Mehmet Kömürcü, PhD Counsel

Speaks:  English, Turkish

Year of Call: 2018 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2001 - New York

Year of Call: 1995 - Turkey, Istanbul Bar Association

Primary phone: +1 416-862-3510

Secondary phone: 416-454-5662

Fax: +1 416-862-7661


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Primary office:  Toronto

Mehmet Kömürcü, PhD

Mehmet Kömürcü serves as counsel in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and is a member of the firm's Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Tech groups. Having spent the last decade in Istanbul, Mehmet provided counsel and direction to a range of corporate clients there. He has delivered strategic advice in a variety of areas, including M&A, investment management, IP matters, litigation, dispute resolution, privatization and IPOs.

Mehmet has worked extensively with multinational companies looking to expand into Turkey. In a previous role, he was general counsel to Turk Telekom during its privatization, international expansion and subsequent IPO, which at that time was the largest in Turkey's history. As a result, Mehmet has worked in the foreign investment environment across Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East, and possesses strong relationships with lawyers and government leaders throughout the region.

Mehmet is licensed to practise law in Ontario, Istanbul and New York, and holds a doctorate in public international law from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School. He is the Turkey chapter chair for the New York State Bar Association in Istanbul.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      June 2018
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2005

    • Career
      December 2005
      Turk Telekom A.S., General Counsel
  • 2002

    • Career
      March 2002
      Birsel Law Offices, Senior Counsel
    • Education
      University of Wisconsin, SJD PhD
  • 2001

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, New York
  • 2000

    • Education
      University of Wisconsin, LLM
  • 1997

    • Career
      September 1997
      MIGA, Worldbank, Legal Analyst
    • Education
      American University, LLM
  • 1995

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Turkey, Istanbul Bar Association
  • 1993

    • Education
      Ankara University, LLB


  • Turkey chapter chair for the New York State Bar Association

Insights & Resources

  • ICT Related Matters in the New Turkish Constitution, Symposium, April 2012
  • Evaluation of the Draft New Commercial Code, Economic Research Foundation, Seminar, Istanbul, November 2007

Representative Work

  • Worked on a number of the largest privatization deals in Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania and Kirgizstan, including the privatization of the largest telecommunications company in Turkey
  • Acted for multinational clients in disputes against government bodies
  • Worked with companies on matters, including M&A, intellectual property, corporate finance, privatization and IPOs