Firm Profile > Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm > Istanbul, Turkey

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm

Transport Tier 2

Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm is a go-to name for dedicated shipping work, assisting clients across the full spectrum of maritime-related issues, including ship and cargo insurance, ship finance, disputes and litigation, and ship repairs. The firm is also heavily involved in marine collision and casualty cases, including rapid-response services during ongoing crises. The practice is overseen by dedicated maritime litigator Burak Çavus, an experienced practitioner in contentious enforcement, bankruptcy, and finance issues, alongside insurance and salvage specialist Caglar ÇoskunsuOnur Azaklı is also noted for her role in collision and injury-based litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Burak Cavus; Caglar Coskunsu

Other key lawyers:

Onur Azakli


‘Top class. Very user friendly and real knowledge of the market.’

‘Caglar Coskunsu is a star player. Someone who has real sea time experience but is a first rate lawyer. A go to in the Turkish market. Burak Cavus is excellent with any transaction. He knows all the ins and outs and provides his clients with real confidence. Onur Azakli is a lawyer you want on your side when you are in a hard corner. First rate legal expertise.’

‘I would like to mention three lawyers, Onur Azakli, Nilufer Gokdemir and Gokce Bayram. Ms Azakli is from a mariner family and is very successful in our matters with the Ministry of Transportation. Ms Gokdemir specializes in port operations, where she has successfully defended us in difficult cases.’

‘A strong balance of legal and commercial acumen. Their speciality in maritime matters and certainly on litigious matters is another great asset. They are fast, efficient, commercial and always very understanding and responsive to our needs. ’

‘Burak is an excellent lawyer who provides a clear understanding of the matters and ensures that the dispute is resolved in favour of his clients in the most effective way. He also has a great commercial approach when it is most needed.

‘The Cavus & Coskunsu team is highly efficient and excellent at emergency response. They are always very quick to attend and get a grip of  matters. The team has great expertise both legally and also technically, with former expert and master mariners on their team.

‘ Caglar Coskunsu and Burak Cavus are very well known and have a great reputation in the market. They always take a leading role in all sorts of disputes and they are always able to provide solution-oriented legal services, which are both effective and commercial when needed.’

‘Good connections, as well as the negotiation skills to find a solution with governmental bodies, which are usually very strict.’

Key clients

The Swedish Club

Assuranceforeningen Skuld P&I

Assuranceforeningen Gard

Gard P&I (Gard (Singapore) Pte. Ltd)

Britannia P&I

Beykim Petrol

Credit Europe Bank N.V

Turk P&I

The London P&I

Istanbul Sehir Hatlari

Istanbul Deniz Otobusleri A.S.

Heidelberg Cement Group

Vienna Insurance Group


The firm

Cavus & Coskunsu was founded by Burak Gokce Cavus and Ahmet Caglar Coskunsu in 2006 as a boutique firm aiming to provide high-quality legal services to shipping clients. The firm established itself by its commitment to clarity and is a Turkish firm of choice in its areas of expertise.

Many of the lawyers at Cavus & Coskunsu are both qualified lawyers and master mariners, which gives the firm an ability to handle difficult matters with unique in-depth business knowledge. With a team of experienced and highly specialised lawyers, the firm not only points out legal problems but also presents proactive solutions.

Cavus & Coskunsu has strong insurance and litigation expertise and acts for P&I clubs, liability insurers, cargo underwriters, shipping companies, shipyards, and logistics and forwarder companies.

The firm’s practice primarily focuses on maritime transport and logistics casualties, cargo and marine insurance defences, cargo claims and charter party disputes. These shipping and maritime practices cover all aspects of services including ship registrations, ship arrests, bills of lading disputes, pollution, cargo recovery, shipbuilding, ship finance and salvage matters.

Cavus & Coskunsu’s most valued practice is its strong problem solving skills in shipping casualty response and maritime criminal law disputes. With an experienced emergency response team of master mariners and lawyers, the firm has a strength evidenced by its role assisting in some major collusion cases.

Areas of practice

Maritime, shipping, admiralty and transport: the services provided cover both contentious and non-contentious shipping matters, either wet or dry, including collisions, general average, salvage, marine pollution and personal injury cases. On one side the firm deals with charterparty disputes, bill of lading disputes, cargo claims, shipbuilding contract disputes, ship repair disputes and arrest of vessels, and on the other side foreign and domestic clients are advised on non-contentious matters such as memorandum of agreement for sale and purchase of vessels, new building contracts with shipbuilders, first naval mortgage with various first-class banks, ship agent agreements and ship registration.

Marine insurance: as one of its core practice areas, the firm assists clients in all areas of marine insurance, including hull, P&I, FD&D, charterers’ liability, loss of hire, war, political and terrorism risks, and port and terminal liability. The firm is highly reputable with its first-class cross-border assistance to the international group of P&I clubs, major fixed premium P&I insurers and leading hull underwriters from major insurance markets.

Employment and marine labour: the expertise of Cavus & Coskunsu’s lawyers covers all sorts of employment law matters, such as restructuring, outsourcing, contracts of employment, termination agreements, re-employment lawsuits, debt recovery actions and social security declaratory actions. Many shipping clients are outsourcing their employment law disputes directly to the firm.

Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration: one of Cavus & Coskunsu’s most prominent practices is its strong footprint in commercial litigation and arbitration, and it has a wealth of experience in the field of both domestic and international litigation services. The practice advises on all aspects of dispute resolution relating to the firm’s core areas of expertise, including ship arrests, freezing of assets, and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

Banking, ship finance and shipping projects: besides shipping companies, Cavus & Coskunsu also advises international banks and financial institutions on issues related to shipping finance. The main services include ship/super yacht sale and purchase, restructuring debts, shipbuilding projects, mortgage, share transfers and offshore services.

Restructuring and insolvency: Cavus & Coskunsu assists clients with complex and comprehensive financial restructuring, litigation, enforcement and legal issues related to insolvency.

Petroleum and energy: a relatively new area of expertise, Cavus & Coskunsu stepped into the petroleum and energy market by representing an array of high-profile clients which are leading oil and gas companies owned by global entities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Maritime, shipping, admiralty and transport
Dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration
Marine insurance
Employment and marine labour
Banking, ship finance and shipping projects
Restructuring and insolvency
Petroleum and energy
Corporate consultancy
Real estate
Number of partners : 4
Number of associates : 17
Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Deutsch-Turkische Industrie und Handelskammer
Contacts : Burak G Cavus
Contacts : A Caglar Coskunsu
Number of master mariners : 3