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

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC
2 AGIAS ELENIS STREET
6TH AND 7TH FLOORS
1060 NICOSIA
Cyprus

Cyprus > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has a ‘professional, customer-focused and solutions-driven team’, which provides ‘clear and simple advice’ under the leadership of Menelaos Kyprianou and Marina Hadjisoteriou. With the firm having offices in other jurisdictions, including Greece, Malta and Ukraine, it is well-equipped to handle high-value disputes with an international dimension. The Cyprus-based team is trusted by key insurance and banking institutions and also has a growing practice supporting clients in the healthcare and transportation sectors. In addition, it continues to receive instructions from major international law firms. The group frequently advises on disputes relating to crypto-currency trading and all aspects of shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary claims. Another recent highlight was the promotion of Christos Galanos to the partnership. Constantina Zantira is also recommended. Overall it is an ‘exceptional team that is agile, experienced and creative‘.

Testimonials

‘Very strong goal-oriented team with a flexible approach to international asset recovery cases and related matters. Marina Hadjisoteriou is brilliant with case management, out of box solutions and always available to advise on urgent matters. Constantina Zantira is very proactive and highly efficient in dealing with complex litigation.’

‘The communication is excellent, Christos Galanos, our primary contact in the firm was extraordinarily active. The firm provided very precise, very timely advice on a very complex set of litigations in a perfect manner, going beyond our expectations. Costs were very transparent, which immensely helped with budgeting. Christos Galanos is an exceptional litigator, very precise, but also very creative which is necessary when encountering extraordinary issues, as was our case.’

‘The lawyers are experts in developing legal strategy and working together with large, international project teams to deliver cross-border asset recovery assignments.  They are tenacious and able to maximise the tools available to them under Cyprus law. They deploy these to achieve an enhanced result for the wider project. You want them in your corner.’

‘I have found that Michael Kyprianou provides clear advice and useful options which may not have previously been considered. I have worked with Marina Hadjisoteriou, who provides clear advice and a range of options for consideration, giving the merits and drawbacks of each so we can fully consider our options.’

‘‘They are a very tight knit team. I have worked with them on a very complex case: they did perfectly well and secured the result which was needed for the client. Happy to praise them as much as I can.’

‘Marina Hadjisoteriou – she is so good that even Cypriot lawyers who worked on the opposite side acknowledged how strong she is. Efficient when it comes to client work and very active in business development. She is among the Cypriot lawyers who are well known outside Cyprus. Constantina Zantira –  enjoyed working with her on a big and complex litigation. She was not afraid of long hours. She did so well that the opponent of our clients had to come up with the settlement proposal.’

‘I very much appreciated their skill to guide us through the intricacies of Cypriot law, in particular in relation to the court procedure, which is quite difficult for foreign lawyers to navigate. Working with them feels like being in safe hands.’ 

‘Marina Hadjisoteriou provides excellent client service. Constantly available, fully committed to the client’s matter and enjoying great respect in the Cypriot legal community, she is a lawyer to-go to with any dispute resolution matters in Cyprus. Constantina Zantira is a very bright rising star. She is very hardworking and with great attention to details.’

Key clients

Altius Insurance

The Libra Group of Companies

Astrobank

Hellenic Bank

Siemens

Flow Water

Work highlights

  • Advised a client, a platform providing taxi services around the world, on damages claims for breach of fiduciary duties, dishonest assistance, conspiracy, fraud and unjust enrichment against one of its ultimate beneficial owners and a director, for setting up a competitor company, thereby causing damages to the client that are estimated to exceed $2bn.
  • Provided an expert report on Cyprus law matters in the context of a potential claim in the Royal Court of Jersey by a well-known Ukrainian Bank arising out of, inter alia, allegedly sham loans made under the influence and the direction of the former UBOs of the Bank.
  • Successfully registered in Cyprus, on behalf of a renowned businessman in the diamond industry, an ICC award of circa  $7m that was issued against a former business partner of his and has also secured a freezing order in relation to his assets up to the period until the full satisfaction of the ICC award.

Cyprus > Employment Tier 1

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC‘s team is adept at handling the gamut of employment matters from the perspectives of both employers and employees.  Its varied workload covers drafting of employment agreements, advice on constructive dismissals and disciplinary proceedings, as well as redundancies and the safeguarding of employees’ rights on the merger or acquisition of a business. The group has a strong profile among international companies and it is highlighted for its sector expertise in areas such as shipping, software development, infrastructure management, healthcare and financial services. The department is jointly led by Savvas Savvides, Lambros Soteriou and Ioanna Solomou, who all play a pivotal role in handling many complex and high-value matters.

