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Guden is an international law firm founded in 2012 by Ali Guden who is a dual qualified lawyer in Turkey and England & Wales.

Guden together with his partners have got more than 20 years experience and provide legal services particularly in arbitration & dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, regulatory & compliance, technology law and business immigration law.

Guden is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association, The Law Society England and Wales and The British Chamber of Commerce in Turkey (BCCT).


Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Our arbitration and dispute resolution department is led by Ali Guden, who is trained and expert in international arbitration and mediation, and able to act as an advocate and an arbitrator or a mediator. We assemble efficient teams to minimize the cost and time it takes to resolve your disputes. Our deep experience in the hearing room gives us the insight to understand what is important to motivate a successful result. That gives us the confidence to separate what actually matters — the "big picture" — from the rest. This means we can work effectively and efficiently for our clients and we are capable to undertake:

  • Pursuing International Arbitration in LCIA London, ICC Paris, Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), Stockholm Arbitration Institute (SCC) and Dubai International Arbitration Centre (IDIAS)
  • Arbitration proceeding in Istanbul Arbitration Centre ( ISTAC) and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce ( ITO)
  • Recognising and enforcing foreign court judgement and international arbitration awards in Turkey
  • Pursuing compulsory or voluntary mediation proceeding in Turkey or abroad

We also have experience on all types of large-scale commercial litigation including:

  • Litigation proceeding in Turkey and abroad
  • Interim injunctions and other urgent action
  • Company and shareholder disputes
  • Contractual disputes
  • Cross-border litigation and debt collection
    Corporate & Commercial Law
    We provide practical legal solutions for different sectors in a challenging international business environment. We advise on a wide variety of commercial deals including:

    • Agency and distribution agreements
    • International sale of goods on FOB, CIF, Incoterms and other trade terms
    • Letters of Credit and trade finance
    • Buying and selling goods and services
    • Joint Ventures
    • The regulatory advice of producing and/or buying and selling goods and services in a number of European and other countries

    M&A and Corporate

    Our depth of expertise and experience both in London and Istanbul, means that we bring best practice to our clients and can solve issues to ensure that corporate transactions are completed efficiently and without risk. Our practice involves both hostile and friendly transactions and includes the representation of public and private companies, acquirers, targets, boards of directors, independent director committees, management buyout groups, subordinated lenders and equity participants.

    We have a position in Turkey that allows us to maintain a commercial approach that optimizes efficiency, reduces costs and enhances effective deal execution. Some of our corporate legal services are:

    • Company formation in Turkey and abroad
    • Company restructuring
    • Buying and selling company shares
    • Sale and purchase of companies, businesses and assets
    • Terms and conditions of business
    • Management buyouts and private equity
    • Corporate governance and management
    • Employment matters
    Regulatory & Compliance
    Regulation & Compliance are constantly evolving across sectors and around the world. As transparency rises in importance and the costs of non-compliance with laws and regulations increase, businesses everywhere strive to adapt to the growing pressure from regulatory bodies.

    With our extensive knowledge of local regulations and our international experience, we are well-positioned to help clients to deal effectively and creatively with regulatory and compliance issues. As business has globalized and cross-border transactions have become more complex, the ability to provide across jurisdictions becomes all the more important. we provide advice on complex regulatory matters including in:

    • Anti - Bribery Regulations in the UK, EU and Turkey
    • Data Protection Compliance under Turkish Data Protection Laws ( KVKK) and GDPR
    • Money Laundering Regulation
    • Corporate Governance Issues
    Technology Law
    Guden closely follows technological developments and advise both Turkish and global technology companies on technology and online related transactions under Turkish Law, English and EU Legislations. We are capable of providing following services:

    • Software Licensing Agreements
    • Mobile Application Terms and Conditions
    • Software/Website Development Agreements
    • Cloud Terms and Conditions
    • Managed Services Agreements
    • Payment Processing Agreements
    • Platform Integration Agreements
    • Maintenance and Support Contracts
    • Regulatory Advices including authorisation application to FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) Applications for Fintech companies

    Guden also advise on issues relating to online payment, online contracts, consumer issues, jurisdiction related issues and other matters for online trading and online contract formation for start-up companies.
    Business Immigration
    We are able to provide immigration services both in the UK and Turkey.

