Firm Profile > Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm > Istanbul, Turkey

Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm
Esentepe Mh. Kore Sehitleri Cd.
No:33/1 Sisli

Employment Tier 3

Boutique firm Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm advises a number of corporate entities, insurance companies, and international organisations on their employment issues within Turkey, including post-M&A considerations. redundancies, and transfers of registration. The team also acts in contentious matters, including a number of sexual harrassment cases. The team is led by specialist employment practitioners Ahu Pamukkale GunbayDuygu Abbasoğlu, and Basar Kural.

Practice head(s):

Ahu Pamukkale Gunbay; Duygu Abbasoglu; Basar Kural


‘They are extremely quick responders and all the team members are always available, provide their inputs as per their expertise promptly.’

‘They are smart and approachable. They also interpret very technical legal terminologies/cases into the way that we understand as customer in a very simplified and practical way.’

‘The team at Gunbay Law is very knowledgeable, experienced and with commercial sense.’

‘The team is very responsive and helpful. They go the extra mile each and every time, if required. It has always been a pleasure working with them’

‘Ahu Pamukkale Gunbay is a superb leader at Gunbay, and we are lucky that she is very much on our side in our various matters in Turkey.’

‘The team have been excellent throughout in providing great advice and clearly want to make their clients feel happy about the service they are getting.’

‘All of the partners are great to work with and all are knowledgeable in their respective fields and deliver advice in a clear manner and as per instructions. They even follow-up separately when there are developments in the areas of law that are relevant for our business, and this is a clear plus.’

Key clients

Acelity – KCI

Atlas Ship Supply



Danish Refugee Council

Doğsan/Doğpa Medical Devices


GC Europe

HEF Group

I Global Law

International Rescue Committee

International Sustainability and Development

Kar Automative Group


NN Group


Röhm Gmbh


Wilben Trade


The firm: Günbay Kural Abbasoğlu Law Firm (GKA) was incorporated in August 2016 by very well-known lawyers who are experts in their fields. The proactive and ambitious team aims to provide the highest quality, constant, tailor-made and practical legal solutions for its local and international clients in all sizes and various sectors. The firm was established by three founding partners and currently there are nine lawyers in total within the firm.

The team has extensive knowledge and expertise in advising its clients specifically in complex legal issues including but not limited to employment, corporate, litigation and tax matters.

The team is a trustworthy solution partner in consultancy and litigation matters and gives advice and provides services based on analysing the legal issues through sector specific perspective and know-how. The team informs its clients about the legislative developments on a timely basis. The firm has alliances with Turkish law firms in Ankara and Izmir.

Following the first year of our incorporation, GKA is ranked as “Leading Law Firm” and the founding partners are qualified as “Recommended Lawyers” on Employment Law in 2018, 2019 and 2020 rankings of The Legal 500.

Areas of practice: GKA is one of Turkey’s few leading law firms housing a team of lawyers fully specialised in employment law. Our employment team focuses on high-profile employment and labour law, immigration law, social security law, trade union and collective bargaining law, work health and safety law matters in various sectors and provides proactive counselling to lead our clients through laws and regulations. Our underlying drive is to develop and implement employment policies designed to minimise risk and avoid litigation for employer from all industries. We act for clients in industries including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, consumer products, services, technology, energy and charity.

Our compliance team provides specialised legal advice in all corporate compliance matters such as implementing data protection compliance rules, fraud, misappropriation, forgery of documents and unfair competition, internal and criminal investigations, legal proceedings and criminal litigation, abuse of trust by employees and directors and liabilities of directors and managers.

Our firm’s corporate and commercial law practitioners advise on every phase of a company’s establishment and growth, such as incorporation, capital financing, licensing and commercial agreements, public and private securities offerings, mergers & acquisitions and day-to-day company representation. Our firm establishes close working relationships with its clients and provides professional advice by considering their needs and the specifics of their industries. Preparing tailored full due diligence or executive reports depending on the needs of the clients, drafting, negotiating and reviewing share purchase and shareholders’ agreements, obtaining all necessary permits and accomplishing closing transactions are fulfilled by our firm.