Testimonials

‘The team is keen to provide clients with the necessary advice on how to proceed with legal matters. The approach to clients is very honest and the team tries to find the best solution. This helps clients. The leader of the company creates a very nice customer-friendly environment.’

‘Willingness to provide support and services with no delays. Very polite and effective attitude. Personal approach to the client. They are very honest and encouraging.’

‘First of all I would like to mention the high level of professionalism and high profile of company. For us it is very important to get all detailed information about employment practice, get to know all necessary procedures and to have a step-by-step explanation. Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC provided us not only with legal advice, but also with accounting/ enrolment and other services. During the pandemic, we didn’t feel any limitation to communicate with Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, because they use modern tools for online communication with big multimedia possibilities.’

‘We are very happy with the individual approach to our case. All employees from Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC were very professional and we feel like one team. From the beginning, we have received quite deep assessment that allows us to move forward without any delay.’

Key clients

XTRADE EUROPE

Tempo Beverages Cyprus Limited

Maxiflex Ltd

DP World Limassol Limited

YGEIA POLYCLINIC PRIVATE HOSPITAL LIMITED

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to longstanding clients, who are employers in Cyprus, on complex and diverse issues. More specifically, the firm was asked on a daily basis to advise various local organisations on market developments and other issues relevant to employment, such as employment law matters arising out of the COVID 19 Pandemic, regulatory matters depending on the market that they are involved in, disciplinary procedures and policies and many more issues.
  • Acting as the appointed legal advisers to one of the biggest health centres in Cyprus. The firm is frequently asked to represent it in relation to complex employment law matters, including disciplinary procedures, redundancies and transfer of undertakings, among others.
  • Represented an individual in relation to an employment matter, the value of which is circa €2m.

Cyprus > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC fields a ‘friendly and personable team that goes out of its way to solve problems’. It regularly advises owner-occupiers and investors on complex and high-value land acquisitions and construction matters. The group has particular expertise in advising clients on issues relating to foreign currency-backed loans. The ‘extremely efficient’ head of the department is Savvas Savvides. Also of note is the ‘professional’ Esme Palas, who is highlighted for her ‘level of commitment to client care’. Eleni Drakou made partner.

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Testimonials

‘Extremely professional and very knowledgeable in the field of property purchases. Very thorough and helpful with issues encountered. Proposed solutions and addressed the issues to get a resolution. Resolved issues with plans and title deeds. Everyone was and is very helpful and friendly, Always there to assist even after transactions were completed. The outstanding knowledge and professionalism is rare in today’s world.’

‘Having had numerous dealings with Michael Kyprianou & Co – I would say the key thing that makes it unique, is the outstanding people it employs. The team members work to their strengths and they work very efficiently. They get things done in a timely fashion and they are on top of their game. In real estate and construction, this is absolutely vital. In my opinion, this is a major factor in the company’s success.’

‘I believe the real estate and construction team all play to their strengths. But there is one individual who stands out. And that is Esme Palas. I know from experience that she is brilliant at her job and works very, very hard on behalf of her clients. Esme is very business-like and thorough, but she is also very approachable and a genuinely charming lady. I know I can trust Esme 100%.’

‘Esme Palas makes this practice unique. She is very professional and very smart (she has the answer to everything at hand). I have never had to wait for her to get back to me. She is always available, and when not available, she always calls back in a timely manner. Her professionalism is next to none. Esme has even offered to meet up with me with my investors to help out with residency without me having to ask. I cannot praise her enough, she is amazing. I recommend her to all my friends and clients as I know she is the best in Cyprus. She is the only company I trust.’

‘I would recommend this firm due to their experience, diversity, their professional team and the first class service they provide from the moment a client meets one of the team. We have dealt exclusively with Savvas Savvides, who is unfailingly courteous, welcoming and efficient. In the various dealings we have had with this firm over the years we have found them to be super efficient, friendly, and most importantly, always available.’

‘I feel very comfortable, respected and confident that I have the best lawyers on the island. They listen, speak excellent English and communicate. Key factors for me.’

