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Bener Law Office

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bener Law Office opened offices in Amsterdam and London in 2018, and its international expansion has put it on a stronger footing to assist global clients with their legal and commercial needs. The team in Istanbul is jointly led by Gözde Esen SakarErim Bener and Onur Kordel. It is highly active in energy and infrastructure transactions, and is also strong in areas such as e-commerce, real estate and insurance. In addition to assisting clients with completing deals, the group also provides support on the drafting and negotiating of contracts, and also provides commercial law and competition law advice.

Key clients





Mars Sinema

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait


Abdi İbrahim



Avid Management


Employment Tier 3

Erim Bener and Batuhan Şahmay lead the practice at Bener Law Office, which represents domestic and international clients in employment-related litigation. Matters include advice on compensation, benefits, pensions, occupational health and safety and whistle-blower investigations. The firm also has a specialised corporate immigration team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Pierre Fabre




Marks and Spencer

Project finance/projects Tier 3

Bener Law Office advises on energy, infrastructure, mining, privatisations and government contracts, PPPs, joint ventures, project finance and real estate matters. Erim BenerGözde Esen Sakar and Onur Kordel are recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Bener Law Office handles a wide variety of disputes, including employment, labour, commercial, administrative and consumer law matters. The specialist dispute resolution department works closely with its colleagues in the employment, corporate and commercial teams to provide an integrated service. Erim Bener and Ramazan Yılmaz jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients



KLM-Air France





The firm: Bener Law Office was founded by Erim Bener in 2001 and has grown to its current size through careful selection of partners, associates and support based on strong ethics, technical excellence and a business-minded approach. The firm’s growth has been driven by the needs of its clients, which include many leading international and local companies, as well as the opportunities in the market.

Around 70% of the firm’s clients are multinationals, and its core activities range from Turkish market entry all the way through to IPOs, high-profile M&A, privatisation projects and significant dispute resolution work.

Bener Law Office believes that in order to be successful in the long term, it must continue to differentiate itself both through consistent quality and increasing its offerings to clients in emerging fields. With this in mind, it is active in the PPP arena, having been involved in a high proportion of recent local IPOs and significant bond issues, as well a majority of the highest profile internet-based transactions to date.

Areas of practice: Bener Law Office is a full-service Turkish law firm with a strong international practice. Its results-oriented team provides superior quality counsel to local and multinational businesses and individuals across diverse practice areas and sectors.

Thorough understanding of complex, cross-cultural business environments has enabled Bener Law Office to develop a client base that includes many of the world’s leading corporations. Expertise is offered in local and regional business and financial markets, with the firm’s multilingual, multi-jurisdictional team specialising in the Turkish, Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian arenas.

Clients value the quality of the firm’s people, its successful track record and its in-depth market knowledge; the firm is proud to deliver the results that its clients want with the highest quality technical expertise and commercial pragmatism.

While it handles a wide variety of work for a diverse client base, Bener Law Office has particular strength in corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, ecommerce, energy and mining, construction and real estate, as well as enjoying a market-leading position in corporate retainer, employment and immigration instructions.

Bener Law Office is the exclusive country member in several specialist global networks, including Interlex-Globalaw and Ius Laboris, the leading labour and employment law global alliance, with 2,500 lawyers specialising in all areas of law relating to human resources.

The firm also benefits from exclusive of counsels, recognised leaders in their fields, including the head of the parliamentary commission for the enactment of the new Turkish Commercial Code.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Gözde Esen Sakar
Banking and finance Bahar Ülgen
Capital markets Gözde Esen Sakar
Mergers and acquisitions Onur Kordel
Mergers and acquisitions Gözde Esen Sakar
Real estate and construction Gözde Esen Sakar
Real estate and construction Onur Kordel
Corporate Bahar Ülgen
Corporate Eren Üçok
Corporate retainer Pelin Tirtil
Corporate retainer Batuhan Sahmay
Administrative Güzide Özbilen
Employment Maria Lianides Çelebi
Employment Pelin Tirtil
Employment Batuhan Sahmay
Corporate immigration Maria Lianides Çelebi
Corporate immigration Tugçe Isikara
Privatisations, PPP and government contracts Onur Kordel
Privatisations, PPP and government contracts Bahar Ülgen
Energy and infrastructure Onur Kordel
Energy and infrastructure Gözde Esen Sakar
Mining and natural resources Gözde Esen Sakar
IT and telecoms Gözde Esen Sakar
IT and telecoms Bahar Ülgen
Internet and ecommerce Gözde Esen Sakar
Internet and ecommerce Bahar Ülgen
Dispute Resolution Ramazan Yılmaz
Dispute Resolution Serkan Kolay
Arbitration and enforcement Ramazan Yilmaz
Arbitration and enforcement Güzide Özbilen
Ius Laboris
Transparency International Turkey
Number of legal staff : 52