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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 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.

Turkey > Employment

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.

Turkey > Transport

(Hall of Fame)

Ergun Ersoy – Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

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.