AB Compliance has emerged through the collaboration of the Greek Law firm Benteniotis & Associates, Attorneys at Law, with the Cyprus consulting firm APC Audit Tax Advisory Ltd. The purpose of this cooperation is to set up a team of dedicated legal advisers and associates, for the provision of services connected with the obligation of businesses and professionals to comply with European Directives and internal laws to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
The implementation of the 5th AML Directive along with the FATF Recommendations have created increased regulatory requirements for the Greek Supervisory Authorities as well as the relevant obliged persons and entities.
Our compliance services aim to help Greek obliged persons and entities to meet challenging situations. Our solutions are conceived and executed based both on the relevant legislation and best practices and they aim to interpret, simplify and streamline the regulation requirements into clear, concise and meaningful actions.
Benteniotis & Associates Attorneys at Law
Benteniotis & Associates Attorneys at Law, is a Law Firm which operates across a wide range of legal sectors. Our associates are equipped with many years of experience in various fields of law, with a continuous focus on providing a high standard of service to our clients. Our primary goal is to ensure our clients’ best possible legal representation, which has created a brand name associated with trust and reliability, based on mutually beneficial relationships with our clients.
Our associates are highly educated and specialized in practicing law across the fields of business, public, civil and investment law respectively, with added emphasis placed on providing overall counsel, legal support, advice and promotion of strategic investment objectives within the appropriate and relevant frameworks.
Our considerable experience, combined with a vibrant and genuine interest to stay ahead within an ever changing legal framework, guarantees innovative approaches while providing answers to the most complex legal issues. Among our associates are University Professors, academic experts, specialized legal scientists and economist technocrats on both an international and a domestic level, thus ensuring qualified and responsible assistance, which allows us to meet our clients’ demands. We provide our services to individuals/legal entities operating in a wide range of countries and business sectors, such as the leisure industry, financial markets and investments.
APC Audit Tax Advisory Ltd
A leading local firm with over three decades of experience, APC Audit Tax Advisory Ltd is a boutique tax, audit and business consultancy firm based in Cyprus, with both international and local clientele, providing high quality support to local and international cross border businesses. Our size allows us to be flexible and most of all, it allows us to humanize financial and advisory services. Guided by our core values of competence, integrity, and respect, at APC we operate with the fundamental philosophy that every client deserves exceptional, timely service from our knowledgeable professionals.
APC adheres to the strict quality control measures and high professional standards of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus. In addition, our professional team members individually belong to international accountancy boards such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and they adhere to the professional standards of their respective international bodies.
APC is a member of TAG Alliances, a worldwide alliance of more than 290 high quality accounting and law firms, spanning over 105 countries and serving clients all over the world. TAG Alliances members are carefully selected for membership based on professional competence, commitment to client service, reputation and recommendations. Our membership in TAG Alliances enables us to leverage local market knowledge and expertise on a worldwide scale.
Dr. Manolis A. Benteniotis
Dr. Manolis A. Benteniotis is a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Greece. He is a Public Law advocate and has acted as a leader legal adviser in numerous Investment Projects. He has also acted in the past as a journalist and possesses in-depth knowledge on issues of regional development. He is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of European University Cyprus. Dr. Manolis A. Benteniotis has pursued undergraduate studies in Law (LLB), Political Science (BA) and Public Administration (BA). He has also academic exposure in Philosophy and Theology. His postgraduate studies centred firstly on Regional Development (Msc) and secondly on Environmental Protection (MA). Moreover, he holds a PhD on Social and Political Sciences (Thesis: “Integrated Peripherals Decentralized Greek, National Social Insurance System and its contribution to the development of the country.”).
He has taught in the postgraduate department of the National School of Public Health and in the Greek Air Force Academy. In addition, he has delivered lectures in the Postgraduate Programs of the University of Athens and the Technical Educational Institute (TEI) of Piraeus. Currently, he is a professor at the School of Law at the European University Cyprus. His writings include books, journals, studies and articles concerning the Local Government, Regional Development, Environmental Protection, Social Insurance and Social Policy. Two of his books are named as follows: “Naval Retirement Fund. Historical background. The crisis. The prospects” (2001) and “Social Insurance reform and decentralization of the system“ (2004).
He has also served as a Member of the Greek Parliament, elected in the constituency of Piraeus (1983-1985, 1990-1993, 1993-1996, 1996-2000, 2000-2004, 2009-2012), president and member of various parliamentary committees (1983-2012), Deputy Minister of National Defence (23.11.1993 to 22.1.1996) and Deputy Minister of National Economy (22.01.1996 to 22.09.1996) responsible for international economic relations, Parliamentary Spokesman of PASOK and Deputy Governor of IKA responsible for the social insurance policy sector and President of EOMMEX which then functioned as inclusion body in the Act on investment for small and medium-sized enterprises. He is a member of the Athens Bar Association, the Economic Chamber of Greece, the Association of Greek Regionalists, the Political Science Association, the Labor Law and Social Security Company, the European Institute of Social Security, the Union of Journal Editors and Electronic Press, the International Federation Press and at he is heading the Network of Active Citizens against corruption and in favour of transparency.
Athena P. Constantinou
Mrs. Athena P. Constantinou holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Accounting and Business Law, from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of the City University of New York. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Computer Information Systems from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of the City University of New York. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York and she is an International Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She also holds a Chartered Global Management Accountant certification, she is a Certified Financial Education Instructor accredited by the National Financial Educators Council in the U.S and she is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the Sports Financial Advisers Association, the International Tax Planners Association and the International Wealth Planners Association.
Mrs. Constantinou has had considerable professional experience on an international level in the fields of tax and business consulting, advising high net worth individuals and entities in the global business arena for more than 30 years. She has practiced as a CPA for a number of years in New York City with in depth involvement in international tax planning and business consulting. She has served as the AML Compliance officer of APC for almost a decade and she has been advising regulated entities both in Cyprus and abroad in a variety of AML/CFT issues.
Argyris M. Benteniotis
Mr. Argyris M. Benteniotis is a commercial lawyer and accredited mediator. He works with domestic and international start-ups and businesses, in the provision of financial, contractual and investment legal advice. He has a broadly-based transactional practice and has acted in numerous restructuring, insolvency and investment cases. Among his activity, he has advised multinational enterprises, shipping and hotel companies in various fields of law related with their operational activities. Argyris M. Benteniotis has pursued undergraduate studies in Law (LLB) and Political Science (BA). His postgraduate studies centred on International Law (LLM) at University College London (UCL) and secondly on Human Resources Development and Technology at the University of Athens. Moreover, he is a PhD candidate on Investment Law and Development at Panteion University of Athens.
He has taught, as a teaching professional, business law at University of West Attica and University of Athens and he collaborates with European University Cyprus as a Special Scientist. He has published various papers in the field of Investment Law and Development as well as he has participated at numerous International Scientific Conferences by presenting his research. He speaks Greek, English and French.
Lazaros G. Ioannou
Mr. Lazaros G. Ioannou holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Management and Marketing from the University of Cyprus and a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from the University of Nicosia. Additionally, Mr. Ioannou holds the Advanced Certificate from The Cyprus Stock Exchange Committee (CySEC) and he is a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS). Mr. Ioannou has extensive experience in the corporate services sector, having served this sector for seven years from various positions. He has also served in the capacity of the AML Compliance Officer for a corporate services provider for a number of years.
Mr. Ioannou is heading APC’s AML Compliance division and he has been consulting clients both in Cyprus and abroad on a full range of AML, Regulatory and compliance matters.