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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC
PATRICIAN CHAMBERS
332 AGIOU ANDREOU STR.
3035 LIMASSOL
Cyprus

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC's team has the ability to devise ‘inventive and workable solutions to difficult problems’. It primarily acts for banks and financial services clients, handling international and local disputes in conventional and alternative forms of dispute resolution. This includes some instructions involving arbitration and mediation. Stavros Pavlou is ‘a chess master' who maps out 'a strategy several steps ahead’; Chrysostomos Nicolaou is ‘pragmatic’ and ‘very experienced in handling complex cases’. Eleana Christofi, who is ‘a very bright and experienced junior partner with incredible work product’, was promoted to partner. Stella Louka Pavlou is also noted.

Testimonials

‘Chrysostomos Nicolaou and Eleana Christofi are excellent lawyers with excellent expertise in law. Always care about the result of the cases and the client’s interests.’ 

‘Stavros Pavlou is a chess master, focused on the overall strategy and business aspect of the cases, mapping out strategy several steps ahead. Eleana Christofi is a very bright and experienced junior partner with incredible work product and Chrysostomos Nicolaou is very experienced in handling complex cases and very pragmatic in his approach.’

‘The team are very pragmatic and commercial in their approach, coming up with inventive and workable solutions to difficult problems. They are also extremely well connected.’ 

‘Stavros Pavlou is extremely pragmatic, commercial and user friendly. He finds a way to cut through complexity to arrive at a simple, workable solution quickly.’ 

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

VTB Bank OAO

Bank of Moscow

Pafilia Developers

Alpha Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Bank of Cyprus PLC

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhartn& Sullivan LLP

King & Spalding LLP

Tax Tier 1

Jointly led by managing partner Stavros Pavlou and tax expert Stella Strati, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC ‘has an excellent knowledge of the market, with experience in litigation and the corporate law aspects of tax'. The team specialises in handling the establishment of tax planning structures for complex cross-border deals. The client roster has a mixture of international multinationals and domestic corporations.

Testimonials

‘The firm has an excellent knowledge of the market, with experience in litigation and the corporate law aspects of tax.’

Personal touch with the clients. Always available to talk, help or give advice.

Key clients

Gazprombank (JSC)

Alpha Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Delo Group

OAO LSR Group

Hyperio Software Ltd

Aeroflot

Ivanyan & Partner

Banking and finance Tier 2

Stavros Pavlou and the ‘super-responsive, professional and deeply committedLia Iordanou Theodoulou jointly head the practice at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC, which specialises in multi-jurisdictional finance projects. As well as acting for some of Cyprus’ largest banks, the firm has a well-established presence in the international market, providing extensive legal advice to a number of high-profile international banking and financial institutions from Russia, Europe, Asia, and the US. The practice also has considerable experience in international loan restructurings and cross-border security transactions. Stella Strati is 'an exceptional talent and a superstar lawyer’.

Testimonials

‘Very fast and efficient team, with a good knowledge of business.’

‘They are among the most pre-eminent practices in the region and we regularly seek out their assistance on the most complex cross-border finance transactions.’ 

‘Lia Iordanou Theodoulou is super-responsive, professional and deeply committed to her client base, and she keenly understands the commercial needs and dynamics of her clients. Fellow partner Stella Strati is an exceptional talent and a superstar lawyer who we enjoy working with.’

Key clients

Gazprombank

VTB Bank

Ivanyan & Partners

Baker Botts LLP

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Bank of Cyprus Group

Morgan Stanley & Co International Plc

Sberbank

Alpha Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Unicredit Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has expertise advising on acquisitions, cross-border mergers, reorganisations, and shareholder agreements. In addition, the firm also handles share purchases and sales, aircraft regulatory matters, and ship registrations. Stavros Pavlou and Lia Iordanou Theodoulou are key contacts within the practice, which is commended for being 'able to offer legal advice in any sphere’. Stella Strati is another key practitioner; she manages clients' day-to-day requests ‘promptly and efficiently’ and is ‘easily available for communication’ at short notice.

Testimonials

‘Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is a large firm, so it is able to offer legal advice in any sphere. Stella Strati is able to coordinate with other lawyers in order to give us the best specialist in those specific matters we are interested in.’ 

