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The firm

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli (KDK) is a full-service law firm with offices in Istanbul and Izmir. Since it’s inception in 2006, KDK has grown to become one of Turkey’s larger law firms.

KDK seeks to provide the highest quality legal services across a wide range of practice areas, serving clients’ needs through pragmatic and efficient solutions. While the firm’s members have a diverse range of backgrounds, they all have significant experience collaborating with major foreign law firms in several jurisdictions. All members of the firm are fluent in English, and some are also competent in German, French and Italian.

Areas of practice

KDK advises and represents domestic and international clients in connection with the full breadth of Turkish law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, general corporate, employment, dispute resolution, real estate, energy and infrastructure, banking and finance, capital markets, privatisation, insurance, sports and compliance.

KDK enjoys a strong reputation and high levels of acclaim in the Turkish market for its superior M&A practice. KDK’s corporate and M&A lawyers devote a substantial portion of their time to M&A transactions while advising clients on the legal and regulatory aspects of their day-to-day activities. The firm has advised numerous foreign and local investors on takeover transactions involving both public and private companies.

The KDK team advises on a significant number of financing transactions, providing legal expertise on facility agreements, local regulatory matters, foreign exchange issues and collateralisation. In addition, the firm advises clients on various capital markets law issues arising from M&A transactions, as well as those related to specific capital markets activities such as forex, derivatives, securities transactions and other compliance matters.

The firm’s dispute resolution experience includes client representation in commercial disputes arising from distributorship contracts and licensing agreements, labour claims (including union matters), white-collar crime and enforcement proceedings. KDK’s dispute resolution team represents foreign and local clients in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, as well as post-arbitration enforcement proceedings and set-aside lawsuits.

KDK provides superb interdisciplinary services at each step of the real estate property cycle, from deal structuring during development and construction phases to competent exit strategy development.

The firm provides legal advice on all aspects of Turkish and global anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations to its domestic and international clients, concerning their compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. KDK offers its clients a deep understanding of legal, procedural, governance and reputational aspects of regulatory and compliance issues, investigations and litigation. KDK’s team of experienced lawyers provides a global service including multi-jurisdictional investigations and compliance matters.

The past seven years saw tremendous advances in KDK’s growing energy practice. In addition to its extensive involvement in upstream and midstream petroleum and natural gas transactions and nuclear energy projects, KDK has become a sought-after advisor for electricity generation ventures and deals.

  • Contact
  • Dr Umut Kolcuoglu (
  • Number of lawyers: Approximately 40
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Member
  • International Bar Association
  • SEE Legal
  • Energy Law Group
  • Cathay Associates

Above material supplied by Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli.

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