Firm Profile > DURUKAN+PARTNERS > Istanbul, Turkey


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

DURUKAN+PARTNERS is highly active in all types of secured and unsecured financings, and it also assists clients with regulatory issues. The scope of its work includes project finance, energy finance, infrastructure finance and real estate finance. Clients include domestic and foreign banks, multinational companies and other borrowers. Team head Begüm Durukan is recommended.

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‘Although a relatively small firm, the team works well together to manage large project and delivers polished, well-researched and commercial advice in a timely manner’.

‘Begüm Durukan is practical, highly experienced and commercial’.

Key clients

Ojer Telekomunikasyon AS, Oger Telecom Limited

China Development Bank

European Arab Bank plc (EAB)

Arab Bank plc

International Finance Corporation

MasterCard International Incorporated

Emaar Properties PJSC


Gemalto N.V.

Turkland Bank A.S.

GroupMed sal (Holding) (Lebanon), GroupMed International Holding Limited (Dubai), Arab Bank plc, Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. and their respective individual shareholders

Sovcom Bank

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DURUKAN+PARTNERS handles the restructuring of secured and unsecured debt, corporate restructurings, technical bankruptcies and insolvency. Clients include foreign and domestic companies, sponsors of mega-projects and borrowers. Begüm Durukan Özaydin, who is New York and Turkish law- qualified co-heads the team with Hikmet Fadillioglu.

Key clients

Ojer Telekomunikasyon AS, as the Borrower, and Oger Telecom Limited, as the Guarantor

Ojer Telekomunikasyon A.S. (OTAS)

Oger Telecom Yönetim Hizmetleri Limited Şti (OTMSC)

Emaar Properties PJSC

McCormick & Company, Inc.

Project finance/projects Tier 3

DURUKAN+PARTNERS' strengths in project finance transactions are complemented by its high level of expertise in project development, operational matters, public procurement and regulatory issues. The team, which is led by Begüm Durukan Özaydin, is noted for its focus on the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors.

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Key clients

Emaar Properties PJSC

Sephora Kozmetik A.S.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

DURUKAN+PARTNERS is equally strong in buy and sell-side M&A. In addition, it assists clients with company and branch formations, general day-to-day operational matters and the drafting of shareholder-related documents, among other matters. Clients include multinational and domestic companies in the retail, tourism, banking, insurance, natural gas and real estate sectors. Begüm Durukan Özaydin, who is dual US and Turkey-qualified, co-heads the team with Hikmet Fadillioglu.

Key clients

Ojer Telekomunikasyon A.Ş. and Oger Telecom Yönetim Hizmetleri Ltd. Şti. (Oger Telecom Management Services Company – OTMSC)

Daniel Wellington AB/Daniel Wellington Turkey Saatleri Ltd. Sti.


Sephora Kozmetik A.S. and Benefit Cosmetics LLC

McCormick & Company, Inc.

HMT LLC and HMT Turkey (HMT Kazan Depolama Sistemleri Otomasyon Sanayi Ve Ticaret Ltd Sti)

Enka İnşaat ve Sanayii A.S.

Etam Turkey (Turkish subsidiary of Investint, formerly known as Etamint, in France)

Rhodium (Rolex distributor in Turkey)

Thales SA.

Gemalto N.V.

Bodrum Yalıkavak Turizm ve Yat Limanı Yatırımları ve Ticaret A.S.

BYK Otel Isletmeleri

Gazprom Export LLC and ZMB Gaz Depo A.S.

Gilan Mücevher Ticaret A.Ş.

Isagro SpA


The firm: DURUKAN+PARTNERS is a full-service law firm combining the dynamism and motivation of a fresh start in January 2017, with the reliability of long-established experience of its members, comprising lawyers who are respected in the legal market and recognised in their fields for providing top-quality, trusted legal advice. The team members have worked together in harmony throughout many years and are inspired and desirous to embrace innovation. They are respected in their fields for trusted advice; founding partner Begüm Durukan Özaydin is ranked as a leading individual across different practice areas. Besides the core team, DURUKAN+PARTNERS also benefits from the proficiency of advisors and specialists who provide expert advice in special fields of law and assist with project management on convoluted matters.

