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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C.

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 its dispute resolution, corporate legal service, trusts and shipping law practices. Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C. take time to develop tailor-made structures to perfectly match their clients’ needs and grow their businesses. Constantly upgrading their expertise and client service as well as moving forward as technology does they have maintained their high standards year-on-year and are appreciated by everyone who retains them.

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

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. With a 52-year experience in the legal market and the international culture, the lawyers and legal consultants of the firm effectively handle complicated cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions and assist large groups of companies and prestigious international law firms on Cyprus corporate law issues.

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

Established in 2006 by Angelos Paphitis, AGP Law Firm (A.G.Paphitis & Co. LLC) has quickly grown from a boutique commercial and corporate law firm to a full-service award-winning leading practice in Cyprus, with a strong presence in the international market. Throughout the years in the legal domain, the firm has developed a widely recognised expertise and gained an excellent reputation in the fields of commercial, corporate and civil dispute resolution; commercial, corporate and M&A advisory; banking and financial services regulatory; tax; IP; and real estate and immigration services. AGP is dedicated to perfectionism and fresh thinking, and in 2012 the firm constructed a privately-owned ‘state-of-the-art’ building as its head office.

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Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC has 'a super organised, efficient and pragmatic team’ that is ‘extremely responsive and is accustomed to handling large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions’. It advised Cyprus Phassouri (Zakaki), a member of the CNS Group, on various issues relating to the construction of a large casino resort in Limassol. Stelios Triantafyllides and George Triantafyllides have ‘extensive experience and knowledge and can find solutions as they arise’.

Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC has 'a highly qualified team that finds solutions’. It routinely receives referrals from international law firms such as Trowers & Hamlins LLP and has considerable skill in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Koulla Demetriou is recommended along with the ‘very organised and competentMichalis Pittakis. Senior associate Maria Taki is ‘smart and highly professional’.

Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office fields 'a responsive' team that stands out for its 'accurate’ advice; the group has ‘a real ‘can-do’ attitude’ and is led by Chris Georghiades. Highlights included advising German Oncology Centre on setting up a private clinic in Cyprus. Columbia Shipmanagement is another significant client. Michaela Hadjihambi and Christos Mavrellis are also noted.

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC is instructed by a Greek law firm to advise Vodafone on the proposed acquisition of 100% of Cyta Hellas Telecommunications S.A., which is owned by the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority. Head of team is the ‘client and results-orientedEffie Anastassiou. Senior associate Andri Stylianou is another key member of the team.

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC advised a Cyprus-based group of companies with assets in the CIS on a potential eurobond private offering of notes in Switzerland. Bloomberg is another key client. Elias Neocleous and Demetris Roti are key members of the ‘resourceful and knowledgeable’ team.

George Y Yiangou LLC acts for clients such as Sberbank CIB and Promsvyazbank and frequently works with a number of international law firms. Highlights included advising a major international bank on all Cypriot aspects of the complex restructuring of a large real estate group. Chris Yiangou and Lory Cirstea  are noted.

Harneys has 'a strong and dynamic team of committed lawyers’. Highlights included acting for Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia on its purchase of a majority interest in leading Greek cosmetic producer Korres. Rosneft is another important client. The ‘highly technical and creative’ Demetris Loizides  heads the team. Emily Yiolitis is 'a safe pair of hands’ for international tax structuring; Theodoros Zafiropoulos is 'a smart and versatile lawyer’; George Apostolou is ‘very clever’; and Nancy Erotocritou is ‘excellent’.

Kypros Chrysostomides and Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris are key contacts at Dr K Chrysostomides & Co LLC. The ‘extremely knowledgeable' Elena Ioannides and senior associate Artemis Amalia Metaxa are well-regarded. The group routinely handles high-value international transactions.  Recent work includes acting as local counsel to Monaco Telecom International on the acquisition of the issued share capital of MTN Cyprus. Other clients include Ascendis Health.

Mouaimis & Mouaimis LLC is adept at handling a myriad of complex matters such as corporate reorganisations of multinational companies. Clients include the International Finance Corporation. Panayotis Mouaimis, Michalis Mouaimis and Andriani Mouaimi are the key names.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been active advising on many international mergers and acquisitions as well as reorganisations and liquidations. It counts Eriell Group and UniCredit Bank as clients. The team ‘acts as one and is very reliable, efficient and accessible’. Lia Iordanou Theodoulou  is ‘very professional’; Stavros Pavlou has 'a very deep knowledge of the law’; and Stella Strati is another primary contact.

Ioannides Demetriou LLC acts as legal advisers to the Electricity Authority of Cyprus and has been advising Eurobank Cyprus on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Hermes Airports is another major client. Pambos Ioannides has ‘such vast experience that it usually means that he can answer even the most complex question quickly’; the ‘thorough’ Christina Ioannidou  ‘exceeds expectations’ and the ‘hardworking’ Katerina Hadjichristofi has 'a deep understanding of complex legal and financial issues’. Andrew Demetriou and Zoe Christou are other key names.

At KINANIS LLC, the well-regarded Christos P Kinanis is the key name. Highlights included acting as local counsel to the purchaser on the acquisition of shares in a Cypriot company for approximately €40m.

The team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is ‘commercially focused and results-oriented’. It advised Asian Development Bank on the Cypriot law aspects of the acquisition of shares in Ameriabank of Armenia. SMT Shipping (Cyprus) is another major client. Lambros Soteriou provides 'accurate' advice and Tonia Antoniou is ‘responsive and clear’. The 'very responsive' Lorena Charalambous and the 'readily available' Ioanna Solomou are recommended-both are senior associates.

AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC acts for the entire international group of Forbes & Manhattan Ukraine on various matters and Pocketbook is another significant client. Angelos Paphitis (‘it seems like nothing is impossible for him’) and Margarita Sofokleous (‘attentive and reliable’) are key names.

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC is advising the Bank of Cyprus on various corporate and insolvency matters. Dimitria Coucouni and Tasos Coucounis,  who is ‘highly efficient’, are the names to note.

CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) has been notably active in the renewables and wider energy sectors and fields ‘a professional team that is full of energy and gets things done’. Celia Pougoura is ‘attentive and efficient’ and Alexia Aspri is ‘very experienced’.

Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC's team, which has ‘a high level of attention to detail’, led the advice to Alpha Television Cyprus on all aspects of the proposed change of ownership of this tv channel. Gaston Hadjianastassiou is regarded and Andreas Thoma joined the team from George Savvides LLC. Kypros Ioannides is ‘methodical and organised'. Natalie Kyprianou is also recommended.

Michael Damianos & Co LLC's ‘responsive team’ receives a steady flow of instructions from international law firms such as Akin Gump LLP. It has particular expertise in advising on public offerings in overseas markets and in the energy sector. Michael Damianos is recommended.

The team at PYRGOU VAKIS LAW FIRM ‘stays on top of things’ and is regularly involved in domestic and cross-border transactions. The ‘experienced’ Demetris Vakis and Melina Pyrgou are well regarded. Senior associate Georgia Papa is ‘knowledgeable’.

Clients of STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC include Fattal/Leonardo Group and Papantoniou Supermarkets. The team has extensive experience in cross-border deals and in restructuring work. Stelios Americanos is a name to note.

The ‘attentive team’ at Antoniou McCollum & Co. LLC handles various corporate and commercial matters for Wizzair and Fujitsu General. Christina McCollum is a key figure.

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC's ‘professional and knowledgeable’ team has a particular focus on advising international clients on structuring their investments and on reorganisations. It also assists Cypriot entities operating in sectors such as insurance, manufacturing and investments. George Georgiou is highly regarded.

Marcos Georgiades at Georgiades & Pelides is well-regarded for his work on stock exchange matters.

KOUSHOS KORFIOTIS PAPACHARALAMBOUS LLC ’s client base includes Coral Gas Cyprus and Grandcity Properties. Cleo K. Koushos-Cros is ‘commercially minded’. Eleni G. Korfiotis and Thanasis G. Korfiotis are also noted.

A.G Erotocritou LLC counts UniCredit Bank, Samsung and Byblos Bank as clients. Alexis Erotocritou has 'a very deep knowledge of corporate and commercial matters’.

Alexandros Economou LLC regularly advises banks and receives a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms. The team provides ‘business-minded legal advice’. Alexandros Economou is recommended.

Andreas Mylonas is the key contact at AMG Mylonas & Associates, LLC, which routinely acts for clients such as Internship Navigation.

Athos Demetriou Associates LLC has been appointed by Dekeloil Public Limited to provide a legal opinion on various matters such as the company’s capacity to alter its share capital. Athos Demetriou is recommended.

Christos Patsalides L.L.C. acts for clients such as Velister and Mega Cross Pharmacy Services. Christos M. Patsalides is a key member of the ‘attentive team, which is eager to find solutions’.

Chryssafinis & Polyviou LLC covers the full array of matters from cross-border mergers and acquisitions through to corporate finance and restructurings. Stella Kammitsi is recommended.

COSTAS TSIRIDES & CO LLC’s clients include the Renova Group and the Sewerage Board of Limassol. Alexandros Tsirides is highly regarded.

Marinella Kilikitas at E & G Economides LLC is well-regarded. The group receives instructions from international law firms such as Kennedys and acts for corporate clients including IronFX Global.

E. Papandreou & Co LLC fields 'a friendly and experienced team’ under the leadership of Elena Papandreou, who provides ‘practical and useful solutions’. Clients include Piraeus Bank.

Kaimakliotis LLC is skilled at handling complex cross-border work and routinely receives referrals from various offices of Linklaters Business Services and DLA Piper's Russian office. Pavlos Kaimakliotis is the name to note.

Kannava, Kitromilidou & Co LLC is frequently involved in cross-border M&A transactions as well as international joint ventures. Maria Kannava and Maria Kitromilidou are well-regarded.

Papadopoulos, Lycourgos & Co LLC advises on a broad range of matters including high-value cross-border transactions.Doros Lycourgos is well regarded.

Prountzos & Prountzos LLC acts for clients such as YTM.Stavrides and Kel. Sorokos Windfarm. Managing partner Charalambos G. Prountzos is noted.

Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC routinely advises on large corporate transactions. Key clients include Parklane Hotels and Integrated Casino Resorts. Kyriacos Scordis and Christos Scordis are recommended.

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C acts for clients such as Thomas Cook Group and Praetor. Elizaveta Bokova is a key member of the team, which provides 'prompt' responses.

Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC has a ‘well-organised’ team. Maria Clappa  ‘takes care of every detail’ for clients including Cyprus Ports Authority.

Tornaritis Law Firm advises the special administrator of Cyprus Popular Bank. Alexandros Alexandrou is highly regarded.

Varnavas Playbell & Co LLC acts for clients such as Deloitte (Cyprus) and receives a steady flow of instructions from international law firms such as White & Case LLP. Varnavas Playbell is a key figure.

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