Dispute resolution in Turkey

Cosar Avukatlik Burosu

Dispute resolution boutique Cosar Avukatlik Burosu handles the gamut of contentious matters for clients, including general commercial disputes, government disputes, construction and energy law matters. Its team represents clients in litigation heard before courts in Turkey and at the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in international arbitration. Clients include public entities and private businesses. Group head Utku Coşar has ‘developed a great practice’ and is ‘well respected in the arbitration market’.

Practice head(s):

Utku Cosar

Testimonials

‘This is an excellent arbitration boutique in Turkey’.

‘I would recommend Utku Cosar anytime for international arbitration proceedings in Turkey or under Turkish law’.               

‘Utku Cosar is an excellent lawyer with great advocacy skills’.

‘They are diligent and always on time’.

‘They handle their job meticulously’.

‘They have a very experienced team which makes the firm a very good choice’.

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Erdem & Erdem Law Office is active in a varied mix of litigation, including cases arising from post-M&A disputes, breaches of contract, partnerships, joint ventures, real estate contracts, unfair competition and disagreements between shareholders. Another bedrock of the practice sees the firm handling domestic and international arbitration proceedings, which includes representing clients in ad hoc arbitral tribunals. The firm acts for clients in sectors such as energy, mining, manufacturing, transportation and telecoms, among others. Ercüment Erdem is a name to note in the group, which is jointly led by Suleyman Sevinc and Piraye Erdem.

Practice head(s):

Piraye Erdem; Süleyman Sevinç

Testimonials

‘The team is composed of associates and partners with sufficient legal competence, skill of legal analysis and communication regarding the services required of them’.

‘Süleyman Sevinç is a very experienced and competent professional’.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International acts for clients in arbitration proceedings, litigation and mediation. Its team works closely with members of other departments to handle contentious issues associated with areas such as M&A, tax, employment, IP and real estate. The firm has a strong track record acting for domestic and international companies in proceedings before Turkish and international courts. Koray Söğüt is the head of litigation. The arbitration practice is led by Ismail Esin, who generates mandates from banks, multinational companies, governments and private equity funds. Yalın Akmenek was a new arrival in 2020 from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case).

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Koray Söğüt; Yalın Akmenek

Key clients

Österreichische Post AG

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership's team has a strong track record in various types of of litigated disputes, including those concerning administrative law, labour law and general commercial matters. In addition, international arbitration is another area of strength. The group is experienced in acting for clients before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other institutional arbitration panels. Mesut Çakmak jointly leads the team with Zeynep Çakmak and arbitration expert Cem Çağatay Orak.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Cem Çağatay Orak

Testimonials

‘Always available and clear in their explanations’.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Garanti Bankası

Bureau Veritas

Klepierre SA

International Road Union

İZGAZ İzmit Gaz Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Engie)

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları AŞ

Monster Energy

Baymina

Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Western Union

Akbank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Philip Morris in a lawsuit over the annulment of an administrative judgment rendered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (formerly Turkish Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority) over the labelling practices of the company.
  • Representing Garanti Bankası in its lawsuit for an annulment of an administrative fine imposed by the Turkish Competition Authority.
  • Acting for Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS and its Turkish affiliate in several administrative lawsuits over the cancellation of respective operational licenses in Turkey.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki represents clients in civil and commercial litigation before trial and appellate courts in Turkey; the scope of its work in this space includes contentious inter-company matters, employment law, maritime law, IP, competition, insurance, copyright and third party transactions. In addition, arbitration matters brought before Turkish and foreign forums are another cornerstone of the practice. Practice head Özgür Akman has 15 years of dispute resolution experience.

Practice head(s):

Özgür Akman

Key clients

Bainbridge Holding

Broadway Malyan Ltd.

Green Maden Petrol

İpragaz, a SHV Energy company

J&J Medikal

Johnson & Johnson Medikal San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Johnson & Johnson Sıhhi Mal. San. Tic. Ltd. Şti

Kısmet by Milka

Lesaffre SA

Mynet

NLMK Turkey Çelik Ticaret A.S

Osi Systems, Inc.

Petrol Ofisi A.Ş.

Rah Dogalgaz Petrol Maden

Schott AG

Silesia Flavours Gida

Socar Türkey Enerji A.Ş.

Toyota Tsusho Europe SA Turkiye Gebze Subesi

WBS Veri Merkezi Cozumleri LTD.

Yemek Sepeti, a group company of Delivery Hero

Work highlights

  • Advising the master franchisee of Domino’s Pizza in Turkey on ongoing dispute resolution matters, including (but not limited to) contentious lease-related cases, as well as matters involving administrative law, debt collection and enforcement.
  • Advising Mynet Medya on all its corporate matters and litigation cases.
  • Acting for Caterpillar Financial Services Company in a €66.5m dispute arising from a loan default by a Turkish group of companies.

