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The firm

Gün + Partners was founded in 1986 and is one of the largest law firms in Turkey with 12 partners and over 70 lawyers. The firm is based in Istanbul and provides transactional, advisory and dispute management services to local and international companies throughout Turkey and assists clients worldwide through its established network of correspondents and contacts. The firm’s core areas of expertise are corporate and commercial, dispute management and intellectual property. It represents clients in numerous industry sectors with a particular focus on life sciences, consumer goods, TMT, manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure.

Areas of practice

The firm advises on high-profile acquisitions and joint ventures, incorporation and restructuring of businesses, all aspects of inward and outbound investment, franchise and distribution agreements, licensing, sales, agency and all related commercial contracts. The team has particular strength in advising clients from regulated sectors in corporate and M&A work, particularly in life sciences, TMT, energy and insurance.

The firm’s intellectual property expertise covers patents, utility models, trade marks, copyrights and designs. Recognised as the leading IP practice in Turkey the firm provides a full range of legal services including civil, criminal and administrative litigation, arbitration and mediation, advisory, transactional, registration, opposition, maintenance, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and investigation. The firm advocates on Turkish IP law compatibility with international treaties and standards, individually and through local and international associations.

The firm is renowned for the strength and depth of its dispute management capabilities. It handles a wide variety of disputes from IP litigation and complex cross-border cases including major commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance and construction disputes, real estate projects, corporate crime, customs and tax, agency and distribution and labour and employment disputes. The firm is also active in ADR advising clients on adhoc and institutional arbitrations including ICC and LCIA. The experienced dispute management team leads the anti-bribery practice of the firm.

The firm provides legal services related to all aspects of employment law: advisory and litigation services on restructurings and reorganisation, employment contracts, mutual termination contracts, collective bargaining, loyalty, discrimination, mobbing, confidentiality and non-compete obligations and enforcement, job security and termination issues, employee-related IP rights and employee inventions, liability for workplace accidents, severance payment and termination compensation claims, recourse claims by social security institutions and business immigration.

The firm provides dedicated consultancy and litigation services for life sciences industry. Combining the firm’s transactional, regulatory and IP experience with in-depth and current sector knowledge, the practice advises on every aspect of the business cycle of a life science product. In addition to corporate clients, the practice advises the most prominent industry associations active in the Turkish medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals industries.

The firm provides insurance and reinsurance-related litigation, regulation, and M&A services to its local and foreign clients. The practice mainly provides legal assistance to London-based reinsurers on complex insurance cases mostly arising from all risk construction policy, professional indemnity insurance, D&O, bankers blanket bond, CIT and general liability insurance policies. It assists many global and local insurance and reinsurance companies regarding the new products in the Turkish market, advises them in localisation of the insurance and reinsurance policies and advises the same on regulatory matters during company establishment phase as well as for their routine operations and compliance matters. The practice is supported by Prof Dr Hüseyin Ülgen, chair of the insurance section of the new Turkish commercial code.

The firm provides services in all aspects of Turkish telecommunication and technology law, broadcasting legislation, electronic communication, IT outsourcing, cyber security, data privacy and protection.

  • Number of lawyers: 70
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Member
  • LegaLink
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • ITechLaw
  • INTA - International Trademark Association
  • BioLegis
  • IAPP
  • AIDA International Insurance Law Association
  • AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
  • BCCT
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
  • APRAM (Association des Praticiens des Marques et Modèles)
  • ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
  • GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Association)

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