News & Publications

Nick Gvinadze appointed as Belt & Road Ambassador of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
Gvinadze & Partners pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Gvinadze as an Ambassador of the ICC International Court of Arbitration Commission on the Belt & Road Initiative [read more]

Memorandum between Georgia and the ICC International Court of Arbitration
We are proud of our contribution to this historic step towards promoting Georgia as the regional hub for international arbitration [Paris, 20 December 2018]

"Georgia in the Spotlight: Renewable Energy and Infrastructure Projects on the Rise"
Clifford Chance LLP and Gvinadze & Partners co-organized this year’s BGLA seminar in London on 8 November 2018 [read more]

ICC-FIDIC Conference
Nick Gvinadze spoke about enforcement of FIDIC contracts in Georgia at the ICC-FIDIC International Construction Contracts & Dispute Resolution Conference held in Tbilisi on 20-21 September 2018 [read more]

Gvinadze & Partners Tops the Lawyer Rankings
Gvinadze & Partners pleased to announce its top-tier ranking in Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Construction and Projects categories of the newly released Legal500 EMEA 2018, with Nick Gvinadze listed in Legal500’s “Hall of Fame,” and partners Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze also recommended [read more]


Nick Gvinadze re-elected to the European Boards
In recognition of our strong commitment to Georgia’s European way, we are pleased to announce the re-election of Managing Partner Nick Gvinadze to the 2018-2021 Boards of both EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) and Georgian Swiss Business Association (GSBA) along with top managers of leading European and Georgian companies

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Gvinadze & Partners supported Georgian participation in 2017 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

"Doing Deals in Georgia: Opportunities and Challenges for International Investors"
Baker McKenzie and Gvinadze & Partners co-organized this year’s BGLA event in London [read more]

Harvard European Conference
Sophie Panjikidze was among the organizers of Harvard European Conference 2017 [read more]

The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition
Gvinadze & Partners supported Georgian participation in 2017 ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition

Georgian Arbitration Days 2016
Gvinadze & Partners co-sponsored GIAC Arbitration Days 2016 that took place at Holiday Inn in Tbilisi [read more]

IBA ECA Forum 2016
Nick Gvinadze spoke on tax and legal aspects of regional infrastructure and business migration at the International Bar Association’s ECA Forum [read more]

Kiev Arbitration Days 2015
Nick Gvinadze moderated the “Applicable Law” panel at Kiev Arbitration Days 2015 [read more]

Training for Georgian Diplomats
Senior Associate Sophie Panjikidze delivered a training on EU-Georgia DCFTA at the Georgian MFA Diplomatic Training Centre [read more]

4th Business Law Symposium
Senior Associate Zakaria Shvelidze was among the speakers and delivered a presentation on latest legal tendencies at the National Center for Commercial Law at Free University Tbilisi [read more]

"EU Association Agreements Signed a Year Ago: Progress and Prospects"
Nick Gvinadze spoke at the opening panel of the Europe-Caucasus-Asia (formerly CIS) Legal Forum at Radisson Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi [read more]

"Conflicts of Interest - Independence and Impartiality of Arbitral Institutions"
Senior Associate Sophie Panjikidze took part in a panel discussion at a Georgian Association of Arbitrators (GAA) Seminar at Ambasadori Hotel in Tbilisi [read more]

International Arbitration Conference
ICC International Court of Arbitration, ICC Georgia and Gvinadze & Partners co-organized the first major International Arbitration Conference of Georgia and the wider region [read more]

Training for Georgian judges
Senior Associate Zakaria Shvelidze moderated an ILO training for Georgian judges in Kvareli, Georgia [read more]

EUGBC visit to Brussels
In the framework of EUGBC visit to Brussels, Nick Gvinadze addressed Belgian business community at the Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI) [read more]

"Intellectual Property Protection: Why Patents and Trademarks are important for your business"
German Business Association and Gvinadze & Partners co-organized an IP seminar [read more]

"Update on the Political and Investment Climate in Georgia"
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Gvinadze & Partners co-hosted a BGLA seminar in London [read more]

International Taxation Seminar
Under the auspices of the German Business Association in Georgia, Gvinadze & Partners co-organized a seminar on Georgia-Germany Double Taxation Treaty at ProCredit Bank in Tbilisi [read more]

First Georgian-Swiss Business Forum
Nick Gvinadze spoke on Georgian legal framework for business at the First Georgian-Swiss Business Forum at Krtsanisi Residence in Tbilisi [read more]

"International Labor Standards: Procedures, Substance, Application"
Together with ILO experts, Senior Associate Zakaria Shvelidze moderated a workshop for Georgian MPs and senior members of the Government in Kobuleti, Georgia

Gvinadze & Partners boosts its IP Law practice
Gvinadze & Partners pleased to announce qualification of its Senior Associate Sophie Panjikidze as licensed Patent and Trademark Attorney

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Gvinadze & Partners supported Georgian participation in 2013 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

"Main Features and Advantages of ICC Arbitration"

Emmanuel Jolivet, General Counsel of ICC International Court of Arbitration, and Nick Gvinadze, Member of the Court, conducted an ICC arbitration seminar at Radisson Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi [read more]



"Flexibility in the Labor Code: A Positive Sign for European Integration?"

