Dispute resolution in Georgia

BGI Legal

BGI Legal has a 'proactive' approach and is best known for handling local and international arbitration and white-collar criminal law defence. It has been kept particularly busy recently handling corporate, family, employment, banking, energy, pharmaceutical, construction and IP-related disputes. Sandro Bibilashvili is noted for his ‘professional attitude and endurance’ and is highly regarded alongside Zaza Bibilashvili and associate Davit Kakoishvili. Recent highlights include acting for Ferrero in a series of trade mark litigation cases and also representing Israeli-owned CT Park, exclusive operator of parking services in Tblisi, in numerous disputes with the central and municipal government of Georgia concerning unilateral contract termination. Giorgi Sarajishvili handles litigation matters for domestic and international companies from sectors as diverse as hospitality, energy, wine and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili;

Testimonials

‘BGI team is proactive and comes with new ideas how to unlock the situation, when we cannot get response from local authorities or courts.’

‘Mr Sandro Bibilashvili has been involved in our case for 2 years and his professional attitude and endurance helped to sort out non-responsiveness of authorities and get the work done. We appreciate his proactive approach and new ideas.’

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

Work highlights

  • Represented the former president of Georgia in a series of criminal charges by the new government of Georgia.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Georgian broadcasting company, Rustavi 2, in defending against a highly-publicised NTV-style takeover attempt by the government of Georgia.
  • Representing a car dealership in a veil piercing-related case against the authorised reseller of Toyota.

Dentons Georgia LLC

The dispute resolution practice at Dentons Georgia LLC is active in litigation pertaining to real estate, compensation claims, privatisation, administrative matters, and tax and customs issues. It also routinely handles IP, general commercial and competition law disputes and has a track record representing clients in cross-border disputes and arbitration in addition to handling proceedings at all levels of the Georgian court system. The esteemed Otar Kipshidze heads the practice, which includes highly rated counsel Zurab Kiliptari.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze

Key clients

BP

Silknet

Booking.com

Frontera Eastern Georgia

INTER RAO

Spacecom

COLUMBIA Shipmanagement

Vestel

Schulze Global

Benetton

Kusto

Energy Beverages

Primera Golf & Residence

Total

Batumi Oil Terminal

Permasteelisa

IKEA

LinkedIn

Work highlights

  • Representing Damiryolservis and Azerinsaatservis in high-profile dispute with Georgian Railway.
  • Representing BP in all matters related to its three oil and gas pipeline projects transiting Georgia.
  • Acting for Telasi in employment disputes.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

The ‘commercial, pragmatic’ and ‘effective’ team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC is noted for its ‘very thorough research’. Headed by ‘excellent communicator’, Nick Gvinadze, the team’s offering spans investment, employment, IP and financial services-related litigation in addition to administrative disputes and general corporate and commercial proceedings. A plethora of commercial arbitration matters and cross-border cases form the bulk of the the caseload, with Zakaria Shvelidze also regularly leading on matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Testimonials

‘Very thorough, carry out all required research on the issue and provide recommendations based on this research. Very professional and I feel you can rely on their recommendations and judgement.’

‘We mainly deal with the partner, Nick Gvinadze, who is very professional, an excellent communicator and always makes himself available.’

‘They provide erudite, effective, quick and easy to understand advice in a difficult market and complex sectors. In short, we can trust them to do great job.’

‘Commercial, pragmatic, but legally spot on.’

‘Nick Gvinadze – commercial, solutions-orientated, great understanding of the local market.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) LLP

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

Emerging Markets Advisory Corporation (EMAC) and its Dutch Cooperatives

HeidelbergCement Caucasus Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Mishcon de Reya Solicitors

Brick Court Chambers

Multivac Export AG

Nestlé Georgia

San Diego State University (SDSU)

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

Wilhelmsen Group (Barwil Georgia)

Hublot S.A.

Big Dutchman GmbH

Embassy of Switzerland to Georgia

ZTE Corporation

AHR Architects

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

Piasten GmbH

Amorim

Work highlights

  • Represented British American Tobacco conglomerate in a high-profile dispute in collaboration with the London office of Hogan Lovells International LLP.
  • Represented the Georgian branch of Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC), a leading international real estate firm, as the claimant in litigation relating to contractual matters before Tbilisi City Court, including securing successful asset freezing and injunctive relief orders for the client.
  • Defended Nestlé Georgia in a highly complex and sensitive dispute  involving wrongful dismissal claims brought by a former senior employee before the courts in Georgia and through the central compliance channel within the global corporate structure of Nestlé corporation.

