ISTAC on track? GAR Live Istanbul looks at centre’s progress

ISTAC on track? GAR Live Istanbul looks at centre’s progress

06 September 2018

Delegates at this year’s GAR Live Istanbul looked at the progress of the city’s international arbitration centre and whether the support it receives from the Turkish government may be more hindrance than help.

Appointment angst

Appointment angst

06 September 2018

This year’s GAR Live Istanbul considered arbitrator appointments – including what parties can do to ensure an institution chooses well on their behalf and whether the quality of the arbitrator depends on what you pay.

GAR Live Istanbul - in photos

07 September 2018

GAR Live Istanbul was held on 21 June at the Shangri-La Bosphoros and sponsored by ISTAC, Akinci Law Office, Cooley, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu, Kabine Law Office, FTI Consulting, 4 New Square, Göksu | Aydın Attorneys at Law, Paksoy, Esin Attorney Partnerships, Erdem & Erdem and the Istanbul International Law Association.

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

GAR Live Istanbul Lookback: different approaches to cross-examination and advocacy

13 June 2019

Last year’s GAR Live Istanbul closed with a mock cross-examination session intended to contrast the common law and civil law approaches to witness questioning.


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.

Can Yeginsu

4 New Square

“A first-class advocate…in a class of his own” (Chambers Global, 2017)

“A brilliant arbitration senior junior, equally at home dealing with commercial and investment claims” (Chambers UK Bar, 2018)

“His serious brainpower is accompanied by a deft touch with clients” (Legal 500, 2018)

“Very thorough and decisive as arbitrator” (Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar, 2018)

Barrister and Arbitrator, 4 New Square Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching international arbitration at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC and Koç University Law School, Istanbul.


Ziya Akinci


Christophe Bondy


Alex Davie

FTI Consulting

Bernd Ehle


Siegfried Elsing

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Ercüment Erdem

Erdem & Erdem

Ben Giaretta

Mishcon de Reya

Ismail Gökhan Esin

Esin Attorney Partnership

Noyan Göksu

Göksu | Aydın Attorneys at Law

Lucy Greenwood

Independent Arbitrator

Mehmet Karli

Kabine Law Office - Univeristy of Oxford

Melissa Magliana


Roberto Moruzzi

Withers Worldwide

Serdar Paksoy


David Reed

Arnold & Porter

Matthew Reiter

Bär & Karrer

Lee Rovinescu

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Vincent Rowan

Reed Smith

Josefa Sicard-Mirabal

Fordham University

Roger Stewart QC

4 New Square

Jonathan Sutcliffe

K&L Gates

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
Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square

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
Alex Davie, FTI Consulting
Ben Giaretta, Mishcon de Reya

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
Ismail Gökhan Esin, Esin Attorney Partnership

12.45: Networking lunch kindly sponsored by Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu

13:30: Lunchtime session

Ercüment Erdem, Erdem & Erdem

Bernd Ehle, Lalive
John Willems, White & Case

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?

Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square

David Reed, Arnold & Porter
Mehmet Karli, Kabine Law Office
Noyan Göksu, Göksu | Aydın Attorneys at Law
Roger Stewart QC, 4 New Square
Vincent Rowan, Reed Smith

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

Christophe Bondy, Cooley
Siegfried Elsing, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Melissa Magliana, Homburger
Roberto Moruzzi, Withers Worldwide
Jonathan Sutcliffe, K&L Gates

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Utku Coşar, Coşar Avukatlık Bürosu
Can Yeginsu, 4 New Square

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