Dispute resolution in Georgia

BGI Legal

The team of 'consummate professionals' at BGI Legal handle local and international arbitration for large corporations active in a variety of sectors including oil and gas and social media companies. The practice is led by the 'intelligent and motivatedZaza Bibilashvili, Sandro Bibilashvili and Giorgi Sarajishvili. In headline work, the firm is defending the former president of Georgia in a criminal case.  In addition, it represented a European bank and a large foreign conglomerate in a dispute worth circa $100m, which concerned the assets of one of the largest industrial enterprises in Georgia. Associate Davit Kakoishvili leads on criminal matters.

Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili; Sandro Bibilashvili; Giorgi Sarajishvili

Other key lawyers:

Davit Kakoishvil

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, prompt and timely reaction to our urgent request. Can bring innovative ideas which helped in the Georgian business environment.’

‘Sandro Bibilashvili – partner, has a very friendly and professional attitude to the clients.’

‘Very efficient – easy to work with – clear experts in their field.’

‘Zaza Bibilishvili – very intelligent and motivated.’

‘BGI are consummate professionals: The know the law, they understand the complexity of applying the facts to the law and they are excellent communicators.’

Key clients

Apple

Facebook

BP Georgia

Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia

East-West United Bank & Sistema Holding

Vialis Belgium NV

Rustavi 2

CT Park

Ferrero

McDonald’s Georgia

MND Group NV

Carlsberg

Pimeks Georgia

Scotch Whisky Association

AgriUni

Mey Alkollu

Park Gate

Lilo 1 – Customs Terminal

Skoda Praha a.s.

UAB Baltic Filter

JSC Heritage Securities

Wilhelmsen Georgia

Penumbra.Inc

K-water

Corner Banca

Sinohydro

International Finance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented ADB in a lawsuit filed before Georgian courts and obtained a favourable judgment upholding ADB’s immunity from a legal process in Georgia based on the ADB Charter.
  • Represented an Israeli-owned exclusive operator of parking services in Tbilisi in a series of major investment and administrative disputes with central and municipal governments of Georgia.
  • Represented a European bank and a large foreign conglomerate in a dispute worth circa $100m related to the assets of one of the largest industrial enterprises in Georgia.

BLC Law Office

The team at BLC Law Office is led by experienced litigator Ketti Kvartskhava, who acts as  lead counsel in high-profile tax, civil and administrative cases as well as international arbitrations handled by the firm, and Giorgi Batlidze who is a central figure in the firm's IP practice. Tamta Ivanishvili is involved in high-profile litigations and arbitrations handled by the firm and is one of the very few litigators in Georgia who has experience in representing clients in the European Court of Human Rights.

Practice head(s):

Ketti Kvartskhava; Giorgi Batlidze

Other key lawyers:

Tamta Ivanishvili

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for Anaklia Development Consortium LLC and Mr. Bob Meijer in pending arbitrations before the Arbitration Court of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and ICSID, respectively.
  • Acted for Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation and the State Agency for Oil and Gas in arbitration proceedings arising from and relating to breaches by Frontera Resources Georgia Corporation of its obligations under its 1997 production sharing agreement with those entities.
  • Represented Robert Bosch in the enforcement of trade mark rights against counterfeit goods in Georgia.

Dentons

The dispute resolution practice at Dentons covers a wide range of areas, from real estate and compensation claims, to hybrid administrative and court proceedings regarding a variety of privatisations and administrative matters, tax and customs matters, competition law, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation. The practice was also recently  involved in the first competition law cases in Georgian courts. 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. Counsel Zurab Kiliptari is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze

Other key lawyers:

Zurab Kiliptari; Mariam Vashakidze

Testimonials

‘This law firm professionally handles every task it gets.’

