Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC > Larnaca, Cyprus > Firm Profile

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC
9 ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS III AVENUE, LAZAROS CENTRE
SUITE 101-104, PO BOX 40519
6305 LARNACA
Cyprus

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The ‘very professional’ and ‘responsive’ team at Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC has been busy advising on a broad array of cases. It has provided advice to numerous Russian and Ukrainian law firms on the enforcement of final arbitration awards, as well as on freezing injunctions. The practice has also advised on the appointment of interim receivers for Cypriot companies. Also notable is that, in 2021, it was retained by numerous UK law firms to provide expert reports on Cyprus law on a broad range of issues from personal injury claims to admiralty disputes. The head of the team is Tasos Coucounis.  Alexandros Coucounis is another key practitioner.

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Testimonials

Tasos and his team are always available to discuss our case and update us when necessary. Tasos is exceptional and has even worked on our case outside office hours on a bank holiday.’

‘Andreas Coucounis has provided me with first-class expert legal advice, giving me a huge depth of talent (when someone is away the team seamlessly picks up my case and continues to progress the matter). They offer informative and innovative solutions to my ongoing disputes. Their responsiveness is incredible backed by their legal insight into how the legal process will work. Frankly I haven’t come across another firm that is able to offer this to me.’

The team members are professional and always eager to help and offer advice. Alexandros and Tasos Coucounis are readily accessible, listen to our concerns and find solutions to our issues. The support and clerical staff are friendly, pleasant and eager to help.

‘The team provides clear and informative advice. They always focus on the main points and always have a clear understanding of the commercial realities of the case. Overall, working with them has been a positive experience. We were in touch with the partner Alexandros Coucounis. He has provided excellent advice and was always highly responsive despite his busy schedule.

Very clever team. Easy to reach and ready to help and provide appropriate advice in every situation. They try to do their best to provide the client with as many options of legal assistance as they need to make a correct decision.

Reliable, responsive and yet always well considered. Alexandros Coucounis has provided great analysis under significant pressure and secured strong results.

‘They are very professional, polite, well organised and our cooperation is very good. They have deep knowledge.

My dealings have been mainly with Mr Tasos Coucounis over the whole period. He has been professional, reliable, robust when appropriate and available when needed – unlike my previous experience with other firms. Now that we have had the court’s decision in our favour his advice over a decade has proven to be correct and fair and professional.’

Key clients

easyGroup Ltd

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

Themis Portfolio Management Holdings Limited

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

S.H. GOREN MANAGEMENT & INNOVATION LTD

SOPRAL S.A.S.

Seymour Emporio Ltd Rainelle Limited

DJ & DJ LTD

ZT3 IMAGE LIMITED

ALDO CYPRUS LTD

GROUPE PARTOUCHE SA

Work highlights

  • The firm has been retained over many decades 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.
  • The firm has been 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 against restaurants, bars, taverns, night clubs and other entertainment providers for their non-compliance with the relevant licencing and operational regulations and owners of boats, yachts and other and leisure vessels for their failure to pay berthage charges to Larnaca Marina and for assaults committed against public officers and for trespass committed in Larnaca Marina.

Cyprus > Employment Tier 2

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC is skilled at advising its predominantly local client base of employers and employees on the full array of employment issues. Key areas of focus include advice on employee rights and pension benefits, in addition to representing clients before the labour tribunals. Team head Tasos Coucounis is adept at advising on a whole host of issues, such as redundancies, social insurance matters, health and safety at work, discrimination and collective agreements.

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Testimonials

The individual approach to the client. The team is always involved in the process and is available via any channel. They reply quickly and accurately, patiently answering all questions.’

‘I believe that the team’s level of experience, awareness and professionalism, assured us of a prompt settlement. Mr. Tasos Coucounis was very knowledgeable, “listened” and understood, managed the process very well.

Key clients

EMBASSY OF THE STATE OF QATAR IN CYPRUS

IRIS HR CONSULTING

H&R BLOCK INC

HELLENIC TECHNICAL ENTERPRISES LIMITED

LARNACA SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE BOARD

W.W.M. HOLDING LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise the Embassy of Qatar in Cyprus on employment matters including employment liability, public liability and employment contracts.
  • In December 2020 the firm was retained by the global HR consultancy firm IRIS HR Consulting to advise on Cyprus employment law matters and employment contracts.
  • Advised Larnaca Sewerage and Drainage Board (LSDB) on numerous employment issues, including employment disputes, employee contracts, employee appointments, provided legal opinions, drafted documents and represented the LSDB before the Administrative Court of Cyprus and other tribunals.

