Anastasios Antoniou LLC

Cyprus Lawyers on Merger Control, Competition, Intellectual Property, Commercial and EU Law

Anastasios Antoniou LLC

Grigori Afxentiou 3, 102
Limassol 4003

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

E-mail  Contact Anastasios A. Antoniou, Managing Advocate

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, Commercial 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

In distinguishing our Firm for “providing a service equal to any international law firm“, The Legal 500 have also emphasised our “expertise“, “knowledge” and “eye for detail” as being the reasons behind our “solid reputation”. Such recognition, amongst other rankings, is a testament to our adamant commitment to legal clarity and our dedication to the provision of the highest quality of legal advice, counsel and support under Cyprus law, EU law and international law matters.

Our boutique Cyprus Law Firm advises on a particular range of specialized practice areas through its qualified Cyprus Lawyers. Our practice area divisions have been developed in response to an increasingly changing global marketplace and growing legal challenges in diverse sectors.


Merger Control
Abuse of Dominance
European Union Law

Community Trade Marks
European Company (Societas Europaea)
EU Law & Regulation
EU Merger Control
European Payment Orders
Maritime and Shipping

Cyprus Ship Registration
Cyprus Tonnage Tax
Ship finance
Ship Arrest
Maritime Law
Maritime Security

Domestic Arbitration
International Commercial Arbitration
International Investment Arbitration

Commercial Fraud and Asset Recovery
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Debt Recovery
Corporate Litigation
Admiralty Litigation
Interim Orders and Injunctions
European Payment Orders
Registration and Enforcement of Judgments
Cartel Litigation and Competition law proceedings
Ship Arrest
Corporate and Commercial

Alternative Investment Funds (AIF)
Company Formations
Corporate Law and Finance
Debt Recovery

Energy law
Oil and Gas
Investment & Private Client

Alternative Investment Funds (AIF)
Cyprus Holding Company
Cyprus International Trusts
Protection of Foreign Investment
Real Estate
Intellectual Property

Community Trade Marks
Intellectual Property Law
Trade Marks
Intellectual Property Box
Public International Law


Information Technology


Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals



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
Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Arbitration, Business and Industry



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

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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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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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