Firm Profile > Gvinadze & Partners LLC > Tbilisi, Georgia

Gvinadze & Partners LLC

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘commercial, pragmatic’ and ‘effective’ team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC is noted for its ‘very thorough research’. Headed by ‘excellent communicator’, Nick Gvinadze, the team’s offering spans investment, employment, IP and financial services-related litigation in addition to administrative disputes and general corporate and commercial proceedings. A plethora of commercial arbitration matters and cross-border cases form the bulk of the the caseload, with Zakaria Shvelidze also regularly leading on matters.

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‘Very thorough, carry out all required research on the issue and provide recommendations based on this research. Very professional and I feel you can rely on their recommendations and judgement.’

‘We mainly deal with the partner, Nick Gvinadze, who is very professional, an excellent communicator and always makes himself available.’

‘They provide erudite, effective, quick and easy to understand advice in a difficult market and complex sectors. In short, we can trust them to do great job.’

‘Commercial, pragmatic, but legally spot on.’

‘Nick Gvinadze – commercial, solutions-orientated, great understanding of the local market.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Boies, Schiller & Flexner (UK) LLP

Cushman & Wakefield (Veritas Brown Caucasus LLC)

Emerging Markets Advisory Corporation (EMAC) and its Dutch Cooperatives

HeidelbergCement Caucasus Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Mishcon de Reya Solicitors

Brick Court Chambers

Multivac Export AG

Nestlé Georgia

San Diego State University (SDSU)

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

Wilhelmsen Group (Barwil Georgia)

Hublot S.A.

Big Dutchman GmbH

Embassy of Switzerland to Georgia

ZTE Corporation

AHR Architects

iC consulenten Ziviltechniker GesmbH

Piasten GmbH


Real estate and construction (and projects) Tier 1

Nick Gvinadze’s team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC is a popular choice for construction, real estate litigation, administrative and corporate real estate matters. It has specialist knowledge of the hotel and hospitality sector and operates and frequently advises on residential, data centres and industrial projects. Sophie Panjikidze is a key member of the team, which also counts projects in the infrastructure and energy space among its core areas of focus.

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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


Amtel Investment Holdings

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

Embassy of Switzerland to Georgia

EnerMech Limited

Banking and finance Tier 2

Gvinadze & Partners LLC acts for clients, including MasterCard, EBRD and Asian Development Bank, on project and general finance, regulatory, policy-based loans and fintech matters, as well as dispute resolution, among other areas. The experienced Nick Gvinadze heads the department, which routinely acts as local counsel to international law firms and barristers and includes the highly rated Sophie Panjikidze.

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‘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 team is very competent and has great communication skills.’

‘The firm has exceptional knowledge and reputation specifically in project finance issues.’.

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.’

We mainly worked with Sophie Panjikidze and Mariam Metreveli. They delivered on their assignment timely, produced high level output and assisted EBRD in all necessary procedures, that lead to successful close of the transaction we worked on.’

Ms. Panjikidze is a high class professional, with exceptional knowledge and responsibility. She is engaged in the development of the GSE Corporatization process.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

MFO Credit Plus Georgia JSC

Quilam Capital

WB21 Pte.



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

Key strengths of the ‘very experienced and highly responsive’ team at Gvinadze & Partners LLC include M&A, restructuring, incorporation, IP matters and employment law. The oil and gas sector is an area of particular strength with the team frequently handling related projects and offtake agreements. Nick Gvinadze heads the department and is highly experienced on the cross-border front; his team also includes Sophie Panjikidze who handles competition, contracts and insurance-related instructions, among other matters.

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‘The team is very experienced and highly responsive. They provide both technical and practical advice which is a great value add to our clients.’

‘The individuals are both friendly and professional in their approach.’

Key clients

Amtel Investment Holdings

Baltvesta/Georgian Retail Centers LLC

EnerMech Limited

Monster Energy


OTIS Lift LLC/United Technologies Corporation

Dasta Records Management


Forever Living Products International

RCI Europe

Robert Bosch

San Diego State University (SDSU)

Dreymoor Fertilizers Overseas Pte. Ltd.

Reed Smith LLP / The World Bank

H&M Hennes & Mauritz Georgia

DLA Piper Russia/ Intercontinental Hotels Group

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX)

PricewaterhouseCoopers SA Geneva Office

Covington & Burling LLP/Tricida

Emerging Markets Advisory Corporation (EMAC) and its Dutch Cooperatives

NextClinics International GmbH

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Liberty Aviation International

Silkeveien Invest Gruppen SA

Global Benefits Group

British Embassy

Norwegian Embassy

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Middle East LLP / Mitsubishi Electric

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 Managing Partner
 Sophie Panjikidze  photo Sophie Panjikidze Partner
 Zakaria Shvelidze  photo Zakaria Shvelidze Partner
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