Team

Lasha Nodia
Managing Partner

Lasha Nodia is the founder and the managing partner of Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners since 2005. Prior to founding the firm, he served as a counsel and a head of the legal department at JSC Bank Republic (1996-2005).


“Highly Regarded” - IFLR 1000, 2018. “Lasha Nodia is a long-established name in the Georgian legal market.” – Chambers Europe, 2018 “One of the best lawyers in Georgia in Corporate, Banking Law and Dispute Resolution.” – IFLR 1000, 2017. “Deep knowledge and strength in dispute resolution” – Legal 500, 2017.
   
Eprem Urumashvili
Partner

Eprem Urumashvili is the partner at Nodia, Urumashvili &Partners since 2010. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Deputy CFO at JSC “Bank of Georgia” (2007-2010). He was a Head of Taxation Division (2000-2005) and a Head of Accounting and Taxation Division of Finance Department (2005-2007) at JSC “Bank of Georgia”.


Eprem Urumashvili has been named as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 since 2012.

“Eprem Urumashvili is recognised for his expertise in tax advisory services. A source notes his "experience and negotiation skills and ability to convince the other party." - Chambers Europe, 2018.

“Eprem Urumashvili comes particularly recommended for his “precise knowledge of tax law”, “very flexible” approach and the ability to come up with solutions. He is also active on tax disputes.” – Chambers Europe, 2017.


 

Alexander Sukhishvili
Partner

Alexander Sukhishvili joined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Alexander headed the Legal Expertise Division of Tax Department of Ministry of Finance of Georgia (2007-2010) and the Litigation Division of Revenue Service of Georgia (2010-2011). Before that, he served as a lawyer and as a head of the Legal Expertise Unit of Tax Department of Ministry of Finance of Georgia (2005-2007).


"Excellent professional. He is the best specialist in tax law" - IFLR 1000, 2018.

Service-oriented and sophisticated” – Legal 500, 2017.

“Notable Practitioner” – IFLR 1000, 2018.


Areas of Practice:

Tax Banking and Finance Dispute Resolution

Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze
Partner

Vakhtang Gamtsemlidze rejoined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2017. From 2009 and prior to rejoining the firm, Vakhtang served as Head of Legal, External Affairs and Security for British American Tobacco responsible for providing leadership across eight markets of Caucasus and Central Asia on all matters pertaining to commercial and corporate law, M&A, regulatory issues, compliance, reputation, security as well as ensured delivery of business objectives by effectively leading a large team of lawyers based in different jurisdictions. Till 2009, Vakhtang held a position of Senior Lawyer at Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners, served as an Arbitrator at the Dispute Resolution Center and acted as legal adviser to various businesses in Georgia.


 
Nino Kvinikadze
Partner

Nino Kvinikadze joined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2009. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a lawyer and a head of the legal department at the construction company Axis (2004-2008). Prior to that, she worked as a lawyer in the company "UNA" (2004-2005). Nino is an invited lecturer in Construction Law at Ilia State University.


“Nino Kvinikadze has extensive experience in transactions, disputes and administrative procedures.” – Legal 500, 2018.

“A well organised lawyer who is always focused on the details of the case” – IFLR 1000, 2017.


     
Maka Todua
Senior Lawyer

Maka joined Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Maka was a general director at a non-profit (non-commercial) entity Justice Development Center (2016-2017). During 2012-2016 she held the position of a manager at Tbilisi City Court. During 2005-2012 she was an assistant to the Judge at the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court of Georgia and during 1999-2005 she was a chief specialist and an assistant to the Judge at the Administrative and Tax chamber of the Tbilisi City Court.


Experience and Highlights:

- Representing one of the leading Turkish construction company in court proceeding regarding Interpretation of the objective and content of the Agreement and discriminatory treatment due to different salaries paid to employees.

-Representing the leading convention center in Georgia and the leading one in the Caucasus region in court proceeding regarding Imposition of payment of the amount due to termination of the Lease Agreement

-Representing the first hypermarket chain in Georgia in court proceedings regarding defaming the business reputation of a large trade brand and indemnification of damage, also prevention from using real estate, abuse of property right.

-Advising a leading international and Georgian bank regarding disputes resolution cases.

-Representing a leading Georgian manufacturer of the frozen meat, fish, pastry and bakery products in the court proceedings to protect the trademark of the manufacturer.

Ekaterine Danelia
Associate

Ekaterine Danelia joined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2012.
Jaba Balakhashvili
Senior Lawyer

Jaba Balakhashvili joined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Jaba worked as a tax expert for the Business Ombudsman of Georgia (2016-2017). Prior to that, he worked at the legal department of the Revenue Service of Georgia (2011-2014).

