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Çakmak Attorney Partnership
PIYADE SOKAK, PORTAKAL ÇIÇEGI APT NO. 18
C BLOK, KAT 3
ÇANKAYA, ANKARA
06550
Turkey

Energy Tier 1

Çakmak Attorney Partnership handles the full service of work in the energy field, with expertise in financing, corporate matters and administrative litigation relating to thermal, electric and wind power plants and combined-cycle gas turbine projects. Mesut Çakmak and Zeynep Çakmak head the practice. Other names to note are Cem Çağatay Orak and Mustafa Durakoğlu. Recent highlights include advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and KfW on financing the second phase of the Karaburun wind power plant.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

Fina Enerji

Akenerji

Ceska Exportni Bank

Rönesans and Sonatrach

ERG İnşaat

Global Yatırım A.Ş.

Gazprom Schweiz AG (Gazprom)

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Çakmak Attorney Partnership, which has an enviable reputation in energy and infrastructure projects, is highly active in matters involving power plants, motorways, airports, ports and hospitals, among others. Its team is noted for its first-rate project finance capabilities, where it acts for borrowers and lenders, as well as strengths in the development, construction and operation of projects. It has a wealth of experience of high-profile public-private partnership (PPP) and build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects. The joint heads of the practice are Mesut ÇakmakZeynep ÇakmakMustafa Durakoğlu and dual US and Turkey-qualified partner Cem Çağatay Orak.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Cem Çağatay Orak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Testimonials

‘Always up to date, responses in very short time, very reliable, act upon their own initiative, and very broad knowledge.                                       

‘Dedicated to client satisfaction, well-experienced partners in structured project finance and corporate finance structuring’.

‘The team can respond in a very short period with very clear and satisfactory paperwork’.

‘All of our queries are taken care quickly and professionally’.

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

ERG İnşaat

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ziraat Bankası and Akbank

Gama Holding and Türkerler

International Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Siemens Bank GmbH and Banca IMI S.p.A.

Ziraat Bankası, Halk Bankası, Vakıflar Bankası, Denizbank, Finansbank and Garanti Bankası

Fina Enerji

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership’s corporate practice is jointly led by Zeynep Çakmak in Istanbul and Ankara-based Naz Bandik Hatipoglu, and handles a wide range of Turkish law matters for domestic and international clients. The team's experience includes M&A, joint ventures, the drafting and negotiation of shareholders’ agreements, and share purchase agreements. Clients include Turkish and multinational businesses, with a particular focus on the energy, mining, oil and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Zeynep Çakmak; Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu

Testimonials

‘The strength of the team comes from supporting each other, communicating well, and doing their share’.

‘The team can accomplish their goals within in a limited time period and/or targeted schedule’.

Key clients

Rönesans and Sonatrach

Crossover Capital

Koloğlu-Hengshi

ERG İnşaat

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Boeing International Corporation

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

Visa Europe

Western Union Company

Gazprom Schweiz AG

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership's team has a strong track record in various types of of litigated disputes, including those concerning administrative law, labour law and general commercial matters. In addition, international arbitration is another area of strength. The group is experienced in acting for clients before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other institutional arbitration panels. Mesut Çakmak jointly leads the team with Zeynep Çakmak and arbitration expert Cem Çağatay Orak.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Cem Çağatay Orak

Testimonials

‘Always available and clear in their explanations’.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Garanti Bankası

Bureau Veritas

Klepierre SA

International Road Union

İZGAZ İzmit Gaz Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. (Engie)

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları AŞ

Monster Energy

Baymina

Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri A.Ş.

Western Union

Akbank

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Çakmak Attorney Partnership’s banking practice has a particular focus on project finance; it is particularly experienced in PPP transactions, energy finance, greenfield project finance and hospital PPP projects. In addition to assisting clients with transactions, the group advises on regulatory matters and disputes, as well as payment service provider issues. Clients include domestic banks, investors and payment companies. Zeynep Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu head up the team.

Practice head(s):

Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Testimonials

‘Punctuality, diversity, lateral thinking and can do attitude that makes the difference’.

‘Attention to detail, effective communication and modesty’.

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

ERG İnşaat

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ziraat Bankası and Akbank

Gama Holding and Türkerler

International Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., Siemens Bank GmbH and Banca IMI S.p.A.

Visa Europe

Western Union

Bank Julius Baer

Ceska Exportni Banka

Flywire Payment Solutions

China Development Bank

Ziraat Bankası, Halk Bankası, Vakıflar Bankası, Denizbank, Finansbank and Garanti Bankası

Elevate Export Finance Corporation (EEFC)

Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC)

Established in 1993 by Mesut Çakmak, Çakmak has two fully functional offices in Ankara and İstanbul. The Firm’s presence in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, gives the Firm a distinct advantage. Its close proximity to and long-standing familiarity with all relevant government agencies and authorities enable the Firm to undertake its services in the most effective and cost efficient manner possible. Çakmak’s office in İstanbul gives the Firm a great opportunity to be close to many multi-national companies, local companies, and financial institutions.

