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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.

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