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The firm

Founded in 1989, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership is one of the oldest, largest and most well-established corporate law firms in Turkey. In spite of its size, the firm maintains a personalised attention to detail that its clients have come to expect. Among Turkish law firms with a global reach, the firm is one of the few that is truly local and full-service. This combination allows Hergüner to be equally at home advising large multinational organisations, international financial institutions, private individuals and local start-ups. It has also helped the firm earn its reputation for flexibility and innovation.

Areas of practice

Banking, finance and capital markets: Hergüner represents IFIs, banks, corporations and other investment experts in complex financial transactions as well as all regulatory compliance matters.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: for the last two decades Hergüner has been involved in the majority of significant Turkish M&A deals, and it is a pioneer in the development of corporate governance principles in Turkey.

Real estate and construction: Hergüner advises the world’s leading international retailers, real estate funds and developers in transactions involving all forms of real estate from ports to urban regeneration.

Competition: Hergüner’s competition team is led by a former state antitrust case manager, who provides competitive assessment, registration and dawn raid support.

Dispute resolution: Hergüner represents a broad range of clients in foreign, domestic and multinational mediation, arbitration and litigation.

Employment: Hergüner advises Turkish and international companies in all aspects of employment, from sensitive c-suite executive issues to contentious collective bargaining negotiations.

Energy: from power plants to pipelines, Hergüner is a leader in the energy field, both in terms of innovative solutions to novel energy issues and benchmark international deals.

IT and telecoms: Hergüner represents operators, agencies, investors and lenders in a range of regulatory and transactional matters covering everything from licensing and data protection to litigation.

Intellectual property: the Hergüner team supports all aspects of IP law including patents, trade marks, utility models, industrial design, geographical signs, domain names, copyright, litigation and enforcement.

Project finance/projects: from Ottoman-era concessions to modern PPPs, Hergüner effectively wrote the book on project finance, advising clients on some of the largest projects in Turkish history.

Transport: from financing to operations, Hergüner represents sponsors, project companies, financial institutions, contractors and suppliers developing motorways, railways, ports and airports.

Restructuring and insolvency: Hergüner represents local and international companies through both M&A-related insolvency and restructuring, as well as sensitive bankruptcy enforcement proceedings.

Tax: from domestic structuring and authority disputes to multinational AD/CVD and safeguards cases, Hergüner advises local and international companies on all their tax issues.

Media and entertainment: Hergüner advises major media sector projects, including regulatory, commercial, and transactional aspects of print, television and radio broadcasting.

ContactsÜmit Hergüner (senior partner)
Senem Denktas (managing partner)


MemberWorld Law Group
International Attorneys Club
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
US European Network
International Law Institute

Number of lawyers 80

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