MFY Partners

MFY Partners is an international law firm, with a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals. There are three key things that set us apart from our competitors: our deep industry knowledge, excellence in client service and international reach. These differentiators are all underpinned by our commitment to clarity, originality and passion.

As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Many of the world’s leading organisations look to MFY Partners not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues. They place us in this position of trust because:

  • We expect our people to put the interests of our clients first: we invest in understanding client organisations, their operating context and the opportunities and challenges they face.
  • We give practical advice: we draw on the huge range and depth of our expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions for clients.
  • We believe in the power of teams, rather than individuals: to secure successful outcomes, we bring together groups of people with just the right mix of sector, product and jurisdictional knowledge.
  • We invest for the future: we have always taken the view that we must invest today to build the firm our clients will need 15, 20 or more years into the future. As a result, our resources are second to none, whether our people, our know-how, our approach to client service, or our sheer geographic footprint across 36 major financial centres across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Given our market-leading position, we also believe we owe it to our clients and our people to be a responsible business. We take a comprehensive approach to managing risk, and our Corporate Responsibility programme is among the most comprehensive in the industry – and a fundamental aspect of the firm’s life.

Last, but not least, we aim to be easy to work with, down to earth and approachable.

Our Principles

We have identified and embedded across our firm the core elements that make up our unique culture – the ‘MFY Partners‘. These values, designed to unite, differentiate and help drive priorities and strategic action, make up the eight MFY Partners Principles.

  • Exceeding clients’ expectations

    We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that will consistently exceed their expectations.

  • Local excellence, global standards

    We ensure we can benefit our clients by combining the highest global standards of business and law with local excellence of service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet our clients’ needs whenever and wherever they arise.

  • An ambition for success

    We are determined to be the leader of an elite group of international law firms and to be at the top of the profession in each market where we practise. Our aim is to be regarded as one of the world’s leading professional services organisations.

  • Investing in talent

    To deliver on our commitment to our clients, we recruit and develop the best people. We believe that, by delivering great client service, we will be involved in the most interesting and challenging client work and, as a result, achieve the reputation and the high levels of profitability which are essential to attracting and retaining the best people.

  • An adaptable and approachable team

    We believe in the power of collaboration, collegiality and teamwork, and we have an open, approachable style. We expect our people to be flexible and creative and to have the desire and drive to embrace new experiences and challenges. We require everyone to put the interests of our clients and the Firm before their own.

  • Thinking ahead

    To be at the forefront of the legal profession requires foresight, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to have a voice on issues of importance. We have the confidence to challenge existing thinking and to push boundaries.

  • Strength through diversity

    We are proud of our firm and value the diversity of the people and cultures within it. In our firm, people succeed according to their merits.

  • Community

    Our strength comes from our ‘one firm’ approach and our partnership ethos. They underpin our ability to deliver excellent client service and create a working environment where talented people can succeed. We are ambitious for our clients and ourselves, but we understand the importance of making a positive impact on the community at large.

Practice Areas

Banking & Finance

Our International Banking and Finance Group has wide ranging expertise in both domestic and international work, acting for commercial banks, international development banks, investment banks, funds, multilateral banks and other financial institutions from around the World.

We also advise many corporate borrowers and lessees on their finance transactions, drawing, where necessary, on our in-depth knowledge and understanding of particular sectors such as communications, sport, aviation and aerospace. Our teams of specialist lawyers in each of our offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia advise on the structuring, documentation and negotiation of a wide range of banking and finance-related matters.We have a well-earned reputation for client service, combining technical expertise with tenacity, strong commercial instincts, a flexible attitude and a dedication to ensuring that the deal gets done.

We provide expertise in all the following areas:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Asset-based lending / finance leasing
  • Cross-border secured lending
  • Electronic money and payment systems
  • Islamic finance
  • Project finance (including PFI, PPP, telecoms and other infrastructure projects)
  • Real estate finance
  • Regulation of financial services (including compliance and AML issues)
  • Structured finance

We are also expert in dealing with financial disputes (in particular in relation to derivatives and structured products), restructuring, insolvency, enforcement and asset recovery.

