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

Turkey > Energy Tier 1

Çakmak Attorney Partnership has an especially strong presence in the financing of energy projects, and receives praise from clients for its ‘expertise and knowledge of the field'. In a recent example of its market-leading work, the team was instructed by the Turkey Wealth Fund to advise on the development and financing of Afşin-Elbistan C coal mine and power plant project, the client's first investment in the energy sector. This work is being led by Mesut Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu, who head the practice alongside Zeynep Çakmak. Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen made partner in January 2021 and has acted for lenders and sponsors in the acquisition, development and financing of projects in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good cooperation and coordination.’

‘Mustafa Durakoğlu provides an excellent legal service in terms of offering solid advice, solutions and valid interpretations to overcome ambiguities and obstacles.’

‘The team is very dedicated, responsive and hardworking. Çakmak’s expertise and knowledge of the field make them stand out.’

‘The team were very open to the suggestions and comments of our team members from different departments and evaluated and tried to reflect such suggestions and comments in order to achieve consensus on the work. Additionally, they acted proactively about foreseeing possible results and risks.’

‘Mustafa Durakoğlu is a patient lawyer who can see a matter from multiple perspectives and provides to-the-point determinations and advice.’

‘Working with the team is quite satisfying. They are always on the alert to catch details that might be missed during discussions. When you start work with them, you feel reassured and confident that you will see well-studied and rounded work.’

‘We would like to thank Mustafa Durakoğlu for all his wonderful contributions. He was really helpful and made vast improvements in the most efficient way to complete the project.’

‘What makes them different is, in brief, that working with the core team is like creating a well-planned and designed pathway to complete the work more easily than you expected.’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg

KFW Ipex-Bank

Engie

Entek Elektrik

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Çelikler Holding

Bayerische Landesbank

Ceska Exportni Banka

Citibank

Turkey Wealth Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and KFW Ipex-Bank on the Euler Hermes covered financing of the 132MW Phase II expansion of the Karaburun wind farm project.
  • Assisting French energy conglomerate Engie with its divestment of three businesses in Turkey, one gas distribution business, one natural gas combined cycle plant and one services company.
  • Advising the Turkey Wealth Fund on the development and financing of the Afşin-Elbistan C coal mine and power plant project.

Turkey > Project finance/projects Tier 1

A ‘dedicated, responsive and hardworking’ group of experts makes up the practice at Çakmak Attorney Partnership, which has a well-deserved reputation, particularly in the energy sector, for handling development, financing and refinancing mandates in a wide range of areas, including in relation to renewable and thermal power plants and healthcare, railroad and motorway projects. In particular, the department remains an optimal choice for hospital PPP projects. The department is captained by Mesut Çakmak, Zeynep Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu. Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen, who was promoted to partner in 2021, brings additional expertise in energy and infrastructure projects to the team.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is capable of providing comprehensive legal assistance, including with project development and international transactions. The team is able to provide support during very hectic projects and to tight deadlines. The quality of the documentation is excellent.’

‘The team members are very accessible and experienced in a wide range of different areas of law, which is a comfort for the client as it enables them to avoid working with several outsourced legal service providers.’

‘The team is very dedicated, responsive and hardworking. Çakmak’s expertise and good knowledge in this field make them stand out.’

‘Mustafa Durakoğlu is very experienced in this field and easy to reach whenever needed.’

‘The team know the industry and sector very well. They are always available. The partners are experienced.’

‘Mesut Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu are very helpful, have a high level of expertise, and are responsive.’

‘Working with the team is quite satisfying; they are always looking out for ways to meet clients’ requests that haven’t been discussed at the table, or to avoid any pinch points, so that at the end of the day you are given additional options, as well as advice on the main subject. When the work starts, you are sure that you will receive well-studied and rounded advice.’

‘We would like to thank Mustafa Durakoğlu for all his wonderful contributions. The team were really helpful and their involvement meant there was a vast improvement in completing work efficiently.’

