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Samet Öztürk LL.M. MCIARB

Firm: STC Law Office
Country: Turkey

Practice Area: Trade & Customs

  • Büyükdere Cd. No:127
    Astoria Kuleleri, A Blok Kat 19 No: 1903
    Esentepe, Şişli, İstanbul
He graduated from Ankara University School of Law in 1998. Following his graduation, he completed one-year of legal training and he was admitted to the Ankara Bar in 1999. Having taken into consideration the importance of the Customs Union, which was established between European Union and Turkey in 1996, he decided to pursue his career in public sector. Therefore, he joined the Customs Investigation and Inspection Board, where he served as Customs Investigator and then Chief Customs and Trade Investigator for many years. 

During his government service, he carried out post audits of foreign trade transactions and contracts of large scale companies to ensure compliance with Customs, foreign trade and other related laws and regulations. He conducted inquiries and investigations related to many cases of corruption, bribery, tax evasions, money laundering, forgery, embezzlement and smuggling. He participated in cross-border investigations for customs valuation, tariff and origin issues. He also took part in international anti-dumping investigations carried out by the European Anti-Fraud Office. He spent a sabbatical year in England to carry out a professional research on Product Safety and its regulations in the European Union and its implementations specifically in the UK. 

He received his first LL.M. degree, focused on international commercial law, from Vanderbilt Law School, USA. He has another LL.M. degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary Law School, University of London, where he studied as UK Government Chevening Scholar. He completed diploma programme in International Commercial Arbitration from Washington College of Law, American University. He also has several post-graduate diplomas, and certificates in Capital Markets Law, and European Union Studies from the Research Institute of Banking and Commercial Law, Ankara University.  He graduated from French Customs Official Training Programme at French National School of Customs. He passed trademark representative/attorney examination carried out by Turkish Patent Institute.

Following his government service, he decided to follow his career in private sector as a lawyer. He launched his own law firm, STC law firm. He is also legal counsel and partner at SEB trade & customs consultancy firm. He provides legal advice and represents his clients for all the aspects of trade & customs law. He also conducts sensitive investigations and audits mostly on behalf of multinational or foreign clients for trade & customs related issues. He is a member of İstanbul Bar Association. He is an MCIARB (Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators). He is admitted as trademark attorney by Turkish Patent Institute. He is also qualified as a customs broker.  

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