisition of a majority stake of a Cyprus joint venture company.

STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC

STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC has a team that ‘is like a Swiss clock, where each part of the chain is in place and works’. It is best known for its M&A cross-border work and advice on significant foreign direct investments in Cyprus especially in real estate, tourism and energy. In addition it has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency work, as well as acting as local counsel for notable international law firms. Names to note include Stelios Americanos who ‘is a skilled and experienced lawyer’ and the ‘very responsive’ Michalis Zambyrinis.

Practice head(s):

Stelios Americanos; Despina Americano; Soteris Costa; Olga Petrova; Michalis Zambyrinis; Xenia Kalogirou; Diamando Pitsillidou; Andreas Parpas; Len Judes; Thanos Fiakas; Antri Tasou

Other key lawyers:

Juliana Kyriakides

Testimonials

Deep knowledge of Cyprus law. Advice to the point. Proactive approach to solving issues. Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa and Michalis Zambyrinis. Very quick in responding‘.

This practice has a wealth of local and international knowledge and is flexible – it is simple to organise meetings and get quick answers to enquiries‘.

We are extremely satisfied with the services that are provided. The type of matters handled for us by the firm are corporate and commercial law matters, merger and acquisition projects and banking and financial legal services. It provides a wide range of high quality services‘.

Individual approach and high level of professionalism, “no delays” attitude, availability after working hours when needed.  The team is very stable in respect of people, so you never have to explain the same thing to the new manager/advisor which is a usual problem with other firms‘.

It is strong in corporate law and litigation and responsive to client’s requests demonstrating an innovative approach to various complicated issues involving Cyprus and other jurisdictions‘.

‘Very tailored, individual approach. The team takes time to understand its clients. Every item, no matter how small, is communicated clearly by every member of the team and the team also makes sure that the client is aware of pending deadlines through regular communication and reminders‘.

Stelios Americanos to me is unique because here you can get a real one stop shop advice: corporate practice is very strong and takes into account a lot of cross-practices so you can be sure that nothing is missed. We deal with pretty complicated matters so we need to be sure that all the relevant details are taken into account. It has a strong team of specialists. I would like to underline the involvement of Stelios Americanos himself. Also, I would like to underline Juliana Kyriakides – she is also here to help and to find the best solution‘.

Key clients

Baker & McKenzie

DLA Piper

Linklaters

Dentons

CSS Alpha Fund

Trust Bank

Nicosia Mall

Papaellinas

Ewave Israel

ARGUS Capital

Fattal/Leonardo Group

Talos

Sharelink Financial Services

Athienitis Contractors Developers Public Ltd

IMMOFINANZE

PAP Medical

B2KAPITAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Transocean Ltd in a $1.2bn acquisition of Songa Offshore SE.
  • Advised Alf Mizzi of Malta in its joint venture with Lanitis Group to develop Limassol Green Golf Resort in a €90m transaction.
  • Advising a consortium of local investors in the acquisition by the Bank of Cyprus of Nicosia Mall in a €100million transaction.

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

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC fields a team that routinely advises on share purchases and sales, shareholder agreements, acquisitions, corporate structuring and re-domiciliation. Other strengths lie in escrow services, loan reorganisations as well as advising on joint ventures and demergers. The group is also experienced at advising shareholders and boards of directors on voluntary liquidations and acts as liquidators or for liquidators, administrators, receivers and trustees on all aspects of liquidation work.  Angelos Paphitis and Margarita Sofokleous head the department that advises on a broad range of other issues including corporate governance and corporate and commercial disputes. It adopts a 'flexible approach to meet its clients' needs'.

Practice head(s):

Angelos Paphitis; Margarita Sofokleous

Other key lawyers:

Maria Hinni

Testimonials

‘Reliable professionals, accurate and client orientated, swift in services’.

‘Angelos Paphitis, I have worked with him for 8+ years. Always available, ready to help, a great team builder with motivated people in the office’.

‘I am working closely with AGP because it has very strong expertise in all corporate law matters, it meets agreed deadlines’.

‘The corporate department of AGP has very strong qualities, the lawyers are  always willing to assist in every inquiry we have and always on time. I have mostly worked with Angelos Paphitis –  an excellent corporate and commercial lawyer, with great experience in corporate law. His advice is always accurate and comprehensive. He is always available for the company and willing to resolve any issue that may arise. He is an excellent professional. As well as  Margarita Sofokleous and Maria Hinni ’.

‘Our cooperation with AGP has been going strong for many years now and I could not be more satisfied with the team as well as the services provided. The firm is handling our corporate and commercial matters on an exclusive basis. We are in constant communication for anything that we need, not only in terms of corporate and commercial tasks, but also for all sorts of other legal services. It has a very strong team, well-coordinated with deep professional expertise, knowledgeable and commercially minded compared to other firms in Cyprus’.

‘A few of the individuals who I work with- Angelos Paphitis; he is an excellent advocate and a leader, always straight to the point and very supportive; Margarita Sofokleous is also a very knowledgeable corporate lawyer and, of course, Maria Hinni is a highly skilled advocate with solid corporate knowledge and experience with whom we are very glad to be working with on a nearly daily basis’.

‘A multilingual team, strong in corporate law and litigation. Angelos Paphitis – proactive, open, gives answers, delivers quality legal products on time’.

‘AGP Law Firm is really unique, all issues are solved on time without any mistakes, all questions are fully considered. Margarita Sofokleous and Maria Hinni are among the best lawyers we have ever collaborated with’.

