Firm Profile > Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC > Limassol, Cyprus

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

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Chrysostomos Nicolaou; Stella Louka Pavlou

Other key lawyers:

Eleana Christofi

Testimonials

‘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‘.

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

VTB Bank OAO

Bank of Moscow

Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd

Alpha Bank Greece

Promsvyazbank

Several HNWI

Bank of Cyprus PLC

Eurasian Bank

Osborne Clarke

Foley Hoag

Monastyrsky, Zyuba, Stepanov & Partners

Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners

Ivanyan and Partners

Cyprus > Tax Tier 1

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has very extensive experience in all aspects of business and tax laws’. It is well-equipped to deal with a broad range of tax disputes as well as having considerable prowess in advising on cross-border transactions and agreements. The group is renowned for its strength in advising on the establishment of efficient tax planning structures and is a known name for its specialist tax advice on M&As, corporate restructurings and re-organisations. Senior and managing partner Stavros Pavlou along with Stella Strati jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Stella Strati

Testimonials

‘It has proved that it has proper experience and knowledge to deliver tax advice in complex cross border projects. Stella Strati is a good listener and focuses on providing precise legal advice tailored to individual circumstances’.

‘Stavros Pavlou – I would consult Stavros on any legal issue worldwide. One of the most bright lawyers I have the honour to know’.

‘Stella Strati is extremely helpful and responsive on trust and private client matters in general. Stella is helpful and easy to deal with’. 

‘Stella Strati is a hardworking younger partner who has made a name for herself for her diligence and responsiveness as well as her practical and precise tax advice’.

‘Strong work ethic culture stems from the founder of the company and I believe the clients are impressed with the informed and detailed solutions provided to them by the firm’.

‘Stavros Pavlou is following in  the footsteps of his father and he is the heart and soul of the company. He is a dynamic character who is respected by his colleagues but also by clients and associates. The partners who surround him have different qualities and areas of expertise which makes for a great team’.

‘As tax advisors ourselves we can vouch for the fact that Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is one of the very few law firms in Cyprus that has a clear understanding of tax law and can provide legal support on any complex tax questions including cross-border matters. The lawyers are particularly notable for their expertise on the workings of the complex network of the Double Tax Treaties of the Cyprus Republic with various countries and can provide practical and valuable advice on questions of ‘substance’.

‘Stavros Pavlou has justifiably established himself as a very experienced international tax advisor at the forefront of the practice. I know that he regularly advises international clients regarding their legitimate tax structures. The fact that he is also an expert trust practitioner often providing lectures and seminars on the use of the Cyprus International Trust allows him to have a rounded view of all aspects of efficient tax structuring across multiple jurisdictions’.

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd

Delo Group

TMK OAO

White & Case

Cyprus > Banking and finance Tier 2

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC advises a variety of banking and financial institutions, and is renowned for its experience in structuring security packages and enforcing securities out of court. The team also specialises in cross-border ship and aircraft financing and has strong capabilities in other industry sectors such as energy, mining and metals, retail, and telecommunications. Stavros Pavlou and Lia Iordanou Theodoulou head the 'experienced and stable' team, specialising in cross-border securities and listings, and work with major banks and financial institutions respectively. Angeliki Epaminonda was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Lia Iordanou Theodoulou

Other key lawyers:

Stella Strati; Angeliki Epaminonda; Angelos Onisiforou

Testimonials

‘Patrikios Pavlou is particularly strong in M&A, banking and litigation. It has enormous experience working on transactions involving CIS clients and counterparties (such transactions frequently include unorthodox legal structures and require innovative legal thinking)’.

‘Lia Iordanou  is extremely responsive and reliable, and can think “outside of the box”. Stavros Pavlou assists the transactional team on most complex Cypriot law issues’.

‘Stella Strati is my primary point of reference. I value her 360 awareness of all legal matters, instant availability, willingness to work within available budgets and no compromise to quality’.

‘It’s always a pleasure to work with Patrikios Pavlou (the PPA) since compared to some other firms the team is always attentive to details, always available for the client, and if there is a need to get a clarification, the banking and finance practice always returns with a detailed and constructive answer. PPA is sensitive to client’s needs and may offer a solution that would satisfy them to the fullest’.

‘Angeliki Epaminonda always acts as a professional to the highest standards; she is cooperative, client-orientated, her legal services are useful, coherent and sufficient.  Angelos Onisiforou is always there for the client, ready to provide timely legal assistance. He demonstrates deep knowledge of financial and corporate law, and it is also enjoyable to work with him as with a person’.

‘Dedication to results. When we contacted the firm we specifically requested result oriented approach and this is what we received ’.

‘The team is very strong and is on top of legal developments. The lawyers always deliver on time and are very responsive. With this law firm on board, we know that our clients are in safe hands and the relevant legal points will be considered and dealt with. ’

‘Lia Iordanou is very efficient and gets to the crux of the matter. She has excellent relationships with other law firms in the market and, as a result, manages to sort out any differences and issues quickly and efficiently. She is a pleasure to deal with. Her scrupulous approach to the problem gave an opportunity to structure the deal with the most effect for all the participants’.

