Ümit Hergüner is the founder and senior partner of Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership. The firm, founded in 1989, has grown to become one the leading independent, full-service law firms in Turkey. In his role as senior partner, Mr Hergüner leads the Corporate Practice Group, representing major international and national clientele. He also lends his expertise to international financial institutions in matters of project finance, public–private partnerships, and strategic investment. Mr Hergüner is very well known in the regional project finance community, in-part for having drafted the first Turkish intergovernmental agreement, host government agreement, and accompanying Turkish legislation for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline, one of Turkey’s benchmark energy infrastructure projects.
After graduating from Istanbul University Law School in 1979, he won a Fulbright Scholarship in 1983 and earned LLM degrees from American University Washington College of Law in 1984 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Hergüner holds various public policy and advisory roles. He is on the Advisory Board of the International Relations & European Union Center at the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) in Ankara. He is a founder and the former President of the Istanbul chapter of the Washington, DC based International Law Institute (ILI) and is currently an Advisory Council Member of the ILI Istanbul Chapter. He is a former President and current advisory board member of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD), and he is a member of the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen Association (TÜSİAD).