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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC
Our Top Tier Dispute Resolution practice is the largest and most experienced department of the firm. As one of the leading departments in Cyprus, it is renowned for delivering exceptional service to clients. Senior & Managing Partner, Stavros Pavlou is an Elite Leading Individual in Cyprus and praised for his “very deep knowledge of the …View Profile...
Dispute resolution in Cyprus
Markides, Markides & Co LLC
George Triantafyllides leads a first-rate team at Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC that advises on the full spectrum of contentious matters and is renowned for its experience in multijurisdictional disputes. It has particular expertise in interim order applications, Norwich Pharmacal orders and all other types of disclosure orders and freezing orders. The team is well-equipped to advise on disputes before all the courts and tribunals in Cyprus including the Employment Tribunal, the Rent Tribunal and the Tenders Review Authority. It is also adept at handling matters before the Commission for the Protection of Competition as well as on all aspects of mediation and arbitration. Associate Theodoros Economou is also highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
‘Professional and competent team workers – enthusiastic ’.
‘George Triantafyllides is a profound lawyer, with in-depth knowledge and competence ’.
‘The firm is one of the oldest leading firms in Cyprus and many of its members have excelled during the past decades. The lawyers provide very professional services to the highest standards. Always within the strict limits of ethics and respect to colleagues and of course to the Court’.
‘The lawyers always give personal attention to the client and they are ready to discuss with him and exchange views regarding the case. Head partner George Triantafyllides enjoys the highest esteem amongst all the members of the legal profession as well as amongst the members of the judiciary’.
Public Joint Stock Company “PrivatBank”
Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd
Google Inc. and Google LLC
Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries S.A.
Hennes & Mauritz AB
Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission
S & T Equity (Overseas) Limited
VTB Bank Group of companies
Public Joint Stock Company “Bank Credit DNEPR”
- Filed an action for Public Joint Stock Company “PrivatBank” against PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd (registered in Cyprus) and Limited Liability Company Audit firm “PricewaterhouseCoopers Audit” (registered in Ukraine) for $3bn for breach of statutory, contractual and fiduciary duties and responsibilities primarily in auditing financial statements and negligence.
- Successfully represented Google Inc. and Google LLC in a claim brought against them in Cyprus, by which an individual alleged that various defamatory articles were published anonymously by a third person using the clients’ blog services.
- Successfully represented Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission in an appeal against a decision of the Administrative Court finding payroll reductions imposed on civil servants as part of an austerity drive in 2012 unconstitutional, a decision that could, at best, cost the state some €200m a year.
Led by George Mountis the first-class team at Chrysostomides Advocates & Legal Consultants has extensive experience before the Cyprus courts and international arbitration courts and tribunals. It has a varied practice that handles the full array of disputes from commercial and corporate litigation to banking and finance matters. It also has a strong arbitration offering and the practice is adept too at handling complicated litigation in the games and tech industry. In addition the department frequently handles a range of fraud and conspiracy claims as well as complex cases where entities are under liquidation or administration. Other key figures in the skilled team include Victoria-Zoi Papagiannis and senior associate Dimitris Papapolyviou. It 'offers an exceptional service in highly complex cases that raise novel issues of law'.
Other key lawyers:
Victoria-Zoi Papagiannis; Dimitris Papapolyviou
‘I have worked extensively with this firm and lawyers of it at all levels of seniority. Exceptionally knowledgeable and efficient, the lawyers go the extra mile for the client. They are very easy to work with. They cover diverse areas of law and have extensive experience in international dispute resolution. One of the very top firms in Cyprus’.
‘Services were provided at a very high level, integrity, high level of education and unique skills and capabilities, immediate actions when needed’.
‘Victoria-Zoe Papagiannis: exceptional lawyer in handling our legal disputes on IP and trademark issues, was always up to date with the Cypriot legislation changes, amicable’.
‘Ms Victoria-Zoi Papayiannis is one of the best lawyers of her generation in Cyprus. She has an understanding of client needs, she is highly efficient and is able to develop persuasive legal arguments. She offered exceptional assistance in handling very complex banking law litigation before the European Court of Justice’.
‘Very strong team with depth. Very creative.’
‘George Mountis: Very creative and excellent tactician. Victoria-Zoi Papagianni: Very strong in court, practical and sensible advice. Dimitris Papapolyviou: hardworking, responsive and reliable’.
‘Chrysostomides team works together as an effective and cohesive team. In cooperation with the Intellectual Property team, the Dispute Resolution team has managed to get a very positive court opinion for our company in an extremely complicated cross-border intellectual property dispute. The partners get involved in the matters directly and are available around the clock’.
‘Offers an exceptional service in highly complex cases that raise novel issues of law.’
‘Victoria-Zoi Papagiannis possesses an amazing expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property. She managed our case efficiently, cooperating effectively with the in-house counsels, as well as with the other law firms around the globe, as was required for the legal dispute that we entrusted to Chrysostomides. ’
Wargaming Group Limited
POKKA International PTE Limited
G.Paraskevaides (1966) Ltd
Avena Nordic Grain
Amstel Exploitatie BV, Netherlands
Altamira Asset Management (Cyprus) Ltd
Hellenic Petroleum Group
ECE Projektmanagement International G.m.b.H.
Societe Generale Bank – Cyprus Ltd
Housing Finance Corporation
Deloitte Central Europe Holdings Limited
Morgans Group LLC
- Successful for Wargaming.net Limited; Wargaming Group Limited in obtaining the issuance of a pan-European interim injunction in a case of an infringement of European Trade Marks (EUTMs) for the first time by a court in the Republic of Cyprus, prohibiting a competitor of the client’s from using anywhere in the European Union, in relation to the specific products covered by its clients’ EUTM registrations, signs that are identical with and/or confusingly similar to their EUTMs.
- Brought two multi-million euro claims before the Court of Justice of the European Union on behalf of both natural and legal persons for damages suffered thereby as a result of the imposition, on the Republic of Cyprus, of the 2013 “bail-in” measures by the European Union Institutions.
- Filed an application for Societe Generale Bank – Cyprus Ltd for the issuance of a “Norwich Pharmacal” order, following a claim for fraud against a debtor company and natural persons who have provided personal guarantees.
Chrysses Demetriades & Co Law Office fields a large and robust team that covers all aspects of dispute resolution and litigation with Demetris Araouzos at the helm. It acts for various leading corporations on the full range of civil, administrative and commercial contentious matters and the team is vastly experienced in handling cases with an international dimension and those that involve parallel proceedings. The group has a successful track record of working on cases involving freezing injunctions and other interim orders. In addition the nimble team regularly acts in enforcement and recognition proceedings where there are foreign arbitral awards and court decisions. Katia Kakoulli is another prominent member of the department.
Other key lawyers:
Elias Neocleous & Co LLC has a robust and large team that is organised into specialist groups that handle the full array of contentious matters from banking and finance disputes to intellectual property matters. Other areas of expertise include advising on personal injury, health care, international trade and trust disputes as well as disputes before the EU courts. The practice is also recommended for its experience in assisting its corporate and M&A departments on large cross-border transactions by reviewing pending disputes and conducting due diligence on target companies. Names to note include Chrysanthos Christoforou, Costas Stamatiou and Nicolas Tsardellis along with Nikos Korogiannakis who leads the Brussels office. Christina Middleton has left the firm to become a member of the judiciary.
