Firm Profile > Kesikli Law Firm > Istanbul, Turkey

Kesikli Law Firm
Bagdat Caddesi, No. 399/B
K.4, Ark399 Suadiye
Kadikoy
Turkey

Energy Tier 3

Kesikli Law Firm advises on issues surrounding the natural gas market, the electricity market, coal and other mineral extractions and licenses, feed-in tariffs, power plant projects and renewables. Omer Kesikli leads the team. Gul Nevra Aydin and Rustu Mert Kaska are also recommended. In a recent highlight, the practice assisted Aggreko Energy with regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Omer Kesikli

Key clients

STEAG Energy Services GmbH

Aggreko Energy

TAS Energy

KS Energy Africa

GKE Energy

Pales Engineering Investments

Gazday Energy

Project finance/projects Tier 3

Kesikli Law Firm has a longstanding track record in energy, infrastructure and construction projects in Turkey and in multiple jurisdictions overseas. Its team is sought out for its expertise in project finance, regulatory matters, dispute resolution, joint ventures, shareholders agreements, consortium agreements and strategic alliances. In the energy sphere, the group advises on the development, construction and operation of power plant projects, among other facilities. Clients include project developers, energy companies, operation and maintenance (O&M) contractors, EPC contractors and engineers. Ömer Kesikli, who delivers lectures on energy law and EPC projects law at Ozyegin University, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ömer Kesikli

Testimonials

‘The partners have a strong knowledge of the law as well as good communication and negotiation skills’.

‘Kesikli deserves high respect due to its high degree of professionalism, expertise, and quality of services in this area’.   

‘The leader of the team, Omer, is always accessible, responsive and helpful’. 

‘Kesikli has such a balanced approach and well equipped team managing and allocating the respective risks of the project successfully whilst finding solutions to satisfy all the parties involved’.   

‘Omer is exceptionally great; he consistently shows great skill and know-how with a friendly approach that is solution-oriented, commercially minded and practical’.

‘Very accurate and professional service, dedicated team, knowledgeable and committed lawyers, valuable sector knowledge’.

‘Omer Kesikli is well qualified and experienced in renewables and fossil fuel powered power projects’.

Key clients

STEAG Energy Services GmbH

Aggreko Energy

TAS Energy

KS Energy Africa

GKE Energy

Pales Engineering Investments

Gazday Energy

Tek Yapı Insaat ve Ticaret A.S

Iste Proje

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The key strengths at Kesikli Law Firm include project financing, infrastructure and construction. The ‘excellent’ team is currently advising Tek Yapi on the extension of a PepsiCo factory in Saudi Arabia. Omer Kesikli heads the practice and Rustu Mert Kaska is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Omer Kesikli

Key clients

Tek Yapı Insaat ve Ticaret A.S

Aggreko Energy

TAS Energy

KS Energy Africa

GKE Energy

Pales Engineering Investments

Gazday Energy

Iste Proje Yonetimi

The firm: Kesikli Law Firm, a leading law practice based in Istanbul, Turkey, serves a diverse client base, from global corporations to small, entrepreneurial companies and individuals in a range of transactional, litigious and regulatory matters.  Through its involvement as counsel to investors, contractors, engineers, project developers, trading companies and other project proponents, Kesikli Law Firm established a trustworthy reputation as the provider of tailored legal solutions in the areas of Power and Energy, Real Estate and Construction Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, IP Law and Employment Law on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Contentious and non-contentious legal work
Transactional legal work: Kesikli’s lawyers serve as outsource counsel to companies from very early stage to mature firms, from small to very large in size, all in vibrant and challenging markets including energy, construction, real estate, manufacturing, transportation and financial services.

Dispute resolution: Kesikli provides savvy, strategic, and results-oriented legal representation for both corporate and individual clients in corporate, commercial, construction, real estate and IP litigation. From employment-related lawsuits to complex commercial and construction disputes, Kesikli has the experience and focus that any company or individual needs to protect its assets and enforce its legal rights.

Regulatory advice and representation: Kesikli regularly acts for organizations involved in matters before administrative and regulatory bodies. Kesikli’s hands-on experience coupled with its lawyers’ academic knowledge and business network, enables it to guide its clients in complying with the complex web of laws, regulations, guidelines, policies and procedures in different sectors.