MG Law Office

MG Law Office acts for clients in negotiations and mediation, contractual settlements, private arbitration and litigation in the Georgian courts. Archil Giorgadze, who jointly heads the practice with Nicola Mariani, recently represented Dhabi Group Georgia in relation to disputes arising from the construction of a five star, 34-floor hotel in Tbilisi. The group's caseload also includes a number of cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Archil Giorgadze; Nicola Mariani

Key clients

Dhabi Group Georgia LLC

SEAF Caucasus Growth Fund L.P.

Work highlights

  • Advising SEAF in litigation against the Revenue Service and the Dispute Resolution Council of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

BLB (Business Legal Bureau) is ‘excellent in the dispute resolution field’, providing ‘business-orientated and effective legal strategies’. It handles litigation across a number of industries including technology, transportation, entertainment, finance, industrial and manufacturing. Kakha Sharabidze heads the group, which also provides niche expertise in respect of marine and copyright law. Associate Nino Gotsireli is ‘focused on a fast and efficient service’.

Practice head(s):

Kakha Sharabidze;

Testimonials

‘BLB’s team is excellent in the dispute resolution field. Their legal strategies are always business-oriented and effective. They always manage to represent the case considering the very best interests of their clients.’

‘Mr. David Khaindravava is an outstanding and very experienced litigator. He has unique expertise in almost every area of business law.’

‘We as a  client of the litigation practice of the firm benefit from the firm’s unique way of dealing with litigation matters so that the firm creates the strategy of the whole process, engages the team members having the expertise in the relevant sector. The service is always focused on business interests of the company, exceptionally efficient and responsive.’

‘Our company benefits from the wealth of knowledge and expertise of all three founding partners of the firm, plus new litigation partner Zaza Japharidze. Maya Mtsariashvili, the partner of the firm, stands out for her extremely organized strategies for litigation matters assisted by Nino Gotsireli, attorney focused on fast and efficient delivery of services with exceptional quality to the company.’ 

‘The team provides pragmatic guidance and comprehensive advice, based on years of experience, its advice is based on thorough analysis of all potential scenarios. The team is very responsive to client’s needs, finding best business solutions.’

‘Unique in terms of the amount of time partners spent on deals; clients really benefit from years of their experience. Their depth of experience is beneficial in finding tailored solutions for the clients. Kakha Sharabidze and Ana Rekhviashvili are to be mentioned specifically.’

Key clients

Poti Sea Port Corporation

Oversea private Corporation

Microsoft Corporation

Team Travel LLC

TBC Bank

Elman Srl

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft Corporation in two major disputes pending before the courts of Georgia.
  • Acting for the Poti Sea Port Corporation in its major court case against the competition agency of Georgia concerning the client’s alleged abuse of dominance.
  • Representing TBC Bank, the largest commercial bank in Georgia, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, in a major anti-money laundering case.

BLC Law Office

BLC Law Office ‘impresses’ with its ‘professional service’. It recently represented luxury brand, Tiffany and Co in IP litigation where it is argued that the respondent registered the trade mark Tiffany in Georgia in order to affiliate his business with the client's. The ‘outstandingTamta Ivanishvili is an important member of the team, which is frequently engaged for disputes in the development, retail, energy and hospitality sectors.

Testimonials

‘Both Giorgi Kilasonia and Lasha Zurabiani have shown a high degree of commitment to delivering a very high standard of professional service. Tamta Ivanishvili has been outstanding in both mobilizing BLC’s resources to our benefit, but also in her judgement and advice on strategy as we proceed with our efforts to resolve a dispute with our erstwhile Georgian business partner. She is level headed and calm, but also focused and determined. She has all of the qualities that give me the confidence to want to continue working with BLC and to recommend others to take their professional work to her.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Block Georgia in various contentious matters.
  • Representing the former manager and minority shareholder of Geofitness LLC in a corporate dispute with his former partner.
  • Representing Metra Development in various construction disputes.

EY Law

EY Law handles litigation and arbitration at both a local and international level. The practice is jointly headed by George Svanadze and Zurab Nikvashvili and handles disputes across a plethora of industries, with recent work relating to the technology, power and utilities, oil and gas, finance and banking, mining and metals, telecoms and real estate sectors. At the junior end, Elene Sulkhanishvili has knowledge of data protection, employment, corporate and competition matters.

