Prof Dr. Duygun Yarsuvat is the managing partner of the Firm, and the second generation in a family of lawyers. A graduate of the University of Istanbul, School of Law (JD equivalent and PhD) and Columbia University (LLM), he taught criminal law, penal labor law and media law at the University of Istanbul’s School of Law and School of Political Sciences, and at the law faculties of the Galatasaray University, the Marmara University and Bilgi University. He is currently lecturing at the Yeditepe University. From 2004 to 2008, he served as the Rector of the Galatasaray University in Istanbul, which was preceded by a 4 year term as the Dean of the Law School. Between 2006 and 2010 he served as the Chairman of the Association of Turkish Criminal Law (Turk Ceza Hukuku Dernegi). He has also been the Turkish representative for the Association before the Association of International Criminal Law (AIDP).
Dr. Yarsuvat heads the criminal practice group of the Yarsuvat Firm. In addition to his reputation of a highly sought after scholar and professor, in his private practice he made a name as defense attorney in various highly publicized, intricate white collar cases, including matters of capital markets law, directors’ liability, cross-border transactions allegedly running afoul of local customs and/or banking laws. His team has been successfully defending CEOs, directors and managers of multinationals in claims arising from their companies’ day-to-day operations. The Turkish legal system does not distinguish between barristers and solicitors. As such, while Dr. Yarsuvat always assumes the role of lead counsel, orchestrating the defense and leading the defensive team, in many cases, as a barrister, he also actively participates in hearings, and personally argues the case before the court.
For three consecutive terms he served as the Chairman of the Galatasaray Alumni Association, and also chaired the Galatasaray Club’s Board of Trustees. In 2014 – 2015 he has been elected as the president of Galatasaray Sports Club and served for one year.