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Tamar Morchiladze

Tamar Morchiladze joined BGI Legal as a junior associate in 2015 and was further promoted to the position of Associate. Her practice areas include general corporate and commercial law, project financing and regulatory matters, foreign investments, competition law, as well as commercial arbitration. Tamar has experience in advising clients in various energy transactions, including, preparation and review of the project agreements, assisting clients with obtaining licenses and permits, advising clients on construction and environmental law matters, as well as representation of clients before governmental entities and other relevant stakeholders.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Morchiladze completed her training at Dechert LLP, where she was involved in researching and analysing domestic and international law issues, drafting legal documents and conducting due diligence studies. Her professional experience also includes working at Ombudsman ’s Office of Georgia, where she considered legal complaints, managed correspondence with different governmental institutions and prepared reports for international organisations.

A brief selection of her most recent representations includes the following:

  • Advised a global food & beverage giant in one of the largest multi-jurisdictional M&A deals in Georgia ’s recent history
  • Represented foreign company before the courts of Georgia in relation to the claims arising out of the consultancy agreement for the construction of hydro-power plant in Georgia 
  • Advised a global food & beverage giant in one of the largest multi-jurisdictional M&A deals in Georgia ’s recent history
  • Represented foreign company before the courts of Georgia in relation to the claims arising out of the consultancy agreement for the construction of hydro-power plant in Georgia 
  • Advised foreign investors in relation to the development of the hydro-power plant in Georgia, including matters of corporate structuring and regulatory requirements
  • Advised foreign investors on developing a hydro-power plant jointly with a state-owned investment fund of Georgia 
  • Advised foreign based banks on funding the development of hydro-power plant projects in Georgia
  • Advised various foreign investors on energy, environmental and construction law matters
  • Advised IFIs and foreign based banks on various lending arrangements with commercial banks and microfinance organizations in Georgia
  • Represented foreign investors in the process of acquisition of state properties, including, during the course of negotiations with governmental bodies
  • Participated in various due diligence studies of the local companies operating in various fields, including, inter alia, telecommunications, energy
  • Advised foreign bank on cross-border marketing matters under the laws of Georgia
  • Advised various clients on competition law regulations in Georgia
  • Advised various foreign and local companies on the matters of personal data protection under the laws of Georgia
  • Advised foreign investor on intellectual property matters and represented the client before administrative bodies and courts of Georgia
  • Represented the client in divorce dispute before the courts of Georgia
  • Represented one of the largest companies in Georgia in the court proceedings for recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Georgia
  • Represented foreign investors in the court proceedings for recognition and enforcement of foreign court judgment in Georgia
  • Contributed to the World Bank and International Financial Corporation study of Georgian legal environment.

Tamar graduated with honours from LL.B and MA programmes of Tbilisi State University. She subsequently gained an LL.M degree in International Trade, Investment and Commercial Law at the University of Oslo (Norway). Tamar is also a graduate of International Arbitration Academy (Paris, France) and Summer Law School in Commercial Law and Arbitration (Zagreb, Croatia).

During her student years, Tamar has participated in various international moot court competitions. She successfully competed in the quarter-finals of Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2008 (Vienna, Austria) and the semi-finals of Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition in 2009 (Evian-les-Baines, France). She participated in the international rounds of the Phillip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Washington DC, USA) and the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition (Paris, France). Notably, Tamar was a winner in the international oral rounds of Telders International Law Moot Court Competition of 2012, where she was also awarded as a best speaker (Hague, the Netherlands).

Tamar carries out various academic and volunteer work in the field of alternative dispute resolution. In 2017, she was selected to complete trainings organized by Tbilisi City Court with the support of EU and UNDP and became Court Accredited Mediator.

Currently, Tamar is an invited lecturer at Free University of Tbilisi, where she is in charge of the introductory course on International Commercial Arbitration. Tamar has been coaching a team at Free University of Tbilisi for Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in the years 2013-2017.

Ms. Morchiladze is one of the co-authors of the Guide on Arbitration for the Courts of Appeal in Georgia published in 2018. She was also a member of the team which prepared the Georgian version of ICCAs Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Tamar is a member of the Supervisory Board of Arbitration Initiative Georgia (AIG), as well as member of Georgian Association of Arbitrators (GAA), the Young International Arbitration Group and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

Together with her native Georgian, Tamar is fluent in Russian, English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Norwegian.

 

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

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 500 - 2016

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

Chambers Global - 2017