BGI Legal Advises on Landmark Capital Market Deals
BGI Legal has partnered with Latham & Watkins LLP to advise J.P. Morgan Securities plc, UBS AG London Branch and Renaissance Securities (Cyprus) Limited, acting as the Joint Bookrunners, in the debut issuance of USD 300,000,000 5.75 per cent. Reg S/ Rule 144A Senior Unsecured Notes by JSC TBC Bank, recognized as Georgia’s leading bank by all key metrics.
The transaction closed on 19 June 2019, leading to the admission of the Notes to the regulated market of Euronext Dublin and their subsequent Category A listing on the Georgian Stock Exchange (GSE). This was the first case of dual listing of the Eurobonds in Georgia by a Georgian issuer and at the same time the largest issuance ever to be listed on the GSE.
In addition, BGI has acted as legal adviser to the Joint Bookrunners on the debut issuance of USD 125 million Perpetual Subordinated Callable Additional Tier 1 Capital Notes by TBC Bank, representing the largest and lowest coupon Additional Tier 1 issue ever to have been priced by a Georgian company. AT1 Notes were listed on Euronext Dublin on 3 July 2019 and are expected to be also listed on the GSE.
The transaction was led by Capital Market partners Lasha Gogiberidze and Unana Gogokhia and was supported by an excellent BGI team.
Unana Gogokhia said: “We are delighted to have had a chance to work on these unprecedented transactions which have brought USD 425 million worth of investment to the country. The dual listing of the notes, which will allow trades to occur locally on the GSE, represents a major leap in terms of Georgia’s capital market development.“
Senior Partner Lasha Gogiberidze commented: “BGI has been an unrivalled leader over the last twenty years in this segment of legal services. Being part of such high scale capital market deals reinforces our status as market leaders as we continue to comfortably maintain this niche.”
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Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly respected corporate and disputes lawyer with significant practical experience in real estate transactions. Clients note his creativity and availability.
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.
The four-partner team at BGI Legal provides a ‘responsive, proactive and solution-oriented service to a wide range of international corporates both directly and on a referral basis from major international law firms; it has built a strong reputation acting for investors and lenders on many of the country s largest projects. The ‘excellent Lasha Gogiberidze has led the team s work in several major energy mandates, including advising an Asian investor on a hydropower project. Gogiberidze is also regularly involved in financing work, including inter-bank lending, regulatory lending (to comply with capital adequacy requirements) and capital markets work, where Unana Gogokhia is also establishing a strong reputation.