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Law Firm Begiashvili & Co. Ltd

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Managing Partner: Giorgi Begiashvili
Number of partners: 3 Number of lawyers: 12
Languages:Georgian, English, Russian

Firm Overview:
Begiashvili & Co. Limited (BCO) is one of the pioneer independent law firms established in 1995 after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the newly formed Georgian market. Since its establishment, Begiashvili & Co. has grown into Georgia’s leading law firm. For over 24 years, the law firm has been renowned for:
■highly qualified lawyers, extensive international experience
■comprehensive practice
■respectable clientele
BCO provides general and extensive legal advice for national and international companies operating in Georgia. The firm advises its clients on corporate, civil, labour, intellectual property law and other industry-specific regulatory legal matters. The firm has furnished legal advice to internationally recognised corporations such as: British Petroleum, Georgian International Oil Consortium (GIOC), Chevron Inc, Aygaz A.S., Philip Morris, Glencore, Schwarzkopf and Henkel, Siemens, Kraft Foods, Mondelez International, Jacobs and more. Begiashvili & Co. have been actively contributing to legal drafting practices. Namely, drafting the law of Georgia on Public and Private Partnerships, elaboration of legal framework on leasing and factoring, etc.
BCO has established relations and working experience with international financial institutions such as European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), German Investment Corporation (DEG), Overseas Private Investment Corporations (OPIC), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Investment Bank (EIB), FMO, to name a few. Begiashvili & Co has been leading local legal counsel in major multi lender infrastructural projects implemented with IFIs in Anaklia Deep Water Seaport Project, Nenskra Hydro Power Plant Project, Qartli Wind Farm, etc. In the course of implementation of multinational projects, the firm has cooperated and coordinated with international law firms, namely, Clifford Chance, White & Case, Norton Rose Fulbright, Allen and Overy, Baker & Botts, Baker and Mckenzie, Nabarro Nathanson.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate
Dispute Resolution
Oil & Gas
Energy
Banking & Finance
Land/ Real Estate
Labour/ Employment
Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Construction
Telecommunications
Insurance

Banking & Project Finance:

3 partners; 6 fee earners based in Tbilisi, Georgia
■Georgia: USD 2.5 billion project financing of Anaklia Deep-water Sea Port Project. Begiashvili & Co. provides legal assistance and full scale advise in respect of Georgian Law matters to Clifford Chance and the group of Lenders consisting of EBRD, ADB, OPIC and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (“AIIB”) in connection with up to $400 million in proposed senior secured, limited recourse financing for the first phase of a sea port in Anaklia, Georgia, for deep-draft cargo ships
■Georgia: USD 1.1 billion project financing of Nenskra Hydro Power Plant Project. The Project contemplates construction and development of 168 MW Nenskra Hydro Power Plant. Begiashvili & Co. provides legal assistance and full scale advise in respect of Georgian Law matters to Clifford Chance and the group of Lenders consisting of EBRD, EIB, ADB, Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero (SACE) and Korean Development Bank (KDB). Begiashvili & Co. provided a comprehensive general and regulatory overview of Georgian legislation with particular focus on Energy Law
■Georgia: USD 22 million project financing of Qartli Windfarm Project. The Project anticipated construction and development of the first wind power plant in Georgia. Begiashvili & Co. acting in the capacity of a legal counsel provided full scale legal services to EBRD
■Georgia: Bank of Georgia Financing Project, which contemplated a senior unsecured loan of up to USD 110 million equivalent in local currency to JSC Bank of Georgia, a leading commercial bank established in Georgia. The loan is relating to (i) the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement facility, a new blended finance programme that is still being developed under Financial Intermediary Framework, (ii) SME Loan Project and (iii) the EaP Woman in Bussiness Financing Programme developed for the Caucasus countries, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine
■Georgia: EUR 100 million financing project of Energo Pro Georgia JSC by Česká Exportní Banka a.s. (financing of privatization by the borrower of electricity transmission lines and 6 hydro power plants in Georgia)
Key Clients: EBRD; Clifford Chance Europe LLP
Contact: Valeriy Tsekhanovich Tel: + (004) 420-733860
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Milica Zatezalo-Falatar Tel: +33 (0)1 44 05 51 55
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
2 partners; 6 fee earners based in Tbilisi, Georgia
■Georgia: USD 300 million project - Acquisition of the JSC Energo Pro Georgia’s Hydroelectric Power Business in Georgia. Representing Wuling Power Corporation Ltd. in acquisition of JSC Energo Pro Georgia - the largest private power company in Georgia, owning 15 HEPPs with a total capacity of 479 MW, accounting for 17% of the total installed capacity of Georgia
■Georgia: Privatisation of 6 HPP’s and of Distribution Networks. Representation of Energo-Pro A.S. in connection with US$ 125 million privatisation of six state owned electricity generating objects (Lajanuri HPP, Rioni HPP, Cascade of Gumati HPP, Shaori HPP, Dzevrula HPP, Atsi HPP) and the purchase of assets from JSC United Energy Distribution Company and LLC Adjara Energy Company in Georgia
Key Clients: Energo-Pro A.S; Clifford Chance Europe LLP; Wuling Power Corporation Ltd.

Oil & Gas Projects:
1 partner; 4 fee earners based in Tbilisi, Georgia
■Jindal Petroleum (Georgia) Limited - Advise on a retainer basis to Jindal Petroleum Limited company group in Georgia (including Jindal Petroleum (Georgia) Limited Operating Company; and RO of Jindal Petroleum (Georgia) Limited in carrying out of oil and gas operations on five Licensing Blocks - IX, VIIA, X, XIB, XIIIA
■NVP Georgia LLC - Advise on a retainer basis to Vectra Petroleum Limited and Operating Company Vectra Petroleum Georgia LLC. in carrying out of oil and gas operations on Licensing Block VIIB
Key Clients: NVP Georgia; Jindal Petroleum (Georgia) Limited
Contact: Cheah Meng Fui Tel: + (995) 597-445544
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Ajay Singh Bisen
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Finance/Capital Markets:
2 partners; 4 fee earners based in Tbilisi, Georgia
■Xella Concrete Plant Project – Representation of Xella Baustoffe GmbH. Equity investment in Georgian JV with YTONG Capital LLC and JSC Partnership Fund contemplating erection of the Plant for producing aerated autoclaved concrete Key Clients: Xella International GmbH
Contact: Dr. Christian Peter Hille Tel: + 49 203 60880 5612
Email: [email protected]lla.com

Insurance:
1 partner; 2 fee earners based in Tbilisi, Georgia
■Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. - Giving advice on annual basis to Zurich on the insurance regulatory laws of Georgia, covering all aspects of life as well as non-life insurance business
Key Client: Zurich Insurance Company Ltd.
Contact: Lucia Calvi Tel: +41 (0) 44 628 8236
Email: [email protected]