Firm Profile > Harris Kyriakides > Larnaca, Cyprus

Harris Kyriakides

Cyprus > EU and competition Tier 2

Harris Kyriakides has a diverse EU and competition practice, with discrete teams covering public procurement and data protection, state aid, and a health-focussed public law team.  Michael Kyriakides is a key contact and senior associate Eleni Neoptolemou has specialist knowledge of administrative law in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides

Other key lawyers:

Eleni Neoptolemou; Panagiotis Tsangaris


Harris Kyriakides employs a diverse and knowledgeable team that is able to fully advise the client on all aspects of EU and competition law. The team is always very responsive and ready to handle any requests of the client. Michalis Kyriakides is exceptionally knowledgeable in all aspects involving EU and Competition law. Always ready with outside-the-box ideas, his legal intellect is unparallelled‘.

Panagiotis Tsangaris provides comprehensive legal advice to his clients and is always available to help and advise in a clear and concise manner’.

Key clients

Iacovou Group

Petrolina Group

Quality Group

Ancoria Bank

Chr. Kapodistrias & Sons Ltd

Sewerage Council of Ayia Napa

Limassol Municipality

PPT Aviation Services Limited

Cyprus Feed Association

Cyprus > Intellectual property Tier 3

Michael Kyriakides leads a strong team at Harris Kyriakides that has increasingly been advising various start-ups and fintech companies on a broad range of IP matters. It represents a number of major international companies on the enforcement of their IP rights, and is also adept at handling IP related disputes. The department also garners praise for its tax advice on a number of complex IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides


Harris Kyriakides has a team of highly qualified professionals.  The lawyers always respond on time and the advice they give is clear and correct.  I have been working with them for the past 35 years and I have  no reservation in recommending them. Immediate response and excellent / correct advice‘.

Key clients


AJK Group

Quality Group


Prevention at Sea


C & C Londou Bros Limited


Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Harris Kyriakides has a solid track record for its work in this area, with particular strength in development work. With Harris Kyriakides at the helm, the team has advised domestic and international financial institutions, credit acquiring companies and private equity funds on a broad array of issues. Other key clients include investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals. It has substantial experience in the retail, hospitality, healthcare, insurance and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Harris Kyriakides

Key clients

Quality Group of Companies

Petrolina (Holdings) Public Limited

Gordian Holdings Limited

Astrobank Limited

Bank of Cyprus Public Co Ltd

Christou Bros Trading Ltd

Marcuard Heritage (Europe) Ltd

D.J. Karapatakis & Sons Entertainment Group of Companies

Housing Finance Corporation (Cyprus)

Cyprus > Banking and finance Tier 5

Led by Dr Nicolas Kyriakides and Georgia Karamalli, the team at Harris Kyriakides acts for various financial institutions and funds on a broad range of matters ranging from banking and finance to regulatory, advisory and restructuring work. Clients include domestic commercial banks and other credit institutions as well as international financial institutions, credit acquiring companies, and financial intermediaries.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Kyriakides; Georgia Karamalli


‘The team’s professionalism has been an asset to our company – The lawyers are always available for advice, very responsive and knowledgeable – very good understanding of the cases’.


Key clients

Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Limited

Astrobank Public Company Limited

Hellenic Bank Public Company Limited

Bain Capital LP and Elliot Group


DJK Group of Companies

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

At Harris Kyriakides, the team in Larnaca is led by Michael Kyriakides and has a strong emphasis on M&As and complex international transactions. The Nicosia team is led by Phivos Zomenis. It has a solid reputation for its work with local and international companies. Recently it has been busy  advising on a wide range of matters from cross-border reorganisations and restructurings through to due diligence and transactional risk assessments.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides; Phivos Zomenis


Very content to work with Harris Kyriakides. Helpful advice. Structured e-mails. Structure and accuracy. Michael Kyriakides is very responsive and delivers accurate advice‘.

This law firm is quick, adheres to deadlines and is always willing to go the extra mile. Its partners have a great business sense as well as legal knowledge. Michael Kyriakides – always a great pleasure to work with him. I would trust him with any delicate company law matter, and trust his advice fully‘.

Key clients

KBFG Bank Korea

State Health Services Organisation

Three Cents Ltd

DJK Group


Cyprus Airports (F&B) Ltd

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Harris Kyriakides handles a broad range of contentious matters from shareholder disputes to banking litigation, freezing injunctions and IP matters. It is a known name for its work on complex cross-border dispute resolution with a strong track record in civil disputes in addition to international and domestic arbitrations. Michael Kyriakides leads the group that saw some changes at a senior level, Phivos Zomenis joined the team from Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC while Myria Loizou left to become a District Court Judge.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kyriakides

Other key lawyers:

Juliana Georgallidou; Phivos Zomenis


‘Michalis Kyriakides is exceptional. He gets to the heart of an issue quickly and provides clear, concise and commercial advice promptly. He is also proactive and suggests solutions beyond what he has been asked to look at. The best Cypriot firm I have worked with for commercial dispute resolution matters’.

