Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey > Firm Profile

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

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli houses ‘one of the best M&A practices in Turkey’, offering ‘high-quality legal assistance, excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to every single issue, no matter the complexity involved’. The department is a popular choice for private equity funds and major strategic and financial investors. Umut Kolcuoğlu, ‘the go-to person for M&A matters’, and Serhan Koçaklı, who has a focus on foreign direct investment clients, head the team. Bihter Bozbay Inan; Melis Öget Koç, who was promoted to partner in 2021; and senior associate Alp Erçetin are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I found KDK to be both excellent lawyers, very user friendly. They were very receptive to working to UK hours, all members of the team I dealt with spoke English perfectly and turned round documents and requests very quickly.’

‘Partner Umut Kolcuoğlu  is very street smart, knowledgeable and trustworthy. He is very good at negotiations and very connected.’

‘The attorneys we collaborate with are very professional/knowledgeable and their strengths are: Good communication skills-they draw conclusions, their responses are clear and very well written. The teams’ responses are very timely, make us feel we are their priority customer.’

‘The individuals are precise and attentive whenever our Company comes up with ideas to work on. They are always able to apply different point of views to resolve complex legal issues.’

‘Umut Kolcuoğlu stands out in the market as the go-to person for M&A matters. We have relied on his and his team’s skills for a few transactions, always ending up happy to have retained their services. They have good business knowledge and are our “advisors”, not just lawyers’.

‘The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law provides a full and high-quality legal assistance to international clients’.

‘The lawyers at Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law efficiently advise international clients on their market entry and investments in Turkey. They offer high-quality legal assistance, excellent interpersonal skills and commitment to every single issue, no matter the complexity involved.’

‘Umut Kolcuoğlu is one the best lawyers in Turkey. He has very strong technical knowledge/expertise in M&A field. Combined with his strong legal competencies, he also has strong commercial understanding that enables him to provide creative and pragmatic advice in a wide range of situations.’

Key clients

Vitol

Q Terminals

ORIX Corporation

Turkven

Sesa Packaging

Doğan Holding and Doğan Music

Blutv Mediterra Capital

Vinmar

team.blue NV

Brightstar Capital Partners

NN Group

Koç Holding

Bunzl

Duracell

Iyzico

HDI Insurance

Logo Software

Vansan Machinery

True Value Capital Partners

Prime Overseas Holdings LLC (a subsidiary of Vinmar Group)

Deloitte

TPI Composites

Vava Cars

The Boston Consulting Group

Magneti Marelli

Tavuk Dünyası

Akemi LR

Health & Beauty Systems

Helen Doron

Bozetto

Hugo Boss

Gucci

Wabtec Corporation

Cummins

W.A.G. Issuing Services, a.s.

Huntsman

Hedef Filo

Glasshouse IT Systems

Enabler Music

Aquaman B.V. / (Turkven

Work highlights

  • Advised QTerminals on its acquisition of a 99.99% stake in Port Akdeniz, a subsidiary of Global Holding.
  • Advised Blutv in connection with the investment made by Communications Europe Limited (Discovery) in Blutv by way of share subscription.
  • Advised Aquaman B.V., on its exit from Vansan, a leading Turkish pump manufacturer, in a multi-bidder process.

Turkey > Compliance Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s compliance practice assists its client base of domestic and international heavyweights with anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations and represents them in any investigations that arise. The firm also has a robust offering in data protection, which is overseen by counsel Maral Minasyan. Okan Demirkan is the main contact for other compliance matters, drawing on experience in anti-corruption and protection of assets, as well as wider litigation expertise. Begüm Biçer İlikay and Selin Balkır Erçin are the names to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Maral Minasyan

Other key lawyers:

Selin Balkır Erçin; Begüm Biçer İlikay; İnci Karcılıoğlu; Ali Tuncsav; Neyzar Ünübol

Testimonials

‘The KDK is one of the law firms in Turkey which has a dedicated a team for Compliance Practice, so it is one of the leaders compared to other firms in Turkey.’

