Our Team

“Our team is made up of highly educated and experienced professionals, with expertise in the business and legal environment of Greece, Cyprus, UK and other offshore jurisdictions.”

Marinos Makrides


Marinos Th. Makrides is the managing partner of Law Firm MARINOS TH.MAKRIDES AND ASSOCIATES established in Rhodes – Greece and is a prominent
member of the Rhodes Bar Association since 1980. He is an expert and a leading specialist in the field of hotel, tourism law and business law.
He has also an expertise in international dispute and settlement procedures and an excellent record in dealing with tourism and hotel international disputes, settlements
and agreements including Italy, Norway, Poland, Cyprus, Belgium, United Kingdom and Germany. He currently acts as counsel, advising companies and investors in
economic law issues involving shipping, hotel, hospitality, tourism, corporate, hotel acquisitions, real estate, tax planning and investment law, as well as gas energy
matters. He has a deep and proven knowledge of Cypriot, Greek and British law, as well as broad expertise and experience in European procedural law matters.
Marinos Th. Makrides holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Athens, and a shipping degree in shipping law from University College – London
University. His mother language is Greek and he is fluent in English.

Dimitrios Foutsis


Dimitrios is member of the Athens Bar Association since 2003 and Supreme Court Attorney since 2013. He has worked at Clifford Chance (Frankfurt) and he is currently Managing Partner in Foutsis & Partners Law firm. He is a distinguished Member of the Greek Commercial Lawyers Society, of the Greek-German Lawyers Association and of the International Bar Association. Dimitris has extensive expertise in Corporate, M& A & Business Law, in Competition law, Real Estate and Tax Planning. He holds an LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Athens, and an LLM from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, University of Bonn.

Haris Christys


Haris is primarily engaged in corporate advice, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other general corporate work, as well as in legal advice to private and public companies including advice on all aspects of corporate governance and CySec authorisations. He is also involved in commercial litigation, arbitration and conveyance. He has extensive specialization in the field of registration and administration of public companies, preparation and filing of various court applications in reference to corporate matters, legalization of documents, registration of charges, liquidations of companies, management of bank accounts, registration of vessels, registration of ship mortgages and liaising on a daily basis with the Registrar of Companies, the Tax Authorities, the Department of Merchant Shipping, the Central Bank, CySec and all major national and international banks. He is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a licensed Nominated Advisor with the Cyprus Stock Exchange and an Authorised Insolvency Practitioner.

Mara Makridou


Mara is an active partner of Law Firm MARINOS TH. MAKRIDES AND ASSOCIATES established in Rhodes – Greece and is a prominent member of the
Rhodes Bar Association since 2005. She is in excellent command of hotel and tourism law and hotel and tourism transactions.
She currently acts as counsel, advising companies and investors in hotel and tourism law, hotel acquisitions as well as real estate law and visa applications.
Mara holds a law degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Athens. Her mother language is Greek, she is fluent in English and in good command of French.

Chloe Tofarides


Chloe Tofarides obtained her LLB from the University of Sheffield and was awarded an LLM in Shipping from UCL in London. She subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. In 2005 she was admitted to the Cyprus Bar. Her main areas of practice are litigation, employment, corporate, contract, project finance, property, insurance and shipping law.

Gerasimos Konstantatos


Gerasimos has worked as a consultant on business and environmental issues for the Union of Industrial and Employer’s Confederation of Europe (UNICE, Brussels), as a consultant in Corporate Strategy, Finance, Organization and Management Systems with REMACO S.A. and Senior Consultant at the European Affairs Department of the Vardinoyannis Group of Companies. He served for more than 6 years as CEO of a reputable Recycling company. As of 2016 Gerasimos joined the team of Real Substance Ltd. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Grenoble, France and a M.A. in Advanced European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Marina Kharchenko


Marina has graduated from Academy in Ukraine with a degree in International Relations (International Policy Studies), obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law in Nicosia, Cyprus and is expected to receive her Diploma in LLM (Masters Degree in Law) from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
Fluently speaking 4 languages and having a 6-year experience in Cyprus and UAE in International companies providing corporate services, Marina joined the team of Real Substance in July 2018.

Andreas Pantelides


Andreas obtained his LLB from Queen Mary University of London and was awarded an LLM in Public International Law from University College London. He is a member of the Cyprus Bar Association and his main areas of practice are corporate and contract law. He has also extensive experience in matters relating to automatic exchange of information (FATCA & CRS) and as an advisor for applications in the context of the Cyprus government’s Scheme for Naturalization of Investors by exception.

Melanie Symeou


Melanie holds LCCI in accounting, bookkeeping and IT qualifications and has over 20 years of experience in established companies and banks in Cyprus and overseas, where she developed her professional knowledge and skills in Banking, Accounting, Administrative and Financial Services. Melanie joined the Real Substance Team in October 2018, specializing in the fields of Customer Services, Banking and Corporate Administration.

Sylvia Phaedonos


Sylvia holds a degree in International, European and Economic Studies from the University of Cyprus. Having over 7 years of experience in the corporate environment and having worked for established Legal Firms in Cyprus, she gained a wide range of experience in administrative, fiduciary and corporate services, as well as banking and compliance, for both local and offshore companies. Sylvia is fluent in Greek and English, she joined Real Substance Team in April 2019.

Antonia Nikolaou


Antonia holds a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from The Technological University of Cyprus and an MBA degree of the Mediterranean Institute of Management. Having over 6 years of working experience in established Companies in Cyprus, Antonia demonstrates a natural aptitude for interacting with customers and providing administrative and secretarial support with strong organizational skills. Antonia joined the Real Substance Team in November 2018.