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    • Batuhan Şahmay - Bener Law Office
    • Leyla Ulucan - Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

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Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership acts for an international and domestic client base in all areas of employment law. Areas of expertise include day-to-day advice, drafting of employment-related documents, terminations and collective bargaining agreements. It also advises on industrial injuries, benefits, compensations, dismissals and reinstatements. The team recently added McKinsey & Company and Mimosa Networks as clients; it also advises Çalık and Bank of China. Banu Mert is the key practitioner.

Gün + Partners provides ‘practical, cost-effective advice on both strategy and day-to-day employment matters’. It covers the full gamut of employment law including advisory and litigation, restructurings and reorganisations, employment contracts, terminations, collective bargaining, severance payments and business immigration. Key sectors include media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, consumer goods, IT and telecoms, transportation and energy. Rıza Gümbüşoğlu ‘stands out from the crowd with his practical approach and business-oriented advice’. Pelin Baysal is also recommended.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling cross-border employment disputes, litigation, labour negotiations, restructurings, collective bargaining, terminations and employee transfers. Recent highlights include continuing to act for a US sportswear and footwear retailer in relation to employment lawsuits initiated by former employees and five pre-litigation mediation processes, as well as providing advice on day-to-day employment-related matters. Clients include Bloomberg, Mars and Manpower. Bige Yücel and Ufuk Yalçın jointly head the team.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants handles day-to-day employment issues, health and safety advice, taxation matters, employee benefits, terminations, work permits for foreign employees and workplace disputes for an international and domestic client base. The ‘approachable, professional and super experienced’ team is headed by Zihni Bilgehan, İlknur Pekşen, senior associate Leyla Ulucan and newly promoted senior associate Ayşegül Böğrün. Clients include Ebay, Yingli Green Energy and Paypal.

Esin Attorney Partnership, Member of Baker & McKenzie International handles day-to-day employment matters, reorganisations, terminations, disciplinary action, occupational health and safety, litigation and immigration issues. The multinational client base includes companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, food and beverage, financial services, IT, agricultural and security sectors. Senior associate Sertaç Kökenek heads the team after the departure of former practice head Nuri Bodur, who set up his own firm in May 2017.

GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) advises on transactional and stand-alone labour law matters including restructurings, M&A, demergers, transfers, redundancies, whistleblowing, investigations, relocations, settlement negotiations and employment litigation matters. The team handled employment aspects of Zynga's $250m acquisition of Gram Games Teknoloji, including restructuring and the drafting of new executive employment agreements. Rozita Nigrin-Borden heads the team.

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office advises clients on redundancies, general employment issues, business transfers, disciplinary actions, terminations, work permits and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) regulations. Emre Atayilmaz heads the ‘committed, skilled, well-prepared and responsive’ team. Clients include Ralph Lauren, Almodo and Vepa.

Fast, reliable and cost-efficient’, ADMD/Mavioglu & Alkan Law Office advises on a broad range of employment issues including employee relations, outsourcing, pension plans, terminations, arbitration and litigation, labour union relations and residence permits. Clients include Akwel Automotive, Artlantis Construction, Bloom Medya and Jato Dynamics. The ‘highly experienced’ Dilara Tamtürk heads the team alongside Gökçe Şanlıerli.

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on general employment matters, employment-related ADR, disciplinary procedures, discrimination, contracts, HR matters, internal investigations occupational health and safety, investigations and litigation. Clients include Arkema France and F.H. Bertling Logistics. Galip Selçuk heads the team with support from Doğan Eymirlioğlu, Selim Keki and Özgür Akman.

Bener Law Office advises on employment agreements, pensions, litigation, M&A-related employment matters and immigration. Other areas of expertise include terminations, compliance audits, restructuring and data protection legislation. The team, which provides ‘reliable advice and is strong on HR-related issues’, is headed by Maria Lianides Çelebi, Pelin Tırtıl and Batuhan Şahmay. Ramazan Yılmaz is also recommended.

BTS & Partners advises on terminations, regulatory compliance, reorganisations, restructurings, drafting and negotiation of contracts and agreements, data privacy matters and general day-to-day employment matters. Selin Beceni and newly promoted senior managing counsel Zeynep Ünlü head the team. Clients include Sabre, CSRA, Agito and Wirecard.

