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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's 'exceptional' and 'dedicated' energy team has a consistent record in the market, regularly acting for major domestic and international producers, corporates, investors, and financial institutions across the full spectrum of energy work. Key work includes portfolio acquisitions, energy project developments, financings, and joint ventures, with the team advising on matters in the oil & gas, renewable energy, and electricity sectors. The highly praised team is led by Mesut Çakmak, an experienced practitioner in the sector, projects specialist Zeynep Çakmak, and Mustafa Durakoğlu, who works on financing for sponsors and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Testimonials

‘The service is responsive, helpful and based on a very sure understanding of the law. ’

‘Zeynep Cakmak combines rapid responses with practicality and a sound understanding of the law.’

‘Mesut Cakmak has a wise head and plenty of charm.’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

Rönesans and Sonatrach

ERG İnşaat (ERG)

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Fina Enerji

Akenerji

Ceska Exportni Banka

Project finance/projects Tier 1

Çakmak Attorney Partnership's 'highly qualified and dedicated' projects team advises on the full range of project financing and development matters, encompassing energy, infrastructure, healthcare and manufacturing developments. Clients include international sponsors and lenders, as well as major domestic corporates and industrial companies. The team is able to advise on refinancings and project extensions, new and ongoing projects, and has particular expertise and involvement in hospital PPP projects. The team is led by the highly experienced Mesut Çakmak and Zeynep Çakmak, who are both highly active in energy and infrastructure work, alongside Mustafa Durakoğlu, who advises on banking and project financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Testimonials

‘It’s not only an experienced team, but also one that enjoys seamless support from the partners and senior staff as needed. They are industrious and always maintain a high and pleasant attitude even under stress. Continuity of the key staff and corporate memory have also been very important in receiving proper support over long-term projects such as PPPs. Well-balanced fee structure versus value added too.’

‘Deep knowledge, always willing to give best support and find best solution for client, alert on relevant topics.’

‘The team is always available and for all our needs without raising any scope restriction etc, they work in the field with us. The firm’s experience is unique and help us to shape our strategy in the project.’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX

Rönesans and Sonatrach

ERG İnşaat

Fina Enerji

Çelikler Holding

Ceska Exportni Banka

Akenerji

Gama Holding and Türkerler Holding

International Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Siemens Bank  and Banca Imi

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership was strengthened by the arrival of co-practice head Devrim Ergun from Verdi Avukatlik Ortakligi in 2020; a move that secured several major new clients and bolstered the team's expertise in structured finance and equity capital markets. Other areas of expertise include project financing and financial services regulatory issues. Also recommended are Zeynep Çakmak, who advises on energy and infrastructure transactions, and Mustafa Durakoğlu, who has expertise in project finance work as well as in online payment platforms. Clients in the payments space include Visa and Western Union.

Practice head(s):

Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu; Devrim Ergun

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep knowledge and expertise and they are quite responsive. They are always willing to help and eager to produce tailor made and practical advice.’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

ERG İnşaat

Akenerji

Visa Europe

Western Union

Bank Julius Baer

Ceska Exportni Banka

China Development Bank

Citibank

China CITIC Bank

Gama Holding and Türkerler

International Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Siemens Bank, and Banca IMI

Pico Global

Çelikler Holding

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership recently bolstered its corporate offering with the arrival of experienced transactional advisor Kemal Aksel from CIFTCI Law Firm in September 2020, who joined as co-head. The firm remains active in cross-border M&A and investment work, with a strong focus on private equity and energy matters, where key clients include Gazprom and Petrobas. The team also advises multinationals on the establishment and maintenance of operations in Turkey, including corporate and commercial issues and compliance. Aksel jointly heads the team alongside senior partner and energy specialist Mesut ÇakmakZeynep Çakmak and Naz Bandik Hatipoglu, who advises on cross-border transactions and shareholder issues.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu; Kemal Aksel

Testimonials

‘The Cakmak Team provided an excellent work. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and helpful throughout the process.’

‘The team has an extensive experience, knowledge and know how about energy sector in Turkey. They are very responsive, attentive and punctual when delivering their advice.’

Key clients

Rönesans and Sonatrach

ERG İnşaat

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Gates Corporation

Centerra Gold

Ascend Performance Materials

Gazprom Germania

Petrobras

Boeing International Corporation

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Visa Europe

Western Union

Türkiye Ürün İhtisas Bankası

Assystem

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership represents clients in commercial litigation, international arbitration, investor-state cases, administrative proceedings, and employment disputes. The firm has a strong record in energy-related disputes, and also represents domestic and international corporates in the financial services and logistics sectors. The practice is led by senior partner and energy specialist Mesut Çakmak, a widely respected practitioner in demand as an arbitrator, alongside Zeynep Çakmak, who has a broad corporate client base and handles M&A, shareholder, and employment-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Key clients

Garanti Bankası

International Road Union

İZGAZ İzmit Gaz

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Çayeli Bakır İşletmeleri

AP Wireless Infrastructure Partners

Western Union

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore

Bureau Veritas Gözetim Hizmetleri

Klepierre

Transport Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership has expertise across the aviation, road transport, and rail sectors, advising on a number of project development and financing matters. Clients include lender banks, aerospace companies, constructors, sponsors, and government bodies, with PPP arrangements a common source of work. The practice's leadership team includes a range of expertise, with Mesut Çakmak regularly advising on construction and operational matters for road transport and aviation projects, while Zeynep Çakmak works on project finance and privatisation matters. Serap Zuvin specialises in aviation finance, while S. Mustafa Durakoglu is heavily involved in large-scale infrastructure financing, including the New Istanbul Airport project.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Serap Zuvin; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable about the detailed governmental requirements for aircraft leasing in Turkey and good contacts for dealing with aircraft operator customers.’