Chrysanthos Christoforou; Costas Stamatiou; Antonis Glykis; Christos Melides; Nicolas Tsardellis; Anna Demetriou; Nikos Korogiannakis
Other key lawyers:
Bank of Cyprus
Altamira Asset Management Limited
APS Holding a.s
Intel Capital Corp
Notesco Financial Services Limited
CYREIT Property Fund
Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited
Prodea Investments Limited
Iron FX Global Limited
Gordian Holdings Limited
Aphrodite Hills Resort
ACE European Group
- Acting on behalf of a large number of fixed-term public sector employees against the Republic of Cyprus claiming discrimination and breach of the constitution and EU legislation.
- Defending the liquidator of a Cyprus holding company against a foreign company claiming to be a creditor for more than $120m.
- Defending a large multinational investment company against proceedings challenging a series of share issuances and transactions by which its client acquired a portfolio of shares in a successful tech start-up.
Pambos Ioannides, Andrew Demetriou and Christos Frakalas lead a ‘very knowledgeable and responsive team that provides an excellent service’ at Ioannides Demetriou LLC. The group advises on the full range of civil and public/administrative law matters for major local and international clients. Its expertise also spans advising on commercial law cases such as shareholder disputes as well as financial and corporate disputes. The team regularly represents foreign governments and private clients before the courts of Cyprus and provides the full range of arbitration and ADR litigation services in disputes relating to private and public sector projects. In addition it frequently acts in numerous large international disputes often as a result of referrals from major international law firms. Clients 'especially value the team's attention to detail'.
Pambos Ioannides; Andrew Demetriou; Christos Frakalas
Other key lawyers:
Demetris Kronides; Savvas Yiordamlis
‘The team is punctual, cooperative, knowledgeable, eager to assist at any given time, as well as eager to consult others and listen to their opinion. Also, its presence in court representing our firm was exceptional’.
‘Very knowledgeable and responsive team that provides an excellent service’.
‘I especially value the team’s attention to detail’.
‘The firm Ioannides Demetriou LLC has a strong and excellent reputation in this practice area. The firm is well organised and provides high quality services. The Ioannides Demetriou LLC team is highly specialised and dedicated in all aspects of dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution. Andrew Demetriou is the only legally qualified Chartered Arbitrator in Cyprus and an accredited Mediator. He has deep knowledge and extensive experience. The great professionalism and the high quality services are easily recognised through his work and when he represents you. He is highly effective and proactive and he always obtain results’.
‘The calibre of the partners and directors of the firm stands out. The members of the firm are always available to assist in urgent matters and provide a high level of expertise. Pambos Ioannides provides tailor-made solutions to legal issues. He is a remarkable professional with incredible depth of experience and intellect who understands our business needs’.
‘Ioannides Demetriou demonstrates an individual and creative approach. The lawyers know how to work under time pressure and get excellent results. Andrew Demetriou and Demetris Kronides are client-oriented attorneys with an excellent understanding of dispute resolution practice in Cyprus’.
‘This is definitely the best dispute resolution team in Cyprus. Andrew Demetriou is the best lawyer and litigator in the market by far, no one can compare. Savvas Yordamlidis is impeccable – he converts all legal jargon to meaningful communication. Simply exceptional’.
‘Ioannides Demetriou LLC provides a very satisfactory service. The lawyers give sound advice and handle extremely well all legal matters which we entrust them with. 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’.
‘Mr. Pambos Ioannides and Mr. Andreas Demetriou are very able and experienced lawyers. They are able to give instant advice on most matters and they are able to grasp quickly specialised issues and they are meticulous in detail. Other lawyers we deal with in this firm are Mr. Christos Frakalas and Mr. Savvas Yiordamlis who also provide an excellent service’.
‘Ioannides Demetriou provided accurate, timely and pragmatic advice in a particularly difficult case where multi-jurisdictional issues arose. The lawyers from this practice are very professional, very thorough and always well prepared to give good and prompt advice. They are very good at litigation as well as providing good and solid advice on various legal issues. They are very responsive and always available to assist’.
Ilyashev & Partners
KInstellar law firm
Cosmos Insurance Company Public Limited
Electricity Authority of Cyprus
Hermes Airports Ltd
NKS Shacolas Group
Petrolina Holdings Public Co Ltd
CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings Ltd
Lois Builders Ltd
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
N.P. Voniatis & Co Ltd
Medcon Constructions Ltd
Eurobank Cyprus Ltd
Hellenic Bank Public Co Ltd
Paphos Sewerage Board
- Acting for Deutsche Bank, one of the defendants in this action which concerns bonds of the Republic of Cyprus owned by the plaintiff and held on trust on her behalf by the defendant 1, FBME Bank Ltd.
- Instructed by the client and cooperated with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Paris office) in an application before the Cyprus courts in support of London-based arbitral proceedings – the dispute was a shareholder dispute and an extensive injunction was obtained in favour of the firm’s shareholder client in a cloud-based communications business.
- Acting for Nicos K. Shacolas, the defendant, in a dispute relating to debt in a retrial of a 1976 action before Nicosia District Court after having successfully defended the defendant at the first hearing in 1999-2002 (over 300 sittings) – the retrial of the case (which is the oldest running case in Cyprus) took over 80 sittings between January 2019 and August 2020.
Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is praised for its ‘outstanding reputation in the international disputes market that is supported by strong credentials. The gender diversity of the practice is refreshing’ too. The ‘highly intelligent’ Marina Hadjisoteriou and the ‘very reliable and experienced’ Menelaos Kyprianou co-lead the team. The group is trusted by key insurance and banking institutions in Cyprus and abroad and by leading international law firms. In addition the group has considerable expertise in disputes relating to crypto-currency trading and all aspects of shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duties and professional negligence. It also has a growing practice supporting the health care sector and the transportation sector. It has been described as a team that is ‘a collage of brilliant minds and legal expertise’.
Menelaos Kyprianou; Marina Hadjisoteriou
Other key lawyers:
Constantina Zantira; Christos Galanos
‘Marina Hadjisoteriou has been excellent – she was always available and kept us updated on any progress. She is outstanding. She is fully engaged in the matter and very efficiently manages the most complex cases. Marina handles complex disputes across multiple jurisdictions well. Marina comprehends complex matters quickly and explains things well’.
‘Outstanding reputation in the international disputes market that is supported by strong credentials. The gender diversity of the practice is refreshing’.
‘Menelaos and his team are very responsive, their advice is legally and commercially to the point. They handle complex and stressful situations in a very calm manner’.
‘A collage of brilliant minds and legal expertise’.
‘It has a straightforward approach, the client needs are priority and if it is needed the lawyers are willing to do overtime. Constantina Zatira is a very hardworking and professional person’.
‘The lawyers continually make the legal process understandable and provide consistent professional filings with the courts, and are very detail oriented. They have succeeded in litigation by advising us correctly about what to do. We trust this firm fully for having our best interests at heart and for being cost effective ’.
