The Corporate and Commercial law practice of Costas Melas & Associates LLC provides advice in a full spectrum of corporate transactional and other matters including public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, corporate governance, capital markets and private equity investments. Our corporate legal team has been restructured with newly hired personnel who is experienced in providing, clear, practical and detailed legal advice to shareholders and directors at difficult and challenging matters. We acknowledge the time sensitive issues that surround this area of law and we deliver timely and tailored made support according to our clients’ needs. We advise both on litigation corporate law as well as out of court cases. We have experience in a wide range of issues from the most simple to the most complicate corporate legal issues.
The team advises clients across the globe on both their domestic deals as well as their most intricate cross-border transactions, offering market-leading capabilities.
The depth of the experience and knowledge of our corporate and commercial lawyers enables the team to act expeditiously and deliver results on complex domestic and multijurisdictional transactions.
Further our corporate advisory service coverage includes advise and assistance:
For the selection, establishment and maintenance of company of trust services;
On the establishment and maintenance of foundations;
For establishment and of financial institutions and licenced investment vehicles;
In establishing or to restructure international of offshore operations;
On corporate structuring and international tax planning;
On domestic and overseas property ownership;
On contractual matters, billing and other day-to-day affairs of corporate structures;
With representation before any Government, supreme or local authority, public body, government department, firm or company (private or public);
With representation of official and an official negotiations, meetings, conferences with prospective and/or existing business associates and/or partners and/or correspondents and/or agents of our clients.
We have litigated many corporate cases with regards to interim orders and interim injunctions. We have provided our legal expertise to several clients on complicated legal matters such as Mareva injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal order (NPO). The former is also know as a freezing order which is an interlocutory relief granted by the courts in order to freeze the assets of a defendant during a civil proceeding, the latter requires a respondent to disclose certain documents or information to the applicant. NPOs are typically used by a party to identify the proper defendant to an action or obtain information required to plead a claim.
We have also litigated cases with regards to derivative actions, which occurs where an action is brought by a minority of a company’s shareholders in their own names on behalf of the company. Derivative actions are usually against a corporation’s management, board of directors or controlling shareholders typically alleging breach of fiduciary duty, conflict of interest, fraud, breach of the duty of care or mismanagement or unlawful administrative conduct. The law governing derivative actions was outlined in the landmark English corporate law case of Foss v Harbottle, which formed the foundation of minority shareholder remedies.
The Firm has a dedicated team of advocates dealing with international and local matters in relation to the authorization, regulation, compliance and legal matters of Cyprus Investment Firms, AIFs, UCITS Funds, EMI, ASPs and their related legal matters. The team advises investors who are interested in investing in Cyprus with the provision of the aforesaid services. It also assists existing companies in relation to the legal and compliance matters and offers advice for their ongoing regulations. It also assists in relation to European and International matters for the issuing of legal opinions and receiving of legal advice at an international level, taking into consideration the market’s current situation.
The Firm’s lawyers offer legal and compliance support and advice on the structuring and documenting aspects for each case, and tailor made solutions and provide answers to complex situations. The Department’s core focus is to provide the most beneficial outcomes to its clients as well as to bring about real commercial results. The Firm can assist in handling matters from the time of application for authorization up to the termination of the respective company’s activities.
Our clients in relation to this market are international clients with a wide background in technology, financial services, services provision and other related financial activities.
The team advises lenders, borrowers and sponsors on a wide variety of domestic and cross border acquisition, leveraged and project financing, including both senior and subordinated debt as well as bridge financing.
The banking and finance lawyers offer legal support and advice on the structuring and documenting aspects of each project and provide solutions to complex financing deals. The expertise of the team also includes complicated asset finance and multijurisdictional restructuring and refinancing. The department’s core focus is to provide the most beneficial solutions to its clients as well as to bring about real commercial results