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Managing Partners: Zihni Bilgehan
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 14
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 the Charterers of a container vessel that lost manoeuvrability during her passage through the Istanbul Strait in relation to a salvage claim in the amount of USD 5.6 million
■ Assisted the owners of a superyacht under construction in regaining control by way of a preliminary injunction and to support the dispute referred to arbitration in London
■ 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
■ Assisting the owners of the M/V “KEMET STAR” in relation to her grounding near the Dardanelles Strait and the salvors’ claim for a salvage reward
Key Clients: 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.
Contacts: Zihni Bilgehan, Ergun Ersoy, Emre Ersoy, M. Raci Alper
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22, +90 532 277 55 27, +90 533 655 28 33
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
1 partner, 8 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 40 vessels with various Turkish shipping groups
■ Representing HCOB with the transfer of the loan portfolio of a Turkish group to Raisin Bank AG
■ Respresenting Royal Caribbean Cruises with the sale of two cruise ships, MONARCH and SOVEREIGN, to scrapyards
■ Representating ORIX in the financing of a Turkish group for the acquisition of vessels and other corporate purposes.
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), ORIX, Amsterdam Bank, Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse AG, The Norwegian Export Credit Guarantee Agency (GIEK), 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
Contacts: Zihni Bilgehan, Emre Ersoy, Hazal Ornekol
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22, +90 533 655 28 33, +90 532 484 63 37
Email: [email protected]

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
■ Assistance to Celebiler Family in the purchase of 70% stake in TurkNet from an investment fund and the immediate sale of 40% stake to another fund
Key Clients:CD Media, Hapag Lloyd, China Telecom, Dialog Semiconductor, Yingli Green Energy
Contacts: Zihni Bilgehan, Yusuf Mansur Ozer
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22, +90 505 617 07 19
Email: [email protected]

TMT (Telecommunications, Media, & 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
Contacts: Zihni Bilgehan, Yusuf Mansur Ozer
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22, +90 505 617 07 19
Email: [email protected]

Litigation, Insurance & 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 worldwide leading insurance company in a recourse action initiated with a claim of approx EUR 1 million with regard to the indemnity paid as per the insurance policy due to the fault in manufacturing of the set of machinery purchased by the insured company
■ Representing the UK reinsurers in an indemnity action initiated for a claim of USD 25 million with regard to the loss allegedly suffered by the insured due to the sea vehicle impact to the port facilities
■ Providing legal assistance to the UK reinsurers of a seismic research vessel with respect to an indemnity claim of USD 4,5 million arising from the loss incurred in bad weather conditions
■ Advising P&I Clubs/vessel owners on employment law issues, including but not limited to work accidents
Key Clients:Oldendorff Carriers, Ulusoy Holding A.S., Genel Denizcilik Nakliyatı A.S., Yıldırım Holding A.S., Palmali Group
Contacts: Zihni Bilgehan, Ergun Ersoy, Burce Cangir
Tel: +90 532 212 51 22, +90 532 277 55 27, +90 530 641 65 43
Email: [email protected]