Avto Svanidze > Dentons > Tbilisi, Georgia > Lawyer Profile

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

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Partner practice focuses on corporate, privatization, finance and construction matters. Previously he has acted for clients on some of the largest M&A transactions on the Georgian market in banking and telecommunications, major real estate and infrastructure privatization matters.

His practice involves complex corporate structurings, providing advice on corporate law and capital markets issues and representation of international development and investment  banks in project finance.

Prior to joining Dentons, Avto worked as a Partner at DLA Piper Georgia LP. He was a Lawyer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its Georgia Business Development Project and was an in-house counsel for the Millennium Challenge Georgia Fund.


Georgian, English, Russian


Georgian Bar Association, 2006

Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales, SRA 2014


Cambridge University, 2002, LLM

Tbilisi State University, 1998, LLM, Faculty of International Law and International Relations, Diploma in Law with honors

Lawyer Rankings

Georgia > Real estate and construction (and projects)

(Leading individuals)

Avto Svanidze– Dentons 

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 > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Avto Svanidze– Dentons 

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.

Georgia > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Avto SvanidzeDentons 

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.