Firm Profile > Hergüner Bilgen Özeke > Istanbul, Turkey

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke
LEVENT 34394

Employment Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling cross-border employment disputes, litigation, labour negotiations, restructurings, collective bargaining, terminations and employee transfers. Recent highlights include continuing to act for a US sportswear and footwear retailer in relation to employment lawsuits initiated by former employees and five pre-litigation mediation processes, as well as providing advice on day-to-day employment-related matters. Clients include Bloomberg, Mars and Manpower. Bige Yücel and Ufuk Yalçın jointly head the team.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Approachable and experienced’, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises clients on licensing and permitting, real estate-related disputes, rental agreements, development and construction, and transactions. Other areas of expertise include commercial leases, PPPs, financing, zoning and urban regeneration projects. Clients include South Stream Transport, PGIM Real Estate, Siemens Wind Power and ACWA Power. Serkan Gül and Nazım Kurt co-head the team, which is noted for its ‘experience in high-value real estate matters and quick, result-oriented reports’.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling corporate restructuring, insolvency, bankruptcy, liquidation, M&A-related restructuring and contentious matters. In a recent highlight the team assisted Wafra Capital Partners with corporate restructuring, financing and intra-group financing transactions involving asset-based financial engineering. Reynaers Aluminium and ING Bank are other key clients. Key practitioners include Tolga Danışman, Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Ufuk Yalçın.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s banking and finance team is jointly headed by Piraye Kuranel Başol, Mert Oğuzülgen, Kayra Üçer and Yeşim Api Şamlı, who has ‘excellent relations with regulatory authorities’. Areas of expertise include corporate finance, acquisition finance, project finance, and Islamic finance. It also advises on organising employee stock option plans. Recent highlights include advising Merrill Lynch on corporate loans of $70m and €41m provided to Vestel Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret. Other clients include Wafra Capital Partners, Telia Company, Blackstone Group and Olmuksan.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling cross-border transactions involving overseas regulatory bodies. Practice co-head Ümit Hergüner specialises in M&A and corporate law. Kayra Üçer and Senem Denktaş also head the team. It assisted Cardinal Health with the acquisition of Medtronic Medikal Teknoloji's Turkish assets as part of a $6.1bn global deal. Another highlight was advising Securitas on its $28.5m acquisition of Pronet Güvenlik ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri. Alibaba is another key client.

Energy Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises on project finance and the banking and M&A side of the energy market. Other areas of expertise include cross-border transactions and regulatory advice in the nuclear, oil and gas, mining, natural gas and electricity sectors. In a recent highlight it advised Akbank on the drafting of loan agreements and preparation of a Turkish law security document package in relation to a €30m solar energy plant financing. Other clients include Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline Company and South Stream Transport. Ümit Hergüner and Deniz Tuncel head the team.

Insurance Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises on insurance-related M&A transactions, post-closing matters, incorporation of new insurance companies, restructuring and compliance. It also represents clients in insurance-related disputes. Tolga Danışman and Kayra Üçer head the team. Clients include Vienna Insurance Group, Suzuki Otomobil and Atos.

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling PPP projects, build-transfer-operate (BOT) projects and build-lease-transfer (BLT) projects. It represents lenders and borrowers from various sectors including healthcare, education, infrastructure and energy. A highlight was representing Tümad in relation to the $210m financing obtained from EBRD, Ziraat Bankası and Akbank for the the construction, development, and operation of Tümad’s gold mines in Lapseki and Ivrindi. Other clients include Finansbank, South Stream Transport and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company. Aslı Budak, Senem Denktaş, Ümit Hergüner and Deniz Tuncel are the key practitioners.

Competition Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is adept at handling merger filings, alternative merger deal structures, investigations and general competition law issues. It continues to assist Mobil Oil Türk with an individual exemption from restrictions around the sale, purchase, and resale of lubricants. Other clients include Tesco, Sumitomo, Hewlett-Packard and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Süleyman Cengiz, Kayra Üçer and Mert Oğuzülgen jointly head the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke’s large dispute resolution team has ‘extensive experience in litigation and risk assessment, and a good record of winning cases’. Areas of expertise include commercial disputes, employment, real estate, labour law, IP, and tax litigation matters. The team also handles international mediation procedures and arbitration. LM Wind Power Blades, CSL Behring and Telia Company count among the team's clients. Key names to note include Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen, Bige Yücelİsmet Bozoğlu and Tolga Danışman; they provide ‘technical mastery, strategic guidance and good judgement on business matters’.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises on the full range of IP matters including patents, trade marks, domain names and copyright. Other areas of expertise include litigation, enforcement, registration, licensing, franchising IP transfers and distribution. Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Bige Yücel head the team. Gulf is a key client.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises on data protection, data privacy, regulatory, competition, disputes and compliance matters. It also handles corporate and M&A matters for technology companies. Ufuk Yalçın and Kayra Üçer head the team. Clients include Atos, Sony and Hitachi.

