Nick Gvinadze > Gvinadze & Partners LLC > Tbilisi, Georgia > Lawyer Profile
Gvinadze & Partners LLC Offices
10 Melikishvili Street
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Nick Gvinadze is the Managing Partner of Gvinadze & Partners. 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.
Before re-launching Gvinadze & Partners in 2010, Nick was a partner at DLA Piper Gvinadze & Partners LP, headed Ernst & Young’s legal practice in Georgia, was a partner at GCG Law Office (a leading Georgian law firm in the 1990’s), served as an attorney to the Financial Department of the Georgian Parliament, and acted as local counsel to an international law firm in the UK. He is also the former Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he authored the Court’s Arbitration Rules. Nick has also sat on the Board of Transparency International Georgia, Grants Commission of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, as well as on the Investment Support Council at the Georgian Parliament. Over the years, Nick has lectured extensively on various aspects of Georgian and International Business Law at various leading educational institutions in Georgia.
Having served 9 years as a member of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Nick is currently a Belt & Road Ambassador of the Court, a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR in Paris, and chairs the Arbitration Commission at the Georgian National Committee of the ICC. Nick also co-chairs the British-Georgian Law Association (BGLA), and sits on the Boards of the EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) and Georgian-Swiss Business Association (GSBA). Nick is a founding member of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) as well as Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA, a lead Georgian NGO), and is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).
Georgian, English, Russian
Georgian Bar Association
International Bar Association
International Council for Commercial Arbitration
Nick has received a Diploma in Jurisprudence with high honors from Tbilisi State University, a Diploma from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London, as well as an LL.M in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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The diverse offering at Gvinadze & Partners LLC includes advising on cross-border M&A transactions, assisting international companies with employment, antitrust and IP matters and representing corporate clients in tax mandates. An ‘in-depth understanding of local Georgian laws‘ has also allowed the practice to assist blue-chip clients with corporate restructurings following recent changes to Georgian company law. Nick Gvinadze heads the practice; he is supported by Sophie Panjikidze who offers expertise on free trade issues and Zakaria Shvelidze who is noted for his strong background in employment law.
Gvinadze & Partners LLC‘s broad offering encompasses courtroom litigation, administrative disputes and commercial arbitrations in a wide range of fields including employment, IP and real estate. The highly experienced Nick Gvinadze, described as ‘very reactive, pragmatic, strategic, and a top expert in his field’, leads the team. Zakaria Shvelidze is an acknowledged expert in labour law, training members of the Georgian judiciary on the subject. Litigator and patent attorney Sophie Panjikidze is also noted.
Led by the highly experienced Nick Gvinadze, Gvinadze & Partners LLC is active in contentious and non-contentious work for hoteliers, developers and various other key players in the real estate and construction sector. An additional area of expertise is energy and infrastructure; the firm routinely assists with construction, permits and zoning regulation for large-scale projects, with wind farms, hydropower plants and oil and gas projects among the team’s recent mandates. Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze are also noted.
The varied offering at Gvinadze and Partners includes representing international firms in tax and banking matters, supporting clients in Georgian-bank related KYC and AML mandates and assisting IFIs the EBRD and the ABD in major loans and financings. The team also frequently acts as local counsel for international law firms. Nick Gvinadze leads the practice and is supported by Sophie Panjikidze .
- Dispute resolution Georgia
- Hall of Fame Georgia > Commercial, corporate and M&A
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- Banking and finance Georgia
- Commercial, corporate and M&A Georgia
- Real estate and construction (and projects) Georgia
- Leading individuals Georgia > Banking and finance