‘Mrs. Stella Strati is a great partner, who manages our day-to-day requests promptly and efficiently. She is easily available for communication, including meetings with a short notice, what is always very convenient when urgent corporate actions are planned. Mr. Stavros Pavlou is also helps us a lot what strategic decisions are necessary.’ 

‘Always ready to go the extra mile to make sure the client is fully satisfied.’ 

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Raifaisen Informatik GmbH

LSR Group

Aeroflot

Circle Maritime

Summit Trust International

Newtech Services Holding Limited

EN+Group

SUEK

Equipark

Gazprombank International S.A

European Bank EBRD

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC frequently acts for project developers and high-net-worth individuals from Cyprus and abroad on property-related matters. Stavros Pavlou and Stella Strati jointly lead the team, which provides advice on immovable assets, acquisitions, sale and purchase agreements, financings, disputes and restructuring matters involving commercial and residential properties.

Key clients

Alpha Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Pafilia Property Developers

CNP Cyprus Insurance Holdings Ltd

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is a leading, highly recommended and multi-awarded law firm based in Cyprus. With more than 56 years of experience in the local and international legal market, the firm is renowned for its involvement in some of the largest cross-border transactions and complex litigation and arbitration matters and for its exceptional client service in Cyprus and abroad.

Located in Limassol, one of the most attractive international business centres and rapidly developing cities in Europe, the firm is committed to providing its clients with top professional legal services, covering the full range of their business activities. A team of over 30 qualified professional associates and legal consultants advise multinational corporations, banks, financial institutions and HNWIs on their high-profile and complex matters in multiple practice areas:

  • Dispute Resolution & ADR
  • Corporate, Commercial and M&A
  • Banking & Finance
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Capital Markets
  • International Tax Planning
  • Real Estate, Trusts & Asset Protection
  • Ship Registration & Ship Finance

Through a multi-disciplinary approach in delivering our services, together with our dedication to cross-border work, and our ongoing commitment to building long-lasting relationships, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has managed to establish a strong presence in the international legal market.   The firm’s international profile comprises of strong alliances with reputable worldwide law firms, particularly in Europe, Asia, USA, Russia and the rest of the CIS countries, as well as membership of various professional organisations globally, enhancing further the team’s ability to swiftly and efficiently respond to its clients’ ever-changing requests.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC offers comprehensive corporate services through Pagecorp Group, a group of companies associated through common ownership. With almost 30 years’ experience, the Group comprises of lawyers, legal consultants, company administrators, accountants and secretarial staff, who advise major organizations, start-ups and entrepreneurs on International Tax Planning, Cyprus International Trusts, Foreign Investment and Citizenship, and Accounting and Financial reporting, in order to establish their business in a low tax, transparent and regulated environment.

Since 1963, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been acting for leading organizations and individuals with persistent commitment to excellence. Our determination is reinforced through our extended partnerships with companies around the globe that share the same philosophy, culture and values: invest for the future. We aim to achieve the same levels of expertise in cases in which our lawyers are involved and in community work, to further grow our portfolio of clients and associates. We are confident that through strong belief in our core values and responsible actions, we will continue to provide top quality legal services with diligence, integrity and professionalism.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution and ADR, Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, International Tax Planning, Real estate, Trusts and Asset Protection Stavros Pavlou spavlou@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Dispute resolution and ADR Chrysostomos Nicolaou cnicolaou@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Dispute resolution and ADR, Banking Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law Stella Louka Pavlou slpavlou@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets,Restructuring & Insolvency, Ship & Aircraft Finance Lia Iordanou Theodoulou liordanou@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Administrative & Constitutional, Matrimonial & Family Law Ioanna Stavroulia istavroulia@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Restructuring & Insolvency, Real Estate, Trusts & Asset Protection, International Tax Planning, Corporate Management Services Stella Strati stella.strati@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Dispute Resolution & ADR, Corporate Litigation Eleana Christofi echristofi@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency, Angeliki Epaminonda aepaminonda@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Eleana Christofi  photo Miss Eleana Christofi
Miss Angeliki Epaminonda  photo Miss Angeliki Epaminonda
Mrs Lia Iordanou Theodoulou  photo Mrs Lia Iordanou Theodoulou
Mrs Stella Louka Pavlou  photo Mrs Stella Louka Pavlou
Mr Chrysostomos Nicolaou  photo Mr Chrysostomos Nicolaou
Ms Stavros Pavlou photo Ms Stavros Pavlou
Mr Patrikios Pavlou  photo Mr Patrikios Pavlou
Mrs Ioanna Stavroulia  photo Mrs Ioanna Stavroulia
Mrs Stella Strati  photo Mrs Stella Strati
Number of lawyers : 30
English
French
Georgian
German
Greek
Italian
Russian
Slovak
Cyprus Bar Association
International Bar Association
Cyprus-Russian Business Association
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Russian Arbitration Association
International Tax Planning Association
Association of International Tax Consultants
International Law Association
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
International Council for Commercial Arbitration
Mr : Stavros Pavlou

