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Corporate/Commercial — Cyprus


Chrysses Demetriades & Co - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm noted by market commentators for its impressive commercial and shipping practices. Assists domestic and international clients with the full spectrum of corporate matters, aided by its strong competition and tax expertise. Regularly acting for clients involved in the TMT sector as well as Russian-speaking clients.

Notable practitioners

Chris Georghiades offers extensive experience across a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly public and private M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He also provides expertise in insolvency and financing matters, regularly advising on the establishment of international funds in the local market.

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Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris and Kypros Chrysostomides
- 10 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently advises on high-profile cross-border corporate and commercial matters, with particular expertise in joint ventures, restructuring and M&A. Represents clients active in sectors such as energy, banking and TMT. Strengthens its commercial offering through employment, competition and tax advice.

Strengths Clients suggest the team is "very responsive and experienced in M&A transactions," adding that "thanks to their helpful and timely advice in relation to the closing process under Cypriot laws, we were able to successfully and smoothly close the deal."

The department also collects admiration for the quality and timing of the service, with interviewees saying: "They give you exactly what you need and they are always within the time limits specified, or ahead of them."

Additional sources are "particularly impressed by the quality and depth of responses to queries, and good planning."

Work highlights Acted for Ascendis Health on the local aspects of its acquisition of the share capital of Remedica Holdings and its subsidiaries.

Advised KOCH Industries on the transfer of the seat of its Cyprus subsidiary to Luxembourg, as part of its global restructuring.

Significant Clients Rowan Companies, Tigers Realm Coal, J&T Banka, Basic Element, KORRES.

Notable practitioners

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris is appreciated in the market as "very knowledgeable." She offers a range of commercial experience and has recently advised clients from sectors including TMT and private equity on issues such as public offerings and corporate restructuring.

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides is well regarded by clients, particularly for her "good planning and very thorough follow-up." She is a noteworthy adviser for clients in the energy and natural resources field, often assisting with corporate restructuring matters and transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC)

Our firm’s Corporate & Commercial law practice has an enviable reputation for advising on some of the largest and most high profile cross-border corporate transactions, involving Cyprus structures. ​

Acquisitions and joint ventures have always been an important strategic option for corporations, as well as financial institutions and private equity investors. Our clients rely on our solid advice to help comprehend and assess these options, and execute their most complex transactions. 

Our M&A work covers, but is not limited to, the following:
- mergers (public and private)
- purchases and sales of assets and businesses
- purchases and sales of securities
- joint ventures
- tender offers

In understanding their business, our team works closely with clients’ in-house legal and company secretarial teams, to provide a comprehensive service across the full range of corporate advisory and commercial issues, including:
- the respective industry-specific, as well as more commercial contracts
- corporate governance and directors’ responsibilities
- corporate regulations and restructurings to include, where applicable, any shareholders’ agreements, advice on merger control issues, etc.
- data privacy
- employment, share option schemes

Our clients range from the world’s largest corporations and financial institutions to middle market and emerging companies, in a broad range of industries, frequently operating through groups of 40-50 vehicles.

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Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team providing a range of corporate assistance to domestic and international clients. Regularly acts on M&A, takeovers and corporate governance matters as well as financing and public law issues. Frequently advises clients in the finance, insurance and TMT sectors.

Notable practitioners

Head of the corporate practice Stelios Triantafyllides advises clients on M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructuring matters as well as commercial advisory issues. He offers additional experience in financing and tax law, and is well versed in regulatory issues.

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The firm’s corporate and commercial department constitutes the cornerstone of our practice. The experience of the firm’s highly reputable and exceptionally specialised team is second to none on the island. The team members provide high-quality practical and innovative advice on all aspects of company law.

The type of work covered by this area include, inter alia:

  • formation, acquisition and sale of Cyprus companies;
  • shareholder agreements and corporate governance issues;
  • capital-raising transactions;
  • public and private offerings of securities and securities law compliance;
  • local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions;
  • management buy-outs and earn-outs;
  • corporate management, and
  • redomiciliation of companies in and out of Cyprus.


A full array of relevant legal services is provided to a domestic and international client base which includes: commercial banks, investment banks, consulting firms, insurance companies, financial services companies and other financial institutions, media and entertainment companies, technology and telecommunications companies, transportation companies, companies in the food and beverage sector, the pharmaceutical industry and high net-worth individuals.

The Managing Partner of our firm, Stelios Triantafyllides, is frequently requested to advise on draft legislation particularly in the corporate sphere, due to his experience in this field.

The firm has acted in numerous high profile and heavily publicised Russian M&A transactions with a Cyprus element.

