Chambers Europe 2016 says:
General Business Law Vastly experienced market-leading firm assisting international and regional clients with all manner of corporate and commercial matters. Particularly well versed in project financing and loan agreements. Often works with financial institutions and FMCG manufacturers.
Zaza Bibilashvili has been called "one of the leading lawyers in Georgia" and "a central person not just in capital markets, but in the legal market in general." Considered an expert in capital markets and project finance work, particularly in the energy sphere, he is highly respected by his peers, who say: "He's among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market."
Lasha Gogiberidze is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the Georgian legal market. One of the founding partners of the firm, he oversees projects and is a key contact for clients.
Unania Gogokhia has garnered a strong reputation for her financial expertise, particularly her work in capital markets. One peer comments: "She's very smart, and has evolved into a leader of the finance team at BGI." She is a legal director.
Partner Sandro Bibilashvili is building a strong reputation among his peers, who say: " He is increasingly becoming the driving force at BGI," and: "I think he has a great future." Well liked and respected by his clients, he works often with large international firms.
Dispute Resolution Hugely respected firm active in high-value corporate disputes. Often representing international companies involved in local distribution and contractual disputes.
Founding Partner Zaza Bibilashvili is a giant in the Georgian litigation market, and serves on the board of the Georgian Bar Association as well as regularly being invited to advise on the drafting of key legislation. He heads the department and has been called "a market leader." He is a key contact for clients.
Partner Sandro Bibilashvilitakes an increasingly active role in the practice, and is considered by market commentators to be "very knowledgeable, very responsive and very nice to work with. He has a quiet manner but he's very clever." He is universally recognised as a very strong litigator.
The Legal 500 2016 says: The four-partner team at BGI Legal provides a ‘responsive, proactive and solution-oriented service to a wide range of international corporates both directly and on a referral basis from major international law firms; it has built a strong reputation acting for investors and lenders on many of the countrys largest projects. The ‘excellent Lasha Gogiberidze has led the teams work in several major energy mandates, including advising an Asian investor on a hydropower project. Gogiberidze is also regularly involved in financing work, including inter-bank lending, regulatory lending (to comply with capital adequacy requirements) and capital markets work, where Unana Gogokhia is also establishing a strong reputation. Gogokhia recently advised the IFC on the financing of a housing project implemented by a local developer. Zaza Bibilashvili is ‘able to suggest winning strategies and is active across a range of contentious and non-contentious work, including real estate and intellectual property matters. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.
Chambers Global 2016 says: BGI is top-ranked in every single category, by every international legal directory that covers Georgia. Sample editorial comments about BGI include:
Zaza Bibilashvili is a well-known and highly regarded figure in the Georgian legal market. One of the founding partners of the firm, he oversees projects and is a key contact for clients.
Lasha Gogiberidze has been called "one of the leading lawyers in Georgia" and "a central person not just in capital markets, but in the legal market in general." Considered an expert in capital markets and project finance work, particularly in the energy sphere, he is highly respected by his peers, who say: "He's among the top lawyers who shaped the legal market."
Partner Sandro Bibilashvili is building a strong reputation among his peers, who say: "He is increasingly becoming the driving force at BGI," and: "I think he has a great future." Well liked and respected by his clients, he works often with large international firms.
Unana Gogokhia has garnered a strong reputation for her financial expertise, particularly her work in capital markets. One peer comments: "She's very smart, and has evolved into a leader of the finance team at BGI." She is a legal director.
Chambers Europe 2015 says:
General Business Law Highly reputed firm with expertise in banking, project finance and capital markets, including derivatives. Advises on transactional matters and also assists with commercial and corporate issues. Clients include a number of major technology companies. The team benefits from close collaboration with international law firms. Quotes mainly from clients, "The firm is efficient and highly responsive, and demonstrates a real team spirit." [and] "Top firm - always present on deals."
Dividing his practice between general business advice and litigation, Zaza Bibilashvili is one of the leading names in the market. "A top name - you see him all the time," market sources note.
Focusing on banking and finance as well as advising on capital markets matters, Lasha Gogiberidze is a highly acclaimed name in Georgia. "He is one of the best capital markets lawyers in the country," a source says. Clients like his practical approach: "He was very strategic in his advice."
Counsel Ekaterina Aleksidze is particularly visible in advising banks. Her other areas of practice include real estate, PPP, commercial and environmental law.
Recently made partner Sandro Bibilashvili is noted as an increasingly visible lawyer. He supports his clients on general commercial issues and also assists with contentious matters.
New to the rankings, Unana Gogokhia is highlighted for her capital markets expertise. "She is very capable and smart, and would not complicate things unnecessarily," sources say. She also advises on general corporate law and international arbitration.
Dispute Resolution Widely respected team that handles commercial disputes for local and international clients. Experience covers white-collar crime and criminal law matters, including representing individuals facing alleged misconduct charges. Acts as Georgian counsel in international arbitrations pending in the LCIA. Quotes mainly from clients: "I am fully satisfied with the services; the team was very responsive and delivered high-quality work." [and] "It's strong in criminal disputes."
Head of department Zaza Bibilashvili is widely regarded as one of the best litigators in Georgia. He also acts as counsel as well as arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings. "He is very experienced, advises many foreign clients and leads on complex disputes cases; I would definitely recommend him," a source reports. .. .
IFLR1000 2015 says: In 2014, the firm promoted Sandro Bibilashvili to partnership, joining Zaza Bibilashvili and department head Lasha Gogiberidze in senior roles. Stepping into Sandros shoes, rising star Unana Gogokhia was then promoted to directorship.
Through 2013-14 the firm continued to win significant instructions from international counsel including Clifford Chance and Norton Rose Fulbright. In mid-2014 it had four open mandates from the IFC, including assisting the IFC, EBRD and AED on financing for the construction of the Acharistskali hydropower project. The team was also appointed by Korea Water Resources Corporation to assist in negotiation on a BOT (build-operate-transfer) or BOO (build-own-operate) project for the construction of 220MW hydropower plant in Western Georgia.
Gogokhia worked with Amsterdam Trade Bank on a refinancing and was acting on a second financing. The firm has also had a steady flow of M&A transactions and capital markets deals, in one assisting international counsel Clifford Chance to advise Barclays Bank and UBS as bookrunners on TBC Banks IPO and listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange.
For full directory information about BGI, click on the following links:
Chambers Global 2016: General Business Law
IFLR1000 2015: Georgia Financial and Corporate Overview
PLC: BGI Legal held both firm and individual rankings in this directory.