Dispute Resolution & ADR

  • Extensively advising and representing a well-known private investment group of companies in Russia, involved in the development of real estate and finance assets, in a dispute between the group of companies and a Russian commercial bank, claiming damages in the amount of EUR 600 million.
  • Representing a high-net worth individual based in Scotland in a cross-border dispute arising out of a joint venture for the exploitation of immovable property value of EUR 20 million in the Russian Federation.
  • Representing a Russian government-owned development bank in a litigation initiated in Cyprus against the bank and third parties for the amount of USD 119 million on the basis of alleged breaches of contractual obligations by third parties.

Corporate Law, Commercial Law, and M&A:

  • Advising a leading real-estate company of China, in relation to the acquisition of a large investment group operating in the Russian commercial real-estate market, owing properties of more than USD 4 billion.
  • Provided legal advice on the re-structuring of the shareholding of a group of companies, in preparation for its acquisition by a Strategic Investor, and the setting up of special purpose vehicles under Belize law and Cyprus law for the purposes of the acquisition amounting EUR 110 million.
  • Advising and assisting, along with a major Russian bank, a private equity investments international group, with headquarters in China, managing assets of more than EUR 1.5 million, with the establishment of an international investment group and with setting up of a Cyprus company to act as the investment manager to a fund to facilitate investments in Asia.

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets:

  • Advising a multinational investment and financial services provider on a new margin loan to a Cyprus borrower in the amount of USD 800 million secured inter alia by a pledge of shares of a foreign jurisdiction public listed company.
  • Acted as the advisors of a major Russian bank, in relation to a facility of more than USD 320 million provided by the bank to an Austrian energy company trading in oil and oil-related products within the EU market.
  • Advising an Asian development bank, proposing to provide a reputable supplier of quality fuel with a direct loan in the amount of up to USD 4.1 million.

International Tax Planning:

  • Advising a trustee of a Bermudan trust in relation to the re-domiciliation of the trustee and subsequently of the trust in the Republic of Cyprus for the purposes of taking advantage of the Cyprus International Trusts Law and the applicable tax regime. 
  • Providing specific tax and corporate advice to a Cyprus start-up company, in relation to the optimization of its corporate structure and the establishment of its business in the field of fiscal representation; the projects involves one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and services provider and multi-jurisdictional tax aspects within the EU.
  • Providing corporate and tax advice in relation to the cross-border re-organization of one of the largest insurance companies in the world, involving Cyprus entities and entities from five other European and international jurisdictions.

Real Estate, Trusts & Asset Protection:

  • Advising one of the leading property developers in the Eastern Mediterranean on the development, planning and licencing on their landmark projects, considered to be among the largest private real estate investment opportunities in Cyprus.
  • Advising one of the major banking institutions of Cyprus, in relation to all loan restructurings performed by them pursuant to an amendment of the Cyprus tax legislation, according to which certain loan restructurings are temporarily exempt from tax, where such restructurings include the transfer of immovable property to the creditor/financial institution in exchange for the repayment of debt.
  • Advising a number of high-net-worth individuals from Russia, Asia and other non-EU countries on the purchase of premium commercial and residential properties, which qualify for the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme.


For us, at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC, being responsible towards all stakeholders has always been a high priority and an essential corporate determinant for value creation. The firm has a long and deeply rooted tradition of being an active advocate of ethical, honest and responsible practices towards the community with whom it interacts. We are committed in providing top level legal services with the utmost ethical standards, acknowledging that our activities and actions reflect on our society and the environment in which we operate.

