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BGI Legal has contributed to the 2019 edition of the EIRA Report

We are pleased to announce that BGI Legal has contributed to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment Report (EIRA) 2019 by providing information on the regulatory environment of the energy sector in Georgia.

BGI was one of just three expert law firms from Georgia to be part of a team of distinguished energy experts who prepared the 2019 report published by the Energy Charter Secretariat.

This flagship publication assesses specific risks to energy investment that can be mitigated through adjustments to policy, legal and regulatory frameworks in 34 countries.

The Energy Charter Secretariat is an inter-governmental Brussels based organisation administering the Energy Charter Treaty, a multilateral trade and investment agreement comprising more than 50 countries and 40 observers. It is the only multilateral worldwide treaty devoted explicitly to energy and covering all energy forms. We are proud therefore of our contribution to such a significant project. 

Lasha Gogiberidze (Partner), Ekaterina Aleksidze (Counsel) Tamar Morchiladze (Associate) and Giorgi Jolia (Associate) were the individual authors from BGI Legal contributing to the Georgia country section.

 The EIRA 2019 report can be downloaded here: https://eira.energycharter.org/

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.

Legal 500 - 2016

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.

Legal 500 - 2017

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