Key clients

VS Energy International

Haxus Limited

Dufry Staer Holding Limited

Quality Leather Trading Limited

Nobuko International Limited

Pocketbook Holdings Limited

Bloomberg Financial Corp. Ltd

Buzzerlo Holdings Limited

Forbes & Manhattan Ukraine

Avtrasoft LIMITED

Centrogin Holding Limited

Asana Trading Limited

Liteforex Investments Limited

Innotick Software Limited

The Global Partership Group Foundation Limited

Lasora Investments Limited

Meerson Investments Limited

Samant

Elan International Holdings Limited

Belamerex Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Haxus Ltd on the preparation, drafting and finalising of the share purchase agreements, amending the M&A of the company and  on the submission of the increase and allotment of the shares with the Registrar of Companies creating different classes of shares and different rights to each class.
  • For Dufry Staer Holding Limited, examined and reviewed a shareholders’ agreement and proceeded with the submission of a court application for the extension of the submission of the HE12 form for the allotment of the shares and proceeding with the relevant amendments with the Registrar of Companies- the team also drafted all documents regarding the registration of pledge of shares.
  • Advised Buzzerlo Holdings Limited on reviewing the participatory interest pledge agreement and drafted all necessary documents in order to submit them for  the registration of  the pledge with the Registrar of Companies- the firm was acting for Pledgor 2.

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC has Dimitria Coucouni and Tasos Coucounis at the helm. The team continues to be busy in advising foreign and national clients on a broad range of issues including insolvency, share shares and restructuring. It has also been providing day-to-day corporate advice to a wide range of clients who are drawn from the pharmaceutical, fisheries, financial services and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dimitria Coucouni; Tasos Coucounis

Testimonials

‘Strong involvement of the partners of the firm. Deep understanding of the needs of their client. Experience in complex project finance structures’.

‘Tassos Coucounis’ professionalism is remarkable’.

 

Key clients

H&R Block Inc

Gartner Inc

Egis Airports SA

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Groupe Partouche SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Gartner Inc, a US listed company with a worldwide presence on issues pertaining to the establishment and maintenance of a Cyprus tax resident subsidiary company owning and exploiting IP assets.
  • Advised a US listed company on the tax aspects of an intragroup financing arrangement having a Cypriot subsidiary company acting as the group’s financier.
  • Advised the French multinational Egis Airports SA in its public tender bid for the new airport terminal in Barbados.

CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC)

The whole team is attentive to client needs and  is always responsive' at CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) and 'the firm is dynamic' with a 'sense that it wants to solve issues in a prompt matter while still delivering good quality work’. Its work ranges from advising on IPOs on major stock exchanges to working with some international law firms on a myriad of complex issues. It has been strengthening its foothold in various sectors such as the agricultural commodities market and has been deepening its expertise in the transport, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors. Heads of team are Alexia Aspri and Celia Pougoura who are ‘super smart, have common sense, think commercially and offer quick and direct solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Alexia Aspri; Celia Pougoura

Testimonials

‘CA Advocates comprises of an extremely efficient team of professionals! They are not only available at any time but they are also deeply knowledgeable and ready to provide quick and accurate solutions. They are very approachable and make each of their clients feel that they are very valuable’.

‘Super smart, have common sense, think commercially and offer quick and direct solutions’.

‘Celia is the fastest and most efficient and effective professional I have ever met! She is so quick at providing the best possible solutions and working with her leaves you at ease that the job will get done! Alexia is very efficient and has in-depth knowledge in her field of work! I feel very confident when I work with her that whatever solution she offers will be the best possible one!’.

‘Niche practice with quick turnaround. Good grasp of local regulations. Effective in tasks assigned. Speed and quality of response has been key. The whole team is attentive to client needs, prompt and always responsive to solve issues. The firm is dynamic and there is a sense of solving issues in a prompt matter while always delivering good quality. Long hours is never a problem as long as deadlines are met’.

‘The firm has a real modern and efficient approach. Celia Pourgura is a real business driver of the company. Alexia Aspri is an excellent, hardworking, very efficient, straight to the point lawyer’.

‘Flexibility, fast and reliable service, availability, excellent technical knowledge, reasonable pricing. It has native speakers of Russian too. Both partners are passionate to provide an excellent quality of service, without compromising their ethical standards. Their honest approach and genuine interest in their client’s cases are amongst their most valuable assets’.

‘We consider that CA Advocates is one of the most efficient law firms in its sector. We are very pleased with the fast and swift responses, as well as its accurate solutions to any problem we directed to it. The team is young and dynamic and at the same time, each person has his/her own specialisation with in depth knowledge. It definitely outweighs other firms in  terms of  efficiency, effectiveness and quick responses’.

‘Alexia is always at our disposal to provide personal attention to any enquiry we have. She has an excellent commercial sense and swiftly provides cost effective and accurate solutions. Celia is really fast and efficient with excellent knowledge in her field of work. She is always available!’.

‘Celia Pourgoura is a top class lawyer. She has empathy with clients and can always put herself in someone else’s shoes which helps in providing her advice. Also she is available literally 24/7 and 365 days per year, something  that is very rare’.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC has an excellent practice that advises on a myriad of complex corporate and commercial issues such as compliance work, corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, divestures and joint ventures. It is also skilled at providing regulatory advice and advising on various supply chain management and distribution agreements. Other strengths lie in real estate and a new area of focus is on privacy and data protection matters. Kypros Ioannides, Andreas Thoma and Gaston Hadjianastassiou  lead the ‘client oriented and result driven team’.

Practice head(s):

Kypros Ioannides; Andreas Thoma; Gaston Hadjianastassiou

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Kyprianou; Eleni Pophaides

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have very good knowledge of the legislation but when giving advice they take into consideration the needs of the business and the commercial part of the deal. They provide quick responses, clear and concise work and solutions’.

‘Client oriented and result driven team’.

‘People are very well educated and professional and pay attention to detail. They respond quickly and at the same time the quality of their work is excellent – Kypros Ioannides‘.

‘The team has very good experience in corporate and tax. The lawyers helped us to solve a few very specific corporate issues on time. 1. All work was provided on time.  2. Value for money. 3. You can reach your contact person any time including vacation and holidays. 4. Deep knowledge and practice in corporate law’.

‘Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC always offers quick, accurate and trusted legal advice on challenging matters. The individuals we work with make us feel that our matters are a priority to them and that they are willing to go the extra mile to deliver their work in a professional and prompt manner’.

‘A very ‘hands on’ response to the initial inquiry and promptness in setting up meetings, reply to email exchanges. Attentive, personal and clear headed in providing guidance and advice. Able to provide ethical and practical advice’.

