Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC > Nicosia, Cyprus > Firm Profile

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC
17 Stasinou Avenue
1060 Nicosia

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Lambros Soteriou, Tonia Antoniou and Ioanna Solomou co-head a ‘highly efficient and professional’ team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC which deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial law. It is adept at advising on intragroup corporate acquisitions, as well mergers and restructurings, day-to-day operations, corporate structures, commercial agreements, privacy issues and employment matters. In addition, the team often acts on transactions alongside international law firms, where it often takes a lead role in coordinating issues across multiple jurisdictions. The ‘responsive and friendly’ team advises clients from a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, food and beverages, software, transport and infrastructure.


‘Very competent, attention to detail, fast response time, solution orientated, excellent client service in general, they go the extra mile. Always very fast, erudite and practical response and advice’.

‘Lorena Charalambous has the ability to explain things clearly and logically, meets deadlines and is always fully focused on the matter’.

‘Deep knowledge and great experience with a lot of issues, which enables them to really help. All the advices are practical and absolutely workable’.

‘Tonia Antoniou, Ioanna Solomou and Stephanos Ayiomamitis are real professionals whom you could trust and whom you could recommend to your partners! They have profound knowledge of law and commercial industry and able to offer tailored solutions to the client and provide prompt legal assistance’.

‘We can definitely recommend Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC as highly qualified consultants who are able to perform complex and challenge requests’.

‘Specialists are sympathetic to the deadlines set and always give qualified advice on Cyprus law issues. We believe that the Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC’s team has a worthy place among the best law firms in Cyprus’

‘Ioanna Solomou and her team are extremely talented lawyers who are always looking after our best interest. Great team to work with. They are professionals, extremely prompt and always available’.

‘Responsive and friendly. Ioanna Solomou is lovely to work with and highly responsive’.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Appointed by an investor to act as the legal counsel in the acquisition of a controlling interest in a foreign credit institution.
  • Providing ongoing advice and support to the company and its subsidiary company in Cyprus.

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘very strong team’ at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is co-led by Menelaos Kyprianou and Marina Hadjisoteriou. It is ‘capable of handling the most complex disputes and is one of the best offerings in Cyprus’ and combines ‘traditional advice with innovative solutions’. The firm has strong international affiliations too and focuses on high-value disputes, and is trusted by key insurance and banking institutions, in Cyprus and beyond, to handle a broad array of contentious issues and has a growing practice in the healthcare and transportation sectors. Christos Galanos focuses on commercial disputes and other areas including shareholder litigation. Senior associate Constantina Zantira has been involved in a number of cross-border cases recently and the team is ‘very diligent and pays attention to details’ while also being ‘creative in shaping dispute strategies’.


‘What makes this team stand out is their consistency and thorough case investigation to achieve the best possible outcome. It has people with extensive experience in the field, competent training and modern technological equipment. The whole team is polite and deals with the assigned case accurately and consistently’. 

‘I had excellent cooperation with the excellent lawyer of the firm of Christos Galanos. From start to finish he was accurate, consistent and courteous. He informed me accurately and meticulously as many times as necessary, in order to properly handle the case that concerned us’.

‘Marina has a strong personality and can lead with her knowledge and experience. Eleana is highly motivated and fully aware of the laws and the legal system’.

‘Marina Hadjisoteriou is an experienced lawyer who is an expert on the law of fraud and asset tracing. She is my first port of call for any questions about Cypriot law. Her advice is robust and clear and she works extremely hard to meet clients’ objectives’.

‘We are working together on an extremely complex arbitration case across many jurisdictions, with many issues completely new to Cyprus practice and the team was incredibly innovative and efficient in finding solutions’.

‘Christos Galanos is an outstanding lawyer, very fast to respond, very diligent, communication is easy and solutions provided are elegant and effective’.

‘We have worked with Menelaos Kyprianou, Christos Galanos and Andreas Lytras. The service is perfect. The lawyers reply and report on a 24 hours basis. They react quickly and give proper advice continuously. The billing is reasonable, the people are friendly and the collaboration is remarkable.’