‘The Michael Kyprianou legal team is very professional, service-oriented and agile. We were very impressed with the firm’s ability to manage our property purchase, keeping our best interest in mind in dealing with the local authorities in Cyprus (title deeds etc.). Their response time is phenomenal and the attitude is always “yes we can”. As the firm is local and we are foreigners it is crucial to be able to count on such a firm to collaborate on our behalf and they have succeeded in doing so.’

‘Our main contact is Savvas Savvides – talented quick and good thinker, came up with ideas about how to handle the different obstacles and operates with a creative and open mind. The Michael Kyprianou team will go out of their way to provide the best legal advice possible.’

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to a client in attaining the property/building requirements and licenses for a medical centre.
  • Successfully completed the sale and purchase transactions for numerous clients for properties ranging from €200.000 and exceeding €1m, whilst overcoming delays arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic, amongst other challenges.

Cyprus > Banking and finance Tier 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC is frequently instructed in cross-border transactions that involve financings in multiple currencies and industries as diverse as cosmetics, forestry, mining, energy, professional services and shipping. It typically acts on matters with a value in excess of €20m and has also been involved in a sizeable number of deals exceeding €100m. Tonia Antoniou and Lambros Soteriou co-head the department, which often works with leading international banks and global law firms on many high-value and complex matters. Ioanna Solomou and Lorena Charalambous are among the other names to note at senior level.

Testimonials

‘Commercially focused with swift turnaround times.’

‘Tonia Antoniou is knowledgeable, accessible and provides a great service.’

‘We are very happy with the services of MK’s banking practice and engage them for almost all our projects with Cyprus law. Their advice is always prompt, on-point and thorough.’

‘We are pleased to work with Lorena Chalarambous as our primary contact. She is always efficient and client-oriented.’

‘We have worked closely during the transaction with Mr. Kyriakos Constantinou, who is a very solution-driven lawyer and supported us promptly with high-quality legal advice.’

Work highlights

  • Appointed by an international law firm to advise on a facility granted to one of the leading online marketplaces in Russia.
  • Appointed by an international law firm to act for a bank in relation to the restructuring of the largest private investor in the port infrastructure in Southern Russia.
  • Engaged by an international law firm to act on behalf of banks in completing the establishment of a pharmaceutical holding company, a leader on the Russian pharmaceutical market.

Cyprus > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC regularly advises clients on all aspects of intra-group corporate acquisitions, mergers, restructurings and commercial agreements. It also assists with related financing arrangements and provides tax structuring advice. Lambros Soteriou, Tonia Antoniou and Ioanna Solomou co-head the department, which advises clients from a range of sectors, such as healthcare, food and beverages, financial services, transport and infrastructure. It is experienced in acting on transactions alongside international law firms, and often takes a lead role in coordinating matters with a cross-border dimension.

Testimonials

‘It is a pleasure to work with MK on our Cyprus-related projects. Their value for money and prompt responses make them stand out from other law firms in Cyprus. Lorena Chalarambous is very efficient and client oriented.’

‘The firm has extensive experience with the Cypriot holdings of Russian businesses and  an understanding of the typical issues with such holdings. Lorena Charalambous is an excellent lawyer, available even outside of working hours, ready to accommodate urgent requests; always ready to explain any issues that arise; always ready to accommodate our business needs.’

‘The team of Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC consists of gifted and creative consultants who consistently deliver high-quality services. Their energy and enthusiasm for service is endless and they always ensure a solution-focused and expertly designed outcome. The team is reliable, flexible and a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them.’

‘Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC team holds the unique skill of providing high quality legal assistance while understanding the business needs. I would highly recommend each and every individual working at Michael Kyprianou but in particular Ioanna Solomou, where her commercial acumen and practical approach in facilitating our requirements at a constrained timeframe is praiseworthy.’

‘The ease of communication, their efficiency in the delivery of the products and their overall knowledge of the commercial and financial markets are considered to be, in general, their team’s strengths.’

‘Ioanna Soloumou and her associate Stephanos Ayiomamitis have been very supportive and understanding of our needs. Immediate and accurate responses to our needs also trying to protect our rights.’

Key clients

AEGEO SPAS

XTRADE Europe Limited

Tempo Beverages Cyprus Limited

Work highlights

  • Appointed by an investor to act as the legal counsel in the acquisition of a controlling interest in a foreign credit institution.
  • Appointed as the Cypriot counsel of VTB Capital in connection with its investment in the Cypriot company, a subsidiary of the company being the producer of the COVD-19 vaccine Sputnik V.
  • Providing ongoing advice and support to AEGEO SPAS and its subsidiary company in Cyprus.

