Firm Profile > Moroglu Arseven > Istanbul, Turkey

Moroglu Arseven

Compliance Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven assists clients with formulating regulatory compliance strategies and risk mitigation, as well as conduct investigations. The extensive experience of its team is reflected by its work for clients in sectors such as healthcare, fintech, e-commerce, media, advertising, gambling and industrial. Burcu Tuzcu Ersin has expertise in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act, among other areas. Ersin jointly leads the group with Z. Ertunç ŞirinE. Seyfi Moroğlu and E. Benan Arseven. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven's practice covers a wide spread of matters, such as licensing, IP portfolio management, trade marks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, domain names, unfair trade and customs processes. It also advises on enforcement, prosecution, litigation and anti-counterfeiting. Işık Özdoğan leads the team, which acts for clients in sectors such as fashion, retail, luxury goods and pharmaceuticals. Senior associate Ece Berkman is another name to note.

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‘Excellent strategic advice, practical thinking and great communication’. 

‘Responsiveness and precision in providing clear practical advice in navigating the challenging local practice before the Turkish PTO’.

‘Very reliable firm with a highly professional and practical approach, well determined and focused on the results’.

‘A consistent showing of exceptional care and responsiveness, with competitive pricing’. 

‘Exceptional expertise in local trademark laws and related careful guidance on significant developments and in connection with possible trademark oppositions’.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Moroglu Arseven is strong in multiple disciplines, which make it well-placed to advise clients on areas such as governance, tax, competition, regulatory, real estate, employment and immigration. It also advises on IP including trade marks, copyright, celebrity image rights and television formats and licensing. The workload is also driven by the firm's involvement in media and advertising-related disputes, as well as regulatory compliance matters. Clients include media publishers, broadcasters, performing artists, athletes, producers, ticketing agencies, sports clubs, and marketing and advertising companies. Benan Arseven and Isik Ozdogan are the joint heads of the practice. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.


‘All the lawyers at their office are very experienced and full of knowledge’.        

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven handles every stage of the M&A process for clients, including post-merger and post-acquisition issues. In addition, it provides assistance with venture capital and private equity investments, establishing joint ventures and strategic alliances. It also offers support in ancillary areas, such as tax, competition and employment. Reflective of the firm's market presence, it acts for clients in a number of sectors, including life sciences, financial services, industrial production, packaging, media and ICT. The team is jointly led by Benan Arseven, Seyfi Moroğlu and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin.


‘Moroglu Arseven showed high professionalism and experience while handling the matters entrusted to them’.

‘They were swift in their support and very meticulous’.

‘They have high negotiating skills and an important knowledge in cross-border transactions’.

‘Both Benan Arseven, partner, and Hazal Baydar, associate, were available at all times to cater to our legal requirements and requests’.

‘They have carried out exceptional work and provided excellent support throughout the transaction and still adequately support the client in its day-to-day legal requirements following the closing of the transaction’.

‘Great team with commercial understanding as well as legal know-how’.

‘Resourceful in problem solving’.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Working closely with other departments, Moroglu Arseven's dispute resolution team assists clients with contentious matters involving areas such as employment, tax, sport and criminal and civil fraud, among others. It is equally strong representing clients before both Turkish and foreign courts. Seyfi Moroğlu (who has expertise in shareholder disputes), Benan ArsevenIşık Özdoğan and Burcu Tuzcu Ersin are the practice heads. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.


‘Reliability, based on the evaluation from a broad perspective and reaching a decision by considering all conceivable possibilities’.

‘Our experience of dealing with Moroglu Arseven has been nothing put positive with clear advice, actions and updates’.

Employment Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven's dedicated employment practice provides a broad range of support in contentious and non-contentious matters. Key areas of work include strategic workforce management issues relating to corporate transactions and projects; day-to-day employee-related issues; disciplinary, termination and severance procedures; regulatory advice to international clients; anti-corruption, whistleblowing, privacy and data protection policy advice; and outsourcing and contracting arrangements. The practice also offers guidance on union relations and protests, stock option plans, ongoing employee benefit requirements and international immigration procedures and requirements. Practice head İpek Ünlü Tık has significant specialist experience in negotiations, disputes, disciplinary procedures and terminations.

