Dispute resolution in Georgia

BGI Legal

The team of ‘exceptionally knowledgeable‘ lawyers at BGI Legal are frequently sought out by large corporations active in a variety of sectors including construction and financial services to assist with local and international arbitration. The practice is led by Zaza Bibilashvili , Sandro Bibilashvili  and Giorgi Sarajishvili . Notable recent mandates include a high-value divorce litigation in Georgia involving assets worth approximately $0.5bn. ‘Multitalented lawyerDavit Kakoishvili leads on criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili; Sandro Bibilashvili; Giorgi Sarajishvili

Other key lawyers:

Davit Kakoishvili; Ani Khojelani

Testimonials

‘A very strong team capable of working efficiently locally and internationally.’

‘I would like to point out their research and analytical skills. Davit Kakoishvili has also contributed to our case and his research skills and timing deserve a mention.’

‘The team is exceptionally knowledgeable and innovative in the face of relentless opposition. BGI is the finest European firm I have worked with in my 45-year career.’

‘Sandro Bibilashvili is an exceptional team leader and mentor to younger lawyers. Davit Kakoishvili is an excellent multitalented lawyer and draftsman. Ani Khojelani is very detail-oriented and skilled at using details to benefit the client.’

‘Lasha leads the team well. He is experienced and has excellent commercial sense.’

‘Zaza Bibilishvili is a key person and very clever when handling cases’

‘BGI Legal is a reliable law firm with exceptional experience in dispute resolution and at the same time a deep understanding of all aspects of corporate, commercial, and business matters. Their work exceeded all our expectations.’

‘Individual attorneys of BGI Legal have incredible research skills and are able to process large volumes of information quickly. They have a strong ability to draw reasonable and logical assumptions even from limited information and they formulate effective strategies for cases.’

Key clients

Skoda Praha a.s.

Wilhelmsen Georgia

Penumbra Inc.

JSC Nenskra Hydro

Corner Banca

Sinohydro

Abbey Asset Management

Discovery Networks

BASF

VEON

British Petroleum (BP)

Georgia

Stichting iFund

Apple

Facebook

Asian Development Bank

CT Park

Ferrero

McDonald’s Georgia

East-West United Bank & Sistema Holding

Work highlights

  • Representing JSCNH in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by its Georgian construction contractor.
  • Represented a foreign bank in one of the largest litigation cases in recent Georgian history, which involved the sale of the entire assets of the largest industrial enterprise and one of the largest exporters in Georgia.
  • Represented Asian Development Bank in a lawsuit filed before Georgian courts and obtained favourable judgment upholding ADB immunity from legal process in Georgia based on the ADB Charter.

BLC Law Office

BLC Law Office‘s dispute resolution team is led by litigation expert Ketti Kvartskhava who acts as lead counsel on the firm’s high-profile tax, civil and administrative cases as well as international arbitrations, and ‘very professional, knowledgeable and client-orientedGiorgi Batlidze, who is also noted for his strength in IP. Tamta Ivanishvili is involved in high-profile litigation and arbitration handled by the firm and has significant experience acting as a counsel as well as an arbitrator in Georgian courts.

Practice head(s):

Ketti Kvartskhava; Giorgi Batlidze; Rusa Tchkuaseli; Davit Tabatadze

Other key lawyers:

Tamta Ivanishvili; Lasha Zurabiani

 

Testimonials

‘The entire BLC Team is extremely professional. They are very dedicated and their attention to detail is extraordinary.’

‘For the last year, our principal contacts have been with Tamta Ivanishvili and Lasha Zurabiani. They are both dedicated professionals who respond quickly and effectively to our requests. They also understand that we appreciate a relationship which also includes the need for human empathy when framing their professional advice and tailoring it to our particular and personal circumstances.’

‘The team is very hard-working. They are capable of devising a multi-faceted litigation strategy.’

‘Giorgi Batlidze is very professional, knowledgeable and client-oriented.’

‘BLC is rated as one of the premier firms among Georgian legal entities, which is duly deserved. They are highly qualified and come duly recommended.’

