Cyprus is fast becoming one of the top emerging ICT and investment fund centres in Europe, offering unique access to high-growth markets.
Cyprus’ appeal as a leading EU business location for technology companies is gaining momentum. Its stable business environment and emerging opportunities in multiple sectors, strategic EMEA access, and excellent quality of life, are just a few of the many reasons that prompt ICT / Technology companies to choose Cyprus as a relocation destination. The government strategy and incentives for attracting foreign companies to relocate in Cyprus, the attractive Intellectual Property (IP) regime, as well as the favourable taxation for corporations and individuals will be presented in the conference.
In the investment funds sector, Cyprus is determined to stay at the forefront of industry developments by continuously upgrading its legislative and regulatory regime. Cyprus has now evolved into a key regional domicile for setting up investment funds and establishing asset management companies for pan-European reach.
Of particular interest is the recent order issued by India’s Ministry of Finance specifying that the Republic of Cyprus is now classified as a “Category I” country for the purposes of Regulation 5 (a) (aiv) of SEBI (Foreign Portfolio Investors) regulations. The said classification as “Category I Foreign Private Investor” entails significant advantages in the manner in which business is to be conducted between the two countries with reliefs such as simplified Know Your Client (“KYC”) procedures required for business activities, enhanced trading limits and a new ability of Cypriot Funds to invest in Indian ODIs. This development signals new opportunities and creates prospects for further cooperation between the professionals from the two countries specializing in the Funds Industry.
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George Campanellas is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (Invest Cyprus). He has nearly twenty years of professional experience in Cyprus and abroad, working with the DG Competition in Brussels and directly with the Cypriot Ministers of Health and Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Mr. Campanellas has been actively involved with the development of the oil & gas sector in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, dealing with licensing, exploration and exploitation activities, as well as promoting bilateral and multilateral cooperation at a regional level. Throughout his career, he also had an active role in drafting the regulatory framework and running the relevant licensing procedures for attracting Foreign Direct Investment in sectors of strategic importance and large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the LNG terminal at Vasilikos Energy Center, Cyprus Techno Park, EuroAsia Interconnector and the City of Dreams Mediterranean, Europe’s largest integrated casino resort and Cyprus’ largest FDI project. George Campanellas has been elected to the Steering Committee of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and has the position of the Regional Directorship of Eastern Europe.
Andreas Yiasemides is a Partner at PwC and Head of Risk, Compliance & Regulation Advisory of the organisation. He previously served for a period of 5 years as the Partner In Charge of the organisation’s Fund Services department. 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 and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Fund Association (CIFA). He is also the President and a member of the Cyprus National Advisory Council of the Charter Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI).
George Karatzias is the Vice-Chairman of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission. He led Alter Domus fund services in Cyprus until 31 December 2020, having joined in 2011. He also served as a board member and the vice-chairman of the Fund Administrators Committee of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He was also a member of the Funds Committee of ICPAC (Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus). He is a Fellow member of ACCA and holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Financial Services from the University of Exeter. He has accumulated significant experience in international fund structuring, management as well as provision of ancillary, middle and back-office services including fund administration.
Michalis Vasiliou is a Board Member and Head of the Asset Management Services at KPMG in Cyprus. Michalis graduated from the University of Manchester with a first-class degree in Accounting and Finance and is a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (“ICAEW”). He primarily services groups operating within the investment funds and financial services sector. Michalis is also a member of the Department of Professional Practice at KPMG in Cyprus, providing technical support on the correct application of IFRSs requirements. He is a presenter for IFRS seminars to the staff of KPMG, to clients and the public through KPMG Academy. He is also the Chairman of the Investment Funds committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus (ICPAC) and the Chairman of the Alternative Investment Funds committee of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA).
Konstantinos Xanthis started his career in 1994 at Barclays Bank Plc, Athens as a member of the Global Securities Services team. He later worked for Interamerican Insurance Group, and Telesis Investment Bank before joining Eurobank in 2005. He is currently Head of Wealth Management Operations at Eurobank Cyprus and represents the Bank at many international forums and committees of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He holds a B.Sc. in Business Finance from the University of South Carolina, the USA, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the ALBA Graduate Business School in Greece. He also holds the Investment Services Advanced Certificate by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dr. Nikolas Mastroyiannopoulos has extensive experience and a doctorate from the University of Bristol, UK. in Biomedical research, Molecular and Cellular Biology. He also has a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the UWE University, UK. He has been working in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Function and Therapy at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics from 2006 and in 2012, he was appointed Lecturer and later Assistant Professor at the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM) and has supervised numerous, MSc, Ph.D. candidates and postdoctoral fellows. He has been working in various basic and translational biomedical research projects with academic and commercial value for over 15 years. His research focused on developing Gene Therapeutic approaches for Muscular Dystrophies and genetic heart disorders. He has established National and international collaborations with various academic and research institutions around the world, as well as a solid publication record with several peer-review publications and book chapters with considerable citations. He has attracted a number of grants in his field as principle investigator or collaborator from National and international funding bodies as well as private initiatives. He has also served as an Elected Board Member of the Cyprus Society of Human Genetics as well as a National representative, in a number of European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) actions. On March 4th, 2020 he was appointed Chief Scientist of Research and Innovation by H.E. the President of the Repu
Eurobank Cyprus, commenced operations in 2007. It has grown at an impressive pace, while demonstrating a very healthy profitability, a solid capital base and strong liquidity. The cornerstone of its success is the firm commitment to relationship management, by offering high-quality services and innovative products within a culture of professionalism, trustworthiness and discretion. The Bank focuses on corporate banking and shipping finance, international business banking, wealth management, affluent banking and global markets.
