Mr Serhan Kocaklı > Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli
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Work Department

Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate and Employment.



Serhan Koçaklı leads the Firm’s corporate & commercial and real estate practices, as well as all aspects of employment law.

He advises a number of foreign capital companies in connection with their activities in Turkey, on a broad range of issues including joint ventures, corporate law, contracts and employment, in several different sectors including retail, hospitality, construction, energy, textiles, chemical and metal industries. He has significant experience in establishing/improving corporate governance structures of family-owned businesses by creating mutually acceptable solutions to address the shareholders’ conflicting interests.

Among the Firm’s clients, he advises Vitol, Petrol Ofisi, TPI Composites, Cummins, Deloitte, Mediterra Capital, RZK Çelik, Vinmar, Vansan, Söke Un, Aldiana, Otto Group, BCG, LR Health & Beauty Systems, Huntsman Group, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Hugo Boss, Comau, Duracell, Dyson, Yu Grup, Netflix, Marriott, Spotify and PERI GmbH, all being leading companies in their respective sectors. He has been advising the majority shareholders of a multi-billion USD FMCG company, which is among top 100 Turkish companies, in connection with disputes between family members regarding the company’s management and control.

Serhan has a particular focus on the real estate sector, where he advises on all types of real estate transactions. He has a substantive degree of experience in commercial and industrial property transactions with a specific focus on zoning, construction and structuring matters. Serhan has special expertise on specific legislation governing the real estate aspects of complex projects (e.g. development of mixed-use projects, ports, renewable energy projects and tourism facility developments concerning the use of treasury/state-owned land). He has assisted a UK-based retail giant in connection with the development and acquisition of approximately 40 sites throughout Turkey for hypermarket activities in over 20 cities. He advises major property developers, investment funds, construction companies, landlords, tenants and other parties involved in property development.

Serhan also takes an active role in drafting and negotiating high-level executives’ employment contracts, bonus agreements and stock option plans as well as termination of key employees. He has significant experience in employment restructurings in group companies, collective redundancies and managing the impacts of M&A transactions to employment relationships.

Serhan lectures on real estate law at certificate programs of Istanbul based universities.


After spending seven years at a major Istanbul-based law firm, Serhan joined the Firm in 2010. He currently leads the Firm’s Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate and Employment practices. 

He is a co-author of “Doing Business 2020” (The World Bank, U.S.A., 2020), “Doing Business 2019”, (The World Bank, U.S.A., 2019) and “International Franchise Handbook, 2nd Edition” (DWF Germany, 2017).


English, Turkish


Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA); Turkish Corporate Governance Association (TKYD); Beşiktaş Sports Club Association.


Istanbul Bilgi University School of Law (2018) LL.M.; Istanbul Bilgi University School of Law (2003) LL.B.; Istanbul American Robert College (1998).

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Real estate and construction

(Leading individuals)

Serhan KoçaklıKolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

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.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

Turkey > Employment

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.