Dispute resolution in Georgia

BGI Legal

The team at BGI Legal provides ‘detail-oriented and effective’ advice to a primarily international roster of corporate clients across the full scope of their litigation requirements, including as it relates to commercial, IP, real estate, white-collar and employment disputes. Dovetailing with his own compelling transactional practice, team head Zaza Bibilashvili is particularly adept at handling high-profile corporate/commercial disputes. He is also one of many in the team with significant ADR experience, and has himself served as an arbitrator on numerous ICC arbitration cases. Sandro Bibilashvili has argued cases at all levels of the Georgian court hierarchy and is noted for his mediation skills, as is Giorgi Sarajishvili, who is ‘great at negotiating settlements on mediation’. Davit Kakoishvili excels in white-collar and extradition cases, while the ‘very diligent and hardworking’ Lika Topuria has recently handled some high-profile cases for creditors in the airline industry, as well as IP disputes for large food and beverage companies.



Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili

Other key lawyers:

Sandro Bibilashvili; Giorgi Sarajishvili; Davit Kakoishvili; Ani Khojelani; Lika Topuria


They are detail-oriented and effective.’

‘The team is very organised and highly professional.’

‘Giorgi Sarajishvili is very good at communicating and explaining the risks and peculiarities associated with any given litigation. He is responsive and insightful.’

‘Giorgi Sarajishvili is great at negotiating settlements on mediation.’

Sandro Bibilashvili is very reliable and knowledgeable.’ 

‘Lika Topuria is very diligent and hardworking. She is also great at negotiating settlements.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia

East-West United Bank & Sistema Holding

Rustavi 2


Scotch Whisky Association


Mey Alkollu

Skoda Praha a.s.

Wilhelmsen Georgia


JSC Nenskra Hydro

Corner Banca


Abbey Asset Management

Discovery Networks



British Petroleum (BP) Georgia

Stichting iFund



Vialis Belgium


McDonald’s Georgia

MND Group

Pimeks Georgia

Park Gate

JSC Heritage Securities

International Finance Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Ilia State University

Air Lease Corporation


TBC Bank


Upton Trade & Globe AG

Majorel Georgia, LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented ADB in a precedent-setting case where the Georgian court recognized the immunity of ADB from legal processes in Georgia.
  • Represented one of the largest bottlers of soft drinks in the region in the Georgian Supreme Court in a landmark case on recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

Drawing upon an ‘excellent understanding of court and authorities decision practices and logic,’ BLB (Business Legal Bureau) is a popular choice among domestic and international corporates across a wide range of litigation, running the gamut from shareholder disputes through to complex white-collar litigation. The team is noted for its ‘solutions and results-oriented approach’ and recently secured a favourable settlement for Nona Gaprindashvili, a Georgian chess player and five-time world chess champion in a high-profile defamation dispute with Netflix. Kakha Sharabidze and David Khaindrava, co-head the overarching team alongside Maya Mtsariashvili, whose white-collar crime expertise was recently showcased in a major state-racketeering case.

Practice head(s):

Kakha Sharabidze; Maya Mtsariashvili; David Khaindrava

Other key lawyers:

Ana Rekviashvili; Niko Dateshidze; Mariam Vashakidze; Tengizi Mghebrishvili


‘They display a solutions and results-oriented approach and are capable of managing large scale litigation.’

‘The team includes very professional and knowledgeable lawyers with good interpersonal and business skills.’

‘We admire the hard work and dedication of the team and highly recommend BLB to any third parties.’

Key clients

JSC Poti Sea port Corporation and its operator APM Terminals B.V.

Mærsk A.S./Mærsk Georgia

Frontera Resources Corporation

Gloria LLC


Irbis LLC

Baltic Investment Group

Mahmoud Mohammad Mahmoud Al-Rifai

Dany Moussa


Evgeni Ioffe

Sealink Global

Grapefruit JSC

Shareholders of Tbilaviamsheni JSC

Danedo Management Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of JSC Tbilaviamsheni in one of the biggest cases of state racketeering in the history of Georgia.
  • Advised Frontera Resources Corporation in connection with commercial disputes related to its holding companies and criminal charges initiated against its former CEO.
  • Represented five-time world champion chess player Nona Gaprindashvili in her defamation action brought against Netflix regarding a false statement made in the final episode of The Queen’s Gambit.