‘Exceptional understanding of the scope of the project despite its innovative nature. Delivery fully adjusted to client needs and strict deadlines. High quality communication skills of the team, both on pre-work stage, during the project and after its end’.

‘Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC is responsive, accurate and very helpful’.’

‘Eleni Pophaides is excellent. Kypros Ioannides is bright and very responsive’.

Key clients

Abacus Limited

Abris Capital Partners

Adidas

Albourne Partners

Alfa Capital Holdings

Alpha Television Cyprus Limited

Ancoria Bank

Ancoria Insurance Public Ltd

Astarti Development Plc

A. Panayides Contracting Limited

Aqua Sol Hotels Public Company Limited

Astra Self Drive Cars Limited

Astro Bank Ltd

Avia Capital Leasing (Cyprus) Limited

Baker Tilly Klitou & Partners

Bank of Cyprus

Bank of Scotland plc/ Lloyds Banking Group

Bet365

Blom Bank S.A.L.

C&R Severis Estates Limited

CCHQ Services Limited

CEE Equity Partners

Chapo Farmakas Asphalt Limited

Char. Pilakoutas Group Limited

Charilaos Apostolides public company Limited

Chrigesa Constructions & Developments Limited

Citrus Gardens Development Ltd

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

COCA-COLA HBC Cyprus Ltd

Commercial Estates Group Limited

CSC Group Ltd

Cyproman Services Ltd

D.H. Cyprotels plc

Deloitte Limited

Demstar Automotive Limited

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP

DWF LLP

Elekta EPE

Embria Projects Ltd

Evexo Pharmaceuticals Ltd

EXIUM Engineering Services Ltd

Farmakeftiki Organosis Kyprou Ltd

Fereos Limited

Forum Private School

GPA Vision Drive Ltd

IQ-EQ (Cyprus) Limited

Work highlights

  • Legal advice to Nordic Leisure Travel Group AB and Sunwing Hotels (Cyprus) Limited (related entities) on the transfer of the client’s business.
  • Advising Netherton Investments Limited, the majority investor in a private equity investment in an Austrian biotech company.
  • Engaged to provide ongoing legal advice to Wealth Fund Services Limited on subscriptions, redemption, transfer of shares and legal compliance.

Michael Damianos & Co LLC

A core area of focus for the team at Michael Damianos & Co LLC is corporate work such as the establishment of special purpose vehicles and setting up joint ventures, as well as to takeovers and restructurings. Its commercial practice has strength in all types of commercial contracts from agency and distribution contracts to franchising arrangements and licensing contracts. It is also recommended for its work on energy related projects, real estate matters, privacy and data protection issues. Michael Damianos leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Michael Damianos

Key clients

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

CMS Cameron McKenna LLC

Bird & Bird LLP

Linklaters LLP

Dentons

Watson Farley & Williams

Asters Law Firm (Ukraine)

Hogan Lovells LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Resolute Asset Management

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

PYRGOU VAKIS LAW FIRM

PYRGOU VAKIS LAW FIRM is a well-established practice that frequently conducts legal due diligence for various M&A deals, commercial sales and on proposed investments. It has also been busy providing debt advisory and restructuring advice, as well as compliance and regulatory work. Melina Pyrgou, Demetris Vakis and Georgia Papa lead the ‘hands on, knowledgeable and responsive team’. The firm is known for being ‘experienced in international transactions, which makes the difference’.

Practice head(s):

Melina Pyrgou; Demetris Vakis; Georgia Papa

Other key lawyers:

Evelyn Ioannou

Testimonials

‘Reliability, speed of work. Melina Pyrgou is a person with great personality, trustworthy, well-educated and knowledgeable and committed to the excellent delivery of work ’.

‘Experienced in international transactions, which makes the difference’.

‘Accessibility and personal attention of the partners as well as their practical approach to resolving matters’.

‘Ms Melina Pyrgou has our highest respect for her integrity, practical mind, strength of opinion and professional expertise. The lawyers are able to explain things in simple and effective English – Ms Georgia Papa. Melina Pyrgou and Georgia Papa are very talented lawyers with a deep understanding of the issues they are working on’.

‘Reliable and speedy service – personal relationship. We mostly work with Georgia Papa from the corporate department. We have always received clear, tailor-made and goal-oriented advice from her’.

‘Mr Vakis is our company lawyer for years now. His strengths are his experience in the field, understanding of our company’s needs and he is always available to communicate, to advise and to find the best solutions for our company ’.

‘Lawyers always respond on time, they are aware of the industry and they give us appropriate advice/support to our related legal cases. Melina Pyrgou and Demetris Vakis are knowledgeable and willing to take the extra step in order to assist their clients. They are dependable and serious about their work, while always ensuring that the client feels that they are getting personalised attention’.

‘Evelyn Ioannou was my main contact, she was always able to answer the legal questions in a timely manner and showed a good expertise in this type of transactions. She was also pragmatic in her approach, always keeping the occurrence of the closing and the client’s interest in mind ’.

‘Firm is responsive and highly competent in corporate and commercial matters. Georgia Papa is a very capable lawyer who has an attentive approach to the sensitive needs of the client and is always in touch, ready to provide feedback on any issues and quick to respond. Evelyn Ioannou is very responsive and is always ready to help ’.

Work highlights

  • Advised its client on the compulsory acquisition of the minority shares in a publicly listed company and on the funding of such acquisition the value of which was approximately $413m excluding any financing costs and transaction fees and expenses.
  • Engaged to review and negotiate a memorandum of understanding between its client and another company  in relation to their cooperation in submitting a proposal to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Cyprus – the value of the tender was EUR49m.

A.G Erotocritou LLC

A.G Erotocritou LLC fields a ‘team that is a joy to work with. Intelligent, personable and highly efficient’. It acts for a sizeable number of local and international institutions, governments, individuals and corporations on the full array of corporate and commercial matters. It has particular sector expertise in areas such as healthcare, financial institutions, mining, infrastructure, commodities and technology, as well as transport, energy and shipping. Head of team Alexis Erotocritou ‘is focused on delivering high quality work combined with strict attention to detail’.  

