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Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm

Turkey > Transport Tier 1

Boutique firm Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm is dedicated to the shipping sector and highly regarded for its ‘exceptional understanding of shipping matters‘. In the fifteen years since its founding, the firm has drawn on the experience of a number of its practitioners as former mariners and now acts in the full range of dry shipping matters, contentious and advisory, and wet matters, including complex marine casualty cases. ‘Star in the marketCaglar Coskunsu jointly heads the team with ‘extremely capable and sharp-minded litigatorBurak Cavus.

Practice head(s):

Burak Cavus; Caglar Coskunsu

Other key lawyers:

Onur Azakli; Onur Oguzgiray


‘In more complex cases Mr Caglar Coskunsu leads the case, he is a real problem solver.’

‘Caglar Coskunsu is a star in the market. We use him in big and complex cases otherwise his senior associate team assists us. Caglar Coskunsu is an individual known to everyone in the transport market so I do not think he needs more input but he delivers excellent results in all cases he is involved.’

‘As per our previous work together, I think Cavus & Coskunsu Law Firm has a strong balance of legal and commercial acumen. Their speciality in maritime matters is just another great asset. It is especially easy to communicate with both Caglar and Burak and it is not common to come across a lawyer who is able to understand the commercial needs of their clients and essence of our business. Their advices on the legal perspectives come in useful to protect our legal interests and yet achieve our commercial objectives.’

‘Caglar is a former master mariner and an excellent lawyer who provides swift and solid service. He is always available and always makes sure that you and the company is up-to-date with the developments. Burak is one of the hardest working people I have ever met and a great litigator whose commercial and financial knowledge is very rare. Onur Azakli is an highly skilled lawyer and excellent negotiator. She is someone whom we are glad to be on our side when matters are escalated.’

‘Burak Cavus is an extremely capable and sharp-minded litigator. Caglar Coskunsu is a very expert handler on any casualty work.’

‘I have been working with various members within Cavus & Coskunsu for a number of years now. Cavus & Coskunsu is definitely a leading shipping law firm in Turkey with an exceptional understanding of shipping matters, particularly transactional work. Each member of the team I have worked with is knowledgeable, reliable, efficient and approachable.’

‘Very hands on law firm with an excellent network in Turkey. Always available and eager to assist. Not afraid of challenging Turkish authorities when needed. Very good at following up their clients.’

‘Onur Ibrahim Oguzgiray is a shining star of the firm. I see him very active in casualties. He is a close associate to Caglar Coskunsu from whom he learns a lot.’

Key clients

Desird Design

Marti Konteyner

Gard AS

The Swedish Club


Assuranceforeningen Skuld

North of England P&I

Thomas Miller Specialty

The London P&I Club


Work highlights

  • Assisted Desird Design with its $100m project involving acquisition of the rights to build a Yacht Marina in Yeni Foca Izmir.
  • Represented Marti Konteyner in its $3.8m claim against Cosco Shipping, alleging unlawful termination of the contract and the receivables arising from the same.
  • Represented Gard AS in proceedings against a shipyard and liability insurers for damages arising from the engine failure occurring on board ALS Juno.

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.

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