One of the Best Cypriot Litigators
Legal 500 EMEA | Chambers & Partners Europe

Stavros Pavlou

Executive Chairman

Phone: +357 25 871599

  • BSc Economics of Industry and Trade (LSE, London, UK), 1983
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law (City University, London, UK), 1984
  • Barrister at Law (Gray’s Inn, London, UK), 1985
  • Admitted to the Cyprus Bar, 1986
  • Trust and Estate Practitioner (Member of STEP)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Practicing Barrister before the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)
  • Officer of the IBA’s Litigation Committee
  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR)
  • International Bar Association
  • Cyprus Bar Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Association of International Tax Consultants (AITC)
  • International Law Association (ILA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • President of the Committee for the Modernization of Law and the Study of Bills of Law and Public Law, CBA
  • Arbitration and Mediation Committee, CBA
  • Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)
Sample Work
  • Represented a foreign major banks in one of the most high profile international arbitration proceedings before a Cypriot tribunal. The claim related to the performance of certain bank guarantees according to which the bank affected the transfer of the amount of about USD 50 million pursuant to the provisions of a certain State Contract the validity of which was later disputed. We have successfully applied and obtained from the Tribunal an order striking out all the witness statements submitted by the other side as inadmissible on the grounds of irrelevance and which fall outside the framework of the Reference to Arbitration. This judgement had significant implications in the context of the case and constitutes a rare occasion where an Arbitral Tribunal exercises its wide powers given by the UNCINTRAL Rules in such a way.  We received the Final Award in the favour of our Clients pursuant to which the multi-million-claim of the Claimants was dismissed.
  • Representing companies within a Group of companies which own an oil refinery abroad, caught in a shareholders’ dispute for the amount of more than USD 200 million for alleged breaches of shareholders’ agreement, misrepresentation and fraud.
  • Advising one of India’s three largest real estate construction companies, which is also a key player in real estate investments on matters, relating to the enforcement and execution of an LCIA Arbitration Award worth approximately USD 360 million. Our firm has successfully defended the company in the application of the judgment creditor to register one of the Arbitration Awards. This international dispute has received extensive media and academic attention over the last couples of years and its significance lies not only on the high value and prestige of our client but also on the novelty and complexity of the legal matter.
  • Providing ongoing legal advice with respect to the restructuring of one of the largest real estate construction and building materials’ production groups internationally, as a consequence of de-offshorisation laws.  Our involvement included the change of the seat and applicable law of a large trust settlement from a foreign jurisdiction (Bahamas) into Cyprus and undertaking the required actions under Cyprus law for the consequent amalgamation of the re-domiciled company by way of down-stream merger into its Cyprus subsidiary company. Providing further advice after the passing of the foreign jurisdiction’s de-offshorisation law and the relevant CFC regulations carefully examining tax consequences’ issues arising; additionally provided advice on issues of merger procedure between the group companies, reductions of capital and share premium accounts and major restructuring of the group in general (subject matter value over USD 1 billion).
  • Advising one of our high-net-worth foreign individual clients, who owns an interactive online marketing agency, as well as other online platforms, in relation to the settlement of a Cyprus International Trust (CIT) for the purposes of utilizing the same as a wealth management and estate planning tool. We advised on the setting up and registration of the CIT, prepared the relevant documentation and advised on all aspects of the CIT law, including all the related tax implications.
  • Seeking to benefit from the Double Taxation Treaties in place between Cyprus and several other countries, we have advised a number of companies wishing to transfer their base for tax purposes. We have successfully handled and completed quickly and efficiently numerous re-domiciliation procedures from Jersey, Panama and the BVI to Cyprus, drafting the required by Cyprus law documentation, advising on the procedure and providing our legal opinions on tax matters relating to re-domiciliation to and from Cyprus to our multijurisdictional clientele.
  • Advising a number of high-net-worth individuals from Asia and other non-EU countries on the purchase of premium commercial and residential properties which qualify for the Cyprus Citizenship by Investment Programme. This line of work required advising on the property itself, preparing documentation in relation to the purchase, handling land registry registrations and submission, as well as the submission and handling of the citizenship applications on behalf of the investors/applicants. We have acted independently in assisting the clients select appropriate and qualifying properties, identified tax benefits and structured the purchases carefully so that a balance between tax and immigration benefits is achieved. There is a variety of clients ranging from private investors to major international celebrities, therefore, the services offered by our legal team required careful handling with a bespoke approach on each case; these tasks have been very important to our practice.
  • Advising a foreign airline company in relation to the tax consequences and other tax issues arising out of a financing scheme concerning the leasing of Boeing and Airbus aircrafts, involving UAE, Cypriot and Irish entities. We have been providing specialised tax advice in relation to transfer pricing and VAT matters and other relevant taxes.
  • Advised a Cyprus public company with respect to the listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE). The listing in question was the first ever attempted by any Cyprus company. Attended at HKSE and collaborated with two international law firms in submitting the company application to the Exchange. The project involved continued offering advice to the said company in relation to the restructuring of its application for the public offering of its shares in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, preparation and submission of the appropriate applications, drafting of specialized Articles of Association and supporting documentation in accordance with the HKSE requirements, issuing legal opinions to the HKSE and the Underwriters and extensive involvement in coordination and implementation of the project.


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