Yiannis has a law degree with Merit from the National University of Athens (Law Faculty). He obtained an LL.M in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary College, University of London, with Distinction.
He has been practising law since 2009 and before establishing his own firm he served as a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Department of one of the most prominent law firms in Cyprus.
He has significant experience in a wide range of contentious matters, focusing on international commercial litigation and arbitration, corporate disputes, winding-up applications, breach of contract, product liability, competition law, construction and real estate disputes and employment law claims.
He represented clients in multijurisdictional cases which required the issuance of interim freezing and disclosure injunctions in management and corporate control disputes, derivative shareholders’ claims, breach of fiduciary duties claims, winding up applications and in domestic proceedings for the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.
Yiannis represents banking institutions and administrators/liquidators before the District Courts and the Supreme Court on a regular basis.
Yiannis’ practice also covers unlawful termination of distribution franchise and licensing agreements and contentious aspects of intellectual property law.
He has also a particular interest in information and technology sector and provides specialised advice to entrepreneurs, investors and innovative companies.
Benchmark Litigation Europe included Yiannis in its “Dispute Resolution Star” list for Cyprus for 2018 and 2019.
Besides representing clients in court at all levels, he advises clients on commercial agreements and all aspects of contract law, data protection issues, and strategies to reduce their potential exposure to litigation.
Yiannis also has extensive experience on employment law and he regularly advises both individuals and the Human Resources departments of domestic and multinational companies, on disciplinary and grievance procedures, employment data protection issues, employment aspects of company restructuring, transfer of undertakings, redundancy, provident and pension funds issues, equality and diversity issues and any other labour law implications connected with dismissals, voluntary severance schemes and significant internal restructurings. He also regularly deals with negotiating and drafting contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, restraints of trade, as well as compromise and release agreements and employer’s manuals.
His expertise in employment law has been constantly recognised and recommended by the Legal 500 EMEA as a Next Generation Lawyer for employment law, and singled out for his “prompt, clear and practical advice” and “the provision of 24/7 assistance.”
Kyprianos Matheou is our firm's consultant in Administrative, Real Estate/Immovable Property, Construction, Town Planning and Brexit matters.
Kyprianos has an undergraduate degree in Commerce and Economics from the University of Cairo and two postgraduate degrees, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Administration from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, Netherlands, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany.
He has vast work experience in public administration obtained from various positions through which he had extensive input in the formulation of the Land registry laws, implementation of policies and projects, formulation, promotion and implementation of local plans, area schemes and town planning legislation.
From 1980 – 1987, he served as the Administrative Secretary of the Planning Board of the Republic of Cyprus.
From 1996-2005, Kypros was the District Officer of Larnaca. His duties involved enforcement of local administration regulations and legislation on a daily basis such as the Municipalities Law, the Immovable Property Laws, Town and Country Planning law and the Streets and Buildings Law.
From 1996-2005 he served as Chairman of the Waterboard of Larnaca.
From 2005-2019 he served as the Area Officer of the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area (SBA). His main duties involved enforcement of the SBA legislation and regulations, control of development within the SBA and consultation on the introduction of planning legislation in the SBA, consultation and liaison with the local authorities within the SBA and the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus on all administrative matters of their respective compentence including the Limassol New Port Extension, the Limassol Desalination Project and Brexit.
He speaks Greek and English fluently, has a good command of French and basic knowledge of Turkish and Arabic.
Melina has studied at the University of Cyprus acquiring an LLB with Excellent in 2018.
In 2020 she obtained an LLM in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol, with Merit.
Melina completed her pupillage and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2020. She then joined our firm as an Associate Lawyer.
Melina’s practice focuses mainly on Corporate & Commercial disputes, Banking law, as well as matters of Public and Administrative Law and Employment Law.
She appears before the District Courts and Administrative Court of Cyprus on a regular basis.
Melina is fluent in Greek (native speaker) and English.