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Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants
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Work Department

  • Maritime, Shipping & Transport
  • Insurance & Re-insurance
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Telecommunication


Senior Partner

Special Practice Areas: Maritime, Shipping & Transport, Insurance & Re-insurance and Aviation


Ergun had served as a Master Mariner in the Turkish Navy for 10 years and holds an Oceangoing Master’s License. After leaving the Navy, he qualified as a lawyer and started practicing maritime law. Ergun has more than 30 years of experience as a maritime lawyer focusing on admiralty law, collisions, salvage, general average, pollution, charter party and bills of lading disputes. His main clientele includes ship owners, charterers, P&I clubs, H&M underwriters and salvors.

Ergun represented clients in the vast majority of the maritime accidents and collisions in the Turkish Straits including almost all catastrophic events, some of which were MT “Independenta” c/w MV “Evriali” (1979), MV “Gediz” (General Average) (1989), MV “Cavlibey” c/w MV “Pasabahce” (1991), MV “Rabunion 18” c/w MV “Madonna Lily” (1991), MV “Rabunion 14” c/w MV “Bazias I” (1992), MV “Khudoznik Gerasimov” (fire in Tuzla shipyard) (1993), MT “Nassia” c/w MV “Shipbroker” (1994), MV “Shipbroker” c/w MT “Nassia” (1994), MV “Gu Yuan Hai” c/w MV “Barbaros Oktay” (1995), MT “Gole” (explosion and fire in shipyard) (1997), MV “Caldiron” c/w MV “Guitara Sea” (1998),  MV “Kaptan Osman Bahri” c/w MT “Omerli” (1998), MV “Shipka” c/w “Semele” (1999), MV “Blue Bold” (General Average) (2000), MV “Modisk 3” c/w MV “Yeni Besiktas 2” (2002), MV “Challenger” c/w MV “Fatih N” (2002), MV “Hera” – (sank in Black Sea with cargo; 21 crew lost) (2004), MV “Strontsiy” – (Grand salvage) (2004), MV “Panagia” (hijacking by pirates and general average) (2005), MV “Fatsa B” (classification society liability) (2005), MV “Iran Madani” c/w MV “Hacı İbrahim” (2006), MT “Cape Bird” (collision) (2006), MV “Turgut Kocabaş” c/w MV “Zinnet Mete” (2007), MV “Ofmar” (cargo claim) (2013).

Ergun  continues to lead the maritime team in the cases including MV “Ever Judger” (cargo claim) (2014), MV “Latmar” (cargo claim) (2015), MV “Lady Aziza” c/w MV “Gokbel” (2015), MV “Yusuf Cepnioglu” (cargo claims)  (2015), MV “Ak Ceren” (collision) (2015), MV “Celestyal Crystal” (collision) (2015), MV “Menelaos” c/w MV “Ata” (2017), MV “Aileen” c/w MV “Scandia” (collision) (2018), MV “Persenk” c/w MV “Ahmet Can” (2019), MV “Doric Warrior” c/w MV “Mammad Amin Resulzadeh”  (2019), MV “Oguz Sofuoglu” (salvage and general average) (2019), MT “Syn Zania” (Fire in PETKIM Port) (2019), MV “Songa Iridium” (grounding and salvage) (2020).

He was also one of the few select individuals who advised in the drafting the Statute on Maritime Traffic Order for the Turkish Straits.




  • Admitted to Istanbul Bar
  • Turkish Maritime Law Association (Co-founder)
  • Insurance Law Turkish Association
  • Oceangoing Shipmasters Association
  • Better Justice Association (Co-founder)


  • LL.B., Istanbul University, 1983
  • Navigation and Ship Propulsion Systems, Post-Graduate, 1975
  • Naval Academy, 1974

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Ergün ErsoyErsoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants specialises in shipping work, and acts in a range of commercial, construction and insurance disputes involving Turkish and international shipping companies, insurers, and financiers. The firm regularly works with international counsel on the Turkish elements of cross-border disputes. Co-practice head Ergün Ersoy specialises in representing foreign investors in litigation and arbitration, while co-head Zihni Bilgehan focuses on maritime and insurance disputes.

Turkey > Employment

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants advises a range of domestic and international corporates on a continuous basis, handling day-to-day employment considerations such as contracts, tax and health and safety, alongside more complex and contentious issues such as dismissals, business restructurings, and litigation relating to terminations and workplace injury. Alongside its traditional strength in the shipping and insurance industries, the firm also acts for technology, telecoms, management consulting, and transport industry clients. The team is led by Ergün Ersoy, who has significant disputes experience and handles a wide variety of employment matters.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants acts for both borrowers and lenders on bankruptcy litigation, enforcement proceedings, and liquidation proceedings. Alongside the firm’s traditional focus on shipping clients, it has increasingly expanded its portfolio of bank lenders, particularly European clients, and its share of debt restructuring work. The team is led by senior partner and barrister Zihni BilgehanErgün Ersoy, and Emre Ersoy.

Turkey > Transport

(Hall of Fame)

Ergun Ersoy – Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants has a strong profile in the shipping sector, representing a wide range of shipping and logistics companies, P&I clubs, charterers, and insurers in matters ranging from ship finance to disputes. This broad expertise has seen the firm pick up mandates from international clients as well as major domestic businesses. The team is led by Ergün Ersoy, a highly-regarded figure in wet shipping law who handles insurance claims, collisions, and admiralty law, alongside senior partner Zihni Bilgehan, who advises charterers and ship owners on financing and logistics matters.