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Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Dispute resolution Tier 1The ‘very effective and hardworking’ team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has ‘years of experience in cross-border asset-tracing exercises, is not afraid to take risks in interim applications, and displays sound commercial judgement’. Its litigation team acts in a wide range of instructions: commercial, defamation, business crime, and shareholder disputes are among its areas of expertise. Marina Hadjisoteriou (‘adept at spotting the issues quickly and understanding the commercial realities for her clients’) and Menelaos Kyprianou (‘breaks down otherwise complicated barriers with ease’) jointly head the practice. Another name to note is the ‘extremely hardworking and sharp-minded’ associate Constantina Zantira, who is ‘very impressive in court’.
‘The firm has years of experience in cross-border asset-tracing exercises, is not afraid to take risks in interim applications, and displays sound commercial judgement.’
‘Menelaos Kyprianou is great with clients and breaks down otherwise complicated barriers with ease. A first rate legal and commercial adviser with years of cross-border experience.’
‘Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC clearly stand out in the Cypriot legal market. I was particularly impressed with their comprehensive approach and readiness to work hard even in the most tight deadlines.’
‘Marina Hadjisoteriou is an outstanding disputes resolution lawyer. She is fully engaged in the matter and very efficiently manages the most complex cases. Constantina Zantira is a very bright associate. She is extremely hard working and sharp-minded.’
‘Marina Hadjisoteriou has an eye for business and is adept at spotting the issues quickly and understanding the commercial realities for her clients. She is a strategist, with excellent legal abilities, a team player, very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Marina Hadjisoteriou exceeded everyone’s expectations. Constantina Zantira is the associate who ensured that everything ran smoothly when we had a case together.’
‘Mrs. Hadjisoteriou is an excellent communicator and always on stand-by mode. Attention to the details of the matter on the one hand, and knowledge of applicable law or case law on another, enable Mrs. Hadjisoteriou to give very efficient advice in terms of legal actions.’
‘Michael Kyprianou & Co has a very effective and hardworking dispute resolution team.’
‘Marina Hadjisoteriou and Constantina Zantira are key lawyers for us. Marina Hadjisoteriou is proactive and knowledgeable. Constantina Zantira is very impressive in court.’
Amethyst Radiotherapy Ltd
Employment Tier 1Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC advises employers and employees in the financial services and manufacturing sectors on a broad range of employment issues. The team regularly assists with employment agreements and settlement agreements, and also handles terminations, unfair dismissals, employee resignations, constructive dismissals and disciplinary proceedings. Practice co-heads Lambros Soteriou and Savvas Savvides, and senior associate Ioanna Solomou are highly regarded.
Real estate and construction Tier 1At Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, clients are advised on a diverse range of matters including the sale and purchase of property, asset management issues, real estate litigation, financing work, planning matters and tax and immigration-related mandates. Led by Savvas Savvides, team members ‘are all extremely knowledgeable, helpful and always give every client professional, personal and pain-free assistance’. The group often acts for international clients on complex high-value land purchase transactions; other clients span ultra-high-net-worth individuals, investors, governments and other private organisations. Senior associate Esme Palas is highly regarded.
‘Savvas Savvides made us feel at home straight away and explained everything in detail so we could understand what was happening. It was the first time in 10 years in Cyprus that a professional of any type listened to what we had to say and did not talk down to us. Beyond excellent service.‘
‘Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC are an excellent practice with a fantastic reputation.’
‘They are all extremely knowledgeable, helpful and always give every client a professional, personal and pain-free assistance.’
Banking and finance Tier 2Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC occasionally acts for borrowers and security providers, but the vast majority of its work in this sphere involves advising lenders on cross-border transactions. Clients include major European banks as well as global law firms. Tonia Antoniou and Lambros Soteriou head the practice, which stays ‘one step ahead of other local counsel firms working on the same deal’. Another name to note is senior associate Lorena Charalambous, who is ‘able to deal with multiple projects at the same time’.
‘The team is always available and very helpful. They demonstrate great commitment to our projects.’
‘Lorena Charalambous is an outstanding performer and is able to deal with multiple projects at the same time.’
‘They stay one step ahead of other local counsel firms working on the same deal. We know that Cyprus matters will be successfully dealt with on any deal where MK work on the Cypriot front.’
‘Tonia Antoniou and Lorena Charalambous are our key contacts at MK. They are very hands-on and super-quick and think outside the box.’