Cyprus > Intellectual property Tier 2

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC acts for many large foreign companies in their trade mark registrations, as well as in any renewal applications. Its team is well-placed to advise a broad range of clients before the Registrar of Patents and Trade Marks in Cyprus. The head of the practice is Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC.

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Testimonials

Alexandros is very helpful with respect to our clients who have a lot of business in the Middle East. They are very knowledgeable not just about Cyprus laws but other countries as well which makes him extremely helpful to work with when we are helping our clients generate a trademark strategy throughout the world. Alexandros is very nice and helpful with any matters we may bring to him for our clients.’

‘Strong analytical skills married with responsiveness and good client care. Alexandros is a great person to have in your team.’

The team is responsive and efficient.’

‘Andreas Coucounis  & Co. LLC is a highly diligent, proactive and commercially-minded firm. The team can make an otherwise tricky trade mark system seem simple. Alexandros Coucounis is excellent, providing clear, straightforward and good value advice across a range of trade mark matters, including contentious proceedings.’

‘They are always available when you need them, ready and willing to offer their insight and help. Mr. Alexandros Coucounis is always ready to help and offer assistance.  What I appreciate the most is that he shares his knowledge to help you make the right decision and he is only a phone call away.’

Key clients

easyGroup Ltd

Catherine Sidonio

Newsweek Inc.

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

General Insurance of Cyprus Ltd

Eurolife Ltd

Chloride Group

Spartan Race Inc.

RHYTHM & BLUE INC. LIMITED

Banq Inc.

SSP Group PLC

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Cozcom Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained over many years by easyGroup Ltd to handle all the matters in relation to their portfolio of trade mark registrations in Cyprus in proceedings before the Registrar of Trade Marks of Cyprus and in all the pending litigation matters in the Cypriot Courts.
  • Retained by General Insurance of Cyprus, the largest general insurance provider in Cyprus, to prosecute their new trade mark Registrations in Cyprus.
  • Continued to represent Catherine Sidonio, a famous French fashion designer and owner of fashion brand names such as MOLLY BRACKEN and Gabrielle, in opposition proceedings against a Cypriot trademark registration in a dispute with Chanel fashion house and in addition, the IP team, has successfully prosecuted for the said client the conversion of EU trade mark into a Cyprus national trade mark registration.

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC secured a number of important new clients in 2021 and continues to advise numerous local and foreign clients on a wide array of corporate and commercial matters such as insolvencies, share issues and restructurings. Clients include wealthy funds, corporations and individuals in Europe, Russia, the Middle and the Far East. Dimitria Coucouni and Tasos Coucounis co-head the department.

Testimonials

‘This law firm supported us in multiple cases that were both complex and crucial for our company. Throughout they had exhibited a deep understanding of the EU regulations and competition practices impacting our cases. They were very thorough and structured in building our case, giving us clear direction and guidance on how to put forward well supported arguments. The collaboration was excellent and exceeded expectations in terms of quality and speed.’

‘This law firm stood out for their values: ethos, integrity, transparency and trust. Also, it’s a firm that you can absolutely rely on them to the get the job done. Their differentiation from competitors is their approach to our cases. They were well-structured, held thorough interviews with all relevant parties to understand the facts and studied deeply all documentation provided to them, significant to the case. The result of this approach was that we were all well prepared and clear on our arguments in favour of our case with a positive outcome which was wining the case.’

‘The individuals we have been working with, especially Mrs. Dimitria Coucouni, are very professional, provide the best service and are always available when you need their assistance.

Key clients

H&R Block Inc

Gartner Inc

SVEA Renewable Solar AB

Equiti Group Ltd

Pernod Ricard

DNV GL Business Assurance BV

Egis Projects SA

Egis Airports SA

C.A.P. Papaellinas Ltd

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Groupe Partouche SA

Work highlights

  • Retained in 2021 by Gartner Inc, a US listed global research and advisory company with a worldwide presence and advised the client on restructuring issues involving the establishment and maintenance of a Cyprus holding company acquiring the ownership of several other subsidiary companies worldwide.
  • Advised H&R BLOCK, INC, a US listed tax preparation services company, on group restructuring issues involving a Cypriot subsidiary company.
  • Retained in 2021 by SVEA RENEWABLE SOLAR AB, a market leader in Sweden and in Europe regarding solar panels, to advise on solar parks and regulatory/licensing matters in Cyprus.

