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Ayşe Hergüner Bilgen

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

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Dispute Resolution and Employment & Labor


Ms. Hergüner Bilgen is a founding partner of the firm and has been overseeing the firm’s dispute resolution and employment and labor practice group for over 20 years. She advises corporate and private clients in commercial, criminal, and administrative disputes and her areas of expertise include post-privatization issues, execution and bankruptcy proceedings, post-transactional issues, consumer, labor, and tax disputes.


Ms. Hergüner Bilgen has been a partner since the firm’s founding in 1989.




Ms. Hergüner Bilgen is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association, the Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TÜSİAD), the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), the Istanbul University School of Law Alumni Association, and the 1905 GSYIAD Galatasaray Director’s and Businessmen’s Association.


Ms. Hergüner Bilgen received her Bachelor of Laws from Istanbul University School of Law in 1980, and her Master of Laws from Istanbul University School of Law in 1981.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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’.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

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.

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Within: Tax

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.

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Hergüner Bilgen Özeke


    Dispute resolution and settlement procedures are becoming increasingly important in this time of global financial crisis, particularly in the commercial field. Consequent to the need for specialized legal counsel to prevent further disputes by structuring investments and partnerships appropriately, post-transactional litigation advice and insight into Turkish procedural law applicable to dispute resolution have become more relevant to foreign investors in Turkey. This article provides a general overview of the Turkish judiciary's structure, as well as a summary of the fundamental principles of Turkish civil procedure.
    - Hergüner Bilgen Özeke

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