18 January 2019- Conference: M&A Disputes

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Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC) is delighted to co-host a 1-day conference “M & A Disputes” with Baker McKenzie on 18 January 2019, in Istanbul. The Conference brings together leading practitioners from different countries, including Anlam Altay, Ayşegül Huysal, Beata Gessel, Burcu Şener Sözer, Ebru Gürdemir, Edward Poulton, Ercüment Erdem, Gökhan Altun, İsmail G. Esin, Hamid Gharavi, Melissa Magliana, Okan Demirkan, Osman Berat Gürzumar, Paolo Michele Patocchi, Urs Zenhäusern, and Ziya Akıncı.  They will offer advice and share insights into the perspectives of arbitration counsel, in-house counsel and arbitrators. The Conference is intended to be practical in its approach, it will be of interest to transaction lawyers, general commercial lawyers, arbitration practitioners, in-house counsel, experts and business people. This Conference will be conducted in English. No simultaneous translation will be offered.


9.00-9.45 Registration

9.45-10.00 Welcome Address

Metin Feyzioğlu, President of Turkish Bar Association

10.00-11.15  1st Panel: How to avoid M&A disputes

•Drafting issues •Negotiation to closing •Post-M&A dispute management •Building your case

Moderator: Ziya Akıncı

Panelists: İsmail Esin – Urs Zenhäusern – Burcu Şener Sözer

11.15-11.45 Coffee break

11.45-13.00 2nd Panel: How to manage M&A disputes

•Due diligence vs. seller’s liability for breach of R&W •Proving breach of R&W: standards of proof •Price adjustment  •Notices •What to do when quantifying claims is not possible before the expiry of warranty term

Moderator: İsmail Esin

Panelists: Melissa Magliana – Ebru Gürdemir – Anlam Altay

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.30-15.45 Keynote speech: ISTAC Arbitration and M&A Disputes

Ziya Akıncı, President of Istanbul Arbitration Centre

14.30-15.45 3rd Panel: Non-monetary relief and interim measures

• Growth of interim measures in M&A arbitration • Effective claims management, speed of resolution/costs and process integrity •Regulatory risks • Advantages and disadvantages of specific performance in comparison to damages

Moderator: Ercüment Erdem

Panelists: Edward Poulton – Paolo Michele Patocchi – Okan Demirkan

15.45-16.15 Coffee break

16.15-17.30 4th Panel: How to prove damages in M&A disputes

• Issues of burden of proof and how to prove your case from a legal perspective •Aspects of disclosure in post M&A arbitrations •Practical issues: does it make a difference if you are the buyer or the seller? (or, How to prove your innocence once you’ve given away the evidence) • An expert’s perspective: evidence relevant to damages and valuation

Moderator: Celal Savaş

Panelists: Beata Gessel – Ayşegül Huysal – Gökhan Altun

17.30-17.45 Closing Remarks

17.45-19.00 Networking Reception


Registration and payment must be made online by filling the above form.

  • Standard fee : 750 Turkish Lira (VAT included)
  • Students: 250 Turkish Lira (VAT included) **only applicable for bachelor students with a proof of student certificate 

For students, the payment via credit card is not acceptable and the payment should only be made to the following bank account:


Vakıfbank Büyükderece Caddesi Levent Şubesi

TR43 0001 5001 5800 7304 9935 08

All banking charges associated with the payment should be borne by the party making such payment.

Complimentary seat for government counsel is available. Please contact ISTAC at istac@istac.org.tr

Please note that complimentary seats are offered on a first-come-first-served basis and at the organizers’ discretion. Within a reasonable time, applicants will be notified by email with the result.



The registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunch and networking reception.

Attendance is limited due to the capacity of the venue. All applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation and Substitution Policy

A substitute delegate is welcome at any time and no extra charge if you are unable to attend. Full payment will be imposed if cancellation is made within 5 days of the event date. This also applies to any “no-shows” on the day of event.

All notices of cancellations or replacements must be made in writing to istac@istac.org.tr and must be acknowledged by ISTAC.

Programme Changes

Please note that ISTAC reserves the right to cancel (due to unforeseen circumstances) or to make minor alterations to the programme & speakers.

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