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FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Gunes & Gunes Law Firm

Gunes & Gunes is an eminent, full-service law firm founded in 1999 by Umut Gunes and Ebru Gunes. It is the core principle of Gunes & Gunes Law Firm to safeguard its clients’ interest and add value to their business via its innovative approach to legal disputes and in its diligent business conduct that takes professionalism into an art form. Its head office is located right in the cradle of the world’s first democratic society, the ancient Lycian civilization, the roots of which go back to 200 BC; where art and culture meet natural beauty in the city of Antalya, the touristic capital of Turkey.

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Firat – Izgi Attorney Partnership

Fırat Izgi’s dispute resolution practice has a global reach as the firm is advising its clients in complex commercial cross-border litigation, arbitration, public international law, intellectual property and white-collar disputes. The firm’s dispute resolution practice includes, all kinds of disputes arising from contracts, unfair competition and advertising claims, product liability and consumer claims, distribution contract termination and portfolio compensation claims, debt recovery and bankruptcy, asset recovery and tracing along with the investigations, white collar and fraud.”

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LBF Partners

LBF Partners provides full legal and consultancy services to its foreign and domestic clients both in Turkey and at international level. We represent high-profile local and international companies as well as individuals in litigation with their sophisticated cases.

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Cosar Avukatlik Burosu specialises in M&A, construction and energy-sector litigation and arbitration. It has experience in representing clients in disputes in UK and US courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights. Recent cases include a dispute over the breach of a software license and support agreement, a shareholding rights dispute, an international commercial arbitration subject to ICC arbitration rules and the wrongful termination of a joint venture agreement. Utku Coşar heads the team, which possesses ‘leading abilities in international arbitration, Turkish law, and Turkish litigation’. Suat Sari, who is ‘very knowledgeable and reliable’, is also recommended.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises on a range of contentious matters including litigation, execution proceedings and arbitration. Areas of expertise include administrative lawsuits, commercial disputes, international arbitration and bankruptcy. Piraye Erdem and Süleyman Sevinç head the ‘very attentive’ team, which has ‘a lot of experience internationally’. Founder Ercüment Erdem is also recommended.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International specialises in post-M&A disputes. Areas of expertise include international arbitration, local litigation and enforcement law suits. The team adeptly handles commercial litigation and arbitration in the construction, real estate, IP, employment and tax sectors. İsmail Esin and Koray Söğüt head the team, which ‘knows the dispute resolution procedure very well and possesses the required legal knowledge’. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of Swiss law expert Urs Zenhausern.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki adeptly handles international arbitration, debt recovery, litigation in trial and appellate courts, and also mediation and pre-litigation negotiation processes. The team continues to advise Pizza Restaurantları on all contentious matters including employment, lease, compliance, administrative law, debt collection and enforcement. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson and Mynet. Özgür Akman heads the team; Gülistan Baltacı and Semih Sander are also recommended.

Çaga & Çaga provides ‘solid legal advice backed up by an in-depth understanding of business and practical consequences’. It is experienced in international arbitration and litigation. Key sectors of expertise include aviation, shipping, tax and manufacturing. In contentious matters, İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli ‘devote personal attention to the entire process’.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018 and is experienced in international arbitration and commercial and administrative litigation. It continues to represent Western Union in relation to commercial and consumer-related lawsuits. Other clients include Philip Morris, Garanti Bankası and ERG İnşaat. Zeynep Çakmak, who is ‘hardworking, experienced and highly sophisticated in every area of law’, returned from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in February 2018 and now heads the team alongside Cem Çağatay Orak. Mesut Çakmak is ‘highly knowledgeable, has good judgement and is strategic in his approach’.

Specialist dispute resolution firm Göksu Aydın Attorneys at Law is adept at handling international arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It also renders advisory services relating to regulatory compliance, dispute avoidance and liability mitigation. Clients include Amec Foster Wheeler. Noyan Göksu and Kemal Gürhan Aydın head the team.

Gün + Partners displays ‘a high level of professionalism and empathy’. It advises clients on end-to-end litigation, arbitration and mediation services including ADR. Experience in commercial dispute resolution includes the areas of insurance, labour and administrative law, tax and compliance. The team is headed by Mehmet Gün, Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and Pelin Baysal, who provides ‘a solution-oriented perspective with prompt and accurate advice’.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli represents clients in commercial disputes, enforcement lawsuits, labour claims, international arbitration and post-arbitration proceedings, ADR, litigation and compliance investigations. It successfully represented SSI Schäfer Automation in the Court of Appeals in relation to the enforcement of a €1m ICC arbitration award. Clients include Roxcel Handelsgesellschaft, Hinduja Bank, Hugo Boss and Agence France-Presse. Practice head Okan Demirkan possesses 'energy, excellent expertise and a convincing courtroom presence'.

The large dispute resolution team at Moroglu Arseven is headed by Orçun Çetinkaya, Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven, Işık Özdoğan and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin. Areas of expertise include distribution, agency and portfolio compensation issues, business crime, employment disputes, ADR, tax litigation, IP disputes, sports disputes and debt collection. Senior associate Fulya Kurar joined from Pinsent Masons Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi.

