Roys Poyiadjis

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Roys Poyiadjis
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Poyiadjis at a charity event in 2011
Born (1965-08-14) 14 August 1965 (age 52)
Famagusta, Cyprus
Nationality Cypriot
Citizenship Cypriot and British
Education University of Kent; London Business School
Occupation Entrepreneur, financier

Roys Poyiadjis (born 14 August 1965) is a Greek Cypriot entrepreneur and financier. He is most notable for his role in the largest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settlement with an individual, $200 million, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit security fraud.[1][2]


Poyiadjis was born in Cyprus, and on 14 August 1974, his ninth birthday, he and his family fled their homes in Famagusta as a result of Turkish invasion of Cyprus. They lived in a refugee camp.[3][4] He married Donna Florence Costanzo Poyiadjis in June 2000 and has two children.[5] Poyiadjis received a bachelor's degree in 1989 from the University of Kent in England[6] and an MBA from the London Business School in 1993. In 1988, he won the gold medal in the British Universities Boxing Championships[7] in the Light Heavyweight division.[8]

Poyiadjis worked for Morgan Stanley Co. and Lehman Brothers International Ltd between 1993 and 1996 in the United Kingdom.[6] He later formed a merchant bank called Alpha Capital, which focused on funding technology companies.[3][6]

According to Forbes magazine, in 1997 Poyiadjis met Lycourgos Kyprianou, a fellow Greek Cypriot with a software company called AremisSoft. Poyiadjis invested $7 million in AremisSoft in October 1997 and helped Kyprianou secure another $12 million of financing in March 1998. The company went public on Nasdaq in April 1999. Poyiadjis, became president and vice-chairman in 1998, and became CEO in 2000 (Kyprianou became chairman and chief technology officer). By August 2000, Poyiadjis and Kyprianou owned about 30% of the company, and in Feb. 2001, they became co-chief executive officers.[3] Irwin L. Jacobs was one of AremisSoft's largest shareholders.[9] Poyiadjis resigned from AremisSoft on 30 September 2001.[10] In 2005 Poyiadjis founded Platinum Capital Partners, Inc a holding company for the Poyiadjis Family Office with investment activities primarily focused in technology, private equity, real estate, and special situations.[11]

In 2014, Poyiadjis and Martua Sitorus, the co-founder of Wilmar International formed a partnership to create the largest biofuel power plant in Japan. The plant’s 20 year feed-in tariff is valued at $1.5 billion US dollars. In 2012, Poyiadjis began a venture to build the first independent power producer on the Island of Cyprus but due to the Greek and Cypriot economic crisis the project changed course resulting in a biofuel power plant in Japan.[12][13][14][15]

Securities and Exchange Commission settlement[edit]

In May 2001, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began to investigate AremisSoft after a New York Times article suggested that the company overstated the value of a contract to automate the National Healthcare Service in Bulgaria.[16] On 4 October 2001, the SEC filed a civil enforcement action against AremisSoft. On 19 December 2001, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York filed an indictment charging Poyiadjis and Kyprianou with securities fraud in connection with AremisSoft. The funds under question were in bank accounts on the Isle of Man.[17]

Both Poyiadjis and Kyprianou were in Cyprus at the time of the indictment. In 2005, Poyiadjis voluntarily returned to the United States to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit security fraud.[18] Poyiadjis' proceeds from the sale of AremisSoft stock were $150 million. The case reached a global settlement when Poyiadjis agreed to pay $200 million.[19] According to Lawyer Magazine, this is the largest SEC case of its kind.[20] In July 2010, Poyiadjis was sentenced by Judge Laura Taylor Swain to three years of probation. At Poyiadjis's sentencing, Judge Swain stated that she took into consideration "the extent of Mr. Poyiadjis's cooperation," and "Mr. Poyiadjis's remorse, as reflected both in his words and actions."[19] Lycourgos Kyprianou remains a fugitive from justice in the United States.[19]

The case was described in the book Selling America Short, by Richard C. Sauer, which is about the author's time as an Assistant Director with the US Securities and Exchange Commission: "What was supposed to be a quick legal smash and grab [for the SEC] is turning into procedural purgatory."[21]


