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3M Türkiye

| 3M Türkiye

With a complex business set up in its Turkish subsidiary, US multinational conglomerate 3M is undergoing extensive change. The Turkish legal team, led by general counsel Halil Ibrahim Kardicali, has...

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ABB Türkiye

| ABB Türkiye

The Turkish operation of Zurich-based ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies, has played a big part in the company’s international activities in recent years and has seen...

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Acıbadem Healthcare Group

| Acıbadem Healthcare Group

As one of Turkey’s leading private healthcare provider, Acıbadem Healthcare Group must negotiate intensive relationships with different types of public and private institutions. Led by group legal adviser Umur Yaşar,...

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adidas Turkey

| adidas Turkey

Covering the emerging markets in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania, the legal team at adidas Turkey is led by Ugur Degirmenci who serves the German multinational sportswear manufacturer as legal and...

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| Aksigorta

With almost 30% of the market share, Aksigorta is one of the biggest insurance companies in Turkey. In order to support its position in the market, the company employees a...

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ALJ Holding A.Ş.

| ALJ Holding A.Ş.

ALJ Holding has established an extensive operation which includes 10 subsidiaries across a range of sectors in Turkey. At the helm of a dynamic team of five in Turkey Group–...

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Amgen Türkiye

| Amgen Türkiye

Following the acquisition by Amgen of Turkish drug maker Mustafa Nevzat for $700 million in 2012, the merged entity began operating with Canan Arslan heading legal matters in Turkey since...

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Anadolu Group

| Anadolu Group

The Anadolu Group is a multinational and entrepreneurial group that has grown through partnerships with leading international brands including SABMiller, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Kia, Lombardini and Honda. Cesur Kilinç,...

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Apple (Türkiye)

| Apple (Türkiye)

Following an ongoing tax dispute for the company in Ireland, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek extended an open invitation for Apple to relocate its international operation to Turkey. While...

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AvivaSA Pension and Life Insurance

| AvivaSA Pension and Life Insurance


After AvivaSA Pension and Life Insurance’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2014, general counsel Kurtuluş Çaltekin restructured the legal function of five lawyers and two paralegals, establishing separate company secretarial,...

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Avon operates in Turkey with an in-house team of three lawyers headed by Hande Karakülah, legal director for the Turkey, Africa and Middle East region. Karakülah is also a member...

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| Aygaz

Aygaz, the 10th largest industrial company in Turkey, performs all processes including sales and manufacturing of liquefied petroleum gas. Burcu Şener Sözer leads a team of five lawyers and one...

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At the beginning of 2015 a new, global organisational structure of the legal function was implemented at BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, in order to further increase...

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BNP Paribas Cardif Türkiye

| BNP Paribas Cardif Türkiye

Considering that BNP Paribas Cardif Türkiye, part of the international insurance company, operates in a highly regulated sector, the legal team plays an active role in all company projects, providing...

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Borusan EnBW Enerji

| Borusan EnBW Enerji

Borusan EnBW Enerji is a joint venture between Turkish industrial group Borusan and Germany’s third largest energy company EnBW. The company was created with the vision of being a leading...

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British American Tobacco

| British American Tobacco

British American Tobacco (BAT) has operated in the Turkish market since 2002 and is currently supported by an in-house legal team of nine staff, including four qualified lawyers. The tobacco...

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Burgan Bank

| Burgan Bank


Burgan Bank was created in Kuwait in 1977 and has been operating in the Turkish market since it acquired a 99.26% stake of Eurobank Tekfen in 2013. Since that time...

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Cargill Turkey

| Cargill Turkey

Food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services conglomerate Cargill has been growing in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa (METNA) region in recent years. During this time, the...

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| CarrefourSA

Led by head of legal, Tugce Karagozlu, the legal team at CarrefourSA, a Turkish joint venture between Europe’s largest retailer, Carrefour, and Turkey’s largest industrial and financial conglomerate, Sabancı Holding,...

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CEVA Logistics Turkey

| CEVA Logistics Turkey

A team of four lawyers and two support staff support the Turkish operations of CEVA Logistics, a UK-headquartered supply chain solutions company that serve national and multinational clients. The team...

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Citibank Turkey

| Citibank Turkey


Having over 200 million customer accounts and operating in more than 100 countries, Citibank is one of the leading global financial institutions in the world. It started doing business in...

