Practice AreasTechnology Information Solutions, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchains

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The financial services sector, covering foreign exchange and cryptocurrency markets, as well as Information Technology (IT), are gaining rapid popularity worldwide, and in Cyprus.

In fact, Cyprus is home to one of the largest numbers of Fintech businesses in Europe, making Cyprus recognized as a specialist centre for foreign exchange services.

The main types of Fintech or electronic money institutions take the form of platform providers, RegTech companies, investment firms, prime brokerages and others.

Although the Fintech sector has largely gone unregulated, due to its widespread popularity, governments and other stakeholders worldwide are now seeking to regulate the industry.

The Fintech Sector

Our firm has a dedicated department which focuses specifically on the provision of legal services relating to the information technology industry, making us pioneers in the legal services industry.

Our dedicated team of lawyers specialise in financial technology and the legal issues arising in the specific sector, and possess the expertise you need to establish and grow your business in Cyprus.

More specifically, our expert team focuses on business models which involve innovation and innovative technology, startups, blockchain, cryptocurrencies etc.

We also handle venture capital funds or AIFs which seek to enter the innovation field.

In an ever, and constantly, changing regulatory environment, our teams of experts can help you with the following:

  • Legal review and structuring of coin and token offerings (ICOs, IEOs, STOs)
  • Regulatory compliance consulting for financial technology (FinTech) businesses
  • Legal advice and regulatory compliance advice and support in relation to Cryptocurrency projects
  • Legal support on modern finance and tech-related projects (e-wallets and peer-to-peer- P2P lending)
  • Accounting and taxation services in the financial services and Fintech fields, with a specific focus on cryptocurrencies and tokens
  • Business planning and strategy formulation for companies, whether startups or not, seeking to enter and invest in the Blockchain and AI market

Fintech activity and types of fintech business

Fintech activity in Cyprus has increased considerably in the past five years.

  • This increase has been even more notable in the past two to three years, with the establishment of new fintech businesses by:
    Start-ups and SMEs
  • Large well-established financial services companies and organisations which innovate and develop fintech products and services.

Further, a number of information and communication technology companies from the United States, Europe, Russia and Australia now run their regional headquarters from Cyprus and service clients globally.
For example, TransferWire recently included Cyprus in a list of eight emerging global technology hubs.

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