News & Publications

Upcoming - London Seminar on Renewable Energy and Infrastructure
Clifford Chance LLP and Gvinadze & Partners are co-organizing 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]


Our People

 

Nick Gvinadze Managing Partner

Nick Gvinadze is the Managing Partner of Gvinadze & Partners. With over two decades in busy private practice, he has accumulated abundant experience in the whole spectrum of both Georgian and cross-border commercial law, with particular focus on energy, infrastructure, tax and dispute resolution. Nick has advised on a number of key foreign investment projects in Georgia, including major oil and gas transportation projects in the Caspian region, and has acted in a number of higher profile proceedings in the Georgian Courts as well as in international arbitration.

Before re-launching Gvinadze & Partners in 2010, Nick was a partner at DLA Piper Gvinadze & Partners LP, headed Ernst & Young's legal practice in Georgia, was a partner at GCG Law Office (a leading Georgian law firm in the 1990’s), served as an attorney to the Financial Department of the Georgian Parliament, and acted as local counsel to an international law firm in the UK. He is also the former Chairman of the Arbitration Court of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he authored the Court's Arbitration Rules. Nick has also sat on the Board of Transparency International Georgia, Grants Commission of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, as well as on the Investment Support Council at the Georgian Parliament. Over the years, Nick has lectured extensively on various aspects of Georgian and International Business Law at various leading educational institutions in Georgia.

Having served 9 years as a member of the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Nick is currently a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR in Paris, and chairs the Arbitration Commission at the Georgian National Committee of the ICC. Nick also co-chairs the British-Georgian Law Association (BGLA), and sits on the Boards of the EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) and Georgian-Swiss Business Association (GSBA). Nick is a founding member of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) as well as Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA, a lead Georgian NGO), and is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).

Nick has received a Diploma in Jurisprudence with high honors from Tbilisi State University, a Diploma from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the University of London, as well as an LL.M in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Nick is fluent in his native Georgian, as well as in English and Russian.

Email: n.gvinadze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Sophie Panjikidze | Partner

Sophie Panjikidze is a Partner at Gvinadze & Partners. Having started with the legacy firm Georgian Consulting Group (GCG Law Office) back in 2002, Sophie has been responsible for successful incorporation, reorganization and winding up of many dozens of foreign investment vehicles, and has advised on a number of complex cross-border corporate and finance transactions as well as major privatization matters. With nearly 15 years of extensive private practice experience, Sophie has acquired valuable expertise in corporate, banking and finance, contracts, real estate, labor, insurance, IP and competition law matters, and has also been instrumental in supporting the firm's extensive litigation practice with important background research and due diligence. The clients she has worked for over the years range from pro bono charity clients to energy giants, major infrastructure development companies, leading Georgian banks and international financial institutions.

Sophie serves as an Expert on Georgia-EU Association Agreement and free trade issues with the Council of Experts under the EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC). She is also a Member of the Commission for Judicial Reforms at the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC). Sophie is a member of the Independent Review Pool formed by the US Millennium Challenge Account Georgia (MCA-Georgia) in connection with its Bid Challenge System, and sits on the Advisory Board of the US Government Exchange Program Alumni Association of Georgia (EPAG). She also acts as International Bar Association’s YLC National Representative for Georgia.  

Sophie has graduated with high honors from the Faculty of International Law and Relations at the Tbilisi State University and earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Board of Harvard Women’s Law Association. Sophie is also an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) administered by the US Department of State. Sophie has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs, including at the University of Oslo (Norway), Bodo Regional University (Norway), and The Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands). 

Sophie is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian, with intermediate knowledge of French.

Email: s.panjikidze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Zakaria Shvelidze | Partner

Zakaria Shvelidze is a Partner at Gvinadze & Partners. His practice encompasses a wide area of civil and administrative law and dispute resolution, with particular expertise in energy and infrastructure, construction contracts and permitting, land and real estate, tax and labor matters. With nearly a decade at the firm, Zakaria has advised and represented the interests of numerous foreign investors in Georgia. In addition to his broad transactional experience, Zakaria is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer with an impressive track record of successfully completed matters in Georgian courts as well as in numerous administrative proceedings in front of various governmental and municipal agencies of Georgia.

Prior to joining the firm, Zakaria worked as in-house counsel at a leading Georgian insurance company, a Georgian audit consultancy firm, and the Georgian office of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity. Zakaria also completed an internship at Teller & Associates in Seattle in the US. He is a recognized expert of Labor law, and frequently trains the members of the judiciary in Georgia and abroad under the auspices of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He is also a member of the working group on labor law curriculum for Georgian judges at the High School of Justice of Georgia, and a former member of the Accreditation Council of LEPL National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement of Georgia. Zakaria is a member of the Georgian Bar Association as well as a member of the Board at the Association of Law Firms of Georgia.