Employment law specialist Günbay Attorney Partnership covers the full range of employment matters including investigations, terminations, day-to-day advice, litigation matters and transfer of employment contracts. Manpower is a new client, which the team advised on data protection, social security, immigration, health and safety, and day-to-day employment matters. Other clients include Adam Smith International, Novartis, Acelity and International Rescue Committee. Başar Kural, Ahu Pamukkale Günbay and Duygu Abbasoğlu are the key practitioners.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli handles the full range of employment law issues including labour unions law and collective bargaining agreements, occupational health and safety, social security, tax, foreign employee work permits and litigation. The team is headed by Okan Demirkan and Serhan Kocaklı and counsel Maral Minasyan, who provides ‘solution-driven advice’. Clients include Hugo Boss, Magneti Marelli, Philip Morris and Agence-France Presse.

Moral & Partners is adept at drafting employment agreements and regularly handles work place regulations issues, collective terminations, settlements, workplace accidents, downsizing and white-collar crimes. The ‘dedicated’ team of ‘highly trained professionals’ is co-headed by Efe Kinikoğlu and managing associate Özgür GünerSezai Moral is another name to note.

Flexible and solution-orientedÖncel, Aydin & Uygun Attorney Partnership  has particular experience advising on collective dismissals, negotiations with the unions, restructuring and press labour law. Buğra Aydın and Erman Öncel co-head the team. A recent highlight includes advising GlaxoSmithKline on employment litigation matters including re-employment lawsuits by former employees; it is also advising the company on its disciplinary procedures. Other clients include Al Jazeera Media Network, Michael Page and Geberit Group.

Paksoy handles reviewing and drafting employment documentation, contracts of employment, staff manuals, union matters, terminations and litigation. It continues to advise The Dow Chemical Company on daily employment matters, employee claims and litigation. Other clients include DAF Trucks and Sberbank. Elvan Aziz heads the team. Selen Terzi Özsoylu and Gülce Saydam Pehlivan were promoted to counsel and senior associate, respectively.

Young, dynamic with a deep knowledge of employment law’, Yavuz & Uyanik represents clients in employment disputes and advises on data protection, downsizing, document preparation and collective labour agreements. ‘Very professional’ practice head Murat Uyanık has ‘a great understanding of corporate needs’. Çağlar Korkmaz, who displays ‘good communication skills and strong judgement’, was promoted to senior associate. Clients include L'Oréal and Ontex.

Çelen Law Firm advises clients on the drafting of employment contracts, staff manuals and policies, employee benefits, outsourcing, terminations, reorganisations, compensation and litigation. Berkhan Çelen heads the team.

Egemenoğlu Hukuk Bürosu is adept at handling employment-related litigation, day-to-day employment matters, contracts, collective labour matters and social security matters. Yunus Egemenoğlu heads the practice, which acts for a number of multinational corporations.

Karadag Law Office advises on contentious and non-contentious employment law matters. Areas of expertise include HR planning, restructuring, collective dismissals, work permits for foreign employees, collective bargaining negotiations and collective labour agreements. Melek Onaran heads the team with support from Emrah Karadağ.

Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership handles dismissals, recruitment, document preparation, litigation, negotiations on mediation, social security law and union law. Ali Osman Ak heads the team. Clients include Ak Gıda, LVMH Moët Hennessy and Volvo.

Pekin & Pekin advises multinational businesses on day-to-day employment matters, collective dismissals, data protection, contracts, transfers, health and safety, and work and residence permits. Other areas of expertise include drafting and reviewing employment agreements, terminations, trade union advice and redundancies. Firat Yalçin and Yegân Liaje now head the team after Gökben Erdem Dirican and Ali Gözütok left to co-found Dirican Gozutok Bagci.

Yazıcı Attorney Partnership is adept at handling disputes on reinstatement, terminations, general advisory matters, contracts, work permits, collective labour law matters, redundancies and litigation. Elif Karagözoğlu and Güryay Bingöl are key practitioners. Viking Services, Genetec and Termo Makina count among the team's clients.

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