COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A – TIER 2
STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC has a team that ‘is like a Swiss clock, where each part of the chain is in place and works’. It is best known for its M&A cross-border work and advice on significant foreign direct investments in Cyprus especially in real estate, tourism and energy. In addition it has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency work, as well as acting as local counsel for notable international law firms. Names to note include Stelios Americanos who ‘is a skilled and experienced lawyer’ and the ‘very responsive’ Michalis Zambyrinis.
‘Deep knowledge of Cyprus law. Advice to the point. Proactive approach to solving issues. Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa and Michalis Zambyrinis. Very quick in responding‘.
‘This practice has a wealth of local and international knowledge and is flexible – it is simple to organise meetings and get quick answers to enquiries‘.
‘We are extremely satisfied with the services that are provided. The type of matters handled for us by the firm are corporate and commercial law matters, merger and acquisition projects and banking and financial legal services. It provides a wide range of high quality services‘.
‘Individual approach and high level of professionalism, “no delays” attitude, availability after working hours when needed. The team is very stable in respect of people, so you never have to explain the same thing to the new manager/advisor which is a usual problem with other firms‘.
‘It is strong in corporate law and litigation and responsive to client’s requests demonstrating an innovative approach to various complicated issues involving Cyprus and other jurisdictions‘.
‘Very tailored, individual approach. The team takes time to understand its clients. Every item, no matter how small, is communicated clearly by every member of the team and the team also makes sure that the client is aware of pending deadlines through regular communication and reminders‘.
‘Stelios Americanos to me is unique because here you can get a real one stop shop advice: corporate practice is very strong and takes into account a lot of cross-practices so you can be sure that nothing is missed. We deal with pretty complicated matters so we need to be sure that all the relevant details are taken into account. It has a strong team of specialists. I would like to underline the involvement of Stelios Americanos himself. Also, I would like to underline Juliana Kyriakides – she is also here to help and to find the best solution‘.
BANKING AND FINANCE – TIER 3
STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC advises on high-value, cross-border acquisition and project financing deals, alongside re-financings and real estate financings. Other strengths include syndicated and bilateral lending. Banking clients include local and international commercial and investment banks, with other clients including international finance organisations, investment funds, and corporate borrowers. Practice head Despina Americanou is known for her experience in debt restructuring matters. Stelios Americanos is another prominent member of the team.
‘Very experienced team with good quality and reasonable pricing. Deep knowledge of Russian/CIS specifics. Comprehensive legal briefings and alerts. Despina Americanou is very responsive and always can help. Russian speaking Olga Petrova helps to make communication easier‘.
‘The team is always very approachable and responsive. The lawyers are knowledgeable and provide clear advice on legal points. We work mainly with Despina Americanou and Olga Petrova. They are always fully engaged in matters and available for queries‘.
‘The team is very practical and to the point. Easy do deal with. Stelios has a very commercial and practical approach and always offers a solution and fresh perspective. Despina Americanou is very service oriented‘.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION – TIER 3
STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC handles a vast array of corporate and commercial litigation for major local and international clients and frequently advises banking institutions and asset management companies on sizeable cases against debtors. The team also garners praise for its experience in other areas such as pre-emptive remedies, fraud and asset tracing cases and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Key members of the excellent team are Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa and Akis Koumas.
‘Stelios Americanos & Co LLC is a practice that can handle all kinds of cases, from a plain road traffic accident to complex medical negligence cases. I am impressed by the firm’s strong work ethic, dedication and trustworthiness. Soteris Costa and Akis Koumas always deliver concise and practical advice even in complex areas of law. They have always been accessible and responsive to any request, even to very urgent ones’.
‘Stelios Americanos, Soteris Costa, Chrysanthi Epifaniou. Very quick in responding‘.
‘Stelios Americanos himself makes the difference in this medium sized legal boutique. Highly recommended! Most important aspect of cooperation is readiness & openness to discuss and address the issues. Openness and courage in the face of a formidable adversary‘.
‘The practice is very customer-oriented, lawyers are ready to give you their support 24/7 which is rare in Cyprus. They are very friendly and cooperative, especially when explaining peculiarities of complicated procedural law provisions‘.
‘The creativity of Stelios Americanos and realistic/down-to-earth attitude of Soteris Costa makes a very good combination‘.
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION – TIER 3
STELIOS AMERICANOS & CO LLC is skilled at handling cross-border transactions and has a multi-disciplinary focus on such deals. It frequently advises on property acquisitions, construction agreements and assists with all aspects of land registry procedures. Key members of the team are Stelios Americanos; Andreas Parpas and Thanos Fiakas. Michalis Zambyrinis is also recommended.
‘Availability and efforts made to keep in touch. Stelios Americanos – takes a keen interest in the engagement‘.
‘Mr. Americanos has a unique individual approach participating on behalf of the client in complicated deals and giving the best solutions for a successful completion. Andreas Parpas is a very effective and productive member of the Americanos’ office team‘.
‘The firm has a great knowledge of the real estate and construction industry in Cyprus and has the ability to offer expert legal advice on the matter. The team has the ability to consider all angles of any deal in the industry ensuring that contracts are drafted to cover all eventualities safeguarding the clients in a fair and well balanced manner. Integrity efficiency and ability to meet deadlines coupled with excellent knowledge of the industry‘.
‘The team makes everything necessary to provide assistance in a timely manner, especially in cases when the time is of the essence. The lawyers are professionals. The team seems to have great experience in the sphere, that makes all communications fast and efficient. Each of the team members engaged in the process was aware of the most important points requiring additional attention and rigorous review. It was a great pleasure to work with Mr. Stelios Americanos due to his attention to even minor details and deep involvement in the process‘.