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC‘s practice, which is led by Tasos Coucounis, acts for public and private entities on a broad range of real estate and construction matters. It often advises domestic and international clients on the sale and acquisition of residential and commercial properties. In addition, the team is recommended for its experience of property litigation matters.

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Testimonials

Dealing with them from the UK, all staff were fluent in English and very helpful and considerate regarding communications and problem solving with issues arising from differences in UK and Cypriot law. Very helpful and compassionate when dealing with personal issues and very professional and communicative as a team.’

‘Always keeping client updated with any changes or progress. Friendly but professional.

‘AC & Co has a serious and hard-working team of professionals that is always available and eager to support your needs. Technically very competent and gives you a sense of comfort with the analysis and opinions. Tasos is an exceptional professional with a high standard of knowledge of his area of practice.

‘I have always been given excellent customer service by this law firm. Dimitria Coucouni has always been one step ahead in my dealings with her and the team, ensuring any potential problems are sorted out, prior to them becoming a big problem for the customer.’

Professional and efficient.’

‘We particularly like working with Dimitria – easy communication and answers to questions when asked.’

Key clients

Svea Renewable Solar AB

WS Beteiligungs GmbH

Embassy of The State of Qatar

Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited

APS Debt Servicing Cyprus Limited

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

KPMG Limited

Cyprus Government

Hellenic Technical Enterprises Limited

Work highlights

  • Retained in 2021 by SVEA RENEWABLE SOLAR AB, a market leader in Sweden and in Europe regarding solar panels, for advice on land acquisition matters/agreements and regulatory/licensing matters on solar energy parks in Cyprus.
  • Advised WS BETEILIGUNGS GmbH on a complex land transaction of €4m in the area of Larnaca.
  • Advised the Embassy of the State of Qatar on its proposed acquisition of plots of land in Nicosia.

Cyprus > Tax Tier 3

Dimitria Coucouni leads the tax practice at Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC, which advises on matters such as tax residency, tax management and VAT, among others. It is also adept at handling tax litigation. The tax unit works closely with the firm's corporate department on a wide range of matters.

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Testimonials

‘The firm is very well-organised, top-talented lawyers/accountants, deep knowledge of Cypriot tax laws/regulations/practices. The individuals in our team are extremely diligent, thoughtful, very responsive and have deep expertise.

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd

GARTNER INC

H&R BLOCK INC

EXPEDIA Group Inc

Prime Commercial Properties Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Gartner Inc, a US listed global research and advisory company with a worldwide presence, on issues pertaining to the establishment and maintenance of Cyprus tax resident subsidiary companies owning and exploiting IP assets worldwide and/or acting as holding companies to other group subsidiaries.
  • Advised H&R BLOCK, INC, a US listed tax preparation services company, on the tax and legal aspects relating to their intragroup financing arrangement and involving their Cypriot subsidiary company, which is acting as the group’s financier.
  • Advised a Cypriot company on tax matters involving the disposal by the company of its investment participation in a USA entity owning and running a commercial centre in the USA.

The firm:  In 2020 Andreas Coucounis & Co LLC completed 50 years of provision of legal services on the island of Cyprus, a milestone in the long-standing history of the firm.

Coucounis has recently undertaken a complete refurbishment of its premises in Larnaca and Nicosia, including total renewal of its IT and telephone/online communications infrastructure, making instant communication between its numerous offices and its clients whether on the island or abroad possible, thus responding to the demands and challenges of the current global ever-changing working environment.

Coucounis takes pride in its highly qualified and multilingual lawyer team and its ability to communicate efficiently and assist clients worldwide having as well a multilingual website www.coucounis.com, which is available in 9 languages.

The firm has published ten volumes of rent control case law, which forms part of a collection of volumes covering 25 years of case law.

As part of its outward-looking approach and determination to serve its corporate and individual clients, the firm’s partners are members of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Fiscal Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA).

The firm is a full member of the international lawyers’ network “Asociation Europea de Abogados”.

Coucounis international profile comprises of strong cooperation with reputable worldwide law firms, particularly in USA, UK, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East.

