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About Deneo Partners

Deneo Partners is an advisory firm that provides a wide range of services to both private clients and corporations. We combine advisory and industry experience which allows us to understand the most complex of issues and provide efficient solutions.

Our senior management and employees have years of experience both on the advisory side, having spent years in investment banking, internal audit, external audit as well as on the industry side, where they held senior positions in Global organizations. We aim to provide solutions to the most complex issues our clients face, through a hands on and professional approach that safeguards and enhances value.

Deneo Partners specializes in providing services for:

  • Global Licensing for investment firms including Forex and CFD Brokers
  • Compliance Services including compliance and AML support, as well as outsourced compliance services for Seychelles Securities Dealer firms
  • Assistance in the preparation of Capital Adequacy Reports and ICAAP
  • Accounting, tax, internal and external audit
  • Legal and corporate including incorporation services and legal opinions
  • Corporate finance advisory including mergers and acquisitions and IPOs
  • Accounts with global banking institutions, EMIs and PSPs

Selection of Clients we have worked with so far

Message from the Board

 

We founded Deneo Partners with the aim to provide our clients with strategic advice on the most important decisions they face, in order to create and maintain value. We follow a very personalized approach and aim to understand our clients’ business and create long term relationships.

Since we founded Deneo Partners in 2017, we have managed to create and maintain relationships with some of the biggest investment firms in the world.

We have so far helped our clients with licensing in a number of jurisdictions, including but not limited to the UK, Cyprus, Seychelles, BVI, Mauritius, and South Africa.

We also pride ourselves in supporting our clients with their post-licensing needs including compliance, accounting, tax and structuring advice.

The successful journey so far is made possible by our exceptional staff and the trust we enjoy from our clients.

Managing Director

Stathis Christophi, FCA, MBA

Experience
Mr. Christophi began his career as an external auditor with Andersen Worldwide and Pannell Kerr Foster. He then joined the internal audit department of Eurobank in Greece. After spending 3 years with Eurobank he joined HSBC’s Investment Banking division in London where he was Associate Director in the financial institutions group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions as well as capital raising transactions for banks and other financial institutions. He was also Chief Financial Officer and a member of the investment committee at Dafolia Management (family office) in Amsterdam. His latest role was that of Chief Financial Officer at a Global FX Broker.

Education
Mr. Christophi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Essex and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (FCA) and a Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE).

Managing Director

Demetris Kyriacou, CFA

Experience
Mr. Kyriacou began his career in the financial services industry as a registered Securities Representative with Raymond James (USA). He then worked on several Global organizations holding key positions such as Head of Portfolio Management and Chief Financial Services Manager at ICFI (part of Interros Group) as well as Director of Financial Services and Chief Compliance Officer at FxPro Financial Services. He then joined IronFX Global where he held the role of General Manager and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr Kyriacou is an expert in Global licensing and setup of investment firms in multiple jurisdictions as well as compliance and regulatory related matters. Mr Kyriacou is also a member of a committee in a company listed in the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Education
Mr. Kyriacou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Michigan State University and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University.
He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a holder of various professional certifications issued by the CySEC (Advanced level) and the HCMC (Financial Instruments and Market Analyst). Mr. Kyriacou has also held the Series 63 and the Series 7 certifications.

Legal and Compliance Supervisor

Maria Chrysostomou

Experience
Ms. Chrysostomou currently works as Legal and Compliance Supervisor at Deneo Partners. Her main areas of practice cover regulatory and advisory compliance, legal and corporate, FATCA/CRS consultation and Intellectual property (IP) rights protection, specializing in IP infringements, EUIPO and WIPO procedures. Prior to this, she held the position of Legal Advisor and Compliance Officer in an Investment Firm with global operations for a period of over three years. She began her professional career as a Lawyer at a Cyprus based Law firm, focusing among others on Corporate Law matters, companies’ due diligence and KYC principle implementation.

Education
Ms. Chrysostomou is an experienced professional admitted to the Public register of Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) (Certification no. 4058) and eligible for the performance of various investment services. She holds a Law Degree from the School of Law, Economics and Political Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, as well as a Master’s degree in International Banking and Finance Law from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Associate, Regulatory Department

Louiza Georgiou

Experience
Ms. Georgiou began her career at Deneo Partners Limited as an Associate in the Regulatory Department. Ms. Georgiou specializes in licensing applications for various jurisdictions including the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) in Cyprus, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in UK, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in Seychelles etc. She is responsible for planning and managing the entire application process, ensuring licenses meet all regulatory requirements. Ms. Georgiou is also responsible of advising clients in new regulatory developments (i.e. new regulations, directives and circulars), ensuring that their systems and controls are up to date and meet the new requirements.

Education
Ms. Georgiou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Business Administration, with focus in Operations Management, from the University of Cyprus. She is also a certified professional admitted to the Public register of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), holding the Advanced Certificate with Certification no. 5221 and eligible for the performance of various investment services.