Key clients

KfW IPEX-Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Rönesans

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ERG Group

National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

Çelikler Holding

Ceska Exportni Banka

Citibank

Turkey Wealth Fund

Limak Holding

Rönesans Holding

Gama Holding and Türkerler

International Finance Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.

Siemens Bank GmbH

Banca IMI S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and KfW Ipex-Bank in connection with the Euler Hermes covered financing of the 132MW phase II expansion of the Karaburun wind farm project.
  • Advising a joint venture between Rönesans and Sonatrach, the Algerian state-owned oil and gas company, in connection with the financing, development, construction and operation of a propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene production facility.
  • Advising ERG Group in connection with the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Ankara-Niğde motorway project.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The ‘experienced team’ at Çakmak Attorney Partnership covers a variety of banking and finance, financial regulatory, debt capital markets and payment services work. The practice has a particular focus on project finance, and is a popular choice for lenders and sponsors in search of assistance for the development and financing of many major projects in the energy, mining and metal, oil and gas, infrastructure and transportation sectors. Key practitioners include Mesut Çakmak; Mustafa Durakoğlu, who regularly advises companies from the payments industry; and Devrim Ergun. Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen was promoted to partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mustafa Durakoğlu; Devrim Ergun

Testimonials

‘Practical solutions to solve problems and cooperation with the parties during these solutions.’

‘For Cakmak I can easily say that teamwork is the joint action of people working toward the same end goal and it is more than just completing a task for them; they work together effectively.’

‘Cakmak Team is detail-oriented, organized, and always open to constructive feedback, making our business relationship both effortless and pleasant.’

‘Both Mesut Çakmak and Mustafa Durakoğlu are our best and only legal authorities who have produced many well-researched and compelling briefs, motions and arguments. They are not only thorough but also easy to work with and always take the time to discuss our concerns and respond to questions.’

‘Cakmak has an integrated and experienced team. They have the necessary knowledge and they make their clients feel comfortable about this. They act quickly and practically; i.e. they can provide tailor made legal advice.’

Key clients

Landesbank Baden – Württemberg and KFW IPEX – Bank

Visa Europe

Western Union

Bank Julius Baer

Bayerische Landesbank

National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House

ERG Group

Ceska Exportni Banka

Limak Holding

Cengiz Holding

Citibank

Entek Elektrik

Turkey Wealth Fund

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Work highlights

  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and KfW Ipex-Bank in connection with the Euler-Hermes covered financing of 132 MW Phase II expansion investment of the Karaburun Wind Farm Project.
  • Day-to-day Turkish banking law and regulatory advice services to BayernLB.
  • Advising Limak Holding on the financing of the Diamond Skopje real estate project from a Turkish law perspective.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Operating from its offices in Ankara and Istanbul, Çakmak Attorney Partnership handles cross-border M&A transactions, and is particularly renowned among clients from the energy and infrastructure sectors. The department, which also advises on company formations, corporate governance issues, and capital structuring, is jointly headed by Zeynep Çakmak; Naz Bandik Hatipoglu, who combines a solid transactional track record with her experience advising on infrastructure work. Counsel Gülşen Engin is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Zeynep Çakmak; Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good quality work in proper time, professional manner, kindness.’

‘When it compares to other law firms, Cakmak team is very professional and solution oriented.’

‘The team are quick to respond to queries when we have them. Gulsen Engin has been very responsive and quick to respond.’

‘Very reputable firm which adds weight to opinions submitted to internal and external parties. Staff are responsive and quick to fulfil their commitments. Significant depth in the team.’

‘Timely, accurate and actionable responses.’

‘Fast, accurate and cooperative.’

‘Well-informed and provides you alternative solutions regarding the clients problems.’

Key clients

Assystem

Bluecap Resources.

Boeing International Corporation

Centerra Gold

Çelikler İnşaat

ENGIE

Entek Elektrik

Gazprom Germenia GmbH

Plaskolite LLC

Rönesans

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları

Visa Europe

Voodoo SAS

Western Union

Work highlights

  • Advised ENGIE on its divestment and sale of three businesses in Turkey, one gas distribution business, one natural gas combined cycle plant and one services.
  • Advised Voodoo SAS on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Fabrika Games, a Turkish tech start-up company.
  • Advised Entek Enerji, a subsidiary of Koç Holding, on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of two legal entities from STEAG GmbH.

