Firm Profile > Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli covers all aspects of M&A, and also provides support on related areas, such as corporate governance, regulatory compliance, data protection, anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters. Its ability to provide an end-to-end user service sees it act for clients in sectors such as insurance, pharmaceuticals, fintech, financial services, energy and real estate. Umut Kolcuoglu, who co-heads the team with Serhan Koçaklı and Begüm Inceçam, assists clients with M&A, privatisations and joint ventures. Bihter Bozbay has a wealth of experience acting for private equity clients and strategic investors. Begüm Inceçam and recently promoted partner İnci Karcılıoğlu are other key figures in the group.

Practice head(s):

Umut Kolcuoğlu; Serhan Koçaklı; Begüm Inceçam


‘Employees always accessible and ready to assist’.

‘Whole team consists of diverse team members with various strengths’.

‘In-depth industry knowledge, accessible, great communication skills, they value team work and all work is delivered on time’.             

‘They are very diligent and have a pro-deal attitude’.

‘A hard working team’.

‘All in all, the legal service that we have been obtaining from KDK has always been top notch’.

‘Mr. Umut Kolcuoğlu is one of the most competent lawyers amongst all the top ranked counsels in the business’.

‘KDK’s attorneys are super professional, capable, caring and provide effective legal solutions’.

Key clients

Mediterra Capital Partners (Mediterra Private Equity)

Iyzico Payment Services

Elif Plastic

Talanx Group

True Value Capital Partners

HDI Insurance

Logo Software


Vinmar Group

Turkven Private Equity

Hedef Filo



Koç Holding


Sedes Holding / Gratis

Propak Ambalaj / Bedminster Capital

LR Health & Beauty Systems

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

TPI Composites


Magneti Marelli

Hun Holding

Vava Cars



Helen Doron


Hugo Boss

Temsa Ulaşım

Wabtec Corporation

Soul of Japan

Compliance Tier 1

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli's group is knowledgeable about anti-corruption, anti-bribery, data privacy and governance, among other areas. It acts for clients in the context of cross-border investigations, and also provides risk management and preventative advice (including training for professionals and upper-level management). Clients include domestic and international businesses in the finance, insurance, audit, energy and infrastructure sectors. Team head Okan Demirkan has extensive experience of dealing with Turkish regulatory authorities.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan


‘The practice combines quality legal advice with strong client handling skills’. 

‘The KDK lawyers are easy to work with, and focused on creating solutions that are in the clients’ interest’. 

‘The house style is pragmatic, unpretentious and friendly, whilst being results-oriented’. 

‘Okan Demirkan has a lot of bandwidth and gives great client service – he is very responsive and understands issues from a client´s viewpoint’. 

‘Good at thinking strategically about contentious matters and developing solutions to resolve them.

‘İnci Karcılıoğlu gets to grips with her clients issues and leaves no stone unturned; she combines a very analytical approach with a practical understanding of the needs of her clients’ business’.

Key clients

Magneti Marelli

Hugo Boss



Marubeni Corporation

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Fresenius Kabi AG


GEA Group AG

Iyzico Easy Payment

ArcelorMittal RZK Çelik


Boston Consulting Group (subsidiary in Turkey)

Bunzl Plc (subsidiaries in Turkey)

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli, which represents clients in litigation and arbitration, covers employment disputes, general commercial disputes, bankruptcy, post-arbitration proceedings and white-collar crime. The firm also advises domestic and international businesses on all aspects of Turkey’s anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulations. The team is led by ‘hands-on litigator and good communicatorOkan Demirkan, who is recommended for his experience of international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan


‘The team are well-connected and work truly as team’.

‘The individuals take their job very seriously and do not need a second reminder when you have agreed on an assignment’.

‘They are very good at making representations in an international arbitration case’.

‘Okan Demirkan and his team are excellent in terms of preparation, management of the case to reach the best outcomes’.

‘In addition to just simple legal advice, they provide us with practical and quick solutions that can be used in day-to-day business’.