Poyiadjis became involved with the New York University School of Medicine when Professor Rodolfo Llinas diagnosed Poyiadjis' brother, Alkis Poyiadjis, with schizoaffective disorder and referred him for successful treatment in Switzerland. Poyiadjis has since donated several million dollars to the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience and in support of Dr. Llinas' research studies. Poyiadjis has also volunteered to participate in various research studies conducted by the medical school.[22] Poyiadjis also provided financial support to the Department of Functional Neurosurgery at the University Hospital at Zurich, where Alkis was treated.[23]

At the NYU School of Medicine, Poyiadjis formed three companies (NeuroResonance LLC, NeuroControl Systems LLC, NeuroInterface LLC) that are commercialising drugs and devices to suppress thalamocortical dysrhythmia.[24]

In 2013, Poyiadjis established a scholarship fund at the University of Cyprus to provide three annual scholarships for ten years to be awarded to three students who demonstrate academic excellence and are in financial need. These scholarships are awarded to students in humanities, pure and applied science and engineering.[25][26]


  1. ^ "Insider Trading Charges Drive Up SEC Settlements". Website. Compliance X. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "SEC press release. "Former AremisSoft CEO Roys Poyiadjis Pays Approximately $200 Million in Settlement of SEC Fraud Case." 2005–87
  3. ^ a b c Brown, Heidi. "No Island is an Island." Forbes. 7 August 2000.
  4. ^ Scheider, Jessica. "The Ghost Town of Cyprus: Roys Poyiadjis Tells His Witness Account of the 1974 Turkish Invasion." Famagusta Gazette. 2012
  5. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Sentencing Memorandum Letters of Support. Tab 1. Accessed via PACER
  6. ^ a b c Bloomberg Businessweek. Executive Profile: Roys Poyiadjis
  7. ^ British Universities Boxing Championships
  8. ^ James, David (1988). "Boxing Championships" (PDF). Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Sauer, Richard C. (26 April 2010). Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity. Wiley. p. 57. ISBN 0470582111. 
  10. ^ "Item 5: Changes in Executive Officers and Directors". Form 8k. Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  11. ^ Platinum Capital Partners, Inc. website. "About Us."
  12. ^ Von Mayer, Wintress. "Two Explosions a World Apart: From Disaster Comes New Power.” AltEnergyMag. Oct. 6, 2015
  13. ^ Phile News. “Πώς o Κύπριος Ρόης Πογιατζής δημιούργησε την μεγαλύτερη μονάδα παραγωγής ηλεκτρικής ενέργειας.”
  14. ^ Sigma Live. “Κύπριος με την μεγαλύτερη μονάδα βιοκαυσίμων στην Ιαπωνία”
  15. ^ Sigma Live. "Cypriot behind biggest biofuel plant in Japan." Oct. 16, 2015
  16. ^ Berenson, Alex. "The Markets: Marketplace; Wall Street’s New Interest in Bulgaria." The New York Times. 17 May 2001.
  17. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Exhibits to Sentencing Memo. Exhibit D. Accessed via PACER
  18. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing. Accessed via PACER
  19. ^ a b c Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Court transcript
  20. ^ Malkin, Brendan. "Isle of Man Hosts Largest Ever SEC Fraud Case." The Lawyer. 9 June 2003.
  21. ^ Sauer, Richard C. (26 April 2010). Selling America Short: The SEC and Market Contrarians in the Age of Absurdity. Wiley. p. 84. ISBN 0470582111. 
  22. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Sentencing Memorandum Letters of Support. Tab 6. Accessed via PACER
  23. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Sentencing Memorandum Letters of Support. Tab 8. Accessed via PACER
  24. ^ Crim No. 01-CR-01177 (LTS). Sentencing Memorandum Letters of Support. Tab 16. Accessed via PACER
  25. ^ Hashagen, Stephanie. "Entrepreneur donates €150,000." Cyprus Weekly.
  26. ^ Sigma Live. Για μια φιλανθρωπική πλατφόρμα"