‘We continue to work most with Menelaos Kyprianou and Christos Galanos, although we have communicated with other members of the firm both in Cyprus and Athens and received the same high level of service. We are impressed with their all round knowledge of the law, their attention to detail and the fact that they manage to continue to produce positive results for us. We have been impressed with their effectiveness, their demeanour and the respectful way that judges continually treat them’.
‘The team at Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC is extremely experienced in navigating the nuances of Cypriot law to deliver a litigation and asset recovery solution. Marina Hadjisoteriou is a stand-out practitioner amongst her peers. Her ability to develop and implement a commercial strategy and her client focused approach makes Marina a pleasure to work with’.
‘Marina provides well-thought out options and alternatives. She is proactive and is quick to respond. The team is just great for the complex high-value disputes. This is especially so for the CIS-related disputes’.
‘I am happy to recommend Marina Hadjisoteriou (partner) and Constantina Zantira (associate) for any court work in Cyprus. Both are great pleasure to work with. Marina was heavily involved in our case: not just general partner’s supervision (and we really appreciated that). Constantina is a highly promising young lawyer. She is moving ahead on her career path. Very proactive’.
The Libra Group of Companies
Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has a versatile team that successfully handles all aspects of dispute resolution including the arbitration of international and domestic disputes. Clients range from public and private companies to multinational corporations, banks, financial institutions and entrepreneurs as well as individual clients from Cyprus and abroad. Senior partner Stavros Pavlou is a prominent arbitrator locally and internationally and is also recognised for his litigation skills. He co-leads the team with Chrysostomos Nicolaou and Stella Louka Pavlou. The team's wide ranging expertise spans the handling of challenging shareholder disputes to obtaining ancillary relief in the context of foreign litigation and arbitration.
Stavros Pavlou; Chrysostomos Nicolaou; Stella Louka Pavlou
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong personalities, with different approaches and capacities, but making a great team ’.
‘Efficient, responsive, experienced and reliable. What else do we need? ’.
‘I worked mostly with Stavros Pavlou. He has a personal charisma and can be very persuasive’.
‘The services provided are of the highest standards, effective and efficient, providing best advice and solutions. The lawyers bring a pragmatic and focused approach to dispute resolution and other issues and aim to offer value to the client. The firm has a composite group of lawyers with relevant diversified knowledge, experience and specialisation. The partners and all the lawyers together contribute to providing a first-class service. The firm is continually taking steps for further development’.
‘The firm is headed by Mr. Stavros Pavlou, its senior and managing partner, who I recommend without any reservation. He is one of the 2-3 best Cypriot litigators with an international reach and a true master of strategic thinking’.
‘Chrysostomos Nikolaou is an enormously experienced litigator and ably heads the litigation department. Stella Louka Pavlou is a very respected banking litigation expert handling with her team hundreds of cases for local and international banks. Eleana Christophi is probably the best litigator of her generation in Cyprus and has an enormous work ethic‘.
VTB Bank OAO
Bank of Moscow
Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd
Alpha Bank Greece
Bank of Cyprus PLC
Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners
Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners
Ivanyan and Partners
- Representing before the Courts of Dubai International Financial Centre a wealthy Moldavian individual who claims that the defendants conspired to fraudulently deprive her of her assets and cause her financial damage worth of EUR4m, while in reality, those assets were owned by third persons, not as trustees for the plaintiff, but in their personal capacity.
- Representing a wealthy Russian citizen who previously had a political position, in numerous and complex cases against him and other parties allegedly related and/or controlled by him, against claims for deceit, fraud and alleged conspiracy to defraud creditors – the dispute is a multijurisdictional one with litigation pending in Cyprus, Russia, Singapore, BVI and Belize.
- Represented before the Cyprus Courts a leading Russian financial institution in a high-profile dispute regarding the enforcement of a pledge agreement over the shares of an ore enriching factory – the team has successfully opposed the issue of a freezing order and thereafter provided expert evidence over, inter alia, the legal framework governing financial collateral arrangements before the LCIA in a related dispute over the legality of the sale of the pledged shares to a third party.
Gaston Hadjianastassiou leads a ‘well-rounded team that has expertise in a plethora of subjects’ at Deloitte Legal | Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC. It continues to advise an impressive roster of substantial clients on a broad range of civil, criminal and family matters as well as tax, construction and real estate disputes. Other areas of expertise include advising on contentious competition matters, disputes over public procurement, intellectual property and employment matters. The practice is also recognised for its work on arbitration matters. The 'very friendly and objective' Kypros Ioannides is another stand-out member of the team that provides 'clear and concise advice to overseas clients'.
Other key lawyers:
Kypros Ioannides; Panayiota Papapetrou; Georgia Kakouri; Maria Anna Stylianou
‘Extremely professional, high technical competence and at the same time personalised approach to clients. Very well placed on top of the list compared to other firms. I can point to Mr Kypros Ioannides and Mr Gaston Hadjianastassiou who stand out for their calm approach to work and thorough understanding and evaluation of any situation before giving detailed advice based on well calculated strategy’.
‘Well-rounded team that has expertise in a plethora of subjects’.
‘Neutrality and calmness in approaching each side’s perspective. Very good litigators. They take the time to listen to their clients and understand their concerns and goals. Readily available and willing to offer advice on the go’.
‘The two partners of the firm we worked with, have demonstrated full attention to client objectives and have been successful in achieving results. I strongly believe that this is due to their experience and academic background’.
‘The dispute resolution team at Hadjianastassiou, Ioannides LLC is truly great. The team is commercial, pragmatic, approachable, dynamic and very responsive. The lawyers are solutions-orientated and maintain the perfect balance between technical, legal advice and commercial reality’.
‘Clear and concise advice to overseas clients‘.
‘What makes this practice unique is is that it has lawyers with diverse experience and range of knowledge. The team ranges from young training lawyers to more experienced ones to very experienced ones all working together in a very efficient way to deliver excellent results. Kypros Ioannides is extremely knowledgeable and provides expert advice. Georgia Kakouri is very diligent and responsive. Panayiota Papapetrou is very good at client communication and also very good with court documentation’.
‘Committed team that strives diligently towards agreed objectives, with a high level of professionalism’.
‘Hardworking, experienced and effective team, capable of handling sophisticated and large scale disputes with cross-border elements or dimensions. Kypros Ioannides is probably the most skilful litigator in Cyprus’.
’The people involved seek to obtain a detailed understanding of your needs and are able to provide in-depth legal research and advise you on the various legal courses of action that are available to you. Furthermore, the people have a high degree of commercial awareness‘.
Alfa Capital Holdings (Cyprus) Limited
Alpha Television Cyprus Limited
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
C&R Severis Estates Limited
Chrigesa Constructions & Developments Limited
COCA-COLA HBC Cyprus Ltd
CSC Group Ltd
Cyproman Services Ltd
D.H. Cyprotels plc
Demstar Automotive Limited
Forum Private School
GPA Vision Drive Ltd
GQS Services Limited
HLB Cyprus Ltd
HSB Engineering Insurance Ltd
IQ-EQ (Cyprus) Limited
J & A Philippou Architects Engineers E.P.E.
