Stelios Americanos & Co

Cyprus

Address:
12th Demostheni Severi Avenue
6th Floor, Office 601
1080 Nicosia
Cyprus

+357 2246 5500

+357 2281 7625


Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 15
Network memberships: International Bar Association, Cyprus Bar Association, International Tax Planning Association, STEP, IR Global, IGAL, Leaders in Law
Languages: English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian


Managing Partner
Stelios Americanos
stelios@americanoslaw.com

Partners
Despina Americanou
despina@americanoslaw.com

Soteris Costa
soteris.costa@americanoslaw.com  

Juliana Kyriakides 
juliana.kyriakides@americanoslaw.com

Meet the team.

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is a full service, highly innovative law firm with headquarters based in Nicosia, Cyprus and a branch in Athens, Greece. It specializes in corporate, commercial and banking law, (focusing mainly on transboundary banking financing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions), corporate and commercial litigation, real estate, financial and investment regulatory compliance and blockchain legal advisory.

The firm assembles a dynamic and reliable legal team, working effectively and efficiently with cutting edge technology, establishing, thus, an enviable reputation for its effectiveness, competency and innovative practices.

Today, Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is considered one of the leading law firms in Cyprus in the areas of its specialty.

The law firm always seeks to build exceptional working relationships between the clients and the firm members, aiming to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of the clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute and innovative consultation and therefore creating optimal business results for the clients. Thus the firm’s clients are guaranteed continuous and tailored-made support combined with a positive and constructive approach and an ability to solve complex legal and tax problems in a business oriented mentality.

Stelios Americanos & Co LLC provides its services to governmental and semi-governmental organizations, major international financial-banking institutions, investment firms, public companies and multinational corporations, in matters related to international finance and securitization, complex cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, financial advisory, regulation, restructuring and litigation before courts or arbitral bodies.

Moreover Stelios Americanos & Co LLC has created close and long-lasting relationships with reputable international legal and consulting firms overseas and is, thus, able to assist clients with any aspect of their cross-border transactions and needs.

The firm is a member of several professional associations including: Cyprus Bar Association, International Bar Association, ITPA (International Tax Planning Association), STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), IGAL, IR Global and Leaders in Law.

The members of the firm are very active in various professional associations and participate as speakers in international conferences and seminars while regularly publishing articles and opinion in a variety of matters related to Cyprus Law.

 

The firm’s mission is to provide high quality legal services with integrity, professionalism and respect to its clients and the law.

The firm’s communication languages are Greek, English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese and Arabic.

Litigation & Arbitration

  • Cross Border litigation
  • Corporate Disputes
  • Business Litigation
  • Banking Law
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Competition Law
  • Recognition and Enforcement of foreign judgements and awards
  • Bankruptcy and winding up proceedings
  • Preemptive remedies and discovery proceedings
  • Fraud & Asset Tracing
  • Insurance Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Consumer Protection
  • Criminal Law

Banking & Finance

  • Acquisition finance
  • Real estate & asset finance
  • Trade Finance Agreements
  • Shipping Finance
  • Project Finance 
  • Refinancing 
  • Syndicated and bilateral lending Legal Opinions, Securities Perfection and Registration

Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance

  • Licensing support services for regulated entities under the Central Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) 
  • Financial services regulatory advisory and reporting
  • Capital markets regulatory advisory and reporting
  • Financial and economic sanctions
  • Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance
  • FATCA & CRS compliance and reporting
  • Economic substance
  • Regulatory Compliance and Remedation
  • Fund licensing and administration services
  • Risk management services

Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation

  • Corporate reorganisations
  • International Business Structuring
  • Debt Restructuring
  • Insolvency Procedures
  • Business Examinership
  • Receivership
  • Liquidation

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Acquisition due diligence
  • Acquisition financing
  • Private equity and venture capital transactions
  • Sale and purchase agreement advice
  • National and cross-border mergers
  • Distressed M&A
  • Legal post-closing integration

Innovation & Blockchain

  • Regulatory Compliance Consulting for Financial technology (FINTECH) and Insurance Technology (INSURTECH) Businesses
  • Legal support on contemporary finance and tech related projects such as e-wallets and peer-to-peer lending (P2P)
  • Strategy Formulation and Business planning for Start-ups investing in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Legal Advice and Regulatory Compliance Support over Crypto-asset projects.
  • Legal review and structuring over Coin and Token Offerings (ICOs, IEOs, STOs)
  • Accounting and Taxation in Cryptocurrencies and Tokens

