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Anastasios Antoniou LLC

Grigori Afxentiou 3

Limassol 4003

Phone+357 25105038
Fax +357 25104574

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Law Firm Overview

Anastasios Antoniou LLC is ranked as leading Cyprus law firm by the Legal 500, Best Lawyers International, Martindale Hubbell and is recommended by IFLR1000.
A boutique practice rendering legal advice and counsel on merger control, competition law, maritime law, EU law, intellectual property and energy law issues. Our dispute resolution practice pursues litigation and arbitration in IP, corporate, human rights, constitutional, energy and competition disputes.

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 ensure 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, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, Italian

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.

Areas of Law Description

Our areas of practice include:


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.

- 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. They can result in the obtaining or strengthening of a position of market power and thus in an increase in the market price of the products or services concerned.

- Cartels

Anticompetitive practices can have serious implications as to the smooth operation of markets and the existence of fair competition. Agreements, decisions or practices which have an object or effect the distortion of competition and which can include dumping, price-fixing, bundling, tying, exclusive dealing or even dividing territories, have serious detrimental effects to competitors and – consequently – to consumers. This anticompetitive behavior should be addressed in the best possible way and this is where our legal services make the difference.

- Abuse of Dominance

Our services can help your organization make sure that, whichever industry you are operating in, your transactions meet the requirements of all competition rules, that your business policies are compliant and that your interests are well-protected. It is often the case that competition law infringements occur as a result of the behavior of market participants holding a large share of the market, should that be a monopoly, oligopoly or other form of dominance.


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.

- Competition Litigation

Anticompetitive behavior should be addressed in the best possible manner and this is where our legal services and our dedicated Competition practice make the difference. We litigate against cartels and any forms of collusion, such as concerted practices or anticompetitive agreements, and also handle situations where dominant market players abuse their dominant position against other market participants. We appear before the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition, the District Courts and the Supreme Court in competition law matters.

- Interim Orders and Injunctions

Our practice is specialized in pursuing and obtaining interim order and injunctions within the context of main proceedings. Cyprus Courts have jurisdiction to issue a number of interim orders, including Freezing Orders, Discovery Orders, Garnishee Orders and Interim Receiver appointment orders. Interim Orders in support of foreign arbitration or in aid of court proceedings in other EU Member States also fall within the competence of Cyprus Courts and are often sought by our Firm’s Advocates. Read more on how our Advocates can help with interim relief before Cyprus Courts.

- Energy Litigation

As part of our dedicated Energy practice, the Firm is in the best possible position to manage and pursue litigation in energy disputes, including oil and gas disputes, through both international arbitration and domestic litigation, as the case may be. Our work includes from commercial disputes in the energy sector to investment arbitration under either Article 26 or 27 of the Energy Charter Treaty. We have developed substantial know-how in assessing claims, managing complex cases, and cooperating with our energy clients’ in-house lawyers.

- Commercial Arbitration

- International Investment Arbitration


Our Law Firm render its legal services to ship owners, ship managers, carriers, maritime security companies, freight forwarders, underwriters and cargo claimants with respect to the following matters:

Carrying out registration of Ships and other vessels
Advising on financing, operation and ownership of vessels
Advising on the provision of maritime security services on board Cyprus ships
Attending to the licensing and authorisation of private maritime security companies
Advising and litigating on cargo losses
Advising on Charterparties
Advising on and litigating collusion disputes
Advising on and litigating Oil Pollution issues and environmental disputes
Advising on towage and salvage claims
Drafting and advising on ship building and ship repair contracts
Litigating vessel-related personal injury claims
Advising on employment issues regarding officers and crew
Litigating on all Admiralty and Maritime issues, including ship arrest proceedings
Advising on the Law of the Sea and Public International Law issues
Advising on and litigating Law of the Sea disputes (internationally and domestically)


The times we live in are proving increasingly competitive towards safeguarding ideas, inventions, logos, brands and copyright. The continuous development of the Internet and e-Commerce in particular, amongst other factors, has given rise to a number of new issues and requirements in terms of protecting, managing and safeguarding the intellectual property of any undertaking.

