About Us

A well-established, full-service law firm, Yavuz & Uyanık consistently delivers quality advice on the full range of commercial matters that its domestic and international clients face while operating in Turkey. Particularly renowned for its work in the insurance, litigation, criminal law and employment law sectors, it is now one of the leading dispute resolution law firms in the country.      

With an extensive network across Turkey, we offer a seamless service whatever the legal issue. We have over 155 representatives nationally, including more than 50 lawyers and over 70 fee earners, many of whom are fluent in multiple languages, allowing us to effortlessly act on both domestic and international matters.

Our complete understanding of the law, the market and our clients’ objectives, enables us to offer innovative and commercially-sound solutions. Clients can rest assured that their legal matters will be dealt with sensitively, pragmatically and efficiently and the value we place on our client relationships is evidenced by the number of long-standing clients who continue to instruct us.

Given the firm’s prestige in Istanbul and nationally, we attract the best of Turkey’s legal talent; lawyers who are truly passionate about their work, are at the forefront of regulatory and market change and who consistently strive to deliver the best legal service. Some of our specialists are regularly involved in government consultations in their area.  

2005

Established in 2005 by founding partners, Mehmet Selim Yavuz and Murat Uyanık, the boutique that started as a commercial and employment litigation firm has undergone significant transformation over the years following the participation of Çetin Mert Yavuz in 2012 and Kazım Yiğit Akalın in 2015 as senior partners. Today, we have four partners, two of which are founding partners.

2010

Our amalgamation with an Ankara-based tax and regulatory law firm in 2010 was the next step towards expanding the firm’s area of specialised expertise.

 

2012

In 2012 Çetin Mert Yavuz, joined the firm as the senior partner and the Head of the Corporate Law, Contracts and M&A Department, after having served as a senior legal counsel at the Turkish Football Federation. Now our corporate team consists of highly experienced lawyers and counsels, many of whom have trained at international firms.

2015

Kazım Yiğit Akalın, one of the highly reputable criminal lawyers in Turkey, became a senior partner of the firm in 2015 and established the Criminal Law and Litigation Department. His team has quickly developed to become one of the firm’s strongest practices and currently is providing services to high profile local and international clients on complex disputes with multi-dimensional approach combining the most efficient tools that private law and criminal law have to offer.

Deniz Akalın, after having served as a partner at a reputable IT law firm, joined the firm in 2015 and founded the Intellectual Property Law Department.

2018

Can Hasan Yılgür, with his notable experience in Insurance Law, joined the firm in 2012, and became a partner in 2018.
All these steps substantially increased the diversity of, and the expertise in, the services we are able to offer. Today, we advise numerous clients throughout the country and are regarded as the ‘best in class’ in the areas of dispute resolution (commercial and criminal), employment law and insurance.

Experience & Success

50+

lawyers

155+

business partners

70+

fee earners