Giorgi Kekenadze
Senior Lawyer

Giorgi Kekenadze joined Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Giorgi served as a lawyer at the NGO where he was responsible for constitutional and civil litigation. He has litigated several high-profile cases at the Constitutional Court of Georgia. He also interned at the Civil Chamber of Supreme Court of Georgia in 2013. Giorgi is an invited lecturer in ADR at Ilia State University. He is the co-author of the Guide to Arbitration for District Court judges and the Guide to Arbitration for Appellate Courts of Georgia.


   

Testimonials

Chambers Europe, 2018
Lasha Nodia is a long-established name in the Georgian legal market. He is well known for his focus on international arbitration and is also involved in mediation.
Chambers Europe, 2018

Represented BitFury Group in negotiating a contract with the Georgian National Agency of Public Registry to design and pilot a blockchain-based project relating to land titles in Georgia.

IFLR 1000, 2018

Nodia Urumashvili & Partners has acted on a range of financial and corporate work during the research period, working on deals in cryptocurrency, mining and pharmaceuticals.

Legal 500, 2018

Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners handles transactions and general corporate matters. Eprem Urumashvili assisted The Bitfury Group with piloting a blockchain land titling project with the Georgian National Agency of Public Registry. Lasha Nodia assisted Geofood Invest with consolidating several of its subsidiaries into one single entity. Alexander Sukhishvili advised Georgian Hotel Management on a joint venture funded by Georgian and foreign investors.

Chambers Europe, 2018
The team is particularly praised for its practical expertise in infrastructure and construction matters.
Legal 500, 2018
Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners’ construction team has particular strengths in FIDIC matters and disputes, as well as a strong focus on energy and development projects. Daduna Kokhreidze, who heads the construction practice, recently advised Elita Burji on a FIDIC contract concerning the refurbishment of a hotel in Tbilisi and acted for Archtrade in a dispute involving the payment for the works performed at the Public Service Hall in Tbilisi.
Chambers Europe, 2017
The firm attracts a lot of praise for its practical experience of financing and tax matters. A client states: "It is a very strong firm in terms of the tax knowledge and ability to structure transactions from a tax point of view. Also, it has very deep knowledge of legislation and court practices.
IFLR 1000, 2018

Nodia Urumashvili & Partners has acted on a range of financial and corporate work during the research period, working on deals in cryptocurrency, mining and pharmaceuticals. In finance, the firm notably assisted Silkroad Bank on the underwriting of corporate bonds and its listing on the Georgian Stock Exchange. Capital markets is still a developing area in the jurisdiction, and the firm’s work helps set it in a good position to secure mandates as the area grows. 

Chambers Europe, 2017

The firm attracts a lot of praise for its practical experience of financing and tax matters. A client states: "It is a very strong firm in terms of the tax knowledge and ability to structure transactions from a tax point of view. Also, it has very deep knowledge of legislation and court practices.“ 

Chambers Europe, 2017

The firm attracts a lot of praise for its practical experience of financing and tax matters. A client states: "It is a very strong firm in terms of the tax knowledge and ability to structure transactions from a tax point of view. Also, it has very deep knowledge of legislation and court practices."

Legal 500, 2016
Nodia, Urumashvili and Partners’ growing practice provides ‘a deep and broad level of expertise’ across a range of contentious and non-contentious business law matters.
Legal 500, 2015
Highly regarded for its banking and finance practice.
Legal 500, 2017
Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners is a popular choice for Georgian banks and has notable expertise in licensing issues.
Legal 500, 2018
Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners  has notable expertise handling tax and construction-related disputes
Chambers Europe, 2018
Noted firm advising on contentious matters pertaining to all areas of general business law. Boasts a good reputation in such areas as tax and real estate with notable additional experience in construction-related disputes. Active in international arbitration.
Chambers Europe, 2017
They always react in time and are always eager to co-operate, they are very responsive.
IFLR 1000, 2017
We are totally satisfied with the service they provide
Legal 500, 2016
‘Superb’ Managing Partner Lasha Nodia heads the five-partner team, which also includes the 'service-oriented and sophisticated' Alexander Sukhishvili and Eprem Urumashvili, who leads the tax practice.
Chambers Europe, 2018
Sources  highlight  the  team's strong client service skills, praising its ‘excellent responsiveness and availability’ and ‘attention to detail’. 
IFLR 1000, 2018
Nodia Urumashvili & Partners is one of the leading law firms in Georgia, which is broadly represented especially on the real estate market. Its service is fast and its biggest strength is its knowledge of Georgian and international regulations. It can easily serve local and international investors by harmonising business needs to the requirements of legislation.
Legal 500, 2017
Clients describe Nodia, Urumashvili & Partners as providing ‘the most efficient and effective assistance’, as well as ‘tailor-made solutions’