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Mehmet Gün

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Gün + Partners

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Dispute Management
Intellectual Property
Corporate and M&A
Life Sciences



Mehmet Gün, the founder of the Firm, is truly a self-made man. Despite the enormous difficulties of his childhood, born into poverty in a rural area of Turkey, he managed to break these boundaries to become the founder of one of Turkey’s top law firms and earned global recognition and respect as one of the leading international lawyers in Turkey, instead of herding goats and donkeys in his hometown in the Taurus Mountains in Anatolia.

In a  professional career of almost  40 years, he founded and developed a firm which is renowned locally and internationally for its expertise in commercial and corporate, intellectual property, life sciences & pharmaceuticals and commercial litigation practices in Turkey. In addition to leading the Firm, he developed an ERP software suite for managing law firms and other professional service businesses which has become the backbone of the Firms’ continuous development.

He was among the pioneers in the development, regulation, promotion and enforcement of modern Turkish IP laws by the Turkish government, and advised several industry NGO’s and parliamentary debates of the most recent Industrial Property Act of Turkey. He considers himself as a litigator and has acted as lead and co-counsel in numerous local and international litigation, arbitration and mediation. He currently focuses on complex litigation frequently with cross border elements, business concerns and acts as a strategic advisor to clients and the large team of lawyers in the firm.

He has made significant contributions to his country’s and business community’s benefit of his international legal expertise, outstanding understanding the legal and administrative structure of the Turkish Republic, the state of the rule of law, the boundaries of the Turkish Judiciary and their effects on the business and social environment Mr. Gün has established the Better Justice Association and Istanbul Arbitration Association NGOs.

Criticizing the abusive use of court appointed experts by Turkish judiciary he has written a book on “Unconstitutionality of the Privileged Protection Afforded to Community of Experts. He has also written, for TÜSİAD, the Turkish Industrialist and Businessmen Association, the “Report for Quality in Judicial Services and the Elements of Quality” and led the series of conferences communicating the Report’s key themes to business communities throughout Turkey. He has also written, for the Better Justice Association, “the Proposal for the Establishment of a Higher Judicial Council Structure to Ensure the Independence of the Judiciary.” He recently completed another book on advancing Turkish democracy through the rule of law and public accountability.

In addition, he has authored his professional autobiography “From the Steppes to Becoming a Global lawyer” sharing his vast experience with the Turkish legal community.

He is a philanthropist working to provide university education for disadvantaged of young girls and boys from his hometown, and also for the professional development of legal practice in Turkey. He has organized several conferences sharing the know-how he has accumulated in the firm with his peers in all parts of the country aiming to improve the Turkish legal profession to state of the art international standards. He has begun licensing the ERP software to other lawyers and firms either at no or very low cost.

He is member to several business and professional NGOs contributing to the improvement of the business environment through advocating the rule of law, accountability and separation of powers and the true independence of the judiciary.


Turkish, English


Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD), President of the Judicial Reform Committe
Better Justice Association, Founder and Chairman
İstanbul Arbitration Association, Founder and Chairman
Istanbul Arbitration Center (ISTAC), Chairman of Intellectual Property Working Commission
Turkish Enterprise and Business Confederation (TÜRKONFED), Vice President of Board of Directors
International Bar Association (IBA)
European Patent Institute (EPI)
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Patent and Trademark Attorneys’ Association of Turkey (PEM)
Transparency International Turkey
Istanbul Bar Association


Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, Istanbul (LL.B. 1980)


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Within: Competition

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.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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’.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Mehmet Gün - Gün + Partners

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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