GCR 100 - 13th Edition


05 December 2012


Highly regarded antitrust lawyer Tolga Ismen runs the competition group at Ismen, the firm he established in 2004. Another alumnus of White & Case in Turkey – known then as Derman Ortak Avukatlik Bürosu – Ismen says the firm focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and the competition group handles around 15 deals a year.

The firm is busy domestically and internationally, most notably acting for Seagate in its acquisition of Samsung’s hard disk drive business. The TCA opened an in-depth investigation, but closed it after accepting agreements from the companies. They also advised Novartis in its merger with Alcon, which the TCA approved with remedies. Ismen says the firm is working on three additional merger filings.

Despite the transactional focus, Ismen says the firm is increasingly active in cartel investigations and sector inquiries as the TCA increases the number it carries out. The firm often represents the Turkish government in privatisation deals and has advised on matters regarding the ports, road network and maritime transport sectors.

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