Credit Pilot PLC
LLC “Sberbank Investments”
DNB Bank ASA (London)
VTB Bank (PJSC)
J & T Banka, a.s. and Poštová banka, a.s.
PPF banka a.s.
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
EIB (European Investment Bank)
Tonia Antoniou and the ‘exceptional’ Lambros Soteriou jointly lead the practice at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, which receives instructions in sectors ranging from finance, healthcare, software, transport, infrastructure, and food and beverages. It routinely advises clients – many of which are referred by international law firms – on matters relating to their operations, from corporate structures and commercial agreements to privacy and employment law. Restructuring, share capital issues, debt re-organisations, and re-domiciliations make up the rest of its workload. Senior associate Ioanna Solomou is also noted.
‘Lambros Soteriou is an exceptional lawyer.’
‘Due to their extensive knowledge, contacts and know-how, I was taken care of in the field of financial trading. The last three years I have been working in the real estate investment in Cyprus and here again Mr Lambros Soteriou and another team of his are helping me out. I am very pleased with the firm and have not been looking for alternate counselling.’
‘They take time to get to know their clients’ needs and goals and work with them to achieve those legal goals. Good knowledge and experience of the sector. Realistic approach. Very capable of meeting tight deadlines.’
‘Ioanna Solomou is a very approachable lawyer who provides sound, realistic advice. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can be flexible in her approach to an issue to take into account a client’s evolving requirements.’
‘Attorney Kyriakos Constantinou is really quick with giving answers; he is really friendly and helpful and doesn’t mind clarifying things multiple time if needed.’
XTRADE EUROPE LTD
TEMPO BEVERAGES CYPRUS LIMITED
OTKRITIE BROKER LTD
EU and competition Tier 2
Jointly led by Menelaos Kyprianou and Marina Hadjisoteriou, the team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC ‘consists of some of the most experienced individuals’ for advice on EU and competition law in Cyprus. It acts for local and international clients on a wide spectrum of matters pertaining to national and EU competition law including infringements of competition law arising from mergers, anti-competitive practices and auxiliary issues.
‘The team consists of some of the most experienced individuals in the industry.’
Intellectual property Tier 2
Led by the experienced Tonia Antoniou, the team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC acts for clients on a broad range of IP matters but has notable expertise handling trade mark registrations in Cyprus and the EU, as well as patent applications, validations, and renewals. The group also handles litigation and licensing matters. Associate Agis Charalambous, who works alongside Antoniou on most matters in this space, is another name to note.
Vossius & Partner
World Patent & Trademark Law Office
Scope Markets Ltd
Norton Rose Fulbright
Cabinet Beau de Lomenie
Maritime and admiralty Tier 2Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC demonstrates ‘in-depth knowledge of Cypriot maritime law and vessel registrations’. Clients span ship owners, charterers, insurers, banks, oil and gas companies, and offshore contractors worldwide. The group assists with a range of matters including commercial contractual issues, disputes, ship finance work, maritime regulations and compliance policy advice; the team also advises on vessel registration mandates in various jurisdictions and cross-border asset recovery work. Maritime law specialist Gina Panayiotou is ‘the personification of target-oriented’ and was recruited to lead the practice from her prior in-house position.
‘The team is very flexible, communicative and helpful. Working on a transaction with it was a pleasure.’
‘In-depth knowledge of Cypriot maritime law and vessel registration.’
‘Gina Panayiotou is very experienced in ship registration and is able to guide you painlessly through the process.’
‘Menelaos Kyprianou is by far the best lawyer in Cyprus. His endless knowledge, his kind character, and his efficient decision-making provides the client with adequate security to trust even his/her life to Menelaos. Gina Panayiotou is the personification of target-oriented. She is well-focused on the case at hand, making it impossible for her to miss even the slightest detail.’
DP World Limassol
SMT Shipping Group
CMS Shipping Group
Tax Tier 3The ‘very strong’ team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has ‘good domestic and international capabilities’ and primarily advises its clients on the tax elements of restructurings and reorganisations. Lambros Soteriou and Tonia Antoniou jointly head up the practice, which also provides assistance on general tax issues, transfer pricing work, redomiciliations, mergers and liquidations.
‘A very strong team with good domestic and international capabilities.’
Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1991 in Nicosia, Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC has grown over the years to become one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, with offices in Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos. In addition, the firm has developed internationally over the years and currently counts nine offices in six countries – Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos in Cyprus, Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Kiev in Ukraine, Birkikara in Malta and most recently London in the United Kingdom. Across its offices, the firm employs over 90 people, 54 of whom are qualified lawyers.
