“Sen aziz şehrim,
Uykusuz yaşadığımı bilmelisin.
Bütün işçilerin
Saçak altında uyuduğu bir saatte,
Ben mızıka çalarak geçiyorum sokaktan.”

“You, my holy city
You should know I live without sleep
At the hour
When all workers are sleeping under the eaves,
I pass through the street playing the harmonica.”

Rüştü Onur (1920 – 1942)

TURUNÇ advises domestic and multinational clients on all aspects of labor and employment laws.

Our practice has three main components: compliance, transactions and dispute resolution.

On the compliance side, we advise on the following issues, among others:

  • individual employment and collective labor agreements
  • contracting out of services
  • confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants
  • employee invention assignment agreements
  • individual and group severance arrangements
  • executive remuneration, and related regulatory and disclosure obligations
  • data privacy

We also advise on all employment law aspects of corporate transactions, in particular mergers and acquisitions. Our advice includes, among other things the following:

  • due diligence
  • structuring
  • transfer of employees including automatic transfers
  • assessment of potential post-closing liability by acquiror including as they relate to severance payments
  • drafting and negotiation of transfer agreements
  • notifications to pertinent authorities
  • post-closing integration work

We also have a large employment dispute resolution practice, which includes, among other work, the following:

  • defending employers against claims by current and ex-employees
  • representing employers in mediation and all stages of litigation.
  • representing employers against employees and ex-employees who misappropriate trade secrets

TURUNÇ published the book Turkish Labor Law in 2010. Our employment lawyers have also authored or contributed to various other publications. Please see our Publications page.


TURUNÇ Advises Wellbees on its Bridge Financing Round

03 Apr 2024
TURUNÇ has advised Wellbees, a Turkish-U.S. corporate well-being platform with an international customer base, on its bridge financing round led by Sabancı Ventures. 212, Enocta and angel investors also participated in the round. The TURUNÇ team included Kerem Turunç, Beste Yıldızili Ergül and Canberk Taze. Please see here for more information (in Turkish).

TURUNÇ Ranked in The Legal 500 EMEA 2024 Edition

27 Mar 2024
TURUNÇ was ranked once again by The Legal 500 in the guide’s EMEA 2024 edition, which researches law firms by country and practice area in the EMEA region. In a testament to its diverse practice areas, the Firm was ranked in seven areas: Banking, Finance and Capital Markets; Commercial, Corporate and M&A; Competition; Dispute Resolution;...

TURUNÇ Advises Boğaziçi Ventures on its Investment in Retter.io

19 Mar 2024
TURUNÇ has advised Boğaziçi Ventures on its investment in Retter.io, a provider of products for faster backend development. Inveo Ventures also joined the round. Boğaziçi Ventures is a leading Turkish Capital Markets Board-regulated venture capital fund focused primarily on fintech, health tech, retail tech and gaming. The TURUNÇ team included Kerem Turunç, Yasemin Erden, Beste...