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Gunes Law Firm

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Gunes & Gunes is an eminent, full-service law firm founded in 1999 by Umut Gunes and Ebru Gunes. It is the core principle of Gunes & Gunes Law Firm to safeguard its clients’ interest and add value to their business via its innovative approach to legal disputes and in its diligent business conduct that takes …

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LBF Partners

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Banking, finance and capital markets is one of our core practice areas. On the banking & finance side, we advise banks and other financial institutions, investors and governmental agencies in the field of banking and financial law. Our banking and finance team provides legal services for all financial transactions including, acquisition finance, term loans, syndicated …

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Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership

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Bozoğlu-İzgi’s dispute resolution practice has a global reach as the firm is advising its clients in complex commercial cross-border litigation, arbitration, public international law, intellectual property and white-collar disputes. The firm’s dispute resolution practice includes, all kinds of disputes arising from contracts, unfair competition and advertising claims, product liability and consumer claims, distribution contract termination …

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Dispute resolution in Turkey

Cosar Avukatlik Burosu

Cosar Avukatlik Burosu is a specialist disputes firm, entrusted by major international companies and state bodies to handle large-scale international arbitration and litigation. Practice head Utku Coşar is a 'stand out' practitioner with a strong reputation in all forms of dispute resolution, regularly litigating before international courts and contributing to academic coverage. She is supported by Suat Sari, another highly experienced litigator with a wide range of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Utku Coşar

Other key lawyers:

Suat Sari

Testimonials

‘The Cosar team is extremely hardworking, talented and will always go the extra mile to achieve outstanding results. The differentiating factor is the peerless leadership of Utku Cosar whose advice is always clear and on point. She inspires great team loyalty.’

‘The stand-out is name partner Utku Cosar. She is incredibly hardworking, on top of her brief, and tactically astute. ’

‘Cosar provides first class service in the international arbitration proceeding I am involved in. I can highly recommend them.’

‘Cosar is a boutique dispute resolution firm with a sophisticated and professional practice. There is a very high level of partner engagement and the work is consistently thoughtful and of high quality. The team is extremely hardworking and has the ability to handle complex cases with voluminous details, leaving no stone unturned. They care about the file that they are entrusted with. The team is also a pleasure to work with. For the quality and complexity of work, their fees are reasonable. I have been very impressed by the Cosar team. ’

‘Utku Cosar is an experienced and skillful dispute resolution lawyer. Apart from being solution-oriented, thorough and persistent, Utku has excellent instincts. She and her team have the capacity and stamina to handle complex cases. Utku has an international outlook that serves her well when working with MNCs; she understands their needs and interacts seamlessly with clients across different levels of the organization.

‘In my view, the Cosar firm is the leading arbitration firm in Turkey. The lead partner, Utku Cosar, is highly experienced in both commercial and investment arbitration and is very talented. Cosar should, I think, be the go-to firm for international companies with disputes involving Turkey or Turkish law.’

‘The lead partner, Utku Cosar, is an exceptional talent. She is smart, strategic, energetic and indefatigable. She has handled several of the biggest investment arbitration cases, and has won them. She also now sits as arbitrator.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a multinational chemicals company in a major international commercial arbitration involving a joint venture dispute.
  • Represented a multinational IT company before Turkish courts involving a software dispute.
  • Represented a leading pension fund in an international commercial arbitration involving a post-acquisition dispute.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Led by managing partner Piraye Erdem and Suleyman Sevinc Erdem & Erdem Law Office represents clients in commercial and administrative litigation, and arbitration. The firm handles M&A-related disputes, employment law issues, and domestic and international contractual disputes. Founding partner Ercüment Erdem is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Piraye Erdem; Süleyman Sevinç

Other key lawyers:

Ercüment Erdem

Key clients

UBER B.V.

UBER Turkey Yazılım ve Teknoloji Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. (UBER TURKEY)

Yıldırım Holding

Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları A.Ş. (Şişecam) and subsidiaries

İş Bankası

Emaar

Credendo

SamrukKazyna JSC

Samsunspor

LG Electronics

Enerjisa Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satis A.S

Yıldırım Enerji Holding

Work highlights

  • Representing Uber in the lawsuits initiated by car owners on the basis of breach of contract claims.
  • Representing LG Electronics in a lawsuit initiated by a leading Turkish electronics manufacturer against eight global companies for compensation of damages arising from breach of competition law claims.
  • Represents Yıldırım Holding and its affiliates active in several sectors, in various disputes including the ownership of company shares.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie Internatio

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International provides dedicated litigation and arbitration services to major corporate clients, with broad capabilities in administrative law, IP, and white-collar criminal defence, as well as a strong record in M&A and shareholder disputes. The firm represents both domestic and international clients, and is regularly involved in English law proceedings and ICC arbitrations. The practice group's diverse expertise is reflected in its leadership. İsmail Esin is an in-demand arbitrator with a focus on M&A disputes, Koray Söğüt specialises in complex commercial and criminal litigation for multinational clients, and Yalın Akmenek adds to the firm's cross-border expertise, following his arrival from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Yalın Akmenek; Koray Söğüt

Key clients

Österreichische Post

Work highlights

  • Representing an international oil company in ICC arbitration in connection with a dispute arising out of a share sale and purchase agreement.
  • Representing an international foreign investor in an ICC arbitration in connection with the exercise of a right under the Shareholders’ Agreement and the various associated disputes.
  • Representing an international technology company in an ICC arbitration in connection with a dispute arising out of a share sale and purchasing agreement.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners handles high-profile disputes on behalf of notable domestic and international entities. Of late, the team represented major clients in disputes relating to distribution agreements, IP litigation and contract breaches due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been engaged in several ICC arbitration cases during 2020. The practice group is led by experienced senior partner and arbitrator Mehmet Gün and newly-promoted partner Filiz Toprak Esin. Pelin Baysal left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Gün; Filiz Toprak Esin

