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ErsoyBilgehan

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Managing Partners: Zihni Bilgehan
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 12
Associated Offices: Northern Cyprus
Languages: English, French, Italian and Turkish

Firm Overview:
Ersoy Bilgehan is an independent full-service law firm widely recognized for its strong national and international practice. Since our foundation in 1999, we act for enterprises across the full spectrum of business including local, national and multinational companies in a wide range of business sectors. Clients range from single-owner start-ups to household name companies, from government companies to global giants.

Main Areas of Practice:
Maritime, Shipping & Transport
2 partners; 12 fee earners based in Istanbul
■ Representing West of England Insurance Services and Persenk Maritime in a collision between a dry bulk carrier and a general cargo ship.
■ Representing the Britannia P&I Club, SYNERGAS S.R.L and H&M Underwriters following a serious fire and explosion at a Turkish LNG terminal involving the MT SYN ZANIA and providing on and off site legal assistance.
■ Representing Palmali Shipping S.A. in a claim against Litasco S.A., the exclusive trading arm of Lukoil, in the proceedings before the English High Court claiming damages in the sum of USD 2 billion.
Key Clients: CertAsig Insurance and Reinsurance, Charles Taylor & Co. Limited, Cosco Shipping, Specialized Carriers Co. Ltd., Gard AS, Hapag Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, Hapag Lloyd Denizasiri Nakliyat A.S., Lodestar Marine Limited, Steamship Mutual (P&I) Club, Maersk, Palmali Shipping S.A., Shipowners P&I Club, Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited, Synergas Srl, The Britannia Steamship Insurance Association Limited, The Standard (P&I) Club, The Swedish Club, Thomas Miller P&I (Europe) Ltd., TT Club Mutual Insurance Ltd., UK Mutual (P&I) Club, Ulusoy Holding A.Ş., West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A., Yıldırım Holding A.S.
Contact: Zihni Bilgehan
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22
Ergun Ersoy
Tel: +90 532 277 55 27
Emre Ersoy
Tel: +90 533 655 28 33
E-mail: [email protected]

Banking and Finance
1 partner, 7 fee earners based in Istanbul
■ Representing Ritz-Carlton in the securities for the loan provided to an affiliate of Suzer Holding.
■ Representing AVIC Leasing, Huarong Leasing, Minsheng Leasing, ICBC Leasing, BoComm Leasing and CSSC Leasing in sale-and-leaseback transactions for approximately 30 vessels with various Turkish shipping groups.
■ Representing HCOB with the financing and refinancing of chemical/oil tankers of Sener Group totaled at USD 135 million.
■ Respresenting Royal Carribean Cruises with the sale of two cruise ships, MONARCH and SOVEREIGN, to scrapyards.
■ Representating Crédit Industriel et Commercial as lenders in the acquisition of two tankers.
Key Clients: Hamburg Commercial Bank AG, Transport Desgagnes, European Bank of Restructuring and Development, , Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and ICBC Leasing, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Bank of Communications Financial Leasing, Minsheng Financial Leasing, AVIC Financial Leasing, China Huarong Financial Leasing, DVB BANK SE (and DVB BANK AMERICA N.V), Amsterdam Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse AG, Landesbank Kreditanstalt Oldenburg – Gironzentrale, The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK), Ya-Sa Holding A.S., Cukurova Holding A.S., Vitol Energy (Bermuda) Ltd, Barclays Bank PLC, Ekol Lojistik A.S., Bank of China, Lloyds Bank Plc, Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale, UniCredit Bank AG, ABN Amro Bank, China Development Bank Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises, The Ritz-Carlton
Contact: Zihni Bilgehan
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22
Emre Ersoy
Tel: +90 533 655 28 33
Hazal Ornekol
Tel: +90 532 484 63 37
E-mail: [email protected]

Corporate
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Istanbul
■ Assistance to CD Media, the exclusive distributor of Nintendo game consoles and games in the Turkish market, with the incorporation of a subsidiary in Turkey and subsequent day-to-day corporate matters.
■ Advise to Hapag Lloyd AG and its Turkish subsidiary in corporate matters, including capital increase procedures, mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance as well as day-to-day corporate matters.
■ Assistance to China Telecom, a global telecommunications company, in entering the Turkish market by setting up a subsidiary in Turkey.
■ Representation of one of the largest green energy companies in Turkey in several acquisition deals regarding wind energy projects.
Key Clients: CD Media, Hapag Lloyd, China Telecom, Dialog Semiconductor, Yingli Green Energy
Contact: Zihni Bilgehan
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22
Yusuf Mansur Ozer
Tel: +90 505 617 07 19
E-mail: [email protected]

TMT (telecommunications, media, and technology)
1 partner, 3 fee earners based in Istanbul
■ Assistance to a foreign startup in bringing its data processing activities based on machine learning algorithms in compliance with the Turkish data protection law.
■ Assistance to a telecommunications giant in regulatory issues and licensing requirements on IoT services and voice over IP services.
■ Representation of a global leisure brand in a criminal proceeding against one of its properties in Turkey due to alleged unlawful processing of customer data.
■ Advise to Meeting Point (FTI Group), one of the largest tour operators in Europe, in its data protection compliance project covering all its operations in the Turkish market.
Key Clients: Meeting Point (FTI Group), Alarko Holding, LinkedIn, China Telecom, CD Media
Contact: Zihni Bilgehan
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22
Yusuf Mansur Ozer
Tel: +90 505 617 07 19
E-mail: [email protected]

Litigation, Insurance and Employment
2 partners, 12 fee earners based in Istanbul
■ Representing a large wind turbine tower manufacturer in relation to an action against its manufacturer in a claim of approx. EUR 2 million for the loss suffered due to defective materials supplied.
■ ErsoyBilgehan acts as the advisors of eBay Inc. in Turkey, PayPal and DNV GL on all employment issues including review of employment agreements and structuring employee benefits.
■ Representation of H&M underwriters of a superyacht, M/Y BARBIE in relation to a fire that broke out while moored at the Marmaris Yacht Marina and spread to a megayacht in a claim of approx. USD 15 million.
■ Representing a large shipping group in a USD 2 billion claim against the trading arm of one of the world's largest international vertically integrated oil and gas companies in the English High Court.
Key Clients: Oldendorff Carriers, Ulusoy Holding A.S., Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı A.S., Yıldırım Holding A.S., Palmali Group
Contact: Zihni Bilgehan
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22
Ergun Ersoy
Tel: +90 532 277 55 27
Burce Cangir
Tel: +90 530 641 65 43
E-mail: [email protected]

PRACTICE AREAS:
■ Administrative and Regulatory Affairs
■ Asset Finance and Securitisation
■ Aviation
■ Banking and Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Competition and Antitrust
■ Corporate and Commercial
■ Employment
■ Energy and Natural Resources
■ Environmental Law
■ Execution, Insolvency and Restructing
■ Franchise
■ General Contract Law
■ Hotel and Leisure
■ Information Technologies and Data Protection
■ Infrastructure
■ Insurance and Re-Insurance
■ Intellectual Property
■ Litigation and Arbitration
■ Maritime, Shipping and Transport
■ Mergers and Acquisitions
■ Mining
■ Petroleum
■ Real Estate and Construction
■ Telecommunication