‘KDK put a lot of time and effort into the development of the practice, particularly in the areas of design and implementation of ethics and compliance programs, internal investigation.’

‘The Compliance Practice is an area that has been developing in the last 10 years and KDK was the pioneer in many areas of compliance issues.’

‘They created a network through which they can provide services to their clients covering many areas of compliance such as forensic accounting, digital forensic, etc.’

‘Okan Demirkan is one of the well-recognized partners in the Compliance Practice due to his client portfolio, presence in many well-known associations for a long time and the contents he developed.’

‘The associates (Selin Balkır Erçin and Begüm Biçer İlikay) have improved their compliance knowledge and gained a wide range of experience in the last years. They are very responsive to my team and to the client and recommend very creative and constructive solutions when faced with complex and difficult situations.’

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli demonstrated deep understanding of our needs and advised on controversial issues of Turkish licensing legislation. It was also very much appreciated that during our discussions the team went the extra mile and proactively alarmed us about any red flags before we even thought about it.’

‘Considering that we are new to this jurisdiction their input was very practical and allowed us to structure negotiations with partners.’

Key clients

Axpo

Huntsman

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

Superdry

Terumo BCT

Work highlights

  • Acted for all Turkish subsidiaries of Hugo Boss on their compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation and the preparation of their personal data privacy compliance package and systems.
  • Advising Vito and its Turkish subsidiary on their compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation.
  • Advising Terumo BCT’s Turkish subsidiary on its compliance with Turkish personal data privacy legislation.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli fields a team of ‘dedicated litigators’ led by Okan Demirkan, who represents clients in a wide variety of civil litigation, criminal litigation, administrative lawsuits, execution proceedings, arbitration, and post-investigation claims. Senior associate Begüm Biçer, who is particularly experienced in compliance, investigations and representing clients before the Turkish courts and other public authorities in a wide range of litigation matters, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Other key lawyers:

Begüm Biçer

Testimonials

‘Begum Bicer Ilikay always provided timely advice on Turkish law matters related to the lawsuits the firm was handling and was mainly in charge of the communication’

‘KDK has a strong corporate and transactional practice that supports their disputes group in terms of industry experience and knowledge and legal consequences, which helps them greatly in their litigation cases. KDK’s litigation partners and associates work harmoniously and the junior associates are able to carry major tasks in terms of pleading and advocacy.’

‘They are ambitious and dedicated litigators.’

‘Okan Demirkan is the lead partner of the disputes group and has very strong litigation instincts. He is very determined to win his cases and meet client expectations.’

‘Begum Bicer is one of the lead associates who is ready to take on more senior roles. She is able to carry cases by herself.’

‘The team has been impeccable, very detail oriented but at the same time extremely efficient.

Okan Demirkan was very good at managing our expectations, laying out the risks of our litigation but at the same advising us on the possible strategies to overcome barriers.

‘KDK is the law firm to work with when it comes to lawsuits requiring deep strategic thinking. The team is always on top of things and we never need to ask what is happening in the case because they proactively update us on every development.’

Key clients

Upfield

DelayFix

Natro Hosting (a subsidiary of team.blue)

Pure Salmon

Ströer

Suitcase Organizer, Inc.

VavaCars

BM Bank JSC / VTB Bank

Trabzonspor

Odea Bank

Abdi İbrahim

Roxcel

Hugo Boss

Deloitte

Agence France-Presse

Alsim Alarko

Oliver Samwer / Global Founders Capital

Bahrain Middle East Bank

ArcelorMittal RZK

DHMI (General Directorate of State Airports Authority)

TPI

RAY Sigorta

Work highlights

  • Representing BM-Bank in two bankruptcy lawsuits and related procedures, compensation lawsuits, recognition lawsuits, criminal proceedings, tender cancellation-related proceedings and, constitutional court proceedings for the protection of BM-Bank’s receivables, valued at approximately $300m.
  • Representing a consortium of six Middle Eastern banks in the collection of almost $500m, from various Turkish companies and individuals.
  • Representing Oliver Samwer and Global Founders Capital in a lawsuit filed by two investors alleging that they had a right to co-invest when Delivery Hero acquired Yemek Sepeti.