 ‘Otar Kipshidze,  Zurab Kiliptari – best professionals. always quickly react to any need of the client, give best possible legal advice. ’

Key clients

Caucasus Online

Railway Telecom

Energy Beverages

Railtransunion

Booking.com

Spacecom

BP

Damiryolservis and Azerinsaatservis

Batumi Oil Terminal

Edison Media Research

Total

KEC International

IKEA

Red Bull

Zorluteks Tekstil Ticaret

Primera Golf & Residence

Atlantic Georgia

Kraft Foods

Work highlights

  • Represented Caucasus Online and Railway Telecom in complex administrative disputes with the Georgian National Communications Commission.
  • Represented Energy Beverages in a complex trade mark dispute against a producer an of energy drink in Georgia that infringes Energy Beverage’s trade mark.
  • Acted for Booking.com in an employment dispute.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

The team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC handles a range of different disputes spanning administrative law, intellectual property, competition, investments, financial services, contractual, employment and real estate litigation. The team is led by Nick GvinadzeZakaria Shvelidze is experienced in administrative and labour law and Sophie Panjikidze is an experienced litigator and patent attorney.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze

Key clients

European Broadcasting Union

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

E&M Manufacturing Ltd.

HeidelbergCement Caucasus Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Sturgeon Capital Ltd / Anglo-Georgian Alpine Resorts (AGAR)

ZTE Corporation

AHR Architects

UNICONF

Amorim & Irmãos, S.A.

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

Clifford Chance US LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented a global alliance of public service media organisations, European Broadcasting Union in a dispute against one of the largest Georgian broadcasting companies regarding the recovery of significant debt and losses.
  • Acted for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in a complex legal battle against the import and circulation of counterfeit products by local and international infringers.
  • Advising ZTE Corporation on the possibility of filing a contractual law claim in connection with the Tbilisi railway bypass project.

MG Law Office

The team at MG Law Office is frequently involved in landmark cases in the market and handles a mixed caseload of arbitration and litigation. The team includes lawyers fluent in a number of languages, making it well placed to handle a variety of cross-border disputes. The practice is led by 'trusted adviser' Archil Giorgadze and Nicola Mariani. The firm recently represented the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in an international arbitration proceeding that was held online.

Practice head(s):

Archil Giorgadze; Nicola Mariani

Testimonials

‘A strong presence of local as well as international professionals. Experienced in cross-border transactions and investment agreements. Deep knowledge and experience of material laws. A strong litigation/arbitration platform. Well connected and access to markets. ’

‘The team is very responsive and provides quick assistance. They handle the cases in an efficient manner, provide strong arguments and defend them before the court ’

‘Ability to clearly explain the situation and establish trusting relationship’

‘Decency, professionalism, readiness to clearly explain complex issues. Proactive decision making.’

‘Archil Giorgadze is a stand out individual who has a deep and broad understanding of Georgian law. He always makes himself available and is a true trusted adviser.’

‘In my opinion the main strength of the team, besides high professionalism is being friendly with each other and with all their clients.’

‘For me most valuable is friendly manner of communication, also I have high level of trust to any of the partner or associate because the product they deliver is always comprehensive and made with due diligence.’

Key clients

Dhabi Group Georgia LLC

Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) and JSC Foodmart

Evolution Georgia LLC

JSC Populi

Work highlights

  • Acted for the the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in several high-value disputes in international commercial arbitration.
  • Represented Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) and JSC Foodmart in a tax dispute relating to claims of alleged tax concealment under the “alter ego” concept.
  • Represented Evolution Georgia LLC in multiple unfair dismissal claims as well as in a dispute relating to the illegality of a strike.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

The team at BLB (Business Legal Bureau) represents large Georgian companies in high-value local disputes. The firm's work ranges from civil/administrative litigation to complex criminal investigations and prosecution. The litigation practice also covers regulatory compliance matters. Maya Mtsariashvili and David Khaindrava co-head the practice. Nino Gotsireli is a key name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Maya Mtsariashvili; David Khaindrava

Other key lawyers:

Ana Rekhviashvili; Levan Kirtskhalia; Nino Gotsireli

Testimonials

‘It is my pleasure to have known BLB team for several years, while we worked on a various projects, the team stands out from others by its professional approach to the assigned tasks and meets highest standards when it comes to delivering the result. ’

‘I can say that that the company and its officers know their field very well as they always explain the ongoing process, during or before starting work, they keep us updated with the current statuses by end of the week and explain/advices what to expect next so there is no disappointing or unexpected circumstances. I can name Levan Kirtskhalia of BLB who I can say with full responsibility is a highly skilled and experienced representative of the company who knows how to satisfy the current or prospective clients. ’

‘We have received a very professional and high-quality expert advice from the law firm BLB.’

