Firm Profile > KINANIS LLC > Nicosia, Cyprus

KINANIS LLC
12 EGYPT STREET
1097 NICOSIA
Cyprus

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

KINANIS LLC has a ‘highly responsive team that handles effectively a range of complex issues and provides detailed and well-thought through advice that is committed to achieving the client’s legal goals’. The practice has a strong track record of advising on various matters including company formations in multiple jurisdictions, the re-domiciliation of companies and company secretarial matters. Nanette Kalava , Christos P Kinanis and Natalie Petrides head the department that is praised for its ‘very rapid and efficient approach’ to matters.

Practice head(s):

Nanette Kalava; Christos Kinanis; Natalie Petrides

Other key lawyers:

Maria Makridou; Andrea Ioakim

Testimonials

‘I have always found the “down to earth” approach of this firm very helpful. While with another company you would spend hours and hours talking about theoretical risks and other unlikely quandaries, Kinanis deals with the heart of the matter first and foremost. The team is balanced – Christos Kinanis acts with a lot of “common sense”‘.

‘Highly responsive team that handles effectively a range of complex issues and provides detailed and well-thought through advice that is committed to achieving the client’s legal goals’.

‘Its key capabilities are many including quick turn-around, round-the-clock availability and compared to other law firms that we work with, its advice is delivered in a thorough and clear manner. Prompt in delivering legal advice, and highlighting potential risks. Andrea Ioakeim, in particular,  has excellent client management skills’.

‘Maria Makridou is always available to discuss an issue and has an in-depth understanding of all commercial issues raised and is highly supportive and thorough in her advice’.

‘Very professional, reactive and constant in providing high quality of services’. 

‘Capacity to offer solutions adapted to the needs of the clients and excellent performance, personally supervised by the managing partner or head of the respective division (which provides an additional guarantee of quality)’.

‘Mr Christos P.Kinanis, Managing Partner, has an outstanding knowledge of not only the national law, but of the particular features of the laws of other jurisdictions involved. Another point that should be mentioned is the availability and readiness of Mr Kinanis to work with and in the interests of the clients at any time: well after office hours, during weekends – when his personal participation is required he will be available’.

‘Very well experienced, fast reacting and always looking for the client’s benefit. We are more than satisfied with the performance of the team in the past and current transactions. No irrelevant paperwork and unnecessary analysis is delivered. Maria Makridou – great support, deep knowledge, top quality service. Nanette Kalava – highly professional approach’.

Tax Tier 3

KINANIS LLC provides an ‘excellent service’ under the leadership of Charalambos Meivatzis, Marios Palesis and  Demetra Constantinou. It has a dedicated department that deals exclusively with tax related matters with particular expertise in direct and indirect taxation issues. The department has also been busy advising on the tax effects of blockchain related activities and its VAT practice garners a lot of praise. Other strengths include advising on transfer pricing issues and providing tax advice on corporate structures.

Practice head(s):

Charalambos Meivatzis; Marios Palesis; Demetra Constantinou

Testimonials

‘We can say that Kinanis LLC  is a very qualified and professionally skilled company. Uniqueness lies in its customer focus, it satisfied all our company’s needs and provided competent service . Especially many thanks to Demetra Constantinou who led our project. ’

‘The team has been providing tax advice to our group of companies for many years covering the full range of tax services. We appreciate the professionalism and patience with which each of our matters is handled. All requests are processed promptly and e-mails are responded to almost immediately. Unlike our experience with larger tax providers, in Kinanis LLC we receive more personalised approach and attention. We feel that we are in good hands.’

‘It is a real pleasure to work with the professionals like Charalambos Meivatzis and Marios Palesis. They are exceptional in their services and technical advice. It is important for an advisor in the field of taxation to be knowledgeable, thorough and meticulous. We found these qualities in our tax advisors and are grateful that they are always very responsive to our concerns and take time to explain complex issues ’.

‘Kinanis has a multidisciplinary and innovative team, always focused on providing increased value to clients. The team is composed of top legal and tax professionals, providing creative strategic advice, and it has the ability and knowledge to address very complex international tax projects’.

‘In the tax sector I mainly worked with Charalambos Meivatzis, Tax Partner at Kinanis LLC. I highly recommend him as an excellent tax advisor, a valued business partner who is a forward thinker and trusted advisor. He uses various resources to establish a well documented opinion that will sustain an unchallenged approach’.

‘Kinanis Law is very well organised with professional people at the right spots to provide you with accurate information and thoughtful advice. Marios Palesis (Partner) – excellent performance, fast delivery of solutions.’