Göksu Aydin Attorneys at Law

Göksu Aydin Attorneys at Law, which specialises in dispute resolution, represents clients at all levels of the Turkish civil, commercial, administrative and high courts, including the Turkish Constitutional Court. It also acts for clients in arbitral proceedings before a wide range of institutions. The firm also handles regulatory compliance and dispute avoidance. Its areas of sector expertise include shipping, banking, insurance and telecoms. Kemal Gürhan Aydın, who co-heads the team with Noyan Goksu, is experienced in infrastructure and energy disputes. Associate Ekin Çınar is recommended for high-value cases arising from construction projects and foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Göksu; Kemal Gürhan Aydın

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team, very familiar with our sector, quickly understands the problem and approaches solutions’.

‘Competent, eager and dynamic team’.

Ekin Çınar was very helpful and has good communication skills’.

Key clients

Cosco Shipping Lines

TEPE Construction

ENKA Construction

AMEC Foster Wheeler Americas

Istanbul Seabus Company (IDO)

Ergo Insurance

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners is adept at handling various types of commercial disputes, including those involving shareholders and directors, joint ventures, breaches of contracts and post-M&A matters. The firm's other areas of strength include anti-corruption, white-collar crime, employment, administrative tax and anti-dumping. One of the joint heads of the team is Mehmet Gün, who has 30 years of dispute resolution experience. Pelin Baysal is the other co-head.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Gün; Pelin Baysal

Testimonials

‘Gun + Partners has been with our firm for more than a decade, providing both litigation and commercial law services’.

‘It is a fact that once Gun + Partners get to know your firm and your sector, their lawyers and consultants start to provide the most tailor-made and effective solutions that surprise you and your management each time’.

‘Pelin Baysal is in very close relationship with the companies they provide services, with their extensive exercise in their areas, taking into consideration the budget of their clients for each service to be provided’.

T’he service of the team is of high value due to highly pragmatic and solution oriented support coupled with precise knowledge and understanding of the case’.

‘The team around Pelin Baysal is highly motivated and hard-working to best represent the clients’ interest’.

‘They go the extra-mile to be successful for their client’.

‘Their intercultural knowledge is very high making collaboration easy and more successful’.

‘Working with them is a pleasure as they are responsive and always very knowledgeable’.

Key clients

Apple

Banco di Sardegna

Doganay Gıda

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Hyundai Engineering

Kompan A/S

Kramp Groep B.V

RTL

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Himatsingka Seide Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Himatsingka Seide Ltd in a mediation process regarding a dispute with its Turkish buyer.
  • Advising Kompan A/S on the enforcement of arbitral award.
  • Advising Kramp Groep B.V. on the reimbursement of fines paid to EU customs.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli, which represents clients in litigation and arbitration, covers employment disputes, general commercial disputes, bankruptcy, post-arbitration proceedings and white-collar crime. The firm also advises domestic and international businesses on all aspects of Turkey’s anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations. The team is led by ‘hands-on litigator and good communicatorOkan Demirkan, who is recommended for his experience of international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Testimonials

‘The team are well-connected and work truly as team’.

‘The individuals take their job very seriously and do not need a second reminder when you have agreed on an assignment’.

‘They are very good at making representations in an international arbitration case’.

‘Okan Demirkan and his team are excellent in terms of preparation, management of the case to reach the best outcomes’.

‘In addition to just simple legal advice, they provide us with practical and quick solutions that can be used in day-to-day business’.

‘Okan Demirkan is a top-tier lawyer and he has a perfect commercial point of view’.

‘Okan Demirkan has a superb approach to analysing risks of the case and developing strategy’.

‘Okan Demirkan provided thoughtful, commercial advice and considered counsel’.

‘The team are super-professional, capable, caring and provide effective legal solutions and services’.

Key clients

BM-Bank JSC

Deloitte

Alsim Alarko

Saya Group

Global Founders Capital GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG Nr. 1 (“GFC”)

Sanayi 313

VTB Bank PJSC

Cartell UK Ltd.

Minoan Lines Shipping S.A.

Roxcel Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Vitol Enerji

Hugo Boss

Agence France-Presse

Helen Doron

TPI

Inveon

Work highlights

  • Advising Alsim Alarko on a dispute arising from the performance of work relating to the high-speed train (TGV) line connecting the city of Tangier to Kenitra in Morocco.
  • Advising VTB Bank PJSC on the enforcement of a Russian court judgment in Turkey.
  • Representing Deloitte in two lawsuits before Turkish courts in relation to its former CEO and one of its former partners.

Moroglu Arseven

Working closely with other departments, Moroglu Arseven's dispute resolution team assists clients with contentious matters involving areas such as employment, tax, sport and criminal and civil fraud, among others. It is equally strong representing clients before both Turkish and foreign courts. Seyfi Moroğlu (who has expertise in shareholder disputes), Benan ArsevenIşık Özdoğan and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin are the practice heads. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Işık Özdoğan; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin

Testimonials

‘Reliability, based on the evaluation from a broad perspective and reaching a decision by considering all conceivable possibilities’.

‘Our experience of dealing with Moroglu Arseven has been nothing put positive with clear advice, actions and updates’.

Çaga & Çaga

Çaga & Çaga advises domestic and international companies in the energy, media, logistics, aviation, ticketing and advertising sectors. The team, which is active in litigation and arbitration, is experienced in shareholder, M&A, tax and IP disputes, among others.  Erdem Değerli co-heads the practice with İdil Çağa Değerli.

