Melina Karaolia


Melina has been a partner at Eliades & Partners since 2008. She advises clients in commercial and civil law issues and business law disputes, focusing on corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. Melina is a qualified arbitrator both in Cyprus and the UK, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. She has also served on the executive committee of the Institute’s Cyprus branch.

She advises and represents clients in corporate transactions, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, as well as the legal aspects of corporate project structuring and business development. Her practice areas also include insurance law, company redomiciliations and competition law.

As a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, Melina has training and experience in negotiating contracts for the oil and gas sector. She is an accredited and registered mediator in Cyprus, with European Mediation Training for Practitioners of Justice (EMTPJ) certification on cross-border mediation, specialising in the settlement of international commercial disputes.

Melina is also an accredited and licensed independent Cyprus insolvency consultant. Given her wealth of experience and insight, Melina now trains others in negotiating and mediating. She’s also a part-time lecturer for the University of West London’s Business and Corporate Law course, where the curriculum is delivered jointly with institutions in Cyprus.

Melina holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia and a diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from Queen Mary University London. She was called to the Bar both in the UK (Gray’s Inn, London) and in Cyprus (Cyprus Bar Association).

With over 40 successful years of service to the international business community, Eliades & Partners is today considered one of the most distinguished commercial law firms in Cyprus and provides a multi-disciplinary legal, tax and business consultancy service not only to the local market but more so to the broad international community.


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