Cyprus > EU and competition Tier 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC advises various local and international clients on all aspects of national and EU competition law. It has been involved in a variety of high-profile cases involving issues such as anti-competitive practices and state aid. The excellent team is also regularly instructed by leading European law firms to apply to have registered and recognised in Cyprus foreign judgments and arbitral awards that are issued in EU countries. Menelaos Kyprianou heads up the department. Marina Hadjisoteriou is also highly regarded.

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Testimonials

‘Menelaos’s team works like a Swiss watch, consistently and accurately. They react to any client request with lightning speed. All requests are fulfilled on time – it helps the client to avoid unnecessary worries. We always know that any task will be completed.’

‘I would like to say some words about Mr. Menelaos Kyprianou. Highly qualified lawyer. He understands the essence of the matter immediately. He listens attentively to the client and, most importantly, hears the client! He is honest with his clients. Mr. Kyprianou generously shares his knowledge and answers questions. I am sure that the young lawyers who work with him have a great chance to become outstanding professionals. In conclusion I want to say that it is always pleasure to work not only with a good professional, but also with a person who has high ethical  standards.’

‘They offer the best chance of success in delivering the legal product because they do an in-depth analysis of each case. The team inspires confidence. The team at Michael Kyprianou has acted fast and embraced technological changes required in order to continue progressing our cases during the lockdown period resulting from the spread of Covid-19, and made sure that they were continuously available to support us.’

‘Marina Hadjisoteriou is highly intelligent, very well educated in both law and economics. She has the ability to comprehend complex matters very quickly and be able to focus on the core issue enabling her to formulate an effective strategy. Her enthusiasm, hard work, determination and success – oriented approach inspire confidence and trust to her clients.’

‘Menelaos Kyprianou: His legal expertise in this area of the law, strategic business approach and his analytical skills. Andres Lytras: His legal knowledge, his practical feedback to sets of inquiries involving complex interrelated issues, and attention to the case details.’

‘The team is easily approachable and very responsive. They are quick in understanding all specifics of the facts and manage to provide first strategy proposals very early on. This gives me and my team the opportunity to correctly assess the situation and build early our expectations. The team has managed to function very well during the pandemic. The team has great local coverage, which is vital.’

‘I have closely worked with Ioanna Solomou and Stephanos Ayiomamitis and they both show a keen eye for detail; are very approachable; good listeners; very well prepared on the points of law – which is vital.’

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.  The firm advises the client on complaints with the Commission of Protection of Competition, on their procedures and policies regarding tenders and project offering and other matters concerning shipping agents and other customers.  
  • Acting as Data Protection Officer for a reputable institute in the healthcare research sector, by providing legal and regulatory advice in respect of the client’s ongoing operations relating to GDPR, preparation of policies and procedures as to the implementation of GDPR and the impact of GDPR on the client’s day to day business operations.

Cyprus > Intellectual property Tier 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC has an excellent reputation for intellectual property work, with its team advising on the registration and exploitation of IP rights, as well as high-value IP disputes and the enforcement of IP rights. It attracts a steady work flow of work from leading international law firms and it is entitled to represent clients before the European Patent Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Tonia Antoniou heads up the team, which includes Agis Charalambous.

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Testimonials

‘The service is perfect, responses are always prompt and exhaustive. We now assume the firm to be a reliable partner that we will instruct on all of our future matters in Cyprus. Our contact person in the firm is Agis Charalambous who is remarkable for the quality of service he delivers.’

‘Good communication and attention to matters. Prompt, efficient service.’

‘Quick response times, deep knowledge about both domestic and international matters relating to IP law, very clear advice and guidance where needed. Transparent pricing.’

‘They are very quick to confirm our instructions and keep us fully informed of developments and any due dates in good time. The team is very helpful, the response time is very short, overall a very dedicated team that takes care of the execution of the mission in a very good manner.’

‘Diversity, excellent collaboration. We can reach them easily – our tasks are handled with a very professional and prompt practice.’

Key clients

Finovation

Doblon Holdings Ltd

CPA Global (Patrafee) AB

Dennemeyer & Co Luxembourg

Textrade Ltd

Multibrands Digital Cy Ltd

Pavis GmbH

Cabinet Beau De Lomenie

UDL Intellectual Property

Patrix IP Service AB

Zoopco International Ltd

Envoy International Limited

CPA GLOBAL

Vossius & Partner

Pantziarou Bros Dairy Products Ltd

Rasiewicz Oleksynkancelaria Prawna Spolka Jawna

AWA Sweden AB

UR Trade Fix Ltd

Intellect Law Firm

CY – Coops Ltd

Mchale & Slavin P.A.