Latomia Pharmakas Dimosia Etaireia Ltd
Lois Builders Limited
National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Ltd
New Nissan Cyprus Limited
Nice Day Developments Limited
Phoenicia Fereos Cyprus Limited
Sinergatikos Organismos Paragogis Zootrofon Ltd
Space Law Advisors LLC
Sunwing Hotels (Cyprus) Limited
Trade Capital Markets (TCM) Ltd
- Advised and represented Abacus Ltd, a leading corporate services provider in Cyprus on cross-border litigation proceedings with an underlying value of circa. $243m.
- Successfully defended HSB Engineering Insurance Limited, a large UK insurance company in a high-value claim that was brought by the Electricity Authority of Cyprus for coverage under an insurance contract.
- Provided an expert legal opinion to an international law firm on Cypriot corporate law in the context of an international arbitration under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C has an ‘amazing team’ that is led by the ‘very proactive and very client-orientated’ Soteris Pittas. The department is praised for its work on obtaining interim orders such as freezing injunctions, receiverships and Norwich Pharmacal orders. It is also recommended for its work on the recognition, enforcement and registration of foreign awards. Clients include high-profile individuals, businessmen and companies locally and internationally. There have been some changes to the team as Antonis Alexpoulous has departed and Maria Pitta has been promoted to the partnership. The team has ‘an entrepreneurial spirit which makes it stand out’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is dedicated to its work and getting success for its clients. The lawyers manage to communicate regarding the latest news at the court hearing directly from the court and not after they return to the office’.
‘An entrepreneurial spirit which makes it stand out’.
‘Very proactive and very client-orientated’.
‘A very responsive team with excellent experience. Soteris Pittas has a very impressive reputation in the market and is fearless in defending his clients’ interests. He leaves no stone unturned in getting the right result for his client’.
‘Soteris Pittas is peerless in his dedication to clients – creative and practical. Knows what can be achieved and what cannot. He and his team are not only well-versed in Cyprus law, but look at the bigger picture and counsel on actions that benefit clients in cross-border disputes’.
‘Soteris Pittas is very knowledgeable and experienced. His advice was thoughtful and reliable. He and his team are very practical in their approach. The advice they give is always pragmatic and elegant, taking into account all the factual circumstances, the potential difficulties, including financial and time constraints. We never spend time on any unnecessarily lengthy memos or e-mails, the team values our time’.
‘We mostly work with Soteris Pittas himself. His ability to deal with the urgent matters is worth a special mention. Not only will he respond quickly but will always suggest some useful ways of approaching the situation. Soteris also always takes into consideration any financial constraints, which the client might have, offering the most efficient solutions’.
‘Soteris Pittas is very responsive to queries. He is available 24 hours a day’.
‘Soteris Pittas is definitely an outstanding lawyer. He is able to resolve any complicated legal matter in a very creative and effective manner. He is a fabulous lawyer and a respectable team leader with an impressive skill in a wide range of legal tasks. He provides clients with creative and comprehensive legal solutions in different fields of law such as arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, banking and finance and others and can predict the perspectives of certain disputes with high accuracy’.
‘Soteris Pittas is one of the rare gems who is not just an excellent attorney, but also a great people manager. He and his firm stand out for A+ work product and excellent reliability in the region’.
A1 Investment Company
Russian National Bank TRUST
Kennedys Law LLP
Khrenov & Partners (Moscow)
PCB Litigation LLP
Field Fisher LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills CIC LLP (Moscow)
Dentons UKMEA LLP (UK) (London – Moscow)
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
PB LEGAL LLC (Moscow)
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, London
Reed Smith (Athens)
Forward Legal (Moscow)
Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners (Moscow)
STEPTOE & JOHNSON UK LLP (London)
A.G Erotocritou LLC has a ‘commercially minded’ team that is ‘very good at what it does in terms of quality of work and advice’. Under the leadership of Andreas Erotocritou who is a ‘brilliant lawyer and assists 24/7’ the team has developed considerable expertise in handling complex and high-value corporate and commercial disputes especially those relating to worldwide injunctive relief. The department is often hired by local and international banks for asset-tracing and recovery engagements as well as receiving a steady flow of instructions from major international law firms and multinational corporations.
Other key lawyers:
Antreas Koualis; Irena Markitani
‘It is definitely one of the best dispute resolution teams in Cyprus led by Andreas Erotocritou. The “star” of dispute resolution in Cyprus is Andreas Erotocritou. Very humble, approachable, diligent and thoughtful’.
‘The team is very dynamic and all its members are eager to go the extra mile to help the client to meet its goals. The firm handled for our company a number of important disputes in the past and all were successful. In one of the cases, the result was successful because of the dedication and time spent by the team to understand the facts and find ways to defend the case. Each member is very responsive’.
‘Andreas Erotocritou is the best lawyer we have ever worked with on contentious matters in Cyprus. He is well equipped with all the knowledge that is needed to make his client feel that they are in good hands. He is a master tactician in litigation cases and at the same time Judges and fellow lawyers respect him to a very high extent. The quality is also great with other team members such as Irena Markitani. Antreas Koualis is also a very capable lawyer’.
‘High-professional team of lawyers who can assist in all aspects of Cyprus law. The lawyers’ great experience in international dispute resolution allows them to select the best strategy in the dispute for their clients. We worked with the main Cyprus law firms but this law firm was the best. We trust them in all issues’.
‘Very good at what it does in terms of quality of work and advice. Expertise in obtaining interim relief ’.
‘Andreas Erotocritou is my main point of contact and is an excellent and a commercially savvy lawyer’.
‘The lawyers know their business. They do not say and pretend they know. They are the best lawyers I have worked with over the last few years. I know that if we turn to this firm that it will do the job properly, on time and with the best quality’.
PRIMETEL PLC (Cyprus)
Cyprus Shipping Association
RCB Bank (Cyprus)
Asia Pacific Bank (APB) (Russia)
Fluence Corporation (Israel)
Gevorest Group (Cyprus)
- Advising and representing one of the companies involved in the multi-million dollar US bankruptcy of the largest independent physical bunkers supplier and bunkering tanker owner in Cyprus proceedings, in the context of which interim freezing orders for over $310m have been issued, while also tackling and disputing the recognition of a foreign-Court-appointed receiver.
- Advising and defending high-net-worth individuals and their group of companies in the context of a cross-border dispute, in the context of which interim freezing and other injunctions have been issued and which involve allegations related to severe capital-control violations, as well as large-scale, complex, fraudulent transactions that have allegedly resulted in the alienation or misappropriation of assets of value in the region of €400m.
- Advising and representing the former spouse of an Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire, who is a leading name in the oil and gas sector, in the context of the biggest matrimonial dispute ever to be ruled in England, through the enforcement of the £450m maintenance award of the English Court in Cyprus by a Court-appointed receiver over a Cyprus holding company controlling valuable assets in Russia, with a view to enforcing an English judgment over those assets, through Cyprus.
AGP Law Firm | A.G. Paphitis & Co. LLC represents numerous foreign clients in commercial litigation on a broad range of disputes from interim orders and injunctions through to defamation, libel and slander as well as cybercrime, corporate litigation, constitutional and administrative law cases. Practice heads Angelos Paphitis and Eve Karaviotou are seasoned practitioners who are also skilled at handling financial crime cases and intellectual property disputes.