Practice head(s):

Erdem Degerli; Idil Çaga Degerli

Akinci Law Office

Complementing its team's legal nous, Akinci Law Office leverages the expertise of academics and engineers, to assist with its international arbitration and litigation cases. The head of the team is Ziya Akinci, who was recently appointed as the president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre, and specialises in disputes connected with construction projects (including those involving highways, railways and metros). Senior associate Selda Tasyürek is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ziya Akıncı

Testimonials

‘Akinci’s team are among the most experienced in Turkey in the field of dispute resolution, especially international arbitration’.

‘They have experience managing complex international disputes and are very helpful with their clients involved in such disputes’.

‘Prof. Ziya Akinci has vast experience in handling complex international arbitration cases as well as sensitive settlement negotiations -he adds great value to his clients’.

Key clients

Attila Dogan İnşaat

Work highlights

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

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law's team includes Gönenç Gürkaynak, who is experienced in defending clients before the Civil Courts, the Court of Appeals, the Administrative Courts and the High State Court. Gürkaynak co-heads the group with recently promoted partner Tolga Uluay and counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı. It has a broad disputes practice that covers arbitration proceedings, mediation and litigation. Areas of expertise include general commercial disputes, labour law, unfair competition, administrative law, contract enforcement, shareholder disputes and IP disputes. International brands and Turkish companies are among the firm's clients.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Tolga Uluay; Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı

Testimonials

‘ELIG’s level of responsiveness and their availability on short notice is their biggest strength’.

‘Gonenc Gurkaynak’s engagement is impressive – even if he is not the one leading a particular matter, it is reassuring to know that he is always well informed and ready to step in if needed’.

‘ELIG Gurkaynak Attorneys-at-Law has helped us formulate strong arguments, provided unique answers and tailor-made solutions while handling our litigation matters’.

‘Tolga Uluay, has exclusive experience in dealing with trademark, copyright, fraud and defamation cases has always been open-minded and diligent in his work’.

‘Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı is very responsive and has a solid judgment on litigation management’.

Key clients

Havaş

Travelex

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

Newell

Booking.com B.V.

3M Company

L’Oréal

Henkel

Tinmar

Alcon Laboratuvarları Ticaret A.Ş.

Twitter Inc.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Medtronic

Turkish Airlines

TÜSİAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association)

Wikimedia

Mercedes

YouTube LLC

Mutlu Akü

Philip Morris

TI Automotive

Work highlights

  • Representing Booking.com in long-running proceedings in which it is claimed that it has the status of a travel agency and is therefore subject to certain obligations.
  • Acting for Wikimedia Foundation Inc. regarding the access ban decision rendered against Wikipedia.
  • Successfully representing Philip Morris in commercial litigation over the termination of a distribution agreement.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case)

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises on international arbitration, Turkish law disputes and other contentious matters. Equally strong advising domestic and international clients, the group's areas of focus include multijurisdictional disputes, litigation and potential conflicts in projects. Yalın Akmenek left the firm.

Testimonials

‘Good understanding and knowledge of legal framework.’

‘Proactive and responsive.’

Key clients

TAV TEPE AKFEN Yatırım Inşaat ve Işletme A.Ş.

BUREAU VERITAS

Redington

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to TAV TEPE AKFEN Yatırım Inşaat ve Işletme A.Ş. on various disputes.
  • Representing Bureau Veritas company in various disputes.
  • Represented an industrial (manufacturing) company in certain Turkish law disputes.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke's team is strong in multijurisdictional litigation and arbitration, and has a strong connection with Europe and the US. It is experienced in various types of general commercial disputes, as well as those involving employment, real estate, labour law, IP, bankruptcy and restructuring issues. It also advises on consumer claims, antitrust, real estate and tax litigation matters, among others. Elsewhere, the firm is active in the international arbitration sphere. The group is jointly led by Ümit HergünerAyşe Hergüner BilgenTolga DanışmanUfuk YalçınBige Yücelİsmet Bozoğlu and Nazım O. Kurt.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Ufuk Yalçın; Bige Yücel; İsmet Bozoğlu; Nazım O. Kurt

Key clients

LM Wind Power Blades Turkey

CSL Behring AG

Telia Company

Türk Pirelli Lastikleri A.Ş.

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar Hizmetleri Danışmanlık Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Foot Locker

A consortium of four Turkish construction companies

Work highlights

  • Representing LM Wind Power Blades Turkey in a lawsuit filed against the Hasan Tahsin Tax Office based on Value Added Tax (VAT) claims totalling around ₺1.7m.
  • Representing a client before the ICC over the allegedly unlawful termination of an exclusive distribution agreement.

Paksoy

Paksoy's team is highly reputed in commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters. Its experience includes disputes involving technology and IP, securities, tax, customs and antitrust issues.  It also advises on company law, contracts and product liability disputes. The firm's client roster included entities active in sectors such as construction, energy, retail, automotive, securities, manufacturing and telecoms. Team head Serdar Paksoy has over 30 years of professional legal experience. Associate Simel Sarıalioğlu is recommended for her experience of ICC, LCIA, ISTAC and ad hoc arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Paksoy

Testimonials

‘Serdar Paksoy is a great strategic thinker and is calm but firm in hearings’.