Notino Ltd

Zanoli & Giavarini S.P.A.

MCTC Marine Ltd

McEvedy Solicitors & Attorneys Ltd

Crowd Tech Ltd

Dentons Europe LLP

Work highlights

  • Instructed by CrowdTech Ltd to proceed with an international application in Australia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Instructed by MCTC Marine Ltd to proceed with an international application individually for Singapore, Cyprus, Germany and the Philippines.
  • Instructed by Notino Ltd to file an opposition in relation to the international trademark with no. 1307885 in Turkey. The firm has also been instructed to proceed with the registration of two new European applications. Notino is an international online retailer operating in the fragrance and cosmetics industry with operations in 15 countries.

Cyprus > Maritime and admiralty Tier 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC acts for various ship owners, ship managers, financial institutions and other entities on a wide range of matters pertaining to the shipping industry. It regularly advises on many contentious issues, such as charter party disputes, the carriage of goods by sea and cargo claims, as well as disputes under ship building contracts and marine insurance claims. The group is also recommended for its experience in major shipping transactions and at issuing legal opinions on numerous ship financing deals. Tonia Antoniou, Ioanna Solomou and Peter Schodder are the practice heads.

Key clients

DP World Limassol

SMT Shipping Group

Work highlights

  • 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, due to the type of services they provide. The firm acts as their first point of contact for their corporate and commercial matters as well, including but not limited to commercial contracts, employment law, shipping related matters and GDPR.
  • Acts as the leading local legal advisors of a major group of shipping companies and is entrusted with all their legal and regulatory matters in Cyprus.

Cyprus > Tax Tier 3

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC fields a multidisciplinary team, which primarily advises on restructurings and reorganisations that generate tax work. It also advises on transfer pricing, as well as general tax matters in the context of redomiciliations, mergers and liquidations. On the contentious side, the group is also frequently instructed to represent clients in tax litigation. Lambros Soteriou and Tonia Antoniou are both highly regarded.

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Testimonials

‘We have mostly worked with Christos Tourvas at the Limassol office. His response in solving urgent enquiries of clients is outstanding as he has in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.’

