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DWF to launch in Turkey through exclusive association with Özkan & Gurden

13 February 2018
International legal business DWF has announced further growth following an exclusive tie-up with Turkey's Özkan & Gurden, an Istanbul-based business law firm with expertise in corporate and M&A, intellectual property, project finance and litigation.

Led by Managing Partner Orkun Özkan, Özkan & Gurden has twelve lawyers, including three partners, and acts for clients including Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA), HSBC Bank, Euler Hermes Insurance, Rail Cargo Austria AG, De Rigo Vision S.p.A, LGR Emballages, ESB International, Mitsubishi Corporation. 

Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner and CEO of DWF, commented: "We have been collaborating with the team at Özkan & Gurden  over the last few years and have developed a very positive and productive relationship. Given the benefits we have achieved for clients so far and the alignment of our vision and values, formalising this relationship was a very natural development. At the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East, Turkey presents promising immediate and long-term opportunities. Turkey’s growing economy, advantageous geographical position, youthful population, and dynamic entrepreneurial class have made this country a growing market for international investors. Rapid economic growth is being driven in part by a massive $250 billion investment in infrastructure projects including in bridges, airports, highways, and railways.  Turkey’s geographic position makes it an important energy and logistics corridor, linking Europe with the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Turkey’s growth has caused a subsequent increase in energy demand.  To address the increasing energy demands, Turkey is enhancing capacity by making strategic energy investments in gas storage, floating regasification units, oil and gas exploration projects, and renewable energy projects. While we already have a track record of working in Turkey, the winds of change have swept through the region in recent years and with the fast-growing economy, strong population and geographical positioning between East and West, Turkey will only continue to grow as a region of interest for clients."

Orkun Özkan, Managing Partner of Özkan & Gurden, commented: "We are really pleased to make our relationship with DWF official, following a sustained period of collaboration that has been really fruitful on both sides. We have a very resilient political landscape in Turkey and our economy continues to grow, so there is a lot of foreign interest in the market and good opportunities for legal advisors as a result of that. Partnering with DWF will allow us to fully realise these opportunities by harmonising our local knowledge and expertise with DWF’s global exposure and network. Culturally, DWF shares our focus on not just excellent service delivery, but also our aim to deliver creative, tailored solutions to  our clients' challenges."

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