Firm Profile > Gvinadze & Partners LLC > Tbilisi, Georgia

Gvinadze & Partners LLC
10 Melikishvili Street
0179
Georgia

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC handles a range of different disputes spanning administrative law, intellectual property, competition, investments, financial services, contractual, employment and real estate litigation. The team is led by Nick GvinadzeZakaria Shvelidze is experienced in administrative and labour law and Sophie Panjikidze is an experienced litigator and patent attorney.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Zakaria Shvelidze; Sophie Panjikidze

Key clients

European Broadcasting Union

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

E&M Manufacturing Ltd.

HeidelbergCement Caucasus Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

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

ZTE Corporation

AHR Architects

UNICONF

Amorim & Irmãos, S.A.

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V.

Clifford Chance US LLP

Real estate and construction (and projects) Tier 1

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

Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by Nick Gvinadze, the team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC advises international financial institutions on the regulatory and operational aspects of banking and finance transactions. The firm frequently acts as local counsel to international law firms assisting clients with their activities in Georgia. Sophie Panjikidze is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Panjikidze; Mariam Metreveli

Testimonials

‘Gvinadze & Partners is one of the best local firms I worked with. The firm is experienced in financing documentation, dedicated and responsive. I was particularly impressed with their high quality work and diligence.’

‘The main lawyers I worked with are Nick Gvinadze, Sophie Panjikidze and Mariam Metreveli. The team is legally strong and professional, and they provide clear advice and great support. Nick is very smart and experienced. Sophie is a very smart, diligent and hard working lawyer, and did a flawless job in assisting us in closing the transaction.’

Key clients

China Development Bank (CDB)

Commerzbank AG

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Raiffeisen Bank

MFO Credit Plus Georgia JSC

Quilam Capital

WB21 Pte.

Amundi

MasterCard

Reed Smith / The World Bank

Finstar Financial Group / 4Finance

INOKS Capital SA

Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte. Ltd.

VisionFund International

Baltvesta/Georgian Retail Centers LLC

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Gvinadze & Partners LLC assists major Georgian corporates and global multinationals with commercial, corporate and M&A matters and is particularly strong in tax, compliance and regulatory issues. It provides ongoing assistance to the likes of Nestlé and Monster Energy and has been representing Asian Development Bank in a landmark transaction in the Georgian market. Nick Gvinadze heads the department. Sophie Panjikidze is experienced in corporate, banking and finance, contracts, real estate, labour, insurance, IP and competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Gvinadze

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Panjikidze

Key clients

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

National Endowment for Democracy (NED)

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Elements Global Services

Amtel Investment Holdings

Monster Energy

Nestlé

OTIS Lift LLC/United Technologies Corporation

Dasta Records Management

Robert Bosch

San Diego State University

Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte. Ltd.

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Georgia

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

Covington & Burling LLP

NextClinics International GmbH

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Silkeveien Invest Gruppen SA

British Embassy

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Middle East LLP / Mitsubishi Electric

TIME Watches & Jewellery

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 nearly a quarter century in busy private practice, he 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, reorganization 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 privatization matters. With nearly 15 years of extensive private practice experience, Sophie has acquired valuable expertise in corporate, banking and finance, contracts, real estate, labor, 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 labor 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 governmental 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
Intellectual property Nick Gvinadze
Intellectual 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 Managing Partner
 Sophie Panjikidze  photo Sophie Panjikidze Partner
 Zakaria Shvelidze  photo Zakaria Shvelidze Partner
Number of lawyers : 16
English
French
Georgian
German
Russian
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