Prof Dr Ercüment Erdem > Erdem & Erdem Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Erdem & Erdem Law Office
Ferko Signature, Büyükdere Caddesi
No. 175, Kat. 3
34394 Esentepe - Sisli, Istanbul

Work Department

Corporate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Competition and Antitrust


Founder and Senior Partner


Ercument Erdem is the Founder and Senior Partner of Erdem & Erdem Law Office.  He has approximately 35 year experience in international commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, corporate finance and arbitration. He serves international and national clients in a variety of industries including energy, construction, finance, retail, real estate, aerospace, healthcare and insurance.

He has extensive experience in cross-border projects concerning project finance, privatization, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions in wide geography including Europe, Asia and CIS countries.

Moreover he has successfully represented clients in many arbitration proceedings and enforcement claims in relation to arbitral awards obtained outside of Turkey. He has acted as chairman and sole or party-appointed arbitrator in many international and national arbitrations under different rules including International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration, Swiss Arbitration, Moscow Arbitration, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Arbitration, Tehran Arbitration, and ad hoc arbitrations and is, furthermore, distinguished in this field.

He has highly strong academic background. He is E. Professor lectured in leading universities such as Galatasaray University in Turkey and Fribourg University in Switzerland. He has almost 35 year experience as a scholar and his research contains competition and antitrust, international commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law etc. He still gives lectures at Galatasaray University and Fribourg University.

He has authored books on international trade law, competition law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial enterprise law, CIF sales, bonds, contracts etc. In addition he has authored numerous articles in national or international publications related to commercial law, competition and antitrust, contracts, arbitration, complex business litigation issues, dispute resolution etc.


Turkish, English, French, German


  • Istanbul Bar Association
  • Chair of the ICC Commercial Law and Practice Commission
  • Institute Council of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • ICC Arbitration Commission
  • ICC Incoterms Experts Group
  • ICC Turkish National Committee Arbitration Council
  • Association Henri Capitant des Amis de la Culture Juridique Française
  • Advisory Council of Banking and Commercial Law Research Institute
  • Advisory Board Member of Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC)
  • Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)


Commercial Law Professor (2003)
Commercial Law Associate Professor (1997)
Research on American Law at Yale Law School (1993)
Doctorate in Switzerland Fribourg University (Manga Cum Laude) (1988-1990)
Ankara University Institute of Social Sciences, Private Law LL.M. (1984-1986)
Dokuz Eylül University, Faculty of Law (1981-1984)
Istanbul University, Faculty of Law (1980-1981)
Galatasaray High School (1976-1980)

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Erdem & Erdem Law Office is ‘quick to respond and always very knowledgeable’. The practice, which is jointly headed by seasoned practitioner Ercüment Erdem and corporate expert Özgür Kocabaşoğlu, handles joint ventures, investments, and acquisitions, and is particularly experienced in infrastructure-based deals. Tuna Colgar is another name to note.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

With Ercüment Erdem and Özgür Kocabaşoğlu at the helm, Erdem & Erdem Law Office handles acquisition finance and refinance, project finance, commercial banking transactions and bankruptcy matters, and also shows prowess advising private equity funds and financial institutions in debt capital market transactions. Tuna Colgar, who puts to use is ‘highly relevant background and vast experience’ when assisting clients, is another name to note.

Turkey > Project finance/projects

Erdem & Erdem Law Office has a solid track record of advising local and global clients, acting as sponsors, developers, lenders, equity investors and multilateral agencies, on private power and infrastructure projects, including airport and port operations and power generation plants, under build-operate-transfer models. Headed by Ercüment Erdem and Özgür Kocabaşoğlu, the practice is particularly strong in the energy, transportation and healthcare sectors, and is developing notable capabilities in Islamic financing.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

Erdem & Erdem Law Office houses a ‘high-quality, very responsive and client-oriented’, team, which is well versed in the gamut of contentious matters, including commercial disputes, administrative lawsuits, execution proceedings and arbitration. Suleyman Sevinc and Piraye Erdem jointly head the practice. Founding partner Ercüment Erdem, who is praised for his ‘hands-on approach’, and Alper Uzun, who was promoted to partner in 2021, are other key names.