Tryfonas Tryfonos

Tryfonas Tryfonos is a Lawyer based in Cyprus with experience in corporate, Citizenship by Investment, Business immigration, Investment structures, International tax planning etc.

Tryfonas holds a bachelors degree in Business administration and master degree in Human Resource Management and an LLB degree.

International Tax Planning:

Cyprus offers a range of alternative tax advantages to foreign companies conducting business on the island.  Such advantages derive from the country’s favorable legislation as well as from the wide network of double taxation treaties.  In brief, the main provisions of corporate taxation are:

  • Uniform corporate tax rate of 12.5%
  • Double Taxation Treaties with over 55 countries
  • No withholding taxes on dividends, interest and royalties to non-residents
  • Favorable tax treatment of losses
  • NO tax on capital gains from disposal of securities listed on a recognized Stock Exchange
  • No tax on profits from permanent establishment outside Cyprus, subject to conditions
  • No capital gains tax or net worth taxes, except on sale of immovable property situated in Cyprus
  • Holding companies satisfying minimum requirements can be established with 0% tax rate on dividends, making Cyprus the most competitive jurisdiction for holding companies
  • Freely transferable currency accounts (in any currency) can be kept both in Cyprus and abroad
  • No exchange control restrictions
  • Strictly confidentiality of the real owners

Fiduciary Services:

  • Company formation
  • Nominee Services
  • International Tax Planning
  • Residents Employment Permits
  • Applications for Citizenship
  • International Collective Investment Schemes (ICISs)
  • Business Advisory Services

SUXESS MANAGEMENT LTD

SUXESS is a reputable firm, incorporated in the Republic of Cyprus and situated in the busy commercial town of Limassol – commercial centre of Cyprus and the home of many international companies.  Suxess consists of professionals with in-depth knowledge and broad experience, offering complete services to local and overseas clients.

We have developed particular expertise in providing specialized international business company incorporations, representations, management and tax planning and are supported by a global network of associates in related fields.

The founding philosophy of our firm is to provide professional services to small and medium sized businesses by being large enough to satisfy our  clients’ needs and yet small enough to ensure personal contact and attention to each one of them. Each client is unique and therefore should receive individual cooperation tailored to his needs.

Suxess is a responsible company operating at the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality with an excellent reputation among our professional clients and within the business community.

The firm welcomes its clients to visit the office whenever they wish and meet the people who handle their work.

 

Benjamin Musau

Benjamin Musau is a Kenya Advocate and the Managing Partner of B M Musau & Co., Advocates, a position he has held since 1999.  He has previously been a Partner in Kaplan & Stratton, where he worked since 1988.  His work encompasses tax legal, regulatory reforms, county government law and reform, reduction of administrative burdens, the structure of business entities, joint ventures, acquisitions, banking, foreign investment, corporate and commercial law, complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation, negotiations and arbitration).

Ben led the Local Government 2008-2010 World Bank financed Subnational Competitiveness Study of Local Governments, a precursor to the transformation of local governments to County Governments under the Constitution of Kenya, 2010.

He spearheaded the 2005-2008 Regulatory Reforms for Business Activities in Kenya (financed by the World Bank through the Ministries of Finance and Trade & Industry) which have led to substantial reduction of red-tape in Kenya.  This work involved working closely with state corporations, national government regulators, ministries, local and municipal governments in Kenya to review and reform government licenses, rules and regulations, and subjected the Single Business Permit along with other national, local and municipal licenses and permits to careful local, regional and international scrutiny and reform.  The Single Business Permit constituted a substantial portion of income for the then local authorities in Kenya, and there was great private sector pressure to delete it.  Ultimately, it was agreed to reform the Single Business Permit substantially and to gradually replace it with a local business tax collected on behalf of local authorities (now County Governments) by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

The 2005-2008 Regulatory Reforms work entailed the review of all the laws, rules and regulations in force in Kenya at that time, and the publication of the first ever list of business licenses obtaining in Kenya in 2007.

