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Erdem & Erdem Law Office

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Istanbul, Izmir

Prof Dr Halil Ercument Erdem

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Erdem & Erdem Consultancy Ltd

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Corporate, M&A, ADR


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 30 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
  • Co-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)


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

ErcĂŒment Erdem - Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Erdem & Erdem Law Office provides 'reliable, quality services and responds quickly and effectively'. It handles acquisition finance and refinance, project finance, commercial banking transactions and bankruptcy matters. Other areas of expertise include domestic and international capital markets transactions including IPOs, stock exchange quotations, and structured finance and M&A-related tax matters. The team provides capital markets legislation advice to TĂŒrkiye İƟ Bankası. ErcĂŒment Erdem and ÖzgĂŒr KocabaƟoğlu head the team. Tuna Çolgar, Gaye Spolitis and senior associate Nezihe Boran Demir are also recommended.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions. It is adept at handling inbound and outbound acquisitions, joint ventures, takeovers and restructurings. It assisted Kemin Europa with drafting a share purchase agreement and pursuing closing and post-closing actions in the acquisition of the entire share capital of a Turkey-based textile chemicals company. Other clients include Akfen, BMC Otomotiv and Jagex. ErcĂŒment Erdem and ÖzgĂŒr KocabaƟoğlu head the 'professional, knowledgeable and experienced' team with support from Tuna Çolgar.

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Within: Competition

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises on M&A, investigations, compliance programmes in competition law and commercial regulation services. Highlights included acting for the Turkish Economy Bank in an investigation regarding syndicated loans. Other clients include TĂŒrkiye ƞiƟe ve Cam Fabrikaları. ErcĂŒment Erdem heads the team.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Leading individuals

ErcĂŒment Erdem - Erdem & Erdem Law Office

Within: Dispute resolution

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises on a range of contentious matters including litigation, execution proceedings and arbitration. Areas of expertise include administrative lawsuits, commercial disputes, international arbitration and bankruptcy. Piraye Erdem and SĂŒleyman Sevinç head the ‘very attentive’ team, which has ‘a lot of experience internationally’. Founder ErcĂŒment Erdem is also recommended.

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Within: Energy

Erdem & Erdem Law Office advises clients in the natural gas, coal, and oil-fired power plants and renewables sectors. Areas of expertise include structuring and negotiation of transactions and projects, negotiation and drafting of EPCs, project financing, privatisation and PPPs. ErcĂŒment Erdem and ÖzgĂŒr KocabaƟoğlu head the team. Gaye Spolitis and Tuna Colgar are also recommended.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

Erdem & Erdem Consultancy Ltd advises clients on project finance, privatisations, renewable energy, PPPs, drafting and negotiation of contracts, BOTs and EPCs. Key sectors include energy, heavy industries, infrastructure and construction. ErcĂŒment Erdem heads the team, which provides ‘quick and effective responses and a reliable, quality service’.

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