Otar Kipshidze > Dentons > Tbilisi, Georgia > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Georgia
8a, Melikishvili street/1 Erekle Tatishvili Street
0179 Tbilisi

Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution


Managing Partner  


Otar leads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Georgia, having extensive experience in litigation, energy, banking and finance and corporate law. Otar has advised on a number of key projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects, and has a track record of successful resolution of numerous disputes in Georgian courts at various levels.

Prior to joining the Tbilisi office, Otar was a Managing Partner and Partner at DLA Piper. Earlier he was Senior Associate with the legacy firms: Ernst & Young’s legal practice in Georgia and GCG Law Office. Prior to moving to private practice, he worked as General Counsel to leading Georgian commercial bank TBC Bank. Otar also was a visiting foreign attorney with Houston-based Baker Botts.


Georgian, English, Russian


Otar is a founding member of the Georgian Bar Association and a member of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association. Otar is a member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia and EU-Georgia Business Council. He is a member of the Energy, Mining and Utilities Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. Otar also served as Chairman of Legislative Framework Development Committee at Business Association of Georgia and as member of Judicial Reform Committee of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.


Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, 2003, LL.M.

Central European University, 1997, M. A., Political Science and Political Economy

Tbilisi State University, 1995, LL.M., Department of International Law and Relations, Diploma in Law with honors

Lawyer Rankings

Georgia > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Otar Kipshidze– Dentons 

The dispute resolution practice at Dentons covers a wide range of areas, from real estate and compensation claims, to hybrid administrative and court proceedings regarding a variety of privatisations and administrative matters, tax and customs matters, competition law, intellectual property, and general commercial litigation. The practice was also recently  involved in the first competition law cases in Georgian courts. The team is led by Otar Kipshidze and represents clients in cross-border cases as well as at all levels of the Georgian court system. Counsel Zurab Kiliptari is another key name.

Georgia > Real estate and construction (and projects)

Dentons assists clients in acquiring all types of real estate in multiple types of transactions, from purchasing greenfield and brownfield sites, to leasing and land use transactions as well as complex development projects for hotels, university campuses and office spaces. In terms of projects, the team is active in oil and gas as well as hydropower. The joint heads of practice are Otar Kipshidze and Avto Svanidze. Senior associate Irakli Pipia is regarded for his work assisting with the acquisition and transfer of rights to land plots and buildings, the lease of office premises, the registration of rights to immovable and movable property, pre-acquisition due diligence, and licenses and permits.

Georgia > Banking and finance

The team at Dentons has a broad range of expertise. The firm has a track record advising clients on debt and equity financing transactions in the energy, infrastructure, industrial, real estate and banking sectors of the Georgian economy. The practice also advises on major capital markets transactions, including assisting J.P. Morgan with the first-ever guaranteed eurobond issue by a Georgian issuer. Corporate and finance specialist Avto Svanidze and experienced litigator Otar Kipshidze head the practice. Sopho Mebonia and Mariam Vashakidze are key names to note at associate level.

Georgia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The ‘friendly and efficient‘ practice at Dentons is experienced in assisting with sophisticated Georgian and English law governed M&A transactions. The firm has also assisted with purchase agreements, regulatory matters and the due diligence of target entities. The team is led by Avto Svanidze, who is qualified in Georgia and England and Wales, and experienced litigator Otar Kipshidze. The group is active in sectors including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, construction, telecoms and retail. Senior associate Irakli Pipia is also noted.