Ümit Hergüner is one of our firm’s founding partners and he oversees our M&A, Infrastructure & Project Finance, and Energy practice groups. Mr. Hergüner is a doyen of the Turkish legal community, where he is known as much for his strategic vision and vast international network as well as his practice oriented scholarly command. He is one of the leaders behind the establishment of the concept of corporate governance in Turkey.

Mr. Hergüner provides strategic advice to international clients entering the Turkish market, domestic clients investing abroad, and commercial clients engaged in complex cross-border transactions and international disputes, as well as advising all sides on large-scale infrastructure projects. He was first recognized as an innovator for cross-border transactions during his work on the intra-governmental agreement based legal regime for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline project, and has since continued to advise some of the most famous names in international infrastructure project development.

  • LLM., University of Virginia School of Law, 1985
  • LLM., American University Washington College of Law, 1984
  • Advanced Doctoral Studies in Law, Istanbul University, 1982
  • LLB., Istanbul University School of Law, 1979
  • Chambers & Partners – Global Practice Guides: Energy: Oil & Gas, Law & Practice and Trends & Developments chapters, 2020, co-author
  • Chambers & Partners – Global Practice Guides: Corporate M&A, Trends & Developments chapter, April 2020, co-author
  • Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter, The Duties of Boards of Directors and Board Members in view of the COVID-19 Threat, April 2020, co-author
  • Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter, The Salient Legal Aspects of Natural Gas Exploration Disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Legal Regime Applicable to Offshore Pipeline Projects, April 2020, co-author
  • Chambers & Partners – Global Practice Guides: Energy: Oil & Gas, Law & Practice chapter, August 2019, co-author
  • IFLR – China Outbound Investment Special Focus: Turkey, June/July 2019, co-author
  • LBR – GTDT: Risk & Compliance Management  2019, April 2019, co-author
  • International Bar Association (IBA), Member
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Representative to the IBA Working Group on UN Guidelines on Human Rights and Business, Vice Chair of the Law Office Management Committee, and ABA International Associate
  • International Law Institute (ILI) Washington, D.C., Board Member
  • International Law Institute (ILI) Istanbul Chapter, Advisory Council Member and former President
  • Union of Turkish Bar Associations, Türkiye Barolar Birliği (TBB), Advisory Member of the International Relations & European Union Center Advisory Board
  • Corporate Governance Association of Turkey, Türkiye Kurumsal Yönetim Derneği (TKYD), Advisory Board Member and former President
  • Turkish Industrialists and Businesspersons Association, Türk Sanayicileri ve İşadamları Derneği (TÜSİAD), Member
  • Boğaziçi University Corporate Governance Center, Advisory Board Member