Firm Profile > Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli
SAGLAM FIKIR SOKAK, KELEBEK CIKMAZI NO 5
ESENTEPE
34394 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a strong domestic transactional record, regularly acting for prominent Turkish conglomerates in high-value strategic acquisitions and sales. Additionally, the team is increasingly active in the tech start-up space, where it advises private equity and venture capital clients on investment transactions. The practice added a number of personnel in late 2019, boosting its expertise across key sectors including financial services, IT, and insurance. The team is led by experienced transactional counsel Umut Kolcuoğlu and foreign investor-focused Serhan KoçaklıBihter Bozbay is noted for her stable of private equity and financial investor clients. Begüm Inceçam left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Bihter Bozbay 

Testimonials

‘Their legal knowledge and experience in M&A transactions compares to no other law firm. The firm has a knack of training each and every associate and hone in their skills into becoming a practical, diligent, commercially minded lawyer. This is very impressive. Each and every associate is almost just as qualified as a partner. ’

‘I had the pleasure of working with various partners and senior associates of KDK. All are impressive and diligent and practical.

‘All round commercial and corporate team, very knowledgeable and experienced individuals’

‘Fast response, even on weekends and holidays, pragmatic approach with a business mindset. Compliance and ethics is also well understood and applied. Advise is practical, to the point and understandable for the non-lawyers. They follow up and monitor responses.I have worked most with Serhan who I value very highly.’

‘KDK is a top-notch legal counsel. They are good negotiators. They work a lot and they are extremely diligent.’

‘Kolcuoglu is excellent in identifying legal issues and finding solutions. Their quality of work is best in class and arrives on time. ’

‘They are experts in their fields. They also have specialized experts that make it very unique. ’

Key clients

Iyzico

HDI Insurance

True Value Capital Partners

Mediterra Capital

Turkven

Akemi

Deloitte

LR Health & Beauty Systems

The Boston Consulting Group

TPI Composites

PayPal

Magneti Marelli

Vava Cars

Vitol

Bunzl

Duracell

Helen Doron

Bozetto

Hugo Boss

Gucci

Wabtec Corporation

Cummins

W.A.G. Issuing Services

Huntsman

Hedef Filo

Glasshouse IT Systems

Enabler Music

Compliance Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has broad compliance expertise, assisting international clients such as Hugo Boss with issues arising in key areas such as data protection. As part of its service provision, the team conducts training for upper management, advises on internal and regulatory investigations, and drafts codes of conduct relating to issues such as business ethics, data privacy, and anti-bribery. The team also assists clients with competition law issues. Contacts include the 'outstanding' practice head Okan Demirkan, a specialist litigator and white-collar crime practitioner, and counsels Maral Anna Minasyan and İnci Karcılıoğlu, who are noted for their expertise in corporate governance and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Other key lawyers:

Maral Anna Minasyan; İnci Karcılıoğlu 

Testimonials

‘Okan Demirkan – Hands on partner level approach. ’

‘Okan Demirkan has good expertise and experience in this field. He is a highly motivated and self-confident person.

‘Considerable experience dealing with local compliance matters including regulatory and employment issues, as well as consideration of international regulatory implications.’

‘Okan Demirkan has considerable experience working with international teams on multi-jurisdictional matters, commercially focused and pragmatic approach to looking for settlements.

‘Well educated associates, researching and investigating the subjects in depth, being really into related sector and experienced associates make a great contribution to their clients.’

‘Professional service, accurate and up-to-date information and alternative risk assessment approach distinguish this company from others.’

‘Okan Demirkan, acts sensitively about diversity, makes an effort to develop alternative methods and makes you feel comfortable with suitable problem solving practices.’

‘KDK’s compliance practice stands out compared because of the team’s deep expertise and impeccable judgment. KDK knows its clients and their business, and the applicable regulatory environment, and they provide top notch representation and advice to achieve the optimal solution, while still being mindful of cost.’

