Ms Maral Minasyan > Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Personal Data Privacy



Maral Minasyan leads the Firm’s employment law and data privacy law practices and has extensive experience in corporate and commercial law, as well as in contracts law. She advises domestic and multinational companies acting in various sectors, including retail, electronics, insurance, pharmaceuticals, media, e-commerce, technology, manufacturing and automotive, in connection with corporate governance, commercial law, contracts, employment law-related matters, as well as personal data privacy compliance. Maral assists a wide range of foreign and local companies during incorporation and advises on legal matters regarding their operations.

She is experienced in assisting multinational companies in all non-contentious and contentious aspects of employment law from hiring to termination, as well as on collective labor law-related matters. She has significant experience in legal support to various companies’ HR departments, especially in advising on employment contracts, employee policies, compensation issues, restrictive covenants, confidentiality agreements, severance agreements, employee benefits, such as leave and retirement plans and stock option plans, workplace investigations, waivers and releases, disciplinary actions, and termination & mass lay-off issues. Maral represents clients in several major disputes with former high-level executives and has conducted negotiations with trade unions at both the domestic and international levels.

Maral plays a key role in the HR practices of the Firm’s retainer clients, such as Gucci, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Comau, Cummins, Talanx Group, Deloitte, Duracell, Huntsman, Peek & Cloppenburg, SolarWinds, UL, Superdry, Hugo Boss, Fendi, Dover Corporation, Boston Consulting Group, Nike, GTT Communications, Majorel, Ajax Systems, Züber, Snowflake, ServiceTitan, Rippling and TPI Composites.

She is also experienced in assisting multinational companies on the personal data privacy aspects of new products or services, as well as on commercial arrangements involving personal data. She assists extensively in compliance actions and practical implementation, such as responses to complaints and the exercise of rights, security breach management, data controller to data processor contracts and dealings with Turkish data privacy authorities. She provides clients with tailor-made personal data privacy compliance packages and assists them in structuring personal data management systems to ensure that the clients’ practices, policies and documentation comply with the Turkish data protection law. She excels in employment projects with an emphasis on personal data privacy.

She plays a key role in the personal data privacy practices of the Firm’s clients, such as Duracell, iyzico, Vitol, Hedef Filo, Axpo Group, TikTok, Terumo Europe, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Boston Consulting Group, Hugo Boss, Magneti Marelli and TPI Composites.


Maral Minasyan started with Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı at its inception in 2006. She became one of the Firm’s partners in 2022. She leads the Firm’s Employment Law and Data Privacy Law practices.

She is a co-author of “International Franchise Handbook,” Turkey Chapter, 2nd edition, (DWF Germany, 2017).


English, Turkish


Boğaziçi University, Human Resources Management Program (2022); Queen Mary University of London School of Law (LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, 2005); Istanbul Bilgi University School of Law (LL.M. in Private Law, 2003); Marmara University School of Law (LL.B., 2002).

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Employment

(Next Generation Partners)

Maral Minasyan – Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli has significant experience in all aspects of employment law such as scheme restructuring, M&A-related matters, executives’ employment contracts and incentive plans. The firm regularly drafts restrictive covenant agreements, code of conduct policies and intellectual property transfer clauses. Maral Minasyan advises domestic and multinational companies in various sectors including retail, electronics, insurance and pharmaceuticals; she co-heads the practice with Okan Demirkan who is a prominently involved in the area of ethics and compliance.

Turkey > Compliance

Faced with an increasingly aggressive landscape of regulation, clients of Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli look to its ethics and compliance, data privacy and competition teams for assistance across the full range of work, be it day-to-day advisory or regulatory investigations. The practice is also noted for its support to clients in introducing compliance programs, including ethics and compliance training, with follow-up support on implementing new frameworks. Okan Demirkan, who is ‘very proactive in the compliance space in Turkey‘, co-leads the department alongside 2022 partner appointment Maral Minasyan, an expert in data privacy and employment law. Managing associate Begüm Biçer İlikay and senior associate Selin Balkır Erçin are both praised by clients as ‘very experienced in compliance related areas‘.