‘Simel Sardioglou is diligent, knowledgeable and very much client-oriented’.

‘Very good expertise, easy to reach team, including the partners’.

‘Sedar Paksoy is a highly experienced and sophisticated legal and strategic litigator’.

‘Simel Sarialioglu is the next big name in arbitration in Turkey; she is very dynamic and dedicated to the client’s interest, highly regarded in the arbitration community and she knows perfectly the Turkish arbitration playing field’.

‘Pragmatic, clear communications, professional and they have a good level of English’.  

‘The dispute resolution team fulfill the entire litigation proceeding needs’.

‘Comparing with its competitors, structure of team, prompt response and communication keep them one step ahead’.

Key clients

EY

Volkswagen

beIN Media Group

LG Electronics

Panasonic

Porsche

DAF Trucks

MAN Truck & Bus

Gazprom

Alcatel

Bekaert

BHP Billiton

Corning

Corteva

Sensient Technologies

The Dow Chemical Company

Work highlights

  • Representing beIN Media Group in a $100m arbitration case against the Turkish Football Federation in the Istanbul Arbitration Centre .
  • Advising Corteva on protection of IP rights in Turkey against third party counterfeiting and illegal activities.
  • Advising Gazprom on a trade mark infringement matter.

Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

Pekin & Bayar Law Firm is a go-to for ICC, ICSID and London arbitrations. It is also a well-known name in the litigation sphere, with the firm generating work in areas such as onling gaming, construction, energy and pharmaceuticals. Its contentious work includes shareholder disputes, tax disputes, real estate disputes and labour law matters. Clients such as foreign companies, banks and states turn to the firm for advice on their most complex matters. Ergin Mizrahi co-heads the team with Meral Arabacı and Ozer Arda.

Practice head(s):

Ergin Mizrahi; Meral Arabacı; Ozer Arda

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are well specialized in litigation for commercial disputes’.

‘The firm is very pro-active and also helps out great from a strategic perspective’.           

‘Ergin Mizrahi is pleasant to work with and very responsive, and also an excellent case manager’.            

‘Always quick and responsive’.

Key clients

The State of the Netherlands

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Credit Suisse AG

Barcelo Hotels Group

General Electric

Odeabank

BNP Paribas

Michelin

National Bank of Greece

British Arab Commercial Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG on the enforement of a €24.5m ICC arbitral award.
  • Advised BSH Hausgerate GmbH  on the enforcement of a €6m ICC arbitral award.
  • Advising Barcelo Hotels on a $9.3m litigation claim arising from the early termination of a lease agreement.

Pekin & Pekin

Pekin & Pekin handles a broad range of disputes for clients. Its litigation work includes general commercial cases, criminal litigation, white-collar crime, employment, IP and tax litigation. It also assists clients with mediation, ADR and arbitration. The firm acts for clients in sectors such as automotive, banking and finance, real estate, consumer products, healthcare, online retailers, energy and infrastructure. Erdem Atilla, who was promoted to senior partner, is the head of the team. Mine Uzun left the firm for Uzun Law Firm.

Practice head(s):

Erdem Atilla

Key clients

Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris)

Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA

Legrand Group

Laake Gmbh

Illumina, Inc.

Katoen Natie

WishBone Medical, Inc.

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

GVC Holdings PLC

Booking.com

JTI (Japan Tobacco International)

Paddy Power Betfair

Work highlights

  • Advised Aéroport de Paris on the dispute between TAV and General Directorate of State Airports Authority, which followed the opening of Istanbul Airport and closing of the international and domestic commercial flights terminals of Ataturk Airport.
  • Acted for Japan Tobacco Inc. in a trade mark infringement lawsuit filed by Philip Morris Brands Sarl.
  • Advised Société Générale SA on correction of judgment applications at the Turkish Court of Cassation over bankruptcy proceedings initiated against a Turkish group of companies.

Bener Law Office

Bener Law Office handles a wide variety of disputes, including employment, labour, commercial, administrative and consumer law matters. The specialist dispute resolution department works closely with its colleagues in the employment, corporate and commercial teams to provide an integrated service. Erim Bener and Ramazan Yılmaz jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Erim Bener; Ramazan Yilmaz

Key clients

Mitsubishi

Intersport

KLM-Air France

Mastercard

Siemens

Regus

Bosch

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners assists clients with initiating proceedings before Turkish courts and domestic arbitral tribunals. It also handles the enforcement of foreign court decisions and arbitral awards before the Turkish courts. Its team's many areas of expertise include cases involving administrative law, tax, M&A, insurance and white-collar crime elements. The team is also experienced in ICC arbitration cases, particularly in relation to construction, energy and shareholder disputes. Serdar Bezen and Murat Soylu jointly lead the team. Can Özilhan made partner.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Bezen; Murat Soylu

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrates attention to deadlines, thoroughness and responsiveness that put them on par with many global practices’. 

‘Murat Soylu and Yesim Bezen are always aware of client needs and are ready to assist as and when necessary’. 

‘A reputable local law firm with broad experience in cross-border and local disputes’.

