Firms To Watch: Real estate and construction

Acar & Ergönen Law Firm has a good track record of advising on real estate transactions, and particularly solid expertise in property-related disputes. Onur Ergönen and Duygu Acar Yucesoy head the department.
Fırat Gültekin & Partners Law Firm is routinely sought after to advise on the construction aspects of residential developments.
IAS Partners is acclaimed for its handling of arbitration cases within the real estate space.
Kizilyel & Partners Law Firm is a name to watch, having recently established a landlord and tenant practice.
Ozay Law Firm is home to a rental and real estate department which is particularly well-versed in acting for clients involved in retail projects in Turkey.
Ozay Law Firm fields a rental and real estate department which is particularly well-versed in acting for clients involved in retail projects in Turkey.
Duygu Ozmen and Ferhat Pekin lead the department at Pekin Bayar Mizrahi, which covers land development projects, disposals and transfers of property, commercial leasing matters, transactions and contracts.

Firms in the Spotlight Real estate and construction

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Real estate and construction in Turkey

Abcoo Law Firm

Clients of Abcoo Law Firm look to its three-partner team in real estate and construction law for its ‘one-of-a-kind experience in real estate matters‘. The practice is a strong choice for any large-scale and high-profile real estate transactions, and also assists with project development, construction contracts and disputes in the sector. Practice co-head Berk Batur is noted for his ‘strong negotiation skills‘, and leads the practice alongside Hasan Çağlayan, hailed as ‘a guru in his field‘, and real estate transaction expert, Murat Aygün.

Practice head(s):

Hasan Çağlayan; Murat Aygün; Berk Batur

Other key lawyers:

Merve Savcı


‘We have been working with Abcoo for many years, and it has been an incredible journey. What makes their practice unique is their one-of-a-kind experience in real estate matters. We had the opportunity to witness their perfectionist approach and work ethic first hand. They always operate in conformity with our company’s values and needs.’

‘Berk Batur’s experience, legal expertise, and strong negotiation skills always work wonders. Especially this year the team proved how remarkably ambitious they are. They represented our company during the negotiations on one of the most notable lease deals in 2022. They once again represented us with perfection and satisfied our company’s needs as usual.’

‘They have a great knowledge and expertise. Their fess are affordable. All colleagues are flexible for urgent requirements.’

‘Their attitude is always very nice. Especially Hasan Çağlayan is a guru in his field.’

‘Abcoo’s partners and associates are qualified on their fields of expertise. Especially for retail real estate I prefer to work with Abcoo. Many of the cases are already resolved due to Abcoo’s conciliation capabilities without opening a trial.’

‘Berk Batur is the expert for me to work with about retail real estate. I believe in his expertise. Always available, pro-acting, fast resolution periods are the key elements for me to prefer them.’

‘What makes Abcoo so unique, in addition to their experience over many years in real estate, is their ability to establish and preserve long-lasting relationships with their clients. This helps them to track every single detail about the client and provide a custom-made legal service covering all the matters which we seek legal assistance for.’

‘Our main contact in Abcoo for real estate is Berk Batur who is not only admired by our company but also renowned in the sector. One of the many differences between him and the others is his unmatched experience and expertise in real estate matters. We are delighted to be collaborating with Abcoo since Berk Batur and his team always provide legal service with such excellence.’

Key clients

AEH Anadolu Gayrimenkul Yatirimlari

AFE Gayrimenkul

AK Portfoy Yonetimi A.S.

Aksoy Girisimcilik (Ventures)

Betatrans Lojistik

Cevahir Taahhut Insaat Ve Ticaret A.S.

Counsel And Invest Insaat

Diar Suleymaniye Gayrimenkul A.S.

Dolphin Gayrimenkul (subsidiary of Dolphin Overseas Fund)

ELCA Kozmetik Ltd. STI. (Estée Lauder Companies Turkey)

ERIA Partners

ERIA Pramerica

EVYAP Holding – EVYAP Sabun

Eyusta Mimarlik

Ferhunde Verdi

Galata Gayrimenkul

GMW Architechts

Goldman Sachs

H&M Turkey

Hicran Mutuşoğlu

HPP International Turkey Mimarlik ve Danişmanlik Hiz. Ltd. STI.

Huda dis Ticaret Danismanlik Limited Sirketi

Imannoor Tekstil ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Kale Kilit

KAT Turizm Gayrimenkul

Korfez GYO

Korfez Tatil

Mehmet Aslan

Metalsac Ticaret ve Sanayi A.S.

