Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

AKT LAW’s core transport offering is reflected in its dispute resolution practice, but the group is also increasing its market share of energy, real estate and insurance-related disputes, including arbitrations.
ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC is noted for its growing reputation in the international arbitration sphere, under the leadership of corporate and project finance specialist Akin Volkan Arikan.
Contentious insurance work is a mainstay at Baysal & Demir, with the team frequently engaged by multinational insurers and reinsurers to advise on judicial and arbitral proceedings.
Demonstrating its upward trajectory, Durukan Hukuk Burosu‘s dispute resolution practice secured engagements from 18 new clients during 2023. It also added four new associates, including senior associate İpek Bozoğlan, who arrived from Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership.
GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) is increasingly utilising the wider firm’s strong relationships with multinational clients, particularly in the banking and finance sphere, to increase its presence in cross-border disputes.
Göksu Law stands out for its emphasis on infrastructure and construction disputes, including arbitral proceedings. It also handles a significant volume of corporate litigation.
SRP-Legal impresses with its record in the TMT sphere, where it represents major technology and telecoms clients in data protection disputes, administrative law cases and commercial litigation, among others.
Ülker Simsek Law Office has hit the ground running since it opened its doors in January 2022, adding nine new clients to its disputes practice over the past year.
Established in 2021, Vardar Şanli is developing a solid dispute resolution practice that strikes a balance between commercial litigation and white-collar crime matters.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

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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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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Dispute resolution in Turkey

Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Erdem & Erdem Law Office’s full-spectrum dispute resolution practice is routinely involved in major commercial disputes, while it also excels in administrative law, bankruptcy litigation and arbitration cases. Despite already possessing a sizeable market share of contentious work in Turkey, the group added a further 12 clients to its roster over the past year, including multinationals such as Tricon Dry Chemicals and Nordholm. Department co-head Piraye Erdem contributes more than 35 years of experience in resolving commercial disputes. Fellow co-head Süleyman Sevinç is noted for his significant arbitration expertise. Other key contacts include Ercüment Erdem, who is a go-to arbitration specialist, and up-and-coming litigator Alper Uzun. Managing associate Sevgi Unsal Ozden and senior associate Duygu Öner Ayçiçek provide support.

Practice head(s):

Piraye Erdem; Süleyman Sevinç

Other key lawyers:

Ercüment Erdem; Alper Uzun; Sevgi Unsal Ozden; Duygu Öner Ayçiçek; Mert Karamustafaoğlu; Tilbe Birengel


‘Alper Uzun provided excellent client management and service regarding our litigation case, with an understanding of the business needs.’

‘Ercüment Erdem, Mert Karamustafaoğlu and Suleyman Sevinç are exceptional commercial and competition litigators. They are true professionals, who go beyond the client’s needs. Apart from their in-depth knowledge, they are very good at determining negotiation or litigation strategy.’

‘Very strong and knowledgeable dispute resolution team that gets the desired results.’

‘A hard-working and diligent team that is always on top of matters. Tilbe Birengel is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Attorneys are very knowledgeable in their fields of work and very approachable. They are quick to understand your queries and concerns and their responses are usually prompt.’

‘The team is always on top of the cases and we receive its full attention. Always ready to discuss and advise on “out of the box” ideas and strategies to improve the merits of the cases.’

‘Lawyers are nice people but also very knowledgeable and responsive. They deliver good service!’

Key clients

Yildirim Holding A.S.

Belport Holdings SARL and Belport Development Limited

Uber & Uber Turkey Yazillm ve Teknoloji Hizmetleri ŞTİ. (Uber Turkey)

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği (Mersin International Port)

LG Electronics

Enerjisa Baskent Elektrik Perakende A.S.

Enerjisa Toroslar Elektrik Perakende Satis A.S.

Enerjisa Istanbul Anadolu Yakasi Elektrik Perakende Satis A.S.

Tricon Dry Chemicals

PR Middle East

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

Eurochem Trading GmbH

Akinon Internet Yatirim ve Proje Gelistirme A.S

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

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

Istanbul Gubre Sanayi A.S

Howden Axial Fans APS

Enerjisa Elektrik Enerjisi Toptan Satis A.S.

Turkiye IS Bankasi A.S.

BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.

BMC Otomotiv ve Ticaret A.S.


Turkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari A.S.

Trakya Cam A.Ş.

CMS Jant Sanayii A.Ş.

CMS Jant Ve Makina Sanayii AS

Credendo Short Term and Credendo Single Risk


Supreme Group


Westford Trade Services

RM Line

IFP (International Forest Products)

Çolakoğlu Metalurji

Nordholm GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Yıldırım Holding and its subsidiaries in various commercial disputes, including litigation regarding ownership of shares and administrative lawsuits concerning environmental impact assessment reports, among other matters.
  • Representing LG Electronics in a lawsuit filed by a leading Turkish electronics manufacturer against eight global companies for compensation of damages.
  • Representing Uber BV and Uber Turkey in litigation before the Turkish courts.

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

According to sources, the dispute resolution team at Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein provides ‘high-end legal services that go beyond the client’s expectations’. Benefitting from a deep bench nationally, which includes 21 lawyers, the group also stands out for its ability to plug into the wider firm’s international network for support in multi-jurisdictional cases. The department is co-led by a quartet of specialist partners: İsmail Esin is sought after for arbitrations arising from M&A transactions; Yalın Akmenek focuses on commercial and capital markets disputes; Koray Söğüt is recognised for his representation of multinational clients; and Demet Kaşarcıoğlu is an increasingly prominent arbitration partner. At associate level, seniors Elif Atmaca, Ozan Kesim and Nisa Nildan Dilaver are noted.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin; Yalın Akmenek; Koray Söğüt; Demet Kaşarcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ozan Kesim; Elif Atmaca; Zeynep Ezgi Yanarateş; Nisa Nildan Dilaver


‘I am the only Turkish lawyer in my company and Esin Attorney Partnership provides me with the confidence I need when specific legal expertise is required. The team is intelligent, hard-working and very friendly, particularly Koray Söğüt, Ozan Kesim and Zeynep Ezgi Yanarateş.’

‘Koray Söğüt guided us swiftly and skillfully through a matter with the prosecutor’s office. He gave us great confidence the matter was in good hands.’

‘Esin’s dispute resolution team has an impeccable track record. The attorneys are competent and easy to work with.’

Key clients



Bureau Veritas

SPI International BV/Cosmoblue


From its Istanbul base, Paksoy’s dispute resolution team stands out for its ‘international mindset and great experience’. Indeed, the firm’s single-site model is no barrier to its ability to secure cross-border mandates, with its experience in high-stakes international arbitration cases particularly impressive. Alongside its arbitration prowess, the team handles a broad scope of litigation, including commercial, competition, administrative law and white-collar crime cases, among others. At the helm is go-to litigator Serdar Paksoy, who ‘ranks among the leading top-tier arbitration practitioners’. Next-generation partner Simel Sarıalioğlu is also highly regarded for her experience in both judicial and arbitral proceedings. The group additionally benefits from a strong second line of junior lawyers, including newly promoted counsels Doğuhan Uygun and Onur Çeliker.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Paksoy

Other key lawyers:

Simel Sarıalioğlu; Doğuhan Uygun; Emre Kotil; Onur Çeliker


‘All lawyers I worked with were very sensible: they all are very knowledgeable in their respective fields; they are detail-oriented; they have a problem-solving mindset; and billing is very transparent.’

‘The team is available when we need it, with the right people for the right business questions and solutions.’

‘The team is really very dedicated. Lawyers are very collaborative and work in a timely manner. Emre Kotil and Onur Çeliker are really very experienced in their areas.’

‘Serdar Paksoy is very highly regarded in the international arbitration community. He ranks among the leading top-tier arbitration practitioners and knows arbitration inside-out, both as counsel and arbitrator.’

‘Simel Sarıalioğlu is very dynamic. She offers spot-on advice and opinions and has profound understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘The team is composed of highly sophisticated lawyers, with an international mindset and great experience. They are used to working with both international and Turkish clients in an international environment. They are extremely nice to work with. Lawyering skills are top-notch at all levels.’

‘Sedar Paksoy has incomparable experience as a litigator. Wise, always calm, composed and analytical under pressure. Simel Sarıalioğlu is also a great strategist, a hard-worker and very good at grasping the priorities and pivotal point of cases. Very client-oriented, pragmatic and easy to work with.’

‘Doğuhan Uygun provides clear and detailed explanations on matters, in addition to providing options and advice on each of the potential routes, prior to making the final decision.’

ASC Law Office

ASC Law Office’s increasingly dominant dispute resolution group was engaged on several high-profile cases over the past year, demonstrating particular growth in domestic and international arbitrations. Managing partner Doğan Coşgun heads the overarching dispute resolution department and is recommended for both judicial and arbitral disputes. The group also includes Kemal Tağa, who is the key contact for complex commercial disputes; local litigation head Cem Keser; and Çağla Şahin Aksu, who leads the debt collection and enforcement team. Senior associate Hilal Bayar and of counsel Mark Skilling left the firm in May and August 2023 respectively.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Mark Skilling; Hilal Bayar


‘The team was very focused on understanding the conflict from a wide perspective. It did an extensive search on possible risks and took mitigation actions. Service has been outstanding.’

‘I had exceptional service from Doğan Coşgun and Kemal Tağa. They took great effort to understand the conflict from all sides. They were very focused and concentrated. I felt very comfortable, and I look forward to working with them again.’