Core practices
Power and energy: Kesikli’s power and energy practice covers a comprehensive range of legal and business matters including the development/financing of green or brown field energy and infrastructure projects, permitting and licensing matters and providing counsel on structuring the contractual and regulatory background of the projects. Kesikli advises on energy market participation and regulatory rules, law of privatisation, acquisitions of energy projects and drafting and negotiation of required contracts. 

EPC and infrastructure projects: Kesikli has extensive experience in EPC and infrastructure projects in Turkey, the Russian Federation, Israel, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Romania, Namibia, Iraq, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Kesikli represents clients in various projects on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) and EPCM (EPC Management) contracts, FIDIC model contracts, equipment supply and erection contracts, construction contracts, electricity sales contracts, natural gas sale contracts, O&M contracts and settlement of disputes.

Corporate and commercial: corporate law is an area in which Kesikli excels. It’s corporate legal practice is structured to represent clients through every stage of the business life cycle, providing daily legal advice from initial conception and start-up, through trade sale or acquisitions. Kesikli regularly renders legal services to clients on joint ventures, consortium, partnership and share purchase transactions and arrangements. Kesikli advises clients in day-to-day operations as well as drafting, negotiating and terminating a variety of contracts including distribution agreements, licensing agreements, exclusivity agreements, franchising agreements, project development agreements, e-contracts, web-site legal content and other tailor-made contracts. 

Intellectual property: Kesikli is experienced in all aspects of IP protection, including idea development, trademark, trade secret, copyright infringement matters; and licensing arrangements.

Public tenders: Kesikli provides legal support when evaluating public tender laws and privatisation procedures as well as possible process scenarios. This support covers qualification criteria, representation in privatisation-related disputes, preparation of complaints and objections; negotiations with privatisation agencies and public authorities; assistance with preparing tender documentation; legal due diligence of target companies; and negotiating privatisation and investment agreements.

Employment: Kesikli’s team is well-versed in the intricacies of Turkish employment law, regularly providing counsel on local labour laws and hiring practices, including the consequences of M&As, restructurings, joint ventures and privatisations; termination of employment contracts of employees and executive staff at all levels and resolving any labour disputes.

Competition: Kesikli has extensive experience in dealing with the complex issues facing clients in various sectors at the intersection of competition law, antitrust regulations and consumer law. Kesikli advises companies and foreign law firms relating to legal needs on Turkish competition laws and regulations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Power and energy Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Infrastructure and EPC projects Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Public tenders Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Corporate and commercial Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Intellectual Property Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com)
Employment Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Competition Omer Kesikli (omer@kesikli.com )
Number of lawyers : 5
English
Turkish
Adam Global International
Contact : Omer Kesikli

CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: Turkish Subsidiary of a U.S Data Center Modular Solutions Company
TESTIMONIAL: We’ve been very satisfied with the level of service Kesikli Law Firm has provided us over the course of seven (7) years. Their in depth industry knowledge and practical approach to solve highly complex bureaucratic schemes in Turkey enabled us operate much smoother than we anticipated. Their customer oriented approach, responsiveness and to the point advising capability brought us considerable cost savings on both acquiring these legal services and also in our local sourcing efforts. 


CLIENT: Minority Shareholder of a Company
COMPANY/FIRM: A Leading Plastics Production Company
TESTIMONIAL: I have worked with Kesikli for a dispute regarding my minority rights at a large company. Kesikli collected all my dividends that should have been accrued for years, and assisted me in selling my shares to the majority shareholders at a competitive price. They proved me how a disputed matter can be handled professionally and resolved through amicable means while taking all the required legal steps. What they simply gave me was not only results, but also “peace of mind” during the entire process. 


CLIENT: Board Member
COMPANY/FIRM: An International Construction & Real Estate Firm
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli is highly experienced, helpful and attentive to our legal needs; very quick to respond to our inquiries and provides multiple options of solid advice and counsel. We recommend Kesikli for dispute resolution, employment law and construction areas. 


CLIENT: Shareholder
COMPANY/FIRM: An International Carpet Producer
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli represented me in a lawsuit relating to a shareholding dispute. The result we received was true 100% success. Thanks for the valuable services they rendered. 


CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: An International Project Management Company TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli is assisting us in our daily operations and litigation matters for two years. The advisory services we receive is top class, and the results of the lawsuits are in our favour up to now. We recommend Kesikli to anyone in need of commercial and construction related legal advice and dispute resolution matters. 