Juliana Georgallidou (Senior Associate) is a good technical lawyer who is commercially astute and responsive ’.

Key clients

Baring Vostok Capital Partners

Yukos Hydrocarbons Investments Ltd

Ex Libra employees

Marine Subsea SA

Petainer Group

Zemco/Iacovou Joint Venture

Palm Beach Group

Nissi Blu Group

The firm: Established since 1976, Harris Kyriakides has grown over the years into the largest law firm in Larnaca and one of the largest law firms in Cyprus. The development of the firm has always been founded on principles of integrity, professionalism and adopting standard of excellence, yet at the same time the firm is dynamic and consistently becomes adaptive and responsive to evolving clients’ needs, by introducing technology and modern practices.

The firm maintains over 30 lawyers and over 80 professionals in total. It is structured in 16 separate departments, namely administrative and public law, banking and finance, competition, procurement and regulatory, corporate and commercial advisory, corporate dispute resolution, data protection and cyber law, debt collection, intellectual property, insurance and personal injury, private client (trusts, funds, estate, matrimonial), private client (citizenship and residence), real estate, employment, sanctions, anticorruption and AML, shipping and Admiralty and tax. Each team of lawyers and paralegals specialises on a specific area of law and, where necessary, co-operate in matters which require a multi-discipline focus.

The firm provides advisory services and representation in transactional work (from simple to quite complex multinational transactions) and dispute resolution (including heavy weight disputes with international elements). It maintains extensive experience and deep expertise in dealing with the complexities of litigation and transactions nationally and internationally and across a wide variety of market sectors. The firm covers the whole territory of Cyprus and serves international and local private clients, businesses, organisations, charities and institutions. Its clientele includes several governments, governmental organisations and national and multinational companies as well as high-net-worth individuals and family offices.

Harris Kyriakides has been regularly recognised for its dedication to clients, its success in the legal and business community and its social responsibility. It was highly ranked in independent research on legal professionals and it was acknowledged in prestigious national and international directories and publications including Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers and Partners.

Areas of practice
Banking and finance: advising on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters. Clients include international and local financial institutions, investment companies and security providers.

Insurance and personal injury: the firm represents major international and local insurers and reinsurers as well as private corporations active in the insurance sector. It provides advisory services with an emphasis on compliance matters, and litigation work, specialising on personal injury and professional negligence claims.

Family and estate: the firm deals with all types of estate planning, pre-marital advice and matrimonial dispute resolution. It has leading experience on international child abduction matters. Additionally, it advises on wills, probate and estate administration.

Commercial and employment: the firm advises leading international and local companies on commercial law transactional matters (including JVs, franchise agreements, employment issues). It also acts in litigation matters with an emphasis on debt collection and employment, principally acting for the creditors and employers.

Real estate: the firm provides advisory services on the full spectrum of real estate matters, from simple acquisitions and due diligence to conceiving, implementing and completing large-scale real estate and infrastructure projects in Cyprus.

Administrative: the firm acts for public authorities, companies and individuals in connection with administrative law matters and provides advice and representation in relation to cases brought before the newly established Administrative Court.

Competition and public procurement: Harris Kyriakides  maintains one of the leading practices in competition and public procurement matters and maintains substantial experience in the field, having represented the claimants in the matter where the biggest fine was imposed by the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition. The firm provides advisory and representation services on matters related to the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition and the Cyprus Tender Review Authority.

Corporate (advisory): the firm provides legal advice on corporate matters related to the Cyprus Companies Act as well as transactional representation, with particular emphasis on complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Corporate (litigation): the firm provides advice and representation in heavyweight cases, often acting in co-ordination with international law firms and litigators. Team members have experience in litigation and arbitration matters, with an emphasis on injunctions, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments or arbitral awards and fraud cases.

Regulatory: the firm provides advice on a variety of regulatory matters, with specialisation in personal data and investment services.

Intellectual property: the firm advises on protection, development and enforcement of intellectual property rights, with an emphasis on international trade mark registration and enforcement.

Shipping: the firm provides legal advice and representation on agreements, litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning shipbuilding, sale and finance of ships, formation and maintenance of shipping companies and ship registration in Cyprus as well as ancillary matters such as charter-parties and marine insurance.

