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MEHTAP TARI

MEHTAP TARI

Partner

Practice areas

  • International arbitration and litigation
  • International trade and shipping
  • International investment law
  • Emerging markets
  • Public international law

Mehtap Tari Hirt started her career as a Legal Advisor for Swiss companies in 2000 while working at a private bank in Geneva as corporate clients’ junior account officer. Her entrance in the energy sector, dams and power plant projects, based on FIDIC contracts, started when she joined a Swiss engineering company as a corporate legal advisor. The Swiss company acts as water and dam specialist in major consortiums in five continents. Many years of successful work allowed Mehtap to become an expert in FIDIC and all related construction contracts; around 2001 she started participating in resolving disputes between State and private companies and consortiums in energy sector.

In 2004, Mehtap took over the business development and legal services department in an international IT company in Geneva where she worked on international IT services contracts and business expansion in European countries.

Since 2008, she has acted as counsel in different commercial arbitration disputes and as an advocate of the Istanbul bar in a number of criminal and civil law litigations.

Currently, she is acting as counsel in an inter-state dispute arbitration. She advises on international business transactions between European and Middle Eastern companies.

Mehtap speaks Turkish, French and English and has a fair oral command of Kurdish and Farsi. She holds both Turkish and Swiss nationalities and is a municipal councillor in Belmont/Lausanne, where she holds a position in the consultative commission of regional affairs.

Bar admissions

Union of Turkish Bars

Education

Ph.D. University of Leiden (candidate)
LL.M. MIDS University of Geneva and Graduate Institute, 2011
University of Lausanne, 1996
University of Marmara, 1994

Languages

English
French
Turkish
Basic knowledge of Kurdish and Farsi

Representative Experience

Mehtap’s representative clients include a wide variety of State entities in Turkey, Iraq and the Kurdish regional government. Recently, she worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Immigration of the Kurdish regional government and the Iraqi central government. She serves as counsel on questions of international public law.

In the past years, she has acted as a legal counsel for companies in IT, design, nanotechnology companies in Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Italy and Saudi Arabia. She has also worked on a mandate basis in Hungary, Albania and Kosovo, where she advised oil traders and construction companies.

Publications

Arbitral institutions under scrutiny: ASA Special Series No. 40, 2013, Juris Publishing Inc.
Turkey and the question of EU, University of Lausanne, 1996, Centre for European Comparative Law