Formed Joint Venture in the U.S. Led by a Well-Known Turkish Company and Drafted Accompanying Agreements

Formed a joint venture in the United States led by a well-known Turkish shipping company and drafted the shareholders' agreement governing the relationship between the corporation and its US stockholders.

US Affiliate of Turkish Corporation – Negotiation of Independent Contractor Consulting Agreement

Represented US affiliate of a Turkish start-up after first round of a multi-million dollar raise in Turkey in the negotiation of independent contractor consulting agreement for key person, including provision for incentive compensation consisting of equity ownership in order to position the company for a potential IPO in the US.

International Investor – Disputes Involving Jointly Owned Investments

Represented sophisticated international investor with an extended multi-million-dollar portfolio and unwinding of jointly owned investments with co-managers in connection with disputes. Required negotiation of complicated transaction documents and securing approvals of transfers by portfolio company.

Successfully Represented Turkish Lender

Successfully represented a Turkish lender in connection with efforts by the United Department of Justice and Treasury Department, incidental to the investigation and prosecution of a third party by the U.S., to seize the lender’s security interest in a foreign vessel.

International Arbitration Dispute

Successfully defended an international manufacturer against a complex, multi-million dollar breach of contract claim brought by a U.S. trading company involving the sale of petrochemicals, including an award of attorneys’ fees, expenses and costs. The case primarily concerned whether a contract was formed under the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (the CISG) or the UCC. The representation included a seven-day trial involving multiple fact and expert witnesses.

Significant Shareholder of Turkish Family Enterprise – Shareholders’ Rights

Represented significant shareholder of an American-Turkish family enterprise to examine rights and remedies against rogue manager and navigating control issues; assisted in conducting special meeting of shareholders and board of directors.

Turkish Exporter – Favorable Jury Verdict and Judgment in Breach of Contract Litigation

Obtained favorable jury verdict and judgment on behalf of a Turkish furniture exporter asserting breach of contract claims in New Jersey federal court against a former business partner and the former head of the client’s U.S. affiliate.

eBrandValue – Licensing

Represented eBrandValue, a company that monitors and catalogs content from social media networks to evaluate and analyze the efficacy of a business' brand marketing strategy, in the licensing of its IP assets and in related employment matters.

Turkish Art, Culture and Education Nonprofit Formation

Represented a client in forming a U.S. nonprofit to promote and support Turkish and other forms of dance and artistic endeavors.

Turkish Apparel Company- Trademark Infringement and Counterfeiting

Defended successful Turkish-American apparel company against federal court claims of trademark infringement and counterfeiting brought by a US hanger company involving garment hangers that the client’s factory had switched and imprinted with the plaintiff’s trademarks without the client’s knowledge. We were able to settle the claims confidentially at the pleading stage of the case, with a significant and creative part of the settlement tied to creating new business between our client and the plaintiff.

NY-based High End Retailer – Copyright Infringement

Defended a famous NY-based high end retailer in a federal copyright infringement action involving a fabric design on a garment. Case was settled at the pleading stage for a modest sum paid by our client who had sold the garments to the retailer.

Turkish Clothing Manufacturer – Corporate Advice

Represented a clothing manufacturing company headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey with significant business operations in the U.S., regarding general corporate issues and real estate matters in the U.S.

U.S. Company – Cross-Border – Partnership Dispute

Represent a leading U.S. company in relation to a commercial dispute between members of a global clothing wholesaler involving cross-border allegations of breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and trademark infringement.

Financial Services Company – Corporate Advice Doing Business in Turkey

Represent a financial services company establishing operations in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish Consulate – Lease at 605 Third Avenue

Represented the Turkish Consulate General in New York in a lease of the entire 30th floor at 605 Third Avenue in Manhattan.

Gulaylar Group – Acquisition of Three-Story Retail Condo at Extell’s International Gem Tower

Represented Gulaylar Group, in connection with its purchase of a jewelry exchange in the heart of New York City's Diamond District. Istanbul-based Gulaylar Group, is one of Turkey's leading jewelry companies with headquarters located in Turkey's commercial gold center. The Gulaylar Group plans to leverage its retail development expertise to create a world-class jewelry exchange in New York City.

Republic of Turkey – New York Consulate

Representing the Republic of Turkey in the development and construction of a new and expanded consulate at 46th Street and 1st Avenue across from the UN's General Assembly. Our work includes advice on government relations, real estate development and construction, leasing, land use and zoning.