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Index of tables

  1. Banking and finance
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Nelly Nadirashvili - Dentons Georgia LLC

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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.

BLC Law Office’s banking and finance practice focuses on transactions, financings and capital markets matters. Alexander Bolkvadze and Ketti Kvartskhava are experienced in banking and finance matters, and Giorgi Batlidze has expertise in project finance-related issues.

Dentons Georgia LLC’s ‘business-oriented’ team ‘can handle complex legal issues’; it has notable expertise handling debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders. Avto Svanidze is experienced in financing and capital markets projects; he recently advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego on a secured debt transaction pertaining to the development of a Tbilisi hotel and assisted Bank of Georgia with a ₾500m notes issuance. Senior counsel Ted Jonas has project finance expertise. Otar Kipshidze advised on the financing of the purchase of aircraft for the Agricultural Bank of China and Nordic Aviation Capital respectively. Associate Nelly Nadirashvili is ‘an excellent lawyer’.

Mgaloblishvili, Kipiani, Dzidziguri Law Firm is heavily involved in loan financing and capital markets matters. Victor Kipiani assisted The Netherlands Development Finance Company with a $12.5m loan facility to Terabank which will be used to finance loans to Georgian SMEs. Giorgi Kankava is experienced in banking and project finance work.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau) is sought out by international clients to assist with financing development projects in the region. Recent highlights include advising Overseas Private Investment Corporation on financing the expansion of Dunkin’ Donuts and Moxy’s in Georgia. The team also assisted a consortium of banks on a syndicated loan to Global Beer Georgia that will be used to finance the construction of a Georgian brewery. Managing partner Kakha Sharabidze is an expert in project finance and secured loan transactions. Associate Ana Rekhviashvili is experienced in financial transactions.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners is a popular choice for Georgian banks and has notable expertise in licensing issues. Practice head Lasha Nodia advised Caucasus Development Bank Georgia on the cancellation of its banking license, and assisted Ziraat Bank with obtaining a banking license. Eprem Urumashvili has expertise in banking law and assisted Finstar Financial Group with registering Black Sea Development as a payment services provider.

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