Angelos G. Paphitis

Managing Partner
"The ‘knowledgeable’ Angelos Paphitis is known for his ‘deep, thorough and constructive’ approach", Legal 500 EMEA, 2015; and "it seems like nothing is impossible for him", Legal 500 EMEA 2019. "Very experienced, highly qualified, business-oriented", LEGAL 500 EMEA 2022’
"The ‘knowledgeable’ Angelos Paphitis is known for his ‘deep, thorough and constructive’ approach", Legal 500 EMEA, 2015; and "it seems like nothing is impossible for him", Legal 500 EMEA 2019. "Very experienced, highly qualified, business-oriented", LEGAL 500 EMEA 2022’

Angelos G. Paphitis

Managing Partner
"The ‘knowledgeable’ Angelos Paphitis is known for his ‘deep, thorough and constructive’ approach", Legal 500 EMEA, 2015; and "it seems like nothing is impossible for him", Legal 500 EMEA 2019. "Very experienced, highly qualified, business-oriented", LEGAL 500 EMEA 2022’
Called to the Bar of England & Wales (2001), Gray’s Inn (NP), and the Cyprus Bar (2004), Angelos has extensive litigation and advisory experience primarily on complex corporate and commercial disputes and injunctions. From a business perspective, Angelos has structured and negotiated countless commercial transactions, and having been a true leader and a pioneer of the financial services and fintech industries in Cyprus, he epitomizes the perfect combination. Angelos is the Managing Partner of AGPLAW and a hugely passionate lawyer.

Angelos is a person of strong personality, a hard worker motivated for success, an effective team leader who is able to inspire, influential and highly knowledgeable of what he is dealing with. His work ethic, commitment, attention to detail and tenacious approach towards all of his clients has marked him out from his earliest years in practice.

He heads the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Practice; he has a wealth of specialist knowledge on corporate and commercial areas of the law, both in transactional projects as well as in litigation. He is recognized as a leading individual in the legal directories, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 and IFLR1000, for his expertise in commercial and corporate law, tax, banking & finance, and financial services regulatory.

In terms of litigation, Angelos appears in complex and high-profile disputes before all courts in Cyprus (District and Supreme Courts), as well as in international commercial arbitrations (including in the LCIA and ICC). He has a particular interest in cases involving ex-parte injunctions and injunctive reliefs, whether in support of domestic or foreign disputes.

Furthermore, Angelos is the joint head of the FS Regulatory & Fintech Practice of the Firm, representing local and international Tech companies, Investment Firms, e-banks, and FS Institutions. He is a full member of the International Compliance Association since 2024.

He is an authorized Insolvency Practitioner (Liquidator) and an active member of the Association of Insolvency Practitioners of Cyprus since 2015, with over 200 insolvency appointments. He is a professional Trustee, registered Trust and Estate Practitioner and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners of the UK (STEP), a holder of the title TEP since 2005 (click here), with over 2 billion euro worth of assets held under trust and over 250 trustee appointments since 2005.

Angelos further advises on local and international tax and corporate structuring, on medium and large-scale real estate matters and, on foreign investments to Cyprus. He frequently acts for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and companies.

Angelos is fluent in English and Greek.

  • Barrister at Law (2001), Gray's Inn, London, UK
  • Called to the Cyprus Bar (2004), Cyprus Bar Association
  • Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP), holder of TEP title (full STEP member since 2005)
  • International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), certified member (since 2005)
  • Insolvency Practitioner, member of the Cyprus Insolvency Practitioners Association (since 2015)
  • ICA Associate, International Compliance Association, member since 2023.
  • SHARP International Representation: Actively representing electronics giant SHARP International, focusing on their EU structuring and operational strategies.
  • Global Trademark Registration: Currently managing the registration of over 100 trademarks for a multi-national corporation across more than 20 countries worldwide. This task involves navigating through various international intellectual property frameworks, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and numerous local trademark registries.
  • High-Profile Mergers & Acquisitions: Successfully handled a high-profile M&A transaction in Cyprus. My role involved representing a Joint Venture during the negotiations, conducting thorough legal and tax due diligence, and contributing to the overall evaluation for the acquisition of a major hospital in Cyprus. This project demanded an ability to efficiently manage complex, multi-faceted transactions.
  • LCIA Arbitration Support Worth of $1.4 billion in Cyprus: Representing a major Russian logistic and transport public company in arbitration proceedings at the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Successfully secured interim prohibitory orders against two Cypriot companies, safeguarding a $1.4 billion debt following a leveraged buyout agreement from 2012.  For more information click here
  • Russian Production Group Representation: Actively defending a large Russian production group against multiple applications by a minority shareholder for the appointment of an interim receiver/manager, aiming to control or preserve the group's assets in Russia.
  • Investor Action Against Banc de Binary: Representing 77 investors in a case of fraud and conspiracy against Banc de Binary investment group in Cyprus, focusing on financial misconduct and intentions to defraud.
  • EMI Representation Against Central Bank of Cyprus: Advocating for an Electronic Money Institution in Cyprus in a case against the Central Bank of Cyprus for rights violations due to procedural delays, resulting in client damages.
  • Private Hospital Acquisition Deal: Representing two investors in the potential $30 million acquisition of a majority stake in a private Cyprus hospital.
  • High-Net-Worth Individual Dispute Resolution: Acting for a prominent Russian billionaire in disputes over matrimonial assets in Cyprus.
  • BTC-E Scandal €38 million Legal Victory: Represented Sergey Mayzus and his companies in the BTC-E scandal, securing over €38 million in compensation for reputational damage and losses.  For more information click here.
  • Corporate Fraud of €25 million Defense: Defended 5 clients in a €25 million corporate fraud case, successfully opposing interim orders and achieving the cancellation of a court-issued interim order.
  • Cyprus Holding Company €47 million Legal Challenge: Engaged by a Cyprus holding company in a €47 million claim, successfully objecting to an attempt to freeze client assets and leading to the withdrawal of the claim.
  • Legal Success on Obtaining an Interim Receivership Court Order: Represented a Ukrainian businesswoman, obtaining an ex-parte appointment of an Interim Receiver/Manager over five Cyprus companies with significant agricultural assets in Ukraine.
  • LL.B (Hons) Law, London South Bank University
  • LL.M on Commercial & Corporate Law, UCL, University of London
  • BVC (Barrister), Bar Vocational Course, City University, London – Inns of Court School of Law
  • PgD on International Tax Law, Robert Kennedy College, Zurich, Switzerland. 
  • Cyprus Bar Association,
  • Limassol Bar Association,
  • Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn, London,
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP),
  • Cyprus Insolvency Practitioners Association,
  • International Compliance Association,
  • International Bar Association,
  • International Tax Planning Association,
  • International Law Office,
  • International Trademarks Association,
  • Cyprus – Russia Business Association,
  • Cyprus – China Business Association,
  • Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
  • Limassol Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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