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GAR 100 - 10th Edition

Erdem & Erdem

07 March 2017

The Turkish firm’s founder is now a member of the ICC Court

Pending cases as counsel 6
Value of pending counsel work US$400 million
Treaty cases 0
Current arbitrator appointments 4 (of which 1 is as sole or chair)
Lawyers sitting as arbitrator 1

Senior partner Ercüment Erdem founded this Istanbul-based firm 30 years ago and leads the dispute resolution practice. It’s on his name that the firm’s reputation in this field largely rests. Erdem often sits as an arbitrator in ICC cases and at institutions in Turkey, Switzerland, Russia and Iran, among others. He also became a member of the ICC Court in 2016. 

Although Erdem is the only member of the practice with an international profile, partners Piraye Erdem and Süleyman Sevinç combine international arbitration with commercial litigation expertise.

The firm is tight-lipped about its clients but it’s known to have recently represented Turkey’s Yildirim conglomerate in a US$125 million ICC case against Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista’s mining group CCX. When a planned sale of coal assets in Colombia stalled, Erdem & Erdem helped Yildirim obtain emergency arbitrator relief to prevent CCX from engaging in talks with other potential buyers. The dispute ended in August 2016 with CCX agreeing to sell the assets to Yildirim for US$45 million.

It’s also been acting for a Turkish oil and gas distributor in a dispute being heard under Swiss rules, and represented the claimant in one of the first cases at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Centre (ITOTAM), which was recently settled.

Erdem & Erdem has also appeared in cases at the Izmir Chamber of Commerce and the Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). It settled two cases for Turkish Super League clubs, including one for local team Galatasaray at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

In the Turkish courts, it recently won a first-instance decision enforcing a US$65 million ICC award. An appeal is pending.