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BGI advises on TBC Bank IPO and listing on London Stock Exchange

BGI Legal has recently advised the joint bookrunners on TBC Bank's IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange.

TBC Bank JSC, the leading Georgian bank, was admitted to London Stock Exchange on 11 June 2014, with the price of the global depositary receipts (GDRs) listed exceeding GEL 400,000,000. The global offering of total 20,200,000 GDRs included both primary component and secondary shares coming from the existing shareholders.

BGI's team comprised Lasha Gogiberidze, Unana Gogokhia and Sandro Bibilashvili.

Barclays and UBS acted as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the flotation with Renaissance Securities (Cyprus) Limited acting as a bookrunner and Peel Hunt as co-manager.

“Listing of our stock on London Stock Exchange is a recognition that TBC Bank, as a financial institution corresponds to the world's highest standards. Moreover, the IPO allows us to further improve our business processes and ensure that the Bank's corporate governance is aligned with international best practices. What is most important, this is an enormous investment, which will support the development of the Georgian economy and increase investor confidence towards companies operating in Georgia – factors that ultimately contribute to the country's long-term economic development.” stated TBC Banks CEO Vakhtang Butskhrikidze.

Lasha Gogiberidze commented, "BGI Legal was delighted to be involved in this significant listing which will have a positive impact on the development of the Georgian economy."

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

Chambers Global - 2017

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.

Chambers Global - 2017

Excellent team known for acting on high-profile and significant mandates. Clients commend the team's expertise, saying: "They are all very solid, have excellent knowledge, are hard-working and give great practical advice." They further praised the service adding that the lawyers are "client-oriented, quite patient and understand the client's internal procedures."

Chambers Europe - 2017