Recently, Devrim Ergun has joined our banking and finance and capital markets team, who has over fifteen years of experience advising and acting for domestic and international banks, underwriters and other financial institutions, as well as borrowers, issuers and other obligors in all types of banking and finance transactions, including debt and equity capital markets, structured finance, debt restructurings, project finance, acquisition finance, capital finance, FI transactions, banking law and regulatory advice, other corporate finance and treasury transactions.

We also have capability in aviation sector related financing transactions which is a practice led by Serap Zuvin.

Çakmak has an outstanding reputation for its high-quality service to clients from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States of America, as well as within Turkey. Çakmak’s clients are public and privately held commercial businesses and financial institutions, as well as the Turkish government and state-owned entities, involved in sophisticated corporate and financial transactions and dispute resolution proceedings. In this context, we have had leading roles in many of the major energy projects, projects financed by the project finance model, and privatization projects in Turkey and have represented clients in the completed projects as the project company counsel.

Department Name Email Telephone
Mergers and acquisitions, Dr. Zeynep Cakmak cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Mergers and acquisitions Naz Bandik Hatipoglu cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Project finance Mesut Çakmak cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 46 80
Project finance Mustafa Durakoglu cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Energy Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Dispute resolution Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Employment Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Employment Nigar Ozbek cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mustafa Durakoglu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Corporate and commercial Naz Bandik Hatipoglu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Corporate and commercial Gulsen Engin cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Competition Ayse Eda Bicer cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Banking and finance Devrim Ergun inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Banking and finance Mustafa Durakoglu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
IT and data privacy Naz Bandik Hatipoglu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
IT and data privacy Ayse Eda Bicer inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Public tenders and tenders Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Real estate Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Transportation Mesut Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Transportation Mustafa Durakoglu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Defence Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Aviation Serap Zuvin cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Aviation Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Number of lawyers : 23
Ankara : 13
İstanbul : 10
English
French
German
Turkish
Istanbul Bar and Turkish Bar Association
Other offices : Istanbul

Çakmak Avukatlik Ortakligi is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion, and equality. As a law firm advising clients from all over the world, we recognize the importance of understanding and respecting different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. We believe that hiring and promoting lawyers from different backgrounds enriches our practice and strengthens our ability to serve our clients in today’s global marketplace.

