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Çaga & Çaga is best known for handling international and domestic aviation disputes, as well as acting for shipping and other transport clients. Idil Çaga Degerli and Erdem Degerli are highly regarded and have represented various airlines in international disputes with third parties arising from shipping and transportation contracts.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu, which excels in shipping but also handles other transportation matters, is well known for its contentious expertise. Feyzi Ercin leads the aviation and wet shipping practice; Burcu Bilgin is a key name for logistics; and Dilek Bektaşoğlu-Sanlı leads the insurance, ship construction and ship finance departments. Sinan Şenol focuses on dry shipping, litigation and yacht finance.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants frequently advises protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance clubs, including UK Mutual, Steamship Mutual, West of England and Brittania. Ilknur Peksen, Zihni Bilgehan, and Ergun Ersoy are the key names. The trio represented Shipowners’ Mutual P&I Association (Luxembourg) in a dispute pertaining to a precautionary attachment claim and cargo claims. Bilgehan is ‘a key asset, as he brings an international flavour and in-depth, cross-border experience’.

Gür Law Firm’s team advises on shipping and maritime disputes, including pertaining to groundings, salvage, pollution, collisions, marine insurance, and cargo and crew claims. Founding partner Tevfik Gur, who is ‘considered one of the most professional lawyers in Turkey in the maritime area’, handles cases involving maritime arrests and casualties caused by collisions, pollution, cargo claims and vessel arrests. Clients include H&M underwriters, P&I clubs, manufacturers, financiers, port authorities and insurers. Berk Can Biren is noted for ‘his diligence, persistence and responsibility’.

Inal Law Office’s ‘knowledge of the industry is one of the factors that distinguishes the firm’. Practice head Seyma Inal is ‘informed as to developments in the legal landscape, offers practical support and cooperates well with business and technical teams’. The team recently advised a key client on yacht building contracts, supplements to the contract, registrations, and the drafting and registration of a new mortgage. Hande Ertugrul and Yagiz Okan are also recommended.

NSN Law Firm’s team is ‘first class, works together seamlessly, understands the issues and knows how to guide clients through a difficult jurisdiction ‘. Sevilay Kuru and Nazli Selek are ‘very incisive and efficient, getting to the key points quickly’. Nedret Ünlü has ‘invaluable experience and critical insight’.

Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki’s team acts for clients such as Standard P&I Club, Swedish Club, Nordisk Defence Club, Caterpillar Financial Services, Denizbank, ABN Amro Bank and Mersin International Port. Semih Sander is ‘among the best counsellors across the EMEA region and is a genuinely trusted adviser rather than just a provider of legal assistance’. Gulistan Baltaci is ‘a safe pair of hands for complex and diverse litigation matters in Turkey’.

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm advises shipowners on collisions and related cargo damage claims. Caglar Çoskunsu is a key name for P&I clubs and advises on onshore management, taxes and insurance. He and fellow practice head Burak Çavus have experience handling maritime-related disputes.

At Hergüner Bilgen ÖzekeAsli Budak has recently acted for borrowers in several road infrastructure project finance matters, while Kayra Üçer is a key adviser to UPS on regulatory and compliance issues. Air Berlin and United Airlines are other clients of the practice.

Kanar Kuyucu Ozelgin Law Firm’s team is ‘practical, young and energetic, but very wise’. Highlights included advising a Turkish shipowner involved in London arbitration proceedings. Ugur Kanar is the key contact.

Kunt & Partners has a strong debt collection department and has some experience in transportation-related arbitration proceedings. The team advises on cargo claims, civil aviation matters and competition compliance. Clients include major global airlines and other aviation providers. Elif Kunt and Senem Güçlüer are the key contacts.

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