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George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC

Cyprus > Employment Tier 1

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC stands out for its solid track record in representing public and private sector clients in the full range of employment law and human resources matters. Employment litigation forms a key pillar of the practice, however the team is equally adept at handling non-contentious employment mandates. Transfers of undertakings, reorganisations, collective bargaining arrangements, and disciplinary procedures are prominent in the group's workload. The practice is co-led by Nadia TryfonidouEleni Loizidou-Cleanthous and George Z Georgiou, who is well known for acting for large financial institutions and international and local companies before a court, in mediation proceedings at governmental departments, and at meetings with trade unions.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou; Nadia Tryfonidou; Eleni Loizidou-Cleanthous

Other key lawyers:

Nicos Panayiotou; Andria Panayiotou


‘Deep subject matter experts in all major areas, and available and prompt professional advice. Knowledgeable, responsive, diligent good people.’

‘Professional approach of the team, quality of work, work performed in due time, continuous responses to clients. Deep knowledge of employment issues.’

‘Nicos Panayiotou and Andria Panayiotou are strong members of the team with excellent response time.’

‘The attention to detail, the know-how and the significant accumulated expertise of the practice’s partners is what makes them stand out.’

‘The unparalleled practical expertise, clarity of thought and to-the-point advice of George Z. Georgiou. Very prompt and knowledgeable response to any questions we have raised, as observed in our cooperation with Nadia Tryfonidou.’

‘Their experience makes you feel secure. They attend to their cases on time.’

‘Their expertise, knowledge, experience and excellent communication skills. Also their efficiency in delivering the legal product.’

‘They are very responsive, diligent and highly responsive. They are trustworthy and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

State Health Services Organisation (SHSO)

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)

Aon Solutions (Cyprus) Ltd and Aon Multi-employer Provident Fund

Work highlights

  • Acts as legal advisor to the State Health Services Organization on a wide spectrum of employment law matters.
  • Advising an international ship company on all HR and non-contentious employment law matters.
  • Providing employment advice to an international online gaming and software development client relating to a significant restructuring of its local team and its new organisational structure.

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 2

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC' 'extremely efficient' practice is led by George Georgiou, who garners praise as ‘a fabulous team leader, great advocate and strategist'. The team excels in civil and commercial disputes, with particular expertise in advising on complex commercial and corporate litigation matters. Urgent interim injunctions and discovery/disclosure orders are also prominent in the group's workload, as well as shareholder disputes, commercial fraud issues and liquidation proceedings. Andri Mitsigga leads the local litigation team, and Romanos Loizides spearheads the international litigation group.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou; Andri Mitsigga; Romanos Loizides

Other key lawyers:

Agathi Zervou; Natasa Zervou; Maya Athanatou;


‘George Georgiou is a very canny litigator who mulls over the next move and senses where to apply pressure.’

‘George Georgiou is bright, wise, well-connected and energetic in his pursuit of client goals in litigation.’

‘They provide a friendly personal re-assuring service to clients. Agathi and Romanos interacted well with each other and as such produced a powerful approach when dealing with the other side’s lawyers as well as giving the clients a sense of confidence about the eventual good outcome of the case.’

‘GZG provides a great combination of niche technical expertise and strategic judgment. They are assiduous in keeping up to date not just with the latest legal developments in their own jurisdiction but also in numerous other jurisdictions relevant to the cases they commonly work on.’

‘The whole team at George Z. Georgiou is fantastic. They are highly responsive, produce excellent drafting, and are very user-friendly. George Georgiou, Natasa Zervou and Maya Athanatou are first-class. They are good strategic thinkers, draft well, and are the people you would want on your side in any complex multi-jurisdictional dispute.’

‘The team, led by George Georgiou, is fiercely intelligent and on top of all detail. They are team players who, while authoritative in their field, understand when to step back in support of an overall objective in international litigation.’