As one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, we are active promoters and supporters of local economic growth by:

  • applying environmental-friendly practices and minimizing our ecological impact, through recycling, using renewable energy sources and reusable materials, and investing to ‘greener’ supply chains;
  • protecting the rights and safety of our employees and respecting internationally declared human rights and employing local and foreign workers, considering, at the same time, diversity as a strength.  We value all perspectives, creative ideas and connections that arise from bringing people with different backgrounds together and we place value on such differences to further add to the strength of our legal and professional support team;
  • raising money for local charities and non-profit organizations and sponsoring local events; our donations have increased substantially and we seek to provide assistance to those who are in need;
  • implementing ethical marketing that respects our clients without eventual manipulations or false advertisement.

With more than 55 years’ experience, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC knows how to be viable in the long-run and the importance of responsible actions.  Our socially responsible belief is only reinforced through our extended partnerships with companies around the globe that share the same philosophy, culture and values: invest for the future. We aim to achieve the same levels of expertise in the cases in which our lawyers are involved and in community work, as in further growing our portfolio of clients and associates. We are confident that through our strong belief in our core values and responsible actions, we will continue to provide top quality legal services with diligence, integrity and professionalism.

Stavros Pavlou, Senior and Managing Partner

Stavros Pavlou, Senior and Managing Partner of Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC discusses the law firm’s services and shares his views and experiences with clients.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC from your competitors?

For the last 55 years, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been operating with the same core principles: the provision of service quality, respect, integrity and professionalism towards its clients and associates and creation of value for the client.

Today, the law firm evolved as one of the leading, multi-awarded and most-respected law firms in Cyprus by conforming to these core principles for so many years. Additionally, the development of expertise has always been a fundamental objective of the firm pursued by recruiting, training and investing in talented professionals and teamwork to provide the best possible outcome for our client’s business.

Furthermore, the law firm’s participation in international professional associations, the prominent relationships with respectable international law firms over many years as well as, the long-standing client base, continue to be keystones for the firm’s future plans and strategies.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The economy of Cyprus is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the EU with a 3.9 % GDP growth rate (Dec 2017). The government of Cyprus has recently undertaken a set of measures not only to attract foreign investors but also to protect their interests.

Thus, real estate, banking, construction, financial services, company registrations and immigration are sectors which are presently experiencing growth. From our side, we have noticed a tremendous demand in our work involving corporate restructurings, banking transactions and litigation, dispute resolution through arbitration, legal assistance on citizenship by investment programmes, property contracts and negotiations and company formations.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Reorganisation, practice specialisation and technological advancements are continuously utilized for optimum performance results. Over the last two years, the firm secured an additional 660m² of office space to accommodate the rising client requests in the banking, finance and corporate departments and the working environment and operational efficiency have improved enormously.

Additionally, in the dispute resolution practice, following the increasing demand in arbitration cases, the firm decided to invest in its key professionals by training five lawyers on arbitration modules provided by the Cyprus branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, while I became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and I am also the Honorary Secretary of the Cyprus Branch of CIArb.

Lastly, the affiliated Pagecorp Group is currently undergoing internal restructurings to enhance its presence in the Cyprus corporate services sector and to improve client service.

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

Of course it does! For us, it is extremely important to keep pace with all technological developments in order to run our operations more effectively and efficiently and improve our services.

Speed in client communication, access to a wealth of legal information and databases, efficiency in meeting clients, confidentiality and obeying the EU Data Protection Laws, play a key role in our everyday activities. Our experienced in-house IT team handles all of our online and offline technological operations in order to encourage further the highest productivity and responsiveness of the team and at the same time increase security and accuracy.

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC embraces the use of technology in order to ensure confidentiality and high quality of professional services.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Over the last 32 years of being a practicing lawyer and legal consultant, I can certainly share numerous examples of providing legal assistance, transaction support and judicial protection of multinational organizations, banks, financial institutions, corporates and entrepreneurs coming from Europe, Russia and other CIS countries.