Commercial

We have market leading commercial experts in all of our offices able to provide an integrated and unique commercial offering to clients. The group works independently as opposed to being a support function to the firm’s other practice groups.

Our sector approach means we have a deep understanding of how businesses work and understand the key business drivers applicable to our clients’ sectors. This enables us to guide our clients through the entire lifecycle of their business, providing practical legal solutions to practical business challenges.

The International Commercial Group, which includes Outsourcing, Franchising, Licensing and Multi-Channel Strategies, Privacy & Data Protection, IT and Communications, works in conjunction with the firm’s other practice areas to provide a complete solution to clients’ requirements.

Clients come to us to act not only as expert technical lawyers but as ‘trusted advisors’ who support the business as a whole and help them to achieve their objectives. We provide solutions rather than simply identifying problems.

Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law

Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law regulates ways of collection of receivables in case of the non-payment of debts and our Law Firm has significant experience in collecting debts for creditors both for secured debts and unsecured debts. Our main principle is to ensure our client to obtain his receivables in the fastest and effective manner with the lowest cost.

Different types of proceedings for each legal circumstance varies according to the document possessed by the creditor but our Law Firm prepares and commence execution proceedings with/without judgment, provide legal support to protect the rights and benefits of the client and initiate the execution proceedings at the enforcement offices in Turkey with the executive proceedings ways not limited to but including such as attachment, foreclosure of chattel mortgage and mortgage, collection of bill of exchange and evacuation of leased real property.

Our Law Firm also has experience on bankruptcy proceeding against the debtor where ordinary execution proceedings mentioned above are ineffective. This procedure can include initiating bankruptcy proceeding by making a demand to the execution office or filing a lawsuit for bankruptcy directly against the debtor. Even though it is possible for the debtor to initiate a lawsuit for the postponement of bankruptcy, our Law Firm is capable of monitoring the process in order to collect the debts as fastest as possible.

International Arbitration

Our global arbitration practice provides organisations with arbitration experts wherever in the world they operate. We draw upon the resources of our global arbitration practice to deploy teams that are adapted to the specific requirements of the dispute, in terms both of geographic and industry-specific expertise. Our worldwide arbitration experts sit in offices across all of the major arbitration centres and throughout our global network – including the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas – and work together as one cross-border team.

Partners in our arbitration practice are members of leading arbitral institutions and regularly sit as arbitrators. The Group’s partners have relationships with ICC Court and Commission, LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC. The Group’s partners are also active in the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Law Association (ILA).

Our objective is to resolve disputes to our clients’ satisfaction as cost effectively and efficiently as possible. We have a strong track record in developing and implementing innovative commercial solutions for the amicable settlement of disputes.

We regularly act for clients in investment protection arbitration, joint venture and M&A disputes as well as commercial dispute arbitrations in the energy, construction, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, aerospace & defence, banking & finance, insurance & reinsurance, shipping & transport and telecommunications sectors.

We are able to run arbitrations in any of the world’s major languages, including English, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Russian, Japanese and Arabic.

Arbitrating under all major arbitral rules.

We conduct arbitrations pursuant to the rules and procedures of all the major arbitral institutions, including:

  • • International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • • London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
  • • The Chamber of National and International Arbitration of Milan
  • • Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI)
  • • Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw (PCC)
  • • International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber Vienna (VIAC)
  • • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • • American Arbitration Association (AAA/ICDR)
  • • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • • Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC)
  • • Swiss Rules of International Arbitration of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce
  • • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • • German Institute of Arbitration (DIS)
  • • International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ICAC)
  • • Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)

We also regularly conduct ad hoc arbitrations under UNCITRAL and other rules.

Cyber Security & Information Protection

Cyber security is now a board-level risk, not just an IT headache.

