Firms To Watch: Employment

Sengüler & Sengüler, headed by Gül Şengüler, handles advisory and contentious matters with disputes in the first degree, appeal and supreme court stages.
Mehmet Feridun İzgi and Simge Kublay Can head the employment team at Bozoglu-Izgi Attorney Partnership which has expertise in industries such as energy, life sciences and automotive.

Employment in Turkey

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership is known for handling complex issues including cross-border employment disputes, in addition to providing termination-related assistance such as settlements. The team assists clients in employee transfers as part of business transfer transactions and has expertise in collective bargaining agreements and negotiate with media industry unions. Ayşe Hergüner represents clients in compensation and reinstatement lawsuits, while Ufuk Yalçın  is well-versed in employee terminations. Sinem Tuğçe Aras and İsmet Bozoğlu  are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Ufuk Yalçın; İsmet Bozoğlu; Sinem Tuğçe Aras

Other key lawyers:

Ece Başaran Küçük; Candan Çırnaz Dekesoğlu

Key clients

Royal Canin


Thomson Reuters

Foot Locker



Trelleborg İstanbul

Granite Services International Inc.


Monster Energy

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar Hizmetleri Danışmanlık Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Vibracoustic CV Air Springs Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Thomson Reuters in participating and managing collective bargaining negotiations with the union.
  • Represented Vibracoustic CV Air Springs Otomotiv ve Lastik Sanayi A.Ş. on all legal matters including particularly employment law related proceedings.
  • Assisted Foot Locker in all their employment law related needs in Turkey.

Moroglu Arseven

Moroglu Arseven supports employers in corporate transactions and projects, employment retainer services, process and policy development and outsourcing arrangements. The practice is experienced in representing clients in disputes, ADR and litigation from early stages through to evolving disputes or investigations. Practice head İpek Ünlü Tık advises during all facets of employment negotiations, disputes, disciplinary procedures and terminations. Seyfi Moroğlu regularly advises companies, funds, financial services and banks in both transactional and contentious matters. Benan Arseven focuses on day-to-day advice, while Burcu Tuzcu Ersin assists in corporate structuring and business transfer cases.

Practice head(s):

İpek Ünlü Tık

Other key lawyers:

Seyfi Moroğlu; Benan Arseven; Burcu Tuzcu Ersin


‘The team gives commercial sound advice and as a law firm instructing them they give me comfort that they will pay attention to my client in the same way as if they were being instructed directly’

‘Hayzel Baydar is commendable – very conscientious, and knowledgeable providing practical solutions.’

Work highlights

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki covers the entire spectrum of employment law matters, including benefits-related litigation, corporate investigations, executive compensation, counselling projects and closure of business termination. The team is experienced in drafting executive level employment agreements, severance agreements and incentive plans. Galip M. Selçuk leads the practice and frequently advises companies in the retail, manufacturing, e-commerce, food and beverage sectors. Selim Keki has expertise in restructuring projects, internal business recalibrations, debt restructurings and M&A employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Galip M. Selçuk

Other key lawyers:

Selim Keki; Doğan Eymirlioğlu

Key clients

Wyndham Hotel Group

Ocean Network Express




Moët Hennessy





Excellence Logging

Franklin Templeton

Grub Tech






Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to KT & G on employee restructuring including but not limited to the matters regarding termination or transfer of employment agreements and assignment of foreign employees.
  • Provided legal advice to Hoya regarding termination of an employment agreement and represented the client in the reinstatement lawsuit successfully.
  • Provided NLMK with regular consultancy on various aspects of employment law.

Bener Law Office

Bener Law Office advises on the full spectrum of employment and social security law, including compensation and benefits, employment-related documents and contracts, terminations, remote workings and collective dismissals. The team also handles issues in relation to union activities on behalf of clients. Batuhan Şahmay heads the team and leads employment due diligences and full data protection compliances projects for multinational and local clients.

Practice head(s):

Batuhan Şahmay

Other key lawyers:

Ozlem Ozdemir Yılmaz


‘They are very pro-active and experienced.’

‘More pro-active than the competitors. They provide support on partner level.’

‘Bener’s employment team always provides excellent advice. We are perfectly happy working with them.’

‘We often work with Batuhan Sahmay. He has great knowledge about our industry and also great legal knowledge. He always provides to the point and precise legal advice. He is the best lawyer I have ever worked with.’

‘Bener is highly responsive, responses provided are practical and very easy to understand. They have extensive knowledge about our sector and legal matters.’

‘Bener is professional, practical and partners with clients educating us on doing business right.’

‘The team is easy to approach, fast in responses and make you feel as part of the team. They are punctual, meeting deadlines and very knowledgeable in their business.’

‘Bener comes with a set of professionals who have in-depth knowledge in their own areas. They have a team of professionals with different skill sets and knowledge and they come as a package for us, when we need guidance on different areas like tax issues, expats, labor law issues etc. Their professional approach is commendable and they always maintained the level. I am extremely satisfied with Bener Law Office and can recommend as they were the best law firm that I have seen while handling multiple countries.’

Key clients





Michael Page




Western Union



Mitsubishi Electric




British Council


Meta Platforms (formerly known as Facebook)



Johnson and Johnson



Banvit BRF


ASK Chemicals

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

DLL Group

Air France



Desmet Ballestra


Warner Bros



Leica Microsystems

Rollic Games




Morgan Stanley


Intuitive Surgical





Work highlights

  • Advised Amazon on many high-level employment matters.
  • Advised Schlumberger on day-to-day employment law matters.
  • Advised British Council on their day-to-day employment law matters and also assisted them during their collective bargaining process.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

The employment team at Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is experienced in all aspects of labour issues including social security provisions, health and safety in the workplace and taxation of employee benefits. The practice assists clients with recruitment and dismissal procedures, in addition to drafting personnel regulations and representing employers in court. Zihni Bilgehan utilises his background in P&I insurance and co-heads the practice with Ergun Ersoy who has expertise in employment matters arising from temporary and permanent disabilities.

Practice head(s):

Zihni Bilgehan; Ergun Ersoy

Other key lawyers:

Raci Alper; Emre Ersoy


‘A strong team is the foundation of a high-performing business and a good team ethic can be held largely accountable for the success and smooth running of the organization.’

‘They communicate openly with the client, sharing their thoughts, opinions, and ideas, as well as taking into consideration the customer’s interest. Communication is essential for keeping track of progress and working together efficiently on tasks.’

‘The organization is essential for the smooth running of a business relationship. Without it, the workplace can become chaotic and goals are unlikely to be achieved. Ersoy Bilgehan lawyers are responsible and ensure that everything is running to plan and everyone is on the same page and deadlines are being met.’