Ben’s regular work also involves corporate commercial legal work and complex litigation including alternative dispute resolution.

Ben is involved in the initiatives to Brand Kenya.  He was invited by the Marketing Society of Kenya and gave the first paper from a legal perspective of branding Kenya while he has subsequently been involved in providing legal expertise which led to the publication of the Investors Guide to Kenya by UNCTAD.  He is also involved in a number of World Bank Group supported regulatory reform improvements in Sudan, Tanzania, Madagascar and Bangladesh, among others.

Ben has acted as a consultant for KIPPRA and the Kenya Law Reform Commission in facilitating a retreat for business people and Government representatives on the challenges to investment in Kenya.

He has made in-depth study on international taxation and financial services law involving current trends in international compliance (anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and counter terrorism financing), international tax and tax treaties, anti-avoidance legislation and tax risk management, global e-commerce taxation, financial instruments, law of banking and financial institutions, international legal research and writing, information security and cybercrime law, , and wrote a Thesis in 2011 on the Extent to Which Kenya Had Implemented the then 40+9 (now consolidated 40) FATF Recommendations on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing.

Benjamin is currently a candidate for the award of Ph.D on the topic of anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and counter-terrrorism financing within the context of international taxation and financial services law.

Ben is involved in the initiation of Continuing Legal Education for lawyers through the Law Society of Kenya where he has given initial CLE courses based on Managing a Law Firm and Case Management.

Benjamin is currently training the Kenya Police on anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and counter-terrorism financing.

Benjamin is currently a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, School of Law.

 

Fulvia Astolfi

With over 25 years’ experience, Fulvia is the proud founder of the Italian Hogan Lovells offices, which she opened in 2000. Fulvia represents the unique combination of a multi-focused lawyer, with solid experience in tax law, corporate law/M&A and asset finance and of a leader with astounding managing capabilities accrued in the 15 years spent as Managing Partner of the firm’s Rome office and head of the Italian Tax practice, as well as during the almost 10 years spent leading the International Tax practice worldwide at Hogan Lovells.

Whenever a client is looking for tax assistance in the framework of cross-practice deals such as M&A transactions, including international asset deals, mergers, reorganisations and restructuring, or of financial and asset finance transactions of any sorts (such as loans, securitization, transfer of NPL, asset finance or leases, financing and tax optimization of aircraft, rolling stock, ships and cranes), Fulvia’s broad experience and multi-practice outlook will provide them not only with the most appropriate tax solution, but also with the added value of her support in the project management.

Her long standing experience, fairness and problem solving approach provide clients with the best ally in case of tax inspections and tax assessments. Over the years Fulvia successfully assisted clients both in pre-litigation procedures, discussing possible settlements with Tax Authorities and in litigations before the Tax Courts.

 

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

 

Jose E. Aguilar Shea

Jose Aguilar Shea is a senior associate of the Tax Strategy & Benefits department in our Madrid office. He has broad experience as a tax lawyer with particular expertise in the international tax practice including investment planning, reorganizations and joint ventures and commercial transactions.

Through secondments in Lisbon and Sao Paulo, Jose has been able to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the Brazilian tax and legal system.

Jose lectures in the international tax master’s program of Centro de Estudios Financieros in Madrid and is a regular speaker at various international legal forums and conferences.

Squire Patton Boggs:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 21 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.

 

George Kerameus

George N. Kerameus is a member of the Athens Bar Association and has been admitted before the Supreme Court and the Council of State. He commenced his professional career offering services as a tax lawyer within the tax department of one of the “big four” multi-disciplinary firms. In September 2004 he joined a prominent Greek law firm, which he left, having been its tax partner, to found KPP Law.

