Firm Profile > Bener Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey

Bener Law Office
Büyükdere Cad. No: 193/4
34394 Levent, Istanbul

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bener Law Office has a broad corporate offering, with a large number of retainer clients the firm advises on a continuous basis regarding commercial operations, employment, and governance issues. The team also handles transactions, investments, and tax advisory work, with an in-house tax counsel in the practice. Areas of focus include energy, e-commerce, and manufacturing. The team is led by managing partner Erim Bener, alongside the highly experienced Gözde Esen Sakar, who has advised on a number of high-value energy, private equity, and technology transactions, while Onur Kordel is also heavily focused on energy and infrastructure work.

Practice head(s):

Erim Bener; Gozde Esen Sakar

Other key lawyers:

Onur Kordel

Key clients





Mars Sinema

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait




Avid Management


Employment Tier 3

Bener Law Office provides continuous advice to a number of major international companies, including Mastercard and Marks & Spencer, on employment issues relating to their Turkish operations. Matters include employment contracts, termination proceedings, benefits, and internal policies. The practice is led by Erim Bener and Batuhan Şahmay.

Practice head(s):

Erim Bener; Batuhan Şahmay

Key clients

Pierre Fabre




Marks & Spencer

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 who are highly respected in their fields.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Batuhan Şahmay  photo Mr Batuhan Şahmay Partner
Mrs Ayşegül Özgen Levi  photo Mrs Ayşegül Özgen Levi Partner
Ms Eren Üçok  photo Ms Eren Üçok Partner
Mrs Bahar Ülgen Hasşerbetçi  photo Mrs Bahar Ülgen Hasşerbetçi Partner
Mrs Gözde Esen Sakar  photo Mrs Gözde Esen Sakar Senior Partner
Mr Serkan Kolay  photo Mr Serkan Kolay Partner
Mr Onur Kordel photo Mr Onur Kordel Senior Partner
Mrs Burcu Okyay Göktan  photo Mrs Burcu Okyay Göktan Partner
Mrs Pelin Tırtıl Esin  photo Mrs Pelin Tırtıl Esin Partner
Ius Laboris
Transparency International Turkey

Bener law office is a full service Turkish law firm with international focus. Bener established an office in Amsterdam in 2018. This multi jurisdiction established presence gives us an advantage over local Turkish law firms and along with their membership of renowned global networks of independent law firms allows us to successfully compete with the international law firms on the ground in Turkey. Bener Law Office is the exclusive country member in several specialist global networks, including InterlexGlobalaw 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. We have one partner permanently based in our Amsterdam office. Our primary focus is to assist Turkish clients in the various stages of internationalisation and expanding their international activities in the Netherlands. 


Bener Law Office takes equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace very seriously. We have a long-standing commitment towards equity, inclusion and equal employment opportunity with no regard to age, gender, disability, race, sexual orientation, and social background. Notably, %65 of our Senior Partners / Partners and %50 of other staff are female. In addition, our staff is inclusive of individuals with disabilities and individuals from ethnic minorities.

Our diversity and inclusion efforts will continue to focus on maintaining a just workplace for all our current and future employees. Our mission is to not only continue to keep a diverse environment, but to also set an example to others in Turkey to show that diversity in the workplace is a necessity for a healthy work environment and success.