Testimonials

‘G+P are a highly experienced and trustworthy disputes practice and take a very diligent approach to advising on Turkish law issues and explaining and reporting on Turkish litigation. They have lawyers with a number of specialities and take a rigorous professional approach to advising clients. In terms of service, they are always responsive and make great efforts to ensure they are available either but written advice and reporting which is of a good quality or on the phone. The quality applies to the partners and the associates who are also very competent and have good client skills. ’

‘Mehmet Gun is a highly experienced senior partner and has a presence that commands instant respect.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a German bank in denial of justice and series of loss of profit lawsuits totalling around $285m.
  • Representing a Turkish beverage producing company in consolidated ICC arbitration proceedings related to three bottle filling machines, totalling around $125m.
  • Representing American International Group in ICC arbitration proceedings related to a space and insurance dispute against a state-owned entity.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a broad disputes resolution practice, balancing strengths in litigation and arbitration. The firm has a number of standout clients, particularly in the banking sector, where it represents major domestic and international banks and consortiums, in addition to sports- and retail-sector clients. The team's strengths include debt recovery, bankruptcy-related claims, post-M&A disputes, international arbitration and criminal defence. Practice head Okan Demirkan is a prominent practitioner in a range of litigation and arbitration cases, particularly in banking, while senior associates Begüm Biçer İlikay and Rami Arda Yörükoğlu are noted for their expertise in cross-border and labour disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Testimonials

‘They carry out their activities in a very timely and precise manner – quick, to-the-point and high-quality clear advice – very flexible and very reliable – Well-regarded team with considerable experience assisting clients with litigation and arbitration proceedings ’

‘Okan Demirkan – Partner :very hard-working, never misses a detail, has no time limitations to contact, high level of reactivity.’

‘Hard working team, excellent command of English, deep and reliable knowledge of Turkish law, experienced in international arbitration , dedicated’

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli has a very strong dispute resolution team. They have skilled and experienced litigators that specializes in different sectors and areas. From juniors to seniors, all their team members are engaged and dedicated to their cases and clients. ’

‘Partner Okan Demirkan stands out as the most experienced and skilled litigator at the firm. He has very good communication skills with clients and colleagues.’

‘Very responsive and diligent. Great team and an absolute pleasure to work with. Impressive all-around.’

Key clients

BM-Bank JSC

Trabzonspor

Gano Excel

VTB Bank

Odea Bank

Abdi İbrahim

Roxcel Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Hugo Boss

Mitsubishi Corporation

Deloitte

Agence France-Presse

Alsim Alarko

Helen Doron

Oliver Samwer

Global Founders Capital

Bahrain Middle East Bank

Khaleeji Commercial Bank

Bahrain Islamic Bank

Alubaf Arab International Bank

Ithmaar Bank

Gulf International Bank

TPI

ArcelorMittal RZK

Inveon

Netapp

DHMİ (Republic of Turkey, General Directorate of State Airports Authority)

Triplan

Eurochimind

RAY Sigorta

Work highlights

  • Representing BM-Bank in two bankruptcy lawsuits and related procedures, compensation lawsuits, recognition lawsuits, criminal proceedings, tender cancellation related proceedings and finally constitutional court proceedings for the protection of BM-Bank’s receivables.
  • Advising a consortium of six Middle Eastern banks on the collection of almost $500m from various Turkish companies and individuals.
  • Representing Oliver Samwer and Global Founders Capital in a lawsuit filed by two investors alleging that they had a right a co-invest when Delivery Hero acquired Yemek Sepeti.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki represents notable corporate clients in civil, commercial, and administrative litigation, both before trial and appelate courts, as well as handling large-scale corporate disputes, including debt recovery and post-M&A issues. A particular area of strength for the firm is the shipping sector, where it regularly acts on ship seizure and foreclosure matters. The team is led by Kağan Dora, who focuses on commercial issues in a number of sectors, alongside recently-promoted Özge Akman Özmenlikan and Mahmut Karyağdı, a specialist litigator and intellectual property practitioner respectively.

Practice head(s):

Kağan Dora; Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Mahmut Karyağdı

Testimonials

‘Aygul Coskun is an exceptionally talented counsel in this firm. Her thoroughness and ability to advance client interests are unmatched. Very responsive and clear in communication.’

Key clients

İpragaz

Petrol Ofisi

Lesaffre

Domino’s Pizza Turkey

Socar Turkey Enerji

Broadway Malyan

ADB Safegate BVBA & ADB Safegate Sweden

Schott Orim Cam

Ford Otomotiv

Work highlights

  • Advised Hummingbird Ventures CVA and Hummingbird Ventures II CVA on the $1.8bn sale of Peak to Zynga.
  • Initiated and won a commercial court case on behalf of Broadway Malyan against Eroğlu Gayrimenkul for the collection of €235m.
  • Representing ADB Safegate BVBA and ADB Safegate Sweden AB in two actions of debt and two execution proceedings that were initiated for approx. €1.5m against UBS Airport Systems.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law represents clients in a variety of disputes, with experience in administrative, corporate, employment, property, and IT-related proceedings. The firm has a particularly strong record in competition matters, where it acts for a number of major multinational companies. The firm's lawyers have argued cases before Turkish courts, as well as the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. Specialist competition litigator Gönenç Gürkaynak leads the team, alongside Tolga Uluay, who handles a diverse range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Tolga Uluay

Testimonials

‘The team consists of experienced litigation professionals and they have close connections with other departments of the firm to receive the detailed information on the dispute. Since we work with the team for years, they can connect the outcomes of closed files with the new ones. ’

‘ELIG’s dispute resolution team works as a separate boutique law firm within ELIG with their own communication and work style. They are always reachable, have a close follow up on the subject matter. ’

‘Professional lawyers with profound experience in competition law. The entire team is hard working and extremely diligent. The ELIG team feels like part of our in-house legal team and play an important role in helping us navigating the legal landscape in Turkey. ’

‘They are very responsive and know how to guide the client through a matter.’

