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Zihni Bilgehan

Senior Partner Ersoy Bilgehan

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Maya Akar Center, Buyukdere Cad. No:100-102 K:26 34394 Esentepe, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Turkey

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Zihni is continuing as a Committee Member for the MENA Forum in 2020.

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Mr. Bilgehan is a senior partner at Ersoy Bilgehan. He specialises in company commercial, finance, insurance/reinsurance and maritime law as well arbitration. In addition to his extensive expertise in the fields of maritime, insurance and reinsurance matters, Mr. Bilgehan advises a wide range of blue chip clients in their investments to Turkey in the forms of start-ups, joint ventures or acquisitions. Mr. Bilgehan advises bidders on major public tenders organised by Turkish authorities in relation to infrastructure projects.

Mr. Bilgehan is a qualified barrister at law admitted to the Bar of Middle Temple Inn, London and a qualified lawyer admitted to the Turkish Cypriot Bar. 

Mr. Bilgehan is quoted in a recent edition of the LEGAL 500 as a lawyer who stands out as a key player and who adeptly handles foreign investment matters.

Mr. Bilgehan holds an LLB from the University of Birmingham and an LLM from University College (University of London).

Firm Description

Ersoy Bilgehan is a Turkish law firm and consists of 2 senior partners, 3 partners, 18 lawyers and a strong backup team. The firm is based in Istanbul and operates through its correspondent lawyers in Ankara, Izmir, Mersin, Antalya, Rize and Bandirma. The firm also has an office in Cyprus.

Since its foundation, Ersoy Bilgehan  has established a well-earned reputation for providing fast, high-quality services and practical and creative solutions to its clients. Teams of highly skilled and experienced multilingual lawyers who are attuned to the technical and cultural aspects of various business sectors represent clients both locally and internationally. The presence of a partner admitted to the English Bar (Middle Temple) and the Cypriot Bar contributes to the international capabilities of the firm.

Although ErsoyBilgehan is not allied or associated with a foreign law firm, it receives sizeable amounts of referral work from many leading international law firms. Our long lasting working relationship with these firms enables us to put together integrated teams of lawyers to handle cross-border and cross-disciplinary client matters effectively.  Clients of the firm include international and domestic corporations of all sizes from a wide range of sectors including, amongst others, banking and finance, energy, construction, telecoms, real estate, shipping and transport, insurance, food and pharmaceuticals. 

We have particular expertise especially in corporate and commercial law, competition and capital markets law, intellectual property law, labour law, environment law, real estate and dispute resolution, including complex commercial and administrative litigation and international arbitration. LEGAL 500 defines  Ersoy Bilgehan in a recent edition as offering “a highly professional service of a standard appropriate for an international firm”.

With over 28 lawyers in our Istanbul and Cyprus offices and correspondent lawyers in several regions, we represent clients also in matters involving regulatory investigations and compliance with the EU legislation. The strong legal skills of our lawyers, our team work culture both among lawyers and with clients and our commitment to professional excellence and attention to detail are enhanced by an understanding of business realities.  

At Ersoy Bilgehan, we offer significant value to our clients as a result of our commitment to combining the traditional legal services of a leading law firm with a modern approach to business, whose most compelling approach is to seek pragmatic and innovative solutions. 

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