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BGI Legal acts as counsel for BG Capital and TBC Bank

BGI Legal has recently acted as counsel in the first-ever bond issuance in Georgian lari placed by the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in Georgia. The two-year bond was equally subscribed by TBC Bank and JSC BG Capital, who acted as the lead managers and underwriters to the transaction.

The deal will undoubtedly support the development of the local capital markets and as Vakhtang Butskhrikidze, CEO of TBC Bank remarked, "This new bond issuance will increase access to local currency financing, which is an important source for business growth in Georgia".

Bruno Balvanera, EBRD Director for Caucasus, Moldova & Belarus said, “This is a very significant step for the Georgian local capital market. It brings a new instrument for investors and, at the same time, allows the EBRD to diversify its source of lari and to continue lending to companies in need of long-term financing in local currency".

Lasha Gogiberidze who led BGI's team commented, “In line with our long established tradition for representing clients in a flagship transaction, we are very proud to have been part of the effort in bringing this project to a successful conclusion”.

Zaza Bibilashvili is able to suggest winning strategies and is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including real estate and intellectual property matters. Previous comments include: BGI Legal fields ‘a team of true professionals with good knowledge of law and a proper understanding of business needs`. It provides full-service support to leading multinational and Georgian clients, handling general legal matters alongside more complex financing, M&A, dispute resolution and capital markets mandates.

Legal 500 - 2016

"One of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work". Client feedback: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction. Strong knowledge." - Banking and finance, Restructuring and insolvency. Of Lasha Gogiberidze: "Good communication skills, responsive." Previous comments have included: "BGI Legal is one of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work...Very good law firm for this jurisdiction...very knowledgeable, they get the job done on time and on budget". Lasha Gogiberidze is described as "prompt and quick to point out problems and pitfalls".

IFLR1000 - 2018

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."

IFLR1000 - 2017