Firm Profile > KINANIS LLC > Nicosia, Cyprus


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

KINANIS LLC 's practice has ‘vast experience in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and restructuring’, and a ‘dedicated and experienced’ corporate team. It specialises in share purchase and sale transactions, as well as loan agreements. Christos Kinanis heads the practice alongside Nanette Kalava, who was recently promoted. ‘Diligent’ senior associate Andrea Ioakim is another name to note.


‘The practice is one of the most efficient law firms that we have been working with in this region. They have been successfully providing services to our firm and to our clients on a highly professional level for almost 30 years ensuring not only an excellent quality of legal advice but also perfect administrative backup where it was required.’

‘Mr. Christos P .Kinanis has a perfect practical knowledge of corporate law, not only Cyprus but of corporate laws of other jurisdictions where our clients have companies or affiliated structures. His expertise is perfectly complemented by his expertise in the most recent developments in international taxation which makes advice provided by him extremely valuable.’

‘The professionalism, quality of work and speed of response is exceptional.’

‘Maria Makridou and Andrea Ioakim both excel with strong relationships, a professional attitude and a keen willingness to assist.’

‘Commercial, corporate and M&A is one of the key practices of Kinanis LLC. They offer a highly qualified legal support to companies’ corporate activities and conduct various projects in this field. Namely they have vast experience in mergers and acquisitions, due dilligence, and restructuring. Their dedicated and experienced corporate legal team provides prompt and solid corporate advice to the local and international investors, even on short notice.’

‘Kinanis LLC team consist of dedicated professionals who work in a friendly and supportive environment where everyone’s contribution is valued. Stand-out lawers are: Natalie Petrides, Christos P. Kinanis, Andri Michael.’

‘Andri Michael is outstanding legal counsel with vast years of experience, understanding of a nature of the matter and scrupulously dealing with legal and administrative matters. Andrea Ioakim from the corporate division is a very pleasant, dilligent individual with true attention to every request coming from our company.’

‘Kinanis LLC excels for its built-in professional attitude and trustworthy environment.’

‘Mr. Christos Kinanis’s willingness to effectively address the client’s needs and successfully confront various challenges makes him stand out. Ms. Natalie Petrides is also a very valuable asset of Kinanis LLC. She is result-oriented, energetic, professional, ambitious, and has a perfect understanding of the clients needs.’

‘The team is strong in the the following business transactions: share purchase and sale transactions; mergers and acquisitions of the assets  and businesses; arrangements of pledges and other collaterals as a part of complex or as a standalone transactions; loan financing; bridge loan or any other structured loan-convertible-to-capital transactions.’

‘The firm’s corporate team advises for many aspects of international corporate, tax and finance structuring.’


Tax Tier 3

KINANIS LLC advises its clients on the full range of tax matters including corporate tax issues, restructurings, international tax planning work and individual taxation. The team’s ‘attention to detail is remarkable’, and is praised for its ‘tenacity, diligence and dedication’. Marios Palesis is ‘easily contactable, attentive and helpful’ and provides clients with ‘accurate and comprehensive advice’, while practice head Charalambos Meivatzis is ‘very knowledgeable in the nitty-gritty detail of almost any tax-related matter’.

Practice head(s):


‘Kinanis LLC’s specialist tax team provides valuable support to our clients, as well as to our company. They are always there when we need them, replying to all questions or issues immediately. Their attention to detail is remarkable and their tenacity, diligence, and dedication to all our needs far exceeds anything we expected.’

‘Marios Palesis has always given reliable and timely professional advice, backed up with efficient personal service. Marios has always been easily contactable, attentive, helpful and has provided us with accurate, comprehensive advice on many fiscal matters and transactions.’

‘The team has specialised personnel for specific areas and they can provide advice and assistance at very high level in all aspects of corporate and tax law.’

‘Charalambos Meivatzis deals effectively with financial and tax aspects.’

‘The department possesses the qualifications needed to address our tax requests promptly and accurately. We are always receiving a detailed analysis of our requests with special reference to the tax and VAT law, where needed. Their background and knowledge not only in tax but in other areas as well such as legal and accounting, provide us with an assurance that our requests will be thoroughly examined and all the issues will be addressed.’

‘Kinanis LLC is one of the few law firms in Cyprus with an experienced and dedicated department in tax related matters.’

‘Each member of the tax team of Kinanis LLC always gives special attention to any case addressed to them providing us with advice tailored to our needs. Also, if any deadlines are involved, they are dedicated to deliver their advice within the specified time frame. It is very important for us that the head of the department, Mr. Charalambos Meivatzis, is a lawyer and a qualified accountant with many years of experience in tax advice and tax planning on complex projects.’

‘Charalambos Meivatzis’ expertise and interwoven skills from accounting, tax and also legal prospective are of great benefit in global and case by case basis enquiries. Always straight to the point and efficient.’

‘Kinanis LLC Tax Team manages the corporate and tax matters and respective clients’ requests in a very professional and responsive manner, allocates the necessary resources for the project diligently, achieves the client’s expectations efficiently.’

‘Charalambos Meivatz is very knowledgeable in the nitty-gritty detail of almost any tax-related matter. If you need to iron out kinks in your tax strategy, Charalambos is the person to talk to. If you find yourself in the crosshairs of the tax authorities, he is the person to speak with.’

Key clients

LLC “Dentons Europe”

Banking and finance Tier 4

Jointly led by Nanette Kalava and Andri Michael, the ‘client-centred’ and ‘innovative’ practice at KINANIS LLC acts for borrowers and guarantors, international lenders and credit institutions. It specialises in bilateral and syndicated debt financing, subordinated and mezzanine debt, project finance, debt and equity securities offerings, IPOs, as well as listings in local and international markets. Managing partner Christos P Kinanis is highly regarded in this space.

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‘Kinanis LLC team provides the best legal support in Cyprus in the field of Banking and Finance. They demonstrate a client-centered approach and a highest level of competency, along with an innovative look at the financial sector.’ 

‘Kinanis team members are distinguished by their loyalty and ability to find the best possible solutions for their clients. The stand-out partners are Christos P. Kinanis, Charalambos Meivatzis and Natalie Petrides.’

Dispute resolution Tier 5

KINANIS LLC has a track record in domestic and international corporate and commercial litigation, and is particularly adept at dealing with interim injunctions: freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, and orders obtained in aid of arbitration proceedings. It primarily acts for international clients, including multinational corporations, investors, and banking institutions. Managing partner Christos Kinanis is a key contact.

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
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