‘Serap Zuvin  is approachable and has excellent contacts within domestic operators and in international forums such as the IBA and AWG – so a good understanding of the requirements of international lessors in Turkey.’

Key clients

ERG İnşaat

International Road Union

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Boeing International Corporation

Aeroflot

Employment Tier 3

Çakmak Attorney Partnership supports corporate clients with a range of employment issues, including advising on employment strategy, and on employee terminations as a result of COVID-19 restructuring. Additionally, the firm represents employers in employment disputes, and is also involved on behalf of labour unions in large-scale proceedings. The practice is overseen by Zeynep Çakmak and Mesut Çakmak, while senior associate Gülşen Engin focuses exclusively on employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Key clients

AP Wireless Infrastructure Partners

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Akenerji Elektrik Üretim

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Western Union

Visa Europe

Singapore Embassy

New Zealand Embassy

Yasam Kordon Kanı Bankası

Assystem

Gates Corporation

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.

Devrim Ergun joined our banking and finance and capital markets team as partner in early 2020. With over fifteen years of experience acting for domestic and international parties to all kinds of banking and finance transactions. Kemal Aksel joined our corporate M&A team as partner in September 2020. Kemal has extensive experience in in domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions (including public M&A), private equity & venture capital, structured equity/quasi-equity transactions and joint ventures/strategic partnerships.

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
Mergers and acquisitions Kemal Aksel cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
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
Energy Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 46 80
Energy Mustafa Durakoglu cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Dispute resolution Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Dispute resolution Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Employment Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Employment Elif Demiröz cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mustafa Durakoglu cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Infrastructure Ayşe Eda Biçer cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
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
Corporate and commercial Kemal Aksel cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
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 cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
IT and data privacy Gülşen Engin 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 Mesut Çakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 4680
Public Tenders Mustafa Durakoğlu cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
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
Defense Dr. Zeynep Cakmak inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Defense Gülşen Engin cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 312 442 46 80
Aviation Serap Zuvin cakmak@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Aviation Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu inquiry@cakmak.av.tr +90 212 939 7560
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kemal Aksel photo Kemal Aksel Kemal Aksel has extensive experience in domestic and cross border mergers and…
 Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu  photo Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A transactions,…
 Ayşe Eda Biçer  photo Ayşe Eda Biçer Ayşe Eda Biçer focuses on infrastructure and energy projects, project finance matters,…
Dr Zeynep Çakmak photo Dr Zeynep Çakmak Zeynep Çakmak has substantial experience in the representation of lenders, sponsors and…
 Mesut Çakmak photo Mesut Çakmak Mesut Çakmak, a leading legal authority in project finance and privatization, acts…
 S. Mustafa Durakoğlu  photo S. Mustafa Durakoğlu Mustafa Durakoğlu’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, and banking and…
 Devrim Ergun photo Devrim Ergun Devrim Ergun has substantial experience advising and acting for domestic and international…
 Serap Zuvin photo Serap Zuvin Serap Zuvin specializes in corporate and equipment finance, particularly in aircraft finance.…
Number of lawyers : 24
Ankara : 13
İstanbul : 11
English
French
German
Turkish
Istanbul Bar and Turkish Bar Association

Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı 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 58% of our lawyers are women.


CLIENT: Enver Güney
COMPANY/FIRM: Unimar
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: Danny Dean
COMPANY/FIRM: Marubeni
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: Cem Sakarya
COMPANY/FIRM: Engie
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: Berna Güngenci
COMPANY/FIRM: Engie
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: Ergin Baykara
COMPANY/FIRM: Akenerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş.
TESTIMONIAL: We have worked closely with Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı 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: Ayşem Sargın
COMPANY/FIRM: The Boeign Company
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: Gerard Melling
COMPANY/FIRM: Mitsui & Co, Ltd
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: Ales Bartl
COMPANY/FIRM: Jones Day
TESTIMONIAL: I confirm that the Cakmak team has been providing to us timely and good quality legal advice on various regulatory matters.


CLIENT: Ivan Vasconez
COMPANY/FIRM: Curaden
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: Alexandre Piffard
COMPANY/FIRM: Dassault Aviation
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: Lami Toker
COMPANY/FIRM: MT
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: Thomas E. Szykowny
COMPANY/FIRM: Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LPP
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: Jonathan Russell
COMPANY/FIRM: Smith, Gambrell&Russell LLP
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: Chris Golden
COMPANY/FIRM: Textron Financial Corporation
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: Ruşen Gürlük Yarpınar & Frank Quante
COMPANY/FIRM: Ewe
TESTIMONIAL: We would like to thank Çakmak 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 them.


CLIENT: Mehmet Fatih Bulut
COMPANY/FIRM: EWE
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 Çakmak team to be highly ethical and trustworthy. They provided excellent, professional and understandable advice.


CLIENT: Selin Küçükkayıkçı
COMPANY/FIRM: Limak
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: Aybars Yağız
COMPANY/FIRM: Gama Enerji
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: Ayşe Sert
COMPANY/FIRM: Rönesans
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: Ali Bayraktaroğlu
COMPANY/FIRM: ERG
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: Mücahit Dönmez
COMPANY/FIRM: Western Union
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: Tijen Sipahi
COMPANY/FIRM: ERG
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.