‘ASC’s litigation team provides quick turnarounds to matters under time pressure and provides comprehensive tailored solutions in a timely manner. The team consists of a young, dynamic, well-rounded group of lawyers who conduct litigation processes with the utmost diligence and care.’

‘Doğan Coşgun, Kemal Tağa and Cem Keser have extensive knowledge and provide top-quality legal advice in a time-effective manner. They are especially talented in obtaining the best possible results for us in court, before arbitral tribunals, or through settlement, while also protecting our commercial interests.’

‘The team is diverse and all members of the group assigned to us have experience in international arbitration procedures and processes.’

‘The team experienced some personnel turnover. However, this has not affected the conduct of the case, as each new member was equally proficient on the case. This was very appreciated as we usually have to recite the case to new members.’

‘ASC Law demonstrates a resolute dedication to the provision of high-calibre legal services. Its team comprises accomplished legal practitioners, boasting substantial expertise across a spectrum of legal domains, perpetually committed to the fulfilment of client requirements.’

‘ASC Law furnishes sound legal counsel, distinguished by a dedication to innovation and the relentless pursuit of client contentment, thereby establishing a praiseworthy distinction within the legal milieu.’

Key clients

İGA Havalimanı İşletmesi A.Ş.

Migros Ticaret A.Ş.

Kalyon Yatırım Holding A.Ş.

BeIN Group (Digiturk)

Kale Kilit Kalıp ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Faber-Castell Aktiengesellschaft

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

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.

Mr. Migirdic Boyacıoğlu

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.

T Gübre Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Anadolu Efes Biracılık ve Malt Sanayii A.Ş.

Elite Elektrik Üretimi ve Elek. Mak. San. Tic. A.Ş.

TTES Elektrik Tedarik Satış A.Ş.

Blend Tekstil İthalat İhracat Ticaret L.Ş.

Development Finance İnşaat Pazarlama ve Ticaret L.Ş.

Anadolu Bilişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Pragma Finansal Danışmanlık Hizmetleri Ticaret A.Ş.

Tat Gıda Sanayi A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Göcek Tunnel Construction in a $22m construction dispute before ISTAC, Istanbul’s international arbitration forum, concerning the construction and operation of a turnpike tunnel in Turkey.
  • Represented two Turkish contractors, Gaz Depo Doğalgaz and Toren Doğalgaz, in a $25m dispute with the lead contractor on a major Turkish energy project.
  • Represented Anadolu Efes in a $2m ICC dispute against its Azerbaijan distributor.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki houses a broad dispute resolution practice, which is distinguished by its standalone offerings across a wide range of fields, including corporate and commercial, maritime, tax and administrative law cases. Özge Akman Özmenlikan is the key contact for corporate and commercial litigation, where she is a popular choice to represent Turkish and multinational clients. Doğan Eymirlioğlu spearheads the arbitration unit and has particular experience in proceedings under ICC, UNCITRAL and ISTAC rules. Maritime litigators Gülistan Baltacı Hatay and Semih Sander are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Özge Akman Özmenlikan; Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki stands out for its experience in advising different companies in the energy sector. We appreciate its success in researching precedent decisions. We get positive results due to its collaboration with our company regarding technical reports.’

‘The team guides employers through all aspects of the litigation process. Especially when you need to end a dispute, its integrated approach, deep technical expertise and industry focus are key to providing the right strategy.’

‘Aygül Coşkun is a go-to for labour and employment matters. She provides a practical approach and takes into account the company’s operational needs and risk tolerance. She is also a strong advocate when she has had to appear on our behalf in court.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties Turkey

Çanakçı Hes Elektrik Üretim Anonim Şirketi


Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Mersin International Port (MIP)

United Insurance Brokers Ltd. & Navigators Insurance

Krea İçerik Hizmetleri ve Prodüksiyon A.Ş. (Digiturk)

Aydem Enerji

Yemek Sepeti Elektronik İletişim Perakende Gıda Lojistik Anonim Şirketi


Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Alongside its robust commercial litigation offering, Çakmak Attorney Partnership’s office in Turkey’s political capital, Ankara, ensures that its dispute resolution practice also demonstrates a significant regulatory dimension. The department is additionally well versed in domestic and international arbitration, including commercial and investor-state cases. Mesut Çakmak is sought after for his track record in representing major multinationals in judicial and arbitral disputes. The group further includes Zeynep Çakmak, who handles commercial and administrative litigation; next-generation partner Elif Demiröz; Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen, who focuses on projects-related disputes; and associate Yasin Bilen.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Elif Demiröz; Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen

Other key lawyers:

Yasin Bilen


‘Excellent communication and very reactive. The law firm is used to working with international clients.’

‘We work with Zeynep Çakmak and her team. We value their deep understanding of Turkish legal system, while being able to provide pragmatic solutions to their clients.’

‘Great team. Excellent expertise and thorough advice. Very efficient.’

‘Ayşe Eda Biçer is my most favorite Turkish law expert. Whatever I need on Turkish law, I always contact Eda and she always replies on time and gets straight to the point.’

Key clients

International Road Union

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 Türkiye Ödeme Hizmetleri

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

Baymina Enerji Anonim Şirketi (Baymina)

Gates Endüstriyel Metal Kauçuk Sanayi ve Ticaret (Gates)

Rapro Kimya Turizm Bilişim.

Visa Europe

Atam Alaplı Elektrik

Work highlights

  • Represented Baymina Enerji in several tax related lawsuits.
  • Represented İzgaz İzmit Gaz Dağıtım on a compensation lawsuit filed by the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury.
  • Represented Uni-Mar in eight labour law-related lawsuits filed by former employees of Uni-Mar and its subcontractor.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

The dispute resolution group at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is praised by sources for putting ‘client needs at the forefront of every decision’. The practice is well-positioned to advise domestic and international clients on a wide range of judicial and arbitral disputes. Led by sole disputes partner Okan Demirkan, whose energy and infrastructure expertise underpins an active arbitration practice, the group also draws on a deep pool of experienced counsel and associates. Of particular note are newly promoted counsel Begüm Biçer İlikay, who focuses on dispute resolution, compliance and investigations, and seasoned of counsel Okan Gündüz.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Begüm Biçer İlikay

Other key lawyers:

Okan Gündüz


‘The team is very organised and the management structure is very good. This means that juniors reply very quickly but for more complex issues it is easy to get hold of more senior staff.’

‘Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı supported our company very well during an arbitration. The firm is at the very top of the profession on the subject and fields an excellent team with attention to the details.’

‘The firm has an excellent and very powerful dispute resolution group. From partners to associates everyone is dedicated entirely to dispute resolution and do not shift their energy to other matters. The partners are very hands-on and responsive.’

‘Okan Demirkan is the leading disputes partner. He is very hard-working, has excellent advocacy skills and is a true fighter. Cihan Mercan is an equally impressive senior associate: provides very safe hands, is able to move a case and has excellent drafting skills. Cansu Doğan is also outstanding.’

‘Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı is truly exceptional and its strengths are a testament to its unwavering commitment to excellence. One of KDK’s most remarkable strengths is its unwavering dedication to putting its clients first. Lawyers take the time to listen to their clients’ needs and concerns.’

‘Effective communication is a cornerstone of KDK’s approach. KDK ensures that its clients are well-informed throughout the legal process, making complex legal matters more understandable. Clients can rely on its accessibility: attorneys and staff are readily available to address questions.’

‘This practice distinguishes itself through a combination of factors. Firstly, its client-centric approach puts client needs at the forefront of every decision. Secondly, the team’s strengths lie in its extensive industry knowledge, diverse skillset, and proven record of accomplishment in handling complex cases.’ 

‘I want to mention Begüm Biçer İlikay for her exceptional contributions. Her dedication to excellence sets her apart. She consistently goes the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. Her innovative problem-solving skills and strategic thinking have been instrumental in securing major client wins.’

Key clients

A.C.E Dış Ticaret



Gates Corporation

Bahrain Middle East Bank


D-Market (known as Hepsiburada)

Oliver Samwer


Alsim Alarko

Odea Bank



Vinmar Group

Abdi Ibrahim

Comercial Soluex

LR Health & Beauty Systems

Terumo Europe

Ströer Se


Kita Srl

Magneti Marelli

Vhv Allgemeine Sigorta



Global Founders Capital

Arempa International

Atelier Luxury Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Rapro Kimya and Rapro Kauçuk in civil actions regarding a complex fraud scheme severely impacting their business activities, caused by an employee’s financial fraud.
  • Advising D-Market (known as Hepsiburada) on two pending class action proceedings before the New York State Court and the US Federal Court.
  • Representing Abdi İbrahim in 414 pending lawsuits.

Moroglu Arseven

Dispute resolution is a mainstay at Moroglu Arseven and intersects all of the firm’s key practice disciplines, including corporate and commercial work, employment, insurance, tax and regulatory law, among others. Well versed in both litigation and arbitration, the group also handles compliance matters including criminal investigations. The comprehensive practice is co-led by Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu, Ertunç Şirin and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin. Sources also recommend up-and-coming litigator Burak Baydar and senior associate Fulya Kurar.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Burak Baydar; Fulya Kurar


‘We value the firm for the quality of the team, its experience and reliability. Reliable partnership approach and expertise.’

‘Moroglu Arseven’s hallmark is the unimpeachable integrity and courtesy it exhibits when skilfully handling big-ticket matters and producing work of the highest quality.’

‘Seyfi Moroğlu is well respected internationally as one of the foremost practitioners working in Turkey. His integrity and affability are widely renowned, and his excellent reputation well-earned. He is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable and able Turkish lawyer we have worked with.’

