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Giorgi Sarajishvili promoted to senior associate

29 January 2014

Giorgi Sarajishvili has been appointed as a senior associate at BGI Legal. He joined the firm in 2010 and has regularly represented foreign investors and local companies operating in various fields of business. His key practice areas include litigation, arbitration, intellectual property, taxation and corporate law.  

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Sandro Bibilashvili promoted to partner

29 January 2014

BGI Legal confirmed Sandro Bibilashvili's appointment to partner with effect from January 1st 2014. Whilst Sandro originally joined BGI Legal in January 2002, he has also spent time working in both other parts of Europe and the USA. A CEDR accredited mediator, Sandro is keenly involved in all aspects of litigation, arbitration & mediation, corporate and commercial law, contracts, M&A, labour law, environmental law, securities, real estate & construction. He has worked on some of the firm's major deals in recent times.

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New regulatory development in Georgia

31 December 2013

In accordance with the Law of Georgia on Personal Data Protection (the “Law”), the Personal Data Protection Inspector (the “Inspector”) was appointed by the Government of Georgia this summer. The Inspector's office is now fully functional (although certain functions with respect to the private sector will only enter into force on January 1st 2016) and a meeting was held with the public and private sector last Friday. The Inspector informed the audience that her office is about to start implementing and enforcing the Law. Accordingly, every public or private entity (which has at least 20 employees) has to submit information about its “personal data filing system” to the Inspector prior to January 30, 2014.The Law defines “personal data filing system” as any structured set of personal data which is arranged and accessible according to the specific criteria.The form of submission (i.e. notification form) has been elaborated by the Inspector's office and approved by the Inspector. Note also that transfer of personal data abroad (even to the founding entity or head office) is subject to the Inspector's prior approval.Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Another rising star at BGI Legal

22 October 2013

The latest IFLR1000 rankings have confirmed partners, Zaza Bibilashvili and Lasha Gogiberidze as leading lawyers with senior associate, Unana Gogokhia cited a s a 'rising star' in both Banking & Finance and Capital Markets. Senior associates, Tamara Tevdoradze and Ekaterina Aleksidze who previously practised at Ernst & Young, were also referenced for their corporate transactions work. The new rankings have reinforced BGI's position as the leading independent local law firm.  

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"One of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work". Client feedback: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction. Strong knowledge." - Banking and finance, Restructuring and insolvency. Of Lasha Gogiberidze: "Good communication skills, responsive." Previous comments have included: "BGI Legal is one of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work...Very good law firm for this jurisdiction...very knowledgeable, they get the job done on time and on budget". Lasha Gogiberidze is described as "prompt and quick to point out problems and pitfalls".

IFLR1000 - 2018

Zaza Bibilashvili is able to suggest winning strategies and is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including real estate and intellectual property matters. Previous comments include: BGI Legal fields ‘a team of true professionals with good knowledge of law and a proper understanding of business needs`. It provides full-service support to leading multinational and Georgian clients, handling general legal matters alongside more complex financing, M&A, dispute resolution and capital markets mandates.

Legal 500 - 2016

Lasha Gogiberidze maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise in capital markets and project finance, handling some of the market's most prominent lending transactions. Clients highlight him as an "open-minded" practitioner who "always comes up with a good solution" and provides advice which is "straight to the point and concise." Zaza Bibilashvili has experience of handling some of the biggest mandates in the market, most recently advising on substantial real estate projects. He is also a noted practitioner in the dispute resolution arena.

Chambers Global - 2017