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GC Summit Turkey

26 September 2019 |



26 September 2019


Mabeyn Ballroom - Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Çırağan Cad. 32, Beşiktaş 34349, Istanbul, Turkey


2.00pm - 2.45pm


2.45pm - 7.30pm


GC Summit Turkey is a half-day conference which incorporates a series of panel discussions made up of leading in-house counsel and experts from Turkey to discuss the key issues effecting the region today.

The overarching theme of GC Summit Turkey is looking at Turkey on the world stage and the role of GCs and senior in-house lawyers in ensuring Turkish businesses are able to thrive in the global marketplace.

In association with

Gün + Partners is a full-service institutional law firm with a strategic international vision, providing transactional, advisory and dispute management services.

It is one of the oldest and largest law firms in Turkey and is internationally recognised among the top tier legal service providers in the country.

The firm is based in Istanbul, with working and correspondent offices in Ankara, İzmir and the major commercial centres in Turkey.

The firm advises a large portfolio of clients in numerous fields of activity, including life sciences, energy, construction & real estate, logistics, technology, media and telecoms, automotive, FMCG, chemicals and the defence industries.

All lawyers work in Turkish and English and majority of them also offer fluency in German and French.

BTS & Partners is a business enabler and policy influencer in sectors where digital technologies and law are the key considerations for business success and digital transformation. Its mission is to change the understanding and scope of legal consultancy services, by integrating business, technology, strategy and a deeper understanding of law into its services. BTS's motto, ‘Business Technology Strategy @ Law’, suggests the broad spectrum of services that it offers.

BTS provides its services to large business conglomerates and companies which lead the Turkish economy, as well as the largest technology companies listed in Fortune 500. BTS has been recognised by all the stakeholders of Turkish economy as well as the multinational players. BTS's vision is to become much more than a law firm, to undertake the role of a business enabler, with an ambition to disrupt the status quo.

BTS is in co-operation with reputable global law firms, academic institutions, international organisations and consultancy firms with respect to its areas of expertise. This contributes to BTS’s know-how on a global scale while constituting a resource to develop a service methodology to meet the legal needs of its clients abroad.

Being one of the independent full service law firms of Turkey Moral & Partners enjoys providing legal services to its international and national clients with its 40 people dynamic and experienced team.

Industry expertise

Moral & Partners has a broad range of national and international clients in various sectors, including but not limited to retail, automotive, FMCG, construction and real estate, energy and natural resources, textiles and fashion, financial institutions, industrial and manufacturing, logistics, media, pharmaceuticals and health, technology and telecommunications, shipping and maritime, food and entertainment.

Free zones as well as organised industrial zones have a notable place in Moral & Partners' expertise.

Client profile

National and international companies, conglomerates, international law firms, financial institutions and institutional investors constitute Moral & Partners' client profile.

Areas of practice

Banking and Finance, Compliance, Corporate Law, Customs Law, Cyber Security Law, Data Protection, Energy Law, Informatics Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Contracts and Commercial Transactions, Labour and Social Security Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Clients, Real Estate and Construction Law.

Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership is a leading Turkish law firm focusing on corporate/M&A, banking and finance, capital markets and privatisations, with a specific focus on the energy, infrastructure, consumer goods and retail and TMT sectors.

Yegin Ciftci holds a strong presence in the local M&A market and taking part in numerous ground-breaking deals. Advising international strategic and financial investors on M&A transactions in Turkey and assisting Turkish clients on their international acquisitions, Yegin Ciftci's Corporate/M&A department is best known for its strong track record on complex and structured M&A transactions, and is singled out for its sector knowledge. Among other areas, the firm focuses on cross-border acquisitions, public and private M&A, structured equity transactions, management/leveraged buyouts, asset/business transfers, restructurings and strategic alliances in corporate or other forms, enabling clients to achieve their investment strategies.


Topics include:

Managing the dispute
This panel discussion will address the way in which the corporations should approach disputes effecting their business, focusing on in-house counsel’s concerns and difficulties, on best ways to avoid resorting to dispute resolution mechanisms and finding a way to resolve them amicably and cost effectively, uncertainty an disruption to the business and, if it cannot be avoided, how to best manage a dispute. National and international level forum selection, choosing between common law and continental law jurisdictions, retaining legal counsel, cultural differences and managing the external and court process as well as managing expectations, frustrations and interruptions throughout.

Strategic acquisitions/divestments
Panellists will discuss the role of legal counsel in identifying and assessing risk around strategic acquisitions/divestments. The panel will be led by Itır Çiftçi, Head of Corporate/M&A, Partner at Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

Ultimate evolution
The role of the GC is constantly evolving. As well as providing expert legal counselling, and advice on risk management, ethics and compliance management, and governmental affairs, GCs are increasingly being asked to advise on less traditional areas such as business strategy, digital transformation, and marketing. This in turn is having an impact on how GCs interact and engage with their panel law firms. This session will discuss the way in which the GC role is evolving, and how that is impacting law firm relationships.