Tax: the tax department focuses on litigation matters, including international investigations and disputes with tax authorities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Accident and personal injury Ioanna Leonidou +357 24 201600
Admiralty and shipping Maria Afxentiou +357 24 201600
Banking and finance Georgia Karamalli +357 24 201600
Capital markets Michael Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Corporate and M&A Michael Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Commercial Harris Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Competition and state aid Michael Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Debt recovery and enforcement Georgina Athanasiou +357 24 201600
Employment and benefits Charikleia Theodoulou +357 24 201600
Environment Antonia Michaelides +357 24 201600
Family and divorce Angela Charalambous +357 24 201600
Foreign investment in Cyprus Michael Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Information technology Munevver Kasif +357 24 201600
Insurance Nicolas Kyriakides +357 24 201600
Intellectual Property Eleni Neoptolemou +357 24 201600
Litigation and arbitration Phivos Zomenis +357 24 201600
Property and real estate Andrea Newton +357 24 201600
Public procurement Eleni Neoptolemou +357 24 201600
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Maria Afxentiou  photo Ms Maria Afxentiou Associate
 Ermis Alkiviades  photo Ermis Alkiviades Junior Associate
Mr Charis Andreou  photo Mr Charis Andreou Associate
Ms Georgina Athanasiou  photo Ms Georgina Athanasiou Associate
Ms Margarita Avraam  photo Ms Margarita Avraam Associate
Ms Angela Charalambous  photo Ms Angela Charalambous Partner
Ms Juliana Georgallidou  photo Ms Juliana Georgallidou Senior Associate
 Ioanna Georgiades  photo Ioanna Georgiades Associate
Ms Constantina Hadjianastasi  photo Ms Constantina Hadjianastasi Partner
Ms Elina Kapfchamer  photo Ms Elina Kapfchamer Associate
 Maria Kappai  photo Maria Kappai Junior Associate
Ms Georgia Karamalli  photo Ms Georgia Karamalli Partner
Ms Munevver Kasif  photo Ms Munevver Kasif Junior Associate
Mr Michael Kyriakides  photo Mr Michael Kyriakides Partner
Mr Harris Kyriakides  photo Mr Harris Kyriakides Partner
Dr Nicolas Kyriakides  photo Dr Nicolas Kyriakides Partner
Ms Ioanna Leonidou  photo Ms Ioanna Leonidou Partner
 Kyriaki Meliou  photo Kyriaki Meliou Junior Associate
Mr Christos Menelaou  photo Mr Christos Menelaou Associate
Ms Antonia Michaelidi  photo Ms Antonia Michaelidi Junior Associate
Ms Elena Michaelidou  photo Ms Elena Michaelidou Partner
Ms Eleni Neoptolemou  photo Ms Eleni Neoptolemou Partner
Ms Andrea Newton  photo Ms Andrea Newton Partner
Ms Angeliki Papaefstathiou  photo Ms Angeliki Papaefstathiou Associate
 Thea Pavlou  photo Thea Pavlou Junior Associate
 Eirini Prokopiou  photo Eirini Prokopiou Junior Associate
Ms Chariklia Theodoulou  photo Ms Chariklia Theodoulou Partner
Mr Phivos Zomenis photo Mr Phivos Zomenis Partner
Number of lawyers : 30

Our approach to diversity and inclusion is important for us. We are committed to the creation of a culture that acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of talented people from all backgrounds and with differing views and experiences. We aim to foster a culture, which provides an inclusive and supportive working environment. We ensure that we keep up to date with best practices in the field and we implement programmes that are promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.
Furthermore, it is important to us that people have access to justice, even if they do not have the financial means to cover the relevant costs. In order to practically realise this fundamental belief, we operate a number of Corporate Social Responsibility schemes that implement this goal.
Our Accident and Personal Injury practice applies a programme for impecunious victims of traffic or employment accidents.
Our Environment Practice applies a programme for impecunious people who have suffered environment-related damage.
Our Employment Practice applies a programme for impecunious people who have been unfairly terminated from their work.
Our Corporate Practice applies a programme for providing free legal support to charitable institutions and foundations.
Some of our most notable pro bono work includes the following:

(1) OXygono
OXygono is a non-profit, non-governmental, Cyprus based organisation. It consists of active and ambitious people from a variety of academic, social, political and business backgrounds.
OXygono’s main goals are the promotion of fruitful dialogue and the exchange of views among individuals of all ages. Furthermore, the organisation aims at informing, raising awareness and mobilising citizens to participate in actions related to matters of public interest.
Harris Kyriakides LLC played a major role in the foundation of OXygono by preparing the Memorandum of Association and by remaining at the organisation’s disposal to offer legal assistance in case any organisational and day-to-day operating issues arise. Lawyers of our firm are active members of OXygono’s Board.
(2) The Marine and Maritime Research, Innovation, Technology Centre of Excellence (MaRITeC-X).
The MaRITeC-X consortium aims to create a Centre of Excellence based in Cyprus to act as an enabler of scientific and business excellence in Marine and Maritime issues in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The vision of MaRITeC-X project is to establish the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI). Focusing on key priority sectors such as maritime transport, offshore energy, maritime and coastal tourism and aquaculture, the CMMI will forge partnering relationships with well-known European institutions and businesses, active in the fields of research, technology and innovation for the Blue Economy, thus contributing to the transfer of knowledge, the development, application and dissemination of cutting-edge technologies, the exchange of best practices and the development of a critical mass of infrastructure and human capital in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
We are proud to be part of this innovative project and to offer pro bono assistance to the consortium. As the legal representatives, we assist with start-up issues, preparation of the memorandum of association, organisational and day-to-day operating issues, contractual matters, innovative structural matters and other transactions.