Since the economic crisis of 2008 a lot of international businesses suffered from cash flow issues and problems with their credit facilities. We have consistently assisted over the last few years with the restructuring of many client groups and the renegotiation and optimisation of their credit facilities, thus ensuring their continued survival and profitability.

In the Dispute Resolution field we have successfully defended clients from malicious attacks on their assets in many high profile cases.

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

Nowadays, clients are more demanding than ever. They need a trustworthy, results-oriented, professional, and well respected law firm with a personalised service and a long-term approach rather than a mere instant solution to their legal needs.

Strategic advice, consistency and care towards clients’ matters are of vital importance. Our company is about the same age as the Republic of Cyprus – it was founded by my father in 1963. Therefore, we have been watching the development of the local services industry, including legal services, from the very beginning.

From day one, we have been operating diligently, professionally and respectfully and we have shown appreciation for every client relationship throughout our course. We are committed in providing top level legal services with the utmost ethical standards and on the basic premise that our actions reflect on our society and the environment in which we operate.

We expect that the firm will continue the significant expansion it has enjoyed since its foundation, both in terms of quantity and quality and we will continue to develop the knowledge and skills of our people.

We look forward to the future and the challenges it will bring and we are confident that with persistent commitment to our principles, we will continue to provide top quality legal services with diligence, integrity and professionalism for the next 55 years and even longer.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

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 law”.

With a 56-year experience in the local and international legal market, the team successfully handles cases in conventional and alternative forms of litigation, including arbitration of international and domestic disputes, and mediation. The department’s transnational capabilities are substantial since lawyers have arbitrated commercial disputes in arbitration courts on a global level, including the London Court of International Arbitration, the Stockholm Arbitration Court, the Austrian Arbitration Centre, etc.

Headed by four partners, the dispute resolution team handles a wide range of claims and disputes, both locally and internationally, in respect of general civil, corporate and criminal litigation as well as administrative recourses to the Supreme Court of Cyprus including:

  • Corporate and shareholders’ disputes
  • Banking and finance disputes
  • Negligence, incl. medical malpractice
  • Bankruptcy, insolvency and receivership
  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Employment disputes
  • Matrimonial law
  • Defamation, libel and slander claims
  • Breach of contracts
  • Personal injury claims
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Insurance claims
  • Admiralty claims

A sample of recent cases and projects handled includes the following:

  • Representing companies which own an oil refinery in the Russian Federation, in shareholders’ disputes for the amount of USD 200 million for alleged breaches of shareholders’ agreement, misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Handling over 50 cases, with an approximate total aggregate amount of USD 3 billion, relating to the registration, recognition and enforcement of Russian judgments and arbitral awards obtained by one of the leading and largest banks of Russia against various companies and individuals.
  • For four and a half years, we have been representing a leading Russian bank in significant arbitration proceedings before a Cypriot tribunal, in a USD 40 million claim relating to the performance of certain bank guarantees; the Final Award has recently been received in the favour of our client pursuant to which the multimillion-claim of the claimants is dismissed.
  • Representing high-net worth individuals in a multi-million dispute arising out of a joint venture for the construction of residential properties in Moscow.
  • Advising before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) on the enforcement of a Sale and Purchase Agreement for the sale of issued share capital through complex corporate structures (claim amount USD 800 million).
  • Representing one of Cyprus’s biggest banks in relation to a recent amendment on Immovable Property (Transfer and Mortgage) Law No. 9/1965. We promoted applications/appeals with the District Courts, requesting that several provisions of article 44 of the Law, as amended, are unconstitutional; the Court agreed and declared certain articles of the Law unconstitutional, as breaching articles 23 and 26 of the Constitution.
  • Advising India’s largest real estate construction company, which is also a key player in real estate investments, on matters relating to the enforcement and execution of an LCIA Arbitration Award; worth approximately GBP 350 million.
  • Representing a major Russian financial institution on the recovery of over USD 1.5 billion in assets, by a leading Russian group of companies, through liquidation and other out of Court enforcement measures in order to ensure asset recoveries for debt repayment.
  • Representing a large Russian bank in litigation proceedings in Cyprus, initiated against the bank and third parties (amount USD 119 million) on the basis of alleged breaches of contractual obligations by third parties for which, allegedly, the bank is responsible in tort under Russian law, as being their ultimate mother company.

