Gonen Law Office

International Trade and Arbitration Law Firm in Ankara, Turkey
Gonen Law Office
Mutlukent Mahallesi 1942 Cadde No:49 Çankaya Ankara
Ankara 06510

Phone +90 312 286 34 06 or +90 505 505 24 81

Website gonen.com.tr

Gonen Law Office Overview

Gonen Law Office is a leading Turkish law firm aiming to provide the best legal advice and legal service to the clients operating both in Turkey and internationally. As a trustworthy law firm having expertise in various sectors such as dispute resolution, construction, energy, general corporate law, international trade, finance and food we have been working on local and international transactions ever since our foundation back in 2006

Gonen Law Office is dedicated to provide the clients with cost effective and pragmatic solutions while representing them in their disputes and offering them insightful consultancy. Our core principles include teamwork within the office, legal excellence and integrity along with dedication to our clients. As Gonen Law Office we work together as a team with exceptionally talented lawyers but most importantly we ensure a professional work environment while maintaining a collaborative approach among our staff. We provide our clients high quality legal service simply because we have the highest standard of integrity and professionalism. Our global depth and experience support our clients in both their domestic deals and their most complex multinational transactions.

We are also one of the few law firms in Ankara practising in international commercial and corporate law matters. We have been handling not only high-value commercial and disputes, but also assisting our clients at pre-dispute stages. Our lawyers work on some of the most complex, high-value and strategically important commercial litigations in the world and provide day-to-day counselling and legal services to corporations and their boards of directors on corporate and commercial law matters. Our experience in global matters, technical capabilities gives us the insight to advise our clients through the complex issues that can accompany large and sophisticated transactions.

Year this Office was Established: 2004

Languages: English, Turkish.

Gonen Law Office Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: International Trade; Projects; Energy & Natural Resources; Project Finance; Dispute Avoidance and Resolution; Competition Law; Labour Law; Capital Markets; Public Tenders; Privatizations; Debt Structuring. ; Foreigners Law

Gonen Law Office Areas of Law Description

At Gonen Law Office, we provide legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:

The increasing complexity and technological challenges involved with construction projects demand a dynamic approach. Whatever your level of participation in a project, our experienced construction lawyers can help you from initial feasibility studies, through funding decisions, procurement and construction. If required, we can advise and represent you in relation to claims, disputes and arbitration and litigation. Our team has many years’ experience working with closely with designers, engineers and project teams, We have a good understanding of current project administration, contract and risk management procedures, together with the financing arrangements for domestic and international construction projects. We also regularly advise in relation to operational and facilities management contracts. We act for a vast array of construction industry participants, at all levels of the supply chain, including owners, developers, lenders, contractors, government entities and equipment suppliers. Whether you seek advice on the most advantageous procurement method, or in drafting and negotiating the construction documentation, we stand ready to listen to your needs and respond accordingly.

-Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Our lawyers fully understand the environment in which you operate. From giving pre-contract strategic advice on the effective drafting of dispute resolution procedures and arbitration clauses to providing comprehensive advice and effective representation at all stages if a dispute arises. We are deeply committed to assisting our client manage potential disputes effectively, avoiding unnecessary disputes and shepherding disputes to an early resolution wherever possible. When arbitration proves necessary, we work with our clients to shape the arbitration to suit client needs and the characteristics of the dispute. Through our innovative approach to legal proceedings, we strive to meet the dual challenge of reducing the legal spend and time involved in the process while obtaining the best possible outcome.
We also advise on the effective negotiation and drafting of international arbitration agreements, together with guidance on choice of forum, interim measures, enforcement of awards, and asset recovery strategies. We have substantial experience representing both respondents and claimants, and a very strong track record of obtaining successful results for our clients.

-Corporate Law Transaction
Gonen Law lawyers have considerable experience providing legal services throughout complex corporate transactions. Our lawyers represent foreign and Turkish clients both in Turkey and abroad, both on the seller and buyer side. We have deep knowledge and experience of mergers and acquisitions and related transactions involving the energy, construction, aviation, ports and airport, health, telecommunication and insurance sectors. This experience includes
a) Merger and acquisitions
b) Share transfers and partnerships
c) Spin offs
d) Shareholder agreements
e) Pre- bid agreements
f) Joint ventures
g) Asset transfers
h) Direct and indirect shareholding changes
i) Tender offer requirements
k)Corporate restructuring
l) Due diligence

Gonen Law advises sponsors, governments, construction companies and lenders on projects and project financings across energy, infrastructure, mining and telecoms within Turkey and internationally. Our lawyers win praise for their technical ability as well as their commercial and pragmatic approach to project work, providing a comprehensive service, including:
a) advising on and implementing joint ventures and consortium arrangements
b) proposing and implementing effective project structures
c) advising on and implementing all type of PPP models (BOT, BOOT, DBFO, DBFM, PFI etc)
d) conducting legal due diligence
e) advising on risk allocation between the project participants
f) reviewing the “bankability” of project agreements for lenders and prospective borrowers
g) advising lenders and prospective borrowers and advising on financing arrangements, together with associated h)security packages and considerations.