J&T Consulting LLC

At J&T Consulting LLC, the team ‘deeply studies issues and works on all possible options for resolving issues’. Headed by the ‘always availableGiorgi Tsertsvadze, the team’s core expertise encompasses transport, leisure, retail and baking-related disputes. Senior associate Otar Machaidze is a key member of the team, providing support on numerous recent matters.

Practice head(s):

Giorgi Tsertsvadze

Testimonials

‘We would like to point out that cooperation with them is beneficial/fruitful for our company and we consider that the team is staffed with professional lawyers.’

‘The professionalism of Mr. Giorgi Tsertsvadze, Mr. Simon Takashvili and Mr. Mate Khvedelidze is noteworthy.’

‘The team provides all the work with great care. They study the issue deeply and in detail. They work on it and present all possible options for resolving the issue. They focus on protecting the client’s interests as much as possible. The most important thing for them is legality and fairness.’

‘I had opportunity to work with stand-out partners and associates, like Giorgi Tsertsvadze, Lasha Tsertsvadze, Simon Takashvili. They are undoubtedly professionals. They have huge knowledge and experience. It was a great pleasure to have business relationship with such stand-out lawyers.’

‘The firm has always shown me an elite level of professionalism. Mr. Giorgi Tsertsvadze personally and his colleagues have been diligent, focused on details and very good in understanding the case and legal framework. The firm has successfully represented me and the company in very complex and important trials and negotiations.’

‘Mr. Giorgi, Mr. Simon and other members of the team are always accessible and open to give valuable legal advice, whether they are contractually obliged to or not, which brings me to the second point, which is the work ethics of every team member I have contacted. They are always accessible and open to give me valuable legal advice in Georgian, English and Russian on s 24/7 basis including weekends and including at times they were travelling. This attitude has shown me that the firm not only values our mutual contractual obligations, but it even goes further and offers valuable services that fall beyond the contractual obligations. J&T Consulting team is well familiarized with key players in the legal system in Georgia and is a valuable legal partner to help dealing with legal issues in Georgia.’

Key clients

Rompetrol Georgia LLC

Work highlights

    Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti, Associated with GRATA International

    Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti, Associated with GRATA International acts for clients in local courts and arbitration and has a track record handling disputes which have resulted in precedent-setting decisions by the Supreme Court of Georgia. Commercial, administrative and tax litigation are core areas of focus for the group with recent work also spanning the transport, financial services and trade and industry sectors. The firm, formerly known as Law Firm Kordzakhia Jgenti GP, recently became fully integrated with Grata International, an international network of law firms. Irakli Kordzakhia and Sofia Roinishvili jointly head the department.

    Key clients

    Ariston

    Georgian International Holding – Kutaisi Free Industry Zone

    China Railway 23rd Bureau

    Constanta Foundation

    CPI Georgia LLC

    Sai Invest

    Georgian Co-Investment Fund and its subsidiaries

    Work highlights

    • Represented a client in lease termination disputes.
    • Acted for a client in a tax dispute
    • Handled a construction dispute.

    Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

    Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners is an ‘experienced law firm’ that has a ‘very strong knowledge of local legislation’. It has been kept busy handling general commercial and corporate, banking and finance, real estate, energy and construction, restructuring and insolvency, employment, IP and tax disputes. The team supports on all aspects and forms of disputes including litigation, negotiation and settlements, administrative proceedings and negotiations. Lasha Nodia, who is an ‘excellent attorney’, heads the practice alongside Maka Todua.

    Practice head(s):

    Lasha Nodia; Maka Todua

    Testimonials

    ‘We would like to mention professionalism of Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners. It is very important for us to cooperate with an experienced law firm that has a good reputation. Together with professionalism it is very important for us to provide information about the progress of the case to our Company completely and in a timely manner and provide information about anticipated legal risks related with this specific case. Our anticipations and activities of Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners coincide with each other in this respect. In our opinion Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners has had a sustainable progress since the date of the beginning of our cooperation, which is based on professionalism and an experience of the whole team of the firm.’

    ‘Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners is a strong, highly professional team. Generally, we cooperate with Mr. Lasha Nodia in the firm. Mr. Lasha Nodia is a professional and highly skilled lawyer and excellent attorney. He is very attentive to questions of our company and he always finds a time to inform our company about the progress of the case.’

