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Tel:
Work +995 32 99 72 92
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Fax +995 32 99 66 15
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Web:
www.bgi.ge
BGI Legal, Giorgi Sarajishvili, Tbilisi, GEORGIA

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Giorgi Sarajishvili

Tel:
Work +995 591 228868
Email:
Web:
www.bgi.ge
BGI Legal

Work Department

Litigation
IP law

Position

Head of Litigation Practice

• Represented the interests of foreign investors operating in various fields of business in Georgian Courts.
• Represented foreign companies in local procedures for recognition and enforcement of foreign awards.
• Advised and represented Apple, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Ferrero Group, Amazon.com, Sony Corporation and other international companies on Intellectual Property matters.
• Represented a client in the biggest ever (from financial standpoint) matrimonial case in Georgia.
• Represented the interests of one of the largest companies in Georgia (producer of fertilizers) concerning the dispute on over USD 100 mln.
• Represented foreign investor (exclusive operator of parking services in Tbilisi, Georgia) in a series of disputes with the central and municipal Governments of Georgia.
• Successfully established the court practice on veil piercing in private disputes in a case representing the interests of a subsidiary of the international commodity giant Glencore.
• In representing the interests of Facebook.Inc, established a court practice on the cancellation of domain names incorporating a trademark.
• Successfully completed two landmark cases in favour of multinational confectionary giant Ferrero Group, establishing practices for: a) the registration of a trademark which "acquired distinctiveness through usage," b) the exception from general prohibition of the registration of a geographical indication as a trademark.
• Revised a taxation section of the Prospectus of the Georgian Government for the issuance of sovereign debt securities at an amount of USD 500 mln.
• Revised a taxation section of the Prospectus of a Georgian bank for the issuance of Securities for the London Stock Exchange.
• Represented the Georgian Government in bilateral negotiations with the European Commission on Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements.

Career

Prior to becoming the Head of Litigation Practice, served as a Senior Associate (since 2014) and Associate (since 2010) at BGI Legal, also as Senior Lawyer at the Division of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (since 2008). Professional experience also includes practices at the Office of the State Minister for Civil Integration (2007) and Tbilisi City Court (2006).

Languages

English, Russian, Georgian

Member

Georgian Bar Association (2010)
Association of Law Firms of Georgia (2012)
Georgian Young Lawyers Association (2004)

Education

Erasmus University Rotterdam, LL.M (2010)
Tbilisi State University, Bachelor (2008)


Georgia

Dispute resolution

Within: Next generation lawyers

Giorgi Sarajishvili - BGI Legal

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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