Amiran Gogiberidze, Partner

Services: M&A, Corporate and Commercial Law, Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Taxation

Amiran is the co-founder and Partner of MGAP and leads on corporate conflict resolution projects (including criminal-administrative proceedings and/or cross-jurisdiction disputes), major property cases as well as international asset tracing and debt recovery projects.

Education:

Graduate Diploma in Law, Moscow State University (MGU), 1998

Professional experience:

Prior to MGAP’s foundation, Amiran:

  • Worked on regulation of insider dealing on the stock market took part in the development of regulation of the securities market in Russia, developed a monitoring system for of members of the Russian Federation stock market;
  • Represented the interests of Russia’s major property owners he set up measures to counteract corporate mergers, created a complex system of protection against corporate mergers within the territory of Moscow and the Moscow region, used his regional experience in combatting corporate mergers as part of his work on regional corporate conflicts
Professional societies and ratings:
  • Advocate, member of Moscow Regional Bar, registration number 50/609
  • Amiran was recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a customs lawyer
Additional Information:

Amiran speaks Russian, English and Georgian

Promsvyazbank, a Russian private bank

MGAP provides legal support to multi-jurisdictional debt recovery disputes, working with local law firms in order to achieve the highest possible level of expertise to bridge the different legal worlds. An example, MGAP prepares affidavits and legal opinions under Russian law for legal proceedings outside Russia, as well as engages its foreign partner law firms to prepare the same for proceedings in Russian courts.

A holding structure for an oil refining company

MGAP prepared a legal opinion about tax and corporate risks involved in creating a holding structure for an oil refining company.

An investment project in the field of polymer production

MGAP provides a legal support of preparation of shareholders' agreements, investment agreements, restructuring and reissuing of existing contracts for financing and enforcement of financing obligations.

B&N Bank, Russian private bank

MGAP has provided (in close collaboration with a UK law firm) re-registration of the bank's representation in London in connection with a merger of MDM and B&N Bank in Russia, the closure of the bank's representation in London, a re-registration of labour relations with a representative of a foreign citizen in connection with the closure of the representative office.

Won a dispute on cadastral value of a land lot placed in Moscow region, resulting in more than 50% tax saving for the client

A New York case brought by shareholders of a major Western bank

MGAP provided support to a US law firm in the questioning of Russian witnesses in a New York case brought by shareholders of a bank concerned about activities in the Russian branch of the bank.

Issuing of an expert opinion on Russian law for the Austrian court

Drafting a legal opinion delivered to the Austrian court with respect to certain Russian legal issues (loan agreements, surety agreements, good faith behavior and proceeding in Russian courts of common jurisdiction).

A thin capitalization (loans between affiliated entities and persons)

MGAP is advising their client on debt assignment and tax consideration matters related to thin capitalization (loans between affiliated entities and persons).

A holding structure for a hydrocarbon processing plant

MGAP is advising a client regarding the creation of a holding structure for a hydrocarbon processing plant.

MGAP is successfully accredited by SberBank, a major Russian bank

MGAP has been accredited as funded asset tracing adviser for the territories of EU, European economic area / European Free Trade Association and Shengen zone.

MGAP’s funded asset tracing solution was warmly welcomed by Sberbank’s experts.

The effectiveness of an arbitration agreement with a limitation period

MGAP is advising a major oil and gas company on the effectiveness of an arbitration agreement with a limitation period, and the competence of the Russian court in a dispute resolution between Russian and Polish companies.

A low ratio rental rate, reducing the debt from 34 mln roubles to 30 thousands roubles

The Moscow city property department filed a lawsuit against MGAP’s client to recover a debt under a contract of lease of land allotted to the client for the construction of a hotel.

MGAP in the interests of their client filed a counterclaim on low ratio rental rate, reducing the debt from 34 mln rubles to 30 thousand rubles. MGAP succeeded in winning.

A sale-purchase transaction regarding shares of a company

MGAP provides legal support in a sale-purchase transaction regarding shares of a company, including the drafting of two option agreements with a repurchase clause.

A corporate structure for a large real estate sale-purchase transaction

MGAP prepared a corporate structure for a large real estate sale-purchase transaction in Moscow.

A corporate solution to retain the client’s right as a land tenant

MGAP are developing a corporate solution to retain the client’s rights as tenant (the client is an owner of a building and lessee of land in Moscow) with appropriate tax optimization.

A litigation about cancellation one of the urban planning documents

MGAP successful represented its client (a major real estate developer) in litigation against Moscow authorities about cancellation one of the urban planning documents, without which construction is impossible.

Successful recovery of approx. $ 1 mln

Successful recovery of unpaid cost of works (approx. $ 1 mln) for MGAP’s client under an act unsigned by the customer (the opponent of MGAP's client).

The obligation to sign an act on the implementation of an investment project

Successfully completion of litigation about the Moscow government’s obligation to sign an act on the implementation of an investment project of MGAP’s client. The signing of such an act commits the developer (MGAP’s client) to his obligation to carry out construction on the territory of Moscow.

Multi-jurisdictional dispute

Completion of litigation between two foreign companies regarding the obligation of the defendant (the counterparty of MGAP’s client) to transfer 100% of the participating interest in the charter capital of a company. The contract concerned control over a large real estate object in Russia. The legal work involved constructing an algorithm of corporate dispute resolution and resolution of obligations in a deal between two foreign companies in the Russian jurisdiction as well as supporting the disputes in the Russian Arbitrazh Court.

Right to be forgotten in Russia

MGAP provides a legal advise to the client on legal matters relating to right to be forgotten in Russia. One of the main tasks of our lawyers was to consult with our client on how to set up a legal mechanism for correcting false information published about person on the Internet.

Settlement of disputes over contract obligations concerned control over a large real estate object in Russia

The legal work involved constructing an algorithm of corporate dispute resolution and resolution of obligations in a deal between two foreign companies in the Russian jurisdiction as well as BVI.