We would like to introduce to you CIBA’s newest members with a short description about each company.
EXT LTD – EXANTE (Next Generation Investment Company)
Based out of Cyprus and licensed by CySEC, EXT LTD is a seasoned investment company that unlocks direct market access to 50+ exchanges and 150,000+ financial instruments worldwide. EXT LTD is operating under the EXANTE trademark.
EXANTE enables trading for all sorts of assets from a single multi-currency account.
● Omnibus account to maintain secure custody of client assets
● Direct market access to 50+ global exchanges
● Transparent and competitive commissions
● Efficient online due diligence
● Accurate tax withholding on dividends and coupons
● Dedicated manager and multi-language support 24/7
● Desktop, web and mobile trading platforms
Your single platform for a multitude of assets
Stocks & ETFs – All you need to dominate the market: advanced order types, 12,000 + stocks globally.
Bonds – Trade over 300,000 exchange-listed and OTC assets: government and corporate bonds.
Futures – You deserve the best opportunities: 2,000 contracts from 20+ futures exchanges.
Options – Manage your risks with options traded worldwide: 100,000+ various options on versatile basis assets.
Currencies & Metals – Benefit from live streaming prices: 150+ currency pairs as well as spot metals.
EXANTE employs a distributed IT infrastructure (400+ servers across the globe) and secure connections to ensure fast and secure trading for our clients.
EXANTE’s proprietary multi-asset Automated Trading Platform (ATP) collected the
“Best Trading Platform 2019” Award from the “Global Banking and Finance Review” magazine.
GEORGE Z. GEORGIOU & ASSOCIATES LLC
George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC is an award-winning, full-service Cypriot law firm consisting of experienced lawyers, arbitrators, legal consultants and support staff. The Firm undertakes work in the following sectors: Arbitration; Banking & Compliance; Commercial;
Corporate M&A; Data Protection; Employment & Pensions; Estate Planning; EU Law; Family; Intellectual Property & Media; Litigation & International Commercial Litigation; Private Client; Property & Construction; Tax. The Firm is ranked in the main legal directories, Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and has won over 150 awards in 10 years. Our local and international clients include private companies, municipalities, financial institutions, schools, multi-national companies and individuals. As a dynamic and energetic law firm, we pride ourselves on our devotion to professionalism, passion for excellence and commitment to the legal services we provide. We are the sole Cypriot member of the international employment and pensions law alliance Ius Laboris and the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA). The Firm has been accredited by Investors in People since 2013.
Administrative law is an extremely important area of law that affects both private companies and individuals. It interacts closely with almost all
areas of law and matters that require any form of interaction with, or approval by a public authority. We handle all administrative law issues.
Banking & Compliance
Our team has extensive experience not only in conventional lending but also in relation to a variety of other sophisticated banking services. The team assists its clients to navigate the complex banking legal framework and to adjust to continuously changing economic, political
and regulatory conditions.
The commercial team regularly drafts and negotiates a wide range of commercial contracts and agreements. The team also provides support in litigation matters and represents its clients in local and international commercial disputes. The team provides strategic advice on a range of matters including regulatory issues and represents its clients before regulatory bodies including the Cyprus Stock Exchange Commission, Cyprus Trade Commission, Cyprus Environmental Commission and Cyprus Health & Safety Commission.
M&A advisory work forms a significant portion of our corporate practice. We advise domestic and international clients on structuring their investments, re-organisations and investments in accordance with the dynamic regulatory requirements in Cyprus, as well as corporate
The GDPR team provides practical, comprehensive and expert legal advice to clients (local and international) from a wide range of industries. As the sole Cypriot member of Ius Laboris and member of the Data Privacy Expert Group, the GDPR team provides clients with first-class legal advice and support on data protection matters in over 50 countries.
We are recognised as one of the top ranked litigation firms on the island, with particular expertise in obtaining urgent cross-border interim orders. We are also frequently asked to advise on the filing and recognition of foreign judgments in Cyprus. Our dispute resolution team consists of specialised and experienced trial lawyers, arbitrators, mediators and legal consultants (former judges) ready to undertake civil and commercial cases in all courts and arbitral tribunals in Cyprus.
As the sole Cypriot member of Ius Laboris, a specialist HR law alliance, the Firm is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of employment and pensions law. Our employment team is one of the largest in Cyprus, advising a wide range of organisations (local and international) undertaking business in both public and private sectors, as well as individuals.
The Family department covers all issues around family law, specialising in divorce, protection of assets and property worldwide (including asset tracing) and cross-border disputes. One important aspect of family disputes is speed, and our lawyers are ready to obtain all necessary injunctions to protect our clients’ interests.
In general, all non-EU nationals who intend to take up employment in Cyprus need to apply for a work visa. Immigration laws and regulations are often subject to changes, continuous adjustments and amendments. We provide advice and assistance on all corporate immigration matters.
