Firm Profile > Hergüner Bilgen Özeke > Istanbul, Turkey

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke
BÜYÜKDERE CADDESI 199
LEVENT 34394
ISTANBUL
Turkey

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke stands out for its cross-border capabilities and broad range of sector specialisms, including telecoms, technology, e-commerce, energy, and regulated markets. The team has particular experience assisting Asian clients with investments into Turkey. Matters include complex arrangements relating to state-owned assets, capital markets, and international joint ventures. The team is overseen by Ümit Hergüner, a senior partner with a strong record in energy and automotive deals; corporate governance specialist Kayra ÜçerMert Oğuzülgen, who works on cross-border retail and e-commerce deals; and energy and regulatory-focused Deniz Tuncel.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Kayra Üçer; Mert Oğuzülgen; Deniz Tuncel

Testimonials

‘The Hergüner team commercial team we work with are excellent lawyers who really understand the international commercial imperatives of a very challenging transaction’

‘Kayra Üçer is an excellent commercial lawyer, pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Scientific Games Szerencsejatek Szolgaltatasok

Nagase & Co

Telia Company

Newrest Group Holding

Arcelormittal France

LBO France Gestion

Actuant Corporation

Medek Medikal Ürünler

Essilor Amera Pte

Marubeni

Johnson Controls Holding Company

Employment Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke acts for a range of major corporate clients, including multinational brands such as Bloomberg, Mars and Reuters, on a variety of large-scale and complex employment issues. The firm regularly handles cross-border disputes, employee transfer proceedings, termination-related litigation, and collective bargaining negotiations, as well as providing advice on day-to-day employment law issues. The team is led by Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen, a specialist litigator who regularly acts in employment proceedings, alongside corporate adviser Ufuk Yalçın, who handles retainer work as well as contentious proceedings, including C-suite terminations.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Ufuk Yalçın

Key clients

Bloomberg

Foot Locker

Mars

Pramerica

International Paper Olmuksan

Trelleborg

Granite Services International

Sisu Axels

Dytech

Monster Energy Europe

OBSS

LM Wind Power Blades Turkey

Vibracoustic CV Air Springs

Energy Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is active across a diverse range of energy projects and transactions, including nuclear power plant construction,  oil & gas pipeline developments, and renewable energy deals. The firm acts for major Turkish and international energy companies and investors, often as sole Turkish counsel in cross-border developments. The team was notably heavily involved in the TurkStream pipeline, a complex development between Russia and Turkey. An extensive team includes key practitioners Ümit HergünerSenem DenktasPiraye Kuranel BaşolNazım O. Kurt, and Deniz Tuncel, who is noted in the market for his cross-border expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Senem Denktaş; Piraye Kuranel Başol; Nazım O. Kurt; Deniz Tuncel

Testimonials

‘Herguner is one of the largest law firms of Turkey and a place to turn to for any legal advice. Their team is extremely professional, diverse and thoughtful of client needs while providing practical advice. I would recommend Herguner to any other companies with no hesitation whatsoever. Herguner’s team works as one team, meeting any deadlines. ’

‘Nazim Kurt Olcay is well-known in the energy industry and brings outstanding knowledge and maturity to any matters he deals with. He works hard on matters, is focused on providing practical advice, and looks at many perspectives which may be omitted otherwise. I highly recommend working with Nazim in any matter.’

Key clients

Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline Company

South Stream Transport

SUNFARMING Eurasia Enerji Üretim

Mobil Oil Türk

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke is highly involved in a number of longstanding projects, with expertise in social infrastructure, transport, energy and telecoms developments, as well as transactions relating to project development. The team has a strong record in PPP arrangements, and acts for both sponsors and lenders in large-scale projects, with notable clients including EBRD and SouthStream. A number of senior practitioners are active in the practice, including senior partner Ümit HergünerSenem Denktaş, who has a strong track record in PPP arrangements; Piraye Kuranel BaşolSerkan GülNazım O. Kurt, and energy specialist Deniz Tuncel.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Senem Denktaş; Piraye Kuranel Başol; Serkan Gül; Nazım O. Kurt; Deniz Tuncel