It is the firm of choice in Cyprus for many major international law firms based in London, Europe and Russia and, over the years, the firm has acted in a large number of complex cross-border projects. The quality of its lawyers, its size and its international affiliations enable it to produce excellent results on a consistent basis.
Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC has been awarded the 2014 and 2017 Cyprus Export Award by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, for services provided to international clients.
Areas of practice: Banking and finance: it is recognised as a leading adviser of banks, financial institutions, borrowers and security providers in multi-jurisdictional as well as domestic financing transactions involving Cypriot vehicles. Among others, the team specialises in international leveraged finance, asset and project finance, financial restructuring, security enforcement and distressed debt.
Corporate and commercial: it has extensive experience across the spectrum of corporate, mergers and acquisitions law. The work undertaken includes the incorporation and acquisition of Cypriot and offshore companies, corporate reorganisations and restructuring, cross-border and domestic mergers, corporate governance issues, joint ventures and re-domiciliation.
Dispute resolution and arbitration: it advises clients on all aspects of corporate and commercial disputes and has extensive experience in cross-border litigation.
International tax planning: the firm’s tax experts provide advice on tax structures, holding companies and trust settlements in Cyprus and abroad. They also represent clients before the tax authorities and negotiate tax disputes on their behalf.
Capital markets: it specialises in the incorporation, setting up and assistance in the regulation of Cypriot investment firms and in compliance matters. It also assists investors in relation to the formation, licensing and regulation of funds such as closed-ended funds, mutual funds, UCITS, alternative investment funds and the respective set up and assistance in their management and control.
Intellectual property: it specialises in all aspects of IP, including the filing of national applications for Cyprus trade marks and patents, as well as European and international applications.
Immovable property: it assists clients in all matters regarding Cyprus immovable property law and represents clients before the land registry, the tax authorities and the stamp duty authority. It provides legal advice in all aspects of a Cyprus property purchase up until the closing of the transaction.
Immigration law: it assists clients in all aspects of Cypriot immigration law and, in particular, Cypriot citizenship applications, Cyprus permanent residence, employment permits, visitor permits, Cypriot visas, registration of companies with foreign activities with the migration department to employ third-country nationals and other relevant permits.
Energy, Shipping & Transport: it provides legal advice and assistance on a wide range of matters relating to the shipping industry. The team’s experience includes advising on and negotiating transactions and issuing legal opinions on a range of ship financing transactions, guarantees, securities and other documentation. The firm also undertakes the registration and deletion of ship mortgages at the Cyprus Ships Registry and other securities registered with the Registrar of Companies in Cyprus. The firm further provides advice and assistance in relation to vessel registration under the Cyprus flag and the chartering, sale and purchase of ships as well as the financing of these activities.
|Admiralty and international trade||Menelaos Kyprianou|
|Admiralty and international trade||Esme Palas|
|Admiralty and international trade||David Meli|
|Admiralty and international trade||Andreas Lytras|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Tonia Antoniou|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Lambros Soteriou|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Lorena Charalambous|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Ioanna Solomou|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||David Meli|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Christos Tourvas|
|Banking, finance and insolvency||Dimitris Papadopoulos|
|European law||Savvas Savvides|
|European law||Ilias Tsintavis|
|European law||Dimitris Kotsionis|
|European law||Kyriakos Constantinou|
|Franchising and M&A||Tonia Antoniou|
|Franchising and M&A||Lambros Soteriou|
|Franchising and M&A||Lorena Charalambous|
|Franchising and M&A||Ioanna Solomou|
|Franchising and M&A||Dmitry Perevozchykov|
|Litigation and arbitration||Menelaos Kyprianou|
|Litigation and arbitration||Christos Galanos|
|Litigation and arbitration||Constantina Zantira|
|Litigation and arbitration||Christiana Panayiotou|
|Litigation and arbitration||Panayiotis Yiannopoulos|
|Litigation and arbitration||Eleni Kozi|
|Litigation and arbitration||John Kampouris|
|Litigation and arbitration||Costas Apokides|
|Litigation and arbitration||John Orfanidis|
|Litigation and arbitration||Georgios Chatzidimitriou|
|Real estate/wills/estate administration||Savvas Savvides|
|Real estate/wills/estate administration||Rallia Drakoulakou|
|Real estate/wills/estate administration||Andromachi Kleanthous|
|Real estate/wills/estate administration||Yiannis Fanides|