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Coca-Cola İçecek

| Coca-Cola İçecek

Food, beverages and tobacco

Coca-Cola İçecek is The Coca-Cola Company’s Turkish bottling partner that bottles and distributes its beverages in Turkey, Pakistan, Central Asia and the Middle East. Rustu Ertuğrul Onur, general counsel and...

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Demirören Group

| Demirören Group

With revenues of around $3bn a year, Demirören Group is one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates, operating in a range of sectors but with a particular focus on energy, tourism, residential...

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Doğan TV Holding

| Doğan TV Holding

Doğan TV Holding is the largest broadcasting group in Turkey, operating several media companies and channels including one of Turkey’s leading mainstream entertainment channels, KANAL D and other popular channels...

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Doğuş Group

| Doğuş Group

Doğuş Group is one of the largest private-sector conglomerates in Turkey with a portfolio of around 300 companies across a number of sectors. Befitting a company of such strategic importance...

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| eBay

Asim Serdar Yilmaz heads the legal team at world famous internet auction site, eBay. When PayPal exited the Turkish market after it was refused a licence to operate, eBay lost...

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Eczacıbaşı Group

| Eczacıbaşı Group

Led by Simhan Savaşçın Başaran, Eczacıbaşı Group’s legal team is responsible for coordinating all high-level legal matters concerning companies across the group. In the past year the team has completed...

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Efe Rakı

| Efe Rakı

Efe Rakı began producing and selling Rakı, an unsweetened, anise-flavoured alcoholic drink that is popular in Turkey, Greece, Iran, Turkic and Balkan countries, after the abolishment of the Turkish government’s...

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| Enerjisa

With a mission to create sustainable value for all of its stakeholders by being the lead provider of energy in the Turkish power market, Enerjisa is the resulting joint venture...

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ENGIE Türkiye

| ENGIE Türkiye

The Turkish legal team at French multinational power, natural gas and energy services company, ENGIE is led by general counsel, Berna Gungenci. The team is now made up of six...

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With a workforce of over 23,000 across 70 subsidiaries and operating in six major geographical areas, ENKA is the largest construction company in Turkey. The legal team’s remit, priorities, challenges...

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| Erdemir

Erdemir is a Turkish steel producer which began production in 1965. It is among the largest steel producers worldwide, and the largest iron and steel company in Turkey. Since its...

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European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

| European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)


Beginning its Turkish operations in 2009, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), an international financial institution, has completed more than 185 deals across the whole debt and equity...

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EWE Turkey Holding

| EWE Turkey Holding

Since June 2014, Ruşen Gürlük Yarpınar has headed the legal team at EWE Turkey Holding, the Turkish arm of German EWEW AG and the first and largest international investor in...

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Fiba Group

| Fiba Group

Kerem Morali, chief legal counsel, leads the legal team of six lawyers and one non-lawyer at Fiba Group, an investment company with a portfolio of high-value brand names in both...

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| Finansbank


Finansbank is the high-performing Turkish bank established by leading Turkish banker Hüsnü Özyeğin in 1987. For a period, it was the Turkish bank with the largest network of foreign branches,...

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Ford Otosan

| Ford Otosan

A joint venture between US automobile maker Ford and Turkish industrial conglomerate Koç, Ford Otosan has been established in Turkey since 1977. Since 2007 Ahmet Serdar Kayhan has served as...

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GAMA Power Systems

| GAMA Power Systems

Energy and utilities

Bora Kaya, managing legal counsel, leads the legal team at GAMA Power Systems, the strategic business unit of GAMA Holding that undertakes power plant engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts....

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Garanti Payment Systems

| Garanti Payment Systems

Garanti Payment Systems, the card payment systems unit of the second largest private bank in Turkey, has a legal team of eight to support its innovative products and services. The...

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General Electric Türkiye

| General Electric Türkiye

For over 60 years, American multinational conglomerate General Electric (GE) has operated in Turkey through its subsidiary General Electric Türkiye. With activities in a number of sectors including aviation, healthcare,...

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GlaxoSmithKline Turkey

| GlaxoSmithKline Turkey

In the past two years the legal team at pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has undergone major structural changes, enhancing of its regional responsibilities. Leading the legal team’s operation as cluster...

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Google Türkiye

| Google Türkiye

Information technology

Founded in 2005, Google Türkiye’s line of business includes soliciting advertising on a contract or fee basis for newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, or for other media platforms. As...

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| Halkbank


Salim Köse currently leads the legal team as deputy general manager in charge of legal affairs and proceedings at Halkbank, Turkey’s largest state-owned bank. The bank has been active in...