Angelos Paphitis; Eve Karaviotou
‘The team shows cohesion and collaboration ’.
‘Approachable partners and associates, genuine effort towards problem identification and resolution’.
‘This is a relatively young firm with two competent and diligent litigators. They are very responsive and conscientious and offer good value to their clients’.
‘Angelos Paphitis, established the firm and has been supporting its litigation practice until recently almost single handed. He is a very serious and professional lawyer with good court skills and quite diligent. Eve Karaviotou is very attendant to detail, meticulously prepared and a good court strategist’.
Giambrone Law Firm
Intelisoft CY Limited
Heritage Private School Ltd
Solution Partners SP zo.o
Obsesione Enterprises Ltd
Bank of Cyprus PLC
Abdullah Muzamel Sadat Ltd
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Embria Ventures Group Limited
Akrin Holding GMbH
- Advising a Group Action of 76 Clients against Banc de Binary Group on a case of alleged fraud, market manipulation, intention to defraud, and misrepresentation, against the owners, directors and senior managers of Banc de Binary group including against the group of companies for conspiracy, that is filed by the claimants who invested their savings.
- Acting for Obsesione Enterprises Ltd, an international business company with its headquarters in Cyprus as a defendant in an action filed in Cyprus by a Russian bank in an effort by the said bank to claim money allegedly owned to it by the shareholders and beneficiaries of the firm’s clients – in the process of the the legal action the claimants also applied for and obtained interim injunctions, the firm is in the process of opposing this injunction.
- Acting for Raycroft Ltd, a corporate victim of Cyprus 2013 banking events, whose money has illegally been taken by Laiki Bank during bail-in.
Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC fields a ‘very knowledgeable and well-organised team’. It has a solid reputation for its litigation and arbitration expertise in a wide range of matters from commercial disputes to personal injury claims and admiralty cases. It has a strong track record of handling interim relief applications and other areas such as real estate cases and employment disputes. Head of team Tasos Coucounis and the other key individual Alexandros Coucounis are both ‘very professional and efficient’.
Other key lawyers:
‘The very good knowledge of each member of the team, the excellent way of cooperation and coordination between them, together with the very good approach towards the legal opponents. The combination of these qualities makes this practice unique. My main experience of the above, is drawn from my personal contact with Tasos Coucounis‘.
‘Very knowledgeable and well-organised team’.
‘Knowledge and experience. Direct communication and excellent research skills. The partners’ availability and willingness to help their clients. Our company is in direct communication with the partners for all of our cases‘.
‘The lawyers are highly organised professionals and implement policies that best serve their clients. They know very well the details of the legislation with the consequence that the customer has advantages and better prospects of success. For example Mr Tasos Coucounis is one of the best lawyers I have met in the last forty years. He is distinguished by his impeccable professionalism and dedication to his client, giving us the best advice‘.
‘Dedicated, flexible and responsive whilst providing clear commercial advice – Alexandros Coucounis – a lovely man, strong technical lawyer and dedicated to his art‘.
‘Its knowledge of Cypriot and EU law and its customer service. Its dedication to my cause, knowledge of the complex and tragically slow Cypriot legal system‘.
‘The most common means of dispute resolution in Cyprus is litigation. The members of the team are very thorough in all the pleadings, and extremely knowledgeable and helpful about every aspect of the legal work. Also, the team can help you claim and safeguard your interests through alternative means of dispute resolution, even when there is no judge involved in this procedure. Very responsive and easy to communicate with‘.
‘Tasos Coucounis went beyond our expectations to get the interim result we needed and is still working on our case. He worked tirelessly to manage our expectations in full, working weekend and bank holidays to get a case to court on time, which we then won‘.
‘Outstanding effort from the whole team. All of them worked as a team. The firm has a long history and is strongly established and strives to always provide an excellent level of service‘.
Gazprom Neft PJSC
Deputy Ministry of Tourism of Cyprus
General Attorney of the Republic
Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board
Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited
Hellenic Bank Public Company Ltd
Gordian Holdings Limited
APS Debt Servicing Cyprus Ltd
Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited
General Insurance Cyprus Ltd
Pancyprian Insurance Company Ltd
Trust International Insurance Company (Cyprus) Ltd
Commercial General Insurance Limited
Cyprus Hire and Rejected Risks Pool
Altamira Asset Management (Cyprus) Ltd
Cyprus Company of Management of Property Assets Ltd (KEDIPES)
B2Kapital Cyprus Ltd
Provident Fund of Pilots and Flying Mechanics of Cyprus Airways Ltd
Seymour Emporio Ltd
DJ & DJ LTD
ZT3 IMAGE LIMITED
ALDO CYPRUS LTD
GROUPE PARTOUCHE SA
- Retained by the Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited in numerous banking litigation cases which it has carried out with significant success, including filing debt recovery lawsuits, initiating repossessions of immovable property, assisting service of new foreclosure notices by obtaining court orders for substituted service, filing liquidation proceedings against debtor companies as well as defending application/appeals to suspend foreclosure proceedings.
- Retained over many decades by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism of Cyprus (formerly Cyprus Tourist Organization) to prosecute and represent the Ministry in many civil and criminal cases.
- Advised APS DEBT SERVICING CYPRUS LIMITED in its commercial decisions on debt to asset swap transactions.
The team at George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC has ‘incredible depth of experience and a large team to call upon with an impressive track record’. Under the leadership of the 'impressive' George Z Georgiou and Andri Mitsigga it is well placed to advise on a whole host of contentious matters from competition and regulatory disputes to complex trust disputes. Other strengths lie in national and international commercial and corporate litigation as well as arbitration matters. Senior lawyer Romanos Loizides also receives a lot of plaudits.
George Z Georgiou; Andri Mitsigga
Other key lawyers:
‘George Z Georgiou and Romanos Loizides have a unique insight into cross-border disputes and the way in which the Cypriot legal system and disputes there can be used to assist clients in much larger, cross-border claims. Their expertise ranges from financial matters to complex fraud and they are able to give the most client-friendly advice even where the factual and legal points are incredibly complex’.
‘Incredible depth of experience and a large team to call upon with an impressive track record’.
‘George Z Georgiou is a great tactician and a delight with clients. He is clearly one of the superstars of the Cypriot legal world. Romanos Loizides is a very reliable hand and personable to boot’.
‘I have been hugely impressed by George and his team. They assisted us on an extremely complex international fraud dispute with multiple freezing orders. George is extremely insightful and analytical, but also pragmatic. His team was extremely responsive, accurate and personable. One of the very best disputes outfits in Nicosia’.
‘Capacity to conduct complex, multi-party fraud litigation. Proactive approach, geared towards solving problems rather than being daunted by them. The firm secures mandates from a range of clients, big and small, and does outstanding work in its chosen practice areas. It is commercial in its approach’.
‘Partner George Georgiou and leading associate Romanos Loizides have delivered a high quality service and in a very user-friendly way. It is an outstanding dispute resolution practice, particularly in relation to corporate and shareholder disputes and anything requiring urgent interim relief (freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal orders and the like)’.