‘These associates are extremely helpful, giving a very detailed description of Turkish law, with explanation and examples of best practices. Their feedback is always on time and very precise.’

Key clients


Hapag Lloyd AG

UK P&I Club

Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG

Thomas Miller P&I Ltd

West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A

Gard P&I Club

Britannia P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Advised DNV GL in all aspects of employment law matters including preparing employment contracts and providing legal opinions on temporary employment relationships.
  • Advised Benefit Systems International in the creation and implementation of the contractual structure and the relevant employment matters.
  • Advised Hapag Lloyd in all aspects of employment law matters including submitting legal opinions on labour law related consequences of business expansion.

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

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein regularly advises local and multinational clients in relation to employment, litigation, collective bargaining and unions, social security and immigration issues. In addition to its expertise in immigration and labour relations, the team represents employers at court, in mediations and during settlement negotiations. Practice head Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun is well-known for her experience in day-to-day employment advisory issues such as hirings, terminations, restructurings and compensation. Associate Gökhan Akçaalan is well-versed in preparing employment agreements and company policies.

Practice head(s):

Elif Nur Çakır Vurgun

Other key lawyers:

Gökhan Akçaalan


‘The employment practice in Istanbul is extremely responsive and professional. They are very quick to reply to queries, and their advice is always clear and practical. We really appreciate the excellent support provided by this team.’

‘Elif Cakir and the team are extremely helpful and responsive. I am always impressed by how quickly they provide the advice we’re looking for. Whenever we need any employment legal support in relation to Turkey, I know I can rely on them.’

‘This team’s business centric service is extraordinary. Their advice is always detailed rooted in the law and yet is extremely pragmatic, enabling their clients to make wise and informed decisions for their business. Furthermore, that advice is provided fast, always clarifies the context and provides multiple solutions with the various risks of each clearly identified. This is highly prized by us. Finally, it doesn’t matter how often we ask or even it would seem when we ask this team responds quickly, patiently and fast. For us the collaboration is a critical differentiator from other providers we use across the globe that and the pragmatism of the advice.’

Key clients

A-Dec Inc.

ADM Wild

Agoda Company


Alyce, Inc.


Aras Kargo


Celanese GmbH

Chromalloy Gas Turbine LLC

Cosentino Sa

Envista Holdings Corporation

F5 Networks

Flint Group International B.V.

Fortinet, Inc.



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H3C Technologies Co., Limited

Icon plc

Infront X, LLC


JetBrains N.V

Jotform Yazilim A.S

Jumeirah International LLC


Logitech Europe S.A.

Maersk A/S

Manhattan Associates, Inc

Masimo Corporation

Match Group, Inc.

Merit Medical


Minerals Tech


Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC





RWE Turcas

SEMrush Inc.

Shenzhen Amber Future Technology Co., Ltd.

Snowflake Inc.

Spectrum Brands, Inc.

SSR Mining Inc.

Trustly Holding AB

Ünlü Menkul Değerler

Valiant Integrated Services LLC

Velocity Global

VF International Sagl

Wahl Clipper Corporation

Wild Life, Inc

Xerox (UK) Limited

Yemekpay Odeme Hizmetleri Anonim Sirketi

Work highlights

  • Advised an American multinational corporation on their collective bargaining negotiations.
  • Advised a technology company on the collective termination of their employees and represented the client in more than 70 mediation proceedings.
  • Advised a leading professional employer organisation in the establishment of their Turkish business and operations.

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership offers legal services to clients from the pre-employment stage to the termination stage, in addition to litigation issues. The practice also supervises HR departments and provides training in the field of employment laws. Banu Mert is experienced in occupational health and safety issues and delivers day-to-day assistance in every aspect of labour law; she co-heads the practice with Esra Sumer who represents clients in employment-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Banu Mert; Esra Sumer


‘We have worked with GSI in many of our legal processes. Many departments we work with are quite successful in their technical knowledge. They give detailed and quick explanations.’

‘Banu Mert stands out with her knowledge and competence. She is very knowledgeable in many fields. Provides detailed information by predicting all risk factors.’

‘GSI has been giving legal consultancy services regarding labour law including mediation procedures and labour lawsuits, as well as advising on termination procedures and preparation of related documents. It is valuable for us to have legal assistance from such an experienced team in order to minimize the potential labour law related risks. We are of the opinion that GSI’s expertise, experience level, technological and intelligent systems are unique when compared to the other law firms which is very important for us considering the high number of the employees and value of the accurate and fast assistance.’

‘Banu Mert is the main advisor and always supervising the team. She has wide experience, knowledge and expertise. We highly appreciate her support, quick availability and practical solutions. She is definitely trustworthy for us.’

Key clients

North Marmara Motorway

Abduljawad Holding

Ide Technologies

Bank Of China

Ela Kimyevi

Gezer Holding

Titra Teknoloji

Integral Medya

Uludağ Elektrik Dağitim Anonim Şirketi

Yildiz Technical University Technopark

HT Partners

Integral Media

Yeni Dunya Foundation

Tarim Kredi Cooperatives

Ceva Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised North Marmara Motorway in management of their highly dynamic and complex employment processes for sub-contractors and undertakers.
  • Advised Yildiz Technical University Technopark on all general employment matters including the dispute stages.
  • Advised UEDAS on general employment matters.

Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm

The employment team at Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm provides assistance to leading companies from a variety of sectors, including food and beverage, recruitment, luxury goods, tools, aerospace, defence and insurance. The practice specialises in matters including immigration law, trade unions, collective bargaining and social security. Ahu Pamukkale acts on work health and safety law with experience in both contentious and transactional matters; she co-heads the team with Duygu Abbasoğlu Ceyhan  who has expertise in compliance and ethics law.

Practice head(s):

Ahu Pamukkale; Duygu Abbasoğlu Ceyhan

Other key lawyers:

Berk Atun


‘The labour law team are always responsive, helpful and very commercial. They understand my needs, both from a personal perspective but also from my organisation’s perspective. They have always produced great results for me. Highly recommended!’

‘Ahu Pammukkale is an awesome labour lawyer and human being. Very commercial astute and responsive to a client’s needs, always ahead of the game in that respect.’

‘GKA law is one of the most well-known and trusted employment law advisor, who provides top-tier quality legal advice to HR and legal departments of many global and local companies in Turkey. They led many projects regarding re-organization, remote working, procedural and legal compliance, high-profile and global employment issues as well as labour law litigations.’

‘Ahu Pamukkale as the head of employment and labour law department and founder of GKA, has a solution-oriented approach and a unique way of understanding needs of companies with her years of experience and superior communication skills. She is very quick to respond to your needs because her approach to legal problems are comprehensive which enables above and beyond solutions leading to perfectionist and to the point solutions.’