CLIENT: Sales Country Manager Turkey
COMPANY/FIRM: A Global Power Equipment & Services Provider
TESTIMONIAL: I know Kesikli for 4 years. Previously we had negotiated contracts for several projects on different sides of the table. Recently Kesikli represented us in a large power plant rehabilitation project. They did a very good job in understanding everyone’s goals, the technical difficulties and financial requirements of the project, putting them into legally bankable wording and convincing the counter parties without compromising on our position. 


CLIENT: CEO 
COMPANY/FIRM: Turkish Subsidiary of a Leading Global Window Covering Firm
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli Law firm has guided and supported us with great professionalism during our company foundation in Free Trade Zone last year. They have solutionoriented lawyers with strong educational and language skills. We’ve experienced  these skill while we have meetings in Ankara with Ministry of Economy for establishing and having operation license . Thanks to their cooperativeness, fast reaction and agility, we obtained our free zone license in very short time.  I am glad to say that they are open-minded, easy to communicate with and it is great pleasure to work with them. 


CLIENT: General Manager / Shareholder
COMPANY/FIRM: Heat Sink Manufacturer
Kesikli represented our company in a series of real estate lawsuits worth 40m USD. They also successfully represented us in two IP related court cases. The results we received were highly satisfactory. 


CLIENT: Chairman of the Board
COMPANY/FIRM: A Leading Investment Holding (and its subsidiaries: an Asset Management Company and a Biomass Power Plant Producer)
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli Law Firm has been acting as the legal advisor for our group companies for the past few years for our business in energy as well as financial services. The relationship between Kesikli Law Firm and our group companies has been very rewarding. For the period we have worked together, Kesikli has demonstrated extensive legal know-how, an analytic and results oriented approach to the matters. They are thorough in their work and are always prompt and easy to communicate with. 


CLIENT: Regional Sales GM
COMPANY/FIRM: A Global Power Services Company
TESTIMONIAL: It is a first-class service driven by Omer’s professionalism, business acumen, solution-oriented approach, care of details and reactivity (speed). It was the best experience I had personally working with external lawyers in Turkey. 


CLIENT: Chairman of the Board
COMPANY/FIRM: International Construction Firm
TESTIMONIAL: We are fully satisfied with the quality of the services we receive from Kesikli Law Firm. Overall level of service is first class. A very pro-active team led by a knowledgeable partner, is always ready to support us. Being guided by a law firm that knows our business and the nature of real estate and construction sectors is invaluable.  


CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM:A leading German Engineering & Consultancy Firm
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli’s team has impressed by an outstanding performance, built on profound legal knowledge, smart tactical approaches and fast responses. I can honestly recommend them. 


CLIENT: Dr. Justus Fischer-Zernin (Partner at hanselaw – Hammerstein und Partner – Hamburg / Germany)
COMPANY/FIRM: hanselaw, Hammerstein und Partner, Hamburg/Germany-based law firm
TESTIMONIAL: We’ve been working together with Kesikli Law Firm on a complicated case of an important German client of ours involving tricky issues of Turkish joint ventures in the field of construction for public projects. We are still impressed by the skilful, experienced and responsive way our Turkish colleagues handled the matter and achieved to avoid troublesome and costly litigation. We can highly recommend Kesikli Law Firm without any reservations. 


CLIENT: Executive Board Member
COMPANY/FIRM: An International EPC Contracting Firm
TESTIMONIAL: The level of service is fist class, clearly well analysed and solution driven. Kesikli is always quick to respond whenever we need. Unmatched industry knowledge particularly in energy and construction projects and corporate legal matters. I can’t rate them highly enough. 


CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: A Turkish Energy Trading Consultancy Firm
TESTIMONIAL: We always receive excellent quality legal advice from Kesikli. Very responsive and knowledgeable team of lawyers knowing energy & international construction business’ insights from commercial, technical and legal respects. 


CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Power Generation and O&M Company
TESTIMONIAL: We are a boutique international firm, active in the energy sector (power generation) with a  focus on IPP project development (typically involving EPC, PPA, GSA, and O&M agreements for project finance), operation & maintenance of power plants, and project management and commissioning services for power projects. We are operating in a dynamic and often difficult business environment. Response times, business acumen/industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice, value for money, and thinking outside of the box are key factors for us. Kesikli’s team possesses all these values. They are hard-working, results-orientated professionals with impeccable ethical standards. 


