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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki handles the full array of work in the transport sector, including aviation disputes, wet and dry shipping, general corporate and transactional matters, and regulatory issues. Recent highlights include advising Orix Aviation Systems on the sale of three aircraft to a Turkish airline. The client base includes banks, underwriters, shipowners, airlines and railway companies. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Semih Sander jointly heads the team with Gülistan Baltacı, who is particularly active in shipping and aviation financing and transactional matters.

Çaga & Çaga handles contentious and non-contentious matters in aviation, shipping and other transport sub-sectors. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli are the key figures.

Dependable, effective and efficient’, Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu continues to demonstrate considerable strength in contentious and non-contentious transport-related work. Feyzi Erçin heads the aviation and wet shipping practice and recently advised on claims arising from a helicopter crash into a television tower. Burcu Çelikçapa Bilgin ‘demonstrates a deep knowledge of the law and has a very practical approach’. Dilek Bektaşoğlu-Sanlı is experienced in shipbuilding and ship finance matters; Sinan Şenol advises on dry shipping and litigious matters.

NSN Law Firm provides advice on disputes and claims in the aviation, shipping and land transport sectors, as well as on environmental pollution resulting from collisions, groundings and other accidents. On the non-contentious side, the team assists with yachting, shipbuilding and the sale and purchase of vessels. Practice head Sevilay Kuru and Nazlı Selek are ‘highly experienced in maritime matters and the transportation of goods’. Nedret Ünlü is another standout figure.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is recommended for its ‘straightforward and pragmatic approach’ and is particularly active in maritime litigation. A strong feature of the firm is the handling of claims arising from ship collisions and groundings. Recent highlights include advising Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association on precautionary attachment and cargo claims arising from a grounding. Zihni Bilgehan, Ergün Ersoy and İlknur Pekşen are all active in the sector.

Gür Law Firm’s transport practice handles contentious and non-contentious maritime matters, such as ship financing, contracts, cargo claims, disputes and marine insurance. The team is led by Tevfik Gür, who is recommended for his ‘extensive knowledge and experience’ and Selin Uras, who is an ‘excellent lawyer, capable of handling the most complicated and urgent claims efficiently’. The client base includes shipowners, underwriters, P&I clubs, investors and port authorities.

Şeyma İnal heads the transport practice at Inal Law Office, which advises on shipping and yachting litigation, cargo damages, ship finance and transactions. The team also assists with ship demolition and recycling. The client roster includes P&I clubs, agents, shipowners and cargo owners.

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm advises shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, insurers and banks on dry and wet shipping matters, including the sale and purchase of vessels, ship finance and registrations. On the contentious side, the team handles cargo and insurance claims, contract-related disputes, vessel arrests and other disputes arising from maritime accidents. The key figures are Caglar Çoskunsu and Burak Çavus.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s transport department handles project finance as well as corporate and transactional matters in the sector. Recent highlights include advising Turkish contractor Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme as borrower regarding the infrastructure project Gebze-İzmir Motorway. Aslı Budak and Kayra Üçer are active in the sector.

The transport practice at Kunt & Partners is led by Elif Kunt and Senem Kathrin Güçlüer and is particularly active in the aviation sector, where it advises insurers and airlines on cargo claims, passenger claims, aircraft damages and other liability matters. Recent work includes representing Turkish Airlines in various passenger and cargo claims resulting from damaged and lost cargo.

TILegal - Topdemir Inandioglu Komuc Law Office provides ‘practical solutions’ in regard to transactional and litigious matters, as well as cargo claims arising from accidents and thefts on land and sea. Recent highlights include assisting Zurich Insurance Spain with execution proceedings against two carrier companies regarding stolen cargo. Savaş İnandıoğlu has ‘deep knowledge and expertise’ in the sector; Emre Durgun is also active.

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