Firm Profile > ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC > Istanbul, Turkey

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC
YAPI KREDI PLAZA BLOCK C
6TH FLOOR NO:19 LEVENT
34330 ISTANBUL
Turkey

Real estate and construction Tier 2

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC focuses on large-scale real estate and construction projects, including commercial and residential developments of significant value within Turkey, high-profile energy, infrastructure and PPP projects including the Dardanel Bosphorus Bridge, and a number of cross-border construction projects throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The team acts for constructors, contractors and investors on financings, transactions, operational elements and contentious issues. Nazlı Arıkan oversees the team, and acts on both advisory and contentious matters, including arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Nazli Arikan

Testimonials

‘Arikan is unique because they own projects like this, they are always accessible and provide timely, detailed and correct analysis.’

‘Nazli Arikan is an exceptional individual. She is hardworking and very serious about her work. She owns the project like her own.’

‘They are a group of dedicated lawyers, who take their job very seriously. I have been working with this group for 20 years and have never been disappointed.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties

Consera Off-Site UK

Al Ghurair Investment

Eczacibasi Holding

Koray Group of Companies

NEF Real Estate & Development

Mitsubishi Elevators / AG Melco Turkey

Plato Mining & Construction

Gemak Gemi İnşaat

Gulman Real Estate & Development

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

ARIKAN | PARTNERS ILC advises a combination of domestic, European, and Middle Eastern clients on corporate transactions, commercial contracts, and governance matters. Investment funds, industrial manufacturers, and construction companies are among the firm's key clients. The team is led by Akin Volkan Arikan, a prolific transactional adviser, and Prof. Dr. Fatih Aydogan.

Practice head(s):

Akin Volkan Arikan; Prof. Dr. Fatih Aydogan

Testimonials

‘The team is very diligent and practical. Very international and is up to date with local developments.’

‘They speak French and English. A great plus. Always sharp on time and moderate billing style. Very flexible schedules. Mr. Akin Volkan Arikan is my point of contact. He is excellent.’

Key clients

Emaar Properties

Bashan Agricultural Products

Consera Off-Site UK

Al Ghurair Investment LLC

London Forfaiting Company

Fichtner Gmbh & Co KG

Eczacibasi Holding

SFS

Koray Group

NEF Group

Duzce Cam Glass Manufacturing

Mitsubushi Elevators

SHAPIR Industries

Prime Capital Equity Fund

MDC Industries

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 varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Construction / Projects Nazli Arikan narikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Construction / Projects Naim Can Paksoy npaksoy@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Real Estate & Construction Nazli Arikan narikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Mergers & Acquisitions Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Mergers & Acquisitions Naim Can Paksoy npaksoy@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Project Finance Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Project Finance Naim Can Paksoy npaksoy@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Training and Compliance Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Private Equity Naim Can Paksoy npaksoy@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
International Arbitration Nazli Arikan narikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Competition / Antitrust Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Competition / Antitrust Naim Can Paksoy npaksoy@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Energy Akin Volkan Arikan varikan@arikanpartners.com +902122572828
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ms ALARA ANTALYALI  photo Ms ALARA ANTALYALI Associate
Ms NAZLI ARIKAN  photo Ms NAZLI ARIKAN Partner, Head of Construction & Arbitration
Mr AKIN VOLKAN ARIKAN  photo Mr AKIN VOLKAN ARIKAN Managing Partner
 MEHMET CURA  photo MEHMET CURA Associate
Ms ZEYNEP ILAYDA GURCUM  photo Ms ZEYNEP ILAYDA GURCUM Associate
Ms ZEREN OZDEMIR  photo Ms ZEREN OZDEMIR Associate
 NAIM CAN PAKSOY  photo NAIM CAN PAKSOY Administrative Partner
Ms HAZAL POLAT  photo Ms HAZAL POLAT Associate
 Ms DILARA SENGOZ  photo Ms DILARA SENGOZ Associate
 Ms GIZEM YOLMAZ  photo Ms GIZEM YOLMAZ   Associate
 Ms CAGNUR YUMUK  photo Ms CAGNUR YUMUK Associate
English
French
German
Turkish
Spanish
Bar Association of Istanbul
Istanbul Arbitration Centre
Istanbul Bar and Turkish Bar Association
Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry
BCCT
Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Union of Turkish Bar Associations
IBA (International Bar Association)
Contact : Akin Volkan Arikan (varikan@arikanpartners.com)

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.


CLIENT: Mr. SULEYMAN YERCIL, Chairman
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
COMPANY/FIRM: ASAL HOLDING INC. (HOLIDAY INN ANKARA)
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. 

In the first quarter of 2021, ARIKAN PARTNERS established a new alliance with one of the major and leading law firms in Spain having presence in multiple jurisdictions.  

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 relevanceSome 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, 
  • Bank of Valetta, another leading bank from Malta, 
  • 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, 
  • Malta Healthcare Caterers Limited & DB GROUP, leading Maltese incorporations, 
  • 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: 

  • EUROPE: UK, FRANCE, GERMANY, BELGIUM, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, ROMANIA, MALTA 
  • AFRICA: SOUTH AFRICA, JORDAN, LIBYA, NIGERIA, CONGO 
  • OTHER MAJOR COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RUSSIA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 
  • VARIOUS: JAPAN, ISRAEL, KAZAKHSTAN, GEORGIA, AZERBAIJAN 

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.