In a world that is constantly evolving, our aim at PwC Cyprus is to find the right solutions to complex problems. We focus on quality and build strong relationships based on trust, creating value for our clients, stakeholders and society. Based on PwC’s new global strategy, “The New Equation”, we look at problems from different angles and present innovative solutions that make a difference and lead to sustained outcomes. More than 1,000 people in Cyprus join forces with 295,000 professionals of our global network in 156 countries and create an experienced team that combines intelligent approaches, experience and technological innovation. Visit www.pwc.com.cy to discover the benefits we can bring to you.
Quality Group is one of the leading property development organizations in Cyprus and the Mediterranean, with over 30 years of experience, operating in numerous projects. The Group has been upholding the corporate spirit of ‘‘Quality’’ since developing its first property project. Through conceiving client-oriented architectural concepts whilst pursuing high quality living environment and harmonious community as goals, Quality Group has successfully built up its brand name in the Domestic and International market.
The event is addressed to:
• Senior executives from IT and technology companies
• Heads of IP, Chief Legal Officers, and Heads of Tax at IP-rich corporations
• Senior executives from financial technology (FinTech) companies
• Founders of start-ups
• Investment funds
• Fund managers
• Fund administrators
• Asset management firms and asset managers
• Banks, investment banks and other financial institutions
• Private equity firms
• Accounting / audit / tax firms and other tax specialists
• Law firms and legal consultants
• Business advisory and consulting service providers
• Corporate service providers
IMH is the largest business knowledge and information transfer organisation in Cyprus. Its services include the coordination and running of conferences, seminars and commercial exhibitions, specialist business media publishing and human resources consulting. Every year, IMH organises more than 110 conferences related to every sector of the market, commercial exhibitions and training seminars, and undertakes the entire process of five business award ceremonies. IMH publishes the only dedicated business magazines in Cyprus: the Greek language monthly IN Business and the English-language monthly Gold, which are read by tens of thousands of Cypriot and non-Cypriot professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. It also operates the magazines’ news portals () and (www.goldnews.com.cy) and that of REPORTER online (www.reporter.com.cy) and delivers their daily newsletters by e-mail. The IMH Business Development Department bids for tenders published by local public sector bodies, the European Union and other international organisations. Through its activities, ΙΜΗ gives businesses a chance to develop, to network, to find new clients and business associates, to communicate with new audiences and discover growth opportunities.www.imhbusiness.com
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, transaction and consulting services with over 300,000 people in over 150 countries. It is the most globally integrated professional services organisation, working with businesses, entrepreneurs and governments around the world. EY distils everything it does down to a single, unified purpose: building a better working world. For over 80 years, the Cyprus practice has been a trusted business advisor and auditor to a broad range of clients and is ideally placed to cater to the needs of our clients in a wider geographic span
The Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) represents the face and voice of the Cyprus asset management and investment fund community. Founded in 2013, CIFA currently counts over 380 members and represents fund managers, depositaries, administrators, professional advisory firms and other specialist firms involved in the fund services industry in Cyprus. CIFA’s Board of Directors is comprised of high caliber industry professionals who come from all areas of the funds industry and are well-placed to support and complement the continued development of the industry. CIFA’s mission revolves around assisting its members capitalize on industry trends, shaping the development of the regulatory and legislative framework, enhancing professionalism, integrity and quality, and promoting Cyprus as a leading funds jurisdiction.
The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) is the independent public supervisory Authority responsible for the supervision of the investment services market, transactions in transferable securities carried out in the Republic of Cyprus and the collective investment and asset management sector. It also supervises firms offering administrative services.
Businesses and individuals considering investment into Cyprus have a partner on the ground at all stages of the investment cycle. Invest Cyprus is the government’s dedicated partner responsible for attracting and facilitating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in key economic sectors. Being the lead agent in establishing Cyprus as a worldclass investment destination, Invest Cyprus proactively promotes the enhancement of the country’s competitive environment, advocating reform and maximising FDI, for the economic and social benefit of Cyprus. In close collaboration with all government authorities, public institutions and the private sector, Invest Cyprus is the investor’s first point of contact. Invest Cyprus is a member of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the Mediterranean Investment Network, ANIMA.
The Investor is the leading business and lifestyle guide on emerging markets providing insights from the world’s business leaders and perspectives on the companies, trends and people that are shaping the future of the global economy. We engage with over 165.000 investors and decision-makers in 48 countries with nearly US$60 billion in available capital for investments.
GOLD magazine was founded in 2011 as the first English-language business monthly in Cyprus. Today, it is not only synonymous with the promotion of good business practices but it has a unique and valuable readership of High Net Worth Individuals, international company executives, English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot businessmen and women. GOLD provides a comprehensive and informed overview of the local business scene, the economy and the market and has gained a reputation for its in-depth articles and revealing interviews with key local and international personalities. www.goldnews.com.cy
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