‘Great knowledge in Turkish labour law and practices for humanitarian sector. Always open to share info and invest in HR team’s capability building. Monthly billing with detailed service of work explanation.’

‘GKA’s lawyers are very experienced and specialized in employment cases, data protection and etc. always respectful and friendly. proactively seeking for more support.’

‘We are working with Ahu Pamukkale for many years and we are very happy to receive services from her and her team. The team is always reachable and proactive. The employment team of GKA Law has many clients in different sectors, therefore they are faced with very different cases.’

Ahu Pamukkale gives advice on employment law and following lawsuits of our group companies. She has a perfect business mind and tries to remove all risks while she is assisting us.

Key clients


Acelity – KCI


Al Tayer Group

Atlas Ship Supply


BNP Paribas Cardif

Cava Machines

Chemonics International



Danish Refugee Council

Dentsply Sirona

Digital Virgo

Doğsan/Doğpa Medical Devices



GC Europe

Grup İmaj

Hamburg Süd

HEF Group

I Global Law

International Rescue Committee

ITC Infotech

Kar Automative Group

Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)


Konak Hotel


Lely – IT Company

Lely – Robotic Milking





NN Group – Insurance Company


Toplum icin Yenilik ve Yardım Derneği (TIYYD)

Wilben Trade – Axendo


Work highlights

  • Advised Dentsply Corona on collective labour law issues including representing before labour court against union.
  • Advised Convatec during a restructuring and unilateral terminations upon closure of business line.
  • Advised Hamburg Süd on restructuring and transfer of employment contracts within group companies.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has significant experience in all aspects of employment law such as scheme restructuring, M&A-related matters, executives’ employment contracts and incentive plans. The firm regularly drafts restrictive covenant agreements, code of conduct policies and intellectual property transfer clauses. Maral Minasyan advises domestic and multinational companies in various sectors including retail, electronics, insurance and pharmaceuticals; she co-heads the practice with Okan Demirkan who is a prominently involved in the area of ethics and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Maral Minasyan

Other key lawyers:

Rami Arda Yörükoğlu


‘Clear and easy to understand legal advice. Readily available and respond promptly.’

‘Solid, dependable lawyers, providing clear advice on options and recommendations.’

‘They have good field experience in addition to their legal knowledge. Due to the high number of cases they are dealing with they are very well aware of the market practices on some of specific sectors such as pharmaceutical and retail.’

‘They are all very well-educated and focused on the job they are doing. They are responding with satisfactory information and are always on time.’

‘The team have always been very helpful in providing clear and practical advice at a reasonable cost. My clients have always been very happy with the assistance they have received.’

‘My main contact at the firm is Maral Minasyan. She has always been very responsive to my requests for assistance and has arranged for work to be undertaken by members of her team who have done so very confidently. Consistency of approach and quality is very important and I have been very impressed.’

‘We have been working with KDK for more than ten years now. They are more than lawyers, they are friends, maybe even more: partners. They are always here when we need them, always with positive energy and enthusiasm, always motivated. I cannot compare them to any other law firm.’

‘The firm has an impressive billing system. They are extremely transparent in their time sheets. When we have a question about any particular work item, they answer with speed and clarity. We never challenged any of their invoices, because things are so clear.’

Key clients


Ema Kimya

Ajax Systems



Aspen Technology

Costa Crociere S.p.A


David Brown Systems



Eurasia Kimyevi ve Plastik Hammaddeler




GT Gettaxi

NEC Corporation

Oriental Power Holdings Limited

Oyster HR






Telestream, LLC

Turkven Private Equity


Vialto Partners



Abdi Ibrahim Pharmaceuticals

Advanced Micro Devices, inc.

Agence France-Presse

Al Jazeera Media Network

Alsim Alarko

AMN Healthcare


Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

Beijing Dajia Internet Information Technology Co., Ltd

BMS Group


Bristol Myers-Squibb

Bunzl plc

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.






Demir Sağlık ve Hayat

Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited

Dover Corporation

DynCorp International


Elif Plastik

Emergent Bio Solutions

Extreme Networks, Inc.


FMC Corporation

Fresenius Kabi

Gano Excel

GE Transportation (Wabtec)

Gilead Sciences


Glencore Energy

GP Strategies Limited



Hedef Filo

Hugo Boss


Inchcape Shipping Services (UK) Limited

Innerworkings, Inc.


Lemongrass Consulting

LOGO Yazılım

Louis Dreyfus Company

LR Health & Beauty Systems


Magellan Health

Magneti Marelli

Mediterra Capital

Merlin Entertainments Ltd






Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Nutanix Inc.

OKI Europe

Packet Design LLC

Peek & Cloppenburg

Philip Morris Turkey

Prometeon Tyre Group S.R.L.

Pure Salmon

Pure Storage

PVH Corporation




RWS (formerly SDL) Multilingual Services

RWE Technology

SAI Global

Schmiedewerke Gröditz GmbH

Scientific Games Corporation

SI Group


Stokke Company


Talanx International


The Boston Consulting Group

The Washington Post

Tik Tok


Tom Tailor

TPI Composites



Unico Sigorta

Upfield Europe B.V.


Vava Cars

Veritas Technologies LLC


Vestas Wind Systems A/S

VHV Group

Vito Enerji


Walt Disney Company Limited

Watts Water Technologies

Wilko Retail Ltd.

World Courier

Work highlights

  • Advised Dyson on its employment-related day-to-day queries by serving as a help desk to the client.
  • Advised Gucci on all aspects of employment law, involving both white-collar and blue-collar employees.
  • Advised Abdi İbrahim on both day-to-day employment law advice and represented in employment lawsuits.

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership provides detailed strategies to employers on issues such as remote working and vaccination of employees. In addition to general employment advice, the practice also does compliance and litigation work. The firm has excellent sectoral knowledge with expertise in industries such as pharmaceuticals, logistics, automotive, real estate, IT, retail and agriculture. Özgür Güner is the key name. Since publication, Sertaç Kökenek left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Özgür Güner

Other key lawyers:

Eylül Bengisu Gümüş


‘The legal team is always available and the communication with their client is very good. You can consult on any subject, they will definitely give you a direction. These directions are always thought through and researched.’

‘Every individual is very talented and experienced about her/his legal area. You can always be sure that you are in reliable hands. Every member is respectful, professional, trustworthy. In special cases we have worked with lawyers whom we consulted and received prompt guidance from.’

‘Each official is unique and an expert in his job. Professional and reliable.’

