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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership’s employment practice head Banu Mert is recommended for her ‘experience and broad knowledge in employment law’. The team advises multinational companies on obtaining residency and work permits for their employees. Other key strengths are labour disputes, terminations and the drafting and review of employment contracts. The firm recently added Huawei Telecommunications and Bank of China to its client roster.

Gün + Partners covers the full array of contentious and non-contentious mtrters, including employment litigation and advice on contracts, termination agreements, obtaining visas, employment permits and labour-related data protection. The team also handles labour matters arising from acquisitions, mergers and liquidations. The practice is led by Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and Pelin Baysal and advises clients from multiple sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology, insurance and construction.

Bige Yücel heads the employment department at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, which advises on terminations as well as contract drafting and review, and represents employers in lawsuits arising from workplace accidents and reinstatement claims. Recent work saw the team lead advice to International Paper on a collective dismissal following the closure of a production plant. The client base also includes Nomura, Foot Locker, Procter & Gamble and Ralph Lauren Europe.

ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office has ‘strong local and international legal knowledge’ and handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including collective dismissals, the obtaining of visas, residency and work permits, and the drafting and review of contracts and agreements. The representation of employers in labour-related lawsuits is another key strength of the team. The ‘experienced and diligent’ Dilara Tamtürk heads the practice with Gökçe Şanlıerli. Clients include Helikon, Dora and MGI Coutier.

Bener Law Office has a strong track record representing multinational clients in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including contractual matters and litigation. It is particularly experienced in corporate immigration processes, such as the obtaining of visas, citizenship, work and residency permits. Erim Bener and Maria Lianides Çelebi are the key figures; Pelin Tırtıl and employment litigation expert Ramazan Yılmaz were made partner in January 2017. ‘Solution-oriented’ senior associate Batuhan Şahmay is another name to note. The firm’s client roster includes Bosch, MasterCard and Mitsubishi.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants’s employment practice is led by İlknur Pekşen and advises on employment contracts, terminations, employee relocations and outsourcing. The team is also experienced in employment agency licensing requirements and employer liability. Senior associate Leyla Ulucan stands out with her ‘deep industry knowledge, experience and consistency’. The firm counts eBay, Emarsys, PayPal and Draeger among its key clients.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein advises multinational clients from multiple sectors, including banking, IT and life sciences, on day-to-day employment and immigration matters as well as litigation. Senior associate Sertaç Kökenek heads the department, following the departure of former practice head Nuri Bodur in May 2017.

The ‘excellentGKC Partners is recommended for its ‘detailed knowledge in very complex areas’ of employment law. The team is led by Rozita Nigrin-Borden and handles labour-related disputes, collective dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A transactions. The client roster includes Goldman Sachs, TUI, IFM and Boeing.

Senior associate Zeynep Ünlü heads the employment practice at BTS & Partners, which advises on general employment law and collective dismissals and also assists with the drafting and negotiation of contracts and agreements. Recent work saw the team lead advice to CSRA on the transfer of employees and data privacy matters. International Medical Corps and Sabre are other key clients.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki’s employment department is led by corporate and M&A expert Galip Selçuk. The team assists with the drafting and review of employment agreements and with labour disputes. Other work includes advising on collective dismissals arising from liquidations. Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Selim Keki and Özgür Akman are key names.

Çaga & Çaga represents employers in disputes with unions as well as employees and provides general advice on employment law. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli are the key contacts.

Çelen Law Firm’s employment practice is led by Berkhan Çelen and ‘has extensive experience in advising multinationals from the healthcare sector’. A key strength is the drafting and negotiation of employment contracts and termination agreements. On the contentious side, the team handles investigations and litigation concerning unfair dismissals and harassment. Clients include LG, Ecco and the British Embassy.

Yunus Egemenoğlu heads the employment department at Egemenoğlu Hukuk Bürosu, which is particularly noted for handling employment litigation. On the non-contentious side, the team advises on compliance, data protection, contract termination and liability. Clients of the firm include GP Strategies, Richemont and Rollmech.

Employment boutique Günbay Attorney Partnership provides advice on day-to-day labour matters, contracts, immigration processes and employment litigation. The ‘hands-on’ team has ‘deep knowledge of social security and immigration laws’ and Başar Kural is noted for his expertise in contentious matters. The ‘excellent and responsiveAhu Pamukkale Günbay and Duygu Abbasoğlu are other key figures. Clients include Kar Automotive Group, Convatec and International Rescue Committee.

Karadag Law Office’s employment practice has ‘in-depth knowledge of labour law and litigation’ and is led by ‘outstanding and experienced employment lawyerMelek Onaran. The team handles individual and collective employment law issues, advising on collective dismissals, M&A-related labour issues and employment litigation. The ‘result-driven and client-oriented’ Emrah Karadağ is particularly experienced in contentious labour matters.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli’s employment department is led by Okan Demirkan and Serhan Koçaklı and handles contentious and non-contentious work, including employment contracts, transaction-related labour issues, union claims, collective dismissals and employment litigation. The team recently added Superdry, BP, Uber and Walt Disney to its client base.

Moral & Partners assists clients with the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements and contracts, and advises employers on dispute prevention and employment litigation. Senior associate Özgür Güner heads the department and Efe Kinikoğlu is also active in the area. The firm’s client roster includes JTI, CNG Gaz and Fersan.

Öncel, Aydin, Duman & Uygun Attorney Partnership’s employment practice is led by Buğra Aydın and Cemal Umut Uygun and advises on contracts, collective dismissals and disputes, with a special focus on mediation. Recent work includes advising Al Jazeera with the collective dismissal related to the closing of its operations in Turkey. Other clients include Kone, Geberit and Vertiv.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office handles contentious and non-contentious matters, such as post-merger employment issues, collective dismissals, contracts and data protection. The team also regularly advises employers on lawsuits as well as immigration matters such as employee transfers, visas and work permits. Clients include Almodo, Big Chefs and Vepa Group. Corporate expert Emre Atayılmaz heads the team.

Paksoyprovides commercially focused and pragmatic advice’ on employment matters such as collective dismissals, employee transfers, contracts and litigation. A key strength of the team is its special expertise in the press labour law. The firm’s client roster includes Dow Chemical, Corning and British American Tobacco. Elvan Aziz leads the team.

Pekin & Pekin’s labour and tax law expert Fırat Yalçın heads the employment practice and advises multinational clients with operations in Turkey on employment litigation, employee transfers, contracts, residency permits, as well as transactional and tax-related issues. Gökben Erdem Dirican and Ali Gözütok are also active in the area.

Yavuz & Uyanik Law Office’s ‘hands-on’ employment practice is led by the ‘responsible, well-informed and solution-oriented’ Murat Uyanık and is particularly active in disputes. Recent highlights include advising Karsan Otomotiv on the termination of 350 employment contracts. Other clients include Türk Ekonomi Bankası, L’Oréal and Ontex.

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