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Yavuz & Uyanik

Turkey > Insurance Tier 2

Yavuz & Uyanik is a go-to firm for local and international insurance companies seeking representation in litigation. The firm has experience of advising on various high-value policies across the insurance sector, including employer’s liability insurance, personal accident insurance, professional liability insurance, and life insurance, among others. Mehmet Selim Yavuz co-heads the team and regularly leads on some of the firm’s most complex insurance cases. Leading the team alongside him, Can Hasan Yılgür has extensive experience in insurance law and is skilled at handling recourse claims. Sera Zeynep Göçer and İrfan Latif Aral are also noted for their experience of advising on risk policies and liability insurance matters.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Selim Yavuz; Can Hasan Yılgür


‘Yavuz & Uyanık always produces solutions to our needs and requests in a fast and effective manner.’

‘We have always been able to reach Can Hasan Yılgür and have always received positive results. What distinguishes Can Yılgür and his team is that they are always fast and solution oriented.’

‘The firm stands out for its accessibility at all times, commitment to quality, and transparency of information.’

‘They provide excellent legal services and quality solutions.’

‘Can Hasan Yılgür and his team members have always been solution-oriented, fast and accessible in terms of legal disputes.’

Key clients

VHV Allgemeine Sigorta A.Ş

HDI Sigorta A.Ş

Gulf Sigorta A.Ş

Axa Sigorta A.Ş

Ray Sigorta A.Ş

Türkiye Sigorta A.Ş

Allianz Sigorta A.Ş

Doğa Sigorta A.Ş

Sompo Sigorta A.Ş

Şeker Sigorta A.Ş

AK Sigorta A.Ş

Mapfre Sigorta A.Ş

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Yavuz & Uyanik is distinguished by its niche strength in financial services litigation, where it enjoys close relationships with domestic and international financial institutions. The group has also recently represented clients in inheritance disputes, employment litigation and contentious construction matters, among other cases. Mehmet Selim Yavuz anchors a group that also draws on fellow founding partner Murat Uyanik, as well as capable associates Esra UlcayGülce Ataman Demirel and Ayşe Arkan. Associate Alparslan Cin joined Coşkun Hukuk ve Danışmanlık.

Practice head(s):

Mehmet Selim Yavuz

Other key lawyers:


‘Besides providing a high-quality professional service to its clients, I think Yavuz & Uyanik stands apart from other firms due to its follow-up on relevant issues and rapid process management.’

‘A very good team, proactive and highly qualified.’

‘What makes this practice truly unique is its exceptional transparency in pricing. It consistently provides accurate and up-to-date information, regardless of the legal issue at hand. Additionally, the team’s accessibility and commitment to quality set it apart from other firms.’

‘Mehmet Selim Yavuz stands out for his deep legal knowledge and strategic approach in resolving complex legal matters. His results-oriented work ethic and strong communication skills set him apart.’

‘Murat Uyanık, as a founding partner, distinguishes himself through his attention to detail and analytical thinking in the legal field. His capability to efficiently manage legal disputes and commitment to offering effective legal advice are commendable.’

‘Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of working with Esra Ulcay. Esra’s dynamic leadership style and exceptional organisational skills have left a strong impression. Her ability to manage complex legal projects efficiently and her dedication to client satisfaction make her a valuable asset to the team.’

‘The firm has a team with the knowledge, capacity and experience of evaluating complicated matters under different areas of law and regulations. The experience of the team also gives its clients the ability to apply and/or consider alternative dispute resolution.’

‘My main interactions are with Gülce Ataman Demirel, a highly qualified and motivated associate. I value her very smooth cooperation and reactive and detailed approach.’

Key clients

Kıraça Holding A.Ş. – Karsan Otomotiv Sanayi A.Ş.

Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş. (affiliate of BNP Paribas)

Work highlights

  • Advising an international cloud technology company on an unfair competition case.
  • Advising an automotive company in a case involving potential compensation for damages of more than $40m.

Turkey > Employment Tier 4

Yavuz & Uyanik is well versed in employment litigation and compliance, among other matters. Practice head Murat Uyanık has a strong track record in handling negotiations relating to collective labour law matters. Other key contacts include Renan Ak, Esra Ulcay and Nazan Akyürek.

Practice head(s):

Murat Uyanık

Other key lawyers:


‘Their knowledge, capability and great experience makes this practice unique. They have experienced and very talented lawyers and they make feel you comfortable and safe in the whole process.’

‘Murat Uyanık and Selim Yavuz are, for me, the best names in their area of expertise and they have great associates helping them. They are very knowledgeable about their work. As a client, we always feel that their guidance acknowledges all the possibilities we will be facing.’

‘Everyone in the team was very polite and respectful. They always made me feel that my case is in the best hands. Actually, they always made me win. I want to recommend to any potential client.’

‘The team definitely has a team spirit. They have the ability to follow up on disputes together.’

‘The individuals of the firm are able to give consultancy and to take the responsibility when it is needed. On the other hand, when the client needs teamwork they also work in harmony.’

‘We have been working with Yavuz & Uyanık for more than 5 years now. We have been treated very professionally.’