‘BLB is one of the oldest Georgian legal services providers that have been active since the independence of country in early 90s and since then its Partners have been through development and reforming processes of the legal system and the business environment. They have accumulated valuable and vast knowledge of evolution of every business segment and its inherited legal issues. Through all these years, the partners have earned reputation of honest, dedicated and resolute professionals and these makes them to stand out compared to other firms. ’

Ms. Rekhiashvili is extremely hard working and productive. She easily gets to the core of the issue and provides legal analysis of the situation and in consultation with the Managing Partner proposes the action plan.

Key clients

JSC Poti Sea Port Corporation

Microsoft Corporation

Danedo Management Corp

 

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented JSC Poti Sea Port Corporation – APM Terminals in a  competition law case against the Competition Agency of Georgia from the very initial stages of the Agency’s investigation and challenged the Competition Agency’s finding in connection with an abuse of dominant position allegedly performed by the client.
  • Acted as an independent expert on local legislation for one of the largest tobacco producers in Georgia involved in commercial arbitration proceedings against Georgia at SCC Arbitration.
  • Represented a commercial bank in a major money laundering case initiated by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia against the bank, shareholders of such bank and a shareholder of one of the leading broadcasting companies operating in Georgia.

EY Law

Led by George Svanadze, the practice at EY Law acts in local and cross-border litigation and arbitration. It has recently handled cross-border litigation proceedings in the Supreme Court. Clients come from a variety of sectors including technology, pharmaceutical and wine production.

Practice head(s):

George Svanadze

GRATA International Georgia

The team at GRATA International Georgia, formerly operating as Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti, acts for clients in commercial, administrative and tax litigation. The practice is led by the 'super sharp' and 'erudite' Irakli Kordzakhia and Sofia Roinishvili who leads on tax and various commercial disputes. Rusudan Rogava is a key name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Irakli Kordzakhia; Sofia Roinishvili

Other key lawyers:

Rusudan Rogava

Testimonials

‘The team is well-equipped to deal with complex and voluminous cases, is extremely meticulous in its preparation and is always exhibiting in-depth knowledge of law and practice. They focus a great deal on client care and always ensure their availability. It is only a pleasure and a great comfort to work with them. We have engaged them on a number of high profile cases since 2013 and all the cases were pure success.Their integrity and loyalty is unquestionable.’

‘Irakli Korzkahia  is an eminent and successful lawyer. He has a super sharp mind, is very erudite and profound. He always presents a case in a compelling and convincing manner. Is highly acclaimed and respected among peers, judges and other professionals at any level.’

‘Rusudan Rogava  is a super hardworking young lawyer with excellent research and analytical skills.’

Key clients

Poti Terminal Holding

Kazakhdorstroy

Ariston

Gelleria Tbilisi

China Railway 23rd Bureau

Interpipe Ukraine

Sai Invest

LLC Energo Invest

Akhteli, Akhali Kselebi

Work highlights

  • Represented Poti Terminal in a $28m dispute against two commercial banks.
  • Represented CPI Georgia in a $11m tax dispute.
  • Represented Constanta Foundation in a $4m dispute against the state.

J&T Consulting LLC

J&T Consulting LLC is praised for its 'communication skills and perfect manner of listening to the client.' The team,  which is led by Giorgi Tsertsvadze, has acted for clients active in the transport, food and beverage, fitness and aviation sectors. It has also represented employees in several labour disputes. Senior associate Otar Machaidze is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giorgi Tsertsvadze

Other key lawyers:

Otar Machaidze; Simoni Takashvili

Testimonials

‘J&T is one of the few firms in Tbilisi able both to conduct business with international clients in the way we are used to, and effectively argue cases in Georgian courts.’

‘Otar Machaidze is an excellent litigator and is great with clients.’

‘The team is very well organised with highly qualified and competent members.’