‘Okan Demirkan is a top-tier lawyer and he has a perfect commercial point of view’.

‘Okan Demirkan has a superb approach to analysing risks of the case and developing strategy’.

‘Okan Demirkan provided thoughtful, commercial advice and considered counsel’.

‘The team are super-professional, capable, caring and provide effective legal solutions and services’.

Key clients



Alsim Alarko

Saya Group

Global Founders Capital GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG Nr. 1 (“GFC”)

Sanayi 313


Cartell UK Ltd.

Minoan Lines Shipping S.A.

Roxcel Handelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Vitol Enerji

Hugo Boss

Agence France-Presse

Helen Doron



Energy Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advises on natural gas and oil import issues, wholesale and storage matters, the electricity market, greenfield investments and privatisation in the renewable, nuclear, gas and oil sectors. Okan Demirkan heads the practice. In a recent highlight, the team advised Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on the construction of a 4,480MW nuclear power plant to be constructed in Turkey.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan

Key clients


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Turcas Petrol

IHI Corporation

TPI Kompozit

Alsim Alarko

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advises on sale and purchase agreements, zoning law, construction agreements and building permits and licences. Serhan Koçaklı leads the team. Recent work include drafting and negotiating a commercial contract for DM İnşaat concerning the construction of a logistics centre in Dakar, Senegal.

Practice head(s):

Serhan Koçaklı


‘Strong expertise, quick turnaround and reliability.’

Key clients

TPI Composites

Koç Holding


Hugo Boss

DM İnşaat



Otto International

Veser/ Vinmar


Yu Group & Turkmall Serdivan Joint Venture

Employment Tier 4

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advises on matters relating to collective bargaining, occupational health and safety, social security issues and work permit procedures. The practice also represents clients in employment disputes. Okan Demirkan, Serhan Koçaklı and counsel Maral Minasyan head the team, which is currently advising the Turkish subsidiaries of Hugo Boss on employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Okan Demirkan; Serhan Koçaklı; Maral Minasyan


‘Very experienced team with a high level of knowledge’

Key clients




Demir Hayat

Unico Sigorta

Vava Cars

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 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 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 & 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.


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.

With a legal team comprised of 77% women and a support staff of 35% male, we place a great deal of emphasis on gender equality and strive for the advancement of women in Turkey’s legal market.


All members of the firm are well-trained on client confidentiality, data privacy, conflicts of interest, anti-bribery and anti-corruption. Trainings are 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.


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 +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Dispute Resolution; Energy and Infrastructure; Ethics and Compliance Okan Demirkan +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial; Real Estate; Employment Serhan Koçakli +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Corporate and Commercial Inci Karcilioglu +90 212 355 99 00
Partner - Mergers and Acquisitons; Banking and Finance Bihter Bozbay +90 212 355 99 00
Counsel - Corporate and Commercial; Employment; Insurance Maral Minasyan +90 212 355 99 00
Counsel - Competition Neyzar Ünübol +90 212 355 99 00
Photo Name Position Profile
 Bihter Bozbay photo Bihter Bozbay Partner. Bihter has significant experience in M&A, joint ventures, corporate and finance…
Mr Okan Demirkan  photo Mr Okan Demirkan Partner. Okan Demirkan has significant experience in energy and infrastructure, arbitration and…
Ms İnci Karcılıoğlu  photo Ms İnci Karcılıoğlu Partner. İnci has significant experience in corporate law, contracts, joint ventures, capital…
Mr Serhan Kocaklı  photo Mr Serhan Kocaklı Partner. Serhan Koçaklı leads the firm’s corporate & commercial and real estate…
Dr Umut Kolcuoğlu  photo Dr Umut Kolcuoğlu Managing Partner. Dr. Umut Kolcuoğlu has diverse experience and comparative knowledge in…
Number of lawyers : Approximately 50
SEE Legal
Energy Law Group
International Bar Association
Cathay Associates
International Chamber of Commerce
Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD)
German Turkish Chamber of Industry and Commerce Istanbul
Contact : Dr Umut Kolcuoglu (