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Dr Umut Kolcuoğlu

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Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

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M&A/Joint Ventures, Banking & Finance and Capital Markets.


Managing Partner.

Mr. Kolcuoğlu has diverse experience and comparative knowledge in a wide range of M&A, private equity, finance, and capital market transactions, as well as international commercial dispute resolution. He has represented leading private equities, multinational and local corporations, financial institutions and borrowers (such as Vitol, Turkven, Bain Capital, Koç Holding, Otto Group, Bunzl, Sedes Group, Talanx Group, AeroVironment, Is Private Equity, Mediterra Private Equity, BP, UTC Aerospace, Mitsui, TPI Composites, RWE, Bedminster Capital, Hugo Boss, Hedef Alliance and Turcas) acting in numerous sectors, including financial services, energy, infrastructure, insurance, retail, aerospace, automotive, electronics and pharmaceuticals. 

Dr Kolcuoglu recently advised Vitol, one of the world’s largest companies trading in energy and commodities, in its acquisition of 100% of the shares in Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s leading fuel products distributor, from OMV AG for USD 1.45 billion. He also recently advised Sedes Group in indirect sale of the majority shares of Gratis to Actera Partners II L.P. Dr Kolcuoglu also advised EAS Solutions S.a.r.l., Logo Teknoloji ve Yatırım Anonim Şirketi and Logo Yazılım Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi in connection with an offering to qualified investors, which is the first successful internationally marketed deal in Turkey since November 2014 and further advised Argus Capital in sale of its entire shares in Kalenobel, a Turkish consumer flexible packaging company. He has also handled restructurings and finance transactions involving leading banks, borrowers, financial institutions, funds and other public and private companies, such as DEG, EBRD, FMS Wertmanagement, Pfandbriefbank, LBWI, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank, Bank of Ireland, Is Bank, X-Trade Brokers, HBK Investments, AIG Capital Partners and Putzmeister. He led the KDK team in the financial restructuring (under the German Financial Market Stabilization Fund Act) of the Turkish component of a portfolio of loans, securities, derivative instruments and other assets and liabilities, having a nominal amount of EUR173bn and being the largest transaction of its kind.


Dr. Kolcuoğlu is the Firm’s founder and managing partner. He was an associate lawyer in a major Istanbul-based law firm between 1998 and 2000 and then later on between 2003 and 2005. He was seconded to and worked with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, New York in 2002. He also worked as a foreign associate at German law firm Hengeler Mueller in Frankfurt between 2005 and 2006 and subsequently founded the Firm in 2006.

He is a columnist for Turkey’s leading economy newspaper, Dünya Gazetesi,( where he writes a weekly column on commercial and corporate law matters. He is the author of “Mandatory Tender Offers in Capital Market Law” (Vedat Publications, April 2009) and “Fuelling the Petroleum Market” (International Energy Law and Taxation Review, Aug. 2004, Issue 8) as well as the contributing editor in Venture Capital Encyclopedia, Venture Capital Experts, (U.S.A., 2002). In 2014 and 2015, Dr Kolcuoglu received  the Client Choice Award by International Law Office Magazine for his work in M&A and corporate law.


English, German, Turkish.


New York Bar Association; Istanbul Bar Association; International Bar Association (IBA); Turkish Corporate Governance Association (TKYD); Senior Affiliate of Center for Law and Business of New York University; Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TBCCI); Board Member of German Bar Association Turkey (DAV Turkey); German-Turkish Chamber of Industry (AHK); Independent Board Member of Türk Traktör A.Ş.


Istanbul University School of Law (2009) PhD on Corporate Law and Capital Market Law; New York University School of Law (2001) LLM on Corporate Law; Istanbul University School of Law (1998) LLB in Law; Sankt Georg Austrian High School (1994).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Umut Kolcuoğlu - Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is ‘a one-stop-shop for all legal requirements’. It advises public and private companies on acquisitions, contract negotiations, corporate governance, compliance, restructuring, mergers and due diligence. The team assisted Equinix with its indirect $93m acquisition of Zenium’s data centre business in Istanbul. Other clients include Hugo Boss, Logo Software and BP. Umut Kolcuoglu, Serhan Kocaklı and newly promoted partner Begüm Inceçam head the ‘experienced and hardworking’ team. Counsel Maral Anna Minasyan and senior associate Bihter Bozbay are also recommended.

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