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Mr. Giorgi Otaridze is a founder, Managing Partner of SBC Legal, specializing in Georgian private and corporate law. Prior to this, Giorgi worked at RSM Georgia as a Legal Director, as well as served at DLA Piper Georgia. His practice focuses on corporate, banking, finance, contracts, tax and litigation matters. Giorgi’s experience also includes working as a lawyer for Chemonics Inc, the international development contracting firm, on its Georgian Microfinance Stabilization and Enhancement Project and was the co-author of the amendments to the Georgian Civil Code clarifying microfinance organization status under Georgian law. Over the years, Mr. Otaridze assisted several Georgian Commercial Banks in various corporate matters, including among other the registration and obtaining the full banking license, corporate and labor matters, collateral registration, opening international accounts etc. Represented the EU TACIS program, and NGOs on a variety of matters including registrations, reorganizations, bankruptcy, taxation, and litigation.

A brief selection of his notable representations includes:

Representation of major international petroleum company on various cases in the Georgian courts arising out of the construction and operation of three oil and gas pipelines transiting Georgia, including property damage, environmental and right of way disputes.

Acting for the Georgian Government in an ICSID Arbitration regarding the alleged expropriation of foreign investment in a steel plant.

Acting for an American-owned Georgian real estate company in a high-profile property dispute with neighboring landowner.

Coordinating due diligence and participating in negotiations with various international financial institutions for structuring the debt transaction involving the financing of Georgian commercial banks and leading MFI’s in Georgia.

Providing legal support to international financial institution in debt transaction involving the financing the leading leasing company in Georgia ($10 million loan).

Representing the EU based financial institution in the process of Due Diligence Review of Georgian commercial bank, involvement in a multi-M USD share purchase transaction relating to the acquisition of shares of commercial bank in Georgia.

Representing the world’s largest telecommunication sector company in the process of Due Diligence Review of Georgian leading mobile operator company, involvement in a multi-M USD share purchase transaction relating to the acquisition of controlling package of shares of leading mobile operating company in Georgia.

Giorgi graduated from Tbilisi State University, Department of Law, earning his J.D. Degree with High Honors, as well as obtained Banking Law Expert Diploma at Bankakademie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Mr. Otaridze is admitted to Georgian Bar.

With native Georgian, Giorgi is fluent in English and Russian.

Contact information

3 Kavsadze Street, 2nd floor, Office N9 | Tbilisi 0162, Georgia
Domus Business Center

T: +995 32 2 000 260 (111)



Tbilisi State University, Department of Law, 1998, J.D. Degree with High Honors

Bankakademie, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 1998, Banking Law Expert Diploma