Antoniou McCollum & Co. is a top-tier Cyprus law firm specialising in commercial and corporate law. The firm delivers high-quality 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.
Areas of practice
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 ongoing compliance and operations.