Our Team

Who we are

Our Team

ELENA HAJIROUSSOU
Senior Partner

Elena is the founder and Partner of Elena Hajiroussou LLC. Elena has extensive experience in advising on private, public and SE company law, commercial contracts, Cyprus International Trusts, International Franchises, Licensing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Property Law, Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures, Shipping (wet) and Bare-boat Chartering, Trademarks, and Wills. Elena is also a visiting Lecturer for a leading bank in Cyprus and a permanent external Legal Advisor for Consulco Group.
Elena graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics from Keele University, England in 1991 and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 1993.
Elena is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.



OLGA MARKOVA
Partner

Qualified Russian lawyer, Olga completed Diploma in Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and L.L.M. in Professional Legal Practice with BPP University College in London. Olga has fifteen years of international legal advisory experience including seven years with leading City of London law firms.
Olga specialises in company law, Cyprus International Trusts, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Native Russian speaker, Olga is fluent in English.

MARIA COSMA
Senior Advocate and Barrister-at-Law

Maria is a Director in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. She holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Reading University in the UK and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 1993. Having successfully completed the Bar Vocational course she became a Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple in 1994.
She worked at a leading Cyprus law firm specializing in Corporate Law for seven years and at Cyprus Airways Public Limited as Assistant to the Corporate Secretary & Legal Advisor for eleven years. Maria also co-authored the Cyprus chapters in Sweet & Maxwell’s “Aircraft Finance, Registration Security and Enforcement” (1997) and “Aircraft Liens and Detention Rights.” (1998).
Her main areas of expertise and practice are Commercial and Corporate Law, Aviation Law and Employment Law.
Maria is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.




VALENTINI IOANNOU
Advocate

Valentini Ioannou is a senior Legal Advisor in the Legal & Corporate Services Department. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master in Commercial Law both from the University of Derby. She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2011.
Her experience includes advising international clients on issues of corporate governance, drafting and reviewing of legal documents, preparation of court applications and legal opinions, coordinating cross-border transactions, registration and protection of Trademarks and other Intellectual Property at domestic and international level and providing advice on shipping registrations. Valentini is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.


Andria Koukounis

Andria is a Manager in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. She obtained an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Warwick, UK, an LLM in International Commercial Law from the University College London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2009 and has practiced in both the litigation and corporate advisory fields.
Her diverse experience includes participating in court and arbitration proceedings as counsel, representing international oil companies in cartel investigations, opining on high profile joint ventures and advising investment funds on corporate finance, real estate acquisitions and commercial transactions.
Andria is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.


Ifigenia Iacovou

Ifigenia is a Senior Legal Advisor in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. Ifigenia graduated with an LLB from the University of Surrey, UK and holds an LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law from Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2012. After having obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration specializing in International Construction Contracts Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Ifigenia is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). As a corporate lawyer her experience includes offering legal advice and support to local and international clients on issues of corporate law, banking and finance, corporate restructuring of major European and international groups of companies as well as commercial transactions.
She has participated in conferences held in Cyprus and the UK regarding Corporate Law, Banking and Finance and International Arbitration.
Ifigenia is a native Greek speaker, is fluent in English and has good command of French.
Constantinos Leontiou

Constantinos is a Senior Legal Advisor in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with specialization in Corporate both from Sheffield University. He also holds an Advance Certificate in Fund Administration from CIIM and he was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2012.
His background experience included day to day commercial and corporate transactions.
His current responsibilities are practicing mainly Corporate and Commercial Law, Corporate Litigation, Restructurings, M&A, Cross-Border Transactions and Real Estate Law.
Constantinos is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.
Argyris Panteli

Argyris is a Legal Advisor in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. Argyris obtained an LLB (Hons) degree from Liverpool John Moores University, UK, an LLM in International Commercial Law from University of Leicester, UK and was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2012. In 2014 he became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) London as Member Arbitrator (MCIArb).
His experience includes preparing and handling of court petitions and lawsuits on corporate and civil litigation and participation in various modes of alternative disputes resolution either as a counsel or an arbitrator. He has been further assisting and advising clients on corporate and commercial transactions and real estate acquisitions, drafting and reviewing corporate documents, agreements and legal opinions.
Argyris is a native Greek speaker and is fluent in English.


Stavriana Antoniou

Stavriana is Business Development Manager in the Marketing and Communications Department. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from Democritus University of Thrace. She is a holder of the Cyprus Bar since 2011 and she was an active member of the Corporate and Legal Affairs Committee of the Cyprus Fiduciary Association for 2 years.
Her background experience includes providing legal opinions, legal consulting and preparations of compliance reports.
Her current duties and responsibilities are assisting the development of trust and legal services and resources required by the MFO clients including CFC compliant trusts, active income classifications, investment SPVs, immigration and residence, compliance services. She is also responsible for the preparation and implementation of legal, investment and trust services marketing tools.
Stavriana is a native Greek speaker and is fluent in English.


Polina Hadjivasiliou

Polina is a Legal Advisor in the Legal and Corporate Services Department. She obtained an LLB (Hons) degree from the Leeds Beckett University, UK, an MSc in Criminology from the London Metropolitan University and an MSc in the Financial Services from the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM).
She was admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 2010.
Her background includes corporate and commercial transactions, real estate collaterals and pledging, bond issuances, IPO, CREST and joint ventures with High Net Worth Investors. Since joining Elena Hajiroussou LLC she has been supervising the granting of bridge loans to international investors with residential/commercial London real estate collaterals, dealing with real estate residential and commercial agreements and contracts as well as credit facilities and credit agreements.
Polina is a native Greek speaker and fluent in English.