Firms To Watch: Transport

Gür Law Firm has a dedicated shipping law practice that handles litigation for insurers and shipping companies.
Heuvels Uras is focused on the shipping sector, advising a client base that includes shipowners, P&I clubs, underwriters, and traders, on a range of contentious and advisory matters.

Firms in the Spotlight Transport



Transport is one of the most valuable practices at DANİŞ LAW OFFICE and we offer a wide range of services.

View Profile...

Transport in Turkey

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki's broad transport sector group acts in disputes, complex contract negotiations and transactional matters, focusing on the maritime and aviation sectors while maintaining a presence in various other related industries. Both practice heads have experience in the maritime sector, Gülistan Baltacı excels in the negotiation and enforcement of asset finance contracts, restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings, and Semih Sander acts for shipowners, P&I Clubs and charterers, handling claims relating to cargo, oil pollution, collision and salvage. At the associate level, Burcu Tuna, Selin Sandıkçı Ateş and Melek Başak Aldı are the contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Gülistan Baltacı; Semih Sander

Other key lawyers:

Burcu Tuna; Selin Sandıkçı Ateş; Melek Başak Aldı

Key clients

Mersin Uluslararası Liman İşletmeciliği (Mersin International Port)

The Swedish Club

Caterpillar Financial Services

Det Norske Veritas Gemi Sınıflandırma

Catoni Deniz Isleri

Toll Global Forwarding Cooperatief

Ocean Network Express

Karadeniz Holding

Navigators Insurance (Navigators)

United Brokers Insurance (UIB)

Wärtsilä Finland Oy

Borusan Holding

Orix Aviation Systems

Qatar Airways

Emirates Airlines

Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten

Cavic 36 Designated Activity Company

China Eximbank

Eren Holding

Eren Enerji Elektrik Uretim

Venture Investment & Co UK



Modern Global City

Advanced Public Transport Systems

Work highlights

  • Representing Toll Global Logistics in over 12 maritime law and aviation disputes.
  • Assisting Caterpillar Financial Services with the foreclosure of mortgages over two boxships, Espero and Beluga Modesty, both owned by Volum Denizcilik.
  • Advising UIB, the broker of Mersin International Port (MIP), and Navigators, the reinsurer of MIP, on the recourse claim directed by an insurance company against MIP for the damages arising from an incident causing damage to tunnel equipment.

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm

Boutique firm Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm is dedicated to the shipping sector and highly regarded for its ‘exceptional understanding of shipping matters‘. In the fifteen years since its founding, the firm has drawn on the experience of a number of its practitioners as former mariners and now acts in the full range of dry shipping matters, contentious and advisory, and wet matters, including complex marine casualty cases. ‘Star in the marketCaglar Coskunsu jointly heads the team with ‘extremely capable and sharp-minded litigatorBurak Cavus.

Practice head(s):

Burak Cavus; Caglar Coskunsu

Other key lawyers:

Onur Azakli; Onur Oguzgiray


‘In more complex cases Mr Caglar Coskunsu leads the case, he is a real problem solver.’

‘Caglar Coskunsu is a star in the market. We use him in big and complex cases otherwise his senior associate team assists us. Caglar Coskunsu is an individual known to everyone in the transport market so I do not think he needs more input but he delivers excellent results in all cases he is involved.’

‘As per our previous work together, I think Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm has a strong balance of legal and commercial acumen. Their speciality in maritime matters is just another great asset. It is especially easy to communicate with both Caglar and Burak and it is not common to come across a lawyer who is able to understand the commercial needs of their clients and essence of our business. Their advices on the legal perspectives come in useful to protect our legal interests and yet achieve our commercial objectives.’

‘Caglar is a former master mariner and an excellent lawyer who provides swift and solid service. He is always available and always makes sure that you and the company is up-to-date with the developments. Burak is one of the hardest working people I have ever met and a great litigator whose commercial and financial knowledge is very rare. Onur Azakli is an highly skilled lawyer and excellent negotiator. She is someone whom we are glad to be on our side when matters are escalated.’

‘Burak Cavus is an extremely capable and sharp-minded litigator. Caglar Coskunsu is a very expert handler on any casualty work.’

‘I have been working with various members within Cavus & Coskunsu for a number of years now. Cavus & Coskunsu is definitely a leading shipping law firm in Turkey with an exceptional understanding of shipping matters, particularly transactional work. Each member of the team I have worked with is knowledgeable, reliable, efficient and approachable.’

‘Very hands on law firm with an excellent network in Turkey. Always available and eager to assist. Not afraid of challenging Turkish authorities when needed. Very good at following up their clients.’

‘Onur Ibrahim Oguzgiray is a shining star of the firm. I see him very active in casualties. He is a close associate to Caglar Coskunsu from whom he learns a lot.’

