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Cosar Avukatlik Bürosu’s dispute resolution department handles litigation and arbitration arising from disputes related to M&A, construction and energy law. The team is recommended for its ability to handle ‘complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations’ and is led by ‘extremely intelligent strategic-thinkerUtku Coşar. In one ongoing highlight, the firm is representing a private equity investor in an ICC arbitration regarding a post-acquisition dispute. The ‘knowledgeable and reliable’ Suat Sari is another key figure.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office’s dispute resolution practice handles international arbitration and litigation in various sectors, including finance, energy, shipping, technology and construction. The team advises on commercial, administrative and competition-related disputes and acts for local and multinational clients. The department is jointly led by Ercüment Erdem, who ‘combines experience, legal intuition and negotiation skills’, and Süleyman Sevinç, who stands out for his ‘considerable litigation expertise’. Piraye Erdem is also active in the sector.


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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İsmail Esin heads the dispute resolution department at Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, which handles cross-border arbitration and litigation arising from M&A and shareholder disputes. The litigation department, led by Koray Söğüt, is particularly active in matters related to commercial, tax and IP law. Sector-specific expertise includes energy, real estate and construction, and clients include local and international companies, such as Österreichische Post.

Akinci Law Office’s Ziya Akıncı is well known for his experience and expertise in international arbitration. The team is particularly active in the construction, project development and energy sectors. The litigation department is led by senior associate Akın Ercan Özcan and handles local lawsuits concerning family, construction, energy and projects disputes. Senior associate Selda Taşyürek is another name to note.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki provides ‘creative’ advice on contentious matters related to loan agreements, competition, employment and debt collection. In addition to litigation, the team is increasingly active in international arbitration. The recommended Özgür Akman heads the practice; Gülistan Baltacı and Semih Sander are other key figures. Clients include OMV, Mynet, Pizza Restaurantları and İpragaz.

Çaga & Çaga has extensive experience in cross-border arbitration and litigation. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli are both active in the sector and advise on disputes arising from a multitude of areas, including aviation, shipping, tax and intellectual property.

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı is particularly active in energy, construction and projects and handles litigation as well as international arbitration. The practice is led by Mesut Çakmak; Cem Çağatay Orak and Özlem Kızıl Voyvoda are other key figures. Recent highlights include representing Philip Morris in a lawsuit filed against the Turkish Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority in order to attain cancellation of an administrative action against the client. Zeynep Çakmak returned to the firm from GKC Partners in February 2018.

GKC Partners’ dispute resolution practice is led by Yalın Akmenek. The team handles arbitration and litigation and has particular expertise in the energy and construction sectors. The team advises on disputes regarding employment, corporate and tax law and recently led advice to Uni-Mar regarding its tax lawsuits against the Ministry of Finance. Zeynep Çakmak departed to Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in February 2018.

Dispute resolution boutique Göksu Aydın Attorneys at Law has extensive experience in cross-border arbitration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The practice is led by Noyan Göksu and Kemal Gürhan Aydın and is particularly active in matters related to construction, projects, shipping, tax, customs and employment law. Clients include Tepe İnşaat, Cosco Shipping and Ergo Insurance.

Gün + Partners handles administrative, commercial and corporate litigation and advises on disputes concerning tax, insurance and regulatory compliance. The department is jointly-headed by Mehmet Gün, Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and Pelin Baysal. The team is also experienced in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Okan Demirkan heads the dispute resolution department at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli and handles both arbitration and litigation. The team is particularly experienced in enforcement lawsuits, as well as contentious matters related to compliance, construction and employment law. The client base includes Al Ghurair Investment, Hugo Boss and Magneti Marelli.

Moroglu Arseven’s sizeable dispute resolution practice is led by Orçun Çetinkaya and handles disputes related to commercial, corporate, employment, IP and tax law. The team is particularly experienced in handling large consumer dispute portfolios and cross-border shareholder disputes. Seyfi Moroğlu and Benan Arseven are other key figures.

Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu heads the dispute resolution practice at Cerrahoglu Law Firm and handles international arbitration. Uraz Canbolat and Eda Cerrahoğlu Balssen are active in litigation involving debt claims, employment law, and shareholder and commercial disputes. Clients include Nike, Alstom and Akkök Holding.

