Michael Kyprianou founding partner

Michael Kyprianou is the founding partner of the law firm Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC, specializing in litigation and often briefed on international litigation.

Until 1991, Michael Kyprianou held the post of Senior Counsel working under the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus. During his Government service he advised various ministries and departments on important legal issues. He regularly appeared in court at all levels, defending or prosecuting on behalf of the Government.

He ended this aspect of his career with the landmark case of the Republic of Cyprus and the Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus against Goldberg and Feldman Fine Arts Inc, before the Indianapolis District Court successfully obtaining an order, for the return of the stolen 4th century rare artefacts from a vandalized church at Lythrangomi village, now occupied by the Turkish army.

The US Court of Appeals of the 7th Circuit confirmed the District Court's decision and on the 24th of October 1990 ordered their immediate return to the Cyprus Government and the Church of Cyprus. These 4th century mosaics, the object of vandalism by the Turkish occupation forces, are amongst the rarest Byzantine artefacts in the world.

Michael Kyprianou has also appeared in a number of cases before the European Court of Human Rights at all levels.

He is also actively involved in the cultural and athletic life of Cyprus. He was elected as president of the Cyprus Football Association for four consecutive terms and served as a member of the Appellate Disciplinary Board of UEFA. He also served as a vice president of UEFA's Entente de Florence for ten years.

In 1991, he resigned from his position with the Government to be elected as a Member of the House of Representatives and served as a member at various committees of the House, including the chairmanship of the Committee of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.