‘We have found Marina Hadjisoeriou to be consistently highly professional and punctual in all our dealings with her, as well as being very knowledgeable on the practicalities of proposed courses of action. Constantina Zantira – very targeted and sharp’.

Key clients

The Libra Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Representing a well-known Polish real estate developer who is involved in a multi-jurisdictional dispute in relation to the ownership of a stunning and famous Tower in Warsaw, a building which worth EUR 500m and with related court actions in other jurisdictions.
  • Representing a number of HNWIs and their family members in proceedings filed before the Administrative Court of Cyprus against the Republic of Cyprus challenging the dismissive decisions of the Council of Ministers to their applications for naturalisation by investment after the termination of the Cyprus Investment Program in Cyprus in November 2020.
  • Instructed by a BVI company to act on their behalf in a shareholders’ dispute in relation to a Cypriot holding company that owns significant assets in Serbia.

Cyprus > Employment Tier 1

Headed by Savvas Savvides, Lambros Soteriou and Ioanna Solomou, the experienced team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC advises on every facet of employment law from both the employers’ and the employee’s perspective. It advises on a myriad of issues such as drafting employment contracts to advising on employee resignations and disciplinary proceedings. The team is also well-equipped to advise on redundancies and the safeguarding of employees’ rights in the event of a merger or the acquisition of a business, and advises many high-profile international companies too from industries as diverse as beverages, healthcare, financial services and shipping. Other aspects of its varied workload include negotiating settlement agreements and advising on constructive dismissals.


‘Their specialised expertise in private school law, as well as strong relations with corresponding government officials, is a tremendous asset to us as a private school’.

‘Savvas Savvides has deep knowledge about private school law, which is very helpful to us as a school’.

Work highlights

  • Frequently requested by its long – standing clients, who are employers in Cyprus, to act on their behalf for complex and diverse issues.
  • Acting as the appointed legal advisor to one of the biggest health centres in Cyprus and frequently asked to represent them in relation to complex employment law matters.
  • Requested to represent an individual in relation to an employment related matter, the value of which is circa EUR2m.

Cyprus > Intellectual property Tier 1

The versatile team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC covers all aspects of intellectual property from the registration and the exploitation of rights (by way of assignments and licensing) through to handling issues relating to the enforcement of rights (via litigation). It is also skilled at advising on custom actions and at advising on portfolio management. Tonia Antoniou heads the department which frequently cooperates with some well-known firms on various high-value matters.  At associate level, Agis Charalambous is recommended for his advice on the protection, management and enforcement of intellectual property.

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Other key lawyers:


‘Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC is one of the largest and most reputable law firms in the Republic of Cyprus, having its presence internationally as well. Having said so, as a group of companies (having companies all over the world), it was crucial for us to cooperate with a firm that could handle all the corporate matters not limiting to Cyprus only’.

‘The specialised departments locally and internationally are able to handle all cases, providing the whole package of services for professionals like ourselves who need legal support in all the areas’.

Agis Charalambous is very knowledgeable and professional in this field.’

Key clients

Beijing Haoco International IP Agent Co. Ltd

I.P. Olympus Tech Ltd

Fairynails AE

ERA – Luxury Jewels Ltd

Wilson gunn / patent & trade mark attorney


China Hong Kong Patent Ltd

CPA Global (Patrafee) AB

Dennemeyer & Co Luxembourg

Mewburn Ellis

Pavis GmbH

Cabinet Beau De Lomenie

UDL Intellectual Property

Patrix IP Service AB

Envoy International Limited


Vossius & Partner

Pantziarou Bros Dairy Products Ltd

Rasiewicz Oleksynkancelaria Prawna Spolka Jawna

Norton Rose Fulbright

AWA Sweden AB

Notino Ltd

Zanoli & Giavarini S.P.A.

