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

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Clients of Abcoo Law Firm look to its three-partner team in real estate and construction law for its ‘one-of-a-kind experience in real estate matters‘. The practice is a strong choice for any large-scale and high-profile real estate transactions, and also assists with project development, construction contracts and disputes in the sector. Practice co-head Berk Batur is noted for his ‘strong negotiation skills‘, and leads the practice alongside Hasan Çağlayan, hailed as ‘a guru in his field‘, and real estate transaction expert, Murat Aygün.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Çağlayan; Murat Aygün; Berk Batur

Other key lawyers:

Merve Savcı

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Abcoo for many years, and it has been an incredible journey. What makes their practice unique is their one-of-a-kind experience in real estate matters. We had the opportunity to witness their perfectionist approach and work ethic first hand. They always operate in conformity with our company’s values and needs.’

‘Berk Batur’s experience, legal expertise, and strong negotiation skills always work wonders. Especially this year the team proved how remarkably ambitious they are. They represented our company during the negotiations on one of the most notable lease deals in 2022. They once again represented us with perfection and satisfied our company’s needs as usual.’

‘They have a great knowledge and expertise. Their fess are affordable. All colleagues are flexible for urgent requirements.’

‘Their attitude is always very nice. Especially Hasan Çağlayan is a guru in his field.’

‘Abcoo’s partners and associates are qualified on their fields of expertise. Especially for retail real estate I prefer to work with Abcoo. Many of the cases are already resolved due to Abcoo’s conciliation capabilities without opening a trial.’

‘Berk Batur is the expert for me to work with about retail real estate. I believe in his expertise. Always available, pro-acting, fast resolution periods are the key elements for me to prefer them.’

‘What makes Abcoo so unique, in addition to their experience over many years in real estate, is their ability to establish and preserve long-lasting relationships with their clients. This helps them to track every single detail about the client and provide a custom-made legal service covering all the matters which we seek legal assistance for.’

‘Our main contact in Abcoo for real estate is Berk Batur who is not only admired by our company but also renowned in the sector. One of the many differences between him and the others is his unmatched experience and expertise in real estate matters. We are delighted to be collaborating with Abcoo since Berk Batur and his team always provide legal service with such excellence.’

Key clients

AEH Anadolu Gayrimenkul Yatirimlari

AFE Gayrimenkul

AK Portfoy Yonetimi A.S.

Aksoy Girisimcilik (Ventures)

Betatrans Lojistik

Cevahir Taahhut Insaat Ve Ticaret A.S.

Counsel And Invest Insaat

Diar Suleymaniye Gayrimenkul A.S.

Dolphin Gayrimenkul (subsidiary of Dolphin Overseas Fund)

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

ERIA Partners

ERIA Pramerica

EVYAP Holding – EVYAP Sabun

Eyusta Mimarlik

Ferhunde Verdi

Galata Gayrimenkul

GMW Architechts

Goldman Sachs

H&M Turkey

Hicran Mutuşoğlu

HPP International Turkey Mimarlik ve Danişmanlik Hiz. Ltd. STI.

Huda dis Ticaret Danismanlik Limited Sirketi

Imannoor Tekstil ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Kale Kilit

KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul

Korfez GYO

Korfez Tatil

Mehmet Aslan

Metalsac Ticaret ve Sanayi A.S.

Metrosite Insaat

Meydan TXM Gayrimenkul A.S.

