Otar Kakhidze elected member of Parliament12 December 2016
We are happy to announce that our colleague, Otar Kakhidze has been elected as a member of the Parliament of Georgia, where he will continue serving the country in a leadership position. We wish Otar every success in his new endeavors. We are also happy to announce that David Kakoishvili has taken over the criminal law desk within the firm.Read more
Partner Sandro Bibilashvili admitted to New York State Bar05 September 2016
BGI is delighted to announce that the firm's partner Sandro Bibilashvili has passed the New York State Bar exam and was admitted to the New York State Bar in August 2016. Admission to the New York State Bar allows attorneys to practice law in the State of New York. Only a handful of Georgian attorneys have ever been admitted to the NY Bar. Sandro will be the second member of BGI team (the first being the firm's founding partner Lasha Gogiberidze) to be admitted to practice law in New York which puts the firm in the unique position on the Georgian legal market to have two dually qualified (Georgia and NY State) lawyers. “This will no doubt boost our international practice and reinforce BGI's leading position on the market,” says Bibilashvili.Read more
BGI Legal wins landmark case on behalf of Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia05 September 2016
BGI Legal has just won a landmark case on behalf of Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia, the largest bottler and distributor of soft drinks in Georgia. The Supreme Court of Georgia granted BGI's application to refuse recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award rendered by an ad hoc tribunal seated in London. The Supreme Court ruled that the arbitration award was not subject to recognition and enforcement under the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards on the grounds that the award contained decisions on matters beyond the scope of the submission to arbitration. “The ruling of the Supreme Court of Georgia proves that the courts of Georgia are ready to apply international standards to recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and follow best practices in this field”, says Sandro Bibilashvili who led BGI's team to this success. “We believe that this decision will serve as a guideline for practitioners and increase the level of certainty for parties seeking enforcement of arbitration awards”, noted Mr. Bibilashvili.Read more
BGI Legal wins landmark case on behalf of confectionery giant Ferrero07 July 2016
Following a complex legal battle on behalf of a multinational confectionery giant Ferrero, BGI has achieved registration of a trademark based on exceptional legal grounds – ‘distinctiveness acquired through use'. The Georgian Trademark Authority has ruled that the sales volumes and advertising campaign conducted by Ferrero in Georgia enables Georgian customers to identify the requested trademark with respective goods. “This will certainly be a landmark case, providing valuable guidance for other practitioners as well as courts in this area of IP law”, says George Sarajishvili who led BGI's team to this success.Read more
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."
BGI is one of Georgia's leading firms in all areas of corporate law and in energy and infrastructure has acted on key projects in the oil and gas, energy, transport infrastructure areas. Previous comments have included: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction...very knowledgeable, they get the job done on time and on budget...they are very professional and good lawyers". Thanks for universal praise from competitors and clients alike, BGI sits comfortably in the top tier... BGI is client-focused and solution-oriented... [with] excellent local counsel, not just for Georgian standards, but by international standards... [A major international client says:] "In terms of local law firms... I have a strong preference for BGI."
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.