Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Akin Volkan Arikan heads the practice at ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC, which is particularly well-versed in handling international arbitration mandates, as well as cross-border commercial and contractual disputes.
Founded in March 2021, boutique firm Baysal & Demir is led by Pelin Baysal and represents companies and state-owned entities across a broad range of industries.
Gokalp Arslan Law Firm was established in July 2022 by Alper Arslan and Burcu Dal Gökalp; Arslan heads its dispute resolution offering and previously worked on contentious matters at Cosar Avukatlik Burosu for 15 years.
Isikal Law Office handles domestic and cross-border disputes for Turkish companies.
Küçükislamoğlu | Narin & Partners has established itself as a key destination for disputes relating to insurance.
Construction disputes and representation of government entities in arbitration are the standout niche strengths of Lexist Law Firm‘s offering in dispute resolution.
Orak Attorneys at Law is best known for handling civil and administrative cases arising out of large-scale energy, mining and construction projects.    
SRP-Legal, noted for its 'deep knowledge and experience in dispute resolution', is especially recommended for contentious technology matters, including fintech and data protection/privacy matters.  
Ülker Simsek Law Office was founded in January 2022 by Metin Ülker and Çağatay Şimşek and its team have strong experience across a range of contentious matters.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

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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Kaya Koksal

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With its highly experienced team, Kaya Köksal provides high quality and tailor-made legal advice to its clients on various contentious and non-contentious matters in construction sector, especially on international construction projects, FIDIC contracts and related disputes.

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LBF Partners

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LBF Partners provides full legal and consultancy services to its foreign and domestic clients both in Turkey and at international level. We represent high-profile local and international companies as well as individuals in litigation with their sophisticated cases.

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Gunes Law Firm

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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Dispute resolution in Turkey

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Seen as having the ‘perfect combination of an academic, strategic and practical approach‘, Erdem & Erdem Law Office acts in the full range of dispute resolution matters in Turkey, from court proceedings and execution proceedings to international and domestic arbitration. Firm founder and managing partner Piraye Erdem co-leads the department with Suleyman Sevinc, who has ‘a significant practice in the field‘. Senior figure Ercüment Erdem is a key name in arbitration, and Alper Uzun focuses on consultancy of legal disputes and litigations, risk analysis, and enforcement of pre-adjudication and post-adjudication. Managing associate Sevgi Unsal Ozden and senior associate Duygu Öner Ayçiçek stand out from the strong pool of non-partner lawyers in the team.

Practice head(s):

Piraye Erdem; Süleyman Sevinç


Other key lawyers:

Ercüment Erdem; Alper Uzun; Sevgi Unsal Ozden; Duygu Öner Ayçiçek


Testimonials

‘We are a foreign firm. The most important thing for us is their communication skills. Erdem & Erdem team has highly deep legal knowledge. They always provide us satisfied solutions. No matter how stressful a position we are in, they are always calm and direct in their approach.’

‘Very fast replies and always trying to find a solution.’

‘E&E has a well diversified legal team. They are very easy to communicate and easy to access to. Once they understand you and firm’s legal problem or situation, they come up with their solution in a short time. E&E representation of our firm outperforms our expectation most of the time.’

‘The Erdem & Erdem team is very responsive, always and easily accessible – also at partner level – and has very thorough and in-depth knowledge of Turkish procedural law and many areas of substantive law which play a role in commercial dispute resolution. I have worked with the Erdem & Erdem team in some major cartel damages claims before the Dutch courts for many years and it has always been a huge pleasure working with them. Very hands-on and they are real team-players for the benefit and in the interest of our mutual clients. Perfect combination of an academic, strategic and practical approach.’

‘Erdem & Erdem team did a great job with high-level expertise in dealing with the dispute. They successfully took the necessary legal actions in representing us before the administrative court. They were easy to contact and ready to assist during their consultancy. Their expertise in the marine sector was beneficial for us to handle such a complex issue and have a court decision in favour for our firm.’

‘Süleyman Sevinç is a well-known figure and has a significant practice in the field. His masterful skills and responsive manner gave us a sense of assurance. Duygu Öner is really creative and determined. We were impressed by her detail-oriented and value-driven style. Sevgi Ünsal Özden is really client-friendly, knowledgeable and resourceful in finding solutions.’

‘The team is in a good coordination between themselves. When making a decision about a subject, the partners and associates with expertise in the related subject all offer their opinions.’

‘The lawyers that we work with have very good communication skills. They also have the ability to draw reasonable, logical conclusions. And they are not only logical, they display a great deal of creativity in their problem-solving.’

Key clients

Yildirim Holding A.S.


Belport Holdings SARL and Belport Development Limited


UBER B.V. &|UBER Turkey Yazillm ve Teknoloji Hizmetleri Ltd. ŞTİ. (UBER Turkey)


Birlesik Magazalar A.S.


LG Electronics


Enerjisa Baskent Elektrik Perakende A.S.


Enerjisa Toroslar Elektrik Perakende Satis A.S.


Enerjisa Istanbul Anadolu Yakasi Elektrik Perakende Satis A.S.


Sodrugestvo Group S.A.


Yakamoz Yağ Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


Coca Cola Meşrubat Pazarlama Dan. San. Tic. A.s.


Yildiz entegre agac san. ve tic. A.S.


Istanbul Gubre Sanayi A.S


Akinon Internet Yatirim ve Proje Gelistirme A.S


Kumport Liman Hizmetleri ve Lojistik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.


Howden Axial Fans APS


Enerjisa Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satis A.S.


Limak Iskenderun Uluslararasi Liman Işletmeciliği A.Ş.


Turkiye IS Bankasi A.S.


PR Middle East


BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.


BMC Otomotiv ve Ticaret A.S.


EMAAR


Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari A.S.


Trakya Cam A.Ş.


Eurochem Trading GmbH


Credendo Short Term and Credendo Single Risk


IC Ictas Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.


GFK


Supreme Group


Mivan-Kier


Westford Trade Services


RM Line


IFP (International Forest Products)


Gemlik gübre san. A.Ş.


Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC


Work highlights


  • Representing İş Bankası in disputes arising from competition law and law of obligations.
  • Acting for Emaar in breach of contract in a residence project in Istanbul, and related lawsuits arising from labour law, commercial law and administrative law, regarding a project in Istanbul.
  • Representing LG Electronics in a lawsuit brought against it and seven other companies by a leading Turkish electronics manufacturer seeking compensation of damages.

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

The sizeable dispute resolution department at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is a reliable choice for multinationals and top domestic companies needing advice on any variety of contentious matter in the jurisdiction. As a full-service firm with the collaboration of the Baker McKenzie network, the practice can offer expertise on related practice areas to a given case, post-M&A disputes and infrastructure-related disputes being particularly active recent fields. The four practice co-heads İsmail Esin, Yalın AkmenekKoray Söğüt and Demet Kaşarcıoğlu all come with client recommendation, and senior associates Nisa Nildan Dilaver and Ozan Kesim support them on the range of matters.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Yalın Akmenek; Koray Söğüt; Demet Kaşarcıoğlu


Other key lawyers:

Nisa Nildan Dilaver; Ozan Kesim


Testimonials

‘Very energetic, agile team members. Solution oriented and has good reputation at courts.’

‘Esin has the strongest team to support corporate law practice including M&A, and domestic disputes. Also, they are super fast in preparing their memo or response posed by the client. Further, they accommodate the billing procedure to meet the needs of the client, which is very important for the clients to manage projects.’

‘Yalin Akmenek is an outstanding figure in assisting clients with their disputes in Turkey.’

Key clients

Uber


Redington


Bureau Veritas


Work highlights


  • Assisted a Turkish motorway and construction company in a $612m dispute with a Chinese consortium arising from a share purchase agreement related to one of the largest construction projects ever in Turkey.
  • Advised a multinational foreign railway transport manufacturer in a pre-dispute management process arising from a €280m public procurement contract.
  • Representing a global mineral-based and synthetic mineral products company in several administrative disputes against the Turkish General Directory of Forestry and General Directorate of Mining and Petroleum Affairs.

Paksoy

Paksoy's dispute resolution practice is admired for its combination of 'experience and perfect knowledge of the local market and courts with a true international mindset and adaptability'. The team has a strong track record in complex commercial disputes, as well as in more specified contentious matters, drawing on other departments of the full-service firm. Practice head Serdar Paksoy is 'a litigation giant in Turkey' and an experienced counsel in domestic Turkish courts, international arbitration, and an arbitrator in arbitral tribunals. Simel Sarıalioğlu 'is excellent for litigation or arbitration alike', and senior associate Doğuhan Uygun provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Paksoy


Other key lawyers:

Simel Sarıalioğlu; Doğuhan Uygun


Testimonials

‘The team is excellent, they combine experience and perfect knowledge of the local market and courts with a true international mindset and adaptability. the quality of legal service is top notch as the team members are excellent lawyers and litigators as well as very committed.’

‘Senior partner Sedar Paksoy is a litigation giant in Turkey and rightly so, he is very experienced and displays fantastic legal and strategic finesse.’

‘Simel Sarıalioğlu is excellent for litigation or arbitration alike. She is a fierce litigator and a true sentinel for the safeguarding of clients’ best interests. Easy to work with and very collegial.’

‘Senior associate Doğuhan Uygun is very knowledgeable and a great asset when you have him on the team.’