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Georgiades & Pelides - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team advising clients on the full range of commercial matters including M&A, corporate restructuring and establishment of new companies. Provides further experience in employment, competition and tax-related issues. Noteworthy expertise in stock exchange-related matters, such as IPOs and flotations.

Notable practitioners

Marcos Georgiades has notable experience in the corporate arena, offering particular experience in stock exchange-related matters. He advises on public and private takeovers, joint venture matters and commercial contracts. He is also knowledgeable in competition issues.

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Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Demetris Loizides
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise in international funds and tax structuring, it provides a wide range of corporate transactional and advisory assistance to financial institutions. Combines domestic knowledge with international experience to act on cross-border M&A transactions, especially for mandates involving Russian and BVI concerns. Also advises clients on business in the energy and gambling spheres.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the "proactive, accommodating and very responsive" lawyers, adding that "their punctuality and efficiency when advising resembles that of international law firms."

Additional sources highlight the "quick and efficient response to our demands," whilst others emphasise the team's "interdisciplinary approach and commitment to the interests of their clients."

Work highlights Advised bet365 on its application for a Class B online betting licence in Cyprus.

Acted for Rosneft on the restructuring and sale of its CIS assets in Russia and Ukraine to an oil and gas company.

Significant Clients Clearstream, UBS Asset Management, CIMC, LUKOIL, Turquoise Partners Asset Management.

Notable practitioners

Emily Yiolitis is well known for her corporate assistance to high net worth individuals and financial institutions. She has had particular recent experience acting on corporate restructuring mandates and licensing issues. She combines her practice with expertise in international tax structuring.

About the Team (content provided by Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC)

Harneys’ team of corporate and commercial lawyers in Cyprus is regarded as a trusted resource for many of the world’s largest companies, using unparalleled expertise and technical skill to successfully execute complex deals on a regular basis. 


Our corporate and commercial division offers a diverse suite of services tailored specifically to each client’s needs. We advise companies in relation to listing on major stock exchanges such as New York, Singapore and London and also assist with substantial private equity transactions. These include management buy outs, public to private transactions, closed end private equity funds and a variety of venture capital deals. Harneys has decades of combined expertise in Cyprus and other jurisdictions, giving us unrivalled expertise in negotiating cross border joint venture deals. Additionally, we advise on mergers and acquisitions for both sellers and buyers as well as on reorganisations.


We continue to represent a broad range of clients who regularly take advantage of the benefits Cyprus has to offer. Most recently, we handled the TNK-BP transaction, the largest Western investment in Russia. We also led the €1.2 billion acquisition of Reso Guarantia by AXA in Russia.

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Ioannides Demetriou LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Pambos Ioannides and Christina Ioannidou
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for extensive transactional experience alongside advisory activity in sectors such as banking, transport and energy. Well known for its strengths across the full range of corporate and commercial law issues as well advising clients in both public and private sectors. Experience advising clients involved in regulated industries.

Strengths Clients admire the commercial-minded approach demonstrated by the lawyers: "The firm is quick to grasp difficult, technical issues and has a high appreciation of commercial and practical business principles."

Further interviewees praise the service provide by the firm, highlighting the team's "in-depth knowledge and preparation for each case."

Work highlights Advised the Electricity Authority of Cyprus on matters related to the solution for gas supply to Cyprus, including upstream and downstream gas sales agreements.

Assisted Petrolina Holdings Public with its joint venture with other Cypriot gas importers and distributors.

Significant Clients NKS Shacolas Group, Hermes Airports, Louis Group, MTN Group, Cyprus Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Clients are keen to say that Pambos Ioannides "has one of the most exceptional legal minds in Cyprus." Further interviewees highlight his commercial mind: "He is very accessible and has the ability to understand the business needs of the client." He is experienced in a range of corporate advisory and transactional matters, also collecting praise for his knowledge of stock exchange law. His recent workload includes acting alongside Pinsent Masons for the Ministry of Communications and Works on the privatisation of the Limassol Port.

About the Team (content provided by Ioannides Demetriou LLC)

The Corporate / Commercial department of Ioannides Demetriou LLC is headed by Pambos Ioannides (managing director) and Christina Ioannidou (director) and provides the full spectrum of Corporate and Commercial legal services to local and international clients, including corporate organisations of the highest prestige in the private sector, major credit institutions, as well as important organisations of the public sector, covering all aspects of their activities, including establishment, structuring and day-to-day advice in commercial matters, corporate governance, regulatory and compliance issues. The Corporate / Commercial department has extensive and wide ranging experience in complex local and cross border mergers and acquisitions, due diligence exercises, structuring commercial transactions, finance deals, corporate and financial restructurings, IPOs and stock exchange listings. The firm’s leaders of the Corporate / Commercial department have acted as legal advisers to some of Cyprus’ biggest infrastructure projects, financial deals, mergers and acquisitions (including acquisitions of major banking institutions and insurance companies), as well as group and financial restructurings. 

