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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.

BLC Law Office’s team has a strong skillset in litigation, mediation and arbitration. Ketti Kvartskhava is a key figure with notable expertise in litigation and international arbitration. Giorgi Batlidze has extensive experience in civil litigation.

The ‘excellent’ team at Dentons Georgia LLC focuses on contentious matters concerning real estate, tax, IP and commercial law, among others. Practice head Otar Kipshidze is ‘a great litigator’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘very meticulous’ associate Natela Otaridze has significant strengths in disputes pertaining to land use, inheritance and employment work. Senior associate Mariam Vashakidze joined from BLB (Business Legal Bureau) and is experienced in contentious matters.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC’s ‘strong team is able to deal with any issues which arise’ and is very active in corporate, commercial, real estate and projects-related disputes. Practice head Nick Gvinadze is ‘very professional’, ‘an excellent communicator’ and ‘always makes himself available’. Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze were promoted to the partnership in 2017.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau) has ‘a business-oriented approach’ and is a popular choice for TMT-related disputes. Recent highlights include acting for Microsoft in pursuing copyright violators in Georgia, and defending Poti Sea Port Corporation in a dispute with the Georgian Competition Agency. Managing partner Kakha Sharabidze has notable expertise in copyright law.

Dechert Georgia LLC’s team has extensive experience in commercial arbitration and pre-litigation negotiations. Corporate and commercial specialists Nicola Mariani and Archil Giorgadze are key contacts. The firm defended Apple City against claims made by iTechnic, which alleged collusion between the client and other Apple distributors.

GLCC Law Firm has a core focus on disputes in the real estate and construction sectors. Irakli Gaprindashvili is particularly active in contentious matters pertaining to corporate law and insolvency, and recently acted for Retail Group in a dispute with PP Retail relating to the refund of a lease advance payment of $870m. Aleksandre Kamushadze specialises in tax and construction work. Grigol Mumladze has experience in litigation.

Mgaloblishvili, Kipiani, Dzidziguri Law Firm handles local and cross-border disputes. Archil Kbilashvili is an expert in litigation and arbitration and Irakli Mgaloblishvili specialises in international arbitration. Vakhtang Shevardnadze and David Metskhovrishvili, who has expertise in maritime and energy-related disputes, are also noted.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners has notable expertise handling tax and construction-related disputes. Practice head Daduna Kokhreidze acted for Archtrade in a payments dispute regarding its construction of the public service hall in Tbilisi. Managing partner Lasha Nodia is experienced in litigation and ADR. Tax specialists Eprem Urumashvili and Alexander Sukhishvili defended Caucasus Development Bank-Georgia and m² Real Estate in separate disputes with the Revenue Service of Georgia concerning additional tax liability.

Ernst & Young LLC’s team has core strengths drafting administrative, civil and commercial claims, as well as representing clients in various court proceedings. George Svanadze, Olegi Nanadze and Mariam Makishvili are key contacts.

At J&T Consulting LLC, practice head Giorgi Tsertsvadze has strong expertise in litigation and arbitration. He represented Rompetrol Georgia in separate disputes with the Competition Agency of Georgia and a former landlord.

Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti GP, which works in association with Grata International, is active in commercial, tax and IP disputes. Irakli Kordzakhia is a key contact.

LCG (Legal Consulting Georgia) is particularly active in contentious issues in the real estate and construction sectors. Recent highlights include acting for Mandarinii in a dispute challenging Tbilisi City Hall’s refusal to grant a permit for the construction of a sport and health centre. Ramaz Moseshvili and George Tatuashvili are key figures.

LPA LLC is especially strong in construction and real estate disputes. David Kapanadze and Archil Lezhava are the key contacts.

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