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Michael Kyprianou is the senior partner of the law firm Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, specialising in litigation and often briefed on international litigation. He is regarded as one of the leading litigators in Cyprus.
Until 1991 Michael Kyprianou held the post of Senior Counsel of the Republic of Cyprus. During his Government service he advised various ministries and departments on important legal issues, particularly the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Communications and Works. He also regurarly appeared in court representing the Government of Cyprus and its various ministries and departments.
He concluded his career as Senior Counsel of the Republic with the landmark case of the Republic of Cyprus and the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus v Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts Inc and Peg Goldberg before the Indiana Court and later before the US Court of Appeal. The defendants were ordered to return to the Cyprus Government and the Church of Cyprus the Kanakaria Mosaics, stolen from the Kanakaria Church in Cyprus and sold to Goldberg. These mosaics consisted of a handful of the rarest holy Byzantine artifacts to survive into the twentieth century.
Michael Kyprianou has also appeared in a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights at all levels.
He is also involved in the cultural and athletic life of Cyprus. He was elected as president of the Cyprus Football Association for four consecutive terms and was a member of the committee of UEFA and of the Appellate Disciplinary Board of UEFA. He served as vice-president of Entente de Florence for ten years.
In 1991 Michael Kyprianou was elected as a member of the Cyprus Parliament and chaired the House Committee of Commerce, Industry and Tourism for 5 years.