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PIYADE SOKAK, PORTAKAL ÇIÇEGI APT NO. 18, C BLOK, KAT 3, ÇANKAYA, ANKARA, 06550, TURKEY
Tel:
Work +90 312 442 4680
Fax:
Fax +90 312 442 4690
Email:
Web:
www.cakmak.av.tr

Dr Cem Çağatay Orak

Tel:
Work +903124424680
Email:
Web:
www.cakmak.av.tr
Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration

Position

Dr. Cem Çağatay Orak specializes mainly in energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, healthcare, defense industry and arbitration matters. He has extensive experience with public-private partnerships, multi-party civil and administrative law contracts, permitting, environmental law and M&A transactions in the highly regulated sectors. He has advised sponsors and lenders in the financing of a number of major projects. Dr. Orak also focuses on dispute resolution and arbitration. He has represented Turkish and foreign clients in numerous complex disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. He has also acted as secretary to arbitration tribunals in domestic arbitration and international commercial arbitration.

Dr. Orak has a Ph.D in administrative law, and is the author of several professional and scholarly writings on energy law, construction and engineering law, and domestic and international arbitration. He lectures at universities and institutions on these fields of law.

Career

He completed his internship at Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı, and he worked as an associate in one of the well-known arbitration-focused law firms of Turkey. In 2007 - 2008, he worked as an in-house legal counsel for Zorlu Energy Group. He re-joined Çakmak Avukatlık Ortaklığı in 2008 and became partner in 2012. He has been the head of the litigation and arbitration department since then.

Languages

Turkish and English

Member

New York State Bar, USA, 2017
Ankara Bar Association, Turkey, 2002
Turkish Bar Associations Union, 2002

Education

Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2016
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, Ph.D., 2011
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.M., 2005
Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 2001


Turkey

Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018 and has a particular focus on project finance and refinancing matters. It also handles transactional and regulatory matters. The team advises Visa Europe on its transactions and operations in Turkey including tax, corporate, contracts, competition and credit card matters and payment services. Other clients include Western Union, Julius Bär Group and EBRD. Dr Zeynep Çakmak rejoined from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) and now heads the team alongside newly promoted partner Mustafa Durakoğlu. Mesut Çakmak and Cem Çağatay Orak are also recommended.

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Competition

Within: Competition

Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018 and is adept at handling anti-dumping matters, merger filings and notifications, cross-border competition matters and litigation. It continues to advise Visa Europe on compliance and competition legislation. Other clients include Göltaş, ERG İnşaat and Polat Enerji. Zeynep Çakmak rejoined from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) and now heads the team alongside Cem Çağatay Orak. Mesut Çakmak is another notable practitioner. Mustafa Durakoğlu made partner.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018 and is experienced in international arbitration and commercial and administrative litigation. It continues to represent Western Union in relation to commercial and consumer-related lawsuits. Other clients include Philip Morris, Garanti Bankası and ERG İnşaat. Zeynep Çakmak, who is ‘hardworking, experienced and highly sophisticated in every area of law’, returned from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in February 2018 and now heads the team alongside Cem Çağatay Orak. Mesut Çakmak is ‘highly knowledgeable, has good judgement and is strategic in his approach’.

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Energy

Within: Energy

Çakmak Attorney Partnership advises on the full range of energy-related matters including project financing, corporate matters and administrative litigation. It has experience in various sub-sectors including thermal power plants, coal mine and electricity power plant projects, oil and gas, combined cycle gas turbine projects, and wind power plants. A highlight was advising ERG Verbund on the development, rehabilitation, financing, construction and operation of its $2bn thermal power project. Other clients include Fina Enerji, Çelikler and Akenerji. Zeynep Çakmak, who returned to the firm from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case), now heads the team alongside Cem Çağatay Orak. Mesut Çakmak is another name of note. Mustafa Durakoğlu made partner.

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Project finance/projects

Within: Project finance/projects

Çakmak Attorney Partnership has broad experience in the projects and projects finance space. It advises on development, financing and refinancing matters in relation to energy and infrastructure projects, including power plants, motorways, airports, ports and hospitals. Recent highlights include advising ERG İnşaat on all aspects of the €1.15bn financing and development of the Ankara-Niğde motorway project. Çelikler, Fina Enerji and ERG Verbund also instruct the team. Zeynep Çakmak returned from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case) in February 2018 and now heads the team alongside Mesut Çakmak. Mustafa Durakoğlu made partner. Cem Çağatay Orak and Özlem Kızıl Voyvoda are also recommended.

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