The tax department of our firm has extensive experience on tax consulting and litigation and provides legal services in all matters relating to tax. Our objective is to help our clients manage their tax issues in the most effective way. In line with this aim, out tax department provides diverse perspectives and expertise to help clients maintain an effective relationship with the tax authorities throughout all the challenges of tax audit, tax compliance and tax planning. Our tax team has far-reaching tax expertise and is fully equipped to offer assistance in tax litigation and investigations, transfer pricing and taxation of corporate restructuring transactions. Our services include tax litigation, technical support in tax ruling application processes, preparation of documents and lists, and reviewing reports during tax inspections, and tax consulting during the reconciliation phase. We also assist in customs disputes and investigations, which has recently gained significant importance in Turkey.

Our firm’s dispute resolution team has extensive experience in providing assistance to sector leading businesses, operating both locally and abroad, in all aspects of preventing disputes and aiming to resolve issues prior to trial. Our lawyers collaborate with clients and their counterparts to identify and execute the most advantageous business-oriented solutions, either by pursuing or by defending in litigation proceedings, or through alternative methods such as mediation. Our approach is to help our clients avoid litigation wherever possible. When litigation is unavoidable, we discuss with our clients their objectives and evaluate the legal, commercial, reputational risks involved. We proceed on a basis tailored to our clients’ needs in line with our team’s experience. We represent international and local clients in high-level disputes before commercial, employment, administrative, tax, administrative and criminal courts and appeal processes. We also provide mediation services for civil law disputes including those with foreign elements, as regards to matters that are at the parties’ disposal, as one of our founding partners, Att. Ahu Pamukkale is a mediator registered under Ministry of Justice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment and Labour Law Ahu Pamukkale Günbay
Immigration Law Basar Kural
Compliance and Ethics Ahu Pamukkale Günbay
Compliance and Ethics Duygu Abbasoglu
Corporate and Commercial Law Ahu Pamukkale Günbay
Corporate and Commercial Law Aysegül Solmaz Volkan
Dispute Resolution Duygu Abbasoglu
Dispute Resolution Basar Kural
Tax Law Basar Kural
Tax Law Mustafa Sevgin
Contract Law Duygu Abbasoglu
Contract Law Basar Kural

As Gunbay Kural Abbasoglu Law Firm (GKA), we give high importance to diversity in the workplace. We are proud to have a team with a combination of men and women possessing unique-quality backgrounds who bring dynamism, innovation and empathy to the firm.

We hire and employ trainee lawyers, lawyers and administrative personnel without regard to age, gender, national origin, place of birth, religion or sexual orientation and we provide equal conditions for all individuals. Furthermore, GKA has a very transparent practice preventing any kind of issues with regards to recruiting, retaining and promoting qualified lawyers or staff.

We believe that diversity starts at the top. Two-thirds of our shareholder partners and half of our staff who undertake leadership positions in the firm are women. We aim to build a level of diversity that provides an unrivalled example to the next generation of Turkey’s female leaders.

GKA considers educational diversity important as well. As GKA has many multinational clients from different countries, we proudly say that the lawyers and administrative personnel are educated all over the world and speak different languages to provide high-level services for our clients all over the world.

Our diversity and social inclusion policy also focuses on disabilities. In this respect, our office and workplaces are accessible and provide barrier-free movement.

Staff with different backgrounds have different perspectives and this helps us to look at problems from all angles and work fluently across borders, cultures and practices. We believe that diversity is the primary element of a positive workplace environment which raises the performance of staff, and brings success in the field of law; this also enables us to conduct better personnel and talent management in our firm. Thus, our goal is to create a welcoming environment for everyone and increase the loyalty of both staff and clients to our law firm.

Başar Kural, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Başar Kural gives insight into the firm and discusses trends in the market.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Günbay Kural Abbasoğlu Law Firm from your competitors?

