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Ümit Hergüner

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

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Corporate and M&A, Infrastructure & Project Finance, and Energy


Mr. Hergüner is a founding member and the Senior Partner of the firm. Mr. Hergüner oversees the activities of multiple practice groups M&A, Infrastructure & Project Finance, and Energy practice groups.

Mr. Hergüner provides strategic advice to international clients entering the Turkish market, domestic clients investing abroad, and commercial clients engaged in complex cross-border transactions and international disputes, as well as advising all sides on large-scale infrastructure projects. He was first recognized as an innovator for cross-border transactions during his work on the intra-governmental agreement based legal regime for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project, and has since continued to advise some of the most famous names in international infrastructure project development.


Prior to founding the firm in 1989, Mr. Hergüner was Special Counsel on Foreign Law at Reid & Priest Attorneys at Law in New York from 1985 to 1988 .




Mr. Hergüner is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSİAD). He is part of the American Bar Association (ABA) where he serves as a Representative to the IBA Working Group on UN Guidelines on Human Rights and Business and is Vice Chair of the Law Office Management Committee and ABA International Associate. He is a board member of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD) where he also served as president from 2005 to 2007, and he is a Board Member of the International Law Institute (ILI), Washington, DC and an Advisory Council Member and former President of  International Law Institute (ILI) Istanbul Chapter. He also serves as an Advisory Member of the International Relations & European Union Center Advisory Board of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Türkiye Barolar Birliği (TBB).


Mr. Hergüner received his Bachelor of Laws from Istanbul University School of Law in 1979, where he also conducted Graduate Legal Studies (DEA) until 1982, as well as receiving a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law in 1984, and a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia Law School in1985.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

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Within: Energy

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.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

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.

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