Our lawyers have substantial experience advising clients active in the Turkish energy and natural resources sector. We provide high-quality advice tailored to our clients’ individual needs in this regulated sector. Energy and natural resource companies, financial institutions and investors request our services to navigate a wide range of challenges in this sector. Our team members have experience on energy production, solar, wind and hydro projects, energy distribution and power purchase agreements. We also have substantial experience of mining projects, providing practical legal advice through each stage of the mining project life cycle, from tendering, licensing, and permissions through to operation, equipment procurement and decommissioning and everything in between. Experience is on hand to resolve mining disputes, including those with necessary MIGEM involvement.Some of the services we provide as follows;
a) Following up EMRA &MIGEM Process and applications
b) Ally type of licensing issues regarding wind, solar, geothermal and hydro projects
c) LNG
d) Power distribution
e) Renewable and alternative energy (hydro, wind, solar and geothermal)
f) Water and wastewater projects

-Project Finance
We work closely with our clients to finance projects in the mining, textile, power production electricity transmission, water, transport and many other sectors. Our team can help you to develop your financial model and other commercial parameters in order to articulate the project finance structure suitable to your needs.
Our deep and extensive experience will help you identify creative financing structures and sources of finance, from banks to ECAs and funds/private equity. Whether you are a lender, a project sponsor or contractor, in the public or private sectors, our team can help you with the close counsel and full support you need to succeed in any project finance environment.

-Banking and Finance
Our lawyers are experts in elaborating financing structures with wide-ranging complexity, and drafting and negotiating various forms of loan agreements. Our practice covers the full breadth of banking and finance, including:
a) Acquisition and project finance
b) Securitization and structured finance
c) Mezzanine finance
d) Financial restructuring
e) Islamic banking and finance
f) Loans and credit facilities
g) Trade and real estate finance
h) Asset and aircraft finance.

-Labour Law
Gonen Law provides a wide range of legal services in relation to employment and labour law, with a well-recognized expertise in this field. This includes advising in relation to:
a) Rights and liabilities of employees and employers
b) Drafting, negotiation and finalization of employment agreements
c) Employment litigation
d) Employee/Employer share and bonus plans
e) Transfer of employee and employer
f) Residence and work permits and special visas
g) Safety and health regulations
h) Social security law
i)Workplace principles and applications

-Capital Markets
Our Lawyers has substantial capital markets experience working with global and domestic issuers, stakeholders, and financial institutions in complex transactions in the Turkish capital markets. Example services include:
a)On-shore and off-shore based public offerings, bond and other capital market instruments issuance
b) Licenses, operation permissions
c) Derivatives
d) Incorporation, and mergers and acquisitions of capital market institutions
e) Regulatory compliance services
f) Investment funds
g) Tender offer requirements
h) Financial markets and services
i) Cross border capital market services and products
k)Applications with the Capital Markets Board

-Intellectual Property
We are providing our clients with legal advice in any level of Intellectual Property law e.g. registration of patent, trademarks and other IP rights in order to protect such rights locally and globally from any infringements or confusions, following up the updates as well as preparing licence agreement, carrying out litigation process when necessary in respect to usage such properties by unauthorized entities illegally or breach of the licence agreement by authorized entities.

-Protection of Personal Data
Recent Personal Data Protection Law numbered 6698 sets out very fundamental changes. The Government has targeted to strengthen the data protection of individual. Law has brought specified principles how processing personal data which the companies are obliged
We provide services to have our clients comply with new Personal Data Protection Regulation. We take care of the processes including to registration of data controller to VERBIS, holding orientation program to make the clients aware of new responsibilities under
the Code.

-Foreigners Law
Turkey has become a country of immigration in recent years. Foreigners coming to Turkey are given different status as; refugee, conditional refugee, secondary protection or temporary protection. Our team has a vast knowledge and experience in the citizenship and refugee rights. Together with our experienced team, we ensure that you will be able to get through this process quickly and smoothly in all matters involving foreigners such as following and concluding the procedures required for work and residence permit frequently encountered by foreign citizens.
Acquiring Turkish citizenship by foreign nationals has been facilitated by the regulations in 2017. In this context, we provide legal consultancy to foreigners especially from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, and also China, USA, UK, France, who are willing to acquire Turkish citizenship by investment. For years, we have been providing fast and effective solutions to the processes of our clients ‘and their families’ within the scope of Turkish Citizenship Law and Immigration law.



Zihni GONEN Mr. Zihni GONEN
Administrative Law, Admiralty and Maritime, Arbitration, Aviation Law, Banking and Finance



Mevlut AKGUN Mr. Mevlut AKGUN
Arbitration, Business Law, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law
Elena OWENS Ms. Elena OWENS
Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation

Of Counsel

Of Counsel
Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation
Of Counsel
Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation


Zeynep KAYA Ms. Zeynep KAYA
Admiralty and Maritime, Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Business Formation, Business Law


Gonen Law Office Affiliations

  • Istanbul Bar Association
  • Ankara Bar Association



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