Transport in Turkey

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Ardıyok Keki

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki advises on the full range of transport law including regulatory, transactions, procurement, freight and logistics, aviation law, competition and antitrust, and dispute resolution. The team has particular experience in the maritime sector and continues to advise Mersin International Port on supply agreements, transactions, permits, disputes and labour law. Other clients include Denizbank, Lufthansa Airplus Servicekarten, The Swedish Club and Deutsche Bank. Semih Sander and Gülistan Baltacı head the team.

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu

Erçin Bilgin Bektasoglu handles both contentious and non-contentious matters in the transport sector, with a particular focus on litigation, arbitration and mediation. Feyzi Erçin specialises in wet shipping and contentious matters, Burcu Çelikçapa Bilgin advises on road, rail, air, shipping, freight forwarding and logistics law and dry shipping expert Dilek Bektaşoğlu-Sanlı covers shipbuilding contracts, sales and financing. Sinan Şenol is also recommended. Clients include Ryanair, AIG, DHL and Tokio Marine Kiln.

NSN Law Firm

NSN Law Firm specialises in all aspects of maritime law including collisions, groundings, environmental pollution, cargo claims, personal injury claims, salvage and towage disputes. It also advises on ship financing, shipbuilding and the sale and purchase of yachts and motorised vessels. Clients include Besiktas Shipping, Akbasoglu Shipping, North of England P&I, and British Marine. Sevilay Kuru, Nazli Selek and Nedret Ünlü head the team.

Çaga & Çaga

Çaga & Çaga acts for clients in the shipping and aviation sectors. Areas of expertise include joint ventures as well as litigation and arbitration. İdil Çağa Değerli and Erdem Değerli jointly head the team.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants' ‘well-known and respected’ team is adept at handling shipping-related litigation, cargo claims, transactions, pollution matters, collisions, contractual claims and compliance. It continues to represent a shipping company in a $2bn claim for breach of contract. Other clients include West of England P&I Club, Britannia P&I Club, The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association and Maersk Group. The ‘professional and very experienced’ team is co-headed by the ‘energetic and committedZihni Bilgehan, master mariner Ergün Ersoy and İlknur Pekşen.

Gür Law Firm

 handles a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping matters including purchase and sales of vessels, maritime insurance, cargo claims, salvage, personal injury, litigation, disputes and enforcement. It also advises more generally in the transport sector with regards to freight forwarding and related disputes. Clients include shipyards, ship owners, banks, freight forwarders and carriers. Tevfik Gür and Selin Uras are key practitioners.

Inal Law Office

Shipping specialist Inal Law Office advises on ship recycling, shipbuilding and yacht construction, cargo claims, transport litigation, arbitration and financing. Clients include P&I clubs, agents, shipowners and cargo owners. ‘First-class shipping finance lawyer’ and practice head Şeyma İnal ‘always makes herself readily available and gives very clear and well-analysed advice’. Counsel Cihan Mısırlı joined from Pekin & Pekin.

Basaran Law Firm

Very professional and well-organisedBasaran Law Firm is adept at handling maritime disputes, enforcement of claims, sales and purchase of vessels, shipbuilding, registration, insurance and incidents. Other areas of expertise include contracts, trade and commercial matters. Murat Sinan Başaran heads the practice, which is noted for its ‘good communication skills, expertise in shipping regulations, its solution-oriented approach and short response times’.

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm

Maritime specialist Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm possesses ‘wide experience and knowledge of the shipping industry’. Areas of expertise include consultancy, litigation, domestic and international arbitration, financing, insurance and employment law. It also advises on salvages, cargo claims, casualties and injuries, registrations, ship arrests, and shipbuilding. Clients include P&I clubs, insurers, shipping companies, shipyards, and logistics and freight forwarding companies. The ‘bright, young, knowledgeable, efficient and enthusiastic’ team is headed by Burak Çavus and Caglar Çoskunsu.

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke covers project finance-related transport matters and has experience in advising on large transport projects including highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and ports. Other areas of expertise include license-based transportation projects and disputes. APM Terminals, Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme and South Stream Transport count among the team's clients. Aslı Budak, Kayra Üçer and İsmet Bozoğlu are the names to note.

Kunt & Partners

Kunt & Partners specialises in aviation law and prepares and examines contracts in relation to international carriage of passengers and goods by road and air. Other areas of expertise include contentious matters such as passenger claims and aircraft damages. Elif Kunt heads the practice.


TILEGAL - TOPDEMIR INANDIOGLU KOMUC LAW OFFICE represents clients in cross-border transportation disputes in the maritime and aviation sectors. Other areas of expertise include demurrage, salvage, cargo claims arising from accidents and thefts, and insurance matters. The client roster includes AXA Insurance, ISS Shipping and Zurich Insurance. Savaş İnandioglu heads the team. Emre Durgun is also recommended.