|Real estate/wills/estate administration||Arthouros Kiourtsides|
|Ship registration and finance||Lambros Soteriou|
|Ship registration and finance||Tonia Antoniou|
|Ship registration and finance||Esme Palas|
|Ship registration and finance||Eleni Drakou|
|Ship registration and finance||David Meli|
|Tax and international tax planning||Lambros Soteriou|
|Tax and international tax planning||Ilias Tsintavis|
|Tax and international tax planning||David Meli|
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|Mrs Nicole Kallasidou||View Profile|
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|Mr Andreas Kapsalis||View Profile|
|Mr Arthouros Kiourtzides||View Profile|
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|Ms Andria Kouloumi||View Profile|
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|Ms Maria Parouti||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Perevozchykov||View Profile|
|Mrs Chrysovalanto Pericleous||View Profile|
|Ms Chrystalla Philippou||View Profile|
|Ms Polina Polycarpou||View Profile|
|Mr Sotiris Poullas||View Profile|
|Mrs Olga Pshenichnaya||View Profile|
|Mrs Alexia Rosgovas||View Profile|
|Mr Savvas Savvides||Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Justine Scerri Herrera||View Profile|
|Ms Ioanna Solomou||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 63 at this office : 6
LanguagesEnglish French German Greek Russian Ukrainian Chinese Spanish
MembershipsIFG Multilaw Worldlink for Lawyers ITPA INTA ITMA MARQUES CIPA AIPP AIPPI ECTA FOPDAC IACC IFA
OtherContact : Michael Kapsos Other offices : Athens Other offices : Birkirkara Other offices : Dubai Other offices : Kiev Other offices : Limassol Other offices : Paphos Other offices : London Other offices : Thessaloniki
Diversity and equality
At Michael Kyprianou& Co diversity and equality are ingrained in our culture. We believe that people flourish in an environment that supports and promotes diversity and equality and we embrace these values across all our operations. Recognising the value of diverse teams has enabled us to create a culture of inclusion, harness the diverse experiences and backgrounds of our people and provide better services to our clients.
Corporate Social Responsibility and pro-bono
Michael Kyprianou & Co is committed to actively building deep roots in the communities in which we operate. We understand that for some worthy organisations, costs can often be a barrier to obtaining legal support. We have, therefore, provided both fund-raising and legal support to a number of charities and has sponsored awards at local schools. Some notable examples are:
- One Dream, One Wish Charity Organisation
The firm is a long-standing supporter of the commendable efforts of One Dream, One Wish, a charity that provides support to children suffering from cancer and their families to provide them with life incentives and to come closer to achieving their dreams and wishes.
Our firm has organised a number of fund-raising events over the years and provided pro-bono support on IP related matters.
- Music & Dance Theatre of Employees and Retirees of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CYTA) in Paphos
The Association was formed by enthusiastic members and retirees of CYTA, the well-known telephone services company in Cyprus. The group are volunteers who obtain play scripts from Greece and build experiences around the play. These plays are produced and staged with a small access fee which is also affordable to financially vulnerable groups.
We have assisted the clients with legal issues relating to the registration of the organisation and continue to support with legal advice on a pro-bono basis.
- Paphos Kidney Association
The aim of the association is to support all those that attend the Paphos General Hospital Renal Unit by raising funds for vital equipment. They also assist people with kidney problems from around the world who wish to visit Cyprus and are concerned with continuing their treatment whilst in Cyprus.
The firm has provided ongoing legal support to the association on a pro-bono basis and has been involved in the associations plans to upgrade the local Kidney Dialyses Ward aiming to safeguard the patients who are particularly vulnerable to hospital illnesses.
- Michael Kyprianou&Co Law Studies Award at one of the oldest schools in Cyprus
The firm sponsors the award in memory of the firms founder at one of the most prestigious schools in Cyprus. The aim is to inspire students in their final year of secondary education to become lawyers. The submissions are open to students who are considering to study law at University. Themes focus on topical legal concepts that have far-reaching impact on society such as protecting the right to a fair trial and the extent of punishment for heinous crimes.
CLIENT:Partner at silver circle law firm
COMPANY/FIRM:Silver circle law firm in relation to an international banking transaction
TESTIMONIAL:I genuinely think you are a top tier firm.
CLIENT:Divisional Head at International Bank
COMPANY/FIRM:International bank in relation to a dispute
I would like to thank you and your respective team members for the efforts you have made to reach this settlement. I am convinced that without your experience, your great creativity, outstanding legal skills and team spirit across your offices and with Cyprus, we would not have got so far.
