Firm Profile > Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants > Istanbul, Turkey

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):

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):

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):

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):

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):

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.

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
Joint ventures and M&A Ilknur Peksen
Joint ventures and M&A Aysegül Bögrün
Banking and finance Hazal Örnekol
Banking and finance Emre Ersoy
Litigation, execution and bankruptcy Ergun Ersoy
Litigation, execution and bankruptcy Ilknur Peksen
Arbitration Ergun Ersoy
Arbitration Zihni Bilgehan
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 Yusuf M Ozer
Competition Ilknur Peksen
Project finance/ship finance Zihni Bilgehan
Project finance/ship finance Hazal Örnekol
Project finance/ship finance Emre Ersoy
Privatisation Ilknur Peksen
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Hazal Örnekol  photo Ms Hazal Örnekol Associate Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Asset Finance and Securitisation,…
Mr Yusuf Mansur Özer  photo Mr Yusuf Mansur Özer Associate Special Practice Areas: Capital Markets, Corporate and Commercial, General Contract Law,…
Mr M. Raci Alper  photo Mr M. Raci Alper Senior Associate Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance & Re-insurance,…
Ms Ayşegül Böğrün  photo Ms Ayşegül Böğrün Of Counsel Special Practice Areas: Litigation & Arbitration, Maritime, Shipping & Transport,…
 Zihni Bilgehan photo Zihni Bilgehan Managing Partner Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport and Litigation &…
Ms Burce Cangir  photo Ms Burce Cangir Senior Associate Special Practice Areas: Litigation & Arbitration, Maritime, Shipping & Transport,…
 Ergün Ersoy photo Ergün Ersoy Senior Partner Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance & Re-insurance…
Mr Emre Ersoy  photo Mr Emre Ersoy Senior Associate Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Asset Finance and…
Ms Selcan Kılıç Moral  photo Ms Selcan Kılıç Moral Associate Special Practice Areas: Litigation & Arbitration, Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance…
Ms Hande Pat  photo Ms Hande Pat Associate Special Practice Areas: Capital Markets, Corporate and Commercial, General Contract Law,…
 Ilknur Peksen photo Ilknur Peksen Of Counsel. Special Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources,…
Ms Melis Saygın  photo Ms Melis Saygın Associate Special Practice Areas: Employment, Insurance & Re-insurance and Litigation & Arbitration
Mr M. Akif Serdar  photo Mr M. Akif Serdar Associate Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance & Re-insurance and…
Number of lawyers : 13
English
French
Turkish
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
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
Contacts : Ergun Ersoy
Contacts : Zihni Bilgehan
Other office : Famagusta

CLIENT: Marine Claims Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: CertAsig Insurance and Reinsurance
TESTIMONIAL:

‘’Not only after working hours, but also in weekends, holiday periods, just at the very end of recovery rights expiration- always with a task’s deadline: “yesterday”, etc., you were always co-operating with highest concern and professionalism.

I would add that the good business relationship in International business area is something that cannot be compared so easily to many other business issues: it is essential when sometimes I had counter view on a case based on my own experience derived from different jurisdiction and practice to meet your counter legal opinion that was expressed always in patience and logical explanation. ‘’


CLIENT: Director, Senior Associate Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Royal Caribbean Cruises
TESTIMONIAL: “I also thank you for taking these closings on so quickly, guiding us through these unchartered legal territories, and getting us to the finish line. We will keep you and your firm in mind in the event that we have any other matters in Turkey.”


CLIENT: Claims Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited
TESTIMONIAL: ‘’Thank you very much for your professionalism, always greatly appreciated.’’


CLIENT: Senior Claims Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: ‘’Thanks for your efficient and speedy work to have this matter settled.’’


CLIENT: Senior Claims Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Charles Taylor & Co. Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “You are very active with the articles which makes you different from competition.”


CLIENT: Credit Risk Management
COMPANY/FIRM: Hamburg Commercial Bank AG
TESTIMONIAL: “Excellent!”
“Tough game in Istanbul, but well done!!”
“Thank you for your excellent work!”
“Thank you for your excellent support!”