‘Seyfi Moroğlu is ably assisted in arbitration matters by Fulya Kurar, who has also developed a strong reputation for top-quality representation of Turkish and international clients.’

‘Demonstrates a responsive and excellent collaborative approach to dealing with disputes. The team worked with our firm seamlessly to deal with an international arbitration for a mutual client. Lawyers are always on top of things!’

‘Fulya Kurar is clearly a rising star who can handle anything. Very organised with excellent written work. Burak Baydar provides clear strategy with robust advice delivered in an accessible manner.’

Bezen & Partners

Bezen & Partners’ premier energy offering is reflected in its dispute resolution practice, as demonstrated by a strong recent run in representing energy companies in cancellation lawsuits arising from regulatory amendments. The group additionally advises on commercial and corporate disputes, including arbitrations, as well as tax, employment and IP litigation. Projects and arbitration specialist Serdar Bezen co-heads the department together with energy and administrative law partner Aykut Bakırcı and corporate and commercial specialist Murat Soylu.

Practice head(s):

Serdar Bezen; Aykut Bakırcı; Murat Soylu

Key clients

Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza

Aerospheres (UK) Limited

Akhisar Güneş Enerji Yatırım Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Durasil Enerji Yatırım Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Gelgit Enerji Üretim Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Zeynepges Enerji Yatırım Danışmanlık ve Ticaret A.Ş.

NGG Enerji Üretim Danışmanlık A.Ş.

İskenderges Enerji Yatırım Danışmanlık ve Tic. A.Ş.

Neren Enerji Yatırım Ticaret Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Alamettin Enerji Üretim Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Projeges Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Sızır Enerji Üretim Danışmanlık A.Ş.

Lumino Elektrik Üretim Ticaret Ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Ekrem Ekşioğlu Enerji Üretim Ve Sportif Faaliyetler A.Ş.

Beyza Zapsu Enerji Üretim A.Ş.

Brand Addition Reklam Ürünleri Dağıtım ve Tic. Ltd. Şti.

Metrans Danubia A.Ş.

Ghzw Enerji Üretim Anonim Şirketi

PPC Elektrik Tedarik Ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Beykoz Enerji Anonim Şirketi

Guess Turkey Perakende Satış Mağazacılık ve Tic. Ltd. Şti

Guess? IP holder L.P.

Work highlights

  • Represented Ömer Kerim Ali Rıza, a former professional football player, in a dispute with the Turkish Football Federation and Trabzonspor (a local football club).
  • Advised PPC Elektrik Tedarik ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi on proceedings concerning the annulment of administrative fines imposed against the company for not repatriating export proceeds of electricity trading into the country.
  • Advised Guess? IP holder LP in a case involving the closure of counterfeit internet addresses imitating the e-commerce platform of the Guess brand in Turkey.

ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law

Leveraging its top-tier media and entertainment offering, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law advised on a string of disputes involving online services over the past year. The group also demonstrates strong recent activity in the competition and IP litigation spheres. Regulatory and compliance head Gönenç Gürkaynak brings his extensive competition expertise to bear in contentious work and co-heads the department alongside Tolga Uluay. Counsel Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gönenç Gurkaynak; Tolga Uluay

Other key lawyers:

Ceyda Karaoğlan Nalçacı


‘The team is easy to work with and very good at receiving and implementing feedback, which makes it a good choice for high-volume litigation cases with a similar nature.’

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

‘Tolga Uluay has expertise in international disputes, especially in the field of employment law. His feedback is prompt and he gives customers practical solutions in a timely manner. He provides in-depth analysis and legal logic based on factual matters.’

‘Lawyers are fluent in English in writing and verbally. The team has a good sense of international business trends and provide clients with solutions based on local precedents. They always create a reliable strategy.’

‘Managing partner Gönenç Gurkaynak is the best in competition law. He is also very good at coming up with unique perspectives for different occasions.’

‘A very dedicated legal team with a strong knowledge of dispute resolution practice. Its responsiveness is very impressive and its co-operative approach makes it a sought-after law firm, especially for fast-moving sectors like aviation.’

Key clients



3M Company





Alcon Laboratuvarları Ticaret A.Ş.


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),


TI Automative

Mercedes-Benz Türk A.Ş

Mutlu Akü






Work highlights

  • Representing in a high-profile unfair competition lawsuit, where is alleged to be acting as a travel agency without complying with obligations.

Egemenoglu Law Firm

Among Egemenoglu Law Firm’s strong suits, the group handles a significant volume of complex bankruptcy-related litigation. The full-service practice also shines in commercial litigation, cross-border disputes, and international arbitration. Dilek Gürsan provides ‘practical and effective solutions’ and heads the Istanbul litigation group, while Günsel Dede spearheads the team in Bursa. Other key contacts include Egemen Egemenoğlu, who is noted for international arbitration, and Didem Keles Pınar, who handles civil and commercial cases.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Yunus Egemenoğlu; Ayşegül Yiğit


‘The team provides unique solutions for complex disputes among shareholders. They are experienced and well-suited for advising family-owned businesses in their long-lasting and strategic litigations.’

‘Yunus Egemenoğlu and Dilek Gürsan are extremely experienced and business-oriented partners of the firm. They offer tailor-made road maps for different needs and problems. Egemen Egemenoğlu is among the most prominent international arbitration juniors in Turkey.’

‘Dilek Gürsan is a good lawyer and easy to get along with.’

‘Egemenoglu Law Firm’s dispute resolution team has been invaluable in helping us to address complex matters. It has a remarkable ability to solve complex legal issues and execute well-thought-out legal strategies. Every case is handled with meticulous care and a personalised touch.’

‘The team’s approach to each case instills a sense of confidence in the services provided. The firm has also introduced innovative practices, such as embracing advanced technology for efficient operations and fostering diversity and collaboration. These qualities make it a trusted partner for us.’

‘Among its team members, Dilek Gürsan has been a standout. Her wealth of experience and her remarkable ability to approach legal issues from various angles have consistently provided practical and effective solutions. The remaining lawyers also contribute to the team’s overall strength.’

Key clients

Blue Horizon Corporation

Chassis Brakes International

Çimtaş Pipe and Çimtaş Precision Machining

DRD Fleet Leasing

Elimsan Switchgear


Lotus Holding

Nurol Investment Bank

Zahit Alüminyum San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Uludağ İçecek Türk A.Ş.

Alpin Kimya San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Representing the shareholders of a major Turkish pastry and confectionery producer in a commercial dispute that could lead to a precedent-setting decision.
  • Representing a multinational manufacturer in litigation and settlement discussions with a Turkish corporation connected to several disputes exceeding $33m.
  • Representing a Turkish manufacturer in an IP dispute against a global automotive giant.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Shipping heavyweight Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is a destination practice for marine-related litigation, where it excels in representing insurers, shipowners, charterers and other parties in complex disputes. The group has also recently undertaken cases involving the energy and wider transport spheres. The department is co-led by a quartet of shipping specialists: managing partner Zihni Bilgehan; seasoned senior partner Ergün Ersoy; Mehmet Raci Alper, who has an emphasis on insurance litigation; and Emre Ersoy.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Murat Aka


‘Ersoy Bilgehan stands out through its commitment to personalised service, innovative approaches to law practice, and a team that embraces diversity and technology. Its dedication to transparency in billing and willingness to adapt to clients’ preferences sets it apart in an industry often criticised for opacity.’

‘I am pleased to provide a wholehearted recommendation for Emre Ersoy, an outstanding lawyer whose expertise and dedication consistently impress me. Emre’s attention to detail and meticulous approach to his work are truly commendable. He leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of legal excellence.’

‘Excellent knowledge of Turkish shipping/admiralty practise while handling a salvage claim.’

‘We value the team for its proactivity and goal-oriented approach.’

‘Zihni Bilgehan is simply the shipping lawyer to go to in Turkey where there is a cross-border element between UK and Turkish law. A highly accomplished and very impressive lawyer, who combines razor-sharp legal acumen without losing sight of the commercial picture and the best possible end result for the client.’

‘I have been dealing with Emre Ersoy and Murat Aka on a couple of cases; they are both prompt and provide clear details and clarifications with all the points addressed.’

‘EB is the “go-to” maritime practice in Turkey. Lawyers have longstanding and deep maritime expertise; that means that when you work with them, you can be sure you are getting the very best.’

‘Zihni Bilgehan and Mehmet Raci Alper are exceptional. They are knowledgeable, commercial and extremely easy to work with.’

Key clients

Aston FFI Suisse

DVB Bank

Sidra Maritime

TT Club

Mars Logistics S.A.R.L.

Eksportfinansiering Norge

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co.


Oldendorff Carriers


Hapag Lloyd AG

Ulusoy Holding A.S.

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

The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association

If P&C Insurance

Doun Kisen Co

Siat – Societa Italiana Assicurazioni E Riassicurazioni

Thomas Miller Specialty

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

BB Energy Trading

Vitruvian Fund Sicav

Orient Overseas Container Line

Turk P&I Insurance As

Synergas Srl

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

AP Moller Maersk

K Line Pte

Japan P&I Club

TMS Bulkers

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.

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association

Fina Holding A.S.