Our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our legal team. We are particularly committed to the inclusion and promotion of women lawyers. We are proud that over 70% of our lawyers and over 50% of our partners are women.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: As a long-standing client of Çakmak, we are very pleased with the legal services that they have provided to us over many years. We strongly recommend Çakmak for all legal matters in Turkey. We are very satisfied with all of the lawyers and staff, and particularly appreciate Zeynep Çakmak. Zeynep has provided invaluable advice to us on a wide range of legal matters involving our project from energy sector specific issues to dispute resolution. We also appreciate the lawyers’ extensive knowledge of commercial and tax law, their assistance with corporate governance matters, and their availability at all times.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Çakmak has provided vital legal counsel on the whole range of topics associated with our company’s power plant, from helping us fully understand the legal implications of the project’s contractual basis to the ever-evolving jurisdictional framework in which the project operates. The support and counsel requested have been promptly and efficiently provided. Cakmak has supported us through challenging and hugely consequential disputes and delivered successful outcomes. Had it not been for the quality of the advice and expertise that Zeynep Çakmak and her team were able to provide, it’s highly unlikely that our business activities would have been as successful.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Çakmak’s service has been a key asset for our project. We have received clear answers with a very good understanding of our business. Zeynep Cakmak has always been very kind, patient and professional.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Çakmak Law Firm has always been a preferred law firm to work with on many different legal matters ranging from basic employment law issues to very complex international projects. The team led by Zeynep Çakmak has an exceptional knowledge and experience in energy law, administrative law and projects. As an in-house lawyer working with many different law firms, I can say that Çakmak Law Firm’s professionalism and diligence is unique and has been highly valued by us. Also, Zeynep Çakmak’s responsiveness, attention to details and great communication skills need to be highlighted.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We have worked closely with Çakmak Avukatlik Ortakligi on numerous energy and corporate transactional matters over the years including project finance, electricity generation and distribution matters and claim management issues of our natural gas combined cycle power plant, which began operating in the third quarter of 2014. The team is highly professional in their field and exceptionally knowledgeable and has shown themselves to be committed to supporting our business providing excellent multi-discipline advice in a timely manner.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Cakmak Law Office in a wide range of areas, from aircraft financing to commercial law, from litigation to FDI legislation. We are very impressed by the experience, expertise and professionalism of Çakmak’s lawyers. They are knowledgeable, responsive, and solution oriented. We are very satisfied with the legal services that Çakmak provides and will continue to use them for our legal needs in Turkey.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We are very satisfied with Çakmak’s legal services, which resulted in successful closings of aircraft financing transactions, and we will continue to use them for our legal needs in Turkey. We have been very impressed by the experience, expertise and professionalism of Çakmak’s lawyers, who are very responsive and always on top of our projects. In addition to the legal and regulatory issues, Çakmak’s lawyers are very strong on the commercial issues. Çakmak’s lawyers provide work to international standards: they understand our requirements and perform to international standards, adapting English or NY documentation, and giving us a reliable end-product.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: I confirm that the Cakmak team has been providing to us timely and good quality legal advice on various regulatory matters.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We have a long-standing relationship with Çakmak and value their legal services. We know that they are always looking out for our best interests. Çakmak’s lawyers are very responsive. We are confident that their team is always on top of our matter. Therefore, we are very satisfied with the legal services that Çakmak provides and will continue to use them for our legal needs in Turkey.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We are using the services of Çakmak for our cross border transactions into Turkey. Our relationship with Mrs. Zuvin, senior partner of the firm, dates back from more than 20 years ago. We are very satisfied with the legal services that Çakmak provides to us, especially in corporate and aviation law. Responsiveness is good, as is their ability in problem solving. We do envisage continuing to use their expert services for our legal needs in Turkey.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Dear Çakmak Law Office owners and employees, with all my sincerity I want you to know that it is a privilege to work with you. Also the support that you are providing to us is another advantage for the international corporations like us. We would like to keep this business relation for a long time with you and your well experienced lawyers.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: I am delighted to recommend Serap Zuvin and her colleagues with whom we have worked for over five years. We have found them to be knowledgeable, responsive and efficient in helping our U.S. client operate in Turkey via a joint venture relationship with a Turkish partner.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We were delighted to work with Çakmak recently and found their team, led by Serap Zuvin, to be highly responsive, knowledgeable and fantastic communicators. We are very impressed by the experience, expertise and professionalism of Çakmak’s lawyers.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We are very pleased with the legal services that Çakmak provides us and we will continue to use them for our legal needs in Turkey.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We would like to thank Dr. Cem Çagatay Orak and his team for the highly professional and intense support for a range of services provided to our group companies. This includes the analysis and advice on complex topics in the energy sector and also covers the support in litigation. We are highly satisfied with the comprehensive and prompt legal advice and further support we receive from him and his team. Mr. Orak’s expertise is impressive and very valuable for our specific needs, especially for contractual and energy law related matters. His understanding of the business context allows an efficient collaboration and decision making including implementation.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We are most satisfied with the service provided by the Law Office of Çakmak. Their competent and solution-focused approach to issues has helped our company overcome complex situations.
We consider Mr Orak and his entire team to be highly ethical and trustworthy. They provided excellent, professional and understandable advice.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We have always been impressed by the high quality legal services that Çakmak provides for us. We have absolute confidence that we are getting the best legal advice possible. Çakmak’s knowledge of the substantive law and the Turkish market is unrivalled. We appreciate that Çakmak’s lawyers are very strong on the commercial issues as well as the legal issues. They really know the market and how things work, and they are very solution-oriented. Çakmak’s lawyers are accessible and responsive. We would recommend Çakmak to anyone looking to do business in Turkey.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: The team stands out among other domestic law firms easily with its level of expertise on corporate matters, energy, infrastructure and dispute resolution. The firm always provides high standard legal service. Their commercial knowledge of the industry is very impressive and they are excellent at understanding our business goals. They certainly do not waste billable time on trivial things. We are always pleased to have Çakmak on our side.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: We are very satisfied with the legal services that Çakmak provides and will continue to use them for our legal needs. Çakmak has advised us on many complex matters and we have always been pleased by the positive outcomes. We are very impressed by the expertise, experience, and professionalism of Çakmak’s lawyers. They are very knowledgeable about the market and provided us with the legal guidance that we needed. We also appreciate how responsive Çakmak’s lawyers are. We know that their team is always on top of our matter and looking out for our best interests. We strongly recommend Çakmak.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Our company is a client of Çakmak for almost 20 years. We benefit from Çakmak’s services on all our corporate, commercial, project, finance and dispute resolution matters. What distinguishes Çakmak from other law firms is that they are very strong on commercial aspects of the business, particularly in energy and infrastructure markets, and we very much benefit from their advice on commercial points. They are responsive, detail-oriented and easy to work with. We strongly recommend Çakmak.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Their highly professional and punctual team, which collectively possess all the necessary knowledge, skills, and other competencies, have made a significant difference to our business. More importantly, as a client, we have never felt they are an external party. Thanks to their approach, we always consider them as a part of our own organization.


CLIENT: Anonymous

COMPANY/FIRM: Anonymous

TESTIMONIAL: Cakmak Legal team is insightful in their counsel to our group of companies with vast knowledge of our activity areas and industry which makes it so easy to work with them. We rely on them as legal experts, strategic counsels, and trusted advisors for our most complex cases involving BOT projects, acquisitions, share transfers & purchases, project finance contracts, and commercial contractual issues. They have always taken the initiative to explain all our options, and the risks involved in each of our contractual obligations. Their highest ethics and integrity works for the best interest of clients, they are great negotiators, contractual issue professionals and dedicated goal achievers who are always prompt and courteous. We can strongly recommend CAKMAK without reservation.