Firm Profile > Güner Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey

Güner Law Office
Levent Caddesi Alt Zeren Sokak No.7
Levent Istanbul 34330
Turkey

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Güner Law Office has a strong focus on the media and entertainment sectors, advising several major international names including Fox and the New York Times on Turkish operations. The 'experienced and professional' team handles corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters for clients, alongside administrative law, employment, and intellectual property considerations. The practice is led by Ece Güner Toprak, an experienced practitioner who advises media clients on corporate, regulatory, and contentious issues, alongside TMT regulatory specialist Burçak Kurt Biçer.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Burçak Kurt Biçer

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional team. Thorough research in preparing the advice or cases. The approach is always to solve the dispute or problem for the continuation of a proper business. ’

‘Very detail oriented hand on approach. Always has advice on our direction.’

Key clients

21st Century Fox (formerly News Corporation)

Twentieth Century Fox International Corporation

Fox Networks Group

Fox Turkey

The Walt Disney Company

A&E Networks

Viacom International Media Networks

Sky

Endemol Shine Group

The New York Times

Dow Jones (The Wall Street Journal)

Intellectual property Tier 2

Güner Law Office specialises in intellectual property work for media, entertainment, and telecoms clients, including transactional IP matters, litigation, and registration and transfer of trade marks and patents. Notable mandates include those from global giants  21st Century Fox and Disney, with the firm supporting these clients with Turkish trade mark and IP issues, notably protection and actor's rights. The team is led by highly experienced IP specialist Ece Güner Toprak, who offers great expertise across advisory and contentious IP, both in Turkey and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Ece Guner Toprak

Key clients

21st Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Disney Enterprises

Fox Networks Group Turkey

Schneider Electrics SE

Gunsan Elektrik Malzemeleri

Sky

Man With A Mic

Istanbul

Endemol Shine Group

Employment Tier 3

Güner Law Office provides continuous advice to its corporate clients on a wide range of employment and labour law issues, including benefits and compensation agreements, internal guidelines, termination proceedings, settlement agreements, and changes in contracts or working conditions. The team also represents clients in challenges to employee terminations, and in mediation proceedings. The team is overseen by  Ece Güner Toprak and employment specialist Burçak Kurt Biçer.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Burçak Kurt Biçer

Testimonials

‘Excellent English, approachable, sensible and sharp.’

‘Burcak Kurt Bicer is an strong player. Clear advice, pragmatic and knows her stuff well.’

‘The Guner Law team is very efficient, responsive, and dependable.’

Key clients

Discovery Corporate Services

Ferro Corporation and Ferro Turkey

Endemol Shine Group

Konecranes

ICANN Turkey

Kone Asansör

Clifford Chance

Avient and Avient Turkey

Deloitte

C&J Clark International

Forcepoint Turkey Siber Güvenlik

Tractel

Sicame

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Burçak Kurt Biçer leads the team at Güner Law Office, which advises corporate and tech clients including HTC, Microsoft, and Ferro Corporation on Turkish regulatory compliance issues. In particular, the firm supports clients with continuous data protection compliance, including applications to the Turkish Data Controller. Additionally, the practice advises tech-focused clients on corporate and commercial considerations.

Practice head(s):

Burçak Kurt Biçer

Testimonials

‘One of the few teams in Turkey with real data protection expertise.’

‘Burcak Kurt Bicer is one of the few lawyers in Turkey with real data protection expertise. She is practical and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Fox Network Group and Fox Turkey

Microsoft Mobile Turkey (formerly Nokia Turkey)

HTC

ICANN

Ferro Corporation

Suez WTS

Konecranes OJY

Discovery Communications

Forcepoint Holdings International, Forcepoint Turkey Siber Güvenlik Hizmetleri

Endemol Shine Group

Project finance/projects Tier 3

Güner Law Office advises on international greenfield and brownfield financing projects, alongside regular involvement in Turkish energy and infrastructure developments; the group also has an established strength in hotel financings and refinancings. The practice acts for both borrowers and lenders, including banks, financial institutions, project sponsors and hotel companies. The team is led by Ece Güner Toprak and Ömer Erdoğan, who are experienced advisers on transactional and financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Ömer Erdoğan

Key clients

Fiba Holding

Fina Holding

Akbank

Limak İnşaat

Türkiye İş Bankası

Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası

ING Bank

Societe Generale

Unicredit Bank

Öksüt Madencilik

Centerra Luxembourg Holdings

Limak Afrika

Denizbank

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Güner Law Office handles a wide range of real estate issues, advising foreign real estate investors, developers and hotel companies on their Turkish operations and transactional work, including large-scale projects; the group also advises notable corporates including the Walt Disney Company on commercial leasing matters. The team is jointly led by transactional experts Ece Güner Toprak and Burçak Kurt Biçer, alongside project and financing specialist Ömer Erdoğan.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Ömer Erdoğan; Burçak Kurt Biçer

Testimonials

‘Ömer Erdoğan and his team are very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers in their market and have been very responsive and very business minded in providing their legal advice. Mr. Erdoğan remains our go-to person in Turkey for hotel and real estate transactions.’

‘Ömer Erdoğan and his team are capable of providing advice on all aspects of a real estate and hotel transaction taking into consideration all of their clients needs.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Ferro Turkey

Husam Kailani

Marriott Hotels International

Polyone Tekno Polimer Müh.

Bank Of America

Tractel International

Sicame

Wafra Capital Partners Investments

Ali Akbar Atai Ahai

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 4

Güner Law Office advises domestic and international banks, various other financial institutions, and corporate borrowers on transactional and regulatory issues. The firm has notable capabilities in financing transactions, syndicated lending, asset-backed finance, and Islamic finance matters, as well as project financing. The team is led by Ömer Erdoğan and Burçak Kurt Biçer, both of whom are adept at cross-border financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Omar Erdoğan; Burcak Kurt Biçer

Key clients

Fiba Holding

Fina Hoding

China Eximbank

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International

Limak

Öksüt Madencilik

Centerra Luxembourg

Denizbank

Türkiye İş Bankası

Türkiye Sınai Kalkınma Bankası

ING Bank

Wells Fargo

Castleton Commodities UK

Raiffeisenbank Bulgaria EAD

Limak Afrika

HSBC Bank France

SACE and SACE FCT

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Güner Law Office advises domestic and international clients on M&A, private equity investments, and broader corporate issues. It is also adept at handling post-M&A disputes in litigation and arbitration. The firm has a strong record in the media and mining sectors, regularly acting on Turkish elements of international deals. Ece Güner ToprakBurçak Kurt Biçer, and Ömer Erdoğan are key figures in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Burçak Kurt Biçer; Ömer Erdoğan

Key clients

A&E Networks

Imerys

Ferro Corporation

Fox Networks Group

Konecranes

Mapei International

Tracel

Dow Jones

OSTC

Sicame SAS

Forcepoint Holdings

Ferro Turkey

Avient (formerly Polyone) Turkey

Suez WTS

Şafak Elektrik

Compin Group

New York Times

Endemol Shine Group

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Güner Law Office has particular strength in representing clients in media, intellectual property, and debt recovery disputes. Clients include a wide range of domestic and international companies, with notable names including Fox Turkey and Sky. Contacts in the team include Ece Güner Toprak and senior associate Can Güner, both of whom focus on the IT and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ece Güner Toprak; Can Güner

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and professional team. Does the research very well in preparing the advice or cases. Always have a advice on the direction. The approach is always to solve the dispute or problem for the continuation of a proper business. ’

‘Can Guner is very responsive’

Key clients

Fox Turkey

Endemol Shine

Generali Sigorta

Kone Turkey

Konecranes

SMSA Express

Medi-Link International

Terex Operations Italy

Sky

PolyOne Corporation

Suez WTS Turkey

The firm: Güner Law Office was established in 1996. Since its inception, the firm has grown into one of the leading corporate/M&A, banking/finance, energy, TMT and dispute resolution practices in Turkey.

Areas of practice
M&A, corporate: Güner Law Office’s clients are ‘enthused that the responsive, constructive team is incredibly business-oriented and a joy to work with’. The team advised Shell on its US$4bn+ acquisition (as part of a consortium with the Koc Group) of Turkish state-owned refinery Tupras. Other examples of clients the firm has advised include international private equity fund General Atlantic in its recent acquisition of the leading Turkish ecommerce company YemekSepeti, MapeiS.p.a. in its acquisition of Wallmerk adhesives, Mitsui in its acquisition of a leading call centre company and Schneider Electric in its acquisition of Gunsan. Other clients’ examples include leading private equity funds Intel Capital, Qatar Invest, Esas Holding, Turkven, Actera and strategic investors such as Nestlé, Sumitomo Corp, Veolia Water and Aviva plc.

Banking and project finance: Güner Law Office has built a strong banking and project finance practice advising on all banking and finance matters, including syndicated and structured loans, asset or trade finance, and Islamic finance. The firm advised a large number of local and international banks; some examples include Standard Chartered Bank on a loan facility worth close to a billion US$ granted to a local bank, Is Bankasi in an acquisition finance for the acquisition of AFM Cinema, and also a group of lenders in financing of hydroelectric plants, advising Rabobank, HSBC and other international banks in trade finance structures; and also similar works for ING Bank NV, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, HSBC Bank plc and West LB AG, among others. Other clients include, Halkbank, Korea Development Bank, Bank of Mitsubishi and BNP Paribas.

Energy, mining and infrastructure: Güner Law Office has broad experience in the energy and natural resources sector. The firm advised a Turkish energy company owned by Gama and General Electric on the project financing of an 840MW combined cycle gas turbine power project, Limak in relation to the financing of the privatisation of the Hamitabat 1,120MW power plant, Société Générale on an over US$300m project financing of a mining project, and advised Egis on the Bosphorus Eurasia Tunnel, valued US$1,4bn, one of the ground-breaking PPP projects. The firm recently advised Denizbank A.S. in relation to financing of construction and operation of the speed train terminal in Ankara by the JV awarded with the project, and a group of lenders in relation to financing of hydroelectric power plants. Güner Law Office also recently advised Turkish lenders, namely Is Bankasi, TSKB and Akbank on the US$330m financing of two hydro power plants in northwest Turkey.

Technology, media and telecoms: Güner Law Office is a first-class technology, media and telecoms law firm in Turkey. The firm is proud to be a legal advisor to some of the largest global technology, media and telecoms companies, including News Corporation, Fox International Channels, Nokia Corporation, ICANN etc on all corporate, broadcasting and regulatory matters in Turkey.

Dispute resolution: Güner Law Office has a highly experienced dispute resolution team. The firm advised Nokia Corporation on the successful enforcement of an arbitral award, circa US$1bn, against the Turkish network operator Telsim in an ICC arbitration proceeding. The firm’s client portfolio is extensive, including Marubeni Europe plc, Istanbul Park Organizasyon AS (Formula 1), Fortis Lease UK Ltd and FM Group.

Competition: Güner Law Office advised clients such as Cadbury Schweppes, Siemens, Bacardi Group, Nestlé and Fortis investment fund.

Real estate: providing a ‘positive, timely and value-added service’, Güner Law Office has advised a wide range of clients, including Acteeum Group, Marriott International Licensing Company BV, HSBC Bank plc and Fraport. Güner Law Office also advised Starwood Hotels with their three different hotel development projects in Turkey.

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CLIENT: A&E Television Networks LLC

COMPANY/FIRM: Guner Law Office

TESTIMONIAL: A&E Television Networks LLC has been represented in Turkey for several years by the Guner firm. Their representation in connection with a joint venture and Channel in Turkey has been excellent. They have advised us on corporate and shareholder matters, regulatory matters and other legal questions. We have received prompt and highly professional representation and continue to use the firm for ongoing advice.


CLIENT: Ferro Turkey

COMPANY/FIRM: Guner Law Office

TESTIMONIAL: Ferro Turkey has been represented by Guner Hukuk for several years on different fields such as; M&As, cooperate matters and different legal issues. We have been very satisfied with their cooperation; quick but also detailed responses, friendly and professional attitude, high knowledge of different matters. Special gratitude to Burcak Kurt Bicer who manages the whole operation for Ferro Turkey and also to Berrak Sipahioglu who covers most of the issues for us. We surely think to continue our cooperation with the firm.


CLIENT: Endemol Shine Group Amsterdam HQ

COMPANY/FIRM: Guner Law Office

TESTIMONIAL: Guner Law Office has been our counsel with regard to various legal matters (from IP to corporate law) and we have always appreciated their hard work, resilience, kindness and understanding of our needs.


CLIENT: Mapei SpA

COMPANY/FIRM: Guner Law Office

TESTIMONIAL: Mapei Yapi has been followed in Turkey for years by Guner Law Office in several corporate matters. The law firm often drafted internal directives and board of directors resolutions with efficiency and professionality. We have always received prompt answers and advises from our lawyers.