Compliance Officer

Georgia Savva

Experience
Mrs. Savva currently works as Compliance Officer at Deneo Partners. Her main areas of practice include licensing and compliance advisory as well as legal and corporate. Prior to joining the Company, she held the position of Legal and Compliance Assistant at an Investment Firm with global operations for a period of two years, and was later Legal and Compliance Assistant at a Financial Services firm for two and a half years. Mrs. Savva began her professional career as a Trainee Lawyer at a Law Firm and later as a Corporate Legal Advisor at an advisory and fiduciary firm.

Education
Mrs. Savva holds a Law Degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. In 2015 she was admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association.

Junior Compliance Officer

Nikoletta Zodiatou

Experience
Ms. Zodiatou is a registered lawyer of the Cyprus Bar Association and currently works as Junior Compliance Officer at Deneo Partners. Her main areas of practice include litigation, corporate, compliance and regulatory advisory. Previously, she held the position of Junior Corporate Administrator at a Financial Services firm with global operations. In the beginning of her career, she served as Legal Trainee and later as a Litigation Lawyer at a legal firm based in Limassol, Cyprus, where she provided counselling services as well as represented her clients at the District Court of Law.

Education
Ms. Zodiatou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in LLB Law, graduating from the University of Sheffield in the UK. She then furthered her education with obtaining the LLM Master’s Degree in European Commercial Law from the University of Cyprus.

Corporate Lawyer

Raphaelia Georgiou

Experience
Ms. Georgiou currently works as a Corporate Lawyer at Deneo Partners. Her main area of practice focuses on legal and corporate as well as licensing advisory. Prior to this, she held a position as Advocate in a local law firm with litigation, commercial and real estate exposure for a period of three years. Ms. Georgiou began her professional career at one of the biggest and most successful law firms in Cyprus where she completed her training program, focusing among others on litigation proceeding and representation of clients to courts.

Education
Ms. Georgiou is an experienced professional admitted to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2019, as well as to the public register of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), holding the Advanced Certificate with Certification no. 6113 and eligible to perform various investment services. She holds a Law Degree from the University of Salford, Manchester and an L.L.M International Commercial Law from the University of Cyprus.

Junior Compliance & Legal Officer

Michael Zannetos

Experience
Mr. Zannetos currently works as a Junior Compliance and Legal Officer. His duties include advising clients on the establishment, maintenance, and restructuring of investment firms in various jurisdictions, such as Cyprus, Seychelles, the BVI, etc. In the beginning of his career, he served as a Trainee Lawyer at the Law Office of the Republic of Cyprus where he was involved in many civil litigation cases, mediations and represented the Attorney General at the District Court of Law.

Education
Mr. Zannetos holds a Bachelor of Laws Second Class Honours (First Division), graduating from University of Sunderland, UK. In addition to this, he holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, which he obtained from the Technological Educational Institution of Central Macedonia, Greece. He is a Member of Cyprus Bar Association and also a certified professional admitted to the Public Register of the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC), holding both the AML and the Advanced Certificates with Certification no.7123 and eligible to provide various investment services.

Associate, Banking Services Department

Memnia Christofi

Experience
Mrs. Christofi currently works as Associate in the Banking Services Department. Mrs. Christofi specialises in providing banking and payment solutions globally to individuals and corporations with a focus in Forex and CFD Brokers. She is responsible for managing the entire application process, ensuring all necessary requirements are met, as well as the client needs. Mrs. Christofi is also responsible for advising clients regarding alternative banking and payment methods. Previously, she had been in charge of providing banking solutions at a global Forex Broker firm. She began her career in NHS England where she managed various departments in delivering monthly projects for five years.

Education
Mrs. Christofi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Wolverhampton.

Business Development Officer

Christina Panayi

Experience
Ms. Panayi is a Business Development Officer with Deneo Partners, where she contributes to the company’s business performance and growth, liaises with current and potential partners, and provides external consultancy services to clients, coordinating with the other company departments and the Directors. She began her career as a Risk Management and Trading Controller with Tradomatics Holdings, where she monitored and evaluated risks of the company’s trading procedures and financial performance in specific Asian markets.

Education
Ms. Panayi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Business Administration – Operations Management from the University of Cyprus, and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from the European University of Cyprus.

Accounting Supervisor

Christos Demetriou

Experience
Mr. Demetriou currently works as Accounting Supervisor at Deneo Partners. He was previously Head of Finance in a multinational Maritime Company for three and a half years. Prior to that, he was Assistant Manager with 10 years of extensive experience under platinum and gold Accounting Firms. Mr. Demetriou has built a strong base with experience in external Audit, Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Payroll, Business Planning, Budgeting, and Cash Flows. In addition, he has been professionally exposed to numerous audits and meetings with Governmental Departments such as the Direct and Indirect Taxation Department, and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works.