NEBA Gayrimenkul

Odeabank

Olbia Gayrimenkul

Orau Orhan Otomotiv

Orhan Holding

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

Pradera

Pronegy Gayrimenkul Enerji

RVC Luxembourg S.A.R.L

Qatari Diar Istanbul

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

Ronesans Holding

Sarp Yapi

Saudi Bin Ladin

Seba Insaat Anonim Sirketi

Sepas Danismanlik

Symrise

TNL Gayrimenkul

Flamm Aerotec Havacilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Veritas AG

Work highlights

  • Advised QDREIC and KAT in relation to the establishment of a mortgage for ₺2.5bn on KAT’s hospital tower in Bakırköy, Istanbul.
  • Advised KAT on the negotiations held with the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change in relation to the abandonment of coastal land.
  • Acted for AFE Gayrimenkul in the preparation, negotiation and execution of the lease agreement together with parking space lease agreement for 200 vehicles, services and facility management agreement for the commercial tower, owned by AFE Gayrimenkul in Vadi İstanbul Project and leased by Mercedes Benz.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 5

Acting across a variety of sectors, Abcoo Law Firm's dispute resolution practice is strong on IP and advertising matters, shareholder disputes, and commercial disputes in the real estate market. Can Oğuzer, Hasan Çağlayan and Erdoğan Okşak are the practice heads and are supported by senior associate Ezgi Ulga.

Practice head(s):

Can Oğuzer; Hasan Çağlayan; Erdoğan Okşak

Other key lawyers:

Ezgi Ulga; Hande Melikoglu Tekin

Testimonials

‘Collaboration, flexibility.’

‘Can Oğuzer – Expertise, good communication.’

‘Erdoğan Okşak – Attentiveness, expertise.’

‘All partners in Abcoo are experts on their fields. Experts in conciliation. Many of the disputes has been resolved due to Abcoo’s conciliation expertise. Especially for labor and retail law I prefer Abcoo.’

‘A very dedicated team.’

‘Murat Aygin is a smart, easy-to-communicate person. He understands the sensibilities very easily.’

‘We work with Abcoo Law Firm for some shareholders disputes. Since the beginning of our partnership, Abcoo has proven to provide one of the highest quality of services in the market. They manage to approach the issues with a calculated, cautious and sensitive point of view which is critical in a sector like ours. Their quick and tailor-made responses to even the most complex matters is solely enough to express our pleasure for their services.’

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.

KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul Yatırımları ve İsletme Ticaret A.S.

Data Market Bilgi Hizmetleri A.S.

Ronesans Holding

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 ELCA in all disputes, including commercial, real estate, consumer, employment and panel law matters before the courts and relevant authorities.
  • Representing Voys Yapay Zeka in a trade mark infringement lawsuit regarding cancelation of the “Voys.me” brand.
  • Advising Peak on a lawsuit initiated against a global advertising agency concerning the breach of advertising service agreement.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Murat Aygün , Berk Batur, Ezgi Aysima Kır +90 212 293 05 93
Real estate, Construction and Zoning Hasan Çağlayan, Murat Aygün, Berk Batur h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Labour Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Kübra Ünal c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Dispute Resolution Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Ayşe Uyanık, Kübra Ünal c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Banking and Finance Murat Aygün m.aygun@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Privacy and Data Protection Berk Batur, Kübra Ünal b.batur@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Unfair Competition Claims Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Berk Batur, Ezgi Aysima Kır c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Public Tenders Hasan Çağlayan, Murat Aygün h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Public Offering Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Murat Aygün c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Sports Berk Batur b.batur@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Intellectual Property Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Ezgi Aysima Kır c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Contract Hasan Çağlayan, Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Murat Aygün, Berk Batur, Ezgi Aysima Kır h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Tax Hasan Çağlayan h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Administrative Hasan Çağlayan, Ayşe Uyanık h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Enforcement and Bankruptcy Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Ayşe Uyanık, Kübra Ünal c.oguzer@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Shareholder Disputes Hasan Çağlayan, Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Murat Aygün, Kübra Ünal h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Litigation and Arbitration Hasan Çağlayan, Cüneyt Can Oğuzer, Ayşe Uyanık, Kübra Ünal h.caglayan@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Berk Batur, Ezgi Aysima Kır b.batur@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Compliance Berk Batur, Kübra Ünal b.batur@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Immigration Murat Aygün, Berk Batur b.batur@abcoo.com.tr +90 212 293 05 93
Number of lawyers : 13
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Istanbul Bar Association

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.