‘People are great and they are very experienced. They are very collaborative.’

‘Simel Sarialioğlu is a good professional. She responds to our questions very quickly and comes up with ideas that we can use during our process. As far as I observe, she has experience and knowledge in international arbitration.’

‘Competence and availability.’

‘Incredible professionals.’

Key clients

Corteva


Edwards Lifesciences


Pikasan


ASC Law Office

ASC Law Office has made notable developments in its dispute resolution offering in recent years, now acting for its long-term consultancy clients in more recent contentious matters. A recent example has seen Anadolu Efes instruct the firm on a dispute before the ICC against its Azerbaijan distributor. Kemal Tağa now concentrates more on disputes than consultancy and co-leads the practice group with Doğan Coşgun, who is praised by clients for his 'exceptional expertise and knowledge'; Cem Keser, 'one of the most sophisticated and all-round experts in Turkish dispute resolution'; and June 2022 partner promotion Çağla Şahin Aksu. Of counsel Mark Skilling and senior associate Hilal Bayar are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Doğan Coşgun; Cem Keser; Kemal Tağa; Çağla Şahin Aksu


Other key lawyers:

Mark Skilling; Hilal Bayar


Testimonials

‘The team is very informative and responsive, always creating availability for the client and acting very fast and proactively.’

‘Mark Skilling is very good at offering the client alternative strategies in dispute resolution, making sure the client understands the risks and outcomes of each one of those.’

‘Hilal Bayar has a broad knowledge of Turkish dispute resolution and is highly experienced in negotiating with opposing parties and counsels, without being aggressive but persuasive.’

‘ASC is a full-service law firm which provides comprehensive and well-rounded dispute resolution strategies and has always exceeded our expectations in the legal matters which they have assisted us with. They prioritize to achieve equitable, prompt and successful results, either in court or through other dispute resolution means. Their dispute resolution team consists of extremely competent lawyers with exceptional academic backgrounds and professional expertise. They value our business concerns as well as our legal concerns and assist us to achieve the best outcome in a manner whether it is a dispute that will be resolved in court or by other dispute resolution means. ASC provides extremely quick turn-arounds to complex legal matters and assist us in a time effective manner.’

‘Doğan Coşgun is the head of the ASC dispute resolution department with over 25 years of expertise. He is managing partner of ASC, who has outstanding experience and is, without doubt, the best lawyer in his field. Due to his exceptional expertise and knowledge he is able to address and resolve the most complex dispute matters including complex arbitration engagements.’

‘Cem Keser has extensive knowledge in a wide variety of dispute matters, especially with respect to high value disputes involving financial institutions and concerning complex commercial and construction transactions. He has expertise in both criminal and civil liability which makes him one of the most sophisticated and all-round experts in Turkish dispute resolution.’

‘Kemal Tağa is a partner of ASC Dispute Resolution Department, who also has over 10 years of consultancy experience in commercial transactions. Kemal Tağa has assisted commercial and corporate transactions alongside his litigation expertise, thus he is able to provide practical solutions to a variety of very complex disputes. He has worked on a wide range of transactional and commercial matters, and combined his consultancy expertise with his comprehensive dispute resolution knowledge. Kemal Tağa’s multi-disciplinary knowledge and practical approach makes him stand out as a go-to expert for almost any commercial dispute.’

‘Partners Dogan Cosgun and Kemal Taga are very experienced lawyers with very satisfying level of knowledge, not only in their expertise area but also in terms of commercial perspective. They are very concentrated on the case, exceptional listeners: They spend quite a lot of energy to listen, ask and finally understand. They are quick in evaluating commercial rationales. They have a strong network in their office, they are very quick in consulting for opinion. They are very responsive, I had almost immediate responses whenever I contacted. They create significant value for me as a client. It is very comfortable to work with them.’

Key clients

İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş.1


Migros Ticaret A.Ş.


Kalyon Yatırım Holding


BeIN Group (Digiturk) (French)


Kale Kilit Kalıp ve Sanayi A.Ş.


Akenerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.


Faber-Castell Aktiengesellschaft (German)


İçtaş Holding


Akenerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.


Turcas Petrol A.Ş.


IBS Sigorta ve Reasürans Brokerliği A.Ş.


Bahçıvan Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


Atalian Global Services (French)


QNB Finansbank A.Ş.


Adel Kalemcilik Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.


Nev Alışveriş Merkezleri Yatırımları A.Ş.


Çelik Motor Ticaret A.Ş.


Gaz Depo ve Madencilik A.Ş.


Toren Doğalgaz Depolama ve Madencilik A.Ş.


Anadolu Motor Üretim ve Pazarlama A.Ş.


Er – Bakır Elektronik Bakır Mamulleri A.Ş.


Osmanlı Yatırım Menkul Değerler A.Ş.


Ankara Özel Yüzüncü Yıl Sağlık İşletmeleri A.Ş.


Tentur Turizm A.Ş.


Göcek Tüneli İnşaat ve Tahhüt A.Ş.


AEP Anadolu Etap Penkon A.Ş.


And Kartal Gayrimenkul Yatırımları A.Ş.


Sarper Damıtımcılık A.Ş.


Royalcert Belgelendirme ve Gözetim Hizmetleri A.Ş.


Work highlights


  • Acting for Göcek Tunnel Construction in a construction dispute before ISTAC, regarding the construction, and operation, of a turnpike tunnel in Türkiye.
  • Defending two Turkish contractors, Gaz Depo Doğalgaz and Toren Doğalgaz, in a $25m dispute with the lead contractor.
  • Representing brewery Anadolu Efes in a $2m dispute before the ICC against its Azerbaijan distributor.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki fields 'an experienced legal team' that is a strong choice for high-profile litigation, be it civil, commercial or administrative cases before trial or appellate courts. The practice also acts for local and foreign investors in arbitration and mediation processes arising from complex transactions. Özge Akman Özmenlikan and Doğan Eymirlioğlu share leadership duties for the department: Özmenlikan has a client base of leading Turkish and multinational firms in the retail, franchising and distribution, energy and infrastructure sectors; and Eymirlioğlu is well-known in the corporate litigation and arbitration markets. The firm draws on its multi-practice experts to cover the spectrum of disputes, including finance-focused Gülistan Baltacı and shipping law expert Semih Sander.

Practice head(s):

Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Doğan Eymirlioğlu


Other key lawyers:

Gülistan Baltacı; Kağan Dora; Semih Sander; Şahin Ardıyok; Mahmut Karyağdı; Gökçe Sarısu Kanmaz


Testimonials

‘Baseak litigation team is an experienced legal team that enjoys strong technical know-how. Providing sufficient practical know-how to our urgent requests and supporting us during strategic decision taking processes are the two strengths and therefore, the reasons for us to work with this team.’

‘Commercial knowledge. Sincere communication with client. Short, qualified, professional legal advice.’

‘We recommend Ozge Ozmenlikan.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties Turkey


Çanakçı Hes Elektrik Üretim Anonim Şirketi


Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH


İf Girişim


Teknoser


Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation


Mersin International Port (MIP)


United Insurance Brokers Ltd. (UIB) & Navigators Insurance (Navigators)


Metro Grosmarket Bakırköy Alışveriş Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.


Abalioglu Holding (Ivme Energy)


Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Perakende Gıda Lojistik A.Ş.


Work highlights


  • Representing Emaar Turkey in three lawsuits initiated against it by Arıkan Yapı with whom Emaar entered a contractual relation for construction of luxury villas.
  • Advised Göltaş on administrative disputes with the Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) regarding licensing matters and Renewable Energy Sources Support Mechanism (YEKDEM) applications.
  • Assisting Abalioglu Holding with legal consultancy on relationship with the regulatory agency and the other public institutions.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership is admired by clients for its 'extremely high professional standards' and 'expertise wide enough to cover any commercial or administrative litigation'. The firm has offices in both Istanbul and Ankara, providing quick access to all regional and high courts and governmental offices. Based in Ankara, Mesut Çakmak is a renowned figure in the market and he represents major multinational corporations and local clients, in litigation and arbitration. He co-leads the practice with Istanbul-based partners Zeynep Çakmak, an experienced administrative and commercial litigator, and Elif Demiröz, one of the up-and-coming figures in the market. Prominent associate Yasin Bilen is also heavily involved.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Elif Demiröz


Other key lawyers:

Yasin Bilen


Testimonials

‘The level of service provided by Cakmak’s law firm is at very high level with every lawyers involved with extensive knowledge on each case followed. In addition their expertise is wide enough to cover any commercial or administrative litigation which is a real plus for international corporations.’

‘I have been in contact with Zeynep Cakmak, Elif Demiroz and Yasin Bilen, who are all available at any time with great flexibility and expert responsiveness.’

‘Cakmak is a firm dedicated to its clients, with extremely high professional standards and a fantastic ability to communicate with foreign clients coming from very different cultures.’

‘Mesut Cakmak is extremely precise, bright and reliable and has a great ability to deal with highly complex matters. Elif Demiroz is extremely professional and thorough and has great communication skills. They both leave nothing to chance and are very much dedicated to defending their clients. They provide their client with very useful and trustable insight in terms of analysis of risks. Mesut and Elif both very quickly gained my trust.’