Warstila Finland Oy

Allianz Versicherung Ag

Hiscox Mga

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation


Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group

Gebrüder Weiss GmbH

Apollo Underwriting

Evergreen Marine (Taiwan)

Arkas Holding

Eimskipafélag Íslands hf

Work highlights

  • Representing the owners, charterers and insurers of M/V BENITAMOU in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings in relation to a major collision incident which occurred in Turkish waters, valued at more than $50m.
  • Representing the insurers of a vessel in a $5m claim, which arose in relation to the vessel’s insurance policy and the coverage issues concerning the same.
  • Representing the owners, charterers and insurers of M/V ORIENTAL LOTUS in civil proceedings relating to a collision incident which occurred while the vessel was berthed at the port in Israel.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners acts for a growing roster of multinational corporations on their local disputes, including both judicial and arbitral proceedings. Particularly active in distribution disputes of late, the group has also handled white-collar crime, administrative law and product liability cases. The department is co-led by senior partner Mehmet Gün; IP specialist Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın; and Beril Yayla Sapan, whose practice spans regulatory and compliance, and dispute resolution. Managing associate Asena Aytuğ Keser demonstrates ’excellent follow-up and communication skills’.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Gün; Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın; Beril Yayla Sapan

Other key lawyers:

Asena Aytuğ Keser


‘The team is clear, precise and very cooperative. It understands our issue well.’

‘Team members are experts in their field, responsive and collaborative.’

‘I worked with Asena Aytuğ Keser, who has excellent follow-up and communication skills and understanding of the client’s business.’

‘We receive very good service from Gün + Partners in Turkey. The team closely follows the legal processes it manages on our behalf and frequently informs us about the issues. We are very pleased to work with G&P.’

‘The team provides much more value for money. The team is diligent and responsive, even though the fee cap had been filled a long time ago.’

‘Asena Aytuğ Keser handles the complicated case with ease, and provides more than enough details of the ongoing case when asked, which is appreciated. This is unlike some other firms that provide minimal information, seemingly in an effort to keep the time spent on the case minimal.’

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership’s dispute resolution team ‘understands the dynamics of every unique case’, according to sources. In line with the wider firm’s full-service offering, the group is well-equipped to handle a broad scope of contentious work, including commercial, administrative law, IP and tax litigation, as well as arbitral proceedings. Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen spearheads the overarching dispute resolution practice, while Tolga Danışman and Aslı Budak steer the litigation and arbitration groups respectively. Ufuk Yalçın and İsmet Bozoğlu are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Aslı Budak; Ufuk Yalçın

Other key lawyers:

Şule Uluç; İsmet Bozoğlu


‘The team is very experienced and understands the dynamics of every unique case and builds the strategy accordingly. Since it’s a full-service law firm, the team also evaluates the matter from other aspects and advises accordingly.’

‘Ufuk Yalçın is very calm and solution-focused. Şule Uluç is good in analysing complex cases and provides a full picture.’

Key clients

St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı Ticaret A.Ş.

DP World Yarımca Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Beytem Arazi Yatırımları A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Represented Beytem Arazi Yatırımları in a dispute with a public administration regarding unfair land subdivision and parcelling practices.
  • Represented the Turkish subsidiary of St. Martins Group in various litigation proceedings, including disputes with tenants in shopping malls, real estate-related matters, and various administrative lawsuits.
  • Represented the Turkish subsidiary of DP World, operator of one of the largest container terminals in Turkey, in various lawsuits, including administrative law disputes over environmental matters, zoning plans and employment disputes.

Pekin Bayar Mizrahi

Well-positioned to handle cross-border disputes, Pekin Bayar Mizrahi acts for a significant proportion of foreign corporations, banks and states. The firm, which has enjoyed an alliance with Norton Rose Fulbright since 2021, particularly stands out for its record in arbitration, with experience in cases under the ICC and ICSID rules as well as in domestic proceedings. Ergin Mizrahi specialises in cross-border disputes and heads a group that also includes Meral Arabacı, ‘class-actMaral Celepyan Avsar and counsel Tuğçe Aslı Turçal Çakmak.

Practice head(s):

Ergin Mizrahi

Other key lawyers:

Meral Arabacı; Maral Celepyan Avsar; Tuğçe Aslı Turçal Çakmak


‘Experienced, dedicated, collaborative, capable of producing sustainable litigation strategies.’

‘Full and constant concentration on issues; regular and adequate enlightenment of the client regarding processes and possible challenges; works to identify and determine strategies together.’

‘The team stands together, could not be better. Lawyers are always responsive.’

Key clients

Sandstorm Gold

EKF Denmark’s Export Credit Agency

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft mbH

The State of the Netherlands

Odeabank (Bank Audi)

General Electric

Nippon Paint Japan

Alstom Powers

Artmin Madencilik San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the former owners of land that was expropriated by the Turkish state for the construction of a mall.
  • Successfully represented a multinational client before the Court of Second Instance in a claim for enforcing an ICC award worth €141m.
  • Obtained a landmark decision from the Court of Appeal in a claim for the setting-aside of an arbitral award worth $5m.

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm’s dispute resolution group is held up by sources for ‘demonstrating an unparalleled dedication to its clients’ success’. The practice has a significant orientation towards real estate disputes and is led by managing partners Onur Ergonen, who also spearheads the real estate department, and Duygu Acar Yücesoy, who is noted for commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Onur Ergönen; Duygu Acar Yücesoy


‘In my opinion, the strongest aspect of Acar & Ergönen lies in its combination of extensive legal knowledge, experience, and the passion with which it approaches its work. The team immerses itself wholeheartedly in cases, demonstrating an unparalleled dedication to its clients’ success.’

‘Unlike many other law firms, Acar & Ergönen ensures that the partner in charge of the department is always closely monitoring the process. They do not just oversee; they actively participate at critical junctures, leveraging their wealth of knowledge and experience to make a tangible difference.’

‘Onur Ergönen is a passionate and highly skilled lawyer, something we feel at every stage of our case. His extensive experience in litigation also makes a significant difference on the advisory side. He always focuses on solutions and presents us with clear risk analyses, which enables us to make confident decisions.’

‘Sustainable legal support especially in specific areas such as medical and health regulations.’

‘Lawyers demonstrated deep and detailed know-how about the topics.’

‘Exceptional understanding of legal practices and litigation. Highly experienced and knowledgeable partners with outstanding professionalism.’

‘The team is professional and trustworthy.’

‘Onur Ergönen is very careful about the details; has strong commercial knowledge and awareness of practices in the field; is transparent about cases; has perfect client and process management; provides satisfying information sharing; and has a good trust-building and professional attitude.’

Key clients

Keller Williams Regional Offices

Keller Williams Real Estate Agents

Fores Gayrimenkul Danişmanlik İnşaat Taahhüt Ltd. Şti.

Meta Realty Bilişim Ticaret A.Ş.

Dokas Yatırım ve Gayrimenkul Danışmanlık Ticaret A.Ş.

Star Gayrimenkul Danışmanlık ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Aka Nur Gayrimenkul İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Referans Kimya Ve Makine Sanayi Ve Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Akis Solar Enerji İnşaat Taahhüt Yatırım A.Ş.

Erhan Ali Yılmaz

Burhanettin Ilgaz Doğan

NEF Construction & Development

İpucu Gayrimenkul Yatırım Danışmanlığı ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Platin Emlak İnşaat Danışmanlık Turizm 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

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


Bebek Turizm

İpek İnşaat ve Çakırkaya Jointe-Venture

Başar Başaran and Haşim Çağan Şentürk

Work highlights

  • Representing Turkish ex-shareholders of Yemeksepeti before Turkish, German and Luxembourg courts regarding a multinational investment dispute.
  • Advising a minority shareholder in a Turkish company in a shareholder dispute.
  • Representing Bebek Turizm in two litigation cases before the Turkish courts against a governmental authority.


CBC Law’s dispute resolution group primarily focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Despite its compact size, the boutique firm handles a significant volume of cross-border work, and is currently involved in two ICSID proceedings. The team is led jointly by managing partners Lale Defne Mete, whose practice spans corporate, real estate and dispute resolution, and Törehan Büyüksoy, who specialises in criminal law, commercial litigation and administrative disputes. Senior associates Erdinç Dalar and Atakan Gungordu provide support. Fellow senior associate Ekinsu Cebi left to join the US-based Akerman LLP.

Practice head(s):

Lale Defne Mete; Törehan Büyüksoy

Other key lawyers:

Erdinç Dalar; Atakan Gungordu


‘We are completely in the hands of CBC Law to guide us through the complexities of both the Turkish criminal and civil legal systems and three different concurrent court actions to help us to secure a recovery of funds.’

‘Erdinç Dalar has been a source of reassurance and continues to persist to secure us a full recovery. The litigation has been ongoing for many years now and, through Erdinç’s persistence and tenacity, should hopefully conclude by this time next year.’

‘CBC Law is a young and dynamic firm. The team is currently handling some of the most complicated international law disputes in the market. It does not shy away from solving problems and will always go the extra mile for its clients.’

‘Lale Defne Mete and Törehan Büyüksoy are excellent lawyers. They are very client-oriented and experienced litigators. They will think of all the details and potential scenarios and make sure to gear up for these.’

‘CBC Law is becoming an enforcement powerhouse, especially for international investors or multinationals in Turkiye, who can make the most of its considerable capabilities across commercial dispute resolution and both private and public international law.’

‘Lale Defne Mete and Törehan Büyüksoy are very solid partners leading the department offering.’

Gen Temizer

At Gen Temizer, department head Ebru Temizer impresses sources with her ability to ‘think outside the box and come up with alternative solutions’. The group handles a broad range of disputes, including corporate litigation, administrative law cases, arbitral proceedings and employment litigation. The team additionally draws on English-qualified corporate partner Edmund Emre Özer and senior associate Şeyma Olğun.

Practice head(s):

Ebru Temizer

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Emre Özer; Şeyma Olğun; Ömer Erdoğan


‘Ebru Temizer not only proved to perfectly understand the company’s concerns and needs from the outset, but showed a deep and solid understanding of corporate, real estate and dispute resolution laws. She is very clear in her explanations and efficient and professional in her work.’

