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Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants

George Ioannou

George Ioannou

Partner

Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate and Business
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Financial Litigation
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Cross Border Transactions, M&A & Restructures
  • Taxation Law

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Profile
George Ioannou is a Partner who joined the firm's corporate and commercial department in 2008. He has significant experience in transactions support and is highly specialised in the provision of tax advice, international tax planning and the application of double tax treaties, wealth planning for high net worth individuals, cross border mergers, mergers of Cyprus companies, transfers of corporate seat, preparation of legal capacity opinions and due diligence reports.

George has the expertise to design, advise on, implement and defend robust tax planning structures built around the Cyprus tax regime which are intended to effectively enhance tax efficiency, reduce risk and avoid tax controversy and at the same time, to deal with matters involving corporate tax, personal tax, employment taxes, VAT and customs duties.

His clients are involved in a wide range of business activities, that include finance, property, shipping, industrial, technology and energy. A significant part of his tax-related work concerns private client wealth and personal tax where George indicatively, advised on tax efficient schemes and incentives for HNWIs, such as yacht and aircraft leasing schemes, the use of trusts, individual tax domicile and residency schemes including the Cyprus non-domiciled regime and the exemptions and incentives available to individuals relocating to Cyprus.

George participated in tax conferences in Europe and Asia where he had the opportunity to speak about the characteristics of the Cyprus tax regime and hear from other tax professionals from across the world.

Prior to joining the firm, George spent five years in the advisory and tax departments of a big-4 audit firm, where he also qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

He is recommended among the leading lawyers for Tax in Chambers Europe.

Bar Admissions

Cyprus Bar Association (2007)

Education

University College London (LL.B. Law), London School of Economics and Political Science (B.Sc. Politics and International Relations)
Areas of Practice

Commercial Law | Corporate & Commercial Law | Corporate and Business | Corporate Litigation | Cross Border Transactions, M&A & Restructures | Financial Litigation | Taxation Law | Trusts, Wills & Succession

Professional Career

Professional Associations

The Cyprus Bar Association; ACA - Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales

Articles

Tax Update - DAC 6: Mandatory Reporting of Cross-Border Arrangements
Chrysostomides Advocates and Legal Consultants, December 2019

  The EU is introducing an additional level of transparency in order to enhance the means tax authorities can use to detect potentially aggressive tax arrangements. In this light, EU Directive 2018/822/EU (hereinafter the “DAC 6”) imposes mandatory reporting of cross-border arrangements, affecting at least one EU Member State, that fall within one of a number of “hallmarks”...

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