Lika Kapanadze joined the firm as a paralegal in November 2019. Her responsibilities include corporate registrations and liquidations, conducting due diligence reviews as well as representing clients in administrative proceedings before various government bodies. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kapanadze worked as a paralegal in another Georgian law firm, where she specialized in general commercial and corporate law. Her professional experience also includes working as a researcher at Arbitration Initiative Georgia (AIG), where she assisted the Project Team in developing a Guide on Arbitration for Judges of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.
Ms. Kapanadze graduated from LL.B programme of Free University of Tbilisi. During her student years, she successfully participated in different international moot court competitions, including Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Brown Mosten International Client Consulting Competition as well as Central and East European Moot Court Competition. Currently Ms. Kapanadze is studying on the Comparative Private and International Law programme at New Vision University, which she successfully represented at ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition. Along with her native Georgian, Ms. Kapanadze is fluent in English, Russian and German.
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."
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."
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