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Abcoo Law Firm
Inonu Caddesi Devres 50 Kat:2 Beyoglu
34427 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Praised for its ‘great knowledge’ and ‘huge experience’, Abcoo Law Firm's practice remains a top choice for handling large-scale and high-profile real estate deals, share transfers and portfolio sales. Experienced practitioners Hasan Çağlayan, who is also well versed in contentious work, transactional specialist Murat Aygün and Berk Batur co-head the department, which also advises on sale and purchase agreements, joint ventures, and lease and security agreements for international and domestic developers and investors. Senior associate Merve Savcı provides additional support to the team. Recent work highlights include advising Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company on various stages of the Sea Pearl project.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Çağlayan; Murat Aygün; Berk Batur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have huge experience and have very polite attitude.’

‘The team have great knowledge and are friendly and reachable.’

Key clients

ADEL KALEMCILIK

AEH ANA GIDA

AEH ANADOLU GAYRIMENKUL YATIRIMLARI

AK PORTFOY YONETIMI A.S.

AKSOY GIRISIMCILIK (VENTURES)

BARAKA PROJE GELISTIRME

BSH EV ALETLERI SAN. VE TIC. A.S.

COUNSEL AND INVEST INSAAT

DIAR SULEYMANIYE GAYRIMENKUL A.S.

DOLPHIN GAYRIMENKUL (subsidiary of Dolphin Overseas Fund)

ECZACIBASI HOLDING A.S.

ELCA KOZMETIK LTD. STI. (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)

ERIA PARTNERS

ERIA PRAMERICA

EVYAP HOLDING – EVYAP SABUN

EYUSTA MIMARLIK

GALATA GAYRIMENKUL

GMW ARCHITECHTS

GOLDMAN SACHS

H&M TURKEY

HPP INTERNATIONAL TURKEY MIMARLIK VE DANIŞMANLIK HIZ. LTD. STI.

HUDA DIS TICARET DANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI

KALE KILIT

KAT TURIZM GAYRIMENKUL

KORFEZ GYO

KORFEZ TATIL

METRO PROPERTIES

METALSAC TICARET VE SANAYI A.S.

METROSITE INSAAT

MOSS GAYRIMENKUL

NEBA GAYRIMENKUL

ODEABANK

OLBIA GAYRIMENKUL

ORAN TURIZM PETROL YATIRIM A.S.

ORAU ORHAN OTOMOTIV

ORHAN HOLDİNG

OXBRIDGE

PD TURIZM VE GAYRIMENKUL

PEAK OYUN YAZILIM VE PAZARLAMA A.S. (Peak)

PEF ANTALYA RETAIL INVESTMENTS SARL

PELITLI LOJISTIK ANTREPO VE DEPOLAMA HIZMETLERI TICARET A.S.

PENINSULA EMLAK YATIRIM ANONIM SIRKETI

POLO GARAGE

PRADERA

PRONEGY GAYRIMENKUL ENERJI

QATARI DIAR ISTANBUL

QATARI DIAR REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY

RONESANS HOLDING

SARP YAPI

SAUDI BIN LADIN

SEPAS DANISMANLIK

SVR GAYRIMENKUL YATIRIM

SYMRISE

TASYAKAN INSAAT SAN. VE TIC. LTD. STI.

TAZ GAYRIMENKUL

TNL GAYRIMENKUL

VADI ISTANBUL

VERITAS AG

VOYS

VERITAS AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company on various stages of the Sea Pearl project, which currently has 1,600 independent units mainly consisting of residences, an office tower and the Jumeirah Hotel, with a minimum revenue expectation of $2.7bn.
  • Advised Aksoy Ventures on the preparation, negotiation and execution of its residential agreements with Marriott for the management and operation of the Epique Island project by Marriott under the Ritz-Carlton brand.
  • Advised Peninsula Emlak Yatırım A.Ş. on the Süleymaniye renewal project, which is being conducted on land owned by a subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company in Fatih, Istanbul.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Abcoo Law Firm handles litigation, arbitration and mediation, for a list of clients that range from individuals to domestic and international companies. The team, which is headed by Can Oğuzer, Hasan Çağlayan, and Erdoğan Okşak, regularly acts in commercial, shareholder, real estate, and employment disputes, and IP claims.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Hasan Çağlayan; Erdoğan Okşak

Testimonials

‘Expertise, quality service at reasonable prices.’

‘Can Oğuzer, Erdoğan Okşak; both experts, have good understanding of business and are collaborative.’

‘The team always listens to the client and asks relevant questions where needed. They make reviews to verify that they understand your situation in detail.’

