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Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Work Department

Project Finance, Banking & Finance, Energy and Dispute Resolution


Zeynep has substantial experience in the representation of lenders, sponsors and developers in a range of project development and financings. Zeynep’s practice concentrates on energy, infrastructure and project finance, with particular experience in the Turkish power and gas market, privatizations, and energy mergers and acquisitions. She is also specialized in administrative law matters, regulatory agencies and administrative litigation.

Zeynep has lectured on “Basic Concepts of Anglo-Saxon Law” at the Research Institute of Banking and Commercial Law in Ankara as well as on “Introduction to Law” at Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences.


Partner, Head of İstanbul Office.


Turkish and English


İstanbul Bar Association, Turkey, 2015
Ankara Bar Association, Turkey, 1990
Turkish Bar Associations Union, 1990


Ankara University, Faculty of Law, Ph.D
Nottingham University, Law School, LL.M
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.B

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Zeynep ÇakmakÇakmak Attorney Partnership

Turkey > Project finance/projects

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.

Turkey > Energy

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.

Turkey > Dispute resolution

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.

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.