Anastasios Antoniou LLC

Cyprus Merger Control, Competition, Intellectual Property, EU Law & Litigation Lawyers

Anastasios Antoniou LLC

Grigori Afxentiou 3, 102
Limassol 4003

Phone+357 (25) 750003
Fax +357 (25) 104574

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Law Firm Overview

Anastasios Antoniou LLC, ranked as top-tier Cyprus law firm by The Legal 500, peer-acclaimed in Best Lawyers International, included in the world’s best competition lawyers by Who’s Who Legal and acclaimed by the IFLR1000 and Lexology, is a boutique law practice specializing in Merger Control and Competition law, Maritime law, EU law, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

The Firm has established itself for its’ commitment to legal clarity and is the law firm of choice for multinational corporations, global law firms and governments in our practice areas of expertise.

What sets the firm apart is its commitment to legal clarity. We strive to provide comprehensive legal solutions to contemporary legal challenges in a clear, reliable and unequivocal manner. Our concrete set of values ensures that formulating client relationships founded on trust, reliability and integrity is a pivotal element of our deliverables and practice.

Anastasios Antoniou LLC is widely recognized and recommended for our solid expertise and our commitment to legal clarity. Our firm has represented international corporations, governments and institutions in our practice areas of expertise. Having established ourselves as the Cyprus lawyers of choice for multinational corporations, governments and global law firms, our Firm is focused and specialized in advising on legal issues faced by the oil & gas, maritime security, shipping, aviation, telecommunications and e-commerce industries.

Languages: Greek, English, Spanish, Russian, French, German

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Merger Control; Maritime Security; Abuse of Dominance; Cartels; Regulatory Compliance; Competition Litigation; Interim Orders and Injunctions; Energy Litigation; UCITS; Private Funds; Infrastructure; Pollution and Contamination; Climate Change Laws; International Investment Arbitration; International Commercial Arbitration.

Areas of Law Description

Our areas of practice include:

- EU Law

Repeatedly ranked as top-tier Cyprus law firm in European Union (EU) law by eminent professional rankings, including, Anastasios Antoniou LLC is at the forefront of rendering legal advice and counsel, as well as litigating, in issues relating to EU law and regulation.

- Merger Control

The objective of merger control is to enable the competition authorities to administer changes in market structure by deciding whether two or more commercial companies may merge, combine, or join their businesses. Mergers may create a noticeable change in the market and raise serious competition concerns.

- Competition Law

We are one of the few truly specialized competition practices in Cyprus, that can deal with both domestic and cross-border competition issues, should these arise in the context of anticompetitive and collusive behavior, such as in agreements, decisions or concerted practices between competitors (cartels), in cases of abuse of dominance by undertakings with large market shares, or in the context of mergers and acquisitions in relation to which notification to the Competition Authority may be necessary.

- Dispute Resolution

Although our Firm prides itself in approaching the legal issues brought before it with the avoidance of potential disputes in mind, we recognize the inevitability of disputes arising in any context, domestically or internationally. Ensuring that our Clients can pursue and safeguard their interests in whatever manner possible means we have established a committed litigation practice able to handle the most critical of disputes, our Advocates appearing before all Courts and tribunals in Cyprus.

- Trademarks

Under Cyprus law, a trade mark may be comprised of names, words, logos, symbols, numbers, designs, images, the shape of goods, colors, sounds and smells or the combination of a number of these elements that constitute a sign. Anastasios Antoniou LLC, a member of the International Trademark Association, is a leading Cyprus law firm in intellectual property and provides regulated legal services.

- Aviation Law

Recognizing the uniqueness and diversity that characterizes the Aviation Industry and the relevant markets, our Firm has the necessary legal expertise and experience to address all issues faced by aviation operators, manufacturers, airports, governments and financial institution alike.

- Maritime Security and Piracy Law

Our Firm assists both ship operators wishing to engage the services of approved security companies as well as any company wishing to obtain the relevant certificate from the Department of Merchant Shipping of Cyprus towards providing maritime security services on board Cyprus ships.

- Internet Law & E-Commerce

The rapid speed at which Information Technology develops means that ongoing, accurate legal support which is aligned with such developments becomes an imperative aspect of getting the technology deal through. We combine in-depth knowledge of technological and commercial developments with practical expertise in a wide range of IT-related legal fields as well as in all legal elements of electronic commerce.


Anastasios Antoniou Mr. Anastasios A. Antoniou
Managing Partner
Admiralty and Maritime, Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice


Ms. Aquilina Demetriadi
Admiralty and Maritime, Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Arbitration



  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • European Competition Lawyers Forum
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law

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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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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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