MCTC Marine Ltd

Crowd Tech Ltd

Dentons Europe LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Notino Limited on the enforcement of their IP rights in the EU as well as internationally.
  • Advised Wilson Gunn patent & trademark attorneys as regards an assignment of trademark rights.
  • Advised and acted on behalf of Norton Rose Fulbright in the tax department’s investigation for violation of trademark rights in Cyprus.

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 1

The team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is praised for providing ‘a very personal’ and ‘exceptional service’ where the lawyers ‘show a real commitment to sort out your legal issues’. Headed by Savvas Savvides, it often acts in complex and high-value transactions for the purchase of land and onward construction of properties for owner occupiers and for investors. It is skilled at advising on planning issues and has particular expertise in advising clients on issues relating to foreign-currency-backed loans. Additionally, the group regularly works with international law firms and high-net-worth individuals globally on a range of commercial transactions. Esme Palas is another key figure, while, at associate level, Leandros Constantinou is also a valued member of the team that is ‘organised, so knowledgeable and very trustworthy’.

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‘Savvas Savvides has always acted professionally yet at the same time acts in a manner which shows that he cares about his clients. His knowledge of the law is always up to date and he is a great ambassador for the firm’.

‘At our initial meeting with Savvas Savvides, we found him very professional, he explained things clearly and advised what his aims would be on our behalf. Every time we visited their office, we were dealt with politely, and felt that we were in good hands’.

‘Esme Palas and her team were very helpful and efficient’.

‘Esme Palas. Personable, offering sound legal advice placing the client at the forefront of all decisions’.

‘Warm, human approach to clients. The company has a wealth of knowledge and diversity in all fields’.

‘We have always found those we have dealt with to be absolutely concise with explanations and willing to go the extra distance to expedite matters they are dealing with. Always of a cheerful disposition and most of all transparency with clients. We would specifically mention Mrs Esme Palas and Mr. Leandros Constantinou’.

‘Esme Palas is an exceptional lawyer. She is knowledgeable, tenacious and informative. Eleni Drakou – always available to discuss’.

‘Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has highly experienced and professional lawyers, highly knowledgeable and highly experienced in their selected areas of expertise. They’re always honest and transparent to let you know where you stand along with being very friendly and approachable people. We can’t recommend them enough‘.

Key clients

Paul Babbington

Gilad Tuffias

ASE Dinamika

Snowre Ltd

Worldwide Lawyers

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance in attaining the property/building requirements and licenses for a medical centre.
  • Successfully completed sale and purchase transactions for numerous clients for properties ranging from EUR 200.000 and exceeding EUR1m.
  • Advised a company that invested in solar panels on acquisition of a property to produce and generate electricity. The deal involved EUR50m investment.

Cyprus > Banking and finance Tier 2

Tonia Antoniou and Lambros Soteriou co-head the department at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC which has substantial experience of dealing with complex, high-value and cross-border financing transactions across a range of industries. Deal values typically exceed €20m though the team is also proficient in overseeing deals beyond the €100m range. It frequently advises borrowers, lenders and security providers. Additionally, the group is skilled at handing financing in multiple currencies across various industries from cosmetics and forestry to energy and shipping. Ioanna Solomou’s practice spans financial services and regulatory matters, while Lorena Charalambous is recommended for her expertise in areas such as leveraged acquisition financings through to trade finance and asset-based financings.

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‘They really stand out from the crowd, they always deliver on time and top quality products, but they also offer solutions, where others only describe problems’.

‘Lorena Charalambous is definitely a go-to lawyer as regards banking finance transactions involving Cypriot elements. She’s always on top of things and provides support in such a manner that (from the position of a lead counsel) we always know that everything will be covered and taken care of’.

Key clients


J&T Banka a.s.

DNB Bank ASA, London Branch

Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C.)


Česká spořitelna, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Appointed by Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP to act for a bank in relation to the restructuring of the largest private investor in the port infrastructure in Southern Russia.
  • Appointed by BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER (RUSSIA) LLP to advise on a facility granted to one of the leading online marketplaces in Russia.
  • Engaged by White & Case Moscow to act on behalf of a bank in completing the establishment of a pharmaceutical holding company, a leader on the Russian pharmaceutical market.