‘The team is on top of the law, practical in applying it to the facts and always helpful. They provide flexible, thought-through advice and valuable market knowledge.’

‘Mesut Cakmak is simply great as a lawyer and very personable. Eda Bicer is nice, hard-working and produces very solid written pleadings.’

‘What we have definitely observed so far is that the team members are very competent on their areas of practice. They know how to take the matter and respond/explain in the way even non-legal parties of the client wishes to hear.’

‘The advice was very clear and prompt, they were extremely experienced and helpful in providing advice that aligned with the client’s strategy.’

Key clients

International Road Union (“IRU”)


Garanti Bankası


İZGAZ İzmit Gaz Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi (“İzgaz”)


Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi (“Uni-Mar”)


Western Union and Western Union Turkey Ödeme Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi


Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS (“Bureau Veritas” or “BV SAS”) and several Bureau Veritas Turkish subsidiaries.


Klepierre Gayrimenkul Yönetimi ve Yatırım Ticaret Anonim Şirketi (“Klepierre”)


ERG İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi (“ERG İnşaat”)


Baymina Enerji Anonim Şirketi (“Baymina”)


Gates Endüstriyel Metal Kauçuk Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi (“Gates”)


Visa Europe


Work highlights


  • Representing French Klepierre’s Turkish affiliate, Klepierre Gayrimenkul Yönetimi in its lawsuit at the High Administrative Court.
  • Representation of natural gas distribution company İzgaz in a compensation lawsuit filed by the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury.
  • Representating Uni-Mar in eight labour law related lawsuits filed by former employees of Uni-Mar and its subcontractor, whose employment contracts have been terminated upon mutual recession.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli acts in the gamut of contentious matters, from commercial litigation and institutional arbitration, to post-arbitration proceedings, including set-aside lawsuits and enforcement of arbitral awards. ‘Great teammate and professionalOkan Demirkan is the practice head and is especially focused on arbitration. Managing associate Begüm Biçer İlikay is singled out by one client as ‘without a doubt one of the most talented litigators‘ and is also a key figure in arbitral award enforcement and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan


Other key lawyers:

Begüm Biçer İlikay


Testimonials

‘Team is well rounded. Before making a recommendation, an issue is first analyzed via different but relevant approaches.’

‘The law firm provides a high end expertise and approach to each case.’

‘Okan Demirkan’s expertise goes far beyond the legal science.’

‘Bicer Ilikay is without a doubt one of the most talented litigators. She knows what target her clients pursue and she perfectly knows how to hit that target.’

‘KDK’s team is very professional and approaches legal problems in a practical way while trying to find solutions which really work for the clients.’

‘Okan Demirkan is someone I have worked with for years. He has some great skills in terms of bringing great solutions for the client’s needs and he is a great teammate and professional.’

‘The KDK team is versatile, intellectually brilliant and internationally well connected. Due to their broad experience in state court but also arbitration proceedings, they are easy to work with and provide excellent advice. Their representation in court and before arbitral tribunals is outstanding. It’s the Turkish go to firm for any significant and in particular any bet the company dispute.’

‘This is among the country’s best and most reliable law firms, despite the partners’ young age! They are very dynamic, extremely good lawyers.’

Key clients

Bedeschi


Ströer SE


Hepsiburada


Galatasaray Sports Club


Odea Bank


Comercial Soluex SpA


Abdi İbrahim


Roxcel


Pure Salmon


Deloitte


Upfield


TPI Composites


DelayFix S.A.


Mitsubishi Corporation


Polska Akcja Humanitarna


Agence France-Presse


Alsim Alarko


KITA Srl


Hugo Boss


Oliver Samwer / Global Founders Capital


Bahrain Middle East Bank


ArcelorMittal RZK


Vinmar


RAY Sigorta


Arempa International Ltd FZE


Work highlights


  • Advising D-Market (as known as Hepsiburada) on two pending class action proceedings before the New York State Court and the US Federal Court.
  • Representing Bahrain Middle East Bank and a consortium of five Bahraini banks (Khaleeji Commercial Bank, Bahrain Islamic Bank, Alubaf Arab International Bank, Ithmaar Bank and Gulf International Bank) in the collection of almost $550m, from various Turkish companies and individuals.
  • Acting for Oliver Samwer and Global Founders Capital & Co. Beteiligungs KG Nr. 1 in a lawsuit filed by two investors alleging that they had a right to co-invest when Delivery Hero acquired Yemek Sepeti, in a transaction valued at $589m.

Moroglu Arseven

The dispute resolution department at Moroglu Arseven acts in contentious matters across the gamut of practice areas, drawing on the respective expertise of the wider team. The firm assists clients with structuring and participating in tailored arbitration and mediation processes, but the team is also an established prominent name in commercial and corporate litigation. Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu, Ertunç Şirin and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, co-lead the practice group, and Burak Baydar and senior associate Fulya Kurar are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Benan Arseven; Seyfi Moroğlu; Ertunç Şirin; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin


Other key lawyers:

Burak Beydar; Fulya Kurar


Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners focuses on settling cases, if possible, and has strength in arbitration on behalf of foreign state entities. Serdar Bezen stands out in the market for his experience in arbitration and is a listed arbitrator at the London Court of International Arbitration, the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and the Energy Disputes Arbitration Centre. He co-leads the department with administrative law expert Aykut Bakırcı and Murat Soylu, an experienced adviser in post-M&A and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Bezen; Aykut Bakırcı; Murat Soylu


Key clients

Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza


Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG


Transmark Renewables


Trelleborg Sealing Solutions


Aerospheres (UK) Limited


Hyundai Eurotem A.Ş.


Akkuyu NGS Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.


Trelleborg Sealing Solutions


Work highlights


  • Assisting the Turkish subsidiary of Transmark Renewables – a Dutch geothermal energy company – with 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 Türkiye.
  • Advised Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza, a former professional football player, in his dispute with the Turkish Football Federation and domestic football club Trabzonspor regarding a contractual disagreement and transfer ban.
  • Advising an international solar panel manufacturer on submitting its objections to a formal review for the extension of the implementation period of the anti-dumping tax on Chinese solar panel imports.

Egemenoglu Law Firm

Operating from offices in Istanbul and Burca, Egemenoglu Law Firm fields a robust practice for local litigation in a range of practice areas, as well as developing a strong offering in cross-border disputes in recent years. For international arbitration, practice co-head and senior partner Egemen Egemenoğlu is the name to note, with Didem Keles Pınar, Dilek Gürsan and Günsel Dede the litigation experts.

Practice head(s):

Günsel Dede; Dilek Gürsan; Didem Keleş Pınar; Egemen Egemenoğlu


Other key lawyers:

Ayşegül Yiğit


Testimonials

‘Egemenoglu is a large legal house in Turkish terms. It looks like they have hundreds of lawyers. Over the year we took many cases to them and every time ended up meeting the specialist in the area in addition to our regular contacts. They are very professional, fast and reliable. Their technology seems top of the line with the addition of robots following case materials.’

‘I had a chance to work with a number of people with different titles and seniority levels (mid level associate to senior partner) and they were all very attentive, responsive and open to suggestions.’

‘The firm is experienced in International Arbitration and was instrumental in providing resources, legal research and junior and senior legal support in 2 recent arbitrations. The firm demonstrated superior responsiveness to our needs in handling large document cases, superior research skills, and superior senior legal strategy skills in the preparation of direct and cross examinations and in the preparation of expert disclosures.’

‘Egemen Egemenoglu and Irem Pelin, in particular, stood out as exceptional. Egemen, as senior partner, and Irem, as junior associate were tireless in support of the client’s causes.’

‘The Egemenoglu team’s capability for handling a broad spectrum of high profile, high value, and complex disputes/ projects, together with their in-depth familiarity with regional legal rules and their strong point of view on the cross-border aspects of the matters, always make their clients feel safe as a result. Furthermore, thanks to the efficient incorporation of technology into their systems, all business and transactions can proceed within the framework of transparency’

‘Our projects/ works are particularly challenging and at a level where they can be accomplished by highly trained experts. In this context, we worked with Egemen Egemenoglu, Dilek Gürsan, Efra Aydin Can and Ayşegül Yiğit from the team of the Egemenoglu law firm, and their ability to handle the processes with effective leadership and strong communication skills, as well as their capacity to keep us, as the client, continually updated, made them stand out.’

Key clients

Blue Horizon Corporation


Chassis Brakes International


Çimtaş Pipe and Çimtaş Precision Machining


Compagnie Financière Richemont SA


DRD Fleet Leasing


Elimsan Switchgear


Görkem Construction


Teknogon Teşhir


Houghton International


Investrade Company


Kafkas Confectioners


Layher


Lotus Holding


Nurol Investment Bank


Penti


Work highlights


  • Represented a company in the Turkish manufacturing sector in a commercial arbitration before the SIAC.
  • Representing the inheritors of one of Turkey’s well-known businessmen with respect to a dispute under inheritance law that amounts up to $10m.
  • Representing a Turkish education institution in a real estate dispute valued at over $10m.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law‘s contentious work primarily focuses on big-ticket disputes born of competition law, and IP disputes covering copyright, trademark and patents. The firm has a heavyweight client base, particularly in the tech sector, and recent multinationals to look to the disputes team for counsel include Philip Morris and Booking.com. Gönenç Gürkaynak, one of the country’s leading competition and antitrust experts, and Tolga Uluay co-lead the practice group. Counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gürkaynak; Tolga Uluay


Other key lawyers:

Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı


Testimonials

‘Tolga Uluay is always one hundred percent involved in the dispute resolution process, describing the status in detail, offering recommendations on how best to proceed in certain situations.’

