AREAS OF PRACTICE
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW
Our firm can advise on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters to all legal entities in relation to complex local and multi-jurisdictional cross-border transactions.
We understand that our clients need solutions to their business matters which requires vital commercial expertise and the ability to adapt to specific business goals.
Our firm has acted in a number of commercial transactions and the type of work we perform has included the following:
- Formation and acquisition of companies in both Cyprus and other jurisdictions;
- Investment issues;
- Share acquisitions;
- Share disposals;
- Corporate finance;
- Assets sale and purchase;
- Mergers and acquisitions;
- Restructuring of a company;
- Joint venture;
- Partnership and shareholders agreements;
- International tax planning;
- Formation of trusts.
MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS
The main advantages of Cypriot mergers and acquisitions are usually from a taxation point of view.
We are able to offer our clients excellent legal services on the full range of deal structures such as:
- Due Diligence negotiations
- Advice on tax matters
- Prepare relevant documents
- Co-ordinate transactions
IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP
We are able to assist both corporate clients and individuals to all aspects of Immigration Law such as:
- Citizenship applications
- Immigration permits
- Employment permits
- Permanent Residence permits
TRUSTS AND SUCCESSION
We offer strategic advice on estate planning for Cypriot assets to a varied client base including high net worth individuals, families, trust companies, service providers, and others.
We deliver concise legal advice which provides our clients with the peace of mind that that their wishes are being fulfilled in an effective manner.
We can also assist in probate matters and can arrange the resealing in Cyprus of Wills executed in certain other jurisdictions.
We provide comprehensive advice on pertinent issues relating to:
- Wills, probate and re-sealing;
- Estate planning and administration;
- Powers of Attorney;
LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION
Our litigation department comprises of experienced litigators who manage a wide range of cases dealing with disputes of any kind.
Their expertise in dispute resolution and litigation, as well as their delivery of detailed advice on these matters, has seen the firm successfully resolve disputes for clients in a timely and effective manner.
Our team is able to assist businesses and individuals with the following:
- Obtaining interim orders;
- Dealing court cases;
- Disputes of any kind such as property, business, contractual and intellectual property disputes;
- Personal injury claims.
Contract law plays an integral role the governance of transactions in the commercial arena, particularly in terms of ensuring that all objectives of a client are implemented in a particular contract, clarifying contractual obligations, and assessing potential consequences when the terms of a contract have been breached.
We have vast experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a large variety of commercial contracts for a varied selection of businesses, both large and small, operating in different industries. By combining detailed technical legal know-how with an in-depth understanding of commercial realities, we are able to deliver to our clients, practical and workable solutions to their contractual issues.
Our team can offer contractual advice on and assist in the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of the following types of contracts, among others:
- Commercial agreements
- Shareholders Agreements
- Agency Agreements
- Restructuring Agreements
- Loan Agreements
- Sale of Real Estate
- Rental Agreements
- Distribution Agreements
- Franchise Agreements
- Service Agreements
- Employment Agreements
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Partnership Agreements
Our firm offers comprehensive advice to both individuals and corporate entities on a number of real estate matters concerning commercial and residential property transactions that deals with every element of the purchase process, including transfers, financing, acquisitions or sales.
Our team of experienced lawyers can provide legal know-how and assistance on the following matters (but not limited to):
- Sale Agreements (residential and commercial);
- Acquisition of property by foreigners;
- Landlord and tenant issues;
- Property transfer and disputes;
- Property tax issues;
- Property management for non-residents.
BANKING AND FINANCE
Our firm’s banking and finance team are highly specialised and can advise all types of companies operating in various industries on a range of regulatory matters impacting financial transactions.
We have also acted for a number of locally and internationally renowned banking institutes as well as other financial institutions, investment banks, hedge funds and other asset manager funds.
- Legal due diligence;
- Corporate lending;
- Asset/property financing;
- Construction and project financing;
- Corporate debt management;
- Corporate banking;
- Refinancing of existing debts;
- Property acquisition and investment;
- Assisting in raising finance through a network of contract.
INTERNATIONAL TAX PLANNING
Cyprus has established itself as a highly advantageous jurisdiction for international business activities, offering clients a tax efficient system in an unrivalled location within which to undertake international operations.
The island not only boasts a highly advantageous tax setting but also the infrastructure to support such operations to the highest level.
We are highly experienced in dealing with international tax planning matters. We offer forward-thinking and practical solutions to a range of tax queries. We are able to formulate both domestic and international tax planning strategies for clients and have developed an enviable global network of tax experts, so that we can offer advice to clients across a wide range of jurisdictions.
The work that we do includes (but is not limited to):
- Business Tax planning;
- Companies’ incorporation (in Cyprus and other jurisdictions);
- Tax effective groups restructuring;
- Application of double tax treaties;
- Offshore trusts;
- Offshore partnerships;
- Merger and acquisitions tax issues;
- Joint ventures tax issues.
Our intellectual property team will advise you on all aspects of intellectual property rights, including the acquisition, use and enforcement thereof internationally.
We offer clients commercially astute and strategic guidance on all classes of intellectual property, including branding, patents and trademarks, among others, providing you with a proper comprehensive understanding on all facets of IP.
We provide advice on the following intellectual property law matters:
- Passing Off;
- Enforcement issues;
- Brand protection;
- Data and privacy;
- Cross jurisdictional issues;
- New businesses protection.
The energy sector is a complex one that comes with its own set of challenges. Our firm can give advice regarding a wide range of energy projects which includes preparing and submitting tenders to Cyprus government authorities, enter into any negotiations and draft any kind of energy agreement or finalisation of contracts.
Our team of lawyers are able to assist companies and individuals in all aspects of energy operations and activities such as:
- Negotiation with state authorities;
- Resolution of disputes with state authorities;
- Creation of Corporate Structure;
- Business transactions and operation;
- Oil and gas law;
- Operating Agreements;
- Funding opportunities;
- National and EU Energy Law.
Our firm is one of the first in Cyprus that can assist you with the legal rules and regulations that apply to the gaming industry. The regulation of this sector is particularly complex and requires in-depth knowledge and expertise to ensure compliance.
We have acquired vital experience within the gaming sector having acted as the legal advisors of the first gaming company that was listed on the Cyprus Stock Exchange and have followed the evolution of local legislation since 1997 when it was first introduced.
Our firm can advise both employers and employees on all issues (contentious and non-contentious) relating to Cyprus employment law. We do this in an expedited manner taking into the account the sense of urgency that normally accompanies employment disputes, or other related employment matters.
We offer legal advice to a range of Cypriot companies as well as international companies with operational presence in Cyprus.
We can advise employers and employees on all of the following aspects of employment law:
- Contracts of employment;
- Termination of Employment;
- Self employment and consultancy;
- Company policies;
- Maternity issues;
- Immigration issues;
- Data protection.
We know that family law is the one field of law that is incredibly emotionally charged. Our principle goal is therefore to reduce any excessive strain imposed on our clients in any legal family dispute by instilling in them the confidence that we have everything pertaining to their case under control.
We understand that family law matters are highly sensitive in nature which is why we handle such cases in a personal manner, in very close co-operation with our client.
We can advise both Cypriot and foreign clients on the following matters:
- Financial family issues.