‘The team’s experience in terms of international cases/lawsuits. They are one of the leading law firms in the competition and dispute resolution areas.’

‘Specialist expertise in internet/online platform/freedom of speech matters. Very user-friendly for English-speaking clients.’

‘Tolga Uluay has been great throughout. Very easy to work with, very proactive, seems very comfortable with internet-related subject matter.’

Key clients

Travelex

Newell

3M Company

L’Oréal

Henkel

Twitter

YouTube

Booking.com

Google

Philip Morris

Turkish Airlines

TÜSİAD

Edenred

Mercedes

Mutlu Akü

Medtronic

Boyner

Polypag AG

AB Inbev

Tinmar

Göksu Law

Boutique firm Göksu Law focuses almost exclusively on litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, representing clients before Turkish and European courts in commercial, administrative, and constitutional cases. Focus areas include construction and infrastructure, finance, and telecoms, with clients ranging from Turkish contractors and engineering firms to international businesses, most notably, Chinese companies. The firms' partners also have strong English law capabilities. The team is led by Noyan Göksu, an experienced international arbitrator, alongside commercial litigation and construction disputes specialist Kemal Gürhan Aydın.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Göksu; Kemal Gürhan Aydın

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven advises its corporate clients on potential disputes and dispute avoidance, and also has dedicated litigation and arbitration expertise, with several of the firm's corporate partners also adept at handling disputes. The firm is particularly experienced in acting for telecoms clients, among other major international corporates. Matters include high-value financial claims, commercial disputes, administrative law, and IP proceedings. The team is led by E. Benan Arseven and Seyfi Moroğlu, who are both experienced corporate advisers and commercial litigators, regularly handling M&A and shareholder disputes. Nejla Aydın Özer and Burak Baydar made partner in early 2020, reflecting their broad experience in disputes work.

Practice head(s):

E. Benan Arseven; Seyfi Moroğlu

Other key lawyers:

Nejla Aydın Özer; Burak Baydar

Paksoy

Paksoy has a broad practice in commercial dispute resolution, representing a wide range of high-profile domestic and international clients in industries such as financial services, aerospace and defence, retail, and private equity. Particular strengths for the firm include work on behalf of international firms, and intellectual property disputes. Serdar Paksoy heads up the team, and is highly respected by clients and peers as a litigator and international arbitrator. Counsel Simel Sarıalioğlu is similarly well-regarded, and has extensive international law experience. Onur Çeliker joined from Pekin & Pekin in mid-2020, specialising in corporate fraud and debt execution.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Paksoy

Other key lawyers:

Simel Sarıalioğlu; Onur Çeliker

Testimonials

‘Hands-on and attentive team at every level.’

‘Serdar Paksoy, great expertise and wide perspective in an every legal matter. Simel Sarıalioğlu, a great senior lawyer with the correct attitude. I see her more like a corporate lawyer in the litigation field. ’

‘Their knowledge and experiences on litigation&arbitration processes impressed us about them.

‘Excellent English language skills and technical knowledge’

‘It is mostly the personal attention of Mr. Paksoy that makes this practice stand out. He is a perfectionist and he makes sure the work is delivered at a very high quality level. The team is a diverse group, each associated with a different skill and focus area.’

‘Mr. Serdar Paksoy is a respected figure in the market. He is an experienced and confident litigator who especially can make a difference in oral hearings at courts with his exceptional speech skills. If you hav a a high profile case, he brings value by not only the quality of work but also with his presence and personal involvement.’

Key clients

Alcatel

BHP Billiton

Corning

Corteva

DAF Trucks

EY

Gazprom

MAN Truck & Bus

Panasonic

Porsche

The Dow Chemical Company

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Representing beIN Media Group in an ISTAC arbitration against the Turkish Football Federation and further in the lawsuit seeking annulment of the related arbitral award.
  • Representing Orica in a complex shareholder dispute on an ICC arbitration and also in Turkish courts.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership represents clients in commercial litigation, international arbitration, investor-state cases, administrative proceedings, and employment disputes. The firm has a strong record in energy-related disputes, and also represents domestic and international corporates in the financial services and logistics sectors. The practice is led by senior partner and energy specialist Mesut Çakmak, a widely respected practitioner in demand as an arbitrator, alongside Zeynep Çakmak, who has a broad corporate client base and handles M&A, shareholder, and employment-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Key clients

Garanti Bankası

International Road Union

İZGAZ İzmit Gaz

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri

AP Wireless Infrastructure Partners

Western Union

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

Bureau Veritas Gözetim Hizmetleri

Klepierre

Work highlights

  • Representing Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS and Bureau Veritas Gözetim Hizmetleri in connection with several administrative lawsuits.
  • Representation of Klepierre SA in its lawsuit.
  • Representation of İzgaz in two administrative lawsuits.

Akinci Law Office

Akinci Law Office represents clients in commercial and criminal litigation and arbitration proceedings. In addition to litigation capabilities, the team includes members with experience in civil engineering and qualifications in English, American, and Malaysian law. There are also several academics in the team, lecturing in areas such as international law, family law, and corporate law. Practice head Ziya Akıncı is regularly called upon as an international arbitrator, and also litigates construction and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ziya Akıncı

Key clients

Attila Dogan İnşaat

Work highlights

  • Represented Attila Dogan Installation in an ICSID case against Oman.

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners has developed a solid reputation in commercial litigation, representing major international companies including YUM! Brands and Hyundai in high-value disputes. In addition to domestic work, the firm has also acted in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has handled ICC arbitration. The team is led by respected arbitrator Serdar Bezen, corporate disputes specialist Murat Soylu, and Aykut Bakırcı, who focuses on administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Bezen; Aykut Bakırcı; Murat Soylu

Testimonials

‘Excellent team for international arbitration’

‘Excellent colleagues to work with for Turkish law questions on international arbitration. Murat Soylu in particular did a great job on a case we handled together last year. And their dedication to the client is outstanding.’