Turkey > Employment Tier 2

Maral Minasyan, who was promoted to partner in January 2022 and is a ‘huge asset for labour and employment issues’, heads Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s employment team, which advises on labour union law and collective bargaining agreements, occupational health and safety, social security, foreign employee work permits and litigation. Skilled litigator Okan Demirkan brings additional expertise to the practice, and is particularly involved in the negotiation, drafting and termination process of senior executives’ employment contracts.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Maral Minasyan

Testimonials

‘Have worked with Maral Minasyan and her team. They are detail-oriented and knowledgeable.’

‘They have a good balance of legal advice delivered in a practical, succinct way, which is important when dealing with busy stakeholders who aren’t familiar with the region.’

‘They seem to have a good commercial approach, being clear about the advice but providing that in a more user-friendly way.’

‘Working closely with Maral Minaysan and have had a great experience throughout the years.’

‘For Covid-19 concerns, was proactive to keep us informed on regulations about benefits, layoffs and how to deal with our staff.’

‘Maral Minasyan is a huge asset for labor and employment issues, thinking ahead on issues and providing clear advice.’

‘Quick to respond to clients’ needs. They make the effort to get a proper understanding of the business – which helps in providing quick solutions and responses.’

‘Very competent team, international approach, deep knowledge of local and multinational company expectations.’

Key clients

Twitter

Tchibo

Lego

Boyner

Dyson

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

GE Transportation (Wabtec)

Upfield Europe B.V.

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

Gusto (former Zen Payroll)

BMS Group

Pure Salmon

Advanced Micro Devices, inc.

SI Group

AMN Healthcare

Beijing Dajia Internet Information Technology Co., Ltd

Scientific Games Corporation

Netflix

Uber

Spotify

Tik Tok

The Boston Consulting Group

Agence France-Presse

Al Jazeera Media Network

The Washington Post

Deloitte

Philip Morris Turkey

Hugo Boss

Gucci

Moncler

Fendi

Superdry

Peek & Cloppenburg

Tom Tailor

Hilton

Walt Disney Company Limited

TPI Composites

Cigna

Magneti Marelli

LR Health & Beauty Systems

UL

Talanx International

Mediterra Private Equity

Veritas Technologies LLC

Louis Dreyfus Company

Hedef Filo

Abdi Ibrahim Pharmaceuticals

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

Vitol

Stokke Company

VHV Group

Bunzl plc

NetApp

OKI Europe

Nutanix Inc.

Alsim Alarko

Vito Enerji

SDL Multilingual Services

C.R. Bard, Inc.

Gilead Sciences

Inchcape Shipping Services (UK) Limited

Extreme Networks, Inc.

Wilko Retail Ltd.

FMC Corporation

World Courier

Fresenius Kabi

GP Strategies Limited

CyberArk

Bristol Myers-Squibb

Packet Design LLC

Veser

Vansan

Emergent Bio Solutions

MetLife

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Qualcomm

DynCorp International

Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited

Watts Water Technologies

LOGO Yazılım

UiPath

Pure Storage

RWE Technology

Unico Sigorta

Roxcel

Glencore Energy

Redknee

Demir Hayat

Lyoness

Elif Plastik

Dover Corporation

Vava Cars

Cummins

Neilsen

Merlin Entertainments Ltd

Lemongrass Consulting

SAI Global

Magellan Health

Prometeon Tyre Group S.R.L.

Innerworkings, Inc.

Schmiedewerke Gröditz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising all Turkish subsidiaries of Hugo Boss on their employment-related matters and disputes, involving both white- and blue-collar employees.
  • Advising Dyson on its employment-related daily queries.
  • Advising Gucci on all aspects of employment law on a retainer basis.

