Firms in the spotlight: Bezen & Partners

The firm’s dispute resolution practice has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in various litigation, mediation, ad-hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings across a number of industries and jurisdictions.

The firm has recently expanded its dispute resolution practice in light of increasing demand in the market and welcomed a new litigation partner in November 2020. Özer Arda, who was a litigation partner at another top tier law firm in Istanbul, is experienced in the resolution of commercial, employment and real estate disputes. He has represented domestic and international corporations, banks and financial institutions and led various complex litigation proceedings including in the context of alternative dispute resolution. He has also extensive experience in the recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions and arbitral awards.

The firm is involved in many high profile international institutional arbitration cases across different sectors including construction, corporate, tax and investment disputes. Serdar Bezen, the head of the arbitration practice of the firm, is a listed arbitrator at the ICC, the London Court of International Arbitration and the Shanghai International Arbitration Center. The firm believes that utilising the deep knowledge and expertise of its various practice areas in arbitration cases creates an efficient and solution oriented service. The firm is acting as lead counsel in Turkish arbitration cases and as local counsel in cooperation with international law firms in international arbitration cases. Partners of the firm were also called to act as expert witnesses in arbitral hearings.

The firm has particular expertise in administrative law cases which is handled by its regulatory group. The head of regulatory, who was the head of legal of the Privatisation Authority before joining Bezen & Partners more than a decade ago, has higher audience experience in administrative law disputes and has defended the Privatisation Authority on many occasions before the higher administrative courts, including the Council of State. The firm advises many clients in the energy and infrastructure sector regarding the potential adverse effect of a judicial challenge, including a potential cancellation of a permit or licence issued by state organs. The firm’s regulatory practice not only advises clients of the potential outcome of these disputes but also in how to manage such outcome so not to jeopardise their investments. Discussions with state entities that are the counterparties to such lawsuits on behalf of private clients are also led and managed by the regulatory group of the firm.

The firm’s tax practice, led by its tax counsel who is a prominent law professor and practitioner, advises clients in tax structuring and tax litigation matters. It deals with tax applications in the context of tax incentives as well as with pre-dispute negotiations with the tax authorities. The group also assist clients with applications to obtain tax rulings for specific cases. Tax litigation cases are handled on behalf of clients against tax authorities (including anti-dumping cases). The firm’s tax group is also used by other dispute resolution groups in the calculation of quantum.

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