Gökben Erdem Dirican

Recognized by European Legal Experts as one of the few top tier litigators in Turkey and by Legal 500 as a leading individual, Gökben is the co-founder of DİRİCAN | GÖZÜTOK.

Gökben led the Dispute Resolution&Arbitration team of a reputable Turkish Law Firm for more than two decades before establishing DİRİCAN | GÖZÜTOK. The Dispute Resolution and Arbitration team led by Gökben Erdem Dirican is introduced as ‘extremely professional and disciplined, and speaks the same corporate language as its clients’ by Legal 500.

Gökben represents mainly international clients in matters of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, and her areas of practice include commercial law and tax law, corporate fraud and economic crimes, data protection&privacy, employment and ethic investigations, debt execution, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy, competition, labour law and intellectual property.  Within Turkey, Gökben is viewed by peers as a particularly accomplished litigator who has worked on some of the largest and most complex corporate legal cases within the jurisdiction, and as a lawyer who is committed to developing her practice area.

Gökben’s practice combines commercial litigation with great corporate law expertise. Gökben is also a well-known specialist with more than a decade’s experience advising multinationals, financial institutions, and investment funds on complex cross-border transactions across Asia, Europe, and the US in a variety of industries. Her practice primarily focuses on private company mergers, tender offers, asset purchases, and joint venture transactions. She has advised extensively on the legal and regulatory regimes and advices on corporate structures, shareholders rights and corporate governance issues.

Her knowledge of the Turkish legal system, strategic approach and ability to see the bigger picture regarding the sector in question, as well as the political and business environments, ensure she attains successful results. Gökben is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences and has written extensively on various subjects in leading law publications, especially on restructuring.

Gökben has been honored in Who’s Who Legal as a ‘wonderfully talented’ arbitrator and that Clients praise her ‘thoughtful and dedicated’ approach to major disputes.

Gokben has been named to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. The editors of the prestigious international legal directory noted that Hall of Fame members “received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence” and “are at the pinnacle of the profession.” The criteria for entry is to have been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. Fewer than 1,500 partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa have made it into the list.

Selected Highlights of Gökben’s Practice include;

  • Involvement on all aspects of due diligences as the transaction counsel and the team leader of the due diligence team in various acquisition projects
  • Drafting, or assistance in the drafting of, several cross-border commercial contracts
  • Assistance as the head of many investigation teams on ethic investigations and corporate frauds, providing of reports, assessments and reviews to the clients indicating the findings of the searches, patterns of interaction together with a course of action memorandum
  • Preparatory work on, including the initiation of, several complex, high-profile local and international lawsuits and arbitrations
  • Assistance on several settlement negotiations, many of which are successfully concluded
  • Providing legal opinions as expert witness and participation to cross examinations before foreign courts
  • Representation of various esteemed clients ranging from multinational groups to large and medium-sized firms, banks and financial institutions and international investors at courts and arbitral councils
  • Participation in numerous networking activities resulting with many valuable and trustworthy connections in several countries


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