George is a tax expert, focusing on corporate tax advice, as well as private tax planning, both on a day-to-day and transactional basis, with great experience in all direct and indirect tax issues. While acting as a tax counsel, he has been involved in a significant variety of major international and local transactions, including mergers, share and asset deals, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, equity & debt financing, structured financial products etc. George also regularly represents clients before tax courts, authorities and administrative committees on all kinds of fiscal law issues.

As a business lawyer, George has advised one of the major Greek financial institutions in relation to all transactions of its Treasury Department (including bond loans, granting of securities, international financing transactions, derivatives, EMTN programmes etc.), as well as has acted on behalf of corporate clients as the lawyer in charge of legal due diligence within the framework of M&A transactions. He also has considerable drafting experience in commercial law matters, acting as a general corporate counsel to multi-nationals in the industrial and service sectors.

George has lectured and published articles on various tax law issues, as well as participated as a speaker at numerous conferences. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek branch of the International Fiscal Association.

KPP Law Tax Law Practice:

Our tax practice, comprised of highly experienced tax lawyers, offers the full range of tax law services. The analytical ability of our tax lawyers ensures that they are able to provide our clients with high quality, innovative and business oriented services, as well as with practical and pro-active solutions, in the continuously changing area of tax legislation and practice.

While securing day-to-day compliance with local regulations and requirements, the primary goal of KPP Law is to assist our corporate clients in maximizing tax efficiency, both at a transactional and operational level in respect of business activities both in Greece and abroad.

Our tax partners have strong experience in advising clients on the full spectrum of direct and indirect tax law issues arising from commercial and corporate transactions, including M&A (sale of business, asset and share deals, mergers, intra-group re-organizations, joint ventures etc.), financing (equity or debt), acquisition and commercial exploitation of real estate property, employees incentive plans, etc., as well as other tax specific issues, such as thin capitalization, transfer pricing etc.

We also advise Greek and foreign high net-worth individuals in properly discharging their tax liabilities in Greece, as well as advising them in property, inheritance and other tax law issues.

The above advisory leg of our tax practice is paired by a strongly experienced tax litigation leg, since we represent and support our clients before all competent tax courts, as well as before tax authorities (tax audit procedures and settlements).

Last, but not least, our tax partners are highly interactive in the Greek market of tax practitioners, through their participation as speakers at conferences and seminars, publication of articles in tax literature, representation of professional bodies before legislative commissions and memberships in tax related associations.

Kerameus, Papademetriou, Papadopoulos Law Offices:

KPP Law was founded in 2009 in Athens, Greece, offering a wide range of legal services with particular emphasis in the fields of tax, banking & finance, competition, M&A, commercial, litigation and corporate law (including restructuring and insolvency).

Our team is guided by a set of values, which we follow and abide over the years, whereas our main target is to successfully meet and exceed the increasing demands of our clientele.

Through continuity of service, flexibility and close personal contact with each client, our team provides valuable and practicable legal services of the highest level, striking the right balance between protecting and promoting the wider business and / or personal interests of our clients.

Our Offices provide an efficiently led legal service to Greek and international groups of companies, as well as high net-worth individuals, with particular focus on various industries, such as insurance, consumer goods, banking, energy, telecommunications, real property, audit & business consultancy, maritime, construction and motor vehicle.

Our Offices work to the highest professional and ethical standards. We draw on a ten-member team of multi-lingual and international trained lawyers with advanced level of academic qualifications and considerable professional experience, assisted by secretarial and clerical staff supported by modern infrastructure. Moreover, our team constantly co-operates with multinational law firms on cross border transactions.

Our team is proficient in Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Danish and Spanish.

Peter Walford

Peter Walford and Frederic Mege have both been recognised as leading experts in their field by Chambers & Partners Global, Europe 2014 and the Citywealth Leaders List (2014). Walford is described by Chambers Europe as a “gifted trusts and estate planning specialist.”

We speak English, French, Russian and Ukrainian. Our client base comprises entrepreneurs, entertainers, financial and banking services companies, fund managers, trust companies, sporting personalities and international families from many jurisdictions.

