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Harris Kyriakides > The Legal 500 Rankings
Cyprus > EU and competition Tier 2Harris 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.
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’.
Chr. Kapodistrias & Sons Ltd
Sewerage Council of Ayia Napa
PPT Aviation Services Limited
Cyprus Feed Association
‘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‘.
Prevention at Sea
C & C Londou Bros Limited
Petrolina (Holdings) Public Ltd
Quality Group of Companies
Petrolina (Holdings) Public Limited
Gordian Holdings 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 5Led 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.
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’.
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
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.
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‘.
KBFG Bank Korea
State Health Services Organisation
Three Cents Ltd
Cyprus Airports (F&B) Ltd
Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 5Harris Kyriakides handles a broad range of contentious matters from shareholder disputes to banking litigation, freezing injunctions and IP matters. It is a known name for its work on complex cross-border dispute resolution with a strong track record in civil disputes in addition to international and domestic arbitrations. Michael Kyriakides leads the group that saw some changes at a senior level, Phivos Zomenis joined the team from Christodoulos G. Vassiliades & Co. LLC while Myria Loizou left to become a District Court Judge.
Other key lawyers:
Juliana Georgallidou; Phivos Zomenis
‘Michalis Kyriakides is exceptional. He gets to the heart of an issue quickly and provides clear, concise and commercial advice promptly. He is also proactive and suggests solutions beyond what he has been asked to look at. The best Cypriot firm I have worked with for commercial dispute resolution matters’.
‘Juliana Georgallidou (Senior Associate) is a good technical lawyer who is commercially astute and responsive ’.
Baring Vostok Capital Partners
Yukos Hydrocarbons Investments Ltd
Ex Libra employees
Marine Subsea SA
Zemco/Iacovou Joint Venture
Palm Beach Group
Nissi Blu Group
Harris Kyriakides > Firm Profile
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.
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|Admiralty and shipping||Maria Afxentiouemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Banking and finance||Georgia Karamallifirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Capital markets||Michael Kyriakidesemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Corporate and M&A||Michael Kyriakidesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Commercial||Harris Kyriakidesemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Competition and state aid||Michael Kyriakidesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Debt recovery and enforcement||Georgina Athanasiouemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Employment and benefits||Charikleia Theodouloufirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Environment||Antonia Michaelidesemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Family and divorce||Angela Charalambousfirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Foreign investment in Cyprus||Michael Kyriakidesemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Information technology||Munevver Kasiffirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Insurance||Nicolas Kyriakidesemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Intellectual Property||Eleni Neoptolemoufirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Litigation and arbitration||Phivos Zomenisemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Property and real estate||Andrea Newtonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+357 24 201600|
|Public procurement||Eleni Neoptolemouemail@example.com||+357 24 201600|
|Ms Maria Afxentiou||Associate||View Profile|
|Ermis Alkiviades||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Charis Andreou||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Georgina Athanasiou||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Margarita Avraam||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Angela Charalambous||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Juliana Georgallidou||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ioanna Georgiades||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Constantina Hadjianastasi||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Elina Kapfchamer||Associate||View Profile|
|Maria Kappai||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Georgia Karamalli||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Munevver Kasif||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Kyriakides||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Harris Kyriakides||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Nicolas Kyriakides||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Ioanna Leonidou||Partner||View Profile|
|Kyriaki Meliou||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Christos Menelaou||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Antonia Michaelidi||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Michaelidou||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Eleni Neoptolemou||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Andrea Newton||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Angeliki Papaefstathiou||Associate||View Profile|
|Thea Pavlou||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Eirini Prokopiou||Junior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Chariklia Theodoulou||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Phivos Zomenis||Partner||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 30
LanguagesEnglish Greek Russian Ukrainian French German Bulgarian Turkish
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:
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 organisations disposal to offer legal assistance in case any organisational and day-to-day operating issues arise. Lawyers of our firm are active members of OXygonos 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.
Legal Developments14th January 2021 What is IVF treatment The first reported birth of a child conceived by ‘in Vitro’ fertilization (IVF) was in 1978.IVF alongside other Assisted Reproduction Technologies have since then become accepted practices to medically treat genetic or fertility issues. The IVF practice aims to improve the frequency of pregnancies by implanting a fertilized ovum in the endometrium, although no assurances can be provided for the outcome of the procedure. It is proven that stress can negatively impact the mental health of the patient. Hence, it is of paramount importance that women feel safe and protected by the law against any form of discrimination relating to their decision to engage in IVF.
14th January 2021 The 2009 Motor Insurance Directive is paramount for materialising the fundamental right of freedom of movement for European citizens across the EU.The said Directive is a further step to consolidate the market in the motor insurance sector, while promoting the protection of both policyholders and victims of road traffic accidents. The Commission’s amendment proposals address key issues of cover in case of insolvency of an insurer, and minimum cover inconsistency. Moreover, EU Parliament’s and Council’s input strengthens deployment of claim history statements in calculating premiums, and insurance checks on non-domestic vehicles while preserving rights and freedoms. All of the aforementioned proposals on scope manage to integrate important case law, while the individual selection will depend on public policy and alternative cover.
19th January 2021 IMO 2020 introduced a 0.5% Sulphur cap on bunkers to ships operating outside Emission Control Areas.