Cyprus > EU and competition Tier 2

The experienced team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has a dedicated team of advocates that deals with European and competition law. It receives a regular flow of instructions from local and international clients on all aspects of national and EU competition law. Under the joint leadership of Menelaos Kyprianou and Ioanna Solomou it continues to advise on various infringements of competition law when there are mergers and acquisitions of companies as well as advising on anti-competitive practices. In addition, it often advises companies on their GDPR and data protection compliance.

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Work highlights

  • Advising the managers of the general cargo and passenger terminal of the Limassol port, on a regular basis on competition law related matters in respect of the dominant position they hold.
  • Members of the team act as Data Protection Officer for the client, a reputable institute in the healthcare research sector.

Cyprus > Maritime and admiralty Tier 2

The widely experienced team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC acts for ship owners and managers, financial institutions and other industry related entities. It covers a broad range of contentious matters, from charter party disputes and carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims, through to advising on disputes under shipbuilding contracts and personal injury claims, in addition to those before the Admiralty Court. The group frequently advises on shipping deals and often provides legal opinions on a range of ship financing transactions. The heads of department are Menelaos Kyprianou; Tonia Antoniou; Ioanna Solomou and Peter Schodder.

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‘People are very helpful, straightforward, friendly and extremely responsive. Working with them is a great pleasure’.

‘Combining professionalism with personal support in complicated legal matters. Keeping well track of developments and acting proactively’.

‘This practice is unique in that they show a personal interest in their clients and do their best to assist in the area of commercial, maritime and personal legal’.

‘The individuals we work with give their best, in order to achieve the objective our company wishes to attain, in a professional and knowledgeable manner’.

‘I found their professionalism and business understanding to be most impressive. The team is of the highest calibre and an absolute great experience to work with. Their honesty and outstanding knowledge make them also to stand out’.

‘They were indeed truthful and pragmatic about the options we had. I would highly recommend Michael Kyprianou for legal advice in shipping-related matters’.

‘I worked with Peter and the legal team in Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC. Peter has extensive experience and deep understanding of all the technical aspects of the shipping industry. His engaging character is an added and much appreciated bonus! ‘.

‘The hardworking legal team, including Ioanna Solomou, hold the unique skill of providing high quality legal advice while understanding the business needs involved. Their experience, focused attention to detail, and legal knowledge to the matters raised were also proven to be valuable’.

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Acting as the leading local legal advisors of a major group of shipping companies and it is entrusted with all their legal, corporate and commercial, banking and finance and regulatory matters in Cyprus acting also as their representative with the Shipping Deputy Ministry.
  • Providing ongoing assistance and advice as to maritime, regulatory and compliance requirements of its client, being an important stakeholder to the maritime industry in Cyprus.

Cyprus > Tax Tier 3

Under the joint leadership of Lambros Soteriou and Tonia Antoniou, the multidisciplinary team at Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC focuses on the tax-related aspects of restructuring and reorganisation matters. In addition, it receives a regular flow of instructions to represent clients in contentious court proceedings and advises high-net-worth individuals investing into Cyprus on their tax planning and trust arrangements.

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‘Team consists of young, talented and highly motivated individuals. Every specific need is attended by a dedicated staff which entertains a high level of collaboration with other departments’.

‘Implementation process is rapid, efficient and in full line with the agreed strategy. Tonia Antoniou’.

‘Knowledge and ability to give appropriate advice within a short period compared to other firms we worked with’.

Ioanna Solomou really stands out. Within our organisation she will be thought of and we immediately refer to her when quick and precise answers are required‘.

Work highlights

  • Regularly instructed and requested to advise on the formation, corporate management and governance of companies.
  • Clients consist of high-net-worth individuals and ultra-high net worth individuals along with medium and large local and international organisations and financial institutions.