‘Once they make sure that they understand your situation they work hard and come back with a realistic summary assessment and show you your options.’

‘The team was extremely supportive in solving key issues. They sometimes went beyond normal efforts to help resolve and mediate. They were very approachable at all times and I felt like a valued client.’

Key clients

Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama A.S. (Peak)

Neba Gayrimenkul

Diar Suleymaniye Gayrimenkul A.S.

Petrol Ofisi

Bi Enerji Makine Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti.

Polo Garage

Data Market Bilgi Hizmetleri A.S.

Metrosite Insaat

Ronesans Holding

Korfez GYO

Korfez Tatil

Aksoy Girisimcilik (Aksoy Ventures)

HPP International Turkey

Polar Marine

Tricon Energy

ELCA Kozmetik Ltd. Sti. (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)

Voys Yapay Zeka A.S

Work highlights

  • Representing Estée Lauder Companies Turkey in all disputes, including commercial, consumer, employment and panel law matters before the courts and relevant authorities.
  • Representing Voys Yapay Zeka in a lawsuit regarding cancelation of the “Voys.me” brand which is registered by another company.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Abcoo Law Firm is experienced in advising both buyers and sellers on M&A transactions, with a particular focus in sectors such as real estate, gaming, retail, hospitality, technology, and cosmetics.

The firm: Having been established by highly experienced lawyers, each of whom is an expert in their respective fields, Abcoo provides high-quality and solution-based legal services to its local and international clients. With its 35 years of experience, Abcoo offers continuous and effective legal services to its clients in all the fields of law in co-operation with associated law firms, both local and global, and technical solution partners.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: the firm provides a complete range of business legal services to its clients for all aspects of their domestic deals as well as their complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. It is extensively involved in cross-border M&A transactions with expertise in building creative and alternative M&A models in line with the mandatory regulations under Turkish law. It also provides legal consultancy in relation to incorporation of all kinds of legal entities including but not limited to real estate investment companies and portfolio management companies.

Real estate and construction: with years of experience in this specific field, the firm has significant expertise in conducting legal due diligence for proper real estate purchase and sales as well as drafting and negotiating agreements regarding direct and indirect real estate acquisitions. It provides forward-thinking legal consultancy to support the development, lease and operation of acquired real estate and innovative legal assistance in relation to zoning plan adjustments and zoning implementation. Its services include the representation of clients before public organisations and institutions; following-up of civil and administrative lawsuits with respect to real estate issues; and resolution of any relevant dispute, including disputes arising from the implementation of the law on the transformation of areas under disaster risk.

Dispute resolution: based on its long history of litigation success, the firm promises its clients an assertive approach to their litigation and arbitration cases on both local and cross-border basis. In this context, Abcoo provides clients with attentive care and timely assistance throughout every stage of their respective cases.

Labour: the firm renders legal advice, primarily on behalf of employers, on labour law related issues. It provides consultancy services to clients as well as representing them in litigation and mediation processes.

Banking and finance: Abcoo advises banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions on various legal matters, including but not limited to drafting of loan agreements, collateral agreements, etc, on both a local and cross-border basis.

Unfair competition: Abcoo provides legal opinion and suggestions for current and possible unfair competition cases; enforcement of precautionary measures; follow-up of unfair competition claims pursuant to art 56 of TCC and criminal cases stipulated under art 61.

Public offering: the firm provides the following services, among others, with respect to public offerings: preparation of offering circulars for foreign markets; conducting of detailed legal due diligence; performance of the necessary amendments to the articles of association of companies, the shares of which will be subject to a public offering, for compliance purposes with the capital markets legislation; and submission of such to the capital markets board and providing legal assistance for the applications to be filed with the board for approval of the offering circular and with Istanbul Stock Exchange for trading at the respective market.

Sports: Abcoo provides legal assistance to various sports federations in preparing their main regulations and other directives; resolving disputes between federations, clubs and players; drafting and reviewing employment agreements as well as sponsorship contracts between clubs and players.

Enforcement and bankruptcy: the firm provides legal services to clients with respect to the bankruptcy process in addition to execution process of any kind of debt. Services in this field of law include debt recollection, restructuring of debts, purchase and sale of assets via public auctions, follow-up and conclusion of bankruptcy and liquidation.

