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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

Mesut Çakmak

Tel:
Work +90 312 442 46 80
Email:
Web:
www.cakmak.av.tr
Çakmak Attorney Partnership

Work Department

Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group, Litigation and Arbitration

Position

Mesut Çakmak, a leading legal authority in project finance and privatization, acts on behalf of clients involved in international commercial and financial transactions. He has represented sponsors in the development and financing of many major projects in the energy, mining and metals, oil and gas, infrastructure and transportation sectors. He has also been involved in many mergers and acquisitions, and banking and capital markets transactions. Mesut Çakmak is a recognized legal expert in local and international arbitration as well as in administrative and commercial litigation.

Career

Founder of the Firm. Managing Partner.

Languages

Turkish and English

Member

Ankara Bar Association, Turkey, 1991
Turkish Bar Associations Union, 1991

Education

Ankara University, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1990


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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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Çakmak Attorney Partnership merged with Serap Zuvin Law Offices in April 2018, adding Serap Zuvin to the 'very well-organised and experienced' team, which is jointly headed by Naz Bandik Hatipoglu and Dr Zeynep Çakmak, who rejoined from GKC Partners (in professional association with White & Case). It advises on company formations, corporate governance issues, capital structuring, share transfers, cross-border joint ventures and M&A. It notably represented IFM Investors on its $869m purchase of a 40% stake in Mersin International Port from Akfen. Other clients include Rönesans, Akuo Energy and Visa Europe. Mesut Çakmak is another key practitioner alongside Mustafa Durakoğlu, who was promoted to partner.

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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: Leading individuals

Mesut Çakmak - Çakmak Attorney Partnership

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: Leading individuals

Mesut Çakmak - Çakmak Attorney Partnership

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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