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 ten offices in eight countries – Nicosia, Limassol, Paphos in Cyprus, Athens in Greece, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Kiev in Ukraine, Birkikara in Malta, London in the United Kingdom, Frankfurt in Germany and most recently Tel Aviv in Israel.  Across its offices, the firm employs over 115 people, 60 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 and 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and insolvency Tonia Antoniou tonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Lambros Soteriou lambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Lorena Charalambous lorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Ioanna Solomou ioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Kyriakos Constantinou kyriakos.constantinou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Tonia Antoniou tonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Lambros Soteriou lambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Khamis Abulhawa khamis.abulhawa@kyprianou.com
Corporate Lorena Charalambous lorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Corporate Ioanna Solomou ioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Christos Tourvas christos.tourvas@kyprianou.com
Corporate Stephanos Ayiomamitis stephanos.ayiomamitis@kyprianou.com
Corporate Dmytro Perevozchykov dmytro.perevozchykov@kyprianou.com
Corporate Maria Parouti maria.parouti@kyprianou.com
Corporate Andria Kouloumi andria.kouloumi@kyprianou.com
Corporate Andreas Kapsalis andreas.kapsalis@kyprianou.com
European law Menelaos Kyprianou menelaos.kyprianou@kyprianou.com
European law Savvas Savvides savvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
European law Marina Hadjisoteriou marina.hadjisoteriou@kyprianou.com
European law Christos Galanos christos.galanos@kyprianou.com
European law Constantina Zantira constantina.zantira@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Tonia Antoniou tonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Lambros Soteriou lambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Lorena Charalambous lorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Ioanna Solomou ioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Christos Tourvas christos.tourvas@kyprianou.com
Immigration Savvas Savvides savvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
Immigration Esme Palas esme.palas@kyprianou.com
Immigration Eleni Drakou eleni.drakou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Menelaos Kyprianou menelaos.kyprianou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Marina Hadjisoteriou marina.hadjisoteriou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Christos Galanos christos.galanos@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Constantina Zantira constantina.zantira@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Andreas Lytras andreas.lytras@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Nicoletta Charalambous nicoletta.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Christiana Panayiotou christiana.panayiotou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Anna Liza Kyprianou anna.lizakyprianou@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Savvas Savvides savvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Andromachi Kleanthous andromachi.kleanthous@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Leandros Constantinou leandros.constantinou@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Sotiris Poullas sotiris.poullas@kyprianou.com
Real estate and construction Esme Palas esme.palas@kyprianou.com
Real estate and construction Eleni Drakou eleni.drakou@kyprianou.com
Ship registration and finance Lambros Soteriou lambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Ship registration and finance Tonia Antoniou tonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Tax and international tax planning Lambros Soteriou lambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
IP Nick Kounoupias nick.kounoupias@kyprianou.com
IP Agis Charalambous agis.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Yiannis  Zavros photo Mr Yiannis Zavros Associate
Khamis Abulhawa photo Mr Khamis Abulhawa Partner (Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC Middle East DMCC)
Ermina Antoniades photo Ermina Antoniades Associate
Tonia Antoniou photo Ms Tonia Antoniou Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Department
Stephanos  Ayiomamitis photo Mr Stephanos Ayiomamitis Senior Associate
Lorena Charalambous photo Ms Lorena Charalambous Partner
Nicoletta  Charalambous photo Nicoletta Charalambous Senior Associate
Agis Charalambous photo Mr Agis Charalambous Associate
Kyriakos Constantinou photo Mr Kyriakos Constantinou Senior Associate
Leandros Constantinou photo Mr Leandros Constantinou Associate
Eleni Drakou photo Ms Eleni Drakou Partner
Christos Galanos photo Mr Christos Galanos Partner
Maria Georgiou photo Maria Georgiou Associate
Stella Hadjiloucas photo Stella Hadjiloucas Associate
Marina Hadjisoteriou photo Ms Marina Hadjisoteriou Partner, Head of Limassol Litigation Department
Panagiotis Ioannidis photo Panagiotis Ioannidis Associate
Andreas Kapsalis photo Mr Andreas Kapsalis Associate
Andrea Karageorgi photo Andrea Karageorgi Associate
Antrea Kinni photo Antrea Kinni Associate
Andromachi Kleanthous photo Ms Andromachi Kleanthous Senior Associate
Andria Kouloumi photo Ms Andria Kouloumi Associate
Nick  Kounoupias photo Nick Kounoupias Partner, Head of IP Department
Menelaos Kyprianou photo Mr Menelaos Kyprianou Managing Partner, Head of Nicosia Litigation Department
Anna Liza Kyprianou photo Anna Liza Kyprianou Associate
Andria Lambrou  photo Andria Lambrou Associate
Andreas Lytras photo Mr Andreas Lytras Senior Associate
Daniella Nicolaidou photo Daniella Nicolaidou Associate
Marios Opsimos photo Marios Opsimos Associate
Esme Palas photo Ms Esme Palas Partner
Christiana Panayiotou photo Mrs Christiana Panayiotou Associate
Maria Parouti photo Mrs Maria Parouti Associate
Dmytro Perevozchykov photo Mr Dmytro Perevozchykov Partner (Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC Ukraine)
Polina Polycarpou photo Ms Polina Polycarpou Associate
Andreas  Potamitis  photo Mr Andreas Potamitis Associate
Eleana Poulladou photo Eleana Poulladou Associate
Sotiris Poullas photo Mr Sotiris Poullas Senior Associate
Savvas Savvides photo Mr Savvas Savvides Partner, Head of Paphos Office
Ioanna Solomou photo Ms Ioanna Solomou Partner
Lambros Soteriou  photo Lambros Soteriou Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial Department
Christina  Tifa photo Christina Tifa Associate
Christos Tourvas photo Mr Christos Tourvas Senior Associate
Constantina Zantira photo Ms Constantina Zantira Partner
Number of lawyers : 61
Number of lawyers in Cyprus : 42
Worldlink for Lawyers
Contact : Marina Hadjisoteriou
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Birkirkara
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Kiev
Other offices : Limassol
Other offices : Paphos
Other offices : London
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Tel Aviv