‘George Georgiou uses his extensive experience to provide confident and well considered strategic advice. He is open to and works to devise creative ideas in litigation which is of significant benefit to clients and those working alongside him. Romanos Loizides is passionate and tenacious.’

‘Natasa Zervou and Andri Mitsigga respond in an extremely timely matter, they are very knowledgeable, effective and trustworthy but what impressed me the most is their ability to absorb lots of information and highlight the key issues in a short time. They explained the law and they outlined very clearly the process needed to be done.’

Key clients

State Health Services Organization

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a HNWI in Cyprus in a highly contested case relating to the succession of an estate.

Cyprus > Intellectual property Tier 2

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC fields a team which is skilled in relation to a broad spectrum of IP matters. The practice, which is co-led by George Z Georgiou and Romanos Loizides, is very well known for representing artists, musicians, TV celebrities, banks and international software companies. Other key areas of instruction for the group include assisting with the protection of domain names and industrial designs.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou; Romanos Loizides

Key clients

State Health Services Organization

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation on several production agreements for the new broadcasting period (2022-2023), including handling the assignment and licencing of copyrights.
  • Advising a prominent food and beverage company on brand protection matters, including trade mark applications, registrations, and high-profile oppositions heard before the Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
  • Acting for a client in relation to a EUR1.5m trade mark infringement claim.

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 2

The skilled team at George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC represents developers, employers, contractors, landowners, landlords, tenants and individuals in the full range of contentious and non-contentious construction and real estate matters. The group fields expertise in planning and funding issues, as well as handling sale, purchase and management matters. George Z Georgiou  and George Ioannou co-head the practice, which is also noted for its track record in advising asset management companies on foreclosure procedures, and assisting financial institutions with due diligence for the acquisition of properties.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou; George Ioannou


‘In depth knowledge, approachability, speed of service, characters,  ability to deliver with speed, stand by you when you need them.’

‘High level of legal knowledge in the field of construction.’

‘George Ioannou – Efficient and good legal advice.’

‘The whole team is trained to deal with any case. They treat the customer with great professionalism and their fee is adjusted to the customer’s capabilities. They use technology very easily.’

‘George Ioannou is very professional, always prepared and can provide a solution to any problem.’

‘George Ioannou is a stand out partner with amazing and valuable knowledge in real estate.’

‘The team has great resources of knowledge within the company.’

Key clients

State Health Services Organisation (SHSO)

Work highlights

  • Provides a full spectrum of legal advice for the second consecutive year to the State Health Services Organization, the largest health provider in Cyprus, including day-to-day advice on matters relating to tenancy and land law.
  • Acting for an NGO in Cyprus in relation to an investment fund, advising the client on a EUR10m acquisition of investment properties.
  • Provides the full range of property and construction-related legal support to a giant retailer, in relation to a EUR20m acquisition of stores abroad via Cyprus entities.

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC fields an excellent team, which routinely advises on local and cross-border transactions, corporate restructurings and insolvencies, as well as handling the establishment and relocation of businesses. Under the leadership of George Z Georgiou, Dan Gardener, Ted Auld and Polina Christodoulou, the group has significant experience in conducting due diligence exercises for public and private clients and financing institutions. Regulatory matters are another key area of instruction for the practice.

Practice head(s):

George Z. Georgiou; Dan Gardener; Ted Auld; Polina Christodoulou


‘Approachable, business oriented and able to grasp the issues, with wide in-depth knowledge.’

‘Personalised service. Speed and relevance of their response.’

Key clients

State Health Services Organisation (SHSO)

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC)

Health Insurance Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advising a major foreign financial service provider on a EUR35m transaction involving the purchase of a 53% stake of a Cyprus company.
  • Advised a client on the EUR400m restructuring and amendment of its portfolio management arrangements, and securities required under Cyprus Law.

With one of the top ranked teams on the island, comprising of dedicated specialised and experienced lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and legal consultants (including former judges), we are engaged in remaining at the forefront of legislative changes and trends, and providing prompt and fully coordinated legal advice, to any client, on most areas of law.