Key clients

Hyundai Eurotem A.Ş.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Asunim Yenilenebilir Enerji Teknolojileri İnşaat Mühendislik Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Mitsui & CO LTD

YUM! Brands Inc.

Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.

GECAS

Sberbank of Russia

RBC Bearing Incorporation

Work highlights

  • Advised YUM! Brands Inc on a €16.2m post-M&A dispute with a Turkish entity in an ICC arbitration.
  • Advised GECAS on the enforcement of a judgment issued by the English courts and its execution in Turkey.
  • Advised Sberbank of Russia on an LCIA arbitration in connection with defaulted loan documentation executed with a group of international companies, including Turkish entities and real persons.

Cerrahoglu Law Firm

Cerrahoglu Law Firm, which has a strong litigation and arbitration practice, covers multiple types of disputes, including competition, property, IP, labour, bankruptcy and general commercial matters. It is adept at representing clients in commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings before the ICC and ICSID. Clients include domestic and multinational companies in the retail, construction, and telecoms sectors. The team is jointly led by Fadlullah CerrahoğluEda Cerrahoğlu Balssen and Uraz Canbolat.

Practice head(s):

Fadlullah Cerrahoğlu; Eda Cerrahoğlu Balssen; Uraz Canbolat

Key clients

Samsung C& T Corporation

Lamb Weston Holland BV

Nike

Eaton Electrical Systems Limited

Deyaar Development PJSC

Grant Thornton International Ltd.

Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Akkök Group

Agfa Graphics N.V.

Daikin

Work highlights

  • Representing Eaton Electrical Systems Limited before Turkish courts over a $200,000 commercial dispute with its previous distributor.
  • Representing a client in a product liability lawsuit over a defective printer.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is a strong choice for commercial, administrative, environmental, labour and consumer disputes. In addition to representing clients in litigation, the team's other areas of focus include ADR, mediation and arbitrations at the ICC and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). Clients include foreign and domestic entities, with a particular focus on the shipping and construction sectors. The team is co-led by maritime expert Zihni BilgehanErgun Ersoy (who has 30 years of legal experience) and İlknur Pekşen.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan; Ilknur Peksen

Key clients

Gitti Gidiyor Bilgi Teknolojileri San. ve Tic. A.S.,

Caterpillar Financial Services (Dubai) Limited

FİNA HOLDING A.S.

Maersk Group

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Palmali Holding

Yıldırım Holding A.Ş.

Allianz Versicherung AG

Gard P&I

ULUSOY 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 LLP

Willis Towers Watson

WK Webster & Co. Ltd

Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı A.Ş

Brittania P&I Club

Ekol Lojistik A.Ş.

Oldendorff Carriers

Work highlights

  • Acted for the liquidator of a Russian bank in defending the client’s rights against several applications for the arrest of a superyacht.
  • Represented Saudi Grains Organization as cargo owners in litigation, and also related settlement negotiations. The case arose from the client’s vessel and cargo being arrested by state salvors.
  • Acted for Caterpillar Financial Services (Dubai) Limited in recovery proceedings against debtors and guarantors. The case arose from a major Turkish construction company failing to fulfil its payment obligations under a loan granted by CAT with respect to financing of construction machinery.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office's team is experienced in various types of commercial arbitration proceedings, including disputes connected with joint ventures and M&A-related matters. It also represents clients in litigation connected with insolvencies, debt restructurings, IP, consumer and product liability, and employment. The group acts for clients such as large multinational companies and smaller domestic businesses. Ece Güner Toprak and Can Güner are the joint heads of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ece Guner Toprak; Can Guner

Testimonials

‘Can Guner provides excellent support to us’.

‘Can Guner is very proactive’.   

Key clients

Fox Networks Group Turkey

Endemol Shine

Generali Sigorta A.Ş.

Kone Turkey

Konecranes Ticaret ve Servis Ltd. Şti.

SMSA Express

Medi-link International

Terex Operations Italy

Sky Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising on a wide range of disputes for Fox Networks Group Turkey, including those relating to commercial, IP, administrative law and labour law.
  • Acting for Endemol Shine Group on the bankruptcy of its Turkish subsidiary.
  • Representing Sky Plc in a dispute arising from a trade mark infringement.

Moral & Partners

Moral & Partners, whose team is jointly led by Efe Kinikoğlu and Sezai Moral, has a varied practice covering tax disputes, customs litigation and shareholder disputes, among others. In addition to representing clients in arbitration and litigation, the group also assists with mediating disputes. Clients include companies from sectors such as logistics, textiles, automotive, real estate, energy, food, IT and retail.

Practice head(s):

Efe Kınıkoglu; Sezai Moral

Testimonials

‘Find the best solution for every type of dispute by providing pros and cons of each option’.

‘All members of the team are customer-oriented lawyers with good technical knowledge and excellent communication skills’.

‘Their advice is always clear, concise and provided with a quick turnaround’.

‘They try to create solutions to reach the most efficient resolution by either litigation or alternative dispute resolution methods’.

‘Efe Kınıkoglu and all other members of the team are extremely helpful, always ready to answer questions and explain things in detail’.

‘They are all prompt, knowledgeable and reliable attorneys with strong attention to detail’.       