‘Team’s strengths and key capabilities are client-orientation, always expected results and deadlines.’

‘They are proactive, collaborative, ready for challenges.’

‘The team has a strong record in resolution and litigation of disputes concerning the internet or social media. They are accustomed to working with multinationals and understand cross-jurisdictional sensitivities in handling legal disputes.’

‘Tolga Uluay is very good at representing clients against legal claims on a variety of legal matters.’

‘Their experience, quality of the associates and high level of communication with their clients.’

‘Gönenç Gurkaynak is very experienced in antitrust area. He also has out of box thinking and provides the clients with different perspectives to tackle different and challenging situations.’

Key clients

Newell


3M Company


L’Oréal


Henkel


Twitter Inc.


YouTube LLC.


Booking.com B.V.


Alcon Laboratuvarları Ticaret A.Ş.


Google


Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector


Philip Morris SA and Philip Morris Sabancı Pazarlama ve Satış


Turkish Airlines


TÜSİAD (Turkish Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association)


Edenred


TI Automative


Mercedes Benz Turkey


Mutlu Akü


Indesit


Medtronic Plc.


Boyner Holding


Polypag AG


Work highlights


  • Acted for Philip Morris in a commercial litigation regarding unjust termination of a distributorship agreement between Philip Morris and its distributor Test Tutun.
  • Advising Booking.com in a high profile lawsuit where Booking.com is claimed to be acting as a travel agency without complying with any of the obligations that being a travel agency entails and thus creates unfair competition.

Gün + Partners

A range of major domestic companies and multinationals operating in Turkey look to Gün + Partners for representation in disputes, from commercial and corporate litigation to alternative dispute resolution and arbitral award enforcement. 2021 partner appointment Beril Yayla Sapan and civil litigation expert Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın lead the team alongside senior figure Mehmet Gün who oversees the most high-profile work. Managing associate Asena Aytuğ Keser is also a key figure and comes with strong praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Gün; Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın; Beril Yayla Sapan


Other key lawyers:

Asena Aytuğ Keser


Testimonials

‘Asena Aytuğ Keser is the main contact, and the person in charge of the case. She has always been very helpful. Although the cases are not moving as fast as we would like them to, Asena Aytug has done her best to expedite the process where possible.’

‘Asena Aytuğ is very responsive, and whenever we ask for updates she gives us full details so that we do not have many questions left.’

Work highlights


  • Representing a rail technology company in a dispute with its sub-contractor before Istanbul Arbitration Centre.
  • Representing a social media company in a set of administrative proceedings against the tax office where the first instance court have recently accepted the cases in favour of the client.
  • Representing a Turkish textile company as lead counsel in a dispute with a Swiss seller, being subject to Swiss law and jurisdiction of Swiss courts.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership

As one of the most prominent full-service firms in the Turkish market, Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership has capabilities in contentious matters across all practice areas and fields a sizeable team of lawyers with extensive litigation and arbitration experience. The firm is frequently chosen as lead adviser in domestic disputes and foreign arbitration proceedings, and also supports local counsel in its clients' cases in foreign jurisdictions. Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Tolga Danışman are the practice co-heads; and İsmet Bozoğlu specialises in lawsuits arising from distributorship relationships, market entry or exit transactions, and white-collar criminal law matters.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman


Other key lawyers:

İsmet Bozoğlu; Şule Uluç; Sinem Tuğçe Aras; Ece Başaran Küçük


Key clients

İpek Petek İnşaat Anonim Şirketi


St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı Ticaret A.Ş.


DP World Yarımca Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş.


Work highlights


  • Representing İpek İnşaat Taahhüt before the court in a large-scale real estate dispute.
  • Advising the Turkish subsidiary of St. Martins group in various litigation proceedings including disputes with tenants in the shopping malls, real estate related matters as well as various types of administrative lawsuits.
  • Acting for the Turkish subsidiary DP World in all its major lawsuits including administrative law disputes over environmental matters, zoning plans and employment disputes.

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi acts in high-profile commercial litigation in Turkey and also has a niche strength in acting for foreign state entities in arbitrations. Ergin Mizrahi has a wealth of experience in international arbitration as well as cross-border litigation. He heads the wider department with Meral Arabacı, whose broad litigation practice covers debt restructuring, insolvency and administrative disputes; and Maral Celepyan Avsar, who represents local and international clients in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution matters. Senior associate Tuğçe Aslı Turçal Çakmak is the standout support to the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Ergin Mizrahi; Meral Arabacı; Maral Celepyan Avşar


Other key lawyers:

Tuğçe Aslı Turçal Çakmak


Testimonials

‘The team is working perfectly together, one wheel meshes with the other.’

Key clients

Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG


BSH Hausgeräte GmbH


Barcelo Hotels Group


The State of the Netherlands


Odeabank (Bank Audi)


GE Medical Services


The Royal Bank of Scotland


Nippon Paint Japan


Kerry Logistics


Alstom


Work highlights


  • Represented Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions in a €32m claim regarding the enforcement of an ICC award.
  • Represented Odeabank in a real estate dispute worth €53m.
  • Advised Barcelo Hotels on a rent dispute worth €2.5m.

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm is a strong choice for clients needing advice in any real estate or construction law dispute, and also acts in shareholder disputes across a range of industries. Practice heads Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yücesoy 'are strong litigators, curious and hard-working lawyers' and long-term collaborators in this area of law.

Practice head(s):

Onur Ergönen; Duygu Acar Yücesoy


Testimonials

‘Onur Ergönen -is very careful about the details -is strongly capable of commercial knowledge and practices in the field -is transparent about the cases -is honest -has high hospitality -has perfect client and process management -has strong resources -has satisfying information sharing -has trust building and professional attitude.’

‘Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yucesoy are strong litigators. The vast scope of their experience enable them to look at issues from various perspectives and leaves us fully confident that all aspects of the issue at hand have been carefully considered.’

‘Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yücesoy are both curious and hard working lawyers. They are always eager to research further and they always find creative and simple solutions. They are excellent strategy builders and can adapt to changing requirements. And they can keep calm under stressful situations. Onur and Duygu have a great working relationship between them. They had been together for close to 20 years now. This strong unbreakable collaboration between partners is very important -almost a requirement- for a litigation as complex and long-term as ours.

‘Duygu Acar Yücesoy is highly detail-oriented. She is analytical and is able to break an issue down to its basic elements fast.’

‘Onur Ergönen is the best litigation lawyer with his legal knowledge and practical attitude.’

‘Approachable, experienced and qualified.’

‘The most basic feature of the partners and the team is that they are interested, follow their work, are trained both emotionally and logically, and have the right assessment and foresight. In addition, we can count the important reasons why we prefer them because they constantly improve themselves, provide multilingual services, are open and interested in the world, as well as support us with digital training.’

‘The partners are very understanding, approachable and caring. Their most important characteristics are their empathy and transparency.’

Key clients

Keller Williams Regional Offices


Keller Williams Real Estate Agents


NEF Construction & Development


İpucu Gayrimenkul Yatırım Daınşmanlığı ve Ticaret A.Ş.


KVB Danışmanlık Eğitim ve Gayrimenkul Hizmetleri A.Ş.


Bodrum Guru Gayrimenkul Danışmanlığı A.Ş.


Multi Corporation Turkey


Buyaka Shopping Mall


Affidea Health Group


Hanwha Q Cells Corporation


Hanwha Solar One Hong Kong Limited


Keller Williams Turkey


HSA Madencilik A.Ş.


Artell Yatırım İnşaat A.Ş.


Foreks Bilgi İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.


Octet Express


Çimtaş Boru İmalatları ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi


Rentiva


Bebek Turizm


İpek İnşaat ve Çakırkaya Jointe-Venture


Başar Başaran and Haşim Çağan Şentürk


Work highlights


  • Representing Turkish ex-shareholders of Yemeksepeti (Başar Başaran and Çağan Şentürk) before Turkish, German and Luxembourg courts regarding a multinational investment dispute valued at $840m.
  • Acting for 12 subsidiaries of Multi Corporation Turkey in more than 180 lawsuits, mediation proceedings, and enforcement proceedings in various real estate law related disputes, with a consolidated claim amount of $5m.
  • Representing Bebek Turizm in a $48m litigation case before Turkish courts against a governmental authority in a real estate dispute.

CBC Law

Regarded by one client as 'one of Turkey's real rising stars in the commercial litigation and international arbitration space', CBC Law has an international presence in dispute resolution. The firm has strong links with a number of international firms and can provide services in Turkish, English, German, and French. It has offices in both Ankara and Istanbul, facilitating direct access to courts in commercial and administrative matters. Lale Defne Mete, Törehan Büyüksoy and Ural Özbek share leadership duties, while Ekinsu Cebi and Atakan Gungordu are 'standout associates'.

Practice head(s):

Lale Defne Mete; Törehan Büyüksoy; Ural Özbek


Other key lawyers:

Ekinsu Cebi; Atakan Gungordu


Testimonials

‘The firm is one of Turkey’s real rising stars in the commercial litigation and international arbitration space, known for its standout work in the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.’

