SOTERIS PITTAS & CO LLC is a boutique law firm, in size only, focusing on the areas of law related to business activity and dedicated to providing its clients with outstanding, highly personalized, legal representation. Profile

Our lawyers are specialized in dispute resolution of complicate and multi-jurisdictional commercial and corporate disputes and they have been involved in all major litigation disputes raised before Cypriot Courts. Practices

International and Domestic Arbitrations

We offer Clients, assistance, representation and advice, at all stages of the arbitration process. This includes pre-contentious negotiations, the conduct of arbitral proceedings, advocacy at trial, and the challenge and enforcement of arbitral awards.

We also appear before Cyprus Courts, to prosecute or defend applications for interim measures, in support of arbitrations such as injunctions, attachments and orders preserving evidence.

Our Lawyers have handled numerous arbitrations in a variety of different fora including the International Court of Arbitration, of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Vienna Arbitration Centre and the Russian International Court of Arbitration (ICCA). We have also conducted numerous ad hoc arbitrations.

Lawyers from our Firm, are authors of various publications and articles about arbitration and mediation and furthermore they serve as members of arbitration tribunals, in numerous multi-jurisdictional and complex disputes.

In presenting and defending claims in arbitration, we draw upon the skills, which we have developed, handling complex business litigation, always mindful of the somewhat, less formal and procedurally different environment of arbitration.

Major Arbitration cases that our Lawyers were involved include:

  • Handling on behalf of NOVOKUZNETSK ALUMINIUM PLANT an ad hoc arbitration claim in Cyprus, of USD 50 million.
  • Handling on behalf of NOVOKUZNETSK ALUMINIUM PLANT the enforcement in Cyprus of five (5) arbitral awards against a Cyprus Company, amounting to USD 15 millions approximately.
  • Assisting GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER (GERMANY) on the handling on behalf of two Cyprus Companies the defence of arbitral claims lodged against them in the Vienna Arbitral Center.
  • Assisting CLIFFORD CHANCE (LONDON) on the defence of an arbitral claim lodged with LCIA in London, against the majority shareholders of the Panamean company by the heirs of a deceased minority shareholder (Subject Matter USD 500 millions).
  • Handling the defence of an arbitration claim lodged by DAEWOO CORP. with LCIA in London against a telecom company in Ukraine (Subject Matter USD 100 millions).
  • Handling the registration and enforcement in Cyprus, under New York Convention, of five LCIA Arbitral Awards issued against a Cyprus Company and in favour of the largest fertilizer company in Russia (Subject Matter USD 40 millions).
  • Handling successfully the defence on behalf of two Cyprus Companies against the registration in Cyprus of two arbitral awards issued by Vienna Arbitral Center and ICAC.
  • Acting as an arbitrator in a panel of three arbitrators for a claim lodged by a Cyprus Company against a Dutch Company concerning a dispute of USD 100 millions) for a breach of an investment contract relating to one of the major building projects in Moscow.
  • Acting as a single arbitrator appointed under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Law for an arbitral claim of USD 10-15 millions.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant on an arbitration claim before a single arbitrator for a sum of USD 2-3 millions due to a breach of a sale contract for the purchase of a vessel.
  • Acting on behalf of an Italian Joint Venture for the enforcement in Cyprus of an ICC Arbitral Award against the Albania Republic for a sum of USD 16 millions.
  • Acting as an Arbitrator on a panel of three for a claim of USD 100.000.000.
  • Acting as the Claimant’s Lawyer for an LCIA Arbitration for a sum of USD 60.000.000.
  • Acting on behalf of numerous claimants in international arbitration cases, filed inter alia before the London Court of International Arbitration, in obtaining in Cyprus freezing injunctions as well as discovery orders in aid and/or in support of the arbitration proceedings.
  • Acting on behalf of numerous Respondents, in international arbitration cases, filed inter alia, before the London Court of International Arbitration, in opposing and discharging freezing injunctions and discovery orders obtained in Cyprus, in aid and/or in support of arbitration proceedings. 
  • Acting on behalf of numerous holders of International arbitration awards, in registering and enforcing same in Cyprus, under the provisions of the New York Convention.
  • Acting on behalf of numerous debtors of international arbitral awards, in opposing the registration and enforcement of same, in Cyprus under the provisions of the New York Convention.
  • Assisting English lawyers on issues of Cyprus law, in relation to the defense of two LCIA arbitration claims, filed by a Russian Oligarch, concerning rights of ownership in the famous MOSKVA HOTEL (now Four Seasons Hotel) , (claim: USP 2 billions).
  • Acting as an expert before an LCIA arbitral tribunal on Cyprus law issues, and preparing and presenting expert reports on inter alia the repudiation of arbitration agreements, enforceability and binding effect of arbitration agreements, on non signatories etc.