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IT and telecoms Tier 2

Moroglu Arseven advises on new and developing technologies, including those relating to online gaming, gambling and betting services, as well as as e-currencies (including bitcoin). Its team is led by Burcu Tuzcu Ersin, who has experience of venture capital, growth and start-up financing. The group also advises on the creation, acquisition, transfer, use and IP protection of technology. Clients include large multinational companies operating in the technology, e-commerce, media and entertainment sectors.

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‘Partner Burcu Tuzcu Ersin is very responsive and thoughtful when it comes to client requests’.

‘Experience and having a good command of subject makes them different from competitors’.

‘Competitive pricing and high service quality’.

‘Team capabilities were incredible; they understood each sectors’ business models and ways and gave us an idea of how to establish the company’.

Energy Tier 3

The ‘dynamic’ practice at Moroglu Arseven handles transactional and regulatory matters in the energy industry, including license applications, power purchase agreements, asset financing, cross-border energy distribution and stock financing related to energy commodities. Benan Arseven heads the team. Other names to note are Burcu Tuzcu Ersin and C. Hazal Baydar.

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Real estate and construction Tier 3

Moroglu Arseven advises on commercial, residential and industrial developments, where it assists with renovation issues, developments or the ongoing management of a facility. The team also has handles litigation and transactional real estate issues. E. Seyfi Moroglu heads the practice. Highlights included assisting Tacirler Gayrimenkul Yatırım ve Geliştirme Tic. A.Ş. with the $22m purchase of 13 detached sections of a skyscraper in Istanbul. Orçun Çetinkaya left the firm.

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‘They have an excellent grasp of the commercial realities of our business,  a feature that delivers high quality and successful outcomes for our disputes and transactions.’

‘Their hands-on approach enables them to be aware of all the important details of a dispute without losing sight of the big picture.’

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

In addition to advising domestic banks, Moroglu Arseven provides bespoke support to a number of international lenders on their most significant financing and security matters. Beyond handling banking and finance mandates, capital markets work is another key pillar of the practice, which is led by Seyfi Moroğlu. The firm is in regular contact with the Capital Markets Board, enabling it to assist clients with compliance and disclosure issues, as well as investigations.

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‘Very proactive and dedicated’.

‘Smart, experienced and knowledgeable’.           

‘Their communication and response is good’.

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
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration Benan Arseven
Debt collection, restructuring and bankruptcy Benan Arseven
Antitrust Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Business crime and anti-corruption Burcu Tuzcu Ersin
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
Project development, real estate and construction Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu
Project development, real estate and construction Benan Arseven
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 Gökçe advises clients on a full range of intellectual property issues and…
Ms Işık Özdoğan  photo Ms Işık Özdoğan Işık leads Moroglu Arseven’s intellectual property team. She has wide experience in…
Mr Benan Arseven  photo Mr Benan Arseven Benan has wide experience in corporate and commercial law, along with related…
Ms Nejla Aydın Özer  photo Ms Nejla Aydın Özer Nejla primarily concentrates on lawsuits, contracts, debt collection and other dispute resolution…
Ms Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar  photo Ms Ezgi Baklacı Gülkokar Ezgi advises clients on a full range of intellectual property issues and…
Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu  photo Dr E. Seyfi Moroglu Seyfi advises closed and public corporations, funds, financial services companies, and banks…
Ms Burcu Tuzcu Ersin  photo Ms Burcu Tuzcu Ersin Burcu’s work includes all aspects of business law, specializing particularly in mergers…
Number of lawyers : 55
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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 : Gökçe Izgi (partner)
Contacts : Ezgi Baklaci Gülkokar (partner)