Firm Profile > ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC > Istanbul, Turkey


Real estate and construction Tier 2

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC advises on real estate transactions and construction projects such as industrial sites, public and private facilities, high-rise commercial office buildings, hotels and premium malls. Nazlı Arıkan leads the practice with Onur Ozalp. Recent highlights include advising Eczacıbaşı Holding A.Ş. on the construction of the Istanbul Modern Museum within the Galataport project.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is knowledgeable and hard-working.’

Key clients

Eczacıbaşı Holding A.Ş.

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

Plato Madencilik İnşaat Turizm Çimento San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Düzce Cam Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Dekoral Alüminyum Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Mr. Selim Koray

Koray Group of Companies

NEF Group

Gemak Gemi İnşaat San. Ve Tic. A.Ş.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC is noted for the English, French and Turkish language capabilities of its team, which is jointly led by Akin Volkan Arikan and Fatih Aydogan. In addition to assisting clients with  cross-border corporate transactions, the group's other expertise includes restructurings, the preparation and review of contracts and regulatory compliance matters. Clients include global conglomerates and Turkish companies.


‘Volkan Arikan and Burak Dulgeroglu are very professional and flexible’.               

‘Arikan Partners is the best company that merges Law and construction know-how in Turkey’.

Key clients

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

London Forfaiting Company Ltd

Fichtner Gmbh & Co KG

Refmek Mühendislik Ltd. Şti.

SFS Danışmanlık Bilgi İşlem Sanayi ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş.

Koray Group of Companies

Eczacibasi Holding

NEF Group


FIMBank Plc.

Agrima Gayrimenkul Yatırım Ltd. Şti

Mitsubushi Elevators / AG Melco Turkey

Prime Capital Inc.

SHAPIR Industries

Israel Trade Council in Turkey

Hekim Holding Inc


MDC Industries – Israel

The firm: ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC provides a broad range of legal services for its diverse client base. The firm’s structure is based on two core practice areas. The first is represented by the firm’s experienced international dispute resolution team and the second by the very capable international corporate team under which the firm consults and advises its clients on construction, energy, global finance, international trade, investment funds, M&A, private equity, project finance, capital markets and real estate.

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC’s attorneys are recognised for their committed and sophisticated representation of its clients. Its team of jurists, having played key roles in numerous multimillion-dollar transactions, are trained and experienced to take responsibility in challenging legal and business matters, as well as in most complicated dispute resolution cases. All senior team members of the firm, having worked for major international law firms and companies for years prior to joining ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC, now serve the firm’s clients their significant experience in international business transactions.

As well as providing sophisticated legal services, ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC understands and pays attention to the business needs of its clients. The combination of legal knowledge, responsiveness, good business ethics and consideration of its attorneys sets the firm apart from most local and international law firms operating in Turkey. The experienced lawyers of the team secure the rights of the firm’s clients in international business transactions by helping and representing them from the very beginning of the transaction until the closing. The firm has an excellent command of commercial contracts related to the preparation of joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements, articles of associations, funding related matters etc for its clientele. This helps the firm to effectively deliver on its clients’ strategic cross-border and local transactions.

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC plays an important role in the detailed structuring of its clients’ investments in and out of Turkey. The firm’s good anticipation of legal and corporate issues helps clients to be informed on the probable outcomes related to their transactions. In this regard, the firm is involved in the preparation, drafting, reviewing, negotiation and revision phases in commercial transactions in and out of Turkey.

Furthermore, the practice and experience of the firm’s international dispute resolution team encompasses the representation of its clients under various international arbitration rules, including but not limited to, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) and London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). The firm is also very efficient in the early and amicable settlement of international disputes related to the claims amounting to multimillion dollars in a cost and time efficient manner.

The sophisticated team of lawyers at the firm is also supported by a team of international and domestic senior counsels helping the firm to render full legal services to its clientele. ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC’s attorneys are all educated in respected law schools in Turkey and abroad. The firm is committed to welcoming the best law graduates every year.

The firm is located in the reputed central business district of Istanbul at Yapi Kredi Plaza, Levent.

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial law, construction, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, project finance, banking and finance, capital markets, private equity, dispute resolution and international arbitration, competition/antitrust and energy.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate & Commercial Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Construction / Projects Nazli Arikan +902122572828
Construction / Projects Onur Ozalp +902122572828
Real Estate & Construction Nazli Arikan +902122572828
Mergers & Acquisitions Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Mergers & Acquisitions Bora Mahmutoglu +902122572828
Project Finance Bora Mahmutoglu +902122572828
Project Finance Onur Ozalp +902122572828
Training and Compliance Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Private Equity Bora Mahmutoglu +902122572828
International Arbitration Nazli Arikan +902122572828
Competition / Antitrust Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Competition / Antitrust Bora Mahmutoglu +902122572828
Energy Akin Volkan Arikan +902122572828
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms NAZLI ARIKAN  photo Ms NAZLI ARIKAN Partner, Head of Construction & Arbitration
Mr BORA MAHMUTOGLU  photo Mr BORA MAHMUTOGLU Partner, Head of Investment & Administration
Mr ONUR OZALP  photo Mr ONUR OZALP Senior Director, MSC. & MBA, Head of Projects Coordination
 Mr  EMRE UNGOR  photo Mr  EMRE UNGOR Associate
 Ms GIZEM YOLMAZ  photo Ms GIZEM YOLMAZ   Associate
Contact : Akin Volkan Arikan (

ARIKAN | PARTNERS is committed to create a working atmosphere whereby different cultures around the world meet together. The firm’s associates and partners are either members of diversified bar associations in different jurisdictions or have been educated in different countries pursuant to diversified cults of law. This vision also helps the firm while serving its clients in a more efficient manner by concentrating their joint efforts on as to how the firm can add value with a preventive philosophy in order for its clients to avoid legal disputes before they appear. In other words, the firm’s prioritized target is to help the clients through the firm’s legal advisory services not to have legal troubles, instead of waiting to resolve such problems afterwards.

