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BGI Legal retains “Top Tier” status in EMEA Legal 500 2022

In the latest Legal 500 rankings, BGI Legal has once again been recognised as a Tier 1 law firm in all four areas researched by the Guide in Georgia, namely in Banking and Finance, Commercial, Corporate & M&A, Dispute Resolution, and Real Estate & Construction.

Legal 500 seeks confidential quotes from clients and other lawyers operating in the same areas of law. Client testimonials from the new guide include:

‘The team is exceptionally knowledgeable and innovative in the face of relentless opposition. BGI is the finest European firm I have worked with in my 45-year career.’

‘Sandro Bibilashvili is an exceptional team leader and mentor to younger lawyers. Davit Kakoishvili is an excellent multitalented lawyer and draftsman. Ani Khojelani is very detail-oriented and skilled at using details to benefit the client.’

‘Lasha leads the team well. He is experienced and has excellent commercial sense.’

‘Zaza Bibilishvili is a key person and very clever when handling cases’

As well as firm rankings, Legal 500 rank individual lawyers and BGI yet again dominate the individual rankings in Georgia.

Lasha Gogiberidze, Zaza Bibilashvili and Sandro Bibilashvili are all included in the elite “Leading Individuals” lists.

Unana Gogokhia, Giorgi Sarajishvili and Sandro Bibilashvili are further recognized in the “Next Generation Partners” category, Davit Kakoishvili is ranked as a “Rising Star” and “Recommended Lawyer” ranking status goes to Tamara Tevdoradze and Ani Khojelani.

Lasha Gogiberidze, Founding Partner, said:

“It is very satisfying to see our practice unfailingly recognized by Legal 500 as one of the top law firms in Georgia and I am particularly delighted to see the talents of our team acknowledged and favourably commented upon by clients and fellow practitioners from diverse areas of law.”

For further information please see: https://www.legal500.com/firms/13174-bgi-legal/17857-tbilisi-georgia/#section-108533.

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

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

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