‘The team is extremely responsive and provides helpful and practical advice in a very cost effective manner. Romanos Loizides is very responsive and provides concise, accurate and practical advice. George Z. Georgiou always makes himself available and shows a good level of engagement in matters’.
‘George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC has one of the best dispute resolution teams in Cyprus. The lawyers are quick to understand the core of the dispute and suggest a suitable litigation strategy. They are fine to work under time pressure and still deliver the best result. They also know well all the practicalities in handling the proceedings and give their advice in a very practical manner’.
‘George Z. Georgiou himself is a very ‘hands-on’ partner having vast experience in various proceedings (both arbitration and litigation), he provides solid and helpful advice at short notice. Besides him, we also worked with Romanos V. Loizides, who managed the team of associates and delivered a consistently good service in running the case before the Cypriot courts.’
Chr. Hadjichristofi (Athienitis) Limited
Renos Agrotis & Son Ltd
- Represents Chr. Hadjichristofi (Athienitis) Limited in a claim against a bank and a card payment system. The claim is based on breach of contract, negligence and fraud.
- Initiated an administrative action on behalf of Renos Agrotis & Son Ltd against a decision taken by the Ministry of Finance not to proceed with awarding the procurement for paper needs of the government to the client.
Scordis, Papapetrou & Co LLC frequently receives instructions from major international law firms on various high-value matters. Particular strengths lie in freezing and disclosure orders and all aspects of civil fraud claims. It is also recommended for its considerable experience in all aspects of civil litigation. The team is co-led by Kyriacos Scordis, Constantinos Adamides, Christos Scordis, Andreas Michaelides, Penelope Papapetrou and Alexandros Gavrielides. The team ‘stands out due to its enormous depth of experience and its very clever partners’ who are adept at handling multijurisdictional disputes.
Kyriacos Scordis; Christos Scordis; Alexandros Gavrielides; Constantinos Adamides; Penelope Papapetrou; Andreas Michaelides
‘Excellent combination of high quality legal skills and commercial acumen; seamless cooperation between Scordis Papapetrou Co LLC and its associates in multiple jurisdictions gives our clients an advantage when embroiled in multijurisdictional dispute resolution, especially those involving litigation. Kyriacos Scordis – excellent legal skills and business acumen- supreme legal strategist Constantinos Adamides – excellent legal skills and client-orientated service; tenacious approach to all cases ’.
‘Stands out due to its enormous depth of experience and its very clever partners’.
‘Very good disputes team and high quality partners. Alexandros Gavrielides – exceptional disputes partner; very attentive to detail, hands on and experienced. Constantinos Adamides – solid corporate and litigation lawyer with deep understanding of the issues and facts’.
‘Hardworking, diligent and very high level of expertise. Additionally good understanding of the differences / similarities between the Cypriot court and the English court.’
‘Alexandros Gavrielides is a pleasure to work with – he works extremely hard and has excellent knowledge and legal expertise, and a great team around him to assist and scale up when required’.
‘When it comes to disputes, it is better than anyone else in Cyprus. The problem with most disputes firms in Cyprus is that the majority of them are a “one man show”, i.e. one savvy partner surrounded by a number of associates. Obviously, the partner cannot handle all instructions at once, so he is forced to assign important bits of work to the associates who are not equally able. That’s when the quality of work begins to suffer. At Scordis, the partners are always hands-on’.
‘Kyriacos Scordis is definitely the superstar at the firm. We have worked with him for over 20 years, and his expertise and cleverness never ceases to amaze.’
‘The lawyers are very responsive to their client’s needs, work extremely hard to achieve the desired outcome and have a terrific understanding of what the Court will and will not order’.
‘Constantinos Adamides is excellent and is clearly seen by clients as someone on whom they can rely and trust’.
Alexander Filippovich Shchukin
M. Athinodorou Holdings Limited
MN Larnaca Desalination Co Ltd, MN Limassol Water Co. Ltd
Parklane Hotels Limited
Dmitry Tsvetkov and Elsina Khayrova
Joint Stock Company Commercial Bank “PRIVATBANK”
JSC BTA BANK
Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited
Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited
Alpha Bank Limited
Logicom Public Limited
NewCytech Business Solutions Limited
STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC handles a vast array of corporate and commercial litigation for major local and international clients and frequently advises banking institutions and asset management companies on sizeable cases against debtors. The team also garners praise for its experience in other areas such as pre-emptive remedies, fraud and asset tracing cases and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Key members of the excellent team are Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa and Akis Koumas.
Stelios Americanos; Soteris Costa; Akis Koumas
Other key lawyers:
‘Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is a practice that can handle all kinds of cases, from a plain road traffic accident to complex medical negligence cases. I am impressed by the firm’s strong work ethic, dedication and trustworthiness. Soteris Costa and Akis Koumas always deliver concise and practical advice even in complex areas of law. They have always been accessible and responsive to any request, even to very urgent ones’.
‘Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa, Chrysanthi Epifaniou. Very quick in responding‘.
‘Stelios Americanos himself makes the difference in this medium sized legal boutique. Highly recommended! Most important aspect of cooperation is readiness & openness to discuss and address the issues. Openness and courage in the face of a formidable adversary‘.
‘The practice is very customer-oriented, lawyers are ready to give you their support 24/7 which is rare in Cyprus. They are very friendly and cooperative, especially when explaining peculiarities of complicated procedural law provisions‘.
‘The creativity of Stelios Americanos and realistic/down-to-earth attitude of Soteris Costa makes a very good combination‘.
Bank of Cyprus
Alfa Bank Ukraine
Arricano Real Estate PLC
Nibro Capital Management
Eraclis Fiduciary Limited
- Advising the majority shareholder of a Russian company against which an action was filed by minority shareholders over the price of the shares purchased through a squeeze out process – in particular there are issues of exclusive jurisdiction in favour of a third country (not an EU member) under the EC Regulation 1215/12 and the reflexive application of article 24.
- Advising in a multi-jurisdictional matrimonial property dispute and successfully obtained an ex-parte freezing order over the assets of her spouse as well as a discovery order against banking institutions – all attempts of the respondents to cancel the orders were dismissed by the court.
- Advising the clients in challenging an injunction that was issued in the context of the execution of an arbitral award, issued against a third party with whom the clients own certain companies in Cyprus.
COSTAS TSIRIDES & CO LLC has an established practice that deals with the full array of corporate and commercial litigation as well as personal injury, employment and professional liability litigation. Its expertise extends to advising on contentious banking and finance matters as well as white collar crime, corporate fraud and asset recovery. Alexandros Tsirides and Photini Tsirides co-head the team that is also skilled in all aspects of construction related disputes.
Alexandros Tsirides; Photini Tsirides
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is well rounded with expertise in a plethora of subjects concerning the needs of its clients. Immediate response and fast action to the point is something that puts the firm ahead of the competition’.
‘The individuals at Tsirides Law have the very important quality of being straightforward. If they think that you will waste your time and money in a dispute, they will tell you. Alexandros Tsirides is the master of going through all issues and finding common ground to resolve disputes’.
‘High qualified lawyers, valuable experience/remarkable expertise in the subject, always meet the set timeframe, reliability in their opinions’.
‘Alexandros Tsirides is a very experienced lawyer in various/complicated subjects(litigation, Cyber ,P.I ,Medical Malpractise, CAR claims claims)’.