Legal support is essential in managing cyber risk. Clifford Chance has the commercially-minded legal experts to help you navigate the complex legal and regulatory framework that underlies this area.

Our global cyber security team can advise you on the full spectrum of cyber products to support your business with key developments in law and regulation. Areas in which we can support you include:

Due diligence

Our cyber experts will work with you to diligence your business, in order to develop a comprehensive cyber profile. This helps you to get to identify key cyber weaknesses, who your key stakeholders are and where your main data storage/processing takes place. We work with you to conduct a gap analysis and help you to reach minimum requirements on all global cyber laws and regulations. Our advice includes:

  • • Technical and organisational security measures
  • • Applicable law and regulation
  • • Data mapping
  • • Supply chain management
  • • Diligence of M&A targets
  • • Policies and procedures

Planning for an attack

We will work closely with your business to map your due diligence assessment against global regulatory requirements, to create a plan which enables a strategic and controlled incident response in the case of a cyber attack.

To ensure that your business is fully prepared, we will work with you on training and internal communications, as well as dry run war game exercises to assist with your response.

Responding to an attack

We are there to support you if an attack occurs. Our global network is available at all times through our 24 hour disaster hotline, and would work diligently with your business to implement your cyber attack plan. This includes ensuring that you engage with regulators within required time frames to comply with global breach notifications. Our advice includes:

  • • 24 hour disaster hotline
  • • Implementing the cyber attack plan
  • • Regulator engagement and breach notification requirements
  • • Crisis management
  • • Maintaining legal privilege

Following an attack

We would use our extensive knowledge of your business to assist with your business recovery, following your cyber attack. Whether you are looking for a review of your cyber policies or responding with follow on litigation or enforcement, we have specialist advisors available globally to assist you. Our advice includes:

  • • Review and recovery
  • • Regulatory investigations and enforcement
  • • Litigation and dispute resolution

Information Technology

The Department of Information Technology Law provides comprehensive and solution-oriented legal services in specific fields such as Information Technology, licensing, dispensations, derogations, and management of intellectual property rights with its specialised lawyers.

    • Following recent developments in Information Technology Law
    • Offering specific legal solutions on information technology
    • Following procedures for licensing, protection of intellectual property rights, recording and registration
    • Conducting legally smooth business processes, providing general legal consultancy services and consultancy services on legal risk analyses, drafting agreements, Information Technology Law, disputes arising from trademarks, copyrights, domain names and distributor relationships
    • Providing consultancy services to internet content providers and hosting providers
    • Providing legal consultancy services to companies selling goods and services on the internet and preparing the legal infrastructure
    • Following and concluding violations arising via internet
    • Providing legal consultancy services for applications on e-trading and e-signatures

Real Estate

Our International Real Estate Group provides specialist advice and support across a wide range of real estate transactions to major domestic and international businesses, developers, investment funds, banks and public sector bodies.

We regularly advise on cross-border transactions, and our involvement is carefully managed to ensure there is continuity of client care as well as local expertise at every stage of the transaction.

Much of our work has a multi-disciplinary flavour, although everyone involved has a specialist understanding of the real estate sector. Complex structures, such as REITs, limited partnerships, unit trusts or open and closed ended funds involve close cooperation with tax, finance and corporate law specialists; while other transactions require expertise in PFI/PPP, construction, outsourcing, dispute resolution and other legal disciplines.

In fact, team work is one of our strengths: we pride ourselves on our ability to form successful working relationships not only with our clients, but with valuers, surveyors and other advisers.

Although clients rely on our technical expertise, we never forget that legal skills are only a means to an end. Our focus is always on getting the deal done, on protecting our clients’ interests and on bringing clarity, calm and perspective to every situation.

We provide expertise in all of the following:

  • Real Estate Investment
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Funds
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Real Estate Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate Insolvency
  • Construction
  • Environmental and Planning.

