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

Bezen & Partners
SULTAN SELIM CAD. LALEGUL SOK.
NEF 09 PLAZA, A BLOK FLOOR:12, 4 LEVENT
34415 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Work Department

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

Position

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.

Career

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.

Languages

English, Turkish (native).

Memberships

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).

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Bezen & Partners handles corporate transactions and tax structuring matters for a range of clients in the energy, financial services, and infrastructure sectors. Matters include acquisitions and corporate finance, joint ventures and investments, business formations, and advice relating to Turkish business operations, incorporation, and corporate governance. The team is led by Serdar Bezen and corporate finance-focused Murat Soylu.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Bezen & Partners has developed a solid reputation in commercial litigation, representing major international companies including YUM! Brands and Hyundai in high-value disputes. In addition to domestic work, the firm has also acted in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has handled ICC arbitration. The team is led by respected arbitrator Serdar Bezen, corporate disputes specialist Murat Soylu, and Aykut Bakırcı, who focuses on administrative law.

Turkey > Tax

Bezen & Partners offers a dedicated tax team, advising corporate clients on the tax elements of transactions, investments and projects, alongside dedicated tax advisory, customs, and litigation experience. In line with the firm’s wider capabilities, clients include domestic and international businesses across a range of industries, notably retail, food and beverages, and financial services. The practice is headed by corporate partner Serdar Bezen, who advises clients on transactional tax issues, alongside specialist tax counsel Dr Ege Göktuna, who offers great expertise in issues such as VAT, customs duties, and tax treaties.