‘We can reach a legal advisor any time we need. Their replies have been always to the point and supportive whenever it is required.’

Key clients

Türk Ekonomi Bankası A.Ş. (Affiliate of BNP Paribas)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Türk Ekonomi Bankası in dispute resolution.

The firm: Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm was founded in 2005 by attorneys Murat Uyanik and Mehmet Selim Yavuz, who had both previously served in Pekin & Pekin Law Firm’s litigation department for many years. The firm renders legal services to highly reputable local and foreign clients in fields such as dispute resolution, labour law, insurance, criminal law etc and legal consultancy in Turkish, English and French.

Yavuz & Uyanik provides legal services to highly reputable clients including leading individuals and international law firms.

Yavuz & Uyanik is best known for: its broad attorney network including 155 different cities and districts which provides fast, efficient and client-friendly legal services to clients; and its expertise in complex legal disputes and consultancy matters both in national and international level.

The most important factor distinguishing this law firm from other firms in the market is the combination of strong experience with great mastery of foreign languages and international practice.

Yavuz & Uyanik has advanced communication skills to ensure the necessary co-ordination with international law firms/clients.

Areas of practice: Yavuz & Uyanik provides the following services to both its leading national and international clients;

Representation of clients in all company-related disputes such as annulment of general assembly, termination of company, dismissal of managers/directors, liability of managers/directors initiated by shareholders against each other/company.

Determination of cybercrimes arising from banking practice and other fraudulent acts conducted through banking and transfer of these to prosecution office, representation of clients in prosecutorial case files and any related penal lawsuits,

Representation of clients’ employees regarding their working and residence permit process.

Drafting collective and individual labour agreements and preparation of the necessary documentation with respect to the recruitment and dismissal of employees.

Represention of its clients in all employment law-related case files and arranges meetings with clients in order to determine the defence strategies for the case files.

Appeals of judgment against clients and follows cases before the regional courts of justice and the Court of Appeal.

Ensures the protection of clients’ rights in an effective manner through the technical objections raised by the legal expert-attorney team against the calculations of the courts made during employment law-related cases of debt.

Preparation of written documents, notably internal regulations and performance systems, of employer companies and provides legal guidance regarding the administration of the companies accordingly.

Preparation of the defences in a manner different from the classical method through an employment department composed of mediators and experts.

Management of the foreclosures arising from national and international loans.

Representation of clients in any disputes regarding share transfer/purchase transactions conducted in capital markets.

Representation of clients before government agencies including the Capital Markets Board, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, the Saving Deposit Insurance Fund, the Competition Authority regarding their banking, brokerage and portfolio management transactions.

Examination of claims mentioned by clients’ competitors in their advertisements and product packings in accordance with the advertisement legislation and if any incompliance is determined, making complaints before the authorities.

Drafting responses with respect to complaints made against clients before the Advertising Self-Regulatory Board and/or Board of Advertisement.

Obtaining trade marks and patents on behalf of clients supplying products to markets within the scope of intellectual and artistic works legislation, ensuring protection and in case of any breach, representing clients in initiated lawsuits.

Within the scope of determination of violations, with the aim of on-site supervision and determination, managing the process of raids along with police forces, recall and legal destruction.

Representation of clients with respect to crimes arising from intellectual property violations, filing criminal complaints and managing the whole process.

Representation of clients in disputes arising from defects occurring prior to/after the sales of vehicles.

Representation of clients in any disputes with their dealers, distributors, customers and any other third parties arising from commercial relations regarding any kind of debt and receivables and following up the execution proceedings.

Representation of clients conducting their activities in the real estate sector in disputes arising from sale, lease and brokerage transactions.

Representation of clients, including an international bank and an automotive manufacturer, in competition law disputes.

Representation of clients in lawsuits on bankruptcy protection, collection of debt through negotiations with the trustees appointed by courts.

Representation of clients operating in the insurance market, in the debt and recourse lawsuits arising from various policies and amicable settlements.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and Commercial Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Corporate and Commercial Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Commercial Disputes Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Commercial Disputes Murat Uyanık muyanik@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Dispute Resolution Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Dispute Resolution Murat Uyanık muyanik@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Employment Murat Uyanık muyanik@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Insurance Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Insurance Can Hasan Yilgür cyilgur@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Insurance Sera Zeynep Yalçın zgocer@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Competition Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Execution and Enforcement Murat Uyanık muyanik@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Sports Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Capital markets Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Real estate and rental Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Contracts Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Arbitration Çetin Mert Yavuz myavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Arbitration Mehmet Selim Yavuz syavuz@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Employment Esra Ulcay eulcay@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Dispute Resolution Esra Ulcay eulcay@yavuz-uyanik.av.tr
Number of Lawyers : 80+
Number of Trainee Lawyers : 20+
Number of Paralegal Staff : 30+
Number of Administrative Staff : 20+
IBA (International Bar Association)

“Yavuz & Uyanik distinguishes itself from the other firms in the sector by virtue of its pro bono works in cooperation with Türk Ekonomi Bankasi A.S. (an affiliate of BNP Paribas).The Firm provides legal services to a non-govermental organization, Ögretmen Agi, that conducts its operations all over Turkey. As Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm, we believe a society might only be powerful if their youth is well educated. Therefore, with our extensive legal experience, we support Ögretmen Agi Project on their legal and daily basis problems. Ögretmen Agi is a collaboration web that brings teachers together and give them access to different creative teaching methods for children. The team of Ögretmen Agi consists of teachers from all over Turkey and these teachers share their teaching methods with their colleagues and try to spread these methods to other teachers. As Yavuz & Uyanik, we are the sole legal representatives of Ögretmen Agi and we draft and review contracts in their favour, we try to find solutions for their every day legal problems.”