‘Ebru Temizer is fantastic. Her ability to think outside the box and come up with alternative solutions when it appeared an unwinnable situation was priceless for us.’

‘We work with Ebru Temizer, and I totally respect her knowledge, patience and politeness in every case we face.’

‘In my experience, their international arbitration skills are very exceptional. They are very client-oriented and cooperate with outside counsels very closely to reach the best results.’

‘Ömer Erdoğan is the leading counsel in the arbitration practice. I had the pleasure of working with him on some high-stakes arbitration cases. Ömer stepped beyond his boundaries and supported my legal team in local Turkish law, as well as international rules and regulations, with professionalism.’

‘Gen & Temizer Ozer is stellar, in particular Edmund Emre Özer. The team is responsive, practical and comprised of real experts in their fields.’

‘GTO has a strong team with extensive experience on Turkish law matters.’

Key clients


Arvato Logistics

British American Tobacco

Çolakoğlu Metalurji

Koza Altın

Majorel (former Mayen)



Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office’s dispute resolution practice encompasses a broad range of contentious matters, with recent experience in media and entertainment disputes, employment litigation and administrative law cases. Founding partner Ece Güner is active across an array of transactional and contentious matters. Former department co-head Can Güner left to co-found Biçer Güner Attorneys-at-Law.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner

Other key lawyers:

Sabahat Elif İpek

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiary Huzur Radyo TV AŞ

Sicame S.A.S. and its Turkish subsidiary Şafak Elektrik Malz. Tic. ve San. A.Ş.

Generali Sigorta A.Ş. (Generali)

Konecranes Ticaret ve Servis Ltd. Şti.

SMSA Express

Medi-Link International

Avient Turkey Mühendislik Polimerleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Avient Turkey Renklendirici ve Katkı Maddeleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Avient Corporation

The New York Times Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Fox TV Turkey on litigation matters related to commercial, media, criminal, administrative and IP rights disputes.
  • Advising Generali Sigorta on a commercial dispute recourse claim arising from a payment made within an insurance agreement.
  • Advising Medi-Link International on a compensation claim arising from a banking services agreement.

Pekin & Pekin

Pekin & Pekin houses a robust dispute resolution practice that acts for a mix of domestic and multinational clients in judicial, arbitral and mediation proceedings. The five-lawyer strong group is well versed across a wide scope of matters, including commercial disputes, administrative law issues, employment litigation and contentious IP cases. Senior partner Erdem Atilla steers the team, with support from senior associate Idil Kocaman.

Practice head(s):

Erdem Atilla

Other key lawyers:

Idil Kocaman


‘It is a resolute, reliable and customer-friendly team.’

‘We have been working with Erdem Atilla for approximately one year. During this period, the team has kept us promptly informed about the process, its consequences, and has always provided us with alternatives to find better solutions.’

‘Lawyers are really bright, agile and quick. The team is very professional, with knowledge of Turkish regulations and law. Really good communication and assistance. Nice legal advice and counsel.’

‘The team is always hands-on regarding disputes. Lawyers demonstrate very good judgement and negotiating skills. The quality of service is perfect.’

‘Erdem Atilla is very easy to reach out and very respectful. A presentable lawyer.’

‘The dispute resolution practice of Pekin & Pekin has outstanding expertise and capability even in the most complicated cases – both local and international.’

‘The entire Pekin & Pekin team (and Erdem Atilla in particular) is extremely detail-oriented in every assigned case. The swiftness of its response is never at the expense of quality. Each piece of legal advice provided is attentive to detail and individualised to the needs of the particular assignment.’

Key clients

Akkok Holding A.S. and Group Companies

Akkok Holding A.S.’s BoD members

Sakarya Elektrik Perakende A.S.

Fenerbahçe Sports Club

Index Group

George Tedarik Hizmetleri A.S. (subsidiary of Asda Sources, partially owned by Walmart)

Mango Labs LLC

Divan Turizm Isletmeleri A.S.






Work highlights

  • Representing Akkok Holding, and its group companies, in a lawsuit filed by two shareholders requesting the annulment of the general assembly resolution with regard to a capital increase.
  • Advising Morgan Stanley & Co International on the legal validity of arbitration agreements and compliance with Turkish notification legislation.
  • Representing Turkey-based IT distributor Index Group in a compensation lawsuit arising from the termination of a distributor contract.


A popular choice for multinational clients, TURUNÇ stands out for its ‘commercial awareness and international know-how’. Among its recent highlights, the team kept busy advising on a mix of commercial litigation, IP disputes and contentious employment matters. Founding partner Noyan Turunç ‘delivers legal and commercial advice at once’; he co-heads the team together with managing associate Gizem Günel. Managing partner Kerem Turunç is also noted for cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Gizem Günel

Other key lawyers:

Kerem Turunç


‘Transparency, trustworthiness, proactive approach, commercial awareness and international know-how. In my experience, no other firm in Turkey comes close to TURUNÇ’s international experience. Many of their lawyers have international backgrounds and bar qualifications.’

‘Noyan Turunç is the only lawyer I call for tough decisions. Delivers legal and commercial advice at once. His previous role as GC of Coca-Cola is incredibly helpful in harmonising legal and commercial advice. Gizem Günel looks after the case very carefully. Communicates well and updates us regularly.’

‘Given Turunc’s excellent client service (deep industry expertise, creativity in problem-solving, quick response times thus excellent value for money) over the last ten years we stayed with the firm!’

‘Kerem Turunç is my adviser. He is an excellent listener; has a quick grasp of business issues; demonstrates creativity in developing solutions; and attention to detail.’

‘Turunç is a very proactive and productive team that worked exceptionally hard on our case. It was quick to brainstorm solutions and worked over and above our expectations to quickly resolve an extremely important situation for our business. The team worked collaboratively between departments.’

‘The team is able to capture the heart of the matter and doesn’t get lost in details that could confuse the judge. Very well-researched and written court submissions. Lawyers are highly experienced at all levels and form a very hard-working and thorough team. It looks at matters from a broad perspective.’

‘Noyan Turunç understands the commercial issues underlying the dispute right away and sets just the right strategy for the case. He commands his team very diligently. Perfect combination of legal expertise and practical application.’

‘Esin Çamlıbel stands out for her vast experience and ability to help the client navigate through complex concepts with ease. We value her ongoing counsel and guidance.’

Key clients

Sébah & Joaillier



SC Johnson

Caffè Nero

Vektör Tanıtım


British American Tobacco


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Istanbul-based Casaretto family in disputes challenging its trade mark that was set up in 2021 for the revival of a 19th-century brand, Sébah & Joaillier.

Yavuz & Uyanik

Yavuz & Uyanik is distinguished by its niche strength in financial services litigation, where it enjoys close relationships with domestic and international financial institutions. The group has also recently represented clients in inheritance disputes, employment litigation and contentious construction matters, among other cases. Mehmet Selim Yavuz anchors a group that also draws on fellow founding partner Murat Uyanik, as well as capable associates Esra UlcayGülce Ataman Demirel and Ayşe Arkan. Associate Alparslan Cin joined Coşkun Hukuk ve Danışmanlık.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Selim Yavuz

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Besides providing a high-quality professional service to its clients, I think Yavuz & Uyanik stands apart from other firms due to its follow-up on relevant issues and rapid process management.’

‘A very good team, proactive and highly qualified.’

‘What makes this practice truly unique is its exceptional transparency in pricing. It consistently provides accurate and up-to-date information, regardless of the legal issue at hand. Additionally, the team’s accessibility and commitment to quality set it apart from other firms.’

‘Mehmet Selim Yavuz stands out for his deep legal knowledge and strategic approach in resolving complex legal matters. His results-oriented work ethic and strong communication skills set him apart.’

‘Murat Uyanık, as a founding partner, distinguishes himself through his attention to detail and analytical thinking in the legal field. His capability to efficiently manage legal disputes and commitment to offering effective legal advice are commendable.’

‘Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with Esra Ulcay. Esra’s dynamic leadership style and exceptional organisational skills have left a strong impression. Her ability to manage complex legal projects efficiently and her dedication to client satisfaction make her a valuable asset to the team.’

‘The firm has a team with the knowledge, capacity and experience of evaluating complicated matters under different areas of law and regulations. The experience of the team also gives its clients the ability to apply and/or consider alternative dispute resolution.’

‘My main interactions are with Gülce Ataman Demirel, a highly qualified and motivated associate. I value her very smooth cooperation and reactive and detailed approach.’

Key clients

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

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

Work highlights

  • Advising an international cloud technology company on an unfair competition case.
  • Advising an automotive company in a case involving potential compensation for damages of more than $40m.

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Demonstrating a marked focus on construction and energy disputes, Yazici Attorney Partnership is equipped to advise domestic and multinational clients on both judicial and arbitral proceedings. In terms of the latter sphere, Elif Karagözoğlu is a key contact, particularly for construction disputes. The group also includes Şener Özkan, who heads the litigation team, and infrastructure partner Ceren Ak Güngör, whose practice spans both transactional and contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Şener Özkan; Elif Karagözoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ceren Ak Güngör


‘I like the quality of the service provided by the firm. The team’s commitment to customer satisfaction is commendable.’

‘The specialisation and experience of the lawyers is really high. Our communication and co-operation with lawyers is excellent. Lawyers respond to us quickly, they are easily accessible when we call.’

‘We are very happy to work with Yazici Attorney Partnership because it always give us the correct information.’

