Yilmaz&Ciner Law Office

Practice/Organization Description

Yilmaz & Ciner was founded by Dr. Ilhan YILMAZ and E. Esra CINER.

Being a long established law firm practitioners in Istanbul, Yilmaz & Ciner has advised numerous clients from various countries since its early years of practice, particularly in the sphere of international commercial law.

The Firm's legal services virtually cover all areas of legal practice especially corporate and company law, contract law, tax law, intellectual property and competition law, investments and construction of start-up companies are the main fields of activities. The Firm is also experienced in M&A.

Additionally, the Firm represents clients in disputes before the civil and commercial courts, labour courts, the administrative courts and tax courts as well as criminal courts. The Firm's specialization includes enforcement and recognition of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Turkey.


DR. ILHAN YILMAZ, born in Istanbul, Turkey, 1964. A graduate of Faculty of Law, Marmara University. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Faculty of Law, University of Exeter, England. His LL.M., from Marmara University, was related to the legal regime of foreign investments in Turkey whereas his Ph.D. relates to European and Turkish Intellectual Property law. Trade mark attorney and a member of the Istanbul Bar Association. Language : English.

ESRA SEZER CINER (LL.M.) was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1968. She is the managing partner of YILMAZ & CINER. She graduated from the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University and her L.L.M. is in Law of Economy from Galatasaray University.

She has a specialization in foreign investments, merger and acquisition, corporate law, contract law, intellectual property, joint ventures, company structuring, international construction agreements, hotel lease and management agreements, family law and litigation.

She is a trademark attorney and a member of the Istanbul Bar Association. She is also an English language sworn translator.

FEHMI ESMERAY (LL.M.) was born in Kars, Turkey in 1976. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Istanbul University in 1998 and move to London, United Kingdom 2001 where he received his L.L.M. degree in International Commercial Law in 2006 from the Law Faculty of Metropolitan University. During his LLM degree he submitted a thesis on International Sales of Goods & Carriage by Sea.

Prior to joining to the team, he worked as a corporate lawyer for Gürcan Law Office, consulting some multi-national corporation as well as foreigner investors and banks with regard to wide range of issues including energy, merger and acquisition, joint ventures, contracts, finance, banking, competition, due diligence, company law. Thereafter, Fehmi had established a partnership in Hong Kong with a Chinese colleague providing legal assistance to the Turkish and Chinese trading, manufacturing and mining companies for varies matters such as import, export, sales, contracts, international sea carriage, custom, taxation, competition, company structuring, banking and financial leasing.

He is specialized in, merger and acquisition, corporate law, contract law, international commerce law, international transactions law, joint ventures, foreign investments, company structuring, family law and litigation.

He is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association and speaks fluent English.

NIHAN SEDA KISI, graduated from Marmara University, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the Istanbul Bar Association. She is also an English language sworn translator.

IHSAN ELGIN, an entrepreneur focused on commercialization processes of ideas into products, and is specialized in strategic marketing, planning and sales management. After graduating from Dokuz Eylul University with a degree in Economics, he continued his carrier as a Marketing Specialist in the newly established Marketing Department. Elgin has been awarded Best Employee (customer satisfaction category) of Koç Group 2007, Excellent Achievement (Aygaz A.S.)

Bar Admissions

Istanbul Bar Association


London Metropolitan University (LLM)

Istanbul University Faculty of Law (LLB)


Atom Sokak No.18 King Plaza-Levent
Istanbul, Turkey, 34394Turkey

Contact: Fehmi Esmeray

  • 00905058861519

Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
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Number of Attorneys

2-10 Attorneys

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