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General Business Law — Georgia


BGI Legal - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Solid team with extensive experience in 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. Assists international law firms with deals relating to Georgia, particularly in regulated sectors.

Strengths Sources praise the team's excellent client service. A client describes the team as "really fantastic: so responsive and so helpful and pragmatic," adding: "They were one of the best I've worked with."

Clients like the team's down-to-earth attitude, with one source describing the advice as "straightforward and cost-saving. I like their approach. Just says what it is."

Significant Clients K-Water, IFC, BP, MND Group, Marriott International.

Notable practitioners

A leading figure in capital markets and M&A, Lasha Gogiberidze has an enviable track record of acting on the market's highlight deals, primarily advising banks, including international developmental institutions. He wins praise for his responsiveness and is described as "very client-focused and understanding of our needs."

Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly respected corporate and disputes lawyer with significant practical experience in real estate transactions. Clients note his creativity and availability.

Unana Gogokhia divides her time between corporate and financing mandates, advising on bond issuance as well as transactions. Her clients include local and international banks. Sources commend her pragmatic approach as well as for "getting back to you very quickly and making herself available."

Sandro Bibilashvili has a wide-ranging practice, encompassing transactional as well as litigious matters.

Tamara Tevdoradze is an up-and-coming corporate lawyer active in the firm's key instructions. "She has a unique ability to drive towards an understanding of the business issues first, then to craft the legal strategy around those issues," a client reports.

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BLC Law Office - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Ketti Kvartskhava, Alexander 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 on M&A in industry sectors such as food, pharma and real estate. Regularly instructed by local and international investment banks, financial institutions and big corporate names. Often works in co-operation with international law firms acting on mandates relating to the Georgian market.

Strengths Sources praise the team's practical advice, with one client praising the lawyers for "their ability to provide sound legal advice" as well as their "clear, decisive answers."

The department's receives praise for its outstanding customer service. One client says the team is "accommodating to client needs" while another source notes that the lawyers have "impressively short turnaround times and are always on call whenever needed."

Significant Clients European Investment Bank, EBRD, Anaklia Development Consortium, IFC, TBC Bank.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Alexander Bolkvadze is renowned for his vast experience in business, public and financial law. Clients recommend him for his "responsiveness and provision of alternative solutions to legal problems."

Ketti Kvartskhava is a top-ranked dispute resolution and transactional lawyer who leads on the firm's key instructions. She also assists with financing and tax issues. "With her broad vision and intelligent approach to cases, I believe that she can find a solution to every case," a client says, while another source describes her as "very open-minded."

Senior associate Tamta Ivanishvili divides her time between commercial and dispute resolution matters. Clients describe her as "very hard-working."

Giorgi Batlidze is one of the best-recognised names in the market in terms of energy law expertise. He also assists with litigious issues and general transactional instructions. "He's eager to jump in," a client says, adding: "He has very good communication skills and is very responsive."

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Dentons Georgia - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Avto Svanidze
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dentons replaced DLA Piper in Georgia in May 2017, taking over its lawyers and offices. The well-established team stands out for its ability to assist with English law-governed M&A transactions, in addition to local law advice. 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. Also assists with competition law issues. Prominent client roster features foreign investors, banks and notable corporate names across a range of industries.

Work highlights Advised TBC Bank on the acquisition of Société Générale's Georgian subsidiary for GEL315 million.

Assisted Schlumberger with buying out three upstream production blocks in Georgia.

Notable practitioners

Ted Jonas is a US-qualified lawyer and frequently advises foreign investors on energy and infrastructure projects.

Avto Svanidze is a well-regarded corporate lawyer assisting with high-value transactions as well as general commercial matters. His clients include large banks as well as significant local and international companies. He is dual-qualified in Georgia and England.

Otar Kipshidze divides his time between corporate and dispute resolution matters. He has practical experience of handling large infrastructure projects, including related disputes.

Mariam Vashakidze joined the firm from BLB in January 2018. She is a corporate lawyer advising on a variety of matters.

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Dentons’ Tbilisi office opened in 2017 with a team of highly ranked lawyers, who joined Dentons from DLA Piper. With a legacy dating back to 1996, the team is among the most experienced and respected in the Georgian market. Having worked on many of the most important M&A and real estate deals, financing transactions and infrastructure projects, we offer you unique insights into the country’s legal and business environment.
We are a full service law firm in Georgia with key capabilities in Banking and Finance, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate, Intellectual Property, Energy and Infrastructure and PPP.

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Business Legal Bureau - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Compact firm providing comprehensive business law advice to domestic and international companies and financial institutions. Demonstrates extensive experience in complex financing transactions. Advises on M&A and general corporate issues spanning multiple sectors. Handles real estate and construction cases pertaining to both commercial and residential properties. Also assists with niche issues such as IP and maritime law.

