The opening of Dechert’s Tbilisi office in 2012 marked both the firm’s expansion into Georgia and a significant enhancement of our global corporate practice.
Fluent in English, Georgian, Russian, French and Italian, our Tbilisi team combines local service with the global knowledge that comes with being part of a worldwide legal practice. Working closely with colleagues throughout Dechert’s international network of offices, including Moscow, Dubai, London, Paris, Luxembourg, Beijing and across the United States, our Tbilisi lawyers provide a full range of services on matters relating to Georgia and the surrounding region.
Areas of Focus
Energy and Natural Resources
Our team advises domestic and international clients on virtually every aspect of energy and natural resources projects in a broad range of sectors, including oil & gas, mining and the rapidly developing renewable energy sector, particularly hydropower. We handle all stages of a project, from the initial stages of acquisition, title examination, permitting and exploration and feasibility analyses to site development, financing, management, operation and marketing.
Infrastructure and Project Finance
We advise on the development, financing, construction, operation and acquisition of a wide range of capital-intensive projects and facilities. We have significant experience developing and implementing complex, tax-efficient capital structures for all types of infrastructure and project finance transactions, including senior credit facilities, first lien/second lien financings, subordinated/mezzanine debt structured equity, workouts/restructurings and recapitalizations.
Dechert’s corporate lawyers advise buyers, sellers and advisers in corporate structuring and complex commercial transactions, with a focus on innovative structuring, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of a transaction. Recognized as a leading adviser among M&A law firms globally, we understand the unique deal terms and issues that arise in the local and regional context and are able to effectively structure and execute transactions to meet the business needs of our varied clients.
Foreign Direct Investment
We provide foreign investors with the necessary legal expertise to structure investments in Georgia. Our lawyers assist with all corporate, regulatory, labor and tax issues arising from the acquisition or establishment of a corporate vehicle or other entity in Georgia, as well as with the completion of the related investment, taking into account all structuring and implementation issues, including repatriation of funds, double tax treaties and protection of investment.
International Capital Markets
Our team advises all types of offering participants in connection with the full range of equity, debt and hybrid securities offerings under both Rule 144A and Regulation S, with a particular focus on Georgia and the surrounding region, as well as in the broader emerging markets. We have advised on several market-leading debt issuances and liability management transactions for the sovereign and leading state-owned and private companies and banks, as well as a high-profile premium listing on the London Stock Exchange by a leading Georgian financial institution.
Banking and Finance
We assist with structuring private equity and venture capital investments, as well as bilateral and syndicated bank loans. We are fully conversant with all types of private and public debt and equity financings, including syndicated and bilateral loan market transactions, acquisition financings, limited-recourse financings, asset-backed structures and other off-balance sheet transactions.
Investors and real estate developers, joint ventures, limited liability companies and other investment vehicles rely on us to handle all relevant corporate, regulatory and tax issues involved in real estate transactions. We have acted in many transactions involving real estate firms and corporate entities with substantial real estate assets, effectively guiding them through the complexities of M&A transactions. Our Tbilisi team represents owners of shopping centers, retail schemes and retailers and advises on real estate-related financings, particularly mortgage finance and mortgage loans designed for securitization.
International Dispute Resolution
Our dispute resolution lawyers are experienced in resolving issues by negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration under various rules, including those of the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). We have extensive experience in commercial, construction and engineering, cross-border and investor-state disputes and can approach contentious issues from all sides, having represented a variety of parties (including claimants and defendants), ranging from stand-alone companies to multinational business corporations and governments.
Dechert Georgia LLC, a limited liability company registered in Georgia (Identification number 404423147), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dechert LLP US.