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Deger Boden

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Deger is the managing partner of the firm. She specialises in international project finance, energy transactions and international mergers and acquisitions, as well as international arbitration. She has extensive experience working on project development and finance transactions in the areas of power, oil and gas, ports, metals and mining and general infrastructure. Deger has a very unique energy practice in Turkey; she has been involved in many different aspects of the Turkish energy sector. Her expertise in the sector embraces commodity trade transactions, mergers and acquisitions including asset and stock acquisitions, project finance transactions and turn-key EPC contracts. Deger has specific experience in arbitrations, including investment treaty arbitration cases: she was actively involved in the representation of the Republic of Turkey in an energy arbitration before the ICSID. Deger has been playing an active role in the development of the Turkish electricity trade market: she has represented EFET in adopting their master trade agreement into the Turkish market; represented the Turkish Energy Traders Association, working closely with them in development of the new market design; and represented a Turkish electricity distribution company before its privatisation for a regulatory risk analysis. She has been involved in many complex projects in the energy sector varying from coal gasification, syngas production and humic acid production from coal to smart grid technologies. These projects involved complex structuring ranging from EPC contract and long-term supply agreements to technology transfer agreements. Before founding Boden Law in 2008, Deger worked for seven years in a top-tier Turkish law firm. Between July and October 2005, she worked in Sidley Austin LLP’s international arbitration group in Washington, DC. She lectures at the Yeditepe University’s MBA Program on Energy Economy.


Qualified 2001; established Boden Law in 2008. Current directorships: Sürdürülebilir Üretim ve Tüketim Dernegi (founding member of the Foundation for Sustainable Production and Consumption). Publications of note: ‘Coal Supply Agreements and Competition’, Pittsburgh Coal Conference, Istanbul, October 2010; ‘Investment Arbitration and Sovereignty – From a Turkish Law Perspective’, Ankara Bar Review, July 2010; ‘Circuit Makers’, IFLR, May 2009; ‘Electricity Regulation 2012 – Turkey’, Getting the Deal Through, October 2013; ‘Project Finance 2010 Turkey’, Getting the Deal Through, November 2009; ‘Energy Disputes and Investment Treaty Arbitration’, ICCI Paper Book, May 2008; ‘How to take (legal) action’, International Financial Law Review, May 2008; ‘Why not the single-act approach for enforcement in Turkey?’, European Lawyer, November 2006; ‘Foreign Investors given Arbitration Options’, International Financial Law Review, May 2006; ‘Arbitration in Turkey’, Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business, Kluwer, Volume 24, Center for International Legal Studies, November 2002 Papers; ‘Turkish Public Law Transactions under the Subject Matter Jurisdiction of ICSID’, 2004; ‘Turkey – on the way to becoming an energy hub’, IFLR, May 2004.


English, French and Turkish.


Istanbul Bar Association (2001); International Bar Association.


Galatasaray University (2000 LLB); Istanbul Bilgi University (2004 LLM); University of Minnesota (2005 LLM).



Within: Leading individuals

Değer Boden - Boden Law

Within: Energy

Boden Law has ‘deep knowledge of energy law in Turkey’ and advises on regulatory matters, contracts, joint ventures and disputes. Recent work includes advising solar power generation company Gildemeister on due diligence, agreements and the financing structure of its solar power plant projects in Turkey. The client base also includes Tractebel, Naturelgaz and Talesun. ‘Standout energy lawyerDeğer Boden heads the practice and is recommended for her ‘exceptional transactional skills and expertise in highly regulated industries’. Corporate law expert Murat Yörükoğlu is another key figure.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

Değer Boden Akalın heads the practice at Boden Law and is recommended for her ‘excellent knowledge and compelling experience in the areas of energy, metals, mining and infrastructure’. The team advises on transactions, project development, M&A, joint ventures, regulatory matters and contracts. On the contentious side, the firm is experienced in assisting local and international energy companies with litigation and cross-border arbitration. Murat Yörükoğlu is another name to note.

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