Begum DURUKAN OZAYDIN > DURUKAN+PARTNERS > Istanbul, Turkey > Lawyer Profile



Founding Partner


Ms. Begum Durukan Ozaydin is the Founding Partner of DURUKAN+PARTNERS. She is widely recognized as a leading lawyer in the areas of banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and projects and energy.

In her career reaching 25 years, she has extensively advised financial institutions and sponsors in financings of energy, infrastructure, real estate projects, took part in structured financing deals, acted for buyers and sellers in acquisitions and privatisations, provided advice on regulated sectors such as energy, securities and insurance, lead negotiations with public and private parties, assisted in structuring of businesses of corporations who are world leaders in their fields and during their operations.  

She has also been instrumental in structuring, negotiating and advising on acquisitions and privatizations, capital markets and corporate matters, regulatory issues in sectors such as energy, telecoms, securities, real estate and insurance.

She was previously partner of one of the recognised law firms in Turkey, where she acted as the partner supervising almost all the legal work produced, and took managerial responsibilities.

Ms. Durukan Ozaydin is recognized as an expert in Turkish law in publications such as Legal 500 where she has been ranked as a leading individual in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets and Project Finance/Projects sections.


English, French (basic) and Turkish


Istanbul Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Istanbul International Law Institute, Vice Chairman of the Board
First Law International Network, Member of the Advisory Board
Georgetown University Alumni Association
American Collegiate Institute Alumni Association
Friends of Jessup


Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Common Law Studies, 1998)
Dokuz Eylul University, School of Law (LL.B., 1996)

Lawyer Rankings

Turkey > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Begüm Durukan ÖzaydinDURUKAN+PARTNERS

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.

Turkey > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

Turkey > Project finance/projects

(Hall of Fame)

Begüm Durukan ÖzaydinDURUKAN+PARTNERS

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.

Turkey > Restructuring and insolvency

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.