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Gvinadze & Partners LLC

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'thoughtful business approach' exhibited by Gvinadze & Partners LLC leads some to see it as 'the best in Georgia'. Veteran litigator Nick Gvinadze impresses clients not only with his abilities in the courtroom, but also with his 'deep investigation of the subject and ability to find out important points'. Gvinadze recently defended British American Tobacco against a $37m claim relating to alleged antitrust violations; he was assisted by Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze, both of whom were promoted to partner in September 2017. Shvelidze acted for the Georgian branch of Cushman & Wakefield in contract litigation in Tbilisi City Court, and he and Gvinadze represented Nestlé in a claim (and subsequent counterclaims) against a former senior employee. Panjikidze assisted Hublot with an anti-counterfeiting claim involving the seizure of fake goods and prosecution of the infringer.

Real estate and construction (and projects) Tier 1

The 'proficient and responsiveGvinadze & Partners LLC is 'ideal to deal with', especially for foreign investors. Nick Gvinadze is 'very professional and an excellent communicator'; he recently advised RCI Europe on the legal implications of franchising a number of resorts in Georgia, assisted by Zakaria Shvelidze and senior associate Tornike AmilakhvariSophie Panjikidze, who is 'highly professional and rigorous', advised San Diego State University on the development and construction of a new campus in Tbilisi. She also assisted Dasta Records Management with drafting a construction agreement for a new warehouse and data storage facility in Georgia.

Banking and finance Tier 2

'Approachability, responsiveness and local market knowledge are the key differentiators' of Gvinadze & Partners LLC. Founder Nick Gvinadze acts for clients in regulatory, banking and finance matters, and recently advised European fintech start-up WB21 on its launch in Georgia. Sophie Panjikidze is also highly regarded, and was instructed by Amundi to provide legal advice on placement activities in Georgia. The pair advised Mastercard on financial services co-operation with Georgian law, assisted by senior associates Mariam Metreveli and Tornike Amilakhvari.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gvinadze & Partners LLC is recommended by clients for its 'customer orientation', and handles corporate services for companies as well as foreign law firms. The team is 'pragmatic and commercially minded', and 'an excellent choice for business-critical matters'. Nick Gvinadze is an 'excellent lawyer', and gives 'commercial, practical advice in order to achieve an efficient solution'. He recently advised Amtel Investment Holdings on the restructuring of two Georgian subsidiaries, as well as on a planned merger for the purpose of restructuring a hospital. Gvinadze is supported by Sophie Panjikidze, who offers a 'prompt and efficient service', and is most active in the real estate sector, where she advises on corporate issues and shareholder agreements. Zakaria Shvelidze was recently promoted to partner, and has particular expertise in corporate disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

The firm: Gvinadze & Partners is a leading Georgian business law firm with a long and successful history of serving inward investment in Georgia. In this crucial post-independence period of Georgia’s development, the firm has represented the lion’s share of a truly diverse international clientele, ranging from international NGOs and diplomatic missions to industrial giants, multilateral lending institutions and multi-billion oil and gas consortia. The firm’s experience is equally diverse and all-inclusive, ranging from start up guidance and incorporation of numerous investment vehicles to representation in some of the most noteworthy and complicated projects of the region in the past two decades. Gvinadze & Partners is equally well-known for its dispute resolution expertise, having acted in some of the highest profile disputes in the Georgian courts as well as in international arbitration, and having provided quality support to many cross-border arbitration and litigation matters involving Georgian law, including successful enforcement of a number of foreign arbitral awards in Georgia.

Throughout the firm’s various name changes and reincarnations since the early 1990s, its core value and the key element to its success has been the unparalleled and uncompromised quality of the firm’s legal work. Indeed, ever since the early days of Gvinadze & Partners’ legacy firm GCG Law Office, its law practice has been known as the highest quality legal service provider in Georgia. The firm is proud that in a difficult transitional period it has been at the forefronts of the development of Georgia’s newly born legal profession, and has aspired to the highest standards of professional ethics with the clients and peers alike.

