Antoniou McCollum & Co. is a top-tier Cyprus law firm specialising in finance, corporate transactions and M&A, competition law and merger control, intellectual property and regulatory matters.
The firm’s tight-knit team delivers bespoke legal services across major business sectors, supporting domestic and international clients.
The firm prides itself on forming strong client relationships premised on integrity and a commitment to deliver the highest quality legal services.
The firm advises borrowers and lenders on corporate financing transactions; secured financing; debt sales and distressed lending and trading; debt and equity restructuring; and collateral security enforcement.
Our track record includes advising on the following:
- acting for global private equity firms in secured corporate financing and refinancing transactions
- acting for global debt management players on NPL acquisition and servicing matters, including advising on the establishment of the first NPL servicing platform in Cyprus
- acting for financial institutions in the sale and purchase of bank loan portfolios
- advising on collateral security, including floating charges, account charges, share pledges, assignments
- advising on the enforcement of security in financing transactions
- advising on asset-backed securitisations.
Antoniou McCollum & Co. is highly versed in the regulatory framework governing credit institutions, investment funds, financial service providers and credit-acquiring companies, advising clients on all aspects from authorisation and licensing to on-going compliance and operations.
Transactions and M&A
Antoniou McCollum & Co. routinely advises and supports clients on:
- mergers and acquisitions
- takeovers and divestments
- joint ventures
- private equity transactions
- listings of securities and bonds on regulated markets
- asset sales.
The firm consistently acts for some of the biggest global private equity firms, multinational corporations and investment funds.
The firm carries out comprehensive corporate, commercial and regulatory legal due diligence, as well as providing support on deal structuring, drafting transaction documents and engaging in regulatory problem-solving and implementation.
Whitepapers and Articles
Cyprus is an EU member state which is increasingly becoming a jurisdiction of choice for the structuring of corporate transactions, as it features one of the most attractive transactional tax regimes in the EU, its common law system affords certainty and clarity in acquisitions and corporate finance and it features versatile financing legal tools, such as redeemable preference shares.
Aiming to become an ideal jurisdiction for the establishment of alternative investment funds in the European Union, Cyprus has developed a versatile and robust regulatory framework on alternative investment funds and their managers.
Key aspects of the distribution of interim and final dividends in private and public companies under Cyprus law.
Cyprus International Trusts (CITs) can hold assets anywhere in the world in a tax-efficient, secure and confidential structure. A CIT can be used to maximise protection and control of a person’s assets and the rights to such assets. Prominent uses of CITs include the protection of assets, estate and succession planning, and executive employee incentive schemes.
Cyprus holding and investment companies are used by multinational corporations and private equity firms for a wide variety of purposes and transactions, including acquisition finance, intermediary and ultimate holding of assets and transaction SPVs.
A pledge over shares in a Cyprus company is an efficient form of security granted as collateral in commercial transactions, which can be enforced outside of court. A pledge creates a possessory security interest in the shares for the benefit of the creditor until outstanding obligations are fulfilled by the debtor.