CLIENT: Corporate Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Marriott Hotels International Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “Very good news indeed, and thank you very much for all your assistance with this matter.”
“Thank you for the update – it was very timely!”


CLIENT: Vice President of Asset Management for Europe
COMPANY/FIRM: Marriott International Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “That’s great news! And thank you for all your efforts with (…). It is greatly appreciated.”
“Excellent. Many thanks.”


CLIENT: Key Account Manager, Ship Finance
COMPANY/FIRM: Credit Suisse AG
TESTIMONIAL: “Kindly let me thank you for all your support and efforts. You have done a great job and this is very much appreciated.”


CLIENT: Chief Technology Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: Ali Raif Pharmaceuticals
TESTIMONIAL: “As always, many thanks again for your swift reply and your professional and business-friendly approach.”


CLINET: Chief Executive Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: CD Media
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you once again for the fair play and excellent service.”


CLIENT: Chief Executive Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: Kırmızı Elmas Enerji ve Altyapı Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: “Again, I really appreciate your professional services and I am certain that we will work further as good partners!”
“Regarding the captioned matter, I really appreciate your great support in KEYAS’s GSA.”


CLIENT: Business Administration Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Hapag-Lloyd Denizaşırı Nakliyat Anonim Şirketi
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you very much for your quick response and detailed evaluations, as always.”


CLIENT: Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Covance Clinical Product Developments Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Thank you very much for your assistance so far on this project, which is greatly appreciated.”


CLIENT: HR Advisor
COMPANY/FIRM: DNV GL
TESTIMONIAL: ‘Many thanks on your swift and great support!!’


CLIENT: Senior Claims Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Charles Taylor & Co. Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “You are very active with the articles which makes you different from competition.”


CLIENT: Corporate Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Caterpillar Financial Services (Dubai) Limited
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your hard work on this matter. Your service is appreciated.”
“I have truly enjoyed working with you.”


CLIENT: Claims Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A.
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your valued assistance in handling and finalising this matter.”


CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Shoreside Law
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you again for all the hard work in turning this around within time.”
“Many thanks again for all the continued hard work.”


CLIENT: Claims Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A.
TESTIMONIAL: “Your analysis of the figures and prospects in this matter are much appreciated and very clear.”


CLIENT: Explore Montenegro Ltd.
COMPANY/FIRM: Explore Montenegro Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: “You are the star. With your service we feel as if there are not obstruction in life.”


CLIENT: Lawyer
COMPANY/FIRM: An Italian Law Firm
TESTIMONIAL: “It is always a pleasure for us to cooperate with you.”


CLIENT: Sr. Claims Executive
COMPANY/FIRM: Belgibo NV
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you again for your assistance in this matter and the positive result achieved.”

Zihni Bilgehan, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Zihni Bilgehan gives insight on the firm, the industry and the future

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants from your competitors?

Clarity and precision. At Ersoy Bilgehan we recognise that clients prefer clear, to the point and precise advice which they can understand with ease and act upon. We encourage our legal team to adopt this golden rule. Our new clients frequently complain about long and complex advices they receive from some law firms which they find difficult to understand; that they say is why they prefer to work with Ersoy Bilgehan.

Combination of knowledge and experience with commercial realities. We recognize that commercial considerations play a big role in important decisions clients take. Unlike some of our competitors, we are strong believers in balancing legal considerations with commercial realities and are frequently praised by our clients about our approach.

Capable and dynamic. Many of our competitors fail to strike a good balance between junior and senior or partner level participation in work they do. A frequent complaint is that most complex work is carried out by juniors with limited partner supervision or that basic work is handled by partners at very high charge out rates. . Partners of a law firm are crucial but a considerable portion of the work is performed by the senior and junior associates under the leadership of their partners. At Ersoy Bilgehan, we make it our mission to invest in our senior associates and junior associates, encouraging them to think like partners and strive to provide services to the same degree. When dealing with our firm, our clients benefit from the peace of mind that the senior and junior associates who they are dealing with are highly qualified, energetic and business conscious but always supervised by their partner.

