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BGI's Tamar Morchiladze co-authors the Guide on Arbitration

21 November 2018

Our associate Tamar Morchiladze has co-authored a Guide on Arbitration for Judges of the Courts of Appeal in Georgia. The Guide covers all matters that fall within the competence of the Courts of Appeal under the Law of Georgia on Arbitration and includes an overview of local, as well as international case law.  The Guide was prepared by Arbitration Initiative Georgia (AIG), a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness of alternative methods of dispute resolution in Georgia, with the support of the European Union and United Nations Development Programme. The Guide may be accessed here.

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BGI Legal ranked Tier 1 in IFLR1000 2019

08 November 2018

We are delighted to announce that BGI Legal has once again been listed amongst the Top Tier Georgian law firms in the IFLR1000 rankings in the field of Financial and Corporate law for 2019. We are also proud to be again listed as a Top Tier firm in the field of Project Development. IFLR1000 reviews our firm by stating, "Comfortably among Georgia's strongest firms, BGI Legal is renowned for its banking expertise and energy work. The firm has significant breadth, depth and experience in the jurisdiction, and has undertaken market-leading work in bond issues, real estate and oil and gas". Partners Sandro Bibilashvili, Zaza Bibilashvili and Unana Gogokhia have all achieved the particular distinction of being "Highly Regarded Leading Lawyers" whilst Partner Lasha Gogiberidze achieves the premier "Leading Lawyer - Market Leader" designation. "Market Leaders" are recognised by IFLR as the standout performers in their country or practice area. In its editorial, IFLR1000 has highlighted the following corporate and finance clients' quotes about the firm: "Its strengths are its speed, high competence, and directness." "The firm has very reliable professionals." "The law firm provides a high quality and very professional service to its clients." IFLR1000 is the only international legal directory focused on ranking law firms and lawyers on the basis of financial and corporate transactional work. IFLR1000 has been researching legal markets for 29 years with an experienced research team based in London, New York and Hong Kong. IFLR1000's research team selects leading firms based on a mix of transactional evidence, peer feedback and client feedback.

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BGI wins a landmark case on behalf of Facebook

31 October 2018

Acting for the world's largest social network Facebook, BGI successfully established a precedent of canceling a domain based on the fact that it contained another party's trademark. Georgia does not have special regulations or effective procedural mechanisms for cancellation of infringing domain names and until this recent success of BGI, cancellation of domain names registered by bad faith owners was practically impossible. "This is a major breakthrough in this under-regulated field of Georgian law. This precedent should enable local and international trademark owners to successfully fight unauthorized use of their trademarks in domain names," says George Sarajishvili, BGI's licensed trademark attorney who represented Facebook.

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BGI Legal's Tamar Morchiladze speaks at international arbitration conference

12 October 2018

On October 5, 2018, our associate Tamar Morchiladze spoke on the panel of a Workshop on Drafting Effective Arbitration Clauses. The event was organized by the US-based International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), which is the largest provider of global arbitration and dispute resolution. Tamar addressed practical considerations related to the preparation of arbitration clauses, as well as overviewed relevant recent case law of Georgian courts. The Workshop was part of GIAC Arbitration Days in Georgia, which is held annually by Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) with the support of the European Union and United Nations Development Programme. The conference was attended by leading experts in international commercial and investment arbitration worldwide, young practitioners from various countries, Government officials and civil society representatives.

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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."

IFLR1000 - 2017

Solid team with vast experience of handling a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial as well as financial matters. Particularly well versed in project finance and boasts an impressive track record in some of the country's biggest energy and infrastructure projects. Popular choice for prominent international and local clients, including financial institutions and corporates from an array of industry sectors. Clients are impressed with the team's approach, saying: "The best thing is their coming up with proactive advice and suggesting a structure. They are able to work under pressure and respond immediately." Another client adds: "As soon as we give them a project we don't need to double-check anything." Other typical comments are: "They are a top-tier firm on the market with highly skilled, efficient and solution-oriented lawyers."

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