Practice head(s):

Alexis Erotocritou

Other key lawyers:

Grigoris Sarlidis

Testimonials

‘The team consists of very capable lawyers who provide at all times exceptional service to the clients. All members have exposure to high-value and profile transactions and handle international work. Team members are very flexible and friendly’.

‘Alexis Erotocritou is one of the best lawyers in Cyprus in corporate, banking and real estate. He has significant experience in high-value transactions’.

‘The team has a unique blend of responsiveness and experience. The team is perfectly organised, where you clearly understand, as a client, where the responsibility lies. Alexis Erotocritou always overdelivers, looks for the best solutions and implements them successfully’.

‘Prompt responses and to the point. Hardworking, driven, focused on achieving results and not just another law firm trading off contacts and/or just seeking to bill hours over all else’.

‘The firm and its partners are very well established, connected and knowledgeable about Cyprus. This is coupled with a very global oriented and commercial mindset. The partners in the firm are very client focused and I have found their advice to have the balance of legalistic approach with a flexible commercial approach that focused on the client’s needs’.

‘Committed and knowledgeable. Alexis Erotocritou – it is a pleasure to work with him, because of his firm commitment to results which are in the client’s interests’.

‘Alexis Erotocritou invests significant time in truly understanding a matter and providing clear cost estimates before commencing work. His advice is always timely and practical. ’

The team was always accessible, diligent and dependable. The lawyers pay attention to detail’.

Key clients

EUREKA

Cyprus Shipping Association

Gevorest

RPT Group

Primetel

Aquathrust

Johnsof

Work highlights

  • Selected by the Government of Cyprus, Ministry of Finance to carry out an extensive large scale due diligence exercise on a listed company- the purpose of the due diligence was to assess the suitability of the license to be granted to it in an exclusive manner for the provision of certain gaming services in Cyprus, in accordance with the provisions of the Certain Gaming Law of 2018.
  • Instructed to assist UHNW with various finance and corporate related tasks as well as with undertaking the responsibility for securing the requisite licenses, building permits, consents from governmental authorities, etc.
  • Advised Project Shanghai in handling the set up of the first modern Nursing Home resort in Cyprus which will provide a high standard of service to people who are looking for a residential care, a rehabilitation to recover their health and physical abilities or wellness/pampering.

Alexandros Economou LLC

Under the leadership of Alexandros Economou the group at Alexandros Economou LLC has a strong track record of advising on major M&As, corporate restructurings, joint ventures and corporate insolvencies. It is also recommended for its advice on re-domiciliation, real estate transactions and its work extends to advising on IP, data protection law, compliance and competition matters. The firm focuses on advising a predominantly foreign client base.

Practice head(s):

Alexandros Economou

Other key lawyers:

Electra Theodorou; Maria Katsikidou

Testimonials

‘At Economou, one always receives prompt and to-the-point answers, even on days when there are public holidays in Cyprus. Dedication of each member of the Economou team to the client’.

‘We co-operate with several lawyers from the Economou team, all always and absolutely dedicated to our co-operation. I have a feeling of a very well established and internally well co-operating team; one can always fully rely on it as a team knowing that the delivery of the service will always be on time and exactly in the sought quality’.

‘A strong and experienced team. Always keen and ready to help. While working with AeLLC you always feel that your project is the one and only project’.

‘Electra Theodorou and Maria Katsikidou are the lawyers I go to. Their advice is always comprehensive, thorough and (last but not least) quick. Great lawyers with experience in different kinds of transactions’.

‘We have direct access to the owner/partner of the company who always allocates time to us and is willing to assist with any questions we have’.

‘The lawyers are well educated and knowledgeable and have a wide spectrum of in depth knowledge on commercial and corporate law matters’.

‘The most reliable law firm that we have dealt with over the last years. The firm makes it a point to know us. This certainly gives it an advantage over most lawyers who focus only on the legal issue at hand’.

‘The impeccable quality and extraordinary ability to meet hectic deadlines’.

Key clients

Kinross Gold Corporation

Penta Group

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP (Moscow)

Norton Rose Fulbright (Central Europe) LLP

Dufry Group

VTB Bank (PJSC)

AO Raiffeisenbank

Work highlights

  • Advising a Cyprus company in connection with its cross-border merger with its Dutch subsidiary.
  • Advising a major Russian Bank in connection with the corporate restructuring of a major Russian real estate group and its implications on an existing financing of the group by the Bank.
  • Advised a Cyprus company in connection with its distribution agreements with several parties.

Antoniou McCollum & Co. LLC

Christina McCollum leads the team at Antoniou McCollum & Co. LLC that regularly acts for some of the biggest private equity funds that are active in Cyprus, some multinational corporations as well as several local industry leaders in Cyprus. Core areas of expertise include advising on a range of domestic and cross-border deals, joint ventures and restructurings as well as advising on merger control and regulatory clearances.

Practice head(s):

Christina McCollum

Other key lawyers:

Anastasios A. Antoniou

Key clients

APS

YNV Holding

MedEuropa

Alleya Capital

Cablenet

GO plc

Jacobs Holding

Vedrana

Tek Experts

Athos Demetriou Associates LLC

Athos Demetriou Associates LLC has a proven track record of working on several complex M&A deals and remains a firm of choice for some international law firms. It has established an excellent relationship with various multinational companies, local and international banks and other financial institutions. The group has also been busy advising on other areas such as joint venture and partnership agreements and on the establishment of investment funds. Anna Skouri and Athos Demetriou lead the 'very responsive' team.

Practice head(s):

Athos Demetriou; Anna Skouri

Testimonials

‘The team is close to the client and provides alternative solutions to issues. Guidance to the client for the best solution is a priority. The lawyers care about their clients and they are always available’.

‘The team was well connected and respected in the Cyprus Financial Services market. Athos Demetriou is well connected and respected in the Cyprus Financial Services market and was a pleasure to deal with’.