Key clients

Hyundai Eurotem

YUM! Brands

Transmark Renewables

Baker Hughes Petrol Sahası Teçhizat ve Hizmetleri

Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

MR İşletme Hizmetleri Danışmanlığı

Karjala Pulp

Trinasolar

Mayflex

Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza

Work highlights

  • Advising the Turkish subsidiary of Transmark Renewables on a lawsuit initiated by an NGO for the cancellation of the environmental impact assessment decision issued by Turkish authorities for its geothermal energy project in Turkey.
  • Advising a former Turkish football player Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza in proceedings against the Turkish Football Federation which were finally brought before the ECtHR.
  • Advised YUM! Brands on a post-M&A dispute with a Turkish entity in an ICC arbitration.

CETINKAYA

Newly-formed firm CETINKAYA provides a partner-led service covering criminal defence, employment and commercial litigation, mediation and other ADR. The team also has experience in international arbitration. Headed by Orçun Çetinkaya, the 'dynamic and responsive team' has won praise from clients for its performance in and out of court. Torehan Buyuksoy and Bentley Yaffe also play key roles in a wide range of cases.

Practice head(s):

Orçun Çetinkaya

Other key lawyers:

Torehan Buyuksoy; Bentley Yaffe

Testimonials

Dynamic and responsive team, quick to grasp commercial imperatives.

We work with Cetinkaya for tax and professional negligence disputes. They are the best. Their partners are real court advocates.

They work with us closely, monitor our operations and provide recommendations to prevent disputes. This is a uniqe approach. It helped us avoid many disputes. Also they are very active at pre-litigation stage. They negotiate very hard and helped us very good settlement under difficult circumstances.

They have a massive network of International lawyers and experts which tremendously helped us in the case. Also they are very fast and assertive when it comes to injunctions. They secured the injunction we need in about a week which helped us secure our receivables.

Exceptional availability from partner at outset (out of hours), great client care, brilliant grasp of key issues, follow through on plan and achievement of results, transparent billing. All in all an exceptional service. Would highly recommend.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke represents a range of international clients in the areas of retail, energy, and private equity, handling a combination of commercial and constitutional disputes. Of recent note, the firm has increased its work in the media and criminal defence space, having acted in operational and freedom of speech issues. The team is led by senior partner Ümit HergünerAyşe Hergüner Bilgen, and Aslı Budak, who oversees the arbitration department. Ufuk Yalçın takes the lead on employment cases.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Aslı Budak; Ufuk Yalçın; İsmet Bozoğlu

Testimonials

‘Ayse Herguner – partner. Ayse is extremely professional and well known in the industry. She has strong track record of large cases in the dispute resolution. She has helped to win a number of cases. Nazim Kurt Olcay – partner. Nazim is extremely professional while providing practical and handy advice. Nazim has a strong track record of advising over broad variety of litigation cases, with complex structures. He is attentive to details and sees the bigger picture well in the litigation. He is strongly recommended for any litigation case. He has helped us to win a number of cases.’

‘They are always accessible and prompt, pleasant to work with and always calm under pressure. Aside to that, as having a large team, they can cover a broad range of service. ’

‘They are all very professional and accessible. Their experience and being able to intervene promptly enables us to feel comfortable while working them.’

Key clients

İpek İnşaat Taahhüt

St Martins

The Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Pipeline Company

LM Wind Power Blades

CSL Behring

Türk Pirelli

Work highlights

  • Representing İpek İnşaat Taahhüt in a large-scale rental dispute.
  • Representing St Martins in various litigation proceedings, including eviction lawsuits and labour disputes.

Pekin & Pekin

Pekin & Pekin specialises in litigation, with partners experienced in commercial disputes, criminal defence, employment law and intellectual property disputes. It also has experience in international arbitration. The team is led by versatile litigator Erdem Atilla, who acts for a variety of corporate clients, online retailers, and sports clubs. Senior partner Ahmed Pekin is a highly-regarded disputes lawyer with great experience in the banking sector.

Practice head(s):

Erdem Atilla

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Pekin

Testimonials

‘They have detailed information about the case and even it has been a while since the first initiation of the lawsuit, all the details of the case and key points are fresh in the team’s mind. ’

‘We worked with Erdem Atilla, during the process. He is a brilliant lawyer and even after quite a long period following the first initiation of the lawsuit, he managed to remember each and every detail of the process like it is the first day. ’

‘Everyone is very knowledgeable on their field, very responsive and is able to offer high quality advice that gives us confidence. ’

‘I would like to point out specifically Erdem Attila for our excellent cooperation. He is a trusted partner, very knowledgeable about the market and the practices, always available and very clear in his messages. Very supportive partner. I have no worry at all when I know I will work with Erdem on a case or situation with regards to employment related matters. I have full confidence in his judgment.’

‘Expertise in local practice, significant input on determining the strategy, leading negotiations with the counter-party’

‘Prompt replies to queries, quick adaptation to sector specific issues’

Work highlights

  • Representing a stock trading company in an international arbitration.
  • Representing a major bank in post-bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings of a debtor.
  • Representing Huobi Turkey in a shareholder dispute.

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi has a track record in high-value commercial disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. The firm acts for a diverse client list, with core strengths in the areas of banking, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and energy. It also has niche expertise in acting for foreign states. In the arbitration space, the team largely acts in ICC or London-based cases. The practice is led by Şefika Pekin, who focuses on M&A and shareholder disputes; cross-border disputes specialist Ergin Mizrahi; tax and restructuring expert Meral Arabacı; and Ozer Arda, who is active in labour and employment-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sefika Pekin; Ergin Mizrahi; Meral Arabacı; Ozer Arda

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of the Netherlands in a claim against a Turkish defendant for embezzling money in the form of a fictitious tax return, securing a favourable judgement from the court of second instance.
  • Representing BSH Hausgerate in an ongoing case relating to an arbitral award and its enforcement in Turkey.
  • Representing all the members of the Board of Directors of Odeabank in a criminal complaint filed by a creditor alleging that Odeabank acted as an accessory to the offence committed by its client in trying to dissipate their assets.

