Menelaos Kyprianou

Managing Partner

Contact details

+357.22.44.77.77 menelaos.kyprianou@kyprianou.com 2 Agias Elenis Street 6th & 7th Floor 1060 Nicosia, Cyprus Connect on LinkedIn

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • French

Menelaos Kyprianou is the managing partner of the firm and specialises in the field of litigation with a cross border element. UK and Russian leading law firms regularly refer work to him. The European Legal 500 Directory in its 2015 Edition has described him as "an outstanding lawyer" while according to the Chambers Europe 2015 directory Menelaos is "relied on by clients for his excellent support in corporate disputes".

In 2014 Menelaos was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus as a member of the team advising the President and the chief negotiator in relation to the talks that are taking place with the Turkish Cypriot community with the aim of reuniting Cyprus. Specifically, Menelaos was appointed in the team which advised on issues of European Union law.

Menelaos was also a member of the board of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission during the years 2007 – 2011. 

At present, Menelaos Kyprianou is the Chairman of the Appeal Committee for Financial Disputes of the Cyprus Football Association.

Activities:

  • Submitted a thesis at the FIDE (Federation International de Droit Europeene) conference held in Dublin in June 2004 on the subject “Criminal Law in the European Union: A Giant Leap or a Small Step?”
  • AIJΑ conference in Limassol (19/11/04) – made a presentation on the topic: «Bringing an EU Based Law Case before National Courts: How Does It Work? A Real Life Case Study».
  • Chaired the 1st Annual Cyprus Anti-Money Laundering Forum held in Nicosia on the 24th November 2008. 
  • Made a presentation at the C5 forum in London in 2014 on the interim measures available to litigants in Cyprus in cross border cases.
  • Wrote the Cyprus chapter in the first four editions of ‘The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review.’

Credentials

  • Education LLB (Hons), Nottingham University, UK (1993)Barrister–at–Law of The Middle Temple (1994)
  • Professional memberships Cyprus Bar AssociationChartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Accolades Menelaos has been consistently recommended by the independent international law directories Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 as an expert in the field of dispute resolution.
  • Specialization Litigation with a cross border element

Experience

  • Represented a Forbes listed Russian businessman in relation to the resolution of a dispute arising from a joint venture valued at USD 15 billion.

  • Called as an expert witness on Cyprus Financial Law in arbitration proceedings before the Moscow Chamber of Commerce.

  • Was the lead advocate and had the case management in three related LCIA arbitrations concerning a dispute arising out of a share sale agreement concerning the Kazakhstan port authorities for a consideration in the region of USD 300,000,000.

  • Represented a prominent Russian businessman in a dispute over the shareholding of one of the largest malls in Moscow, Europark.

  • Represented a major German bank in a dispute it had with a Cypriot entity beneficially owned by a Ukrainian oligarch in relation to the sale of a Ukrainian Bank.

  • As a junior lawyer assisting senior counsel appeared in 1995 before the European Court of Human Rights in a much publicised right to life case against the Republic of Cyprus.

  • Successfully defended a presidential candidate for the 1998 Cyprus elections from a libel claim that had been filed against him a few weeks before the presidential elections.

  • Won an appeal in the Supreme Court of Cyprus against a well-known local ophthalmologist who was held to have negligently performed eye laser surgery on the plaintiff, a young lady, causing her permanent sight problems.

  • Acted on behalf of a well-known local doctor in a libel claim he filed against a major local newspaper and against a well-known political figure. The libel claim was successful before the District Court and was later upheld on appeal by the Supreme Court of Cyprus. The judgment of the Supreme Court in this case created an important precedent on the limits of the defence of fair comment in the law of defamation.