Key clients

Tempo Beverages Ltd

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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 115 people, 59 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking, finance and insolvency Tonia Antonioutonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Lambros Soterioulambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Lorena Charalambouslorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Ioanna Solomouioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Banking, finance and insolvency Kyriakos Constantinoukyriakos.constantinou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Tonia Antonioutonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Lambros Soterioulambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Khamis Abulhawakhamis.abulhawa@kyprianou.com
Corporate Lorena Charalambouslorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Corporate Ioanna Solomouioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Christos Tourvaschristos.tourvas@kyprianou.com
Corporate Stephanos Ayiomamitisstephanos.ayiomamitis@kyprianou.com
Corporate Christia Christofichristia.christofi@kyprianou.com
Corporate Christoforos Andreouchristoforos.andreou@kyprianou.com
Corporate Dmitry Perevozchykovdmitry.perevozchykov@kyprianou.com
Corporate Maria Paroutimaria.parouti@kyprianou.com
Corporate Andria Kouloumiandria.kouloumi@kyprianou.com
Corporate Christiana Constantinideschristiana.constantinides@kyprianou.com
Corporate Andreas Kapsalisandreas.kapsalis@kyprianou.com
European law Menelaos Kyprianoumenelaos.kyprianou@kyprianou.com
European law Savvas Savvidessavvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
European law Marina Hadjisoterioumarina.hadjisoteriou@kyprianou.com
European law Christos Galanoschristos.galanos@kyprianou.com
European law Constantina Zantiraconstantina.zantira@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Tonia Antonioutonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Lambros Soterioulambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Lorena Charalambouslorena.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Ioanna Solomouioanna.solomou@kyprianou.com
Franchising and M&A Christos Tourvaschristos.tourvas@kyprianou.com
Immigration Savvas Savvidessavvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
Immigration Esme Palasesme.palas@kyprianou.com
Immigration Eleni Drakoueleni.drakou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Menelaos Kyprianoumenelaos.kyprianou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Marina Hadjisoterioumarina.hadjisoteriou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Christos Galanoschristos.galanos@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Constantina Zantiraconstantina.zantira@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Andreas Lytrasandreas.lytras@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Nicoletta Charalambousnicoletta.charalambous@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Christiana Panayiotouchristiana.panayiotou@kyprianou.com
Litigation and arbitration Anna Liza Kyprianouanna.lizakyprianou@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Savvas Savvidessavvas.savvides@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Andromachi Kleanthousandromachi.kleanthous@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Leandros Constantinouleandros.constantinou@kyprianou.com
Real estate/wills/estate administration Sotiris Poullassotiris.poullas@kyprianou.com
Real estate and construction Esme Palasesme.palas@kyprianou.com
Real estate and construction Eleni Drakoueleni.drakou@kyprianou.com
Ship registration and finance Lambros Soterioulambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
Ship registration and finance Tonia Antonioutonia.antoniou@kyprianou.com
Tax and international tax planning Lambros Soterioulambros.soteriou@kyprianou.com
IP Agis Charalambousagis.charalambous@kyprianou.com
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Yiannis  Zavros photoMr Yiannis ZavrosAssociate
Khamis Abulhawa photoMr Khamis AbulhawaPartner (Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC Middle East DMCC)
Christoforos Andreou photoMr Christoforos AndreouAssociate
Tonia Antoniou photoMs Tonia AntoniouPartner, Head of Banking & Finance Department
Stephanos  Ayiomamitis photoMr Stephanos AyiomamitisSenior Associate
Agis Charalambous photoMr Agis CharalambousAssociate, Head of IP Department
Nicoletta  Charalambous photo Nicoletta CharalambousSenior Associate
Lorena Charalambous photoMs Lorena CharalambousPartner
Christia  Christofi photoMs Christia ChristofiAssociate, London office
Christiana Constantinides photoMs Christiana ConstantinidesAssociate
Leandros Constantinou photoMr Leandros ConstantinouAssociate
Kyriakos Constantinou photoMr Kyriakos ConstantinouSenior Associate
Eleni Drakou photoMs Eleni DrakouPartner
Christos Galanos photoMr Christos GalanosPartner
Maria Georgiou photo Maria GeorgiouAssociate
Marina Hadjisoteriou photoMs Marina HadjisoteriouPartner, Head of Limassol Litigation Department
Andreas Kapsalis photoMr Andreas KapsalisAssociate
Isavella Karoyian photo Isavella KaroyianAssociate
Antrea Kinni photo Antrea KinniAssociate
Andromachi Kleanthous photoMs Andromachi KleanthousSenior Associate
Andria Kouloumi photoMs Andria KouloumiAssociate
Menelaos Kyprianou photoMr Menelaos KyprianouManaging Partner, Head of Nicosia Litigation Department
Anna Liza Kyprianou photo Anna Liza KyprianouAssociate
Andria Lambrou  photo Andria Lambrou Associate
Andreas Lytras photoMr Andreas LytrasSenior Associate
Daniella Nicolaidou photo Daniella NicolaidouAssociate
Esme Palas photoMs Esme PalasPartner
Christiana Panayiotou photoMrs Christiana PanayiotouAssociate
Maria Parouti photoMrs Maria ParoutiAssociate
Dmitry Perevozchykov photoMr Dmitry PerevozchykovPartner (Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC Ukraine)
Chrysovalanto Pericleous photoMs Chrysovalanto PericleousAssociate
Polina Polycarpou photoMs Polina PolycarpouAssociate
Andreas  Potamitis  photoMr Andreas Potamitis Associate
Sotiris Poullas photoMr Sotiris PoullasAssociate
Olga Pshenichnaya photoMrs Olga PshenichnayaAssociate
Savvas Savvides photoMr Savvas SavvidesPartner, Head of Paphos Office
Angelos Singeris photo Angelos SingerisAssociate
Ioanna Solomou photoMs Ioanna SolomouPartner
Lambros Soteriou  photo Lambros Soteriou Partner, Head of Corporate & Commercial Department
Georgios Theodosiou photo Georgios TheodosiouAssociate
Christos Tourvas photoMr Christos TourvasSenior Associate
Constantina Zantira photoMs Constantina ZantiraSenior Associate
Number of lawyers : 61
Number of lawyers in Cyprus : 39
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Contact : Marina Hadjisoteriou
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Birkirkara
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Kiev
Other offices : Limassol
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Other offices : London
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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
TESTIMONIAL:
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)
COMPANY/FIRM:Bazaraki.com
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.

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.

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.