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Gazprombank International SA

VTB Bank OAO

Ivanyan & Partners

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Bank of Cyprus PLC

Sberbank

Commerzbank

Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Deutsche Bank AG

Orsingher Ortu Avvocati

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Lia Iordanou Theodoulou

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Gazprombank International S.A.

EN+ Group

LSR Group

Nefaso Ltd

Raifaisen Informatik GmbH

Newtech Services Holding Ltd

Orsingher Ortu Avvocati

Ivanyan & Partners

TMK Group

VTB OAO

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has a versatile team that advises on the full range of matters from the setting up of Cyprus international trusts structures for real estate assets to handling property litigation. With Stavros Pavlou and Stella Strati at the helm the practice is renowned for its work with a variety of project developers and high-net-worth individuals on a whole host of issues including debt to asset swaps and all forms of agreements for real estate developments and on property finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Stavros Pavlou; Stella Strati

Key clients

Alpha Bank (Cyprus) Ltd

Private clients

Local and foreign investors and construction companies

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is a leading, highly recommended and multi-awarded law firm based in Cyprus. With nearly 60 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 and finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Capital markets
  • International tax planning
  • Real estate, trusts and asset protection
  • Ship registration and 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 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
Dispute Resolution Katerina Philippidou kphilippidou@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Dispute Resolution Theodoros Symeonides tsymeonides@pavlaw.com +357 25 871599
Photo Name Position Profile
Miss Eleana Christofi  photo Miss Eleana Christofi Eleana Christofi is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department of the…
Miss Angeliki Epaminonda  photo Miss Angeliki Epaminonda Partner
 Elena Georgiou  photo Elena Georgiou Senior Associate
Mrs Lia Iordanou Theodoulou  photo Mrs Lia Iordanou Theodoulou Lia Iordanou Theodoulou is the Partner-Head of Corporate Finance of the firm.…
Mrs Stella Louka Pavlou  photo Mrs Stella Louka Pavlou Stella Louka Pavlou is the Partner – Head of Banking Litigation department…
Mr Chrysostomos Nicolaou  photo Mr Chrysostomos Nicolaou Chrysostomos Nicolaou is the Partner – Head of Litigation Department of the…
 Angelos Onisiforou  photo Angelos Onisiforou Senior Associate
 Nasia Papakonstantinou  photo Nasia Papakonstantinou Senior Associate
Mr Stavros Pavlou photo Mr Stavros Pavlou Stavros Pavlou is the Senior & Managing Partner of the firm. His…
Mr Patrikios Pavlou  photo Mr Patrikios Pavlou Patrikios Pavlou is the Senior Internal Consultant of the firm. His areas…
Mrs Katerina Philippidou  photo Mrs Katerina Philippidou Partner | Dispute Resolution
Mrs Ioanna Stavroulia  photo Mrs Ioanna Stavroulia Ioanna Stavroulia is a Partner in the Litigation department. Her practice areas…
Mrs Stella Strati  photo Mrs Stella Strati Stella Strati is a Partner in the Corporate Finance department of the…
Mr Theodoros Symeonides  photo Mr Theodoros Symeonides Partner – Dispute Resolution
 Stylianos Trillides  photo Stylianos Trillides Senior Associate
Number of lawyers : 30
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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 more than 55 years, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC has been has been acting for leading organizations and individuals with persistent commitment to excellence. Since 1963, our firm has been focusing on value creation for our clients and operating with the same core principles: the development of the team’s expertise and the provision of high quality services with respect, integrity and professionalism. A team of over 30 qualified and talented professional associates and legal consultants advise multinational corporations, banks, financial institutions and HNWIs on their high-profile and complex matters, attentively listening to their requests and allowing them to see solutions they didn’t think were possible. The law firm evolved to be a multi-awarded and highly respected law firm in Cyprus also due to the in depth knowledge of its strengths, the confidence in taking large projects and the ability to plan, learn, coordinate and persevere. We aim to further grow our portfolio of clients and associates, expand our international profile and our long-standing client base and strengthen our prominent relationships with respectable international law firms and associations.

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

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC is located in Limassol, Cyprus, one of the most attractive international business centres and rapidly growing economies in the EU, with a remarkable 3.8% GDP growth rate (Q4 2018). The Cypriot government undertook a set of measures which aim in attracting and protecting investors’ interests and therefore, the real estate, banking, construction, financial services, company registrations and immigration sectors are currently experiencing important growth. As a result, our firm receives continuous requests with regards to matters 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?

Continuous training, practice specialization, reorganisation and constant updating, selection and development of our IT systems, aim in advancing our reliability, productivity and responsiveness for optimum performance results. By securing an additional 660m² of office space, which aimed in accommodating the rising client requests in the banking, finance and corporate departments, the working environment and operational efficiency improved enormously. Additionally, the firm invests continuously in the training of its key professionals through courses, conferences and seminars, while I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and also the Honorary Secretary of the CIArb Cyprus Branch. This year, internal restructurings included the promotion of a Senior Associate to Partner, the promotion of 2 Advocates into Senior Associates and the additional recruitment of administrative and supportive staff to further improve our client service. Furthermore, the affiliated Pagecorp Group also undertook internal restructurings including a new General Manager and Data Protection Officer, to guarantee a strong presence in the Cyprus corporate services sector.