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Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Tonia Antoniou and Lambros Soteriou
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-rounded corporate practice offering experience in domestic and cross-border transactions and restructuring mandates. Combines wider commercial expertise to provide full-service assistance including employment, financial regulatory and competition advice. Acts for clients in sectors such as finance, shipping, energy and retail.

Strengths Satisfied interviewees applaud the help offered by the team: "We were particularly impressed with the prompt responses, in-depth legal knowledge and business-oriented approach," adding that the firm is "characterised by its high level of services and responsiveness."

Further sources put the "very good service" down to the "personal attention and very responsive" approach demonstrated by the lawyers.

Notable practitioners

Tonia Antoniou is described by impressed sources as a "very responsive, highly motivated and hard-working expert." She regularly acts for international investment funds, retailers and energy groups on their local business and transactions. She also advises on restructuring and privatisation mandates as well as competition issues.

About the Team (content provided by Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC)

The Corporate and Commercial law practice of Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC provides advice in a full spectrum of corporate transactional and other matters including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, capital markets and private equity investments. The team advises clients across the globe on both their domestic deals as well as their most intricate cross-border transactions, offering market-leading capabilities.

The depth of the experience and knowledge of the corporate and commercial lawyers of Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC enables the team to act expeditiously and deliver results on complex domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions. 

Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC’s clients derive from several industries, such as financial services and financial institutions, real estate, private equity, energy, insurance, pharmaceuticals & healthcare, sovereigns, mining, manufacturing & industrial, maritime & shipping and technology.


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Chryssafinis and Polyviou - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第三等

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What the team is known for Established firm with a good reputation for M&A and competition advice, regularly advising banks, publicly listed companies and energy groups. Provides further experience in the local aspects of the reorganisation and restructuring of international corporations.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Polis Polyviou is highly experienced across a range of commercial matters, particularly M&A, employment and competition issues. He regularly acts for clients in the banking, transport, media and energy sectors.

Head of the international corporate practice Stella Kammitsi is experienced in a wide variety of commercial and banking matters, offering additional expertise in wealth management and tax structuring mandates.

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Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Effie Anastassiou and Stavros Clerides
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team handling a broad range of M&A and corporate transactions, advising on investments in areas such as real estate, technology and agriculture. Notable experience on cross-border matters, regularly acting alongside international firms to provide local advice to foreign clients. Offers further experience in structuring mandates.

Work highlights Assisted Bluehouse Capital with its proposed acquisition from JPMorgan European Property Holding of one Grade A and two Grade B+ office buildings in Hungary, involving notably the sale of shares to the Cyprus subsidiary of the aforementioned client.

Significant Clients AFI Development, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, Raysat, Skyland Petroleum, Argus Capital Group.

Notable practitioners

Effie Anastassiou frequently advises investment groups and technology companies on M&A transactions and sales of shares. She is experienced in cross-border mandates, especially involving Russia. Several interviewees highlight her responsiveness and business acumen. She has recently assisted Armpitch Holdings with the local aspects of its proposed acquisition of 25% of Agricom.

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC - Corporate/Commercial Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Stavros Pavlou and Lia Iordanou Theodoulou
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong corporate department providing transactional, restructuring and advisory services. Advises local and international clients involved in sectors such as energy, insurance and tourism and leisure. Particularly active for banks and investment groups as well as clients active in the Russian market.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the "promptness in replying and in-depth analysis" provided by the team.

Further interviewees also compliment the "high level of customer service" they received from the lawyers.

Work highlights Advised Crystalserve Fiduciary Services on possible exit strategies from a joint venture.

Significant Clients Melco International Development, Austrian Anadi Bank, Hunters for Luck, Delo-Group, TMK.

Notable practitioners

"A very talented practitioner," Stavros Pavlou collects praise for his extensive experience in corporate matters, alongside his outstanding dispute resolution reputation. He frequently assists banking and energy clients with commercial issues and has notable experience in restructuring mandates.

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Band 1

Ioannides Demetriou LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients are keen to say that Pambos Ioannides "has one of the most exceptional legal minds in Cyprus." Further interviewees highlight his commercial mind: "He is very accessible and has the ability to understand the business needs of the client." He is experienced in a range of corporate advisory and transactional matters, also collecting praise for his knowledge of stock exchange law. His recent workload includes acting alongside Pinsent Masons for the Ministry of Communications and Works on the privatisation of the Limassol Port.

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Band 1

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

"A very talented practitioner," Stavros Pavlou collects praise for his extensive experience in corporate matters, alongside his outstanding dispute resolution reputation. He frequently assists banking and energy clients with commercial issues and has notable experience in restructuring mandates.

