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A. A. Antoniou & Associates LLC

Jean Nouvel Tower, Level 401
Stasinos Avenue, 6

Nicosia 1060
Cyprus

Phone+357 (25) 051500

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A. A. Antoniou & Associates LLC is a leading Cyprus law firm that is part of the EY Law network, spanning 71 jurisdictions and consisting of 1,700 lawyers.


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Articles Published by A. A. Antoniou & Associates LLC

 EU Court of Justice Invalidates US-EU Safe Harbor Arrangement

On October 6, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down judgment in Case C-362/14, Maximillian Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner, invalidating the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor arrangement.

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 Cyprus International Trusts Overview

Cyprus International Trusts feature essential regulatory, confidentiality and tax advantages, providing interested settlors and beneficiaries with unparalleled tax planning possibilities and an estate planning solution of impeccable quality.

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 Naturalisation in Cyprus (EU) by Investment

Cyprus, being an attractive investment and holding jurisdiction, affords a non-Cypriot investor the opportunity apply for the acquisition of Cyprus (EU) citizenship and therefore a Cyprus (EU) Passport, on the basis of specific investment-related criteria, starting from €2,5 million.

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 EU Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive

Public opinion became familiar with the term ‘bank resolution’ during the Cyprus banking crisis of 2013. The legal model that had been used in Cyprus, under which powers were vested in the Central Bank to resolve failing banks pursuant to the provisions of emergency national legislation, now exists within the legal order of the European Union (‘EU’) and is in full application as of 1/1/2015.

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 Overview of Cyprus Merger Control Rules

The Cypriot regime governing the control of concentrations is often surprising for foreign businesses and their counsel, due to the relatively low thresholds. Considering however that entirely foreign-to-foreign mergers and acquisitions, as well as joint ventures, can be caught under the Cypriot merger control regime, we have authored this note as guidance to all parties involved in a transaction that meets the jurisdictional thresholds that trigger a Cyprus filing.

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 Legal Aspects of Conflicting Views on Cyprus's Exclusive Economic Zone

We explore the general legal aspects of the conflicting positions between Cyprus and Turkey relating to Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and the exploration for natural gas. This note does not constitute nor should be relied upon as legal advice and is for general information only. Regulated legal advice and counsel can be retained by contacting our Public International Law practice.

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 Cyprus Tonnage Tax Scheme for Ship Owners, Managers and Charterers

Cyprus features the most efficient tonnage tax scheme in the EU, approved by the European Commission.

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 Cyprus Holding Companies

Cyprus provides an established, stable and solid legislative framework under which Cyprus companies can be formed for intermediary or ultimate holding purposes within corporate groups, in project finance, cross-border transactions or even investment management contexts.

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 Cyprus Alternative Investment Funds

In what constitutes a pivotal step in the transformation of Cyprus into one of the primary investment funds jurisdictions, new legislation is in place to regulate the establishment of Alternative Investment Funds. The Alternative Investment Funds Law of 2014 (the Law) provides a much-expected overhaul to Cyprus' investment funds regime, which commenced with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers framework enacted in 2013.

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 Cyprus - Ideal Jurisdiction for Electronic Commerce and Online Services

Cyprus constitutes an ideal jurisdiction from which to carry out e-commerce trading and provide online services, provided that regulated legal advice is obtained to ensure that all conditions relieving a Cyprus-based ISP from liability are in place.

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 New Merger Control Legislation in Cyprus Enacted

The 2014 merger control regime replaces the previous framework in place since 1999 and increases the powers of the Commission for the Protection of Competition in assessing, investigating and clearing merger, acquisitions and joint ventures.

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 Protection of Foreign Direct Investment in Cyprus

Cyprus had been the first Member State to experience and implement the resolution and bail-in approach with respect to failing banks, thus relieving taxpayers and direct investors from suffering the burden of rescuing failing, bad-managed banks. But there can be no doubt that Cyprus is a jurisdiction actively protecting foreign direct investment at the highest levels.

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 Protecting Cyprus Ships against Acts of Piracy and other Unlawful Acts

Cyprus laws allows for the provision of private security services on board Cyprus ships for the purpose of protecting them and their crew and cargo from unlawful acts in sea, particularly acts of piracy in high risk seas.

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 Trade Marks Protection in Cyprus

Trade Marks in Cyprus: Registration, Protection and Infringement

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 Minority Shareholders Oppression in Cyprus companies and available remedies

Cyprus fully recognizes the possibility that minority shareholders in a Company may become oppressed or unfairly prejudiced against on behalf of the controlling or majority shareholders and/or the board of the Company. There are various situations in which either the Company or minority shareholders’ interests are harmed by the majority shareholders under Cyprus law and the available remedies in such cases.

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 Cyprus Ship Registration

Cyprus has grown into one of the largest and most popular shipping centres in the world representing in particular an estimated 20% of the world’s third party managed fleet. The Register of Cyprus Ships is the tenth largest in the world with a merchant fleet exceeding 20 million gross tonnage and third largest in the European Union, comprising of a percentage of 11% of the total fleet of the EU.

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Cyprus Lawyers Anastasios Antoniou LLC

ANASTASIOS ANTONIOU LLC is a boutique Cyprus Law Firm, committed to the provision of the highest quality of specialized legal services in a wide range of practice areas. Competition Law, Financial Services Law, Investment Funds, Energy and Infrastructure/PPP are the practice areas in which we offer valuable expertise and attach particular emphasis to, while we also provide full legal support and render our legal services in relation to Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Law. Our Dispute Resolution practice has also been strategically designed to address and resolve issues of conflict arising in all practice areas we are engaged in, thus enabling our Firm to ensure that our Clients receive the full range of legal services, from legal support, advice and drafting to the handling of complex transactions and dispute resolution.




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