Key clients

Hugo Boss

Vito

Duracell

Marubeni Corporation

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Fresenius Kabi

UL

GEA Group

Iyzico

ArcelorMittal RZK Çelik

Vava Cars

The Boston Consulting Group

Bunzl P

Superdry

Terumo BCT

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a broad disputes resolution practice, balancing strengths in litigation and arbitration. The firm has a number of standout clients, particularly in the banking sector, where it represents major domestic and international banks and consortiums, in addition to sports- and retail-sector clients. The team's strengths include debt recovery, bankruptcy-related claims, post-M&A disputes, international arbitration and criminal defence. Practice head Okan Demirkan is a prominent practitioner in a range of litigation and arbitration cases, particularly in banking, while senior associates Begüm Biçer İlikay and Rami Arda Yörükoğlu are noted for their expertise in cross-border and labour disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Testimonials

‘They carry out their activities in a very timely and precise manner – quick, to-the-point and high-quality clear advice – very flexible and very reliable – Well-regarded team with considerable experience assisting clients with litigation and arbitration proceedings ’

‘Okan Demirkan – Partner :very hard-working, never misses a detail, has no time limitations to contact, high level of reactivity.’

‘Hard working team, excellent command of English, deep and reliable knowledge of Turkish law, experienced in international arbitration , dedicated’

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli has a very strong dispute resolution team. They have skilled and experienced litigators that specializes in different sectors and areas. From juniors to seniors, all their team members are engaged and dedicated to their cases and clients. ’

‘Partner Okan Demirkan stands out as the most experienced and skilled litigator at the firm. He has very good communication skills with clients and colleagues.’

‘Very responsive and diligent. Great team and an absolute pleasure to work with. Impressive all-around.’

Key clients

BM-Bank JSC

Trabzonspor

Gano Excel

VTB Bank

Odea Bank

Abdi İbrahim

Roxcel Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Hugo Boss

Mitsubishi Corporation

Deloitte

Agence France-Presse

Alsim Alarko

Helen Doron

Oliver Samwer

Global Founders Capital

Bahrain Middle East Bank

Khaleeji Commercial Bank

Bahrain Islamic Bank

Alubaf Arab International Bank

Ithmaar Bank

Gulf International Bank

TPI

ArcelorMittal RZK

Inveon

Netapp

DHMİ (Republic of Turkey, General Directorate of State Airports Authority)

Triplan

Eurochimind

RAY Sigorta

Employment Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a dedicated employment offering, with practice co-head and counsel Maral Minasyan working exclusively on high-level employment issues for employers, employees, and trade unions, covering both advisory and litigation work. The team advises major international corporates on Turkish employment issues, including executive and mass terminations, day-to-day employment advice, complex stock option negotiations, and litigation. Other practice leaders are Okan Demirkan, a specialist litigator handling a wide range of disputes, and Serhan Kocaklı, who advises on executive compensation and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Serhan Koçaklı; Maral Minasyan

Testimonials

‘Available, friendly, and above all efficient’

‘We started to use this firm for employment law advice during 2020. They are responsive and respond quickly to urgent requests. They provide good quality advice which sets out the key issues, they identify the options, and they give a recommendation for what to do next. Their advice is clear and easy to understand.’

‘The team’s strength is that they are super responsive and meet very tight deadlines. The team is also very client-oriented in a sense that they provide very practical advice. ’

‘Maral Minasyan is amazing. Maral is incredibly responsive and always on top of the projects. ’

‘They know the local market well, which is essential for us as we do not have Turkish law capability. They can provide the legal information in a clear and practical way and are very responsive.’

‘It is of utmost importance as a foreign based company to have a trusted legal partner for employment issues, and with KDK from day one we have been in very good hands. The team is very fast to react to questions and issues for any case, extremely solution-oriented without the need to ask twice, and transparent in their road map to providing advice and steps.’

‘To single out any individual in this team would not be what KDK’s practice stands for; as a client we feel in very trusted hands with every individual partner and associate we have worked with from their side, to achieve the best outcome for us as a collective. In a fast-moving word, simple and fast communication is extremely appreciated and executed to perfection from their entire legal team.’

Key clients

Hugo Boss

Magneti Marelli

Philip Morris Turkey

UL

Agence France-Presse

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Hilton

Netflix

TikTok

Walt Disney Company Limited

Uber

Spotify

Deloitte

Vitol

Gucci

Moncler

Fendi

Superdry

The Boston Consulting Group

Al Jazeera Media Network

The Washington Post

TPI Composites

Stokke Company

VHV Group

Talanx International

Peek & Cloppenburg

Hedef Filo

Abdi Ibrahim Pharmaceuticals

Mediterra Private Equity

Bunzl plc

Vossloh Rail Technologies

SDL Multilingual Services

Louis Dreyfus Company

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Veritas Technologies

Gilead Lifesciences

Inchcape Shipping Services

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Wilko Retail Ltd.