Key clients

Anaklia Development Consortium LLC

Mr. Bob Meijer

Mr. Mamuka Khazaradze

Mr. Badri Japaridze

JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation / LEPL State Agency of Oil and Gas of Georgia

Anagi LLC

Mtkvari HEPP LLC

Robert Bosch GmbH

City Loft / Adjara Group ZTE Corporation

Glovo App Georgia

Mr. Nika Gilauri

Carrefour Georgia

Tiffany and Company

Heidelberg Georgia

Work highlights

  • Advising Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) and Mr. Bob Meijer in pending arbitrations before the Arbitration Court of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) respectively.
  • Represented JSC Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the State Agency for Oil and Gas in arbitration proceedings.
  • Representing Tiffany and Company before the Supreme Court of Georgia in a precedent-setting dispute regarding the cancellation of a well-known trademark registered in bad faith.

Dentons

The dispute resolution practice at Dentons is ‘strong in civil litigation’, particularly in areas including real estate and compensation claims, hybrid administrative and court proceedings, and tax and customs matters. The firm also performs general commercial litigation, particularly in the railway sector. IP disputes are another area of expertise for the group. The team is led by Otar Kipshidze and represents clients in cross-border cases as well as at all levels of the Georgian court system. Another name to note is counsel Zurab Kiliptari, who is involved in many key litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze

Other key lawyers:

Zurab Kiliptari; Natela Otaridze; Mariam Vashakidze

Testimonials

‘A strong team with strong ethical values’.

‘A very client-oriented law firm which is strong in civil litigation and guides their clients through every step of the process, finding the best solution in every situation.’

Key clients

Batumi Riviera

IGT Europe

PrivatBank

Netflix

Frontera Resources Corporation

Red Bull

Pfizer

Dunkin’ Brands

Premier Research International

BP

Work highlights

  • Representing Batumi Riviera in a complex dispute related to a construction permit for one of the largest real estate projects in Batumi.
  • Representing PrivatBank in a civil case before a Tbilisi City Court in a complex dispute related to a financing project.
  • Assisting Netflix with regulatory issues related to a ban on Soviet-era symbols.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

At Gvinadze & Partners LLC, the team's work in the disputes area spans  administrative law, competition, intellectual property, investments, financial services, employment and real estate. The team is led by Nick Gvinadze who is ‘widely known and respected in the international arbitration community’. Zakaria Shvelidze is experienced in civil and administrative law and Sophie Panjikidze is an experienced litigator and patent attorney.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze

Testimonials

‘Excellent firm with a very good litigation capability.’

‘Nick Gvinadze is excellent. He is able to explain the process of litigating under Georgian law and make it easy to understand’

‘Gvinadze and Partners has had many years of near unrivalled experience in cross-border litigation and international arbitration.’

‘Nick Gvinadze is one of Georgia’s leading litigation and arbitration specialists. He is widely known and respected in the international arbitration community. He has enormous experience of the procedural strategic nuances of international arbitration and is able to deploy that experience to present cases in a manner that resonates with the tribunal.’

‘Technically excellent litigation with a very good tactical sense. The firm understands the commercial issues well.’

Key clients

Enyo Law LLP

Catena Operations Limited

Tamagnone Di Marco Law Firm

European Broadcasting Union

Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

E&M Manufacturing Ltd.

HeidelbergCement Caucasus Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

ZTE Corporation

UNICONF

Amorim & Irmãos, S.A.

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

Clifford Chance US LLP

Mr. Franco Muzzone

Work highlights

  • Assisted US law firm Levenfeld Pearlstein LLP with defending an American real estate investor against Georgian injunctive measures in the context of a dispute pending in the US courts and in international arbitration.
  • Working with Enyo Law LLP in the UK in connection with a pending ICSID arbitration case concerning claims arising out of major oil and gas exploration and production operations in Georgia.
  • Working with Littleton Chambers in the UK on a high-profile divorce matter involving substantial tangible and intangible assets in Georgia, the UK and Switzerland.

MG Law Office

The team at MG Law Office is a popular choice for cross-border disputes where it is able to call on the presence of a number of skilled linguists in the team. The practice is led by Archil Giorgadze and George Svanadze, who has experience negotiating with potential investors and government authorities on public private partnerships. Recently the firm has represented the government of Georgia before an ICSID tribunal.