Corporate Administration

  • Registration of Companies, trusts, foundations and any other formation of legal entities in Cyprus and abroad
  • Re-Domiciliations
  • Administration and day-to-day management support of foreign and Cyprus Companies
  • Secretarial Services
  • Trustee Services 

Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance

  • Charis Savvides, (Head)
  • Andreas Michaelides
  • Xenia Kalogirou
  • Michalis Savvides
  • Grigoris MIchailidis
  • Andri Mandi

Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation

  • Chris Savvides, (Head)
  • Andreas Michaelides
  • Mara Giorka
  • Kyriaki Christofi
  • Andreas Parpas

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Stelios Americanos, (Head)
  • Soteris Costa
  • Despina Americanou
  • Charis Savvides
  • Michalis Zambyrinis
  • Kyriaki Christofi
  • Thanos Fiakas

Innovation & Blockchain

  • Charis Savvides, (Head)
  • Athanasios-Antonios Leontaris
  • Xenia Kalogirou
  • Menelaos-Antonios Kesisoglou

Corporate Administration

  • Juliana Kyriakides, (Head)
  • Helen Panteli
  • Andri Mandi
  • Agata Golonka
  • Katerina Efthyvoulou
  • Nicoletta Savva
  • Irene Evriviadou
  • Karina Stolbovskikh

Real Estate, Immigration & Citizenship

  • Stelios Americanos, (Head)
  • Thanos Fiakas
  • Len Judes
  • Armondzhon Ikramov
  • Andreas Maos
  • Andreas Parpas

Accounting & Taxation

  • Andreas Michaelides, (Head)
  • Miranda Symeou
  • Stella Mitsinga
  • Mary Skourou
  • Sofia Constantinou

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism

Office in Athens, Greece:
4 Valaoritou Street
1st Floor, Kolonaki 
10671 Athens
Greece 

T: +30 210 3389800
F: +30 210 3613861
E: info@americanoslaw.com
W:www.americanoslaw.com

Contact Person: Olga Petrova, olga.petrova@americanoslaw.com; 

Stelios Americanos

Mr. Stelios Americanos is the managing partner of the law firm. He graduated from the Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 1991and is a practicing lawyer since then.

He has extensive experience in advising on corporate and banking finance matters of complex joint-ventures and “cross-border” structures and transactions, real estate and international tax planning. His clients include local and international groups of companies, banking and finance institutions and high-net-worth individuals.  He is a highly recommended lawyer by all the International legal directories.

Mr. Americanos has contributed a number of articles on legal developments in professional journals and has participated in conferences and seminars including delivery of papers and lectures.

Mr. Americanos served as a Member of the Board of Directors of CYTA, the country’s national telecommunication authority for six years appointed by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus.

Despina Americanou

Ms. Despina Americanou graduated from the Law School of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 2000, and continued her postgraduate studies in International Commercial Law at the University of Westminster (LL.M). She started practicing law in Cyprus in 2002 after obtaining the Cyprus Bar Association Qualification the same year and she joined our firm in 2010.

In 2017, Ms. Americanou became partner and head of the Banking and Finance Department. Over the years of practice, Ms. Americanou has gained valuable experience in drafting and negotiating Loan Agreements, Shares Purchase Agreements, Shareholders Agreements as well as Securities Agreements. She has participated and offered legal assistance on Banking & Finance issues, corporate matters, and Merger and Acquisitions. She acted as special Cyprus law counsel in various multinational cross border transactions in which she advised on aspects of Cyprus law pertaining to Financing and Securities Agreements.

Except for her legal profession, she served as a Counselor at the Municipality of Aglantzia and was appointed as chairwoman of the Tenders Committee for five years.

Soteris Costa

Mr. Soteris Costa studied law at the University of Exeter, England (LL.B and LL.M) and started practicing law in Cyprus in 2001, after obtaining the Cyprus Bar Association Qualification the same year. He joined our firm in 2010 and became partner in 2017.

Up to 2010 he was engaged primarily with litigation and dispute resolution thus acquiring excellent knowledge and practice experience as a litigator. After joining our law firm, he was given the opportunity to be involved in numerous corporate law projects, international banking and finance projects as well as mergers and acquisitions, and setting up complex joint-ventures and cross-border structures through the use of Cyprus vehicles, offering related advice to international clients on a daily basis.