Key clients



Borusan Holding

Japan Tobacco International


Eczacıbaşı Holding

Borusan Logistics



Eczacibaşi Tüketim Ürünleri

Borusan Alenka Energy

Borusan İş Makinaları

Tricon Energy

Borusan Manheim

Borusan EnBw

Borusan Suspan

Fokker Elmo


Columbia Sports -Gözalan Group

Barçın Sports


Volkan Itfaiye

Güralp Vinç


Doğanay Turnip Juice

Work highlights

  • Acted for Borusan Conglomerate for all kinds of employment advisory and employment related litigation.
  • Provided employment-related retainer advice to a leading American health company.
  • Acted as the sole external outsourced counsel of Eczacibaşı Holding for advising the client in its daily operations regarding employment law.


Paksoy assists clients on a range of labour matters including the drafting of employment contracts, stock option plans, bonus schemes, personnel handbooks and bylaws. Employment litigation is a key practice area for the team with the union matters being handled including representation before employee unions. Elvan Aziz leads the practice and advises on the implementation of management incentive schemes, HR aspects of restructuring and the preparation of employment agreements.

Practice head(s):

Elvan Aziz

Other key lawyers:

Gülce Saydam Pehlivan


‘The team is very meticulous and responsive. The service they have rendered is detailed and outstanding since they do their best to understand our business and values.’


Key clients

Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding (ADQ)

Cisco Systems

Flutter Entertainment

Goldman Sachs


Hudson Hill Capital Management



PIT İstanbul


Qatar Investment Authority

Sisal Lottery / Sisal Technology


Work highlights

  • Advised Hepsiburada on the revision of its long-term incentive schemes for C-level executives.
  • Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers on the sale of its Global Mobility Tax and Immigration Services business.
  • Advised PIT Istanbul on visa and residency permit requirements for the head office and task force teams brought to Turkey.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office has an excellent employment law offering and advises numerous corporate clients with respect to collective redundancies, business transfer issues, harmonisation procedures and outsourcing matters. The firm also specialises in residency permit-related enquiries for foreign employees. Emre Atayilmaz heads the team and is well-versed in issues such as disciplinary actions and termination procedures; he is experienced in sectors such as hospitality, energy and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayilmaz

Other key lawyers:

Ertuğrul Aksoy

Key clients

Ralph Lauren

United Textiles Company


ETC Group


Oka Restaurant

Beaute Kozmetik

Guzel Enerji

Atlant Clinical





Intercontinental Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ralph Lauren on various employment law related issues concerning their personnel in Turkey.
  • Advised United Textiles Company on a variety of matters such as employee rights, health and safety of the employees and the measures introduced by the Turkish Government.
  • Advised Almodo on various issues under Turkish employment law.

Aksan Law Firm

Aksan Law Firm renders employment services to a number of clients regarding issues such as contracts, notifications, terminations, employee training guidelines and applications to governmental institutions. The firm also represents clients in disputes and manages relations with trade unions. The team is jointly led by a quintet of Mehmet Taş, Muhammet Aksan, Ayça Türkoğlu, Fatma Gamze Telli and Anet Biçer.

Practice head(s):

Muhammet Aksan; Fatma Gamze Telli; Mehmet Taş; Ayça Türkoğlu; Anet Biçer


‘The team is dedicated to their job, acting responsibly. Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. Diversity is available in the firm.’

‘The partners are reachable and always giving feedback where necessary. This distinguishes them especially under time pressure.’

‘Aksan is one of the leading firms in Turkey with extensive number of lawyers. They have expertise in all aspects of legal issues. They assign a lawyer particularly to each customer which makes himself/herself available around the clock.’

‘We are working closely with Ms. Anet Bicer who is very knowledgeable in different fields of the law and provides support whenever needed.’

Key clients

Securitas Entegre Güvenlik Çözümleri A.Ş.

Zülfikarlar Group

Kom Tekstil ve Konfeksiyon A.Ş.

Trakya Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Kırann Kurumsal Tekstil Sanayi ve Dış Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

KTM Kimyevi Maddeler İthalat İhracat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Bantaş Nakit ve Kıymetli Mal Taşıma ve Güvenlik Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Boehringer Ingelheim İlaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Avitaş Composite Plastic Industry and Trade Inc.

Teknopark Istanbul A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Provided extensive consultancy, litigation and preventive law services to Securitas Entegre Güvenlik Çözümleri Hizmetleri A.Ş.
  • Represented Bantaş Nakit ve Kıymetli Mal Taşıma ve Güvenlik Hizmetleri A.Ş. in 300 labour law cases.
  • Provided legal consultancy to Sumitomo’s Turkish subsidiary in unionization proceedings.

BTS & Partners

BTS & Partners provides legal services including drafting employment contracts, workplace policies and security guidelines. The practice is also well-versed in transfer of business matters and supporting employers with protocols on restrictive covenants. In addition, the firm offers mediation and litigation services, representing clients in every stage of proceedings. The team is jointly led by Selin Beceni, who offers expertise in areas such as shareholder conflicts, alongside Zeynep Ünlü who is experienced in contractual and immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Selin Beceni; Zeynep Ünlü

Other key lawyers:

Ece Ozelgin


‘They are very commercial, pragmatic and the only firm we use in Turkey.’

‘A very nice and helpful team. Fast and good work.’

‘Excellent, profound knowledge of the law and quick reactions.’

Key clients

Bigger Games


Cover Genius


Electronics for Imaging



Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


RTB House

TE Connectivity

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sumitomo in drafting and reviewing documents such as employment agreements and mutual termination protocols.
  • Represented Lenovo in numerous dispute settlement procedure which includes mediation and litigation.
  • Assisted Russell Reynolds on employment law practices and policies.

Egemenoglu Law Firm

Egemenoglu Law Firm is experienced in both contentious and advisory employment matters, with practitioners regularly representing clients in litigation. The practice has a diverse client base consisting of Panasonic, Saydam Fabrics, Teknogon Fittings and Maysan Mando Automotive, among others. Dilek Gürsan  is well-versed in contentious employment issues and co-heads the team alongside associate Fazilet Karabacaklar who has expertise in collective bargaining law.

Practice head(s):

Dilek Gürsan; Fazilet Karabacaklar

Other key lawyers:

Yunus Egemenoğlu


‘Have a specialised legal staff and a corporate sustainable structure.’

‘We are very pleased with the cooperation between our company and Egemenoglu Law Firm. All employees are experts in their field and we get support for all our employee and employer problems.’

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

‘Perfect Communication, fast in responses and quick problem-solving, efficient suggestions. High in tech use.’

‘I like the fact that there are lots of lawyers specialised in their fields and when we send an email to an account that is special to our company, the available lawyer in that field gets back to us. I also know they invested heavily in their technology infrastructure.’

