Firm Profile > Akinci Law Office > Istanbul, Turkey

Akinci Law Office

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Akinci Law Office represents clients in commercial and criminal litigation and arbitration proceedings. In addition to litigation capabilities, the team includes members with experience in civil engineering and qualifications in English, American, and Malaysian law. There are also several academics in the team, lecturing in areas such as international law, family law, and corporate law. Practice head Ziya Akıncı is regularly called upon as an international arbitrator, and also litigates construction and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ziya Akıncı

Key clients

Attila Dogan İnşaat

The Firm

Akinci is a leading global law firm with 36 years of experience in international arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation. Akinci has consistently achieved substantial victories in international arbitration and is particularly known as a ‘full service’ law firm that provides comprehensive solutions to clients’ commercial and legal problems, both locally and cross-border.

Akinci is a truly international and diverse workforce, and each lawyer has a unique skillset to provide seamless service to clients.

The team is made up of lawyers of different cultural backgrounds and called to the bar in several jurisdictions around the world (Turkey, England & Wales, New York), with fluent knowledge of Turkish, English, Russian, French, and German.

The team are further supported by an in-house construction engineer, and two prominent Turkish law professors.

Akinci also maintains close relationships with firms in different jurisdictions, which extends its reach in the region and beyond.

Akinci is very competitive on pricing; Akinci is exceedingly versatile and can provide superior legal services to its clients through its 36 years of specialised know-how and the wide-ranging experience and skillset of its lawyers.

Akıncı is also actively engaged with the legal and business community, with the firm and/or its members belonging to and active in the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (London-based), the Turkish German Lawyers Association, the Turkish Lawyers Association, the Turkish-Scandinavian Businessmen’s Association, and the local branches of the British, U.S., Swiss and Swedish Chambers of Commerce.

The dispute resolution department has consistently been named 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).

Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution

Akinci has accumulated unrivalled know-how through years of experience in arbitration proceedings before UNCITRAL, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SCC, ITO (Istanbul Chamber of Commerce) and the Tehran Regional Arbitration Centre.

Moreover, the firm’s founding partner, Professor Dr. Ziya Akıncı, is a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration, and the president of the Istanbul Arbitration Centre (ISTAC) and is the most sought-after arbitrator amongst Turkish arbitrator candidates.

Akinci will provide a full service to its clients, ranging from obtaining funding, to bringing the case and enforcing the award, or skilfully negotiating a settlement.


Our Corporate Department has experience in M&A, intellectual property, employment, construction, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and several other sectors.

This department is proud of its experienced attorneys, including department head Dr. Aysegul Sezgin Huysal and academics who are available to give legal opinions on difficult questions of law as well as otherwise assisting us.

Furthermore, our corporate department frequently works together with the dispute resolution team in order to offer a seamless full service to clients.


Department Name Email Telephone
International arbitration; investment arbitration; construction disputes Prof Ziya Akinci
Mediation; Family Law Dr Karen Akinci
International arbitration; investment arbitration; construction disputes Orhan Akinci
Litigation Akin Ercan Özcan
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)