    ‘The team is professional, well-organized, trustful and client oriented.’

    ‘Mr. Alexander Sukhishvili is a highly qualified professional with years of experience in tax advisory and disputes with tax authorities. Mr. Sukhishvili is client oriented, very supportive for our group and always ready for providing high-quality consultations. His outstanding skill is handling complex issues.’

    ‘Very strong knowledge of the local legislation, careful and profound approach to the client’s needs, good strategical thinking in terms of litigation.’

    ‘The team always provides timely feedback. Besides, vast practical experience enables the company representatives to provide relevant input in disputable issues. The team also has strong network which allows them to refer to certain industry experts in order to reach the most specific views. Professional excellence in tax and legal matters.’

    ‘Exceptional knowledge of local tax and legal practices and rules. Proactive and able to work under time pressure. Professional experience from diverse industries.’

    Key clients

    Lidings Law Firm

    Bigboard LLC

    JSC Goodwill

    Chengdu Design & Research Institute of Building Materials Industry Co

    Marshe LLC

    Archtrade LLC

    Transkavkasia LLC

    Work highlights

    • Represented a US-based pharmaceutical company in a patent dispute.
    • Representing Marshe LLC, a leading Georgian manufacturer of frozen meat, fish, pastry and bakery products, in court proceedings relating to trade mark protection.
    • Representing a client in a dispute related to the withdrawal of real estate from unlawful ownership.

    Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC

    The ‘very highly qualified and friendly’ team at Archil Mchedlidze’s Law Practice LLC is jointly headed by Archil McHedlidze and Valeri Bendianishvili. It is equally adept at handling litigation and arbitration, with real estate, construction, banking and business-related disputes forming the bulk of its recent caseload.

    CLL Law Firm

    Praised for its ‘helpful and responsive’ approach, CLL Law Firm is highly rated for its expertise in corporate, financial, project development, petroleum, gas and maritime matters. Aleksandre Tsuladze heads the department, which includes Bacha Maisuradze, who is ‘always available to help’.

    Practice head(s):

    Aleksandre Tsuladze

    Key clients

    SOCAR

    JSC Degusto international

    Arena LLC

    Anaklia Entertainment Group LLC

    T4 LLC

    MG LLC

    Black sea terminal LLC

    Blackseaservice LLC

    Table Talk LLC

    White Group LLC

    Locus vanguard LLC

    Qedeli Valley LLC

    Allproperty LLC

    Prime-2010 LLC

    LTD AEQUIUS/ AQ GEORGIA

    TITEBI

    Work highlights

    • Representing LLC Socar Petroleum Georgia in its dispute against Interprime Corporation pertaining to payments for fuel purchase agreements.
    • Represented Merab Tsomaia in a maritime dispute against the border police of Georgia.
    • Representing LLC Degusto International in a labour dispute.

    GLCC Law Firm

    Lawyers at GLCC Law Firm ‘concentrate on the interests of the client’ to provide ‘the best solutions’. Grigol Mumladze jointly heads the department with Irakli Gaprindashvili, who ‘always meets deadlines’ and delivers ‘high-quality’ work. Disputes in the corporate, real estate, construction, communications, banking and finance, healthcare and energy sectors are the key pillars of the practice, as is taxation-related litigation.

    Testimonials

    ‘GLCC is oriented on the result and always achieve the best solution. They are concentrated on the interests of the client.’

    ‘Irakli Gaprindashvili is one of the best practice lawyer in civil law. We trust him as a huge professional of his job. He always works to deadlines with high quality.’

    Key clients

    Ghasan Aboud Cars LLC

    G-Paradise

    EMA Engineering LTD

    Avento Sarl

    Piro Show Georgia LLC

    MicroFini

    Emsy +LLC

    Bravo records

    Besco LLC

    Retail Group Georgia

    New Life Georgia

    DBS LLC

    LLC Amra

    MS Group

    LLC Capital Property

    Meidan Group LLC

    Life Master

    Partnership Agmashenebeli 2011

    Cushman & Wakefield

    Mgaloblishvili, Kipiani, Dzidziguri Law Firm

    Mgaloblishvili, Kipiani, Dzidziguri Law Firm handles disputes relating to regulatory and corporate issues, as well as those in the energy and gas, transport, banking and finance, trade marks and customs, pharmaceutical and natural resources sectors. David Dzidziguri, Archil Kbilashvili and Irakli Mgaloblishvili are the key names.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC

    PricewaterhouseCoopers Georgia LLC recently acted for Kalanda Agro in a high-value trade secret infringement case. The practice is active in respect of IP litigation and also handles commercial and employment disputes. Vano Gogelia and Sergi Kobakhidze jointly head the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Sergi Kobakhidze; Vano Gogelia

    Key clients

    Kalanda Agro LLC

    Ipocenter LLC

    Ormashen LLC

    Acc Distribution LLC

    Unipharm Inc.

