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Georgia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

BGI Legal

The banking and finance team at BGI Legal¬†is led by experienced capital markets partner Lasha Gogiberidze, and handles corporate bond issuances, listings and project finance. Clients include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and J.P. Morgan; the firm advised the latter and Citigroup on issuing¬†‚ā¨370m corporate bonds on the Irish Stock Exchange. Gogiberidze led the advice on the matter alongside newly promoted partner Unana Gogokhia, who also worked with a UK-headquartered law firm to advise the European Investment Fund on guaranteed SME loans in Georgia. Associate¬†Tamar Morchiladze¬†is heavily involved in investment matters, and assisted on a proposed $10m investment by the International Finance Corporation in BasisBank.

Leading individuals

Lasha Gogiberidze - BGI Legal

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

BGI Legal

BGI Legal has an especially strong corporate presence in the energy sector, where it advises both traditional and renewable energy clients. Corporate veterans Zaza Bibilashvili and Sandro Bibilashvili are active in this field, and have represented local and foreign investors. Unana  Gogokhia advised CapGrowth on the acquisition of a spa centre in a multi-use complex, while Zaza assisted broadcasting giant Rustavi 2 with various matters, including corporate restructuring. Lasha Gogiberidze is also recommended for his expertise in resolving corporate and employment matters.

Leading individuals

Zaza Bibilashvili - BGI Legal

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

BGI Legal

BGI Legal's dispute resolution practice is led by Zaza Bibilashvili, who acts on corporate and commercial disputes. The firm handles both local and international litigation, and has experience in white-collar crime cases; Bibilashvili and associate Davit Kakoishvili defended the former President of Georgia against criminal allegations by the new government. Kakoishvili also defended the former Justice Minister and Prime Minister in similar white-collar crime cases. Giorgi Sarajishvili assisted Bibilashvili in representing an Israeli-owned operator of parking services in Tbilisi in a $50m dispute with the government. He was also the key name on a trade mark litigation case, in which the firm successfully represented Ferrero. Experienced litigator Sandro Bibilashvili recently acted for Vialis Belgium in a breach of contract dispute.

Leading individuals

Sandro Bibilashvili - BGI Legal

Zaza Bibilashvili - BGI Legal

Next generation lawyers

Davit Kakoishvili - BGI Legal

Giorgi Sarajishvili - BGI Legal

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Real estate and construction (and projects)
Real estate and construction (and projects) - ranked: tier 1

BGI Legal

BGI Legal handles large-scale real estate developments and construction projects in the energy sector. Lasha Gogiberidze and Zaza Bibilashvili are the key names, and advised a group of international investors on a $250m secured loan to finance the construction of the Adjaristsqali hydropower project. Unana Gogokhia advised another financier on the $7m financing of a new hotel construction project in Tbilisi.

Leading individuals

Lasha Gogiberidze - BGI Legal

Zaza Bibilashvili - BGI Legal

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