Ani Khojelani is a Senior Associate at BGI Legal. Her practice areas include commercial, administrative, criminal and human rights law.
Ani’s key work highlights:
- Advised the former Prime Minister of Georgia, as well as other members of the former government of Georgia, in disputes before the European Court of Human Rights.
- Represented the former President of Georgia before Interpol in the proceedings initiated by the Georgian prosecutor’s office which ended in Interpol refusing to issue a red notice for the ex-president.
- Advised multinational companies and commercial banks before national investigation authorities and courts of Georgia on issues related to cybercrime and fraudulent money transfer.
- Due diligence for the largest multi-jurisdictional M&A deals in Georgia’s recent history in energy, financial and beverage industries.
- Advised big tech companies in matters related to the provision of services on the local market, protection of IP, and identification and destruction of counterfeit goods.
- Advised a client in a dispute concerning the sale of the assets and business of one of the largest export companies in Georgia;
- Advised a client in a dispute concerning the unlawful reclassification of the designation of private property by the administrative authority.
- Advised a client in a dispute concerning matters under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Ani has graduated from the Free University of Tbilisi (LL.B) and KU Leuven (LL.M) with great distinction. She is a member of the Georgian Bar Association and is admitted to practice civil, administrative and criminal law in Georgia.
Together with Georgian, Ani speaks English and Russian languages.
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.
Legal director Unana Gogokhia focuses on financial transactions, and stands out for her experience of capital markets and derivatives. Clients appreciate her ability to "look at the issue very scrupulously and bring up points in the transaction that none of the other parties spotted." Sandro Bibilashvili is increasingly recognised in the market. He is involved in some of the firm's biggest project finance mandates and has recently been active working on energy projects. Counsel Tamara Tevdoradze enters the rankings on the back of positive praise. "She is very reliable, accurate and punctual, thinks in a very logical way and has very strong arguments," a client says