‘Ekinsu Cebi and Atakan Gungordu are standout associates.’

‘We have been working with the firm for over two years and this is a pragmatic and responsive team of professionals. The disputes team understands our objectives and adopts a practical and cost-effective approach to achieving such objectives.’

‘Very dedicated and strong team. Always receiving adequate support and commercial advice. Very delighted working with them. The team provides a knowledgeable and experienced service at affordable rates.’

‘Ural Ozbek is a highly skilled and efficient lawyer. Always receiving a great support from him. Lale Defne Mete is another key individual. They are very bright and competent specialists.’

‘The team is a responsive, international-facing team that provides valuable assistance in the Turkish aspects of international litigation, including the enforcement of arbitral awards.’

‘The team works well as a cohesive unit. They have great problem solving abilities, often approaching urgent and unique problems with creative solutions. They have an intimate understanding of the Turkish legal landscape and culture, which makes them an asset for navigating issues of Turkish law.’

‘The dispute resolution team is very hands on and experienced. We currently have a complex case before Turkish courts and they know how to handle the sensitivities, have very good connections with the court clerks and will follow up every procedural step to make sure there is no delay. They consider and explain every strategic option before the most appropriate one is adopted.’

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

For contentious matters in shipping, insurance and the broader transport sector, the ‘very professional‘ dispute resolution team at Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is a reliable choice. International and domestic shipping insurers, companies, and financiers are among the clients of the team jointly overseen by Ergün Ersoy, Zihni Bilgehan, Mehmet Raci Alper and Emre Ersoy. In addition to the full spectrum of commercial disputes within its specialist industries, the practice also assists with administrative, environmental, labour and consumer law related matters.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan; Mehmet Raci Alper; Emre Ersoy


Testimonials

‘Good listener, rational, provide timely feedback.’

‘The team is very professional. We have been dealing with Emre Ersoy on a couple of cases in the recent past and he has been very prompt in providing advice clearly.’

Key clients

Aston FFI Suisse


DVB Bank SE


Sidra Maritime Ltd


TT Club


Mars Logistics S.A.R.L.


Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Ltd.


DNV


Oldendorff Carriers


CMA CGM


Hapag Lloyd AG


Ulusoy Holding A.S.


Gesbey Enerji Turbini ve Kule Uretim San. Tic. A.S.


The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited


IF P&C Insurance Ltd


Doun kisen co ltd.


SIAT – Societa Italiana Assicurazioni e Riassicurazioni


Thomas Miller Specialty


London Syndicate Underwriters as Reinsurers of Eregli Demir Celik Fabrikalari A.S.


BB Energy Trading Limited


Vitruvian Fund Sicav P.L.C


DelayFix S.A.


Turk P&I Insurance AS


Synergas SRL


Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)


AP Moller Maersk


K Line Pte Ltd


Japan P&I Club


TMS Bulkers Ltd


Arcadia Hellas


Kalimbassieris Maritime


Cosco Shipping


Eren Holding A.S.


West of England (P&I) Club


Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club


The Swedish Club


UK Mutual (P&I) Club


Gard P&I Club


Genel Denizcilik Nakliyati A.S.


Ekol Lojistik A.S.


Clyde & co.


Holman Fenwick Willan LLP


Willis Towers Watson


WK webster & co. Ltd


The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association


Fina Holding A.S.


Warstila Finland OY


Allianz Versicherung AG


Hiscox MGA Ltd


Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation


Work highlights


  • Representing Doun Kisen in proceedings relating to the collision of two ships in Turkish waters.
  • Assisting the owners and the insurers of the vessel “Genuine Hercules” in relation to a multimillion-dollar cargo contamination claim.
  • Assising the owner of the M/T “SYN ZANIA” with a number of different claims, execution proceedings and legal proceedings associated with an explosion and fire.

Gen Temizer Ozer

Administrative disputes, corporate conflicts and post-M&A contentious issues are among the strengths of Gen Temizer Ozer's dispute resolution team, headed by Ebru Temizer. Bolstered by its relationship with international firm Kinstellar, the practice is also adept in cross-border counsel for its multinational clients. Senior English-qualified partner Edmund Emre Özer 'gives fast feedback in every dispute process', and senior associate Şeyma Olğun is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ebru Temizer


Other key lawyers:

Edmund Emre Özer; Şeyma Olğun


Testimonials

‘We had the pleasure of working with Gen Temizer Özer / Kinstellar Istanbul during commercial disputes. The team has quite the experience in commercial disputes. Thanks to their efficiency and advocacy, we were able to resolve the disputes without spending unnecessary time and expenses. We have received fast and accurate feedback on each dispute.’

‘Edmund Emre Özer, who is the lawyer we work with the most, is a very supportive colleague who gives fast feedback in every dispute process and is very well organized.’

‘Gen Temizer Ozer is a fantastic firm – real expertise in dispute resolution. They are extremely responsive, and provide excellent strategic advice.’

‘Ebru Temizer is outstanding.’

‘The team is proficient in the practice of law fluently in both Turkish and English. They have an excellent grasp on the cultural and legal differences between the two jurisdictions and are adept at bridging the two systems in a highly responsive and client-centric way.’

‘Emre Ozer demonstrates real intellectual gravitas and a deep understanding of international legal systems and nuances alongside exceptional sector expertise.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco


eBay


Çolakoğlu Metalurji


Majorel (former Mayen)


Koza Altın


Vestas


Veolia


Aksoy Petrol


China Navigation


Travelex


Stewarts


PMP Promec spa


Arvato Lojistik


Amadeus


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 and its English subsidiary, Koza.
  • Representing Majorel in a compensation lawsuit it filed against Dsmart claiming losses and damages due to unjust termination of the service contract by Dsmart.
  • Acting for Colakoglu Metalurji, a Turkish crude steel producer, in disputes for both import contracts for raw materials and export sale contracts for finished products.

Güner Law Office

Ece Güner Toprak and Can Güner oversee the contentious matters at Güner Law Office, which is especially well-versed in IP and media and entertainment litigation. It also has a strong presence in international arbitration, particularly those arising from corporate and commercial ventures, and administrative litigation is a further area of focus.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Can Güner


Other key lawyers:

Burcak Kurt Bicer; Sabahat Elif İpek


Key clients

Fox Turkey


Şafak Elektrik Malzemeleri Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş. (a subsidiary of SICAME Group)


Generali Sigorta A.Ş. (Generali)


Konecranes Ticaret ve Servis Ltd. Şti.


SMSA Express


Medi-Link International Limited


Avient Turkey Mühendislik Polimerleri A.Ş.


Suez WTS Turkey


Mammut Construction Co.


The New York Times Company


Deezer Dijital Hizmetler ve Dağıtım A.Ş.


Work highlights


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

Pekin & Pekin

Pekin & Pekin fields a dispute resolution department that is present across a wide spectrum of court litigation in Turkey, from contractual matters in real estate, retail and construction, to a wealth of employment and IP disputes. Senior partner Erdem Atilla leads the team and draws on over ten years of experience in court litigation. Senior associate Idil Kocaman supports across the range of matters but has particular strength in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Erdem Atilla


Other key lawyers:

Idil Kocaman


Key clients

George Tedarik Hizmetleri A.S.


Skinfix Inc.


ScyllaDB Ltd.


Digi-Key Corporation


Acronis


Kosifler Oto Servis ve Ticaret A.S.


DZ Bank AG


Intel Corporation


Mazaya Group


Century 21


Akkok Holding A.S. and affiliates


Sakarya Elektrik Perakende Satis A.S.


Divan Turizm Isletmeleri A.S.


Fenerbahce Sports Club


Laake GmbH


Index Group


Work highlights


  • Representing George Tedarik Hizmetleri in two employment cases regarding mobbing and psychological harassment allegations.
  • Acting for Skinfix in its opposition proceeding at the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Advised Acronis and one of its employees on criminal and administrative proceedings regarding forgery allegations.

TURUNÇ

A spread of domestic and international heavyweights from various industries look to TURUNÇ for representation in disputes, clients appreciating 'the combination of their top-quality general litigation practice with specialist expertise'. Noyan Turunç 'has vast experience in litigation and mediation processes' and co-leads the practice with Yücel Ezberci, who leads the team’s work on various product liability and non-compete disputes, and the 'thorough and technical' managing associate Gizem Günel. Kerem Turunç is also a key name for cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Yücel Ezberci; Gizem Günel


Other key lawyers:

Kerem Turunç


Testimonials

‘Super responsive and capable team. They are always super prepared for the meetings.’

‘The people I work with are knowledgeable and competent in their field. Therefore, they can provide helpful and efficient advice.’

‘They are solution-oriented, remain calm, handle the other side with poise, and are always looking out for our best interests.’

‘Noyan Turunc is our go-to partner. He has vast experience in litigation and mediation processes. He always makes an accurate prediction of the merits of any potential dispute. We also like Gizem Gunel.’

‘Given Turunc’s excellent client service (deep industry expertise, creativity in problem solving, quick response times thus excellent value for money) over the last 10 years we stayed with the firm. I am grateful to Kerem and his team!’