CLIENT:International office of a US law firm
COMPANY/FIRM:International office of a US law firm in relation to an international finance transaction
TESTIMONIAL:Many thanks to you for all your hard work under this transaction. We very much appreciate your professionalism and commitment! It has been a pleasure working with you.
COMPANY/FIRM:Private client in relation to real estate matters
TESTIMONIAL:Mr Savvas Savvides was recommended to us by a professional Architect to assist and advise with a challenging property purchase. Savvas was highly knowledgeable and helpful throughout, and his engaging and approachable personality made our dealings with him a pleasure. We were grateful that his integrity and expertise were available to us and we would not hesitate to contact him regarding legal matters in the future. We therefore unreservedly recommend him.
CLIENT:Christos Kyliakoudis, Managing Director of Bazaraki.com (no. 1 website in Cyprus for Classified Ads)
TESTIMONIAL:Marina is the ideal lawyer when you require a smart listener and a DOER to care about your needs. She resembles octopus and grabs each case from different angles so that there is only one option, winning. She is an excellent lawyer that you can trust.
COMPANY/FIRM:Alpha Bank Cyprus
TESTIMONIAL:Mr Savvas Savvides is an excellent associate of our bank with a lot of knowledge on legal banking issues. He has given us his legal advice and has found solutions to many difficult cases. I would like to mention his exceptional character and his willingness to always help and give solutions.
CLIENT: Major Russian businessman
COMPANY/FIRM:Local representative of above client in high value litigation dispute currently pending in the Cyprus Court.
TESTIMONIAL:(To Menelaos)You and Christos have been doing a really great job with this legal case. I know you/Christos have been put under pressure at times. Grateful for all your professional service! The client is pleased as well Note: when anyone asks me who I think is the best lawyer in Cyprus, I always state your name!
COMPANY/FIRM:Corporate client in relation to a dispute
TESTIMONIAL:In the course of 12 months I had the opportunity to admire the diligent fact checking of Ms Hadjisoteriou, her careful legal research, and her concise logic how to best build a case in a comprehensible way. I cannot but recommend her passionately for all litigation matters. She was and is at my service in a 24/7 basis which gives peace of mind in the most challenging situations.
TESTIMONIAL:You are efficient, diligent and pleasant to work with.
CLIENT:Lambros Potagas, Country Manager
TESTIMONIAL:I had the pleasure of working with Marina in her capacity as the local legal representative of our company working on a very complex and multifaceted case of fraud, which went well beyond the borders of Cyprus. She is a very dedicated and motivated professional with a solid grasp of a multitude of legal aspects. She is relentless and innovative and played a major role in us winning all of the cases we had. I highly recommend her as a standout partner and advisor to any legal issues.
CLIENT:Silver circle Law firm
COMPANY/FIRM:Silver circle law firm as part of an international banking transaction
TESTIMONIAL:Thank you, Lorena and Tonia, for your efforts and excellent work on this transaction. We really appreciate this.
CLIENT:Private hospital in Cyprus
COMPANY/FIRM:Private hospital in Cyprus in relation to a dispute
TESTIMONIAL:I would like to take this opportunity to commend and thank the whole team of Michael Kyprianou & Co for the high level of professionalism, responsiveness and legal intellectual insights provided regarding the case.
COMPANY/FIRM:Institutional client in relation to a complicated banking and finance transaction
TESTIMONIAL:Ioanna, you are a star. Thank you, and thanks for expediting this. We now know why Lambros speaks so highly of you.
COMPANY/FIRM:Institutional client in relation to real estate matters
TESTIMONIAL:Mr. Savvides is our advisor for all our needs including investment, legal requirements etc. for many years now. Mr Savvides and his law office always provide excellent service, demonstrating professionalism and personal attention to all details. He and his staff are amazing, knowledgeable and available when needed. We always have a positive experience and always recommend to our family and friends.
COMPANY/FIRM:Private client in relation to real estate matters
TESTIMONIAL:Savvas Savvides has guided us through a complex building plot purchase and subsequent permissions and then advised us throughout the build helping us through many difficulties with contractors. We have always found him totally professional, knowledgeable and most importantly to us very considerate and approachable. We highly recommend him for all legal services.
Marina Hadjisoteriou, PartnerPartner, Marina Hadjisoteriou, provides an insight into the success story of MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC.