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Henkel Turkey

| Henkel Turkey

As general counsel, Ozgur Colpan leads the legal team of five at the Turkish arm of multinational consumer and industrial goods company Henkel. After defining external law firm policies and...

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Hyundai Assan

| Hyundai Assan

Established in 1994 as a joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company of South Korea and Kibar Holding of Turkey, Hyundai Assan is one of the leading car manufacturers in Turkey....

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IC Holding

| IC Holding

Ibrahim Chechen Investment Holding Co. (IC Holding) is an investment management company that carries out its business activities mainly in construction, energy generation and distribution, tourism, industry, and infrastructure through...

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| İçdaş

Producing over 3 million tonnes of steel a year, İçdaş is one of the world’s biggest steel producers. While demand for the commodity has fallen in recent months, İçdaş has...

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ING Bank Turkey

| ING Bank Turkey


Chief Legal Counsel Çiğdem Dayan leads the 26-strong legal team at the Turkish subsidiary of ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation focused primarily on consultancy and litigation...

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İş Bankası

| İş Bankası


Established in 1924 by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic, İş Bankası is today the largest private bank in Turkey with over 25,000 employees and around 1,400 local...

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Kale Holding

| Kale Holding

Legal affairs director Özlem Akyüz Atamer leads a legal team of five at Kale Holding, a conglomerate that initially pioneered the ceramics industry in Turkey but now invests in machinery...

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Karadeniz Holding

| Karadeniz Holding

Founded in 1948, Karadeniz Holding operates in more than a dozen countries, with its primary activities focused on the energy sector.  As the world’s only owner and operator of a...

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Koç Holding

| Koç Holding

At Koç Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial and services group in terms of revenues, exports, number of employees and shares on Borsa İstanbul, the in-house legal team of 16 is led...

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Kurum Holding

| Kurum Holding

As an iron and steel producer with a wide international trade network in Turkey and the Balkans, Kurum Holding has been facing tough competition from the aggressive expansion of the...

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LG Turkey

| LG Turkey

The legal team at LG Turkey, a subsidiary of the multinational electronics company, operate with autonomy from their headquarters. As the Turkish company is considered to be the leading subsidiary...

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Limak Holding

| Limak Holding

The legal function at The Limak Group of Companies, a Turkish conglomerate with major interests in construction, energy, cement, and tourism, was only established in 2013 when senior legal counsel...

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McDonald’s Türkiye

| McDonald's Türkiye

The Turkish legal team for global fast food chain McDonald’s is led by legal manager Leylan Demirag Aktas. Despite the company deciding to close many of its restaurants in Turkey...

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Media Markt Türkiye

| Media Markt Türkiye

Recognised by one nominator as a team that has ‘delivered great performances over the years, especially [in the context of Turkey’s] retail sector’, the legal team at the Turkish arm...

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Mercedes-Benz Türk

| Mercedes-Benz Türk

The legal team of Mercedes-Benz Türk is composed of five lawyers and five non-lawyers, led by Gamze Gökçen Karasu Pilevne, whose current role is corporate secretary, chief legal counsel and...

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Mey İçki

| Mey İçki

Wine and spirit maker Mey İçki was established in 2004 following the privatisation of Tekel’s alcoholic drinks division. Led by general counsel and company secretary Meltem Azbazda, the company’s legal...

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Mondelēz International Turkey

| Mondelēz International Turkey

Chief Legal Counsel Duygu Kırca leads the Turkish legal department of US-headquartered multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company, Mondelēz International. To allow lawyers at Mondelēz to serve business units better...

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Multi Development Türkiye

| Multi Development Türkiye

Multi Development Corporation is a leading owner, manager and developer of shopping centres across Europe. Its Turkish branch, Multi Development Türkiye, runs shopping centres that cover 925,000 square metres of...

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| N11

The legal affairs and compliance department of N11.com, an online shopping platform owned by Doğuş Group and South Korean-based SK Planet, consists of five people and is headed by Dilek...

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Nestlé Turkey

| Nestlé Turkey

Since the previous general counsel was transferred to Nestlé headquarters in Switzerland in 2015, the legal team of the transnational Nutrition, Health and Wellness company’s Turkish branch has been headed...

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Novo Nordisk

| Novo Nordisk

Consisting of nine people, the legal team at the Turkish subsidiary of Danish multinational pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has doubled in number in the past two years to meet increased...

