Founder and Managing Partner

Piraye Erdem

Department Litigation, Arbitration
Languages Turkish, English, French
Piraye Erdem
Biography
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Biography

Piraye Erdem is the Founder and Managing Partner of Erdem & Erdem and she leads Dispute Resolution Department. She has vast experience and a reliable reputation in the field of dispute resolution, including arbitration. She represented many local and foreign clients in their commercial and administrative lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. She has experience of nearly 35 years in the resolution of commercial disputes that involved M&A, agency and distribution contracts, construction agreements, service, equipment, hardware and software sale, supply, and installation agreements.

She generally advises clients in the areas of international commercial contracts, arbitration, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign court judgments, law of obligations, labor law, foreign investments and mergers and acquisitions.

As significant part of her involvement as Managing Partner, Ms. Erdem coordinates client relations and firm’s practice among the practice groups. She supervises the daily operations of administrative departments and chairs firm’s executive committees. Her position is instrumental in ensuring firm’s compliance with ethical and professional standards and oversees compliance with firm policies and procedures.

Service Areas

Administrative Law
Administrative Law
Regulates the functioning and relationship of individuals and companies with the state.
Arbitration
Arbitration
An alternative to courts is an arbitrator-led method of dispute resolution.
Execution and Bankruptcy
Execution and Bankruptcy
Governs the legal relation between debtor and creditor, and fulfillment of the debt.
International Commercial Contracts
International Commercial Contracts
Agreements to which international actors are a party.
Labor Law
Labor Law
Identifies the employee-employer relationship and addresses potential conflicts.
Litigation
Litigation
Success in dispute resolution depends on a vast multidisciplinary expertise.
Personal Injury
Personal Injury
Defines all bodily and social harms that people may suffer as a result of outside factors.

Representative Matters

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Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation
Arbitration
Execution and Bankruptcy
Administrative Law
Labor Law
Mediation
Personal Injury
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  • Advising a port company in the acquisition of seven container port terminals in Portugal, two terminals in Spain and one in Peru, that the transaction is the largest investment made by a Turkish company in Portugal as well as one of the biggest port investments in Europe in 2015.
  • He played a key role in the sale and transfer of 15,446% shares of a company in glass industry to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • He was the project leader in the purchase and transfer of approximately 4% of shares of a Turkish company to International Finance Corporation (IFC).
  • Advising a glass company in the acquisition of Fritz Holding and its group companies in Germany, in the acquisition of majority shares of a car glass factory in Romania as well on the joint venture with French glass company Saint Gobain in Egypt and Russia for float glass and auto glass production and sale.
  • He was a lead counsel in the acquisition of chrome mineral operator companies, a ferrochrome factory located in Russia and a mine in Kazakhstan.
  • He was the project coordinator in the acquisition of 50% shares of Malta Freeport Ltd. from Malta Port for Euro 200 mio. He provided legal advice in drafting and negotiating the MoU, the share purchase agreement and other ancillary agreements.

Representation of a group company’s Luxembourg based subsidiary - in various commercial litigation proceedings concerning shareholding status and representation

Representation of a prominent company in online digital platform services in a number of lawsuits in Turkish courts with total amount of USD 25,000,000

Representation of a prominent electronics manufacturer in a lawsuit with a claim by a leading Turkish electronics manufacturer against eight global companies for compensation of damages with an amount of 2,5 billion USD

Representation of the Client which is one of the largest research companies of the world, in litigation matters based on compensation claims with an amount of USD 26,000,000

Representation of a leading private bank in in disputes arising from competition law and law of obligations and also counselling the bank regarding daily issues and any kind of disputes arising from various subjects

Represented a leading prominent Turkish port operator in the litigation for a claim of approximately EUR 1,500,000

Representation of a Turkish glass manufacturing company, which is also the world’s third largest manufacturer, in proceedings of maritime litigation, labor litigation and commercial arbitration before the ICC (amount confidential)

Representation of a leading company operating energy sector in an action for compensation due to unjust termination of an agreement by a leading Turkish energy supplier with an amount of USD 330,000

Representation of a Belgian insurance company for collection of receivables with a total amount of Euro 12,500,000

Representation of a Swiss chemical producer company in commercial matters with a total claim of USD 4,000,000

Representation of a worldwide trading Swiss company in collection of receivables from a Turkish company

Representation of the Turkish and Greek joint venture on several cases regarding construction issues

Representation of a Romanian construction company in litigation for the validity of bank guarantees with a claim of approximately EUR 2,700,000

Representation of Turkey’s leading paper company in litigation as defense counsel with a claim of approximately EUR 1,000,000

Representation of a leading Turkish construction company in the litigation for culpa in contrahendo liability with an amount of USD 8,000,000

Representation of Turkey’s leading aviation and ground handling services company as defense counsel in the lawsuits in connection with a shareholders dispute in a subsidiary with a claim of USD 26,000,000

Representation of an Italian agent in the litigation for payment of the commissions, loss of profits and goodwill indemnity due to unjust termination of the agency contract by the principal for a total claim amount of approximately EUR 450,000

Representation of a paper production company in a lawsuit with respect to the ownership of the shares of the company with an amount of USD 290,000

Representation of a bank owner in Jordan in litigation proceedings for collection of receivables with an amount of 2,5 million USD

Representation of a Norwegian citizen in negotiation process related to a real estate dispute arising from non-performance of a sales contract of a high value immovable located in Turkey/Alanya valued at EUR 400,000

Representation of a Croatian steel wire production company in negotiation process related to a dispute arising from non-performance of a sales contract with an amount of USD 700,000

Representation of a leading Italian machinery company for the collection of claims of EUR 450,000

Representation of a leading Italian machinery company for the collection of claims of EUR 500,000.