This experience allowed Mr. Costa to get further involved in corporate litigation projects and gradually assumed the role of the Head of the Litigation & Arbitration Department. He is currently heavily involved in and handles major corporate law disputes with an international element. At the same time, he assists and offers advice on many corporate and commercial related projects.

Charis Savvides

Dr Charis Savvides obtained his law degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2005. He continued his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom, with emphasis on International and European Business Law, obtaining his LL.M in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and his PhD in Law from the University of Sheffield. His doctoral thesis was on competition law and more specifically on the EU regulatory framework on state aids to firms in difficulty.

Before joining our law firm, Dr Savvides was managing director of a boutique law firm in Nicosia which was founded by him in 2012. Within a relatively short period of time since its establishment, his law firm had been developed into one of the most successful law firms in Nicosia in the fields of corporate and debt restructuring and financial and investment regulatory services, operating three distinct units, i.e. litigation, corporate and investment funds. In 2018, following Dr Savvides’ keen interest and awareness over the disruptive nature of Blockchain Technology and the numerous legal challenges lying ahead, his law firm made its official debut in the Blockchain industry as well, as founding member of a consortium of law firms and other professionals, named BL Advisory International (BLA).

Following the merger of his law firm with Stelios Americanos & Co. LLC in May 2019, Dr Savvides became Partner and Head of three Departments of our law firm, namely: (i) Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance, (ii) Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation, and (iii) Innovation & Blockchain.

Besides his professional career as law practitioner, Dr Savvides is also Law Lecturer in the University of Nicosia since 2011, teaching European Union Law, Competition Law and Financial Law. Additionally, he is teaching Regulation and Digital Currencies, a law course offered by the University of Nicosia in the context of its MSc in Digital Currency.

Dr Savvides is regular speaker at professional seminars and conferences, where he shares his knowledge and experience about the regulatory status and trends in the fields of Investment Funds and Cryptocurrencies. In addition, he serves as non-executive director in a Forex company and in a private equity Alternative Investment Fund, both regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

Akis Koumas

Mr. Akis Koumas is a qualified lawyer with a degree in law (2:1) from the University of Sheffield (2006). He is also a Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple (Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008) and a member of the Cyprus Bar Association (call 2010).

Mr. Koumas is Senior Associate in our firm since October 2016. He specializes and has a considerable experience in litigation and advocacy with particular expertise and interest in contracts, commercial, corporate litigation, torts, company and banking law.

He has also been involved in providing legal advice and representing banks in court, in cases related to matters which include among others credit facilities, receivers and managers, criminal complaints against banks, interpleader actions, CHF loans, garnishee proceedings, allegations of negligence and fraud against banks and other cases.

Among his most notable and groundbreaking professional successes, Mr. Koumas has achieved the discharge of interim prohibitory orders against a bank and receivers and managers appointed out of court by the bank, under the terms of a floating charge and also the discharge of interim proceedings against a Cypriot bank by which the applicants sought to prohibit the bank from proceeding with foreclosure of their property.

Olga Petrova

Ms. Olga Petrova is Senior Associate of our law firm. She graduated from Moscow State Institute for International Relations (University) (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, European and International Law department, obtained Bachelor & Specialist Degrees. She further had qualifying practice in one of the leading international law firms in Moscow, worked in an international legal department in a 10-top prominent Russian bank in Russia and joined our law firm in 2012.

Ms. Petrova specializes in Banking & Finance and Corporate Law. She has gained valuable expertise in reviewing and drafting share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, share pledge agreements, security documents, loans and other financial documentation,. She also provides practical assistance to international clients on various legal matters, especially in complex cross-border multilingual transactions.

Besides Russian and English, Ms. Petrova also speaks Greek, French and Spanish (basic).

Grigoris Michaelides

Dr Grigoris Michailidis holds a law degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) with postgraduate studies in the areas of Public Law and Political Science in the same University and comparative civil law at the Hannover Law School. He holds a PhD from the AUTh, with a thesis entitled “Towards a common taxation system of businesses-approaches to the harmonization of tax income.”

He is registered as a European lawyer in the relevant registry of the Cyprus Bar Association and became Associate in our Law Firm in May 2019 as member of the Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance Department of the Law Firm.