Key clients

Desird Design

Marti Konteyner

Gard AS

The Swedish Club


Assuranceforeningen Skuld

North of England P&I

Thomas Miller Specialty

The London P&I Club


Work highlights

  • Assisted Desird Design with its $100m project involving acquisition of the rights to build a Yacht Marina in Yeni Foca Izmir.
  • Represented Marti Konteyner in its $3.8m claim against Cosco Shipping, alleging unlawful termination of the contract and the receivables arising from the same.
  • Represented Gard AS in proceedings against a shipyard and liability insurers for damages arising from the engine failure occurring on board ALS Juno.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Transport and insurance are cornerstone practices at Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants where 'very experienced partners and an energetic team of associates' advise an international client base that includes major insurers, shipping companies and stakeholders on various areas of transport. Matters include a broad spectrum of disputes, including cargo claims, collisions, sale and purchase disputes, maritime criminal proceedings and a multitude of contractual claims. The team also offers comprehensive services in shipping finance. 'Impressive partners' Zihni Bilgehan and Ergün Ersoy lead the department alongside Raci Alper and Emre Ersoy.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan; Raci Alper; Emre Ersoy


‘The team is expert in their fields. Very experienced partners and an energetic team of associates, makes a perfect combination. They have a very strong relationship with international clients and they represent most of the leading insurance companies. They understand how the international clients operate and adapt to the client’s needs. They have a diverse team of very hard working lawyers. They are also very well connected in the market. They are the go to law firm for many shipowner and insurance clients. The difference of this firm is that they allow their young talent to grow and give them opportunity to improve the firm.’

‘Raci Alper is a very bright, hard working lawyer. He leaves no stones unturned. His dedication and work ethic is appreciated by the clients. He is one of the young stars of the firm and he is very well respected in the industry. He is one of the young lawyers to watch. He is great with the law but also very importantly, he is very commercial and understands the client’s concerns and is very user friendly. Team is led by two very impressive partners Zihni Bilgehan and Ergun Ersoy.’

‘They are very well experienced, good communication.’

‘Ersoy Bilgehan is one of the oldest and well known marine practices in Istanbul. They provide an excellent service, very fast, detailed responses and always provides us with what we have asked for.’

‘Raci Alper is the lawyer I work with on the majority of my cases, always delivers an excellent service.’

Key clients


Kalimbassieris Maritime

Hapag Lloyd

Mediterranean Shipping Company

COSCO Shipping Lines

Eren Holding

West of England (P&I) Club

Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club

The Swedish Club

UK Mutual (P&I) Club

Ulusoy Holding

Britannia (P&I) Club

TT P&I Club

Gard P&I Club

Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı

Ekol Lojistik


Yıldırım Holding

Oldendorff Carriers

American President Lines


Carina P&I

State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency

CertAsig Insurance and Reinsurance

Yang Ming Marine Transport

Thomas Miller Specialty


Work highlights

  • Assisting Syn Zania Shipping and Synergas as owners and insurers respectively of motor tanker Syn Zania with a number of multimillion-dollar claims and legal proceedings associated with the explosion and fire at a shore terminal in Aliaga.
  • Acted for the owners and P&I/H&M insurers of the Panama flagged bulk carrier motor vessel Kemet Star on the administrative processes and settlement negotiations following the vessel’s grounding off the coast of Bozcaada.
  • Advising Persenk Maritime on various legal issues arising from the collision of two cargo vessels in the Marmara Sea.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu

Transport and insurance boutique Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu fields ‘an extremely helpful, responsive and knowledgeable‘ team that has a significant share of the market in contentious matters across maritime law issues, as well as in the road transport, aviation, and logistics sectors. Feyzi Ercin ‘has a detailed knowledge of Turkish maritime law‘ and jointly heads the team alongside Dilek Bektasoglu Sanli, who acts for leading shipyards, banks and insurers; and Burcu Celikcapa Bilgin, who has broad experience litigating across all transport areas.

Practice head(s):

Feyzi Erçin; Burcu Çelikçapa Bilgin; Dilek Bektaşoğlu Sanlı

Other key lawyers:

Oğuzcan Iren; Çağla Usta


‘The team is very accurate. They respond promptly and instead of litigating they also look at an amicable settlement if there are possibilities.’

‘Cagla Usta did a good job. She very well explained the situation in Turkey and responded quickly to our questions. She is very communicative and cooperative.’

‘The team at EBB are extremely helpful, responsive and knowledgeable in areas of maritime law and insurance. They are a pleasure to work with and always go above and beyond.’

‘Feyzi Ercin has a detailed knowledge of Turkish maritime law, is easy to talk to and very commercial in his approach. He has always obtained great result on the part of our client.’

