Victor Kipiani, a Partner at Mgaloblishvili Kipiani Dzidziguri (MKD) Law Firm, spoke with Investor.ge about creating regional ties for lawyer, promoting business and pushing beyond borders.
August-Septembre, 2010. Issue 16, Investor.ge
MKD is betting on a regional outlook to boost business in Georgia and throughout the South Caucasus.
In May, MKD hosted its first region-wide conference law conference for the business community focusing on various Georgian legal issues, as well as issues in neighboring countries.
The event brought colleagues from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine together in Tbilisi for a day of seminars and networking. In addition, the conference covered the management of political risks in the South Caucasus, as well in Ukraine. According to Victor Kipiani, the conference's success has motivated MKD to plan a second gathering in the autumn for the banking and finance sector.
"The regularity of these events will help us, at the end of the day, crystallize the very subtle ... results that we do so clearly have at this stage," he said.
"I think that having the convergence of local understanding and international understanding... it would be, in a sense, [an opportunity for] local businesses to see how they should be exploiting their potential, what sort of markets they should be targeting."
The autumn conference will continue the mission of the May seminars: bringing lawyers and legal professionals from around the region to Tbilisi to talk about reforms, legal obstacles and their local environments in an effort to support business development regionally.
"I think that also quite beneficial in the sense of building up those bridges between communities and cultures because we have to bare in mind that global things start from very minor steps," he said.
Kipiani believes lawyer are in a unique position to help businesses see opportunities despite - or because of - the borders of the country they are based out of.
"The legal profession is a unique profession that recognizes the frontiers but in not restricted formally by the frontiers," he said, adding that "autonomy" makes it easier for lawyers to facilitate businesses and their interests throughout the region and the globe.
"Our neutrality to some extent ... puts us in the unique position to have a wider vision of the situation and to facilitate integration and harmonization.
" The conferences are also an outlet for MKD to impact its environment outside of the courtroom and boardroom.
According to Kipiani, the law firm is committed to corporate citizenship. He noted that MKD tries to balance its corporate ambitions with its local obligations. "We try really hard not to pursue the only technical goals but to contribute - investing our resources not just in marketing but contributing to the best future of the country," he said.