Yiannis joined the firm as Senior Associate in 2014 and has been a Partner since 2017.
He has significant experience in a wide range of contentious matters, focusing on international commercial litigation and corporate disputes, winding-up applications, breach of contract, product liability, competition law, construction and real-estate disputes and employment law claims.
He also represents clients in multi-jurisdictional cases which require the issuance of interim freezing and disclosure injunctions in management and corporate control disputes, derivative shareholders’ claims, breach of fiduciary duties claims, unlawful termination of distribution franchise and licensing agreements and complex banking litigation cases involving legal entities under liquidation or administration.
Besides representing clients in court at all levels, he advises clients on commercial agreements and strategies to reduce their potential exposure to litigation.
Yiannis has significant experience in a wide range of contentious matters, but his practice focuses on commercial litigation and corporate disputes.
He represents clients in multi-jurisdictional cases which require the issuance of freezing and disclosure injunctions, in management and corporate control disputes, derivative shareholders’ claims, breach of directors’ and fiduciary duties claims, winding up applications and in domestic proceedings for the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.
Some of his recent notable cases in the field of litigation, arbitration and mediation include the following:
Yiannis advises on Human Resources issues, on equality and diversity issues, disciplinary and grievance procedures, employment data protection issues, employment aspects of company restructuring, transfer of undertakings, redundancy and provident and pension funds issues. He also advises several domestic and multinational companies regarding employment law issues arising from the implementation of voluntary severance schemes, prospective mass redundancies of their employees and major internal restructurings.
He regularly deals with negotiating and drafting contracts of employment, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, restraints of trade, as well as compromise and release agreements and employer’s manuals.
As a member of the firm’s litigation team, he represents clients (both employers and employees) in complex court cases before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal the District Courts of Cyprus and the Supreme Court of Cyprus, in connection to Unfair and Wrongful dismissal disputes, Constructive Dismissal disputes, as well as Mass Redundancies and TUPE disputes.
Yiannis has been recognised by the Legal 500 EMEA as a Next Generation Lawyer for employment law, and singled out for his “prompt, clear and practical advice”.
He is also a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA).
Recent cases he has worked in the field of employment law include the following:
Yiannis regularly handles complex banking litigation cases involving legal entities under liquidation or administration and he regularly represents banking institutions and administrators/liquidators before the District Courts and the Supreme Court.
He is a member of the firm’s legal team representing 284 shareholders and bondholders of the Cyprus Bank Public Co Ltd, in an action brought before the District Courts of Cyprus against the Republic of Cyprus, the Central Bank of Cyprus, the Restructuring Authority, the Special Administrator of the Cyprus Popular Bank Ltd and the Bank of Cyprus Public Co Ltd, regarding the decisions and acts of the above institutions for the implementation of the “bail-in” measures that were imposed by the Eurogroup, in March 2013.
Yiannis’ practice covers also contentious aspects of intellectual property and he is a member of the firm’s team of experts, who advise and represent clients in intellectual property litigation cases.
He was a member of the litigation team that represented Hellenic Petroleum Cyprus Ltd in an interim injunction application that was filed by AVIA International against Hellenic Petroleum, in the context of a claim for an alleged breach of the claimant’s intellectual property rights. Furthermore, he represented CET-21 a Czech media company, in the context of a worldwide order prohibiting the Defendants and their representatives from committing any acts of infringement regarding the intellectual property rights of the plaintiffs.