Giorgi Jolia joined the firm as an associate in 2017. His experience extends across the sectors and includes finance, energy, construction and infrastructure with a focus on debt and equity finance, corporate, M&A, commercial, labor and arbitration matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr Jolia worked as a leading specialist at the Legal Department of LEPL National Agency of State Property, where he supervised complex foreign and local investments and entrepreneurial projects. Giorgis international exposure was further enhanced at Noerr LLP (Dusseldorf, Germany) where he assisted the Cross-border Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group, in the management of legal disputes incurring extrajudicial evaluation, conflict resolution and enforcement/implementation of US judgments in Germany.
In the early stages of his career, Giorgi completed an internship at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. He aided the Department of State Representation at the International Courts of Human Rights in the preparation of government reviews and reports on individual and inter-state complaints filed against Georgia.
Furthermore, Giorgi is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Free University of Tbilisi where he delivers Business Law Clinic module for LL.B and LL.M students. He has designed this course to help students convert their theoretical acumen into practice and fine-tune their professional skills in a fast-paced and live-client setting. On a regular basis, Giorgi also couches the teams in various local moot court competitions and actively engages in legal conferences and workshops.
Mr Jolia holds a Bachelors Degree (LL.B) in Law from Caucasus University (Tbilisi, Georgia) and a Masters Degree (LL.M) in Law and Business from Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany). Currently, Giorgi is a Ph.D candidate in Business Administration at the Georgian Technical University (Tbilisi, Georgia). Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous merit-based scholarships for his postgraduate and undergraduate studies.
In line with native Georgian, Giorgi has full proficiency in English, a limited command of Russian, and basic knowledge of German. In 2017, he successfully passed the Georgian Bar Exam and became a member of the Georgian Bar Association.
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.
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.
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."