Real estate and construction (and projects) in Georgia

BGI Legal

The team at BGI Legal is led by Zaza Bibilashvili and Tamara Tevdoradze; it handles the full spectrum of real estate and construction matters including acquisitions, leasing, land registration and privatisations. The practice has also been involved in a number of energy and infrastructure projects, including work on oil and gas pipelines operated by British Petroleum (BP). Clients include major foreign investors and lending institutions, national companies, joint ventures, diplomatic missions and international organisations. Founding partner Lasha Gogiberidze and experienced real estate specialist Sandro Bibilashvili are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili; Tamara Tevdoradze

Other key lawyers:

Lasha Gogiberidz; Sandro Bibilashvili

Key clients

Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia

East-West United Bank

Carlsberg

Scotch Whisky Association

AgriUni

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Skoda Praha a.s.

Wilhelmsen Georgia

Penumbra.Inc

JSC Nenskra Hydro

Corner Banca

Sinohydro

Abbey Asset Management

Discovery Networks

BASF

VEON

British Petroleum (BP)

Stichting iFund

Apple

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Representing JSC Nenskra Hydro in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by its Georgian construction contractor.
  • Represented East-West United Bank in a dispute involving the sale of the entire assets of one of the largest Georgian exporters.
  • Represented Asian Development Bank in a lawsuit filed before Georgian courts.

BLC Law Office

BLC Law Office has a ‘exceptional professionalism and knowledge of the field‘. The team represents developers, financiers and state authorities both nationally and internationally in a variety of different projects. Projects have included the construction of golf clubs and multi-functional buildings as well as several large energy development projects. Alexander Bolkvadze, Ketti Kvartskhava, Giorgi Batlidze, Tamta Ivanishvili and Lasha Uplisashvili are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Lasha Uplisashvili; Alexander Bolkvadze; Ketti Kvartskhava; Giorgi Batlidze; Tamta Ivanishvili

Testimonials

‘BLC is reliable in every case for their clients.’

‘Our company’s contact person from BLC is Lasha Uplisashvili. His professionalism and dedication towards his work and his clients is exceptional.’

‘BLC Law Office is exceptional because of its deep knowledge of the field. They always find the way out even in the most difficult situations. Also worth mentioning is the fact that they always chose the lawyer fit for purpose in order to give the client most effective and immediate service.’

‘Working with Giorgi Batlidze and Lasha Uplisashvili is a pleasure. They have exceptional professionalism and knowledge of the field, especially construction and real estate legislation with FIDIC twists, which makes our cooperation fruitful and successful. They are always available and know how to treat the problem from a business perspective.’

Key clients

Enka Insaat

Clean Energy and Tata Group

Calik Energy

Tbilisi Hills Golf & Resort

PACE Group

Gino Group

EDF (Électricité de France S.A)

Elementum Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF (Électricité de France S.A) on project development and legal framework matters in preparing the development strategy of the first electricity storage facilities in Georgia.
  • Advising PACE Group on the development and extension of port facilities.
  • Advised Gino Group on the development of different real estate projects throughout Tbilisi.

Dentons

The team at Dentons has a strong reputation in the real estate and construction space and handles matters relating to infrastructure, utilities, construction finance, and construction insurance. Recent work has included advice on the construction of hotels, university campuses and office spaces. It is also routinely involved in matters concerning the oil and gas sector. Otar Kipshidze and Avto Svanidze are the practice heads. The pair are supported by associate Irakli Pipia.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze; Avto Svanidze

Other key lawyers:

Irakli Pipia

Key clients

m2 Real Estate

BP Exploration

Cerberus Frontier

Frontera Resources Corporation

Solid Waste Management

Vestas Georgia

OMV Petrom

Accor Hotels

Booking.com

Hunnewell Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising m2 Real Estate on a land transfer contract with the Olympic Star Group.
  • Assisting Frontera Resources Corporation in negotiations with State Agency for Oil and Gas.
  • Advising Cerberus Frontier on a new Bakhvi HPP project and PPP law.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

The team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC has a broad offering in this space, which includes handling construction, real estate litigation, administrative and corporate real estate matters. It has notable expertise in the hospitality and leisure sectors and recently assisted with the construction of a multimillion-dollar residential and commercial complex in Tbilisi. The team, which also has extensive energy and infrastructure expertise, is led by managing partner Nick Gvinadze, who is supported by Zakaria Shvelidze and Sophie Panjikidze.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze

Key clients

SOCAR Midstream Operations

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

aMDL

Infinite Energy LLC

Intercontinental Hotels Group

The Norwegian Embassy in Tbilisi / The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

San Diego State University (SDSU)

AHR Architects

DAR Building

AdvanSys – Technologies & People

Baltvesta/Georgian Retail Centers LLC

Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC (Cushman & Wakefield)

RCI Europe

Dasta Records Management

Emerging Markets Advisory Corporation (EMAC)

EnerMech Limited

Nobel Oil

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Middle East LLP / Mitsubishi Electric

Work highlights

  • Advising SOCAR Midstream Operations on legal aspects of their extensive operations in Georgia.
  • Advising the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the set up of the very first Norwegian Embassy in Georgia.
  • Advising RCI Europe on the commercial and legal issues relating to the franchising of a number of resorts on the Black Sea coast of Georgia.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