Clients trust us to deliver efficient and cost-effective advice, with a particular emphasis on commerciality and confidentiality. To learn about how we can help you pursue your business interests, please contact us.

Simona Chirică

education

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law, Bucharest/Romania (Ph.D. 2009)
Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich/Germany (Summer Training in German and European Law 2005)
Nicolae Titulescu University, Faculty of Law, Bucharest/Romania (Master’s degree in Business Law 2005, Lic. iur. 2004)
Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz/Germany (Summer Training in International Private Law 2003)

teaching positions

Academy of Economic Studies, Assistant, Bucharest/Romania (since 2004)
Several seminars and lectures on Romanian Private Law (ARS, WIFI Vienna, Business Circle)

working experience

National Law Firm, Attorney at Law, Bucharest/Romania (2004-07)

memberships

Bucharest Bar

languages

Romanian, German, English

Schoenherr:

Our main ambition is your commercial success and satisfaction as our client. We know that ready-made answers or legal nitpicking are not an option for our clients. We provide flexible, creative, and personally-tailored solutions – always on the highest level of corporate law on both the national and international level.

Legal issues are often very complex. At schoenherr, we ensure that they don’t become perplexing as well. Clear and effective communication is a hallmark of our dialogue with clients. Also within schoenherr, it is one of the highest priorities of our corporate culture.

Schoenherr was one of the first international law firms to move into the dynamically developing CEE market. Today, schoenherr is among the largest law firms in this region and has an outstanding reputation.

Rodrigo Gómez

Rodrigo Gómez’s practice is focused on tax planning, tax advisory, tax litigation, foreign trade, and the implications of international tax and commercial treaties. He advises clients on domestic and international tax matters, representing major companies in the automotive, pharmaceutical, and health care industries. His practice includes advice on the tax consequences of domestic and cross-border transactions, with particular emphasis on foreign investments in Mexico, including investments made by foreign funds and corporations that incorporate subsidiaries in Mexico.

Rodrigo has been involved in several tax litigation cases for foreign and Mexican companies. Some of the cases he has handled constituted case law issued by the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.

Rodrigo has published several articles in tax journals in Mexico and abroad. He is author of two chapters on international tax issues in two different books, both published in Austria. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with their fiscal commission.

Jones Day:

Client service is the foundation goal of every law firm. Over the long term, the quality of client service offered by a firm determines its growth and success. Jones Day has grown from a small firm in Cleveland to a large global institution over more than a century, while many other firms initially better positioned in many ways have struggled or even failed. There must be an explanation for this success other than simply the skill of our lawyers, for we clearly do not have a monopoly on smart lawyers. We believe that the way we have applied our foundation values in Firm management and governance is an important reason for our success in satisfying client needs, and that success – in satisfying client needs – is the entire reason for the Firm’s growth over the years.

For almost a century, we have found it most effective to delegate to a single Managing Partner considerable authority to manage the institution. This includes strategic direction and expansion, internal business structure, and partner and associate compensation. The Managing Partner is not selected through elections or any similar process, but rather by his/her predecessor. Our view is that the outgoing Managing Partner is the person best placed to understand the skills and personality characteristics best suited to lead the Firm effectively at that time, and has no reason to allow anything but the future success of the Firm to influence that decision. The fact that Jones Day has had only seven Managing Partners in the last 100 years is strong evidence that this approach has in fact worked the way it was intended – to select the right person for the time. This continuity and stability has been an important element in Jones Day’s success over the years.

The Managing Partner serves at the pleasure of the partners, and is required to consult with various groups on a limited number of issues, but as a matter of tradition, good practice and respect for his/her colleagues, he or she will appropriately consult with a range of partners on any important matter. Nevertheless, in the end the Managing Partner is the final decision-maker on virtually every matter of significance for the Firm. This includes partner and associate compensation, annual budgets, conflict resolution, strategic direction and expansion, and internal structure.