Turkey > Energy Tier 2

The team at Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli assists a host of international clients with electricity, gas, petroleum, renewables and nuclear energy issues. The team’s expertise covers both sector-specific regulatory matters and permits, as well as a range of transactional and disputes work in the energy market. Practice head Okan Demirkan is praised for his ‘excellent legal and commercial acumen‘ and has broad experience in matters relating to energy projects, including compliance and litigation. Appointed to partner in 2021, Melis Öget Koç is well versed in advising clients from heavily regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Other key lawyers:

Melis Öget Koç; Cihan Mercan

Testimonials

‘KDK is a sophisticated legal operator. The team know what international clients want and go above and beyond to deliver it. They are also excellent at developing their associates to ensure the team has appropriate strength in depth.’

‘Okan Demirkan has excellent legal and commercial acumen. He is super responsive and will give his clients reliable advice that goes far beyond simply setting out the law.’

Key clients

ET Solutions

Engie

RWE

Turcas Petrol

Vitol

Orix Corporation

Petrol Ofisi

QTerminals

Work highlights

  • Advised Vitol on a project regarding the storage of petroleum and natural gas products in facilities owned by third parties.
  • Acted for Orix in its acquisition of an 80% stake in Elawan Energy, a global renewable energy company based in Spain.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is recommended for its skill in handling all aspects of infrastructure projects, including contracts, deal structuring, and regulatory and administrative law matters, and has solid knowledge and experience in PPP projects, mainly related to infrastructure, construction and energy. The practice is co-headed by Umut Kolcuoğlu and Okan Demirkan, and is also know for its financing work, advising lenders and borrowers regarding project finance, Islamic finance transactions, bilateral financings of acquisitions, as well as real estate and greenfield projects.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Okan Demirkan

Key clients

Alsim Alarko

Huntsman

Samsung C&T

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

Barwa Bank PQSC

DM Yatırım İnşaat

IHI Corporation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Redstar Aviation

Yu Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Alsim Alarko on the Kabatas-Mecidiyekoy-Mahmutbey metro line project.
  • Advised the Turkish subsidiary of Huntsman Corporation in connection with the reconstruction of its production facility in Tuzla, Istanbul.
  • Advised Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH regarding its provision, alongside Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération Economique, of a multimillion-euro loan to Limak Afrika in connection with Limak Group’s investment in Côte d’Ivoire.

Turkey > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s real estate practice has a solid track record of advising domestic and international clients on a variety of matters, including acquisitions, structuring, development agreements, land concessions and zoning law. The department is headed by Serhan Koçaklı and is also skilled in commercial lease agreements, sales and real estate-related transactions. Senior associate Büşra Özden is another key practitioner in the team, which advises notable clients such as Huntsman Corporation-Ema Kimya, Marriott International, Pfizer, QTerminals and Duracell.

Practice head(s):

Serhan Koçaklı

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Business minded. Highly qualified. English-speaking team members.’

‘Excellent quality of partners and associates.’

‘Büşra Özden did a great job with our contract preparations. She was fast in her responses and contributed to the design of a well-balanced contract from a negotiations perspective.’

‘The team of Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is one of the most professional in this specific field. The team is very talented and punctual in its response to clients. The team members are respectful and open to new ideas. Additionally, the team have expertise in different and unique areas of law.’

‘As a client, when we work with Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli we are aware that we are working with a highly qualified team. They give us very professional advice and we know we will get full support in accordance with our requirements.’