‘The team is well-versed in all aspects of commercial and corporate matters and offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response times, business knowledge, appropriateness of advice and value for money. Excellent communication, speed and real team work. The lawyers provide an excellent level of service and valuable assistance in M&A and corporate matters as well as regulatory matters’.

‘Athos Demetriou is the leading lawyer in the Financial Services sector in Cyprus. He provides solid and high quality advice and does so promptly’.

The lawyers are quick, knowledgeable, easily contacted, out-of-the-box thinking’.

‘Athos Demetriou is an exceptionally good lawyer with an excellent knowledge of Cypriot and European (case) law. He is highly respected in the courts’.

‘Athos Demetriou Associates LLC offers clients high-end legal services. The firm has extensive experience in handling complex and sophisticated cases and transactions’.

‘Athos Demetriou and Anna Skouri stand high for their professional standards. The whole team is dedicated to providing high-quality legal services. They have the experience and they pay attention to detail’.

Key clients

FxPro Financial Services Ltd

BDO Ziv Haft

ALTER DOMUS (CYPRUS) LIMITED

Clifford Chance LLP

Mashav Energia

Urban View Development

Motortech Holdings Limited

Investors Compensation Fund (CySEC)

MAP Platis

TREPPIDES INVESTMENTS Limited

Gain Capital Group

FXCM GROUP

PERMIRA (GUERNSEY) LIMITED

Cyta Employees Pension Fund

Integrated Casino Resorts Cyprus Limited

F1 MARKETS LTD

Hoch Capital Ltd

Rodeler Ltd

LATOMIA PHARMAKAS PLC

Magnum FX (Cyprus) Ltd

Linkia Trust Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted and advised FxPro Group Limited on restructuring and re-organising matters and on all management and regulatory issues of the group and also on commercial and corporate issues to assist the group to face the emerging challenges of Covid-19.
  • Engaged by Gain Capital, to act as the Cyprus legal advisors for the formation of a regulated Cyprus investment firm and to assist with all regulatory matters, including the preparation of bye-laws, a business plan, operation manuals and advice on management issues.
  • Acting as the Cyprus lawyers of Perevo Group of Companies on the cross-border re-organisation and on restructuring matters and assisting with all corporate and compliance issues (deal value of appr. €15m).

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

Led by Ted Auld the commercial team at George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC regularly drafts and negotiates a wide range of commercial contracts and agreements and provides support on contentious matters, in addition to representing clients in local and international commercial disputes. The corporate department under the leadership of Dan Gardener advises domestic and international clients on various deals and reorganisations as well on structuring their investments. George Z Georgiou is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Ted Auld; Dan Gardener

Other key lawyers:

George Z. Georgiou; Polina Christodoulou

Testimonials

‘High performing, quick response and professional staff’.

‘More modern approach and constantly seeking satisfaction’.

‘The team members of GZG law firm are professionals with deep knowledge on the legal subject. GZG consultants provides us with constant updates of the industry news, updates, revised regulations etc. and helps us be proactive by initiating early informative emails, meetings etc. in order to avoid any possible exposure and set strategic plans that help us face the continuously evolving legal landscape’.

‘Individuals that constantly develop their skills with trainings (Polina Christodoulou) ,participate in several committees with regards to specific industry initiatives- theses are factors which make the team  able to provide us with different perspectives and inside views of the everyday challenges’.

‘Readiness to respond productively to problems.’

‘The managing partner’s ability to take a personal interest and respond efficiently with the help of his associates’.

‘GZG understood the underlying commercial needs of the client with regards to Cyprus-related issues in the context of the wider international transaction’.

Papadopoulos, Lycourgos & Co LLC

Under the direction of Doros Lycourgos at Papadopoulos, Lycourgos & Co LLC the team frequently handles a variety of corporate matters such as joint ventures, mergers, corporate reorganisations and acquisitions. It is well-regarded for its work on national and international transactions. In addition it advises on the full spectrum of commercial matters from insurance, securities and IPOs to providing domiciliation services and advice on company formations. Antonis Karaolis is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Doros Lycourgos

Other key lawyers:

Antonis Karaolis

Key clients

NIPD GENETICS PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED

PELETICO LIMITED

TUI CYPRUS

Aeolos Swiss (Capo Bay) Limited

Aeolos Group of Companies

Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC

Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC receives instructions from multinational corporations and international law firms on transactional matters and is also adept at handling contentious issues. It has particular experience in debt restructuring, mergers and shareholder agreements. Senior partner Christos Scordis is well regarded and Constantinos Adamides advises a portfolio of corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals when they are seeking to invest in Cyprus. They co-lead the team with Kyriacos Scordis, Makis Chrysomilas, Matheos Papapetrou and Andreas Michaelides.

Practice head(s):

Kyriacos Scordis; Christos Scordis; Makis Chrysomilas; Constantinos Adamides; Matheos Papapetrou; Andreas Michaelides

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Economou

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have a high level of professionalism and expertise. They approach issues in a rounded and practical manner, working their way around problems instead of being stymied by them and offering sound and dependable advice and solutions. The team works long hours to meet our deadlines and recognises important issues or pitfalls often early on in a transaction allowing for a timely resolution. Kyriacos Scordis, Christos Scordis and Victoria Economou’.

‘Solid Cyprus law counsel’.

‘Constantions Adamides – very hands on and digs into details’.

‘The team is very professional and can cover all the issues for a Cyprus based business’.

‘Mr. Constantinos Adamides – we are fully satisfied with his support and engagement’.

‘The lawyers are prompt and accommodating to our requests’.

‘We have been working mainly with Makis Chrysomilas. He is always available and tries always to find the best solution ’.

Key clients

Demetra Holdings PLC (formerly Demetra Investments Public Ltd)

House of Hiranandani Group

High Tech Cloud Based software company

Integrated Casino Resorts Cyprus Ltd

Parklane Hotels Limited

Errante Global Services Limited

Bosti Trading Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Demetra Holdings PLC a Cyprus listed company on its participation in the Capital Increase (Subscription Agreement and related) in what has become the 2nd largest Financial Institution in Cyprus.
  • Acted as Cyprus legal counsel for House of Hiranandani group, a leading business conglomerate, developing pioneering real estate and integrated communities in India advising on multiple multimillion transactions regarding equity changes, debt replacement and tax matters on corporate restructurings of various companies within the group.
  • Acting as counsel to Parklane Hotels Limited in respect of the restructuring of a €170 million debt generated as a result of the extensive renovation and construction works concerning Parklane, a Luxury Collection (a Marriott brand) Resort & Spa including for the construction of a luxurious residential tower, accompanied by loan subordination agreements and special security arrangements.