CLIENT: Board Member
COMPANY/FIRM:An International Construction & Real Estate Firm
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli is highly experienced, helpful and attentive to our legal needs; very quick to respond to our inquiries and provides multiple options of solid advice and counsel. We recommend Kesikli for dispute resolution, employment law and construction areas. 


CLIENT: General Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: An EPC & Energy Consultancy Firm
TESTIMONIAL: We have been using Kesikli for several years in our EPC projects, employment law and energy regulatory matters (particularly in renewables). We are fully satisfied with the value of the work that has been delivered, fast response times and results oriented approach. 


CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: An Engineering Company
TESTIMONIAL: Kesikli’s team understands energy and construction projects & market practices very well, not only in Turkey but also internationally.  Lawyers at the firm are always responsive and creative. They have a good understanding of the essence of our business and position, and are well respected in both litigation and project transactions.


Real estate dispute representation for multi-million USD dispute
Kesikli acted for a leading electronics company in a series of real estate lawsuits until conclusion of an amicable settlement with the defendants.

Biogas power plant investment project in Denizli
Kesikli Law Firm acted for the investor of the project in drafting and negotiation of its major project contracts.

Joint venture relations of a US-based Robotic Process Automation company
Kesikli Law Firm acted for a global RPA company in drafting and negotiating its JV agreement and other supporting contracts with a Turkish entity.

Structured the legal framework and contracts of an online energy consultancy platform
Kesikli Law Firm structured the legal framework and contracts of GP Ledger’s online platform offering gas and power disruptive energy management and procurement support services. Also provided regulatory legal advice to the same company.

Acted for a Russian state company in enforcement of foreign judgements
Kesikli Law Firm represented a Russian State Company in enforcement of multi-million Euro Foreign Judgements in Turkey.

Acted for a minority shareholder for a multi-million USD shareholders dispute
Kesikli Law Firm represented a minority shareholder in a shareholding dispute with the major shareholders until an amicable settlement is reached.

Represented a German manufacturer for a portfolio compensation and damages dispute
Kesikli acted for a German manufacturer in a series of commercial dispute resolution matters.

Rehabilitation of 420 MW Yenikoy and 630 MW Kemerkoy coal-fired power plants
Kesikli Law Firm acted for the consortium (EPC Contractor) in the private tender issued for rehabilitation of 420 MW Yenikoy and 630 MW Kemerkoy coal-fired power plants owned by Yenikoy Kemerkoy Elektrik Uretim AS (an affiliate of IC Limak joint venture).

Advised a leading global digital services company
Kesikli advised a leading global online retargeting/digital services company for its Turkey operations relating to corporate & tax related matters.

Retainer services to a publicly trading global energy equipment supplier
Kesikli acted for and advised a leading global energy equipment supplier for the legal framework, commercial contracts, personal data protection and employment law matters.

Obtaining a free zone activity license and setting-up of a subsidiary of a leading global company
Kesikli advised and represented a globally operating leading window covering producer in setting up its subsidiary in a free zone, obtaining the free zone activity license, drafting and negotiating of the lease agreement for a large production facility, supply contracts of the required equipment and services, and employment law matters.

STEAG GmbH’s acquisition of Gildemeister
Kesikli provided Turkish law advice to STEAG GmbH and conducted due diligence services over the Turkish subsidiaries of the target company.

Mergers of Blue Note S.p.A and Casta Diva Group
Kesikli provided Turkish Law advice to Blue Note S.p.A and conducted due diligence services over the Turkish subsidiaries of the Casta Diva Group.

Construction of 3M Manufacturing Co. manufacturing plants in Saudi Arabia
Kesikli acted for the main contractor, conducted the contract negotiations on behalf of the contractor until the conclusion of the FIDIC-based turnkey infrastructure and civil works contract.

Legal advice to an investment company for a biogas power plant project in Tire
Kesikli Law Firm provided legal advice to the investor in structuring its EPC contract and on the regulatory legal matters.

EPC contract for 250 MW power plant project in Namibia
Kesikli Law Firm acted for an international EPC Contractor and negotiated an EPC Contract for 250MW power plant (contemplated to use regasified LNG as fuel) and associated infrastructure. Such infrastructure involved floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), marine infrastructure and overland gas and water pipelines.