Tax Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke has a focus on contentious work and also advises on VAT, real estate-related tax and transfer pricing. Clients include LM Wind Power Blades and Alltech. Tolga Danışman and Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen head the team. Zaman Özer joined as counsel.

Transport Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke covers project finance-related transport matters and has experience in advising on large transport projects including highways, bridges, tunnels, airports and ports. Other areas of expertise include license-based transportation projects and disputes. APM Terminals, Otoyol Yatırım ve İşletme and South Stream Transport count among the team's clients. Aslı Budak, Kayra Üçer and İsmet Bozoğlu are the names to note.

The firm

Founded in 1989, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership is one of the oldest, largest, and most well-established corporate law firms in Turkey. In spite of its size, the firm maintains a personalised attention to detail that its clients have come to expect. Among Turkish law firms with a global reach, the firm is one of the few that is truly local and full-service. This combination allows Hergüner to equally advise large multinational organisations, international financial institutions, private individuals, and local start-ups and has earned the firm its reputation for flexibility and innovation.

Areas of practice

Banking & finance: Hergüner represents IFIs, banks, corporations and other investment experts in all sorts of lending transactions including corporate lending, acquisition finance, and project finance. The team also handles acquisitions of financial institutions, cross-border Islamic finance transactions such as murabaha agreements and sukuk offerings, and advises on international compliance issues such as FATCA, Dodd-Frank, and international sanctions regimes in addition to local compliance issues.

Commercial, Corporate and M&A: for the last two decades Hergüner has been involved in the majority of significant Turkish M&A deals, and it is a pioneer in the development of corporate governance principles in Turkey. The firm is proud to have represented many international clients in Turkey during their initial entry into the market, through further acquisitions, and in some cases, their exit transactions, in addition to assisting these clients with corporate compliance matters throughout their entire opporational life.

Capital Markets: Hergüner’s capital markets team represents investors and financial institutions in some of the most innovative securities transactions in the Turkish market. The team handles corporate bond issuances, sale/purchase transactions concerning the shares of the leading publicly held entities in Turkey, mandatory tender offer transactions, exemption applications, and equity-offering transactions.

Real estate and construction: Hergüner advises the world’s leading international retailers, real estate funds and developers in transactions involving all forms of real estate from ports to urban regeneration. The team also specializes in sophisticated real estate litigation, arbitration and represents local and international developers and investors before civil courts, administrative courts, tax courts and arbitral tribunals.

Competition: Hergüner’s competition team is led by a former state antitrust case manager and provides legal advice and assistance related to pre-investigations and investigations that have been initiated by the Competition Board, in addition to providing compliance training and programs and competition law due diligence services to clients.

Dispute resolution: Hergüner’s dispute resolution team handles every type of dispute from complex litigation to international and domestic arbitration, as well as white collar investigations, administrative disputes, and mediation. The firm’s decades of experience includes commercial disputes, high profile administrative lawsuits, and criminal proceedings.

Employment: Hergüner advises Turkish and international companies in all aspects of employment, from sensitive c-suite executive issues to contentious collective bargaining negotiations. The team advises our clients on their daily corporate needs as they relate to employment issues and provides legal assistance in the most complex, sensitive matters, resulting in innovative legal solutions.

Data Protetion: Hergüner has extensive experience in data protection and cybersecurity matters, including data protection compliance projects and guiding clients through data protection legislation as it relates to any aspect of their business, as well as data transfer issues and handling data breach notifications. Members of the team, equipped with global and local data protection knowledge, are able to navigate client companies through redesigning or adapting their data protection programs, policies, and data transfer schemes to comply with Turkish data protection law.