‘The team is very valuable and always gives accurate advice.’

Key clients

LÖSEV Lösemili Çocuklar Vakfı

Jaguar Land Rover

Tesem Teknik Sistemler Mühendislik Tic.

Astaldi – Türkerler Joint Venture

Wirtgen Group Companies

Mob Mobilya Dekorayon A.Ş.

Leonardo Turkey Havacılık Savunma ve Güvenlik Sistemleri A.Ş.

Heirs of Abbase Moralı

Necdet Karagülle

Coante Quartz Surfaces

Work highlights

  • Representing AGE İnşaat in an arbitration connected to the termination of a construction contract.
  • Representing Jaguar Land Rover in commercial and consumer law cases before the Turkish state courts.

Abcoo Law Firm

Abcoo Law Firm leverages its premier real estate offering to specialise in representing construction companies, retail clients and real estate investors in contentious matters. The team is also active in IP, employment and wider commercial litigation. High-profile real estate expert Hasan Çağlayan co-heads the team together with Can Oğuzer. Erdoğan Okşak and former senior associate Ezgi Ulga Yurdakul have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Hasan Çağlayan

Other key lawyers:

Berk Batur


‘We have worked with Abcoo since its inception. After nearly a decade, the firm still manages to impress with its swiftness and determination when it comes to the resolution of disputes. Ever since the beginning of our business relationship, the team has provided remedies for countless crucial disputes.’

‘The team is responsive and attentive, which makes the cooperation easier on our end. Its swift and custom-made responses to the most complex matters has always been impressive. They provided top-quality service with excellence.’

‘Berk Batur’s unmatched perfectionism, ambition and detail-oriented approach reflects on his team. His unique experience in real estate combined with his one-of-a-kind experience deriving from years of engaging with many retail sector giants enables him to provide all that is needed for a client.’

‘As an international firm, we work with ABCOO, because it is a local practice with an international attitude. It understands the sensitivities of local situations but can keep communication internationally clear. Lawyers from our regional offices can discuss matters with them clearly.’

‘The general managers and employees we spoke to were very smart and understood the frame very quickly. They asked the right questions and they listened carefully. These are very very valuable assets in the market.’

Key clients

Aksoy Girişimcilik (Aksoy Ventures)

Betatrans Lojistik

Data Market

Diar Süleymaniye

Dolphin Gyr.

ELCA Kozmetik (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)

HPP International Turkey

KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul

Körfez Gayrimenkul

Körfez Tatil

Neba Gayrimenkul

Nema Uluslararası Gayrimenkul

Panço Giyim

Peak Games (Peak)

Peninsula Emlak Yatırım A.Ş.

Petrol Ofisi

Polar Marine

Rönesans Holding

Tricon Energy

Turcas Petrol A.Ş

Voys Yapay Zeka

Work highlights

  • Representing Betatrans Lojistik İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret in a dispute with Marmara Metal Mamulleri Ticaret concerning breach of contract and cancellation of title deeds and registration.
  • Representing KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul Yatırımları ve İşletme Ticaret in a case seeking the cancellation of its title deed registration and the abandonment of coastal land earmarked for a hotel project.
  • Representing Metalsac Ticaret ve Sanayi in a dispute with a project contractor.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Among Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s key areas of expertise, the dispute resolution group has a focus on corporate litigation, white-collar crime, media and personal data protection, and international arbitration. Esra Sumer heads up the corporate and commercial litigation group, while Ali Tasar leads the criminal litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Esra Sumer; Ali Tasar

Key clients

Uludağ Elektrik

SASA Polyester

Pi Works

Tarım Kredi



Borusan Group

Astay Gayrımenkül

Yıldız Teknik University

Bony Socks

Ela Kimyevi

Erdemoğlu Holding



SHM Global

Abduljawad Group





Work highlights

  • Represented Tarım Kredi in debt collection cases arising from commercial sales, consumer law and employer-employee relationships, among other issues.
  • Represented Uludağ Elektrik Dağıtım (UEDAŞ) in various cases, including in administrative lawsuits, tax cases and employment-related matters.
  • Represented Erdemoğlu Holding in debt collection lawsuits arising from contracts with subcontractors, among other issues.

Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law

Established in November 2020, the growing team at Günay Erdogan Attorneys At Law added 26 clients over the past year. An increasingly prominent choice for construction and shareholder disputes, the group also handles contentious bankruptcy, tax and employment cases. Former general counsel of Havelsan Hava Elektronik Yavuz Selim Günay jointly leads the practice alongside Ersin Erdoğan.

Practice head(s):

Yavuz Selim Günay; Ersin Erdoğan


‘In the field of dispute resolution, the team at Günay Erdogan is exceptionally proficient. It possesses a profound wealth of experience and its expertise is truly commendable. Furthermore, its pricing policies are remarkably transparent and they are consistently accessible for communication.’

‘Günay Erdogan’s ability to combine deep knowledge of our company with a versatile team of experts and a collaborative approach sets the team apart. This combination allows it to offer well-rounded legal support, making it a valuable and trusted partner for our organisation’s legal needs.’

‘Ersin Erdoğan’s impressive track record and exceptional expertise make him a standout figure in the field of dispute resolution. His leadership and legal acumen likely contribute significantly to the success and reputation of Günay Erdoğan’s dispute resolution department.’

‘Günay Erdoğan is a reputable law firm that offers comprehensive legal services to both local and international clients in Turkey. It takes pride in providing exceptional service and ensuring that its clients’ needs are met with utmost professionalism.’

‘Yavuz Selim Günay has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of contract law, international commercial law, and dispute resolution. He is committed to providing exceptional legal services to both local and international clients.’

‘The practice distinguishes itself through a unique combination of diverse and experienced team members, a commitment to innovation, transparent billing, dedication to diversity and inclusion, utilisation of cutting-edge technology, and a strong focus on collaboration.’

‘The team provides highly specialised, solution-oriented, fast and efficient legal services tailored exclusively to our industry in dispute resolution. We have complete confidence in the disputes team of Günay Erdoğan.’

‘I’ve worked with the team on numerous legal issues, and it consistently comes through with top-notch expertise and a friendly, approachable style. It has a knack for resolving problems efficiently and cost-effectively, and its down-to-earth professionalism makes it a great choice for handling complex disputes.’

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.

DEFAŞ Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ

MIA Teknoloji AŞ

Fernas İnşaat Anonim Şirketi

Demir Export AŞ

Yenigün İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

IY Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Demir Export before the Turkish courts regarding three different high-profile and complex commercial disputes.
  • Representing Yenigün İnşaat before the Turkish courts in various high-profile complex disputes both nationally and internationally.
  • Representing a publicly traded technology company before the tax courts regarding a high-value tax dispute.

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership provides ongoing litigation and risk prevention advice to a wide range of domestic and international clients, with an emphasis on the automotive, retail, logistics and manufacturing sectors, among others. Senior partner Efe Kınıkoğlu heads a group that also includes employment partner Özgür Güner and managing associate Göktürk Şahin.

Practice head(s):

Efe Kınıkoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Özgür Güner; Göktürk Şahin; Selin Su; Korhan Bakır


‘We highlight the team for its extensive knowledge and experience, in-depth legal analysis and practical solutions.’

‘The team is very informative and provides hands-on advice. Lawyers are always accessible and quick in their responses.’

‘Efe Kınıkoğlu is in command of his work, very attentive and a good business partner. Also Korhan Bakır manages his tasks very well and is very accessible.’

Key clients



Borusan Holding


Eczacıbaşı Holding

Borusan Logistics



Eczacibaşi Tüketim Ürünleri

Borusan Alenka Energy

Borusan İş Makinaları

Tricon Energy

Borusan Manheim

Borusan EnBw

Norm Holding

Borusan Suspan

Gözalan Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Borusan conglomerate on litigation files and risk management.
  • Advising Stellantis on its daily operations, including litigation cases and risk management.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office’s dispute resolution practice is frequently engaged by retail and financial services clients, among others, to handle debt collection matters. The team is also well versed in commercial litigation, employment disputes, white-collar crime cases and arbitral proceedings. Fazil Ciftci, who focuses on finance-related litigation, co-heads the group alongside Emre Atayilmaz and Kerim Pelister.

Practice head(s):

Fazil Ciftci; Emre Atayilmaz; Kerim Pelister

Other key lawyers:

Senem Sarac; Emre Keki


‘Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has a hands-on approach and the senior members of the team are reachable. Lawyers collaborate with sector professionals where needed.’

‘Kerim Pelister and Emre Keki are problem solvers and can find pragmatic and quick solutions. Emre Keki is also very detail-oriented.’

‘Its collaborative and client-centric approach makes it unique compared to other firms. This approach often leads to better problem-solving and more comprehensive legal solutions. Lawyers also emphasise strategic thinking, and offer insights beyond legal technicalities and provide strategic guidance.’

‘Kerim Pelister is particularly known for his exceptional negotiation skills. He successfully mediates complex disputes, saving clients time and resources through strategic settlements. A creative problem-solver, who approaches legal challenges with a strategic mindset to find innovative solutions.’

‘Kerim Pelister is a wonderful lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and smart. Because of his experience he is great in coming up with a strategy that works.’

‘The team is expert in its field, but also very responsive and personable – you could put it in front of any international client.’

‘Very competent and experienced partners in most legal aspects of the Turkish judiciary.’

‘Emre Atayilmaz is hands-on, experienced in most aspects of the Turkish legal system and very accessible/responsive even on weekends.’