Key clients

South Stream

EBRD

Export Development Canada

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

IFC

EIB

K-exim

K-sure

BSTDB

DEG

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Borusan EnBW Enerji

Yapı Kredi

İş Bankası

Entek

DP World Yarımca Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. (Dubai Port)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The 'practical' and 'diverse' team at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises clients on transactional and portfolio management issues, commercial leasing work, construction agreements and projects, and acts in disputes. The firm assists a combination of real estate investors and developers, infrastructure and energy companies, and international retailers. The team is led by Serkan Gül, who is an experienced real estate practitioner noted for his combination of transactional, regulatory and administrative law expertise, and Nazım O. Kurt, who handles litigation, particularly relating to construction and infrastructure projects, and contentious cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Serkan Gül; Nazım O. Kurt

Testimonials

‘Hergüner is the largest and one of the best if not the best law firm in Turkey. Their real estate work expands within and outside of Turkey, including in France. Hergüner provides practical advice while putting clients’ interests into attention.’

‘Nazim Kurt has extensive experience in the real estate industry and is known in the industry. Nazim works hard and provides practical advice, while looking at many important perspectives. It is a pleasure to work with him and I recommend him to any other company.’

Key clients

South Stream Transport

Hanon Otomotiv İklimlendirme Sistemleri Üretim

St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı

Multi Turkey Yönetim

Metro Properties Gayrimenkul Yatırım

Akıncıoğlu Şirketler Grubu

Uransan Dış Ticaret Taahhüt

Venue Istanbul Gayrimenkul Hizmetleri

Fiba Ticari Gayrimenkul Yatırımları

German Consulate

Volkswagen AG

The Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Pipeline Company

İzmir Özel Türk Koleji

Uran Holding

EPM Gayrimenkul

Pramerica Real Estate (PGIM)

Extensa Istanbul Emlak Yatırım

Union Investment Real Estate

Dubai Ports World Yarımca Liman

Anadolu Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı

Kaan Otelcilik Ve Gayrimenkul Yatırımları

UPS

Dolphin Overseas Fund

Engin Grup

Kaşa Turizm Bilgisaya

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke works on a diverse range of restructuring and insolvency cases, including traditional corporate insolvencies and bankruptcy litigation, alongside debt and loan restructuring on behalf of lenders, including international banks and equity investors. The firm also specialises in the restructuring and insolvency elements of  distressed M&A and concordatum issues. Key team members include experienced commercial litigator Tolga Danışman, M&A team head Kayra Üçer,  Ufuk Yalçın, who handles commercial and banking-based disputes, including debt restructuring and recovery, as well as advising on corporate restructurings, and banking head Piraye Kuranel Başol.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Tolga Danışman; Kayra Üçer; Piraye Kuranel Başol; Ufuk Yalçın; Yeşim Api Şamlı; Deniz Tuncel

Key clients

St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul

Tümad Madencilik

Nural Holding

Holding Internationale de Boissons

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Wafra Capital Partners

ING Bank

Venue Istanbul

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke has a broad service offering, advising major Turkish and international financial institutions and corporate borrowers on an array of matters, including project finance, acquisition and corporate finance, equity listings, private placements, and regulatory issues. Particular areas of expertise include Islamic financing, cross-border work, and project financing in regulated industries such as natural resources. Contacts in the team include Ümit HergünerAyşe Hergüner BilgenKayra ÜçerSenem DenktaşPiraye Kuranel BaşolYeşim Fethiye Api Şamlı, and Deniz Tuncel.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Kayra Üçer; Senem Denktaş; Piraye Kuranel Başol; Yeşim Api Şamlı; M. Mert Oğuzülgen