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Band 1

Chryssafinis and Polyviou

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Polis Polyviou is highly experienced across a range of commercial matters, particularly M&A, employment and competition issues. He regularly acts for clients in the banking, transport, media and energy sectors.

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Band 2

Chris Georghiades

Chrysses Demetriades & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chris Georghiades offers extensive experience across a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, particularly public and private M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He also provides expertise in insolvency and financing matters, regularly advising on the establishment of international funds in the local market.

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Band 2

Marcos Georgiades

Georgiades & Pelides

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcos Georgiades has notable experience in the corporate arena, offering particular experience in stock exchange-related matters. He advises on public and private takeovers, joint venture matters and commercial contracts. He is also knowledgeable in competition issues.

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Band 2

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Elias Neocleous of Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is well liked by market commentators and offers wide experience in cross-border M&A transactions, as well as also providing restructuring, financing and competition advice. He regularly acts for banks, investment groups and energy clients.

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Band 2

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris is appreciated in the market as "very knowledgeable." She offers a range of commercial experience and has recently advised clients from sectors including TMT and private equity on issues such as public offerings and corporate restructuring.

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Band 2

Stelios Triantafyllides

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the corporate practice Stelios Triantafyllides advises clients on M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructuring matters as well as commercial advisory issues. He offers additional experience in financing and tax law, and is well versed in regulatory issues.

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Band 3

Effie Anastassiou

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Effie Anastassiou frequently advises investment groups and technology companies on M&A transactions and sales of shares. She is experienced in cross-border mandates, especially involving Russia. Several interviewees highlight her responsiveness and business acumen. She has recently assisted Armpitch Holdings with the local aspects of its proposed acquisition of 25% of Agricom.

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Band 3

Michael Damianos & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees praise Michael Damianos of Michael Damianos & Co LLC for being "a super-fast, efficient, reasonably-priced and pragmatic lawyer." Further sources highlight his "commitment and diligence" and are impressed by his foresight in identifying risks and ability to pinpoint the important issues. He regularly advises clients from the finance, real estate and energy sectors, particularly on corporate restructuring mandates and transactions. He is also noted for his experience with Russian clients.

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Band 3

George Z Georgiou

George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner George Georgiou of George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC. acts for clients on a wide range of corporate mandates including establishing companies, corporate restructuring and drafting outsourcing and licensing agreements. He advises clients from industries such as banking, pharmaceuticals and insurance.

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Band 3

Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emily Yiolitis is well known for her corporate assistance to high net worth individuals and financial institutions. She has had particular recent experience acting on corporate restructuring mandates and licensing issues. She combines her practice with expertise in international tax structuring.

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Band 4

Stelios Americanos

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stelios Americanos of Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is widely appreciated by clients, who say that "he is highly commercial and knowledgeable in Cyprus law, as well as cross-border matters." Sources are also keen to emphasise that "it is always a pleasure to work with him." He is experienced in cross-border M&A transactions and regularly advises clients in the finance and tourism sectors.

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Band 4

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tonia Antoniou is described by impressed sources as a "very responsive, highly motivated and hard-working expert." She regularly acts for international investment funds, retailers and energy groups on their local business and transactions. She also advises on restructuring and privatisation mandates as well as competition issues.

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Band 4

Stella A Kammitsi

Chryssafinis and Polyviou

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the international corporate practice Stella Kammitsi is experienced in a wide variety of commercial and banking matters, offering additional expertise in wealth management and tax structuring mandates.

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Band 4

Panos Labropoulos

Panos Labropoulos & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Well liked by clients, Panos Labropoulos of Panos Labropoulos & Co LLC regularly advises entities from the finance, technology and energy sectors on cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring mandates. He combines his corporate practice with significant financing and capital markets expertise.

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Band 4

Lorenzo Toffoloni

Andreas Th. Sofokleous LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lorenzo Toffoloni of Andreas Th. Sofokleous LLC is admired by sources and described as "precise and with extensive experience on contract drafting." He collects praise for his international experience and frequently advises foreign clients on local investments and corporate advisory matters.

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Up and Coming

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides is well regarded by clients, particularly for her "good planning and very thorough follow-up." She is a noteworthy adviser for clients in the energy and natural resources field, often assisting with corporate restructuring matters and transactions.

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Up and Coming

Despina Sofokleous

Andreas Th. Sofokleous LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "business-minded and proactive" Despina Sofokleous of Andreas Th. Sofokleous LLC is praised by clients for her creativity: "She is hardworking, dedicated and able to think outside the box." She is well versed in advising foreign clients on their Cypriot business concerns, including local investments. She also acts for local funds and energy clients on commercial issues and the drafting of agreements.

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