Key clients

Ab Initio

Bunzl/İstanbul Ticaret

Cummins

DM İnşaat

Duracell

Extensa

Folkart

Volt Teknoloji

Hugo Boss

Huntsman Corporation – Ema Kimya

Marriott International

Monsoon/Accessorize

Otto International

Pfizer

QTerminals

TPI Composites

Turkven

Vava Cars

Veser

Yu Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Huntsman Corporation-Ema Kimya on the reconstruction of its production facility and the temporary relocation of another production facility, including the drafting and negotiation of two FIDIC-based construction contracts for civil engineering works and mechanical works.
  • Advised the Turkish subsidiary of Pfizer Inc on a lease agreement for a property located in Zorlu Gayrimenkul’s signature high-rise building in Istanbul.
  • Advised Marriott International in connection with its new homes and villas within the scope of the Marriott project.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli‘s ‘reliable, responsive and diligent’ practice has a solid expertise in transactions ranging from cross-border secured lending to portfolio restructuring, as well as acquisition financing to regulatory compliance. The team, which is headed by Umut Kolcuoğlu and Bihter Bozbay Inan, also provides services in the capital markets sector, as well as fintech, advising on Turkish legislation on banking, e-money, and payment service solutions. Melis Öget Koç, promoted to partner in 2021, is another name to note. Hasan Yaşar was a new arrival in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Bihter Bozbay Inan; Melis Öget Koç; Hasan Yaşar

Testimonials

‘They are reliable, responsive and diligent, and clearly understand the needs of our clients.’

‘Umut Kolcuoğlu and Bihter Bozbay are responsive and attentive, and provide useful and timely advice.’

Key clients

Barwa Bank PQSC

Mediterra Capital

Söke Un

Samsung C&T

Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG)

Deutsche Bank AG

ING Bank NV

Iyzico

Toronto Dominion Bank

Landesbank Baden Württemberg International

Work highlights

  • Advised Samsung C&T on the financing of a 950MW combined cycle power plant located in Kırıkkale, Turkey.
  • Advised DEG in connection with provision of a multimillion-euro loan by DEG and Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Economique S.A. to Limak Afrika S.A. in connection with Limak Group’s investment in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank in connection with a loan to be provided to a Turkish citizen, from Turkish law perspective.

Turkey > Competition Tier 4

Seen by one client as ‘a one-stop-shop for legal requirements‘, Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli supports its corporate clients in merger control filings and in TCA investigations. Competition advice is co-ordinated by the firm’s founding and managing partner Umut Kolcuoğlu and counsel Neyzar Ünübol, a competition expert with past experience as a case handler for the TCA. Associate Ali Tunçsav is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Neyzar Ünübol

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kolcuoğlu, especially Neyzar Unubol’s dominance in competition law, her experience in sector audits, her knowledge about the retail sector have impressed us a lot. It was also invaluable that she and her team were always available. Umut Kolcuoğlu was always controlling the process.’

‘Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav are responsible, qualified, well educated and practised about their working areas. It fills us with confidence.’

‘Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advised our company on competition clearance of joint-venture. At a time we referred to KDK we were confused by inputs of our previous counsel and engagement of KDK contributed very much to our understanding of regulatory framework and practical challenges. Also based on advice of KDK we were able to conduct efficient negotiations with our counterparty and preserve interests of our company.’

‘I believe that KDK stands out among other firms for its extensive experience in competition law and client-oriented approach. The team is always accessible and managed to deliver the required input within shortest possible period.’

‘We’ve been working with Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav. The team is very experienced in competition law and apart from that they also possesses deep understanding of underlying commercial arrangements and industry. This combination allows it to deliver tailored advice which meets our practical needs.’

‘Neyzar Unubol and Ali Tuncsav are definitely “go to” persons in the market.’

‘They always respond promptly and give proper legal advice. They have a wide team with experts. They are good in drafting English agreements/documents.’

‘It is a one-stop-shop for legal requirements. It serves its customers in various languages regarding various legal topics such as M&A, due diligence, company foundation, anti-trust issues, local legal systems etc. The team has a very good balance of highly qualified lawyers as well as fresh graduates so that the relevant topics are tackled by relevant matching people. The team differentiates with their qualifications, communication skills and ability to handle complex issues in a fast manner and in a layman’s language when necessary. The practice also tries to give concrete proposals considering legal systems / verdicts have grey areas.’