PUBLICATIONS

NEWS

  • 21 Mar 2017

    METHODS OF PAYMENT / OTHER INSTRUMENTS - In House Seminar

  • 21 Mar 2017

    EU Regulation 655/14 - In House Seminar

  • 3 Mar 2017

    Update from the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver

  • 22 Feb 2017

    LAWYER MONTHLY LEGAL AWARDS - Corporate Law Firm of the Year 2016 in Cyprus

  • 13 Feb 2017

    Update on the collection of information of financial instruments offered by the Cyprus Investment Firm

  • 22 Dec 2016

    DELETION OF COMPANIES DUE TO NON PAYMENT OF ANNUAL LEVY

  • 19 Dec 2016

    CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR PREPARATIONS 2016-2017

  • 13 Dec 2016

    MEA Markets Business Awards 2016 - BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM of the year in Cyprus

  • 22 Nov 2016

    ORDER 30 OF THE CIVIL PROCEDURES RULES - In House Seminar

  • 9 Nov 2016

    SERVICE OF COURT DOCUMENTS - In House Seminar

  • 10 Oct 2016

    Cyprus- Health-NHS System

  • 4 Oct 2016

    CYPRUS PRIVATISATION OF THE CSE

  • 3 Oct 2016

    ACQUISITION INTERNATIONAL Awards 2016 - CORPORATE ADVISER of the year in Cyprus

  • 23 Sep 2016

    ACQ Global Awards 2016 - Corporate and Commercial LAW FIRM of the year in Cyprus

  • 20 Sep 2016

    No interest to buy loans from BoC - CySec

  • 15 Sep 2016

    The Cabinet has approved on Tuesday (13.0916) the revised scheme for granting Cypriot citizenship to non–Cypriot entrepreneurs/investors.

  • 30 May 2016

    Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs) - In House Seminar

  • 24 May 2016

    Private Equity Law Firm of the year by CorporateINTL Global Awards 2016

  • 23 May 2016

    Due Diligence for Real Estate Conveyance - In House Seminar

  • 18 Apr 2016

    Ammendments in orders 25 & 30 - In House Seminar

  • 12 Apr 2016

    Participation of our members at the 5 Km Marathon - Run with Smile in Limassol

  • 7 Mar 2016

    Fire Protection and Safety - Training

  • 8 Feb 2016

    Highly Recommended Lawyer by Chambers Global Clients Guide 2016

  • 21 Dec 2015

    BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CORPORATE LAW - In House Seminar

  • 16 Dec 2015

    CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR PREPARATIONS 2015-2016

  • 9 Dec 2015

    Mr. Soteris Pittas roundtable discussion with law students of UCLAN University - Cyprus

  • 1 Dec 2015

    Case Management - In House Seminar

  • 13 Nov 2015

    CONFERENCE “KIЕV ARBITRATION DAYS 2015: "THINK BIG"

  • 12 Nov 2015

    Mondaq's Contributor Most Read in Cyprus Award October 2015

  • 3 Nov 2015

    Our MD Mr. Soteris Pittas attended a seminar organised by the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Association of Judges of Ukraine in Kiev 02-11-2015

  • 27 Oct 2015

    Recent changes in Companies Law - in house seminar

  • 22 Oct 2015

    Acquisition International Best Boutique Law Firm - Cyprus Award

  • 28 Sep 2015

    Introduction to the Anti-Money Laundering Legislation - In house Seminar

  • 18 Dec 2014

    FIRST AID training session - Defibrillator

  • 18 Dec 2014

    CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR PREPARATIONS 2014-2015

  • 11 Nov 2014

    CONFERENCE “KIЕV ARBITRATION DAYS 2014: "THINK BIG"

  • 21 Jul 2014

    25 years of progress – Grand Opening of New Premises (Press Release)

  • 10 Dec 2013

    CHRISTMAS - NEW YEAR PREPARATIONS 2013-2014

  • 21 Nov 2013

    Sponsor in Charity Event

  • 15 Oct 2013

    Participation of our members to charity event

  • 7 Oct 2013

    INTAX EXPRO - VIII Annual Conference and Exhibition

  • 4 Oct 2013

    Conference “Dispute Resolution in M&A Transactions: Tactics, Challenges, Defences“

  • 10 Jul 2013

    “Peculiarities of disputes in Cyprus in post-M&A and shareholder disputes

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Vote of Confidence for Cyprus Banks by Russian Businessmen

  • 10 Jul 2013

    New photos of the construction for our New Premises

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Visual Photos for our New Premises

  • 10 Jul 2013

    VAT Update on the changes as from 1 January 2010 in relation to the following matters

  • 10 Jul 2013

    The visit to Cyprus of the Russian President Mr. Dmitry Medvedev.

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Participation of Members of our Law Firm in Charity Event

  • 10 Jul 2013

    New Photos of the Construction of our new premises.

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Less Bureaucracy for Business Enterprises

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Latin Legal Maxims and Phrases

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Increase of the Cyprus VAT Rate, but still the second lowest in EU

  • 10 Jul 2013

    CONFERENCE “KIЕV ARBITRATION DAYS 2012: "THINK BIG"

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Commission takes action against Cyprus and other 11 Member States to implement the Shareholder’s rights Directive

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Beginning of the Construction for our new Premises

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation between Cyprus and Slovenia

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation between Cyprus and Qatar

  • 10 Jul 2013

    Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation between Cyprus and Kuwait.

  • 10 Jul 2013

    ABA Conference / Moscow / September 2011