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New Arrivals at BGI Legal

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with independent attorneys, Ivan Khokhlov and Saba Tsagareishvili.

Ivan has over 20 years of professional experience in a variety of practice areas and industries, including in corporate & commercial, M&A, project finance, litigation and arbitration. Throughout his work Ivan has acted for clients in power & utilities, mining, telecommunications, agriculture, FMCG and legal policy reform initiatives.

Prior to joining BGI, Ivan has led on the law practice of EY in Georgia. In addition, Ivan has worked as a legal director on corporate and M&A practice matters at DLA Piper in Georgia, and is the founding partner of a Georgian law firm BLC.

Ivan holds an LLM degree from the George Washington University Law School in Comparative & International Law (1996), as well as an LLM from the Central European University Law School in Comparative Constitutional Law (1995). Ivan obtained his law degree from Tbilisi State University International Law Department in 1994.

Saba Tsagareishvili is a member of Georgian Bar Association specializing in criminal law, administrative law, domestic violence and juvenile justice. With 15-year professional experience working for Government entities and non-governmental organizations, he has held various positions at the Ministry of Justice and the General Prosecutor's Office. He has also worked at IRC, a USAID and EU-funded Georgian NGO.

Highlights of Saba’s work include drafting normative acts, analysis of draft orders and guidelines prepared by Prosecutor's Office; legal expertise of statutory orders of the Ministry of Justice; investigation of comprehensive and significant criminal cases including economic crimes, money laundering and corruption cases; advocacy for persons returned to Georgia under the EU-Georgia Readmission Agreement; and advocating criminal cases of the victims of domestic violence and violence against women.

Saba is a graduate of Tbilisi State University law faculty and has a master’s degree in public law. He has completed a training course in Washington State Prosecutor's Office in Seattle. Saba has served twice as a judge in criminal moot courts supported by the EU. Together with his native Georgian, Saba is fluent in English and Russian.

Excellent team known for acting on high-profile and significant mandates. Clients commend the team's expertise, saying: "They are all very solid, have excellent knowledge, are hard-working and give great practical advice." They further praised the service adding that the lawyers are "client-oriented, quite patient and understand the client's internal procedures."

Chambers Europe - 2017

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

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