CORPORATE & M&A

The corporate and M&A team at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is ranked in the top tier for Cyprus for providing professional, high-quality consultancy services to clients. The team effectively handles complicated cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, and assists large groups of companies and prestigious international law firms on Cyprus corporate law issues.

Clients of the corporate and M&A department include public and private companies and major international groups of companies operating in various industry sectors such as oil & gas, energy, metals production, automobile and engineering, IT, construction, financial services, aviation, transport and other.

Headed by three partners, the corporate team provides professional legal advice and guidance to clients in the following areas:

  • Company formation and company administration
  • Partnership formation and dissolution
  • Corporate management, with full domiciliation services
  • Corporate reorganization, reconstruction, restructuring and optimization of business structures
  • Company liquidation and winding up
  • Shareholder agreements and corporate governance
  • Loan, agency and distributorship agreements
  • Lease and hire-purchase agreements
  • Share sale and purchase agreements
  • Local and cross border mergers, acquisitions and amalgamations
  • Joint ventures and cross border transactions
  • International tax planning
  • Legal and corporate due diligence
  • Corporate finance, with a particular focus on takeovers, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions
  • Trust Settlement and trust administration

A sample of recent cases and projects handled includes the following:

  • Advising one of the world’s largest providers of products and services to the energy industry on its proposed acquisition (value of USD 975 million) of a Cyprus holding company and its subsidiaries.
  • Engaged for the 4th consecutive year by a major corporate shareholder, wishing to sell a further 25% stake in a Cyprus holding company; the project involved several complicated share transfers and sale of loans in the form of shareholder financings (value EUR 420 million).
  • Provided a complex legal memorandum to a major media and advertising services provider on the liquidation of one of its member companies, a Cyprus investment management company, which was also involved in litigation proceedings in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, USA.
  • Providing detailed analysis of corporate governance matters in relation to two Cyprus holding companies, part of a very complicated legal structure with ultimate beneficial owners of various nationalities, BVI shareholders, shares held on trust by funds and Russian subsidiaries involved in the production and sale of steel, pipes and gas tanks.
  • Advising a major Russian bank in relation to a complicated reorganization of an international corporate group operating in the oilfield sector, including Russian, Jersey and Cyprus companies.
  • Engaged by a high calibre Greek entrepreneur to provide detailed legal assistance with the setting up of a Cyprus company involved in the online travel industry. Furthermore, we comprehensively assisted with all company incorporation procedures and we also provided serviced office space to accommodate his initial operational needs.
  • Acted as the legal advisor to one of the largest Russian companies offering railway infrastructure construction services, on whether the entry into a particular pledge agreement, which constituted part to a larger financing transaction, would potentially be in breach of the Cyprus Companies Law provisions relating to the prohibition of the cross holding of shares.
  • Having gained extensive expertise, we have successfully handled and completed numerous re-domiciliation procedures from Jersey, Panama and the BVI to Cyprus.
  • Extensively reviewed and advised on the proposed website documentation such as sales paths, e-mail templates and the travel insurance policy relating to the provision of insurance by one of the world’s leading insurance companies.

BANKING AND FINANCE

The Banking and Finance team at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is ranked in the top tier for Cyprus, duly acknowledged for delivering outstanding legal services to its clients. With extensive experience in the legal market and the international culture, the lawyers and legal consultants of the Firm successfully handle challenging cross-border corporate finance transactions and banking projects.

The Firm’s clients include public and private companies, large multinational corporations that have their regional hub in Cyprus, entrepreneurs as well as a host of individual clients from Cyprus and abroad. In the banking and finance sector, the Firm provides ongoing advice to a large number of local and international banks and financial institutions.

