FT awards Italian law firm for work on Cyprus cheese

NCTM on list of world's most innovative legal firms

13 October, 18:16

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 13 - The Italian law firm NCTM is the only Italian law firm to appear on the 2016 Financial Times' list of Most Innovative Law Firms, in the category of Innovation in General Legal Expertise.

    The Financial Times said the firm is among those that "have shown some of the most creative thinking across Europe over the past year", and gave the firm the award "highly commended".

    "Partner Bernard O'Connor is a top 10 individual in the FT report this year for his work in defending the rights of Turkish Cypriots to produce Hellim cheese," the Financial Times said.

    The firm - recognised as one of the most important independent Italian law firms both for size and for number and importance of its operations - has more than 250 professionals and 57 partners in its five offices in Italy and abroad (Milan, Rome, Brussels, London and Shanghai). O'Connor is a partner in the firm's Brussels office.

    The application that Greek-Cypriot producers submitted to the European Commission for the recognition of Halloumi cheese under protected designation of origin status initially didn't include the same pasteurised cheese called Hellim made by Turkish-Cypriot producers in the northern part of the island.

    Northern Cyprus isn't recognised as part of the European Union; however, O'Connor's legal action ensured that Turkish-Cypriot producers are also recognised under the application for the EU's protected designation of origin status.(ANSAmed).

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