‘Kinanis LLC Tax team comprises two teams of qualified professionals with extensive experience, one team in direct taxation and the other in indirect taxation. The tax professionals at Kinanis LLC are really knowledgeable, easily approachable and friendly professionals, always willing and ready to help’.

Demetra Constantinou is a distinguished expert on VAT Law. She has already rendered several speeches on the Cyprus and EU VAT Law. Despite her busy schedule, she is always there for any VAT queries we have, alerting us on any VAT implications in advance by analysing what needs to be done in simple understandable terms‘.

Key clients

Twiti Investments Ltd

Xomonel Enterprises Ltd

IFLL Invicta Finance

Megatren Investments Ltd

Farsonex Investments Ltd

Audax Consulting

Viply Limited

KGG Consulting and Advisory SRL

Banking and finance Tier 4

KINANIS LLC acts for borrowers and guarantors, international lenders and credit institutions as well as selling shareholders, arrangers, facility agents and underwriters. In addition the firm is an approved Nominated Advisor by the Cyprus Stock Exchange, leaving it well-placed to advise small-to-medium-sized companies on listings. Heads of team Nanette Kalava, Andri Michael, Christos P Kinanis are the key figures.

Practice head(s):

Nanette Kalava; Andri Michael; Christos Kinanis

Other key lawyers:

Maria Makridou

Testimonials

‘The banking team knows the banks and is able to properly predict an issue  before the issue comes up. That has saved us a lot of needless worrying’. 

‘Kinanis LLC Banking Team is outstanding; we have been working with the team members for many years – We believe that the fact that the same people are employed in the company for more than 20 years, is the best proof of excellency. During good years and crisis times the team members always delivered on time, without delay, professional services in respect to banking, payments, credit card services. Its dedication and skill in dealing with banking institutions results in swift and problem free banking operations for our group. In comparison to other institutions – Kinanis LLC banking team is always proactive and solution orientated’.

‘Highly responsive team that effectively handles a range of complex issues and provides detailed and well-thought advice’.

‘Maria Makridou is always available to discuss an issue and has an in-depth understanding of all commercial issues raised and is highly supportive and thorough in her advice’.

‘Very friendly, proactive attitude, high efficiency, immaculate professional ethics’.

‘The team consists of highly skilled and, what is quite unusual in this business, very fast responsive professionals. They take the proper actions immediately’.

Dispute resolution Tier 5

KINANIS LLC concentrates primarily on domestic and international corporate and commercial litigation but also handles the full spectrum of domestic civil litigation. Under the direction of Christos P Kinanis and Andrianna Solomonides the team has extensive experience of dealing with interim injunctions and also deals with the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. The practice has been involved in several cases involving the tracing of assets and breach of trust matters.

Practice head(s):

Christos Kinanis; Andrianna Solomonides

Testimonials

‘First of all it’s a well organised company and you understand it from the very moment you visit the firm. You also feel a team work atmosphere and cooperation between the members of the team when dealing with the issues’.

‘As for stand-out partners I would like to mention Christos Kinanis and Andrianna Solomonides. I’ve had very good experience  of working with them for many years. They are very professional and friendly’.

‘A very efficient team that provides workable and smart decisions. The whole law firm is very loyal to its customers ’.

‘Christos P. Kinanis is our long-standing partner.  Andrianna Solomonides gracefully solved our litigation issue’.

‘ A very rapid and efficient approach: immediate reaction to clients’ requests and perfect knowledge of the legal background. Capacity to offer solutions adapted to the needs of the clients and excellent performance, personally supervised by the managing partner or head of the respective division (which provides an additional guarantee of quality)’.

‘Mr Christos P. Kinanis, Managing Partner, has an outstanding knowledge of not only the national law, but of the particular features of the laws of other jurisdictions involved: as a result the advice provided to clients from other jurisdictions is guaranteed to be the optimal solution that takes into account not only Cyprus and international law requirements, but also the specific requirement of the clients’ national law systems. Another point that should be mentioned is the availability and readiness of Mr Kinanis to work with and in the interests of the clients at any time: well after office hours, during weekends – it his personal participation -when he is required he will be available’.

Key clients

Bank of Cyprus PLC

The firm: Kinanis LLC, a law and consulting firm, is one of the leading business law firms in Cyprus and advises international investors and private clients on all aspects of law, tax and accounting. Kinanis LLC’s involvement and participation in international transactions over the years has established the firm as one of the key players in the field.

Areas of practice: Corporate/M&A and securities: the firm has extensive experience in advisory, procedural and transactional matters for JV transactions, M&A, reorganisation and restructuring, due diligence and legal opinions, pre-IPO compliance, as well as IPO and listings in stock exchanges both locally and internationally.