‘They are easy to reach and response rates are very fast’.

Key clients

Borusan Holding

Borusan Manheim

Borusan Mannesmann

Borusan İş Makinaları Kiralama

Borçelik

Japan Tobacco International

DHL Logistics

Eczacıbaşı

Syngenta Turkey

Stoller Turkey

Fersan

B&W Spig

Careem

Vansan Water Technologies

Arcangeli Giovanni & Figlio S.A.S. (A reputable global planting company)

Gözalan Group

Erçetin Rose Oil

Dekim Pharmaceuticals

Park Forbes

Barçin Sports

Elektra Engineering

Elektral Elektronik

Impeks

Develey

Volkan Firefighting Vehicles

Dekim Pharmaceuticals

Ortopro Medical Devices

Gunak Construction

Meya Mining

Levent Kimya

Diper Kimya

Mobotix

Elsaja

Bahlaq Trading Est

Annovi Reverberi North America

Asmira Group

Work highlights

  • Acts as exclusive outsourced counsel to Borusan Holding on all their litigation files and dispute resolution matters.
  • Acting as exclusive outsourced counsel to DHL.
  • Acting as sole outside counsel to Careem in litigated matters since the client’s entrance into the Turkish market.

TURUNÇ

TURUNÇ's contentious work includes commercial litigation, insurance disputes, competition litigation, IP litigation and labour disputes. It advises global clients in the automotive, construction, infrastructure, consumer products, energy, natural resources, insurance and retail sectors. Noyan Turunç and managing associate Gizem Günel, who is experienced in product liability and employment law. Yücel Ezberci, who was formerly a sole practitioner, recently joined as counsel in the Ankara office. Turunç, Günel and Ezberci are the joint heads of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Yücel Ezberci; Gizem Günel

Testimonials

‘Turunç provides excellent client service, deep industry expertise, creativity in problem solving, quick response times and thus delivers excellent value for money’.

‘Kerem Turunç is an excellent listener, has a quick grasp of business issues and provides attention to detail’.

‘Overall great team, clear strategy, effective implementation and impressive courtroom presence’.

‘Noyan Turunç is super-smart, super-experienced and super-pragmatic’.

‘Gizem Günel is very dedicated and implements the strategy accurately and in a timely fashion’.              

‘They understand our business very well, and conduct themselves with poise when dealing with us and counterparties’.

Key clients

APM Terminals

Belectric Kuloglu

British American Tobacco

Caffè Nero

Camper Shoes

Chevrolet

DumaGas

EFT

Fischer Chemicals

Nissan

Opel

Peoplise

Renoir Consulting

SC Johnson

Vektör Tanitim

WON

Work highlights

  • Representing British American Tobacco in various lawsuits.
  • Advising Caffè Nero Turkey on all of its dispute resolution matters.
  • Advising Camper Turkey on all of its dispute resolution matters.

Abcoo Law Firm

Abcoo Law Firm represents plaintiffs and defendants in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Its work includes cases involving breaches of contract, construction and real estate disputes, loan and credit issues, shareholder disputes, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and IP matters. Clients include private individuals, as well as companies operating in sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, retail, real estate, construction, IT and media. The joint heads of the practice are Can Oğuzer and Erdoğan Okşak.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Erdoğan A. Okşak

Testimonials

‘Tailor made solutions and competency, especially in commercial litigation and corporate law’.

 ‘Services and fees are flexible and are generally value for money’.         

‘The team has a strong sense of business understanding and strategical way of thinking in advising on disputes’.

‘It helps client to understand pros and cons of the situation and also possible legal and business outcomes’.       

Key clients

Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama Anonim Sirketi

Petrol Ofisi Anonim Sirketi

Bi Enerji Makine Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi

Data Market Bilgi Anonim Sirketi

Ronesans Holding Anonim Sirketi

Polo Giyim Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Diar Suleymaniye Gayrimenkul Anonim Sirketi

Metrosite Insaat Musavirlik Hizmet ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Neba Gayrimenkul Yatirimlari ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Work highlights

  • Representing Bi Enerji in a dispute with a manufacturer over an alleged breach of a distribution agreement.
  • Representing Metrosite Insaat Musavirlik Hizmet ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi in a commercial dispute between shareholders.
  • Representing Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama Anonim Sirketi in a lawsuit initiated against the Advertising Agency over a breach of Advertising Service Agreement.

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm advises on corporate and commercial disputes with a particular focus on shareholder and M&A-related disputes. It represents foreign and domestic clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings before the ICC. The firm generates mandates from clients in areas such as real estate, construction, energy and healthcare. Onur Ergönen, who focuses on corporate and commercial law related disputes, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Onur Ergönen

Testimonials

‘Acar & Ergonen is a law firm with strong knowledge of multi-national law’.

‘Its comparatively small size allows them to be more invested in their clients and more flexible to respond to clients urgent needs’.

‘They are well informed in many sectors and show the ability to think like solution-oriented business people when it comes to closing deals’.

‘Acar & Ergonen team greatly care about client needs and they give their legal advice after taking into account the client corporate environment’.

‘They have great understanding about multinational corporate processes and work environments’.

