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General Business Law — Georgia


BGI Legal - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Lasha Gogiberidze and Zaza Bibilashvili
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid team with vast experience of handling a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial as well as financial matters. Particularly well versed in project finance and boasts an impressive track record in some of the country's biggest energy and infrastructure projects. Popular choice for prominent international and local clients, including financial institutions and corporates from an array of industry sectors.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's approach, saying: "The best thing is their coming up with proactive advice and suggesting a structure. They are able to work under pressure and respond immediately." Another client adds: "As soon as we give them a project we don't need to double-check anything."

Other typical comments are: "They are a top-tier firm on the market with highly skilled, efficient and solution-oriented lawyers."

Significant clients British Airways, Citi, Ferrero International, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

Lasha Gogiberidze maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise in capital markets and project finance, handling some of the market's most prominent lending transactions. Clients highlight him as an "open-minded" practitioner who "always comes up with a good solution" and provides advice which is "straight to the point and concise."

Zaza Bibilashvili has experience of handling some of the biggest mandates in the market, most recently advising on substantial real estate projects. He is also a noted practitioner in the dispute resolution arena.

Legal director Unana Gogokhia focuses on financial transactions, and stands out for her experience of capital markets and derivatives. Clients appreciate her ability to "look at the issue very scrupulously and bring up points in the transaction that none of the other parties spotted."

Sandro Bibilashvili is increasingly recognised in the market. He is involved in some of the firm's biggest project finance mandates and has recently been active working on energy projects.

Counsel Tamara Tevdoradze enters the rankings on the back of positive praise. "She is very reliable, accurate and punctual, thinks in a very logical way and has very strong arguments," a client says. Her broad practice includes real estate, tax and employment.

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BLC Law Office - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ketti Kvartskhava, Alex Bolkvadze and Giorgi Batlidze
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive practice with outstanding expertise in the energy industry, regularly participating in large-scale infrastructure projects. Provides full-scope corporate and financial advice and M&A assistance in industry sectors such as food, pharma and real estate. Regularly instructed by local and international investment banks, financial institutions and big corporate names.

Strengths Clients commend the clarity of advice, stating: "They are always approachable and their ability to explain in layman's terms the intricacies of the law and the consequences and alternatives and solutions is extremely impressive." Other typical comments include: "I really trust them and would not sign a big contract without them. The team is super: they are very detailed."

The team is described as "focused, completely reliable, commercial and pragmatic."

Work highlights Advised Anaklia Development Consortium on the Anaklia port project with the client selected as the winner of the tender.

Assisted Georgian Co-investment Fund with legal issues related to the development of Tskhenistskali HPP Cascade, Oni HPP Cascade and Mtkvari HPP hydropower projects.

Significant clients European Investment Bank, ING, IBM, TBC Bank, Lactalis.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Alexander Bolkvadze enjoys a good reputation for his long track record in some of the market's biggest projects. His vast experience includes commercial, energy and real estate. Clients describe him as "pleasant, fast and always available."

Ketti Kvartskhava climbs to the top tier of the rankings due to her superb reputation for advising on market-leading transactions. Clients describe her as "one of the best lawyers, of very high standards," and add that she is "very sharp, extremely intelligent and focused." Her broad practice includes M&A and financial transactions. She also stands out for her expertise in competition and is a well-respected litigator.

Clients say senior associate Tamta Ivanishvili is "very intelligent, monstrously detail-oriented and has an extraordinary appetite for hard work." She receives strong feedback from all quarters and focuses on mandates covering corporate, financial, capital markets and M&A.

Giorgi Batlidze is recommended for his expertise in energy-related projects, with a client highlighting his organisational skills and noting that "his experience in energy comes through." He also handles IP, tax and financial matters, as well as M&A.

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Dentons Georgia - General Business Law

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Otar Kipshidze and Avto Svanidze
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dentons replaced DLA Piper in Georgia in May 2017 with taking over its lawyers and offices. The team is well established in Georgia and stands out for its capabilities in English law-governed M&A transactions. Notable project finance and capital markets expertise is complemented by extensive experience in a range of corporate and commercial mandates. Often instructed in energy and construction-related matters. Prominent client roster features foreign investors, banks and prominent corporate names across a range of industries.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "flexible and easy to deal with," highlighting its ability to "see both sides of the picture and adjust."

Clients comment on the team's expertise in the banking and finance and capital markets arenas.

Work highlights Advised TBC Bank on the local aspects of its reorganisation and admission of its holding company shares to the UKLA's official list and trading on the LSE.

