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Dispute Resolution in International Construction Contracts


Andrew Demetriou


Andrew Demetriou is a Barrister and a Chartered Arbitrator and Accredited Mediator. He is a Member of the Honourable society of Gray’s Inn, the Cyprus Bar Association, the Chairman of the Cyprus Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a recommended leading lawyer in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 in dispute resolution, real estate and construction and EU and competition. Andrew was a forerunner in establishment of a branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Cyprus and is serving a third term as Chairman of the Cyprus Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has served as Chairman of the Legalink Network (2015-2017) (

He is a founding Partner and the Managing Director of the law firm Ioannides Demetriou LLC based in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Andrew advises major governmental and public and private sector clients in Cyprus and on an international basis such as Electricity Authority of Cyprus, on all aspects of its business, ranging from construction of its power plants, RES activities to personnel and regulatory, competition and environmental issues. He is also lead legal advisor for the University of Cyprus, the Open University of Cyprus, the Cyprus Health Insurance Organisation and the Regulatory Organisation for the Cyprus Accountancy and Audit Profession.

Andrew was the leading counsel for the Republic of Cyprus in the negotiations for the first round of hydrocarbon exploration, extraction contracts and subsequently advised the government of Cyprus in relation to amendments and transfers during the course of the implementation of the resulting production sharing contracts.

He has also worked in a number of independent power production projects in the
fields of wind and solar energy production.

Andrew’s areas of acknowledged expertise are energy law, commercial litigation, legal and arbitration services in the fields of commercial, corporate, real estate and construction law, all aspects of public law and public infrastructure/BOT Projects with a particular expertise on energy and infrastructure projects from procurement procedures through to construction contract and project operation/completion as well as the formation of Joint Ventures and SPV’s.

Andrew is an active arbitrator and has provided legal and arbitration services to clients on a world-wide basis involving visits for the provision of legal advice and legal services in many countries including: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, UAE and USA.

He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the Cyprus Bar Association.

Andrew has also lectured many times both in Cyprus and abroad on the topics of arbitration, commercial law, construction law real estate law, health and safety of Construction sites and business establishment.

He was ranked by Chambers and Partners in their Global and European Guides 2023, in the practice area of General Business Law: Dispute Resolution. He was also ranked by The Legal 500 (Legalease) 2023 Europe, Middle East, and Africa Edition, in the practice areas of Corporate and M&A, EU and Competition, Real Estate & Construction and Dispute Resolution.

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