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IFLR1000 2020 says:

BGI Legal is one of the leading names in Georgia’s legal market and has strength across the board, often playing a role in the country’s largest transactions.  

 

The firm is also renowned for its capital markets work, a rarity in the jurisdiction, and recently represented clients on eurobond issues and listings on the LSE. 

 

During the research period the firm had buy-side roles on large Georgian M&A deals across the financial services, food and beverage, and gaming industries.  

 

In project development the firm represented parties on several of Georgia’s biggest ongoing infrastructure projects, and assisted the government in improving the concession framework for large-scale hydro power plant developments. 

 

Client feedback

 

"It's a pleasure working with the firm. Their availability and flexibility are the main strengths." – Banking

 

"Very professional, solution-oriented and efficient." – Banking

Legal 500 2019 says:

BANKING AND FINANCE - The banking and finance team at BGI Legal is led by experienced capital markets partner Lasha Gogiberidze, and handles corporate bond issuances, listings and project finance. Clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and J.P. Morgan; the firm advised the latter and Citigroup on issuing €370m corporate bonds on the Irish Stock Exchange. Gogiberidze led the advice on the matter alongside newly promoted partner Unana Gogokhia, who also worked with a UK-headquartered law firm to advise the European Investment Fund on guaranteed SME loans in Georgia. Associate Tamar Morchiladze is heavily involved in investment matters, and assisted on a proposed $10m investment by the International Finance Corporation in BasisBank.

 

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A - BGI Legal has an especially strong corporate presence in the energy sector, where it advises both traditional and renewable energy clients. Corporate veterans Zaza Bibilashvili and Sandro Bibilashvili are active in this field, and have represented local and foreign investors. Unana  Gogokhia advised CapGrowth on the acquisition of a spa centre in a multi-use complex, while Zaza assisted broadcasting giant Rustavi 2 with various matters, including corporate restructuring. Lasha Gogiberidze is also recommended for his expertise in resolving corporate and employment matters.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION - BGI Legal's dispute resolution practice is led by Zaza Bibilashvili, who acts on corporate and commercial disputes. The firm handles both local and international litigation, and has experience in white-collar crime cases; Bibilashvili and associate Davit Kakoishvili defended the former President of Georgia against criminal allegations by the new government. Kakoishvili also defended the former Justice Minister and Prime Minister in similar white-collar crime cases. Giorgi Sarajishvili assisted Bibilashvili in representing an Israeli-owned operator of parking services in Tbilisi in a $50m dispute with the government. He was also the key name on a trade mark litigation case, in which the firm successfully represented Ferrero. Experienced litigator Sandro Bibilashvili recently acted for Vialis Belgium in a breach of contract dispute.

 

REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION (AND PROJECTS) - BGI Legal handles large-scale real estate developments and construction projects in the energy sector. Lasha Gogiberidze and Zaza Bibilashvili are the key names, and advised a group of international investors on a $250m secured loan to finance the construction of the Adjaristsqali hydropower project. Unana Gogokhia advised another financier on the $7m financing of a new hotel construction project in Tbilisi.

Chambers Europe 2019 says:

DISPUTE RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT - Excellent team known for acting on high-profile civil and criminal disputes. Serves prominent individuals and corporations, often representing international companies in local litigations. Further capabilities include litigation related to trade mark infringement as well as employment law cases. Also assists with recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Georgia. 

 

Satisfied clients highlight their positive experience, with one noting that the lawyers "are a good team and are doing an amazing job."

 

Represented Facebook in a dispute concerning an unauthorised use of its trade mark as a domain name.

 

Sandro Bibilashvili is widely praised by sources, who appreciate his tenacity and detailed advice. "He has a very proactive approach and investigates all possible ways and routes to solve our problems," notes one interviewee. He regularly represents international corporate clients in domestic disputes. He is also active in trade mark cases.

 

Founding partner Zaza Bibilashvili is recognised as one of the leading litigators in the Georgian market, regularly acting on high-profile corporate and commercial disputes. Clients are full of praise, noting his expertise and describing him as an "excellent" practitioner.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW DEPARTMENT - Solid team with extensive experience in handling a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project finance and boasts an impressive track record in some of the country's biggest energy and infrastructure projects. Noted for its experience in capital markets mandates, frequently assisting with bond issuances and IPOs. Popular choice for prominent international and local companies, including financial institutions and corporate clients. Assists international law firms with deals relating to Georgia, particularly in regulated sectors.