Work highlights Assisted a syndicate of creditors with the arrangement of an EUR18.5 million syndicated loan to Global Beer Georgia for the construction and operation of a brewery.

Advised Rustavi Azot on a USD155 million financing from the EBRD for the upgrade of its production facilities.

Significant Clients OPIC, Poti Sea Port, Rustaveli Property, WorldBusiness Capital, FC Dinamo Tbilisi.

Notable practitioners

Kakha Sharabidze is a top-tier corporate lawyer, handling complex, high-profile transactions relating to joint ventures, privatisation and secured loans. He acts on local and cross-border cases and is admired by market commentators for his broad expertise in business law.

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Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD) - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Victor Kipiani

What the team is known for Solid team with a proven track record in handling market entry and exit issues, M&A and financing transactions, and general commercial advice. Often instructed by private investment funds. Also acts for global companies operating in regulated sectors as well as developmental banks. Well experienced in handling capital markets mandates. Frequently works in co-operation with international law firms.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's pragmatic approach. "They know the environment and people in the country. They can provide guidance," a client says.

Interviewees also praise the delivery of services. "They are efficient and clear. Their advice is frank," a source says. Another source adds that the lawyers are "always available when we called and took charge of details."

Work highlights Represented Société Générale in the GEL315 million sale of its Georgian subsidiary to TBC Bank.

Advised the EBRD on its GEL107 million bond placement on the Georgian Stock Exchange.

Significant Clients Asian Development Bank, GSK, Herbalife, Hilton Hotels, Nokia.

Notable practitioners

Victor Kipiani is a highly established name in the Georgian market and is well regarded for his expertise in a variety of sectors including banking, energy and telecommunications. He is experienced in project finance and acts on mandates arising in capital markets. Sources describe him as an "extremely smart lawyer who is tactful, solid and good at understanding the situation." Another source adds: "He has a very strong command of Russian and English. He can communicate with business people in the East and West."

Irakli Mgaloblishvili assists with M&A, joint ventures and project finance matters and also handles litigious instructions. He recently acted on several construction-related mandates.

Natalia Babakishvili enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. She is active in the financing sphere and also assists with general corporate matters.

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Gvinadze & Partners LLC - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm providing local and international businesses with comprehensive advice on their corporate activities in Georgia. Covers corporate, contractual, real estate and regulatory matters. Also active in tax. Knowledgeable of the energy sector, notably the oil and gas industry, and has a large portfolio of international clients from Germany and Switzerland.

Strengths The team is recognised for its practical knowledge: "They have a wealth of corporate law experience."

Notable practitioners

Nick Gvinadze is a well-established name in the Georgian legal market, advising clients on business law issues, including assisting with contentious matters. A client describes him as an "excellent communicator."

Sophie Panjikidze has been made partner in late 2017. She advises on corporate and transactional matters. Sources note her attention to detail as well as her ability to see the full picture.

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Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners Ltd - General Business Law Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Lasha Nodia
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and financial issues with particular experience in matters concerning construction, real estate, infrastructure and energy mandates. Additionally handles tax issues. Instructed by a number of banks, construction companies and other large businesses.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's strong client service skills, praising its "excellent responsiveness and availability" and "attention to detail."

The team is particularly praised for its practical expertise in infrastructure and construction matters.

Work highlights Represented BitFury Group in negotiating a contract with the Georgian National Agency of Public Registry to design and pilot a blockchain-based project relating to land titles in Georgia.

Assisted OutdooR.ge with its negotiations with Tbilisi municipality regarding exclusive outdoor advertising rights.

Significant Clients Evex Medical Corporation, Energo-Aragvi, Bank of Georgia, Goodwill, Axis Towers.

Notable practitioners

Eprem Urumashvili is recognised for his expertise in tax advisory services. A source notes his "experience and negotiation skills and ability to convince the other party."

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Law Firm Begiashvili & Co. Ltd - General Business Law Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A recognised presence in the Georgian market, this local firm advises on general corporate, commercial and financial matters, representing a range of domestic and international clients.

Notable practitioners

Giorgi Begiashvili enjoys a strong reputation in the Georgian business law market and also assists with related disputes. Sources note his long-standing reputation: "He is extremely experienced, in business for more than 20 years."

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Eminent Practitioner

Alexander Bolkvadze

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Alexander Bolkvadze is renowned for his vast experience in business, public and financial law. Clients recommend him for his "responsiveness and provision of alternative solutions to legal problems."

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Eminent Practitioner

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ted Jonas is a US-qualified lawyer and frequently advises foreign investors on energy and infrastructure projects.

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Band 1

Lasha Gogiberidze

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

A leading figure in capital markets and M&A, Lasha Gogiberidze has an enviable track record of acting on the market's highlight deals, primarily advising banks, including international developmental institutions. He wins praise for his responsiveness and is described as "very client-focused and understanding of our needs."