CLIENT: Demet AKMAN / HR Director
COMPANY/FIRM: L’Oréal Türkiye Kozmetik Tic. ve San. A.S
TESTIMONIAL: We are glad to give our best recommendations to Yavuz & Uyanik as our employment and litigation counsels in Turkey. They have a knowledgeable, dedicated and trustworthy team. A very valuable part of our collaboration with them is that along with the top-quality legal work on the matters assigned, very often their team has proactively advised us with regard to new legal requirements that are relevant to our company, thus helping us avoid future legal implications.

CLIENT: Eray KANGAL / Claims Director
TESTIMONIAL: Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm stands out with its corporate and systematic works. They are ahead of their rivals in Turkey with their organisational structure, which allows them to follow up a high volume of cases throughout Turkey by providing quality service. In addition, the lawyers employed at their offices are experts in their respective fields and provide us with quality legal service in every branch of insurance law. We are able to get information quickly and anytime we wish both by telephone and e-mail about the cases handled by Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm.

CLIENT: Memet ERDOGAN / Legal Director
TESTIMONIAL: We were introduced to Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm through Att. Murat Uyanik and Att. Mehmet Selim Yavuz. They have a high level of knowledge in the field of Insurance Law. In addition, they are able to develop result-oriented projects as they have a very good knowledge of the sector and the problems of the sector. Apart from Insurance Law, they have significant experience in the fields of commercial law, labour law, and arbitration and competition law. We also find their team of lawyers quite successful. They make a big difference thanks to their energy and expertise in their respective fields.

CLIENT: Cem ÇETIN / Legal Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Vizzion Europe
TESTIMONIAL: Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm provides a wide range of legal services for our company in different fields with its dynamic team of lawyers who are experts in their respective fields. They always deliver practical solutions for daily problems and play an effective role in the swift resolution of our legal problems. They meticulously handle the cases which our company is a party to, and inform our company fully on a regular basis. They create effective solutions in terms of the cases they handle and take all the necessary strategic legal actions in the right place and at the right time, in order to achieve an outcome in the cases which is in favour of our company.

CLIENT: Serdar ÇELEBI / General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Ashfield Healthcare
TESTIMONIAL: Throughout our cooperation with Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm which has been ongoing for ten years now, the quality of their legal consultancy and legal representation services not only has been maintained but also continued increasing. As we are a company operating in the pharmaceutical industry, they adopt an approach which does not address the problems we face only in terms of law. We are very happy to be working with them in relation to Labour Law issues as well as various other fields as they make correct evaluations by always considering the sectoral position and requirements of our company and come up with the suitable solutions for the issues that arise.

CLIENT: Nazmi Sedat ÖZATALAY / Vice-President
COMPANY: Dubai Starr Sigorta A.S.
TESTIMONIAL: Our Company , Dubai Starr Sigorta A.S. (“DSS”) has been working with Yavuz & Uyanik Law Firm since October 2014. We have assigned and authorised them for DSS’s pending traffic insurance lawsuits and arbitration proceedings filed against our company as well as for the new files in different areas. We highly appreciate their success since DSS’s our lawsuit files especially for personal injury, which is one of the most problematic areas for our company and the insurance sector in Turkey are fully under their control and responsible. Furthermore, DSS has also assigned them for the pending lawsuits which were handled by an in-house lawyer, thus they have achieved an advantageous position in terms of our internal permanent staff planning. They represent DSS very effectively by creating strong case strategies with their sectoral experience and legal knowledge.

Yavuz & Uyanık Law Firm, has always put importance on diversity. Our firm is not only attentive about supporting women in work place, it also welcomes employees of all races, ethnic groups, gender-oriented groups etc. We mostly have women employees especially in high level associate positions, the ratio of women/men at manager and partner level are 3/5 at our firm while only %17,3 of women are employed in high or mid-level manager positions in Turkey according to the official statistics. Our firm also provides its pregnant employees extensive rights and opportunities aside from the ones stipulated on the relevant laws, gives them full support during the pregnancy and after the birth, provide flexible work hours, additional leaves in order for them to have a physically and mentally healthy pregnancy, spare sufficient time and give maternal care to their newborns. Other than that, our firm prioritizes providing legal support, including pro-bono, Cancer Society and Associations, under privileged people from all other minority groups. Aside from that, we regularly organize events with the participation of our employees especially for individuals with down syndrome in cooperation with Down Syndrome oriented associations and people.