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 Michail is the CEO and co-founder of IMH, a leading Corporate Events and Media organisation operating in the knowledge and information economy. Every year, IMH organises more than 100 summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums, bringing together thousands of influential decision makers. IMH Media provides a broad range of information, news and services for the business community and the mainstream media. Prior to establishing IMH, George Michail worked for one of the largest law firms of Cyprus. He holds a degree a Economics and Politics from the University of Southampton.
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).
Lefteris S. Eleftheriou is a Director at Invest Cyprus. In his capacity, he is proactively promoting Cyprus, as an attractive investment destination abroad in the key economic sectors. He possesses years of experience for the development of the investment environment and entrepreneurship, as well as providing facilitation services to investors. In 2013, Lefteris took a lead role as part of a team assigned to prepare the strategy for the development of the filming industry in Cyprus. Lefteris is now the Chairman of the Cyprus Film Commission, the body responsible for assessing filming applications. He also leads the national effort for the promotion of Cyprus as an attractive film destination and he is an elected board member of the European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN). Lefteris holds a BA in Political Sciences and Philosophy from Hunter College, New York, and an MA in Politics from the New York University, having also attended law courses at the University of London and political communication courses at the University of Cyprus. During his professional carrier he was professionally engaged in the field of political consulting and corporate intelligence management, covering the East Mediterranean, MENA region and Eastern Europe.
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 in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He also has a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He has been working 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). On March 4th, 2020 Dr. Mastroyiannopoulos was appointed Chief Scientist of Research and Innovation by H.E. the President of the Republic of Cyprus and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation. Dr. Mastroyiannopoulos was also appointed as a board member of the JRC Board of Governors, the National Board for Research and Innovation, member of the steering investment committee of the Cyprus Equity Fund in collaboration with the European Equity Fund (EIF) and Chairman of the Ministerial Committee for Research and Innovation.
Dr. George Pamboridis is the founder and Senior Partner of Pamboridis LLC. He studied law in Athens and he obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) from the University of Southampton in Shipping law. Following this he received an M.Sc. from the International Relations Department of London School of Economics and then a Ph.D. in law from the University of Southampton in Public International and Shipping law. He is, inter alia, the author of the book International Shipping Law: Legislation and Enforcement, the book Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Cyprus released in September 2012. He also taught International Shipping Law and Energy Law at the University of Cyprus. Dr. Pamboridis is qualified in Cyprus, Greece and England & Wales (Roll of Solicitors). He worked for the City law firm of Holman, Fenwick & Willan before joining L. Papaphilippou & Co as a Partner for five years and in 2003 he started up Pamboridis LLC. Dr. George Pamboridis was appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus on 27 July 2015 as the Minister of Health until the completion of his term on 28 February 2018.
Iraklis is a Partner and the current Deputy CEO of Quality Group of Companies and has professional experience in the field of Real Estate, Hospitality, Education, and Medical business, both at a local and international level. He has a leading role in significant real estate investments, mergers and acquisitions, management, and sustainable construction projects in Greece and Cyprus and has provided asset portfolio guidance to various international high-net-worth clients and headquartered companies. In profession, he is a Civil Engineer [MEng] with a registered license under the Cyprus Scientific and Technological Chamber, member of the Chamber of Commerce Committee in Cyprus, and a holder of an MBA in Business degree. He is also a Chartered Surveyor [MRICS] and a Certified Person of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.
Pamboridis LLC is a General Commercial and Corporate law firm founded in 2003 and headed by Dr George Pamboridis, assisted by five Partners and a number of senior and junior Associates. With two offices, in Cyprus and Greece, we aspire to meet all the legal needs of our worldwide clients on all main fields of law and to offer our international clientele a local insight to the markets of the jurisdictions where we operate offices. Our team of lawyers are well qualified, working on the highest level of professionalism and in an efficient and speedy manner.
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.
IMH is a leading Corporate Events and Media organization operating in the Knowledge and Information Economy. It provides products and services based on content, intelligence and connections to specialist audiences. IMH services include the organization of conferences, summits, client events, exhibitions, business, and mainstream media. Every year, IMH organizes more than 200 corporate events in physical, hybrid and online form: Conferences and Exhibitions on all market sectors, Investment summits and road shows in Cyprus and abroad, Client Conferences and other corporate events, Business award ceremonies. Our corporate events provide the biggest networking, business development, knowledge providing and career advancement opportunities in Cyprus. IMH media department operates, publishes and distributes: IN Business, the leading monthly business magazine in Cyprus, GOLD, the leading English-language monthly business Magazine in Cyprus, IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy), Over 40 annual business catalogues, supplements and directories, Reporter (www.reporter.com.cy), one of the most visited multi-thematic news portal in Cyprus. IMH recently acquired Super FM, the leading music radio station in Cyprus.
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
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.
Invest Cyprus (Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency) is the investment authority of the Government of Cyprus dedicated to attract and facilitate foreign direct investment into the country. In close collaboration with all governmental authorities and public institutions, as well as the private sector, Invest Cyprus is the country’s lead agent in establishing Cyprus as a world-class destination for international business activity and investments. Invest Cyprus’ mandate is to raise awareness of Cyprus as a destination for FDI across the globe, providing certainty around all aspects of operating a business in Cyprus and supporting potential investors in developing their business case for investment into the country.
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
IN Business magazine has a monthly readership of over 89,000. It is the only monthly business magazine in Cyprus that provides a comprehensive overview of all segments of the economy, from retail to services, as well as reporting on new deals, presenting new faces and, generally, looking at everything that’s happening on the local business scene. IN Business has always been a pioneer in local business journalism, thanks to its in-depth analysis and research, often backed by previously unpublished facts and figures. www.inbusinessnews.com
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