‘What makes Turunc unique is the combination of their top-quality general litigation practice with specialist expertise. They cover a wide spectrum of fields such as labor disputes, intellectual property, competition, and commercial matters and they are a one-stop shop that provides convenience and efficiency. We see them as our advisers, not just lawyers, as they are able to offer us insights taking all relevant issues into account. They are a dedicated team of lawyers, in which partners are always available and very communicative, and associates, well-versed and partner-level quality.’

‘Noyan Turunç is able to approach disputes with a commercial intelligence that is unrivalled. He captures the core of the issue immediately and provides straightforward guidance, even in the most complex situations. He is a great captain and leads his team in an impressive way. He is a very respected individual.’

‘Gizem Günel is at the core and an integral part of Turunc’s dispute resolution practice. She is thorough and technical. She is very client-focused, professional and a great communicator.’

Key clients

Casaretto family


Nebem B.V.


Joygame


Camper Shoes


Caffè Nero


SC Johnson


BigChefs


WON


Trendtex


Vektor Tanitim


Itochu


Work highlights


  • Represented the Istanbul-based Casaretto family in trademark disputes challenging the client’s trademark that was set up last year for the revival of a 19th-century brand, Sébah & Joaillier.
  • Acted for Nebem in the enforcement of a Dutch court award and a separate commercial dispute against an ex-customer.
  • Represented a solar energy company in obtaining a favourable judgment in a case involving the client’s trade secrets.

Yavuz & Uyanik

Yavuz & Uyanik is an established name in Turkey’s commercial law, litigation and employment law markets, as well as having a strong niche in insurance disputes. More broadly, the team frequently acts in the financial services sector for domestic and international banks and financial institutions. Mehmet Selim Yavuz heads the team and Murat Uyanik is the other key partner contact. At the associate level, Ayşe Arkan and Alparslan Cin provide additional support. Metin Ülker departed in January 2022 to start his own firm.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Selim Yavuz


Other key lawyers:

Murat Uyanık; Esra Ulcay; Gülce Ataman Demirel; Ayşe Arkan; Alparslan Cin


Testimonials

‘The company is partnered by top-notch lawyers who employ the best talent available. Service is tailored, responsive and responsible.’

‘Founding partner Murat Uyanik is an exceptional lawyer that can analyse different aspects of a situation (legal, political, psychological, etc) and propose an action plan accordingly. Gulce Ataman is excellent in following up ongoing work and implementing decisions.’

‘The customers themselves and their legal problems will be dealt with closely, and that the Yavuz & Uyanik employees will protect the interests of the customers in a disciplined and dedicated manner.’

‘The team’s creativity to seek and apply solutions for any problem we faced in our cross border litigation.’

‘Ayşe Arkan and Alparslan Cin stand out with their solution recommendations on some complex legal issues and remarkable prompt replies. All of the team is always available whenever we require their evaluations and help on the ground.’

‘Yavuz&Uyanik attorneys have a deep legal knowledge which makes them able to address complex legal issues that we often ask for legal advice. Yavuz&Uyanik has also contemplated layered strategies in court; in order to address complex and sophisticated matters that we authorize to represent us. Yavuz&Uyanik attorneys’ experience and deep knowledge has benefited us especially in cases concerning consumer as well as dispute resolution. We require deep risk analysis especially for complex and sophisticated matters so that we can determine whether to continue proceedings or reach into an agreement; and Yavuz&Uyanik has been excellent at providing risk analysis for our litigation cases.’

‘In the dispute resolution cases we closely work with Ayşe Arkan who is an excellent young and bright attorney. We always enjoy working with the team due to their outstanding legal knowledge and prompt replies.’

‘Yavuz & Uyanik Law firm is a highly responsive partner. They are specialized mainly on union agreements, but they are successfully managing all of our legal requirements. When compared to the service level we receive, Yavuz & Uyanik provides a high value for money with high quality standards.’

Key clients

Kıraça Holding A.Ş. –Karsan Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş.


Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş. (Affiliate of BNP Paribas)


Azimut Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş.


İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım A.Ş.


BNP Paribas Suisse S.A.


Ciner Group of Companies


Bnp Paribas Cardif Emeklilik A.Ş.


Ashfield Sağlık Hizmetleri Tic. Ltd. Şti.


BGC Partners Menkul Değerler A.Ş.


Ontex Tüketim Ürünleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş.


Work highlights


  • Acted for a client in initiating the bankruptcy proceedings for one of its debtors, and participated in the creditors meeting on behalf of the client for the debt valued at $36m.
  • Initiated a lawsuit on behalf of a client regarding unlawful termination of the agreement related to construction work in the historical city centre of Istanbul.
  • Acted for a client in civil and criminal lawsuits regarding financial corruption conducted by a business agent.

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Yazici Attorney Partnership stands out for its expertise in construction sector disputes, where it excels in both arbitration and litigation, and for consumer law litigation, among other areas. Practice co-head Elif Karagözoğlu and 2022 partner appointment Ceren Ak Güngör are both contacts to note for international arbitration. Şener Özkan co-leads with Karagözoğlu and is an experienced litigator.

Practice head(s):

Şener Özkan; Elif Karagözoğlu


Other key lawyers:

Ceren Ak Güngör; Bilge Müftüoğlu


Testimonials

‘Familiarization with our company and our group company for a long time; and having the whole history and memory about us.’

‘They are very experienced about projects and construction claims. They spot the legal issues very clearly and early on. They draft well, have a lot of international arbitration experience and work very well with other counsel.’

‘We have worked closely with Ayse Yazici Adanir. She is knowledgeable, has a strong legal background, and I would recommend her very comfortably.’

Key clients

Lösev Lösemili Çocuklar Vakfı (Foundation for Children with Leukemia)


Jaguar Land Rover Limited


Taq Taq Operating Company Limited


Tesem Teknik Sistemler Mühendislik A.Ş.


Doğuş İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş


AGE İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş-


Visor Mühendislik İnşaat Turizm Gıda ve Mekanik Elektrik Taahhüt Ticaret Limited Şirketi-


Work highlights


  • Representing AGE İnşaat in an arbitration with respect to the termination of a construction contract.
  • Represented Visor in relation to its investment arbitration against Turkmenistan.
  • Acting for Jaguar Land Rover in commercial and consumer law cases before the Turkish state courts.

Abcoo Law Firm

Acting across a variety of sectors, Abcoo Law Firm's dispute resolution practice is strong on IP and advertising matters, shareholder disputes, and commercial disputes in the real estate market. Can Oğuzer, Hasan Çağlayan and Erdoğan Okşak are the practice heads and are supported by senior associate Ezgi Ulga.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Hasan Çağlayan; Erdoğan Okşak


Other key lawyers:

Ezgi Ulga; Hande Melikoglu Tekin


Testimonials

‘Collaboration, flexibility.’

‘Can Oğuzer – Expertise, good communication.’

‘Erdoğan Okşak – Attentiveness, expertise.’

‘All partners in Abcoo are experts on their fields. Experts in conciliation. Many of the disputes has been resolved due to Abcoo’s conciliation expertise. Especially for labor and retail law I prefer Abcoo.’

‘A very dedicated team.’

‘Murat Aygin is a smart, easy-to-communicate person. He understands the sensibilities very easily.’

‘We work with Abcoo Law Firm for some shareholders disputes. Since the beginning of our partnership, Abcoo has proven to provide one of the highest quality of services in the market. They manage to approach the issues with a calculated, cautious and sensitive point of view which is critical in a sector like ours. Their quick and tailor-made responses to even the most complex matters is solely enough to express our pleasure for their services.’

Key clients

Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama A.S. (Peak)


Neba Gayrimenkul


Diar Suleymaniye Gayrimenkul A.S.


Petrol Ofisi


Bi Enerji Makine Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti.


KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul Yatırımları ve İsletme Ticaret A.S.


Data Market Bilgi Hizmetleri A.S.


Ronesans Holding


Aksoy Girisimcilik (Aksoy Ventures)


HPP International Turkey


Polar Marine


Tricon Energy


ELCA Kozmetik Ltd. Sti. (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)


Voys Yapay Zeka A.S


Work highlights


  • Representing ELCA in all disputes, including commercial, real estate, consumer, employment and panel law matters before the courts and relevant authorities.
  • Representing Voys Yapay Zeka in a trade mark infringement lawsuit regarding cancelation of the “Voys.me” brand.
  • Advising Peak on a lawsuit initiated against a global advertising agency concerning the breach of advertising service agreement.

Gems Schindhelm

A favoured choice for matters involving German-speaking markets, Gems Schindhelm handles numerous cross-border cases for a client base that mostly consists of German, Austrian and Swiss corporate entities. Gurkan Erdebil and Muge Sengonul are the joint practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Gurkan Erdebil; Muge Sengonul


Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership fields a disputes practice that handles the corporate and criminal cases of its corporate clients; national and international arbitrations; and contentious matters concerning media and data protection law. Esra Sümer has broad litigation experience and leads the practice alongside criminal law expert Ali Tasar and senior associate Zeynep Evrim Genel, who focuses on commercial law and aviation law.