 

One client praises the team for its constructive advice: "Their service was very solution-oriented and to the point."

 

Advised J.P. Morgan and Citi on the issuance of EUR370 million corporate bonds by Energo-Pro.

 

Lasha Gogiberidze is a standout practitioner best recognised for his expertise in capital markets and project finance. He often acts for international banks and corporates as well as major domestic clients. One source describes him as a "very good, knowledgeable and experienced" lawyer. He advised IFC on its USD23 million financing of an affordable housing project.

 

Sandro Bibilashvili moves up the rankings this year due to positive market feedback. Interviewees characterise him as a "sharp, thorough and extremely responsive" practitioner. He regularly advises on project finance mandates. He advised Korea Water Resources Corporation on implementing the Nenskra hydroelectric power project in Georgia.

 

Tamara Tevdoradze has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses both domestic and cross-border mandates.

 

According to sources, Unana Gogokhia is an "extremely thorough and very diligent" lawyer and has considerable experience in corporate transactions and capital markets mandates. She often acts for banks and financial institutions on project finance and bond issuances.

 

Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly esteemed lawyer with noteworthy expertise advising on complex corporate transactions and litigations. Clients particularly appreciate his solution-oriented approach.

 

 

 

Chambers Global 2019 says:

Lasha Gogiberidze is a standout practitioner best recognised for his expertise in capital markets and project finance. He often acts for international banks and corporates as well as major domestic clients. One source describes him as a "very good, knowledgeable and experienced" lawyer. He advised IFC on its USD23 million financing of an affordable housing project.

 

Sandro Bibilashvili moves up the rankings this year due to positive market feedback. Interviewees characterise him as a "sharp, thorough and extremely responsive" practitioner. He regularly advises on project finance mandates. He advised Korea Water Resources Corporation on implementing the Nenskra hydroelectric power project in Georgia.

 

Tamara Tevdoradze has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses both domestic and cross-border mandates.

 

According to sources, Unana Gogokhia is an "extremely thorough and very diligent" lawyer and has considerable experience in corporate transactions and capital markets mandates. She often acts for banks and financial institutions on project finance and bond issuances.

 

Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly esteemed lawyer with noteworthy expertise advising on complex corporate transactions and litigations. Clients particularly appreciate his solution-oriented approach.

IFLR1000 2019 says:

Comfortably among Georgia’s strongest firms, BGI Legal is renowned for its banking expertise and energy work. The firm has significant breadth, depth and experience in the jurisdiction, and has undertaken market-leading work in bond issues, real estate and oil and gas.


 The firm has acted on a number of high-profile deals within the banking and capital markets space. Recent highlights include advising JPMorgan and Citi, as joint bookrunners and joint lead managers, on a eurobond issue by Energo-Pro. The team also acted for Barclays, as sponsor and financial adviser, on the listing of a Georgian bank on the LSE.

 

The firm’s project development team has notably worked with companies including Anadarko, Strait Oil and a number of international financial institutions for energy-related ventures in Georgia. The team’s expertise has also been used by Georgia’s government to develop the concession framework for large-scale hydro power plant developments.

 

Diverse multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Marriott International and McDonald’s are among the firm’s recent notable clients.

 

Client feedback:

 

Its strengths are its speed, high competence, and directness.” – Banking.

 

The firm has very reliable professionals.” – Capital markets.

 

The law firm provides a high quality and very professional service to its clients.” – Capital markets, project finance.

 

Legal 500 2018 says:

BANKING AND FINANCE - BGI Legal handles high-profile banking and finance transactions, and also has a strong track record in capital markets matters. Lasha Gogiberidze has extensive experience in banking, project finance and capital markets. Unana Gogokhia, who was promoted to the partnership in 2017, focuses on banking and capital markets work. Sandro Bibilashvili has expertise in securities-related issues and of counsel Ekaterina Aleksidze specialises in banking law. Recent highlights include advising the International Finance Corporation on a secured loan to Medical Corporation Evex, which will be used to develop healthcare facilities, and assisting the same client with the financing of housing and hotel developments by a Georgian developer. Other notable work includes advising Barclays, as sponsor and financial adviser, on the listing of a Georgian bank on the London Stock Exchange. The team also acted for Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan on the issuance of $250m notes by the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation. Otar Kakhidze left the firm after being elected as a member of parliament in Georgia.