‘Highly experienced, very good at knowledge of law and commercial point of view, good knowledge of the market players, quick in assessing the risks, good strategists, teamwork oriented, very reliable.’

‘Dilek Bektaşoğlu Sanlı – very reliable, confident of herself and knowledge, excellent command of law and communication, very speedy, very good strategists and open minded.’

‘The team is excellent and have thorough knowledge in the maritime field. Very approachable and are always available for discussions and chats. Very prompt and punctual and come up with good litigation plans and advise.’

‘Burcu Bilgin and Oguzcan Iren whom we work with have very thorough knowledge on maritime matters. Our case has been understood by them so easily and solutions given are very sound and practical. Both of them are always available to discuss matters whether over video calls or chats. Burcu and Oguzcan have extensive experience in the field and are intelligent and smart.’

Key clients

Assuranceforeningen Skuld (Gjensidig)

Türkiye Petrol Rafinerileri Anonim Şirketi (TÜPRAŞ)

Türkiye Şişe ve Cam Fabrikaları

Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii

The North of England P&I Association

West of England (Hellas)

The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association

Tokiomarine kiln

Gemak Shipyards

MAN Truck & Bus

GSD Shipping


TM Filters

Inscol Healthcare

Inal Law Office

The shipping sector is a key area of focus for Inal Law Office and its team advises on a range of maritime law issues, as well as port and shipping M&As and competition matters. Highly regarded partner Seyma Inal has a prestigious client base for acquisitions, financing and insurance work in the shipping sector, she co-leads the practice with senior managing counsel Memil Sarısözen , whose broad expertise includes the intersection of shipping and construction.

Practice head(s):

Şeyma İnal; Memil Sarısözen

Other key lawyers:

Hande Ertuğrul Uygun; Pinar Kara


‘Very professional approach to the case make this practice unique. Their deep knowledge and high communication skills of the team make the collaboration very effective.’

‘We cooperate with Inal Law on principally banking and finance, ship finance, other shipping matters as well as insurance/reinsurance, dispute resolution, employment, litigation and lately on data protection. They are our first choice as they offer “haut couture” and “tailor made” type approach to our matters, rather than the usual practice at large law firms.’

‘A good strong team with deep knowledge of their specific markets. They have a highly competent and experienced claims practice and take a very diligent approach to advising on issues of Turkish law and explaining and reporting on Turkish litigation. The lawyers have a number of specialities and take a rigorous professional approach to advising clients. In terms of service, they are always responsive and make the maximum effort to ensure their availability either in writing or on the phone.’

‘Seyma Inal, in addition to the absolute competence in her sector, has the ability to fully understand the customers’ needs and propose the most suitable solutions. She is able to understand problems quickly and to provide excellent solutions. Her honesty, integrity and dedication cannot but be praised enough.’

‘We work with Inal Law on Turkish M&A and corporate matters due to their market knowledge in the transport / shipping & port fields. The Inal Law team has a thorough knowledge of Turkish law regarding corporate and M&A, and are able to provide advice on those matters in a very quick manner.’

‘We have been working with Inal Law Office for quite a long time and one of the reasons of this long lasting relation is the team. Inal’s team consists of lawyers who have in depth knowledge and experience in various fields of law which provide us the ease and comfort of bringing any kind of legal request to their attention being sure that they will be solved very fast and in the best way to protect our benefits.’

‘Seyma Inal and her team are always available to assist in a timely manner, especially on urgent matters, with maritime law related matters.’

‘Seyma Inal is always my first port of call in Turkey. She is cautious and thorough which are fundamental qualities everywhere but perhaps even more so in Turkey. Seyma responds very promptly even when busy and goes out of her way to provide all the support she can. She is totally aware of our expectations and those of our international clients. Seyma fronts the team but is very ably supported by colleagues, in particular Pinar Kara, Hande Ertugrul and Memil Sarisozen.’

Key clients

Enka Construction and Development

MSC Shipping

Terminal Investment

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt


Atlantic Forwarding Group

Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay

Sarp Havacılık Lojistik Turizm

Lionspirit Holdings

Subsea 7 Offshore Resources (UK)

Tersan Tersanecilik Taşımacılık

Holman Fenwick Willan

Ganado Services

Wikborg Rein

Norton Rose Fulbright

Clyde & Co

Work highlights

  • Advised a Turkish TV mogul on the conclusion of a YCA with one of the major shipyards of Turkey.
  • Advised an international container terminal operator on its contemplated acquisition of 50% of the shares of one of the largest container terminals in Turkey.
  • Acted for a major shipping line in an accident insurance claim.