Key clients


Yapi Kredi Bank

Yapi Kredi Leasing

RCT Asset Management Company

Norm Ambalaj

Nederman Holding AB

Rixen Cableway

Estée Lauder

Work highlights

  • Representing Estée Lauder on the collection of its receivables from its customer portfolio.
  • Representing the asset management and non-performing loan investment arm of the state-owned Savings Deposits Insurance Fund, RCT Asset Management Company, on the collection of receivables from a portfolio of over 200 different insolvent corporate borrowers.
  • Acting for Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON, with respect to the collection of receivables from a portfolio of over 3,000 consumers.


TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP handled a steady stream of administrative law cases over the past year, including tax, environmental and energy-related matters. On the commercial litigation front, the group is particularly robust in the construction and energy spheres. The ‘solution-orientedSidar Tunca co-heads the team in conjunction with Ayşegül Filiz and Serhat Bayraktutan.

Practice head(s):

Sidar Tunca; Ayşegül Filiz; Serhat Bayraktutan


‘The team is composed of very reputable and experienced people, who are really good at their work. The firm’s presence in three big cities is an advantage and it provides excellence service.’

‘Sidar Tunca is the brain of the team and can find alternative ideas to defend clients. He is also experienced.’

‘The fact that Tunca Attorney Partnership is always accessible, has a team of experienced lawyers, and provides the most accurate legal opinion to our questions as soon as possible is very valuable to us.’

‘Sidar Tunca was solution-oriented, collaborative, and highly skilled throughout the time we worked with him. We did not encounter any communication difficulties with him, and he was highly accessible throughout the entire legal support process.’

‘Lawyers are very professional and are always on top of the cases; we get reports on a constant basis.’

‘The team is thorough, experienced and hard-working. It kept us informed regularly throughout the process, ensuring we were always up-to-date with the latest developments. Its extensive knowledge of dispute resolution was instrumental in achieving a favourable outcome.’

‘Tunca Attorney Partnership showed great effort on our case and achieved great success. I can emphasise not only the team’s knowledge about the business, but also its communication skills.’

‘The services provided by Tunca Attorney Partnership were good and fit for the purpose. Associate Ulaş Ünsalan understands the needs of our company and does his best to reach the most favourable outcome with a result-oriented approach.’

Key clients

Tüprag Metal Maden. San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Alacer Gold Madencilik A.Ş. (subsidiary of Anagold group of companies)

WYG International Danişmanlik A.Ş.

Abdi İbrahim İlaç San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Zenit Madencilik San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Farma-Tek İlaç San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Info Agro Gida Ürünleri İhtiyaç Maddeleri San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. (subsidiary of Yayla Agro Gıda San. ve Nak. A.Ş.)

Caba İnş. Ener. Tur. San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

ICC Grup İnş. A.Ş.

Dolugaz Depolama Lpg Pet. Ürü. San. Ve Tic. Ltd. Şti. (subsidiary of Lokal Enerji group of companies)

Kur İnşaat A.Ş.

Salamander Group

Elvan Gida San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Acacia (subsidiary of Akfen Altyapi Holding)

Work highlights

  • Advised international companies in different sectors on contentious matters, including WYG International Danışmanlık.
  • Advised several mining companies, such as Tüprag Metal ve Madencilik, Alacer Gold Madencilik and Zenit Madencilik, on expropriation and litigation matters.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

A robust and reliable local practice’, ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office represents individuals and companies in a wide range of disputes, including criminal, commercial, civil, administrative and tax law cases. Duygu Alkan, who fronts the dispute resolution and tax departments, is particularly noted for advising on tax controversies.

Practice head(s):

Duygu Alkan

Other key lawyers:

Zeynep Kanatcilar


‘ADMD is very easy to work with and very dependable. The firm is very fast with answers, and the solutions offered are easy to understand and implement.’

‘We maintain an active working relationship with Duygu Alkan and Zeynep Kanatcilar, both of whom are known for their unwavering persistence and exceptional efficiency in the field of litigation.’

‘For disputes we work with Duygu Alkan. She is very experienced and is a great negotiator and a fierce litigator.’

‘Duygu Alkan is not only a highly accomplished litigator but also a skilled problem-solver and a considerate negotiator. Her accessibility adds to her impressive professional profile, making her a valuable resource for our business.’

‘ADMD is a highly regarded and reputable law firm, known for its exemplary team that embodies a successful amalgamation of diverse skills and exceptional qualifications.’

‘Its exceptionally swift responses, which are critical for our business, are matched by a proficient team boasting extensive experience and remarkable ease of collaboration across all organisational levels.’

‘Duygu Alkan’s extensive experience shines through in her ability to comprehend the commercial contexts of disputes and provide concise and effective solutions. Her expertise further extends to proficiency in both local and international arbitration proceedings.’

‘ADMD provides exactly what we require, a robust and reliable local practice backed by a global network, offering business-focused legal solutions.’

Key clients


Agricola Ferrari

Cup of Joy

Dogus Pirina



IPE Group

Ishi Construction



Sam Gas

Typhoon Defence

Vitosa SRL


Work highlights

  • Representing Chery Automotive regarding IP rights and trade mark violation disputes.
  • Representing Lexmark in employment disputes.
  • Representing Sam Gas in tax and customs duty disputes.

Cerrahoglu Law Firm

Cerrahoglu Law Firm fields a two-partner dispute resolution practice, which acts for an array of domestic and multinational companies on a mix of commercial, civil and administrative law matters. Uraz Canbolat ‘pays attention to the details’ and co-heads the group together with Nergis Kundakcioglu.

Practice head(s):

Uraz Canbolat; Nergis Kundakcioglu


‘It has an experienced team. Its legal opinions are honest and reliable. In light of the quality of its services, its fees are reasonable.’

‘I often work with Uraz Canbolat. He pays attention to the details and works hard on each matter. Different from many colleagues, he personally works on the matter instead of conveying it to a junior associate.’

Key clients

Boston Scientific




Dufry Group


Grant Thornton International


Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

Polimeks Insaat

TOI Commodities

Work highlights

  • Represented Autoliv, as the plaintiff, in a litigation matter and received a preliminary injunction decision in Autoliv’s favour.
  • Represented Boston Scientific, as the plaintiff, in a litigation matter and received a preliminary injunction decision ensuring that Boston Scientific did not have to pay ₺1.7m to the counterparty.
  • Represented TOI Commodities, as the defendant, in litigation involving a $1m claim.


Gökçe’s firmwide focus on technology translates into a disputes practice that demonstrates a significant orientation towards IP. Other recent areas of activity include tax litigation, contentious bankruptcy cases, real estate disputes and white-collar crime matters. Ali Paslı co-heads the group together with Müberra Gürdal, a former judge, and Erkan Sarıtaş, who specialises in criminal law. Associates Başak Taş and Aslihan Kayhan are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ali Paslı; Müberra Gürdal; Erkan Sarıtaş

Other key lawyers:

Başak Taş; Aslihan Kayhan


‘Gökçe has an experienced, practical and extremely fast dispute resolution team. We have been receiving regular and intensive support from Gökçe for the last two years on commercial, IP and real estate disputes. The team identifies the differences between each legal dispute very well.’

‘Gökçe understands tech-related business very well. It has exceptional knowledge on the technical and commercial fronts, besides the legal side. We are grateful for the team’s eagerness and sector-specific know-how.’

‘We are working intensively with Ali Paslı, Başak Taş and Müberra Gürdal from Gökçe. Ali Paslı is one of the best in the field of commercial law and intellectual property law.’

‘We work closely with Başak Taş, who always delivers faultless work and handles strict deadlines without exception. Overall, I can say that she is solution-oriented, intensely helpful and talented.’

‘Gökçe consists of lawyers who are experts and competent in their field. The team is always accessible. It understands us and our business very well and is able to create suitable solutions for us. We are faced with many different commercial disputes due to the requirements of our business.’

‘Lawyers use technology effectively, they are open-minded and follow our business as if it was their own.’

‘The team is effective and handles the issues in a detailed way.’

‘In dispute resolution processes, we work with Ali Paslı, Müberra Gürdal and Başak Taş. They handle our case files completely. They have a serious communication network in the courthouses. Cases and disputes are resolved for the benefit of our company.’

Key clients

Inheritors of Cem Karaca (Turkish rock star)

Zümrüt White Goods

Derviş Zaimağaoğlu

Kürşat Ufuk Coşkun

Biz Cevahir




Çelebi Bandırma

Gram Games

ASB Modern


Al- Amel LTD.


Work highlights

  • Representing the inheritors of Cem Karaca (Turkish rock star) in copyright litigation.
  • Advising Çelebi Hava Servisi before the Turkish Commercial Court in a bankruptcy proceeding between it and a major airline.
  • Representing R. Shohat in a case brought against a bank concerning the bank’s failure to fulfil its duty of care.

Güleryüz & Partners

Covering the full range of litigation, mediation and arbitration, Güleryüz & Partners maintains a diverse dispute resolution practice with an emphasis on debt collection, shareholder disputes and white-collar crime cases. Tarık Güleryüz heads ‘a well-developing team’ that also includes associate İrem Selin Nacar Öztürk. Nihat Özbek recently left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tarık Güleryüz

Other key lawyers:

İrem Selin Nacar Öztürk; Zahide Altunbaş Sancak


‘The team is an expert in family company problems.’

‘Lawyers are experienced and provide very accurate forecasts.’

‘It is a strong team to solve legal problems effectively.’

‘Individuals are professional, reliable and well-trained.’

‘Demonstrates an international approach. Good responsiveness and availability.’

‘Tarık Güleryüz is very responsive and full of creative solutions.’