Key clients

Yapı Kredi

Global Exchange

Borusan EnBW Enerji

EBRD

Banco Santander

Export Development Canada

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

IFC

EIB

İş Bankası

Olmuksan International Paper Ambalaj

ICBC

Dechert

CNHI International

Tümad Madencilik

Cisco Systems

Telia Company

Taiwan Cement Corporation

Finansbank

Wafra Capital Partners

SYZ Group

Compliance Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke specialises in regulatory and criminal investigations, assisting major corporate clients with white-collar proceedings involving bribery, tax fraud, insider trading, and violations of Turkish and UK regulatory regimes. Additionally, the team provides ongoing compliance advice in a number of areas, including IT and telecoms, data protection, and financial services, as well as representing clients in litigation. Key names in the team include corporate and transactional lawyer Kayra Üçer, who focuses on governance and compliance issues, and commercial disputes specialist Ufuk YalçınYeşim Aiı Şamlı has expertise in financial services regulations.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Kayra Üçer; Ufuk Yalçın; Deniz Tuncel; Yeşim Api Şamlı

Key clients

Blackstone Group

Eversheds Southerland

Bridgepoint Capital

Global Exchange

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar

Hitachi Kokusai Electric

Hitachi Industry & Control Solutions

Insurance Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises insurance sector clients on a wide variety of issues, including corporate governance and structuring, establishment of Turkish operations, customer data protection compliance, and transactions between insurance and pension fund clients. The firm is also active in emerging insurance products, notably advising Sompo International on warranty and indemnity insurance relating to an acquisition. The team is overseen by Tolga Danışman, who regularly represents insurance companies in commercial litigation, alongside corporate partner Kayra ÜçerUfuk Yalçın handles employment matters for insurance clients.

Practice head(s):

Tolga Danışman; Kayra Üçer

Other key lawyers:

Ufuk Yalçın

Key clients

Vienna Insurance Group

Suzuki Otomobil

Norton Rose Fulbright (for AIG)

Atos

Sompo International

Gulf Sigorta

Tax Tier 2

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles a wide variety of tax advisory matters for corporate and banking clients. It offers transactional tax advice, customs and VAT advice, tax audits and investigations and tax litigation, as well as taking on a growing number of cases relating to Turkey's property taxation laws. The team is overseen by Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen, who represents clients in tax and transfer pricing litigation, while counsel Emre Urgin has extensive past expertise, having worked in the public and private sectors as a tax auditor.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen

Other key lawyers:

Emre Ergin

Key clients

LM Wind Power Blades Turkey

Competition Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke advises corporate clients on competition and antitrust issues, and is particularly active in the retail, logistics, and transportation sectors. Areas of strength include merger control and competition investigations, particularly those relating to cartel allegations, abuse of dominance and pricing. Senem Denktas and Kayra Üçer lead the team, while senior associate Süleyman Cengiz focuses exclusively on competition work, having formerly worked as a counsel at the TCA.

Practice head(s):

Senem Denktaş; Kayra Üçer

Other key lawyers:

Süleyman Cengiz 

Key clients

UPS Hızlı Kargo Taşımacılığı

Ege-Tav EGE Tarım Hayvancılık

Kale Nakliyat Seyahat ve Turizm

Bristol Myers Squibb İlaçları

Fairfax Financial Holdings

Adel Kalemcilik

Sumitomo Corporation

Gerflor

Atasun Optik Perakende

Xylem Water Solutions Global Services

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke represents a range of international clients in the areas of retail, energy, and private equity, handling a combination of commercial and constitutional disputes. Of recent note, the firm has increased its work in the media and criminal defence space, having acted in operational and freedom of speech issues. The team is led by senior partner Ümit HergünerAyşe Hergüner Bilgen, and Aslı Budak, who oversees the arbitration department. Ufuk Yalçın takes the lead on employment cases.

Practice head(s):

Ümit Hergüner; Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman; Aslı Budak; Ufuk Yalçın; İsmet Bozoğlu

Testimonials

‘Ayse Herguner – partner. Ayse is extremely professional and well known in the industry. She has strong track record of large cases in the dispute resolution. She has helped to win a number of cases. Nazim Kurt Olcay – partner. Nazim is extremely professional while providing practical and handy advice. Nazim has a strong track record of advising over broad variety of litigation cases, with complex structures. He is attentive to details and sees the bigger picture well in the litigation. He is strongly recommended for any litigation case. He has helped us to win a number of cases.’