    Rompetrol Georgia LLC

    Work highlights

    • Representing Unipharm Inc in a complex contractual dispute.
    • Represent Rompetrol Georgia’s interests in a dispute concerning abnormal losses of oil/oil product.
    • Representing Ipocenter LLC in several administrative and civil law disputes regarding the construction of an Intercontinental-branded hotel.

    VBAT

    Clients recommend the ‘very organised’ team at VBAT for its ‘high-quality servicesDavit Kikaleishvili is ‘punctual in every issue’ and leads the practice together with the ‘exceptional’ Davit Kvachantiradze. The team is highly regarded for its knowledge of contract, corporate, administrative, IP, criminal, energy, employment and family matters.

    Testimonials

    ‘It was a pleasure to work with the team of VBAT. Professionals, every member of the team knows his/her role and fulfills responsibilities. If somebody was out of office for some time, another one was completely covering outstanding issues.’

    ‘David Kikaleishvili- person who knows what he does extremely well.’

    ‘Davit Kvachantiradze is an exceptional lawyer with a very sharp mind.’

    ‘Mr. Davit Kikaleishvili and Ms. Natia Gogadze. They are distinguished by their high professionalism and qualifications and sense of responsibility.’

    ‘VBAT handles all our litigation, the vast majority of which have ended in our favour.’

    ‘This service is quite complex and versatile, as it includes drafting of various types of contracts, as well as negotiating intellectual property matters. Throughout this period, VBAT has been supplying high quality services. We are very satisfied with our partnership and would highly recommend the firm to anyone.’

    ‘VBAT has been providing legal services to our company for more than 10 years. The team has been handling the cases in a highly qualified and timely manner. ‘

    ‘From VBAT team, we have been working with Giorgi Melikishvili and Natia Gogadze. They provide ongoing legal counselling and handle our court cases swiftly, responsibly and with high professionalism.’

    ‘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, very swiftly. Due to this, we are happy to see the team at VBAT as reliable partners, always dedicated to our interests and needs.’

    ‘We mainly work with Ms. Tinatin Tskhvediani, as she has been engaged in the key transactions of our company and represented our interests in the negotiation of complex agreements. She has been exceptional, meticulous, very responsive, intelligent, helpful and reliable, with excellent knowledge of the field. Ms. Tinatin understands our needs and brings solutions to complicated issues. So, it is indeed a pleasure to work with her.’

    ‘Vbat team is very organized and each member is quite qualified in every issue.’

    ‘Managing Partner David Kikaleishvili is a lawyer who I deal with. He is very punctual in every issue, communicative and has a good ability of carrying out the case.’

    Key clients

    Toyota Center Tbilisi

    AMTS (Official Representative of Philips in Georgia)

    Office of the Public Defender of Georgia

    Aversi Pharma

    First Step NGO

    Nobel Ilaç

    Tbilisi Open Air (Atiani LLC)

    Blauenstein Georgia

    Fashion House Materia

    Kings Georgia

    JSC MFO Crystal

    Phazisi Group

    Gross Energy Group

    Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S.

    Reuters

    Sansonit

    Dots

    Mtsvane Dighomi

    RSP-40

    Night Show Studio

    IDC Legal GmbH

    JoAnn Medical Centre

    East Point Mall (CBD Development LLC)

    Et Cetera Publishing

    Collette Bradford

    Giorgi Loria

    Transcaucasus Plaza LLC

    Preda LLC

    TMD Limited

    UMG Limited

    TVO2

    Spring Construction

    Work highlights

    • Represented Gross Energy Group LLC in a $6m corporate dispute.
    • Represented Blauenstein Georgia LLC in a number of real estate-related disputes.
    • Represented the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia in a series of employment and discrimination disputes.