Zakaria holds an LL.M degree from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Law, where he continues his academic research and lecturing in law. He has also completed a number of professional training programs, including at the Georgetown University Law Center (Washington DC, USA) and the University of Washington School of Law (WA, USA). Zakaria is fluent in his native Georgian, as well as in English and Russian.

Email: z.shvelidze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Thomas Dimitroff Senior Counsel

Thomas Dimitroff is a Senior Counsel at Gvinadze & Partners. Tom is a US qualified lawyer (Illinois) with 25 years of uniquely blended experience as a lawyer, risk analyst and business strategist.  He has functioned as a member and legal manager of multiple negotiating teams that have delivered globally significant energy projects including the one million barrel per day BTC pipeline, the ten billion cubic meter SCP gas pipeline and the 6.9 billion cubic meter Gas Sales Agreement between Turkey and Azerbaijan (Shah Deniz Phase 1). He was lead negotiator for the Azerbaijan Republic during the multilateral Energy Charter Transit Protocol negotiations, for BP on the Kazakhstan Caspian Transportation System (KCTS) Project and for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Project. Tom has developed and negotiated arrangements for the access and sale of upstream oil and gas access arrangements in the FSU and Middle East on behalf of oil and gas companies and private equity funds.

Tom is also a Partner at Infrastructure Development Partnership (IDP), a London-based energy and mining sector consultancy firm. Earlier in his career, Tom served as Senior Legal Advisor and subsequently as Regional Advisor to BP plc for Africa, the Middle East, Russia, the Caspian and Turkey, advising on non-technical risks posed to new ventures and existing operations across the region. Tom was Consulting Editor for “Risk and Energy Infrastructure” published in August 2011 by Global Law and Business (London, UK).

Tom holds a J.D. from Kent College of Law in Chicago (USA), a B.C.L. (Jurisprudence and Political Theory) from Oxford University (UK), M.A. (Law) from Cambridge University (UK), and a B.A. (Philosophy) from Loyola University of Chicago (USA).  

Tom is fluent in his native English, with a good command of the Russian language. 

Email: t.dimitroff@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Tedo Ninidze | Senior Counsel

Tedo Ninidze is a Senior Counsel at Gvinadze & Partners. He is a Full Professor at the Law Faculty of Tbilisi State University, and one of the leading specialists and principal authors of Georgia’s modern-era commercial law. Having served as Minister of Justice in the critical years of Georgia’s post-soviet transformation (1993-1998), Professor Ninidze has played a key role in the development of the new body of Georgian civil law, and has co-authored and supervised the drafting of the principal commercial statutes including the Law on Entrepreneurs (1994) and the Civil Code (1997).  

In parallel to his several decade-long academic career, Professor Ninidze has served as Member of the High Council of Justice of Georgia, Minister of Justice of Georgia, General Prosecutor of Georgia, and Member and Head of the Legal Committee of the Supreme Council of Georgia. Prior to assuming these important positions in post-independent Georgia, he worked at the Institute of Economy and Law of the Science Academy of Georgia, and was the Chief Editor of the Law Journal “Samartali”.

Professor Ninidze has graduated from Tbilisi State University, the Faculty of Law, and from the Graduate School of USSR State and Law Institute of Science Academy, the Faculty of Civil Law, where he also obtained his PhD in Civil Law. Professor Ninidze is the author of a number of scientific works and publications, including most notably co-authoring the authoritative “Commentaries to the Law on Entrepreneurs” and “Commentaries to the Civil Code” which continue to serve as principal sources of study and interpretation of these important parliamentary laws.

Professor Ninidze is fluent in his native Georgian as well as in the Russian and German languages.

Email: assistant@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

  


Mariam Metreveli | Senior Associate

Mariam Metreveli is a Senior Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Mariam completed an internship at the Civil Cases Collegium of Tbilisi City Court, and served as a Court Monitor at Transparency International Georgia.

Mariam holds an LL.M degree from Tbilisi State University. She has also completed an exchange semester at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia), as well as the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) administered by the US Department of State. Mariam has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs. She is a member of the Georgian Bar Association.

Mariam is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English, with a good command of the Russian language.

Email: m.metreveli@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Tornike Amilakhvari | Senior Associate

Tornike Amilakhvari is a Senior Associate at Gvinadze & Partners with a wide expertise in civil and administrative law. Prior to joining the firm, Tornike completed internships at the Civil Cases Chamber of the Georgian Supreme Court, as well as a major Georgian law firm, and worked as in-house counsel at JSC Healthy Water, one of Georgia’s leading natural mineral water extraction and bottling companies.

Tornike holds an LL.M degree from Tbilisi State University. He has also completed an exchange semester at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia), and has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs. Tornike is a member of the Georgian Bar Association.

Tornike is fluent in his native Georgian as well as in English, with a good command of the Russian language.