‘COSTAS TSIRIDES & CO LLC is a high-quality domestic team with very affordable costs’.
‘Alexandros Tsirides, managing partner, is a most recommended member of the firm’s litigation team. He has capabilities of advising clients in connection with matters related to Russia-connected disputes’.
‘It is the firm that I would always go to for Cyprus litigation. The lawyers know the courts and the judges and provide a great service’.
‘Alexandros Tsirides is excellent for Cypriot litigation – responsive, knowledgeable and gets the right results’.
Haviaras & Philippou L.L.C. acts for a sizeable number of insurance companies in Cyprus and is skilled at handling matters such as public liability and motor insurance disputes. It is also adept at advising on labour law issues and debt collection matters with Michael K. Philippou and Marios Panagides at the helm. Managing partner Andreas L. Haviaras is also highly regarded.
Michael K Philippou; Marios Panagides
Other key lawyers:
‘Very efficient, hands on approach, proactive – Andreas Haviaras: one of the most knowledgeable experienced lawyers on the island’.
‘Although it is boutique (family firm) it has a strong team of efficient litigation lawyers capable of handling almost all types of litigation disputes. Andreas Haviaras, the managing partner of the firm is one of the best litigators on the island’.
‘The lawyers are clearly very knowledgeable on Cypriot law and procedure but also provide their advice and comments in an appropriate commercial way which is appreciated by us and clients ’.
‘I have dealt mostly with Andreas Haviaras. He is very highly regarded and easy to communicate with. He is very knowledgeable and will make himself available at all times at short notice. He achieves results’.
‘Haviaras & Philippou LLC is a top of the range legal firm in Cyprus, with a capable and charismatic team of lawyers. Andreas Haviaras and Michalis Philippou and the team provide their services in a personal manner at all times and have a personal interest and participation in all assigned cases. Andreas Haviaras offers the wisdom in decision making and Michalis Philippou and his team provide the full technical legal support. Once a dispute is assigned to the firm it takes care of all the details’.
‘All the lawyers are competent and able to provide the advice required. When compared to other firms, any lawyer at this firm can provide the advice that a partner will provide in another firm. Actively involved irrespective how small is the case and provide the same attention and care. Ethical values is what they stand out for’.
Trust Insurance co
Marathon Trading Ltd
Israel Land Development Malls and Shopping Centers Ltd(Israel Stock Exchange)
MEDIPOWER (Overseas) Public Co Limited (Israel StockExchange)
Aenias Hotels Ltd
AC Technometal Ltd
ARGUS stockbrokers LTD
Doms Cars Ltd
Alkis H. Hadjikyriacos (Frou-Frou Biscuits) Public Limited
Meridien Hotels Ltd
Vassos Markides Estates Ltd
Meinl Bank – Austria
- Successfully advised client in a long dispute relating to a prestigious building in the main street of the capital town, Nicosia, Cyprus – the dispute was about rents accrued and a breach of the lease agreement.
Dimitris Papadopoulos and Charis Papachristodoulou lead the department at Papadopoulos, Lycourgos & Co LLC. The versatile team concentrates on commercial, corporate and tax disputes but also boasts considerable experience in freezing orders, injunctive relief and shareholder disputes. Clients include major national and international companies.
Dimitris Papadopoulos; Charis Papachristodoulou
- Advanced a novel procedural point on jurisdiction for its client and set-aside 3 judgments against the client, 14 months after these were issued.
- Enforced a pledge against a hostile corporate setup, via unconventionally employing the procedure for rectification of the company’s register – this approach is precedent setting.
- Represents various high-net-worth individuals in civil fraud proceedings with claims exceeding $500m.
Other key lawyers:
Agis Georgiades leads the department at Christos Georgiades & Associates LLC that represents clients in international commercial, construction and corporate disputes and is also skilled at representing clients in international and domestic arbitration proceedings as well as in mediation. Members of the team are experienced in a broad range of matters such as professional negligence claims, fraud and asset recovery cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘I have worked with Christos Georgiades & Associates LLC on a few complex and high-value cases. All these cases were cross-border and involved different jurisdictions and applicable law. I can highly recommend the dispute resolution team. I would trust it with international arbitration cases and cases that are complex and high-value. It has strong and experienced individuals, who can represent clients in complex cases.’
‘I would recommend international arbitration expert Agis Georgiades. He is an expert of international commercial arbitration matters. Agis is known in the market for his experience in international and high-value disputes’.
Christos Patsalides L.L.C. advises on a broad range of disputes from family law, administrative law and employment law to rental disputes, debt recovery, defamation, libel and slander cases. The department is headed by Christos Patsalides and Constantinos Kokkinoftas who are highly regarded in the area.
Christos Patsalides; Constantinos Kokkinoftas
Bank of Cyprus Ltd
National Bank of Greece, (Cyprus)
A.T. Multitech Corporation
Ekdotikos Oikos Dias Public Ltd
Impophar Trading House Ltd
Impophar Fitness Ltd
AKIS IOANNOU T.A.S. OPHTHALMOS LASER CENTER LTD
M. WINDOW GALLERY LTD
- Advised M. WINDOW GALLERY LTD on various employment agreements and on numerous commercial matters and privacy policies and represented the client as claimant in several debt collection cases in the District Court of Nicosia.
- Advised IMPOPHAR FITNESS LTD on a shareholder agreement, which the team later drafted and submitted to the Registrar of Companies.
Other key lawyers:
Harris Kyriakides handles a broad range of contentious matters from shareholder disputes to banking litigation, freezing injunctions and IP matters. It is a known name for its work on complex cross-border dispute resolution with a strong track record in civil disputes in addition to international and domestic arbitrations. Michael Kyriakides leads the group that saw some changes at a senior level, Phivos Zomenis joined the team from Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC while Myria Loizou left to become a District Court Judge.
Other key lawyers:
Juliana Georgallidou; Phivos Zomenis
‘Michalis Kyriakides is exceptional. He gets to the heart of an issue quickly and provides clear, concise and commercial advice promptly. He is also proactive and suggests solutions beyond what he has been asked to look at. The best Cypriot firm I have worked with for commercial dispute resolution matters’.
‘Juliana Georgallidou (Senior Associate) is a good technical lawyer who is commercially astute and responsive ’.
Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Yukos Hydrocarbons Investments Ltd
Ex Libra employees
Marine Subsea SA
Zemco/Iacovou Joint Venture
Palm Beach Group
Nissi Blu Group
- Advised Baring Vostok Capital Partners on a dispute concerning Vostochny Bank.
- Advised ex employees of Libra Group in a €398m fraud claim.
- Advised Equix Group Ltd in claims against ex partner in relation to Graff Franchise.
KINANIS LLC concentrates primarily on domestic and international corporate and commercial litigation but also handles the full spectrum of domestic civil litigation. Under the direction of Christos P Kinanis and Andrianna Solomonides the team has extensive experience of dealing with interim injunctions and also deals with the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The practice has been involved in several cases involving the tracing of assets and breach of trust matters.
Christos Kinanis; Andrianna Solomonides
‘First of all it’s a well organised company and you understand it from the very moment you visit the firm. You also feel a team work atmosphere and cooperation between the members of the team when dealing with the issues’.