Practice head(s):

Archil Giorgadze; George Svanadze

Other key lawyers:

Lasha Machavariani; Ana Kochiashvili

Testimonials

‘The firm advises on complex employment related matters.’

‘Ana Kochiashvili and Lasha Machavariani were very helpful.’

‘The legal team does thorough research and a thorough analysis of the issue. They are very easy to work with, always ready to assist, listen to your needs and offer proper solutions.’

‘Archil Giorgadze is very a very comfortable person to work with. He expresses his points and views very clearly and has an ability to convince counterparts of his arguments. He is very even-tempered, unruffled and very convincing.’

‘I’d like to highlight the diversity of service and the immediate support in urgent cases. Also, it’s good to work with a team who has very strong communication between team members.’

‘Besides the high level of qualification and professionalism, I value the friendly manner of communication most of all.’

Key clients

Dhabi Group Georgia LLC

Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF)

Evolution Georgia LLC

Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Ministry of Justice of Georgia with respect to arbitration proceedings against Georgia.
  • Acted for Evolution Georgia LLC in multiple unfair dismissal claims as well as in a dispute relating to the illegality of the employee strike.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

The team at BLB (Business Legal Bureau) represents clients in complex civil and administrative litigation as well as complex criminal investigations and prosecution. It is also known for acting for major Georgian companies in high-value local disputes. The team has also worked on significant competition disputes in recent years. The team is jointly headed by Maya Mtsariashvili and David Khaindrava; they are supported by counsel Nino Gotsireli.

Practice head(s):

Kakha Sharabidze; Maya Mtsariashvili; David Khaindrava

Other key lawyers:

Nino Gotsireli

Testimonials

‘They combine an expertise of the law with a feel for the political context.’

‘This is a team that works, thrives and gets excellent results in quite difficult and long-term cases. Professional ethics and dedication are exceptional.’

‘Kakha Sharabidze is a highly commended professional in law, capable of tackling both international matters and domestic ones. Nino Gotsireli is a lawyer that will fight for the client using creative legal tools and persistence.’

‘This team is a go-to for complex litigations that require specific subject matter expertise. They excel in their detailed understanding of the Georgian court practice and have a practical business-focused approach.’

‘David Khaindrava is an extremely smart legal strategist with the ability to build close partnerships with the in-house team. Maya Mtsariashvili is very responsive to clients and gives thoughtful advice, even if given at last minute notice, very dedicated to the clients. Nino Gotsireli, senior associate is a knowledgeable, efficient, and diligent counsel.’

‘BLB’s service is differentiated from others as they deliver personalised services for the client. My team is always thankful for the partners’ engagement in every project or litigation they handle for us. Their level of client commitment and client empathy is unique.’

‘We were impressed how David Khaindrava took very complex issues and helped guide us in a calm and focused way.’

Key clients

Frontera Resources Corporation

A.P. Moller – Maersk

ZHS IP Worldwide Sarl

Poti Sea Port Corporation JSC

Microsoft Corporation

Elman Srl

Gloria LLC

Joyce Life LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for PSPC JSC in a competition case related to port services initiated by 14 different inland terminal operators.
  • Representing Frontera Resources Corporation in commercial litigations related to its holding companies and criminal charges initiated against its former CEO.
  • Represented the US International Development Finance Corporation in connection with one of the Georgia-based borrowers and compulsory enforcement actions.  

GRATA International Georgia

The team at GRATA International Georgia has an established practice acting for clients in commercial, administrative and tax litigation. The team is led by managing partner Irakli Kordzakhia and tax expert Sofia Roinishvili, who leads on tax and various commercial disputes. Rusudan Rogava is a key name at associate level and was recently involved in a dispute against one of the largest commercial banks in Georgia.

Practice head(s):

Sofia Roinishvili; Irakli Kordzakhia

Other key lawyers:

Rusudan Rogava

Key clients

Poti Terminal Holding

CPI Georgia

Energo Invest LLC

Interpipe Ukraine

Insta LLC

Ariston

SGS Georgia Ltd

GRDC

Pixel Management LLC

Georgian Fresh Holding B.V.