Practice head(s):

Esra Sümer; Ali Tasar; Zeynep Evrim Genel


Key clients

UEDAS


Daikin


Dedeman


Limak Holding


SHM Global


Sasa Polyester


Tema Teknik


Titra Teknoloji


Yıldız Teknik Universitesi


Ho- Kandilli Project


North Marmara Motorway


Dssa Warranty


New World Foundation


Turkey Maarif Foundation


Astay Gayrimenkul


Tarim Kredi Kooperatifleri


Work highlights


  • Advised Daikin Airconditioning on four tax issues against the administration.
  • Representing Limak Holding in a dispute relating to an EPC Agreement executed with the Dnipro Municipality in Ukraine for the metro (subway) construction.
  • Acting for Uludag Electricity Distribution in disputes regarding both labour law and utility subscription related issues.

IctemLegal

IctemLegal focuses on advising foreign clients on various commercial disputes before Turkish courts. The dispute resolution department is equipped to handle commercial litigation, trade mark cases, shareholder disputes, contract breaches and director liability claims, as well as international arbitration. Leadership duties are divided between Sıla H. Gürün Yılmaz and Serkan Ictem

Practice head(s):

Sıla H. Gürün Yılmaz; Serkan İçtem


Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership focuses on conflict avoidance and resolution for its client base of companies that includes multinationals and key domestic businesses. Efe Kınıkoğlu has 15 years of experience advising on all kinds of commercial litigation and he co-heads the team with Özgür Güner, both being recommended by clients for their 'outstanding expertise'.

Practice head(s):

Efe Kınıkoğlu; Özgür Güner


Other key lawyers:

Selin Su; Göktürk Şahin


Testimonials

‘I would strongly recommend Efe Kınıkoğlu in dispute resolution matters. I can attest to his expertise in various fields of law and his ability to find effective solutions to varied and challenging problems.’

‘The employment and the commercial law division of the firm provides highly practical legal solutions thanks to the outstanding expertise of Ozgur Guner, Efe Kınıkoğlu, and other team members.’

‘The firm is very prominent in commercial and labor law disputes. The team works very devotedly and keeps the communication with the client intact.’

Key clients

Stellantis


DHL


Borusan Holding


Japan Tobacco International


Borusan


Eczacıbaşı Holding


Borusan Logistics


Borcelik


Syngenta


Eczacibaşi Tüketim Ürünleri


Borusan Alenka Energy


Borusan İş Makinaları


Tricon Energy


Borusan Manheim


Borusan EnBw


Norm Holding


Borusan Suspan


Careem


Fokker Elmo


Fersan


Columbia Sports -Gözalan Group


Barçın Sports


Ortopromedicals


Volkan Itfaiye


Güralp Vinç


Agromila


Doğanay Turnip Juice


Bahlaq Trading


Nakhla Tobacco


Work highlights


  • Advising Borusan Conglomerate on litigation files and risk management on potential disputes.
  • Assisting Stellantis with follow up on all pending litigation files, and risk management and mitigation on potential disputes.
  • Advising Eczacıbaşı Consumption Goods on follow up of all pending litigation files and risk management and mitigation on potential disputes.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office is particularly experienced in settlement procedures, bankruptcy and execution work, commercial litigation, arbitration, employment-law and inheritance-law related claims. Labour and employment expert Emre Atayilmaz heads the disputes team alongside corporate and finance lawyer Kerim Pelister.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister


Other key lawyers:

Senem Sarac


Testimonials

‘The overall firm is of high quality with great contacts within the Turkish market.’

‘Kerim is a smart lawyer who knows what the client wants. He is a fast thinker and can get the job done. He is willing to invest all of his energy and time in winning the case.’

‘They are a diverse team with backgrounds both in law and business industries, such as finance, management, M&A and tech. They are positive in hiring women. They have extensive knowledge of the local laws and practices and they are very capable of providing advice and legal support for international disputes and resolutions.’

‘Kerim and Emre are very hands on with every detail of every dispute, legal situation or process. They have a friendly and result oriented approach with high levels of communication.’

Key clients

Enerjisa


Yapi Kredi Bank


Yapi Kredi Leasing


RCT Asset Management Company


Norm Ambalaj


Nederman Holding AB


Rixen Cableway


Work highlights


  • Representing Enerjisa in collection of receivables from a portfolio exceeding 3,000 consumers.
  • Advising Yapi Kredi Bank on collection of receivables from a portfolio of more than 200 insolvent corporate borrowers.
  • Representing Yapi Kredi Leasing in collection of receivables portfolio consisting of more than 100 different insolvent corporate borrowers.

TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP

Excelling in Turkey’s construction and energy project sectors, TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP fields a dispute resolution team headed by founding partner Sidar Tunca and Ayşegül Filiz, who is recommended for construction sector matters. The practice handles administrative and civil litigation for a number of major Turkish companies, and also has strong contentious services in tax law.

Practice head(s):

Sidar Tunca; Ayşegül Filiz


Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge, promptly returning to the client, chasing the client to complete the task. Punctual, transparent billing.’

‘Sidar Tunca – calm approach and knowledge makes feels the client safe.’

‘Respond quickly and efficiently to any possible legal service we want to receive, and to act in cooperation with our company. Since we operate various areas of the energy sector, we needed a law firm that includes professional lawyers in energy law. Tunca Attorney Partnership is of great importance to us with its energy law experts.’

‘Tunca Attorney Partnership has lawyers qualified in different jurisdiction, which is not common for Ankara. We worked closely with Sidar Tunca, the founding partner of this law firm, whose team we know and love to work with. Sidar Tunca, who has a long experience in energy law, is full of knowledge enough to provide pages of information on even the most detailed and rarely encountered issues.’

‘What makes TAP irreplaceable for us in the first place is its experienced lawyer team and their dispute resolution skills. TAP has become indispensable for us.’

‘Tunca Attorney Partnership is one of the successful law office in Turkey in protecting the rights of its clients with lawyers who are experts in dispute resolution. People working in Tunca Attorney Partnership who are experts in their fields make great efforts to understand the demands of the customers and produce solutions.’

‘Sidar Tunca has a great understanding of client demands. Sidar Tunca always supports clients with suggestions and solutions that meet their requirements and creates approaches and alternatives for its clients within the scope of his expertise in all kinds of disputes.’

‘Throughout what was a difficult period, Sidar Tunca made the whole process smooth, he was straightforward and meticulous to help our firm with our claims. Ayşegül Filiz devotes the same effort to mediation as she does to litigation, carefully preparing every aspect of our case and seeking every opportunity to help us come out ahead. What’s more, Ayşegül Filiz has truly deep knowledge in the realm of administrative process related to the construction sector and disputes arising from construction agreements as well as subcontractor agreements which allows her to craft innovative dispute resolution strategies that succeed.’

Key clients

Albedo BS Elektrik Üretim A Ş


Dolugaz Depolama LPG Petrol Ürünleri San. ve Tic. Ltd. STİ. (100% Subsidiary of Lokal İNŞ. Ener. Pet. Nak. Gid. A.Ş. Group Of Companies)


Gökova Ören Marina Turizm Inşaat ve Ticaret A Ş


WYG International Danişmanlik Ltd ŞTİ


Aşkale Çimento Sanayi Ticaret A Ş


Alacer Gold Madencilik A Ş


The Union Of Chambers And Commodity Exchanges Of Turkey (TOBB)


Ulubol Inşaat A Ş


ICC Grup Inşaat Ticaret Ltd ŞTİ


Tüprag Metal Madencilik San ve Tic A Ş


Golf Federasyonu


YAYLA


Elvan Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret A Ş


Cerrahoglu Law Firm

Cerrahoglu Law Firm acts across a diverse spread of sectors and has capabilities in both arbitration and litigation. Its corporate clients have recently instructed practice heads Uraz Canbolat and Nergis Kundakcioglu on matters relating to movables and immovables, franchising relations, distribution agreements, joint ventures, and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Uraz Canbolat; Nergis Kundakcioglu


Key clients

Kwansoo


Magirus GmbH


Autoliv


Nike


Grant Thornton International Ltd.


Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi


Almana Group


Asda


Boston Scientific


Polimeks Insaat


Tecnicas


Work highlights


  • Advised Kwansoo, a construction company from South Korea, on a dispute arising out of Canakkale Bridge Project in Turkey.
  • Representing Boston Scientific Turkey in a lawsuit filed against a University Hospital to collect Boston Scientific Turkey’s receivables.
  • Advised Nike Turkey on various consumer claims.

Gökçe

Gökçe's offering in disputes is particularly strong when it comes to shareholder cases and IP matters. The firm acts in a variety of other commercial disputes and is praised as being 'easy to reach, multilingual and having a very good attitude'. Ali Paslı, Müberra Gürdal and Erkan Sarıtaş co-lead the broader department, and senior associate Aslihan Kayhan stands out below partner level.

Practice head(s):

Ali Paslı; Müberra Gürdal; Erkan Sarıtaş


Other key lawyers:

Aslihan Kayhan


Testimonials

‘A large practice with a diverse team of legal experts capable of acting for clients from pre-action disputes all the way through court proceedings, whether in local courts or at the international level. They have strong commercial instincts, and provide practical advice which is valuable and easy to digest for the client.’

‘Elif Aksoz is a responsive and commercially minded advisor who understands the factors required for clients to succeed. Gorkem Gokce is very client-focussed, and is involved at every level.’

‘Aslihan Kayhan, and Ali Pasli give understandable feedback, careful about timing, well prepared and accessible.’