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| Odeabank


Only incorporated in 2012, Odeabank has had a meteoric rise and is now ranked eighth amongst the private banks in Turkey in terms of deposit size and ninth in terms...

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OMV Petrol Ofisi

| OMV Petrol Ofisi

With sales of TRY 25bn ($8.4bn) in 2013, OMV Petrol Ofisi is the second largest private company in Turkey and is the country’s leading fuel products distribution and lubricants company....

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Pfizer Turkey

| Pfizer Turkey

To maintain Pfizer’s reputation as one of the world’s premier biopharmaceutical companies, the company’s legal teams work tirelessly in the background, providing excellent project management and supreme commercial awareness to...

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Philip Morris Sabanci (PMS)

| Philip Morris Sabanci (PMS)

Since its inception in 1994 as a joint venture between US cigarette company Philip Morris International and Turkish conglomerate Sabancı Holding, Philip Morris Sabanci (PMS) has gone on to establish...

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| Porland

Established in 1992, Porland Porselen is now a leading Turkish porcelain manufacturer. Legal affairs manager Tuna Yasin Doyuk spearheads the legal team which she built in 2014. The team participates...

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Procter & Gamble

| Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the Turkish arm of the American multinational consumer goods company, whose efficient legal team of five is led by Ozge Ayoz, legal and government relations...

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Roche – Turkey

| Roche – Turkey

Established in Turkey since 1958, Roche is a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical and diagnostics company focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. Legal and compliance director Gonca Uyguç leads the...

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Rönesans Gayrimenkul Yatırım

| Rönesans Gayrimenkul Yatırım

Rönesans Gayrimenkul Yatırım (RGY) is a commercial real estate development and investment company, and part of the Rönesans Group. Head of legal, Eda Arıcıoğlu, spearheads the recently expanded legal team...

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Sabancı Holding

| Sabancı Holding

The legal department at Sabancı Holding, the largest industrial and financial conglomerate in Turkey by profit, is a business-oriented, dynamic, dedicated and solid team composed of four experienced lawyers, each...

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Samsung Turkey

| Samsung Turkey

South Korean multinational electronics company Samsung has been one of the more visible actors in the Turkish market in recent years. In 2016 it secured €100m in funding from the...

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| Shaya

Founded in 2002 by the Kuwait-based Alshaya Group as an investment in the Turkish retail market, Shaya represents a portfolio of the world’s best known international brands in Turkey, managing...

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Shell & Turcas Petrol

| Shell & Turcas Petrol

The legal team of four lawyers and one paralegal support the operation of Shell & Turcas Petrol, a joint venture between the Shell Company of Turkey, the Turkish subsidiary of...

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Siemens Turkey

| Siemens Turkey

Led by general counsel Mehmet Celal Savaş, the Turkish legal team of eight at Siemens, Europe’s largest engineering company, creates value as ‘a real business partner’. As Savaş is part...

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Sofra Grup

| Sofra Grup

Sofra Grup became part of the Compass Group, its former joint venture partner in Turkey, after Compass Group bought out the remaining shares in 2011. Led by general counsel Ozgur...

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Statkraft Turkey

| Statkraft Turkey

The Turkish legal team at Norwegian-based Statkraft, a leading international provider of hydropower and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, is recognised for its commitment to delivering world-class regional support...

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TAV Airports Holding

| TAV Airports Holding

TAV Airports Holding was established in 1997 as a joint venture of Tepe, Akfen and Airport Consulting Vienna and won a tender for the İstanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal in...

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Tesco Kipa

| Tesco Kipa

The legal team at supermarket chain Tesco Kipa can boast efficiency credentials after having to downsize as part of a redundancy plan that affected 3,000 staff in the company. The...

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The Coca-Cola Company Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia

| The Coca-Cola Company Turkey, Caucasus and Central Asia

Food, beverages and tobacco

Covering Turkey and the Caucasus and Central Asia regions (TCCA), the regional legal team at global beverage producer Coca-Cola has remained a strategic business partner that provides high quality, timely...

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Established in 2009 as a joint venture by Türk Hava Yolları and OPET Petrolcülük, THY OPET operates in the field of fuel storage and refuelling of aircrafts and ranks as...

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Tofaş Türk

| Tofaş Türk

Owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Koç Holding, Tofaş Türk manufactures both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The company has had to fundamentally change the way it conducts its...

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Total Oil Türkiye

| Total Oil Türkiye

Possibly the largest project for the legal team at Total Oil Türkiye, the Turkish subsidiary of the world’s fifth largest oil company Total, was the sale of shares in April...