Key clients

Orix

QTerminals

Cheplapharm Arzneimittel

team.blue

Hun Holding

Gratis

Hedef Filo

Mediterra Capital

Turkven Private Equity

HDI Insurance

The Boston Consultancy Group

Iyzico

Sesa Packaging

Vitol

Vinmar Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Gratis in an investigation initiated by the TCA against 29 large-scale FMCG retailers and suppliers in Turkey, relating to allegations of coordinated price increases during the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Acted for Orix in the merger control filing of its acquisition of an 80% stake in Spanish renewable energy company Elawan Energy.
  • Represented QTerminals in the merger control clearance of its acquisition of a 99.99% stake in Port Akdeniz, a subsidiary of Global Holding.

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 largest law firms.

At KDK, we use a results-oriented approach to provide tailormade 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-related matters, including mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital markets, joint ventures, corporate and commercial law, ethics and compliance, dispute resolution, real estate, competition, employment, energy and infrastructure, personal data privacy, insurance law, project finance and public/private partnerships.

Banking & Finance and Capital Markets

KDK offers comprehensive legal services in the banking and finance sector in areas such as cross-border secured lending, portfolio restructuring, acquisitions and project financing as well as regulatory compliance.

KDK’s expert capital markets team provides detailed legal support services in all capital markets matters, including regulatory compliance, initial and second public offerings as well as issuing bonds and securities.

Competition Law

KDK’s experienced competition law team provides legal services in all aspects of competition law, including investigations conducted by the Turkish Competition Authority, individual exemption applications, merger control filings as well as design and implementation of merger remedies. The team provides legal advice in connection with compliance of clients’ commercial agreements and business conduct with Turkish competition law.

The KDK team also provides competition law compliance programs, tailored to best suit the sectoral needs of its clients and to keep them current as to the dynamic competition law regime.

Corporate and Commercial

KDK advises small, medium-sized and large-scale domestic and international companies in connection with all legal matters regarding their transactions, including commercial and corporate law matters as well as contracts.

The Corporate & Commercial team is very active in a broad range of sub-practice areas, including contract negotiations, corporate governance and compliance, corporate structuring, real estate, tenders, data privacy rules, anti-bribery and corruption matters and market regulations. This allows KDK to practice in a broad range of different sectors with great knowledge and experience. By knowing the challenges in different sectors, the team provides tailor-made legal services and successfully assists the clients throughout every stage of their business cycle.

Dispute Resolution

KDK represents Turkish and foreign clients in a wide range of disputes before Turkish courts as well as in institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings. The Firm’s dispute resolution partner, Mr. Okan Demirkan, is likely the youngest non-academic lawyer in Turkey that has acted as counsel, arbitrator and expert witness in arbitration proceedings, thereby experiencing every role in arbitration. KDK’s dispute resolution team is well-versed in internationally recognized rules and practices and carefully analyze the nuances of each dispute to provide a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis that supports each client’s commercial interests and goals.

KDK’s approach is tailored to best suit the needs of its clients with a focus on providing efficient settlement solutions whenever possible. The Firm represents clients throughout the lifecycle of their disputes, from initial discussions to post-resolution recognition and the setting-aside of various matters that involve sales contracts, agency and distributorship relations, corporate transactions, labor relations, intellectual property, white-collar crime, leasing, construction, sports, debt and bankruptcy enforcement.

Employment

KDK provides top-tier employment law advice for both Turkish and international clients in a wide range of sectors. The Firm performs services from negotiating and drafting employment-related contracts, to unilaterally or bilaterally terminating employment relationships and representing clients before the relevant courts.

KDK also represents clients in various labor law disputes including labor union-related claims. In addition, the Firm regularly advises clients concerning internal corporate regulations and policies, including working hours, annual leave, disciplinary rules, in-service training and occupational health and safety.