Privacy and data protection: disputes related to data is an eventual and inevitable outcome if you are to own a business which happens to somehow contact with other humans. With data becoming even more valuable, then came the necessity of protection of data. Since there is a rush of a regulatory process all around the World where law-makers are making regulations, and as a result, the companies are trying to comply with such regulations, we, as Abcoo Law Firm, are offering legal advice to our clients regarding the data collection, retention, anonymization and destruction of therein. To be more specific, we are advising our clients with respect to personal data of which they are obliged to process. This requires us to prepare necessary policies, to assist clients for their registration with Data Controllers Registration System, to restructure the agreements conforming to the regulations and to conduct correspondences with the government officials regarding the data processing and protection.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and M&A Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Murat Aygün , Berk Batur, Hande Yılmaz+90 212 293 05 93
Real estate, Construction and Zoning Hasan Çağlayan, Murat Aygün, Berk Baturh.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Labour Erdoğan A. Okşak, Ezgi Ulgae.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Dispute Resolution Erdoğan A. Okşak, Ezgi Ulgae.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Banking and Finance Murat Aygünm.aygun@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Privacy and Data Protection Berk Baturb.batur@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Unfair Competition Claims Cüneyt Can Oğuzerc.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Public Tenders Hasan Çağlayanh.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Public Offering Cüneyt Can Oğuzerc.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Sports Berk Baturb.batur@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Intellectual Property Erdoğan A. Okşak, Ezgi Ulgae.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Contract Murat Aygün, Erdoğan A. Okşak, Berk Batur, Ezgi Ulga, Hande Yılmaz+90 212 293 05 93
Tax Hasan Çağlayanh.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Administrative Hasan Çağlayan, Erdoğan A. Okşake.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Enforcement and Bankruptcy Erdoğan A. Okşak, Ezgi Ulgae.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Shareholder Disputes Cüneyt Can Oğuzerc.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Aviation Murat Aygün, Cüneyt Can Oğuzerc.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Litigation and Arbitration Erdoğan A. Okşak, Ezgi Ulgae.oksak@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Berk Baturb.batur@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Compliance Berk Baturb.batur@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Immigration Murat Aygün, Berk Baturb.batur@abcoo.com.tr+90 212 293 05 93
Number of lawyers : 17
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CLIENT: Ömer Egesel – Country Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company
TESTIMONIAL: “We, as a company, have been working with ABCOO since their inception. The key reason for us to work with ABCOO is their shared expertise particularly in the real estate sector, back up and additional help when needed and their customer focused, diligent approach in the engagements. The team’s hands-on approach and the responsive style in handling the matters are their main strengths. Though they still provide high quality services and target to exceed the expectations. Also, as we have experienced, their professional network in the market enables them to deliver the most effective results when required.”


CLIENT: Ufuk Özkan – Finance Director
COMPANY/FIRM: ELCA Kozmetik Limited Şirketi, an Estee Lauder Companies Affiliate
TESTIMONIAL: “As Estee Lauder Companies Turkey Affiliate, we are very happy to have a legal partner like ABCOO, who understands our needs even before we ask them and highlight all risks and opportunities with very comprehensive analysis. They have a very wide network in Turkish legal landscape and they leverage it to provide support for us. Every member of their team, from partners to junior associates, are always very reachable and flexible to work with. They are very detail-oriented and they provide point executive summaries to save ELC Turkey Executives’ time. They always deliver their tasks before deadlines and follow them up very strictly.”


CLIENT: Sidar Şahin – Founder & CEO. Peak Games
COMPANY/FIRM: Peak Games
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working with Abcoo for years now, and it has always been a real pleasure to work with them. Especially in the acquisition of Peak Games by Zynga Inc, we have achieved one of the most world-shaking acquisition transaction through their guidance and assistance. Their tireless efforts enabled us to achieve successful conclusion to this marathon. We thoroughly commend them both on their professionalism and friendship, without which the transaction would have foundered numerous times. Over this period, it was a privilege to enjoy their professionalism, expertise and friendship.”


CLIENT: Grisette Almann – General Manager-312 Vista
COMPANY/FIRM: Dolphin Gayrimenkul ve Yatırım Geliştirme Ltd. Şti.
TESTIMONIAL: “I am pleased to highly recommend ABCOO Law Firm to be considered as part of your prestigious organization.  ABCOO is my “go-to” for all legal business matters.  From preparing and drafting all tenant and vendor contracts to giving counsel when I am in most need. ABCOO is the consummate professional and the attorneys assigned to our company do not waste valuable time responding to 312 Vista’s business needs. I write with pride, that as our attorneys, I am confident when making business decisions because ABCOO has the interpersonal skills needed to make their clients feel confident.  They offer adroit advice in a timely and urgent manor, which in business is of utter importance.”