What do you see as the main points that differentiate MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC from your competitors?
MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC is one of Cyprus’ largest full-service firms and we are able to advise our clients on a broad spectrum of their businesses, from corporate and tax matters to dispute resolution.
It is one the few Cyprus firms with 3 offices in the main cities of Cyprus (Nicosia, Limassol and Paphos). Its international presence has expanded significantly with offices in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki), Malta, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), the Ukraine (Kyiv) and, the most recent addition, London in the UK. We are the only firm in Cyprus which has a substantive presence in so many countries.
We are invited members of exclusive and specialised networks such as the International Fraud Group, a select group of 20 firms specialising in asset tracing and recovery (as well as Multilaw and World Link for Law). We combine our close relationship with other international law firms and our international presence to provide assistance worldwide for our clients’ benefit. That’s a real differentiator for us.
Furthermore, we are frequently and repeatedly asked to partner with firms in other jurisdictions, providing local advice and support to internationally renowned firms.
Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?
The Cyprus Council of Ministers with the aim to further encourage Foreign Direct Investment and to attract high net worth individuals to settle and do business in Cyprus, has approved very recently a series of changes in the Cyprus Investment Program in order to make it more targeted and trustworthy. The said changes will take effect from May 2019. Very briefly, there is now a requirement on the applicant to hold a Schengen Visa, a mandatory contribution to the Foundation for Research and Innovation will have to be made and the investment must be retained for a period of at least five years instead of three years. We believe that the said changes will not have an adverse effect in the number of people applying to obtain Cyprus citizenship and this practice will continue to grow.
Additionally, the establishment of a Cyprus Commercial Court, which will accommodate and attract high-value commercial disputes, is underway.
Initially, the plan was for the Cyprus Commercial Court to be set up in the beginning of 2018, however there was some delay as it was later decided for the Admiralty cases to be also dealt by the new court under its new name ‘Commercial and Admiralty Court’. We are following these developments closely and we understand that the Legal Service will soon complete the legislative review of the relevant bill that has been prepared by the Ministry of Justice.
The establishment of this new Court which will deal with cases of a commercial nature only if the disputed amount exceeds €2.000.000, is highly anticipated as it will provide a quick resolution to commercial disputes (the goal is for such disputes to be resolved within 9-12 months from filing). This would obviously provide more confidence to clients when choosing Cyprus as a jurisdiction in which to establish and operate their business.
What is important to note is that the new Court will have the possibility to hear disputes in relation to international transactions when none of the parties has its residence in Cyprus, provided that the parties have agreed in writing that the dispute should be heard by the said new Court.
A judgment of such a Court would easily be enforceable in all EU Member States but may also be enforceable outside of the EU, depending on the applicable international conventions or bilateral treaties concluded between the Republic of Cyprus and the relevant foreign country. Accordingly, we believe that the new Court will be a new alternative to international commercial dispute resolution.
Furthermore, the Cyprus funds industry has also been developing for the last few years, especially after the recovery of the economy following the financial crisis and the sovereign rating of the country being upgraded to investment grade. The latest developments in the legal and regulatory sector, and the continuous efforts of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySEC”) to modernize and enhance the regulatory regimes and stay compliant with European standards, have had a very positive impact on the sector, with the number of funds and assets under management growing rapidly in the last years, and the outlook for the future looking promising.
The Registered Alternative Investment Fund (“RAIF”) is one of the latest investment vehicles introduced in the last amendment of the Law; the novelty introduced lies with the fact that these Funds, contrary to traditional AIFs, will not fall under the sphere of regulation of CySEC, and hence need not be licensed by the Commission. To fulfil the managerial, compliance and supervisory needs of a RAIF, the Law stipulates that an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (“AIFM”) must be appointed to provide the necessary services essential for the functioning of the Fund.
What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?
To ensure that our firm is best in class, in all respects, in the markets we operate in, we refocused substantial internal resources to further improve the way our firm is managed; that is, identify and implement improvements in the way we work. To that end, we recruited a manager with a legal background from the UK, with experience both from law firms and in-house legal teams to lead the way. As we bring about improvements to the way we operate and manage our business, our lawyers’ time will be freed up to deal with what matters most – serving our clients. Clearly, our clients only stand to benefit from this change!
Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?
It does! We always try to keep abreast of the latest technological developments to make efficiency gains and adapt to an increasingly popular agile working culture.
We try to keep clients up to date by posting about the latest amendments to legislation and new interesting judgments on the firm’s website and also sharing these links via social media.
