Natia Lapiashvili focuses her practice on domestic and international corporate law. Ms. Lapiashvili regularly advises multinational and domestic companies, financial institutions and foreign embassies on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries, including construction materials, energy, financial services, healthcare, oil and gas and pharmaceutical.
Ms. Lapiashvili counsels clients around the globe on matters pertaining to contracts, competition, tax and litigation. She also has extensive complex international investment and commercial arbitration dispute experience and has prepared documents and handbooks used before the ICC and LCIA.
Ms. Lapiashvili is a frequent author and lecturer on various issues regarding commercial law, competition law, comparative contract law, international investment law and international commercial arbitration. She is currently a Visiting Professor of Business Law at Grenoble University and has also taught courses at Tbilisi State University, the Caucasian School of Law, and the University of Georgia.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Lapiashvili served as an international arbitration intern and visiting foreign lawyer in the UK offices of three other international law firms. Her previous experience also includes working for three years as an associate in one of the leading Georgian law firms as well as three years as a legal researcher in a "Global Sales Law Project" in Switzerland. Furthermore, Ms. Lapiashvili served as a legal expert for the Parliament of Georgia and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, where she advised the Government of Georgia on draft competition and food safety laws.
Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.
- A high profile LCIA dispute involving the Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs, arising out of joint venture in ferroalloys industry in connection with siphoning money to offshores and alleged failure to distribute profits.
- Two different airport construction disputes in Middle East.
- A LCIA dispute arising out of breach of the shareholders' agreement in sugar refinery project.
- A large scale gas price review dispute; analyzing the changes in the price calculation formula due to the relevant market fluctuations triggering the price review.
- A complex ICC dispute representing one of the largest pharmaceutical companies.
- A contractual dispute derived from a joint venture between two largest jewelry and watch manufacturing companies.
- A major oil company in the region in connection with a number of oil and gas transportation and other projects in Georgia.
Tbilisi State University, LL.B., 2007, Diploma with honors
Riga Graduate School of Law, LL.M., Public International and EU Law, 2008, Diploma with merits
Basel University, Ph.D., 2010
Geneva University, MIDS, LL.M., International Dispute Settlement, 2011