‘Partners Mr. Onur Ergonen and Ms. Duygu Acar always take a 360 degree approach before giving legal advice’.

‘They evaluate each legal issue in relation with legal, judiciary, commercial and technical aspects’.

‘The level of perfectionism, legal knowledge and experience in relation to challenging and international cases is rare in Turkey’.

‘They have a holistic approach, think through all angles and approaches, and have extensive practical experience’.

‘Their calm, confident approach, especially in the courtroom, inspires a lot of confidence and trustworthiness’.

Key clients

Multi Corporation Turkey

Gefco Taşımacılık ve Lojistik A.Ş.

(Gefco Turkey)

Remo Emlak Hizmetleri ve Gayrimenkul A.Ş.

(Keller Williams Turkey)

Wittur Holding GmbH

Çimtaş Boru İmalatları ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Başar Başaran and Haşim Çağan Şentürk

The Reklam Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Hanwha Solar One Hong Kong Limited

Hanwha Q Cells Corporation

NEF Construction Group

Affidea Health Group

Peerton Bilişim Teknolojileri Danışmanlık Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Bebek Turizm Ticaret İnşaat A.Ş.

Peerton Bilişim Teknolojileri Danışmanlık Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ş.

İpek İnşaat ve Çakırkaya Ortak Girişimi

Git Girişim İnşaat Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Yönak İnşaat Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Keskin Holding A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Represented Başar Başaran and Haşim Çağan Şentürk in a litigation case related to investment dispute.
  • Represented Keskin Construction Group in a $108m litigation case related to real estate dispute.
  • Represented Bebek Turizm in a $48m litigation case related to real estate dispute.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

Duygu Alkan leads the team at ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office, which acts for clients in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. Its areas of expertise include product liability, consumer claims, employment litigation, debt recovery and enforcement, as well as white-collar crime. It also advises on ADR and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Duygu Alkan

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the collection of a €1.7m debt.
  • Handled a litigation claim based on misuse of corporate funds by the board members of an internet venture company invested in by the client.
  • Acting for a client on its objection to penalties being issued over withheld income taxes based on casting contracts.    

Gen Temizer Ozer

Gen Temizer Ozer assists clients with administrative lawsuits, tax litigation, commercial disputes, employee disputes and corporate matters (including post-M&A and joint venture disputes). The firm acts for clients in sectors such as e-commerce, tobacco, textiles, telecoms and logistics. Team head Ebru Temizer has 20 years of dispute resolution experience.

Practice head(s):

Ebru Temizer

Testimonials

‘The firm is very responsive and understood what we wanted from the start’.

‘They make an extra effort to guarantee that we are pleased with the services they receive and are satisfied with the results in our problems’.

‘Ebru Temizer is highly professional and extremely client-centric’.

‘They are agile, experienced, well organised and proactive’.

‘Emre Ozer is an exceptional lawyer who is clear, thorough and very clever’. 

Key clients

British American Tobacco

eBay

Çolakoğlu Metalurji

Arvato

Koza Altın

Vestas

Veolia

Aksoy Petrol

Erciyas Steel

Bemaco Steel Ltd

China Navigation

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustees of Koza Altın İşletmeleri A.Ş., a Turkish gold mining company, in a £60m dispute with the former Chairman of the business and its English subsidiary, Koza Ltd.
  • Representing BAT in an administrative lawsuit filed against the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAMRA) with the request to cancel a regulation issued by TAMRA with respect to plain packaging of cigarettes.
  • Representing 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.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership advises on various disputes matters including criminal cases, commercial litigation, international arbitration, and disputes relating to employment, IP, energy and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Ali Tasar; Gorkem Cakır; Esra Sümer

Testimonials

‘The arbitration team of GSI is very responsive, adapts quickly to the needs of the client and the case’.

‘Gorkem Cakır knows how to handle difficult situations and stays calm’.

‘ The firm’s comprehensive approach to the different kinds of corporate disputes makes us feel self-confident against our counterparties’.

‘Their prudent and farsighted approach always makes us feel that we are on the safe side’.

 

Key clients

IGA

Kolin

Turkey’s Education FOundation

TİAK (TV Broadcasters Union)

Kaptanoglu Group

Nora

May Group

Gezer Shoes

The House Cafe

Zuhair Murad

Work highlights

  • Advising IGA regarding a dispute with Honeywell company which is the VDGS (Visual Docking Guidance System) operator of the Istanbul Airport within the scope of contract termination and other alternatives such as conducting Honeywell’s contractual obligations on its behalf under Turkish Code of Obligations.  
  • Advising Kalyon in a $43m dispute against Jingsheng.
  • Advising and representing Soysal GY on a $90m dispute with Credit Europe Bank arising from currency swap transactions and margin call violations before the Courts of Switzerland.  

IctemLegal

IctemLegal excels in employment and commercial disputes; areas of expertise include unfair termination claims, mobbing claims, statutory product liability, breaches of contract and enforcement and foreclosure actions. The team is led jointly by Sıla Hilal G. Yılmaz, who has over 20 years experience, and Serkan Içtem.