DURUKAN+PARTNERS is an independent Turkish law firm offering its clients a flexible global reach through networks and good connections with leading law firms worldwide.

DURUKAN+PARTNERS team members have well-deserved reputations ingrained with solid legal knowledge, many years of experience in representing leading market players, and a business-oriented approach to transactions. The firm serves domestic and foreign clientele including financial institutions, multinational companies, and leading corporations, in the structuring and implementing of their investments or transactions in Turkey, and facilitating their operations. DURUKAN+PARTNERS lawyers are proud to be trusted by their foreign clientele for becoming their local business partner in their endeavours in Turkey.

DURUKAN+PARTNERS has a solution-oriented, efficient and to-the-point approach, providing legal counselling to its clients in a professional and strategic manner. The firm’s lawyers are committed to preserving trust and adding value and listening to clients, knowing their business expectations as their trusted business partner. The firm’s lawyers can provide exceptional, integrated services; possess top legal skills coupled with articulation ability; act proactively and can demonstrate awareness of clients’ business expectations.

Areas of practice: DURUKAN+PARTNERS focuses on cross-border transactions, in the main practice areas of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial work, dispute resolution, employment and immigration, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, projects, public procurement, real estate and construction, restructuring and insolvency, as listed in alphabetical order. The high capability of the team members, the quality of services delivered and the team spirit offered attract the confidence of many clients.

The team at DURUKAN+PARTNERS provides legal assistance to clients across a range of sectors and industries. The team members possess sectoral and regulatory know-how, especially in the fields of energy and infrastructure, financial services (especially banking and insurance), capital markets, insurance, life sciences, retail and luxury brands, telecoms and information technologies, as listed in alphabetical order.

The team has together long served clients in banking and finance matters, including financing, structuring and implementing energy, real estate and infrastructure projects. They have acted for lenders, sponsors and contractors in complex financings including in regulated sectors, infrastructure projects, transactions governed by intergovernmental agreements, acquisition finance deals. They also assist clients in refinancings and restructurings of existing loans.

In M&A transactions, the firm represents both the buy and sell sides and has negotiated with private and public sector counterparties. It has been instrumental in obtaining required regulatory approvals and licences, negotiating and preparing transaction documents.

The team has also extensively served clients in the establishment and termination of their presence in Turkey, structuring and implementing their corporate governance practices, in corporate housekeeping, contract surveillance and management, real estate, competition, intellectual property, retail and employment matters.

In capital markets work, the team has advised foreign authorised market players in the introduction of their products in Turkey and regulatory requirements applicable to transactions. They also represent clients before governmental agencies and independent regulators and provide advice to shareholders in publicly held companies in issues such as mandatory tender offers, corporate governance issues and shareholding issues.

The members of DURUKAN+PARTNERS represent clients in structuring their energy and real estate investments, provide regulatory advice and assist them with contract and licensing issues without limitation. Noteworthy clients include: Rosatoru, Emaar, Oger Telecom, Sephora, Ansaldo Energia and Zomato.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Banking and finance Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Capital markets Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Capital markets Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Corporation and commercial Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Corporation and commercial Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Dispute resolution Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Dispute resolution Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Employment and immigration Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Employment and immigration Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Insurance Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Insurance Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Mergers and acquisitions Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Mergers and acquisitions Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Public procurement Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Public procurement Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Projects Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Projects Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Real estate and construction Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Real estate and construction Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Restructuring and insolvency Begum Durukan Ozaydin +90 212 266 66 93
Restructuring and insolvency Hikmet Fadillioglu +90 212 266 66 93
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ibrahim BAYSAL  photo Ibrahim BAYSAL Senior Associate
 Begum DURUKAN OZAYDIN  photo Begum DURUKAN OZAYDIN Founding Partner
 Hikmet FADILLIOGLU  photo Hikmet FADILLIOGLU Partner
 Damla GOKSEL EMIROGLU  photo Damla GOKSEL EMIROGLU Senior Associate
 Deniz TORUN  photo Deniz TORUN Associate
Number of lawyers : 8
at this office : 7
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Contact : Begum Durukan Ozaydin, founding partner (
Other offices : Ankara (affiliated lawyer)