Erdem Atilla

Erdem Atilla is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erdem directly using the contact details listed above.

Following his graduation from Galatasaray University Faculty of Law, Erdem joined Pekin & Pekin in 2009 and as the Team Leader of the Dispute Resolution team, is currently the most senior member of the Firm.

Erdem, as a Senior Partner leading the Dispute Resolution team, has been involved in a wide range of lawsuits including commercial disputes, employment disputes, criminal proceedings, administrative disputes, execution and bankruptcy proceedings, debt collection proceedings, compensation lawsuits, consumer disputes, disputes arising from contracts having an international aspect as well as contracts subject to Turkish Law.

The clients that Erdem advises and represents are both international and local clients from a wide range of sectors including Automotive, Banking & Finance, Consumer Products and Retail, Energy and Natural Resources, Hospitality and Leisure, Industrial Manufacturing and Service Industries, Infrastructure, Insurance, Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Biotechnology, Real Estate and Construction, TMT, Transportation, Logistics and Defense.

With more than ten years of court litigation experience, Erdem is described by clients to have a “very professional approach” and to provide with “concrete solution ideas rather than citing the disputes in legal parlance”.

Erdem Atilla is a Lycée Saint-Joseph graduate and is fluent in English and French.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 1971, Pekin & Pekin is a full-service law firm providing integrated legal services to clients involved in transactions within Turkey.

The vision of Pekin & Pekin today is the same vision as in 1971 – to provide clients with legal advice that helps them achieve their long-term objectives in Turkey and globally with the greatest efficiency. This vision is attained by a strategy of steady expansion, allowing the Firm to retain its boutique character and standard of service.

The Firm has pioneered legal structures for Turkish banking transactions, facilitated the introduction of new financial products and organisational structures, advised regulators on new laws and regulators on new laws and regulations across multiple sectors acted in the largest and most high profile finance and M&A deals in the jurisdiction and succeeded in complex arbitration cases.

Dogukan Berk Aksoy, LL.M.

Doğukan B. Aksoy, a registered attorney-at-law and trademark attorney in Turkey, is the founder of Aksoy – Trademark and Patent.

Prior to founding Aksoy in Ankara (where the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is located, and lawsuits against the decisions of the Office shall exclusively be settled), Doğukan had worked at the Istanbul office of an international law firm as the primary contact person with respect to the filing and prosecuting of intellectual property rights.

At Aksoy, Doğukan now advises his local and international clients from various sectors on a wide range of intellectual property matters, files their registration applications and oppositions against third party applications before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office and negotiates assignment and license agreements with counter-parties on behalf of his clients.

Apart from the services mentioned above, with his extensive experience in litigation, Doğukan regularly represents his clients before the Turkish Courts in all kinds of disputes related to trademarks, patents and designs. He also carries out seizure proceedings and customs measure applications against counterfeit goods.

Firm Overview:

Aksoy IP is a boutique and dynamic intellectual property firm in Turkey. With our team composed of trademark and patent attorneys and lawyers, we are a one-stop-shop when it comes to the protection of intellectual property rights in Turkey.

We represent our local and international clients before the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office in registration and opposition procedures and before the Turkish courts in lawsuits and advise them in their intellectual property-related contractual relationships.

We are committed to offering to our clients high-quality work with our local expertise and always being very responsive.

Aksoy IP is located in Ankara, where the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office is established, and lawsuits against the decisions of the Office shall be exclusively settled.

Mustafa Tırtır

Mustafa Tırtır is our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mustafa directly using the contact details listed above.

Mustafa graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law in 1999. He completed his legal internship in the law firm of Prof. Köksal Bayraktar, his professor from university. He registered to the bar in 2000 and later on did short-time military service in Balıkesir. He then worked as a lawyer at Prof. Köksal Bayraktar’s law firm until 2011 when he set up his own firm. The same year he was admitted to the Istanbul Commerce University graduate program on public law. He graduated from İstanbul Commerce University in 2005. The same year he was admitted to the İstanbul Medipol University on public law Ph.D. program.

Mustafa Tırtır started consultancy services at Aksan Law Firm as the head of the criminal law department. He is a member of the Ideal Hukuk Editorial Board and an attorney of trademark and patent law. He has over 30 articles on criminal legislation, as well as criminal law in relation to the press and visual media. Mustafa has been working in the field of criminal law for over 20 years.

Müge Önal Başer

Müge Önal Başer is our exclusively recommended Energy & Natural Resources Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Müge directly using the contact details listed above.

Müge graduated from TED Ankara College Foundation Private High School in 1997. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Law at Ankara University Faculty of Law in 2002 and her Master’s Degree in Law at Tulane University Law School (USA) in 2005.

