Firm Profile > DURUKAN+PARTNERS > Istanbul, Turkey


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

DURUKAN+PARTNERS advises lenders and borrowers on financing transactions, debt restructuring, disputes, and M&A in the banking sector. The team also handles Turkish bank regulatory matters, project financing, and a range of capital markets transactions for clients including major international banks and financial institutions such as China Development Bank and the IFC. The team is led by dual-qualified (New York) Begüm Durukan Özaydin, an experienced practitioner with broad expertise across bank lending, project finance, restructuring, and corporate finance.

Practice head(s):

Begüm Durukan Özaydin


‘Durukan+Partners team is an excellent team. They provide a seamless service of outstanding quality. The team has been able to cover a diverse range of issues for us (M&A, banking, litigation) over the last few years and has not demonstrated weakness in any area.’

‘Begum Durukan stands out among her peers as being commercially savvy and giving really well structured advice on complex matters. She is able to plough through the complexities to find a clear practical solution.’

Key clients

Ojer Telekomunikasyon A.Ş. and Oger Telecom

European Arab Bank

Arab Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

MasterCard International Incorporated

Emaar Properties PJSC

China Development Bank


Sovcom Bank

PVH Corp

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DURUKAN+PARTNERS handles corporate restructuring, liquidation, bankruptcy, and loan restructuring matters, primarily for international corporate borrowers active in Turkey, alongside some lender-side work. Matters include high-value loans, the reconstitution of Turkish subsidiaries, and contentious issues relating to workforce restructuring and regulatory compliance. The team is led by Begüm Durukan Özaydin, who works with banking and corporate clients, and is dual-qualified in New York, allowing her to act in cross-border and multijurisdictional cases, alongside Hikmet Fadillioglu, who focuses on corporate and commercial work.

Practice head(s):

Begüm Durukan Özaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Key clients

Ojer Telekomunikasyon

Oger Telecom

Emaar Properties PJSC

Ansaldo Energia

Letterone Technology

Project finance/projects Tier 3

DURUKAN+PARTNERS advises on energy and infrastructure project financing work, acting for lenders and borrowers, and regularly assists with cross-border mandates. The team handles lending matters, procurement transactions and regulatory issues. Practice co-head Begüm Durukan Özaydin is noted for her capabilities in banking and finance transactions, and is also qualified in the US, reflecting her multijurisdictional expertise. Co-head Hikmet Fadillioglu advises on commercial and employment issues relating to project developments.

Practice head(s):

Begüm Durukan Özaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Key clients

Emaar Properties

Polynt Group

EYY Kozmetik

POWER Engineers

Enka Power Projects

International Finance Corporation

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

DURUKAN+PARTNERS advises a combination of domestic and international clients, with a particular focus on the financial services and banking sectors.  The firm provides corporate advice on a range of issues, including transactional support, equity raisings, Turkish commercial law and regulations, and contracting. The team is led by Begüm Durukan Özaydin and Hikmet Fadillioglu.

Practice head(s):

Begum Durukan Ozaydin; Hikmet Fadillioglu

Key clients

Sephora Kozmetik  and Benefit Cosmetics

HMT LLC and HMT Turkey

Enka Power Projects

Etam Turkey Rhodium




Ojer Telekomunikasyon

Daniel Wellington


Gilan Mücevher



Pladis Food

Ansaldo Energia

Letterone Group

The firm: DURUKAN+PARTNERS is a full-service law firm combining the dynamism and motivation 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; the firm and its 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 in 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 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: Letterone, Emaar, Oger Telecom, Sephora, Ansaldo Energia and Gazprom.

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 Counsel
 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 : 14
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Contact : Begum Durukan Ozaydin, Founding Partner (
Other offices : Ankara (affiliated lawyer)
Other offices : Izmir (affiliated lawyer)