GC Summit Turkey
2.00pm – 2.45pmRegistration
2.45pm – 3.10pmWelcome address and keynote
3.10pm – 3.50pmPanel Discussion: Managing the dispute
3.50pm - 4.00pmCoffee Break
4.00pm – 4.40pmPanel Discussion: Legal tech and legal innovation
4.40pm - 4.50pmCoffee Break
4.50pm - 5.30pm Panel Discussion: Ultimate evolution
5.30pm - 5.40pmCoffee Break
5.40pm – 6.20pmPanel Discussion: Strategic acquisitions/divestments
6.20pm - 6.30pmClosing remarks
6.30pm - 7.30pmNetworking over canapes and drinks

Speakers include

Mehmet Gün is the founding partner of Gün + Partners, which he founded in 1986 as a firm offering full commercial and corporate law and IP rights services.

During his almost 40-year career, Mr Gün has developed expertise in many areas of law, including commercial, corporate and IP law. He is considered one of Turkey’s top international commercial lawyers and recognised by his peers and the business community as the leading IP lawyer in Turkey.

Mr Gün is familiar with the nuances of common and civil law proceedings and advocates for the improvement of the Turkish judiciary for the implementation of full disclosure in Turkish civil procedures.

Mr Gün is familiar with common law and the United Kingdom’s dispute resolution capacity, as well as the differences between Turkish and UK dispute resolution. He believes that Turkey should emulate the German, French and UK judiciary systems. He has worked with many UK law firms throughout his career, having advised many clients in the London reinsurance market and has acted as co-arbitrator, expert witness and co-counsel in the resolution of disputes involving both Turkish and English law.

Mehmet Gün
Founding partner, Gün + Partners

Emre Derman began his career at White & Case in 1989 and worked on a wide variety of corporate matters until 2008 when he left as the managing partner of the Istanbul office. He has also worked in New York and London and in many Eastern European countries during his term as counsel at the EBRD in 1994-1995. He was a managing director and the senior country officer of JP Morgan in Turkey between 2011 and 2014. Currently, he is a board member of Akbank and Turcas and a freelance consultant advising on a broad range of strategic, legal and financial matters. Derman holds an LLB from Istanbul University and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He is an avid sailor and competes in yacht races.

Emre Derman
Board member of Akbank and Turcas and freelance consultant

Andrew Savage focuses his practice on commercial and finance disputes and international arbitration. He has a wealth of experience across all sectors and industries, including finance, insolvency, energy, insurance (for policy holders), fraud, commodities, shipping, construction, IT and art theft.

Andrew has been recommended in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 for his expertise. His experience includes advising: Lehman Brothers Finance AG (in liquidation) on high value contentious matters; an investor regarding ICSID arbitration proceedings against an Eastern European state; and a listed hedge fund on claims from the transition of its positions from one prime broker to another.

Andrew Savage
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Itır Çiftçi is the partner heading the corporate/M&A practice of Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership. During her practice of over 25 years, she has been at the forefront of the legal market, advising prominent strategic and financial investors on numerous landmark transactions and major privatisations with an excellent knowledge of the Turkish market and its key players.

Itır has vast experience of structured equity investments, joint ventures and private equity funds and holds an industry specialism with a focus on financial services, consumer goods & retail, infrastructure and energy. She has developed a very strong market practice and is widely recognised amongst her peers and clients.

Itır Çiftçi
Partner - corporate/M&A, Yegin Çiftçi Attorney Partnership

Vefa Reşat Moral heads the corporate and M&A department of the firm. The Legal 500 2019 edition says that he 'thinks outside the box, communicates well and adopts a commercial approach'. Reşat advises companies and conglomerates as their external counsel 24/7.

His work focuses on general corporate issues, mergers and acquisitions, commercial law, art law, energy law, project finance, banking, private equities and real estate law in a wide range of industries including but not limited to; FMCG, art, heavy industry, energy and natural resources, retail, textiles, construction and real estate, aviation and defense and automotive. His family business experience deserves a separate chapter under his legal expertise, having advised leading Turkish families in both corporate governance projects and M&A transactions apart from his general counsel role.

Reşat was awarded as the only Corporate Advisory Lawyer by the Client Choice Awards in 2018. He is ranked in Chambers and Partners and THe Legal 500 EMEA in the commercial, corporate and M&A categories. Reşat graduated from Dokuz Eylül University’s School of Law and holds a LLM degree in business law from the University of Galatasaray.

Vefa Reşat Moral
Managing Partner, Moral & Partners

After graduating from Hüseyin Avni Sözen Anatolian High School, Derya attended Istanbul University, where she received her B.S. Business Administration – EN Faculty. Since 2001, she has been working at Siemens in various roles and departments, such as IT solutions and services, quality management, corporate technologies, and strategy and business excellence. After 16 years at Siemens and 7 years as a business excellence manager, she has expanded her expertise in areas such as quality and process management, project management, and business excellence towards digitalisation. She has been acting as the spokesperson of Siemens since May 2017.

Derya İren
Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 Marketing Manager, Siemens