Involved and innovative. At Ersoy Bilgehan, our partners are not merely figures behind closed doors. They have an open door policy and are actively involved in disputes and projects and foster innovation in the legal approach taken by the lawyers in their teams. We support our clients in reaching the results they desire with innovative thinking and alternative solutions.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

While I am optimistic about the legal industry’s potential to grow in many practice areas, some practices especially grab my attention due to the incredible market growth we see. For instance, we see more and interesting work at the intersection of law and technology. There is a convergence between technology and all fields of the law, particularly with the rise of automation and the continued trend of digital transformation (e.g. industry 4.0), the exponential increase in the number of internet-connected “things” (e.g. internet of things), use of artificial intelligence in the full spectrum of business, and evolution of financial services with digital onboarding, API banking, and blockchain. From virtual reality structures to distance tourism software, the demands and needs of the providers and users are becoming more sophisticated with an acceleration that the law is struggling to keep up with. At Ersoy Bilgehan, we take pride in our technical capabilities in understanding the technological concepts behind innovative services, which allows us to adopt an innovation-friendly approach in the interpretation of the law and assessment of the associated legal risks.

Environmental law and its interaction with shipping is also very interesting. As international organisations and industry leaders become more concerned with environmental impact of commerce, green initiatives and green compliant methods and equipment are being introduced to industries that have been active for hundreds of years, shipping being one of most prominent ones. Environmental awareness is becoming more and more important for lawyers not just for ethical reasons but also for being able to provide business aware solutions to legal matters.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

We consciously and reasonably diversified the firm’s areas of practice. Diversification is necessary to provide better and more comprehensive service to our clients but must be done with care. While we expanded our areas of practice, hired passionate and capable lawyers in these new fields, we refrained from over-diversifying and becoming a law firm that accepts anything that comes their way. Founded as a maritime law firm, we started a corporate, franchise, employment and a finance practice over 15 years ago. While we offered new expertise to shipowners and other current clients, our success and quality of service allowed us to attract out-of-industry clients. In more recent years, we added data protection and IT & Telecoms services to our portfolio and our specialist team showed a commendable growth in this area. Our ship finance practice diversified into project finance and aviation finance.

As Ersoy Bilgehan, we also recognized the importance of multidisciplinary services to be provided to our clients. We have collaborated with tax consultants, information technology experts and others to be able to offer full-fledged support to our clients.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology changes everything it touches and the legal profession is not immune from this. The opportunities that technology brings is not only limited to increased efficiency in communication with our clients such as via e-mails or teleconference or video calls. The trends of digitisation and automation have been reshaping how legal firms service their clients, allowing them to reduce their costs while at the same provide higher-quality services with better fact-finding, project management, and visualization. We fully welcome digitisation and automation in our work processes where appropriate. For instance, our IT & Telecoms team utilises a number of project management software and in-house developed automation tools for data management, risk grading, and process mapping.

The recent Coronavirus pandemic across the globe also brought with it many technological changes and developments. Businesses recognise that digitalisation is inevitable if their businesses are to survive and compete. Law firms are no exception. We have adapted very quickly to the technological changes. We have recently participated in a virtual LCIA arbitration hearing with many witnesses from around the globe which proceeded smoothly. We have gained immense knowledge and knowhow from this experience and will encourage its use in future.

We also value the efficiency of distributing information via social media and digitised client alerts. We frequently notify our clients of new legislation, changes in law, precedents and other relevant developments so that they are abreast with these and take early action to avoid finding themselves in conflict with or contravention of them.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We have recently represented a global leisure brand in a criminal proceeding initiated against one of its properties in Turkey due to the alleged unlawful processing of a customer’s personal data. We submitted defence pleadings to the prosecutor’s office on behalf of the client and at the same time, assisted the client in dealing with the multi-jurisdictional data access requests received from the customer under GDPR and Turkish Personal Data Protection Law. Our team closely coordinated with the client to generate a general strategy and adaptation of the same to ever-changing circumstances in the prosecution and data access request procedures. In the end, the charges against the property were dropped, and the customer’s access requests have been duly handled, without leading to any further action from the Turkish Data Protection Authority.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We are strong believers that law firms should be able to demonstrate to their clients that they have stability, continuity and strategic direction. Clients demand this from their law firms with whom they have strong relationships. They shy away from law firms that have a high turnover of lawyers since it is not just the firms that pay the high costs of lawyer turnover, it also impacts the clients. It is also important for clients to understand what strategies their law firms have going forward. It is for this reason that we at Ersoy Bilgehan are striving successfully to recruit and maintain well educated and able team of lawyers who share the same vision as the partners and expand our capabilities to areas where clients’ future expectations are focused; such as IT Law, Data Protection, Blockchain etc. In three years from now we expect to have fully adapted to the digitalised world which will not only provide our lawyers and clients more flexibility it will also cut down significantly on overheads and expenses that can only be welcome by our clients. We also intend to expand our practice areas to meet our clients’ demands.