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm represents corporate clients in commercial disputes, with strong capabilities in real estate, construction, energy, and healthcare. The firm also assists high net-worth individuals individuals with estates and trust administration. The team is jointly led by Onur Ergönen, who focuses on corporate disputes, and registered mediator and commercial litigator Duygu Acar Yücesoy.

Practice head(s):

Onur Ergönen; Duygu Acar Yücesoy

Testimonials

‘First of all, the firm is always offering a very reliable and on time services. They are also very resourceful about finding the right way which leads you to right decision.’

‘Both of the partners of the firm are highly skilled about offering the different point of view which caused you to feel more comfortable about the consequences of the cases.’

‘Besides having vast knowledge in their field, the most important differentiator is that the AE team is solution oriented. They reach a conclusion and come with results while paying attention to important details.’

‘Onur Ergonen, is a great litigator and negotiator who knows what he is doing. He has provided very useful insight and different vantage points whilst dealing with trouble tenants who fail to fulfill their obligations under lease agreements. Instead of taking things slow, he tends to provide quick but also practical and well tailored solutions to our issues and this is what we need when we need to close deals with tenants in a short time frame. ’

‘We have been pleased with the service we received from this firm. We have worked with them on numerous occasions, they provide a thorough legal analysis, delve into the various aspects of the matter and deliver their response in a timely manner. The firm’s dispute resolution capabilities puts them in a unique position compared to other firms as this is at the heart of the practice of this firm.’

Key clients

Multi Corporation Turkey

Gefco Turkey

Affidea Health Group

Hanwha Q Cells Corporation

Hanwha Solar One Hong Kong

Lufthansa Technik

Çimtaş

Sojern

Keller Williams

Senvion Group

Grand Circle

TÜV SÜD

NEF

Rentiva

Octet Express

Bebek Turizm

İpek İnşaat ve Çakırkaya Ortak Girişimi

Başar Başaran and Haşim Çağan Şentürk

Work highlights

  • Representing Multi Group’s 12 subsidiaries in Turkey in more than 40 lawsuits and numerous enforcement proceedings in various commercial law related disputes.
  • Representing Reckitt Benckiser Turkey in a $2m litigation case arising from a long-term distribution contract.
  • Representing Bebek Turizm in a $48m litigation case against a governmental authority in a real estate dispute.

Cerrahoglu Law Firm

Cerrahoglu Law Firm represents foreign and domestic individuals and corporations in commercial litigation, labor law issues, intellectual property claims, and real estate-related disputes. The team also regularly acts in arbitration, with practice heads Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu and Eda Cerrahoğlu Balssen both recognised for their experience as commercial arbitrators. Uraz Canbolat is another key name; he has a wealth of experience representing foreign clients in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu; Eda Cerrahoğlu Balssen; Uraz Canbolat

Testimonials

‘They are good listeners. They understand the issues. No premature opinions, always realistic, well-searched and internally validated. Calm, polite, good communication between team members. You feel you are in good hands.’

‘Cerrahoglu’s long-time in the business meant that they had quite an extensive REX which helped us understand the pros and cons of our position better. Cerrahoglu had access to academics as well for the type expert reports/opinions we were seeking, and all were handled smoothly by Cerrahoglu. Communication has never faltered, always timely.’

‘The team is very professional with strong communication skills. ’

Key clients

Magirus GmbH

Bombardier

Samsung C& T Corporation

Alstom Group

Autoliv

Nike

Lamb Weston Holland BV

Eaton Electrical Systems

Deyaar Development PJSC

Grant Thornton International

Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Akkök Group

Agfa Graphics

Daikin

Egemenoglu Law Firm

Egemenoglu Law Firm represents clients in business restructurings, compensation and damages claims, and international arbitration, with particular strength in handling cross-border disputes involving Europe and Central Asia. Clients include a range of domestic and international corporates. The litigation department is jointly headed by Günsel DedeDilek Gürsan and Egemen Egemenoğlu.

Practice head(s):

Günsel Dede; Dilek Gürsan; Egemen Egemenoğlu

Key clients

Blue Horizon Corporation

Chassis Brakes International

Çimtaş Pipe and Çimtaş Precision Machining

Compagnie Financière Richemont

DRD Fleet Leasing

Elimsan Switchgear

Görkem Construction

Teknogon Teşhir

Houghton International

Investrade Company

Kafkas Confectioners

Layher

Lotus Holding

NetApp

Penti

Sehil Construction

Teknogon Machining

Tosçelik

Work highlights

  • Co-representing Lotus Holding in an investment arbitration brought against Turkmenistan, claiming damages of around €70m.
  • Co-representing Sehil Inşaat in an investment arbitration seeking the return of $400m in damages relating to the client’s Turkmen operations.
  • Representing Investrade Company in its efforts to recover funds believed embezzled by a Swiss-based investment advisory firm, with which Investrade had entrusted with millions of dollars of its customers’ funds.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants specialises in shipping work, and acts in a range of commercial, construction and insurance disputes involving Turkish and international shipping companies, insurers, and financiers. The firm regularly works with international counsel on the Turkish elements of cross-border disputes. Co-practice head Ergün Ersoy specialises in representing foreign investors in litigation and arbitration, while co-head Zihni Bilgehan focuses on maritime and insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ergün Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan

Testimonials

‘The firm’s expertise in dispute resolution in Turkey is second to none. They are analytical in their approach and fair. They research the subject matter well in advance to providing their client with advice. They are the number one firm to go to in Turkey as far as our company is concerned’

‘They are reliable, expertise in their area of work, approachable, analytical, insightful, engaging, fair and reasonable. ’

‘Very strong and well established maritime and commodities practice, which is very user friendly.’