Turkey > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Çakmak Attorney Partnership's team is led by the fantasticMesut Çakmak, and Zeynep Çakmak, who is highly experienced in administrative and commercial litigation. The department is renowned for its expertise in energy sector-related disputes, and also represents clients in commercial disputes and international arbitration. Elif Demiröz, promoted to partner in 2021, brings additional experience in commercial litigation. The department operates from Ankara and Istanbul.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team offers a good balance of partners, supported by good associates.’

‘Legal know-how is great and its application very practical. Lawyers are available and friendly.’

‘Mesut Cakmak is wise and approachable.’

‘Top quality team, very knowledgeable in regards to Turkish Law and proceedings. It’s not just the partners who are good – the associates are also excellent.’

‘Mesut Cakmak is fantastic. Definitely one of the best Turkish lawyers in the market. He’s very experienced and highly recommended.’

‘Zeynep Cakmak is an outstanding practitioner and an excellent communicator. She speaks English fluently and has given excellent advice in the cases in which we have worked with her.’

‘Elif Demiroz gave us quick advice with good analysis of Turkish proceedings.’

‘Zeynep Çakmak and Mesut Çakmak stand out in this practice with their incredible foresight based on experience and diligent approach on every detail of a case.’

Key clients

International Road Union (“IRU”)

Garanti Bankası A.Ş.

İZGAZ İzmit Gaz Dağıtım Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi (“İzgaz”)

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları Anonim Şirketi (“Uni-Mar”)

Western Union and Western Union Turkey Ödeme Hizmetleri Anonim Şirketi

Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS (“Bureau Veritas” or “BV SAS”) and several Bureau Veritas Turkish subsidiaries.

Bureau Veritas Deniz ve Gemi Sınıflandırma Hizmetleri Limited Şirketi (“BV Deniz”)

Klepierre Gayrimenkul Yönetimi Ve Yatırım Ticaret Anonim Şirketi (“Klepierre”)

ERG İnşaat Ticaret ve Sanayi Anonim Şirketi (“ERG İnşaat”)

Baymina Enerji Anonim Şirketi (“Baymina”)

Work highlights

  • Representing Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SAS (BV SAS) and Bureau Veritas Gözetim Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. in connection with several administrative lawsuits.
  • Representing Klepierre in an administrative lawsuit concerning one of its shopping malls in Turkey.
  • Representing İzgaz A.Ş., a natural gas distribution company in Turkey, in relation to a compensation lawsuit filed by the Republic of Turkey Prime Ministry Undersecretariat of Treasury.

Turkey > Employment Tier 3

Çakmak Attorney Partnership has a solid employment law offering with specific sector expertise in energy, construction, banking, transportation, and health industries. The group has recently been involved in complex union matters, while remaining busy handling advisory work relating to employment strategy, as well as employment terminations related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The practice is headed by Zeynep Çakmak and Mesut Çakmak, who are closely supported by recently appointed counsel Gülşen Engin. Senior associate Elif Demiröz is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team analyses the matter, communicates and collaborates both with clients and among themselves.’

‘The team members are very responsive and sensitive in meeting the deadlines.’

‘The individuals are always quite flexible and always available regardless of difficult work conditions caused by the pandemic.’

Key clients

Bank Julius Baer

Baymina Enerji A.Ş.

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp (CRRC)

Gates Corporation (Regular Employment Matters)

Singapore Embassy

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

Visa Europe

Western Union

Bank Julius Baer

Baymina Enerji A.Ş.

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp (CRRC)

Gates Corporation (Regular Employment Matters)

Singapore Embassy

Uni-Mar Enerji Yatırımları A.Ş.

Visa Europe

Western Union

Work highlights

  • Representing CRRC in employment matters relating to its operations in Turkey, such as preparing employment contracts and advising on work permit-related matters.
  • Advising the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore on its daily operational and employment matters.
  • Representing Uni-Mar in nine labour law related lawsuits concerning reinstatement, labour law-related receivables and compensation claims.

