Michael Kyprianou

Founding and Senior Partner

Contact details

+357 22 447777 michael.kyprianou@kyprianou.com 2 Agias Elenis Street 6th & 7th Floor 1060 Nicosia, Cyprus

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Turkish

Michael Kyprianou is the founder and currently a senior partner of the law firm Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, specialising in litigation and frequently briefed on international litigation. He is regarded as one of the leading litigators in Cyprus.

Until 1991 Michael Kyprianou held the post of Senior Counsel of the Republic of Cyprus and from that position he advised various ministries and departments of the Cyprus Government on significant legal issues, particularly the Ministries of Finance, Commerce and Industry, Interior, Communications and Works. He also regularly appeared in court representing the Government of Cyprus and its various ministries and departments.

He concluded his career as Senior Counsel of the Republic with the landmark case of the Republic of Cyprus and the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus v Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts Inc and Peg Goldberg before the Indiana Court and later before the United States Court of Appeals for the seventh Circuit. The defendants were ordered to return to the Cyprus Government and the Church of Cyprus the Kanakaria Mosaics, stolen from the Kanakaria Church in Cyprus and sold to Goldberg. These mosaics consisted of a handful of the rarest holy Byzantine artifacts to survive into the twentieth century.

Michael Kyprianou has also appeared in a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights at all levels.

He is also involved in the cultural and athletic life of Cyprus. He was elected as president of the Cyprus Football Association for four consecutive biennial terms and was a member of the committee of UEFA and of the Appellate Disciplinary Board of UEFA. He served as vice-president of Entente de Florence for ten years.

In 1991 Michael Kyprianou was elected as a member of the Cyprus Parliament and chaired the House Committee of Commerce, Industry and Tourism for 5 years.

Practice area specialization

Credentials

  • Education Barrister–at–Law of The Middle Temple (1959)
  • Professional memberships Cyprus Bar Association
  • Career progression Established the Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC (in 1991)Senior Counsel of the Republic of Cyprus (1970 – 1991)Counsel of the Republic of Cyprus (1968-1970)
  • Accolades From 2009 onwards Michael Kyprianou has been highly recommended by the Chambers and Partners as a leading lawyer in Dispute Resolution.

Experience

  • Some of the most important cases Michael Kyprianou has been involved in include 13 murder cases. He appeared both for the Prosecution and others for the Defense.

  • Advised various ministries and departments of the Cyprus Government on significant legal issues, particularly the Ministries of Finance, Commerce and Industry, Interior, Communications and Works.

  • Concluded his career as Senior Counsel of the Republic with the landmark case of the Republic of Cyprus and the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus v Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts Inc and Peg Goldberg before the Indiana Court and later before the United States Court of Appeals for the seventh Circuit. The defendants were ordered to return to the Cyprus Government and the Church of Cyprus the Kanakaria Mosaics, stolen from the Kanakaria Church in Cyprus and sold to Goldberg.