BLC Law Office LLC

BLC Law Office LLC has an excellent insight into procedural and overarching substantive law matters, ensuring clients receive very robust representation across a range of conventional litigation and ADR matters. Team head Ketti Kvartskhava has broad-ranging litigation experience across all levels of courts, as well as from an arbitration perspective, including as it relates to shareholder and construction disputes. Tamta Ivanishvili is also experienced at handling arbitration matters both on behalf of clients and in her role as an arbitrator in Georgia-seated arbitration proceedings. In addition, she is one of the few litigators in the country with experience in representing clients before the European Court of Human Rights. Recently promoted partner Rusa Tchkuaseli is well-versed in handling conventional litigation as well as arbitration, with a varied caseload that includes investor, state disputes and defamation disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ketti Kvartskhava

Other key lawyers:

Giorgi Batlidze; Rusa Tchkuaseli; Davit Tabatadze; Alexander Bolkvadze; Tamta Ivanishvili; Lasha Uplisashvili; Lasha Zurabiani

Key clients

Anaklia Development Consortium

Bob Meijer

Mamuka Khazaradze

Badri Japaridze

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

Anagi LLC

Mtkvari HEPP

Robert Bosch

City Loft/Adjara Group

ZTE Corporation

Glovo App Georgia

Mr. Nika Gilauri

Carrefour Georgia

Tiffany and Company

Heidelberg Georgia

Work highlights

  • Advised Anaklia Development Consortium and Bob Meijer in arbitrations pending before the Arbitration Court of International Chamber of Commerce and ICSID, respectively.
  • Acted for Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the State Agency for Oil and Gas in arbitration proceedings relating to breaches by Frontera Resources Georgia Corporation of its obligations under its 1997 Production Sharing Agreement.
  • Represented Georgian Airlines in its high-profile insolvency case.


Regularly instructed by firmwide clients and also on a standalone basis, Dentons maintains a thriving litigation practice, including for clients in the energy, aviation and telecoms, both on domestic mandates, as well as in cross-border disputes. Team head Otar Kipshidze exemplifies the varied nature of the firm’s workflow, being as comfortable handling complex corporate disputes, as he is competition and insolvency litigation. IP work also plays an increasingly prominent role for the team, with the firm regularly acting for clients engaged in trade mark and copyright disputes. Other key practitioners are Zurab Kiliptari and Natela Otaridze.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze

Other key lawyers:

Zurab Kiliptari; Natela Otaridze

Key clients

Batumi Oil Terminal

Trans Optima Group

City Loft

Logic Group

SOCAR Georgia Petroleum

Oceaneering International Services

ArcelorMittal Temirtau

Primera Golf & Residence

RazGal Energy Group


Work highlights

  • Advised SOCAR Georgia Petroleum in a claim against the Competition Agency concerning the imposition of fines for alleged violation of competition law.
  • Advised Trans Optima Group on a multimillion US dollar civil dispute against Georgian Railways.
  • Advised Razgal Energy on legal proceedings regarding a squeeze-out of the shares held by the minority shareholder in Razgal Georgia to a majority shareholder – Razgal Energy.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

Under the leadership of Nick GvinadzeGvinadze & Partners LLC provides robust representation of clients from a range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction and energy, across the spectrum of commercial, employment, IP and debt recovery. Drawing upon strong relationships with many well-known international law firms, the team is particularly accomplished at handling cross-border matters with a nexus to Georgia. Gvinadze himself is adept at handling conventional litigation as well as arbitration, including on construction and FIDIC-related matters. As part of his broad litigation expertise, which spans construction and land permitting, through to tax disputes, Zakaria Shvelidze regularly advises on labour law matters. Sophie Panjikidze is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze; Tornike Amilakhvari; Anzor Khatiashvili

Key clients

Tsavkisi Valley Community

Catena Media UK Ltd

European Broadcasting Union

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

MTU Maintenance Lease Services

The Amorim Group

Harper Macleod LLP/E&M Manufacturing Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Collaborated with a major global law firm on legal due diligence and investigation of the Georgian counterparty for and on behalf of a US financial institution in connection with a pending dispute.
  • Worked with a London-based litigation firm in connection with a pending arbitration case on claims arising out of major oil and gas exploration and production operations in Georgia.
  • Represented, together with a Scottish firm, a European client before a major Georgian bank, Georgian Courts and other state authorities concerning the multi-jurisdictional theft of funds from the client’s bank accounts.

MG Law Office

The ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive’ team at MG Law Office provides ‘very sophisticated advice’ to domestic and international corporates across a myriad of civil and administrative law disputes, including as it relates to tax, labour and real estate matters. George Svanadze is ‘very intellectual and hardworking,’ ensuring that clients are effectively represented in both conventional litigation and arbitration proceedings. He has recently handled numerous matters for banking and finance entities recovering unpaid loans, including through formal insolvency proceedings. Archil Giorgadze, who co-heads the team alongside Svanadze, is ‘vastly experienced and knowledgeable,’ including in relation to litigation involving public sector entities.


