Turkey – Construction Law Firm of the Year (2012)

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Emine Basci Devres, admitted to the bar in 1988, renders her legal practice and services at her own office Devres Law Office in Istanbul. As the firm’s senior lawyer since 2001, Ms Devres works with a network of affiliates based all over Turkey, active primarily in project finance and infrastructure law, but also as the author of several articles on intellectual property rights. As a litigation lawyer, she represents clients at arbitration tribunals and the courts of Turkey.

The main areas of expertise of Devres Law Office cover: international project finance including energy, infrastructure, tourism; direct and indirect foreign investments; corporate and company law; construction law; privatisation; telecommunication; as well as litigation and arbitration.

Ms Devres noted: “With respect to construction law, Devres Law Office has been involved in a variety of large international construction projects. Since the Turkish construction sector has seen rapid growth during the past ten years, legal consultation to construction projects has been one of the core areas of practice among Devres’ rendered services.

“Moreover, Devres Law Office works to provide maximum satisfaction to its clients. With full respect to the conflict of interest principle, it takes part in multinational projects and supports its clients in Turkey and abroad.”

The firm provides support to its clients on all legal aspects of a construction project, from the initial drafting of the contracts, including EPC contracts, to post-construction deals and dispute resolution. Devres Law Office also provides services for preparation of bidding documents.

The firm is also exclusively specialised in public sector contracting, offering its clients a comprehensive perspective when providing assistance on matters pertaining to government contracts and procurement policy. Devres Law Office is able to evaluate and suggest a number of traditional and alternative remedies to the needs of clients doing business directly or indirectly with the government on construction projects.

“Our firm has a large and diverse client base; meanwhile, we have drafted and negotiated many contracts on behalf of private owners, public entities, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and construction managers,” Ms Devres added. “Our extensive experience in connection with multinational construction projects allows Devres Law Office to protect its clients’ interests in a timely and cost effective manner. By providing up-front and effective counselling at the contract phase, we help clients to avoid future disputes.”

Devres Law Office was recently involved in a successful closing of an EPC Contract as the representative of the employer, with respect to the construction of a thermal power plant in the south-east of Turkey. The firm was also involved in the closing of an EPC Contract as the representative of the contractor, with respect to construction of an airport in Russia.

Last but not least, the firm was recently awarded ‘Turkish Corporate Tax Advisory Firm of the Year 2012’ by Acquisition International Magazine.