NSN Law Firm

NSN Law Firm focuses on the shipping sector and is frequently instructed by domestic and international shipping companies across a range of contentious matters, from major collisions at sea, groundings and cargo claims, to salvage and towage disputes and personal injury claims. Nazlı Selek comes ‘highly recommended in shipping and transport matters‘ and co-leads the practice with maritime law expert Sevilay Kuru and senior partner Mehmet Nedret Ünlü, who has significant experience in disputes across shipping, land transport and insurance. Mehmet Can Alataş and Ece Melike Yüce are the associate level contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Nedret Ünlü; Sevilay Kuru; Nazlı Selek

Other key lawyers:

Mehmet Can Alataş; Ece Melike Yüce


‘Very responsive with quick turnaround times.’

‘Willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Sevilay Kuru is a great lawyer. So is Nazlı Selek.’

‘The lawyers come with strong commercial backgrounds in shipping and insurance.’

‘Nazli Selek and Sevilay Kuru very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Absolutely realistic with clients about the challenges of the law and procedure in this jurisdiction’

‘NSN Law Firm’s essential feature is the speed with which it deals with matters and the excellence of its approach. It is very easy to manage cases with any of its professionals and its partners are very accessible.’

‘Nazlı Selek as senior partner is highly recommended in shipping and transport matters. She leads a very competent department and is open to discuss the approach to matters.

‘Ece Melike Yüce as an associate, she keeps a tight control of the case and maintains a very fluid channel of communication.’

Key clients

Standard P&I Club

Ince Shipping

Besiktas Shipping

Arifkalkavanoglullari Shipping

Akbasoglu Shipping

Statu Shipping

Omur Marine

Metropole Shipping

North of England P&I

British Marine

Turk P&I

Work highlights

  • Representing the owners and the P&I Club of the vessel Songa Challenge in mediation proceedings.
  • Acting for the owners and the P&I Club of the vessel Madrid Trader, applying and attending a court survey.
  • Advising the owners of the cargo on board the vessel Rava on settlement negotiations with General Directorate of Coastal Safety and the concluding settlement.

Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Çakmak Attorney Partnership handles a range of matters across different transport sectors and is particularly strong in projects work and aviation financing. As an expert in infrastructure projects, practice co-head Mesut Çakmak is a regular figure in road and airport matters, while Zeynep Çakmak is a leading figure for project finance and corporate matters, with a selection of transport sector clients. Experienced aircraft financing lawyer Serap Zuvin and up-and-coming projects partner Mustafa Durakoğlu round out the group of four coordinating the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Serap Zuvin; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen


‘People and collaboration.’

‘Mesut and Zeynep Cakmak are so valuable.’

Key clients

ERG Group

National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House

Rönesans Holding

International Road Union

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Boeing International Corporation


Cengiz Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising ERG, as borrower and sponsor, on the financing of the Ankara-Niğde Motorway Project.
  • Assisting ERG with the construction of the Ankara – İzmir High-Speed Rail Project.
  • Advising Rönesans Holding on the development and financing of the Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep high-standard railroad line.


TILEGAL – TOPDEMIR INANDIOGLU KOMUC LAW OFFICE handles shipping litigation and claims for a host of insurers, as well as acting for shipping companies and other stakeholders in the sector. Savas Inandioglu and Cem Topdemir lead the sector group, both having experience across a broad range of practice areas for transport sector companies as well as international and domestic insurers.

Practice head(s):

Savas Inandioglu; Cem Topdemir


‘The team is solution oriented, provides quick feedback, and is familiar with the commercial concerns and qualifications of the sector.’

‘Savas Inandioglu is an excellent partner understanding the merits of the case and analyzes the same in a manner where a commercial person may easily understand.’

Key clients

Mapfre Insurance Turkey

HDI Insurance Turkey

AXA Insurance Turkey

ISS Shipping Turkey (Inchape Shipping Services, UK)

Dabkovic Ship Agency Turkey

Fedex Turkey

Terra Handels und Speditionsgesellschaft

Züst & Bachmeier Project

DB Insurance

Island Oil

Bominflot Greece

African Mediterranean Shipping

Golden Destiny Maritime Company

International Paint, (Akzo Nobel Company)

Eureko Insurance

CLASS NK Turkey Branch

Zurich Insurance Turkey

Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Group

Deugro Logistics

KB Insurance Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mapfre Insurance Turkey as the Port/Terminal Operators Liability and Property Insurer of Marport Terminal in Istanbul, in a claim regarding the collision of mega container ship MSC Tina with pier 7 Marport Container Terminal.
  • Advised HDI Insurance Turkey and Mapfre Insurance Turkey on a claim regarding a cargo bay fire aboard motor vessel Gallipoli Seaways.
  • Advised Mapfre Insurance Turkey on a yachting accident claim.