‘The main feature that makes them different from competitors is their professional communication skills, perfect manner of listening to the client and in time feedback for the details.’

‘The lawyers of J&T Consulting represent our company to the private individuals and to the courts. I think that they always try and do their best in order to win the cases and to help our company to get more benefits. The company is staffed with professional lawyers.’

‘I think that people who work at this law firm are professional not only in Georgian law rules, also they have a good knowledge of other countries’ legal system. We have several projects abroad and the lawyers of “J&T Consulting” make all issues successful.’

‘I think that Giorgi Tsertsvadze, Simoni Takashvili and Mate Khvedelidze are the best practitioners in Georgia. They have a good knowledge of theoretical and practical knowledge in legal issues’

‘Relatively small team size enables tailored personal attitude towards clients and rapid response time when needed.’

‘I would like to point out that company is very focused on attending individual needs of the client and demonstrates great value for money.’

‘Having relatively small team, it is able to provide excellent communication with the client, professionalism from each team member on equal level.’

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners' recent caseload includes an IP dispute in the pharmaceutical industry and complex insolvency proceedings across a variety of sectors. The team, led by Lasha Nodia and Maka Todua, has also handled several construction and real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lasha Nodia; Maka Todua

Key clients

Nicolaus Kaculas, Constantinos Anagnostopulos, Georgios Kaculas

JSC Goodwill

Marshe LLC

Archtrade LLC

JSC Bank of Georgia

JSC Procredit Bank

JSC Isbank

Work highlights

  • Represented one of the largest US-based pharmaceutical companies in the world in a court dispute concerning the breach of the data exclusivity of an innovative pharmaceutical product.
  • Represented a Georgian company in a multimillion-dollar dispute concerning the annulment of fraudulent agreements and representation of the said company in insolvency proceedings.

Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC

The 'friendly' team at Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC is led by Archil Mchedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili. It offers legal services to individuals and business entities from a variety of sectors engaging in activities in Georgia including pharmaceuticals and real estate. It has recently represented several individuals in court cases, including one in the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Archil Mchedlidze; Valeri Bendianishvili

Testimonials

‘Mostly I communicate with Archil and Valeri. They are very professional, friendly and always ready to help with other team members.’

‘Archil is the person with many years experience and he is really one of the best in his field. His education, long-term career, skills and personal characters makes him absolutely unique and all this gives you pleasure to work with him.’

GLCC Law Firm

GLCC Law Firm's team has experience before the national courts as well in arbitration proceedings and cross-border mediation. Shalva Tskhakaia is the name to note.

MKD Law

MKD Law handles commercial and civil disputes, as well as drafting resolution clauses. The dispute resolution team also arbitrates claims under bilateral investment treaties .Archil Kbilashvili, Victor Kipiani and David Dzidziguri head the practice. David Metskhovrishvili and Sandro Samadbegishvili were promoted to the partnership in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Archil Kbilashvili; Victor Kipiani; David Dzidziguri

Other key lawyers:

David Metskhovrishvili; Sandro Samadbegishvili

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and competence, which is based on great practice in the field.’

‘The detailed analysis of the cause, high professionalism.’

Key clients

Export Development Canada (EDC)

Leaderfood LTD

Synergy Construction LLC

Schlumberger Rustaveli Company Limited

Knauf Gips Tbilisi

Gebriuder Weiss

Work highlights

  • Represented Export Development Canada before JSC TBC Bank in the process of fulfilment of a customer financing guarantee, implying assignment of claims of TBC against a large company conducting its business in Poti Free Industrial Zone.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC

The 'pro-active and hands-on' team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC is jointly led by Vano Gogelia and Sergi Kobakhidze. The firm has a core focus on commercial litigation, including post-M&A disputes, as well as competition law disputes. It has also represented individuals and minority shareholders with disputes in a variety of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vano Gogelia; Sergi Kobakhidze

Testimonials

‘PwC Georgia’s legal team is pro-active and hands-on. They capable to come up with a solution for a complex issues.’

‘Vano Gogelia’s services is a very professional. He manages complex matters and provides helpful advice. Very supportive.’

