Leading Cyprus Law Firm practising merger control, competition law, maritime law, EU law, intellectual property and litigation.

Maritime Security


Cyprus has enacted legislation which allows for the provision of private security services on board Cyprus ships for the purpose of protecting them and their crew and cargo from unlawful acts in sea, particularly acts of piracy in high risk seas. Affording ship operators with the capability of engaging the services of private maritime security providers enables ships to sail securely and safely through seas entailing the highest risks for their crew and cargo. The applicable Cypriot legislation’s provisions regulates security measures to be adopted by masters and operators of Cyprus Ships and the delegation of such measures to licensed private maritime security companies.

Our Firm has a leading maritime security practice that has assisted leading companies obtain the first private maritime security companies’ certificates issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping. We assist both ship operators wishing to engage the services of approved security companies as well as any company wishing to obtain the relevant certificate from the Department of Merchant Shipping of Cyprus towards providing maritime security services on board Cyprus ships. Specifically, our legal services include:

  • Assisting ship operators in obtaining approval of delegating security of their ships to private maritime security companies
  • Assisting security companies towards being licensed to provide their private security services on board Cyprus ships
  • Advising on regulatory and other licensing, compliance and reporting aspects of the applicable legislation
  • Advising on contractual, commercial and corporate aspects
  • Advising on and drafting security services engagement agreements in compliance with applicable domestic and international legislation
  • Advising on and drafting security services employment agreements for private gurards in the service of private security companies
  • Advising on International Law aspects of Piracy and other unlawful acts at sea
  • Litigating contractual disputes, criminal acts and torts before Cyprus Courts and competent international tribunals
Contact us at maritime@antoniou.com.cy to discuss your legal requirements, whether you are a ship operator or a private maritime security company.

Ranked as top-tier Cyprus law firm, Anastasios Antoniou LLC is a boutique practice advising on Competition law, Merger Control, Intellectual Property, EU law and Maritime law, while our Dispute Resolution team acts in corporate, IP and constitutional litigation and commercial and investment arbitration.

What sets our Firm apart is its commitment to legal clarity. This meas that we strive to provide comprehensive legal solutions to contemporary legal challenges in a clear, reliable and unequivocal manner. Our concrete set of values ensure that formulating client relationships founded on trust, reliability and integrity is a pivotal element of how we work.

Find out why we are the Cyprus Lawyers of choice for a plethora of multinational corporations and global law firms.
Anastasios Antoniou LLC is a lawyers' limited company regulated under the Cyprus Bar Association with LLC Reg. No. 194. It is wholly owned and managed by licensed Advocates that are members of the Cyprus Bar Association. As such, the Firm abides by the Advocates Law, Cap. 2, and practices the law in accordance with the Code of Conduct of Advocates.

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Merger Control and Competition

Merger control, abuses of market dominance and unfair trading practices are areas in which we have established a leading practice. In an increasingly competitive world, regulating cartels and other anticompetitive practices is a fundamental aspect of a strong Economy.

We assist with victims of collusion in the market and advise on circumstances where a monopolistic or oligopolistic market suffers from abuse of dominance.

If your business is merging with another business, whether within Cyprus or as a foreign-to-foreign merger, or is forming a joint venture or acquiring another business, you may need clearance from the Cypriot competition authority. Learn more or contact us directly to discuss your circumstances.

Cyprus & EU Trademarks

A trade mark may be comprised of names, words, logos, symbols, numbers, designs, images, the shape of goods, colours, sounds and smells or the combination of a number of these elements that constitute a sign.

Our Firm, a member of the International Trademark Association, is a leading law firm in intellectual property, specializing in trademarks and IP litigation in Cyprus and the European Union. Our services cover searches, registrations, renewals, assignments and contentious issues in relation to:

  • Community Trade Mark (EU-wide protection)
  • Cyprus Trade Marks

    We also render our legal services in relation to passing-off matters and IP 'Box' tax planning and licensing

    Contact our trademarks team directly or read more about our IP Practice.