AMG Mylonas & Associates, LLC

AMG Mylonas & Associates, LLC advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters such as joint ventures, restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. It is also recommended for its advice on setting up offshore companies as well as its corporate governance work. The group has particular sector expertise in shipping, energy, insurance, chemicals and bio-fuels. Head of department Andreas Mylonas is highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Mylonas

Other key lawyers:

Gianna Panagi

Testimonials

‘Actually the immediate reaction is efficiency, politeness and willingness to solve problems’.

‘Very responsive and professional’.

‘Proactive, professional, knowledgeable ’.

‘The practice is laser-focused on providing top-shelf services to the international trust and wealth management sector.  It has combined legal services with trust administration and accountancy services under one roof, so everything is integrated into one service offering. The team is very experienced and available 24/7 regardless of time zones, which is critical in this practice area, and its turnaround times and responsiveness are always immediate, which is very refreshing. Other firms in this sector are not as responsive and do not have the same level of close client engagement’.

‘All members of the team are 100% client service focused, and are also highly experienced and also very personable to deal with on a practitioner/client basis. The managing partner, Andreas Mylonas is very simply one of the best lawyers I have found him and Mrs Gianna Panagi  who is also absolutely excellent totally execution focused. A pleasure to be a client of this firm on a long term basis’.

Key clients

Intership Navigation Co Ltd

Tototheo Maritime ltd

KEA CAPITAL LTD

ACOMO LTD

Xpert advise ltd

B-Gas Limited

Unlimited Investments S.A.

PRESTIGE GROUP OF COMPANIES

SOYTEX LTD

FATEXPRO LTD

M.X. GREEN ENERGY LTD

VASERA LTD

Work highlights

  • Advised ACOMO LTD on the acquisition of a Cyprus subsidiary company (the owner of PV Parks with a high volume of MWp in three separate areas in Cyprus).
  • Advised NOSTIRA LTD on the acquisition and participation in Swiss companies ( owners of vessels) and provided assistance with the loan facility agreements and pledges.
  • Advised B-GAS MAUD LTD on the share-purchase of a vessel, re-registration, funding procedures and implementation of pledges and mortgages.

Christos Patsalides L.L.C.

Christos Patsalides L.L.C. provides fiduciary and corporate services to a whole host of Cypriot companies and also advises on other areas such as loan restructuring, license and medical supply agreements as well as various agreements in the pharmaceutical sector. It also frequently advises on other issues such as non-disclosure agreements and data processing agreements. Christos Patsalides leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Christos Patsalides

Other key lawyers:

Varteni Kasapian

Testimonials

‘The in-depth knowledge and experience in tax law allows for more rounded reviews of agreements etc and the team’s qualification in corporate, commercial and tax law is really useful, since we are not contracting another law firm to conduct a separate review of the tax provisions’.

‘The team is comprised of members who are highly qualified, experienced and attentive. The lawyers offer solutions and each team member works consistently to ensure that the customer’s needs are met in a professional and timely manner’.

‘Commitment, loyalty, trust, teamwork, collaborative, helpful and communicative’.

Key clients

Allianz Hellas S.A.

DIAS Media Group Public Ltd

Lapieto Ltd

S.T. Kamares Pharmacy Ltd

Velister Ltd

George Petrou Ltd

IMH C.S.C. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise GEORGE PETROU LTD on various matters such as drafting various employment and distribution agreements, exclusivity agreements, services agreements, licence agreements of different jurisdictions and notice letters etc.
  • For IMH C.S.C. LTD drafting various employment contracts,  services agreements, licence agreements and securing the magazine licenses through the Press Information Office’s procedures – it has also advised on advertising matters and contracts with clients, several GDPR issues and the handling of complaints.
  • Providing legal consultation to ALLIANZ HELLAS S.A. on  a continuous basis on all matters and disputes raised from or against insured clients in the territory of Cyprus.

E & G Economides LLC

E & G Economides LLC is often engaged to assist in complex corporate restructurings domestically and internationally and has been busy advising on various M&A deals, as well as drafting an array of commercial contracts. The group also frequently works in conjunction with some leading international law firms. Senior associate Virginia Adamidou now leads the team as Marinella Kilikitas has departed to Varnavas Playbell & Co LLC. George Economides is a noted seasoned practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Adamidou

Other key lawyers:

George Economides

Testimonials

‘Flexibility in terms of pricing and fees. Strict adherence to the designated deadlines. Fast response to messages and calls’.

‘George Economides is always available for conversation and advice. Very quick in response’.

‘Because of its close relationship to the company administrators and auditors it can cooperate closely on complex legal matters ’.

‘All individuals we have dealt with at the firm have been diligent, creative and responsive to our requirements. The team is willing to help’.

‘I’ve worked with E&G Economides LLC for more than 10 years. The lawyers have deep experience in Cyprus corporate law and assisted us in a lot of M&A transactions. They always provide us with business effective advices’.

‘Great partner George Economides, great associate Virginia Adamidou – human, responsive, creative’.

‘The main capabilities of E & G Economides LLC are respect for the client, professional team and attention to details in every case. Every person in his team works for better results and tries to find solutions in difficult issues and to satisfy the demands of client’.