Energy and Infrastructure

With strong expertise and know-how in the energy sector, KDK offers sector-specific knowledge on local and international energy and infrastructure projects.

KDK renders extensive legal advice on electricity, natural gas, petroleum, LPG, renewable energy and nuclear energy issues, including matters relating to natural gas/oil imports, wholesale, storage and export activities, as well as electricity market activities and greenfield investments in Turkey.

KDK assists clients in tenders for the privatization of state-owned power plants. KDK has been advising many leading multinational infrastructure companies in multi-hundred-million-dollar infrastructure projects, including PPP projects entailing EPC contracts. The KDK team has experience in assisting private sector players in the development of top-level landmark projects with Turkish public entities.

KDK has been at the forefront of this decade’s developments in energy and infrastructure and has played a key role in the region’s most ground-breaking energy projects, such as the Shah Deniz Stage II Project, the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline Project (TANAP) as well as Vitol’s acquisition of OMV Petrol Ofisi.

Ethics and Compliance

KDK provides legal advice on all aspects of Turkish and global anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations to its domestic and international clients concerning their compliance with the relevant laws and regulations and legal services, such as the preparation of internal codes of conduct, corporate compliance and ethics policies. KDK offers its clients a deep understanding, both globally and locally, of legal, procedural, governance, and reputational aspects of regulatory and compliance issues, investigations and litigation.

KDK, as a leading supporter of the private sector’s ethical standards’ establishment, strives to raise awareness among its clients and society at large. The Firm is an active member of the Ethics and Reputation Society (TEID) and Transparency International.

Insurance

KDK offers a full range of insurance services to both Turkish and internationally prominent companies that operate in the insurance sector.

The Firm’s extensive, hands-on experience with both strategic and regulatory insurance matters allows its clients to plan and structure optimal solutions for their insurance-related businesses. The Firm’s involvement in insurance-related projects includes regulatory support for all licensing and permit-related matters, as well as liaison with local authorities and assistance with day-to-day operations.

KDK has also been actively involved in various Turkish insurance company mergers and acquisitions and advises local and foreign investors, including multinational corporations and private equity firms on their investments in the Turkish insurance market.

Mergers and Acquisitions

KDK is a well-known and highly praised law firm in the Turkish market for its comprehensive and strong M&A practice. Besides the Firm’s solid influence in the Turkish market, KDK’s attorneys are highly acknowledged for their strong backgrounds, professionalism and in-depth knowledge of various areas of law.

The Transaction team is known for its large-scale projects in highly regulated sectors, including fintech, energy, insurance, pharma, technology, retail, chemicals, financial services, and for advising leading private equity funds and strategic investors in connection with cross-border/local transactional assignments ranging from private/public M&As to joint ventures. KDK has taken part in most of the “landmark” and complex deals in the market and played a remarkable role in the country’s M&A market in recent years.

Personal Data Privacy

Since the introduction of Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Law in 2016, KDK provides legal assistance to clients on compliance with the Personal Data Protection Law and its secondary legislation. The Firm offers its clients tailor-made personal data privacy compliance packages. Within the scope of these tailor-made packages, the team provides its clients with a wide range of services, such as the structuring of a fully-functioning and sustainable personal data privacy management system in accordance with the clients’ organizational structure; organizing awareness training for clients with respect to personal data privacy; preparing the necessary documents, policies and procedures required by the relevant legislation and reviewing its clients’ agreements for compliance with the legislation.

Real Estate

KDK’s expert real estate team advises clients in every stage of construction and real property development, from full-scale retail developments to internationally branded tourism facilities as well as urban transformation and housing projects.

The team is active throughout the project lifecycle, taking on a dynamic role beginning with target-property investigations, and continuing through the drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements, including sale and purchase agreements, easement rights, usufruct rights, passage rights and lease agreements, construction agreements, architectural and engineering service agreements, management and operating agreements, as well as preparing security packages and tender files.