Key clients

Gitti Gidiyor

Caterpillar Financial Services

Fina Holdings

Maersk Group

DAC Beachcroft

Palmali Holding

Yıldırım Holding

Allianz Versicherung

Gard P&I

Ulosoy Group

West of England (P&I) Club

Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club

Norton Rose Fulbright

UK Mutual P&I Club

Clyde & Co.

Holman Fenwick Willan

Willis Towers Watson

WK Webster & Co

Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı

Brittania P&I Club

Oldendorff Carriers

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association

Thomas Miller Specialty

Kennedys

Armona Denizcilik

Work highlights

  • Assisted Armona Denizcilik with a dispute in an approximate amount of $3m arising from a construction contract.
  • Advised one of the world’s well-known insurance companies on a recourse action against the liable third parties for the recovery of the paid indemnification of €950,000.
  • Representing Palmali Shipping in a claim of $2bn against Litasco in English legal proceedings.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office has particular strength in representing clients in media, intellectual property, and debt recovery disputes. Clients include a wide range of domestic and international companies, with notable names including Fox Turkey and Sky. Contacts in the team include Ece Güner Toprak and senior associate Can Güner, both of whom focus on the IT and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Can Güner

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional team. Does the research very well in preparing the advice or cases. Always have a advice on the direction. The approach is always to solve the dispute or problem for the continuation of a proper business. ’

‘Can Guner is very responsive’

Key clients

Fox Turkey

Endemol Shine

Generali Sigorta

Kone Turkey

Konecranes

SMSA Express

Medi-Link International

Terex Operations Italy

Sky

PolyOne Corporation

Suez WTS Turkey

Work highlights

  • Advising Fox Turkey on litigation matters related to commercial, media, criminal, administrative and IP rights disputes.
  • Advising Generali Sigorta on a commercial dispute recourse claim of over $3m arising from a payment made within an insurance agreement.
  • Advising Medi-Link International on a compensation claim of €11m arising from a banking service agreement.

Gen Temizer Ozer

Gen Temizer Ozer has expanded its capabilities through a partnership with Kinstellar/CCAO, and now supports major international clients including British American Tobacco and eBay in a range of disputes and litigation, including commercial, administrative, and post-M&A proceedings. Practice head Ebru Temizer is an experienced litigator with a record of acting for foreign investors.

Practice head(s):

Ebru Temizer

Testimonials

‘I think the great and unique skill possessed by Gen & Temizer Ozer, is their ability to translate or explain Turkish law in a way that is understood by English lawyers. No doubt much of this is down to Emre Ozer who qualified as an English lawyer and so is able to bridge the gap between Turkish and English law.’

‘Emre Ozer is very clear and concise in his explanations and as discussed above is able to translate issues of Turkish law into concepts understood and akin to English law.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco

eBay

Çolakoğlu Metalurji

Arvato

Koza Altın

Vestas

Veolia

Aksoy Petrol

Erciyas Steel

Bemaco Steel

China Navigation

Biomar Sagun

Work highlights

  • Representing Koza Altin Isletmeleri, under supervision of the SDIF and its former trustees, in a dispute with the former chairman of the business over the control of its English subsidiary.
  • Advising British American Tobacco on a test case filed by the daughter of a person who passed away due to COPD.
  • Acting for eBay in a lawsuit filed against the Ministry of Health seeking cancellation of a regulation which prohibits the sale of medical devices on the internet.

Moral & Partners

Moral & Partners supports domestic and international clients across a range of industries such as retail, industrials, and healthcare, advising on potential disputes and conducting risk management assessments to avoid litigation.  The firm enjoys long-term relationships with many of its corporate clients, and regularly assists those clients in litigation and arbitration, alongside its disputes avoidance work. The team is led by Efe Kinikoğlu and Sezai Moral.

Practice head(s):

Efe Kınıkoğlu; Sezai Moral

Testimonials

‘They are young but qualified in the dispute resolution with a high number of well educated lawyers. ’

‘The team is very accessible and business oriented. They have legal solutions with high business acumen.’

‘ Efe Kinikoglu is very strong in the area of intellectual property and dispute resolution. I would highly recommend him as he provides very high quality legal services in the area of dispute resolution. 

‘The team is very responsive and they really look out for the best interest of client’

‘They explain things very well and try to accommodate as much as possible.’

‘Their seriousness, the speed at which they turn to problems and to our lawsuits and cases, their handling of the issue in a way that includes the views of a few attorneys in their office.’

‘This practice is made unique by the skills, organisation and availability of the professionals who show, in respect of each matter, a strong commitment to the clients by paying the utmost attention to details.’

Key clients

Groupe PSA

Japan Tobacco International

Careem

Stoller Turkey

Eczacibaşi Consumption Goods

Borusan Manheim

Borusan Enbw

Borusan Mannessmann

Borusan Is Makinalari

Syngenta

Arcengeli & Giovani

Mobotix Ag

Bahlaq Trading Est

Flexteck Resources

Gözalan Group

Barçin Sports

Ortopro Medical

Fersan

Work highlights

  • Adsiving Borusan on litigation files and risk management for potential disputes involving Borusan Conglomerate.
  • Advising Groupe PSA on its daily operations about potential disputes and risk management on potential disputes.
  • Advising FCMG on its daily operations concerning potential disputes and conducting risk management on potential disputes.

