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Seyma Inal, Founding Partner

Founding Partner Ms. Seyma Inal explains her firm and how it is adapting to the changing needs of her clients.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Inal Law Office from your competitors?

Always being ready to respond and providing the most efficient solutions by all aspects related to the subject matter, be it legal, industrial, financial, commercial or corporate, are the primary points which make Inal Law different. 

Based in Istanbul and having correspondent offices in Ankara and Geneva, with a network of partners and experts all over the world, Inal Law specializes in providing legal assistance to multinational and international companies as well as banks and financial institutions. Inal Law has been carrying out long term and trustworthy relations with its clients. Inal Law is also providing services to its clients while investing out of Turkey with the assistance of its wide international network as well as its market knowledge.

Thanks to our devotion while providing advice and assistance to our clients and to our continuous success in obtaining the best possible results, most of our clients have been enjoying our services for 25 or more years. Needless to say, we are also enjoying being of help to those long standing friends. In order to maintain our reliability and our clients’ trust in us, we always keep our knowledge up-to-date, while keeping them informed of all the developments related to their fields of business.

Our clients also trust in our litigation team’s expertise and experience in tough and complicated matters and the rating of our office for such major litigation is highly recognized.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Taking the effects of globalization in the recent years, Corporate and M&A which has always been one of our core practices seems to be still growing.

We are also expecting an increase in our workload in banking and project finance, as many of our clients will still continue investing.

As a newly introduced legal responsibility field in Turkey, protection of personal data, competition practices will be highly growing since they cover almost all sectors.  The introduction of the Law on the Protection of Personal Data and its fast diffusion into the business world have brought Turkey to closer levels with the European and international standards and their relevant practices. We have set up a team in charge of the data protection matters in order to provide our clients with fast and efficient services as well as tailor-made training programs for their adaptation.

And of course, renewable energy, as the most important environmental issue, will certainly be growing within the forthcoming years. 

Being one of the leading shipping law firms, shipping is also expected to grow with new projects and further related investments, while ship recycling is also one of the growing sectors in Turkey and we are expecting a higher number of deals in this area.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Recently, all major laws and relevant regulations are being amended and new ones are being introduced. We have set up a team in charge of following up and reviewing all such changes and new regulations for the purposes of both keeping our knowledge up to date and also keeping our clients informed of such developments. We also organize seminars, trainings and informative meetings for our clients in this respect.

We have always shown a special concern and effort while forming the members of our team to have expert colleagues on every field of law that we are rendering legal services, whereas we have been paying further efforts to keep all of us informed of the current issues being handled by our office to keep up the flow of the business and process the queries of the clients faster and better.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

The technology, especially in electronic communications, is developing extremely fast. Besides the communication on the services we are providing to our clients, the highly efficient international social media platforms give us the opportunity to inform our clients of all the developments in the legal world that will affect them. We are taking advantage of the technological tools and electronic platforms in interacting with our clients at the possible maximum level.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Due to the private and confidential nature of our works, it unfortunately is rather not appropriate to give clear examples, whereas we can give some examples of the main deals in topics, where we have helped our clients to add value to their business.

  • We have successfully concluded an M&A deal between two internationally well reputed companies after long and tough negotiations.
  • We have assisted our clients for the purchase of several factories in Italy, which was a highly complicated process involving many different types of procedures, as the factories were purchased from “concordati” by means of public auction and the machinery and equipment in the factories were purchased from the leasing companies. We have been involved in each and every step of the deal, including the establishment of a new company, the release of mortgages, the acquisition and the registration of movable and immovable properties with the local official authorities etc. We have also coordinated the local lawyers during the purchase process.
  • We have successfully conducted the financing and refinancing of various vessels including all the negotiations, preparation of all the relevant documents, the transactions with the banks, the changing of their flags, the release and registration of the mortgages over them etc.
  • We have been involved in the purchase, sale and construction of several yachts and superyachts, especially in the Free Zone as our office is one of the major expert law firms in the Free Zone regulations. We have also been involved in certain litigation matters between the shipyards and the buyers and the creditors.
  • We have also been involved in the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and court decisions as well as obtaining precautionary attachment decisions during and after the relevant arbitration procedures.
Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms? - where do you see the firm in three years time?

It is unquestionable that all the clients look for stability and strategic direction from their law firms. Furthermore, we believe that the most important point they are looking for is reliability, speed and the quality of service they receive, as well as the sense of confidentiality we have created with them.
We, as Inal Law Firm, are really happy with where we are standing from the client, reputation and the quality of legal services points of view, and hope to develop and strengthen our position as a well-established and reputable law firm, rendering excellent services and providing added value to more clients.

Besides our long-lasting relationships with our clients in Europe, UK and America, we are aiming to further develop our network in subcontinent and far eastern countries.

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