International Tax Planning
Our tax team assists with tax efficient structuring of groups of companies & repatriation of profits, advises on cross-border tax efficient financing solutions, obtains advance tax rulings from the Cypriot Income Tax office and advises on the application of double tax treaties.
IP and Media
Our IP & Media clients include individuals, artists, TV celebrities, musicians, distributers, companies, municipalities, banks and international software companies. We also have extensive experience in the fields of corporate and competition law and are therefore able to fully support clients in all IP and media related matters. We are the sole Cypriot members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, GALA.
George Z. Georgiou & Associates LLC supports and advises on all local legal issues relating to institutions for occupational retirement provision e.g. pension funds (DB schemes) and provident funds (DC schemes). Our services range from provision of advice on ad hoc projects to day-to-day legal advice and offering direction and guidance to administrative committees of provident funds.
The Cypriot law of inheritance applies to any person who is domiciled in Cyprus and/or any person who holds immovable property in Cyprus. The concept of domicile is not always easily established and is different to permanent residency. We advise and assist on all probate matters.
Property & Construction
Our team has vast experience in advising and representing funders, companies, landowners, landlords and tenants on a wide range of real estate and construction related matters, including on contentious and non-contentious planning and construction matters, funding, sales and purchases. In addition, the team regularly drafts leases, licenses and sale/purchase agreements and advises on landlord and tenant disputes.
*The work we undertake is not limited to the above.
• Business Advisory & Corporate Relocation Services
• Corporate Services
• GDPR Advisory Services
• HR Advisory Services
• Property A-Z
• Wealth Preservation Planning
The GZG Academy provides bespoke lectures, seminars, training sessions, workshops and breakfast meetings on all aspects of Cypriot law. Emphasis is placed on practical training which participants can utilise immediately.
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
George Z. Georgiou & Associates takes its duty to society and the environment seriously.
Our dedicated CSR committee ensures that the Firm is involved with: regular donations of food, clothing, school supplies, sports equipment; participating in charitable sports events;
financial contributions; blood donations; to name only a few. The Firm also undertakes pro bono work.
Integrity, accountability, mutual respect and trust, excellence, teamwork, initiative, discipline.
SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME
Every year we run a programme which allows students to see what life is like as a Cypriot lawyer. Please visit our website www.gzg.com.cy for more details and the application form.
Elixos Ltd is a licensed fiduciary and corporate services provider regulated by
the Cyprus Bar Association.
Οur Firm through its network of associates offers a holistic and comprehensive range of corporate, legal, banking and financial advisory services, providing the full range of professional services needed by a Cyprus or International business company and the international investor, which include:
● Companies formation and management
● Formation of trusts and foundations
● Corporate & Legal services
● M & A transactions, mergers and redomiciliations
● Office services
● Banking services
● Tax and financial advisory services
● Accounting and VAT
● Immigration services
Elixos Ltd together with our affiliated legal firm Michaella Th. Pillakouri & Partners LLC can successfully support clients for their legal, immigration and tax issues.
Our Firm is also a member of the Cyprus Fiduciary Association.
QINO MANAGEMENT & ADVISERS LTD.
QINO Group companies were first established in 1999 to pursue the vision of an independent and conflict-free group of companies, which adheres to the highest ethical standards.
In the past, QINO was a group of research, investment and advisory firms specialised in the development of strategic corporate investments, both on a proprietary basis and also as a trusted partner for institutional and qualified investors. In 2018, the activities of the Group were streamlined and simplified.
Today our activities comprise strategic, proprietary, long-term private investment in public equity (PIPE), which is carried out by Qino PIPE ONE Ltd. registered in Cyprus under HE347714 and business consulting services ranging from competition, product and market research to investor relations, controlling and corporate intelligence.
Qino PIPE ONE Ltd. is majority owned by Qino JB Ltd, which is the private company of Josef Blazicek. The directors of Qino PIPE ONE Ltd. own 88% of the company. The remaining shares are owned by long term associates of the directors who are successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. Personal relationships between this group of persons exceed 20 years in most cases.
Our business consulting services are carried out by Qino Management & Advisory Ltd, registered in Cyprus under HE281096. This company also manages our office facilities in the Ground Floor of 7 Halim Bay in Limassol and also our human resources. Until 30/6/2018, this company also carried out investment advisory and was regulated by CySEC. From 1/7/2018, this company does not provide any investment advisory services anymore and voluntarily renounced its CySEC license.
Qino Group Services AG, registered under CHE-101.148.433 in Switzerland carries out administration and accounting services.
QINO Solar One Ltd., registered in Cyprus under HE 392880, will build and operate photovoltaic parks in Cyprus and Greece. It will also invest in ESCo projects in Cyprus. The company is majority owned by Qino JB Ltd.