Metrosite Insaat

Meydan TXM Gayrimenkul A.S.

NEBA Gayrimenkul


Olbia Gayrimenkul

Orau Orhan Otomotiv

Orhan Holding

PD Turizm ve Gayrimenkul

Peak Oyun Yazilim Ve Pazarlama A.S. (Peak)

PEF Antalya Retail Investments SARL

Pelitli Lojistik Antrepo ve Depolama Hizmetleri Ticaret A.S.

Peninsula Emlak Yatirim Anonim Sirketi


Pronegy Gayrimenkul Enerji

RVC Luxembourg S.A.R.L

Qatari Diar Istanbul

Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company

Ronesans Holding

Sarp Yapi

Saudi Bin Ladin

Seba Insaat Anonim Sirketi

Sepas Danismanlik


TNL Gayrimenkul

Flamm Aerotec Havacilik Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi

Veritas AG

Work highlights

  • Advised QDREIC and KAT in relation to the establishment of a mortgage for ₺2.5bn on KAT’s hospital tower in Bakırköy, Istanbul.
  • Advised KAT on the negotiations held with the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change in relation to the abandonment of coastal land.
  • Acted for AFE Gayrimenkul in the preparation, negotiation and execution of the lease agreement together with parking space lease agreement for 200 vehicles, services and facility management agreement for the commercial tower, owned by AFE Gayrimenkul in Vadi İstanbul Project and leased by Mercedes Benz.

Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership

The sizeable real estate team at Hergüner Bilgen Üçer Attorney Partnership is equipped to handle the gamut of matters in the sector and supports a client base which includes Turkish construction companies and project owners, foreign and domestic investors, and international owners of significant real estate portfolios. Serkan Gül, one of the foremost names in the market, co-leads the practice with Nazım O. Kurt, who draws on a background in dispute resolution to support on matters with contentious elements. Zeynep Tor bolsters the M&A related offering within the team, while senior associate Pınar İnci Tetik has a niche speciality in retail projects.

Practice head(s):

Serkan Gül; Nazım O. Kurt

Other key lawyers:

Zeynep Tor; Pınar İnci Tetik


‘Team is prompt to act and reliable. When we raise a query we all the time confident they revert within a short period of time with the accurate advice.’

‘We particularly work with Serkan Gül. He is responsive to his call and e-mails and provides accurate legal advice derived from his years of experience in real estate and construction areas. He has been our business partner for over a decade now.’

Key clients

German Consulate

DP World Yarımca Liman İşletmeleri A.Ş. (Dubai Port World)

St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı Ticaret A.Ş.

Multi Turkey Yönetim A.Ş.

İş Portföy Gayrimenkul Yatırım Fonu

Akıncıoğlu Şirketler Grubu

İpek Petek İnşaat Anonim Şirketi

GIC Private Markets Private Limited

Uran Holding A.Ş.

Fraport TAV Antalya Terminal İşletmeciliği A.Ş.

State General Reserve Fund of Sultanate of Oman

Kaan Otelcilik Ve Gayrimenkul Yatırımları Turizm Ticaret A.Ş.

German Archaeology Institute

Dolphin Overseas Fund LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisting DP World with the construction of a new container port in Yarımca.
  • Advising St Martins Şişli Gayrimenkul Yatırımcılığı on the commercial management of Cevahir Center.
  • Assisting Cristal Building with hotel development projects in Tbilisi and Kobuleti in Georgia.

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

The ‘highly competent and hard-working lawyers‘ in Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s real estate and construction team have continued to develop and diversify the practice. Clients include major real estate industry stakeholders, both domestic and international, and the practice supports on everything from acquisitions and portfolio structuring, to development agreements, land concessions and zoning law. Practice head Serhan Koçaklı, acclaimed senior associate Büşra Özden, and associate Orcan Çetinkaya are the main contacts to note.

Practice head(s):

Serhan Kocaklı

Other key lawyers:

Büşra Özden; Orcan Çetinkaya


‘People in the team are technically very good and collaborative. Diversity in all aspect is very important for the company.’

‘The partner Serhan Koçakli and his team are technically expert and very responsive.’

‘As the office team and their partners, in our various group companies, they have put themselves, their knowledge and experience in all our works and that paved the way for new collaborations.’