Equipped with an ‘excellent combination of legal skills and business insightBLB (Business Legal Bureau) handles real estate M&A and leasing issues as well as advising on commercial, retail, residential, industrial and mixed-use development projects. The team also assists with major construction projects and advises on real estate privatisation issues. Experienced practitioners Kakha Sharabidze, ‘technically skilledMaya Mtsariashvili and David Khaindrava all head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kakha Sharabidze; Maya Mtsariashvili; David Khaindrava

Testimonials

‘They have one of the deepest, most sophisticated real estate practices in the country. This team stands out for its excellent combination of legal skills and business insight. They have very good contacts and cooperation with local and international real estate and construction agencies operating in Georgia. They perfectly team up with construction teams.’

‘Maya Mtsariashvili is a technically skilled lawyer. She has an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge covering all aspects of real estate transactions. The team is incredibly responsive, hard-working and keyed into the market; they are also very deal-oriented and generally focused on practical solutions. The collaboration between the partners and associates is also something to highlight.’

‘The team members complement each other very well.’

‘Kakha Sharabidze has been a great asset. He is good at negotiating and bringing creative solutions to the negotiation table. His understanding of local practice and the peculiarities of the public sector has been valuable too’

‘The entire team were reliable, accessible and creative problem solvers. We got the full attention of the team as they were our in-house counsels. We never felt that the team had other priorities.’

‘Maya Mtsariashvili is a standout performer and very detail-oriented.’

Key clients

APM Terminals B.V.

Krtsanisi Villa Residence

Cote D’Azur Resorts & Hotels Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising APM Terminals B.V.; Poti Sea Port Corporation (PSPC) JSC on real estate matters related to the expansion of Georgia’s largest port Poti Port operated by PSPC.
  • Advising development company Krtsanisi Villa Residence on a range of issues.
  • Advising Cote D’Azur Resorts & Hotels Limited on the acquisition of real estate in Batumi, Adjara.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze jointly heads the practice at Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners with Nino Kvinikadze who has a strong track record in the real estate industry. The team assists employers, main contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, engineers, architects, funders and developers at all stages of the construction process. The group has also recently advised businesses on labour law issues resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze; Nino Kvinikadze

Key clients

Archtrade LLC

Georgetown LLC

JSC Bank of Georgia

Fujin Silk Properties LLC

JSC Ska

Uvies Berries LLC

responsAbility Investments AG

Carriage Building Company

GeoFood-Invest Ges.m.b.H

JSC Ziraat Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Archtrade LLC in a dispute in the Georgian courts regarding the construction of the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi.

GLCC Law Firm

Led by experienced construction specialist Aleksandre Kamushadze, team at GLCC Law Firm acts for key real estate players and international real estate investment trusts including Dexus. The group is able to assist throughout a project’s life cycle on areas including project due diligence, credit line negotiations, contracts, tax optimisation, project approval at the municipality, sales and final hand-over. Grigol Mumladze is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandre Kamushadze

Other key lawyers:

Grigol Mumladze

Testimonials

‘The team is very well balanced and sets international standards which align with the local culture of doing business. Their biggest strength is making the local legal system understandable.’

Key clients

Nexara LLC

JSC Coasis Resort Kakheti

As Georgia (Dirsi)

Cushman & Wakefield

Capital Property LLC

Sanko LLC

Horizonti LLC

Meidan Group

Tvibo LLC

Tbilisi Pavilion

Hotel Gudauri Resort

JSC Panex

Property Management Group

Kavkaz Beton 2007

Shovali&Co Law Firm

Oda LLC

Gudani Development

Tribu LLC

Blue Valley

NCC1702 LTD

Work highlights

  • Assisted LLC Sanco with a $4.2m residential project for the construction of a townhouse in the Didi Dighomi area in Tbilisi.
  • Represented Maidan Group in its various ongoing litigation cases, including one against the Tbilisi Wind Energy Company.
  • Acted for As Georgia (Dirsi) in numerous court cases, several ongoing project approvals in the city municipality and tax breaks with the government.

BDO Legal

David Gelashvili leads the team at BDO Legal, which assists clients in various sectors including the agriculture and residential development sectors with real estate matters. The group recently advised a property management company on a $32m acquisition of retail and commercial premises.

Practice head(s):

David Gelashvili

Other key lawyers:

David Khrikadze

Testimonials

David Khrikadze is hands on on every critical issue and always goes the extra mile for me and my colleagues.

David Khrikadze never lets any critical issues pass by without proper support.’

Key clients

Strabag AG (Austria)

Georgian Property Management LLC

Hydro Insaat Services Branch in Georgia (Turkey)

Capitals Partners Georgia LLC

Rugby City LLC

Apollo G.S

Georgian Property Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Property Management LLC on the acquisition of the retail and commercial premises from Georgian Real Estate Management Group and M2 LLC.
  • Advised Hydro Insaat Services’ Turkey Branch in Georgia on the construction of sewage infrastructure for the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.
  • Advised Apollo G.S. on an FIDIC Red Book contract for the construction of hotel facilities in the old city of Tbilisi.