Email: t.amilakhvari@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Tamara Rukhadze | Associate

Tamara Rukhadze is an Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Tamara was actively involved in developing and drafting spatial planning and construction legislation of Georgia in her capacity as the Head of Spatial Planning and Construction Policy Department at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. In the same Period Tamara represented Georgia in the Intergovernmental Committee and Bureau at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Earlier in her career, Tamara worked with lead UK law firms Herbert Smith LLP and Clyde and Co LLP in London in the UK, where she provided valuable support to the legal teams in the Trade and Energy and Litigation Departments. Tamara also serves as Secretary for the British-Georgian Law Association (BGLA).

Tamara holds an LL.M degree from Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law (Ohio, USA). Tamara has also earned a Graduate Diploma in Law, and subsequently a Bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB) from the BPP Law School in London, UK. She has also received a B.A. from the Tbilisi State University, and has also completed the Media Practice and Legal Drafting courses at the University of London in the UK.

Tamara is equally fluent in the Georgian, English and Russian languages.

Email: t.rukhadze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge 

 


Timothy Chase | Associate

Timothy Chase is an Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Tim’s areas of special interest include EU Law, Competition and Intellectual Property matters. Prior to joining the firm, Tim completed an internship with European competition lawyers at a lead international law firm Linklaters, and acquired work experience with a Brussels-based PR company. Tim has studied Russian and has taught English as a foreign language on different occasions and locations in our region.

After graduation from the Winchester College, Tim has obtained his BA from the University of Sheffield in the UK, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London Moorgate (London, UK).

Tim is fluent in his native English as well as in Russian, with a good command of the German and French languages.

Email: t.chase@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

   


Keti Pruidze | Associate

Keti is an Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Keti completed an internship at the Analytics and Court Practice Departments of the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as a lead human rights NGO.

Keti holds an LL.M degree from Tbilisi State University. She has also completed an exchange semester at the Faculty of Law of the Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania). She has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs, and is also a winner of several legal competitions.

Keti is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English, with a good command of the Russian language.

Email: k.pruidze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

   


Ekaterina Pipia | Associate

Ekaterina Pipia is an Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Ekaterina completed an internship at a local tax law firm, and served as a Librarian at the Faculty of Law of Tbilisi State University.

Ekaterina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Tbilisi State University, where she continues her studies towards the LL.M degree. Ekaterina has also completed the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) administered by the US Department of State (Colstrip High School, Montana, USA). Ekaterina has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs.

Ekaterina is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English and Russian, with advanced knowledge of German.

Email: e.pipia@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Tamar Gogiberidze | Associate

Tamar Gogiberidze is an Associate at Gvinadze & Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Tamar completed internships at Georgian law firms as well as in the Legal Department of the National Bank of Georgia.

Tamar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Free University of Tbilisi, where she continues her studies towards the LL.M degree. Tamar has attended a number of professional development courses and training programs and is a winner of several legal competitions.

Tamar is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English, with advanced Russian and intermediate German.

Email: t.gogiberidze@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Nino Baidoshvili | Specialist, Tax and Finance

Nino Baidoshvili is a Tax and Finance Specialist at Gvinadze & Partners. Her profound knowledge across the field is a valuable addition to our legal team’s tax and finance law expertise, and is called upon as required by client work. For a number of years prior to joining the firm, Nino worked as an Accountant and later as a Chief Accountant with Georgian companies.

Nino has obtained her MSc degree from Tbilisi State University, and is currently an ACCA candidate. Nino is fluent in Georgian and Russian, with advanced knowledge of English.

Email: n.baidoshvili@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Yulia Muzhichenko | Legal Assistant

Yulia Muzhichenko is a Legal Assistant at Gvinadze & Partners. Her duties include legal translations and interpretations, filings, documentary revisions and other valuable support to the legal team. Yulia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Sciences and Art of Ilia State University. Yulia is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), with successful graduation from the Citrus High School (Florida, USA). She has also completed a remote master summer training course in “Conflict Analysis, Policy Research, Writing and Advocacy” at the University of California (Irvine, USA).

Yulia is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian, with elementary German.

Email: assistant@gvinadzeandpartners.ge

 


Natalia Razmadze | Legal Assistant

Natalia Razmadze is a Legal Assistant at Gvinadze & Partners. Her duties include legal translations and interpretations, filings, documentary revisions and other valuable support to the legal team. Natalia is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), with successful graduation from New Philadelphia High School (OH, USA), and she also holds a number of other awards and training certificates. Natalia continues her Bachelor degree studies in Business Administration in Tourism at Tbilisi State University.

Natalia is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English, with a good command of the Russian language. 

Email: assistant@gvinadzeandpartners.ge 

 


Nino Siradze | Legal Assistant

Nino Siradze is a Legal Assistant at Gvinadze & Partners. Her duties include legal translations and interpretations, filings, documentary revisions and other valuable support to the legal team. Nino is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX), with successful graduation from Kingwood High School (Houston, Texas, USA). Nino continues her studies towards Bachelor’s degree at Ilia State University School of Law.

Nino is fluent in her native Georgian as well as in English, with a good command of the Russian language. 

Email: assistant@gvinadzeandpartners.ge 

 

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