‘Serhan Koçaklı, one of the office name partners, has creatively solved our problems and has designed new collaborations for our company, as if he were board member in execution, not an outsourcing service. Apart from all of these, he was someone who understood us and tried to help like a friend.’

‘We have worked with KDK’s real estate and dispute resolution teams more than one year and we are very pleased.’

‘KDK is very familiar with the market, leads us with clear business language and supports us on decision-making processes. They provide what business people understand.’

‘We consider KDK as one of the very best top tier law firms, with highly competent and hard-working lawyers. It is our great pleasure to collaborate with KDK.’

‘The firm does not function as a one-man office. The team has been well-trained to work cohesively, and the firm has been constantly growing. KDK aspires to raise the sectors’ future stars by keeping them in the foreground and letting them run the projects directly with the clients.’

Key clients

Ab Initio


Alterna Gıda

Bozzetto Group

Bunzl/Istanbul Ticaret



DM İnşaat


Eti Yatırım



Hoşcan Lojistik

Hugo Boss

Huntsman Corporation – Ema Kimya

Logo Yazılım

Marriott International

Mediterra Capital

Otto International




TPI Composites



Vava Cars


VNG Properties

Volt Teknoloji

Yu Group

Work highlights

  • Advised TPI Composites, US-based independent manufacturer of composite wind blades, on real estate, zoning and construction law matters.
  • Advised Uber on real estate and lease law-related matters.
  • Advised Huntsman’s Ema Kimya on numerous real estate, lease and construction law matters for the reconstruction of its facility that burnt down.


A team of highly experienced people‘ form ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC‘s real estate and construction practice, advising on regional, national and international real estate transactions and construction projects. Emaar Properties are among the team’s long-term key clients, while the Gemak Group were one of the new names to look to the firm for advice on project construction and development. Nazli Arikan and Akin Volkan Arikan head the department and are praised for their ‘unique and sophisticated approach to each case‘.

Practice head(s):

Nazli Arikan; Akin Volkan Arikan


‘The continuity of high level services in such a specific practice area is very important for our company. Their team is always responsive and result oriented.’

‘We can safely say that their real estate and construction expertise is unique in Turkey amongst other law firms.’

‘We work very closely with Nazli Arikan. She is a partner heading the real estate and construction practice of the firm and she provides extraordinary level of anticipation and knowledge in contract administration.’

‘Their partners are highly regarded in the dispute resolution field in Turkey. They are very well-connected within the Turkish market. They are serving a very diverse client base which includes top-level local and international players in all major industries. All of their team members have strong academic and professional backgrounds.’

‘The way Nazli Arikan and Akin Volkan Arikan manage their client’s cases is to the highest standard. They develop a unique and sophisticated approach to each case considering all aspects of it. They are always very well aware of the crucial details. They have an excellent relationship with their clients as well as all parties involved in the dispute resolution process.’

‘A team of highly experienced people. They are very knowledgeable in the subject they serve.’

‘They also work with incredible dedication.’

Key clients

EMAAR Properties PJSC

Gemak Group of Companies

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

Eczacibasi Holding

Saint Georg DB Group & Malta Healthcare Caterers

Tuzla Gemi Endustrisi

Gemak Altinova Shipyard

Gemak Shipbuilding Industry

Gulman Group

Banwh Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Emaar Properties PJSC on its construction, commercial contract management and dispute resolution matters in relation to the development and construction of the Emaar Libadiye Project.
  • Advising Eczacibasi Holding on its construction contract management matters in the development of the Galataport Project in Istanbul.
  • Acting for Gemak Group in all its real estate and construction matters.

Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki

Barlas Balcioğlu and Ali Can Gören are admired for their ‘incredible performance‘ as the key contacts in Balcioglu Selçuk Ardiyok Keki‘s real estate and construction practice group. Balcıoğlu leads the team with a ‘unique business-minded approach‘ and is particularly strong on the financing side, with 20 years of experience acting for international and Turkish banks. Gören supports at counsel level and impresses clients with his ‘extensive knowledge and experience in real estate‘.

Practice head(s):

Barlas Balcıoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ali Can Gören


‘Ali Can Gören and Barlas Balcıoğlu worked as a tandem, which had a lot of advantages in terms of timely delivery and accessibility. Unlike some other law firms, their support was more than just legal advice, but also a sparring partner for some business decisions, which is not always a given in the industry.’