Besides his legal profession, Dr Michailidis is also Law Lecturer in the University of Nicosia since 2014, teaching Tax Law, Commercial and Insolvency Law. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of THELXIS FUND, one of the biggest Alternative Investment Funds of Limited Number of Persons (AIFLNP) in Cyprus, licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).

Mara Giorka

Ms. Mara A. Giorka is a law graduate from the Democritus University of Thrace and holds a masters degree (LL.M) on Commercial Law from the University of Huddersfield. She became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2010.

Ms. Giorka is Associate in our law firm since May 2019 and member of the Litigation & Arbitration Department, as well as of the Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation Department. Apart from her practicing law experience, Ms Giorka is also cooperating with the School of Law of the University of Nicosia from 2016 as a member of the teaching faculty, lecturing the course of Introduction to the Legal Science and Consumer Protection Law. She is also the author of “International Commercial Arbitration: Flaws and Possible Remedies”, Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP), 2015.

Michalis Zambyrinis

Mr. Michalis Zambyrinis graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (LL.B) in 2011. He then continued for postgraduate studies in England which led to an LL.M (with distinction) from the University College London. Mr. Zambyrinis became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2013 and joined our firm the same year.

Mr. Zambyrinis is Associate in our law firm and he is member of three Departments, (i) Corporate & Commercial, (ii) Banking & Finance and (iii) Mergers & Acquisitions. During his career, Mr. Zambyrinis has already acquired significant legal expertise in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional projects, related to mergers and acquisitions as well as to project finance. His work involves, among others, drafting, negotiating and reviewing all types of commercial agreements, including finance documents, share purchase agreements and joint venture agreements, providing legal advice on various corporate law issues as well as participating in the preparation of legal due-diligence reports.

Christoforos Tsekouras

Mr. Christoforos Tsekouras graduated from the University of Cyprus (LL.B) in 2012. A year later he became member of the Cyprus Bar Association and he joined our law firm in March 2015.

Mr. Tsekouras is Associate in our law firm and member of both Litigation & Arbitration and Corporate & Commercial Departments. He has been providing legal advice and representing clients in the Court, in cases that lie within the areas of civil, administrative, public procurement, commercial, banking, corporate and labor law, while he has contributed in the completion of various commercial transactions.

Besides Greek and English, Mr. Tsekouras also speaks Russian.

Georgia Mattheou

Ms. Georgia Mattheou studied law at the University of Derby. She is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association since 2013. and joined our Law Firm in May 2019.

Ms Mattheou joined our law firm as Associate in May 2019 and she is member of the Litigation and Arbitration Department. She has experience in constitutional and administrative cases and she is handling administrative recourses, representing our clients before both the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court.

Kyriaki Christofi

Ms. Kyriaki Christofi graduated from the University of Cyprus (LL.B) in 2013 and became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2014. She joined our law firm in December 2016.

Ms. Christofi in Associate and member of four Departments of our law firm, (i) Corporate & Commercial, (ii) Banking & Finance, (iii) Mergers & Acquisitions and (iv) Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation. She has significant experience in mainstream corporate legal services, such as business contracts, corporate petitions, trusts, foundations and associations, while she has also contributed to more complex projects ranging from private equity and venture capital transactions to intellectual property and technology transfers.

Eleni Minti

Ms. Eleni Minti graduated from the University of Nicosia in 2013 and became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2014.

Ms. Minti joined our law firm as Associate in May 2019. She specializes on Civil, Criminal and Family Law and works at the Litigation & Arbitration Department. Despite her young age and short period of time of practicing law, Ms Minti has already been distinguished by her effective handling of numerous complex and demanding cases, both at first instance Courts and in the Court of Appeal.

Xenia Kalogirou

Ms. Xenia Kalogirou graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2011 and continued with post graduated studies in University College London, United Kingdom, from where she obtained her LLM a year later. She was admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar Association in 2014 and to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2016.

Ms Kalogirou is Associate in our law firm and member of the Financial & Investment Regulatory Compliance Department, as well as of the Innovation & Blockchain Department. She has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, regulatory compliance, cross-border investments, business structuring and banking and finance law. She has acted in numerous substantial transactions and consulted local and international financial institutions and corporate groups.