TURUNÇ

TURUNÇ handles disputes for a number of prominent international companies, regularly collaborating with US and UK law firms on cross-border matters. The firm is active in commercial litigation, IP disputes, employment proceedings, and product liability cases. Key contacts include founding partner Noyan Turunç, who specialises in commercial litigation; Yücel Ezberci, who handles product liability and fraud cases; senior associate Gizem Günel; and cross-border litigator and arbitrator Kerem Turunç.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Yücel Ezberci; Gizem Günel

Other key lawyers:

Kerem Turunç

Testimonials

‘Turunc is very unique in generating solutions in dispute cases. They strive to get the best possible outcome for us and very creative in structuring win-win cases. ’

‘The honesty, transparency and intellectual capacity combined with business knowledge is a very strong proposal for us. Kerem Turunc is the main contact for us.’

Key clients

Amway

British American Tobacco

Chevrolet

PETRONAS

Camper Shoes

Caffè Nero

SC Johnson

WON

Trendtex

Vektor Tanitim

Work highlights

  • Represented Amway in commercial litigation against one of its ex-subcontractors involving complex commercial law and breach of contract questions.
  • Represented PETRONAS in a cross-border trademark dispute concerning one of its product ranges against a Turkish company.
  • Represented British American Tobacco in a criminal case filed by them against a cigarette reseller for fraudulent trading involving BAT products.

Yavuz, & Uyanik & Akalin

Yavuz, & Uyanik & Akalin represents a diverse range of clients from the insurance, financial services, pharmaceutical, and tech sectors, handling employment disputes, contested insurance claims, commercial litigation and financial claims including debt repayment. The team is led by Mehmet Selim Yavuz, who specialises in shareholder and commercial contract disputes, the employment-focused Murat Uyanık, and Metin Ülker, who has expertise in the financial services and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Selim Yavuz; Murat Uyanık; Metin Ülker

Key clients

Azimut Portföy Yönetimi

İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane

International Finance Corporation

BNP Paribas Suisse

Türk Ekonomi Bankası

Kıraça Holding

Ciner Group of Companies

Bnp Paribas Cardif Emeklilik

Ashfield Sağlık Hizmetleri

Karaca Group of Companies

Ontex Tüketim Ürünleri

Cushman&Wakefield Gayrimenkul Danışmanları

Mümessillik ve Turizm

Hizmetleri A.Ş.

BGC Partners Menkul Değerler

A Raymond Bağlantı Elemanları

Teknik Alüminyum Sanayi

Norsel International İnş

Çeksan Yol Süpürme Araçları Mak

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Yazici Attorney Partnership provides a multi-pronged disputes service, handling domestic and cross-border commercial litigation, international arbitration, and various contentious advisory issues for corporate clients. The firm is particularly strong in the energy space, where it is handling several cases with significant international components. The team is led by Şener Özkan and international arbitration specialist Bilge Müftüoğlu, who is particularly experienced in energy-sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Şener Özkan; Bilge Müftüoğlu

Key clients

Lösev Losemili Çocuklar Vakfı

Zafer Taahhüt

Jaguar Land Rover

Opan Otomotiv Pazarlama

Taq Taq Operating Company

Tesem Teknik Sistemler Mühendislik

Doğuş İnşaat

Transatlantic Petroleum

Üretim

Wirtgen Group Companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Losev in three court cases before state courts, arising from the breach of a construction contract for building a hospital complex.
  • Representing JLR in commercial and consumer law cases before the state courts.
  • Representing Tesem in two ongoing commercial law cases before the state courts.

Abcoo Law Firm

Abcoo Law Firm represents domestic and international companies in commercial litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Names to note include Can OğuzerHasan Çağlayan, and Erdoğan Okşak, who have experience in employment litigation, tax disputes, shareholder disputes, and issues involving non-performing loans. Clients include businesses in the media, energy, and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Hasan Çağlayan; Erdoğan Okşak

Testimonials

‘They are perfect. We are happy to work with them. ’

‘The team always listens to client and asks relevant questions where needed. They make reviews to verify that they understand your situation in detail. Once they make sure that they understand your situation they work hard and come back with a realistic summary assessment and show you your options. Unlike other firms they always give you a short brief including their assessment and recommendation rather than just explain what the law says.’

Key clients

Peak Oyun

Neba

Diar Suleymaniye

Petrol Ofisi

Bi Enerji Makine

Polo Giyim

Data Market Bilgi

Metrosite Insaat Musavirlik

Ronesans Holding

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office supports a wide range of corporate clients in commercial litigation, white-collar crime proceedings, tax disputes, and employment litigation. The team also represents clients in arbitration and other alternative disputes resolution forums. Experienced partner Duygu Alkan oversees the team, and specialises in tax and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Duygu Alkan

Testimonials

Key clients

Amdocs

Helikon

IFS

IPE Group Limited

Jato Dynamics

Lexmark

Lobby Reklam

National Instruments

Steigenberger

Telecom Italia Sparkle

Baspinar & Partners

Baspinar & Partners represents a range of corporate clients, including logistics, construction, private equity, and tourism companies, in commercial disputes including landlord-tenant conflicts, compensation claims, and international investment disputes. The team also has experience representing individual shareholders. Gökmen BaşpınarAli Ceylan, and Kaan Gök jointly lead the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Gökmen Başpınar; Ali Ceylan; Kaan Gök

Key clients

Baykanlar Group

Re-Pie Real Estate and Venture Capital Fund Management

Nizh Yug Group

Intertek Test Services

Intertek Quality Services

Spectrum Holding

Ceads

Apleona Group

Ramgün Tourism and Energy

Bursel Textile

Acalis Healthcare Services

Almetsan Construction Material Industry

Mr. Hızır Yılmaz and Mr. Suleyman Yılmaz

Marmara Deri

Work highlights

  • Advising executives of Bursel Textile on an investment dispute against Uzbekistan before ICSID.
  • Representing Serap Kalaylı in a claim relating to non-payment of shares upon the dissolution of a company the client held shares in.
  • Representing Baykanlar Group in a claim against its tenant.

