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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.

The corporate team at Dentons Georgia LLC works with international companies on matters including acquisitions, company reorganisation and competition law. Avto Svanidze leads the corporate practice, and has extensive experience in international M&A transactions. He recently led the team that advised Georgian telecoms operator Silknet on the $153m acquisition of Geocell, the second-largest mobile operator in the country. The team also included senior associate Irakli Pipia and associate Natela Otaridze, who both advised the Bank of Georgia Group on its reorganisation into banking and non-banking sector entities. Although working predominantly in the banking and finance team, associate Sopho Mebonia has assisted on shares transactions, including the $4m acquisition of a minority stake in a hydropower project company by Schulze Global Investments. Senior counsel Ted Jonas offers expert advice on potential joint venture agreements, while senior associate Mariam Vashakidze, formerly of BLB (Business Legal Bureau), focuses on project finance and commercial transactions.

MG Law Office advises clients on M&A and project finance, and primarily handles large cross-border transactions. Clients include state-owned companies, as well as foreign and domestic corporations and governments. Chairman and founder Nicola Mariani and managing partner Archil Giorgadze are the key names; they recently advised the government of Ras Al Khaimah on asset reorganisation and corporate matters relating to a hotel construction project. The pair also provided legal advice to Evolution Gaming Group on the possible establishment of a new live casino studio in Tbilisi. Counsel Irakli Sokolovski and new arrival Ana Kochiashvili, who joined as senior associate, assisted on this matter.

Mgaloblishvili, Kipiani, Dzidziguri Law Firm advises on large-scale investment projects in the Georgian energy and infrastructure sectors. Firm co-founder and corporate practice co-head Victor Kipiani is strong in competition law, and advised Knauf Gips Tbilisi on competition law matters in addition to conducting due diligence relating to the client's sale of shares to a Chinese buyer. Irakli Mgaloblishvili advises on regulatory compliance and project finance, and Vakhtang Shevardnadze has industry expertise in the telecoms and aviation sectors. Mikheil Gogeshvili and Baqar Palavandishvili are experienced in projects and competition law matters.

BDO Legal's corporate practice is headed by partners David Khrikadze¬†and David Gelashvili, and advises clients on the full range of corporate and commercial matters.¬†Khrikadze recently advised Georgian online gaming operator Crystalbet on its ‚ā¨41m¬†majority stake takeover by GVC Holdings. He was supported by associate Ana Tchaia, who subsequently assisted Gelashvili in advising Ericsson on data protection compliance. Senior associate Giorgi Maisuradze¬†is recommended.

Working predominantly in the energy sector, Begiashvili & Co. Limited advises banks, financial institutions and international companies on corporate transactions and project finance. Alongside a major UK law firm, Giorgi Begiashvili represented GVC Holdings in its acquisition of Crystalbet, as well as advising NauticAWT on the purchase of 50% of the shares in VP Georgia, an oil and gas exploration company. Zurab Ckheidze and junior associate Archil Begiashvili are active in corporate matters.

The 'proactive and creative team of lawyers' at BLB (Business Legal Bureau) advises foreign and domestic companies, with a particular focus on corporate governance, M&A and project finance. Kakha Sharabidze is managing partner, and leads the corporate practice alongside David Khaindrava and Maya Mtsariashvili; all three are praised as 'honest, trustworthy and very straightforward'. The firm has longstanding relationships with major Georgian companies including the Poti Sea Port and Eltransit, as well as foreign enterprises such as BI Group. Senior associate Ana Rekhviashvili also comes highly recommended, and provides 'bespoke and practical legal solutions to business needs'.

BLC Law Office assists international organisations with commercial transactions, joint venture formation and corporate M&A. The firm has represented clients in the aviation, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors, including acting for ABC Pharmacy on its merger with GPC. Ketti Kvartskhava, Giorgi Batlidze and senior associate Rusa Tchkuaseli, who heads the combined M&A, banking and finance practice, are recommended.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC is recommended by clients for its 'customer orientation', and handles corporate services for companies as well as foreign law firms. The team is 'pragmatic and commercially minded', and 'an excellent choice for business-critical matters'. Nick Gvinadze is an 'excellent lawyer', and gives 'commercial, practical advice in order to achieve an efficient solution'. He recently advised Amtel Investment Holdings on the restructuring of two Georgian subsidiaries, as well as on a planned merger for the purpose of restructuring a hospital. Gvinadze is supported by Sophie Panjikidze, who offers a 'prompt and efficient service', and is most active in the real estate sector, where she advises on corporate issues and shareholder agreements. Zakaria Shvelidze was recently promoted to partner, and has particular expertise in corporate disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners' 'distinctive work attitude makes it unique'. Managing partner Lasha Nodia predominantly advises on M&A, insolvency and corporate restructuring. Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze assists clients with competition and investment management matters, while associate Archil Tsertsvadze is a transaction specialist. Assisted by Tsertsvadze and Eprem Urumashvili, Nodia recently advised an international blockchain technology company on the registration of the purchase of shares relating to the sale of its data centre.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC has an 'exceptional team', with head of legal Vano Gogelia receiving particular praise for his 'outstanding expertise in all commercial, corporate and M&A matters'. He advised Société Générale on securing a $30m sales contract, supported by senior associate Natia Kobosnidze. The team often works alongside the tax practice and tax director Sergi Kobakhidze; this was the case when the firm conducted due diligence of HeidelbergCement before its acquisition by GCF Partners.

Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC has a strong track record in corporate, commercial and M&A work. The team is led by founder and managing partner Archil Mchedlidze, who is supported by Valeri Bendianishvili.

Deloitte & Touche LLC provides legal advice on intellectual property issues, corporate management, M&A and reorganisation. Giorgi Khurodze heads the legal practice in Georgia.

EY Law combines tax experience with legal knowledge to provide corporate and commercial services. George Svanadze was recently promoted to head of the law practice, and assisted a domestic company with negotiating and drafting contracts regarding the import of wine. Senior counsel Elene Sulkhanishvili focuses on M&A, and supported Svanadze in negotiating a distribution contract on behalf of a healthcare client.

GLCC Law Firm offers civil and administrative services, and advises clients on business licenses, drafting contracts and corporate disputes. Highlights included advising DigiLab on securing insurance permits, as well as providing a legal opinion on company structure. Shalva Tskhakaya negotiated and closed lease agreements on behalf of fashion retailer Fawaz Alhokair Retail Group, working across ten different jurisdictions. Managing partner Irakli Gaprindashvili and associate Belona Chiradze are also noteworthy.

The team at Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti GP is 'always very responsive and supportive', and clients report that it is 'always a pleasure to work with these professionals'. Sofia Roinishvili takes the lead on most matters, and is an accomplished commercial litigator and corporate contract specialist. Clients praise her 'deep knowledge of the peculiarities of corporate and commercial law', and find her 'highly knowledgeable'. Managing partner Irakli Kordzakhia and David Pataraia also come recommended.

LPA LLC has its roots in banking and finance, although it handles corporate matters including structuring, stock transfer and shareholder agreements. Nana Gurgenidze is the key contact for corporate matters, while Levan Nikoladze and litigation head Archil Lezhava also work on corporate matters.

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