Turkey > Transport Tier 3

Çakmak Attorney Partnership handles a range of matters across different transport sectors and is particularly strong in projects work and aviation financing. As an expert in infrastructure projects, practice co-head Mesut Çakmak is a regular figure in road and airport matters, while Zeynep Çakmak is a leading figure for project finance and corporate matters, with a selection of transport sector clients. Experienced aircraft financing lawyer Serap Zuvin and up-and-coming projects partner Mustafa Durakoğlu round out the group of four coordinating the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mesut Çakmak; Zeynep Çakmak; Serap Zuvin; Mustafa Durakoğlu

Other key lawyers:

Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen

Testimonials

‘People and collaboration.’

‘Mesut and Zeynep Cakmak are so valuable.’

Key clients

ERG Group

National Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Finance House

Rönesans Holding

International Road Union

China Railway Rolling Stock Corp

Boeing International Corporation

Aeroflot

Cengiz Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising ERG, as borrower and sponsor, on the financing of the Ankara-Niğde Motorway Project.
  • Assisting ERG with the construction of the Ankara – İzmir High-Speed Rail Project.
  • Advising Rönesans Holding on the development and financing of the Mersin-Adana-Osmaniye-Gaziantep high-standard railroad line.
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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 enables 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 and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Mergers and acquisitions Dr. Zeynep Cakmakcakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Mergers and acquisitions Naz Bandik Hatipoglucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Project finance Mesut Çakmakcakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 46 80
Project finance Mustafa Durakoglucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Energy Dr. Zeynep Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Energy Mesut Çakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 46 80
Energy Mustafa Durakoglucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Dispute resolution Mesut Çakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Dispute resolution Dr. Zeynep Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Dispute resolution Elif Demirözcakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Employment Dr. Zeynep Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Employment Elif Demirözcakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mesut Çakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Infrastructure Mustafa Durakoglucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Infrastructure Ayşe Eda Biçercakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Corporate and commercial Naz Bandik Hatipogluinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Corporate and commercial Gulsen Engincakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Competition Ayse Eda Bicercakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Banking and finance Devrim Erguninquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Banking and finance Mustafa Durakoglucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
IT and data privacy Gülşen Engininquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
IT and data privacy Ayse Eda Bicerinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Public Tenders Mesut Çakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Public Tenders Mustafa Durakoğlucakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Real estate Dr. Zeynep Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Transportation Mesut Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 4680
Transportation Mustafa Durakogluinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Defense Dr. Zeynep Cakmakinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Defense Gülşen Engincakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 312 442 46 80
Aviation Serap Zuvincakmak@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
Aviation Naz Bandik Hatipoğluinquiry@cakmak.av.tr+90 212 939 7560
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Naz Bandik Hatipoğlu photo Naz Bandik HatipoğluNaz focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate and mergers and acquisitions transactions.…
Ayşe Eda Biçer Özen photo Ayşe Eda Biçer ÖzenEda focuses on infrastructure and energy projects, project finance matters, and mining…
Mesut Çakmak photo Mesut ÇakmakMesut Çakmak’s practice focuses on advising clients on local and international commercial…
Zeynep Çakmak photoDr Zeynep ÇakmakZeynep Çakmak has substantial experience in the representation of lenders, sponsors and…
Elif Demiröz photo Elif DemirözElif specializes in dispute resolution and provides legal assistance to clients at…
S. Mustafa Durakoğlu photo S. Mustafa DurakoğluMustafa’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure projects, and banking and finance…
Gülsen Engin photo Gülsen EnginGülşen primarily focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate law matters. She…
Devrim Ergun photo Devrim ErgunDevrim has substantial experience advising and acting for domestic and international banks,…
Serap Zuvin photo Serap ZuvinSerap leads the Aviation Practice at Çakmak. She has been representing international…
Number of lawyers : 19
Ankara : 9
İstanbul : 10
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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.