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Luka Kodua

Luka Kodua joined BGI Legal as a junior associate in March 2022. His main practice areas include general commercial and corporate law, property law, FIDIC contracts, litigation and dispute resolution.

Prior to joining the firm, Luka worked for the Munich office of an international law firm, where he was a member of the international arbitration practice team. Throughout his past employment, Mr. Kodua gained experience in various international commercial arbitration disputes and FIDIC dispute board proceedings involving Georgian state entities and corporations. One of the biggest highlights of Mr. Kodua’s experience was participation in the multi-billion ad-hoc arbitration case in the oil and gas sector arising out of a Production Sharing Agreement, in which, together with the team, Luka defended the interests of a Georgian state-owned entity. The dispute was successfully resolved in favor of the said state-owned entity.

His professional experience also includes working as a researcher at Ilia State University, in the project funded by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation. In 2019, the research team issued a publication named “The Evolution and Problematic Aspects of Investment Protection Mechanisms in Georgia”, coauthored by Mr. Kodua.

In the past years, Luka also completed a paid internship at the Department of Insolvency Proceedings of the National Bureau of Enforcement of Georgia.

Mr. Kodua holds a Bachelor’s Degree (LL.B.) in Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in Private (Business) Law from Ilia State University.

Luka is a member of Georgian Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in Georgia.

In addition to his native Georgian, Luka is fluent in English and Russian languages.

 

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Legal 500 - 2016
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Chambers Global - 2018

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