Languages: English, French, German, Russian
Working offices: Ankara, Izmir
Number of lawyers: 70
Contacts: Uğur Aktekin, Pelin Baysal, Mehmet Gün
International groupings: IBA, ICC, Legalink, IAPP, TUSİAD (Turkish Industry & Business Association), INTA, FICPI, ECTA, AIPPI, GALA, Biolegis, BCCT, CCIFT, DEİK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), TEİD (Transparency International Turkey).
Gün + Partners was founded in 1986 and is now one of the largest law firms in Turkey with over 70 lawyers. The firm is based in Istanbul and provides transactional, advisory and dispute resolution services to local and international companies throughout Turkey and assists clients worldwide through its established network of correspondents and contacts. The firm’s core areas of expertise are corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and intellectual property. It represents clients in numerous industry sectors with a particular focus on life sciences, consumer goods, technology, media and telecom, manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, energy and natural resources, real estate and infrastructure. The firm’s clientele is a blend of foreign and local, medium sized and large corporations as well as government organisations and NGOs worldwide, with the majority from the UK, US, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.
Corporate & M&A:
The firm advises on high-profile acquisitions and joint ventures, incorporation and restructuring of businesses, all aspects of inward and outbound investment, franchise and distribution agreements, licensing, sales, agency and all related commercial contracts. The team has particular strength in advising clients from regulated sectors in corporate and M&A work, particularly in life sciences, technology, media and telecom, energy and insurance.
The firm’s intellectual property expertise covers all aspects of intellectual property including patents, utility models, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs. Recognised as the leading IP practice in Turkey the firm provides a full range of legal services including civil, criminal and administrative litigation, arbitration and mediation, advisory, transactional, registration, opposition, maintenance, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and investigation. The firm advocates on Turkish IP laws’ compatibility with international treaties and standards, individually and through local and international associations.
The firm is renowned for the strength and depth of its dispute resolution capabilities. It handles a wide variety of disputes from IP litigation and complex cross-border cases including major commercial litigation, insurance, reinsurance and construction disputes, real estate projects, corporate crime, customs and tax, agency and distribution and labour and employment disputes. The firm is also active in ADR advising clients on ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations including ICC and LCIA. The experienced dispute resolution team lead the antibribery practice of the firm.
The firm provides legal services related to all aspects of employment law; advisory and litigation services on restructurings and reorganisation, employment contracts, mutual termination contracts, collective bargaining, loyalty, discrimination, mobbing, confidentiality and non-compete obligations and enforcement, job security and termination issues, employee related IP rights and employee inventions, liability for workplace accidents, severance payment and termination compensation claims, recourse claims by Social Security Institutions and business immigration.
The firm advises on competition law compliance and has significant expertise handling complex merger and acquisition filings for international corporations in the mining, energy, steel, telecommunications, petroleum, automobile, pharmaceutical, retail and healthcare sectors.
The firm provides dedicated consultancy and litigation services for life sciences industry. Combining the firm’s extensive transactional, regulatory and intellectual property experience with in depth and current sector knowledge, the practice advises on every aspect of the business cycle of a life science product. The practice assists clients with corporate, regulatory, commercial transaction, competition and intellectual property advice. The firm advises 15 of the world’s top 20 innovative pharmaceutical companies on their patent, generics and data exclusivity disputes. In addition to corporate clients, the practice advises the most prominent industry associations active in the Turkish medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceuticals industries.
Insurance & Reinsurance:
The firm provides insurance and reinsurance related litigation, regulation, and M&A services to its local and foreign clients. The practice mainly provides legal assistance to London based reinsurers on complex insurance cases mostly arising from all risk construction policy, professional indemnity insurance, D&O, Bankers Blanket Bond, CIT and general liability insurance policies. It assists many global and local insurance and reinsurance companies regarding the new products in the Turkish market, advise them in localisation of the insurance and reinsurance policies and advise the same on regulatory matters during company establishment phase as well as for their routine operations and compliance matters. The practice is supported by Prof Dr Hüseyin Ülgen, chair of the insurance section of the new Turkish commercial code.
Technology / Media / Telecom:
The firm provides services in all aspects of Turkish telecommunication and technology law, broadcasting legislation, electronic communication, IT outsourcing, cyber security, data privacy and data protection. The firm also provides advice on all forms of media, entertainment and advertising law including advertisement clearance, promotional campaigns, product labelling and packaging, sweepstakes and promotions.
With its significant bank-finance capability, the firm advises on all aspects of loan agreements and acquisition finance. The team has specialist sector and regulatory knowledge in energy and construction and has advised on numerous high-profile project finance transactions.
Construction & Real Estate:
The firm provides comprehensive advice, guidance and representation on all aspects of Turkish real estate and construction law, including contentious aspects and issues including advising and representing clients at every level of the administrative, civil and penal courts and handling every variety of construction dispute and claims.
The firm advises domestic and international investors on drafting and negotiating contracts, lease structures and occupancy permits, property search, zoning plan regulations and negotiations with the official authorities including expropriation and government tenders.