‘This is a well-developing team, with good young talent. Tarık Güleryüz is a litigator and is well-versed in court practices. Zahide Altunbaş Sancak, even though she is not a litigator by way of background, adds good perspective to legal strategy discussions.’

‘Both Tarık Güleryüz and Zahide Altunbaş Sancak are up-and-coming lawyers in their fields.’

Key clients

Save the Children

Süreyya Ağaoğlu Çocuk Dostları Derneği

Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG)

Abdulbari Koç

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swedish international security company in an SPA-related arbitration dispute before the ICC.
  • Representing a Turkish agriculture company in an arbitration dispute arising out of a contract relating to R&D activities before the ITOTAM.
  • Representing a prominent Turkish bank on the collection of its €125m receivable.

Kabine Law

From its offices in Istanbul and London, boutique firm Kabine Law demonstrates strong activity in international arbitration, where it maintains a prominent investor-state practice. The group is also routinely engaged to advise on commercial arbitration as well as international and local litigation. Mehmet Karlı and Tuvan Yalım jointly head a team that additionally includes Özgecan Korkmaz and Selim Can Bilgin, both recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Karlı; Tuvan Yalım

Other key lawyers:

Özgecan Korkmaz; Selim Can Bilgin


‘Kabine listens to the client and provides precise opinions integrating different options and mentioning the advantages and disadvantages of each option. It is highly knowledgeable, competent, and experienced in international arbitration. It has a strong work ethic and works tirelessly.’

‘Mehmet Karlı is not only one of the best and smartest arbitration lawyers, but he also represented us with integrity and class. He is a strategy maker and excellent specialist in public international law. I have worked with plenty of international lawyers in the past, and he is by far the most committed.’

‘Kabine’s steadfast commitment to excellence is what distinguishes the team. In high-stakes matters, it demonstrates expertise not only in Turkish law but also on an international scale.’

‘We worked with Kabine on multiple disputes and pre-dispute processes, through which we were provided with excellent representation. The Kabine team, especially Mehmet Karlı and Selim Can Bilgin, played a pivotal role in securing a highly favourable settlement for our company.’

‘Kabine is very well equipped to handle complex procedures. The team always prioritises the interests of its clients and employs a strategic approach, ensuring reliable, prompt, and efficient responses.’

‘The firm consistently demonstrates the ability to adapt its capacity to meet the demands and challenges presented by each individual procedure. It impresses with its meticulous work and efficient utilisation of resources. It demonstrates a high level of reliability in terms of punctuality, quality, and action.’

‘Mehmet Karlı is an exceptional arbitration practitioner and litigator with extensive experience in managing large contentious matters across various industries. He is a versatile leader of a team that is both motivated and competent.’

‘Kabine is a team of very competent lawyers who communicate very well not only with us as their client, but also with the opposing side of the disputes. This is why they are also incredibly helpful in reaching settlements. The team is equally very responsive and capable of adapting to challenging situations.’

Key clients

Bayındır İnşaat Turizm Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Nurol İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Üstay Yapı Taahhüt ve Ticaret A.Ş.

IC İçtaş İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

BB Energy / Hypco Petrolcülük A.Ş.

Tekfen İnşaat ve Tesisat A.Ş.

Polat Yol Yapı Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Nurol Makina ve Sanayi A.Ş.

STFA İnşaat A.Ş.

Noksel Çelik Boru Sanayi A.Ş.

TFI TAB Gıda Yatırımları A.Ş. (Burger King Turkey)

D-Market Elektronik Hizmetler ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Hepsiburada)

General Motors Company

CCN Altyapı Yatırımları ve İnşaat A.Ş.

Alanar Meyve ve Gıda Üretim Pazarlama Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Etrak İnşaat Taahhüt ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Güriş İnşaat ve Mühendislik A.Ş.

Çukurova Holding A.Ş. and numerous group companies in multiple jurisdictions

Turkish Contractors Association

Doğuş Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş.

ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş.

Kalehan Enerji Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Reinoxmetal 2002 S.L.

Mir Trade AG

Korek Telecom Company LLC

Doğuş İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Çukurova İnşaat ve Sanayi Ticaret A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised IC İçtaş İnşaat, and its affiliates in a dispute against Akkuyu Nükleer, a nuclear power plant-owner controlled by Russian state-owned Rosatom.
  • Represented Bayındır İnşaat in an ICSID investment treaty arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan regarding a terminated highway construction project.
  • Represented D-Market Elektronik Hizmetler, as the defendant, in two US class action litigations, where the plaintiffs alleged violations of US securities laws in connection with its IPO on the NASDAQ.

Lexist Law Firm

Lexist Law Firm secured key roles in a string of high-profile and multi-jurisdictional arbitrations over the past year, including both investor-state and commercial cases. On the litigation side, the group kept busy advising on a mix of construction, bankruptcy and shareholder disputes, among other matters. Department co-heads Eyüp Kul and Murat Erbilen are highlighted together for their ‘great combination of technical savvy and commercial acumen’.

Practice head(s):

Eyüp Kul; Murat Erbilen

Other key lawyers:

Neşem Nazlı Aksoy


‘Lexist provides us with all kinds of legal support, with the best quality and conditions. We are very satisfied with the legal services we have received so far. Our company is very fortunate to receive positive results thanks to the team’s superior efforts in the legal processes they follow on our behalf.’

‘Eyüp Kul and Neşem Nazlı Aksoy make great contributions to us in the field of commercial and construction law. We are grateful to these lawyers who have high ethical values.’

‘Lawyers are smart, hard-working and responsive. The firm is known, yet lawyers actually lawyer which is important. This means they represent a rare combination of a national counsel who understand and meet the expectations of a firm like ours and the international clients we serve.’

‘Eyüp Kul and Murat Erbilen are the two partners that I have worked with the most and they are a great combination of technical savvy and commercial acumen. They are extremely good to work with: smart, frank and collaborative.’

‘Murat Erbilen stands out as a specialist in dispute resolution. He brings a perfect command of Turkish law as well as an international perspective to dispute resolution. It is a pleasure to work with Murat.’

‘The Lexist team brings dedication, responsiveness and an excellent collaborative spirit to the engagement. It is consistently a pleasure working with the team and the quality of its work product is very high. It has an excellent understanding of the Turkish market and navigates it with ease.’

‘Murat Erbilen is a knowledgeable, responsive colleague whose advice can be consistently relied on. In addition, he is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Eyüp Kul works on the legal issues in a very detailed way. He is open to discuss every detail. It is always easy to reach him and the team. He has a very cooperative mindset, and reassures and gives confidence that the dispute is well-handled.’

Key clients

The Republic of Turkey – Savings Insurance Deposit Fund

The Republic of Turkey – Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted as local counsel to the Republic of Turkey, as the respondent, in a high-profile ICSID arbitration case initiated by Ipek Investment.
  • Represented an oil and gas company, as the respondent, in an arbitration under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration.
  • Represented a construction client, as claimant, in a $500m high-profile receivables dispute over a new mixed-use project in Istanbul.

Sengüler & Sengüler

Strongly oriented towards international work, Sengüler & Sengüler’s client base is dominated by foreign corporates. The dispute resolution team is distinguished by its emphasis on the aviation sector, where it acts for a raft of major names, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), China Southern Airlines and Lufthansa. Gül Şengüler heads a group that also includes UK-qualified Jonathan Blythe and senior associate Alp Kalmaz.

Practice head(s):

Gul Senguler

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Blythe; Alp Kalmaz; Yasemin Akdeniz


‘Sengüler & Sengüler responds quickly to our inquiries, communicating effectively and giving very clear information. Frequent communication is vital to maintain a good relationship. Lawyers focus on solving problems, rather than highlighting all the difficulties that need to be overcome.’

‘The team makes its clients feel that they are valued. You feel close to the team. Lawyers are reachable and always ready to help.’

‘The practice stands out for several reasons that potential clients would find appealing. Its uniqueness lies in its exceptional combination of qualities, such as patience, professionalism, and extensive experience, which together create an efficient and unique approach to providing legal services.’

‘The team’s commitment to patience means that it takes the time to thoroughly understand each client’s unique situation and needs. It doesn’t rush through cases, ensuring that every detail is addressed. Potential clients would appreciate the personal attention they receive.’

‘Jonathan Blythe stands out for his impressive multi-jurisdictional capacity, unwavering professionalism, and remarkable kindness. His ability to navigate legal complexities across various jurisdictions is a clear advantage. He consistently goes the extra mile to ensure client needs are met.’

‘The team is very helpful in helping clients understand the local law and practicalities involved in litigating in Turkey.’

‘Our needs came first, we were treated more like colleagues than clients, our opinions mattered, and we were always comforted when we had worries. Lawyers were readily available every day, quick to answer our concerns, responsive, and quick to take necessary action.’

‘Senior associate Yasemin Akdeniz is known for her strong work ethic and responsiveness. She consistently puts in the extra effort to meet deadlines and address client inquiries promptly. What sets Yasemin apart is her exceptional talent for providing comprehensive explanations in legal analyses.’

Key clients

Imeks Industrial Mechanical Engineering AS (ICSID)



Danfoss (Global engineering Company)

Eaton Electric

EFG Bank

Pentair (Now nVent)

Parker Industries

DHL Italy

Stratex (Part of Oriole Resources)


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



Swiss Airlines

Fly Dubai


Montenegro Airlines

Malaysia Airlines

Brown Forman


BOBCAT (Doosan Bobcat EMEA)

Vmoto Soco International


Work highlights

  • Advising 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 International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rules.
  • Acting for G4S in 600 employment law cases and managing all advice and support.