OKI Europe

FMC Corporation

World Courier

Fresenius Kabi

NetApp

GP Strategies Limited

CyberArk

Bristol Myers-Squibb

Packet Design

Veser

Vansan

Emergent Bio Solutions

MetLife

Nutanix Inc.

Check Point Software Technologies

Qualcomm

DynCorp International

Energy Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli works for a range of clients across the energy market, and is active in the nuclear, renewable energy, gas, and petroleum sectors. The team combines regulatory expertise and litigation capabilities with advice on transactions, procurement, and projects, particularly privatisation initiatives. Clients include Turkish and international energy producers, project proponents, and industrial conglomerates. The team is led by Okan Demirkan, who has a broad range of expertise across energy and infrastructure work, encompassing litigation and disputes, construction contracts, and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Testimonials

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan is a professional law firm with strong team of experts in various areas of law. Kolcuoglu provides sensible advice while being mindful of any critical deadlines. ’

‘Okan Demirkan has a great knowledge of the local legislation and provides great legal advice which is to the point and useful. I would recommend working with Okan to other companies. ’

‘A hardworking team concentrated on the client.’

Key clients

Vitol

ET Solutions

Petrol Ofisi

Turcas Petrol

IHI Corporation

Project finance/projects Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has a range of expertise in projects, with strong capabilities in financings, transactions and project development work. The group has a particular specialism in PPP projects, encompassing energy, infrastructure and construction work, advising clients on contracts, procurement transactions and regulatory issues, as well as handling contentious issues. On financing mandates, the team acts for borrowers and lenders, handling project financings, complex bilateral and joint venture financings, and Islamic loan facilities. The team is led by experienced banking and projects lawyer Umut Kolcuoğlu, alongside Okan Demirkan, who heads up the firm's energy and infrastructure teams.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Okan Demirkan

Testimonials

‘Timely responses and flexibility on working hours are the essential key strength of the company and associates.’

Key clients

Alsim Alarko

Huntsman

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

IHI Corporation

DM İnşaat

Yu Group & Turkmall Serdivan Joint Venture

Barwa Bank

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The 'young, passionate and dynamic' team at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advises investors, REITs, banks, property developers, corporates and hospitality companies on a range of issues including construction projects, regulatory permissions and transactions. The team has a strong track record in commercial leasing work, particularly for multinational companies operating in Turkey, alongside drafting and negotiating construction contracts, land use agreements and handling legislative issues. Serhan Kocaklı leads the team, specialising in real estate transactions including portfolio deals and site acquisitions. Associate Büşra Özden is praised for her 'outstanding' work across transactions, contracts and development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Büşra Özden 

Testimonials

‘The team provided solid advice and were very responsive on a matter that had very tight deadlines.’

‘The firm fulfilled all our wishes in the desired time frame. First of all they have presented the map of the actual status, the alternative ways to tackle the problems and the possible solutions. Then in addition to the legal approach, they also used their consultancy proficiency to enlighten us to make the right decisions.’

‘Büşra Özden has performed outstanding in collecting data from a very wide set of resources and in replying to all our questions in very short time.’

‘I have worked with the firm on hospitality sector matters and have found them very helpful and detailed in their explanations without being overly legal. They have always been timely in their advice and I use them regularly for clients I work with out of the UK and internationally.’

‘It’s a young, passionate and dynamic team. When we work in a project together, they behave like someone from our company and that creates confident from our side.’

‘All team members are experienced and specialised in their areas. They are always updated in terms of knowledge. Their service is always very fast and detailed.’

‘Understood our necessities and perspective well and provided on time consultancy which considered all perspectives we need.’

Key clients

DM İnşaat

Marriott International

Huntsman Corporation – Ema Kimya

PayPal

Hugo Boss

Yu Group

Otto International

TPI Composites

Duracell

Folkart

VaVa Cars

Söke Un

Monsoon/Accessorize

Vito Energy

Koç Holding

Vitol

Ab Initio

Cummins

Equinix

Bunzl

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli acts for lenders and borrowers in bank lending and financing transactions, with notable capabilities in Islamic finance and cross-border lending, particularly in the investment funds space. The team also advises on capital markets regulatory issues and transactions, and has a growing niche in the fintech sector, where it has expertise in the regulation of payment platforms. The 'proactive' team is led by managing partner Umut Kolcuoglu and Bihter Bozbay.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Bihter Bozbay

Testimonials

‘The team is proactive and commercial but absolutely accurate with their advice.’