‘As for stand-out partners I would like to mention Christos Kinanis and Andrianna Solomonides. I’ve had very good experience of working with them for many years. They are very professional and friendly’.
‘A very efficient team that provides workable and smart decisions. The whole law firm is very loyal to its customers ’.
‘Christos P. Kinanis is our long-standing partner. Andrianna Solomonides gracefully solved our litigation issue’.
‘ A very rapid and efficient approach: immediate reaction to clients’ requests and perfect knowledge of the legal background. 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: as a result the advice provided to clients from other jurisdictions is guaranteed to be the optimal solution that takes into account not only Cyprus and international law requirements, but also the specific requirement of the clients’ national law systems. 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 – it his personal participation -when he is required he will be available’.
Bank of Cyprus PLC
Neofytos Pirilides and Kyriakos Karatsis lead the team at N. Pirilides & Associates LLC that undertakes a broad range of high-value disputes. It boasts particular expertise in interim relief applications such as Norwich Pharmacal and other orders such as gagging orders as well as freezing injunctions and Anton Pillar search orders. It is regularly instructed by local and foreign corporations and financial institutions in addition to high-net-worth individuals.
Neofytos Pirilides; Kyriakos Karatsis
‘What makes this particular law firm stand out is its client-oriented approach, aiming for a quality over quantity of the services provided‘.
‘The firm is renowned locally for its experience and expertise in handling complex litigation work‘.
‘Neofytos Pirilides is extremely pleasant to deal with and inspires confidence. I am always made to feel that I’m in the safest of hands. He has excellent judgement and is immensely intelligent with a long history of experience. Kyriakos Karatsis is very approachable, always available and is able to grasp even the smallest detail no matter how complicated the matter‘.
‘These are lawyers who you really want to work with – real people – who make the whole process so much better by their client focused approach‘.
‘Flexible and innovative‘.
P. N. Kourtellos & Associates LLC handles all aspects of commercial and corporate litigation, with particular expertise in banking and insolvency disputes. Dr Pavlos Neofytou Kourtellos is highly regarded.
Other key lawyers:
Yordis Trillides leads the practice at Polakis Sarris & Co LLC that concentrates primarily on corporate litigation for foreign and domestic clients. The group has particular expertise in advising on remedies for injunctive relief such as freezing orders, Mareva Injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal Orders.
Prountzos & Prountzos LLC frequently advises on a wide range of claims and civil and commercial disputes. It has acted as co-ordinating counsel on multijurisdictional disputes. The group is also skilled at handling tender disputes before the Tender Review Authority and appeals before the Supreme Court of Cyprus. Head of team Constantinos Agathocleous has been active in cases involving CIS clients and assets.
Other key lawyers:
LANTELME HOLDINGS LIMITED
KETONIS DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
Y.T.M. Stavrides Limited
Pancyprian Organisation of Cattlefarmers (POCF)Public Company Limited
University of Cyprus
Cyprus University of Technology
Papouis Dairies Limited
- Advising Pancyprian Organisation of Cattlefarmers (POCF) Public Company Limited on matters of Protected Origin Product (POP) Registration in relation to Halloumi.
- Frequently provide legal opinions on administrative law nature matters to the University of Cyprus.
- Frequently provide legal opinions to Cyprus University of Technology on various administrative law matters.
PYRGOU VAKIS LAW FIRM provides a full range of civil litigation services to its clients and is skilled at handling local and international commercial litigation. Areas of expertise include advising on banking and finance disputes, injunctions and interim relief as well as the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in addition to advising on mediation. Heads of team Despo Andreou, Demetris Vakis and Nota Pelekanou are all well regarded.
Despo Andreou; Demetris Vakis; Nota Pelekanou
‘The high quality of litigation services provided. Nota Pelekanou is very professional and experienced on banking cases. The level of expertise and specialisation in debt recovery is high’.
‘Professionals -competent -punctual -polite -supportive -knowledge -professionalism -on time’.
‘The most common means of dispute resolution in Cyprus is litigation. The members of the team are very thorough in all the pleadings, and extremely knowledgeable and helpful of every aspect of their legal work. Also, the team can help you claim and safeguard your interests through alternative means of dispute resolution, even when there is no judge involved in this procedure’.
‘People I work with are all professionals and whatever are their duties they are very good at it. Act immediately and always are next to us ’.
‘We have worked with Pyrgou Vakis LLC for many years. Pyrgou Vakis LLC has always represented our firm in the most professional manner. Its ethics are of the highest standards. Its friendship, courtesy, knowledge and honesty have become very important to us during our day to day cooperation. Pyrgou Vakis LLC is a law firm with a rare combination: it consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a friendly, direct approach. The staff are always personable and of high integrity’.
‘The practice is unique when there is understanding and respect between different generations! Each personality gives its best and becomes better by learning from each other. Team’s strengths is powered by believing in its capability and its experience on the subject. Honesty is not something you can buy ’.
‘Demetris Vakis is a person I can trust not only as a lawyer but also as a real friend. With Nota is a twin I don’t wish to have them against me at court ’.
- Advising the bank on various cases that the bank has initiated as well as defending the bank on issues involving loans, immovable and movable property as well as other interim procedures.
- Advising the liquidator of a company on various matters such as receivership, interim applications (writs of delivery, writs of possession, certiorari and contempt proceedings).
- Providing legal advice to a company and issuing an interim order in relation to an employee over a breach of the data protection policy of the company and the stealing of sensitive information.
Stelios Stylianides & Co L.L.C. focuses on all aspects of commercial litigation from breach of corporate and commercial agreements, to corporate fraud, conspiracy cases and partnership disputes. Other strengths lie in real estate litigation and arbitration. Dr Christos Stylianides and Anastasia Schini lead the practice.
Christos Stylianides; Anastasia Schini
‘Experts in cross-border personal injury cases’.
‘Christos Stylianides: an excellent lawyer in relation to complex legal issues, very personable and provides an A1 client service’.
‘The strong point that makes Stelios Stylianides and CO LLC unique, is its personal approach. The lawyers are always ready, at any time of the day, to provide any kind of support and advice in any kind of dispute resolution’.
‘Christos Stylianides and his team, provide for a certainty that they will do their best in any case they will undertake. They have provided their legal counsel and support in a number of dispute resolution both in Cyprus and abroad.’
Th. Schinis Enterprises Limited
George Roussos Group of Companies
National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Limited
The Municipality of Limassol
S.A. Mesaritis Developers Limited
Kazamias Constructions Ltd
Costas Athanasiou Group of Companies
A.M. Schinis (Investments) Ltd
Slater & Gordon, Solicitors, England
Hudgell Solicitors, England
Heiwa Auto, Osaka, Japan
SGI LEGAL LLP
Cooperative Asset Management Company Ltd
Medochemie Ltd, Cyprus
- Successfully represented Christian Church Committee of Pera Pedi in litigation for the declaration of a constructive trust over immovable property.
- Representing Altamira Asset Management (Cyprus) Ltd in a substantial case for the recovery of credit.
- Represented Heiwa Auto Co Ltd in €880k claim for the recovery of debts owed to it by two car dealers.