Thursday, 21 June 2018, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

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Utku Coşar

Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

“Sources describe Utku Coşar as “an exceptional talent” in dispute resolution who stands out due to her “incredible diligence and commitment to excellence and going the extra mile.” She regularly represents clients in Turkish trial and appeal courts and is viewed as “one of the leading if not the leading arbitration expert in Turkey.” – Chambers Global

“Coşar is ‘top notch – she is very smart and relentlessly dedicated to her cases, and is a leading arbitrator in Turkey’.’” – Legal 500

Member of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Istanbul Bar Association, London Court of International Arbitration’s European Users’ Council and International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

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.  He also handles disputes relating to the responsibility of states toward foreign investors under investment treaties and international law.


Ziya Akinci


Domitille Baizeau


Laurence Burger

Landolt and Koch

Alex Davie

FTI Consulting

Siegfried Elsing

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Ismail Gökhan Esin

Esin Attorney Partnership

Noyan Göksu

Göksu | Aydın Attorneys at Law

Lucy Greenwood

Independent Arbitrator

Mehmet Karli

Senior Researcher, University of Oxford and Kabine Law Office

Serdar Paksoy


David Reed

Arnold & Porter

Matthew Reiter

Bär & Karrer

Lee Rovinescu

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Josefa Sicard-Mirabal

Fordham University

Roger Stewart QC

4 New Square

John Willems

White & Case


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration kindly sponsored by Kabine Law

9.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu
Mark Beckett, Cooley

9.45: Session one: M&A disputes and joint ventures

Arbitration is proving ever-more popular as the chosen method to resolve M&A and joint venture disputes. And many pre/post M&A undertakings are being breached or disputed between Turkish and international partners, with many joint ventures heading into arbitrations.

Our distinguished panel will discuss issues such as:

  • The effect and consequences of the different approaches of common law and civil law to M&A and Joint Ventures agreements in arbitration cases;
  • Damages in relation to M&A and Joint Venture disputes;
  • Pre-signing and pre-closing disputes: breach of confidentiality/exclusivity provisions, disputes arising out of letters of intent or term sheets, non-fulfilment of condition precedents (closing conditions), disputes relating to material adverse change (MAC) clauses;
  • Post-closing M&A arbitrations: price adjustment disputes, breach of representations and warranties.

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

Matthew Reiter, Bär & Karrer
Serdar Paksoy, Paksoy
Josefa Sicard-Mirabal, Fordham University
Laurence Burger, Landolt & Koch
Alex Davie, FTI Consulting

11.00: Coffee break kindly sponsored by FTI Consulting

11.30: Session two: The GAR Live Symposium

Our espresso version of the popular Tylney Hall format.

Lucy Greenwood, Independent arbitrator
Dr Ismail Gökhan Esin, Esin Attorney Partnership
John Willems, White & Case

12.45: Networking lunch kindly sponsored by Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

13:30: Lunchtime speech

Domitille Baizeau, Lalive

14.00: Session three: Construction arbitration

Our round up of hot topics in construction arbitration.

 - Delay analysis and the associated disciplines and theories;
- Quantum;
- Investment arbitration involving construction sector: qualifying investor and qualifying investment;
- Investment arbitration involving construction sector: substantive protections;
- Project management dispute/avoidance – if resources are devoted to the function can that really make a difference to how the arbitration plays out?

Mark Beckett, Cooley

David Reed, Arnold & Porter
Dr Mehmet Karli, Kabine Law Office
Noyan Göksu, Göksu | Aydın Attorneys at Law

15.15: Coffee break kindly sponsored by FTI Consulting

15.45: Istanbul Arbitration Centre

Recent developments in relation to ISTAC by Prof. Dr. Ziya Akinci, the President of ISTAC Board of Arbitration.

16.00: Session four: Different Approaches to cross examination and advocacy

This dynamic session will see a role play of civil law cross examination vs common lawyer approaches, with a chance to see the difference in styles of advocacy.

Which is more effective in front of an arbitrator?

Lee Rovinescu, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Sigfried Elsing, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Roger Stewart QC, 4 New Square

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu
Mark Beckett, Cooley

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


Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £400 11 May 2018
Early £500 08 Jun 2018
Standard £600 21 Jun 2018

Complimentary In-house/governmetnal registration available