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Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)

| Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP)

Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) is a major natural gas pipeline project worth $11bn. The pipeline has been given high importance politically by Turkey, Azerbaijan and European countries that the...

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| Tüpraş

The legal team at Tüpraş, Turkey’s largest industrial enterprise, is among the most respected in the country and has consistently performed to the highest standards in spite of tough market...

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Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines)

| Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines)

Türk Hava Yolları (Turkish Airlines) is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey, headquartered at Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy Bakırköy, Istanbul. Led by head legal counsel Ali Uysal, the legal...

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Türk Telekom

| Türk Telekom

Founded in 1839, Türk Telekom is an established institution in Turkey that offers a complete range of mobile, fixed voice, broadband and TV services. The legal team, led by chief...

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| Turkcell

Leading Turkish mobile operating network Turkcell has nearly 70 million mobile subscribers in nine countries, with around 1.5 million in Turkey. The legal team, led by executive vice president for...

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Türkmen Holding

| Türkmen Holding

Türkmen Holding is a group of diversified companies covering textiles, logistics, foreign trade, technology, aviation, marine and yachting. As part of a drive to focus on growing in-house resource, general...

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| Unilever

Covering a wide spectrum of work from M&A “white space” to digital advertising, business integrity agenda to competition law, the legal function at Unilever is ‘at the heart of the...

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Yandex Türkiye

| Yandex Türkiye

Yandex, initially founded in Russia, was established in Turkey in 2012 as an online advertising company, and has now expanded to be one of the top five search engines in...

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Yapı Kredi

| Yapı Kredi

Yapı Kredi operates with an in-house legal department of 118 lawyers and 56 non-lawyers reporting to Cemal Aybars Sanal, the bank’s deputy CEO for legal affairs. Due to its size,...

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Yıldırım Group

| Yıldırım Group

Since 1963, Yıldırım Group has evolved into an industrially diversified group of companies as well as one of the fastest-growing Turkish industrial groups. Its legal director, Iltem Dokurlar, leads the...

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Yıldız Holding

| Yıldız Holding

Leading Turkish food and beverages conglomerate Yıldız Holding has been operating in Turkey for the past 70 years. Global legal affairs president Ibrahim Flood spearheads a legal department which handles...

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| Yörsan

The legal function at market leading Turkish manufacturer and distributor of high quality dairy products Yörsan was established in 1964 and was acquired by Abraaj Group in 2014. Led by...

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Yum! Turkey

| Yum! Turkey

A US Fortune 500 company that owns globally recognised restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell, Yum! Brands operates 123 stores in Turkey under its Turkish...

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Zorlu Holding

| Zorlu Holding

One of Turkey’s largest corporate groups, Zorlu Holding employs over 26,000 employees across a portfolio of over 60 companies operating in a range of sectors, from textiles to electrical goods....

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For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Turkey Teams, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house teams working in Turkey….read more

Our commitment to the in-house market is expanding, not only through the publication of the GC Powerlist Series, but also with our wide range of events, seminars, roundtables and legal updates. We have also launched GC Magazine, a quarterly title (free of charge to in-house counsel) that looks at the business of being an in-house lawyer, from a strategic, commercial and theoretical standpoint. We understand that the biggest issues facing in-house counsel today are, in fact, rarely legal issues. Our editor-in-chief, Catherine McGregor is now based in the United States and is travelling the length and breadth of the country to meet, interview, analyse and finally share the very best that the in-house market has to offer.

If you have feedback on the GC Powerlist: Turkey Teams, or wish to nominate other in-house individuals (either in Turkey region or global), please do get in touch at corporatecounsel@legal500.com.

We hope that this listing will stimulate debate around the role of the in-house lawyer and help corporate counsel with possible improvements and efficiencies in running their departments.

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Esin Attorney Partnership, A member firm of Baker & McKenzie

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We are delighted to sponsor The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist for Turkey once again. Congratulations to everyone who made this year’s list.

Over the past years, the role of the general counsel has shifted from the back seat to a specialised and influential business steering role. General counsels are expected to combine legal knowledge with practical commercial solutions, and never has this skill been more necessary than now, in the aftermath of July’s recent coup attempt. We are pleased that the coup attempt was unsuccessful and that this terrible event had the positive effect of unifying the people of Turkey in support of its democratic foundations.

