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Yaman Gürsel

Yaman Gürsel


Biography Articles
  • Prudent and respectively experienced on the international transactions
  • Completed his master thesis as comparative study on banking field concerning Turkish and Swiss Banking Law
  • Ability to draft various types of agreements, mainly sales and loans contracts
  • Competent to review the contracts in accordance with the relevant regulations and directives
  • Excellent research skills and endeavor to achieve
  • 2+ years of experience in the field of insurance contracts and policies, shipping law, admiralty law and aviation law; solving conflicts related to international sales contracts between international parties
  • Completed legal internship and was admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association
  • Successfully completed his LL.M. in International Business Law at the University of Fribourg (5.15/6.00)
  • Ability to work in international teams
  • Trilingual; advanced (fluent) English and French, native Turkish speaker with simultaneous interpretation ability



Van Calker Scholarship – PhD Researcher

02/2019-06/2019     Swiss Institute of Comparative Law

Lausanne, Switzerland


Doctoral Studies – PhD Candidate in Private Law

2018-…                   University of Fribourg

Fribourg, Switzerland


Master's Degree - LL.M in International Business Law ( 5.15/6.00)

2016-2018              University of Fribourg

Fribourg, Switzerland


Bachelor's Degree - Law Faculty

2011-2015               Istanbul Bilgi University

Istanbul, Turkey


High School Diploma

2006-2011               Lycée de Notre Dame de Sion

Istanbul, Turkey




  • In depth knowledge of the Swiss and Turkish non-possessory movable pledge-i.e. commercial pledge/commercial enterprise pledge law
  • Profound knowledge of Turkish law and International Transactions related to insurance, shipping, merger & acquisitions, transportation and ADR’s systems
  • Excellent knowledge on the conditions to fulfill in establishing a bank both under Swiss and Turkish law
  • Experience and ease working with high level Turkish and American lawyers on various areas such as “release agreement”, “shipyards’ contract” relied on particular conflicts at Erçin Bilgin Bektaşoğlu Law Firm (registered and listed on Legal500 for multiple areas of law)
  • Proven creativity and success in working as a team member for the international competition at Willem C. VIS Moot Court International Commercial Arbitration Competition in 2015, participated also as Pleader on the procedural issues of dispute during the Pre-Moot Court held in Amsterdam, Munich and Istanbul
  • Proven leadership, and organizational skills
  • Experienced in making legal research
  • Intensive knowledge on the application of International Conventions and Regulations such as United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sales of Goods, Convention on the Contracts for International Carrying of Goods by Road, 2010 UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and Principles of European Contract Law (PECL)
  • In-depth knowledge of implementation of ICC Rules of Arbitration and experienced on drafting arbitration agreements and utterly capable to conduct an international arbitration process




Legal Intern

31 August 2015-31 August 2016

Erçin Bilgin Bektaşoğlu Law Firm                 Istanbul, Turkey


  • Facilitating and individually carrying out courthouse procedures of the law firm in respect of the legal process
  • Establishing and maintaining connections with Istanbul Port Presidency and Directorate of Coast Security along with carrying out relevant operations in respect of managing the required legal procedures
  • Revising ‘Release Agreements’ in terms of insurance conflicts according to Turkish law claims and translating them from Turkish into English
  • Researching activities related to various areas of law and drafting legal opinions for the clients relying on their legal issues
  • Providing legal advice in French and in English to certain clients related to conflicts on liabilities of establishing a foundation in Switzerland
  • Researching on the requested information based on the execution of the provisions under Turkish law, and monitoring the amendments on the regulations regarding the relevant field
  • Drafting legal presentation for my supervisors working in the law firm as senior associates
  • Representing clients before the Enforcement Courts


Summer Intern

July 2014

Karataş Law Firm                                          Istanbul, Turkey


  • Researching activities related to the various areas of law and drafting legal opinion for the law firm’s clients mostly related to Turkish enforcement law issues
  • Drafting legal presentation on the latest amendments of the Turkish Code of Enforcement and Bankruptcy for the co-founders of the law firm
  • Facilitating and individually carrying out the law firm’s courthouse procedures


Summer Intern

August, September 2013

Bayraktar Law Firm                                      Istanbul, Turkey


  • Researching activities related to the various areas of law and drafting legal opinions for the law firm’s clients mostly related to the Turkish Criminal Procedure Law
  • Facilitating and individually carrying out the law firm’s courthouse procedures
  • Drafting the publication indicated below named “The Ban on Political Slogans in Turkish Stadiums” and in this regard, elaborating the specific rules on this particular case under various jurisdictions by virtue of comparison method


Summer Intern

August 2012

Yapı ve Kredi Bank-Law Department                        Istanbul, Turkey


  • Researching activities related to the various areas of law and drafting the legal opinion for the official branches of the aforementioned bank well-established throughout the Turkey and particularly on the conflicts related to the Turkish Banking Law
  • Participating to the drafting process of the cross-boarder credit/loan agreement
  • Drafting research presentation on Banking Law and Contract Law under Turkish jurisdiction



  • “Handbook for Foreigners to Conduct a Banking Business Under Turkish Legal System: Establishment of a Subsidiary” published on the website “TurkishLawBlog”, January 2019
  • “New Rising Star: Implementation of the Mediation System under Turkish Legal System and Its Development” published on the website “TurkishLawBlog”, September 2018
  • “The Ban on Political Slogans in Turkish Stadiums” published at the most famous Turkish law magazine “Güncel Hukuk-Turkish Contemporary Law Magazine”, October 2013 


Selected Certificates, Publication, Committee Experience

  • Van Calker Scholarship Student, PhD Researcher at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne-SWITZERLAND, 2019
  • Team member, Istanbul Bilgi University in Willem C. VIS Moot Court International Commercial Arbitration Competition, 2015
  • Bucerius Summer Law School, International Business Law, 2015
  • Certificate of International Sales Law at Istanbul Bilgi University held by Prof. Dr. Yeşim ATAMER, 2014
  • Certificate of International Criminal Law organized by Nottingham University and Istanbul Bilgi University, 2013
  • London School of Economics Summer Law School: Course of Introduction to English Law, 2013
  • Vice President of Contemporary Lawyers’ Association of Istanbul Bilgi University, 2012-2013