Advising CBD Development and BD Property on various issues relating to construction projects, including a shopping centre and a residential high-rise property.

Significant clients BP, Booking.com, SOCAR Georgia Petroleum, EBRD, Bank of Georgia.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Ted Jonas is a US-qualified practitioner with a long-standing presence in the Georgian market. He is involved in a range of mandates and is particularly noted for his vast experience in advising foreign investors on financial transactions and capital markets expertise.

Legal director Nino Suknidze has a strong reputation for her expertise in capital markets and regularly advises on major transactions in the finance sector. Peers and clients alike praise her "positive and co-operative" approach and say she can "listen very diligently and adapt, so that she can see both sides of the argument."

According to clients, Avto Svanidze "stands out for his legal mindset and good knowledge of corporate law." He enjoys a good reputation and is active in a number of high-end mandates, often advising on M&A, corporate, finance and contractual issues. He is a dual-qualified in Georgia and the UK.

Managing partner Otar Kipshidze handles energy, corporate and banking and finance matters. He has particular experience in advising on major infrastructure projects. He also heads the firm's litigation practice.

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Business Legal Bureau - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kakha Sharabidze, Maya Mtsariashvili and David Khaindrava
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact firm providing comprehensive business advice to both domestic and international companies and financial institutions. Demonstrates extensive experience in complex financing transactions, boasting OPIC as a long-standing key client. Advises on M&A transactions and general corporate issues spanning multiple sectors, including real estate. Also provides assistance in niche areas such as IP and maritime law.

Strengths Clients praise the team's speed of service, stating: "Their responsiveness stood out. We found Business Legal Bureau to have a very quick turnaround." Another client notes: "The company is able to delivery all legal services very efficiently."

Clients commend the team's in-depth expertise: "BLB assembled a team of partners and associates that can cover practically all areas of expertise."

Work highlights Advised OPIC on its USD10.6 million financing of Dunkin' Donuts.

Assisted OPIC with its USD18 million financing to GMT Group for the construction of Moxy Hotel.

Significant clients Microsoft, Poti Sea Port Corporation, World Business Capital, Rustavi Azoti, Georgian Trance Expedition.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Kakha Sharabidze is noted for his experience in cross-border work across a range of areas, including acquisitions, finance, corporate and real estate. "His knowledge of the law and experience really struck me," a client reports.

Senior associate Mariam Vashakidze is active on a wide range of general business matters. She is described as a "very thorough and very knowledgeable" lawyer who is also a good communicator.

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Dechert LLP - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Nicola Mariani
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advances in the rankings this year due to increased presence and visibility on the market. The team has a strong track record in advising on all aspects of M&A deals. Also handles joint ventures and financing transactions and has experience of working on energy and infrastructure projects. Instructed by state authorities, state-owned companies and big international corporates.

Strengths Clients note the advantages of the firm's international brand: "Dechert has this flavour of an international firm, meaning that they know the standards of how you should take care of the client and how an international client is used to being taken care of."

Clients praise the team's client service, saying: "They are quite prompt in their responsiveness," and are "client-friendly and ready to serve and have good availability at short notice."

Work highlights Advised Betsson on its USD85 million purchase of Europe-Bet.

Advised Georgian Co-Investment Fund on its USD83 million acquisition of Axis Towers.

Significant clients National Bank of Georgia, Government of Georgia, Dhabi Group, United Airports of Georgia, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

Nicola Mariani is an international lawyer who is admitted to the Bar in Paris, Québec and New York. He is particularly recommended for his M&A experience and also handles corporate matters. Sources appreciate that he brings in "lots of experience, creativity, a very international look at the business and an excellent business network."

Archil Giorgadze is noted by market commentators for his visibility on M&A deals and also advises on a range of other issues, including corporate, commercial and project finance.

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Gvinadze & Partners LLC - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Full-service firm providing national and international clients with comprehensive advice on their business entities in the Georgian market. Covers corporate, contractual, real estate, tax and regulatory matters. Knowledgeable of the energy sector, notably the oil and gas industries, and has a particularly large portfolio of international clients from Germany and Switzerland.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the quality of the firm's advice, stating: "They have provided excellent advice, pointing out all the pros and cons of actions, and have been very patient in helping to guide us through some very difficult and complex issues," adding: "We are provided comprehensive reports in response to the questions or issues we raise. The firm has a deep level of expertise that we have been able to draw on across a wide range of topics."

The firm is praised for its quick responses and availability. Clients say they receive "fast and flexible reaction." Another source describes the team as "extremely knowledgeable, responsive, timely and thorough."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Nick Gvinadze is appreciated for his ability to "clearly explain potential issues and come up with practical solutions." He maintains a broad general business law practice and regularly advises on projects in the energy and financial sectors.

