Polyvios’ practice focuses on dispute resolution and EU & Competition law.

He has experience in litigation and arbitration proceedings in relation to a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, not just in Cyprus but internationally. His cases typically involve shareholder and contractual disputes, civil fraud, obtaining and resisting freezing orders, jurisdictional challenges and enforcement of foreign judgments & arbitral awards. Polyvios is a Fellow of “The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators” since 2017.

As part of his EU & Competition practice, Polyvios acts as adviser in all aspects of Cypriot and EU competition law and as counsel before the Cypriot Commission for the Protection of Competition and other national and European authorities and courts. His competition law experience includes transactional and contentious cases and spans across many industries with recent experience particularly in the consumer goods, shipping & ports and energy sectors.  He also undertakes regulatory work and provides advice in various specialist areas heavily affected by EU law such as Data Protection, EU-Russia Sanctions, consumer law, energy markets regulation and environmental law.

Polyvios brings particular expertise from his former position as a European Commission official in Brussels, from 2005 to 2010. While at the Commission, he was involved in a number of high-profile antitrust and merger control cases predominantly in the energy sector. He was also involved in the preparation and negotiation of EU legislation regulating the recognition and enforcement of judicial decisions and conflicts of jurisdiction between EU countries. During the 2012 “Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union”, Polyvios acted as chairperson of the Council Working Party discussing the proposal for the EU Directive regarding the European Investigation Order.

  • Fellow, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2017)
  • Cyprus Bar Admission (2010)
  • Barrister, Bar of England & Wales (called 2004)
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, London, UK (2004)
  • LLM in EU and Comparative law (Magister Iuris Communis), University of Maastricht, The Netherlands (2003)
  • LLB Law, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (2002)
  • Partner, Chrysses Demetriades & Co. LLC (since 2017)
  • Associate, Chrysses Demetriades & Co. LLC (2011- 2016)
  • EU official, European Commission, DG Competition (2007-2010)
  • EU official, European Commission, DG Justice (2005-2007)
  • Trainee advocate, Chryssafinis & Polyviou law office (2004-2005)