    Our immigration services in the UK:
    • Turkish Businessperson Visa (Ankara Agreement Visa)
    • Sole Representative Visa
    • Innovator or Start - Up Visa
    • Exceptional Talent Visa (Tier 1)
    • Graduate Entrepreneur Visa (Tier 1)
    • Investor Visa (Tier 1)
    • General Visa (Tier 2)
    • Intra-company Transfer Visa (Tier 2)
    • Turkish Worker Visa
    • UK visa sponsorship management advice
    • Fresh application and objections against visa rejections

    Our immigration services in Turkey:
    • Obtaining a short or a long term residence permit in Turkey
    • Work permit applications
    • Turkish citizenship application by investing a 250,000 USD value property in Turkey
    • Turkish citizenship application by depositing a 500,000 USD into a bank account in Turkey
      Aviation Law
      We provide both legal advice and dispute resolution services for aviation sector. Our aviation law specialists have extensive knowledge with over 10 years' experience, representing airlines, manufacturers and airline service providers.
      We can support you regarding insurance and liability, commercial and contractual legal matters. Some of our services include the following:

      • Aviation related commercial contracts including aircraft leasing
      • Insurance and liability
      • Aircraft finance and asset management
      • Aviation related disputes including accidents and cargo loss / damage claims
      • Insurers and reinsurers on policy wordings, clauses, coverage and other issues in their transactions with their customers, agents and brokers
      • Dealing with the Turkish Aviation Authority for aircraft licensing and permits
      For more information please contact us.
      Energy Law
      We provide legal services across the full spectrum of energy industries. We specifically have experience in renewable power plant development. It is this breadth of experience, combined with our strength in multiple disciplines that enables us to provide our clients with truly commercial and balanced legal advice.

      • Advising all types of power projects from start up to end
      • Drafting and managing EPC contracts
      • Regulatory advice including licence application
      • Relations with central and local authorities

      For more information please contact us.

      International Commercial & Trade Law
      We regularly deal with international commercial contracts including;

      • Drafting and negotiating complex distribution agreements
      • Agency and franchise agreements,
      • Restructuring and maintenance of cross-border commercial activities including advisory on consumer protection
      • Customs-related activities, international e -commerce regulations on after-sales services.
      We advise companies from different sectors including financial services, maritime, IT, consumer products, pharmaceutical and energy companies on sourcing, manufacturing, distributing and selling their products and services around the world. We help clients select, monitor and manage their relationships with third-party suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and sales agents, and advise them on compliance issues across the supply chain such as anti-corruption and anti-bribery, anti-money laundering, trade sanctions, export and import controls across multiple countries.

      For more information please contact us.
      Property and Construction Law
      As Guden, we advise domestic and multinational clients in all aspects of property and construction law. We have a wide range of services including representation during all stages of project development, purchase and sale of property, negotiation and litigation.

      Guden regularly drafts and negotiates construction agreements in Turkey and abroad.
      Guden's overall property and construction law practice consists of:

      • Drafting, negotiating and managing FIDIC contracts
      • Purchase and sales agreements
      • Project management agreements,
      • Obtaining relevant licenses (operating and construction licenses).
      For more information please contact us.
      Maritime Law
      Our maritime law team consists of skilful lawyers and of counsels that are able to assist you in matters arising from carriage of goods by sea, shipping contracts and dispute resolution.

      We can help you throughout:
      • Ship registration and flag hosting
      • Sale of ship, bottomry, lease agreements
      • Ship Seizures in Turkey and abroad
      • Commercial rights of captains and shipmen,
      • Drafting and management for shipbuilding and repairing contracts
      • Cargo and maritime related disputes
      Since maritime law is a particularly complex area of law, one of which requiring critical amount of attention to detail, Guden offers our diligent and meticulous approach to your problems.

      For more information please contact us.
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