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Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD) - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Victor Kipiani

What the team is known for Solid team which boasts a full-service offering to private investment funds. Proven track record in handling market entry and exit issues, M&A and financing transactions, and general commercial advice. Also experienced in handling capital markets mandates. Popular with prominent international and domestic clients.

Strengths The firm is highlighted for its track record of working for international clients, with multiple clients describing it as "truly internationally oriented" and praising it for its "awareness of cross-border aspects of work, and focus on needs and expectations of international clientele."

Clients also commend the firm's approach, saying: "The team is very oriented on results and focused on finding the best solutions in the interest of its clients."

Work highlights Advised Black Sea Trade & Development Bank on its loans to TBC Bank, Credo and FINCA Bank with a total value of USD23 million.

Assisted Aerium Group with its sale of a real estate asset based in Georgia.

Significant clients Société Générale, Parsons, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Chevron.

Notable practitioners

Victor Kipiani is a very well-established name in the Georgian market and focuses on project finance, capital markets and banking and finance work. Clients describe him as a "skilled lawyer and a truly reliable man" who is "highly resistant to stress" and provides "quick and detailed answers."

Irakli Mgaloblishvili is a noted practitioner who has practical experience of advising clients on project finance and privatisation mandates. He is also skilled in dispute resolution.

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Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners Ltd - General Business Law

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Increasingly visible on the market, the firm offers strong tax expertise. Advises on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and financial issues with particular experience of matters concerning construction, infrastructure and energy mandates. Instructed by a number of banks, construction companies and other corporations.

Strengths The firm attracts a lot of praise for its practical experience of financing and tax matters. A client states: "It is a very strong firm in terms of the tax knowledge and ability to structure transactions from a tax point of view. Also, it has very deep knowledge of legislation and court practices."

Clients also commend the firm's client service, saying: "They always react in time and are always eager to co-operate," adding that "they are very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted GCF Partners with matters related to Tbilisi Galleria Mall, including transactional issues and tax advice.

Advised Energo-Aragvi on electricity export issues.

Significant clients Bank Republic, BitFury, Mtkvari HPP, Bank of Georgia, Goodwill.

Notable practitioners

Efrem Urumashvili comes particularly recommended for his "precise knowledge of tax law," "very flexible" approach and the ability to come up with solutions. He is also active on tax disputes.

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Law Firm Begiashvili & Co. Ltd - General Business Law

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Local firm advising on general corporate, commercial and financial matters for a range of domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Giorgi Begiashvili is an established figure in the market with a good reputation, advising on a host of business law matters. Market commentators recognise him for his banking M&A work and strong track record in commercial matters.

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McGill - General Business Law

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm advising on general corporate, commercial and financial matters. Regularly instructed to handle market entry and provide day-to-day support. Also has experience of finance. Client base features investment funds, local banks and other companies. The firm changed the name from Eristavi & Partners to McGill in August 2017.

Strengths Clients are positive about their experience with the firm, saying: "During our business relationship the firm and its lawyers always demonstrated deep and comprehensive legal knowledge and skills."

They are described as a "very diligent, responsive and knowledgeable" team.

Significant clients Avon Cosmetics, Baltikums Bank, Georgian Remedy, TransTrading, AGE Batum.

Notable practitioners

Revaz Beridze is complimented as a "very responsible" lawyer and is renowned for his expertise in specialist areas such as maritime law. He also handles public procurement, commercial and transport matters.

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Eminent Practitioner

Alexander Bolkvadze

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Alexander Bolkvadze enjoys a good reputation for his long track record in some of the market's biggest projects. His vast experience includes commercial, energy and real estate. Clients describe him as "pleasant, fast and always available."

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Ted Jonas is a US-qualified practitioner with a long-standing presence in the Georgian market. He is involved in a range of mandates and is particularly noted for his vast experience in advising foreign investors on financial transactions and capital markets expertise.

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Band 1

Lasha Gogiberidze

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lasha Gogiberidze maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise in capital markets and project finance, handling some of the market's most prominent lending transactions. Clients highlight him as an "open-minded" practitioner who "always comes up with a good solution" and provides advice which is "straight to the point and concise."

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Band 1

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Nick Gvinadze is appreciated for his ability to "clearly explain potential issues and come up with practical solutions." He maintains a broad general business law practice and regularly advises on projects in the energy and financial sectors.