‘Accessibility of the lawyers is very good. Sometimes it feels like they were waiting for our emails. Also, the experience of the lawyers and the fact that the same people seem to be sticking around for so long are other satisfactory points.’

Key clients




Ayakkabı Dünyası

Bayrak Rubber

Çimtaş Pipe and Çimtaş Precision Machining

DRD Fleet Leasing

Eyüp Sabri Tuncer A.Ş.

MarinSA Denizcilik A.Ş.

Maysan Mando Automotive Parts

Onko Koçsel Pharmaceuticals

Panasonic Life Solutions


Saydam Fabrics


Turkmen Group



Work highlights

  • Represented HMY Teknegon Dış Ticaret A.Ş. with respect to an appeal before the Supreme Court in relation to the authority of the Turkish Metal Union.
  • Represented ÜÇGE Group companies with respect to their collective labour agreement negotiations with the Turk Metal Union.
  • Represented and provided legal assistance to Grammer Koltuk Sistemleri San. ve Tic. A.Ş. in the matter of collective dismissal process of over 80 employees.

Gün + Partners

Gün + Partners assists clients in all aspects of employment law, such as restructurings and reorganisations, contracts, terminations, collective bargaining, non-compete organisations and liability for workplace accidents. The firm is also well-versed in employee data protection issues, disciplinary actions and litigation cases. Practice head Beril Yayla Sapan advises on employee related data protection, business immigration and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Beril Yayla Sapan

Other key lawyers:

Asena Aytuğ Keser


‘I believe that the team provides prompt, accurate and reliable advice in all aspects of employment law. The team has extensive experience in the area by which they can provide their advice by considering market practice. The team is client oriented which means they are considering client perspective and needs while providing advice. The solutions which they offer are ready to use. It generally does not require further in-house work.’

‘My first point of contact is Beril Yayla Sapan in employment practice. Having the partner of the relevant practice as the first point of contact enables me to reach accurate, reliable, and practical information quickly.’

‘Beril Yayla Sapan is very accessible. She is able to provide guidance even on the phone for urgent matters without complicating the matter. She understands client perspective and needs and customise her opinion by considering such perspective and needs. Nearly in all matters which I consulted to her; she supports her recommendation with previous experience.’

‘Business and solution oriented. Always present and happy to help.’

Güner Law Office

The employment law team at Güner Law Office has expertise in both transactional and contentious matters. The team’s offering consists of reviewing and negotiating employment contracts, preparation of employee benefit plans and providing HR support. On the contentious side, the practice represents clients in mediation and court proceedings. The team is headed by Burçak Kurt Biçer who assists international and Turkish clients on issues such as redundancies, restructurings and transfers.

Practice head(s):

Burçak Kurt Biçer

Other key lawyers:

Sabahat Elif Ipek

Key clients

Discovery Corporate Services Limited

Vibrantz Technologies Inc

Konecranes OYJ

Kone Corporation

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Turkish Liaison Office (ICANN)

Forcepoint Holdings International Limited

Tractel SAS

Sicame SAS

The New York Times Company Inc.

Avient Corporation

Suez Water Technology Solutions

Work highlights

  • Provided day-to-day labour law consultancy to Discovery Corporate Services Ltd. on matters including termination of employees and changes to working conditions.
  • Provided labour law consultancy to Ferro Turkey on preparation and amendment of employment agreements, employee lay-offs and internal employment regulations.
  • Provided labour law consultancy to Avient Turkey on all kinds of employment law issues.


TURUNÇ covers the full range of employment matters from drafting employee agreements and internal policies, advising on employee rights and terminations to assisting with foreign employee work permits. The firm regularly handles the employment aspects of major M&A transactions and business transfers. Noyan Turunç  is experienced in terminations and severance rights and co-heads the team with associate Gizem Günel who advises on employee benefit and incentive strategies.

Practice head(s):

Noyan Turunç; Gizem Günel

Other key lawyers:

Kerem Turunç


‘Ability to use the team’s knowledge of local laws and their extensive network in the UK to advise us on both UK and Turkish rules during covid was very helpful for us.’

‘Gizem Günel operates at partner-level quality.’

‘During the period we worked together, we were able to obtain fast and accurate answers on the matters consulted. They enlightened us especially on topics like corporate and labour.’

‘Due to the sector we are operating, we are familiar with the legal processes. For this reason, the issues that we feel the need for consultation are specific and attention needed. Our other consultants, especially the partner with whom we carry out the process, provide fast and precise answers with their knowledge on those niche and specific issues.’

‘The TURUNÇ employment team’s depth of expertise is unique. They are a top-notch law firm with exceptional legal knowledge, immense understanding of market practices and commercial intelligence. They have been our advisors in a wide range of employment-related issues such as employment contracts, termination procedures, handling disputes, in addition to providing excellent transactional advice.’

‘Gizem Günel is a star. She’s technical and very knowledgeable, and her communication skills and ability to look at issues from a wide perspective really protect us. She is very responsive, efficient and partner-level.’

‘I like Turunç’s employment team because they are proactive advisors. Employment laws change very often in Turkey, especially during and after Covid. The Turunç team sent us regular and tailored memos during Covid. They still do this whenever there’s a change in the law or a new court decision that may affect us. This is an extremely smart approach on their part.’

Key clients

Boğaziçi Ventures


Acquia, Inc.

Caffè Nero




Western Digital


Al Fakher


System Optima

Camper Shoes

SC Johnson


Taxim Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Caffè Nero on all of its employment law needs including employee rights and terminations, covid-related health and safety measures and internal policies.
  • Assisted Boğaziçi Ventures on employment regulations.
  • Acted for Hiwell on setting up a data privacy compliance programme for its employees and customers.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership provides clients with employment law services in a range of sectors, including energy, payment services, construction, manufacturing, transportation and health. The firm regularly advises employers to ensure the compliance with fast-evolving requirements and measures. The team is jointly led by Zeynep Çakmak, who conducts settlement procedures and provides representation in labour law disputes, alongside Mesut Çakmak who focuses on employment issues in transactional matters and Gülşen Engin, active on unionisation processes and related lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Gülşen Engin

Other key lawyers:

Elif Demiröz


‘The Cakmak employment team advises with all aspects of employment of local and international personnel including permissions, labor contracts and benefits, liaising with various governmental agencies. smooth, quick and excellent service.’

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp (CRRC)


Gates Corporation

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

Visa Europe

Western Union

Work highlights

  • Represented CRRC in all of their employment matters relating to their operations in Turkey.
  • Represented Uni-Mar in nine labour law related lawsuits filed with reinstatement, labour law related receivables and compensation claims.
  • Provided legal assistance to Gates Corporation with regard to general employment matters of its five subsidiaries located in Turkey.

