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Tax — Cyprus


Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier firm frequently assisting companies and financial institutions with various corporate tax issues. Particularly well versed in the tax aspects of acquisitions, restructurings and customs duties, offering further skill in litigious mandates. Boasts knowledge of various industry sectors, including real estate.

Strengths Market commentators praise the firm for its "reliability and diligence" as well as its adherence to deadlines.

Another interviewee admires the versatility of the team in handling any type of matter, noting that the department is "very efficient" and easy to reach.

Work highlights Represented the Builders' Provident Fund in four cases filed against the Republic of Cyprus regarding the tax imposed on hundreds of property transactions carried out between 1991 and 2007.

Advised Joannou & Paraskevaides on the filing of six recourses against the Republic of Cyprus disputing the amount of tax imposed on the company for the use of a private jet.

Notable practitioners

Stelios Triantafyllides is widely recognised in the market for his vast experience in corporate tax work. His extensive client base includes a range of international corporates as well as various financial institutions.

George Triantafyllides draws on his impressive background in litigation to advise on a number of contentious tax mandates. He regularly assists both Cypriot and international clients with tax-related disputes, offering particular expertise in customs duties.

About the Team (content provided by Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC)

Our tax department has a reputation for developing solutions to tax problems that are both tax-efficient and practical, meeting the real constraints under which clients operate.

The firm’s tax practitioners are integrated into the firm’s transactional teams and advise corporations and individuals on any Cypriot tax issues which may arise in the context of international and local transactions.

The litigation department of the firm has been involved in various landmark tax cases and other incidental matters.

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Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team offering expert advice on tax compliance, planning structures and transfer pricing matters. Demonstrates further skill in the tax aspects of corporate transactions, such as M&A and restructuring mandates. Impressive client roster includes high net worth individuals and international companies.

Strengths Interviewees speak highly of the team, reporting it to be "fast, professional and flexible."

Another source praises the firm for its timely responses and high quality of service, noting that it is "very pleasant to work with."

Work highlights Advised Telit Communications on the tax elements of the company's stock option plan for its Cyprus-based employees.

Notable practitioners

George Ioannou is singled out by clients for his responsiveness and business-oriented approach, and is highlighted for being "quick in his responses and very precise." He frequently assists Cypriot and foreign clients with tax planning, double tax treaties and the tax aspects of M&A deals.

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

Our firm has the expertise to design, advise on, implement and defend solid tax planning structures built around the Cyprus tax regime which look to cater for the new challenges brought about by the ever-changing global economic environment and evolving tax regimes.

We strive to enhance tax efficiency, risk reduction and avoidance of tax controversy, effectively and efficiently and we deal with matters involving corporate tax, property tax, personal tax, employment taxes, VAT and customs duties. Specifically, with regard to corporate tax, the key areas of our practice are mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures, commercial projects and due diligence matters.

·Our firm’s corporate and dispute resolution departments work closely with our tax practice team on a number of multijurisdictional transactions and assist with implementing and defending tax strategies for our clients’ international operations and transactions.

Our clients are involved in a wide range of business activities, that include finance, property, shipping, industrial, technology and energy. A significant part of our firm’s tax-related work concerns private client wealth and personal tax.  We  advise on tax efficient schemes and incentives for HNWIs, including yacht and aircraft leasing schemes and the use of trusts, as well as on individual tax domicile and residency including the Cyprus non-domiciled regime and the exemptions and incentives available to individuals relocating to Cyprus.


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Chrysses Demetriades & Co - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Practice group with a proven track record assisting both domestic and international clients with a variety of corporate tax mandates. Advises on tax planning, including establishing and implementing tax structures and trusts.

Notable practitioners

Chris Georghiades is a key point of contact for this practice.

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed firm assisting financial institutions and multinational companies with numerous tax issues. Demonstrates notable skill advising on 'resident non-domiciled' tax status, stamp duty law and VAT issues. Offers further expertise in transfer pricing matters and restructuring mandates.

Strengths Sources commend the team for offering advice tailor-made to clients' needs, noting that the lawyers "are thorough in everything they do and pay attention to every detail."

Another interviewee praises the lawyers' ability to always find solutions, as well as the way in which "they are always up to date with tax matters."

Work highlights Assisted a number of foreign individuals with obtaining Cypriot citizenship, including acquiring 'resident non-domiciled' tax status.

Notable practitioners

Stavros Pavlou regularly advises financial institutions on a broad range of tax issues. Sources highlight his "sharp opinion" and are "very happy with the results of his work." Adept at handling matters concerning stamp duty and double taxation, he is particularly recommended for his abilities in tax-related disputes. Interviewees further report that he is someone who they "enjoy working with."

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Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently advises on the tax elements of corporate transactions, including restructurings, IPOs and M&A deals. Notable activity on behalf of international funds.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "excellent knowledge of tax" in cross-border matters and praise the responsiveness of the practitioners: "They were always keen to help and they were reachable."