Rendering legal advisory for a reputable Canadian coating company in litigation initiated by one of its Turkish customer for claims of USD 1,000,000

Representation of a leading consumer products company in a litigation for the claims of good will compensation and loss of profit in the amount of USD 6,000,000 due to unjust termination of the distribution contract

Representation of a U.S. association in the litigation for the return of the expropriated property with a value approximately TRY 20,000,000 (appr. EUR 2,600,000)

Representation of a leading U.S. advanced micro control company in the litigation seeking for compensation for the loss and damages due to breach of contract with an amount of USD 12,500,000

Representation of a reputable Turkish packaging company in the litigation seeking compensation of the loss and damages for defective products for an amount of TRY 400,000

Representation of a Turkish shareholder in the litigation for share transfer with a claim of TRY 11,000,000 (appr. EUR 1,430,000)

Representation of a leading Turkish construction company in the litigation for the enforcement of the decision of Russian tribunals for an amount of TRY 1,250,000

Representation of a German company as shareholder in some leading Turkish machinery companies in a series of litigation for the collection of debts amounting to EUR 14,000,000

Representation of a Hong Kong based logistics company in the litigation and execution of bankruptcy proceedings and collection of receivables amounting approximately EUR 4,000,000

Representation of the Italian mining firm, which holds licenses in Turkey, in litigation matters regarding labor law and other commercial issues, consulting on mining license issues

Representation of a reputable food company as defense counsel in a litigation for trademark infringement and unfair competition claiming compensation for approximately TRY 250,000

  • Representation of a group company’s Luxembourg based subsidiary in enforcement of an ICC award with an amount of USD 70,000,000
  • Representation of the one of the biggest fuel seller of Turkey, in a Swiss Arbitration case (disputed amount is very high and confidential)
  • Representation of a company in geothermal energy industry in arbitration proceedings before ICC with total claim amount of USD 60,000,000
  • Representation of a company operating in defence industry in arbitration proceedings before ICC with total claim amount of USD 1,500,000
  • Representation of the clients in the expedited ICC proceedings with an amount of EUR 800,000
  • Representation of an Australian equity investment and trade company in a litigation for enforcement of the arbitral award ruled by ICC Court of Arbitration for the amount of USD 800,000
  • Representation of a French company in a litigation for the enforcement of an ICC award
  • Representation of a sovereign wealth fund in various lawsuits and execution proceedings arising from unlawful attachments of the shares owned by the Client in a Turkish Bank on the basis of an ICSID award with a total amount of USD 40,000,000
  • Representation of a construction company in lawsuits and execution proceedings for collection of its receivables with an amount of USD 25,000,000
  • Representation of a Russian construction company in a series of litigation and bankruptcy claims for project related undertakings (amount confidential)
  • Representation of a well-known sports club before FIFA, Turkish Football Federation and courts and execution offices
  • Representation of a prominent Dubai based international real estate development and construction company in a series of lawsuits and execution proceedings with a claim of TRY 11,300,000 (appr. EUR 1,470,000) 
  • Representation of a Hong Kong based logistics company in enforcement of a UK court decision with amount of GBP 800,000
  • Representation of a Russian bank in a series of litigation for commercial matters and bankruptcy claims (amount confidential)
  • Representation of a group company and its subsidiaries active in the energy sector in various commercial and administrative litigation concerning environmental impact assessment reports, zoning plans and other administrative disputes for ports and expropriation proceedings
  • Representation of a prominent company operating in fertilizer industry in administrative and commercial lawsuits with total amount of 4 million USD
  • Representation of a leading payment systems company in the administrative lawsuit with respect to the request for annulment of the Turkish Competition Board's decision concerning the rejection of the Client's individual exemption application
  • Representation of a leading regional export association in the litigation for the annulment of administrative fines of approximately 1 million Turkish Liras imposed by the Turkish Competition Authority
  • Representation of an airport operation company in two arbitration proceedings before the ICC and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce with respect to disputes arising from operation of leased property at a Turkish airport with total amount of EUR 8,000,000
  • Representation of the client operating in industrial production business in negotiations with in relation to a possible dispute with amount of 4 million USD to be resolved at arbitration under the ICC Rules
  • Representation of a Swiss petrochemicals company in litigation for the enforcement of an award rendered by the American Arbitral Association (AAA) Commercial Arbitration Tribunal for the amount of approximately USD 1,500,000
  • Counselling a car parts production company in labor law matters, compliance meetings and providing trainings for executives related to human resources practices
  • Representation of a group and its subsidiaries, which are activating in food sector and also producing olive oil, soap and etc. products, in several litigation matters arising from global commercial affairs, employment issues and several commercial relations
  • Representation of a German company in several cases based on labor law and commercial law, and also consulted on employment issues
  • Representation of a well-known coffee products seller company in negotiation and mandatory mediation process related to a dispute based on compensation requests of one of its distributors 
  • Representation of the clients of a leading British law firm as local counsel in series of litigation seeking compensation for personal injury and bodily injury and consumer related claims. 

Education

Dokuz Eylul University, Faculty of Law


İzmir American College

Memberships

Istanbul Bar Association
Istanbul Bar Association
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Chairperson of the Health and Education Foundation
Chairperson of the Health and Education Foundation
Izmir American Collegiate Institute Alumni
Izmir American Collegiate Institute Alumni

Recommendations

“Piraye Erdem handles commercial and administrative disputes and arbitration proceedings” – Legal 500

“Piraye Erdem handles commercial and administrative disputes and arbitration proceedings” – Legal 500

The Legal director of a group company says:

“Piraye Erdem was highly knowledgeable, responsive and focused on our needs” – GAR 100

“Piraye Erdem handles commercial and administrative disputes and arbitration proceedings” – Legal 500

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