Key clients

Wargaming Group

New Garden Pharma

Healys LLP

Lamitube Technologies (Cyprus) Limited

Wiggin LLP

Revo Technologies

King & Wood Mallesons

The Ability Group

Polsteam Group

Clyde & Co LLP

Cloudlayer8 Limited (Cl8)

Joint Stock Financial Corporation SISTEMA

Everlegal

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamitube Technologies (Cyprus) Limited about reduction of share capital as well as other solution.
  • Assisted Fairlakes Limited with redomiciliation of the BVI registered company Fairlakes Limited (Acquired Company) to Cyprus in order to be able to merge with the Cypriot company Polsteam Shipping Company Cyprus Limited (Acquiring Company).
  • Advised Premio Spolka Z Organiczona Odpowiedzialnoscia on the cross-border merger with Premio, Loxac Limited and Juvit Investment Limited (Acquired Company).

E. Papandreou & Co LLC

E. Papandreou & Co LLC handles a wide range of corporate matters with particular strength in advising on re-domiciliation, cross-border mergers and funds work. Head of department is the experienced Elena Papandreou who is the firm’s managing partner and is also a licensed insolvency practitioner. In addition the team frequently handles corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and shareholder issues. It is a 'flexible' team that receives plaudits for its skill at 'finding solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Elena Papandreou

Other key lawyers:

Stamatia Kondyli

Testimonials

‘The services provided by the firm were complex and valuable. Its advice was sound and professional, we appreciate its initiative proposals and optional solutions in complicated projects. Elena Papandreou ’.

‘The firm has expertise in complex corporate structures, insolvency issues and corporate issues and M&As and corporate structures. The associates of the firm are experts in their field with great analytical and interpersonal skills’.

‘Elena Papandreou is an excellent professional with an in-depth knowledge on insolvency issues and corporate structures. It has an outstandingly dedicated and very knowledgeable team, which impresses in terms of its professionalism, efficiency and proactive behaviour, superior and responsive service’.

‘E. Papandreou & Co LLC has an in-depth knowledge of Cypriot law and manages to provide efficient legal services and customised solutions on complex issues. We also appreciate its prompt and well based responses to all queries’.

‘Elena Papandreou is a highly qualified lawyer with great knowledge and diverse expertise on several areas of legal practice. Elena Papandreou always provides excellent counselling, always taking care of details and the interests of the client’.

‘We have been working with this practice, for many years. It has an in-depth knowledge of our group and our business. The lawyers have a good understanding of our needs and we have total confidence in the knowledge and experience to guide us on our everyday dealings’.

‘The lawyers are very knowledgeable, professional, and instil confidence when dealing with the group’s legal issues’.

Key clients

Staritem Investments PLC

Getrin Limited

Eurobank Cyprus Limited

Levex Establishment Limited

Dumont Real Estate Holdings Limited

Grand Dalewest Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Varakani Limited & Okava Investments Limited on the €5.6m restructuring of the company and its 100% subsidiary company, for the purpose of efficiently eliminating the structure and moving assets to the top holding company.
  • Advised Dumont Real Estate Holdings Limited on the €6m reinstatement of the company in the Register of the Cyprus Registrar of Companies.
  • Advised Levex Establishment Limited on the €8m reduction of the share premium of the company.

Georgiades & Pelides

Georgiades & Pelides advises clients on a broad range of matters from joint ventures and commercial disputes to shareholder rights claims, directors’ duties and insolvency matters. Marcos Georgiades is among the main contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Marcos Georgiades

Harris Kyriakides

At Harris Kyriakides, the team in Larnaca is led by Michael Kyriakides and has a strong emphasis on M&As and complex international transactions. The Nicosia team is led by Phivos Zomenis. It has a solid reputation for its work with local and international companies. Recently it has been busy  advising on a wide range of matters from cross-border reorganisations and restructurings through to due diligence and transactional risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides; Phivos Zomenis

Testimonials

Very content to work with Harris Kyriakides. Helpful advice. Structured e-mails. Structure and accuracy. Michael Kyriakides is very responsive and delivers accurate advice‘.

This law firm is quick, adheres to deadlines and is always willing to go the extra mile. Its partners have a great business sense as well as legal knowledge. Michael Kyriakides – always a great pleasure to work with him. I would trust him with any delicate company law matter, and trust his advice fully‘.

Key clients

KBFG Bank Korea

State Health Services Organisation

Three Cents Ltd

DJK Group

CMMI

Cyprus Airports (F&B) Ltd

Kaimakliotis LLC

Kaimakliotis LLC focuses on commercial law with an emphasis on corporate and M&A work, joint ventures, corporate restructuring as well as general corporate advisory and finance work. It is increasingly becoming a known name for its work on complex cross-border M&A transactions and is receiving a steady workflow from some key international law firms. Head of team Pavlos Kaimakliotis is a skilled practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Pavlos Kaimakliotis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandros Apostolatos

Key clients

KAZ Minerals PLC

Kernel

Alfa Group Russia

Orange Polska

Riverview Hotel

Linklaters LLP

Dentons

DLA Piper

Reed Smith

International Capital Ukraine

Avellum Partners

Everlegal Law Firm

Morgan Lewis

Hogan Lovells

Irwin Mitchell

Elis Group

Syngenta

Gazprombank

Novator

Draftkings

Avax / Terna Construction Consortium

Work highlights

  • Advising Syngenta on its acquisition of relevant assets of the Cropio Group, an Ag Tech company with a presence in over 50 countries.
  • Advised DraftKings in its three-way combination with SBTech and Diamond Eagle Acquisition to create the only vertically integrated U.S.-based sports betting and online gaming company -as a part of the combination, New DraftKings reincorporated in Nevada and is listed on Nasdaq under ticker symbol DKNG.
  • Advised the Novator group and its Chilean mobile telecoms operator subsidiary on the Cypriot-related corporate actions relating to WOM’s inaugural $450m high yield bond and entry into new $200m (equivalent) pari passu senior credit facilities.

