Nicholas Ktenas

Partner, Nicosia
T: +357 22 110324  |  [email protected]


  • Data, Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Employment Law
  • European Union and Competition Law


Nicholas Ktenas has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, employment law, privacy and data protection, consumer protection, intellectual property law and commercial litigation. Nicholas is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Languages: English, Greek.

  • Advised the Central Bank of Cyprus and its team of internal and external consultants on the restructuring of the banking sector following the 2013 banking crisis
  • Advises numerous national and multinational organisations and diplomatic missions in Cyprus on employment law issues, including termination of employment, reorganisations and redundancies, employee rights and protection in transfers of business, information and consultation and collective bargaining
  • Represented a global soft drinks brand and led its legal campaign in Cyprus against a number of parallel importers of its products from third countries
  • Advises national and multinational organisations on corporate and commercial matters, including agency and distribution, e-commerce and consumer protection
  • Worked with the Office of the Attorney General in reviewing national law and identifying discrepancies with European Union law, and drafting national legislation to transpose EU Directives into Cyprus law in preparation for Cyprus’s entry into the EU
  • Advised tenderers for the development and operation of international airports in Cyprus, and advising on employment law and administrative law issues
  • Participated as Cyprus legal advisors in numerous EU-funded projects on planning, environmental, employment and consumer protection law

  • Graduated in law, University of Sheffield, UK, 1997
  • Admitted to the Cyprus Bar in 1999
  • LLM in European Law, University of Nottingham, UK, 1999
  • Licensed Insolvency Practitioner since 2015
  • Internal legal adviser at the largest cruise-ship operator in Cyprus – public listed shipping company
  • Speaks Greek and English

    • 2007 - Recommended by the Practical Law Company (PLC) as “Leading” employment lawyer
    • 2009 - Recommended as “up and coming” lawyer for dispute resolution by Chambers and Partners
    • 2010 - Recommended as “highly capable litigator’ for Intellectual Property law matters by The Legal 500
    • 2013 - Listed in the Third Edition of Best Lawyers International, for Corporate Law (Cyprus) 2013 - Listed in the “Legal Experts Directory of 140 Specialist Lawyers Recognized for Excellence” in “Gold - The International Investments, Finance & Professional Services Magazine of Cyprus” (Issue 32, November 14 – December 13, 2013, p.24, By INBusiness).
    • 2014 - Listed in the April Issue of Gold News Magazine as one of the finest:
    • Intellectual Property Law Expert
    • Cyprus’ EU & Competition Law Expert
    • 2015 “Cyprus Employment Lawyer of the Year” - Global Law Experts Annual Awards
    • 2015-16 Best Lawyers' award/ listing of lawyers in Cyprus - Category: “Corporate Law”
    • 2016 - 2020 - Acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal as leading lawyer in Cyprus for Labour & Employment
    • 2014 - Listed in the August Issue of Gold Magazine, “The Law Issue” (issue 65, August 21, 2016, p.36) as a leading lawyer for Intellectual Property, Labour, Employment & Benefits
    • 2014 - 2020 - “Recognized since 2014” as one of the Best Lawyers for Corporate Law in Nicosia, Cyprus by Best Lawyers
    • 2017 – Acknowledged by Legal 500 in Employment Law as: a “first class” head of a “capable and responsive practice”
    • 2018 – Acknowledged by Legal 500 in Employment Law as: heading a tier 1 Employment Law team which “pays close attention to detail” and “remaining calm under pressure”
    • 2019-2020 – Acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal as “Global Leader” for Labour & Employment
    • 2020– International Advisory Experts award winner - Category: Employment Law – Cyprus
    • 2020 – Acknowledged by Legal 500 as a “Leading Individual” in Cyprus for Employment Law and EU & Competition
    • 2020-2021 – Acknowledged by Who’s Who Legal as “Global Leader” for Labour & Employment