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Gün + Partners

Compliance Tier 1

Gün + Partners provides advice on ‘strategy and practical day-to-day matters enabling businesses to effectively mitigate compliance risk’. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, internal and external investigations, anti-bribery, fraud, sanctions and compliance matters. The team, led by Bariş Kalayci and Pelin Baysal, acts for large multinationals in sectors such as energy, TMT, construction, real estate and life sciences. Managing associate Filiz Toprak Esin is also recommended.

Employment Tier 1

Gün + Partners provides ‘practical, cost-effective advice on both strategy and day-to-day employment matters’. It covers the full gamut of employment law including advisory and litigation, restructurings and reorganisations, employment contracts, terminations, collective bargaining, severance payments and business immigration. Key sectors include media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, consumer goods, IT and telecoms, transportation and energy. Rıza Gümbüşoğlu ‘stands out from the crowd with his practical approach and business-oriented advice’. Pelin Baysal is also recommended.

Insurance Tier 1

Gün + Partners is adept at handling insurance litigation, regulation, contracts and M&A-related insurance matters. Other areas of focus include third-party claims, policy cover, settlement negotiations, litigation and arbitration. Construction and infrastructure count among the key sectors of expertise. Pelin Baysal heads the team.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Gün + Partners advises a vast array of high-profile international clients in the media, retail, energy and finance sectors. Areas of expertise include litigation, advisory, transactions, prosecution matters, trade marks, designs and copyrights, patents and utility models. The team acts for various highbrow fashion brands and recently organised an anti-counterfeiting project confiscating 12,000 counterfeit products from manufacturers and retailers and rising awareness for police forces around trade mark infringement. The nine-partner team of ‘experienced litigators’ is led by Mehmet Gün, Uğur Aktekin, Barış Kalaycı and Özge Atılgan Karakulak. Selin Sinem Erciyas, Hande Hançar Çelik, Güldeniz Doğan Alkan, Mutlu Yıldırım Köse and Zeynep Seda Alhas are also recommended.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Gün + Partners' ‘highly competent and experienced’ team acts for global multimedia, IT and broadcasting companies and retail brands. Areas of expertise include marketing, advertising, licensing, transactional, advisory and contentious matters. It also covers regulatory, corporate, commercial, employment and competition law matters in the media and entertainment sector. The team is co-headed by Uğur Aktekin, Hande Hançar Çelik and newly promoted partner Ali Ozan Karaduman.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gün + Partners displays ‘a high level of professionalism and empathy’. It advises clients on end-to-end litigation, arbitration and mediation services including ADR. Experience in commercial dispute resolution includes the areas of insurance, labour and administrative law, tax and compliance. The team is headed by Mehmet Gün, Rıza Gümbüşoğlu and Pelin Baysal, who provides ‘a solution-oriented perspective with prompt and accurate advice’.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Gün + Partners advises clients on data protection, compliance, inter-company data transfers, privacy issues, and telecoms transactions and contentious matters. IT-related expertise includes outsourcing as well as service level and software license agreements. Practice co-heads Hande Hançar Çelik and Uğur Aktekin are ‘knowledgeable and provide timely and concise advice’. Newly promoted partner Ozan Karaduman also co-heads the team and is ‘a high-profile lawyer in relation to data protection’. The team is ‘very responsive, detail-oriented and provides commercially astute advice’.

Competition Tier 3

Gün + Partners handles a broad range of competition law matters including M&A, distribution and technology transfer practices, cartels and abuse of dominance issues. Other areas of expertise include competition law trainings, compliance audits and mock dawn raids. Mehmet Gün and Özge Atılgan Karakulak jointly head the team.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Gün + Partners adeptly handles transactional matters including M&A, dispositions, spin-offs and capitalisations. On the commercial side the team has experience in advising on partnership agreements, corporate services including entity formation, governance, restructuring and securities. Key sectors of expertise include life sciences, TMT, insurance, financial services and energy. Pelin Baysal and newly promoted partner Ali Ozan Karaduman head the team. Mehmet Gün is another notable practitioner.


The firm

Gün + Partners was founded in 1986 and is one of the largest law firms in Turkey with 13 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.

International Reach

We actively contribute to the promotion of business opportunities, inward and outward direct investments and to initiatives of private and government organisations for the development of Turkey’s international economic relationships with its major trading partners.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Management, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Finance Mehmet Gün + 90 (212) 354 00 12
Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Designs, Anti-Counterfeiting, Business Crimes and Anti-Corruption Barış Kalaycı + 90 (212) 354 00 40
Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Designs, Copyrights, Technology, Media and Telecom Hande Hançar Çelik + 90 (212) 354 00 73
Intellectual Property, Patents and Utility Models, Life Sciences, Competition Özge Atılgan Karakulak + 90 (212) 354 00 24
Insurance and Reinsurance, Dispute Management, Corporate and M&A, Finance Pelin Baysal + 90 (212) 354 00 53
Dispute Management, Employment, Business Crimes and Anti-Corruption, Administrative, tax and regulatory, Construction and Real Estate Rıza Gümbüşoğlu + 90 (212) 354 00 05
Intellectual Property, Patents and Utility Models, Life Sciences Selin Sinem Erciyas + 90 (212) 354 00 24
Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Designs, Copyrights, IP Prosecution, Technology, Media and Telecom Uğur Aktekin + 90 (212) 354 00 22
Intellectual Property, Anti-Counterfeiting Zeynep Seda Alhas + 90 (212) 354 00 40
Business Crimes and Anti-Corruption, Competition, Corporate and M&A Filiz Toprak Esin + 90 (212) 354 00 24
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Uğur Aktekin  photo Mr Uğur Aktekin
Ms Özge Atılgan Karakulak  photo Ms Özge Atılgan Karakulak
Mrs Pelin Baysal  photo Mrs Pelin Baysal
Mr Görkem Bilgin  photo Mr Görkem Bilgin
Mr Ali Bozoğlu  photo Mr Ali Bozoğlu
Ms Berrin Dinçer  photo Ms Berrin Dinçer
Ms Dicle Doğan  photo Ms Dicle Doğan
Ms Güldeniz Doğan Alkan  photo Ms Güldeniz Doğan Alkan
Mrs Selin Sinem Erciyas  photo Mrs Selin Sinem Erciyas
Ms Filiz Toprak Esin  photo Ms Filiz Toprak Esin
Mr Rıza Gümbüşoğlu  photo Mr Rıza Gümbüşoğlu
Mr Mehmet Gün  photo Mr Mehmet Gün
Ms Hande Hançar Çelik  photo Ms Hande Hançar Çelik
Mr Barış Kalaycı  photo Mr Barış Kalaycı
Mrs Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın  photo Mrs Aysel Korkmaz Yatkın
Ms Zeynep Seda Alhas  photo Ms Zeynep Seda Alhas
Ms Mutlu Yıldırım Köse  photo Ms Mutlu Yıldırım Köse
Mrs Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş  photo Mrs Begüm Yavuzdoğan Okumuş
Ms Beril Yayla Sapan  photo Ms Beril Yayla Sapan
Number of lawyers : 70
IBA (International Bar Association)
AIDA International Insurance Law Association
GALA (Global Advertising Lawyers Association)
INTA - International Trademark Association
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
APRAM (Association des Praticiens des Marques et Modèles)
German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (GRUR)