Real estate and construction (and projects) in Georgia

BGI Legal

The team at BGI Legal assists with a full range of real estate and construction matters including acquisitions, leasing, land registration and privatisations. Clients include major foreign investors and lending institutions, real estate and infrastructure developers, national companies, joint ventures, diplomatic missions and international organisations. The firm has also advised on a number of energy and infrastructure projects, including work on several hydro-power plant and wind farm developments. Zaza Bibilashvili is the practice head; Lasha Gogiberidze and Sandro Bibilashvili are also key names in this area.

Practice head(s):

Zaza Bibilashvili

Other key lawyers:

Lasha Gogiberidze; Sandro Bibilashvili

Key clients

Korea Water Resources Corporation

ECON Pöyry

BP Georgia

CT Park

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors bv

Marriott International

East-West United Bank

TEPCO

World Experience Georgia

Anaklia City

Sarnia Holding & Finance BV

Ferrero International

Diplomat Georgia

Kempinski

MND Group NV

Yeniguin Construction Industry &Comm. Inc

Sheraton

IHI Corporation

Sarnia Holdings &Finance

CEFC

Homeowners’ association of Park Gate

Mowat Georgia

Work highlights

  • Represented Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) in implementing the Nenskra hydro-power project in Georgia on a BOT basis with an estimated capacity of 280MW and with the project cost running over $1bn.
  • Advised Sarnia Holdings & Finance on a high-value real estate development project, covering a hotel, residential and commercial spaces, including the acquisition of a unique site in the heart of historic Tbilisi and the development of a landmark project on the site.
  • Advised the local subsidiary of the Ferrero Group on various stages of implementation of the hazelnut plantation project in western Georgia.

BLC Law Office

BLC Law Office has With a 'unique capacity for handling rather difficult matters in the shortest period of time'. The team acts for local and international developers, financiers and state authorities on a variety of different projects, offering corporate, commercial, contractual and regulatory assistance. The team has assisted with the construction of hotels and hospitality projects, golf clubs and multi-functional buildings as well as several large energy development projects. Alexander Bolkvadze, Ketti KvartskhavaGiorgi Batlidze, Tamta Ivanishvili  and Lasha Uplisashvili all lead on deals.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Very reactive, simple communication, clear explanations.’

‘Trust makes BLC unique.’

‘BLC is more attentive and they show the attitude that they care.’

‘Team of BLC has unique capacity for handling rather difficult matters in the shortest period of time, which is due to well handled team work and deep expertise. Ability of cooperation between the lawyers of BLC is astonishing, which ensures high quality of services received by my company.’

‘Being the head of energy, real estate & construction practice and having the ability of deep analysis, thorough knowledge and perfect writing skills, Lasha Uplisashvili is the most comfortable lawyer to work with. His practical, as well as theoretical knowledge of construction matters (including FIDIC rainbow) makes it easy to collaborate and get immediate and high quality assistance in different matters.’

‘Partner Giorgi Batlidze is also very proficient and knowledgeable in real estate and construction. He has the ability of promptly understand the matter and advise on the most suitable outcome possible in the shortest period of time, which is why we consider BLC to be one of the most trusted partners. ’

‘The members of the BLC legal team with whom our office has cooperated are characterised by responsibility, expertise and market knowledge. Our cooperation has led to many significant advancements in a joint project. We would like to highlight the precision and communicativeness of lawyers at BLC, which also contributes greatly to client satisfaction and mutually beneficial cooperation.’

‘Lawyers at BLC law firm proved to be excellent at their relevant fields of expertise, while maintaining business focus and practical approach.’

Key clients

Enka Insaat

Clean Energy and Tata Group

Calik Energy

Tbilisi Hills Golf & Resort

PACE Group

Scatec Solar ASA

Hilton

Wings & Freeman Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Enka Insaat on a project development and construction matters to develop the Namakhvani HPP project for the country.
  • Provided full-scale legal support to Tbilisi Hills Golf & Residences on a major real estate development project.
  • Advised PACE Group on the development/extension of port facilities including a terminal.

Dentons

Dentons assists clients in acquiring all types of real estate in multiple types of transactions, from purchasing greenfield and brownfield sites, to leasing and land use transactions as well as complex development projects for hotels, university campuses and office spaces. In terms of projects, the team is active in oil and gas as well as hydropower. The joint heads of practice are Otar Kipshidze and Avto Svanidze. Senior associate Irakli Pipia is regarded for his work assisting with the acquisition and transfer of rights to land plots and buildings, the lease of office premises, the registration of rights to immovable and movable property, pre-acquisition due diligence, and licenses and permits.

Practice head(s):

Otar Kipshidze; Avto Svanidze

Other key lawyers:

Irakli Pipia

Testimonials

‘First of all, we would like to emphasise the high competence of Mr. Svanidze, we have received the product that we asked for in a perfect manner and on time. He was very polite and oriented on the needs of the client. In addition, very important that he was very flexible and was always ready to satisfy every request of the client. Based on our experience, we highly recommend Dentons.’

Key clients

OMV Petrom

Hyundai E&C

BP Exploration

m2 Real Estate

Shamaran Petroleum

Accor Hotels

Cerberus Frontier

American Webster University

Amtel Properties

World Fuel Services Corporation

Schlumberger Rustaveli Company

Enlight Renewable Energy

Solid Waste Management Company

Georgian Mining Corporation

Booking.com

BD Property

Work highlights

  • Advised a major Romanian oil company, owned by Austrian oil and gas company OMV, on a Black Sea upstream project, where the client has recently won a tender for an offshore block.
  • Advised a joint venture of Hyundai E&C and Limak Holding on amendments and assignment of a number of documents related to suspended a FIDIC silver book contract and product acquisition agreements.
  • Advised m2 Real Estate on a land transfer contract with the Sveti Group.

