GAR Live Istanbul - in pictures

GAR Live Istanbul - in pictures

20 June 2017

The 5th annual GAR Live Istanbul was held at the Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul on 15 June, chaired by Mark Beckett of Cooley and Utku Coşar of Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu. Ziya Akinci of Akinci Law Office provided the keynote speech.

Istanbul centre reveals it has completed cases

Istanbul centre reveals it has completed cases

21 June 2017

The president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre's executive board, Ziya Akinci, has told an audience at GAR Live Istanbul that the centre has already completed cases, less than a year after officially opening for business.

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - the one with the mock cross-examinations

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - the one with the mock cross-examinations

05 June 2018

“To the extent possible, give the tribunal the impression that it’s a relatively simple point, and this expert is using expertise to cloud […] straightforward questions”. This tip – for handling an uppity expert - was one of several on the art of advocacy at GAR Live Istanbul last year, 2017, from a session that featured not one but two mock cross-examinations.

Istanbul audience divides on merits of fast track arbitration

Istanbul audience divides on merits of fast track arbitration

29 June 2017

Stark differences on expedited arbitration emerged at GAR Live Istanbul 2017, with half the audience expressing scepticism while others felt, without it, or something similar, international arbitration might “kill itself”.

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - How to 'do' third-party funding

GAR Live Lookback: Istanbul - How to 'do' third-party funding

19 January 2018

How to ‘do’ third-party funding was the question behind session three of GAR Live Istanbul 2017. Guided by Mark Beckett, partner at Cooley and co-chair of the conference, the panel delved into funding's inner workings, offering a rare glimpse of how it works in real life.


Mark Beckett


Mark Beckett focuses on international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, public international law, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional legal issues and disputes, as well as international corporate social responsibility. His practice involves resolving controversies relating to a variety of cross-border transactions and long-term relationships including disputes under joint venture and joint development agreements, long-term supply and purchase agreements, post-sale and acquisition disputes, and infrastructure and project disputes. 

Mark also provides advice to clients on mitigating commercial and country risk, contract drafting, and international legal issues, including investment protection.  

Utku Coşar

Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

Utku Cosar is a partner at Cosar Avukatlik Burosu specialising in commercial and investment arbitration. Ms Cosar represents public and private clients in international arbitration with extensive experience involving energy, construction and post-M&A disputes.

Her experience includes representing Turkey in three ICSID arbitrations brought under the Energy Charter Treaty for a combined claim of US$18 billion. Other experience includes advising a leading natural gas company in an ICC dispute involving damages claims and representation of an energy company in an ICC arbitration involving a construction dispute. In recent years, she has represented clients in four other international arbitration cases before the ICC involving damages claims, each in excess of US$100 million. Ms Cosar’s recent experience includes representation of clients in post M&A ICC arbitration disputes involving damages claims.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci



Diana Akikol

ABR Attorneys at Law

Orçun Çetinkaya

Moroğlu Arseven

Ercüment Erdem

Erdem & Erdem

Noyan Göksu

Göksu Avukatlιk Bürosu

Berna Gungenci

General Counsel & Ethics Officer, Engie Turkey

Steven Hammond

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Anne K Hoffmann

Clyde & Co

Mehmet Karli

Senior Researcher, University of Oxford and Kabine Law Office

David Kay

Tenor Capital Management

Brian King

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mark McNeill

Shearman & Sterling

Duncan Speller


Paul Stothard

Norton Rose Fulbright

Rachel Thorn


Can Yeginsu

4 New Square

Andrew Wynn

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

Mark Beckett, Cooley
Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

9.10: Session one – Rules Innovations: Are procedural innovations always helpful, or just in part?

When it comes to arbitral rules, how useful have recent innovations been? Are there obvious further pieces of innovation that institutions could try, and what lies ahead when it comes to adding tools and powers to arbitral rules? 

A few of the innovations that will be discussed include:

- Summary procedure and early dismissal of claims – Useful contribution to efficiency or contrary to the “spirit of arbitration” and unnecessary and potentially counterproductive?
- Emergency arbitrator proceedings and expedited arbitration too many differences in approach? Is expedited arbitration so fast that it compromises decision-making?
- Dealing with complex disputes, multiple parties, and third party extension:  Have the rules risen to the challenges or not gone far enough?
- Policing of arbitrator’s remuneration – increasing efficiency, or are there unintended consequences?

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

Brian King, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Orçun Çetinkaya, Moroğlu Arseven
Diana Akikol, ABR Attorneys at Law
Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two – GAR Live symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format.

Ercüment Erdem, Erdem & Erdem
Rachel Thorn, Cooley

12.30: Networking lunch sponsored by Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

13.30: Lunchtime address 

Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci, Akıncı

14.00: Session three – How to do 3rd party funding

Our ‘how to’ guide on funding. Amongst other things, the panel are expected to discuss:

- The quest for capital - How to find the best funder and terms. 
- Diligencing the claim - The role of the client, the firm and the funder. 
- Getting the deal done - Structure, commercial terms, legal terms and insurance products. 
- Navigating the three-way relationship of funder, client and lawyer - Issues of privilege, control, risk mitigation and ethics.
- Whose business is it? Should third-party funding arrangements be disclosed in arbitrations?

Mark Beckett, Cooley

Mehmet Karlı, Senior Researcher, University of Oxford and Kabine Law Office
Anne K Hoffmann, Clyde & Co
Noyan Göksu, Göksu Avukatlιk Bürosu
Berna Güngenci, General Counsel & Ethics Officer, Engie Turkey
David Kay, Tenor Capital Management

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Session four – A mock arbitration – the dos and don’ts of cross examination

This interactive session will see advocates and witnesses act out elements of a fictitious arbitration. The panel will address a number of issues frequently encountered in cross examination and provide a critique of the mock session.

Mark McNeill, Shearman & Sterling

Andrew Wynn, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Duncan Speller, WilmerHale
Paul Stothard, Norton Rose Fulbright
Steve Hammond, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

17.20: Chairs' closing remarks

Mark Beckett, Cooley
Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

17.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Cooley 


Shangri-La Bosphorus, Sinanpasa Mah, Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok, No.1, Besiktas, Istanbul, 34353, Turkey


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £400 05 May 2017
Early £500 26 May 2017
Standard £600 15 Jun 2017

Complimentary In-house/governmetnal registration available