Areas of practice: Gvinadze & Partners prides itself on over two decades of extensive private practice experience in all key areas of business law, such as corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, real estate and construction, tax and customs, dispute resolution, intellectual property, employment and competition. The firm is led by three partners and is supported by highly experienced counsel and associates.

Perhaps the most telling example of the firm’s profound expertise in virtually every area of business law is its role as lead Georgian legal counsel throughout the planning, negotiation and implementation of all the major oil and gas pipeline projects in transit through Georgia – the Baku-Supsa, Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) projects, which have put Georgia firmly on the energy map of Europe and assured its strategic place as the nexus of the modern silk road. The firm’s 15 years of intensive work on these projects of the century has involved the widest possible spectrum of commercial law practice, including drafting, negotiation and implementation of complex intergovernmental and host government agreements, legislative drafting, representation in multi-billion secured syndicated financing, elaboration, documentation and implementation of detailed land acquisition strategies, detailed advice on a myriad of real property, tax and customs, environmental, labour, permitting and contractual matters, and finally successful resolution of hundreds of compensation, environmental and right of way disputes in the Georgian courts.

Nick Gvinadze (managing partner) with over two decades of busy private practice, Nick has accumulated abundant experience in the whole spectrum of both Georgian and cross-border commercial law, with particular focus on energy, infrastructure, tax and dispute resolution. Nick has advised on a number of key foreign investment projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects in the Caspian region, and has acted in a number of higher profile proceedings in the Georgian courts as well as in international arbitration.

Sophie Panjikidze (partner) having started with the legacy firm Georgian Consulting Group (GCG Law Office) back in 2002, Sophie has been responsible for successful incorporation, reorganisation and winding up of many dozens of foreign investment vehicles, and has advised on a number of complex cross-border corporate and finance transactions as well as major privatisation matters. With nearly 15 years of extensive private practice experience, Sophie has acquired valuable expertise in corporate, banking and finance, contracts, real estate, labour, insurance, IP and competition law matters, and has also been instrumental in supporting the firm’s extensive litigation practice with important background research and due diligence.

Zakaria Shvelidze (partner) Zakaria’s practice encompasses a wide area of civil and administrative law and dispute resolution, with particular expertise in energy and infrastructure, construction contracts and permitting, land and real estate, tax and labour matters. With nearly a decade at the firm, Zakaria has advised and represented the interests of numerous foreign investors in Georgia. In addition to his broad transactional experience, Zakaria is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer with an impressive track record of successfully completed matters in Georgian courts as well as in numerous administrative proceedings in front of various governments and municipal agencies of Georgia.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate M&A Nick Gvinadze
Corporate M&A Sophie Panjikidze
Banking and finance Nick Gvinadze
Banking and finance Sophie Panjikidze
Energy and infrastructure Nick Gvinadze
Energy and infrastructure Zakaria Shvelidze
Real estate and construction Nick Gvinadze
Real estate and construction Zakaria Shvelidze
Tax and customs Nick Gvinadze
Tax and customs Zakaria Shvelidze
Dispute resolution Nick Gvinadze
Dispute resolution Zakaria Shvelidze
Privatisations and regulatory compliance Sophie Panjikidze
Privatisations and regulatory compliance Zakaria Shvelidze
ntellectual property Nick Gvinadze
ntellectual property Sophie Panjikidze
Employment Sophie Panjikidze
Employment Zakaria Shvelidze
Antitrust Nick Gvinadze
Antitrust Sophie Panjikidze
Capital markets Nick Gvinadze
Capital markets Sophie Panjikidze
Restructuring and insolvency Nick Gvinadze
Restructuring and insolvency Sophie Panjikidze
Private equity Nick Gvinadze
Private equity Sophie Panjikidze
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Nick Gvinadze photo Mr Nick Gvinadze
 Sophie Panjikidze  photo Sophie Panjikidze
 Zakaria Shvelidze  photo Zakaria Shvelidze
Number of lawyers : 16
American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Georgia
Georgian-Swiss Business Association
EU-Georgian Business Council (EUGBC)
German Economic Association (DWV)
Chamber of Commerce and Industry France-Georgia