Firms in the spotlight: Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Founded in 1999, Ersoy Bilgehan expanded its practice over the years to become one of the most prominent law firms in the region.

Shipping and transport is a core practice at ErsoyBilgehan and the firm is well known for its market leading marine litigation practice. The firm assists ship-owners, P&I Clubs, hull and machinery insurers, cargo owners and other market players in all aspects of shipping and transport matters including both dry and wet work. Since the firm’s establishment, ErsoyBilgehan’s shipping litigation team have dealt with most of the major collision and casualty related litigations in the Turkish straits in both civil, criminal and administrative courts. In addition to shipping, Ersoy Bilgehan expanded its transport practice to include road transport and aviation.

ErsoyBilgehan is well known for its role acting as legal correspondents of major P&I Clubs and provides all-round legal assistance to Club members in relation to shipping and transport related disputes taking place in Turkey.

ErsoyBilgehan’s litigation team also has considerable experience in employment disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. ErsoyBilgehan is renowned for its client-oriented approach to disputes, striving to achieve early and most favourable outcomes for its clients, preferably through negotiated settlements. Litigation is the last resort where it is unavoidable. Clients receive clear, simple and to the point advice combined with a commercial direction so that early and well informed decisions on strategy can be taken. This saves costs and time for all concerned.

In addition to the firm’s litigation practice, ErsoyBilgehan is the leading law firm in Turkey in relation to ship finance and has been maintaining its leading presence and reputation in this field, which is evidenced by its diverse client portfolio and the size and value of the transactions. ErsoyBilgehan represented many European and Far Eastern banks, financial leasing houses and alternative financing institutions. ErsoyBilgehan’s finance team provides assistance in various finance deals, including ship finance, asset finance and project finance. Due to the firm’s distinguished history in maritime law, ErsoyBilgehan is the leading law firm in Turkey with respect to ship finance. Despite its current focus on ship finance deals, the firm’s finance team has extensive knowledge and experience in asset, aircraft and project financing.

Our firm works hand in hand with many major banks and financial institutions across the world on multinational projects. ErsoyBilgehan’s finance team consists of lawyers admitted to the Turkey, England and Wales and TRNC bars. Due to our market leading ship finance practice, our client portfolio has been constantly increasing and we have a strong presence particularly in the finance sector. As a result, ErsoyBilgehan receives special invitations from Finance Conferences around the world and attends most of them with its strong finance team.

Ersoy Bilgehan also has data protection, corporate and franchising teams with clients that are blue chip companies of almost all industries. ErsoyBilgehan’s corporate team provides a full service covering the entire range of issues that arise in the corporate sphere. The clientele of ErsoyBilgehan’s Corporate Team continues its growth while keeping the longstanding clients both national and international. ErsoyBilgehan Corporate Team advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as all commercial and corporate matters of its clients such as organization of data rooms and performance of due diligence, negotiation and drafting of preliminary and contractual documents in the M&A field and on establishment of commercial operations in Turkey, incorporation of companies, advice on corporate structuring, drafting of company charter and ongoing corporate documentation, preparation of commercial contracts as well as all the other matters that may arise on a day-to-day basis. The team’s expertise in commercial litigation, labour law and competition law enables them to foresee the possible disputes beforehand and advise the Clients accordingly.

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