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Hansu Law Office
SAHRAYICEDIT MAH DERYA SOK,
SISIKLER PLAZA D BLOK NO:14, KAT:2 DAIRE:5, KADIKOY
ISTANBUL
Turkey

ABOUT US

HANSU Law Firm is a full-service law firm providing high-quality legal services to Turkish and international clients at main offices in Istanbul and London. Our firm has also collaboration with leading firms in all major Turkish cities such as Ankara, Izmir, Adana and Diyarbakir.

With a dedicated team of experts including multilingual lawyers who also have vast work experience in different countries, our law firm provides comprehensive consultancy and legal services to foreign investors and international operating companies in all kinds of business activities in Turkey. HANSU Law Firm is well known for its commercial and sectorial approach. We represent a wide range of local and international clients from all major business sectors including construction and real estate, tourism and hospitality, transportation and logistics, chemicals and petroleum, energy and mining, healthcare and medicine, e-commerce and digital retail, food and agriculture, media and entertainment as well as education and arts. Moreover, we offer legal assistance to municipalities, public banks and insurance companies.

Our team of qualified legal experts develops and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal issues that our clients encounter in their local business activities as well as cross-border transactions around the globe. HANSU Law Firm handles all kinds of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues as well as personal wealth matters, including Corporate Law/M&A, Construction and Real Estate Law, International Investment Law, Project Development, Banking and Finance Law, Transportation and Logistics Law, Energy and Mining Law, Tax Law, Economic Criminal Law and Employment Law as well as IP/IT matters and any further legal issues related to business transactions within Turkey.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

Corporate Law: HANSU Law Firm provides comprehensive legal advice on a wide range of corporate issues including the incorporation of companies, branches and representative offices, preparation of articles of association and shareholders agreement, share transfer procedures, due diligence reports, joint ventures, organizing annual general meetings and shareholders’ meetings, corporate finance, corporate governance as well as complex cross-border M&A transactions with particular focus on tax-related structuring. Besides, we can provide our clients the most beneficial solutions in accordance with local tax regulations. Our dedicated team of experts has also sectorial expertise in all kinds of competition matters that our clients face. In that context, we represent our clients before all public authorities including the Capital markets Board and the Competition Authority.

Our employment law specialists also provide comprehensive regulatory counseling and compliance ranging from advising on corporate restructuring measures and drafting employment contracts to the legal representation of companies in mediation and litigation matters.

Furthermore, HANSU Law Firm offers effective local and international debt recovery services tailored to the needs of each individual client. We provide pragmatic legal advice on all aspects of debt collection including pre-legal collection, dispute resolution and enforcement proceedings.

– Mergers and Acquisitions

– Competition

– Employment Law

– Social Security

– Debt Collection

– Anti-Business Crimes and Anti-Corruption

Commercial Law: HANSU Law Firm aims at combining strong technical expertise with commercial insight and provides legal advice on the entire lifecycle of commercial and business law contracts, including review and assessment of all provisions of agreements and general terms and conditions, negotiation as well as assistance in signing procedures.

Our firm also offers tailor-made and pragmatic legal assistance to all participants of the supply chain such as logistics service providers, freight forwarders, warehousing companies, air freight companies, ship-owners and airlines as well as shipping companies in all legal aspects of the transportation and logistics sector.

Our experienced team advises our local and international clients on all areas of banking and financial markets law. We cover the full spectrum of financing work for our banking and finance clients including acquisition finance for corporate transactions, real estate project finance, asset finance and restructuring.

Our team of expert lawyers has also wide practical knowledge and experience in representing the largest insurance company in Turkey in different type of disputes.

HANSU Law Firm also offers comprehensive private wealth services for a range of Turkish and international families, business owners, entrepreneurs and family businesses and have vast experience in providing creative, individual solutions to our client’s needs and priorities.

– Commercial Contracts

– Transportation and Logistics

– Unfair Competition

– Banking and Finance

– Insurance and Reinsurance

– Compliance and Investigations

– Private Client

Construction and Real Estate: HANSU Law Firm provides comprehensive legal services to private and public businesses, international investors and construction companies on all aspects of real estate projects such as commercial and residential properties, hotels, shopping malls, energy power plants, universities, museums and hospitals from planning to post-completion operational issues. With our sectorial approach, we can provide excellent legal advice on all aspects of the planning, construction, finance, leasing and acquisition of real estate projects, drafting all necessary agreements as well as real estate management and litigation.

– Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement

– Commercial Real Estate Projects

– Construction Agreement in Return for Land Share and Revenue Share

– Lease Agreements and Eviction

– Inheritance

– Title Deed Transactions

– Property Ownership

Tax Law: HANSU Law Firm provides comprehensive legal advice to Turkish and international clients in all areas of tax law, including planning, tax inspection, compliance issues as well as legal representation before public authorities and tax courts. We are one of the leading law firms dealing with the largest number of tax law related disputes in Turkey and have achieved to gain precedent decisions in legal disputes before Turkish courts. Our extensive tax experience enables us to assist our clients in all corporate, finance, real estate and M&A transactions and to offer them commercial and pragmatic solutions in Turkey and all around the world.

– Tax Inspections

– Tax Compromises

– Tax Disputes

– Foreign Trade and Customs

– Anti-money Laundering Investigations

– Tax Penalty Disputes

Intellectual and Industrial Property Law: HANSU Law Firm provides excellent legal advice on all aspects of intellectual and industrial property rights including preliminary surveys for the registration of trademarks, patents, utility models and industrial designs, national and international application before the competent public authorities, opposition and litigation strategies as well as IP due diligences.

Our specialist expertise includes international IP protection and portfolio management. We also provide comprehensive legal advice on commercial transactions relating to the acquisition and development of innovative products and services. Our team of qualified legal experts develops and implements pragmatic solutions for the protection of your business against counterfeiting and piracy. Besides, we advise on all aspects of copyright, trademark, design and patent licensing as well as all kinds of IP Law related contracts including technology transfer agreements, franchise and distributorship agreements.

– Trademark and Design

– Patent and Utility Model

– Registration of Trademark, Patent, Design and Utility Model

– Protection of Literary and Artistic Works and Copyrights

– Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy

IT and E-Commerce Law: HANSU Law Firm provides a full range of e-commerce law services to assist our local and international clients to comply with internet, consumer and data protection regulations. We advise on the planning and implementation of complex IT and e-commerce projects, drafting of e-commerce agreements and distance contracts and preparation of licensing models, website and e-commerce compliance as well as data protection.

Our team of experts also offers comprehensive legal services to all participants of the game and e-sports sector including the establishment of companies in the digital game market, preparation of infrastructure for eGaming and eSports activities, development and operation

of digital platforms and games, drafting franchise agreements, sponsorship agreements, purchase and licensing of software as well as trademark and employment law matters.

We also provide excellent legal advice on all aspects of press and media law ranging from legal procedures against insulting, slandering and defamatory publications and removal of the respective content to the respective applications before public authorities if any damage is caused to our client. Furthermore, we represent our clients before public authorities such as the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, the Radio and Television Supreme Council and Turkish Radio and Television Corporation.

– Electronical Commerce

– Distance Contracts

– Data Protection

– Press and Media

– ESports

– EGames

Public Law: HANSU Law Firm has a wide range of experience in advising on the public procurements, processes of purchasing goods and services by municipalities and other public authorities, procurement notices as well as agreements between public and private sector.

We also provide comprehensive legal services to our local and international clients in all aspects of privatization and expropriation issues and represent them before the Public Procurement Authority decisions, the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, the Energy Market Regulatory Authority and the Competition Authority. Additionally, our firm has in depth expertise in the establishment of organized industrial zones, free zones, industrial zones, technological zones and energy zones.

Besides, our team of dedicated lawyers provides extensive legal advice on the establishment of energy power plants, the participation into energy tenders, license applications such as refinery, processing, mineral oil, storage, transmission and distributor licenses, compliance and regulatory matters as well as drafting all kinds of energy and mining agreements. In that context, we represent our clients before the Energy Market Regulatory Authority, the General Directorate of Mining Affairs and the General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration.

– Public Tenders

– Zoning and Planning

– Expropriation

– Urban Transformation

– Protection Cultural and Natural Heritage

– Energy, Mining and Infrastructure

– Healthcare and Life Sciences

Dispute Resolution: HANSU Law Firm represents individual and commercial clients in a wide range of complex local and cross-border disputes. With their vast knowledge in all major business sectors, our team of dedicated lawyers provides tailor-made solutions for our clients and advises them on all on all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation as well as settlement negotiations. We also represent our clients before local and arbitral institutions (ICC, DIS, ISTAC) and in ad hoc arbitration matters. HANSU Law Firm

is member of Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC). Besides, our law firm also aims to prevent disputes by providing clients with pragmatic legal advice that focuses on their strategic and commercial objectives, and, therefore, advises our clients on all compliance issues.

– Compliance

– Administrative Applications

– Litigation

– Mediation

– National and International Arbitration

– Recognition And Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Award

Department Name Email Telephone
Founding Partner; International Investment and Project Development, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Ömer Faruk HANSU omer.hansu@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Managing Partner; Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution Nejla HANSU njl@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Managing Associate; Construction and Real Estate Law, Insolvency and Restructuring Ebru ÖZDURAN ebruozduran@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Senior Associate; Transportation and Logistics Law, Commercial Law Dr. Ata TORUN ata.torun@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Senior Associate; Employment Law, Press and Media Law Fatma ÇİMEN fatmacimen@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Senior Associate; Tax Law, Public Law Yağmur EROĞLU OYMAK yagmurerogluoymak@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Senior Associate; Intellectual and Industrial Property Law, Energy Law Fulden ŞENOCAK fuldensenocak@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Associate; E-Commerce and IT Law, Data Protection Law Berfin GÖLCÜK berfingolcuk@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Associate; Debt Collection, Dispute Resolution Ecem ARSLAN ecemarslan@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Juriste-conseil; Compliance Kubilay GÜLTEKİN kubilaygultekin@hansu.av.tr +90 216 464 12 12
Photo Name Position Profile
 Fulden ŞENOCAK  photo Fulden ŞENOCAK Senior Associate
 Fatma ÇİMEN  photo Fatma ÇİMEN Senior Associate
 Ebru ÖZDURAN  photo Ebru ÖZDURAN Managing Associate
 Ecem ARSLAN  photo Ecem ARSLAN Associate
 Yağmur EROĞLU OYMAK  photo Yağmur EROĞLU OYMAK Senior Associate
 Berfin GÖLCÜK  photo Berfin GÖLCÜK Associate
 Kubilay GÜLTEKİN  photo Kubilay GÜLTEKİN Juriste-conseil
 Ömer Faruk HANSU  photo Ömer Faruk HANSU Founding and Managing Partner
 Nejla HANSU  photo Nejla HANSU Managing Partner
 Esra HANSU  photo Esra HANSU Senior Associate
Dr iur Ata TORUN  photo Dr iur Ata TORUN Senior Associate
At Hansu Law Firm : 12
In Turkey : 29
Turkish
English (fluent)
German
Arabic
IBA (International Bar Association)
Global IP Attorneys
British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey
DAV
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DIVERSITY

 Since our establishment more than 20 years ago, we have always given significant importance to diversity both in our office and in the legal sector; thus, not only did we create our legal team according to our commitment to diversity, but we also worked in legal matters in which we supported people from different backgrounds.

We are very much proud to say that unlike other law firms practicing in Turkey, we always have had more women managers, attorneys and assisting staff members than men since our establishment, and more importantly, we always gave equal opportunities to those who wishes to pursue a career in our office without asking any question related to their marital status, race, religion, origin, age, gender identity and other status. We know that many law firms in Turkey have recently asked their women candidates on unrelated information regarding their personal life and we have always taken a stand against this discriminative attitude. For us, what counts is the personality, qualifications, and commitment of our colleagues in our daily business. Our law firm also always cares about our lawyers’ family lives and supports their wishes to have a balanced life between their family and business.

DIVERSITY AS A BUSINESS STRATEGY

As HANSU Law Firm, our aim is to create an environment where every member of our team feels supported and comfortable. Thus, the diversity is one of HANSU Law Firm’s strategic business priorities, since diversity and inclusion creates a positive working environment and creating a diverse workforce is also essential in order to handle complex international legal matters much more effectively, especially if one is dealing with clients who come from different backgrounds. It is also evident that every client wants to collaborate with law firms that respect their values and business culture. Therefore, our diversity-oriented business model is one of the main reasons that we are obtaining so many requests for the supply of legal services both in Turkey and abroad, since our clients are well aware that they will receive the best legal services regardless of their origin, race, religion, gender identity or any other status where the rest of the world would think as “different”. In order to implement this model in our law firm, we also hire team members who lived and studied abroad and aim to establish collaborations with law firms all around the world that share the same business values as our firm.

FUTURE TEAM MEMBERS

Our commitment to diversity is not only for gender, race, marital status and heritage, but also for the level of education. Thus, since our foundation it is our law firm’s policy to employ students, summer interns and legal interns and consider the internships as an opportunity to get to know each other better. Assisted by our specialist lawyers, our interns are involved in the daily practices of the firm and have an idea of how a law firm should operate assisted by a mentor.


INTERNATIONAL

Hansu Law Firm is a leading Turkish law firm, supporting clients in various cross-border and international business activities. We deem it important to offer our clients a unique one-stop shop in order to support them in achieving their commercial strategies around the globe. With our dedicated team of specialists including multilingual lawyers who have developed extensive networks and gained in-depth experience with foreign business cultures and legal systems, we are able to provide comprehensive legal guidance to foreign investors, international operating companies, institutions and other law firms on all strategic and challenging investments and transactions including M&A and joint venture projects, real estate acquisitions and compliance issues as well as court and arbitration procedures.

Our vast expertise across all major business sectors makes us a one-stop service provider in Turkey and enables us to cover all areas of commercial law including the following legal matters:

  • Guidance in international debt collection procedures
  • Handling legal disputes before state courts and in arbitration proceedings
  • Drafting international sales contracts and service agreements, construction agreements, distribution and agency agreements, lease agreements as well as general terms and conditions
  • Establishment of corporations, branch offices and representative offices including drafting the articles of association, commercial register application, application for permits and licenses in Turkey
  • M&A and joint venture projects
  • Due diligence
  • Adapting international business organizations (including internal rules) to local legislation and the local market as well as support in compliance with national rules
  • Real estate transactions including the acquisition and financing of real estate properties and construction agreements
  • Legal status reports
  • Employment law matters
  • Protection of intellectual property rights including trademarks and patents
  • Establishment of limited real rights in real estate registration
  • Establishment and registration of pledges on movable machines and vehicles
  • Conducting tender processes for projects in Turkey
  • Acquisition of Turkish Citizenship for foreign investors by purchase of real estate

Accordingly, we are able to provide excellent advice even across national borders. Our excellent local contacts enable us to provide expert legal support to our clients wherever they do business within Europe and beyond. When working with our colleagues in foreign jurisdictions, we typically assume the legal project management and coordinate as the primary point of contact between our client and the teams of lawyers abroad. We are always committed to forming teams of experts based on the respective foreign jurisdictions and specific individual requirements of our client. Our lawyers work with these local experts as a single team.

Through our team of multilingual experts and international network of top legal service providers we are able to assist you outside our jurisdiction in the following countries:

 

Ömer Faruk Hansu, Founding Partner

Founding Partner Mr. Ömer Faruk HANSU explains why their clients preferred Hansu Law Firm and how Hansu Law Firm and the attorneys are capable of adapting to client’s changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Hansu Law Firm from your competitors?

Our Law Firm celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and with our lawyers who have received training and working experience abroad as well as having foreign language knowledge, we believe we will have much more years to celebrate with all of our achievements. With our experienced team who has both the knowledge of different cultural and legal systems, we are producing legal solutions and offering legal services that corresponds the best interest and needs of the various projects and activities of foreign companies and investors in Turkey. Likewise, we provide highest quality of counseling and advocacy services even outside of our borders to our Turkish clients who seek for legal support abroad due to their investments and projects not only personally but also in conjunction with local law firms based in the target country.

Within the scope of our fields of activity we need to state that Hansu Law Firm not only provides legal services concerning the matters related company and commercial law but also determines the risks related to these areas. Hansu Law Firm is also highly experienced in tax law considering the facts that as Hansu Law Firm, we have been providing services in the field of tax law for many years in both in the processes of tax inspections and tax lawsuits and also have been providing most beneficial legal service to our clients by looking through a wider perspective since we combine our strategy about risk assessment with our experience in company law and tax law. On the other hand, among the founders of Hansu Law Firm, there are lawyers with technical knowledge, especially in the field of energy and construction and thus, we are experienced in minimizing the possible legal risks that can occur in any project related to energy or construction due to this in depth technical knowledge and perspective.

As Hansu Law Firm we also deal with the establishment and commissioning of organized industrial zones that regulate the industry and production sector; development of energy, tourism, health projects on public / treasury and municipal lands for almost a decade where we assist both private / legal persons and sectoral associations and to the public authorities and thus we believe we have a superior experience on project development, commissioning of projects with partnership models and company establishment. Hansu, for providing legal realignment of these complex projects involving many legal disciplines, our law firm has gained many years of experience. Thus, it is possible for us to state that we are also experienced in determining the most appropriate solution for our clients’ needs. To sum up, the main points that distinguish our Law Firm from its competitors are the experience we gained from our involvement in public and private sector’s collaborative projects, corporate/commercial and intellectual property experience combined with our experience in tax law, need-based working principle and superior experience in risk assessment.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Undoubtedly, it is inevitable that there will be an economic recession and especially in some sectors due to the coronavirus epidemic in the upcoming months. As the Covid 19 process will be decisive on the next 12 months, the negative impact will also emerge in some of the legal fields. However, we will see some positive impacts as well i.e. over international commercial arbitration.

Whilst the usage of digital tools and channels before Covid 19 is a matter of choice for both consumers and companies, the use of digital tools and channels after Covid 19 has become a need, moreover a necessity for both consumers and companies. Businesses will be able to reach more consumers and a wider geography through technological tools by increasing investment in automation and artificial intelligence. For this reason, in order to keep pace with this rapid change in technology, to foresee the possible conflicts that may occur and to minimize the risks; the fields of e-commerce, smart contracts and IT law will develop and researches in these areas will increase. Based on this prediction, we are already assisting our clients whom are operating in these fields and providing them legal support for the upcoming risks.

Due to Covid 19, virtual merchandising -which enables online shopping- will develop, and therefore the digital retail industry will grow, so law firms operating in technology-related law areas will attract more attention. On the other hand, we think that our clients will need more advocacy and consultancy services in various fields, as companies operating in the field of production and transportation and every other sector which operates as a component of the supply chain will also be affected by this situation. Meanwhile especially in the fields of food – hygienic products and healthcare investments transaction volumes will also grow and thus, related legal fields will also develop. Since it is predicted that companies operating in sectors that will be negatively affected by the current situation and these companies will start bankruptcy and concordat processes, we believe it is really important for them to have legal support to secure their current receivables.

Another legal field that legal practitioners will have to deal with will be contracts law. The parties will request that their contracts be reorganized in accordance with the new processes due to the balance of interests that have been disturbed in their contracts. Thanks to our many years of expertise, it is possible to say that some of the commercial contracts will collapse fundamentally, hence the contracts will need to be adapted to the emerging conditions, and the legal review of the general transaction conditions will be mandatory. In this context, we have already started to provide support by protecting the interests of our clients. In addition it is not possible to undermine that lawsuits in front of the state courts and arbitration institutions as well as the enforcements and bankruptcy proceedings – due to the failure of the parties to fulfill their obligations arising from the commercial contracts on time or at all, employer-worker conflicts and receivables arising from the loan contracts of banks, financial institutions, sales of goods and rental contracts – will increase in the upcoming period.

As it was stated above, within the next 12 months, there will be developments in information and technology law, digital retailing, real estate and rental law – especially companies operating in tourism and shopping centers etc. – corporate law, commercial law, transportation law and contracts law where we will continue to provide consultancy and advocacy services for our clients’ needs.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have created country-based desks to offer specialized legal support to our Turkish and foreign clients in developing their strategies and projects that they target worldwide. In this context, with our German, UK, UAE, Belgian and Italian desks; we carry out all legal processes with our experienced lawyers in our office as well as in coordination with the foreign law firms in our network. Thus, while providing legal support, we create specialized teams both from Turkey and abroad by prioritizing the special needs and demands of our clients and we provide the highest quality consultancy and advocacy services both in and outside our jurisdiction.

On the other hand, our attorney’s office works closely with sectoral associations and academics in relevant departments of universities, especially in technology production, digital retailing and e-commerce. In this way, we offer a high level of legal service to our clients by combining the technical information we obtain with our legal information. Regarding these changes in our activities, international service desks have been established recently and positive feedback has been encountered by our clients. Likewise, with these collaborations and organizational changes, requests made from abroad to cooperate with our law firm had already increased. Therefore, it is possible for us to say that the relevant developments and changes distinguish our law firm from other offices.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Of course it is. As we have mentioned before, while the use of digital tools and channels before Covid 19 was a preference, now after Covid 19 their use has become a need and even a necessity. For this reason, we have developed the technological infrastructure of our law firm and increased our investments of the technological tools we use in order to provide our clients the same legal support we have provided before the epidemic period. We believe with these developments we provided a healthier communication channel with our clients working both locally and globally. Within this regard, we can say that – with the technological infrastructure we have – we organize video interviews and conferences more frequently, so that we can provide legal support to our clients almost 24/7 and even in the most urgent situations.

Again, we continuously update our existing blog page on our website with both sectoral and legal information, and quickly inform our clients about all developments, thus ensuring that they take the necessary precautions and manage their business related processes correctly without losing time. Since the legal information in question is prepared by our lawyers who are experts in their fields, written in an article format and published online, they provide information both for our clients and for all concerned parties. Thus, we can say we contribute to each individual and company.

In order to improve and facilitate our communication with our foreign clients, we plan to globalize by adding other foreign languages to our website besides English and German. In addition, since legal materials have been published in Turkish, English and German languages over all social media platforms, the fact that we have reached the accessibility of our law firm is also an indication that our law firm benefits from technological developments.

Finally, since we have a very wide technical platform in archiving, we have already prevented all the problems that may arise in accessing any information / document even during the process we work remotely. About the archiving we also must state that all legal works and procedures that our Law Firm is dealing with are protected in computer environment with high security software and are always kept accessible to our lawyers.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

Although it is not possible to give and summarize the practical examples of the contribution we provide to our clients’ businesses since the scope and quality of their legal affairs and transactions are complex, we think that we can give some examples to give an idea to those who read us. Thus we as Hansu Law Firm provided the below mentioned legal services to our clients throughout the years:

  • During the privatization of Turkey’s energy market; drafting the legal status report, conducting legal due diligence and providing consultancy services for one of the largest energy distribution and globally operated company’s privatization tender during the procurement,
  • Preparing the risk report in terms of collection ability and preparing the litigation files, in the tender for the sale of receivable equals to approximately 1 billion USD by the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (SDIF), on behalf of a company operating globally,
  • Establishment of the Thermal Power Plant Project to be built on approximately 700.000 m2 of public land and providing legal service during the development phase that has been going on for 7 years in Adana/Ceyhan where is located in Turkey and named as the energy hub in the entire Middle East,
  • Representing the transferee in the process of Turkey’s largest office project’s taking over and providing legal services at all stages, including construction,
  • Representing the transferee in the transfer of Turkey’s largest spring water business with the largest production capacity and continuing to the representation of the company in their business-related matters,
  • Providing legal services to a Dubai-based company that has been named as the company that sold the most real estate in Turkey to foreigners and to their clients who bought those real estates,
  • Providing legal services in the development and commissioning stages for the largest mixed real estate project in Turkey which includes a shopping mall, a hotel, a hospital and private residences
  • Providing legal services in the stages of making the land suitable for zoning and construction where a large-scale real estate projects will be constructed in the biggest land in the Bosphorus and improvement of the mentioned project,
  • Legal counseling in the establishment of the Transition Regulation, which forms the basis and constitution of electronic infrastructure communication and providing legal services to the leading company in electronic infrastructure communication sector which acquired permission to pass through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for the first time,
  • Legal counseling in the tender processes of highway, railway, airport and sea port projects including preparation of the application file suitable for the tender, representation of the parties in the tender processes and providing legal support on signing tender contracts,
  • Providing legal support and services to our clients whom have responded to public needs by participating in public tenders for about 15 years and cooperated with many international companies during their tender processes both with our public law and tax law perspective,
  • Providing legal services to the transferee during the acquisition of approximately 20 solar power plants which took almost 2 years, temporary / final acceptance and commissioning phase and in their operation phase of the solar power plants.

In addition our law firm has an extensive experience on:

Giving consultancy in the field of tax law to oil and chemical companies operating the petroleum products field and lubricants sector and their sectoral association with an asset size of 1 billion USD and thus having an in depth knowledge about license supply from Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), administrative fines imposed by EMRA and license revocation by EMRA,

  • Development of especially revenue-sharing real estate projects.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Every business and individual seeks for stability and strategic direction, not only from their law firms but also from every other sector they cooperate with. We always offer strategic directions in line with our clients’ vision, plans and goals. In this context, while providing legal services, we also show them the right and practical solution that examines the best interests of our clients in their investment and business, as well as examining the legal compliance of a matter in their events.

In the upcoming three years, as Hansu Law Firm, we aim to expand our international business network while still working with the philosophy of providing the best quality service to our clients. Our business and relations with especially UK and the other European and the Middle Eastern countries will increase and we will take more steps forward in the next 3 years and we believe our office’s capacity will expand. As it is known, the attorneyship profession is mostly based on the recommendations especially in the case of large companies and overseas countries. In this context, although we are aware that our clients are strongly recommending us, we believe Hansu Law Firm will be first option and will take the first place for legal advisory demand for companies and business coming from the UK, the UAE and Central Europe in the upcoming three-year period.

In addition, the official partnership relationships we have established in London and in Dubai provide further evidence that our law firm will achieve much more comprehensive and successful business deals in the next 3 years.

Again, in line with the digitalization process that has developed in the legal sector in recent years, we will continue to provide our clients with a high quality legal and consultancy service in accordance with their needs by ensuring that our law firm plays a leading role in this field in the upcoming years.

Dr. Ata Torun, Head of International Desk

Head of International Desk, Dr. Ata Torun explains the international focus of HANSU Law Firm and how they are adapting to international clients’ needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate HANSU Law Firm from your competitors?

At HANSU Law Firm, we have established a range of particular international desks that provide excellent legal advice to international operating companies, investors and law firms from the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Since our international desks consist of expert lawyers that have studied and worked in these countries, we have the necessary knowledge of specific legal systems and language skills to undertake complex cross-border transactions.

What differentiates us from other law firms is also our ability to provide our clients with a truly comprehensive and integrated service. When necessary, each member of our international desk works closely with other specialists in the firm to offer our international clients a unique one-stop shop to support them in achieving their commercial and business strategies in Turkey. Accordingly, the team advises foreign investors, international operating compa-nies and banks as well as law firms on a wide range of strategic investments and challenging transactions including project development and finance, M&A and joint venture projects, establishment of corporations, real estate acquisitions, international commercial contracts and compliance issues as well as court and arbitration procedures. Our lawyers have also comprehensive knowledge of tax law that enable us to provide the highest level of legal advice and address the respective tax risks and compliance requirements.

Besides, our excellent contacts in other jurisdictions enable us to provide legal support to local clients wherever they do business within Europe and beyond. When working with our colleagues in foreign jurisdictions, we typically assume the legal project management, coordinate as the primary point of contact between our client and the teams of lawyers abroad and work with the local experts as a single team.

What makes you a suitable partner for international clients?

Each international desk is managed by experienced lawyers that have strong connections with the respective jurisdiction and business culture. For instance, I studied law and obtained my PhD degree in Germany and have also worked in a German commercial law firm for nearly five years. Our French Desk is led by a lawyer that studied law in France and have work experience in the legal department of one of the leading insurance companies in France. Our UK desk is managed by an experienced lawyer who studied abroad and worked at an international operating Turkish retail company with special focus on international commercial contracts. Therefore, we under-stand the importance of being sensitive to different culture’s way of doing business. Thanks to this background, our lawyers have excellent ability to advice investors and companies that carry out business transactions in Turkey as well as outbound investors from Turkey.

Our international clients will benefit from our expertise in supporting their entry into Turkish market and their strategic growth in Turkey as well as in guiding them through complex cross-border matters. For instance, our law firm has advised international clients and investors on development, construction and acquisition of shopping malls, hotels, hospitals, universities, commercial and residential real estate projects, energy power plants and other large-scale and multi-purpose projects. We communicate and provide legal advice to our clients in their native languages. Besides, we form individualized teams based on the individual requirements of our clients and the specific requirements of the respective case. Our team’s technical and sectorial expertise combined with our extensive experience from doing business in foreign jurisdictions enables us to offer tailor-made legal solutions and to develop pragmatic business and investment strategies. Therefore, this makes us a one stop service provider for all of our international clients seeking business opportunities in Turkey and around the globe.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our law firm has expanded its international reach and network by identifying new strategic partners from Germa-ny, France and the United Kingdom that share same core values and the highest level of professionalism and ethics. In today’s global business environment, it is essential to meet the emerging need of our international operating clients requesting high quality legal services in their cross-border activities. Our aim is to have geographic and sectorial coverage in each jurisdiction to ensure that our clients gain access to reliable and expert legal profession-als. Therefore we work with our clients, not just as a service provider but also as a strategic partner by simplifying the process of doing cross-border business and developing tailor-made business solutions through our key local contacts that are leading experts in the respective legal area. Since the establishment of our international desks we have received positive feedbacks from our clients.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology plays a significant role in our daily business to improve our client services both in terms of time efficien-cy and cost effectiveness. Today we communicate with our international clients and colleagues from law firms in other countries through video conferences and we are available 24 hours a day whenever they need any assistance from us.

As one of the leading Turkish law firms that has implemented the digitalization tools in daily business activities for over a decade, we use special software programs to collect and archive all case/court files, accounting documents, client contact details as well as all correspondences provided by our clients. We also provide written case reports to each of our clients on regular basis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have developed the technological infrastructure of our law firm that enables all of our lawyers to have access to all files and documents when work-ing remotely in order to provide our clients same high quality legal support 24/7 and even in the most urgent situations. We also send online newsletters and articles on recent developments in Turkish law to international clients and legal professionals from our network to keep them updated.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

A recent example of how we assisted an international operating client to add value to its business is legal advice to a company from Sweden on developing the business strategy and operation structure regarding the establishment of an online platform for cargo services in Turkey.

Our vast expertise across all major business sectors makes our international desk a one-stop service provider in Turkey including the following legal matters:

  • Drafting international sales contracts and service agreements, construction agreements, distribution and agency agreements, lease agreements as well as general terms and conditions
  • Establishment of corporations, branch offices and representative offices including drafting the articles of association, commercial register application, application for permits and licenses in Turkey
  • M&A and joint venture projects
  • Due diligence
  • Legal status reports
  • Identification of task risks and tax compliance
  • Taxation and customs transactions and export & import
  • Company management and restructuring
  • Investment consulting
  • Adapting international business organizations (including internal rules) to local legislation and the local market as well as support in compliance with national rules
  • Real estate transactions including the acquisition and financing of real estate properties and construction agreements
  • Employment law matters
  • Protection of intellectual property rights including trademarks and patents
  • Assistance in anti-piracy measures
  • Establishment of limited real rights in real estate registration
  • Establishment and registration of pledges on movable machines and vehicles
  • Tender processes
  • Acquisition of Turkish Citizenship for foreign investors by purchase of real estates
  • Guidance in international debt collection procedures
  • Litigation before state courts and in arbitration proceedings

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Our international desk aims to offer strategic directions in line with our clients’ vision, plans and goals. Therefore we work with our clients, not just as a service provider but also as a strategic partner by simplifying the process of doing cross-border business, minimizing the risks of an international transaction and develop-ing practical business solutions. Our integrated model and multi-disciplinary approach is also essential to provide stability to our clients.

In the upcoming three years, we want to strengthen our position in other countries through our cooperation with excellent local firms in the selected expertise areas and aim to expand our international network while maintaining our philosophy of providing the highest standard of client services. Our network with local professionals from all other European countries will also grow in order to offer our clients a unique one-stop shop to support them in achieving their business strategies in Europe and beyond.

Mr. Ömer Faruk Hansu, Founding and Managing Partner

Founding Partner Mr. Ömer Faruk HANSU explains why their clients prefer Hansu Law Firm and how Hansu Law Firm and the attorneys are capable of adapting to client’s changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Hansu Law Firm from your competitors?

Our Law Firm has celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. With our dedicated lawyers having vast international work experience and foreign language knowledge, we will continue to develop and implement solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal issues that our clients encounter in their local business activities as well as cross-border transactions around the globe. Therefore, our mission is to combine high level of technical expertise with our sectorial knowledge and to offer tailor-made and pragmatic legal assistance to our clients in Turkey and abroad.

In addition to our vast experience in all major practice areas, we are one of the leading law firms dealing with the largest number of tax law related disputes in Turkey and have achieved to gain precedent decisions in legal disputes before Turkish courts. Our extensive tax experience enables us to assist our clients in all corporate, finance, real estate and M&A transactions, to identify their risks and opportunities and help them to develop pragmatic and commercial structures that maximize tax effectiveness. In this context, we provide detailed advice on tax inspections and tax disputes and offer the most beneficial solution to our clients by looking through a broad perspective.

Furthermore, the founding partners of Hansu Law Firm have in-depth technical knowledge in all major business sectors including energy, chemicals, petroleum and construction. We are experienced in minimizing the possible legal risks that can occur in any project related to energy or construction due to our vast technical knowledge and sectorial perspective.

Our law firm is also one of the leading law firms with special focus on the establishment organized industrial zones, development of energy, tourism, health projects on public and municipal lands for almost a decade that we assist both individuals and companies as well as sectorial associations and the public authorities. Therefore, we believe that we have a superior experience on project development, project finance, development of the respective partnership models and establishment of the company.

To sum up, the main points that distinguish our law firm from its competitors are the experience we gained from our involvement in public and private sector’s collaborative projects, corporate/commercial and intellectual property expertise combined with our experience in tax law, need-based working principle and superior experience in risk assessment.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Undoubtedly, the severe economic effects of Covid 19 pandemic will also be decisive in the next 12 months. Despite that, there will be continuous investments in energy, IT and e-commerce, transportation and logistics sector.

Whilst the usage of digital tools and channels before Covid 19 is a matter of choice for both consumers and companies, it has now become a necessity for both individuals and companies. Businesses will be able to reach consumers from other countries through technological tools by increasing investment in automation and artificial intelligence. Since digital services and e-commerce will increase significantly, law firms practicing in technology-related areas will attract more attention. We believe that our clients from transportation sector and other participants of the supply chain as well as healthcare and medicine sector will also play a major role within the next 12 months. For that reason, we continue to provide comprehensive legal services to our local and international operating clients in the areas of e-commerce, IT, energy and transportation and logistics.

Restructuring is of course is a major area where clients are looking for assistance, since many companies negatively affected by the current situation need to start bankruptcy and concordat procedures.

Another legal area that practitioners will focus on is contracts law. The parties will request that their agreements are revised in accordance with the current market situation due to changing balance of interests. Thanks to our many years of expertise, we offer our clients comprehensive advice on the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts based on their commercial need and strategy.

In addition, the number of lawsuits before state courts and arbitration institutions as well as the enforcements and bankruptcy proceedings will increase in the upcoming period due to the failure of the parties to fulfil their obligations arising from the commercial contracts, the loan contracts of banks, financial institutions and lease agreements.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We have established country-based desks to offer tailor-made legal support to our Turkish and foreign clients in all of their cross-border transactions. In this context, our UK, German, French and UAE desks consist of lawyers that have extensive networks and possess in-depth experience with foreign business cultures and legal systems. Our excellent local contacts enable us to provide expert legal support to our clients wherever they do business within Europe and beyond. When working with our colleagues in foreign jurisdictions, we typically assume the legal project management and coordinate as the primary point of contact between our client and the teams of lawyers abroad. Thus, while providing legal support, we create individualized teams both from Turkey and abroad by prioritizing the special needs and demands of our clients and provide the highest quality of consultancy services both in and outside our jurisdiction.

On the other hand, our law firm works closely with sectorial associations and academics in relevant departments of the universities, in particular in the areas of technology production, digital retail and e-commerce. In this context, we offer a high level of legal service to our clients by combining our technical knowledge with legal expertise.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Of course it is. As mentioned before, the use of digital tools with Covid 19 pandemic has become a necessity. For this reason, we developed the technological infrastructure of our law firm and increased our investments in order to provide our clients with same quality of legal assistance offered before the epidemic period. We believe with these investments we established a strong communication channel with our clients operating both locally and globally.

We are among few Turkish law firms that follow and implement the digitalization in their daily business for over a decade. Since 2011 we are using a special software program to collect and archive all case/court files, accounting documents, client contact details, all correspondences provided by our clients. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have developed the technological infrastructure of our law firm and increased our investments in technological tools in order to provide our clients same high quality legal support 24/7 and even in the most urgent situations.

Again, we continuously quickly inform our clients about all sectorial and legal developments, thus ensuring that they take the necessary precautions and manage their business in accordance with the recent legislations.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We would like to give you a couple of practical examples of our law firm’s contribution to a broad spectrum of local and international clients from various business sectors including:

  • Preparation of a legal status report and conducting legal due diligence as well legal assistance in one of the largest globally operating energy distribution company’s privatization tender
  • Preparation of a risk report in terms of debt collection ability and preparation of all necessary litigation files on behalf of an international operating client in a tender process for the sale of receivables with the amount of approximately 1 billion USD by the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund (SDIF)
  • Establishment of a thermal power plant on approximately 700.000 m2 of public land and legal advice on the development phase in Adana/Ceyhan in Turkey as energy hub in the entire Middle East
  • Representing the transferee in the process of Turkey’s largest commercial real estate project’s acquisition and legal assistance in all stages including construction
  • Representing the transferee in the transfer of Turkey’s leading spring water producer with the largest production capacity and representation of this company in all business transactions
  • Legal representation of a Dubai-based company that sells the highest number of real estate projects in Turkey to foreign investors
  • Legal advice on the development and operation stages for the largest mixed real estate project in Turkey that includes a shopping mall, a hotel, a hospital and private residences
  • Legal services in all zoning and construction issues of a large-scale real estate project to be carried out in Bosporus
  • Legal advice on the enactment of the Transition Regulation that establishes the basis of electronic infrastructure communication as well as legal representation of the leading company in electronic infrastructure communication sector that acquired necessary permission to pass the communication lines through the Bosporus and Dardanelles for the first time
  • Legal advice on tender proceedings for highway, railway, airport and sea port projects including preparation of necessary application files for tender participation, representation of our clients and legal advice on tender contracts
  • Legal advice of a client on the acquisition of approximately 20 solar power plants including temporary / final acceptance and operation of the respective solar power plants
  • Development of various real estate projects and drafting necessary construction agreement in return for revenue share

In addition our law firm has vast experience in the area of tax law and provide comprehensive legal advice to clients from the chemicals and petroleum sector as well as sectorial associations with an asset size of 1 billion USD. In this context, our dedicated lawyers have in-depth expertise on supply license granted by the Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) and the defence against administrative fines as well as license revocation by EMRA.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Every business and individual seeks for stability and strategic direction, not only from their law firms but also from every partner they cooperate with. We always offer strategic directions in line with our clients’ vision, plans and goals. In this context, while providing legal services, we also show them the most practical solution that takes all compliance and regulatory issues on the basis of our clients’ interests in their investment and business strategies.

In the upcoming three years, as Hansu Law Firm, we aim to expand our international business network while maintaining our philosophy of providing the highest quality service to our clients. Our network with law firms from major European countries will increase and we aim to expand our cooperation with expert lawyers in the United Kingdom, Germany and France in order to offer our clients a unique one-stop shop to support them in achieving their commercial strategies around the globe.

In accordance with our digitalization process, we will continue to provide our clients with high quality legal and consultancy services based on their commercial and practical needs by ensuring that our law firm plays a leading role in this field in the upcoming years.