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Avto Svanidze

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Avto is a Partner at Dentons' Tbilisi Office. His practice focuses on corporate, privatization, finance and construction matters.



Previously he has acted for clients on some of the largest M&A transactions on the Georgian market in banking and telecommunications, major real estate and infrastructure privatization matters.

His practice involves complex corporate structurings, providing advice on corporate law and capital markets issues and representation of international development and investment  banks in project finance.

Prior to joining Dentons, Avto worked as a Partner at DLA Piper Georgia LP. He was a Lawyer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its Georgia Business Development Project and was an in-house counsel for the Millennium Challenge Georgia Fund.


Georgian, English, Russian


Georgian Bar Association, 2006

Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales, SRA 2014


Cambridge University, 2002, LLM

Tbilisi State University, 1998, LLM, Faculty of International Law and International Relations, Diploma in Law with honors


Banking and finance

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Avto Svanidze - Dentons Georgia LLC

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Real estate and construction (and projects)

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Within: Real estate and construction (and projects)

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.

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