Basel LLC

Arci Group Entities

Georgian International Holding – Kutaisi Free Industry Zone

Constanta Foundation

Sai Invest

Work highlights

  • Representing Constanta Foundation against the State Prosecutor’s Office in Georgia.
  • Representing SAI Invest in a dispute against one of the local commercial banks.
  • Representing CPI Georgia in a tax dispute against the State Revenue Service and the Ministry of Finance.

J&T Consulting LLC

J&T Consulting LLC has a notable practice acting for clients active in the retail, real estate and aviation sectors. The team, which is led by Giorgi Tsertsvadze, has recently concentrated its efforts on alternative dispute resolution. Senior associate Otar Machaidze is noted for his ability to ‘prioritise the clients’ needs‘ and his ‘significant determination to win.’

Practice head(s):

Giorgi Tsertsvadze

Other key lawyers:

Otar Machaidze; Simoni Takashvili

Testimonials

‘We had a close and regular connection with Giorgi Tsertsvadze and Otar Machaidze. Giorgi Tsertsvadze has extraordinary negotiation skills, is very thorough and deals with situations in an informed and proactive way. Otar Machaidze provided a timely and high-quality delivery of the necessary bilingual documents. We cannot speak highly enough of his excellent responsiveness and astute attention to detail.’

‘Giorgi Tsertsvadze has represented our company in international alternative dispute resolutions. His strategic lawyering, sharp instincts and balanced disposition keeps tensions from escalating and progresses the process.’

‘Knowledgeable, hard-working professionals is how I would describe this firm. Not only did the firm successfully handle my case, they kept me informed every step of the way and made me feel like my case was important to them.’

‘Knowledge, focus and efficiency are the underlying principles of  this firm. The team’s approach is very tailored with a well-established individual approach that ensures the best reflection of the client’s interests.’

‘Simon Takashvili is an excellent communicator and strategic leader. He easily explains complex legal issues and stands out for his sound knowledge of corporate and legal matters. Tatia Turazashvili efficiently provides us with relevant information and makes sure we have a clear understanding of what the procedure consists of. Both team members we cooperate with are reliable in terms of the quality of work.’

‘Combination of knowledge, compassion, integrity and transparency. Our experiences with J&T Consulting were stupendous. They are truly professionals and result-oriented’

‘Giorgi Tserstvadze is an extremely sharp litigator that consistently provides pragmatic and strategic advice. He has an unparalleled ability to focus on and identify the most essential issues, while actively deliberating potential solutions. Giorgi is very efficient in understanding your goals and priorities and is always adapting even the most complex factual information to your best interests.’

‘Special mention has also to be made of Otar Machaidze. He is a brilliant practitioner who ensured the efficient and astoundingly quick delivery of the final result – the lawsuit. Otar is adept at prioritizing the clients’ needs and is equipped with significant determination to win. These qualities along with immensely strong work ethic makes him one of the best attorneys that we have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Georgian Post LLC

Lipman Karas

JV Anas International S.P.A. & Gestione Progetti Ingegneria Srl. & IRD Engineering srl.

Aircompany GeoSky

Aircompany TCA LLC

Techno Boom LLC

Georgian Lottery Company LLC

JSC Georgian State Electrosystem

Geo Fitness

High-tech Solutions LLC

Lithuanian Bakery LLC

Kanti LLC

MCB Georgia LLC

FINA LLC

Georgian Paper Manufacturing LLC

GCG Development LLC

Libo Group Ltd

Rompetrol Georgia

Gurme LLC

Davit Abuladze Georgian-Italian Clinic LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented JSC Georgian State Electrosystem in negotiations valued at $7m.
  • Advised Lipman Karas on an ICC case valued at $58m.  
  • Lead four different cases against a supermarket chain concerning the abuse of substantial bargaining power and unfair practice established in the retail sector.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

The team at Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners has recently taken on cases from a variety of sectors which includes advising on insolvency proceedings within the financial services industry and representing a construction company in Tbilisi City Court. The ‘very professional and dedicated team‘, which is led by Lasha Nodia and Maka Todua, has also handled several IP disputes in recent years.

Practice head(s):

Lasha Nodia; Maka Todua

Testimonials

‘Very professional and dedicated approach. They are good in court. We had a complicated patent matter where they assisted us, and we are 100% satisfied.’