Proactive and pragmatic’, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law’s dispute resolution department is led by competition law expert Gönenç Gürkaynak and handles employment, commercial, competition and IP-related litigation. Recent highlights include defending against a claim regarding unfair competition. Other clients include SanDisk, Google and 3M. Founding partner Tunç Lokmanhekim retired.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke strengthened its dispute resolution practice in October 2016 with the promotion of Bilge Göksel and İsmet Bozoğlu to the partnership. The sizeable team advises on civil, criminal and commercial disputes and contentious matters concerning real estate, tax and employment law. The team is led by Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman is also a name to note.

Paksoy handles arbitration and litigation arising from civil, administrative and commercial disputes, including in the areas of IP, employment and competition law. The team is particularly active in the media, entertainment, construction and automotive sectors. Serdar Paksoy heads the firm; former practice co-head Gökhan Bozkurt left the firm in May 2017 to found litigation boutique Bozkurt Bozkurt Attorney Partnership.

Ergin Mizrahi and Meral Arabacı Seyfe head the dispute resolution department at Pekin & Bayar Law Firm, which handles arbitration and litigation. The team is particularly active in disputes concerning liability, competition and tax law. İzzet Maçoro founded MCR Hukuk after his departure from the firm in September 2017.

Pekin & Pekin’s dispute resolution practice handles corporate, commercial and criminal litigation and advises board members of local and international companies on compensation claims. The team is led by Gökben Erdem Dirican, who is particularly active on the defence side. Ali Gözütok and Ahmet Bağcı are other key figures.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office handles arbitration as well as administrative, commercial, civil and criminal litgation. The practice is led by Duygu Alkan; Zeynep Kanatcılar is also recommended.

Bener Law Office advises local and multinational clients on contentious matters pertaining to corporate, IP and employment law, and handles disputes arising from licence agreements. The practice is jointly led by Erim Bener and Ramazan Yılmaz.

Serdar Bezen leads the dispute resolution team at Bezen & Partners, which handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation, including shareholder disputes and other contentious matters in the construction, energy and projects sectors. Aykut Bakırcı is also a name to note.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants handles debt collection and disputes arising from agreements, contracts and transactions. Zihni Bilgehan, Ergün Ersoy and İlknur Pekşen are the key figures in the practice. GittiGidiyor, Maersk, Vitol and Kodak Near East are all clients of the firm.

Güner Law Office’s dispute resolution practice is led by Ece Güner and advises on transactional and commercial disputes as well as contentious matters related to IP and the media and entertainment sector. Burçak Kurt Biçer is another key figure.

Efe Kinikoğlu and Sezai Moral head the dispute resolution department at Moral & Partners and ‘exhibit a high level of legal knowledge and skill’. The team is recommended for ‘keen attention to detail’ and handles criminal, commercial and post-M&A disputes, as well as employment, tax and real estate lawsuits. Clients include JTI, Fersan and CNG Gaz.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Officedemonstrates a high level of competency and experience in the dispute resolution area’ and handles litigation relating to transactional, commercial, employment and tax law. Emre Atayılmaz and Kerim Pelister head the department and are particularly active in the retail, hospitality and insurance sectors. Seden Haskarabağ is also recommended.

Turunç handles litigation and mediation matters related to customs, product liability, commercial and employment law. The practice is led by the ‘intelligent and experienced’ Noyan Turunç; and Kerem Turunç is another key figure. Clients include General Motors, Chevrolet and British American Tobacco.

Can Oğuzer and Erdoğan Okşak head the dispute resolution practice at Abcoo Law Firm, which handles contractual, construction and IP-related disputes.

Aykan Acar Ergönen Law Firm’s dispute resolution practice is headed by Onur Ergönen and handles both defence- and claimant-side work; it is particularly active in domestic disputes. Duygu Açar Yücesoy and Ömer Aykan are other key figures.

Tevfik Gür heads the dispute resolution department at Gür Law Firm and primarily advises on arbitration proceedings, reward collection and compensation cases. Litigation expert Serkan Yıldırım left in May 2017 to found his own firm, Akkayan & Yildirim Attorney Partnership.

The ‘excellentIctemLegal handles commercial, banking, IP and employment-related disputes. Sıla Yılmaz heads the department; Serkan Içtem is

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