‘The very moment you start to work on the case, or subject with this particular company you feel that this is the strong and well-built team. They respect each other and know who’s doing what. They are prompt and always ready to help. They are reliable and responsible.’

‘They love their job, never leaving your calls or emails without proper reply (Mr. Vano Gogelia and Ms. Natia Kobosnidze). They always listen to your needs and offer you the choices. Double check whether they understand your issue, which is so important. You see and feel their professionalism.

Work highlights

  • Represented Ipocenter in a complex series of disputes related to construction safety and a construction permit.
  • Along with PwC’s tax team, represented a large Turkish construction company in a precedent-setting tax dispute against the Ministry of Finance.
  • Represented Unipharm in a dispute against a Georgian local distributor company.

VBAT

The 'very attentive, knowledgeable lawyers' at VBAT are regarded for their experience in handling contractual, corporate, administrative, IP, criminal, energy, employment and family disputes. Founding partner Davit Kikaleishvili and experienced criminal law specialist Davit Kvachantiradze jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Davit Kikaleishvili; Davit Kvachantiradze

Other key lawyers:

Tinatin Tskhvediani; Natia Gogadze

Testimonials

‘VBAT Law Firm LLC has assisted our company as an outsource attorney in civil law and labour law court cases. Each case VBAT was involved in has been settled in favour of our company. Accordingly we believe that the dispute resolution practice including the preparation of all necessary documents and building the position in court are indeed a strong side of the said law firm.’

‘We had direct contact with the Managing Partner of the company Davit Kikaleishvili and senior associate Tinatin Tskhvediani. It is obvious that both of them specialise in diversified fields of law. Working on dispute resolution strategies and conducting litigation in courts is definitely their strong side. The named individuals are very responsive, helpful and reliable, not only professionally, but also personally.’

‘Davit Kikaleishvili and Natia Gogadze deal with our court cases and represent our interests, we have never been disappointed with their work and they always achieve such results/outcomes even we could hardly imagine.’

‘I have been continuously impressed with their client representation services and their record before the Georgian courts. ’

‘VBAT has handled a variety of our cases, including the drafting and negotiation of major commercial agreements and the counselling in intellectual property matters. We find the team very comfortable to work with, as they provide exceptional, high quality services and, importantly, in a very swift manner. Due to this, we are happy to see the team at VBAT as reliable partners, always dedicated to our interests and needs. The firm has given us the sense of stability, which is crucial in our business.’

‘We mostly work with Tinatin Tskhvediani. She has negotiated some of the major deals for our company, drafted the key agreements and successfully represented our interests before the courts. Over the years, we have been impressed with Tina.’

‘Very attentive, knowledgeable lawyers. They are proactive and very professional.’

‘Exceptional team, supportive, easy to communicate, friendly and very professional.’

‘Natia Gogadze and Davit Kikaleishvili, who directly manage our cases, are distinguished by high professionalism, which you will easily understand even after one meeting. They are lawyers who are always ready to help you.’

Key clients

Gross Energy Group LLC

Nobel Ilaç Sanayii ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Blauenstein Georgia LLC

ENKA Insaat ve Sanayii AS

Build Territory LLC

TLScontact Georgia LLC

NL Continent Tbilisi LLC

Leasing Expert LLC

Toyota Center Tbilisi LLC

Advanced Medical Technologies and Service/AMTS (Official Representative of Philips in Georgia)

Fashion House Materia LLC

Sansonit LLC

Novator LLC

DOTS LLC

East Point Mall (CBD Development LLC)

Kings Georgia LLC

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.

Aversi Pharma

Base Co LLC

Tbilisi Open Air (Atiani LLC)

JSC MFO Crystal

Reuters

Mtsvane Dighomi

RSP-40

Night Show Studio

JoAnn Medical Centre

IDC Legal GmbH

Spring Construction

Transcaucasus Plaza LLC

Preda LLC

TMD Limited

UMG Limited

TVO2

Work highlights

  • Represented Gross Energy Group in arbitration proceedings related to one of the major hydropower projects in Georgia.
  • Acted for Toyota Center Tbilisi in various disputes.