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

Absolutely! As a firm we believe that it is extremely important to keep pace with the latest technological developments in order to run our operations more effectively and efficiently, improve our services and clearly and precisely communicate with our clients. Our everyday activities involve the use of a wealth of legal information and databases aiming in the increase of accuracy, swift communication with clients and secure promotion of our services on our website and on social media, always conforming to the EU Data Protection Laws. Our experienced in-house IT team handles all of our online and offline technological operations, and mobile technology allows our teams to be in secure contact with clients even when out of office. Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC therefore, embraces the use of technology for the highest productivity and responsiveness, ensuring accuracy, 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?

We consistently provide legal advice and offer transaction support and judicial protection to multinational organizations, banks, financial institutions, corporations and entrepreneurs from Europe, Asia, Russia and other CIS countries, and therefore the examples where clients added value to their business are numerous. These include the restructuring of many client groups and the renegotiation and optimisation of their credit facilities, 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?

More than ever, clients need personalised services, stability and a long-term approach to their requests. Since 1963, our firm developed into a trustworthy, results-oriented, professional, and well respected law firm that offers strategic advice, consistency and care towards clients’ matters. We have been watching the development of the local services industry, including legal services, from the beginning of the creation of the Republic of Cyprus showing appreciation to all our client relationships and evolving with regards to their needs. We are committed in providing top level legal services with the utmost ethical standards acknowledging that our actions reflect on our society and the environment in which we operate. We strongly believe that the firm will continue the significant expansion it has enjoyed since its foundation, 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 many years to come.

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.

Leading legal experts in Europe, Middle East & Africa

Our firm’s “first-class services” are therefore delivered by outstanding heads of departments and a highly qualified and talented team of associates and legal consultants. Thank you to our clients and associates for their extraordinary comments. We will continue providing top tier legal services, managing complexity “with out of the box and innovative legal thinking”.

A TOP TIER law firm by The Legal 500! Again!

The Legal 500, EMEA 2021 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.

Cyprus Bar Association exams: Trainee Lawyer Nicholas Yiasemis FIRST nationally

We are extremely proud of our trainee lawyer Nicholas Yiasemis for having successfully passed all his Cyprus Bar Association examinations with a very high score. He is the top of his class, ranked FIRST nationally! We wish him every success in his new journey in the legal profession!

Highly Ranked in Chambers & Partners Global

Our “widely respected team” is once more highly ranked in the Global edition by Chambers & Partners, one of the world’s leading providers of ratings and recommendation of legal firms.

Stavros Pavlou registered as a DIFC practitioner

We are very proud that, following the registration of our firm with the DIFC Courts in Dubai, now our Senior & Managing Partner, Mr Stavros Pavlou, has been registered as a DIFC practitioner, and obtained full Rights of Audience before the DIFC Courts.  From the available records, Mr Pavlou is the first Cypriot lawyer to be registered as a practitioner with this very busy International Commercial Court.We are very proud that, following the registration of our firm with the DIFC Courts in Dubai, now our Senior & Managing Partner, Mr Stavros Pavlou, has been registered as a DIFC practitioner, and obtained full Rights of Audience before the DIFC Courts.  From the available records, Mr Pavlou is the first Cypriot lawyer to be registered as a practitioner with this very busy International Commercial Court.

Our lawyers have been appointed in Committees of the Cyprus Bar Association

With professional skills to provide top quality legal services and a range of backgrounds and interests, eight lawyers of our team have been selected among many candidates and appointed in various committees of the Cyprus Bar Association and the Limassol Bar Association.With professional skills to provide top quality legal services and a range of backgrounds and interests, eight lawyers of our team have been selected among many candidates and appointed in various committees of the Cyprus Bar Association and the Limassol Bar Association.

Katerina Philippidou and Theodoros Symeonides have been promoted to Partners

Reflecting our firm’s commitment to investing in the future and the depth of our team’s talent, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC promoted Katerina Philippidou and Theodoros Symeonides to Partners, with effect from 1 January 2021.Reflecting our firm’s commitment to investing in the future and the depth of our team’s talent, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC promoted Katerina Philippidou and Theodoros Symeonides to Partners, with effect from 1 January 2021.

Cyprus and the “new normal”, reasons to invest

As the world is seeking ways to achieve the new normal in their daily lives and business activities, Cyprus is also confidently restarting its economy as the country has been praised as one of the countries to successfully manage the COVID-19 epidemic.

Podcast ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Road to the Future’

Our Senior & Managing Partner, Stavros Pavlou, FCIArb gave a podcast interview to LegalMatters, and provided a clear and structured opinion on the steps that Cyprus should follow with regards to Dispute Resolution. He analysed the reasons why he believes that the current Court system of administration of justice in Cyprus is at a dead-end, and that the only immediately available escape route is to embrace Alternative Dispute Resolution and implement a new Arbitration Law.

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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...

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”.

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.