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Otar Kipshidze

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Otar is Managing Partner of Tbilisi Office. He leads the Firm's dispute resolution practice in Georgia, having extensive experience in litigation, energy, banking and finance and corporate law. 


Otar has advised on a number of key projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects, and has a track record of successful resolution of numerous disputes in Georgian courts at various levels.

Prior to joining the Tbilisi office, Otar was a Managing Partner and Partner at DLA Piper. Earlier he was Senior Associate with the legacy firms: Ernst & Young's legal practice in Georgia and GCG Law Office. Prior to moving to private practice, he worked as General Counsel to leading Georgian commercial bank TBC Bank. Otar also was a visiting foreign attorney with Houston-based Baker Botts.


Georgian, English, Russian


      Member of the Board of Directors of EU-Georgia Business Council

      Founding member of the Georgian Bar Association

      Member of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association

      Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia

      Member of the Energy, Mining and Utilities Committee of the American Chamber of  Commerce in Georgia

      Served as a Chairman of the Legislative Framework Development Committee at the Business Association of Georgia

      Served as a member of Judicial Reform Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia

      Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)


Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2003, LL.M.

Central European University, 1997, LL.M., Political Science and Political Economy

Tbilisi State University, 1995, LL.M., Department of International Law and Relations, Diploma in Law with honors


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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.

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Dispute resolution

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Otar Kipshidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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