‘The two project leads delivered (and still deliver) an incredible performance on three large relocation projects within the Istanbul boundaries. From the first day on they were absolutely focussed and driven to win. We’ve experienced excellent knowledge in regard to real estate (legal) matters, compared with very good negotiation skills, based on a high level of empathic capabilities (especially Ali Can Gören). We really can highly recommend this law firm.’

‘In depth knowledge as well as a very developed insight on the market practices are one of the strong suits of the firm. Also the immediate availability of the personnel when required and cross-teams knowledge transfer are also providing a bonus to the client.’

‘Barlas Balcıoğlu: His unique business-minded approach is also quite useful not only in legal but also in commercial aspects of the real estate business. His expertise and experience in his field is quite unparalleled and this also is reflected in his management style.’

‘Ali Gören: I have known him since his associate times and appreciate his learning and self-development capabilities during this time. He became a solid and efficient lawyer in the last decade. He has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate, that he develops further day by day.’

Key clients

Bainbridge Holding A.S.

Coca-Cola Meşrubat Pazarlama ve Danışmanlık Hizmetleri A.Ş.


Emaar Properties Gayrimenkul Geliştirme A.Ş.

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

Christian Dior

Metro Cash & Carry

Yemek Sepeti

Eren Holding

Work highlights

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership

Goksu Safi Isik Attorney Partnership is an experienced advisor to Turkey’s construction industry and has assisted with a number of major infrastructure projects over recent years. The team is well-versed in acting for its clients through the lifecycle of a project, from inception through to an arising litigation. Ali Göksu and Ali Sefa Turkmen co-lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Ali Goksu; Ali Sefa Turkmen

Key clients

Abduljawad Group

Astay Gayrimenkul İnşaat Yatırım ve Turizm Anonim Şirketi

Avrupa Otoyolu Yatırım ve İşletme A.Ş.

KMO Anadolu Otoyol İşletmesi A.Ş.

Mersin Otoyol Yatırım Ve İşletme Anonim Şirketi

Ela Kimyevi

Car Care Plan Turkiye

SHV Enerji

Pak Yatırım

IC Holding

Limak Holding A.Ş.

GKS Yapı Hizmetleri

YTU TechnoPark

HO Kandilli Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Mersin Motorway Investment and Operation on the Cesmeli-Erdemli-Silifke- Tasucu Motorway Project and specifically Cesmeli-Kizkalesi Section matters.
  • Advised Astay Real Estate and Construction on its housing project in Etiler and a hotel project in Bodrum.
  • Advising Abduljawad Group on all its real estate matters.

Çelepçi in cooperation with Schoenherr

Under the banner of its corporate and M&A department, Çelepçi in cooperation with Schoenherr assists with a range of real estate matters, including lease agreements, construction contracts and real estate portfolio management for investors. Its clients include the Luxottica Group and Unicredit Bank Austria, with the Schoenherr network of offices facilitating cross-border assistance. Levent Çelepçi leads the team and Murat Kutluğ is the other key partner-level contact.

Practice head(s):

Levent Çelepçi


‘The team is capable of managing the work of significant international investments. What we achieved was a very large international investment and the collaboration of the team was successful.’

‘They were always reachable. The working hours were long enough and they keep up with our busy schedules.’

‘The individuals were very assuring, we always felt like they were reliable and good work partners.’

Key clients


Luxottica Group S.P.A

Genel Havacilik

Getinge Group

Microport Group


OMV Group


Ağaoğlu Group

Enso GmbH

Angst Pfister Group

UniCredit Bank Austria AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted Enso Hydro with a full-scope vendor due diligence process regarding its Turkish subsidiary operating a hydropower plant.
  • Advising Maxicells on drafting and negotiating construction agreements with group companies and third-party constructors, including a design, construction, engineering agreement for the establishment of a production facility.
  • Assisting Atrium European Real Estate with the ownership structure and zoning issues of its mega land in central Istanbul.

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein

Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein is ‘recommended for its ability to handle highly complex, high-value matters in the real estate sector‘ and excels in M&A within the sector. The department is well-versed in advice relating to shopping malls, offices, hotels and supply chains, among other projects. Dispute resolution expert İsmail Esin heads the group, lending it strength in contentious real estate matters. Associates Berk Bengi and Tugay Hanegelioğlu are focused in this area of law.