TURKEY

Founded in 1999, Ersoy Bilgehan expanded its practice over the years to become one of the most prominent law firms in the region.

Shipping and transport is a core practice at ErsoyBilgehan and the firm is well known for its market leading marine litigation practice. The firm assists ship-owners, P&I Clubs, hull and machinery insurers, cargo owners and other market players in all aspects of shipping and transport matters including both dry and wet work. Since the firm’s establishment, ErsoyBilgehan’s shipping litigation team have dealt with most of the major collision and casualty related litigations in the Turkish straits in both civil, criminal and administrative courts. In addition to shipping, Ersoy Bilgehan expanded its transport practice to include road transport and aviation.

ErsoyBilgehan is well known for its role acting as legal correspondents of major P&I Clubs and provides all-round legal assistance to Club members in relation to shipping and transport related disputes taking place in Turkey.

ErsoyBilgehan’s litigation team also has considerable experience in employment disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. ErsoyBilgehan is renowned for its client-oriented approach to disputes, striving to achieve early and most favourable outcomes for its clients, preferably through negotiated settlements. Litigation is the last resort where it is unavoidable. Clients receive clear, simple and to the point advice combined with a commercial direction so that early and well informed decisions on strategy can be taken. This saves costs and time for all concerned.

In addition to the firm’s litigation practice, ErsoyBilgehan is the leading law firm in Turkey in relation to ship finance and has been maintaining its leading presence and reputation in this field, which is evidenced by its diverse client portfolio and the size and value of the transactions. ErsoyBilgehan represented many European and Far Eastern banks, financial leasing houses and alternative financing institutions. ErsoyBilgehan’s finance team provides assistance in various finance deals, including ship finance, asset finance and project finance. Due to the firm’s distinguished history in maritime law, ErsoyBilgehan is the leading law firm in Turkey with respect to ship finance. Despite its current focus on ship finance deals, the firm’s finance team has extensive knowledge and experience in asset, aircraft and project financing.

Our firm works hand in hand with many major banks and financial institutions across the world on multinational projects. ErsoyBilgehan’s finance team consists of lawyers admitted to the Turkey, England and Wales and TRNC bars. Due to our market leading ship finance practice, our client portfolio has been constantly increasing and we have a strong presence particularly in the finance sector. As a result, ErsoyBilgehan receives special invitations from Finance Conferences around the world and attends most of them with its strong finance team.

Ersoy Bilgehan also has data protection, corporate and franchising teams with clients that are blue chip companies of almost all industries. ErsoyBilgehan’s corporate team provides a full service covering the entire range of issues that arise in the corporate sphere. The clientele of ErsoyBilgehan’s Corporate Team continues its growth while keeping the longstanding clients both national and international. ErsoyBilgehan Corporate Team advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as all commercial and corporate matters of its clients such as organization of data rooms and performance of due diligence, negotiation and drafting of preliminary and contractual documents in the M&A field and on establishment of commercial operations in Turkey, incorporation of companies, advice on corporate structuring, drafting of company charter and ongoing corporate documentation, preparation of commercial contracts as well as all the other matters that may arise on a day-to-day basis. The team’s expertise in commercial litigation, labour law and competition law enables them to foresee the possible disputes beforehand and advise the Clients accordingly.