Taxation: the firm provides consulting on all aspects of Cyprus tax law, to both corporate and private clients, and assists clients in international tax planning, creating tax efficient corporate structures as well as providing ancillary services.

Banking and finance: the firm provides advice on banking and finance transactions consisting of drafting, reviewing and structuring finance projects, including advising on securities, guarantees, pledges and other encumbrances.

Incorporations and management of companies: the experienced corporate team advises clients on company matters such as incorporation, re-domiciliation, administration and management of Cyprus and overseas companies. It provides management services and may assist in the introduction of executive directors. Part of its consulting services include office facilities, IT support and HR consulting. Its specialist foreign desks can assist clients in the incorporation and management of companies of various jurisdictions (EU and Offshore).

Trusts, estate planning and succession: the firm has extensive experience in wills and probate, the establishment and administration of Cyprus international trusts, as well as local and foreign trusts and foundations, including acting as trustee and protector.

Financial services and funds: the team is ready to provide appropriate solutions and may assist with the establishment, registration and licensing of AIFs, CIFs, UCITS, FOREX, BINARY OPTION and insurance companies.

Accounting and VAT: maintaining proper books and records and management reporting under IFRS. The team of accountants provides VAT advice, compliance and payroll, as well as liaising with external auditors.

IP: the firm advises on IP tax structuring as well as on registration and protection of IP rights locally, internationally (CTM)/(WIPO) or EU-wide, as well as handling relevant oppositions at the corresponding fora.

Immovable property: the firm advises on commercial and residential legal issues regarding dealings with real estate, as well as providing ancillary services regarding management of real estate.

Litigation: the highly specialised litigation team represents clients in all aspects of corporate or commercial disputes, injunctions and interim relief, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments or arbitral awards, representations in arbitration proceedings and pre-court negotiations.

Corporate liquidation: provides advice on the procedure of corporate liquidation and dissolution of companies locally and internationally.

Immigration and migration: the firm advises and assists individuals on making the best choice of citizenship or residency schemes based on their relocation needs. It obtains permanent residence permits, and also handles applications for citizenship by naturalisation or by exemption for Cyprus and Malta, Schengen Visa applications for Malta and other related ancillary services.

Energy: the firm advises on all aspects and activities related to energy operations, including advising on oil and gas finance transactions, advising on renewable energy and environmental law and regulations, and assisting with application/tenders on all types of energy projects etc.

Aviation and shipping: the firm provides advice on all legal, tax and VAT aspects of the acquisition, registration, financing, operation and disposal of vessels and aircrafts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A and securities Christos P Kinanis
Corporate, M&A and securities Nanette Kalava
Taxation Charalambos Meivatzis
Taxation Marios Palesis
Corporate liquidation Natalie Petrides
Corporate liquidation Christos P Kinanis
Intellectual property Maria Makridou
Intellectual property Marios Palesis
Immovable property Natalie Petrides
Immovable property Nanette Kalava
Accounting and VAT Demetra Constantinou
Accounting and VAT Charalambos Meivatzis
Financial services and funds Andri Michael
Financial services and funds Maria Makridou
Banking and finance Christos P Kinanis
Banking and finance Nanette Kalava
Trusts, estate planning and succession Andri Michael
Trusts, estate planning and succession Nanette Kalava
Litigation Christos P Kinanis
Litigation Andrianna Solomonides
Incorporations and management of companies Andri Michael
Incorporations and management of companies Maria Makridou
Immigration migration Natalie Petrides
Immigration migration Andrianna Solomonides
Energy Charalambos Meivatzis
Energy Christos P Kinanis
Aviation and shipping Demetra Constantinou
Aviation and shipping Yiota Michael
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Kallia Agrotou  photo Mrs Kallia Agrotou Senior Associate Lawyer
Mrs Andrea Ioakim  photo Mrs Andrea Ioakim Senior Associate Lawyer
Ms Nanette Kalava  photo Ms Nanette Kalava Partner
Ms Maria Makridou  photo Ms Maria Makridou Senior Associate Lawyer
Mrs Andri Michael  photo Mrs Andri Michael Partner
Mrs Natalie Petrides  photo Mrs Natalie Petrides Partner
Ms Andrianna Solomonides  photo Ms Andrianna Solomonides Senior Associate Lawyer
Number of lawyers : 16
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Cyprus Bar Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Cambridge Commonwealth Trust
Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Commercial Law Group (CLG)
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry
US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)
Contact : Christos P Kinanis