Article by Sophie Panjikidze and Zakaria Shvelidze

As Georgia takes a historic journey back to its European routes, with the recently launched Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations... [read more]



"Georgia's Perspective on Dispute Resolution"

Norton Rose LLP and Gvinadze & Partners co-organized this year’s conference under the auspices of the British-Georgian Law Association. Speakers included Georgia’s Ambassador HE Badridze, Norton Rose’s Head of International Arbitration and ADR Joseph Tirado, as well as senior members of the Georgian judiciary [read more]



Georgian Oil, Gas, Infrastructure and Energy Conference & Showcase
Gvinadze & Partners participated in the 10th Georgian International Oil, Gas, Energy and Infrastructure Conference & Showcase (GIOGIE). Nick Gvinadze was among the speakers of the conference and delivered a presentation on legal aspects of horizontal infrastructure projects in Georgia [read more]

"Georgia's Strategic Role in European Energy Security"
Together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Gvinadze & Partners co-hosted a conference in London under the auspices of the British-Georgian Law Association. Speakers included Georgia's Ambassador HE Badridze, Deputy Prime Minister Baramidze and Julian Bowden of BP [read more]

EPC Roundtable on EU-Georgia Economic Relations
In the framework of EUGBC Board's visit to Brussels, Nick Gvinadze spoke on Georgia's increasingly attractive investment climate at the European Policy Centre roundtable "EU-Georgia Economic Relations - Achievements and Challenges" [read more]

"Doing Business in Georgia - a Legal, Commercial and Political Analysis of the Current Climate"
Managing Partner Nick Gvinadze spoke at the seminar co-organized by the British-Georgian Chamber of Commerce and the British-Georgian Law Association in London, the UK [read more]

"Eminent Domain in Georgia: What Works, What Doesn't"
Article by Nick Gvinadze and Nick Keen

Georgia: a country situated on the old Silk Road; a country which, because of its geographic location, is today still of enormous importance as a commercial bridge between Europe and Asia... [read more]


 

 

Corporate

 

Acting for a London-based international investor on all aspects of design and implementation of a complex cross-border M&A transaction in respect of restructuring/reorganization of a formerly state-owned major hospital chain (comprising six full-profile hospitals) in Georgia;

Corporate advice and support to a lead German engineering and electronics company in relation to its operations in the Caucasus;

Corporate advice and support to several European airlines in relation to their Georgian operations;

Corporate advice and support to several multinationals in the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics sector in relation to their Georgian operations;

Corporate advice and support to several major international hotel chains in relation to their existing and contemplated Georgian operations;

Corporate advice and support to a London-based private real estate fund in relation to its Georgian operations;

Advising a lead Georgian microfinance organization and its US parent on a complex cross-border reorganization scheme;

A full-scope legal due diligence of a largest Georgian gold mining holding in connection with its acquisition by a lead European operator;

A full-scope legal due diligence of a major Georgian sea port, in connection with its contemplated acquisition by a lead UAE-based operator;

Acting for a publicly listed (LSE) Georgian bank in an offering to existing shareholders;

Acting for a Central Asian petroleum transportation company in a contemplated privatization of the Georgian Railways;

Acting for an East European private bank in acquisition of a majority stake in a Georgian bank through share subscription;

Corporate advice and support to a Georgian - Dutch real estate development group in relation to multiple real estate development projects in Georgia;

Acting for a US private equity fund in the acquisition of substantially all of the shares in a publicly listed Georgian beverage plant;

Acting for a US private equity fund in the acquisition of a 40% interest by share subscription in a Georgian real estate development company;

Acting for a leading Georgian bank in a competitive process to sell a majority stake in the bank to a strategic investor;

Advice to the municipal water services subsidiary of a European public company on privatization of the Tbilisi Municipal Water Company and an associated hydropower plant and canal system;

General corporate advice to European private equity group on a convertible loan agreement with its subsidiary Georgian winery, share purchase agreements in respect of further investments in Georgian winery and other advice on future Georgian acquisitions by European private equity group;