Akinci Law Office advises on international arbitration, local litigation and has particular experience in the construction, energy and business sectors. The team has acted in matters relating to highways, railways, natural gas storage, and commercial and residential buildings. Ziya Akıncı heads the team. Senior associates Akın Ercan Özcan and Selda Taşyürek are also recommended.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law is ‘strong, proactive and adopts the right strategies’ when handling litigation matters such as breach of contract, debt collection and enforcement. It represents clients from various industries including IP, IT, telecoms, broadcasting, transport, tobacco, healthcare and energy. Twitter, YouTube, Warner Bros. and Booking.com all instruct the team. The ‘innovativeGönenç Gürkaynak co-heads the practice with counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı and newly promoted partner Tolga Uluay, who is ‘a talented lawyer with a wealth of experience’.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises on Turkish law arbitration, litigation and local disputes. A particular area of focus is commercial and capital markets litigation, and it is also experienced in the energy and construction sectors. TAV Tepe Akfen Yatırım Inşaat ve Işletme is a key client. Yalın Akmenek heads the team. Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Attorney Partnership in February 2018.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s large dispute resolution team has ‘extensive experience in litigation and risk assessment, and a good record of winning cases’. Areas of expertise include commercial disputes, employment, real estate, labour law, IP, and tax litigation matters. The team also handles international mediation procedures and arbitration. LM Wind Power Blades, CSL Behring and Telia Company count among the team's clients. Key names to note include Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen, Bige Yücelİsmet Bozoğlu and Tolga Danışman; they provide ‘technical mastery, strategic guidance and good judgement on business matters’.

Paksoy provides full service arbitration and litigation capabilities in various sectors including financial services, infrastructure, chemicals, healthcare, construction, manufacturing, automotive, real estate, insurance and TMT. It continues to act for a car manufacturer in regulatory action in Turkey. 'Highly knowledgeable and experienced' practice head Serdar Paksoy is supported by senior associate Simel Sarıalioğlu. 'Sharp litigator and seasoned arbitration specialist' Yasemin Semiz made senior associate. Former practice co-head Gökhan Bozkurt left in May 2017 to set up litigation boutique Bozkurt Bozkurt Attorney Partnership.

Pekin & Bayar Law Firm handles litigation and arbitration, acting for clients such as the state of the Netherlands, an international hotels group and General Electric. The ‘very diligent, hardworking and thorough’ team is headed by Ergin Mizrahi, Meral Arabacı, Şefika Pekin and Ozer Arda. İzzet Maçoro set up MCR Hukuk after his departure in September 2017.

The ‘fast, reliable and cost-efficientADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office represents clients in commercial litigation, product liability and consumer claims, ADR, employment litigation, tax litigation, enforcement and arbitration. Practice head Duygu Alkan is ‘very experienced, a great negotiator and a fierce litigator’. Zeynep Kanatcılar is also recommended.

Bener Law Office handles various dispute resolution matters including employment-related litigation, enforcement, debt collection and trade mark disputes. Erim Bener and Ramazan Yılmaz head the team.

Bezen & Partners advises on litigation and arbitration matters relating to tax, administrative law, shareholder disputes, and energy and infrastructure-sector disputes. Crescent Petroleum counts among the team's clients. Serdar Bezen and Aykut Bakırcı are the key practitioners.

Cerrahoglu Law Firm handles disputes relating to distribution agreements, construction agreements, joint ventures and tax and represents clients in litigation and international and domestic arbitration matters. It continues to represent Nike in labour cases filed by former employees. Other clients include Akkök, Agfa and ILFC Ireland. Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu, Uraz Canbolat and Eda Cerrahoglu Balssen are the names to note.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants handles contentious matters in the commercial, administrative, environmental, labour and consumer sectors. Areas of expertise include litigation, negotiated settlement, mediation and arbitration. Maersk Group and Gard P&I count among the clients. Zihni Bilgehan, Ergün Ersoy and İlknur Pekşen are the key practitioners.

Güner Law Office is adept at handling international commercial arbitration and disputes arising from joint ventures and M&A. The team also deals with litigation matters such as solvency, debt restructuring, product liability and employment disputes, with a particular focus on the IP, media and entertainment sectors. It is headed by Ece Güner Toprak and senior associate Can Güner, who joined from an in-house role at energy company Teknokon Group.

Moral & Partners provides advice on arbitration, litigation hearings and appeals, real estate and tax litigation, shareholder disputes, post-M&A disputes and cyber security disputes. Efe Kinikoğlu and Sezai Moral head the team, which is noted for its ‘exceptional communication, prompt replies and positive results’.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is adept at handling commercial litigation, trade mark infringements, arbitration, bankruptcy, employment disputes and portfolio compensation claims. Emre Atayilmaz and Kerim Pelister head the team. Seden Haskarabağ is also recommended. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Almodo, Lidyana and Yapı Kredi Bankası.

TURUNÇ advises on commercial litigation, product liability defence, insurance disputes, competition litigation, IP litigation and labour disputes. The team is noted for its ‘excellent understanding of industry dynamics, speed in grasping key issues and creativity in developing solutions’. Key practitioners include Noyan Turunç, Kerem Turunç, Yücel Ezberci and associate Gizem Günel. Clients include British American Tobacco, Chevrolet, Fischer Chemicals and General Motors.

Abcoo Law Firm handles litigation, arbitration and mediation. Areas of expertise include commercial disputes, non-performing loans, shareholder disputes, unfair competition, trade mark issues, construction and real estate disputes. Can Oğuzer, Erdoğan Okşak and Hasan Çağlayan head the team, which provides ‘flexibility, expertise and quick responses’. Clients include Petrol Ofisi and Aksoy.

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm advises on international and domestic litigation, arbitration and mediation. Key practitioners include Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yücesoy.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership adopts ‘a systematic approach to complicated disputes’. The team handles international arbitration and disputes, commercial litigation and criminal law. Gorkem Cakır and Esra Sumer are the key practitioners.

IctemLegal is noted for its ‘robust international exposure, continuous availability and short turn-around times’. Sıla Yılmaz heads the ‘reliable, dependable and friendly’ team. Serkan Içtem is also recommended. It handles commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, trade mark cases, contract breaches and director liability claims.

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