We are highly recommended by international legal directories, including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, and Who’s Who Legal and are the sole Cypriot member of Ius Laboris and GALA, as well as being members of numerous other associations which we have long-standing relationships with. 

We’ve seen significant growth over the past few years and continuously move forward in all aspects of our work. The expansion of our premises in Nicosia and our recently established office in Limassol reflect our growth, strengthen our client relations and enhance our services to clients.

We remain at the forefront of developments in the financial and corporate industries, with increasing requests from tech and start-up companies, seeking advice on Cyprus law.

Increasing complexity
Our team routinely advises on complex, high value, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has particular expertise in advising individual and corporate clients,. These include advising most of the island’s financial institutions, in shareholder disputes, commercial fraud, liquidation petitions, breach of contract claims, administrative and constitutional matters, as well as banking and finance disputes and enforcement.

We have the expertise and resources to handle every litigious situation, ranging from class actions, to cross-border injunctions and challenges, to arbitral awards and on the filing and recognition of foreign judgments in Cyprus. Our managing partner, George Ζ. Georgiou, is a member of the Chartered  Institute of Arbitrators, the LCIA and the ICC and often acts as an expert witness in matters of Cypriot law. We collaborate with some of the largest international firms on an everyday basis for devising and executing strategic planning relating to Cyprus.

Investments, corporate migration and re-domiciliations
Strategic advice is also provided by our corporate, commercial, regulatory and banking teams, who have been part of almost every major banking Μ&Α transaction that has taken place in Cyprus recently, handling all aspects of the transactions, from urgent due diligence exercises, the negotiation and drafting of the relevant documentation, as well as obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals.

We regularly advise domestic and international clients on structuring their investments, re-domiciliation, corporate migration and how to utilize Government incentive programs and extensive network of international double tax treaties that Cyprus has in place.

We are well versed in advising some of the world’s largest private equity funds, to institutions currently designated as systemic in Cyprus, a significant number of credit acquiring companies on work-out strategies and enforcement procedures, as well individual and corporate clients, large corporate groups and banking institutions.  Large scale and detailed NPL portfolio due diligence, debtor and loan restructurings and redocumentation, IPOs, commercial agreements and compliance, form a significant part of the practice.

Privacy and data protection
As the sole Cypriot member of the data privacy expert group, and a founding member of the Association for the Protection of Information and Privacy, we actively help businesses by proposing compliance and recommending solutions for establishing a data privacy management program, drafting privacy policies, notices and other necessary documentation and procedures.

We implement strategies for data transfer mechanisms within and outside the EU, including assessment of third-party relationships, drafting Binding Corporate Rules, adopting the Standard Contractual Clauses, support in case of data breaches, providing training on GDPR implementation, and more.

We are very engaged in representing clients before the Commissioner of Personal Data and have expertise in the use of data protection legislation to assist in contentious litigation matters, including evidential admissibility and pre-action disclosure.

At the forefront of legislative trends on employment
With a leading dedicated team in Cyprus, and as the sole Cypriot member of Ius Laboris, a specialist Global Human Resources Lawyers alliance, we are internationally recognized as a leader in the field of employment and pensions.

We ensure to be at the forefront of any legislative changes and trends on all aspects of employment and pensions law and we advise a wide range of organisations in both the public and private sectors locally and internationally, including expert consultancy by Mrs. Moscho Zambakidou Mourtouvani, former President of the Cyprus Employment Courts.

HR matters from the process of recruitment through to the termination of employment relationships, discrimination claims, collective redundancies, transfers of undertakings and reorganisations, disciplinary processes, collective bargaining and industrial disputes, drafting of employment agreements and policies, social insurance, pensions, provident funds, benefits schemes and tax, are some of the team’s daily practices.

Our team regularly authors articles on new legislations and industry best practices and provides seminars on employment trends.