Energy & Natural Resoruces: from power plants to pipelines, Hergüner is a leader in the energy field, both in terms of innovative solutions to novel energy issues and benchmark international deals. The team has significant experiene in mine financing, major cross-border oil and gas pipelines, and internationally funded generation facilities. Hergüner advises clients in all segments of the energy sector including traditional resources like oil and gas, mining, natural gas, coal, and nuclear, as well as renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, tidal, and geothermal, which can present novel and unique legal issues.

IT and telecoms: Hergüner represents operators, agencies, investors and lenders in a range of regulatory and transactional matters covering everything from licensing and data protection to litigation.

Intellectual property: the Hergüner team supports all aspects of IP law including patents, trade marks, utility models, industrial design, geographical signs, domain names, copyright, litigation and enforcement.

Project finance/projects: from Ottoman-era concessions to modern PPPs, Hergüner effectively wrote the book on project finance, advising clients on some of the largest projects in Turkish history.

Transport: from financing to operations, Hergüner represents sponsors, project companies, financial institutions, contractors and suppliers developing motorways, railways, ports and airports.

Restructuring and insolvency: Hergüner represents local and international companies through both M&A-related insolvency and restructuring, as well as sensitive bankruptcy enforcement proceedings.

Tax: from domestic structuring and authority disputes to multinational AD/CVD and safeguards cases, Hergüner advises local and international companies on all their tax issues.

Media and entertainment: Hergüner advises major media sector projects, including regulatory, commercial, and transactional aspects of print, television and radio broadcasting.

Global Trade & Customs: Hergüner has broad experience in investigations concerning import safeguard measures and antidumping made by the Imports General Directorate of the Ministry of Trade and acts as counsel to Turkish producers on the plaintiff side as well as to foreign exporters on the interested party side.

Immigration & Citizenship via Investment: Hergüner’s citizenship acquisition team represents foreign individuals throughout the process of obtaining Turkish citizenship with our unique understanding and deep knowledge of the requirements and procedures necessary to become a citizen.

White Collar & Investigations: Our team has first-rate experience in dealing with government investigations and enforcement matters. Our lawyers have substantial experience in defending clients through all phases of investigations and with criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, having represented clients before the prosecutors and courts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial, corporate and M&A; Energy Ümit Hergüner
Dispute resolution; Intellectual property; Tax Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen
Dispute resolution; Restructuring and insolvency Tolga Danişman
Project finance/projects; Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets; Commercial, corporate and M&A; Competition; Media and entertainment Senem Denktaş
Commercial, corporate and M&A; Competition Kayra Üçer
Project finance/projects; Transport Asli Budak
Real estate and construction Serkan Gül
Project finance/projects; Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets Piraye Kuranel Basol
Project finance/projects; Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets Yeşim Api Şamlı
Commercial, corporate and M&A; Employment; Dispute Resolution Ufuk Yalçın
Employment,Intellectual property, Tax Bige Yücel
Commercial, corporate and M&A; Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets M. Mert Oguzülgen
Commercial, corporate and M&A; Energy; IT and Telecoms Deniz Tunel
Real Estate and Construction Nazim O. Kurt
Dispute Resolution; Transport; Commercial, corporate and M&A; Arbitration; Shipping and Transport İsmet Bozoğlu
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Kayra Üçer  photo Mr Kayra Üçer
Ms Yeşim Fethiye Api Şamlı  photo Ms Yeşim Fethiye Api Şamlı
Mr İsmet Bozoğlu  photo Mr İsmet Bozoğlu
Ms S. Aslı Budak  photo Ms S. Aslı Budak
Mr Tolga Danışman  photo Mr Tolga Danışman
Ms Senem Denktaş  photo Ms Senem Denktaş
Mr Serkan Gül  photo Mr Serkan Gül
Mr Ümit Hergüner  photo Mr Ümit Hergüner
Ms Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen  photo Ms Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen
Ms Piraye Kuranel Başol  photo Ms Piraye Kuranel Başol
Mr Nazım O. Kurt  photo Mr Nazım O. Kurt
Mr M. Mert Oğuzülgen  photo Mr M. Mert Oğuzülgen
Mr Deniz Tuncel  photo Mr Deniz Tuncel
Ms Bige Yücel  photo Ms Bige Yücel
Mr Ufuk Yalçın  photo Mr Ufuk Yalçın
Number of lawyers : 83
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