 

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE & M&A - BGI Legal's corporate practice is especially active in privatisations but also has additional capabilities in M&A, restructuring and general corporate matters. Lasha Gogiberidze has expertise in M&A and privatisations; Zaza Bibilashvili is experienced in transactional, corporate and M&A work; and Sandro Bibilashvili focuses on corporate, contracts, labour and IP matters. Unana Gogokhia, who made partner in 2017, recently advised Capgrowth on its purchase of commercial areas in a building currently under construction. Other highlights for the team include assisting Korea Water Resources Corporation with its investment in the Nenskra hydropower project as well as handling general corporate issues for BP Georgia. Otar Kakhidze left the firm following his election as a member of parliament.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION - Corporate and commercial disputes are a core specialty of BGI Legal, which has expertise in litigation and arbitration. Practice head Giorgi Sarajishvili has a particular strength in trade mark disputes. Zaza Bibilashvili, who specialises in corporate and commercial disputes, defended Rustavi 2 against an attempted takeover by the government of Georgia. Sandro Bibilashvili, who is experienced in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), recently acted for Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia in enforcing an international arbitration award. Otar Kakhidze left to become a Member of Parliament. Associate Davit Kakoishvili handles criminal disputes.

 

REAL ESTATE AND CONTRUCTION (AND PROJECTS) - The excellent BGI Legal team is "very knowledgeable and professional" and has notable capabilities in real estate and construction financing, contracts and transactions. Lasha Gogiberidze, Zaza Bibilashvili, Sandro Bibilashvili and Unana Gogokhia are key contacts.

 

IFLR1000 2018 says:

BGI Legal is one of the leading firms in Georgia adept at both finance and corporate work. During the research period the firm has focused on financing and restructuring matters primarily advising international lenders. Staffing changes include the departure of Otar Kakhidze who departed to take up a position in politics.

 

Client feedback: "Very good law firm for this jurisdiction. Strong knowledge with minor hiccups in responsiveness and understanding foreign countries' lawyers' mentality." Lasha Gogiberidze: "Good communication skills, responsive."

Chambers Europe 2018 says:

DISPUTE RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT - Excellent team known for acting on high-profile civil and criminal disputes. Serves prominent individuals and corporations often representing international companies in local disputes. Increasingly active representing corporates in disputes against state bodies. Also assists with recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in Georgia  One source sums up the strengths the firm offers describing the team as "skilled efficient and client-oriented". Work Highlights: represented Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia in a challenge against the enforcement of an international arbitration award; advised C.T.Park on a number of disputes with municipalities and central government institutions. Significant Clients: BP, Ferrero, Diplomat Georgia, Rustavi 2, Scotch Whisky Association, Vialis. Notable Practitioners: Zaza Bibilashvili continues to act on heavyweight domestic commercial disputes for both international and domestic clients. Clients are quick to applaud his "knowledge experience and creativity" with one saying that "he can advise us on any question and is accessible at any time." Sandro Bibilashvili acts for international corporates from a variety of sectors involved in domestic disputes including matters related to international arbitration awards. One interviewee describes him as talented.

 

CORPORATE DEPARTMENT - Solid team with extensive experience in 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. Assists international law firms with deals relating to Georgia particularly in regulated sectors.  Sources praise the team's excellent client service. A client describes the team as "really fantastic: so responsive and so helpful and pragmatic" adding: "They were one of the best I've worked with". Clients like the team's down-to-earth attitude with one source describing the advice as "straightforward and cost-saving. I like their approach. Just says what it is". Significant Clients: K-Water, IFC, BP, MND Group, Marriott International. Notable Practitioners: A leading figure in capital markets and M&A Lasha Gogiberidze has an enviable track record of acting on the market's highlight deals primarily advising banks including international developmental institutions. He wins praise for his responsiveness and is described as "very client-focused and understanding of our needs." Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly respected corporate and disputes lawyer with significant practical experience in real estate transactions. Clients note his creativity and availability. Unana Gogokhia divides her time between corporate and financing mandates advising on bond issuance as well as transactions. Her clients include local and international banks. Sources commend her pragmatic approach as well as for "getting back to you very quickly and making herself available." Sandro Bibilashvili has a wide-ranging practice encompassing transactional as well as litigious matters. Tamara Tevdoradze is an up-and-coming corporate lawyer active in the firm's key instructions. "She has a unique ability to drive towards an understanding of the business issues first then to craft the legal strategy around those issues" a client reports.