‘We have known Gökçe Law Partnership for a very long time. We have worked with them many times. We consult with them on particularly difficult and complex issues. Because we have a lot of confidence in them. Because they know our company very well, they offer us appropriate solutions to our problems. They have an expert staff in their field. Different lawyers who are experts in their field can support us in different legal problems to their teams. What is different in Gökçe Law Partnership is the way everyone handles and concludes jobs that require different expertise and perspective that they cannot do.’

‘Easy to reach, multilingual and with a very good attitude. I trust in their knowledge and problem solving skills.’

‘They can evaluate all our legal problems completely and always offer more than one solution. All of these suggestions fit well with our business life. While resolving commercial disputes, they primarily do research on the sector in which the client works, and this makes it easier for us to understand each other.’

‘They are the best for handling complex matters. The business of ours touches a lot of matters, different sectors and regulations. Since they have a tremendous experience, they are able to understand the complexity of the matters. They do not only understand the legal complexities but also the commercial and financial ones. Their perspective is so wide and varied.’

‘Aslihan Kayhan is always fast and solution-oriented, that is why she can always suggest different and accurate solutions for our problems.

Güleryüz & Partners

The dispute resolution team at Güleryüz & Partners 'works professionally, economically and creatively', acting in a variety of corporate and commercial cases, with shareholder disputes being a notable strength. Tarık Güleryüz receives client recommendation for 'his impressive and sophisticated solutions', and he co-leads the team with Nihat Özbek, who joined in January 2022 from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Tarık Güleryüz; Nihat Özbek


Other key lawyers:

Barış Ülker; Selin Nacar Öztürk


Testimonials

‘Güleyüz Partners offers an unparalleled service and experience through their collegiality and by proactively bringing together their global and diverse talent. It is what makes working with Güleyüz Partners special. They strive to make a positive difference to the communities in which they operate through our work, their community investment programmes, their pro bono advice and their sustainability goals.’

‘I think that successful lawyers almost always have a true passion for their job. I have seen this passion while working closely with the team of Tarik Güleryüz. Tarik Güleryüz and Selin Nacar are committed to representing and helping their clients with dedication to their clients.’

‘Güleryüz Partners supports our team by respecting autonomy through trust. They place emphasis on how work is done and more on the fact that it is done- on time and to standard. Therefore, the team feels very safe and in comparison they succeed very well on their work.’

‘Tarik Güleryüz always supports the team with his impressive and sophisticated solutions. He leads the team and makes every one of them work collaboratively with each other and the firm to create more open-minded and inclusive solutions for the case. Tarik’s verbal skills surprise me in every trial. He is so persuasive and knows the law very deeply.’

‘When you work with Güleryüz & Partners, you don’t just get the experience of an individual lawyer. You get a purpose-built, tightly woven network of legal thought leaders who marry their passion for business with a deep, focused understanding of the law. The team works professionally, economically and creatively, developing the law to promote fairness and justice in the legal system and, in society. Güleryüz & Partners differs from its competitors not only in terms of the quality of their legal services, but also in its commitment to associates working at the firm.’

‘TarIk Güleryüz is a leader who can always structure the best ways of solutions in order to help his clients. Barış Ülker utilises advanced methods to solve the most complex legal issues. He perfectly manages the tasks while working with the tight deadlines. On the other hand, Selin Nacar is an experienced young associate who is able to manage and solve such complex disputes together with her team members.’

‘Every lawyer and staff person in Güleryüz Partners knows that the firm’s values are deeply rooted in putting their clients’ interests first in everything they do. In comparison with the other law firms, excellent client service is a longstanding, overarching objective of Güleryüz Partners as I see in every case we work together. Güleryüz Partners team makes a real big effort to support and understand the business as opposed to taking questions at face value. They seek to understand the underlying question and grasp what is fundamentally important for our case.’

‘Very innovative legal strategies. Thinking outside the box.’

Key clients

Save the Children


Süreyya Ağaoğlu Çocuk Dostları Derneği


Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG)


Abdulbari Koç


Work highlights


  • Represented Abdulbari Koç, a citizen suffering from air pollution before administrative court and started a nation-wide campaign to raise awareness on the subject.
  • Advised a Turkish agricultural conglomerate to eliminate the risk of compulsory enforcement caused by the impossibility of making payments to Russian banks because of the sanctions imposed on Russia following the military operation it started in Ukraine.
  • Represented a Turkish construction company in arbitration proceedings against Turkmenistan before ICSID.

Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law

Boutique firm Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law was established in November 2020 and has offices in Istanbul and Ankara. Its dispute resolution practice represents local and foreign clients before national and international courts and arbitration tribunals, handling commercial and administrative disputes. Yavuz Selim Günay leads the practice from Ankara, alongside Ersin Erdoğan, who is particularly strong on arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Yavuz Selim Günay; Ersin Erdoğan


Testimonials

‘Gunay & Erdogan has a large team capable of running multiple projects in parallel and meeting deadlines on each specific project without any delays. Team members are also experienced in their areas and capable of advising clients.’

‘Gunay & Erdogan provides legal services with very wide coverage from M&A, capital markets, banking to labour law. They have appropriate resources.’

‘Ersin Erdogan is the one of the lead partner of the disputes group and has very strong litigation instincts. He is very determined to win his cases and meet client expectations.’

‘Gunay Erdogan litigation partners and associates work harmoniously and the junior associates are able to carry out major tasks.’

‘They are client-oriented and sophisticated lawyers. I had the privilege of working with them in several locations.’

‘Yavuz Selim Günay has an extensive understanding of technology law, defence and aerospace law. His legal and academic background makes him one of the best lawyers in those areas.’

‘We started to work with Günay Erdogan law firm on the referral of someone we trusted very much in the sector. I can say that they are the best team we have ever worked with. They are very familiar with litigation and dispute resolution. They are very successful both in terms of substance and procedure. We were astonished by the details they uncovered in the case and used in our favour. They are very successful in this sense.’

‘A great team. Great lawyers. A team that can think outside the box and look at things from multiple perspectives in complex construction and commercial disputes. The best team we have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Polimeks İnşaat Taahhüt ve Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş


Çolakoğlu İnşaat Turizm Enerji Üretimi Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


Köroğlu Limited Şirketi


Nokta Savunma ve Bilişim Teknoloji A.Ş.


Dürümle Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


IY Holding GmbH


Work highlights


  • Representing Çolakoğlu Construction company before Ankara Commercial Court regarding collateral damages that occured due to late payment of compensation.
  • Acting for a major Turkish Construction Company before Turkish courts in various disputes both nationally and internationally.
  • Representing a major Turkish retail company before Turkish courts in commercial disputes.

Sengüler & Sengüler

Sengüler & Sengüler has ‘practical knowledge of the local legal system‘ and its dispute resolution offering stands out for its strength in aviation sector cases, as well as having a background in the energy sector since 2004. Banking is another sector of strength, and in international arbitration, Jonathan Blythe is a name to note. Practice head Gül Şengüler and the ‘highly professionalAlp Kalmaz are the further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Gul Senguler


Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Blythe; Alp Kalmaz


Testimonials

‘This is a first-rate dispute resolution practice. The firm is the go-to in Turkey for our firm. The firm is very reliable and responsive.’

‘Jonathan Blythe and Gul Senguler are standout partners. Jonathan is one of the leading international arbitration practitioners in Turkey and a terrific leader of teams in complex disputes.’

‘The team is very complementary and through their different expertise they find solutions. They are really digging in the subject and you feel as a client that they really care.’

‘They showed their best at all times. Our needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a client, our opinions were valued and our doubts were always reassured. They were responsive and quick to take appropriate action, they were available on a daily basis and responded directly to our questions promptly, professionally and provided us very good guidance. I am very pleased with the quality, responsiveness and extensive legal expertise of Şengüler & Şengüler Law Office’

‘Practical knowledge of the local legal system and the best way to navigate.’

‘Alp Kalmaz is handling our case in a highly professional manner.’

‘Senguler & Senguler has the advantage of Turkish language skills and legal qualifications but also a native English speaker in Jonathan Blythe. This allows them to provide seamless legal services on international matters.’

‘Jonathan Blythe has the distinction of fluency in both English and Turkish, and he is excellent at translating the needs of international firms to his colleagues on the one hand and providing excellent work product to his international partners on the other.’

Key clients

Imeks Industrial Mechanical Engineering AS (ICSID)


G4S


IATA


Danfoss (Global engineering Company)


Eaton Electric


IATA


EFG Bank


Pentair (Now nVent)


Parker Industries


DHL Italy


Stratex (Part of Oriole Resources PLC)


Famur


Gruma Food International


Singapore Airlines


Royal Jordanian Airlines


Air Astana


Thai Airways


APG Airlines


Qatar Airlines


China Southern Airlines


Asiana Airlines


Aegean Airlines


Lot Polish Airlines


Austrian Airlines


Lufthansa


Aeroflot


Swiss Airlines


Fly Dubai


Alitalia


Montenegro Airlines


Malaysia Airlines


Work highlights


  • Advised International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in its defence of a series of claims by Turkish Travel Agencies after the agencies were shut out of the IATA system for breaching the rules of operation.
  • Acting as co-counsel for Imeks Electrical Contractors and Construction in its $100m investment arbitration claim against Turkmenistan under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
  • Acting for G4S in 600 employment law cases and managing all advice and support.