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2016 has been a turbulent year for Turkey with the country already experiencing a decline in M&A transactions prior to the attempted coup in July, which further hampered economic activity. Indeed, the unpredictable political climate has caused a significant number of deals to be either delayed or cancelled.

On the dispute resolution side, courts have experienced significant disruption with a large volume of cases adjourned due to the shortage of judges. Nevertheless, contentious work (particularly debt collection matters) continues to account for a significant proportion of firms’ workloads. Restructuring-related mandates are also providing fertile ground for instruction.



Since its foundation, Demir & Partners has been dedicated to serving its clients in accordance with the principles of structural dynamism, up-to-date information and specialisation, as well as being aware of the importance of converting the expertise and experience gained in practice areas to an institutional culture. Demir & Partners provides services in English and German, as well as in native Turkish for its local and multinational clients. It offers both legal consultancy and litigation services.

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Cavus & Coskunsu

Cavus & Coskunsu has extensive experience in maritime, transportation and insurance law. As a dynamic and respected law firm, both Turkish and foreign companies including shipowners and managers, P&I clubs, hull underwriters, carriers and freight forwarders are represented in matters arising all over Turkey.

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Seyhan Law Office

Seyhan law office was established by three lawyers – Bülent Seyhan, Hakan Uncuoglu and Mustafa Korkmaz – in 2001. Since then, the firm’s lawyers have provided legal services for foreign companies and individuals in Turkey as the main direction of their work. During 15 years of legal practice it has gained wide experience and a perfect reputation among its clients and colleagues as an active legal bureau working professionally and effectively.

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Kesikli Law Firm

Kesikli Law Firm is a business-minded law firm with a strong focus on its core service areas: infrastructure and EPC projects, corporate, energy law, public tenders, employment and competition law. Kesikli serves a diverse client base, from global corporations to small entrepreneurial companies and individuals. Kesikli’s practices cover a range of transactional, litigious and regulatory matters facing businesses and individual businessmen.

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Leading firms in the Turkish legal market include Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, Esin Attorney Partnership, member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, Çakmak Avukatlik Bürosu and GKC Partners, while 2016 saw the demise of one of Turkey’s most successful law firms, Yuksel Karkın Kucuk (YKK), which was raided by the authorities and shut down following the coup attempt.

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