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Banking & Finance — Cyprus


Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-ranked firm advising a range of multinational lenders and borrowers on project financing, syndicated lending and securities. Boasts experience with secured and unsecured loans, regulatory matters and refinancing transactions.

Notable practitioners

Marios Hadjigavriel regularly advises large financial institutions on international banking mandates, also providing expertise in M&A and capital markets issues. Interviewees suggest he has "lots of experience and is very knowledgeable" in the banking sector owing to his previous in-house experience.

Stelios Triantafyllides provides notable experience in secured financing transactions and regulatory matters. He is also well versed in capital markets transactions, as well as corporate restructurings and tax issues. He is lauded by clients for his "vast experience, fast and sharp thinking, and good judgement."

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

The firm’s highly experienced Banking and Finance team handles secured and unsecured lending, international high-value financing and refinancing transactions, including project financing, syndicated, subordinated and mezzanine financing, and related securities such as share pledges, floating charges, financial collateral and other securities.

The firm regularly advises on compliance and banking regulatory and licensing requirements, ISDA agreements and related products, asset preservation and security enforcement and procedures.

Two of the firm’s main team members, Marios Hadjigavriel and Christiana Vassiliou were both heads of in-house legal teams at international banks based in Cyprus and bring the wealth of their experience to their department making the firm’s Banking and Finance team one of the strongest in the country.

The firm’s litigation team supports the Banking and Finance team by dealing with debt collection and security enforcement, representing in this respect both local and international banking institutions.

The firm’s main client base consists of high profile international lenders, arrangers and facility agents (on single-lender and syndicated, secured and unsecured loans) as well as borrowers, guarantors and security providers. Such clients include international financial institutions such as EBRD, IFC, VTB Group, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse as well as local banking institutions, such as the Bank of Cyprus and Piraeus Bank (now AstroBank).

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Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Standout team advising on syndicated and secured financings, offering additional support on the restructuring of existing financing and note issuances. Also experienced in licensing and regulatory matters. Notable skill in cross-border mandates involving jurisdictions such as the UK, Russia, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Has an impressive client following of local and international borrowers and lenders.

Strengths Market commentators are "very pleased with the level of service" offered by the team, noting its "strong understanding of the local laws and the regulatory environment."

Additional interviewees highlight the firm's complete answers and well-structured responses, describing the analysis as "nuanced and really enriching."

Work highlights Advised DME Group on the local aspects of a debt restructuring transaction, involving the offering of a series of USD350 million notes listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.

Notable practitioners

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris often advises international financial institutions on their local transactions. She also offers expertise in corporate law and M&A.

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides regularly represents foreign companies and international lenders in cross-border financing deals, with particular skill in secured financing transactions. She offers further experience in debt restructuring matters.

Pavlos Symeonides is appreciated by interviewees for his pleasant demeanour and responsiveness. He frequently acts for international banks and financial institutions on a range of financing, restructuring and corporate matters.

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

Our Banking & Secured Finance practice is noted for its proficiency in acquisition finance, restructuring and insolvency, derivatives, project finance (including legal advice on project realization), structured corporate financing, in particular group financing, also using equity financing (subordinated loans, short-term operating credits, revolving credit facilities, bank guarantees etc.), financial services and regulation, deposit agreements, and securitization.

Our clients include leading domestic and international banks and financial institutions, as well as major multinational corporations in the energy, mining, transportation, and pharmaceutical industries, among others. We represent financial sponsors, corporations, financial institutions throughout all stages of the financing transactions, from origination, negotiation, documentation, closing, enforcement including insolvency.

We advise on all aspects related to compliance with current legislation of new and existing banking products and payment solutions; on banking regulatory and licensing requirements; on bankers’ custodian agreements, sale of credit facilities in accordance with the Sale of Credit Facilities and Related Matters Law 169(Ι)/2015, ISDA agreements and related products; asset preservation and security enforcement and procedures. In this respect, the firm has extensive experience in drafting or modifying agreements or other instruments used by banks in their operations. 

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Chryssafinis and Polyviou - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team regularly advising on cross-border banking M&A deals. Provides further experience in financing, restructuring and capital markets matters. Represents a range of banks, investment funds and public companies.

Strengths Market commentators speak highly of the lawyers, noting: "They are experts in banking and finance."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Polis Polyviou is a key point of contact for the team.