Practice head(s):

İsmail Esin

Other key lawyers:

Berk Bengi; Tugay Hanegelioğlu


‘Solution oriented. Very focused, organised team. Highly creative. Gives our company confidence to have them on your corner.’

‘Very much dedicated and available. Easy to communicate and discuss matters. Highly respected.’

‘They assist us with re-development projects on our plots. They prepare agreements, attended negotiations with counterparties and assists us in all the proceedings. The preparation of the development projects agreements necessitates deep legal analysis from various different angles.’

Key clients

Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique S.A. (Proparco)

SHG Ventures

Alarko Group


N11 (Doğuş Planet)

Metro Properties

Analog Devices

Marriott International


Work highlights

  • Advised Alarko on the acquisition of Green Beach Resort Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey.
  • Advised Zynga on all of its real estate related contracts including lease, acquisition and constructions of various facilities or offices.
  • Advised the lenders in relation to the immovable security structure of a project finance matter regarding Gemlik Gübre’s construction of a new urea plant.

Güner Law Office

Güner Law Office is the destination of choice for a number of multinationals looking for advice on transactional real estate matters and portfolio management in Turkey. Lease agreements, the documentation for real estate development projects and regulatory matters are all among the services routinely undertaken by the team, which is headed by Burçak Kurt Biçer.

Practice head(s):

Burçak Kurt Biçer


‘The team are very good at helping us manage and deal with our local Turkish team. We have worked with them for a few years now, and they have become good at understanding our business needs and business model.’

‘Gizem Esen and Burcak Bicer are very responsive and always deliver on time.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Ferro Turkey Kaplama Cam ve Renk Cozumleri San. ve. Tic. Ltd. STI.

Marriott Hotels International Inc

Avient Turkey

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tractel International S.A.S.


Wafra Capital Partners Investments LP

Huhtamaki OYJ

Ali Atai & Family Members

Work highlights

Hansu Law Office

Hansu Law Office has long-standing experience in the development, structuring, financing, construction, acquisition and management of various type of real estate projects. The practice area has, along with the wider firm, grown in recent years and continues to attract new names to its client base of predominantly Turkish companies with interests in the sector. Leadership of the team is divided between Ömer Faruk Hansu and Ata Torun.

Practice head(s):

Ömer Faruk Hansu; Ata Torun

Work highlights

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership

Moral | Kınıkoğlu | Pamukkale Attorney Partnership is strong on general corporate advice within the real estate space, as well as leasing management and negotiation of retail brands. Serkan Pamukkale leads the team and has expertise on the financing side of matters. A particular niche focus of the practice is in the intersection of real estate and immigration law, for which associate Aybike Gürcan is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Serkan Pamukkale

Other key lawyers:

Reşat Moral


‘They are very professional, great knowledge of their expertise areas. Quick to response for solving problems. Reliable!!!’

‘Especially Serkan Pamukkale with his experience is great to have as a legal representative and advisor. We are glad with all the team.’

Key clients

EK Properties


Barçın Sports

Columbia (via Gözalan Retail)

La Reserve

Gözalan Property Development

Work highlights

  • Advised more than 85 individual clients of the broker company Ek Properties on acquisition of residential properties in order to obtain Turkish citizenship.
  • Advised a sports brand distributor while examining the zoning status and building permit of the tenement within the scope of a leading banks’ leasing agreement.
  • Advising the landowners of an ongoing major construction project in the İstanbul, Göktürk area.

Moroglu Arseven

Clients of Moroglu Arseven‘s real estate and construction practice receive support at all stages of a property's lifecycle, from concept development, securing financing and risk assessment, through to project delivery and leasing issues. The client base includes landowners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors, REITs, and varied project stakeholders. The department is co-led by Benan Arseven and Seyfi Moroğlu, with Nejla Aydın Özer and Burak Baydar assisting with contentious matters. Senior associate Fulya Kurar is a key name for construction sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Seyfi Moroğlu, Benan Arseven

Other key lawyers:

Nejla Aydın Özer; Burak Baydar; Fulya Kurar

Work highlights

Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office

Hospitality industry projects are the speciality of Pelister Atayilmaz Enkur Law Office‘s real estate and construction practice. Therein it acts for some of the major sponsors and project owners and is a regular fixture in the country’s most notable developments. Emre Atayilmaz is an experienced advisor on residential and commercial project development, hotel management contracts, and property leases; he co-leads the team with corporate lawyer Emre Keki and 2022 partner promotion Senem Saraç.