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 association’s 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 firm’s 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.

CLIENT:Private client
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.

CLIENT:Banking client
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!’

CLIENT:Corporate client
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. 

CLIENT:International bank
COMPANY/FIRM:International bank
TESTIMONIAL:You are efficient, diligent and pleasant to work with.

CLIENT:Lambros Potagas, Country Manager
COMPANY/FIRM:Diesel Hellas
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.

CLIENT:Institutional client
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.

CLIENT:Institutional client
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.

CLIENT:Private client
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, Partner

Partner, 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.

Head of IP represents Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC at FICPI 18th Open Forum Conference Vienna, Austria

The 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.

Compendium of Worldwide Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards – Multilaw Litigation P

Our firm is proud to announce its contribution to 2019 Multilaw Litigation Practice Group’s guide on enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.


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.

New horizons in shipping: Mastering change

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.

Shortlisted as Law Firm of the Year – Malta and Cyprus

We are proud to announce that Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC has been shortlisted as the Law Firm of the Year – Malta and Cyprus in the IFC Awards 2020.

Global Liner Conference Asia: Exploiting the new generation of sustainability in shipping

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.

LISW 2019 Women in Shipping Summit: “What women bring to the table

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.

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC ranked 4th law firm in Cyprus, by TOP 80 Gold list

It gives us great pride, that MICHAEL KYPRIANOU & CO. LLC, has once again been ranked among the top 5 law firms in Cyprus, according to GOLD’s leading law firms list. GOLD magazine compiled its first listing of the island’s leading law firms in 2011, titled at the time ‘Top 50’ presenting the firms in alphabetical order and, since then, it has regularly been updated and expanded. In fact, the latest list published on Sunday, 18th August 2019, features more than 80 law firms, ranked according to the number of lawyers employed.

Leading Property and Investment Immigration Lawyer of the Year – Cyprus

No matter how successful a business or individual may be, it goes without saying that away from its own assemblage of talent and expertise, there will always be a network of trusted lawyers and consultants behind the scenes helping to inform, guide and shape the way in which it operates.