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Bezen & Partners

SULTAN SELIM CAD. LALEGUL SOK., NEF 09 PLAZA, A BLOK FLOOR:12, 4 LEVENT, 34415 ISTANBUL, TURKEY
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Ankara, Istanbul

Serdar Bezen

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Bezen & Partners

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Founding partner - Focused Areas of Practice: Corporate and M&A and Dispute Resolution.

Position

Serdar Bezen advises domestic and international clients on a wide-range of Turkish law matters, with a particular focus on project financing, mergers & acquisitions and arbitration. He is the author of several articles on the Turkish International Arbitration Law (Law No. 4686), the UNCITRAL Model Law, the Turkish Banking Regulation and the Turkish Electricity Market Law. He is listed as an arbitrator in the LCIA database for potential arbitrators.

Career

Serdar Bezen is a member of the Turkish Bar Associations since 1991. He has worked on project finance transactions during his employment in the projects department of a Magic Circle law firm’s London office. He has also worked as a consultant to international clients on Turkish law matters in London. After relocating to Istanbul, he has worked on various matters in a leading Turkish law firm in Istanbul before setting up Bezen & Partners. A selection of his publications is as follows: (1) “Country Report Turkey”, Kluwer Arbitration Smart Charts, 2012; (2) "Turkey Chapter - Arbitration", Getting the Deal Through 2009; (3) "Turkey Chapter - Banking Regulation", Getting the Deal Through 2008; (4) "The Stance Of The Turkish Courts In The Adoption Of The New York Convention - The Road From Opposition To Acceptance", Mealey's Executive Summary, The New York Convention: 50 Years of Experience, October 2008, pp. 114-119; (5) "Not All Plain Sailing", International Finance Review, Energy Issue [2002], pp 21-22 (co-author); (6) "Turkey Adopts The Uncitral Model Law", Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol.16, Issue 8 [2001], pp 42-43; (7) "Recent Developments in International Commercial Arbitration in Turkey", Arbitration, Vol. 67, Issue 2 [2001], pp 155-175; and (8) "Recent Developments in International Arbitration in Turkey", Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol.16, Issue 2 [2001], pp 32-64.

Languages

English, Turkish (native).

Member

Bar of Istanbul; London Court of International Arbitration (listed as a potential arbitrator); International Chamber of Commerce; Shanghai International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission (listed as a potential arbitration); British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey; British-Turkish Lawyers Association; AEA (European Association of Attorneys).

Education

LLB, Law Faculty, Ankara University, Ankara; LLM Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, London.


Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Yeşim Bezen heads the banking, finance and capital markets practice at Bezen & Partners, which handles cross-border transactions, asset and project finance, loan agreements and debt restructuring. Recent highlights include assisting Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ortaklığı with the €250m refinancing of its real estate investment trust portfolio. In other work, the team advised China Aircraft Leasing Group on a Turkish law guarantee for an aircraft lease agreement. ‘Pragmatic and practicalMurat Soylu was made partner; Banu Aslan and Serdar Bezen are other key figures.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bezen & Partners advises on general commercial and corporate law, the drafting and negotiation of contracts, corporate restructuring, transactions and joint ventures. Recent work includes advising Akfen Holding on the pre-sale corporate restructuring of its energy company portfolio. Serdar Bezen heads the practice and Murat Soylu is another key figure. The team is particularly active in the energy and healthcare sectors. First Solar, Akkuyu Nükleer and Trelleborg are clients of the firm.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Serdar Bezen leads the dispute resolution team at Bezen & Partners, which handles civil, commercial and administrative litigation, including shareholder disputes and other contentious matters in the construction, energy and projects sectors. Aykut Bakırcı is also a name to note.

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