Gems Schindhelm

Gems Schindhelm specialises in cross-border work, covering commercial litigation and arbitration. In line with the firm's origins and focus, the team has particular expertise in Germany, Austria and Switzerland-facing issues. The team is led by Gurkan ErdebilErdener Ozelgin, and Muge Sengonul.

Practice head(s):

Gurkan Erdebil; Erdener Ozelgin; Muge Sengonul

Testimonials

Dispute resolution is one of the major areas which the law firm is specialized on, they provide business oriented and practical solutions. Their communication skills are also very good so that you can easily communicate and get a feasible comments. One of the most important items about this law firm is that you can contact with the partners of the law firm whenever needed.

Erdener Ozelgin, the partner of the law firm, is a practical and solution oriented lawyer, who takes the issue with a business minded approach and combines legal rules with business needs. It is easy to communicate with him and his advices are mostly given to protect the rights and benefits of the client.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership handles corporate disputes, IT and IP litigation, and employment proceedings for a number of corporate clients. The firm is also active in international arbitration and mediation proceedings. Key team members include Ali Taşar and Esra Sumer.

Practice head(s):

Ali Tasar; Esra Sümer

Testimonials

‘Esra Sumer is an outstanding litigation lawyers whose experience helps us make better decisions in managing our disputes in terms of risk management.’

IctemLegal

IctemLegal focuses on commercial disputes work, including employment, banking, and corporate transactional issues. The firm is particularly adept in handling shareholder disputes, director liability claims, and matters relating to fiduciary duties. Clients include a number of Turkish corporates as well as some multinational brands. The team is led by experience commercial litigator Sıla Hilal G. Yılmaz.

Practice head(s):

Sıla Hilal G. Yılmaz

OGB Attorney Partnership

Although the team at Özkan Gürden Bingöl Attorney Partnership has considerable experience in the receivables field, its broad caseload also includes disputes related to the wider financing area as well as real estate, employment intellectual property and insurance. The team also has expertise in the enforcement of arbitral awards. Erden Gürden  leads on litigation and Güryay Bingol, a litigator and registered mediator, is also noted.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office represents major Turkish energy companies and financial services providers, in commercial litigation, arbitration, and employment disputes, with a particular strength in bankruptcy-related work. The practice is led by corporate-focused lawyers Emre AtayılmazKerim Pelister and Fazil Ciftci.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister; Fazil Ciftci

Testimonials

The core team’s knowledge of the industry and the legal practices are exceptional. The partners’ hands-on approach is remarkable.

I have never met a lawyer as detailed oriented as Emre Keki.

Focused on feasible and practical solutions rather than wasting time in more legal process, good balance between business and legal activities.

Kerim Pelister is very open minded and solution oriented.

Key clients

Enerjisa

Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

RCT Asset Management Company

Norm Ambalaj

Work highlights

  • Representing Enerjisa in collection of receivables from a portfolio exceeding 3,000 consumers.
  • Representing Yapi Kredi Bank with respect to collection of receivables from a portfolio of more than 200 insolvent corporate borrowers.
  • Representing Norm Ambalaj before the International Court of Arbitration against Saica Pack.

TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP

TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP represents a diverse client base, including energy suppliers, constructors, telecoms providers, and pharmaceutical companies, in commercial disputes and international arbitration. Contacts in the team include Sidar Tunca Sefa Demirci, Ayşegül Filiz, and S. Elif Ozturk, who specialises in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sidar Tunca; Şirin Elif Ozturk; Sefa Demirci; Ayşegül Filiz

Testimonials

‘They always get back to us on a short notice and manage to fit in tight deadlines we request from them. The lawyers are very well organised, they took part in each meeting we request, they come very well prepared. They give understandable instructions to our employees’

‘Mr. Sidar Tunca is among the most respected attorneys in Ankara. He knows what should be done to solve the problem. He is pragmatic, energetic and always ready to help. Mr Tunca is looking at each project from all possible angles, foresees the possible complications and gets ready for them in advance. His strengths are construction, energy and tax litigations. Mr. Sefa Demirci is very practical and knowledgable lawyer. ’

‘The dialog between the client and attorney is very important for us and Sidar Tunca managed to organise very good dialog with our company. In addition to these, Tunca Attorney Partnership adopts effective and fast ways in the dispute resolution process and offers us these ways without high costs.’

‘Tunca deals all kind of our disputes. Corporate law, labor law, contracts, construction etc. One of the advantages of team of Tunca is they all are very talented on mediation. I prefer solve the disputes before end up court and they provide it.’

‘Sidar Tunca and Tunca Attorney Partnership were recommended to me by other company in our sector. After the excellent job they did for us now I recommend them. Very professional, smooth communicating team of young and enthusiastic lawyers.’

‘Sidar Tunca is the kind of lawyer that makes you feel calm, cared and confident that your work will be done in the best possible way. He is very dynamic and never postpones any matter.’

Key clients

Limak Holding

Akfen Yeni̇lenebi̇li̇r Enerji̇

Türki̇ye Petrolleri̇ Dağitim

Lukoi̇l Eurasi̇a Petrol

Ern Holdi̇ng

Abdi̇ İbrahi̇m İlaç

Taca İnşaat

Gürbağ İnşaat Mühendi̇sli̇k Madenci̇li̇k

Atasay Kuyumculuk

Gökova Ören Mari̇na

Ftz Akaryakit Otomoti̇v

Tr Pharm

Teleses Telekomüni̇kasyon

Premar Gayri̇menkul

Mke Ankaragücü Gençli̇k Ve Spor Kulübü Derneği̇

Work highlights

  • Acting for Demirpolat in two separate GAFTA arbitrations against the United Nations World Food Programme.
  • Representing construction company Taca İnşaat in litigation against Anadolu Anonim Türk Sigorta Şirketi and Dubai Sigorta.
  • Acting for Gürbağ İnşaat Mühendislik Madencilik in two separate lawsuits filed at Ankara district Administrative Courts.