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership

The employment practice at Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak is experienced in a range of matters, including operation of recruitment procedures, negotiations, mediation and analysis of HR-related documents. The firm also has contentious capabilities with expertise in litigation and settlement procedures. Ali Osman Ak heads the team and assists a number of companies in their human resources management, hiring and dismissal procedures.

Practice head(s):

Ali Osman Ak

Key clients

Ak Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Akdeniz Turistik Tesisler A.Ş.

Volvo Group Otomotiv Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

MDS AP Tech Yazılım Ürünleri ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Ca Technologies Yazılım ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi

Bel Karper Gıda Sanayi A.Ş.

Match Group

Zeplin Yazılım Sistemleri ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Ak Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Ak Gıda in respect to revision of the employment agreements and preparation of the new employment agreements.
  • Assisted Zeplin regarding revision of the employment agreements and review and adaptation of the internal regulations which are applicable at the global level.
  • Assisted Volvo regarding a group of lawsuits that have been initiated by the employees of an authorized service whose contract had been terminated with valid reason.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office provides a range of legal services from handling employee relations, service contracting and outsourcing to terminations and employment arbitration and litigation. Gokce Sanlierli is well-versed in compliance matters and co-heads the practice with Alara Baykal.

Practice head(s):

Alara Baykal; Gokce Sanlierli

Other key lawyers:

Ulas Boraoglu


‘ADMD is very easy to work with and very dependable. Very fast with answers and solutions offered are easy to understand and implement.’

‘Gokce Sanlierli and her team have a very sensitive and balanced approach.’

‘ADMD is reliable, fast and cost-efficient.’

‘Ms. Gokce Sanlierli is our main contact for employment issues. She is highly experienced, get backs to us fast and offers the swiftest and most cost-efficient solution to our issues.’

‘Brilliant team, easy to work with.’

‘Ms. Alara Baykal and Ms. Gokce Sanlierli are excellent in employment management and litigation.’

‘I have worked with ADMD for some considerable time and have always received a lot of attention, excellent advice.’

‘Alara Baykal is very attentive to our HR policies, superbly efficient and is a problem solver. Gokce Sanlierli is diligent with her drafts and is very accessible.’

Key clients

Al Tayer Group


Bloom Medya

Chery Automotive




Sam Gas

Stage TS


Work highlights

  • Advised EnerySys on structuring its employment regime in Turkey.
  • Assisted CottGroup in re-structuring its PEO and outsourcing operations.

Baysal & Demir

Baysal & Demir is a full-service employment practice which provides legal solutions to clients in disputes and issues originating from the digitalisation of work life. The firm is experienced in acting as mediators in large scale collective bargaining for employees. Ulaş Baysal is well-versed in occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations; he jointly leads the team with Muhittin Astarlı  who has expertise in labour litigation and restructuring of workforces.

Practice head(s):

Muhittin Astarli; Ulaş Baysa


‘Working with Baysal & Demir is a comfort for us considering their experience in the field and great dispute resolution skills. The complicated dispute resolution matters can be solved easily due to their intelligence and ability to deal with the legal problems. Knowledgeable team that can navigate complex and unprecedented issues. They are a friendly, transparent and responsive modern law firm that I would recommend.’

‘I would like to state that, Baysal & Demir Law Firm is open for all support in terms of their professionality. They are always ready for communication and collaboration.’

‘I found the service provided professional, informative and friendly. You have all been very supportive and professional. The whole process was made incredibly easy thanks to the service you provided.’


Key clients

Samsung Electronics

Smith + Nephew




Sanko Towel



Akdeniz Chemson


Koop İs

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung Electronics on all employment matters, including but not limited to the preparation of employment contracts, supporting the inhouse team and the management regarding collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advised Smith + Nephew regarding the restructuring of its Turkey operations and launched the company’s “workplace unlimited” project in Turkey.
  • Advised and represented ÇİMKO regarding all employment law related matters of the acquisition of nine facilities of another well-known cement company.


CBC Law covers the entire spectrum of employment issues including recruitment and termination of employment, day-to-day HR issues, contracts and policies. The firm regularly supports clients with reactive employment solutions and in negotiations with trade unions. Kemal Altuğ Özgün focuses on compliance and third party risk management, while Törehan Büyüksoy specialises in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kemal Altuğ Özgün; Törehan Büyüksoy


‘Highly experienced legal team in various related disciplines and able to respond quickly and provide to the point advice and representation. This professional approach makes us feel safe and safeguarded.’

‘What I experienced so far is a hands-on, results driven partner involvement. They ensured us that advice and support is always available.’

Work highlights


The employment team at Gökçe assists both local and international clients with employment matters in Turkey, such as reviewing agreements, unilateral termination, transfer of employees and workplaces. The team operates in a number of highly regulated sectors including aviation, insurance and healthcare and is co-headed by Görkem Gökçe and Müberra Gürdal .

Practice head(s):

Görkem Gökçe; Müberra Gürdal

Other key lawyers:

Başak Taş


‘The entire team is able to offer suggestions that make business life easier and have a good command of labor law practices. They can carry out the processes in favor of both parties without going to dispute and litigation. They have a great command of the new generation operating system and can provide all kinds of support regarding compliance with the regulation.’

‘For me; Gökçe’s team’s greatest strength is their cross – disciplinary teamwork capabilities. Gökçe’s team is very effective in handling challenges with a collective-mind approach, thus making sure our decisions are not blind sided on any aspect of an issue.’

‘The top indicator that make Gökçe stand out for me is their work ethic based on taking 360’ full ownership of any process, issue or challenge. I always feel confident that no problem I share with them will remain unsolved. Reachability is a very important factor for my company and Gökçe is the team who always answers right away whenever we need their support, without exception.’

‘They are a team that is always easily accessible and responsive in case of any need.’

‘Gokce has a very deep knowledge about sector balances and dynamics, they are always updated and well-prepared. Especially on employment matters, they always guide us on how far we can stretch or practical potential consequences of violating strict regulations.’

‘Very in-depth expertise. Fast response time. And customised service.’

‘Personal and very friendly advice.’

‘Good team. They took care of me. They solved my problems. They understood me.’

Key clients





Motul Oil



Work highlights

  • Prepared employment contracts for Codeway to be signed by the company and its employees.
  • Advised Motul on day-to-day labor law matters.
  • Acted for Figopara and prepared the texts that are required to be signed in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Law.

KP Law

KP Law advises on all the processes of an HR department, from recruitment and performance management to employee termination in addition to compliance issues. The firm is also experienced in employment litigation matters, representing clients in mediation, arbitration and settlement proceedings. Isil Doganay focuses on contentious matters and co-heads the team with Çigdem Soysal who is involved in drafting contracts and workplace regulations.