Start-up and tech community growth
With a growing start-up community in Cyprus, and as technology is one of the long-term growth sectors in Cyprus, our GZG tech department places significant emphases on its commercial offering, which combines legal and business expertise, helping clients with the daily running of their business, agreements, complex issues, understanding of legal and regulatory matters. GZG Tech provides clients with information about the most important innovative advances in technology.  In close collaboration with external IT experts, programmers, engineers etc, it stays on the forefront of legal developments. Legal advice includes, but is not limited to fintech, regtech, insurtech, healthtech, proptech, distributed ledger technologies, internet of things, e-commerce, crypto assets, blockchain, security and artificial intelligence. The Firm is a member of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).

Trusts, ΙΡ & Media and competition law also form a significant part of the practice.  Our ΙΡ & Media clients include individuals, artists, TV celebrities, musicians, distributers, companies, municipalities, banks and international software companies. We have extensive experience in the fields of corporate and competition law and are therefore able to fully support clients in all ΙΡ & Media related matters. We are the sole Cypriot members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, GALA, giving us privileged access to some of the best firms worldwide operating in this specialised sector.


What’s more, through our collaboration with A.Z. Georgiou & Associates (Andreas Z. Georgiou is a former director of the Cyprus Land Registry and is recognised as an expert witness in court), which has extensive expertise on all land matters and government and public consulting, and K.E. Makrides Property Consultants & Valuers LLC, offering property related services, valuations, consultancy and management services. We offer clients a one-stop-shop for all matters relating to real estate and construction. Recently the firm has provided support to Asset Management Companies on foreclosure procedures, debt-for-assets swaps, loan restructurings involving major financial institutions and acquisitions of properties, and has advised on issuance of planning permits, procurement methods and land planning of major developments.

Department Name Email Telephone
International Litigation & Arbitration George Z. Georgiou +357 22 763340
International Litigation & Arbitration Romanos V. Loizides +357 22 763340
Banking & Finance Angeliki Koura +357 22 763340
Employment & Pensions Nadia Tryfonidou +357 22 763340
Employment & Pensions Eleni Loizidou-Cleanthous +357 22 763340
Property & Construction George S. Ioannou +357 22 763340
Corporate, Commercial & M&A Ted Auld +357 22 763340
Corporate, Commercial & M&A Dan Gardener +357 22 763340
Dispute Resolution Andri Mitsigga +357 22 763340
Dispute Resolution Natasa Zervou +357 22 763340
Technology Vasilis Charalambous +357 22 763340
Data Protection & Privacy Polina Christodoulou +357 22 763340
Photo Name Position Profile
Polina Christodoulou photo Polina Christodoulou Partner, Head of Commercial
George Z. Georgiou photo George Z. Georgiou Managing Partner
George S. Ioannou photo George S. Ioannou Partner, Head of Property & Construction
Angelina Koura photo Angelina Koura Partner, Head of Banking
Romanos V.  Loizides photo Romanos V. Loizides Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
Eleni Loizidou Cleanthous photo Eleni Loizidou Cleanthous Partner, Head of Administrative & Constitutional
Andri Mitsigga photo Andri Mitsigga Partner, Deputy Head of Dispute Resolution
Nadia Tryfonidou photo Nadia Tryfonidou Partner, Head of Employment & Pensions
Natasa Zervou photo Natasa Zervou Partner, Deputy Head of Administrative & Constitutional
Photo Name Position Profile
Ted Auld photo Ted Auld Partner, Head of Trusts, Probate & Family, Deputy Head of Commercial
Dan Gardener photo Dan Gardener Partner, Head of Risk & Compliance
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Sarah Forster photo Sarah Forster Partner
Number of lawyers : 40
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Athens Bar Association
Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre
Cyprus Bar Association
Cyprus-Russian Business Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
European Circuit
European Employment Lawyers Association
Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance
International Bar Association
Ius Laboris - Global Human Resources Lawyers Alliance
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
The Law Society of England & Wales