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BLC Law Office

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Partners: Alexander Bolkvadze, Ketti Kvartskhava, Giorgi Batlidze
Number of partners: 3 Number of lawyers: 20
Languages: English, French, Georgian, German, Russian

Firm Overview:
Based in Georgia, BLC is a true leader of the market practicing in virtually all areas of law, energy and infrastructure law, corporate and debt financing, M&A, intellectual property, tax and litigation, to name but a few. BLC and its attorneys retain their strong position and reputation among Georgian business circles and stand as one of the leaders among the legal practices in Georgia. Having thorough knowledge of Georgian legislation and legal practice, as well as various key industries, lawyers of BLC are devotedly serving the interests of their clients. With 20 qualified attorneys currently employed full time with BLC and several off counsels, BLC certainly has larger capacity to handle several complicated transactions and cases at a time than most of the law-firms in Georgia. Most importantly, BLC Law Office is the only legal practice in Georgia having a branch in Batumi (the investment centre of the West Georgia).

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Finance
Litigation & Arbitration
Intellectual Property
Real Estate/Construction & Development
Tax Law

Banking & Finance:
■Assisting European Investment Bank in setting up its representative office in Georgia. Providing ongoing support and daily assistance (reviewing the financing documents, international agreement entered with the Government of Georgia and the tax regime applicable to EIB operations in Georgia, etc.)
Partner: Alexander Bolkvadze
■Advising ING Bank in restructuring the USD 13 million credit facility issued to insurance company Aldagi
Partner: Giorgi Batlidze
■Advising Azercon Holding in setting up and financing (obtaining the credit facility form OPIC) of American Hospital in Tbilisi, the medical institution concentrated on providing the western standards of care
Partner: Giorgi Batlidze
■Advising JSC FoodMart (one of the largest retail chains of Georgia) in obtaining the financing from FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank
Partner: Ketti Kvartskhava

Energy & Infrastructure:
■BLC acts for Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC), for the development of Anaklia Deep Sea Port. ADC has succeeded in the tender announced by the Government of Georgia. BLC provides full scope assistance to the client in negotiating the terms of this multi-billion investment project
Partners: Ketti Kvartskhava, Alexander Bolkvadze
■Representing Georgian Co-Investment Fund (a private investment fund) in negotiating the implementation agreement, as well other operational contracts for several HPPs currently developed in Georgia
Partner: Ketti Kvartskhava
■Assisting the local venture of Clean Energy (Norway) and Tata Power (India) in construction of Shuakhevi HPP. BLC has assisted the Client in drafting the Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Georgia and has advised in broad project related issues, including land acquisition, corporate, financing and other matters
Partner: Alexander Bolkvadze

■Advising Georgian Healthcare Group (GHG) in the IPO at the London Stock Exchange. Notably, GHG achieved the premium listing and raised about USD 100 as a result
Partners: Alexander Bolkvadze, Giorgi Batlidze
■Acting for a South Korean investment company in acquisition an old hospital (named after Mikhailov, which today has status of cultural heritage) located in the center of Tbilisi intended for a 5 star hotel and class A office building
Partner: Alexander Bolkvadze
■Advising Georgian Co-Investment Fund in acquisition of Mowat Georgia LLC. The latter is a holder of a large-scale real estate development project in the heart of Tbilisi. Anticipated investment value is minimum USD 20 million
Partner: Ketti Kvartskhava

Litigation & Arbitration:
■Representing Sun Petroleum Georgia (one of the largest retailers on petroleum market) in a precedential dispute initiated against the Competition Agency of Georgia as a reaction to its conclusion establishing the existence of a cartel on the retail fuel market and imposing of multi-million penalty
Partners: Giorgi Batlidze, Ketti Kvartskhava, Alexander Bolkvadze
■BLC has become very active in insolvency and currently acts for several companies who have filed the insolvency applications. BLC also has wide experience in representing the creditors in similar setting
Partners: Ketti Kvartskhava, Giorgi Batlidze
■Representing the interests of several large companies (including the cloths retailer, importer of hygiene products, mining company, etc.) in ongoing multi-million disputes with the Revenue Service of Georgia. The subject matter of dispute is illegal tax assessment and imposition of large sanctions, as a result. Notably, BLC manages to be very successful in downsizing the penalties
Partners: Ketti Kvartskhava, Giorgi Batlidze
■Representing TV MR Georgia LLC (an official licensee of Nielsen Television Audience Measurement and the sole provider of TV audience measurement results on the market) against Revenue Service of Georgia in relation to the request of the latter to disclose the database of research participants
Partner: Ketti Kvartskhava

Intellectual Property:
■Representing Castel Georgia (one of the largest local beverages producers) in obtaining the trademark license and know-how from Kaltenberg (Koning Ludwig)
Partner: Alexander Bolkvadze
■BLC also acted in an analogous matter where it represented the interests of Teliani Valley (local wine producer) in obtaining similar rights for Heineken production
Partner: Giorgi Batlidze
■Representing Autodesk Corporation in intellectual property rights enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the software piracy rate in Georgia
Partner: Alexander Bolkvadze
■Representing Tiffany & Co. in an ongoing intellectual property infringement dispute against a local Tiffany-themed café that has been conducting its business without the required authorisation
Partner: Giorgi Batlidze
■Representing the interests of Societe BIC in undertaking legal actions against counterfeited goods, as well as in certain actions against grey market goods (imported not via official channels)
Partner: Giorgi Batlidze

Key Clients:
Adjara + (Georgia); Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co KG (Germany); Anadolu Group (Turkey); Bank of Georgia (Georgia); Bank Republic (Société Générale Group) (Georgia); Bauer (Germany); BNP Paribas (Switzerland); Castel Georgia (Georgia); China Development Bank Corporation (China); City Loft (Georgia); CMA-CGM (France); Credit Suisse (UK); Diplomat Georgia (Georgia/Israel); Georgian Co-Investment Fund (Georgia); Georgian Healthcare Group (Georgia); Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (Georgia); GRDF (The fund managing the US Millennium Challenge Georgia funds); EBRD (International); EIB (International); Embassy of the Republic of France in Georgia; Embassy of Swiss Confederation in Georgia; Embassy of German Federal Republic in Georgia; EU Delegation in Georgia; Embassy of Brazil in Georgia; General Electric Co. (USA); JSC Georgian Railway (Georgia); Gras Savoye (France); Hewlett-Packard (USA); HSBC Bank Georgia (UK-Georgia); IBM (USA); ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT GMBH (Germany); ING Bank (Netherlands); INTERRAO UES (Russia); IS Bank (Turkey); Johnson & Johnson (USA); KPMG – Moscow; Microsoft (USA); Panalpina (Switzerland); Partnership Fund of Georgia (Georgia); Procredit Bank (Georgia); R. Bosch GmbH (Germany); Sayali LLC (Subsidiary of Azercon Holdings, Georgia/Azerbaijan); Sabah Group Georgia (Georgia/Azerbaijan); Sheraton Batumi (USA); Teliani Valley (Georgia); TBC Bank (Georgia); TBC Holding (Georgia); Tiffany & Co; VTB Capital (Russia); Wrigley Jr. Company; 4 Finance (