Over the last years, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been receiving increasing banking and finance work and thus, the department has expanded to meet the clients’ requests effectively and timely. Headed by three partners, the team provides professional legal advice and guidance to clients in the following areas:

  • Corporate finance
  • Structured finance
  • Project finance
  • Acquisition finance
  • Equity and debt finance
  • Ship finance
  • Equity investment
  • Restructurings and reorganisations
  • Derivative and securities lending transactions
  • Repurchase agreements [REPOs]
  • General banking
  • Recovery of loans
  • Lease and hire-purchase agreements
  • Letters of credit and bank guarantees
  • Offerings and listings in international stock exchanges

A sample of recent cases and projects handled includes the following:

    • Advised for 6 consecutive years, a major Russian Bank on several facility agreements, amounting up to USD 7 billion to an international chemical group.
    • Advising a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm in relation to a number of issues concerning the Financial Collateral Arrangement Law and providing a legal opinion on financial collateral assistance matters arising out of certain Master Confirmations for pre-paid share forward transactions for shares issued by the largest international crude oil tanker company worldwide.
    • Advising one of the largest banks in Russia on a financing project of over USD 1 billion regarding a trade and exhibition centre in Moscow, Russian Federation.
    • Advising a leading Switzerland-based multinational financial services group in relation to the entry into a collar transaction with a Cyprus company (value of EUR 200 million) with regards to shares in an integrated global energy company based in Spain.
    • Advising a major Russian bank in relation to a EUR 700 million facility agreement for the largest scale high-tech project in the Russian mining industry.
    • Engaged by an Asian development bank to advice from a Cyprus law perspective on the provision of a loan amounting USD 4.1 million for a construction of petroleum facilities in Tajikistan.
    • Advising on the financing of a 75-metre yacht amounting USD 50 million provided by a large Swiss Bank.
  • Represented one of the world’s most preeminent financial service firms in relation to a cross currency swap transaction, supplementing an ISDA Master Agreement, with one of the biggest investment firms in Cyprus.
  • Providing legal advice to a German global banking and financial services company on the transfer of a Cypriot secured property it held by way of Cyprus pledges in respect of two facility agreements of USD 265 million to a new security agent.
  • Advising a major Russian bank on the financing aspect of a major restructuring of the largest industrial construction group in Russia in order to fund the purchase price of the deal in the aggregate amount of approximately EUR ½ billion.
  • Advised the corporate and investment banking division of the leading financial institution of the US in relation to a transaction of the amendment and restatement of a USD 250 million facility agreement due to the change of the custodian of shares of a DIFC entity.

Certified Continuing Professional Development Center

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been certified by the Cyprus Bar Association as a Continuing Professional Development Training Centre.


Internal Lawyers Seminar

Our firm organized an exciting retreat weekend for the legal team that aimed in encouraging the lawyers to enforce internal ties, discuss internal matters, develop their skills further and have fun with the colleagues. The retreat weekend took place on the 24th and 25th February 2018 in Elysium Hotel in Paphos.


A comparison of Cyprus and BVI corporate structures in the light of recent global tax reforms

The recent revelations in the Panama and Paradise Papers illustrated the need for companies to make a shift towards more responsible fiscal behaviour and tax responsibilities. International guidelines such as the OECD guidelines and the 4th EU AML Directive clarify that evasive fiscal practices will be disclosed. This article analyses the implications on some of the most established corporate structure vehicles, British Virgin Islands (BVI) business companies and Cyprus companies, by outlining their key characteristics and evaluating how each jurisdiction is adhering to stricter international compliance standards.


Cyprus VAT on Land – Updates by the Tax Department

In November 2017, the Cyprus parliament voted an important amendment to the Cyprus VAT Legislation, which amends the main VAT Law N.95(I)/2000 concerning taxation of building land, in order to align it with the provisions of EU VAT Directive 2006/112/EC. The amendment has entered into force on 2 January 2018.


Prometheus Award for Mr Stavros Pavlou

On Monday 11th December 2017, our Senior and Managing Partner, Mr Stavros Pavlou was awarded the Prometheus prize in Moscow for his invaluable contribution towards the protection of Russian business interests in Cyprus and abroad. 


Double Tax Treaty for between Cyprus and Saudi Arabia

The Cyprus Ministry of Finance has announced that Cyprus has entered into a double tax agreement with Saudi Arabia for the avoidance of double taxation (‘DTT’), which aims to prevent tax evasion. 


Key Speakers at the Cyprus Fiduciary Association seminar

Once again, The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CFA) selected our law firm to present another specialised and highly demanded seminar, the “Advanced Directors’ Workshop”, which took place on 30th November and 1st December 2017 in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.


