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Akinci Law Office

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Complementing its team's legal nous, Akinci Law Office leverages the expertise of academics and engineers, to assist with its international arbitration and litigation cases. The head of the team is Ziya Akinci, who was recently appointed as the president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre, and specialises in disputes connected with construction projects (including those involving highways, railways and metros). Senior associate Selda Tasyürek is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ziya Akıncı


‘Akinci’s team are among the most experienced in Turkey in the field of dispute resolution, especially international arbitration’.

‘They have experience managing complex international disputes and are very helpful with their clients involved in such disputes’.

‘Prof. Ziya Akinci has vast experience in handling complex international arbitration cases as well as sensitive settlement negotiations -he adds great value to his clients’.

Key clients

Attila Dogan İnşaat

The firm: Founded in 1984, Akinci has, over the years, acquired a reputation both nationally and internationally for providing high-quality legal services in a number of crucial practice areas involving business relationships and large-scale projects in various industries and countries. It is experienced and confident when dealing with transactions and disputes, both local and cross-border.

Akinci now has some 25 attorneys. Uniquely for a Turkish law firm, these include attorneys licensed in a variety of jurisdictions outside Turkey, including the UK and the US. It also maintains a close relationship with numerous foreign law firms, all of which increases its reach in the region and beyond. Besides having attorneys who are native Turkish speakers, all of whom are also fluent in English (and several of whom are fluent in French and German as well), there are also native English speakers. Also, uniquely, it employs an experienced construction engineer, due to its large volume of work related to the construction sector.

Given the wide-ranging expertise of its team members, Akinci is exceedingly versatile and its work is carried out with sophistication and efficiently. The firm considers the main competition to be the international law firms operating in Turkey. In this regard, Akinci is much more competitive on price and believes in most cases Akinci can provide superior legal service because of the synergies between the local and international knowledge of its Turkish and foreign lawyers.

Areas of practice: The corporate department, which also handles, among others, its M&A, intellectual property and employment work, has a diverse portfolio, having broad experience in the construction, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and other sectors. This department is proud of its experienced attorneys, including department head Mr Ayhan Kilinc as well as several academics who are available to give legal opinions on particularly difficult questions of law. The firm considers the department to be one of the up-and-coming corporate departments in Turkey.

The dispute resolution department, which handles the firm’s international commercial and investment arbitration work as well as local litigation, is headed by Professor Dr Ziya Akinci. Professor Dr Akinci himself is the most sought-after arbitrator among Turkish arbitrator candidates. The international arbitration practice involves the firm acting as party-counsel in numerous and diverse matters, with Akinci one of the most popular choices of Turkish companies for such work. Professor Akinci is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration and the president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC).

The dispute resolution department, in addition to its top-tier ranking by The Legal 500, has been named for each of the past four years as one of Global Arbitration Review’s 100 leading arbitration firms in the world, and the only one in Turkey. Both the firm and Professor Dr Akinci are listed by Who’s Who Legal under its arbitration category for Turkey (as well as for commercial ligation, and construction and real estate law).

Department Name Email Telephone
International arbitration Prof Ziya Akinci
International arbitration Dr Cemile Gokyayla
International construction law Dr Cemile Gokyayla
International construction law Fatma Huseyin
International investment arbitration Prof Ziya Akinci
International investment arbitration Nazli Ece Kiliç
Mediation Dr Karen Akinci
Corporate and M&A Ayhan Kilic
Corporate and M&A Selda Tasyurek
Litigation Akin Ercan Özcan
Litigation Tugce Karakaya
International family law Dr Karen Akinci
International family law Akin Ercan Özcan
Intellectual property and IT Akin Ercan Özcan
Intellectual property and IT Fatih Ayan
Number of lawyers : 25
Istanbul Arbitration Centre
ICC Court of Arbitration
Arbitration Commission
IBA (International Bar Association)
LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration)
Istanbul Bar Association
SCC (Stockholm Chamber of Commerce)
Contacts : Ziya Akinci
Contacts : Selda Tasyurek