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Dentons Georgia LLC

10 MELIKISHVILI STREET, TBILISI 0179, GEORGIA
Tel:
Work +995 32 2509 300
Fax:
Fax +995 32 2509 301
Email:
Web:
http://www.dentons.com

Ted Jonas

Tel:
Work +995322509300
Email:
Web:
www.dentons.com/en/ted-jonas
Dentons

Work Department

Banking and Finance

Position

Ted is Senior Counsel at Dentons' Tbilisi Office.

He advises clients on energy and infrastructure projects, corporate and finance matters, and dispute resolution. His practice involves the negotiation and documentation of company formations, joint ventures, financings, oil and gas production sharing agreements, and private equity funds; the negotiation and resolution of complex disputes; public policy consulting work, and representation of clients in negotiations with government agencies.

Career

A US-trained and educated lawyer licensed in Washington, DC, Ted has worked on cross-border transactions and disputes in the United States, the EU, Russia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

Ted was Office Managing Partner of DLA Piper Georgia from 2005 until 2014. Before that he was Of Counsel in the Washington, DC office of another global law firm (1999-2004) and was one of the founders of the legacy firm on which Dentons’ Georgia practice is based (1996-1999)

Ted was a law clerk for the Honourable Joseph W Hatchett, US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (1991-1992), Lead Articles Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal (1990-1991) and a Legislative Aide in the US House of Representatives (1985-1988).

Languages

English, Georgian, French

Member

·        Washington, D.C. Bar

·        State of Georgia Bar

·        Member of the Board of Directors, Caucasus Nature Fund

·        Advisory Board, American Friends of Georgia

Education

Cornell Law School, 1991, JD, cum laude

Cornell University, 1984, AB History


Georgia

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

The 'strong and experienced team' at Dentons Georgia LLC advises clients on debt and equity transactions as well as energy, infrastructure and real estate financing. Avto Svanidze is an 'expert in banking and finance', and offers 'insight and advice on certain issues that other lawyers would not be knowledgeable about'; he recently advised Proparco on the Georgian law aspects of an $8.6m financing of hydropower projects. Svanidze also worked alongside managing partner Otar Kipshidze, who held the same position at DLA Piper Georgia LP until May 2017, in acting for Silknet on the $14m issuance of bonds listed on the Georgian Stock Exchange. Kipshidze is praised by clients for his 'market knowledge and quick responses to queries'. Associate Neli Tsivtsivadze is 'a pleasure to deal with', and her 'work product is of a high quality'; she was part of the team that advised Georgia Capital in connection with the issuance of $300m-worth of notes admitted to list on the Irish Stock Exchange. Senior counsel Ted Jonas and senior associate Mariam Vashakidze, a recent arrival from BLB (Business Legal Bureau), are also recommended, offering 'highly professional and clear' advice. Associate Sopho Mebonia is active on banking and finance matters.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The corporate team at Dentons Georgia LLC works with international companies on matters including acquisitions, company reorganisation and competition law. Avto Svanidze leads the corporate practice, and has extensive experience in international M&A transactions. He recently led the team that advised Georgian telecoms operator Silknet on the $153m acquisition of Geocell, the second-largest mobile operator in the country. The team also included senior associate Irakli Pipia and associate Natela Otaridze, who both advised the Bank of Georgia Group on its reorganisation into banking and non-banking sector entities. Although working predominantly in the banking and finance team, associate Sopho Mebonia has assisted on shares transactions, including the $4m acquisition of a minority stake in a hydropower project company by Schulze Global Investments. Senior counsel Ted Jonas offers expert advice on potential joint venture agreements, while senior associate Mariam Vashakidze, formerly of BLB (Business Legal Bureau), focuses on project finance and commercial transactions.

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