Contributing to local and international conferences and seminars

The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CFA) organised a valuable and practical seminar titled “Rights of Settlor and Beneficiaries under a Trust” on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Nicosia and Limassol respectively.


Successful representation at the 2nd English-Cypriot Law Day conference and developing further the A

The Cyprus Bar Association and the English Bar Council successfully organised the 2nd EnglishCypriot Law Day conference, which was held in Limassol, Cyprus on the 8th September 2017.... As a leading law firm, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC was one of the main contributors to the event. 


ILA Conference Cyprus

The Cypriot, French and Hellenic branches of the International Law Association (ILA) organised a successful conference on International Arbitration in Larnaca, Cyprus on 30th June and 1st July 2017.


Top-Tier Law Firm & Leading Lawyers recognitions from one of the world’s leading legal directories

Legal 500, the world’s legal guide to the leading law firms and outstanding lawyers in over 100 jurisdictions, has recently released tiered rankings for the EMEA region for 2017. We are extremely proud that our law Firm is placed in the TOP tier rankings for Cyprus.


Sustainable success through leading rankings, new membership and continuous development

We are very proud that Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is ranked once more as a leading law firm in Cyprus by Chambers & Partners Global.


Cyprus introduces rules to implement Country by Country reporting requirements

The Cyprus Minister of Finance issued a Decree on 30 December 2016, introducing a mandatory Country by Country (CBC) reporting requirement for multinational enterprise groups generating consolidated annual turnover exceeding €750m (MNE Group). 


citizenship by investment programmes

The Cypriot passport ranks among the strongest in the world, as holders are able to travel to 146 countries without a visa, Cyprus Business Mail reports on 29th December 2016...


Delivering a proficient seminar on The Duties & Liabilities of Trustees

The Cyprus Fiduciary Association (CFA) organised an interesting, two-day seminar on “The Duties and Liabilities of Trustees” which took place on 19th and 20th October 2016, at St Raphael Hotel Limassol and the Filoxenia Conference Center Nicosia, respectively.


Highly Regarded Lawyers – IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate

We are excited that IFLR 1000, the only international legal directory dedicated to financial and corporate transactional work, has ranked our firm among the top law firms in Cyprus in this field and recommends our law firm as a “strong Financial and Corporate firm with strong cross-border capabilities”.

Angeliki Epaminonda has been promoted to Partner

Congratulations to Angeliki Epaminonda for her promotion to Partner! Angeliki joined our firm for her legal training in 2009, and she has since proven to be a highly committed individual. She stood out for her professionalism, dedication and integrity, and exceptional legal skills. Angeliki’s promotion strengthens our commitment to diversity, as 6 in 8 partners at Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC are women...

CAMS certificate – Milto Charalambous

Our Assistant Compliance Officer, Milto Charalambous, has successfully completed the CAMS (Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) certificate. She now has the core competencies and essential knowledge in the Anti-Money Laundering field.

Top Tier in Dispute Resolution

We are thrilled that Chambers & Partners Global, one of the world’s leading legal directories, recommends our Firm as a Top Tier firm in Dispute Resolution for its capability of “acting on complex, high-value international and Cypriot disputes involving construction companies, financial institutions and private clients” and its “strength covering debt recovery, international arbitration and fraud claims”.

A MULTI-TOP TIER law firm for The Legal 500 once more

We are very proud that The Legal 500, EMEA 2020 edition once again recommends our law firm as a TOP TIER firm in Dispute Resolution and Tax and ranks our Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and Real Estate and Construction practice areas amongst the best in the Cyprus legal market.

Leading legal experts in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Our “strategic” Senior and Managing Partner, Stavros Pavlou, is a Leading Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution and Tax areas, recommended for being “a chess master who maps a strategy several steps ahead” and for finding a way to cut through complexity. He is also highly recommended as a primary contact in Corporate, Commercial and M&A, Banking and Finance and Real Estate & Construction.

Transforming General Meetings: Covid-19 and other viruses

Cyprus companies are faced with the challenge of finding the new normal in a changing climate, along with the need to facilitate the running of their business. The introduction of strict measures imposed on human social conduct all over the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak, including lockdowns, restrictions on travel, public gatherings and social interactions, are serious obstacles for companies that need to uphold their obligations with regards to general meetings.