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Gvinadze & Partners LLC
10 Melikishvili Street




Sophie Panjikidze is a Partner at Gvinadze & Partners. 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. The clients she has worked for over the years range from pro bono charity clients to energy giants, major infrastructure development companies, leading Georgian banks and international financial institutions.

Sophie serves as an Expert on Georgia-EU Association Agreement and free trade issues with the Council of Experts under the EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC). She is also a Member of the Commission for Judicial Reforms at the Georgian Bar Association (GBA), a Board Member at Transparency International Georgia and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC). Sophie is a member of the Independent Review Pool formed by the US Millennium Challenge Account Georgia (MCA-Georgia) in connection with its Bid Challenge System, and sits on the Advisory Board of the US Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG). She also acts as International Bar Association’s YLC National Representative for Georgia. 


Georgian, English, Russian, French


Georgian Bar Association
International Bar Association
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)


Tbilisi State University, LL.B.
Harvard Law School, LL.M.

Lawyer Rankings

Georgia > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophie PanjikidzeGvinadze & Partners LLC

Under the guidance of Nick Gvinadze, Gvinadze & Partners LLC has developed strong ties with global financial institutions and international law firm referrers, ensuring that it has strong market visibility across a range of transactional and regulatory matters. A significant volume of these instructions flow from IFIs, including on its financing in relation to the ongoing development, construction and operation of a wind power plant in Georgia. Sophie Panjikidze regularly assists Gvinadze on key finance transactions and regulatory matters, including recent work for American Express on Georgian regulations related to payment systems and payment services applicable to their operations in the Georgian market.

Georgia > Dispute resolution

Under the leadership of Nick GvinadzeGvinadze & Partners LLC provides robust representation of clients from a range of industry sectors, including aviation, construction and energy, across the spectrum of commercial, employment, IP and debt recovery. Drawing upon strong relationships with many well-known international law firms, the team is particularly accomplished at handling cross-border matters with a nexus to Georgia. Gvinadze himself is adept at handling conventional litigation as well as arbitration, including on construction and FIDIC-related matters. As part of his broad litigation expertise, which spans construction and land permitting, through to tax disputes, Zakaria Shvelidze regularly advises on labour law matters. Sophie Panjikidze is also recommended.

Georgia > Real estate and construction (and projects)

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophie Panjikidze – Gvinadze & Partners LLC

Under the leadership of the vastly experienced Nick Gvinadze, Gvinadze & Partners LLC is particularly effective advising international stakeholders engaged in a myriad of major commercial real estate, energy and infrastructure projects. In this context, clients benefit from a deep knowledge of the nuances of Georgian law, but with advice which is delivered with a core understanding of international legal and commercial standards. Although the team is also abreast of renewables work, it continues to advise on a number of major oil and gas projects, including its role as exclusive Georgian counsel to SOCAR Midstream Operations on all aspects of their extensive activities related to the operation of the biggest gas pipeline transiting Georgia (the South Caucasus Pipeline). Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze are also recommended.

Georgia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophie PanjikidzeGvinadze & Partners LLC

Leveraging strong longstanding relationships with international corporates and banks, and also drawing upon excellent ties with a raft of large global law firms, Gvinadze & Partners LLC excels at handling the Georgian aspects of cross-border M&A and advice relating to businesses operating and expanding in the jurisdiction. Team head and founding partner Nick Gvinadze draws upon vast institutional knowledge gleaned from his many years practising law in the country, marrying deep local expertise with an international mindset. Sophie Panjikidze is also noted for her diverse skillset, which encompasses a myriad of corporate and commercial matters, including due diligence, employment, competition and IP issues. The arrival in February 2023 of senior counsel Lesley Rogers further enhances the team’s capabilities.