Practice head(s):

Archil Giorgadze; George Svanadze

Other key lawyers:

Ana Kochiashvili; Giorgi Kikiani


‘Extremely knowledgeable and responsive team across multiple areas of Georgian law.’

‘The exceptional team provides very sophisticated advice.’

‘Archil Giorgadze is vastly experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘George Svanadze is very intellectual and hardworking.’

‘George Svanadze’s contribution to litigation was outstanding, he skilfully defended our position in court.’

‘MG Law demonstrated an unparalleled level of competence and attention to detail, ensuring that all legal aspects were properly addressed and resolved efficiently.’

‘Archil Giorgadze is a very experienced and insightful attorney, and the many years of our relationship are proof that we can always trust his advice and professionalism.’

Key clients

Chempionebi 111 LLC

Heidelberg Cement Georgia LLC

X2 Group

JSC ProCredit Bank

Maqro Tourism LLC

Cross 2 LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented various Georgian entities owned by a foreign investor in relation to the enforcement of a confidential award issued by a Swedish tribunal following an international arbitration process.
  • Represented a foreign bank operating in Georgia in connection with a dispute concerning an unpaid loan for $65m.
  • Advised a government agency in a complex litigation matter relating to a public tender.

GRATA International

Leveraging a diverse mix of professional experiences within the firm, GRATA International is appreciated for its ability to ‘see a legal problem from different angles and solve it,’ ensuring that clients receive an insightful service across a range of civil and administrative disputes. The ‘solutions-oriented and highly professional’ Irakli Kordzakhia heads the team that also includes tax expert Sofia Roinishvili and ‘outstanding’ senior associate Thea Tadashvili, who provides ‘highly practical and insightful advice’, in part due to her previous experience as a judge.

Practice head(s):

Irakli Kordzakhia

Other key lawyers:

Sofia Roinishvili; Thea Tadashvili


‘The firm’s lawyers have a unique ability to see a legal problem from different angles and solve it.’ 

‘Irakli Kordzakhia is solutions-oriented and highly professional.’

‘Thea Tadashvili is outstanding and provides responsive, highly practical and insightful advice.’

Key clients

Constanta Foundation

Sai Invest

Georgia Co-investment Fund


Georgian Fresh Holding, Netherlands B.V.

Maddox Georgia

Energo Invest, LLC

Omega Motors Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Constanta Foundation in a dispute against the state.
  • Represented Sai Invest in a dispute against one of the largest commercial banks of Georgia.
  • Represented a large investor in the energy sector in a tax dispute.

J&T Consulting LLC

Very effective at handling conventional litigation and also well-versed in ADR techniques, including arbitration and mediation, J&T Consulting LLC has good market visibility across a range of commercial, construction and competition disputes. Giorgi Tsertsvadze is a certified mediator, ensuring that he has an excellent perspective of techniques needed to achieve favourable results. Tsertsvade also has a very international outlook to work in the space, and with a fluency across English, German and Russian, is a popular choice to handle cross-border disputes. Otar Machaidze co-heads the team alongside Tsertsvade and excels at handling international and domestic arbitration disputes. Labour law expert Simon Takashvili is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Giorgi Tsertsvadze; Otar Machaidze

Other key lawyers:

Simon Takashvili; Ana Papkiaur; Mari Tsitskishvili; Nana Turmanidze; Tatia Turazashvili


‘The team is really exceptional on our market. They have a number of lawyers who are the real professionals of their business and are specialized in different areas of law.’

Key clients

Cobra Instalaciones y Servicios S.A. Branch Georgia

Branch of a foreign enterprise – Tbilisi Metro Line 2

ProCredit Bank Georgia

GLI Global Logistik|Internationale Speditions GmbH

Pineo Medical Ecosystem LLC

Georgian Post LLC

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

Bazalt fibers

Techno Boom LLC

Georgian Lottery Company LLC

Geo Fitness

High-tech Solutions LLC

Lithuanian Bakery LLC

Kanti Georgia LLC

Georgian Paper Manufacturing LLC

GCG Development LLC

Retro Constructions LLC

Kanti Ltd

Trade Shift LLC

KPI Georgia


Maia Gilashvili

Work highlights

  • Represented Geo Fitness LLC in multimillion-dollar lawsuits involving proceedings against the clients’ former director and other companies and private persons affiliated with him.
  • Secured victory against the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia in an arbitration arising out of a $5m FIDIC contract.
  • Represented Trade Shift LLC in a $3m lawsuit against a foreign investor.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