CLIENT: Osman Emrah Şahin – H&M Expansion l Real Estate l Strategy
COMPANY/FIRM: H&M HENNES&MAURITZ TEKSTİL LİMİTED ŞİRKETİ
TESTIMONIAL: “Abcoo is a very well-known law firm and we are working with them for 10 years as they provide legal services in keeping with our corporate culture and values. Their key features are mainly their unique expertise in the retail sector, their ability to take initiatives and most importantly, their ability of working in a pro-active way so as to provide us with swift responses and solutions. We, as H&M, are feeling happy to work with Abcoo’s experienced team, not only in the field of lease but also in other fields including but not limited to union, payroll, HR and logistics.”


As Abcoo Law Firm we strongly believe in diversity, equity and inclusion and that it is our only way forward. While the understanding and promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion being drastically increasing among society, we are delighted and proud to say that we have been embracing our differences and diversities from day one.

Our main goal is to provide and maintain a safe working environment internally, since we believe that the best work comes from people that are happy, strongly connected to one another and feeling safe and sound. The relationship between colleagues are to be built around respect, love and trust and of course, acceptance. We believe we do make our best endeavours to avoid a stressful work environment, since we all know nothing good ever comes from that kind of environment. Commitment to diversity means acceptance of different point of views brought by individuals coming from different genders, sexual orientation, ethnic roots, religion and political stance, and that brings colour and uniqueness to environment.

We take our pride to say that over 60% of our team members are women. On associate level this ratio rises above 72% and on senior associate level it is 100%. We support women led businesses by not only providing legal consultancy to them but also promoting small businesses empowered by women. We choose to refrain from providing legal services to projects which we believe is hazardous for what we stand for, from fundamental human rights to environment, and encourage others to do so. It is safe to say that we, as Abcoo Law Firm, are aware of the ongoing issues regarding the inequity and discrimination not only in corporate life but also in daily life. Especially, people with different sexual orientations, marital status, ethnic origins, nationalities, religious beliefs and political stances and people with disabilities are being targeted and marginalized. We believe we do our best to eliminate such alienation and discrimination towards anyone who faces them.

It is for sure we have achieved to provide a safe workplace which feels like home and its members feel like family to one another. This reflects on our work and it is well-known that our relationships with our clients are long-lasting. We have built an entire system of acceptance and understanding. We have established that mind-set both internally and externally and, indeed, we will continue to use our best endeavours to spread this awareness.


Abcoo Law Firm provides wide range of legal services to domestic and international businesses. Our client portfolio consists of approximately 60% international and 40% local businesses. Besides, we also assist several individual foreign and local clients. We shape our services as per our clients’ requirements and requests from A to Z, and amongst those, mostly we offer assistance on matters such as purchase of real estates, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration.

Our understanding has always been to provide top notch legal services to our clients worldwide, and assist our clients in small or large-scaled business transactions around the globe. In this respect, we provide our services and for our Turkish individual and corporate clients in case they enter into partnerships or are involved in transactions of acquisitions in different business areas especially in Europe and United States in order to broaden their catalogue of investments, expand on a global scale and increase competitive capacity. While our clients underwent above mentioned changes, we represented them both directly and indirectly with the collaboration of other foreign law firms when necessary, with respect to their business projects and legal enquires.

Our firm has been working with several international companies some of them being;

  • Several Qatar based real estate investment companies’ various projects in Turkey,
  • Europe based global manufacturing companies,
  • Globally well-known companies from entertainment industry,
  • Turkey leg of the largest and the most well-known vendor of computer software in the world,
  • United States based globally well-known cosmetic companies etc.

In addition to the above, we took part in a widely well-known, one-of-a-kind acquisition of Peak Oyun Yazılım ve Pazarlama A.Ş. by Zynga Inc. and advised the founder and the CEO of Peak Games, Sidar Şahin during the process which then led Peak to become Turkey’s first “unicorn”. Needless to say that this transaction really is a significant bullet point not only for our law firm’s achievements but also for the legal market overall as well.

Besides the legal assistance we provide to our clients in their billions of dollar investments in real estate sector, we also provide legal assistance for our clients with dispute resolution, arbitration and M&A aspects of their international transactions. As an emerging hot-topic, we also assist our clients for the data compliance matters, and draft data protection, privacy and cyber-security related policies and restructure agreements in line with the data protection regulations for domestic and international companies seeing that the protection of data is becoming more and more important and strict with new regulations each day.

Our department is also known for its close and long-lasting relationships with the clients. We believe this derives from our “value-added” approach and our understanding of our clients’ needs and necessities of the surrounding business environment along with the tailor-made and solution-based legal services that we provide to our local and international clients. Most of our oldest clients are global companies which require assistance on an international level so that we have been representing those for any transaction they encounter around the globe.