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Band 1

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nick Gvinadze is a well-established name in the Georgian legal market, advising clients on business law issues, including assisting with contentious matters. A client describes him as an "excellent communicator."

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Band 1

Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Victor Kipiani is a highly established name in the Georgian market and is well regarded for his expertise in a variety of sectors including banking, energy and telecommunications. He is experienced in project finance and acts on mandates arising in capital markets. Sources describe him as an "extremely smart lawyer who is tactful, solid and good at understanding the situation." Another source adds: "He has a very strong command of Russian and English. He can communicate with business people in the East and West."

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Band 1

Ketti Kvartskhava

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ketti Kvartskhava is a top-ranked dispute resolution and transactional lawyer who leads on the firm's key instructions. She also assists with financing and tax issues. "With her broad vision and intelligent approach to cases, I believe that she can find a solution to every case," a client says, while another source describes her as "very open-minded."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Business Legal Bureau

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kakha Sharabidze is a top-tier corporate lawyer, handling complex, high-profile transactions relating to joint ventures, privatisation and secured loans. He acts on local and cross-border cases and is admired by market commentators for his broad expertise in business law.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Giorgi Begiashvili

Law Firm Begiashvili & Co. Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Giorgi Begiashvili enjoys a strong reputation in the Georgian business law market and also assists with related disputes. Sources note his long-standing reputation: "He is extremely experienced, in business for more than 20 years."

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Band 2

Zaza Bibilashvili

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly respected corporate and disputes lawyer with significant practical experience in real estate transactions. Clients note his creativity and availability.

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Band 2

MG Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nicola Mariani of MG Law Office is well versed in matters affecting foreign investors in the Georgian market. He handles complex local and multi-jurisdictional transactions and is involved in high-profile energy and infrastructure projects. A client says he is "very good at analysing contracts from various angles," also praising him for "valuing the client’s time." Another source reports: "His knowledge and experience helps us."

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Band 2

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Avto Svanidze is a well-regarded corporate lawyer assisting with high-value transactions as well as general commercial matters. His clients include large banks as well as significant local and international companies. He is dual-qualified in Georgia and England.

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Band 3

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Unana Gogokhia divides her time between corporate and financing mandates, advising on bond issuance as well as transactions. Her clients include local and international banks. Sources commend her pragmatic approach as well as for "getting back to you very quickly and making herself available."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Tamta Ivanishvili

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Tamta Ivanishvili divides her time between commercial and dispute resolution matters. Clients describe her as "very hard-working."

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Band 3

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Otar Kipshidze divides his time between corporate and dispute resolution matters. He has practical experience of handling large infrastructure projects, including related disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Irakli Mgaloblishvili

Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irakli Mgaloblishvili assists with M&A, joint ventures and project finance matters and also handles litigious instructions. He recently acted on several construction-related mandates.

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Band 3

Paine Stevens

From the Chambers Europe guide

English-qualified Benjamin Paine of Paine Stevens advises on English law aspects of international financing and M&A deals relating to Georgia as well as across the neighbouring region. He assisted Asian Development Bank with two USD50 million loans to TBC Bank designated for the financing of SMEs as well as a contribution to TBC Bank's capital.

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Band 3

Sophie Panjikidze

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sophie Panjikidze has been made partner in late 2017. She advises on corporate and transactional matters. Sources note her attention to detail as well as her ability to see the full picture.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

BLC Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Giorgi Batlidze is one of the best-recognised names in the market in terms of energy law expertise. He also assists with litigious issues and general transactional instructions. "He's eager to jump in," a client says, adding: "He has very good communication skills and is very responsive."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Sandro Bibilashvili

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sandro Bibilashvili has a wide-ranging practice, encompassing transactional as well as litigious matters.

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Band 4

MG Law Office

From the Chambers Europe guide

Archil Giorgadze of MG Law Office is experienced in M&A and investment deals and also advises potential investors and government bodies on PPP. A client describes him as "well experienced and always eager to help and solve problems."

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Band 4

Eprem Urumashvili

Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eprem Urumashvili is recognised for his expertise in tax advisory services. A source notes his "experience and negotiation skills and ability to convince the other party."

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Up and Coming

EY Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, George Svanadze of EY Law advises clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. A client notes his "good communication skills."

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Up and Coming

Tamara Tevdoradze

BGI Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tamara Tevdoradze is an up-and-coming corporate lawyer active in the firm's key instructions. "She has a unique ability to drive towards an understanding of the business issues first, then to craft the legal strategy around those issues," a client reports.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Mariam Vashakidze

Dentons Georgia

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mariam Vashakidze joined the firm from BLB in January 2018. She is a corporate lawyer advising on a variety of matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Natalia Babakishvili

Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Natalia Babakishvili enters the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. She is active in the financing sphere and also assists with general corporate matters.

^ See whole ranking table