Practice head(s):

Emre Atayılmaz; Emre Keki; Senem Saraç


‘The professionality of the team, availability and the count on me reflection eased to do my job so efficiently. I sincerely loved the newsletters and any data that they share if there is any change in the law related to my market and business.’

‘They are so easy to access and very professional and detailed on the matters you raise.’

‘Great team integrated with our teams to create synergetic approach to find solutions. Impressive use of resources and collaboration skills to achieve desired outcomes. The diversity in creating teams were also considered and provided good feedback for the projects.’

Key clients


Avantgarde Hotels

VR Gayrimenkul

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Resort Condominiums International (RCI) Europe on a new hotel project in Turkey.
  • Advised Avantgarde Hotel on its operations.
  • Assisting VR Gayrimenkul with its residential project that includes the development of 120 residential units.


DURUKAN+PARTNERS has a finance focus to its real estate and construction offering, loan facilities on various projects, hotel asset transfers, lease agreements, and sub-operating agreements are among the matters handled recently by the team. Practice heads Begüm Özaydin and Hikmet Fadillioğlu are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Begum Durukan Ozaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Key clients

Emaar Properties PJSC

Apple Inc.

Perini Navi S.p.A.

Housam Al Amri

Lina Saheb

ENKA İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş

Work highlights

  • Advising Emaar Properties on transferring the hotel asset (Address Istanbul) under Emaar Private Equity Investment Fund.
  • Assisted Apple with representation in the leasing of Apple Bagdat Street Flagship Store.
  • Advised Perini Navi on the allocation of land by the Turkish treasury to the Turkish subsidiary to be used as the Tuzla shipyard and the reallocation to a third party.

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants

Ersoy Bilgehan Lawyers & Consultants‘s real estate lawyers handle all issues pertaining to asset management, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets. The practice has grown its client base in recent years and now acts for property companies and investors, both domestic and international. The team is jointly led by senior partner, Zihni Bilgehan, and maritime law specialist, Ergün Ersoy. ‘Superb strategistEmre Ersoy is also heavily involved.

Practice head(s):

Ergun Ersoy; Zihni Bilgehan

Other key lawyers:

Emre Ersoy


‘I’ve worked with a lot of law firms in Turkey and I’ve always had issues trying to explain myself or trying to get in touch with my representatives. But with Ersoy Bilgehan I’ve had none of these issues. Their teams are quite diverse and knowledgeable.’

‘From what they have told they have a standard they want to have in their team, from their language skills to their education they have a lot of lawyers that are quite capable and work minded. This makes them stand out from their competitors. In any time, I was able to get in contact with a lawyer and have them at a port on the other side of the country really quickly.’

‘This energetic team provides a one-stop shop for the property requirements of leading property companies, funds, developers and high net worth individuals. The team is supported by their very well-respected dispute team making them real experts in handling complex specialist disputes. They are very commercial and at the same time very well-connected. Another great aspect of the team is that they produce excellent results within timetables and budgets.’

‘New generation partner Emre Ersoy is a delight to work with. He is very well known and respected in the industry. He is a superb strategist and an excellent problem solver.’

Key clients

Arda Ev Tekstili Ltd

BINTB (Brazilian International Business)

Dedeman Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising textile business Arda Ev Tekstili on real estate matters concerning its operations.
  • Acting for Dedeman Holding in various matters, including but not limited to financing and real estate investments.
  • Assisted BINTB with its potential investments in the real estate business in Turkey as a major exporter from Brazil.

Kesikli Law Firm

Omer Kesikli‘s ‘profound knowledge and experience in construction projects‘ is key to the practice at Kesikli Law Firm, where he leads on a range of advice, from supply contracts to financing. The team is especially experienced at assisting with projects in Turkey’s substantial energy sector. Senior associate Başak Akin is another key name in the ‘highly capable‘ team.

Practice head(s):

Omer Kesikli

Other key lawyers:

Başak Akin


‘Omer Kesikli was great in all manners. I would recommend him and his firm to anyone.’

‘Top quality legal experts knowing construction and real estate sectors. Good quality legal consultancy without the unnecessary legal jargon. Transparent and fair billing policies. Practical and businesswise approach to solving the issues.’

‘Omer Kesikli’s profound knowledge and experience in construction projects helped us a lot in closing our commercial deals. His communication skills, solution-oriented mindset and practical solutions make him indispensable to our business.’

