Melis Acuner is held in high regard by peers who say, “Her knowledge and understanding of civil law and common law add significant value to international cases.”
Melis Acuner is the lead partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP’s London based international arbitration and litigation practice, which focuses on complex cross-border disputes. Ms Acuner has successfully represented clients in numerous cases conducted under the auspices of all the major arbitral institutions and before ad-hoc tribunals.
Ms Acuner has successfully acted for corporations and national governments across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including: energy, telecommunications, media, construction, banking and finance, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Recent arbitrations have included shareholder disputes, complex oil and gas contracts, media broadcasting rights, petroleum industry joint ventures, telecoms investment disputes, gas sales agreements, and gas pricing and repricing formulae. Representative cases are legally and factually complex involving a mixture of national laws and investment treaty systems, often in challenging jurisdictions.
As well as being one of Turkey's representatives to the ICC Commission, Ms Acuner is a regular conference speaker on topics relevant to international arbitration, and in relation to legal developments in the energy sector in particular.
Ms Acuner practices bilingually in English and French, speaks fluent Turkish, and is proficient in Spanish. She is dually qualified to practise in England and Wales, and France, and is a graduate of the Universities of Pantheon-Assas Paris II and the London School of Economics.