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Dr Cem Çağatay Orak

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Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı

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Litigation and Arbitration


Dr. Cem Çağatay Orak specializes mainly in energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, healthcare, defense industry and arbitration matters. He has extensive experience with public-private partnerships, multi-party civil and administrative law contracts, permitting, environmental law and M&A transactions in the highly regulated sectors. He has advised sponsors and lenders in the financing of a number of major projects. Dr. Orak also focuses on dispute resolution and arbitration. He has represented Turkish and foreign clients in numerous complex disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. He has also acted as secretary to arbitration tribunals in domestic arbitration and international commercial arbitration.

Dr. Orak has a Ph.D in administrative law, and is the author of several professional and scholarly writings on energy law, construction and engineering law, and domestic and international arbitration. He lectures at universities and institutions on these fields of law.


He completed his internship at Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, and he worked as an associate in one of the well-known arbitration-focused law firms of Turkey. In 2007 - 2008, he worked as an in-house legal counsel for Zorlu Energy Group. He re-joined Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in 2008 and became partner in 2012. He has been the head of the litigation and arbitration department since then.


Turkish and English


New York State Bar, USA, 2017
Ankara Bar Association, Turkey, 2002
Turkish Bar Associations Union, 2002


Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2016
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, Ph.D., 2011
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.M., 2005
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 2001


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı is particularly well known for advising domestic and international financial institutions on project finance and refinancing matters. In one recent highlight, Mesut Çakmak led advice to DenizBank on the $189m capacity increase financing of a theme park in Antalya. Cem Çağatay Orak joined in February 2017; Özlem Kiliz Voyvoda and Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu were made partner in January 2017.

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Within: Competition

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı handles anti-dumping matters and competition compliance and assists clients with merger filings and notifications. In one recent highlight, the team represented Garanti Bankası in an individual exemption request filed before the Turkish Competition Authority, in connection with sub-licensing agreements for the American Express credit cards payment system. The practice is jointly led by Mesut Çakmak and Cem Çağatay Orak.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı is particularly active in energy, construction and projects and handles litigation as well as international arbitration. The practice is led by Mesut Çakmak; Cem Çağatay Orak and Özlem Kızıl Voyvoda are other key figures. Recent highlights include representing Philip Morris in a lawsuit filed against the Turkish Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority in order to attain cancellation of an administrative action against the client. Zeynep Çakmak returned to the firm from GKC Partners in February 2018.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı’s practice is led by Mesut Çakmak and represents banks, holdings and developers on project finance and refinancing matters, as well as the development and operation of power projects. Recent highlights include advising ERG İnşaat on the development, rehabilitation, financing, construction and operation of its Afşin-Elbistan thermal power project. The firm strengthened the department with the hire of Cem Çağatay Orak in February 2017 and the promotions of Özlem Kızıl Voyvoda and the ‘outstandingNaz Bandik Hatipoğlu to the partnership in January 2017. ‘Dedicated’ senior associate Mustafa Durakoğlu is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Zeynep Çakmak returned to the firm from GKC Partners in February 2018.

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