Another Seminal Case Won by BGI
On April 17, 2019, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fady Asly, the Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, in a defamation case brought by a sitting judge. Asly had publicly criticized the Judge in connection with his highly controversial rulings issued against the foreign investors charging them almost USD 150 million. The Judge considered the criticism defamatory and filed a claim, which, if successful, could have potentially led to restrictions on free speech in Georgia.
After lengthy battles in Tbilisi City and the Appellate Courts, the Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, fully rejected the defamation claim of Judge Vladimir Kakabadze, and ruled in favor of the Chairman of ICC Georgia, represented by BGI.
“This was a precedential case, and we are proud to have acted on this mandate. The Supreme Court shared our argument that freedom of expression is a fundamental right in any democratic society and the Judiciary should respect the different opinions and tolerate criticism,” noted George Sarajishvili, Head of BGI’s Litigation Practice who led the effort.
BGI Legal is ‘exceptional' in M&A, financing and real estate, and is especially prominent in the energy sector. Lasha Gogiberidze, whom clients regard as ‘the top lawyer in Georgia for banking, finance and capital markets transactions', and Sandro Bibilashvili handled a number of innovative regional energy projects and joint ventures, such as the Adjaristsqali hydropower project.
BGI is one of Georgia's leading firms in all areas of corporate law and in energy and infrastructure has acted on key projects in the oil and gas, energy, transport infrastructure areas. Previous comments have included: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction...very knowledgeable, they get the job done on time and on budget...they are very professional and good lawyers". Thanks for universal praise from competitors and clients alike, BGI sits comfortably in the top tier... BGI is client-focused and solution-oriented... [with] excellent local counsel, not just for Georgian standards, but by international standards... [A major international client says:] "In terms of local law firms... I have a strong preference for BGI."
Vastly experienced market-leading firm assisting international and regional clients with all manner of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project financing and loan agreements. Clients say: "The lawyers are detail-oriented and are always very helpful... Among the leading firms in Georgia."