Mr. Vasiliou started his career in one of the divisions of the Cyprus Ministry of Justice and Public Order, which has provided him with the exposure to the legal system and prosecution, as a result of which Mr. Vasiliou developed the unique skill to determine the most diligent approach in court proceedings. Thereafter Mr. Vasiliou has led the legal department of an FX Brokerage Firm, whilst also participating in the development and enforcement of the Company’s mission and budgetary scheme.
Mr. Vasiliou has excelled in the academic area, completing his dissertation in the subject of EU Citizenship by Investment: A Right of EU Member State or a violation of EU Law, which resulted as a consequence of extensive research into the subject and a high level of expertise.
Mr. Vasiliou aspires to materialise his skills and expertise into concrete results adjusted to the needs of his clients, his attention to detail and client’s best interests are the leading factors in development of the appropriate solutions, whilst encompassing a strong sense of commercial reality and consideration of all aspects of the current market in addition to the strong sense of time and cost efficiency.
Mr. Vasiliou is one of the top contributors on U Global Immigration, a website about citizenship and residency by investment programs worldwide https://www.uglobal.com/en/profile/yiannos-vasiliou/
I joined the LLM program at UCLan Cyprus in 2014. The experience and knowledge that I have gained during my studies there have majorly contributed to the development of my professional career. For my dissertation I selected the topic “EU passport for sale. A right under EU law; or a violation of EU Law”. My reason for choosing this subject was my interest on the impact that the currently offered EU citizenship programs was having on the applicable EU rights. I also wanted to explore the advantages and disadvantages that these programs entailed, not only in Cyprus but also in other EU Member States.
During my undergoing of the LLM program, I was working in the public sector, specifically the Cyprus Ministry of Justice and Public Order. Whilst conducting research for my dissertation, I consulted various academic and professional sources, which enabled me to gain an insight into the practicability of the application of various EU citizenship programs and this vastly triggered my interest in Immigration Law. Through the nature of my work, I had already had exposure to Immigration Law and my exhaustive research into the topic of EU citizenship further contributed to my knowledge and expertise in this particular sphere. I already had specific knowledge of the procedure and criteria for obtaining the citizenship by investment in Cyprus and other EU Member States.
In 2018, I made a decision to leave the public sector and open my own Law Firm, in Larnaca Cyprus. This decision was driven by various factors; primarily my aspiration to succeed in the legal sphere and as a private business owner. My current practice areas include Corporate and Commercial Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance Law, Property Law, Tax Law and Cyprus Immigration Law. Particularly in reference to Cyprus Immigration Law, my firm provides full range of services connected to obtaining the Cyprus Citizenship by investment and Permanent Residency, and provide assistance in obtaining various visas in Cyprus.
It is without a doubt that my dissertation for the LLM program has significantly impacted my career and has contributed to my professional development. I was thrilled to have Prof. Stephanie Laulhe Shaelou supervise my dissertation and provide guidance on the matter, her professionalism and dedication helped immensely with successfully finalizing my dissertation and achieving a high grade. All in all, I am very grateful for all the supervision I received from the professors of UCLan Cyprus during my studies. I do strongly believe that the knowledge and skills that I have gained strongly contributed to the lawyer and private business owner that I am today.