Education
Mr. Demetriou holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance with a scholarship from the University of Macedonia, Greece. He is also a VAT Specialist Level 1 by E&Y. He also holds various professional certificates and seminars issued by PwC, Frederick University, Cyprus Human Resource Development Authority (HRDA) such as IFRS16, IFRS15, Shipping and Finance, Management in Business Administration etc.

Associate, Accounting Department

Savvas Pampakas

Experience
Mr. Pampakas is an Associate in the Accounting Department working closely with EMIs and various Forex Brokers. He is responsible for the day to day financial transactions of the Company and its clients. His duties include, among others, invoice processing, tax related matters, payroll management, daily bookkeeping records, billing and tracking business expenses. Prior to his current role, he worked as an Accountant in a Forex Broker firm. Mr. Pampakas began his career as an Account Opening Administrator at a global FX Broker. He then spent 2 years with the company’s Clients’ Money Reconciliation. In the same company, he had the opportunity to join the accounting department as an Accounting Officer.

Education
Mr. Pampakas holds a Barchelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Compliance Manager (Seychelles)

Elsia Madeleine

Experience
Ms. Madeleine is Compliance Manager at Deneo Partners (Seychelles) Ltd. Her duties include managing the compliance level of the company with local Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulations; assisting in the formulation and implementation of various company manuals and procedures; and advising on compliance and Anti-Money laundering matters. Ms. Madeleine is also an approved outsourced compliance officer as per the Code of Outsourcing of Compliance Function by the FSA. She began her career as a Supervision officer at the Fiduciary Section with the FSA, moved to the Capital Markets and Collective Investment Schemes Supervision Section as Supervision officer, was later transferred to the Risk and Compliance Unit, and then to the Policy and Legal Section of the FSA as a Policy Analyst.

Education
Ms. Madeleine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of London. She holds various professional certifications and trainings issued by the International Compliance Association (Certificate in Compliance) and the UNODC (Counter Proliferation Financing Training). Ms. Madeleine has also completed the Oxford Fintech Programme issued by the SAID Business school.

Senior Compliance Officer (Seychelles)

Haezel Felicie

Experience
Ms. Felicie is a Senior Compliance Officer with Deneo Partners (Seychelles) Ltd, ensuring compliance and liaising with the relevant authorities in matters relating to AML/CFT activities. She is also an outsourced compliance officer approved by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), according to the Code of Outsourcing of the Compliance Function of the FSA. Ms. Felicie began her career in the financial services industry in 2006 as an Assistant Accountant with the Non-Bank Financial Services Authority. She worked with several corporate and trust service providers in Seychelles. Ms. Felicie was also employed with Appleby Corporate Services (Seychelles) Limited where she occupied the post of Corporate Administrator and Corporate Services Manager. Prior to joining Deneo Partners, Ms. Felicie was a Compliance and Reporting Officer for a number of years for an FSA regulated Securities Dealer.

Education
Ms. Felicie holds an International Diploma in Investment Compliance with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and is currently completing her final papers with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Compliance Officer Consultant (Seychelles)

Monica Irimani

Experience
Ms. Irimani is an associate Compliance Officer Consultant of Deneo Partners (Seychelles) Ltd. Ms. Irimani is an approved outsource compliance officer as per the Code of Outsourcing of Compliance Function by the Seychelles Financial Services Authority (FSA). For four and half (4.5) years, she was employed at the FSA as a Senior Business Analyst before moving to the post of Manager of Authorisation of the Capital Markets and Collective Investment Scheme Supervision section. Prior to this, she was a Corporate Administrator with an International Corporate Service Provider. Ms. Irimani is also a qualified trainer who has taught at the University of Seychelles and retains the post of part time lecturer at the Guy Morel Institute of Seychelles.

Education
Ms. Irimani holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Tsinghua University of China, and a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Business Studies and Economics from the University of Manchester, UK. She also holds a professional qualification issued by International Compliance Association (Certificate in Compliance).

Junior Compliance Officer (Seychelles)

Irina Ernesta

Experience
Ms. Ernesta is a Junior Compliance Officer at Deneo Partners (Seychelles) Ltd. She is responsible for providing administrative assistance and support to the Compliance team and contributing towards the development and implementation of internal administrative procedures and controls to enhance the effective management and filing of documentation. Additionally, she ensures the following and enforcing of regulation standards, procedures and supports AML and compliance activities. She began her career through internships which she undertook with the government sector, a private telecommunication company and an international corporate service provider before entering full time employment as a Corporate Services Officer in the Corporate Services Department with an international corporate service provider.

Education
Ms. Ernesta holds a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration with International Business from the University of London. Prior to pursuing her Bachelor’s degree she began her studies at AS & A2 level with Cambridge international examinations of which she studied Psychology, French and English Literature.

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