‘They are always accessible and prompt, pleasant to work with and always calm under pressure. Aside to that, as having a large team, they can cover a broad range of service. ’

‘They are all very professional and accessible. Their experience and being able to intervene promptly enables us to feel comfortable while working them.’

Key clients

İpek İnşaat Taahhüt

St Martins

The Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan Pipeline Company

LM Wind Power Blades

CSL Behring

Türk Pirelli

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke combines IT-focused advice to domestic and multinational corporate clients with corporate transactional and governance support for clients in the technology and telecoms industries, such as Telia, Sony, and Hitachi. Matters include data protection compliance and the drafting of policies, regulatory support and disputes, and advice on tech M&A transactions. The team is led by corporate partners Kayra ÜçerUfuk Yalçın, and Deniz Tuncel.

Practice head(s):

Kayra Üçer; Ufuk Yalçın; Deniz Tuncel

Key clients

Scientific Games International

Telia Company

Bloomberg

CCC Information Services

Volkswagen AG & Volkswagen Turkey

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisaya

Sompo International

Hitachi Kokusai Electric

Sony Pictures Entertainment

ClickBus

St Martins

Intellectual property Tier 4

Hergüner Bilgen Özeke handles intellectual property registration, protection, and enforcement matters for clients in a number of industries, most notably retail and pharmaceuticals. The team works on trade marks, patent, and copyright matters, also representing clients in litigation relating to infringements and disputes over the holding of patents. The team is led by litigators Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen and Tolga Danışman.

Practice head(s):

Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen; Tolga Danışman

Key clients

Gates Europe BVBA

OBSS Bilişim Bilgisayar

ATM Beyaz Eşya Parçaları

Deliv

Polyplex Europa Polyester Film

Olmuksan International Paper Ambalaj

Floteks Plastik

FNSS Savunma

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 and 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 operational 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 protection: 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 and natural resources: 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 experience 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 and customs: Hergüner has broad experience in investigations concerning import safeguard measures and anti-dumping 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 and 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 and 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
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
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Mr Kayra Üçer  photo Mr Kayra Üçer Mr. Üçer is a partner in the M&A and Corporate Support, Competition,…
Ms Yeşim Fethiye Api Şamlı  photo Ms Yeşim Fethiye Api Şamlı Ms. Api Şamlı is a partner in the banking finance, capital markets,…
Mr İsmet Bozoğlu  photo Mr İsmet Bozoğlu Mr. Bozoğlu is a partner in the dispute resolution, arbitration, corporate support,…
Ms S. Aslı Budak  photo Ms S. Aslı Budak Ms. Budak is a partner in the projects & infrastructure, arbitration, energy,…
Mr Tolga Danışman  photo Mr Tolga Danışman Mr. Danışman is a partner in the dispute resolution, white collar and…
Ms Senem Denktaş  photo Ms Senem Denktaş Ms. Denktaş is a partner in the Projects & Infrastructure, Banking and…
 Serkan Gül photo Serkan Gül Mr. Gül is a partner in our firm’s real estate practice group.…
Ms Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen  photo Ms Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen Ms. Hergüner Bilgen is a founding partner of the firm and has…
 Ümit Hergüner photo Ümit Hergüner Mr. Hergüner is a founding member and the Senior Partner of the…
Ms Piraye Kuranel Başol  photo Ms Piraye Kuranel Başol Ms. Kuranel Başol is a partner in the banking and finance and…
Mr Nazım O. Kurt  photo Mr Nazım O. Kurt Mr. Kurt is a partner in our real estate and dispute resolution…
Mr M. Mert Oğuzülgen  photo Mr M. Mert Oğuzülgen Mr. Oğuzülgen is a partner in the corporate and M&A and capital…
Mr Deniz Tuncel  photo Mr Deniz Tuncel Mr. Tuncel is a partner in the Corporate and M&A, Data Protection,…
Mr Ufuk Yalçın  photo Mr Ufuk Yalçın Mr. Yalçın is a leader in our Corporate Support, Dispute Resolution, and…
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