‘The team has worked at a very high level right from the start. Queries and comments are implemented very quickly.’

‘Works quickly at a very high level. You get a quick response to your inquiries.’

Key clients

Barwa Bank

Iyzico

ING Bank

Mediterra Capital

Toronto Dominion Bank

Landesbank Baden Württemberg International

True Value Capital Partners

Competition Tier 4

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli significantly bolstered its competition law practice with the arrival of former TCA counsel Neyzar Ünübol in late 2019. Working alongside practice co-head Umut Kolcuoğlu, Ünübol and the team advise on merger control filings and Turkish competition law, and also represent clients in TCA investigations, including the high-profile pandemic-motivated investigation into retail pricing.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Neyzar Ünübol

Testimonials

‘They have a sound knowledge with regard to Turkish Competition Law. Also their staff has a long working experience as a chief auditor in Turkish Competition Authority.’

‘The Competition team at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli Attorneys at Law has demonstrated strong knowledge of the subject area. For us, it is very important that the team consists of subject matter experts. They have been also been quite available and responsive despite all the challenges presented by Covid19.’

‘We most closely work with Ms. Neyzar Unobol. She is quite outstanding in her ownership of our business and challenges. She goes above and beyond to understand the business dynamics and as a result give actionable yet precise advice. Her sense of ownership and energy is unparalleled.’

‘The team includes experienced, well educated and focused lawyers in their areas. Especially, ex-experts from the competition board as consultant makes the team one step forward.’

‘Umut Kolcuoglu is a creative and widely respected competition lawyer. ’

‘I would describe Umut as a thought leader.’

Key clients

Vitol

HDI Insurance

Prime Global Holdings LLC (Vinmar International Ltd.)

Turkven Private Equity

Mediterra Capital

Iyzico

The Boston Consulting Group

Gratis

team.blue NV

Hedef Filo

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

At KDK, we use a results-oriented approach to provide tailor made solutions for domestic and international companies, institutions and individuals in various sectors. 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 Turkish and English, and some are also competent in German and French.

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, privatization, corporate and commercial, competition, employment, dispute resolution, real estate, energy and infrastructure, banking and finance, capital markets, personal data privacy, ethics and compliance, insurance and sports.

KDK enjoys a strong reputation and high levels of acclaim in the Turkish market for its superior M&A practice. KDK’s M&A team regularly advises foreign and local investors on M&A transactions involving publicly held and private companies. KDK’s corporate and commercial and M&A teams consisting of many talented lawyers with in-depth knowledge on various areas, including contract negotiations, corporate governance and compliance, corporate structuring, joint ventures and market regulations, advise clients on the legal and regulatory aspects of their activities.

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, employment-related claims (including union matters), white-collar criminal matters and administrative disputes at all court levels. KDK’s dispute resolution team is very active in arbitration and represents foreign and local clients in both ad hoc and institutional arbitration, as well as post-arbitration proceedings including enforcement 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 extensive legal advice on all aspects of Turkish and global anti-corruption and anti-bribery and other ethics and compliance matters to its domestic and international clients. KDK offers a deep understanding of legal, procedural, governance and reputational aspects of regulatory and   compliance   issues, investigations and post-investigation litigation. KDK’s   team of experienced lawyers provides a global service including multi- jurisdictional investigations and compliance matters. KDK also offers clients tailor-made personal data privacy compliance packages.

KDK provides services in all aspects of competition law including representation of clients vis-à-vis the Turkish Competition Authority in connection with merger control filings, individual exemption applications and investigations as well as review of competition law aspects of contracts having both horizontal and vertical nature.

KDK deals with all aspects of administrative law, with specific expertise and experience on public procurement, PPP projects and infrastructure. The team advises clients on tender procedures as well as post-tender stage related principles and procedures. With significant knowledge on PPP projects, the firm advises many leading multinational infrastructure companies in multi-hundred million dollar infrastructure projects, including PPP projects entailing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts.

