Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak > Istanbul, Turkey > Firm Profile

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak
Büyükdere Caddesi 175
Ferko Signature
Sisli, Istanbul 34394
Turkey

Turkey > Insurance Tier 1

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak acts for a host of international insurance companies and financial institutions, with a particular focus on insurtech matters, regulatory issues, distribution models, product structuring and claim settlement. Its strong presence in cross-border matters is bolstered by the firm’s relationship with Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I and bancassurance deals have been a recent area of strength and prominence. Arpat Şenocak is the well-regarded practice head with an established client base of various stakeholders in the Turkish insurance market.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Mehmet Kosoglu

Testimonials

‘The team stand out for the quality and comprehensiveness of their analysis.’

‘I have worked with Arpat Şenocak on various complex matters throughout the years. He has excelled in steering discussions in a subtle manner and creating the rapport among stakeholders to close deals.’

‘Established and very experienced team.’

‘Great know-how and experience in the insurance and pension sector. Özdirek Dündar Şenocak is our first and only choice to get legal advice and support. They always take a 360-degree view of the situation to cover all the risks and provide solutions that are in keeping with our company strategies.’

‘Always hands on, effective follow-up on projects, committed to deadlines, accessible, great negotiation skills as well as sector-specific expertise. Arpat Şenocak has years of practice in the industry with great contacts with the regulator.’

Key clients

AXA Sigorta

AXA Hayat ve Emeklilik

BNP Paribas Cardif Hayat Sigorta

BNP Paribas Cardif Sigorta

BNP Paribas Cardif Emeklilik

BNP Paribas Cardif

BPF Acentelik ve Aracilik Hizmetleri

Euler Hermes Sigorta

Euler Hermes (Italy)

Groupama Sigorta

Groupama Hayat

Groupama Holding Filiales et Participations

Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik

Orange Sigorta Aracılık Hizmetleri

Reinsurance Group of America

TEB Arval

Türkiye Hayat ve Emeklilik

Türkiye Sigorta

Work highlights

  • Advised BNP Paribas Cardif Sigorta on the negotiation and structuring of a bancassurance deal with Turkish TEB Bank.
  • Assisted Türkiye Sigorta with the drafting and negotiation of bancassurance arrangements with various banks.
  • Advised AXA’s Turkish subsidiaries on the negotiation and structuring of distribution relationships with several Turkish banks.

Turkey > Tax Tier 2

Operating as the Turkish arm of Gide Loyrette Nouel, Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak handles the tax aspects of M&A transactions, greenfield investments, banking and finance and capital market transactions as well as tax structuring and customs-related issues. The team, which is headed by Bülent Özdirekcan, has also increased its involvement in tax controversy and litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Akgıda (Lactalis Group)

Alchem

Allflex (Mercx Group)

BNP Paribas

Cuatrecasas Law Firm

Dream Yachts

Getinsa

Global Enerji

H & M

Idom Spain

Immfly

JKX Oil & Gas

Levi Strauss Co

Limagrain

Loyens & Loeff

Maisto E Associeti

Midis Group

Monnoyeur

Saint-Gobain

Société Générale

Stepinvest SAS

Suez

Vinci Construction

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak benefits from the banking and finance expertise of Gide’s international network, advising clients on all lending transactions as well as corporate and banking law advisory regarding contractual and regulatory matters. Arpat Şenocak and Bülent Özdirekcan head the practice, supported by associate Mehmet Kosoglu.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I can definitely recommend ODS for their banking & finance practice. We worked with Mr Bulent Ozdirekcan and associates make up a very good team with a very responsive and sociable partner managing a number of individuals with great knowledge and dedication.’

Among Mr Ozdirekcan’s team members, Mehmet Kosoglu can easily be named as an exceptional individual, with strong legal notion well-exceeding expectations accompanied by a good understanding of commerce. It is usually law or business mind for lawyers. However, Mehmet combines both them in him.’

Arpat Senocak was very involved from the inception of the debt restructuring process and in the debt recovery proceedings. His legal expertise has helped us to understand the legal context in Turkey due to the particular location of the real estate assets used as collateral and he built a good legal strategy. Arpat Senocak’s perfect bi-cultural and bilingual Swiss/Turkish background has also been an asset to explain to our team key legal and procedural differences between the Swiss and Turkish legal systems which helped us tremendously to make the right strategic decision.’

Key clients

Société Générale

BNP Paribas

Skandinavska Enskilda Banken

AFDALD International

SG Hambros

PJSC Rosbank

Union Bancaire Privée

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation

T. İş Bankası

AXA Sigorta

BNP Paribas Cardif Sigorta

Türkiye Sigorta

The Export-Import Bank of China

Euler Hermes

Ak Gida

Work highlights

  • Advising Société Générale’s Istanbul Branch Office regarding the day-to-day management of its operations in Turkey.
  • Assistance to Societe Generale Milano concerning the tax regime applicable to financial leases of aircrafts to be delivered to Turkish Airlines Inc.
  • Advising the Export-Import Bank of China regarding its €40m facility granted to ICBC Turkey Bank.

Turkey > Competition Tier 3

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak assists a mix of domestic and international clients with their competition law issues, fielding a team that now attracts multinational clients through its association with the Brussels office of Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I and its international network. Practice head Arpat Şenocak is an expert in M&A advice but has a focus on the competition law aspects of transactions, particularly in the insurance, steel, and food and beverage spaces. Senior associate İklim Gülsün Aytekin is the other key contact.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Lactalis Group

BNP Paribas Cardif Emeklilik

Axa Sigorta

Ak Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret

Renault Trucks

Carel

Universal Clinics SL / Igenomix SLU

Zeplin Yazilim Sistemleri Ve Bilgi Teknolojileri Anonim Şirketi

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Steelcase

Alexander McQueen

ALD Automotive Turizm Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Work highlights

  • Advised Carel regarding the notification to be made to the Turkish Competition Authority regarding its acquisition of 51% of the shares of CFM Soğutma ve Otomasyon Sanayi Ticaret Anonim Şirketi.
  • Acting for both Igenomix and Universal Clinics in the the establishment of their full-function joint venture in Spain.
  • Assisting Zeplin with respect to an investigation initiated by the Turkish Competition Authority concerning the labour market.

Turkey > Employment Tier 3

Ali Osman Ak, who has broad experience advising on HR management, recruitment and dismissal matters, heads the practice at Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak, which works in association with Gide Loyrette Nouel. The department is also known for handling document preparation, litigation, social security, union law and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Ak Gıda Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Groupe Lactalis)

Akdeniz Turistik Tesisler A.Ş. (Club Med)

Volvo Group Otomotiv Ticaret Ltd. Şti. (Volvo Trucks)

MDS AP Tech Yazılım Ürünleri ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Ca Technologies Yazılım ve Bilişim Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi

Bel Karper Gıda Sanayi A.Ş.

Match Group

Zeplin Yazılım Sistemleri ve Bilgi Teknolojileri A.Ş.

Work highlights

  • Advised Ak Gida on the preparation and adaptation of internal documentation including template contracts and regulations for remote and hybrid working and the re-organisation of the headcount.
  • Advised Bel Karper on the collective bargaining process and and negotiations with the authorised labour union.
  • Advised Match Group on a new employment contract based on remote working.

Turkey > Foreign firms Tier 3

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak  has grown its client base both domestically and for foreign inbound transactions in Turkey, with particular strengths in intellectual property, competition and insurance matters. Bülent Özdirekcan and Arpat Şenocak, who are qualified in France and Switzerland, respectively, lead the cross-border practice and are partners of Gide’s affiliated local firm Özdirekcan Dündar Senocak Attorney Partnership. Further key contacts include employment law expert Ali Osman Ak and IP practice head Esra Dündar Loiseau.

Testimonials

‘Reliable and business oriented.’

‘Arpat Şenocak has a get-things-done spirit and is very involved in the project. In addition, he is perfectly fluent in English and French which is a true asset.’

Key clients

Agence Française de Développement

Ak Gıda

Akdeniz Turistik Tesisler

ALD Automotive Turkey

ALD International

Air Liquide

Alchem Europe

Allflex

Altilis

AXA Hayat ve Emeklilik

AXA Sigorta

Believe Digital

BNP Paribas Cardif Hayat Sigorta

BNP Paribas Cardif Sigorta

BNP Paribas Cardif Emeklilik

BNP Paribas

Bo-Er

BPF Acentelik ve Aracilik Hizmetleri

BTA Havalimanları

Carel Industries

Ca Technologies Yazılım ve Bilişim Hizmetleri

Cepas Galvaniz Demir Celik Madencilik Insaat Nakliye

Christian Dior

Clarins

Club Méditerranée

Colina

Crédit Agricole Ukraine

Deka

Eker Süt Ürünleri Gıda

Electronics for Imaging (EFI)

Euler Hermes Sigorta

Euler Hermes (Italy)

Euralis

Ficosa

Gaptek

GCL Factoring France

Global Enerji

Gestamp North Europe Services

Groupama Sigorta

Groupama Emeklilik

Groupama Assurances Mutuelles

Group Atlantic

Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company

H & M

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

Joom

Juul Labs

Koop Hub

KYU (Hakuhodo DY Holding)

Lactalis Group

Lancome Parfums Beaute & CIE

Levi Strauss Co

Lombard Odier

Loyens & Loeff

LVMH

Maisto E Associeti

MDS AP Tech Yazılım Ürünleri ve Bilişim Hizmetleri

Midis Group

NN Hayat ve Emeklilik

Novacel

Renault

Orange Sigorta Aracılık Hizmetleri

PJSC Rosbank

Reinsurance Group of America

Renault

Saint Gobain

Schindler

SG Hambros

Skandinavska Enskilda Banken

Société Générale Milano

Şen-Er Boya Kimya

Sodrugestvo

Schindler

Superdry- DKH Retail

Taiyuan Iron & Steel (Group) Company

TEB Portföy

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Union Bancaire Privée

Vilmorin

Volvo Group Otomotiv

Volvo Trucks

Yakamoz Yağ

Yves Rocher

Work highlights

  • Assisted Veolia and Suez with all legal matters in Turkey arising from their worldwide merger.
  • Advised Allianz on regulatory and transactional matters under Turkish insurance and capital markets regulations.
  • Assisting L’Oreal, Beaute Prestige International, Dior, Chanel, Bulgari and Montale with protection against counterfeited products.

Turkey > Intellectual property Tier 3

Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak has particular strength in anti-counterfeiting matters, where it advises a number of major multinational luxury goods brands, including Chanel, Dior and Bulgari. The team’s international reach is extended by its association with French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.. Trade mark attorney Esra Dündar Loiseau leads the team and has 20 years of experience across the full range of IP matters. Senior associate Arzu Bekem coordinates the team’s IP prosecution work.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Kendal Basut

Testimonials

‘An efficient, knowledgeable and highly ethical team. Flexible billing, particularly during the pandemic. We feel supported by the firm. They are a real partner against IP crime.’

‘The team at this firm are extremely professional and thorough in their litigation and transactional work. They are quick to provide creative solutions to uniquely tough situations and clients are always satisfied with the work they produce.’

‘Esra Dündar Loiseau is meticulous and very brilliant in the advice and strategies she crafts for clients.’

‘Esra Dündar Loiseau and her team are extremely professional, responsive and commercial in their approach. I would not hesitate to recommend them to colleagues and contacts.’

Key clients

Juul Labs

Renault

Lancome Parfums Beaute & CIE

LVMH

AK Gida

Superdry- DKH Retail

Volvo

Alchem International

Christian Dior

Laboratoire Nuxe

Work highlights

  • Acted for L’Oreal, Beaute Prestige International, Dior, Chanel, Bulgari and Montale in a number of raids and seizures of counterfeit goods.
  • Represented AK Gida in a trade mark dispute with Sütaş.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

An affiliate firm of Gide Loyrette Nouel, Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak Ak‘s M&A practice has notable strength in cross-border mandates, and covers a wide range of sectors, particularly financial services, retail and energy. Bülent Özdirekcan and Arpat Şenocak head the team, and senior associate Pınar Veziroğlu Dilek provides additional support.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Believe International

Webhelp SAS

Groupama Hayat

Sojern, Inc.

Lactalis / Ak Gida

Cisco

Gonvarri Solar

Schindler

Renault

Carel Industries S.P.A

Laboratoire de Biologie Végétale Yves Rocher

Alta Plastik (Mercx Group)

Allflex (Mercx Group)

Veolia

Suez

Steelcase

Enova

Work highlights

  • Advised Carel on the acquisition of a controlling stake in CFM Sogutma.
  • Advised Laboratoire de Biologie Végétale Yves Rocher on the purchase of the remaining 24% stakes that its Turkish partners had in the Turkish companies named Kosan Kozmetik Sanayi and Kosan Kozmetik Pazarlama.
  • Advised Oyak Renault on its long-term partnership in Turkey for the manufacturing of vehicles, by way of concluding a manufacturing a supply agreement with Karsan Otomotiv Sanayii ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi.

Present in Istanbul for 20 years, Gide is one of the rare international law firms in Turkey to be in a position to offer a global service in business and finance law, combined with perfect knowledge of the local market.

Gide Turkey regularly assists foreign investors (multinationals, public entities, banks, financial institutions, etc.) on their projects in Turkey, particularly in M&A, the setting up of joint ventures, restructurings, privatisations, project financings, and capital markets. Over these past few years, Gide has worked on some of the largest investment projects in Turkey. Gide has also acquired high-level experience in intellectual property, in particular in combating the proliferation of counterfeit goods.

When the specific characteristics of a case so require, for instance to handle cross-border operations and offer multi-jurisdictional services, Gide Turkey works alongside the firm’s other international offices, in particular those located in Central and Eastern Europe and North Africa. For financial matters, Gide Turkey works in close partnership with the London, New York and Paris offices to offer its clients the services of an integrated and international team.

Regarding aspects of Turkish law, Gide Turkey acts alongside its local correspondent firm Özdirekcan Dündar Şenocak. Gide in Turkey can thus rely on a team of lawyers recruited from among the best local experts, and who can handle all fields of Turkish business law (corporate, banking and finance, insurance, intellectual property, real estate and environment, competition and distribution, tax, customs, employment law and more). This team boasts perfect knowledge of the business environment, thereby facilitating relationships with the market’s various players and Turkish administrative bodies.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Mergers and acquisitions/corporate Arpat Senocak
Mergers and acquisitions/corporate Bülent Özdirekcan
Banking and finance Arpat Senocak
Real estate, construction Ali Osman Ak
Real estate, construction Bülent Özdirekcan
Projects (finance and infrastructure) Arpat Senocak
Projects (finance and infrastructure) Bülent Özdirekcan
Competition and distribution, international trade Arpat Senocak
Competition and distribution, international trade Bülent Özdirekcan
Tax, exchange control and customs Bülent Özdirekcan
Intellectual property Esra Dündar Loiseau
Insurance Arpat Senocak
Employment and welfare Ali Osman Ak
Dispute resolution Ali Osman Ak
Dispute resolution Esra Dündar Loiseau
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Ali Osman Ak photoMr Ali Osman AkAli Osman Ak is a partner of Gide’s correspondent firm in Turkey, Özdirekcan…
Esra Dündar Loiseau photoMs Esra Dündar LoiseauEsra Dündar Loiseau is a partner of Gide’s correspondent firm in Turkey,…
Bülent Özdirekcan photoMr Bülent ÖzdirekcanBülent Özdirekcan is a partner of Gide’s correspondent firm in Turkey, Özdirekcan…
Arpat Şenocak photoMr Arpat ŞenocakArpat Şenocak is a partner of Gide’s correspondent firm in Turkey, Özdirekcan…
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