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Chrysses Demetriades & Co - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team experienced in transactional banking and finance work. Advises banks, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on financing and refinancing mandates. Offers further expertise in contentious matters, including insolvency litigation. Also active on acquisition, asset and project finance matters.

Notable practitioners

Demosthenes Mavrellis is a key point of contact for banking and finance issues.

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Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed firm advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of banking and finance matters, as well as capital markets mandates. Highly experienced in cross-border matters and regularly instructed by international firms to act as local counsel. Offers notable expertise in syndicated financing, bond issuances and refinancing transactions.

Strengths Interviewees suggest the team's strength lies in its expertise and responsiveness, going on to describe the lawyers as "client-oriented and available late at night and over the weekend if necessary."

Additional sources note that they are able to treat the lawyers as "an extension of our team - they are available 24/7 and respond in double-quick time."

Notable practitioners

"Highly qualified in finance matters," Nancy Erotocritou is widely appreciated in the market. She frequently advises clients on bond issuances and refinancing transactions. She offers further experience in private equity, project and asset financing deals. Sources describe her as a great lawyer and appreciate that she is "very responsive and always available," also praising her "very coherent and concise advice."

Managing partner Pavlos Aristodemou is admired by interviewees as a "very practical and pragmatic lawyer." He assists financial institutions with securities, refinancings and secured loans. He provides additional expertise in syndicated financing matters.

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

As the only international multi-jurisdictional law firm with a physical presence in Cyprus, Harneys provides unrivalled service to clients throughout the world, particularly those seeking complex, cross-border financing work.


With over 20 lawyers predominantly focused on finance and corporate areas of law in Cyprus, we are now one of the leading practices on the island. Our firm provides the ISDA netting opinion and has been commissioned to provide the ISDA collateral opinion as well. 


Our law firm is a member of the panel of the European Central Bank and provides advice to significant financial institutions from around the globe such as Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan Securities plc, Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse, Citibank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, VTB Capital, ING Bank and Sberbank and enjoys a healthy referral pipeline from Magic Circle law firms like Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Linklaters as well as the Big Four audit firms. We have been visible on some of the most significant financing deals in the market, including acting for Songa Offshore in the multibillion-dollar financings of drilling rigs, and advising VTB Capital on its secured loan of up to US$4.5 billion to URALHEM OJSC.

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Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive team regularly acting for foreign banks and financial institutions on cross-border financing transactions alongside international firms. Also advises borrowers and supports a strong Russian client base. Skilled in refinancing and restructuring matters, as well as enforcement procedures.

Strengths Interviewees are keen to praise the efficiency of the service: "We greatly appreciate the lawyers' ability to respond swiftly, provide very specific and easily understood advice and be responsive out of hours."

Further commentators say the firm is "a pleasure to work with" due to its "very responsive and technically good" team.

Notable practitioners

Tonia Antoniou is praised by interviewees for being "very quick and responsive - she can handle difficult matters in a challenging environment." She frequently advises international lenders on cross-border financing agreements and the restructuring of existing facilities.

Lorena Charalambous regularly assists foreign banks with facility agreements and financial restructurings. She is admired by sources for her ability to "work very well with tight deadlines and under pressure."

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

Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC has developed a strong practice in banking and finance and has a dedicated team of advocates dealing with international and local financing transactions. Our team advises lenders, borrowers and sponsors on a wide variety of domestic and cross border acquisition, leveraged and project financing, including both senior and subordinated debt as well as bridge financing.

The lawyers of the firm’s banking and finance department offer legal support and advice on the structuring and documenting aspects of each project and provide solutions to complex financing deals. The expertise of the team also includes complicated asset finance and multijurisdictional restructuring and refinancing. The department’s core focus is to provide the most beneficial solutions to their clients as well as to bring about real commercial results.

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

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Georgiades & Pelides - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently advises banks and financial institutions on sovereign guarantees, facility agreements and project financing. Also assists with secured lending, the enforcement of securities and banking regulations.

Notable practitioners

Marcos Georgiades is a key point of contact for the department.

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Ioannides Demetriou LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises a range of international financial institutions and borrowers on financing transactions and restructuring mandates. Demonstrates further skill in contentious matters and banking M&A, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Notable experience in project financing and syndicated loans.

Strengths Sources praise the service provided by the lawyers and are especially impressed with "the direct access to partners and their quick responses."

Work highlights Assisted a group of banks with the Orites Wind Farm project, including international project financing and lease agreements.

Notable practitioners

Pambos Ioannides and Christina Ioannidou are the main contacts for the team.

About the Team (content provided by Ioannides Demetriou LLC)

The Banking & Finance department of Ioannides Demetriou LLC is headed by Pambos Ioannides (managing director) and Christina Ioannidou (director). The firm’s practice in this field is very extensive. The firm has been acting as leading counsel in Cyprus in many of the most important syndicated and other financing structures for projects in the country, and also in financing projects in many other countries (including predominantly Central and Eastern Europe) involving Cyprus corporate vehicles or otherwise related to Cyprus. The firm currently acts as senior local law firm for major Cypriot and international banks, advising on all major corporate and banking transactions, buy-outs and on all compliance and regulatory requirements. The firm’s Banking & Finance department also negotiates and advises on transfers of banking businesses, and has been commissioned on numerous occasions to advise and assist in the production of banking and financial instrument legislation.

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Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly advises local and international banks on a variety of matters, such as facility agreements, debt restructuring and pledge enforcement. Experience working across a range of sectors, with a strong presence in the oil, gas and energy industries. Also well versed in refinancing transactions and capital markets issues.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the good communication of the lawyers: "Their advice is commercial and they are very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted ICMA and ISLA with the Cyprus Industry Opinion on REPO and Securities Lending agreements.

Notable practitioners

The key contacts for the department are Stavros Pavlou, Stella Louca Pavlou and Lia Iordanou Theodoulou.

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Band 1

Nancy Erotocritou

Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Highly qualified in finance matters," Nancy Erotocritou is widely appreciated in the market. She frequently advises clients on bond issuances and refinancing transactions. She offers further experience in private equity, project and asset financing deals. Sources describe her as a great lawyer and appreciate that she is "very responsive and always available," also praising her "very coherent and concise advice." 

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Marios Hadjigavriel

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marios Hadjigavriel regularly advises large financial institutions on international banking mandates, also providing expertise in M&A and capital markets issues. Interviewees suggest he has "lots of experience and is very knowledgeable" in the banking sector owing to his previous in-house experience.

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Stelios Triantafyllides

Antis Triantafyllides & Sons LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stelios Triantafyllides provides notable experience in secured financing transactions and regulatory matters. He is also well versed in capital markets transactions, as well as corporate restructurings and tax issues. He is lauded by clients for his "vast experience, fast and sharp thinking, and good judgement."

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Band 2

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tonia Antoniou is praised by interviewees for being "very quick and responsive - she can handle difficult matters in a challenging environment." She frequently advises international lenders on cross-border financing agreements and the restructuring of existing facilities.

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Band 2

Pavlos Aristodemou

Harneys Aristodemou Loizides Yiolitis LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Pavlos Aristodemou is admired by interviewees as a "very practical and pragmatic lawyer." He assists financial institutions with securities, refinancings and secured loans. He provides additional expertise in syndicated financing matters.

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Band 2

Panos Labropoulos

Panos Labropoulos & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Panos Labropoulos of Panos Labropoulos & Co LLC is admired by commentators for his quick responses and his "practical and hard-working" nature. In addition to advising on financing, refinancing and securities matters, he offers notable experience in M&A and restructuring mandates.

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Band 2

Elias Neocleous & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elias Neocleous of Elias Neocleous & Co LLC is praised by interviewees for his "thorough and commercially practical advice." He frequently advises financial institutions, banks and borrowers on facility agreements, project financing and compliance issues. 

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Band 3

Effie Anastassiou

Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Effie Anastassiou of Clerides, Anastassiou, Neophytou LLC offers notable experience in cross-border financing agreements, restructuring of securities and refinancing transactions. She often acts alongside foreign law firms to advise international borrowers on the Cypriot aspects of their transactions.

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Lorena Charalambous

Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lorena Charalambous regularly assists foreign banks with facility agreements and financial restructurings. She is admired by sources for her ability to "work very well with tight deadlines and under pressure."

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Band 3

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Chryso Pitsilli-Dekatris often advises international financial institutions on their local transactions. She also offers expertise in corporate law and M&A.

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Up and Coming

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicoletta Kouvara Pantelides regularly represents foreign companies and international lenders in cross-border financing deals, with particular skill in secured financing transactions. She offers further experience in debt restructuring matters.

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Up and Coming

Pavlos Symeonides

Dr. K. Chrysostomides & Co LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pavlos Symeonides is appreciated by interviewees for his pleasant demeanour and responsiveness. He frequently acts for international banks and financial institutions on a range of financing, restructuring and corporate matters.

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