Drawing upon ‘extensive experience’ across litigation and arbitration, the team at Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners provides ‘a proactive and result-focused approach’, ensuring that clients achieve results across a range of litigation, including shareholder, IP and tax disputes. Insolvency litigation is also a core strength, an area in which managing partner Lasha Nodia has gained particular acclaim. Nodia co-heads the team alongside Maka Todua, who brings an excellent insight into court processes by virtue of her previous judicial roles, including assistant to the Judge at the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and manager at Tbilisi City Court. The ‘extremely talented’ Giorgi Kekenadze is ‘very proactive, client-oriented and diligent.’

Practice head(s):

Lasha Nodia; Maka Todua

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Sukhishvili; Giorgi Kekenadze


‘The team is well-prepared and explain everything in an easy-to-understand manner.’ 

‘The outstanding team displays a proactive and result-focused approach.’

‘They have extensive experience in the dispute resolution arena and deliver high quality results.’ 

‘The extremely talented Giorgi Kekenadze is very proactive, client-oriented and diligent.’

‘Giorgi Kekenadze is extremely detailed oriented.’

‘The team woks very efficiently and I really liked that younger colleagues had direct contact with the client.’

‘We appreciated the support given, as this was our first legal case in Georgia, to make us aware of unique laws & regulations, or simply local processes.’

‘Our key contact was always available and fully briefed. We felt a personal support, involvement and true guidance throughout!’

Key clients

Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets Georgia (Carrefour Georgia)

JSC Goodwill

JSC Bank of Georgia

JSC Procredit Bank

JSC Isbank

Kolkheti LLC


Solutions hi Worldwide S.L

Work highlights

  • Represented a Georgian non-profit organisation in arbitration proceedings conducted under LCIA rules.
  • Represented a client in a high-profile and televised dispute with its suppliers regarding annulment of certain provisions of supply agreements.
  • Represented a Georgian company in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning insolvency proceedings.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC

The ‘highly skilled’ team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC continues to gain market visibility off the back of some complex civil and administrative law cases, including as it relates to tax and employment issues. Team head Vano Gogelia is at the forefront of the highest-profile cases including his work as co-counsel for the Azerbaijani investor in a major investment arbitration proceeding, as well as in a major constitutional law case brought against the Georgian Parliament by the gambling industry challenging certain age and taxation-related gambling regulations. Natia Kobosnidze is also a key member of the team, particularly in the context of investment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Vano Gogelia

Other key lawyers:

Teona Zhizhiashvili; Natia Kobosnidze; Nino Usharauli; Tamar Kankava


‘It is a highly skilled team.

‘Vano Gogelia is a best-of-the-best lawyer.’

Key clients

Nasib Hasanov

Aviator LLC (Adjarabet)

Leader-bet Slot

Weco Investment and Finance

Formula LLC

JSC Polat Yol Yapi Sanayi Ve Ticaret Branch in Georgia

Betlive LLC

Pharmax LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr. Nasib Hasanov as the co-counsel in a major investment arbitration proceeding based on Bilateral Investment Treaty between Georgia and Azerbaijan, against Georgia in the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
  • Represented Weco Investment and Finance S.A. in a major telecoms dispute in Georgia.

Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC

Displaying an ‘unwavering commitment to professionalism and teamwork,’ Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC provides ‘well-rounded advice’ to private individuals and corporations across a range of commercial litigation. Co-heads Archil Mchedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili are ‘very attentive, responsive and efficient’ and both have experience at all court levels including the Appeal Court and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Archil Mchedlidze; Valeri Bendianishvili


‘What makes Archil Mchedlidze’s law practice unique is the team’s unwavering commitment to professionalism and teamwork. Each attorney brings specialized knowledge and skills, allowing them to tackle complex issues from multiple angles, delivering well-rounded advice to the clients.’

‘Both Archil Mchedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili are very experienced individuals and are very attentive, responsive and efficient in the service they provide. Both are multilingual and are very practical people. They are pro active and their communication is both clear and precise.’

‘Archil Mchedlidze stands out for his multifaceted skill set. Besides being a brilliant attorney with an acute understanding of legal nuances, he excels in managing the team with a perfect blend of guidance and autonomy, fostering an environment where everyone can thrive.’

‘When there is a complicated situation, I always feel support from individuals. Archil Mchedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili always go into depth of the topic and do their best to find the best, quickest and the most productive solution.’