Intellectual Property Law

  • The rapid development of international trade in the globalized world has increased the requirement for companies to protect the distinguishing characteristics of their own products and services. In this context, the Intellectual and Industrial Rights Law has rapidly developed in Turkey, during which MFY Partners Law Firm has made theoretical and practical contributions in the field of Turkish IP law.
    • Executing investigation, registration, protection and transfer procedures of trademarks, patents, industrial designs and utility models on national and international scales
    • Providing consultancy services regarding rights on trademarks, patents, industrial designs and utility models, as well as following litigations arising from disputes
    • Copyright protection and license agreements
    • Prevention of the abuse of trade secrets
    • Providing consultancy services on intellectual property rights during mergers and acquisitions
    • Drafting licensing agreements and providing consultancy services on licensing negotiations.

Criminal Law

MFY Partners Law Firm is globally recognized Turkish criminal law firm with a long record of excellence and professional leadership in Turkey. Our Turkish criminal lawyers are prepared to handle criminal cases against companies and their executives and directors. Our lawyers have defended our client companies and their executives and directors in different types of criminal litigation.

MFY Partners Law Firm vigorously defend companies and their executives and directors against charges of criminal misconduct and related civil claims. Utilizing a talent base composed of former high-ranking prosecutors and long-time defense practitioners, we have delivered successful result through both the adversary process as well as through skillful negotiation. Our matters span varied industries and have involved concerns of criminal misconduct under antitrust, banking, environmental, false claims, health care, and securities laws, among others. With the support of counsels our criminal defense attorneys can defend clients nationally and internationally from our office.

Energy Law

MFY Partners Law Firm renders consultancy services on production, transmission and financing with regard to electricity, wind, natural gas and renewable energy such as biomass, bio fuel and solar energy. The main fields of activity in the industry are: energy plants, petrol, gas and mining. Specialized in agreements in the energy industry, MFY Partners Law Firm has also participated in important privatizations in the field as a legal consultant.

  • Any license applications and their amendments with regard to the energy market
  • Executing any procedure with regard to the Turkish EPDK (Energy Market Regulatory Authority)
  • Establishing energy companies, drafting due diligence reports and conducting share transfers
  • Forming Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements (ERPA)
  • Drafting Concession Agreements
  • Drafting Drilling and Rehabilitation Agreements
  • Drafting Production Sharing Agreements
  • Drafting Tax Distribution Agreements
  • Drafting License Agreements

Immigration Law

Turkey, a country in the center of the global change in the macro dynamics of international economic migration, has gone from being an emigrant geography to an immigrant one within the past quarter-century. Operating in such a country, MFY Partners Law Firm actively provides legal consultancy services in a wide range of legal issues in the field of Foreigners and Citizenship Law. Our team of qualified lawyers and foreign consultants has the required skills to deal with problems that have an element of foreignness.

The services that we provide to our Clients consist of:

  • Residence Permits
  • Work Permits
  • Obtain Turkish Citizenship

International Trade Law

  • Anti-dumping investigations conducted both in Turkey and abroad
  • Countervailing duty investigations conducted both in Turkey and abroad
  • Safeguard investigations
  • Import surveillance applications
  • Tariff suspension and tariff quota applications
  • Reporting the amendments in regulations and practices in international trade
  • Trade policy consultancy

Administration and Tax Law

MFY Partners Law Firm has extensive experience and expertise in the resolution of disputes with various administrations and the elimination of tax disputes for its clients who are leaders in different industries in Turkey.

  • Conducting all administrative applications and objections
  • Exhausting all administrative remedies and carrying out settlement processes
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Resolving disputes that arise from customs legislation and other administrative and tax offences and penalties

Labour & Employment Law

MFY Partners Law Firm provides clients with advice on all aspects of labour law, including reviewing and drafting employment documentation, employment contracts and personnel handbooks. The firm’s compliance and investigation team and dispute resolution lawyers provide support to the labour and employment practice.

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