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Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor Kipiani is a very well-established name in the Georgian market and focuses on project finance, capital markets and banking and finance work. Clients describe him as a "skilled lawyer and a truly reliable man" who is "highly resistant to stress" and provides "quick and detailed answers."

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Ketti Kvartskhava

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ketti Kvartskhava climbs to the top tier of the rankings due to her superb reputation for advising on market-leading transactions. Clients describe her as "one of the best lawyers, of very high standards," and add that she is "very sharp, extremely intelligent and focused." Her broad practice includes M&A and financial transactions. She also stands out for her expertise in competition and is a well-respected litigator.

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Business Legal Bureau

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Kakha Sharabidze is noted for his experience in cross-border work across a range of areas, including acquisitions, finance, corporate and real estate. "His knowledge of the law and experience really struck me," a client reports. 

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Band 2

Giorgi Begiashvili

Law Firm Begiashvili & Co. Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Giorgi Begiashvili is an established figure in the market with a good reputation, advising on a host of business law matters. Market commentators recognise him for his banking M&A work and strong track record in commercial matters.

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Band 2

Zaza Bibilashvili

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zaza Bibilashvili has experience of handling some of the biggest mandates in the market, most recently advising on substantial real estate projects. He is also a noted practitioner in the dispute resolution arena.

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Band 2

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicola Mariani is an international lawyer who is admitted to the Bar in Paris, Québec and New York. He is particularly recommended for his M&A experience and also handles corporate matters. Sources appreciate that he brings in "lots of experience, creativity, a very international look at the business and an excellent business network."

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Band 2

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Legal director Nino Suknidze has a strong reputation for her expertise in capital markets and regularly advises on major transactions in the finance sector. Peers and clients alike praise her "positive and co-operative" approach and say she can "listen very diligently and adapt, so that she can see both sides of the argument."

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Band 2

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Avto Svanidze "stands out for his legal mindset and good knowledge of corporate law." He enjoys a good reputation and is active in a number of high-end mandates, often advising on M&A, corporate, finance and contractual issues. He is a dual-qualified in Georgia and the UK.

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Band 3

Tamta Ivanishvili

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say senior associate Tamta Ivanishvili is "very intelligent, monstrously detail-oriented and has an extraordinary appetite for hard work." She receives strong feedback from all quarters and focuses on mandates covering corporate, financial, capital markets and M&A.

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Band 3

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Otar Kipshidze handles energy, corporate and banking and finance matters. He has particular experience in advising on major infrastructure projects. He also heads the firm's litigation practice.

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Band 3

Irakli Mgaloblishvili

Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irakli Mgaloblishvili is a noted practitioner who has practical experience of advising clients on project finance and privatisation mandates. He is also skilled in dispute resolution.

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Band 3

Paine Stevens

From the Chambers Europe guide

Benjamin Paine of Paine Stevens is an English-qualified lawyer advising clients on financial transactions. Sources say he is "very proactive," "very experienced" and gives "lots of practical advice." He is also knowledgeable of the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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Band 4

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Giorgi Batlidze is recommended for his expertise in energy-related projects, with a client highlighting his organisational skills and noting that "his experience in energy comes through." He also handles IP, tax and financial matters, as well as M&A.

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Band 4

McGill

From the Chambers Europe guide

Revaz Beridze is complimented as a "very responsible" lawyer and is renowned for his expertise in specialist areas such as maritime law. He also handles public procurement, commercial and transport matters.

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Band 4

Sandro Bibilashvili

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandro Bibilashvili is increasingly recognised in the market. He is involved in some of the firm's biggest project finance mandates and has recently been active working on energy projects.

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Band 4

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Archil Giorgadze is noted by market commentators for his visibility on M&A deals and also advises on a range of other issues, including corporate, commercial and project finance.

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Band 4

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Legal director Unana Gogokhia focuses on financial transactions, and stands out for her experience of capital markets and derivatives. Clients appreciate her ability to "look at the issue very scrupulously and bring up points in the transaction that none of the other parties spotted."

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Band 4

Efrem Urumashvili

Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Efrem Urumashvili comes particularly recommended for his "precise knowledge of tax law," "very flexible" approach and the ability to come up with solutions. He is also active on tax disputes. 

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Up and Coming

Tamara Tevdoradze

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Tamara Tevdoradze enters the rankings on the back of positive praise. "She is very reliable, accurate and punctual, thinks in a very logical way and has very strong arguments," a client says. Her broad practice includes real estate, tax and employment.

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Mariam Vashakidze

Business Legal Bureau

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Mariam Vashakidze is active on a wide range of general business matters. She is described as a "very thorough and very knowledgeable" lawyer who is also a good communicator.

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