Chambers Global 2018 says:

A leading figure in capital markets and M&A, Lasha Gogiberidze has an enviable track record of acting on the market's highlight deals primarily advising banks including international developmental institutions. He wins praise for his responsiveness and is described as "very client-focused and understanding of our needs." 

 

Zaza Bibilashvili is a highly respected corporate and disputes lawyer with significant practical experience in real estate transactions. Clients note his creativity and availability.  

 

Sandro Bibilashvili has a wide-ranging practice encompassing transactional as well as litigious matters.

 

Unana Gogokhia divides her time between corporate and financing mandates advising on bond issuance as well as transactions. Her clients include local and international banks. Sources commend her pragmatic approach as well as for "getting back to you very quickly and making herself available."

 

Tamara Tevdoradze is an up-and-coming corporate lawyer active in the firm's key instructions. "She has a unique ability to drive towards an understanding of the business issues first then to craft the legal strategy around those issues" a client reports.

Chambers Global 2017 says:

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.

 

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. Her broad practice includes real estate tax and employment.

Chambers Europe 2017 says:

DISPUTE RESOLUTION DEPARTMENT -  Excellent team known for acting on high-profile and significant mandates. Broad practice covers a range of corporate and commercial disputes as well as administrative and criminal proceedings. Also deals with tax litigation and family disputes and has experience in arbitration and has growing expertise in contentious IP matters. Serves prominent individuals and corporations often representing international companies in local contractual disputes. Clients commend the team's expertise saying: "They are all very solid, have excellent knowledge, are hard-working and give great practical advice." Another client adds: "On the whole the team did a very good job. They had calculated and prepared effective solutions for all possible developments of the case." Clients praise the service saying the lawyers are "client-oriented quite patient and understand the client's internal procedures." Work Highlights: Acted for shareholders of Rustavi 2 on a highly publicised ownership dispute; represented Diplomat Georgia in USD5 million tax litigation proceedings.  Significant Clients: Abbott Laboratories, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola, Carlsberg, Johnson & Johnson. Notable Practitioners:  Head of department Zaza Bibilashvili handles a range of disputes and is active in some of the market's most high-profile cases including corporate and commercial matters. Sources say: "He is a very good strategist" adding: "He was well prepared for each hearing and his positions were well argued. He also did a lot of analytical work and his oral presentations were persuasive and effective." Sandro Bibilashvili impresses clients with his "excellent knowledge responsiveness", "proactivity" and the ability to "explain the formal side of local legislation and how it works in practice." He is an accredited mediator and handles a range of disputes including commercial administrative and IP.

  

 

CORPORATE DEPARTMENT  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." Significant Clients: British Airways, Citi, Ferrero International, EBRD. Notable Practitioners:  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. 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. Her broad practice includes real estate, tax and employment.

IFLR1000 2017 says:

Though much of BGI Legal's work is confidential it can be said that the firm has been active on a US bond issue, a significant finance facility, two separate share placements on the LSE and a number of real estate finance deals.

 

Public matters during the research period include work for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as managers on a note issue by Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation; and work for the IFC European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Development Bank on the financing of the Adjaristsqali hydro power plant.

Legal 500 2017 says:

BGI Legal is ‘exceptional’ in M&A financing and real estate and is especially prominent in the energy sector. Lasha Gogiberidze whom clients regard as ‘the top lawyer in Georgia for banking finance and capital markets transactions' and Sandro Bibilashvili handled a number of innovative regional energy projects and joint ventures such as the Adjaristsqali hydropower project. The firm also acted on behalf of government officials such as defending former president Saakashvili in certain high-profile dispute resolution cases. Other notable clients include BP Apple Inc and BNP Paribas. Legal director Unana Gogokhia is also a key contact.

 

 

Chambers Europe 2016 says:

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW - Vastly experienced market-leading firm assisting international and regional clients with all manner of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project financing and loan agreements. Often works with financial institutions and FMCG manufacturers.

Zaza Bibilashvili 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 is among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market.


Lasha Gogiberidze 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.

 

Unana Gogokhia has garnered a strong reputation for her financial expertise, particularly her work in capital markets. One peer comments: "She is very smart, and has evolved into a leader of the finance team at BGI". She is a legal director.