The team advises landowners, project developers, private and corporate investors, REITs, public and private banks, real estate project lenders, construction companies, shopping mall owners, leasing and management companies, retailers, hoteliers, tour operators, port operators and private equities. KDK’s technical knowledge not only gives clients the advantage, but also creates time and cost efficiencies.

The Firm’s real estate partner, Serhan Koçaklı, lectures on real estate law at Istanbul-based universities’ certificate programs.

International Work

KDK has developed close relationships with distinguished international law firms and cooperates with these firms to support its multinational clients in cross-border projects. As an independent local law firm, KDK collaborates with approximately 60 international law firms across the globe.

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 to advise international companies operating in German-speaking countries.

Additional Information

Diversity

KDK recognizes that strength lies in differences, rather than similarities. The Firm welcomes 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 KDK’s work and is essential in satisfying the needs of its internationally sophisticated client base.

Four out of KDK’s seven partners are female. With a legal team comprised of 76% women and a support staff of 46% male, KDK places a great deal of emphasis on gender equality and strives for the advancement of women in Turkey’s legal market.

Compliance

All members of the Firm are well-trained in 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 the quality of its 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. The Firm’s KM organization ensures that knowledge is captured, collated, categorized, improved and shared between project teams and practice areas. KDK reduces costs, creates efficiencies and enhances 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 services that fit its clients’ business strategies and goals.

Technology

KDK’s IT security infrastructure secures clients’ data and ensures strong walls between the Firm’s lawyers, particularly in projects involving sensitive information. The Firm limits access to all clients data, solely to the team members allocated to the relevant project. KDK’s Chinese walls are not built only on principle but are grounded on strong infrastructure. KDK has taken all IT precautions to block all types of security breaches.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Banking and Finance; Capital Markets Dr. Umut Kolcuogluukolcuoglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Dispute Resolution; Energy and Infrastructure; Ethics and Compliance Okan Demirkanodemirkan@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial; Real Estate Serhan Koçakliskocakli@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial Inci Karciliogluikarcilioglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Banking and Finance Bihter Bozbay İnanbbozbay@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Capital Markets; Energy and Infrastructure Melis Öget Koçmokoc@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial; Employment; Personal Data Privacy Maral Minasyanmminasyan@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Capital Markets; Banking and Finance Hasan H. Yaşarhyasar@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
Counsel - Competition Law Neyzar Ünübolnunubol@kolcuoglu.av.tr+90 212 355 99 00
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ms Bihter Bozbay Inan photo Ms Bihter Bozbay InanPartner. Bihter Bozbay İnan has significant experience in M&A, joint ventures, corporate…
Mr Okan Demirkan photo Mr Okan DemirkanPartner. Okan Demirkan has significant experience in energy and infrastructure, arbitration and…
Ms İnci Karcılıoğlu photo Ms İnci KarcılıoğluPartner. İnci Karcılıoğlu has significant experience in corporate law, contracts, joint ventures,…
Ms Melis Öget Koç photo Ms Melis Öget KoçPartner. Melis Öget Koç has significant experience in M&A, energy and infrastructure…
Mr Serhan Kocaklı photo Mr Serhan KocaklıPartner. Serhan Koçaklı leads the Firm’s corporate & commercial and real estate…
Dr Umut Kolcuoğlu photo Dr Umut KolcuoğluManaging Partner. Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu has diverse experience and comparative knowledge in…
Ms Maral Minasyan photo Ms Maral MinasyanPartner. Maral Minasyan leads the Firm’s employment law and data privacy law…
Ms Neyzar Ünübol photo Ms Neyzar ÜnübolCompetition Law Counsel. Neyzar Ünübol leads the Firm’s competition law practice, providing…
Mr Hasan H.  Yaşar photo Mr Hasan H. YaşarPartner Hasan H. Yaşar has significant experience in capital markets law as…
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Contact : Dr Umut Kolcuoglu (ukolcuoglu@kolcuoglu.av.tr)