On the 7th of May, 2015 a new legislation was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cyprus, that of Insolvency Consultants Law of 2015 (64(I)/2015 (the “Law”).
This has been the result of the Memorandum signed between the Republic of Cyprus, International Monetary Fund, European Commissioner and European Central Bank regarding a reformation which introduces well-regulated legislative framework for the insolvency of legal and natural persons, including the regulation of the profession and licensing of the Insolvency Consultant and/or Practitioner.
This new legislation outlines the criteria for qualification, regulation and monitoring of persons that have the role of insolvency consultant.
Due to this new Law, the liquidator which is now named Insolvency Consultant, has to be authorised by the Relevant Authority (as defined below) to act as such. Article 14 of the Law sets out the said criteria for obtaining such license:
The exams as mentioned above shall ensure the level of the required theoretical knowledge that is related with the procedure of insolvency and the ability of the candidate to apply them in practice. The exams will cover such topics as will be decided by Regulations in accordance to section 22 of the Law.
The person to whom the license of the Insolvency Consultant is granted, has to attend to seminars of continued education for the necessary knowledge, professional skills and high level. There will be sanctions in accordance to Article 22 of the Law for the person who fails to attend to such seminars.
For the purposes of the Law, Relevant Authority means (i) the Official Receiver (the Registrar) AND (ii) the Recognised Professional Body in accordance to section 4 of the Law (such as Cyprus Bar Association and the relevant body of the accountants as per section 6 of the Auditors and Obligatory Audit of Annual and Consolidated Accounts Law (as amended) OR the professional body which received approval by submitting a relevant application to the Registrar.
On the 22nd of May 2015 the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism issued an order which waives the provisions regarding the experience and success in an examination of professional competence and in particular the above requirements from 3–5 (inclusive) until the 2nd of October, 2015, provided that the person to whom the temporary license was granted during the transitional period complies with the following requirements:
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