Partner Sandro Bibilashvili is building a strong reputation among his peers, who say: "He is increasingly becoming the driving force at BGI", and: "I think he has a great future". Well liked and respected by his clients, he works often with large international firms.


DISPUTE RESOLUTION - Hugely respected firm active in high-value corporate disputes. Often representing international companies involved in local distribution and contractual disputes.  


Founding Partner Zaza Bibilashvili is a giant in the Georgian litigation market, and serves on the board of the Georgian Bar Association as well as regularly being invited to advise on the drafting of key legislation. He heads the department and has been called a market leader. He is a key contact for clients.

 
Partner Sandro Bibilashvili takes an increasingly active role in the practice, and is considered by market commentators to be very knowledgeable, very responsive and very nice to work with. He has a quiet manner but he is very clever. He is universally recognised as a very strong litigator. 

The Legal 500 2016 says:

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 countrys largest projects. The excellent Lasha Gogiberidze has led the teams 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. Gogokhia recently advised the IFC on the financing of a housing project implemented by a local developer. Zaza Bibilashvili is able to suggest winning strategies and is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including real estate and intellectual property matters. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Chambers Global 2016 says:

BGI is top-ranked in every single category, by every international legal directory that covers Georgia. Sample editorial comments about BGI include:


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 is among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market".


Partner Sandro Bibilashvili is building a strong reputation among his peers, who say: "He is increasingly becoming the driving force at BGI", and: "I think he has a great future". Well liked and respected by his clients, he works often with large international firms.


Unana Gogokhia has garnered a strong reputation for her financial expertise, particularly her work in capital markets. One peer comments: "She is very smart, and has evolved into a leader of the finance team at BGI". She is a legal director.

IFLR1000 2015 says:

In 2014, the firm promoted Sandro Bibilashvili to partnership, joining Zaza Bibilashvili and department head Lasha Gogiberidze in senior roles. Stepping into Sandro's shoes, rising star Unana Gogokhia was then promoted to directorship.


Through 2013-14 the firm continued to win significant instructions from international counsel including Clifford Chance and Norton Rose Fulbright. In mid-2014 it had four open mandates from the IFC, including assisting the IFC, EBRD and AED on financing for the construction of the Acharistskali hydropower project. The team was also appointed by Korea Water Resources Corporation to assist in negotiation on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) or BOO (build-own-operate) project for the construction of 220MW hydropower plant in Western Georgia.


Gogokhia worked with Amsterdam Trade Bank on a refinancing and was acting on a second financing. The firm has also had a steady flow of M&A transactions and capital markets deals, in one assisting international counsel Clifford Chance to advise Barclays Bank and UBS as bookrunners on TBC Banks IPO and listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange.

Chambers Europe 2015 says:

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW - Highly reputed firm with expertise in banking, project finance and capital markets, including derivatives. Advises on transactional matters and also assists with commercial and corporate issues. Clients include a number of major technology companies. The team benefits from close collaboration with international law firms. Quotes mainly from clients: "The firm is efficient and highly responsive, and demonstrates a real team spirit" and "Top firm - always present on deals."

 

Dividing his practice between general business advice and litigation, Zaza Bibilashvili is one of the leading names in the market. "A top name - you see him all the time," market sources note.


Focusing on banking and finance as well as advising on capital markets matters, Lasha Gogiberidze is a highly acclaimed name in Georgia. "He is one of the best capital markets lawyers in the country", a source says. Clients like his practical approach: "He was very strategic in his advice".


Counsel Ekaterina Aleksidze is particularly visible in advising banks. Her other areas of practice include real estate, PPP, commercial and environmental law.


Recently made partner Sandro Bibilashvili is noted as an increasingly visible lawyer. He supports his clients on general commercial issues and also assists with contentious matters.


New to the rankings, Unana Gogokhia is highlighted for her capital markets expertise. She is very capable and smart, and would not complicate things unnecessarily, sources say. She also advises on general corporate law and international arbitration.

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

Vastly experienced market-leading firm assisting international and regional clients with all manner of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project financing and loan agreements. Clients say: "The lawyers are detail-oriented and are always very helpful... Among the leading firms in Georgia."

Chambers Europe - 2016
A leading figure in capital markets and M&A, Lasha Gogiberidze has an enviable track record of acting on the market's highlight deals, primarily advising banks, including international developmental institutions. He wins praise for his responsiveness and is described as "very client-focused and understanding of our needs."

 

Chambers Global - 2018