‘Kesikli has always been among the top law firms advising on complex and unique projects in the construction, real estate and energy fields. The key strengths and capabilities of the team include proficiency in drafting and negotiating project contracts and associated documentation, creative and solution-oriented approach, responsiveness and communication skills.’

‘Omer Kesikli is one of the best lawyers in the market, who leads a team of bright lawyers. He is a dependable and reliable professional. The hallmarks of the firm are a solid market reputation, adaptation ability to changes, quick and to-the-point responses, attention to details, and exceptionally good quality legal service. The team at Kesikli is quite responsive and driven to get the right results.’

‘Kesikli has been our go-to law firm for many years. The firm has dealt with a variety of energy and construction project matters for us involving financing, banking, contracting and litigation. We are beyond satisfied with all of the interactions we have had with Kesikli’s lawyers. They are knowledgeable, responsive, and solution-focused.’

‘Everyone in the team is highly capable, but most importantly it’s the manner in which they deliver their work. Everyone from intern to partner is friendly, easily accessible, good-natured and helpful. Omer Kesikli is a great business lawyer who regularly helps with complex transactions and disputes. His great personality, high integrity, and sector knowledge make him an ideal lawyer for any business. I highly recommend working with Omer and his team.’

‘Kesikli Law Firm is a firm that understands the subject quickly, is capable of focusing on the target, is honest, ethical, modern , outspoken, multi-cultural, has international capacity and talents.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung Engineering Co. on construction regulations, market entry rules, practices, regulatory framework, and public tenders law.
  • Acted for Faruk Ulular Engineering in structuring the contractual background of the project, financial guarantees, and other contractual matters relating to Kobisan Evleri (Kobisan Houses) residential construction project of approx. 450 households.
  • Advised KS Energy Africa on a dispute resolution matter arising out of contracts entered with regard to a Power Plant Project in Benin.


KILINÇ LAW & CONSULTING assists with day-to-day management of properties owned by its clients, lease agreements, and the purchase and sale of properties. Its client base includes a variety of domestic businesses, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Duygu Doğan Şahiner leads the team, supported by senior associates Mevra Baran Akkoyun and Eren Dündar, and associate Mert Sönmüş.

Practice head(s):

Duygu Doğan Şahiner

Other key lawyers:

Mevra Baran Akkoyun; Eren Dündar; Mert Sönmüş


‘Our requests from the consultant are answered in a very short time.’

‘They give us creative ideas in investment processes.’

‘When we are going to make an investment, they own the process as their own and make every effort to close.’

Key clients

PD Turizm ve Gayrimenkul Anonim Şirketi

Doka Kalıp- İskele Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi


Work highlights

  • Acted for a foreign investor client operating in the real estate development sector in the sales and permit processes of 10 villas worth €45m.
  • Advised an individual on the purchase, construction, franchising and operation of a hotel in the Izmir Region.
  • Advised a company on compliance and contractual matters for the construction of an accommodation and hospital project to be constructed within the production facilities of one of the biggest producers in the country.

Lexist Law Firm

Lexist Law Firm leverages 3 offices across Istanbul and Ankara to support on construction-related PPPs, disputes and arbitration, large projects and strategic investments. The practice, which is headed by Eyüp Kul, is active on energy, infrastructure and healthcare projects, among others, and is also distinctly well-versed in representing governmental bodies.

Practice head(s):

Eyüp Kul


‘Teamwork, follow-up, sector knowledge.’

‘Eyüp Kul is our main lawyer and he is excellent, like a stateman of construction disputes.’

‘Strong team with great knowledge.’

‘The team is consisting hardworking and dynamic people who ensure that what has to be done is done effectively and efficiently within the constraints of time.’

‘Communication efficiency effectiveness extra care.’

‘Lexist has one of the best construction teams in Turkey. We rely on them for corporate and litigation work.’

‘The boss Eyüp Kul is our main contact for all our matters. He is very hands on and runs the office excellently.’

‘This law firm is a giant in the construction sector.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a real estate developer on the development of the regional mega-project Istanbul Financial Centre (IFC) (a project to create a New York style financial hub) – projected at USD10bn.
  • Advising a construction Client on three PPP healthcare projects.
  • Advising the Turkish contractor Client in an ICC arbitration as the Claimant on its involvement in the construction of certain sections of a highway overseas.