Kannava, Kitromilidou & Co LLC

Kannava, Kitromilidou & Co LLC has expertise in assisting a significant number of companies primarily in the financial services sector on commercial, corporate and M&A work, under the leadership of the firm's managing partner Maria Kitromilidou. Maria Kannava is another known name for her work in this space and for her expertise in issues such as insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Kitromilidou

Other key lawyers:

Maria Kannava

Key clients

Opus Group

Spyros Droussiotis Real Estates Ltd

Labros Frangos And Associates

Byron Capital Partners Ltd

KPMG Ltd

PKF Savvides & Co Ltd

G4 Shift Services Ltd

Windsor Brokers Ltd

AVVA Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Antonis Askanis Ltd

Royal Foreχ Ltd

Dai Inzu V.C.I.C (RAIF ) Ltd

Bacho Investment V.C.I.C (RAIF) LTD

Toriant V.C.I.C (RAIF) Ltd

Squared Financial Ltd

FxNet Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented TORIANT V.C.I.C (RAIF) LIMITED in an acquisition of a bond valued Euro 10.150.000 issued by a Greek construction company – its work included liaising with Greek counsel to the Greek company and reviewing copies of the bond documentation and subscription documents.
  • Provided legal assistance to DAI INZU V.C.I.C (RAIF ) LTD in respect of the setting-up of a segregated investment compartment acquiring a group of companies that are active in the medical sector in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Australia.

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C frequently prepares legal due diligence reports and provides legal opinions. It has also been busy reviewing and drafting corporate documents and shareholder agreements for a broad array of clients. It is skilled too at advising on investment agreements and escrow matters and has some close links with various audit firms, private equity managers and fiduciaries in Cyprus, Russia and the former CIS countries. Soteris Pittas and newly-promoted partner Maria Pitta co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Soteris Pittas; Maria Pitta

Key clients

Sberbank

Essar Group

Sberbank Premier

Aton Group

Primecap

A1

Otkritie

King & Spalding

Genotek LLC

Glencore

Sistema Group

PAP Medical

Empire Group

Dentons

Tornaritis Law Firm

Tornaritis Law Firm handles a broad array of corporate and commercial matters from conducting legal due diligence and advising on cross-border offers, letters of intent and contracts of sale and purchase through to advising on shareholder agreements and joint venture contracts. Alexandros Alexandrou is one of the key members of the team and co-leads with Criton Tornaritis, Marios Panayiotou and Anna Abou Shaaban Papaioannou.

Practice head(s):

Criton Tornaritis; Alexandros Alexandrou; Marios Panayiotou; Anna Abou Shaaban Papaioannou

Key clients

Receivers/Managers of Orphanides Public Co Limited

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd in Special Administration

Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd

Lakatamia Municipality

BDO Cyprus (Insolvency & Restructuring)

Quantuma UK & Cyprus

Special Administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd

Fidescorp Limited

LRC UK Group

Ellinas Finance Public Company Ltd

Delta Capital Partners Management LLC

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

LOGERA CONSULTING LTD

Nest Investments Holdings (Cyprus) Ltd

ECOMMBX Limited

TROCKLAND CYPRUS

Andreas Christophorides and Associates LLC

L.B. Landbank Properties Constultants Ltd

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise the special administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank on all aspects of the Recovery and Resolution of Credit Institutions and Investment firms Directive and the law implementing the directive in Cyprus (3 BL).
  • Advised NEST INVESTMENTS HOLDINGS LIMITED on various legal and regulatory matters under Cyprus law.
  • Advised CPB and its special administrator on a substantial dispute that was created over a leakage claim and arbitration resolution of dispute process.

Varnavas Playbell & Co LLC

The service provided by Varnavas Playbell & Co LLC is 'exceptional'. The team is 'quick, efficient, knowledgeable and very helpful’. It handles the full range of corporate and commercial matters as well as having niche expertise in financial services regulation. It frequently advises licensed investment firms, alternative investment funds, fund managers, electronic money institutions and payment system providers on the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Varnavas Playbell leads the team that was pleased to add Marinella Kilikitas to its ranks from E & G Economides LLC. The group is known as 'young, ambitious, highly qualified and skilled’.

Practice head(s):

Varnavas Playbell

Other key lawyers:

Marinella Kilikitas

Testimonials

‘Varnavas has been a great colleague throughout the past few years. He is very trustworthy and we can easily count on him for making sure we get the needed result in an excellent manner’.

‘Quick, efficient, knowledgeable and very helpful’.

‘Excellent commercial and corporate knowledge and approach to legal matters. Marinella Kilikitas thinks even of the slightest details legally and commercially and provides a feeling of trust and security that one is in the best of hands in commercial/ corporate transactions. Excellent availability and responsiveness’.

‘Young, ambitious, highly qualified and skilled’.

‘Excellent interpersonal skills and dynamic personalities. Mixture of young staff with knowledge and expertise in various industries who offer a high-end value service fulfilling their promise of providing superior service. Passion to work for the best result of its clientele’.

‘On the basis of our cooperation with the firm so far with the people of the firm, they have proved that there is efficiency, very good knowledge on all legal aspects involved, high standards of professionalism and excellency in providing requested assistance/services’. 

‘Mr. Varnavas Playbell who is leading the firm has excellent legal background, excellent communication and marketing skills, is always contactable for his clients at any time, he can immediately respond and meets his clients’ needs in a professional manner and within the deadlines and provides the confidence to the clients that they are always getting the best legal support and services they can expect ’.

‘Varnavas is a commercially oriented and savvy lawyer who is always available to provide a succinct and helpful advice. I always rely on his judgment and advice. Very good expertise, tailored approach and attention to detail’.

‘Enjoyed working with Marinella Kilikitas, who has demonstrated commitment to quality, attention to detail and proactive approach to client matters’.

‘Varnavas Playbell has a very practical and get going approach. This makes working with him very fluent always knowing that the legal basis is sound. Very high attention to details and solution-orientated approach’.

Key clients

Eightcap Pty

Lyft Inc

LMAX Brokers

KPMG

Parimatch

Terkenlis SA

Elgin Group

Intertrust (Cyprus)

Deltamark Fund Managers

Plugit Ltd

X Global Markets Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Eightcap Pty on the acquisition of R Capital Solutions Ltd, a licenced Cyprus Investment Firm.
  • Advised LMAX Brokers on the acquisition of CB Capital Business, a licenced Cyprus Investment Firm.
  • Advised Terkenlis SA on the expansion from Greece to Cyprus, by establishing a joint venture with local partners.