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Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants
MAYA AKAR CENTER, BUYUKDERE CAD 100-102
KAT 26, ESENTEPE, SISLI
34394 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Transport Tier 1

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on collision and casualty-related litigation, charter parties, bills of lading, cargo claims, collisions, inter-ship claims, the sale and purchase of ships, P&I and other contractual claims. Clients include shipowners, P&I Clubs, hull and machinery insurers and cargo owners. Recent work includes acting for the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited in relation to a serious fire and explosion at a Turkish LNG terminal. Ergun Ersoy and Zihni Bilgehan are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan

Key clients

Synergas S.R.L.

West of England (P&I) Club

Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club

UK Mutual (P&I) Club

Ulusoy Holding A.Ş.

Brittania (P&I) Club

TT P&I Club

Maersk

Compliance Tier 2

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on data protection, cybersecurity, compliance programmes and IT-related issues, among other matters. Clients include start-ups and international blue chip businesses. The firm generates mandates from the finance, maritime and insurance sectors. The team is jointly led by Zihni Bilgehan  and İlknur Pekşen.

Practice head(s):

Zihni Bilgehan; Ilknur Peksen

Key clients

China Telecom

CD Media

Dialog Semiconductor

DNV GL

Hapag Lloyd

LinkedIn

Neler Bedava (Freegy)

Turknet

Zenith Ship Management

Employment Tier 2

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants assists clients with recruitment and dismissal procedures, employee benefits, workplace accidents and safety, and employment matters arising from restructurings and other corporate transactions. The team, which is ‘quick to respond’, is headed by Ergun Ersoy. Clients include Gittigidiyor, a Turkish subsidiary of eBay.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy

Testimonials

‘They provide quality service in a timely manner with reasonable cost.’

‘They are quick to respond, understand our needs and questions, and can make to-the-point explanations in a reasonable period of time.’

Key clients

Ebay Inc. (Gittigidiyor)

Yingli Green Energy

Paypal

The Standard Club UK Ltd.

GEDENLINES

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises on data protection and data privacy compliance projects, cybersecurity, contract law, corporate and commercial matters, and IT litigation. Other areas of expertise include e-commerce, privacy policies, employee monitoring, cross-border data transfers, data retention and telecoms licensing. Zihni Bilgehan, who advises blue-chip companies, jointly heads up the practice with of counsel İlknur Pekşen.

Practice head(s):

Zihni Bilgehan; Ilknur Peksen

Testimonials

‘All individual lawyers in the firm are very polite and knowledgeable, therefore you are always well treated and guided in the right way in a timely manner’.

‘They are have exceptional prestige and a good name in the local market’.

Their experience in the shipping market is unique’.

‘The team has swift response and creative solutions to difficult subjects’.

‘Zihni Bilge Bilgehan is an exceptional partner; he has unique approach to his clients and deserves every penny for his services’.

Key clients

China Telecom

CD Media

Dialog Semiconductor

DNV GL

Emarsys eMarketing Systems

Hapag Lloyd

LinkedIn

Neler Bedava (Freegy)

Turknet

Zenith Ship Management

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is active in domestic and cross-border debt restructurings, liquidation procedures and bankruptcies. Clients are well-served by the the restructuring and insolvency practice, which draws on the expertise of practitioners in the litigation, finance, employment and corporate teams. The team is jointly led by England and Wales-qualified partner Zihni Bilgehan and senior associate Emre Ersoy.

Practice head(s):

Zihni Bilgehan; Emre Ersoy

Testimonials

‘Reliable and quick responses’.

‘They focus on the important things’. 

Key clients

DVB Bank SE (DVB Bank America N.V.)

UniCredit Bank AG

Global E Ticaret Bilişim Hizmetleri A.Ş.

Cryo Gas Med S.R.L.

TURKIYE IŞ BANKASI A.Ş.

JSC Rietumu Banka

Kodak Near East Inc.

Hamburg Commercial Bank Ag (HSH Nordbank AG)

Credit Suisse AG

China Development Bank Corporation

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants is a strong choice for commercial, administrative, environmental, labour and consumer disputes. In addition to representing clients in litigation, the team's other areas of focus include ADR, mediation and arbitrations at the ICC and London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). Clients include foreign and domestic entities, with a particular focus on the shipping and construction sectors. The team is co-led by maritime expert Zihni BilgehanErgun Ersoy (who has 30 years of legal experience) and İlknur Pekşen.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan; Ilknur Peksen

Key clients

Gitti Gidiyor Bilgi Teknolojileri San. ve Tic. A.S.,

Caterpillar Financial Services (Dubai) Limited

FİNA HOLDING A.S.

Maersk Group

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Palmali Holding

Yıldırım Holding A.Ş.

Allianz Versicherung AG

Gard P&I

ULUSOY GROUP

West of England (P&I) Club

Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club

Norton Rose Fulbright

UK Mutual P&I Club

Clyde & Co.