20th January 2021 As the second phase of the pandemic started to affect our country and the implementation of additional measures by the Cypriot Government to end it, the need for a new moratorium to protect certain categories of debtors arose. On 15/01/2021, the new decree imposing a suspension on loan repayments was published which provides the following:
Suspension of foreclosures involving primary residences or businesses dwellings until end of March 220th January 2021 On 17.12.2020, the Parliament adopted the amendment of the Transfer and Mortgage of Property (Amending) (No. 2) Law of 2020 (the “Law”) with 31 votes in favour and 17 against .The law has been amended with the addition of article 61 which stipulates that the application of the provisions of Part VIA of the Law regarding the sale of mortgaged property, is temporarily suspended and more specifically until 31 March 2021 in cases were the mortgage property it is the debtor's primary residence or the debtor's businesses dwelling.
25th January 2021 The Right of Access to Public Information Law of 2017 (184(I)/2017) (the Law) has entered into force on the 22nd of December 2020
2nd February 2021 The need to combat sexism and discrimination between genders which constitute de facto violations of human rights and fundamental liberties has led to the voting of the Law on Combatting Sexism and Sexism Spreading via Internet and Relevant Matters 2020 (‘the Law’), published on 28/12/2020.The purpose of the legislator, amongst other, is eradication, to the degree possible, of incidents involving sexism and gender stereotypes in Cypriot society, in order to establish a framework of security and equal opportunity between genders in education, the job market, professional development and promotion, as well as the assumption of executive positions in all sectors.
2nd February 2021 On November 26, 2020, Belgian Data Protection Authority (DPA) and DNS Belgium, the organization managing the “.be” domain, signed a cooperation agreement. This cooperation agreement enhances the Belgian regulatory framework by establishing a two-tier system.
9th February 2021 The issuance of a charging order comprises an alternative means of enforcement which is accompanied by an order for sale of the charged asset under the Law on Charging Orders of 1992 (31 (Ι)/1992) (the Charging Order Law). In accordance with the Charging Order Law, the judgment creditor (the Creditor) is entitled, for the purpose of enforcing the judgment and securing payment of the judgment debt, to make an ex parte application to the Court for issuance of a Charging Order over the interest of the judgment debtor (the Debtor) in assets which are covered by the relevant law (the Charging Order). Furthermore, in order for Creditor to advance the sale of the charged asset, he must secure in advance an order which will permit its redemption after all the interested parties are heard.
11th February 2021 Decarbonising shipping is essential, expensive, and complicated. Regulation is key to achieving the task, and which regulation prevails will determine shipping companies’ strategies for decades to come.
15th February 2021 Cyprus introduced tax cuts in January to incentivise shipping companies towards energy efficiency and use of alternative fuel, ultimately aiming for Green House Gases reduction. The measures are part of a wider debate juxtaposing international and local decarbonisation regulation.
19th February 2021 Norwich Pharmacal Orders (NPOs) are frequently issued against banks. The conflict between bank secrecy and orders for disclosure of information is inevitable.
1st March 2021 The Quincecare duty is applied in United Kingdom since case Barclays Bank plc v Quincecare  4 All ER 363, issued back in 1992. In the most recent decision Fiona Philipp v Barclays Bank UK plc narrows the scope of application of the Quincecare duty.
1st March 2021 On 15th January 2021 the UK’s Supreme Court handed down its decision Financial Conduct Authority (Appellant) -v- Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and others (Respondents)  EWHC Comm 2448. The Supreme Court rejected all of the Insurer’s appeals and it allowed the appeals by the FCA.
3rd March 2021 On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) in the case of Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland Ltd and Maximillian Schrems (the Schrems Case) issued a landmark ruling invalidating EU-US Privacy Shield.What is EU-US Privacy Shield?
3rd March 2021 Article 10 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) specifically limits the processing of personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences or related security measures.
9th March 2021 The Fast Track Business Activation mechanism was approved by the Council of Ministers on 3rd of September 2020 aiming to further attract foreign business to Cyprus as well as to provide fast and efficient services to foreign businesses wishing to establish presence in Cyprus.
15th March 2021 Unpreceded for the Cypriot Courts is the decision of the Supreme Court of Cyprus (the Court) which was issued on 16th of February 2021 (the Case). Specifically, the suspension of execution of the decision by the Paphos Family Courtaccording to the return of a minor to his father in the United States of America was ordered by the Court.
19th March 2021 The much-expected UK whiplash reforms introduce a new procedure for claims concerning soft tissue injuries from Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs), ultimately aiming to root out minor, exaggerated and fraudulent claims, and to reduce motor insurance premiums. Successful implementation of the reforms, which are now edging closer, may encourage common law jurisdictions including Cyprus to follow a similar path.
Recent Supreme Court’s judgment in relation to international child abduction: Following the exception19th March 2021 The recent Supreme Court's case under the title: MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND PUBLIC ORDER (AS A CENTRAL AUTHORITY BASED ON THE LAW (Law 11 (III) / 94) AFTER AUTHORIZATION SAVVA v. GIORKATZI, E12/20/20(The Case) which was issued by the Supreme Court of Cyprusis unprecedented for the Cypriot Courts as the Court, decided although there was an abduction in term of the Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (The Convention), not to order the return of a child to his habitual residence based on psychological factors.
6th April 2021 Cyberattacks bear risk for shipping companies in terms of contractual liability, third party liability, and regulator violations. Such liability may be excluded or limited by complying with IMO 2021 regulations and guidelines regarding Safety Management Systems, and/or incorporating appropriate contractual clauses.
9th April 2021 The enactment of the 5th Anti Money Laundering Directive via amendment of Law 188(I)/2007 constitutes the introduction of mandatory crypto assets regulation in Cyprus. In light of further emerging national and European regulation, a balance should be struck between initiative and consistency.