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Serhan Kocaklı

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Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

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General Corporate and Real Estate.



Mr. Koçaklı currently leads the firm's general corporate and real estate practices, as well as all aspects of employment law.

Mr. Koçaklı advises a number of foreign capital companies in Turkey in connection with their day-to-day activities in Turkey, on a broad range of issues including joint ventures, general corporate law, contracts and employment.

Mr. Koçaklı 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 property transactions with a specific focus on zoning, construction and structuring matters. 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.

Among the firm’s clients, he advises Vitol, BP, Decathlon, Hugo Boss, Goodrich (UTC Aerospace), Hedef Filo, Folkart, Kerten, Actera, Aldiana, BCG, The House Hotels, Petrol Ofisi, LR Health & Beauty Systems,  TPI Composites Inc., Agence France Presse, Huntsman, UN RoRo, SolarReserve and Magneti Marelli, all being leading companies in their respective sectors.

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


After spending more than seven years at a major Istanbul-based law firm, Mr. Koçaklı joined Kolcuoğlu Law Firm in 2010. He currently leads the firm’s general corporate and real estate practices.

He is a co-author of the Turkey Chapter of “Commercial Real Estate”, 3rd Edition, published by Global Legal Group (2016).


English, Turkish


Istanbul Bar Association, International Bar Association (IBA), Robert College Alumni Association, Beşiktaş Sports Club Association, Embarq Türkiye.


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


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli is ‘a one-stop-shop for all legal requirements’. It advises public and private companies on acquisitions, contract negotiations, corporate governance, compliance, restructuring, mergers and due diligence. The team assisted Equinix with its indirect $93m acquisition of Zenium’s data centre business in Istanbul. Other clients include Hugo Boss, Logo Software and BP. Umut Kolcuoglu, Serhan Kocaklı and newly promoted partner Begüm Inceçam head the ‘experienced and hardworking’ team. Counsel Maral Anna Minasyan and senior associate Bihter Bozbay are also recommended.

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Within: Employment

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli handles the full range of employment law issues including labour unions law and collective bargaining agreements, occupational health and safety, social security, tax, foreign employee work permits and litigation. The team is headed by Okan Demirkan and Serhan Kocaklı and counsel Maral Minasyan, who provides ‘solution-driven advice’. Clients include Hugo Boss, Magneti Marelli, Philip Morris and Agence-France Presse.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Serhan Koçaklı - Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli

Within: Real estate and construction

Kolcuoglu Demirkan Koçakli advises clients on acquisitions, structuring, development agreements, EPCs, PPPs, land concession and zoning law. Other areas of expertise include sales, commercial lease agreements and real estate-related transactions. In a recent highlight it advised DM İnşaat on a $106m construction project in Dakar for the Senegalese government. Other clients include Vitol, NEF, Peri and Equinix. Serhan Koçaklı heads the team.

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