Work highlights Advised Fosun Eurasia Capital on the local tax aspects of the proposed acquisition of the Vozdvizhenka Center in Moscow.

Assisted Bluehouse Capital with tax issues related to its proposed acquisition of three office buildings in Hungary from J.P. Morgan European Property Holding Luxembourg 2.

Notable practitioners

Stavros Clerides acts for financial institutions and multinational companies on a number of corporate tax mandates. He demonstrates an impressive knowledge of a variety of industry sectors, such as real estate and IT. He is singled out by sources for being an "excellent lawyer" with a good understanding of international matters.

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Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assisting international companies and banks with various corporate tax matters across a range of industry sectors, such as aviation and energy. Offers notable expertise in cross-border mandates involving jurisdictions such as Russia and the UK.

Strengths One interviewee enthuses: "I was impressed by their knowledge, their judgement on difficult issues and the client care shown."

Another source describes the firm as "very responsive, prompt and easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised Rosneft on the tax aspects of its restructuring and sale of assets in Russia and the Ukraine to a third-party oil and gas firm.

Notable practitioners

Emily Yiolitis is admired by clients as "extremely helpful" and responsive. She regularly acts for financial institutions on a range of tax mandates, with notable expertise in trust-related structuring issues.

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

As a leader in Cyprus tax law, Harneys provides clients with specialised expertise on a wide range of corporate, trust and financing transactions and matters.


We regularly advise clients on the impact in Cyprus of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a US federal law that requires American citizens to report their financial accounts held outside of the United States. As a testimony to our industry expertise in this field, we were instructed by the Ministry of Finance to draft the decree implementing the intergovernmental agreement between the US and Cyprus, and have also been appointed to advise on the Guidance Notes for the Cyprus implementation of FATCA.


Harneys’ Tax & Regulatory Practice revolves around providing essential tax support for the most complex corporate and financing transactions. Our team knows that accurately navigating relevant tax law is crucial to the success of any financial deal, particularly those that are cross border. We have taken a lead role in advising on restructuring implications of the Russian De-offshorisation Law, including the expert panel participation in the live webinar of TaxLinked on the subject. Some of our other major clients include TCS Group Holding, Credit Suisse, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and VTB Capital.

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Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts on a variety of tax issues, with particular skill in restructuring and litigation proceedings. Client base includes multinational companies, in addition to regular instruction by global law firms on Cypriot tax matters.

Strengths "The team is comprised of thoughtful and creative people who are capable of solving very complex questions," recommends one interviewee.

Further sources are impressed by the firm's responsiveness.

Work highlights Assisted O2 Consulting with various tax and corporate matters throughout Cyprus.

Notable practitioners

The key contact for the practice is department head Lambros Soteriou.

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

The International Tax Planning Department of Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC provides advice on the full spectrum of international Tax Planning in relation to the use of Cyprus companies for efficiency in tax structures, issuing and providing legal advice in relation to tax matters, obtaining tax opinions from the relevant tax authorities, restructurings, corporate governance, 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 in relation to personal and/or corporate matters.

The depth of the experience and knowledge of the tax 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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Band 1

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stavros Clerides acts for financial institutions and multinational companies on a number of corporate tax mandates. He demonstrates an impressive knowledge of a variety of industry sectors, such as real estate and IT. He is singled out by sources for being an "excellent lawyer" with a good understanding of international matters.

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Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

George Ioannou is singled out by clients for his responsiveness and business-oriented approach, and is highlighted for being "quick in his responses and very precise." He frequently assists Cypriot and foreign clients with tax planning, double tax treaties and the tax aspects of M&A deals.

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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elias Neocleous of Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is praised by sources for his strategic and client-oriented approach. He frequently assists multinational companies with tax structuring issues, as well as matters related to residency, compliance and litigation. He is additionally proficient in double taxation agreements.

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Stelios Triantafyllides

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stelios Triantafyllides is widely recognised in the market for his vast experience in corporate tax work. His extensive client base includes a range of international corporates as well as various financial institutions.

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Band 2

Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stavros Pavlou regularly advises financial institutions on a broad range of tax issues. Sources highlight his "sharp opinion" and are "very happy with the results of his work." Adept at handling matters concerning stamp duty and double taxation, he is particularly recommended for his abilities in tax-related disputes. Interviewees further report that he is someone who they "enjoy working with."

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Band 2

George Triantafyllides

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

George Triantafyllides draws on his impressive background in litigation to advise on a number of contentious tax mandates. He regularly assists both Cypriot and international clients with tax-related disputes, offering particular expertise in customs duties.

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Band 2

Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emily Yiolitis is admired by clients as "extremely helpful" and responsive. She regularly acts for financial institutions on a range of tax mandates, with notable expertise in trust-related structuring issues.

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