The firm is strong in both its litigation and corporate practices, as well as in regulatory and investment matters. In recent years, it has established its expertise in multi-jurisdictional corporate and investment projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Recently, the firm succeeded in being included on the local lawyers’ list of the Russian and Italian embassies in Cyprus, as well as continuing on the same lists of the US, UK, French and Qatari embassies.

In 2020 Coucounis successfully advised a global research and advisory firm in relation to a $2b Intellectual Property transaction.

In 2020 and continuing in 2021 Coucounis has been acting as advisor to a multinational IP Group on their global IP restructuring.

In 2019 Coucounis won another public tender by the Larnaca Sewerage Board for the provision of legal services, thus becoming the Board’s legal counsel.

Coucounis strives to provide professional and highly efficient services to its diverse clientele which includes listed companies, private corporations, banking and insurance institutions, government entities and high-net-worth individuals.

In 2016 Coucounis formed part of the consortium of consultants that successfully bid for an international public tender by the Government of Cyprus for the appointment of a reputable independent advisor with extensive relevant expertise to provide professional services regarding (i) the long term development of the wider area of Troodos’ mountain, and (ii) the private sector participation in specific real estate assets in Troodos, through either a long-term lease and/or licence and/or right to use/exploit them.

Areas of practice:

  • Admiralty & Shipping Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Employment Law
  • Entertainment-Media & Sports
  • EU & Competition Law, Telecommunications & Regulation
  • Family Law
  • Immigration & Citizenship
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Funds, Asset Management & IPOs
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Oil & Gas, Energy & Construction
  • Private Client & Tax
  • Real Estate & Immovable Property Law

The firm’s work in EU, competition and telecoms law has been considerable. The litigation department continues its strong presence in cases involving securities legislation, cross-border disputes, securing of title deeds, debt recovery and negligence cases, as well as matrimonial cases. One of the firm’s main areas of practice is corporate law and M&A. The firm provides valuable services in this area, having advised companies who are leaders in their field of work in their countries. Over the years the firm has been actively involved in the legal affairs of large foreign property groups who have made substantial investments in the commercial property sector in central London and in the US.

The firm is involved in the formation and effective management and administration of Cypriot companies and international trusts used in many commercial activities abroad. The favourable Cypriot tax regime, Cyprus’ increasing number of double taxation treaties and a recent modern law on international trusts allow the firm to provide its international clientele with a wide variety of choices and solutions for tax-efficient transactions and asset ownership all around the world.

Coucounis has also acquired knowledge and experience in advising clients on the setting-up of Cypriot Investment Firms and Funds, a growing sector on the island of Cyprus.

The immovable property law department offers comprehensive, all-round advice to foreign clients. The wills and probate department is active in the administration of estates and advises clients on wills.

The firm takes an active role in assisting foreign companies with their legal matters involving the offshore hydrocarbons industry of the island, as Cyprus enters the prestigious league of countries that have unexplored oil and gas resources.

The firm has been retained over the years by many foreign and local companies to advice on the exploitation, restructuring and protection of their intellectual property rights in Cyprus and worldwide, as well as by wealthy individuals wanting to participate in Cyprus’ permanent residence programs.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Executive Managing Partner Tasos Coucounistasos.coucounis@coucounis.com+357 24822460, 26930236, 99493046
Senior Partner Dimitria Coucouni-Andreoudimitria.coucounis@coucounis.com+357 22460130
Partner Alexandros Coucounisalexandros.coucounis@coucounis.com+357 24822460
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Dimitria Coucouni-Andreou  photo Dimitria Coucouni-Andreou Senior Partner Expertise-Main Areas of Practice Tax, Corporate & Commercial Law, Private…
Alexandros Coucounis  photo Alexandros Coucounis Partner Expertise-Main Areas of Practice Litigation & Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Employment Law,…
Tasos Coucounis  photo Tasos Coucounis Executive Managing Partner Expertise-Main Areas of Practice Litigation & Arbitration, EU &…
Number of lawyers : 5
at this office : 3
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Asociación Europea de Abogados (AEA International Lawyer Network)
Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (AIJA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
The Cyprus Bar Association
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Contacts : Tasos Coucounis
Contacts : Dimitria Coucouni-Andreou
Contacts : Alexandros Coucounis
Other offices : Nicosia
Other offices : Paphos