Günbay Kural Abbasoğlu Law Firm (“GKA”) consists of dynamic and experienced lawyers who had worked as senior associates for years in a well-known international law firm ranked as Tier 1 by reputable global legal market research companies including Legal500. Since we established GKA as a boutique law firm in 2016, our aim is to provide high quality and effective services to our clients with the approach to deliver tailor-made solutions for their needs. As GKA, we believe that one of the main points that differentiate us from our competitors in the market is the combination of dynamism and professionalism reflected in our services along with our boutique service orientation. The adaptation of an “international business” culture is very much inherited from the past experiences of founding partners of GKA among the competitors in the market.

What we have experienced in the last 4,5 years as of establishment of GKA is clients tend to work with specialized boutique law firms to get high speed tailor-made services with solution-oriented strategies. In this respect, clients of GKA are having the privilege of being treated as our “single client”. When expertise and high-quality legal service is blended with the international business culture, the outcome is success and client satisfaction.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

As Turkey is a dynamic and growing market with numerous regulatory changes to be implemented to reach international standards, we are expecting a significant growth in the Intellectual Property and Technology practices including the data protection area in the next 12 months. Another reason for the growth in this area is the increasing number of investigations conducted by the governmental bodies.

Considering the short-term effects of COVID-19 on the social, commercial and economic environments, it is also likely to see the local and international companies having an increasing need of support in the field of employment law and dispute resolution areas in the next 12 months.

Lastly, we anticipate a growth in the M&A practice in the coming months with private equity funds wishing to use the opportunities in the Turkish market after the financial impacts of COVID-19 on the local companies struggling with liquidity shortage.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Since the establishment of GKA, we have structured our firm in line with the current needs of our clients and the sector. Nevertheless, GKA is following closely the market trends with the capability to adapt any changes smoothly and effectively for the benefit of our clients. In this respect, while we have substantial growth in our client portfolio, there is also a growth in our staff. Accordingly, we have moved to a bigger office in a commercial zone of Istanbul where most of the global companies’ headquarters are located to have a closer relationship with our clients and enable them to reach our office easily and quickly whenever they need to have a meeting face-to-face.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology in the law firms, from our perspective, is more related to the classification and protection of privileged client information. Therefore, following the establishment of our firm, we installed a special database for our clients’ files, documents and correspondences with high security protection against any technological threats. Confidentiality of our clients’ information and protection of data is of high importance for our firm.

We enjoy having a peer to peer communication and believe that balancing the use of technology and direct communication in our business enables us to provide a tailor-made service to our clients in an interactive manner and this will continue to be our primary target.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We aim to provide legal assistance to our clients based on their business needs. We evaluate each case specifically and give advices considering both their business agenda and financial status. As an example, we did a comprehensive legal evaluation and analysis for one of our multinational clients with regards to steps to be followed as the profitability of various products of such client had decreased during pandemic while other products became increasingly profitable in the market. During this project, we advised on closing of branches and transfer of sales rights of certain products along with the assets, applied a cost-efficient employee plan and led the client to benefit from various tax exemptions.

In this example, our client was considering the closure of whole business in Turkey before we advised the new legal structure and now, our client improved significantly its profitability in Turkey while acting in compliance with the applicable legislation following our legal advices.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Our main target is to deliver the highest level of service in terms of quality and provide the best possible solutions with deep industry-specific knowledge in every area of the law that the legal entities seek advice on by considering their business priorities. In today’s ever-changing global business climate and dynamic Turkish legislative system, we need to keep the stability for our clients on this slippery ground by alerting the clients to those changes and providing strategic advice.

What is beyond doubt is that needs of clients and our business continue to evolve with the transformations in the sector. As a leading law firm, we believe that we have a deep understanding of the changing needs of the sector and considering the growth our firm, we expect to be one of the top tier law firm in multiple practice areas. In the years to come, GKA will continue its disciplined and service-oriented business strategy while growing the client base on selective basis with local and international clients.