Cyprus Commercial, Corporate & Competition Law Firm
Law Firm OverviewAntoniou McCollum & Co. is a top-tier Cyprus law firm specialising in commercial and corporate law. The firm delivers bespoke legal services across all major business sectors in Cyprus, supporting domestic and international clients operating in or entering the Cyprus market. The firm prides itself on its strong client relationships premised on integrity and the commitment to deliver the highest quality legal services.
The firm provides legal services in the following practice areas:
• Commercial and transactions.
• Intellectual property.
• Real estate and trusts
• Digital and data protection.
• Competition and merger control.
• Dispute resolution and litigation.
• Banking and finance.
Year this Office was Established: 2009
Languages: Greek, English, Spanish, French.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Digital Law; European Union Law; Merger Control; Data Protection
Areas of Law Description
Commercial and Transactions
Antoniou McCollum & Co. routinely advises and supports clients on mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, divestments, joint ventures, private equity and financing transactions.
The firm carries out comprehensive corporate, commercial and regulatory legal due diligence, as well as providing support on deal structuring, drafting transaction documents and engaging in regulatory problem-solving and implementation.
The firm is recognised for its expertise in drafting complex commercial agreements, as well as supporting clients on a broad range of transactions, including financing, loan and credit facilities; collateral, pledge and guarantee agreements; asset sale and purchase agreements; joint ventures; asset leasing; software and IP licenses; franchising and distribution agreements; electronic commerce and online sales documentation; and consumer and retail sales contracts.
The firm’s core expertise is advising on the full range of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, amalgamations and restructurings, private equity, strategic investments and joint ventures.
Antoniou McCollum & Co. provides advice on all aspects of Cyprus corporate law, including on issues relating to share capital and classes of shares, dividends, financing, share transfers and directors’ fiduciary duties, as well as on charges and their enforcement, share pledges, financial collateral and statutory compliance.
The firm’s experience of the Cyprus market enables it to identify and tailor corporate vehicles (public or private) to suit the commercial and regulatory requirements of clients.
Antoniou McCollum & Co. has in-depth experience in intellectual property matters including in licensing, assigning, securing and protecting copyright, trademarks, patents, software and databases, both in Cyprus and across the EU. The firm undertakes enforcement and restitution action, including injunctive relief.
The firm’s Intellectual Property practice is experienced in protecting online brands, software applications and know-how and has a deep understanding of the novel challenges faced in online branding and IP.
Real Estate and Trusts
The firm advises on and implements commercial and residential sales; commercial, industrial and retail leasing; mortgages; property conveyance and registration; as well as handling probate, succession and estate administration matters.
Cyprus International Trusts can hold tangible and intangible assets anywhere in the world under a tax-efficient, protected and confidential structure. They are used routinely to hold investments on a worldwide basis, from listed securities to real estate, and from venture capital to art. The firm undertakes the establishment of trusts, the appointment of trustees and provides the full range of advisory services to settlors, trustees and beneficiaries.
Digital and Data
Antoniou McCollum & Co. has vast expertise in data protection matters and advises on compliance with EU and Cyprus data protection laws.
Competition and Merger Control
Antoniou McCollum & Co. is recognised as the leading competition practice in Cyprus. Key expertise includes: advising and representing clients on competition law compliance; EU antitrust issues; cartels, abuse of dominance; abuse of economic dependence, as well as handling leniency and immunity cases.
The Competition and Merger Control practice plays a lead role in merger control issues relating to cross-border transactions and has a strong track record on filing and clearing mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures with the Cypriot Competition Authority and the European Commission including foreign-to-foreign transactions where Cyprus domestic turnover thresholds are met.
Dispute Resolution and Litigation
The firm has a proven track record of dispute management through early risk identification, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. Antoniou McCollum & Co. is at the forefront of leading commercial and corporate litigation before the courts of Cyprus and the EU, as well as commercial and investment arbitration.
The firm acts for clients on a broad range of commercial and corporate matters including shareholders disputes, contractual disputes, debt recovery and enforcement proceedings.
The firm supports proceedings by pursuing injunctive relief, such as asset tracing orders, discovery orders and freezing orders and acts on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.
The firm has the track record necessary to give you expert advice in this complex and dynamic landscape and regularly advises on liquidations, examinerships, receiverships, debt restructuring and bankruptcies.
Principally supporting debtors, creditors, liquidators, receivers, administrators, as well as bankruptcy trustees, the firm also acts for creditors in actions brought against them for recovery of unfair preferences and other actions that may be taken as a result of insolvency.
Banking and Finance
Antoniou McCollum & Co. advises borrowers and lenders on corporate lending transactions; property development finance; debt sales and distressed lending and trading; debt and equity restructuring; receiverships and administrations; residual and other debt recovery and security enforcement.
The firm is highly versed in the regulatory framework governing credit institutions, investment funds, financial services providers and credit-acquiring companies, advising clients on all aspects from authorisation and licensing to on-going compliance and operations.
Anastasios A. Antoniou
Agency and Distributorship, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Appellate Practice, Arbitration
Christina K. McCollum
Agency and Distributorship, Business and Industry, Business Law, Commercial Law, Communication
- European Competition Lawyers Forum
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
- Cyprus Bar Association
- International Bar Association
Articles Published by Antoniou McCollum & Co.
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
Cyprus features the most efficient tonnage tax scheme in the EU, approved by the European Commission.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article
Trade Marks in Cyprus: Registration, Protection and InfringementRead Article
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.Read Article
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.Read Article