Ali Gursel is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Practice. His work in international arbitration includes commercial disputes and investment treaty claims on behalf of foreign states and governmental agencies in a broad array of cases.

He has also represented clients in corporate matters, with a focus on representing foreign sovereigns or their agencies in oil and gas industry projects and as borrowers in financing transactions.

He has represented states and state agencies in disputes and corporate matters in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North and Central America and the Caribbean.

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  • Representing a foreign sovereign in several investment arbitration cases.
  • Representing the natural gas company of a foreign sovereign in several disputes.
  • Representing a government-owned oil company in the re-structuring of its Production Sharing Agreement for one of the largest oil fields in the world.
  • Representing foreign sovereigns and their agencies as borrowers in syndicated loans, commercial bank facilities, structured finance and project financing transactions.
  • Representing the oil company of a sovereign in multiple multi-billion dollar refinery modernization projects.


  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D.
  • Bogazici University, B.A.


  • New York


  • Turkish
  • English
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