Operation and maintenance contract for 250 MW power plant project in Namibia
Kesikli Law Firm acted for an international O&M Contractor and negotiated an O&M Contract for 250MW power plant (contemplated to use regasified LNG as fuel) and associated infrastructure.

IFF factory construction project
Kesikli acted for the construction contractor of the project in negotiating & redrafting of a turnkey infrastructure, construction and architectural works contract in Cerkezkoy Industrial Zone.

Recordati pharmaceutical manufacturing plant construction
Kesikli acted for the construction contractor of the project in negotiating & redrafting of the construction contract for a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant.

IPP power plant project in Senegal
Kesikli Law Firm acted for an international entrepreneur in negotiating and redrafting the power purchase agreement and other project documents of an IPP project in Senegal.

Acquisition of a solar power plant portfolio in Turkey
Kesikli Law Firm advised a private equity company on the regulatory matters and legal structure of acquisition of unlicensed solar power plant portfolio in Turkey.

Liquidation of the Turkish subsidiary of a US-based company
Kesikli Law Firm provided corporate and employment legal advice and representation services to the Turkish subsidiary of a US-based company.

Closure of the liaison office of a Swiss company and employment law advice
Kesikli Law Firm acted for a Swiss company in closing-up of its liaison office in Turkey, provided legal advice and negotiation services on termination of employment contracts of the managers and employees of the company.

Acted for a contractor for a 6.2 MW waste heat recovery power plant project in Düzce
Kesikli Law Firm acted for the EP contractor in drafting and negotiation of all of the project contracts.

Regulatory legal advice to a publicly traded global solar energy company in its contemplated acquisition of a solar power plant portfolio in Turkey
Kesikli Law Firm advised a leading global solar energy giant in its evaluation of the acquisition of a solar power plant portfolio in Turkey both from legal and regulatory perspectives, including the restrictions on share and facility transfer matters, and provided guidance on the required interpretation and clarification of the Turkish laws and regulations.

Acted for KS Energy Africa in a co-developed IPP project in Nigeria
Kesikli Law Firm advised KS Energy Africa in reviewing and and negotiating the EPC contract, O&M contract, power purchase agreement, natural gas supply agreement and other project documents of a brownfield power plant project in Nigeria.

Akbank data center construction project
Kesikli Law Firm acted for the construction company of the project, advised on the construction contract and associated contractual and legal management matters.


INTERNATIONAL

Team

Lawyers and consultants at Kesikli Law Firm have extensive experience in corporate law, commercial law, construction law, energy law and intellectual property consultancy matters associated with multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions. Kesikli effectively represents clients in cross-border legal controversies, including managing and resolving disputes arising from cross-boarder business transactions.

International Clients

  • Global Multinationals
  • International Contractors
  • Global Energy Companies
  • Global Management & RPA Companies
  • German Manufacturers
  • International Technology Companies
  • International Energy Companies
  • International O&M Contractors
  • European Law Firms
  • World’s Leading Manufacturers of Window Coverings
  • Breadth of International Experience

Kesikli’s international experiences included numerous projects, transactions and dispute resolution matters in:

  • Europe – Ghana
  • The United States – Nigeria
  • The Russian Federation – Botswana
  • Turkmenistan – Libya
  • Azerbaijan – Saudi Arabia
  • Kazakhstan – Oman
  • Israel – Iran
  • Namibia – Iraq
  • Senegal – Qatar

Kesikli Law Firm is also active in representing foreign entities in enforcing their foreign judgements and arbitral awards in Turkey.

Global Network

With its strong connections and cooperation partners in the United States, Europe, Russian Federation, Asia Pacific, Africa, South America and the Middle East, Kesikli is capable of providing advice in various jurisdictions on a multitude of issues.

Omer Kesikli, the current President of Europe at Adam Global, heads the international practice at Kesikli Law Firm. Kesikli takes advantage of being an active member of Adam Global that enables the firm to strengthen its connections with both governmental and non-governmental entities around the world. Adam Global is the world’s leading platform for multidisciplinary professional business services including networks.

TURKEY

Lawyers and consultants at Kesikli Law Firm have extensive experience in corporate law, commercial law, construction law, energy law and intellectual property consultancy matters associated with multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions. Kesikli effectively represents clients in cross-border legal controversies, including managing and resolving disputes arising from cross-boarder business transactions.