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Dentons Georgia LLC

10 MELIKISHVILI STREET, TBILISI 0179, GEORGIA
Tel:
Work +995 32 2509 300
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Fax +995 32 2509 301
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www.dentons.com
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Georgia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Dentons Georgia LLC

The 'strong and experienced team' at Dentons Georgia LLC advises clients on debt and equity transactions as well as energy, infrastructure and real estate financing. Avto Svanidze is an 'expert in banking and finance', and offers 'insight and advice on certain issues that other lawyers would not be knowledgeable about'; he recently advised Proparco on the Georgian law aspects of an $8.6m financing of hydropower projects. Svanidze also worked alongside managing partner Otar Kipshidze, who held the same position at DLA Piper Georgia LP until May 2017, in acting for Silknet on the $14m issuance of bonds listed on the Georgian Stock Exchange. Kipshidze is praised by clients for his 'market knowledge and quick responses to queries'. Associate Neli Tsivtsivadze is 'a pleasure to deal with', and her 'work product is of a high quality'; she was part of the team that advised Georgia Capital in connection with the issuance of $300m-worth of notes admitted to list on the Irish Stock Exchange. Senior counsel Ted Jonas and senior associate Mariam Vashakidze, a recent arrival from BLB (Business Legal Bureau), are also recommended, offering 'highly professional and clear' advice. Associate Sopho Mebonia is active on banking and finance matters.

Leading individuals

Avto Svanidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Next Generation Partners

Sopho Mebonia - Dentons Georgia LLC

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Dentons Georgia LLC

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.

Leading individuals

Avto Svanidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Next Generation Partners

Irakli Pipia - Dentons Georgia LLC

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Dentons Georgia LLC

The dispute resolution team at Dentons Georgia LLC is well known for its 'good knowledge and experience', and 'meticulous attention to detail'. Otar Kipshidze and counsel Zurab Kiliptari are 'reliable, easily accessible, responsive and always open for critical discussions'. The pair represented BP in a $13m patent infringement claim, and are assisting the same client with rights of way disputes relating to its three pipeline developments in Georgia. Associate Natela Otaridze assisted Kipshidze in successfully representing Estonian transport company Spacecom in civil proceedings against the state-owned Georgian Railway over alleged compensation claims.

Leading individuals

Otar Kipshidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Next Generation Partners

Zurab Kiliptari - Dentons Georgia LLC

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Legal market overview

Big changes have also been afoot in the legal market. Both Dechert LLP¬†and DLA Piper Georgia LP¬†have left Georgia, with the team from the latter transferring to Dentons Georgia LLC. This has further encouraged a substantial trend of new firms being established, often by partners who had been at one of the larger firms. The ‚ÄėBig Four‚Äô are active on the market, and have been rapidly developing their legal capabilities to compete with both international and domestic firms.

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Real estate and construction (and projects)
Real estate and construction (and projects) - ranked: tier 1

Dentons Georgia LLC

Dentons Georgia LLC uses its corporate expertise to advise clients on real estate matters, including construction contracts and project agreements. Avto Svanidze and senior associate Irakli Pipia assisted a private equity firm with the drafting and negotiation of a tunnel construction contract related to the $130m Oni hydropower project. The pair also advised m2 Real Estate on a $35m agreement with Center Point Group to undertake the construction of residential complexes.

Leading individuals

Avto Svanidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Next Generation Partners

Irakli Pipia - Dentons Georgia LLC

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