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Willis Towers Watson

WK Webster & Co. Ltd

Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı A.Ş

Brittania P&I Club

Ekol Lojistik A.Ş.

Oldendorff Carriers

The firm

The firm is based in Istanbul and operates through its correspondent lawyers in Ankara, Izmir, Mersin, Iskenderun, Antalya, Rize and Bandirma. It also has an office in Cyprus. Since its foundation, the firm has established a well-earned reputation for providing fast, high-quality service and practical and creative solutions for its clients.

Areas of practice

Company/commercial: UK, German and Austrian banks and financial institutions, research and development companies, energy giants, major mining companies, global hotel chains, major telecommunication companies and companies active in e-commerce and online shopping typify the quality of the clients. Work includes all aspects of corporate, contracts, property, employment and compliance matters. Recent work includes data protection and e-commerce advice given to LinkedIn on SMS marketing practices and review of privacy policy documents of Redbull. Other highlights include advising a major telecommunication company, a giant investment fund and a well known e-commerce entity.

Joint ventures, M&A: the firm advises on all types of joint ventures and M&A, ranging from project-specific mid-market partnerships to large- scale takeovers of leading market players. The firm is currently advising Fina Energy in the acquisition of three separate wind energy production companies with projected total capacity of 181 MW.

Banking and finance: the firm represents major banks, financial institutions and borrowers in a wide range of banking and finance transactions. Recent work includes representing two German, one British, one Dutch, two Turkish and two Chinese banks and one Norwegian financial institution in relation to loan facilities extended to Turkish interests which included advising on the loan and security documents.

Oil, gas, energy and mining: Turkish, US, European and Russian energy and natural resources companies are regular clients of the firm.

Dispute resolution: the firm has a renowned litigation and arbitration practice in commercial, civil and administrative proceedings. Recent work includes assisting clients in very sizeable recovery actions from debtors in financial difficulties and protecting clients’ interests in proceedings for suspension of bankruptcy initiated by the debtors. The firm also assisted clients with disputes between shareholders as well as claims by creditors of the shareholders against client companies.

Employment: in addition to its assistance to its retainer clients in their management of daily employment matters, the firm also advises major global firms in their complicated labour and immigration law issues. The firm gives regular employment advice to the Turkish subsidiary of eBay. Other highlights include: providing a giant electronics company advice on data retention requirements, assisting a company operating a worldwide payment system in employee dismissals, advising a computer producer on secondment of employees and in adaptation of its internal policies to Turkish law.

Intellectual property: the firm attracts sophisticated work, particularly in the fields of licence and franchising agreements. The firm advises well-known companies in review and negotiation of their master service agreements and franchise agreements.

Project finance: the firm’s project finance team attracts significant work in financing acquisitions, property development and distressed group restructuring. Recently the firm advised a leading Turkish logistics group in a loan facility from EBRD.

Privatisation: the firm has a presence in privatisation as well as PPP projects.

Shipping and transport: the firm continues to occupy a market-leading position through its involvement in all major wet and dry works. Ship owners and P&I clubs constitute the solid client base of the firm. The firm is listed as legal correspondents for Turkey by a number of IG Clubs.

Commercial property/real estate: the firm has been involved in advising clients on their real estate investments as well as clients within the shopping mall sectors.

Telecommunications/IT: the firm advises on all aspects of IT and telecoms. Highlights of the year include a privacy impact assessment for a popular global messaging service on commercial messaging, and telecommunications advice given to a blue-chip technology company on VoIP applications.

Department Name Email Telephone
Company/commercial Ilknur Peksen
Company/commercial Leyla Ulucan
Joint ventures and M&A Ilknur Peksen
Joint ventures and M&A Aysegül Bögrün
Banking and finance Dünya Sahin
Banking and finance Emre Ersoy
Litigation, execution and bankruptcy Ergun Ersoy
Litigation, execution and bankruptcy Ilknur Peksen
Arbitration Ergun Ersoy
Arbitration Zihni Bilgehan
Capital markets Leyla Ulucan
Intellectual property Leyla Ulucan
Insurance/reinsurance Ilknur Peksen
Insurance/reinsurance Ergun Ersoy
Oil, gas and energy Ilknur Peksen
Oil, gas and energy Aysegül Bögrün
Shipping and transport Ergun Ersoy
Shipping and transport Zihni Bilgehan
Commercial property/real estate Ilknur Peksen
Telecommunications/IT Leyla Ulucan
Telecommunications/IT Yusuf M Ozer
Employment Leyla Ulucan
Competition Ilknur Peksen
Competition Leyla Ulucan
Project finance/ship finance Zihni Bilgehan
Project finance/ship finance Emre Ersoy
Privatisation Ilknur Peksen
Number of lawyers : 17
English
French
German
International Bar Association
Bar Association of England and Wales
New York Bar Association
European Franchising Network
BCCT
CCIFT
Ship Owners Association
Maritime Law Association
Chamber of Shipping
Contacts : Ergun Ersoy
Contacts : Zihni Bilgehan
Other office : Famagusta