- Trademarks

Under Cyprus law, a trade mark may be comprised of names, words, logos, symbols, numbers, designs, images, the shape of goods, colours, 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 towards:

Trademark Registration in Cyprus
Trademark Registration in the EU (Community Trade Marks)
Trademark Renewals
Trademark Assignments
Trademark Infringement Litigation
Passing Off Litigation
Trademark Tax Planning


Our legal services for the Energy industry encompass all aspects of transactions entailed in an energy venture. We advise on the full range of issues in Energy and Natural Resources Law, including regulatory compliance, competition, mergers and acquisitions, financing, commercial and trading contracts, commercial and corporate advice and energy taxation issues. Moreover, our litigation practice strategically handles dispute resolution in the energy industry.


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. Today more than ever, airlines and airports face increasing difficulties and escalating costs and regulatory constraints, their profitability substantially compromised unless proper legal counsel is rendered at the right time and as part of their operations strategy.


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 Merchanst Shipping of Cyprus towards providing maritime security services on board Cyprus ships. Specifically, our legal services include:

Assisting ship operators in obtaining approval of delegating security of their ships to private maritime security companies
Assisting security companies towards being licensed to provide their private security services on board Cyprus ships
Advising on regulatory and other licensing, compliance and reporting aspects of the applicable legislation
Advising on contractual, commercial and corporate aspects
Advising on and drafting security services engagement agreements in compliance with applicable domestic and international legislation
Advising on and drafting security services employment agreements for private gurards in the service of private security companies
Advising on International Law aspects of Piracy and other unlawful acts at sea
Litigating contractual disputes, criminal acts and torts before Cyprus Courts and competent international tribunals


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. We are here to help you make the most out of emerging opportunities as soon as these appear and render our legal services towards the particular challenges facing those involved in the Information Technology and e-Commerce industries.


  • International Trademark Association
  • International League of Competition Law
  • British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • European Competition Lawyers Forum


Attorney's Picture Anastasios A. Antoniou
Managing Advocate
Admiralty and Maritime, Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice


Ms. Aquilina Demetriadi
Admiralty and Maritime, Advertising, Aerospace Law, Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution


Attorney's Picture Nikolas Ioannides
Accident, Admiralty and Maritime, Appellate Practice, Aviation Law, Bankruptcy


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 Protection of Foreign Direct Investment in Cyprus

The EU’s legislative landscape on failing banks may be changing quite rapidly. Cyprus was indeed 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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 Intellectual Property Tax Planning with 2% tax on profits from royalty income

The attractive tax regime for royalty from Intellectual Property rights in Cyprus, which can be used by global IP owners, allows for as low as 2% effective tax on profits from royalty on IP.

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 Protecting Cyprus Ships against Acts of Piracy and other Unlawful Acts

Cyprus has enforced legislation which 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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 Cyprus Hydrocarbons Exploration and Exploitation in Cyprus' EEZ

Cyprus Hydrocarbons Exploration and Exploitation: the Legal Framework and Licensing for hydrocarbon reserves in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone

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 Cyprus Courts’ Interim Orders Jurisdiction: International Freezing, Discovery and Arbitration Aid Orders

Cypriot courts have a fully established judicial power to grant interim orders over various issues with an international effect.

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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 Investment Firms: Forex and financial services providers licensed by CySEC

This article discusses the concept and regulation of the Cyprus Investment Firm, a Cyprus incorporated company providing financial services in alignment with MiFID and providing forex, portfolio management and brokerage services, amongst others.

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 ICIS: Cyprus Private Investment Funds with a plethora of tax and legal advantages

Private International Collective Investment Schemes (ICIS), can be established in Cyprus and achieve maximum profitability for their investments in the most tax-efficient manner.

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 Dispute Resolution & Litigation in Cyprus and ADR Prospects

Anastasios Antoniou on Dispute Resolution and Litigation services in Cyprus and the prospects of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Cyprus.

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 Cyprus Company offers the lowest tax rate in the EU

The following piece details the business-friendly tax regime of Cyprus and how it can be harnessed through the establishment of a Cyprus Holding Company, the most tax-efficient holding corporate vehicle in the EU with a corporate tax at 10% and zero withholding tax on dividends in most cases

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 Developments in Cyprus Competition Law

As of 2008 Cypriot competition law is in full alignment with Community competition law and the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition Law has increased competences and powers.

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 Cypriot Competition Commission Imposes Heavy Fines on Oil Companies

The Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition finds the four oil companies as having violated competition rules by carrying out a concerted price in fixing fuel prices and imposes millions in fines.

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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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