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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke (Hergüner) is one of the largest, full-service law firms in Turkey, representing major global, international and local corporations and private clientele, multilateral financial institutions and other notable international enterprises. Major practice areas include: corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital markets, project finance, dispute resolution, energy and infrastructure, competition, intellectual property, information technology and telecommunications, real estate, labour and employment, tax, and transportation and aviation.
Areas of practice
Corporate/M&A: Hergüner is among Turkey’s leading firms in expertise and the firm advises on major international transactions, including Verbund’s sale of its shares in Enerjisa to E.ON; SK Holdings VC fund formation and Telecity in acquiring a hosting market share leader. Hergüner meets the needs of corporate clients, and has longstanding relationships representing private equity houses and with such global clients as BP Gaz, A.S. and the Danone Group. The firm leads the way in assisting clients in acquiring new market shares and in forming joint and other venture investment companies.
Banking, finance and capital markets: Hergüner is lead or co-counsel for prominent finance projects that include corporations as clients in connection with multibillion-dollar financing projects. Hergüner advises on offerings, especially on first-of-a-kind bond offerings. Projects include advising: Ziraat Leasing’s bond offering for TL150m; Ziraat Bank in multimillion-euro financings and Enerjisa’s energy projects through facilities for €5.5bn.
Energy and infrastructure: Hergüner offers innovative financial and contractual structures on the market’s leading projects. The firm acted in two ground-breaking BOT Model infrastructure projects, which were the largest non-recourse project financings to close this decade. The firm represents the principals in the largest infrastructure construction projects in Turkey’s history, including the Gebze Izmir Road Project, which will include Europe’s longest suspension bridge, and the Istanbul Straight Road Tunnel Crossing project which will connect two continents, Asia and Europe. Hergüner advises on key nuclear power plant projects, such as on the Sinop Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey and on TAQA’s proposed lignite coal mines and on oil and gas, and mining issues.
Dispute resolution: Hergüner represents major clients in litigation and arbitration, and defends companies in the construction, infrastructure, FMCG, retail and petroleum sectors. The firm attained the bankruptcy decision against Goldas A.S., a retail gold leader, in favour of three international precious metal providers who were owed multimillion-dollar USD receivables. Hergüner handles enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, set aside proceedings and ICC arbitrations and represents top clients, such as one of the world’s top-five resin producers.
Competition: remains a strong point for Hergüner as the firm provides advice on complex competition law-related matters to such clients as Essilor, UPS, Brooks Brothers, Camargo Correa, Getinge Group & Valeo S.A.
Real estate: Hergüner is a ‘stand-out’ award-winning firm representing the world’s leading international retailers, real estate funds and developers based in the US, Europe, UAE and local players in development projects, including large-scale shopping centers, offices, residential complexes, urban regeneration projects, city-size tourism facilities, commercial leases and port development. Clients include: Pramerica, VastNed, Merrill Lynch, Extensa, ECE and ADIA.
Intellectual property, technology and telecommunications: Hergüner represents such clients as Barco NV, DP World, NBC Universal and engaged in the due diligence of a major Turkish digital platform operator for the benefit of a strategic investor in the media. The firm specialises in licence applications, operators’ interconnection, roaming and other services, and has well-established relationships with such content providers as NEC, Nikon and Panasonic.
Ümit Hergüner (senior partner)
Ayse Hergüner Bilgen (co-managing partner)
Ender Özeke (co-managing partner)
World Law Group
International Attorneys Club
International Bar Association
American Bar Association
US European Network
Number of lawyers 98
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