Firm Profile > Moroglu Arseven > Istanbul, Turkey

Moroglu Arseven

Compliance Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven handles a broad range of regulatory compliance issues and risk mitigation matters. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, anti-terrorism, antitrust, international trade remedies and sanctions, business crimes, corporate governance, employment law and privacy. Key sectors of expertise include healthcare, fintech, media and advertising, food and beverage and industrial manufacturing. The team is co-headed by five partners: Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, Orçun Çetinkaya, Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu and Ertunç Şirin.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven covers the full range of IP matters including trade mark transactions and registration, copyright, patent enforcement and litigation, prosecution and anti-counterfeiting programmes. Key sectors of expertise include IT, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, retail and automotive. The team represents various high-profile clients including Starbucks, Samsung, Twitter, Amazon and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Practice head Işık Özdoğan specialises in developing customised anti-counterfeiting programmes. Gökçe İzgi and Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar are recommended alongside senior associate Ece Berkman.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven advises media and entertainment clients on corporate, tax, competition and regulatory issues as well as on celebrity image protection, advertising and licensing. It also handles sport-related dispute resolution and arbitration, and provides pre-publication review services for Turkey-related content to multimedia outlets. Benan Arseven specialises in sports law, Orçun Çetinkaya is adept at handling dispute resolution and dispute avoidance matters and Işık Özdoğan focuses on sector-specific IP matters.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven is adept at handling cross-border transactions, M&A and also corporate and commercial advisory work. Other areas of expertise include post-merger and post-acquisition advice, contracts, share transfers, due diligence and contentious matters. Clients include Samsung, British American Tobacco, May Agro Seeds, Vicat and Insider. Seyfi Moroğlu, Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Benan Arseven head the team.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The large dispute resolution team at Moroglu Arseven is headed by Orçun Çetinkaya, Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven, Işık Özdoğan and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin. Areas of expertise include distribution, agency and portfolio compensation issues, business crime, employment disputes, ADR, tax litigation, IP disputes, sports disputes and debt collection. Senior associate Fulya Kurar joined from Pinsent Masons Danismanlik Hizmetleri Avukatlik Ortakligi.

Energy Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven handles various aspects of energy-related matters including transactional, regulatory, strategic, commercial and technical. Areas of expertise include compliance strategies, risk mitigation, litigation, investigations, governance, banking, corporate and M&A matters. It also deals with project finance and cross-border energy distribution. Benan Arseven, Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Seyfi Moroğlu are the key practitioners.

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven is adept at handling regulatory, compliance, data protection and e-commerce issues as well as technology-related acquisitions. Other areas of expertise include cloud services, gaming, cybercrime, and start-up financing. Samsung, Amazon and Twitter are all clients of the eight-partner team, which includes key practitioners Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and Işık Özdoğan.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Moroglu Arseven advises banks, financial institutions and corporations on new ventures, foreign investment, securities, venture capital and emerging growth. Other areas of expertise include lending transactions, refinancing and regulatory work. Clients include Vicat, ACT Venture Capital and 212 Capital Partners. Seyfi Moroğlu and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin head the team.

Competition Tier 4

Moroglu Arseven develops competition compliance programmes for clients and advises on merger control reviews, competition law aspects of supply and distribution contracts, regulatory filings for exemptions and clearances and TCA investigations. Clients include British American Tobacco, Yusen Logistics Turkey and Vicat Turkey. Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin are the key practitioners. Bora İkiler left to join Balcioglu Selçuk Akman Keki.


The firm

Moroglu Arseven is a full-service law firm with broadly demonstrated expertise and experience in all aspects of business law. Established in 2000, the firm combines a new generation of experienced international business lawyers and acclaimed counsels who have academic, judicial and practical experience in private law. Its dynamic and dedicated team is able to analyse the legal framework and provide flexible solutions for clients doing business in Turkey. The firm serves local clients in international markets and international clients in Turkey. Clients appreciate the firm’s responsive, clear and concise answers to legal questions, as well as its knowledge of their business goals, usually based on long relationships.

The firm represents and serves a diverse clientele, in a wide range of industries. In-depth sector knowledge ensures seamless service across practice areas, enabling Moroglu Arseven to meet all of a client’s legal needs in Turkey. Key areas include manufacturing, retail, energy, banking and financial markets, construction, real estate, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, TMT and sports.