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

The team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC assists with construction, real estate litigation, administrative and corporate real estate matters. It is particularly experienced in the hospitality and retail sector and has recently assisted with several hotel developments as well as a multimillion-dollar residential and commercial complex in Tbilisi. Led by managing partner Nick Gvinadze, the team has also assisted with several renewable energy projects. Zakaria Shvelidze and Sophie Panjikidze are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze

Key clients

Intercontinental Hotels Group

AHR Architects

DAR Building

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

AdvanSys – Technologies & People

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

aMDL

Baltvesta/Georgian Retail Centers LLC

Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC (Cushman & Wakefield)

RCI Europe

San Diego State University (SDSU)

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

Dasta Records Management

Emerging Markets Advisory Corporation (EMAC) and its Dutch Cooperatives

Nobel Oil

EnerMech Limited

Infinite Energy

OTIS Lift LLC; United Technologies Corporation

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Middle East LLP / Mitsubishi Electric

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted iC consulenten Ziviltechniker with a public procurement for the construction of Georgia’s main east-west highway.
  • Advised the Georgian subsidiary of Infinite Energy on a major wind farm project in West Georgia.
  • Advised, together with PWC Legal’s Dubai office, Mitsubishi Electric on compliance with local construction, technical and other applicable regulations relevant to the import, installation and operation of Mitsubishi-branded elevators and escalators in Georgia.

BLB (Business Legal Bureau)

Praised for being 'capable of foreseeing all the future potential risks,' BLB (Business Legal Bureau) assists clients with real estate M&A and leasing issues and also handles commercial, retail, industrial, residential and mixed-use development projects. The team also advises investors on real estate privatisation matters as well as major construction projects, where the firm has assisted with the development of hotels and port facilities. Kakha Sharabidze and David Khaindrava jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kakha Sharabidze; David Khaindrava

Other key lawyers:

Ana Rekhviashvili

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional, always providing excellent service. They exhibit personal attention to all the details and are capable of foreseeing all the future potential risks and problems of their clients. They always stay on top of a transaction and ensure its fast moving forward. Efficient and smooth closings are guaranteed with this team.’

‘BLB has experience of structuring deals and providing legal expertise in outstanding RE projects in Georgia with involvement of financial institutions. This makes them one of the best experts to advise and assist with closing of complicated legal and financial agreements with IFIs and leading banks.’

‘Our key contacts are Managing Partner Mr. Kakha Sharabidze and Senior Associate Ana Rekhviashvili.’

‘Mr. Sharabidze is not only a prominent lawyer, he also possesses experience in many business areas and can provide business advice beyond legal practice. He often helps our Group with the general strategy formulation and advises on many business issues. He has outstanding experience and knowledge of developing high profile and large scale real estate projects which makes him invaluable advisor and expert in real estate.’

Key clients

Rustaveli Property

Poti Sea Port Corporation

Villa Godoly

Work highlights

  • Advised JSC Poti Sea Port  on the construction of a deep-water mega port facility, which involves $250m of foreign direct investment into Georgia.
  • Advised Rustaveli Property on the construction of five-star luxury brand hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Represented Villa Godoly before the state authorities, investors and other third parties in relation to a project that involves the construction of a luxury hotel, 30 elite villas and a three hectare vineyard.

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners assists clients with all stages of the construction process, from project inception to its completion, including real-estate acquisition, planning, drafting and negotiating construction contracts, residential, commercial, and mixed-used property development, as well as handling claims and disputes. The firm has recently assisted with the renegotiation of several lease agreements for hospitality and retail clients as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze and Nino Kvinikadze head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze; Nino Kvinikadze

Key clients

Archtrade LLC

Georgetown LLC

JSC Bank of Georgia

As Georgia LLC

Fujin Silk Properties LLC

China Nuclear Industry 23 Construction Co Ltd

Batumi Tower LLC

JSC Geba

Association SOS Children’s Village Georgia

Uvies Berries LLC

responsAbility Investments AG

Carriage Building Company

VT Group

GeoFood-Invest Ges.m.b.H

Work highlights

  • Advised Cobra instalaciones y servicios on the tax issues of the FIDIC contract for the construction works for the extension of Tbilisi Metro.
  • Represented Archtrade, a leading Georgian construction company, in a dispute regarding the construction of the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi.
  • Advised JSC Bank of Georgia on drafting and negotiating a bespoke design contract with a prominent Georgian design company in relation to the development of the territory in Tbilisi.

BDO Legal

The team at BDO Legal, led by David Gelashvili, has recently provided legal assistance to clients in the agriculture, healthcare, hospitality and residential development sectors. The group advised Olam Georgia on leasing a hazelnut processing plant to Ferrero Georgia.

Practice head(s):

David Gelashvili

Key clients

Olam Georgia LLC

Research Institute of Clinical Medicine Todua Clinic

New Mitarbi LLC

Horvats Development LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Olam Georgia on leasing a hazelnut processing plant to Ferrero Georgia.
  • Assisted the Research Institute of Clinical Medicine Todua Clinic with the acquisition of the Vere Palace premises.

EY Law

George Svanadze leads the team at EY Law, which has recently assisted clients in the oil and gas, wine production and mining sectors with land purchase agreements. It has also assisted commercial clients with amendments to their lease agreements as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Svanadze

Key clients

Chateau Mukhrani