We also appreciate that clients may need to contact us outside regular office hours for very urgent matters and we can always be contacted via a number of different channels. This is always balanced with the need to ensure that communications and the clients’ information remain secure at all times.
Furthermore, we have easy and speedy access to online worldwide databases, an essential for legal research purposes.
Finally, our experienced in-house IT department ensures that the firm’s operations run smoothly and securely.
Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?
MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC was set up more than 25 years ago and since then we have provided effective and efficient legal solutions for our clients numerous times, taking into consideration not only the legal but also their business needs and objectives. Therefore, it is difficult to identify only one practical example.
We take pride in ensuring that our clients receive the best possible service at all times. We always ensure that we really understand what is at stake for the clients’ businesses. We believe that the most important skills in building any client relationship are listening and flexibility which means thinking outside the box, on the spot and under pressure. It also means that we appreciate that great service can vary from client to client and that by asking the right questions and addressing the clients’ concerns promptly and efficiently, we can always be one step ahead.
Particularly in relation to the area of Dispute Resolution, which I specialise in, we have been successful in complex and high value court cases in which novel points of law were raised.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?
Nowadays the clients expect us to have a deeper understanding of their needs and industry specifics, in order to be able to provide them with strategic directions and not merely legal advice.
Our diverse team of lawyers with their combined skills and insightful knowledge of various industries across different jurisdictions, can provide holistic guidance in relation to strategic business directions.
In the next three years, we aim to expand our international presence and grow our market share by taking the time to attract and retain the best talent and remain a leading law firm, supporting its domestic and international clients’ needs on an everyday basis.
Gina Panayiotou, Global Head of Shipping & Energy at our firm, being a Board Member of WISTA Cyprus and an active supporter of female and youth empowerment, will be a speaker at the inaugural “Women in Shipping Summit” to be held in the context of London International Shipping Week, on the 10th & 11th of September, 2019.
Gina Panayiotou, Global Head of Shipping & Energy at our firm, having great expertise in shipping legal strategy, will be a speaker at Global Liner Conference Asia, to be held in the context of Shipping Transformation Asia, in Singapore on the 17th – 19th of September, 2019.
Gina Panayiotou, Global Head of Shipping & Energy at Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC, discusses “NEW HORIZONS IN SHIPPING: MASTERING CHANGE” in the September 2019 issue of Gold magazine. The issue features a focus on the upcoming Maritime Cyprus conference, to be held during the 6th-8th of October in Limassol. Maritime Cyprus, a bi-annual event, is the largest international maritime event that takes place in Cyprus, attracting over 1500 delegates from around the globe.
https://www.kyprianou.com/en/news/press-releases/view?article=2019/High-Rankings-in-the-new-edition-We are proud to announce that our firm’s Banking & Finance and Corporate/M&A practices have been highly ranked, for the second year in a row, by IFLR1000.
Compendium of Worldwide Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards – Multilaw Litigation POur firm is proud to announce its contribution to 2019 Multilaw Litigation Practice Group’s guide on enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.
Head of IP represents Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC at FICPI 18th Open Forum Conference Vienna, AustriaThe International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) 18th Open Forum was held in the Austria Trend Savoyen hotel on the 9th - 12th of October of 2019.
The UK government intends to introduce a new register of People with Significant Control over Overseas Companies, “the PSCOC Register”, in order to improve transparency of beneficial ownership for foreign entities which own UK properties. The Bill will be introduced to Parliament in 2019 and is intended to become operational by 2021.
Mad II -EU regulation (MAR) and directive (CS MAD) as protection of investors and its application toProtection of financial market investors and prevention of unlawful disclosure of inside information and financial market manipulation is provided and guaranteed by the EU Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014) (MAR) and the Directive on criminal sanctions for insider dealing and market manipulation (Directive 2014/57/EU) (CSMAD), which collectively replace the previous Market Abuse Directive (MAD) and together is known as MAD II.
Recently, the Maltese courts may have possibly brought about the beginning of the end of a legal and social question concerning landowners who were, and still are, subjected to pre-1995 rent laws. The judgement given in Anthony Debono et v. Avukat Generali et., may prove to be a milestone in Maltese rent laws.
In the words of
“IT TAKES 20 YEARS TO BUILD A REPUTATION AND FIVE MINUTES TO RUIN IT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, YOU’LL DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.”
Is terrorism the new norm for shipping?