Areas of practice

Corporate and M&A: the firm advises a number of major corporations as general counsel, but its corporate department’s primary focus is end-to-end advice during mergers and acquisitions, along with associated company formations. The firm’s depth of expertise allows it to look beyond the rushed M&A period and provide experience-based advice about future transaction consequences and implications.

Banking, finance, and securities regulation: the firm regularly handles innovative matters for large clients, including banks, financial institutions and corporations, and provides advice on a full range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues. Moroglu Arseven advises financial institutions, export credit agencies, foreign commercial banks and corporate borrowers on all banking and finance matters, both in Turkey and overseas.

Intellectual property: the firm advises clients on the protection and enforcement of trade marks, domain names, copyrights, patents and related rights, as well as securing, protecting and enforcing these assets. The firm litigates disputes in administrative agencies and courts, as well as prosecuting counterfeiters. In addition, Moroglu Arseven manages high-profile intellectual property portfolios, both in Turkey and abroad.

Compliance and internal investigations: a speciality area for Moroglu Arseven, integrated into all other practice areas. The firm focuses on ensuring clients’ strategies and policies are both compliant and cost-efficient, while also representing good practice at a local and international level in a wide variety of areas, including anti-corruption, anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, business crimes, antitrust, privacy and data protection, employment, financial markets and services, energy, life sciences and pharmaceuticals. The firm has established a strong reputation for developing and auditing compliance strategies, as well as risk mitigation, often in highly complex, inter-jurisdictional compliance projects, or heavily regulated sectors.

Dispute resolution: a speciality area for the firm, often acting for clients in complex litigation in regulated and non-regulated markets, arbitration proceedings, and negotiating settlements in line with clients’ business priorities. The firm specialises in representing global manufacturers or local distributors in disputes over distribution, agency and regulatory issues. Moroglu Arseven is strong in construction, energy, and post-M&A disputes in Turkey and abroad. Clients appreciate the firm’s strength of white-collar crime and criminal defence work, as well as employment law disputes.

Employment: the firm offers a full range of employment and labour law advice, including transactional support, drafting employment documents and agreements, as well as support on daily matters and disputes. Advice includes hiring and firing procedures, remuneration, benefits and pension, disciplinary procedures, immigration and work permits, drafting and implementing human resources guidelines, codes of conduct, policies and procedures, performing interrogations and investigations, representation in business crime cases, support in employee or workplace transfers, M&A transactions and restructuring procedures. The firm regularly supports and advises international law firms and human resources functions of multinational corporations and local conglomerates on both contentious and non-contentious matters.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments Benan Arseven
Corporate, commercial, M&A and foreign investments Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Banking, finance and securities Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Banking, finance and securities Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Intellectual property Işık Özdoğan
Intellectual property Gökçe Izgi
Intellectual property Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar
Employment Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Employment Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Employment Orçun Çetinkaya
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration Benan Arseven
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration Orçun Çetinkaya
Debt collection, restructuring and bankruptcy Benan Arseven
Debt collection, restructuring and bankruptcy Orçun Çetinkaya
Antitrust Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Business crime and anti-corruption Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Business crime and anti-corruption Orçun Çetinkaya
Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative Orçun Çetinkaya
Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative Benan Arseven
Sanctions, customs, tax and administrative Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Public procurement, government contracts, privatisation and PPP Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Public procurement, government contracts, privatisation and PPP Orçun Çetinkaya
Project development, real estate and construction Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Project development, real estate and construction Benan Arseven
Project development, real estate and construction Orçun Çetinkaya
Energy Benan Arseven
Energy Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Pharmaceutical and medical services Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Pharmaceutical and medical services Işık Özdoğan
Information technologies and telecommunications Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Information technologies and telecommunications Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Gökçe İzgi  photo Ms Gökçe İzgi
Mr Orçun Çetinkaya  photo Mr Orçun Çetinkaya
Ms Işık Özdoğan  photo Ms Işık Özdoğan
Mr Benan Arseven  photo Mr Benan Arseven
Ms Nejla Aydın Özer  photo Ms Nejla Aydın Özer
Ms Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar  photo Ms Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar
Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu  photo Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Ms Burcu Tuzcu Ersin  photo Ms Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
Number of lawyers : 55
SCG Legal
Contacts : Dr E Seyfi Moroglu LL.M (partner)
Contacts : E Benan Arseven (partner)
Contacts : Isik Özdogan LL.M (partner)
Contacts : Burcu Tuzcu Ersin LL.M (partner)
Contacts : Orçun Çetinkaya LL.M (partner)
Contacts : Gökçe Izgi (partner)
Contacts : Ezgi Baklaci Gülkokar (partner)