In 2015, Ms. Kalogirou obtained the advanced Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission Certification and is registered in the Public Register of Certified Persons under registration No. CN3492.

Besides Greek, Russian and English, Ms. Kalogirou has good knowledge of Turkish.

Chrysanthi Epifaniou

Ms. Chrisanthi Epifaniou holds an LL.B from the University of Cyprus and an LL.M from the University College London (UCL), with Distinction in both. She became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2015 and she joined our law firm in 2017.

Ms. Epifaniou is Associate and member of the Litigation & Arbitration Department of our law firm. She specializes in the areas of corporate and commercial law, contract law, negligence and tortious claims, as well as employment law.

Besides Greek and English, she also speaks Turkish. 

Thanos Fiakas

Mr. Thanos Fiakas graduated from the University of Leicester, UK (LL.B Hons) from where he also obtained his LL.M in International Commercial Law. He joined our law firm as trainee lawyer in 2015 and a year later he became junior associate having successfully admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2016.

Mr. Fiakas is Associate and member of three departments of our law firm, (i) Litigation & Arbitration, (ii) Mergers & Acquisitions and (iii) Real Estate, Immigration & Citizenship. During his career, Mr. Fiakas has contributed to numerous significant transactional projects in various sectors of the economy, while he also provides advisory services to international clients on the governmental schemes concerning citizenship by investment and residency permits.

Andreas Parpas

Mr. Andreas Parpas holds an LL.B from the University of Leicester and an LL.M from Queen Mary University, while he has also completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law, Bloomsbury. He is member of the Cyprus Bar Association and member of our law firm since 2016.

Mr. Parpas is Associate and member of four Departments of our law firm, (i) Litigation & Arbitration, (ii) Banking & Finance, (iii) Restructuring, Receivership & Liquidation, and (iv) Real Estate, Immigration & Citizenship. He specializes in practice areas of cross-reference and mutual interest between those departments, especially corporate disputes, real estate and asset finance and debt restructuring.

Athanasios – Antonios Leontaris

Mr. Thanos Leontaris graduated from the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2015 and obtained an MBA from the same University in 2017. He was admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar Association in 2017 and to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2019. Apart from practicing lawyer, Mr. Leontaris is also an instructor for the University of Nicosia in the field of Digital Currency Regulation.

Mr. Leontaris joined our law firm as Associate in May 2019 and he is member of the Innovation & Blockchain Department. His main area of expertise is startup legal consulting, data protection, intellectual property, cryptocurrency tax and regulation issues, and smart contract implementation. He is also an IRS Acceptance Agent offering TIN services.

Irofili Pechlivanidi

Ms. Irofili Pechlivanidi obtained her Bachelor’s in Law (LL.B) from the European University Cyprus in 2016, while in 2018 she also obtained with merit a Master (LL.M) in Banking and Finance Law from University College London (UCL). Her dissertation which was awarded distinction was on funding small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Ms. Pechlivanidi became member of the Cyprus Bar Association in 2017. She joined our law firm in May 2019 as Associate and member of the Banking & Finance Department. She is Greek and Cypriot lawyer with practical and theoretical experience in the fields of Corporate, Banking and Finance Law, while she is also doctoral candidate studying the regulatory framework of various types of crowdfunding.

Len Judes

Mr. Len Judes graduated from the University of Manchester (LL.B. Hons) in 1991, followed by being admitted to the Israeli Bar in 1993. He has been practicing in Israel and consulting in Cyprus ever since then.

Mr. Judes joined our law firm as Of-Counsel in 2010 and he is member of the Corporate & Commercial Department and of the Real Estate, Immigration & Citizenship Department. He specializes in corporate, fiduciary and tax efficient corporate structuring as well as in wealth management. He liaises with international clients and advises on their cross-border matters, while liaising with foreign law firms and advisors.

Mr. Judes who has an office in Tel Aviv and who speaks Hebrew, regularly assists Israeli clients with various legal matters in Cyprus. He also Chaired the Israel Britain Chamber of Commerce between 2005 and 2010 and remain Honorary President of the Chamber. In addition, he is among the founders and chairman of the Israel Lithuania Chamber of Commerce. Apart from his long experience as practicing lawyer, Mr. Jude has also served as Faculty Member and Lecturer in Land Law, Administrative Law and Jurisprudence at the Ono Academic College, (1998-2001).