Practice head(s):

Isil Doganay; Çigdem Soysal

Other key lawyers:

Alperen Kocalan


‘We have been working with KP Law since 2019 related to Turkish Business Law. They are very solution oriented. By their strategical thinking, and customer-oriented approach we collaborate very effectively.’

‘The team at KP Law is well-informed. They know what they don’t know, and then do the necessary research to be able to give a complete and well-thought-out answer.’

‘Çigdem Soysal is attentive to the client and knows when the partner’s attention is required.’

‘I think that each partner is an expert in their own field this enables them to be successful as a team. We are very grateful with the consultancy service we received.’

‘Each partner is good at job tracking and especially I would like to say Isil Doganay has a lot of legal knowledge and guides companies very well on the issues they need.’

‘We have very nice experience with KP Law. All feedbacks are on time and we reach to KP team anytime. Response time is really very short’

‘KP Law acts like us in all aspects. They are very close to the culture, represent us very well. We evaluate them as our best business partners and they also make us feel they are working for us by heart. People quality and fast responses also make them unique.’


Key clients


Borusan Holding

Citizens of Humanity









VHV Reasurans





KPMG Abogados

KPMG Law Germany


Work highlights

  • Advised Puma on all HR related processes including remote working during the pandemic.
  • Advised Citizens of Humanity on election of employee representatives.
  • Advised Borusan on creating the legal infrastructure of all internal policies related to remote working during and after COVID 19.

NAZALI Attorney Partnership

NAZALI Attorney Partnership provides consultancy services regarding labour law, social security and occupational health, in addition to negotiations on behalf of employers. The practice is co-led by a quartet of Çağdaş Güren , Nazif Karataş , Nurefşan Kandemir and Hülya Yorganlı.

Practice head(s):

Çağdaş Güren; Nazif Karataş; Nurefşan Kandemir; Hülya Yorganlı


‘The Nazali team helped us through a project with substantial lay-off’s, set-up of a new facility and a new Union. The absolute strength of Nazali are their connections. The team set-up face-to-face meetings with the President of the desired Union, and could count on his wise words and advice. Maybe it is considered a given but the team is very knowledgeable in its field. And finally I wish to highlight that the services we received did not stop at legal. The Nazali team helped us in the field with a negotiation expert bringing our project to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Expertise and collaboration of the team are its unique selling points.’

‘Expertise in their areas and customer orientations.’

‘Very professional, experienced and structured team.’

‘They have practical knowledge apart from theoretical knowledge. In this way, they offer alternative solutions in the cases we encounter.’

‘The individuals I work with are customer-oriented, solution-oriented and sensitive about cooperation.’

‘A solution partner that is fast, reliable and able to produce alternatives.’

Key clients

Cargill Holding A.Ş.

Pepsi Cola Mamulleri Limited Şirketi

Pas South East Europe Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Şirketi

Bosal Metal İşleme Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Danone Tikveşli Gıda ve İçecek San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

YC Inox Tr Çelik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Ege Tav Ege Tarım Hayvancılık Yatırım Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Adjust Yazılım Araştırma ve Geliştirme Ticaret A.Ş.

Yemek Sepeti Elektr. İltş. Tant. Paz. Gıd. Tic. A.Ş.

La Lorraine Unlu Mamüller Ticaret Sanayi Anonim Şirketi

Fujifilm Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Neeyamo Enterprise Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Bosch Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Koç Holding A.Ş.

Eczacıbaşı Holding A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Cargill Holding A.Ş. on collective bargaining negotiations which was on the table about more than 7 years and ensuring that the client gets off a flying start with the union.
  • Advised Bosal Metal İşleme A.Ş. on closure of their local factory where more than 200 employees were employed without any inconvenient behavior arising from union side and ensuring there will be no lawsuit regarding closure since every blue-collar employee had their legal rights via mediation process.
  • Advised YC Inox Tr Çelik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi on collective labor agreement from the beginning of cooperation of their new local entity with the aim of a good start with the union for their future goals.


TUNCA ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP‘s employment practice offers advice to multinational corporates, major domestic companies and public institutions across multiple sectors, including pharmaceuticals, energy, construction and food beverage. The team is co-headed by Sidar Tunca and Ayşegül Filiz who focus on both contentious and advisory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sidar Tunca; Ayşegül Filiz


‘They have in-depth knowledge in the real estate development area, are easy to reach and very fast response.’

‘Very easy to reach, very fast satisfactory reaction.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and experienced. Due to variety of clients and experience, can reach the results quickly. Billing is transparent. Follow the works that has been assigned to them. Team is composed of different experienced people.’

‘Sidar Tunca is the main contact person. He has a standing and knowledge, which makes the client says he is the person we need to contact with. He finds very easy solutions for very complex works.’

‘Tunca Attorney Partnership, which can cope with these disputes that arise intensely and continuously, stands out with its speed and quality. With the predictable and proper prices, TAP never compromises on quality.’

‘In Tunca Attorney Partnership, we can count on every single individual. The team has every piece of skill to succeed. Each member of Tunca we deal with is friendly and has high communication skills. This is the most important point on the road to success for us. Another important factor in our preference for Tunca is the foreign language skills of its lawyers.’

‘The team is very responsive. They provide assistance on the clock and consist of knowledgeable individuals who can advise and consult you through difficult situations. It is a diverse team with all members capable of utilizing what the latest technology has to offer.’

‘The individuals which we worked with are exceptionally talented and were very attentive during the time we worked with them.’

Key clients

İlaç Endüstrisi İşverenler Sendikası

Abdi İbrahim İlaç Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Anagold Madencilik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Energo-Pro İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Kur İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.

WYG International Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti.

Elvan Group

FTZ Group

Kuzu Group


Tefirom İnşaat Enerji San. ve Tic. A.Ş.

Ulubol İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.



Work highlights

Yavuz & Uyanik

Yavuz & Uyanik focuses on cases relating to employment law regulation, with the team handling employment lawsuits initiated by former employees that seek compensation or reinstatement. The team is also well-versed in ensuring compliance with ever-changing employment regulations. Practice head Murat Uyanık is experienced in conducting negotiations on collective labour law issues.

Practice head(s):

Murat Uyanık

Other key lawyers:

Esra Ulcay


‘Yavuz & Uyanik employment team provide direct, adequate and efficient legal remedies considering employment law. The employment team are always available whenever their assistance is required; and they work in a disciplined, respectful and kind manner. As an individual client, I was easily able to be informed on my case whenever I desire.’