KDK offers sector-specific knowledge on local and international energy projects. In addition to its extensive involvement in upstream and midstream petroleum and natural gas transactions and nuclear energy projects, KDK is a sought-after advisor for electricity generation ventures and deals.

KDK’s expertise in the area of employment includes union/collective bargaining matters, occupational health and safety regulations, social security related issues and work/residence permit procedures. The team advises clients on global and local employee scheme restructuring, preparation of tailor-made employment contracts and stock option plans, implementation of global policies, internal employee investigations and termination of white-collar and blue-collar employees’ contracts.

International Work: KDK has developed close relationships with distinguished international law firms and cooperate with these firms to support our multinational clients in cross-border projects. As an independent local law firm, the firm collaborates with more than 50 major foreign law firms around the world.

The firm recognizes the value of joining forces with leading business and social organizations, both in Turkey and around the world. Over the years, KDK has been privileged to collaborate with a number of local and international associations.

KDK has established a German Desk, where it brings together its experience in advising international companies operating in German-speaking countries.

Additional information
Diversity: 
KDK recognizes that strength lies in differences, rather than similarities. We welcome individuals with unique characteristics and experiences, including people of different genders, ethnic backgrounds, cultures, national origins, ages, religions and sexual orientations. Diversity nurtures the quality of our work and is essential in satisfying the needs of our internationally sophisticated client base.

The male ratio at partner level decreased to 50% in 2021. KDK has three male and three female partners. With a legal team comprised of 80% women and a support staff of 45% male, we place a great deal of emphasis on gender equality and strive for the advancement of women in Turkey’s legal market.

Compliance: All members of the firm are well-trained on client confidentiality, data privacy, conflicts of interest, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. Training is conducted on a regular basis, to ensure strong discipline in compliance.

Knowledge management : KDK focuses on preserving quality of legal services through legal Knowledge Management (“KM”). KDK is one of the first Turkish law firms with a KM organization and a dedicated KM director. Our KM organization ensures that knowledge is captured, collated, categorized, improved and shared between project teams and practice areas. KDK is reducing costs, creating efficiencies and enhancing value for clients, whilst maintaining and improving quality, by effectively using KM. With a culture of innovation and best use of technology, KDK takes a client-centric approach to deliver client services that fit with the clients’ business strategies and goals.

Technology: Our IT security infrastructure is capable of securing clients’ data and ensuring strong walls between the firm’s lawyers, particularly in projects involving sensitive information. We can limit access to any client’s data, solely to the team members allocated to the relevant project. Our Chinese walls are not built only on principle, but grounded on strong infrastructure. We have taken all IT precautions to block all types of security breaches.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Banking and Finance; Capital Markets Dr. Umut Kolcuoglu ukolcuoglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Dispute Resolution; Energy and Infrastructure; Ethics and Compliance Okan Demirkan odemirkan@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial; Real Estate; Employment Serhan Koçakli skocakli@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial Inci Karcilioglu ikarcilioglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Banking and Finance Bihter Bozbay bbozbay@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Capital Markets; Energy and Infrastructure Melis Öget Koç mokoc@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Counsel - Corporate and Commercial; Employment; Insurance Maral Minasyan mminasyan@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Counsel - Competition Neyzar Ünübol nunubol@kolcuoglu.av.tr +90 212 355 99 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Bihter Bozbay photo Ms Bihter Bozbay Partner. Bihter has significant experience in M&A, joint ventures, corporate and finance…
Mr Okan Demirkan  photo Mr Okan Demirkan Okan Demirkan has significant experience in energy and infrastructure, arbitration and litigation,…
 İnci Karcılıoğlu  photo İnci Karcılıoğlu Partner. İnci has significant experience in corporate law, contracts, joint ventures, capital…
Ms Melis Öget Koç  photo Ms Melis Öget Koç Partner. Melis Öget Koç joined Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı in 2015 and became…
 Serhan Kocaklı  photo Serhan Kocaklı Partner. Serhan Koçaklı leads the Firm’s corporate & commercial and real estate…
 Umut Kolcuoğlu  photo Umut Kolcuoğlu Managing Partner. Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu has diverse experience and comparative knowledge in…
Number of lawyers : Approximately 60
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Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD)
German Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce Istanbul
Contact : Dr Umut Kolcuoglu (ukolcuoglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr)