Mr Serdar Bezen > Bezen & Partners > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Bezen & Partners

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Founding partner - Focused Areas of Practice: Corporate and M&A and Dispute Resolution.


Serdar Bezen advises domestic and international clients on a wide-range of Turkish law matters, with a particular focus on project financing, mergers & acquisitions and arbitration. He is the author of several articles on the Turkish International Arbitration Law (Law No. 4686), the UNCITRAL Model Law, the Turkish Banking Regulation and the Turkish Electricity Market Law. He is listed as an arbitrator in the LCIA database for potential arbitrators.


Serdar Bezen is a member of the Turkish Bar Associations since 1991. He has worked on project finance transactions during his employment in the projects department of a Magic Circle law firm’s London office. He has also worked as a consultant to international clients on Turkish law matters in London. After relocating to Istanbul, he has worked on various matters in a leading Turkish law firm in Istanbul before setting up Bezen & Partners. A selection of his publications is as follows: (1) “Country Report Turkey”, Kluwer Arbitration Smart Charts, 2012; (2) “Turkey Chapter – Arbitration”, Getting the Deal Through 2009; (3) “Turkey Chapter – Banking Regulation”, Getting the Deal Through 2008; (4) “The Stance Of The Turkish Courts In The Adoption Of The New York Convention – The Road From Opposition To Acceptance”, Mealey’s Executive Summary, The New York Convention: 50 Years of Experience, October 2008, pp. 114-119; (5) “Not All Plain Sailing”, International Finance Review, Energy Issue [2002], pp 21-22 (co-author); (6) “Turkey Adopts The Uncitral Model Law”, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Vol.16, Issue 8 [2001], pp 42-43; (7) “Recent Developments in International Commercial Arbitration in Turkey”, Arbitration, Vol. 67, Issue 2 [2001], pp 155-175; and (8) “Recent Developments in International Arbitration in Turkey”, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report, Vol.16, Issue 2 [2001], pp 32-64.


English, Turkish (native).


Bar of Istanbul; London Court of International Arbitration (listed as a potential arbitrator); International Chamber of Commerce; Shanghai International Economy and Trade Arbitration Commission (listed as a potential arbitration); British Chamber of Commerce of Turkey; British-Turkish Lawyers Association; AEA (European Association of Attorneys).


LLB, Law Faculty, Ankara University, Ankara; LLM Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, London.

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Tax

Bezen & Partners advises on corporate tax, VAT, special consumption tax, stamp duty, banking and insurance transaction tax and customs duties. Customs disputes and tax litigation are other areas of activity for the group, which is also knowledgeable about M&A-related matters and investment incentive schemes. Serdar Bezen and counsel Ege Göktuna head up the team. Another notable individual is Can Özilhan, who made partner. Uğur Sebzeci left the firm for an in-house role at Rönesans Holding.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Bezen & Partners assists clients with initiating proceedings before Turkish courts and domestic arbitral tribunals. It also handles the enforcement of foreign court decisions and arbitral awards before the Turkish courts. Its team’s many areas of expertise include cases involving administrative law, tax, M&A, insurance and white-collar crime elements. The team is also experienced in ICC arbitration cases, particularly in relation to construction, energy and shareholder disputes. Serdar Bezen and Murat Soylu jointly lead the team. Can Özilhan made partner.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bezen & Partners advises clients on various corporate matters, including cross-border M&A and strategic investments, joint ventures and restructurings. Its clients include foreign and domestic businesses in the retail, energy, shipping and infrastructure industries. Serdar Bezen and Murat Soylu jointly lead the team. Can Özilhan made partner in 2019. Uğur Sebzeci left the firm for an in-house position at Rönesans Holding.