Key clients

Nicolaus Kaculas, Constantinos Anagnostopulos, Georgios Kaculas

JSC Goodwill

Marshe LLC

Archtrade LLC

JSC Bank of Georgia

JSC Procredit Bank

JSC Isbank

Kolkheti LLC

JSC Pasha Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented, together with Lidings Law Firm, a US-based pharmaceutical companies in a court dispute concerning the breach of data exclusivity of innovative pharmaceutical product.
  • Representing a client in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning the annulment of fraudulent agreements and in related insolvency proceedings.
  • Representing Nicolaus Kaculas, Constantinos Anagnostopulos and Georgios kaculas in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning the ownership of real estate properties.

Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC

Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC, whose ‘highly qualified’ team is led by ‘good negotiatorArchil Mchedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili, provides legal services to individuals and businesses from a variety of sectors including pharmaceutical and healthcare. The firm is also active in the real estate and construction sectors, having recently acted for a hotel business with a significant hotel project in Georgia.

Practice head(s):

Archil Mchedlidze; Valeri Bendianishvili

Testimonials

‘The team is highly qualified, easy to communicate with, friendly and always ready to help.’

‘Archil Mchedlidze is really different from competitors. He is professional, well educated, experienced, a very good negotiator and always gets the result that the customer desires. They have a full service for whatever the client may need.’

EY Law

Tato Chantladze leads the practice at EY Law, which acts in local and cross-border litigation and arbitration. The team receives disputes related to sectors including oil and gas, and pharmaceuticals. It has recently been involved in a high-value domestic arbitration in the automotive industry relating to the Covd-19 pandemic. Associate Elene Sulkhanishvili is a name to note. George Svanadze left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tato Chantladze

Other key lawyers:

Elene Sulkhanishvili; Mako Maisuradze

PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC

The team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC is co-headed by Vano Gogelia and Sergi Kobakhidze. The firm has increased its disputes resolution work over recent years while retaining a core focus on commercial litigation. It has represented individuals and minority shareholders in disputes in a variety of sectors including sport and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Vano Gogelia; Sergi Kobakhidze

Work highlights

  • Representing an Azerbaijani investor in a dispute against the Georgian National Communications Commission.
  • Representing an infrastructure company in a series of employment litigations.
  • Representing an international pharmaceutical company in a dispute with a distributor.

VBAT

VBAT's 'efficient, intelligent practitioners' have assisted leading Georgian businesses, as well as local and foreign entrepreneurs and investors, with a range of disputes including IP, employment and insurance. Managing partner Davit Kikaleishvili leads the team with Davit Kvachantiradze who is in charge of the firm's criminal law practice. Tinatin Tskhvedian provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Davit Kikaleishvili; Davit Kvachantiradze

Other key lawyers:

Tinatin Tskhvediani

Testimonials

‘In-depth study of issues. Flexible communication with the client’

‘We can quite simply count on the professionals of VBAT. They are efficient, intelligent and friendly.’

‘We can absolutely rely on VBAT’s team. They are very responsive and pragmatic but creative. The team is always available, flexible and highly qualified.’

‘Tina Tskhvediani is a very talented and exceptionally qualified practitioner. She has impressed us with extensive knowledge of the field and excellent negotiation skills. Besides, she works quickly and efficiently, and is focused to seek and offer actual solutions.’

‘This is a strong firm with good employees.’

‘All problems are solved in a timely and professional way.’

Key clients

Gross Energy Group LLC

Nobel Ilaç Sanayii ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Blauenstein Georgia LLC

Advanced Medical Technologies and Service/AMTS

Fashion House Materia LLC

InvestortTV LLC

Novator LLC

DOTS LLC

CBD Development LLC (East Point Mall)

Mtsvane Dighomi LLC

JoAnn Medical Center LLC

Bakologic LLC

PMO LLC

Leasing Expert LLC

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.

Aversi Pharma LLC

Tbilisi Open Air

RSP-40 LLC

Akhmeta Wine House LLC

Partnership Fund JSC

Work highlights

  • Represented Blauenstein Georgia LLC in a series of real-estate related disputes.