Advising a large international port operator on concession and development of a Black Sea Port and Free Industrial Zone;

Acting as Georgian counsel for a leading Georgian bank in the first ever IPO by a Georgian company on a Western stock exchange (LSE);

Acting for a leading Georgian bank in establishment of a private equity fund to invest in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan;

Acting for a Turkish glass manufacturer on the privatisation of a bottle manufacturing and filling plant, and capitalization and corporate restructuring of the enterprise;

Acting for a leading Georgian Bank in a $50 million increase in the bank's capital;

Acting for a major Georgian corporation in the acquisition of the assets and oil & gas concession rights of a Swiss company in Georgia;

Acting for a European multilateral development bank in its co-acquisition of a majority stake in one of Georgia’s top five banks, with a leading French bank;

Acting for a UK based private equity fund in relation to its prospective investments in Georgia;

Acting as Georgian counsel to a multilateral development bank in the negotiation of a subscription agreement, shareholders' agreement, put option agreement and loan in relation to an investment in one of Georgia's top banks;

Acting for the majority shareholder in a Georgian media company on the purchase of a stake in the company by an international media corporation;

Acting for a Georgian - Kazakh joint venture in the privatisation of a famous Caucasus Mountains ski resort;

Advising a major Russian bank on a shareholders' agreement and put and call option agreement with a multilateral development bank in respect of a further equity investment in a leading Georgian bank;

Advising a German manufacturing and construction company on its operations in Georgia;

Acting for publicly listed Australian mining company in selling its 50% interest in gold mining joint venture;

Acting on behalf of numerous foreign corporations in the creation of corporate subsidiaries and representative offices in Georgia (company registrations);

Advising the office of a world-famous Italian designer and architect on the launch of its activities in Georgia, including advice on tax structuring and management of its corporate presence; 

Assisting a major international law firm in a large scale World Bank-funded project entailing a comparative analysis in the areas of rulemaking and justice authorities in various European jurisdictions, with a view to providing rule of law reform recommendations to one of the former Soviet states;

Acting for one of the largest global clothing retailers on all matters relating to the launch and operation of its high street stores in Tbilisi;

Advising a major US pharmaceutical company on Georgian law aspects of clinical trials and studies based on complex investigative site agreements and related instruments;

Representation of a client in a major restructuring of one of the largest hospital chains in the country, including advice on complex cross-border merger procedures, relationship with the creditors and tax authorities;

Advising an international fertilizer and trading company on renegotiation of its high-value master offtake agreement with one of the largest industrial enterprises in Georgia;

Advising an American beverage company on importation and labeling requirements for raw materials in Georgia;

Advising an international development and education organization in relation to their extensive operations in Georgia involving provision of general regulatory advice on corporate matters;

High-level advice to the world's leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators, and moving walkways regarding the regulation of import and installation of elevators/escalators in Georgia;

Advising the first professional records management company in Georgia  pioneering world class document storage, digitization, and destruction services in the country – including drafting and negotiation of their inaugural master service contract with the major commercial banks in Georgia, as well as obtaining the National Bank’s approval to proceed with servicing such commercial banks in Georgia;

Acting for a leading US manufacturer of aloe vera-based drinks and bee-derived cosmetics, nutritional supplements and personal care products on all legal aspects of setting up their presence and launching of operations in Georgia;

Advising the world’s largest timeshare vacation exchange network on adaptation of their timeshare scheme to Georgia and other hospitality sector-specific matters under Georgian law;

Representing one of the largest and oldest American higher educational institutions in establishing its Tbilisi operations in the framework of a major multi-million Millennium Compact from the US Government to Georgia, including full-scope legal advice on tax and regulatory compliance, construction licensing, corporate, contractual and academic accreditation matters as well as legislative drafting;

Advising a prominent German-Georgian confectionery and ice cream parlor on various compliance, corporate, contractual and employment matters;

Acted for a leading multinational hardware and advanced electronics technology corporation on all aspects of its planned launch of operations in Georgia, including provision of legal advice on multiple matters including its start-up operations, corporate, contracts, employment, tax and regulatory matters;

Acting for one of the world’s largest manufacturers and marketers of beauty, household and personal care products on all aspects of their extensive operations in Georgia, including provision of legal advice on multiple matters including corporate, contracts, employment, tax and regulatory matters;

Acting for a major Georgian winery company in structuring their corporate organizational body, draft and negotiate the winery construction agreement, advise on employment and other legal aspects of their operations;

Advising a French pharmaceutical company on Georgian law regulation of complex competition issues relevant to introduction of medical product sale schemes on the Georgian market, including complex review and analysis of the newly enacted competition legislation and consultations with the relevant state authorities.

 

 

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