‘The practice is unique in that it has specific expertise in a wide range of legal services and can provide expert advice and practical, logical information and assistance.’

‘They value each client and work on each case with high responsibility, attention and qualification.’

‘Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice is one of the trusted law firms in Georgia.’

EY Law

The ‘experienced, reliable and flexible’ team at EY Law handles litigation and arbitration cases on both local and international levels with workflow cutting across a wide range of corporate and commercial disputes. Leveraging the firm’s broader tax credentials, tax litigation is a particular area of strength, with New York and Georgia-qualified team head Tato Chantladze particularly accomplished in the space. Elene Sulkhanishvili is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tato Chantladze

Other key lawyers:

Elene Sulkhanishvili; Mako Maisuradze; Ekaterine Kiknadze; Tinatin Kachakhidze


‘The team is experienced, reliable and flexible.’

Key clients

Actavis International

Work highlights

  • Represented Actavis International Limited in a dispute brought against a local retailer for failing to make payments for their pharmaceutical products.


Acting on its own, as well as in the role of local counsel to international law firms, MKD Law has excellent market traction across a wide range of commercial litigation, running the gamut from insolvency litigation through to shareholder disputes. As part of his broad litigation offering, as well as regularly representing clients in domestic civil and criminal litigation, Archil Kbilashvili has experience of handling cases heard before the European Court of Human Rights and as a local counsel in a number of disputes heard by the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. Victor Kipiani and David Dzidziguri co-head the team alongside Kbilashvili.

Practice head(s):

Victor Kipiani; David Dzidziguri; Archil Kbilashvili

Other key lawyers:

David Metskhovrishvili; Natalia Babakishvili; Sandro Samadbegishvili; Mariam Karseladze

Key clients

Export Development Canada

TAV-Urban Georgia (Tbilisi international airport)

Asseco Georgia


KDV Georgia LLC

Former Shareholders of AvtoGaz JSC

Work highlights

  • Represented Export Development Canada in civil litigation in Georgia.
  • Represented TAV-Urban Georgia as the largest creditor of the Georgian airline Airzena in its insolvency process.
  • Represented the interests of GFS LLC in a dispute concerning the ownership title over the shares of the other company and the breach of payment obligations by the former partners.


VBAT is ‘respected by opposing parties and judges,’ and provides a ‘high-quality service’ to domestic and international corporates engaged in a wide range of civil and administrative litigation, including as it relates to public procurement challenges. The ‘exceptional’ Davit Kikaleishvili, who co-heads the team alongside Davit Kvachantiradze, has ‘excellent analytical skills’, a trait which he utilises to good effect in both conventional litigation and arbitration. Tinatin Tskhvediani is ‘very client-oriented, responsive, supportive and helpful,’ including to clients seeking recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in Georgia.

Practice head(s):

Davit Kikaleishvili; Davit Kvachantiradze

Other key lawyers:

Giorgi Melikishvili; Tinatin Tskhvediani; Nana Amisulashvili; Natia Gogadze


‘The firm has consistently displayed extensive knowledge, exemplary skills, expertise, dedication and the ability to effectively deal with complex cases.’ 

‘The very approachable and client friendly team provides a high-quality service.’ 

‘The professional and experienced team is very diligent and is respected by opposing parties and judges.’

Key clients

Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi Riverview

Radisson Red Tbilisi

E-Tickets LLC

Blauenstein Georgia LLC

Nobel Ilaç Sanayii ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Toyota Center Tbilisi LLC

BD Property LLC (Tbilisi Gardens)

Advanced Medical Technologies and Services (AMTS) LLC

CBD Development LLC (East Point Shopping Mall)

Leasing Expert LLC

Winery LLC

NS Studio LLC

Consulente Enologica SRL

Fashion House Materia LLC

Dots LLC

Sansonit LLC

Novator LLC

Mtsvane Dighomi LLC


Build Territory LLC

EG Holding LLC

Metropol Holding

Glam LLC


Leader Invest LLC

Constant branch of Co LTD China Railway 23rd Bureau Group

Wurth Georgia LLC

Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi Central Musical School “Nitchierta Attsledi”

Work highlights

  • Acted for E-Tickets LLC as a claimant before the Georgian National Competition Agency and administrative courts in a precedent-setting competition law case regarding the alleged abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive agreements.
  • Acted for CBD Development LLC (East Point Shopping Mall) before the courts of Georgia in complex judicial disputes involving clarification on various aspects of Georgian contractual law.
  • Represented Constant branch of Co LTD China Railway 23rd Bureau Group in a series of disputes related to transportation infrastructure construction services.