Petros Liassides, Chairman – Partner, Taxation Services, EY Cyprus
Petros Liassides specializes in the provision of tax compliance, tax advisory services as well as transaction tax services to local and multinational companies. He holds a U.K. Bachelor’s degree (B.A. Hon’s) in Accounting Finance & Economics and is a U.K. trained and qualified Chartered Accountant. He is a Fellow Member (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and an active member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) since 1996, currently chairing it’s Tax Compliance Committee.
Maria Diamanti, Associate Lawyer, L. Papaphilippou & Co LLC
Maria Diamanti is an Associate Lawyer at L. Papaphilippou & Co LLC. Maria regularly advices and represents high profile clients and international business in a variety of corporate, real estate, contract and immigration law matters, focusing on investor immigration, businesses immigration, compliance, foreign direct investment, tax planning, and real estate acquisitions. She gives structured and sound legal advice in relation to the acquisition, sale of residential or commercial property, advising private investors, corporations, property developers and real estate funds. Maria has successfully concluded a number of large-scale real estate transactions securing first class services and results on the Cyprus Investment Program and Permanent Residency programs. Maria also advises foreign entrepreneurs in their day to day business dealings in Cyprus and overseas corporations that set-up Headquarters in Cyprus.
Konstantinos Xanthis, Head Wealth Management Operations, Eurobank Cyprus
Konstantinos Xanthis is the Head of Wealth Management Operations of Eurobank Cyprus since July 2016. Kostas has a professional experience of more than 20 years in the Banking and Finance industry with an in-depth knowledge of the Capital Markets, Securities and Funds Industry. Prior to joining Eurobank Cyprus, he held various positions in the Eurobank Group’s Capital Markets & Wealth Management General Division and more specifically in the Securities Services Sector. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia with a BSc in Business Finance and has an MBA from ALBA Business School in Athens, Greece. He also holds an advance certificate for Investment Services from CySec.
Christos Charalambides, Tax Advisory Partner, PwC Cyprus
Christos Charalambides is a Partner in Tax Advisory Services of PwC Cyprus with professional experience of more than 18 years in dealing with the tax affairs of an extensive client portfolio of international and local clients, including large MNCs focusing on the Cypriot, US and European markets. Christos is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a graduate of University of California, US (BA (honors) Business Economics). His industry specialization includes Communications and Technology, Financial Services, Real Estate/ Construction, Funds, Oil and Gas, Commodities and Retail. Christos’ experience covers a wide range of taxation services including advisory work on local and international transactions, group restructurings, tax planning, M&A work as well as direct tax compliance work. He also has a role in the PwC tax technical team providing support to the government on the introduction of new legislation provisions as well as the PwC tax policy panel. Christos is a member of the Cyprus-Canada and Cyprus-South Africa business associations which are under the auspices of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Sunil Kapoor, Director, FML Ship Management LTD
Sunil Kapoor is the Director of FML Ship Management in Cyprus, a Caravel Group Company. Sunil has an engineering background with a degree in Marine Engineering from DMET, Calcutta. His career begun at the Shipping Corporation of India – India’s state Shipping Company. He spent most of his time at sea from 1981 to 1992. In his last three years he sailed as Chief Engineer. In 1993 he moved to Lloyds Register, India as a Surveyor for about three years. Sunil joined Fleet Management Limited, Hong Kong in 1996 as a Technical Superintendent and gradually rose to the role of Director. While there, he was actively involved in all aspects of Technical Management and in New Building supervisions of Reefers/Container vessels/Chemical Tankers in Japanese and Korean Shipyards. Sunil shifted to Cyprus in 2007 to set up the company’s branch office in Nicosia. He is responsible for day-to-day operations of London, Turkey & Dubai offices. In 2015, FML Ship Management LTD was awarded with the International Investment award, CIPA. Sunil is a board member of Governors of Cyprus Maritime Academy affiliated to University of Nicosia, a board member of the Cyprus Marine Club in Limassol and he sits on the Technical committees of all the major Classification societies.
Andreas Yiasemides, President, Cyprus Investment Funds Association
Andreas Yiasemides is the President of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) and a Partner at PwC Cyprus, in charge of the Fund Services of the organisation. On his graduation from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Economics, he joined PwC in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA). He continued his career with the Bank of Cyprus, holding various positions including heading the Custody and Trusts Unit. He then moved on to an organisation of professional services where he set up and led the Fund Services Unit. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Cyprus and of the Central Bank of Cyprus as well as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He is also Vice Chairman of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). Andreas Yiasemides has also been elected as the President of the Cyprus India Business Association.
Panikos Teklos, Partner, Risk Advisory & Wealth Advisory Services Leader, Deloitte
Cyprus Panikos Teklos is the Investment Management, Regulatory Risk and Wealth Advisory Services Leader of Deloitte in Cyprus and a Partner in the Risk Advisory department. He is also Managing Director of Deloitte Investment Services Ltd. He has more than 19 years of international experience in Investment Banking, Strategy, Consulting, Risk Advisory, Asset and Wealth Management. He is a specialist in structured products and complex derivatives, structured finance, funding strategies (including Public Debt Management) and structured solutions for Financial Institutions and Corporates and an expert in multi-jurisdictional investment fund and asset management company advisory
Antonis Rouvas, Board Member, Asset Management, Advisory Services, KPMG in Cyprus
Antonis Rouvas is a Board Member at the Asset Management, Advisory Services of KPMG Ltd in Cyprus. He graduated from Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA with a BSc (High Honors) in Business and Mathematics and holds the professional titles FCA (ICAEW) and AMCT (Association of Corporate Treasurers, UK). He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and then for the multinational Credit Suisse in a number of posts, starting from Singapore with final appointment in London. In 2004, he joined KPMG as a Partner, based in Nicosia. In 2008 he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic Bank Group. He returned to KPMG in January 2018 as a Board Member, working in the field of Advisory Services
Andri Michael, Partner - Financial Services and Funds Department, Kinanis LLC
Andri Michael is a Partner at Kinanis LLC. She has joined the firm in 2005 and her main areas of practice, for over 10 years, included corporate law, banking and finance, funds and capital markets. For the past few years, Andri has been leading the Financial Services and Funds department of Kinanis LLC focusing mainly on legal advisory, formation and regulatory compliance for collective investment structures and other licensed entities. She also specialises on legal advice and support for international clients for listings on capital markets as well as on legal consulting for blockchain matters. Andri holds an Undergraduate (L.L.B) and Postgraduate Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Southampton, UK and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2004. She is a member of the CIFA and a holder of the Advanced Certificate of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
George Karatzias, Senior Manager, Alter Domus
George Karatzias is a senior manager and is heading the fund services side of Alter Domus (Cyprus) Limited. George is a member of the Board of Directors at CIFA and serves as the vice-chairman of the Fund administrators committee. He is also a member of the Funds committee of the ICPAC. He specialises in the fund administration of private equity, real estate and debt funds primarily as well as any ancillary services required by investment structures in the middle-back office space. He is a Fellow member of ACCA and holds a Master in Marketing and Financial Services from the University of Exeter, he has received a number of academic awards during his student years