On the 13/06/2019, two oil tankers were victim to what has been described as “sabotage” attacks in the Gulf of Oman, leaving one ablaze and both adrift. Following, a similar incident involving four tankers, which took place one month ago, on the 12th of May, 2019.
In a judgment of the General Court of the European Union of the 19th June 2019, Adidas saw their hopes of extending their three stripes trademark dashed, as the court ruled that there was no distinctiveness in the three stripes trademark. Furthermore, the court held that the Adidas had failed to prove that the mark had acquired distinctive character through use throughout the member states of the EU.
Over the past twenty odd years, Malta has become an international hub for foreign direct investment (FDI). A solid services sector combined with seasoned professionals across a multitude of industries have helped the FDI business model flourish, placing Malta on the map within the European Single Market as a business base of choice for many.
The proposed UK-EU agreement has been rejected for a third time by the Members of Parliament in UK. Consequently, uncertainty persists due to no deal and therefore the following concerns arise: whether a deal will happen at all, what the terms of that deal might be and whether there will be a second referendum.
Translations are frequently required for various documentations for official use before public authorities, institutions and courts internally or abroad. It is a matter of public law of each country to determine when an “official” translation is required and what comprises the elements of such translations in order to be regarded as legally valid and accepted documents.
This article will address the unfortunate position whereby a significant portion of citizens of the Republic of Cyprus have signed supplementary guarantee agreements, being in most cases relatives, friends, colleagues and/or in other relationships with the borrower, and have been called on to guarantee the repayment of and compliance with the loan agreement terms of the principal debtor party, as a means of securing the loan amount and avoiding the freezing of the borrower’s assets.
Bankruptcy: New Regulation means new opportunities!
MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC has been selected as an exclusive contributor to the Legal 500: Construction 2nd edition Country Comparative Guide, dated May 2019, a privilege reserved for legal firms which have been ranked in The Legal500.
What is the ePrivacy Regulation?
The ePrivacy Regulation (‘ePR’) is an unfinished EU law first published in January 2017 that is meant to become an extension of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
Stricter supervision in relation to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exceptio
Recently there were a lot of publications within the European Union expressing concerns about the allegedly very high number of Cypriot passports being given to foreign investors the last few years. The Council of Ministers has decided on 9th January 2018 with the decision with number 84.069, to impose a stricter supervision of all the parties involved in the Scheme for the naturalisation of non-Cypriot investors in Cyprus by exception.
In order to harmonize the Acquis Communautaire on the Taxation of untapped and undeveloped plots of land, the Cyprus Government enacted, on 03/11/2017, relevant legislation for the imposition of 19% Value Added Tax (VAT) on these properties, with a date of enforcement being 02/01/2018. The relevant legislation refers to plots/pieces of land offered and/or provided for construction for economic purposes.
The Unfair Contract Terms Law 93(1)/1996 (the “Law”) as amended, implements the EU Directive 93/13/EEC of 5 April 1993 regime into national law. The objective of the aforementioned legislation is the protection of consumers in the European Union from unfair terms and conditions which might be included in a standard contract for goods and services they purchase. It introduces the notion of ‘good faith’ to avoid any significant imbalance in mutual rights and obligations.
The Cypriot banking system is currently being confronted with the issue of providing foreign loans and in particular Swiss francs to both locals and foreigners to cover their housing requirements. Of principle concern in Cypriot and European Courts are the banking practices used in attracting clients to these financial institutions. It seems that misinformation through the use of various means of bank notifications and practices point towards the use of the distortion and the concealment of essential information to borrowers. The Cypriot banking system (that is sanctioned by European banking) in the provision of Swiss Francs did not in most cases provide a complete and proper briefing of the risks involved in these types of loan contracts that also incorporated exchange and interest rate fluctuations.
On 13th of September 2016, the Cyprus Council of Ministers has approved the amendments to the Scheme for Naturalisation of Investors in Cyprus by Exception. The said scheme is based on subsection (2) of section 111A of the Civil Registry Laws of 2002-2015.
Cyprus: Private Client
Published: January 2020
Authors: Tonia Antoniou Eleni Drakou Lorena Charalambous
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Client laws and regulations that may occur in Cyprus.
Published: April 2020
Authors: Savvas Savvides Ioannis Panayiotou
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Construction laws and regulations that may occur in Cyprus.
Cyprus: Data Protection & Cyber Security
Published: April 2020
Authors: Ioanna Solomou
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Data Protection & Cyber Security laws and regulations that may occur in Cyprus.