Cosar Avukatlik Burosu exclusively provides dispute resolution services to its clients, with particular experience and expertise on international commercial and investment arbitration and litigation.
The firm has been ranked in the first tier for dispute resolution by The Legal 500 and in the first band by Chambers for the past 14 consecutive years, demonstrating both Cosar’s strength and consistent practice. Moreover, senior partner Utku Cosar has been ranked in the top tier and first band for dispute resolution lawyers in Turkey by The Legal 500 and Chambers for the past 12 consecutive years.
The firm is renowned for its work in high-stakes post-M&A, joint venture, shareholders, infrastructure, construction and energy law disputes involving various sectors including chemicals, mining, financial services, corporate and energy. Cosar’s arbitration experience includes cases conducted under a variety of institutional rules, including the SCAI, ICC, ICSID, LCIA and ICDR-AAA. The firm also advises clients on pre-dispute matters and the structuring and restructuring of investments and conducts merits reviews of possible arbitration and litigation cases. Cosar’s expertise includes litigation of complex civil, commercial and administrative disputes and enforcement of foreign arbitral and court decisions. The firm has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency matters and provides services in relation to compliance and regulatory issues. Cosar represents local and international companies, governments and international organisations.
Recent international commercial arbitration experience includes representation of an international fund in an ICC arbitration involving a post-acquisition dispute of a retail bank, an international chemicals company in an ICC arbitration involving a joint venture dispute, and representation of a private equity firm in an ICC arbitration involving a shareholder dispute. On investment arbitration, Cosar represented the Republic of Turkey in three ICSID arbitrations involving the energy sector with a total combined claim of US$18.5 billion.
Chambers and The Legal 500 describe Cosar’s work as “exceptional”, with an “unrivalled knowledge of both international arbitration and local litigation”. The team is recommended for its ability to handle “complex commercial and investment treaty arbitrations”. Attorneys are distinguished for their “incredible diligence and commitment to excellence and going the extra mile”, and are “simply first-rate: extremely intelligent, strategic, rigorous and always well prepared”.
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