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Ergun Ersoy

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Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

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Shipping, International Trade, Environment, Litigation, Insurance, Re-Insurance.


Senior Partner.


Mr Ergun Ersoy has approximately 10 years of sea-going experience having served as Master. He was then admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association in 1986. Having worked as an advocate in Turkish Cargo Lines for five years, he joined a leading maritime law firm as a partner where he practiced maritime law for over eight years. He was one of the founders of ErsoyBilgehan in 1999. Ergun Ersoy deals with all areas of shipping and maritime law. His experience in maritime law spans over twenty four years. He has been involved in the majority of the collisions and other wet work in the Turkish waters since the late 1980's and continues to play a leading role in similar work as one of the very few lawyers with extensive seagoing experience. He was one of the governmental committee members responsible for drafting regulations,governing Navigation and Traffic through the Turkish Straits. He is regularly called upon to protect the interests of ship-owners, P&I Clubs, insurance/reinsurance companies, shipyards and ship management companies.


Turkish and English.


Member of Istanbul Bar Association Co-founder and member of the Turkish Maritime Law Association Turkish Insurance Law Association Turkish Ocean Going Master’s Association Mariners Solidarity Association.


Turkish Naval Academy (1974) Post Graduate - Navigation and Ship Propulsion Systems (1975) University of Istanbul, Faculty of Law (1983).


Publications: Co-Author; “Supreme Court Judgements in Maritime Law” (1986), Co-Author; “Cargo Operations and Stowage in Tankers and Dry Cargo Ships” (1988).

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