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BGI Legal celebrate new and improved rankings in Chambers Global 2021

BGI Legal continues to gain accolades across the board as Chambers and Partners Global Guide to law firms and individual lawyers releases its latest rankings. We have preserved our Band 1 firm ranking and, with more senior Bands 1-2 individual lawyer rankings (which includes our Senior Partners Lasha Gogiberidze and Zaza Bibilashvili) than any other local firm, retain our position as the pre-eminent law firm in Georgia.

Most noteworthy, however, is the promotion within the rankings of Partners Sandro Bibilashvili and Unana Gogokhia from Band 3 in the 2020 edition to Band 2 in the latest 2021 volume.

Published since 1990, Chambers and Partners' guides rank the best law firms and lawyers across more than 200 jurisdictions throughout the world. Rankings are based on independent and objective research, as well as peer and client reviews.

Chambers says of our firm:

Highly reputed team with extensive experience in handling a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well-versed in project finance and boasts an impressive track record in major Georgian energy and infrastructure projects. Noted for its experience in capital markets mandates, frequently assisting with bond issuances and IPOs. Popular choice for prominent international and local companies, including financial institutions and corporate clients. Also instructed by large clients from the gambling and shipping industries.

Chambers says of our lawyers:

Lasha Gogiberidze is praised by sources for his "depth of insight, out-of-the-box thinking and commercially oriented" approach. He enjoys a market-leading reputation for handling corporate and financing matters within industries including banking, energy and construction. Offers significant experience in project finance and capital markets. Clients include international financial institutions and investment funds.

Sandro Bibilashvili receives praise for his attention to detail and responsiveness. He offers advice across a range of corporate matters and has significant experience in advising investors on financing of energy construction projects. He is also a strong litigation lawyer handling varied commercial disputes.

Unana Gogokhia offers significant experience in working for banks and financial institutions on matters including bond issuances as well as senior secured loans. She also handles corporate transactions and restructurings.

Zaza Bibilashvili offers significant experience in transactional matters and corporate restructurings for clients from industries including energy, TMT and social media. He is also a leading litigator with particular expertise in representing high-profile individuals in politically sensitive cases.

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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

Zaza Bibilashvili is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the Georgian legal market. One of the founding partners of the firm, he oversees projects and is a key contact for clients. Lasha Gogiberidze has been called "one of the leading lawyers in Georgia" and "a central person not just in capital markets, but in the legal market in general." Considered an expert in capital markets and project finance work, particularly in the energy sphere, he is highly respected by his peers, who say: "He`s among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market."

Chambers Global - 2016

Solid team with vast experience of 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. Clients are impressed with the team's approach, saying: "The best thing is their coming up with proactive advice and suggesting a structure. They are able to work under pressure and respond immediately." Another client adds: "As soon as we give them a project we don't need to double-check anything." Other typical comments are: "They are a top-tier firm on the market with highly skilled, efficient and solution-oriented lawyers."

Chambers Europe - 2017