GAR Live Istanbul: in pictures

01 July 2014

Photos from last week's GAR Live Istanbul are available now.

Reactions to Brexit from London, Edinburgh and Istanbul

Reactions to Brexit from London, Edinburgh and Istanbul

24 June 2016

UPDATED. Arbitral bodies in the UK have reassured users that it is business as usual after the country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum yesterday, while delegates at GAR Live Istanbul expressed their shock at the outcome.

Istanbul’s prospects under the spotlight at GAR Live

Istanbul’s prospects under the spotlight at GAR Live

08 July 2016

This year’s GAR Live Istanbul on 24 June looked at the prospects for the city’s new arbitration centre and compared its offering to that of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, which administers a high volume of Turkey-related disputes.


Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci

President, ISTAC Board of Arbitration & Akinci Law Office

Member of Istanbul Bar, Prof. Akinci’s expertise spans international arbitration, dispute resolution, construction and international business law.

He has for years been recognised by legal directories as a “leading individual” in arbitration, dispute resolution and construction. Prof. Akinci worked on projects and disputes for highways, railways, metro, buildings, underground sewerage system; infrastructure civil projects; water distribution projects; shopping malls, various residential projects; power plants; natural gas storage; SCADA systems; automation system in Turkey and also in many countries worldwide involving Europe, Middle East and CIS Countries financed by; the European Union, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, JBIC, and the Word Bank Prof. Akinci has been involved in a large number of international disputes (as adviser, counsel, legal expert or arbitrator). 

Jean-Claude Najar

Lazareff Le Bars

Jean-Claude Najar, partner at Lazareff Le Bars, acts as counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration matters. He is regularly appointed as co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator or president of the arbitral tribunal in proceedings conducted under different types of rules (ICC, LCIA, DIAC, IATA, etc.) and represents clients across a full range of issues related to international arbitration, mediation and ADR. He also advises clients in negotiations of international contracts, pre-litigation and compliance issues.


Clare Connellan

White & Case

Bernard Hanotiau

Hanotiau & van den Berg

Reza Mohtashami

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Paolo Michele Patocchi

Patocchi & Marzolini

Celal Savas

General Counsel, Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

Utku Coşar

Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

Ismail Esin

Esin Attorney Partnership/Baker & McKenzie

Hamid Gharavi

Derains & Gharavi

Alex Davie

FTI Consulting

Jérôme Lehucher

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Anne Véronique Schlaepfer

White & Case

Selen Sümer Pektaş


Candan Yasan

Secretary General, Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC)

Roland Ziadé


This conference has been accredited with 5 CPD points.


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci, President, ISTAC Board of Arbitration & Akinci Law Office
Jean-Claude Najar, Lazareff Le Bars

9.10: Session one – An introduction to the ISTAC Rules

This session will unveil and then discuss the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC)’s rules. It will explain those rules and how they fit in with relevant developments – local and international.

Subjects the panel will discuss include:

  • The nature, purpose and operation of the ISTAC Rules
  • The agreement to arbitrate under ISTAC Rules: how to draft a standard ISTAC clause, and the use of model clauses
  • Commencing arbitration – initial considerations including the option of expedited proceedings
  • Constituting the tribunal – the requirement for impartiality and independence
  • Controlling time and cost – what timetables are set out within the rules, and how is the tribunals remit defined (terms of reference)?

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci, ISTAC Board of Arbitration & Akinci Law Office

Ismail Esin, Esin Attorney Partnership/Baker & McKenzie
Hamid Gharavi, Derains & Gharavi
Bernard Hanotiau, Hanotiau & van den Berg
Celal Savas, General Counsel, Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş

10.30: Coffee break sponsored by Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

11.00: Session two – GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format

Reza Mohtashami, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Anne Véronique Schlaepfer, White & Case

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by FTI Consulting

14.00: Session three – Investment arbitration: What are the most important developments of the past year from a Turkish perspective?

From Yukos, to mega treaties, to how exactly one enforces an ICSID award in the US: it’s been a year full of developments in investment arbitration. But which of the many developments and decisions should Turkish practitioners be most alive to? In this session, a leading panel will offer a high speed update on the year just gone, and which aspects matter – and why.

Developments the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • Which cases and other developments will have the greatest impact within Turkey?
  • Can investment arbitration help companies affected by regional politics (cancelled contracts etc)? What are the prospects for success?
  • What lessons should claimants learn on how to best position themselves for success?

Roland Ziadé, Linklaters

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu
Hamid Gharavi, Derains & Gharavi
Reza Mohtashami, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

15.30: Coffee break sponsored by Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

16.00: Session four – The use of witnesses in arbitration: Do’s and don’ts

Turkish lawyers don’t deal with witnesses (fact or party-appointed experts) in the ordinary course of things – domestic litigation. So encountering the use of them, in IA, can be a shock – and a challenge.

This session will seek to dispel some misconceptions that novices have when it comes to the use of witnesses in cases, and will then explore best practice including what’s allowed and not allowed – in different legal systems, plus some of the do’s and don’ts that make up the art of cross examination.

Finally, it will examine the value of some new procedural techniques: hot-tubbing etc.

It will open with a short presentation on the ISTAC rules and what they permit when it comes to witness testimony.

Subjects the panel are expected to explore in detail include:

  • Best practice in cross examination (counsels’ perspective; arbitrators)
  • The pros and cons of party appointed expert vs tribunal appointed
  • Hot tubbing and other innovations intended to make use of party-appointed more efficient

Jean-Claude Najar, Lazareff Le Bars

Alex Davie, FTI Consulting
Paolo Michele Patocchi, Patocchi & Marzolini
Selen Sümer Pektaş, Turkcell
Candan Yasan, Secretary General, Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC) 
Clare Connellan, White & Case

17.20: Chairs' closing remarks

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci, President, ISTAC Board of Arbitration & Akinci Law Office
Jean-Claude Najar, Lazareff Le Bars

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Chadbourne & Parke


Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey


  • "The conference overall was productive and effective." Serhat Aldenir, DOĞUŞ İnşaat ve Ticaret A.Ş.

  • "The conference was very beneficial for in-house counsel." Hayrullah Ekiz, Tanap Doğalgaz İletim A.Ş

  • "A unique experience to learn about arbitration and a good opportunity to meet with experts from all over the world." Enes Eser, Al Baraka Turk Participation Bank


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