Having started her career with Çakmak Attorney Partnership as Intern Lawyer first and then as Attorney at Law, Önal Başer thereafter worked at White & Case, Washington, DC as Foreign Attorney, at Zorlu Holding A.Ş. as Attorney at Law and Manager of Legal Affairs for the Energy Group, at Esin Attorney Partnership as Counsel and at LUKOIL Eurasia Petrol A.Ş. as Head of Legal for Eurasia Region, respectively.

For over a period of 15 years, while rendering consultancy services to her local clients, Müge Önal Başer has also been performing advisory services on corporate legal issues and international practices for her international clients from various sectors and different regions such as Europe, the US, Russia, the Middle East and the Far East.

Önal Başer, who is the founder of Müge Önal Legal Consultancy, specializes in corporate law, contracts law, energy law and law & technology. Since 2016, she renders advice to her clients through Müge Önal Legal Consultancy. She is registered to Ankara Bar Association and the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and is a member of American Bar Association.

Mehmet M. Gençoğlu

Mehmet Gençoğlu is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in Turkey on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mehmet directly using the contact details listed above.

Mehmet is a licensed attorney admitted within the Istanbul Bar of the Turkish Bars Association. In his education years in Ankara University, Mr. Gençoğlu founded and presided the Moot Court Society and ILSA, Ankara Chapter. Accordingly, he served on the Ankara Law Journal and organised several panels, symposiums, and workshops. Mr. Gençoğlu attended the 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Vis Moot Law Competitions and many Pre-moots as an arbitrator and also as a team member and a team coach of the Ankara University Team. Mr. Gençoğlu also has a passion for commerce. He is he is the board member of Gençoğlu Group Inc., and has worked in several fields of domestic and international trade.

Firm Overview:

Gençoğlu Partners Law Offices is an innovative, client-driven firm, missioned to providing global litigation and legal consultancy services in accordance with international standards of quality and excellence, for both its local and international clientele.

Despite being a very young Firm, with its dynamic and expert team of attorney’s, each of whom is leaders in their fields, Gençoğlu Partners has already expanded its services to a wide range of areas regarding corporate counselling and litigation, and international transaction matters.

Gençoğlu Partners is based in Istanbul and has offices in Paris, Moscow, São Paulo and Rotterdam. Thus, the Firm is able to offer its local clientele legal assistance in foreign jurisdictions.

Burçin Gözlüklü, Ph.D.

Burçin Gözlüklü serves as the managing director of Centrum Sworn-In Financial Advisory and Consulting since the beginning of 2015. He also serves as the tax associate of a Netherlands based consulting group, NXT Group of Companies, Istanbul Office. He also serves as the business partner of Van Campen/Liem, a Dutch based leading advisory firm for most of the Turkish conglomerates.

He still participates in many international conferences and round tables as a well-known expert speaker in his profession.

Experience in Public Sector:

Burçin worked as a tax inspector within the Turkish Ministry of Finance Tax Inspectors Board for 10 years. Beginning from the mid-2008, he was appointed as the Secretary General of the Turkish Accounting Standards Board (now named as Public Oversight Board), and took the role of adopting the international accounting standards (IFRS/IASs) into Turkish legislation for 3 years. During this period, he participated as a member in the Asian – Oceanian Standard Setters Group (AOSSG) and as an observer member in the World Standard Setters (WSS) Group. He took an active role in drafting the new Turkish Commercial Code (TCC) and represented Turkey with respect to accounting and auditing related regulations of the new TCC during the negotiation process of the EU Acquis.

Experience in Private Sector:

He left office in public sector in 2010, and took office as the Auditing Group Coordinator of Koc Holding Inc., which is the biggest conglomerate and the only Top 250 Fortune’s Global Listing company in Turkey with nearly 190 companies and 50 billion dollars of annual gross turnover. During the last three years period until his participation to Centrum, Burçin served as the tax management coordinator of Koc companies responsible from the tax advisory and management of the group firms.

Associations:

He acted as a member in TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) Sub-Working Committee on Intellectual Property Rights during the period 2011-2014 and as a TUSIAD representative in the Public Oversight Board’s Accounting Standards Review Committees between 2011 and 2013.

He has been serving as the executive board member of the International Financial Management Association of Turkey since 2013.

Education:

Burçin received his BA degree in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences. Burcin also received his Phd degree in “Accounting & Finance” from Başkent University Academy of Administrative and Social Sciences.

Specialty Areas:

  • Tax Auditing And Certification
  • Tax Consultancy
  • Indirect Tax Consultancy
  • Vat Refund
  • Labor And Social Security Consultancy
  • Corparate Risk Management
  • International Tax
  • International Consulting