Alexis' practice primarily focuses on corporate and M&A, banking, finance, private client and data protection matters. Working consistently with various leading international law firms, he provides regulatory and transactional advice to public and private companies, banking institutions, international law firms, investment advisers, ultra-high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurial and institutional investors in various sectors.
He has extensive experience acting on behalf of borrowers and financial institutions across a broad spectrum of high value corporate, banking and finance transactions, as well as rendering advice on the mechanics of various security structures and has advised a plethora of HNWI in relation to their investments in and out of Cyprus, some of which constitute the largest real estate transactions which have ever taken place in Cyprus. Alexis has notably advised a major international telecommunication corporation, in relation to the sale of its 99.05% stake in another entity, for a total contract value of €208 million. In addition, he has acted for the lenders on the refinancing of a $600 million secured facility to one of the largest agricultural companies of Eastern Europe and has advised a leading Ukrainian company on a US$180 million tender offer and US$400 million new note issue.
Alexis has authored various publications, mainly in the areas of banking, finance, real estate and tax law. Among others, he is the co-author of the Cyprus Annual Report on Shareholding Disclosure and Short Selling, and the author of the Pre-Insolvency Enforceability of Derivative Transactions under Cyprus Laws. Alexis has also lectured at the European University of Cyprus.
Alexis is regularly featured in leading legal directories which, in recognition of his achievements, have independently elicited selected clients’ comments which have referred to him as “an extremely knowledgeable strategic thinker”, (IFLR 1000), “a very strong work ethic and entrepreneurial attitude” (Chambers and Partners), “dynamic and methodical” (Who’s Who Legal). Chambers and Partners (High Wealth) recognised Alexis as a “Band 1” lawyer in Cyprus, who, according to the directory, wins high praise for his combination of technical skill and an approachable manner. Chambers High Wealth recognised that Alexis maintains a strong reputation for international work and especially with regards to HNWI. Alexis has been also listed in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 as a (band 1) leading individual in banking and finance. Moreover, he has been recognised consistently as a leading figure in corporate, m&a and real estate and has been described as “extremely efficient” in relation to his work. Lastly, WhosWhoLegal declared Alexis as a recognised figure in the European banking space, highlighted for his first-class corporate finance practice.
Chapter 113(III) of the Companies Law is the main legal framework which regulates the voluntary liquidation procedure in Cyprus. There are two ways in which voluntary liquidation can be triggered: by members or creditors. This article provides an overview of the legal framework for voluntary liquidation by members and creditors, respectively.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government introduced a series of humanitarian and financial measures, with the latter covering insolvency and restructuring matters. Although the measures could provide much-needed breathing space for companies, they might not solve problems that existed prior to the crisis.
Although it is a relatively unknown procedure, examinership may hold the key to the survival of businesses dealing with the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examinership can protect a business from any claims advanced against it in the short term and offer assistance in the form of an insolvency practitioner, who can devise a restructuring plan to safeguard the business's long-term survival.
The Limassol District Court recently ruled that minority shareholders may file an oppression of minority petition irrespective of whether the underlying company had a positive value for making distributions to shareholders in the event of a winding up. Although this first-instance judgment carries no precedential value, it nevertheless sets the record straight with regard to petitioners' locus standi to promote oppression of minority petitions in the event of a winding up.
As a result of the numerous cross-border structures involving Cyprus, the need to recognise foreign insolvency proceedings in Cyprus is becoming more common. While the framework for recognising cross-border insolvencies originating outside the European Union remains largely untested in Cyprus, case law shows the Cyprus courts' willingness to follow the principles of common law in line with current commercial realities.
The examinership framework – which was introduced to the Companies Law in 2015 – offers an effective mechanism for restructuring financially distressed companies. However, judging from relevant case law, it appears that an application for examinership must be pursued promptly when the financial distress arises and not when the need for a moratorium becomes apparent.
Schemes of arrangement have advantages over other insolvency procedures. For example, they offer a flexible, operational, creative and simple mechanism for restructuring debt and allow companies in financial distress to continue as going concerns. Recent statutory amendments have reduced the required statutory threshold for approving a scheme of arrangement and eliminated the requirement to secure a special majority of 75% in both value and the number of creditors present and voting.