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Sahan Law Office
Finanskent Mah. Finans Cad.
Sarphan Finanspark 5/C No.36

Turkey > Insurance Tier 1

Sahan Law Office‘s dedicated insurance practice acts for insurance, reinsurance and pension companies, insurance brokers, agencies and financial institutions, covering the full gamut of matters from claims and litigation to regulatory compliance. Long-term clients include major international insurers such as Zurich, Chubb and Gulf Insurance, and the team also has a steady stream of new clients. Insurance specialist Abdülkadir Şahan leads on all matters, and draws on his experience in preparing legislation while working for the Turkish government, as well as a decade of insurance-focused private practice.

Practice head(s):

Abdülkadir Şahan

Other key lawyers:

Yurdanur Yıldızhan

Key clients

Gulf Insurance


Chubb Group

Zurich Insurance

Bupa Acıbadem Insurance

Katılım Life and Pension


Sigortayeri Insurance Brokerage

TDB Insurance Brokerage

Boğaziçi Brokerage

Digital Care

Oyak Group Insurance Brokerage

VDF Insurance Agency

Sahan Law Office was founded by Abdülkadir Sahan

The firm’s main practice areas have been insurance law, corporate and commercial law and competition law since foundation. Şahan Law Office has also practised within the scope of labour and employment law.

The firm has grown in size as the practice areas have extended. Having former experience particularly in insurance law the team improved its knowledge within this area.

Areas of practice: Sahan Law Office is best known for its services in the field of insurance law.

Thanks to his former career as a treasury expert in Undersecretariat of Treasury, which is the Turkish insurance regulator through the Directorate General (DG) of Insurance, the well experienced Abdülkadir Sahan, the founding partner and head of the insurance division, leads the insurance team. With a wide knowledge and unique public sector experience in insurance law, the insurance team provides services to insurance companies, pension companies, reinsurance companies, insurance brokers, agencies and financial institutions. Sahan Law Office advises and assists its clients in a wide range of insurance-related matters including: incorporation, M&As and dissolution of companies; application for all kinds of licences to DG of Insurance; preparation and review of the insurance products in compliance with the law and relevant general terms and conditions; preparation and revision of brokerage, agency and reinsurance contracts; and delivering legal opinions on insurance regulations. From the foundation up to this day Şahan Law Office has provided legal assistance for local, regional and global projects of its clients.

The firm has particularly assisted its clients with their key corporate and compliance matters and represented them before the courts and public institutions. Sahan Law Office has also provided its clients with legal support during the procedures regarding their communications with the DG of Insurance.

The firm is working on a retainer basis with most of its clients as it creates long relationships with them. Sahan Law Office also pursues cases regarding the key issues of its clients operating within the insurance sector.

Other fields Sahan Law Office has experience and expertise of are respectively corporate and commercial law and competition law.

Insurance Abdülkadir
Insurance Banu
Corporate, commercial and M&A Abdülkadir Sahan
Corporate, commercial and M&A Yurdanur
Competition Abdülkadir Sahan
Litigation and arbitration Abdülkadir Sahan
Labour Yurdanur YILDIZHAN
Data protection Banu UN
Abdülkadir Şahan photo Abdülkadir ŞahanManaging Partner
Number of lawyers : 10

COMPANY/FIRM: Gulf Sigorta A.S.
TESTIMONIAL: Sahan Law Office serves high quality of legal services through highly motivated and experienced lawyers. The Firm provides legal solutions for daily and strategic business matters by ensuring timely turnaround of requests for legal advice as well as enabling efficient business. They have a solid experience in insurance law including lawyers with regulatory and public authority background in the team. The team members of the Firm can be easily communicated and understand the business needs of the clients very well by also pointing out the legal risks.

COMPANY/FIRM: Unico Sigorta A.S.
TESTIMONIAL: We have been receiving legal services on various daily and regulatory matters from Sahan Law Office for a long time now. I and my team are very pleased to observe that our queries are answered on time and our procedures that need legal assistance are followed up very cautiously and diligently. Sahan Law Office always provides us with accurate and swift solutions due to their unique insight pertaining to the insurance business. This virtue of the firm in particular makes it very preferable for us to continue working with them.

COMPANY/FIRM: Chubb Turkey
TESTIMONIAL: I have been working with Sahan Law Office for four years. Their knowledge on insurance, commercial and data protection law is quite good. Particularly on the interpretation of regulations and regulatory issues I have been given very satisfactory services. Their responses to my inquiries are always on time and clear. They have been providing innovative solutions to complex multinational projects. The insurance policy wordings are being localised pursuant to Turkish legislation and translated to Turkish by them and those were all good piece of work. Whenever I need they are always available and support me which is a key factor for me to work with them.

COMPANY/FIRM: Katilim Emeklilik ve Hayat A.S.
TESTIMONIAL: I appreciate Sahan Law Office’s ability to understand our business and what we are dealing with. Our Turkish insurance and pension business has a very active regulation environment. These lawyers are constantly aware of what a client needs. Their response is instantaneous. Another important point is they are very accessible, knowledgeable in insurance regulations and committed to helping solve problems for their clients.

COMPANY/FIRM: Zurich Sigorta A.S.
TESTIMONIAL: Sahan Law Office team has excellent understanding of the company needs and do their best to contribute. They have well-organized, efficient and produce quality work. We are satisfied with the reliable counsel that they provide.

Basaran & Sahan Law Firm was concerned with the victims of the Istanbul Atatürk Airport attacks which was occurred on 28 June 2016. The firm started a pro-bono study on the subject and submitted compensation claims to administrative courts on behalf of the foreigner victims and their families in 2017. Byproviding the necessary legal assistance, the firm safeguarded the rights and shared the grief of the victims and their families.