Orestis Anastasiades joined the firm as an Associate in March 2020, after completing his traineeship with the firm. He practises in competition law, telecommunications media & technology law, EU law, corporate and commercial law, intellectual property law and data protection law.
Orestis advises on legal and regulatory matters and represents clients’ interests before the competent authorities.
Orestis’ engagement with competition law spans across the spectrum of this area of law – that is, both antitrust and merger control. Within the context of antitrust, he partakes in proceedings before the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition for the benefit of clients that are active in a range of sectors, including Banking, Digital Services, Insurance, Energy and Waste Management. Additionally, Orestis reviews legal documents and appraises business practices to assess compliance with antitrust requirements.
Moreover, Orestis advises clients and foreign counsel from varying jurisdictions on the merger control rules that may be applicable to cross-border transactions and prepares notifications to the Cyprus Commission for the Protection of Competition. Orestis has been involved in the successful, unconditional clearance of numerous transactions. Notable clients include Watchguard Technologies, Inc., provider of cybersecurity solutions, and Koninklijke DSM NV, active in the area of chemicals.
With an effective understanding of relevant antitrust, telecommunications, cybersecurity, e-commerce, consumer protection, broadcasting, advertising and privacy legal provisions, Orestis regularly advises businesses that are active in various sectors. Clients include automobile enterprises, app development companies and digital media service providers.
Orestis’ engagement with this area of law encompasses ensuring compliance with regulatory frameworks and meeting licencing requirements within the context of, among others, connected technologies and Internet-of-Things applications.
Orestis advises on matters pertaining to EU law and regulation, including the legal and regulatory requirements that are applicable to business ventures, in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, food supplements, online platforms and audio-visual media services. Furthermore, he regularly reviews legal documentation to assist clients in complying with relevant local and EU consumer protection laws.
Orestis provides legal expertise on various aspects of telecoms regulation, including the application of electronic communications, regulatory provisions to Internet of Things systems, automobile connected services, and machine-to-machine technologies.
Orestis assists international clients on e-commerce matters relating to the provision of online services and the cross-border sale of products. In this respect, his work involves reviewing contractual documents and providing legal advice on international commercial arrangements considering relevant regulatory, consumer protection, privacy and competition law requirements.
Orestis provides legal advice in relation to intellectual property law that includes guiding clients on the relevant legislation and case law, as well as the application of relevant legal frameworks to their business.
Examples of Orestis’ work in this area include consulting an online media organisation as to relevant IP and regulatory requirements in order to expand its online operations; offering legal advice to an online gaming company regarding options for redress for violations of its trademarks within the European Union; and providing guidance to a client engaged in the trade of clothing, detailing the regulatory and trademark licensing implications of business operations.
Within the context of data protection and privacy regulation, Orestis provides legal advice and guidance to clients regarding relevant national and EU data protection legislation, detailing the application of such laws to their business. Additionally, he drafts relevant data protection documents that are necessary to realise such commercial efforts.
Orestis’ work in the field of data protection includes consulting an international media organisation as to relevant regulatory (incl. data protection) requirements in order to expand its subscription-based online operations; offering legal advice to an automotive company on privacy issues relating to the development of its smart driving services; and producing a data processing agreement for a credit institution to render its services cloud-enabled.