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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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Vastly experienced market-leading firm assisting international and regional clients with all manner of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project financing and loan agreements. Clients say: "The lawyers are detail-oriented and are always very helpful... Among the leading firms in Georgia."

Chambers Europe - 2016

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

Zaza Bibilashvili is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the Georgian legal market. One of the founding partners of the firm, he oversees projects and is a key contact for clients. Lasha Gogiberidze has been called "one of the leading lawyers in Georgia" and "a central person not just in capital markets, but in the legal market in general." Considered an expert in capital markets and project finance work, particularly in the energy sphere, he is highly respected by his peers, who say: "He`s among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market."

Chambers Global - 2016