‘I have been working with Mr. Murat Uyanik and Ms. Nazan Akyürek on my case. Mr. Uyanik is a remarkable attorney in the field of Employment Law and I am always satisfied with his practical approach and fully trust his deep knowledge that comes from years of experience.’

‘We work in cooperation with Yavuz & Uyanik considering our employment cases and compliance to the employment regulations. Their legal knowledge especially stands out during court proceedings and reveals itself through uncommon court strategies and legal remedies. Also, they have a very neat preventive employment law service which can be described as compliance to the employment regulations that are constantly amended.’

‘We work in co-operation with the excellent attorneys of Yavuz & Uyanik, however Mr. Uyanik stands out with his years of experience. Such experience has revealed itself through in-depth legal analysis along with remarkable legal remedies. Their commitment and delicate approach is way above market standards.’

‘The interest of employees in our inquiries has always been very sufficient and effective. Before making any move to a probable agreement we have been in contact with their legal department. They have been advising us whether any revision requirements exist in the draft agreement with our clients.’

‘We work with Yavuz & Uyanik on employment law and labor litigations. They are very professional, structured and always accessible. They proactively provide the updates on the changes of the law.’

‘Murat Uyanik is always accessible and provides very critical knowledge, insights, shares the risks. The team working on our cases follows very closely, reports the progress on time.’

‘Our office provides professional and high-quality legal services in a comprehensive, clear and understandable language. It aims not only to resolve existing conflicts, but also to prevent possible future conflicts and to take legal measures against them.’

Key clients

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

Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş.

Azimut Portföy Yönetimi A.Ş.

İçdaş Çelik Enerji Tersane ve Ulaşım A.Ş.

BNP Paribas Suisse S.A.

Ciner Group of Companies

Bnp Paribas Cardif Emeklilik A.Ş.

Ashfield Sağlık Hizmetleri Tic. Ltd. Şti.

BGC Partners Menkul Değerler A.Ş.

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

Work highlights

  • Represented client in a case concerning an employee that was reinstated to work.
  • Represented clients who were employed in a foreign branch of a reputable Turkish bank as senior managers.
  • Acted for a client in a lawsuit initiated by a former employee seeking to be reinstated.

Yazici Attorney Partnership

Yazici Attorney Partnership is well-versed in drafting employment contracts, fixed term contracts and termination agreements in addition to internal regulations. On the contentious side, the team represents clients in disputes regarding severance, reinstatement, bonus and overtime work. Elif Karagözoğlu is experienced in ADR methods such as arbitration and co-heads the team with Şener Özkan.

Practice head(s):

Elif Karagözoğlu; Şener Özkan


‘Besides the legislation, the practice of labour law is very reliant on the cases and jurisprudence of the courts. One of Yazici’s most remarkable strengths is their considerable knowledge of court practice in employment.’

‘For employment, Mrs. Elif Karagözoglu and Mr. Sener Özkan, who are the partners of the law firm, are the main contact persons of Aviagen. Mrs. Karagözoglu and Mr. Özkan have an immense knowledge and experience in labour law.’

‘Our relationship is more like a legal consultancy working in same company, rather than a relationship between two separate companies. Our questions are answered in a short time, they follow up our problems and cases on our behalf. Therefore, we do not need to spend extra effort and time.’

‘Familiarization with our company and our group company for a long time and having all the history about us. Besides, by their wide range of expertise and experience, they are not only our legal service provider but also a reliable partner and advisor for any possible corporate, commercial and governmental matter.’

‘We have worked with the team on employee agreements and a number of re-employment lawsuits. Especially the re-employment lawsuits were difficult, as far as the labour law in Turkey is considered. The team is well organized, experienced and determined. They inform us about every aspect of the lawsuits, including pros and cons. The team is diverse in terms of gender, age and practice. Collaboration with the client is at the highest level.’

Key clients

Leonardo Turkey Havacılık Savunma ve Güvenlik Sistemleri A.Ş.

Aviagen Anadolu Ana Damızlık Tavukçuluk Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Nüve Sanayi Malzemeleri İmalat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Transatlantic Exploration Mediterranean International Pty. Ltd. Turkey Ankara Branch

Sicim-Yüksel-Akkord Joint Venture

Taq Taq Operating Company Limited

Genetec Inc.

Turner International Proje Yonetimi Ltd. Sti.

Genel Makina Tic. Ve San. Tic A.S.

Bosphorus Gaz Corporation A.S.

Work highlights

  • Advised Leonardo Turkey Havacılık Savunma ve Güvenlik Sistemleri on various labor law matters.
  • Advised Genetec Inc. on various labor law matters.
  • Advised Aviagen on various labor law matters.

YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS

YBK Law Firm in Cooperation with CMS has a full-service employment offering with experience in negotiating employment and termination agreements, advising on collective dismissals and re-structuring schemes. Döne Yalcin has expertise in preparing workplace regulations and co-heads the team with Alican Babalıoğlu.

Practice head(s):

Döne Yalçın; Alican Babalıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Sinan Abra


‘The team always has an out of the box thinking approach and never hesitates to go an additional mile to be able to solve the problems. Regardless of whom I reached out to, I always received the answers that I’m seeking for with all the pros/cons.’

Key clients


Nomu Pay





Ak-taş Dış Ticaret A.Ş.



Warner Music

Work highlights

  • Represented Amazon in the establishment of its flexible work structure in Turkey.
  • Acted for Kellogg in all employment law matters.
  • Advised Nomu Pay on the re-structuring of its Turkish subsidiary.

Öncel, Aydin & Uygun Attorney Partnership

Öncel, Aydin & Uygun Attorney Partnership is known for its day-to-day services to clients in addition to employment-related expertise. The team is experienced in the preparation of HR documents in addition to dismissal and termination procedures. Buğra Aydın is frequently involved in restructuring operations of multinational companies and co-heads the practice with litigation expert Erman Öncel.

Practice head(s):

Buğra Aydın; Erman Öncel

Key clients

Flender AG

Yargıcı Konfeksiyon İhracat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Vertiv Corporation

Geberit AG

Al Jazeera Media Network

Stryker Corporation

Saralle Group

Page Group (Michael Page)

Persan Tekstil

Nidec Corporation


GÜBRETAŞ (Gübre Fabrikaları Türk A.Ş.)

Work highlights

  • Assisted the client through all employment related matters, including internal restructuring, termination advice, mediation support, employment litigation and other daily employment law needs.
  • Assisted the client through all employment related matters, including internal restructuring, termination advice, mediation support, employment litigation and other daily employment law needs.
  • Assisted the client through all employment related matters, including internal restructuring, termination advice, mediation support, employment litigation and other daily employment law needs.