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George Svanadze, PhD., LL.M., MLB (Bucerius/WHU)

George Svanadze

Senior Partner | Head of Litigation Practice

EDUCATION

Tbilisi State University (Georgia), LL.B., Law, 2006, with Honors
Tbilisi State University (Georgia), LL.M., Civil, Commercial and Private Law, 2008, with Honors
Bucerius Law School and WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany), MLB., dual degree in Master of Laws and Business, 2009, with Distinction
Christian-Albrechts University (Germany), PhD in International Private Law and International Civil Litigation, Arbitration on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments according to Georgian and German Laws, 2013, with Honors (magna cum laude)

Pace Law School (Institute of International Commercial Law), (USA, NY), 2015, Certificate Program on International Commercial Law & International Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADMISSIONS
Georgia

LANGUAGES
Georgian
English
German
Russian

Practice Areas

MEMBERSHIPS
Georgian Bar Association, admitted to practice law as an attorney since 2006
Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of Legal Committee
Association of Law Firms of Georgia, Board Member
European Business Association, Chairman of Commercial and Business Law Committee
Georgian Arbitration Association
Georgian Law Institute
Acting arbitrator of Georgian International Arbitration Centre

Ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners

George Svanadze advises clients on general corporate issues, structuring of cross-border transactions of local and foreign companies. Mr. Svanadze also specializes in international commercial and investment contract drafting, legal due diligence procedures, conflict of laws, commercial arbitration and litigation, licensing regulations, competition law, free industrial zones, banking and financial transactions, labor & employment and migration issues.
George Svanadze conducts workshops and trainings for Georgian judges, notaries, attorneys, public and commercial registries on the issues of private international law, contract law, international trade and business law, company and corporate law, labor and employment law.
George Svanadze is recognized for his work by Legal 500 EMEA and cited as ‘hardworking, smart and solution-oriented‘. In addition, Legal 500 EMEA notes that Mr. Svanadze has led the projects on land purchase agreements for the clients in oil and gas, wine production and mining sectors. Mr. Svanadze is also recognized by Legal 500 EMEA in Dispute Resolution Field as he has led local and cross-border litigation and arbitration, as well as handled cross-border litigation proceedings in the Supreme Court. His dissertation and other publications are cited by Supreme Court of Georgia.
According to Chambers and Partners, George Svanadze often advises domestic and international organizations on a range of transactional, corporate and commercial matters. “He’s very fast and efficient. He’s very helpful: he can find ways and answers to any situation,” a client says.
Prior to joining MG Law Office, Mr. Svanadze gathered extensive experience leading legal practices of Big 4 companies and another international auditing and law firm. In particular, he served as the Associate Partner and the Head of EY Law Practice in Tbilisi, Georgia. He led legal practice of Deloitte as the Head of Deloitte Legal; he also acted as the Senior Associate Lawyer at Rödl & Partner in Georgia and in his early carrier years he worked as an in-house counsel of leading mineral water producing company in Georgia. He has also gathered his professional experiences in Germany working for international law firms in Hamburg and Berlin.

Experience:

  • One of the largest due diligence projects in Georgia conducted in the energy and free industrial zone sector; assisting in preparation and execution of the deal documents.
  • Buy-side due diligence on acquisition of shares in power plant company and legal support of the transaction.
  • Buy-side due diligence on acquisition of the shares in telecommunication company.
  • Advising the largest Georgian wine producers in negotiations of the investment agreement with governmental entities.
  • Assisting one of the largest international scientific organizations in structuring and incorporating the legal entities for the purposes of performance of the USAID grant requirements.
  • Complex litigation proceedings on local and international level for the largest Georgian wine producer.
  • Litigation proceedings support for an international manufacturer of ropeways.
  • Litigation proceedings in France for one of the largest Georgian company specializing in non-invasive threads and methods of face and body lifting.
  • Assisting one of the largest construction companies in Europe with the recognition and enforcement of the special regime insolvency act in Georgia.
  • Assisting German company in international commercial arbitration dispute in London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
  • Advising Ministry of Justice of Georgia on identification and ratification of Hague Conventions in the field of Civil and Commercial matters for the purposes of Georgian law harmonization process with EU Law within the framework of EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

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