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  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Policy and Government Affairs
  • Corporate Governance
  • Project Finance


  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Iron and Steel Works
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Retail


  • University of Virginia, School of Law, LL.M., 1985 
  • American University, Washington College of Law, LL.M., 1984 
  • Istanbul University, School of Law, Master of Advanced Studies in Law, 1982
  • Istanbul University, School of Law, Bachelor of Law Degree, 1979


  • Istanbul Bar Association (Turkey)


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Mr. Ümit Hergüner

Senior Partner 

Ümit Hergüner is the senior partner for Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, which he founded in 1989. The Hergüner firm is among the leading law firms in Turkey, and is a full service independent law firm representing major international and national clientele, including global corporations, international and multilateral financial institutions, corporations, agencies and other notable clientele.

Mr. Hergüner is the head of the Corporate Practice Group with a renowned global, cross-border mergers and acquisitions practice that cuts across a broad range of industries, and works closely with the United States, the United Kingdom and numerous other countries. While the area mergers and acquisitions is his key focus, Mr. Hergüner also provides expertise in project finance for international finance and banking, foreign and strategic investments for International Finance Institutions. Mr. Hergüner provides expert advice on foreign and strategic deals and his practices cover all aspects of corporate work while representing both national and multinational clients.

Mr. Hergüner also serves as the American Bar Association (ABA) and TBB Representative to the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Working Group on UN Guidelines on Human Rights and Business. He holds and has held other public policy and advisory roles, including President, ILI-Istanbul,(International Law Institute) and Board Member, ILI headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Hergüner formerly served as President and is an active member of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), served on the TKYD Advisory Board, has been a member of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TÜSİAD), and also has served in other roles.


  • Chambers & Partners, Global & Europe - Eminent Practitioner in Corporate / M&A, 2016
  • Chambers & Partners, Global & Europe - ranked as band 1 in Corporate / M&A, 2015
  • Leading Lawyer in Chambers & Partners, M&A, awarded  Lawyer of the Year 2014, Best  Lawyers in Turkey
  • Goethe Stipendium (1980)
  • Fulbright Scholar (1983)
  • DuPont Fellowship (1984)


  •  International Bar Association (IBA) 
  •  American Bar Association (ABA) Representative to the IBA Working  Group on UN Guidelines  on Human  Rights and Business; Vice Chair,  Law Office  Management Committee; ABA  International Associate
  •  International Law Institute (ILI) Washington, D.C., Board Member
  •  International Law Institute (ILI), Istanbul 
  •  International Relations & European Union Center Advisory Board of  the Union of Turkish Bar  Associations  (TBB), Advisory Member
  •  Istanbul University School of Law Alumni Association, former  President 
  •  Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD) Advisory Board  Member; former  President
  •  Turkish Industrialists & Businessmen Assoc. (TÜSİAD)
  •  Bosphorus University Corporate Governance Center – Advisory Board  Member
  •  1907 Fenerbahçe Association, former Vice President


  • Chambers and Partners - Global  Practice Guide, Energy: Oil and Gas Chapters (2016), Co-Author
  • LBR - The Private Equity Review, 5th Edition, Turkey Chapter (2016), Co-Author
  • LBR - The Private Equity Review, 4th Edition, Turkey Chapter (2015), Co-Author
  • LBR - The Corporate Governance Review, 4th Edition, Turkey Chapter (2014), Co-Author 
  • LBR - The Private Equity Review, 3rd Edition, Turkey Chapter (2014), Co-Author


  • Interview in the daily Bugün, “The Independence of Judiciary is Above Everything,” (Interview, 2014) 
  • “A bright future: Ümit Hergüner, Senior Partner, Hergüner Bilgen Özeke, on creating an investment environment to meet centennial goals,” (The Report: Turkey 2013, Oxford Business Group)
  • State Bar of Texas, International Law Section, Responses of the Republic of Turkey to the challenges of the 21st Century as a secular state (Keynote Speaker, 2011)