Furthermore, ARIKAN | PARTNERS not only supports the diversity within its team, but also supports its associates to attend international law programs and similar courses abroad in order to strengthen the firm’s diversity. The firm welcomes international lawyers and international law faculty students from different cultures each year.

Finally it is also noteworthy to state that ARIKAN | PARTNERS commits itself to provide numerous charity foundations with pro bono legal services with the aim of contributing a humble support to the society and non-profit organizations.

COMPANY/FIRM: Koray Group of Companies
TESTIMONIAL: ARIKAN PARTNERS team worked for us in local and international multi-hundred dollar projects during a period of more than ten years now. We closed matters together in more than five jurisdictions and they always helped us reach the best results possible. Amongst these projects, we have settled numberless matters together and the firm’s different departments helped us with their specialized expertise particularly in corporate transactions, construction projects and international arbitration cases. We feel so lucky to have such a team of lawyers with us.

CLIENT: Mr. GALIP ASAL, Chairman, Major Shareholder
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with ARIKAN PARTNERS since 2011 and their team always supported us with great level of care and meticulousness. I work closely with the firm’s partners Mr. Akin Volkan Arikan and Mr. Bora Mahmutoglu who are both top level solution providers. We could not have found more responsive, competent and brilliant lawyers for our business. They helped us with our hotel contracts for the five-star Holiday Inn Ankara Project, as well as other exclusive distributorship contracts that we got into with the international brands of Mizuno and Errea.

CLIENT: CEO of one of the Main Contractors of Third Bosporus Bridge Project
COMPANY/FIRM: One of the Leading Contractors in Turkey
TESTIMONIAL: The Arikan team is so much responsive which enormously feeds our business transactions. Their specific and technical knowledge on construction field along with their relevant experience have always been very helpful to us. The appropriate advices they provide us with and the to-the-point business and legal perspectives they share with us are also noteworthy. Ms. Nazli Arikan’s promptness, anticipation and depth in legal knowledge of construction and contract law are particularly significant. She is, as per our experience, is one of the leading lawyers in real estate and construction industry in Turkey.

CLIENT: Mr. YUSUF TURAN, Majority Shareholder
COMPANY/FIRM: TURAN PLASTICS, Turkey’s One of the Leading Plastics Company
TESTIMONIAL: Since 2013, ARIKAN PARTNERS team is providing us with high level of legal services. Their contribution has not been limited to the critical contracts of our company but also served for our investment plans whereby they played key roles in the share purchase agreements. They showed their difference from day one and kept up with the good work over the years we worked together. Their efficiency in contract management and transaction structuring led us to success. Mr. Mahmutoglu played a key role in the representation of our company in critical contracts.

CLIENT: CEO of One of the Leading Real Estate & Development Companies
COMPANY/FIRM: UAE Based World’s Leading Conglomerate
TESTIMONIAL: ARIKAN PARTNERS advises us in our multi-hundred million dollar projects in relation to our real estate development projects in Turkey. We are totally impressed with the professionalism and promptness of the attorneys of the firm. The firm works for us, as well as for our affiliate companies, in general corporate matters, transactional projects, litigation files and construction law matters. The efficiency of communication between the senior levels of the firm and our head office legal team was impressive and contributed a lot for the efficiency of the services. They have the best lawyers we ever experienced in Turkey.

ARIKAN PARTNERS is actively in cooperation in several leading law firms worldwide. Acting as co-counsel in many jurisdictions for international arbitration cases, the firm established long-lasting and trust-based relationship with more than thirty global law firms to date.

ARIKAN PARTNERS is one of the rare law firms in Turkey truly having experience in cross-border projects and international contracts. Most of the clients of the firm are international and foreign companies, while the Turkish clients of ARIKAN PARTNERS all have an international background or relevance.

Some of the current clients of ARIKAN PARTNERS and their origin of country include but are not limited to:

  • AL-GHURAIR INVESTMENTS, being the also the owner of Mashreq Bank in Dubai,
  • EMAAR Properties PJSC, globally leading development and investment conglomerate from Dubai,
  • LONDON FORFEITING COMPANY (LFC), financial institution active in international trade finance, based in UK,
  • FIMBAnk PLC, a leading Maltese Bank,
  • FICHTNER GmbH & Co KG, a leading German engineering consultancy company,
  • MITSUBISHI ELEVATORS, AG MELCO, a world leading elevator company based in Japan and Dubai,
  • Prime Capital Holding, a leading Kazakh investment fund,
  • MDC, an internationally recognised medical products manufacturer active in Middle East,
  • GINEGAR, a publicly held company manufacturing agricultural products and operating worldwide,
  • MIZUNO, a Japanese sportswear company.

ARIKAN PARTNERS involved and played a key role in the finalization of international projects in more than 20 jurisdictions. While doing so, the firm established strong bonds with at least one competent law firm in each of these jurisdictions and is still actively co-counselling and cooperating with most of these firms. This habilitates ARIKAN PARTNERS with the comfort and luxury to serve its clients in all major jurisdictions worldwide and to meet and even exceed the expectations of its clients.

In addition to Turkey; some of the jurisdictions where ARIKAN PARTNERS has been performing contractual, transactional or international arbitration projects include but are not limited to the followings:


ARIKAN PARTNERS’ attorneys are fluent and render services in Turkish, English, French and German languages. One of the differentiating characteristic of the firm in Turkish legal market is its well established international network and capabilities to lead international projects on behalf of its local or international clients.