QINO Energy Ltd., registered in Cyprus under HE 409399, will provide the full range of project management services to build and operate photovoltaic parks in Cyprus and Greece and define and run ESCo projects in Cyprus. QINO Energy Ltd. is owned 50 % by QINO Management & Advisory Ltd. and 25 % by Philipp Mayer as well as 25 % by Georgios Giannakidis.
In 2000, the Directors and some of their business associates founded Qino Flagship AG and in 2001, Qino Capital Partners AG, both in Switzerland. Qino Flagship AG focussed on early stage technology investments and Qino Capital Partners AG focussed on private equity buyout strategies. In 2007, both companies were listed on the Berne Stock Exchange.
In 2015, Qino Flagship AG was merged into Qino Capital Partners AG and the merged company was renamed to Qino AG. In 2018, the majority shareholder of Qino AG, Qino Group Holding AG, launched a voluntary public takeover bid and acquired all outstanding shares of the company. The company was delisted from the Berne Stock Exchange and it sold its major assets to Qino PIPE ONE Ltd based on the valuations from the independent Fairness Opinion, which had to be prepared for the public takeover bid.
Before the company was taken private it had a net asset value of EUR 36.4m after it returned EUR 58.0m back to its shareholders via capital decreases over the years. The company structured and carried out 20 major PIPE investments via both private and public transactions and exited 16 major investments via takeover bids, M&A transactions and secondary placings.
Since the foundation of Qino Capital Partners AG in June 2001, the company generated an APR return of 9.0% pa. In the past 10 years the APR return was 8.9% pa. and in the past 5 years it amounted to 18.8% pa.
L. PAPAPHILIPPOU & CO LLC.
L Papaphilippou & Co LLC was founded in 1963 by Loukis Papaphilippou. After three mergers and on the basis of our home grown partner tradition, we have grown to one of the leading international firms in Cyprus whether this is calculated by size, number of practicing lawyers, links and trusted affiliations, clientele or quality of service offered.
Our list of clients includes regulatory bodies, local and international banking and financial institutions, insurance, shipping and listed companies, multinationals and high networth individuals.
The firm has a strong litigation team, handling also all forms of commercial dispute resolution and has considerable experience in arbitrations. A number of professional contacts in North America, Europe, Middle East and the Far East are at the firm’s disposal and we are committed to providing a range of legal services to our clients who are active in international business.
We invest heavily in our people and take pride in our home-grown partner tradition as a proven medium in offering quality and high standard of service to both our new and long standing clients.
CHARAKIS RESEARCH & CONSULTING LTD.
Description of the Company:
Charakis Research & Consulting Ltd. (www.charakis.com), is a private business consulting and Research & Development firm. Established in 2003, CRC Ltd. was expanded in Greece with the development of CRC Hellas in 2004. Since 2013, is the Cyprus Partner of the multinational firm, Gi Group, one of the largest HR Consulting, Training and Staffing companies in the world, with global revenues of 1.6bn. Charakis Research & Consulting, offers a full range of HR consulting services on a tailor-made basis according to the specific needs of its clients.
Our main philosophy is innovation. We invest in research and development because we believe that competitiveness comes through innovation and diversity. Our approach focuses on helping our clients achieve significant and sustainable results. Our services are divided into three main categories:
• HR Solutions
• Research and Development
Charakis Research & Consulting Ltd. offers high quality HR consulting services. With a market
orientation approach targeting ongoing development and through the use of modern management tools, we provide our services to a wide range of business sectors. Our solutions are divided into three main categories Coaching and Consulting Effective Teams, Building High Performance at the Workplace, and Neuro Linguistic Programming Specialised Services.
Research & Development:
We invest and actively take part in Research & Development projects and we have multiple links and cooperation’s with academic institutions, achieving thus state-of-the-art research activities. Among others, through extensive R&D, the company developed the NEMO System, the first European integrated content management tool specialized in promoting digital information with location based services. Furthermore, CRC was the HR expert partner at the Research project NAFTOTHORAX dealing with the development of a system linking the Academia with the Maritime Sector and finding the training and development needs of the employees of the sector as to create the Cyprus Maritime Cluster. Moreover, it is worth mentioning our involvement in multiple ERASMUS+ projects, dealing with the development of innovative HR development tools.
Finally, the main area of involvement is the provision of coaching and training programs in multiple business areas in the markets of Greece and Cyprus. Particularly, CRC Ltd. is an accredited training organization by the Cyprus Human Development Authority and developed and organised more than 7,000 hours of training programs during the last years. In 2007, the company launched specialized service lines based on the techniques of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in Adult and Business training and in various business consulting aspects.
Furthermore, since 2007, Charakis Research & Consulting, in cooperation with the Department of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding of the Faculty of Animal Science and Aquaculture of the Athens Agriculture University developed specialised training programs for companies and individuals both in Cyprus and Greece, regarding the trends in animal feeding, food functionality and bio-security.