Recent events exposed the extent to which Gülenist networks have undermined certain business sectors with illegal practices and unfair competition. The legal sector was one such sector, and the return of proper transparency and ethics is a welcome boom to our profession. We are relieved to see that gone are the days when a law firm reached success by selling its dubious connections rather than its legal acumen. Unfortunately, many companies are now suffering the consequences of such law firms’ past unscrupulous behavior. Since day one, we have been committed to propriety and integrity in developing our relationships; days like these prove the importance and value of our approach.

Consequently, the procurement of legal services is becoming increasingly more diverse and complex as legal service becomes less of a commodity. Necessity is driving general counsels to prioritise legal certainty, quality and expertise over exclusively price-driven considerations.

We have addressed the growing need for dynamic, innovative and business-savvy lawyers by establishing a strong and ethical law firm that delivers high quality work. We have accomplished this over many years of committed team-building, rather than relying on a small number of star players. Investing in our work force and practice areas increased the quality of our services, and as a result, our firm has grown to employ more than 90 people this past year.

As a full-service law firm, we offer legal advice in all practice areas. Our compliance and anti-bribery practice in particular have been very busy after the coup attempt. Our highly specialised ITC and data protection team has provided several crucial data protection trainings to our clients, while our capital markets team handled three IPOs this year.

Finally, our goal is to elevate the legal profession into the most progressive and rewarding career path. We continue to give back to our community, most prominently through the efforts of our Diversity Committee, which continues to actively lead collaborative efforts to promote awareness of gender, ethnic, disability, and diversity issues. This year we held a panel, “LGBTI in the Workplace,” followed by cocktails to commemorate Pride Week and once again displayed the LGBTI flag on our office building for the entire week. Friends, colleagues and clients attended the panel to discuss the common issues faced in the professional environment and how employers and employees can become supportive allies to our LGBTI colleagues. Many of our lawyers and staff continue to participate in our firm’s pro bono initiatives supporting C@rma, Yenidenbiz, PILnet, and other organisations. We are excited to continue partnering with our clients and colleagues to work for our community.

In addition to our commitment to diversity and community, we are also committed to our employees. To this end, we will soon be rolling out a program to let our lawyers work from their homes without coming to the office. We hope that this incentive will allow our lawyers to balance their private life with their careers. We continue to provide opportunities for training and secondments to all of our lawyers throughout their careers.

Our dedication to the legal profession extends to our clients and with this sponsorship of the The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist, we hope to draw attention to the great work being done by in-house teams, and the contributions that you make to your respective companies which extend well beyond the legal function.

GC Summit Switzerland

On 23rd November, The Legal 500 was in Zurich again to host the GC Summit Switzerland 2022.

The event gathered leading general counsel and private practice practitioners from Switzerland to exchange their views on cutting-edge legal topics. The quality of the discussions was exceptional.

The Summit opened with a session, led by Fabian Martens and Nils Harbeke, of Pestalozzi, focusing on the changes brought by ESG in the legal and tax functions. The panel, which also included Eva Frehner (Sulzer), Romana Giesen (Swisscom) and Matthias Maurer (Lonza), discussed the recent shift in the weight of ESG, changing from being  “best practice” to compulsory legal obligations. Following a comprehensive introduction, the panel explained the key legal ESG-related requirements for companies carrying out business in Switzerland, with a specific focus on competition and tax law.

Daniel Raun and Beda Kaufmann, of Advestra hosted the second panel. Along with Philippe Huber (SIG) and Robert Kuster (Zurich Insurance), they shared insightful comments on how to draft term sheets accurately and the main elements that parties should focus on at this early stage of a prospective deal.

The following session was chaired by Melissa Magliana, Daniel Lucien Bühr and Matthias Gstoehl, of Lalive. The discussion covered strategies to mitigate and manage dispute risks. The speakers examined how companies can prevent disputes, optimize amicable resolutions and prepare for legal proceedings, should they arise. Both litigation and arbitration were discussed, with a highlight on climate change litigation, stakeholder claims, and greenwashing-related enforcement.

To conclude the Summit, Irène Suter-Sieber and David Vasella, of Walder Wyss, moderated a panel that explored key issues of international private law, data protection and secrecy law, and labour, tax, and social security law, which relate to remote working from abroad.

After an excellent afternoon of exceptional panel discussions, attendees continued the conversation and enjoyed a valuable networking opportunity over Swiss gin, wine and canapes.

Thank you again to all our panellists for sharing their insights, and special thanks to Advestra, Lalive, Pestalozzi and Walder Wyss for partnering with us on this enjoyable and successful event in Zurich.