Practice head(s):

Sıla Hilal G. Yılmaz; Serkan Ictem

Testimonials

‘Sıla Hilal Yılmaz is experienced and showed us the right direction from start to end’.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a particular focus on portfolio compensation claims which it advises international and domestic claimants and defendants on. Other areas of focus include commercial litigation, employment litigation, trademark infringements, arbitration and settlement procedures, and bankruptcy and execution work. Client sectors include banking and finance, hospitality, food, retail, real estate, construction and energy. The team is headed by corproate expert Emre Atayılmaz, corporate and finance specialist Kerim Pelister and litigation and bankruptcy specialist Seden Haskarabag.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister; Seden Haskarabag

Testimonials

‘Kerim Pelister and Nzamettin Yildrim are very responsive and flexible’.

‘Kerim Pelister is hands-on, fast, and flexible in providing assistance’.

‘PAE has a very knowledgeable and diverse team’. 

‘Although they have grown significantly, they keep the hands on approach, and you never feel you are left with juniors, who just started the job’.           

‘Kerim Pelister is a very intelligent individual, who has a problem solving approach’.  

‘The team is really good and very responsive and willing to provide innovative solutions’.            

‘Gokhan Enkur is a very responsive lawyer and well prepared’.

‘Senem Sarac has a very good client approach and is available to discuss innovative solutions’.   

TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP

TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP  handles domestic administrative and civil litigation across multiple areas, such as construction, tax, energy, finance and real estate. It also advises on cross-border disputes, including international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Sports-related arbitrations are a notable specialism. The team is led by managing partner Sidar Tunca, arbitration specialist Elif ÖztürkGizem Kara and newly promoted partner Sefa Demirci.

Practice head(s):

Sidar Tunca; Elif Öztürk; Sefa Demirci; Gizem Kara

Testimonials

‘Our projects require lot of staff meetings, despite that the attorneys of Tunca always attend and are very well prepared’.

‘Sidar Tunca is very positive, easy-going, active and rational lawyer’.

‘Working with Tunca we receive high quality legal services at reasonable price’.

‘Sidar Tunca and Gizem Kara are very good litigating attorneys with very good experience in corporate and contract law’.

‘They are upfront and honest about their areas of expertise’.

‘Elif Sirin Ozturk is an excellent lawyer; her multicultural background, language skills, and international experience enable her to represent diverse clients on a wide range of matters’.

‘Their most distinctive strength and capability is to identify and detect the potential risks that we may encounter’.

‘Sefa Demirci always listens our never-ending concerns and demands regardless of time and space with an utmost patience and immediately provides us with the most effective and appropriate legal solutions mostly with more than one alternative’.

‘Sidar Tunca is a trusted attorney who finds creative ways to solve problems fast’.

‘They are reliable, they know their job very well and they do what they have to do, to protect the interests of their clients’.

Key clients

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey

The Agency for Privatization of Turkey

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB)

KGF Kredi Garanti Fonu

Akfen Holding

Limak Holding

Atasay Otel Restoran Turizm İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Belbeton Beton Elemanları San. Üret. Tic. A.Ş.

Kuzu Toplu Konut İnşaat A.Ş.

Özaltın İnş. Tic. ve San. A.Ş.

Özdoğan İnş. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Özkar İnşaat San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Egemen İnşaat ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Durmaz İnşaat Taahhüt Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Suryol İnş. Mad. Tur. San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Tefirom Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Belbeton Concrete Elements Industry Production and Trade in court proceedings related to cancellation of zoning map amendments.
  • Represented Bades Electricity Production in tax-related court proceedings.
  • Represented Client Söğüt Construction Contracting in court proceedings initiated for the return of ₺10m stamp duty.

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Yazici Attorney Partnership advises clients on Turkish litigation and international arbitration, which includes the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. It also represents clients at mediation. The practice covers a wide ambit of contentious matters, such as corporate, construction, employment, energy, administrative and IP disputes. Şener Özkan co-heads the team with Elif Karagözoğlu and Bilge Müftüoğlu.

Practice head(s):

Şener Özkan; Elif Karagözoğlu; Bilge Müftüoğlu

Testimonials

‘Their strength lies in their competence of legal approach and that their key members are talented experts’.

 ‘Elif Karagozoglu is confident and dedicated’.    

‘The team is well experienced in Turkish Law and international arbitration matters related to construction disputes’.

‘They do share the work as a team and have the ability to combine the overall outcome as a unique product that serves the purpose’.     

‘They are good at analysing and summarising the other parties’ written submissions’.

Key clients

Lösev Lösemili Çocuklar Vakfı

Zafer Taahhüt İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Opan Otomotiv Pazarlama ve San A.Ş.

Taq Taq Operating Company Limited

Tesem Teknik Sistemler Mühendislik A.Ş.

Doğuş İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş

Wirtgen Group Companies

Necdet Karagülle

Work highlights

  • Representing Lösev Lösemili Çocuklar Vakfı in three cases before the Turkish courts arising from an alleged breach of contract. These matters relate to the construction of a hospital building complex.
  • Representing Jaguar Land Rover in commercial and consumer law cases before the Turkish courts.
  • Representing Tesem in two court cases filed against a construction company for non-payment of a contract amount and compensation for damages arising from the termination of a consultancy agreement.